Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Me in 30 Odd Questions and Answers


So, here I am doing a 'tell all' about me as I join the Doglady in her latest blogfest.  Read my answers, visit her blog, and play along if you so desire.

1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Grown-up?  I remember thinking about acting, directing, being the next Perry Mason...until I decided in junior high that I wanted to study laboratory medicine.  I did get my degree and then worked in the profession for ten years after college.

2. Which “Friends” character do you relate to the most? Why? 
I never watched the show, so...

3. Do you like your name? Why?
I like my name now.  I hated it growing up because no one else had it.  And, no one pronounced it the French way except my godfather.  It's De-neeze, not De-niece, but oh well...

4.  Are you messy or neat?
I am fairly neat, but not obsessive.
5.  How tall are you? 
5'4" ?  Depends on who is measuring.

6.  How tall were you when you were 10? 
Really?  My feet touched the ground.  And I was taller than the boys.

7. What is your guilty pleasure? 
Food wise?  Sander's Sea salt caramels or Private Selection Sea Salt Caramel Truffle ice cream

8. What are you saving money for right now? 
Nothing.  I'm spending, lol.  I hate that I turn 70 1/2 this year and have to take money out of my IRAs just so the government can get their taxes.  It's stupid.

9. How many Pringles can you eat at once? 
I don't like chips, so not even one.

10. Tea or coffee? 
Coffee usually, but herbal tea if I am feeling down.  If I have made scones, then definitely tea, preferably English Breakfast.  Vanilla shot, milk and sugar in coffee.  Honey in tea.

11.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
Introvert, but I can be extroverted when need be.  Or is that bitchy?

12.  What will be your Halloween costume this year?
Granny D

13.  Sweet or salty?
See question 7

14. Favourite social media?
The blogosphere

15. Who is the last person you kissed?
My grandson Charlie.  Several times today despite his runny nose.

16. What is your favourite breakfast?
It's my favorite meal so this is hard.  But if I am going out to eat, then eggs Manhattan with smoked salmon and cream cheese are probably my favourite.  One of these days I must post my French toast recipe.  I love omelettes.  And my cranberry pecan pancakes...

17.  When is your birthday?
On the day I was born.  Okay.  It's a national holiday and falls on the same day every year.  Take a guess.

18.  When did you start your blog?
January 1, 2010

19.  What is your opinion on the Kardashians?
I try to refrain from using foul language.

20.  How would you describe your style?

21.  What colour is your hair?
Did my hairdresser put you up to this?  I have not colored my hair since November.  I was trying to see what color it is.  I have been coloring it for 50 years.  I've had everything from platinum blonde to carrot red and black.  Only once in all that time did I even get close to my natural color and my father said it looked awful.  That was 40 years ago.  So, my ends are the blondish colour in my blog photo.  The rest is kinda grey and ash, but dull.  I think I may get it frosted on the ends.  Then again...  I can't decide.
Me, before I started coloring my hair
 Me in 2004, when I still had eyebrows and was trying to be closer to my natural color - whatever that is
Current color, though I had it all cut off and it is super short

22.  What colour socks are you wearing?
It got to 70F today, so no socks.  But most of the time they are black.

23.  What is your dream job?
I retired nine years ago and am certainly not dreaming about a job.  I enjoyed the lab work I did and I enjoyed my last position.  Neither was anywhere close to being a dream.

24.  Dogs or cats?
I am allergic to both.  That being said, I had dogs and cats growing up and have owned three dogs in this home.  I dog sit, but have no interest in having a pet.  I'm too lazy.

25.  What makes you weird?
Weird?  Who's weird?  Well, maybe some folks think my extreme independence makes me weird.  Tough.

26.  Celebrity crush?
Not since I was a teenager

27. Opinion on cigarettes?
Hate them.  Hate the smell and the smoke.  No smoking allowed in my home ever!!!  I only had one friend who smoked and he was super considerate about it when we were together.

28.  Do you want/have children? How many?
Three sons.  A computer engineer, an accountant and a financial advisor.

29. Three favourite boy names?
I'm going with Mark, Jason and Scott, lest my kids read this.  We'll throw Charlie in for good measure.

30. Three favourite girl names?
I've always liked the name Laura.  And I said if I had a girl I wanted to name her Amanda.  But then Amanda Hammond would have been awful.  When I had to choose a name for my confirmation, I chose Veronica.  Update:  She is such a new addition, I neglected to mention my other grandchild, born last week, Mackenzie, Charlie's little sister.

And there you have me in 30 questions.  Did you learn anything?   How about joining in?
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And if you want to know more, here is the link to last year's questions.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rain, rain and more rain

Enough already.  It has rained off and on all day after having storms last night.  Does this look like enough?
My dry creek was dry when I went to bed last night.  Now?  Not so much.
My peonies are all in bud and ants are enjoying them, but they are truly water-logged.
This is the sky just a few minutes ago.  Maybe it will pass me by.
I guess if there is anything to be said for the rain is that little boys love it.  We all had a good laugh. Enjoy this video.

A Sunday Garden in the Rain