Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Favorites! Senses, canned food, necklines, homes.

1. Describe love using all five senses.
Love is like...a bite of a warm chocolate brownie. 
                  ...a whiff of fresh linens folded in the closet.
                  ...hearing a favorite country song sung live by the performer.
                  ...feeling my pugs snuggled up close on the sofa. 
                 ...seeing one of my daughters walk through the door.
2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

I use canned artichoke for an artichoke-parm cheese-mayo dip.  Perfect on Triscuits!  I rarely use other veggies right out of a can.  But, I open a can of soup every so often.  Campbell's Tomato soup, made with milk, and some crunched up crackers- now that is a perfect lunch!  It's a favorite!

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

I don't have a problem with the letter at all.  I do think we have gotten maybe a tad too relaxed in our wardrobe choices!  When I was driving my girls to school (dropping them off - not escorting them in), I always threw on some sweats before leaving the house. I never wore pj's in the car.  What if I had car trouble on the way there or back?  

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

Oh boy.  I am pretty particular about my necklines!  I strongly dislike turtlenecks - for several reasons.  One, they are often tight and stifling.  My body temperature seems to vary too much in a day to wear them.  Two, they are hard to get on and off and can ruin my hair "style" I might have attempted.  Three, they emphasize a double-chin...and yes, I have one.

Scoop necks are okay as long as they are not up high and binding.  I'm not a fan of a regular t-shirt for the reason they are sometimes snug.  Not flattering.

My favorite is the V-neck.  Especially for t-shirts and casual tops. I am not "overly-endowed" so wearing a V is never too showy, if you know what I mean.    I live in a climate where if I need to cover my neck for warmth I just grab a scarf.  I'm a big fan of scarves!

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

I am not a late night snacker. And, thankfully, I don't need to set an alarm all that often.  So, if any from the list is a problem for me, it is social media.  I'm addicted to it and every once in awhile I read something or get into a conversation that turns negative.

But, generally, I am really good at turning off anything that is on mind when I crawl into bed.  I sleep well and wake happy.

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best? 

As a child?  I assume Joyce, our leader, is referring to any home I lived in with my family, until I went off on my own.  I lived in a few houses growing up.  My favorite?  Hmmm.   I remember the house on Thorne Road in Cleveland Heights, and then the one on Crescent Circle in Bucyrus, Ohio the best.  I was in my teens when I lived in them.   I loved the Crescent Court home because it was a bi-level.  You walked in the front door and went up half a flight of stairs, or down half a flight.   My parents' bedroom was down.  My bedroom was up.  I guess I liked the "independence" then.  By that time my older siblings were away so I had the upstairs to myself most of the time.  The home was in a small town so I was given quite a bit of freedom there.  Back in those days it seemed like a pretty safe place to live. 

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story? 

Oh my goodness!  Too many movies to list all of them.  I like movies that are about real people and real events that have made an impact for the better.   Recently I liked "Selma".   Perhaps not quite the same magnitude of importance was the movie "Joy." I saw it a couple of weeks ago and I found it interesting and I loved the step back in time to that era.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I always struggle with having a random thought here. Should it be something happening in the news... or perhaps something much more frivilous??   How about one of each?

I am thankful the Iowa caucus is over.  But, now my home state of South Carolina is coming up - after New Hampshire.  Our primary is in the third week of February.  Heaven help us all.  We are about to be invaded by all the candidates and their road signs and ads.

I have some Hershey kisses leftover from Christmas.   Why do I walk by the pantry door and feel the need to grab a couple all the time?   Maybe I need to give up sweets again for Lent.

Have a great start to February everyone!  Poor Puxatawney Phil didn't see his shadow... so winter is supposed to be short this year. I sure hope that fat rodent is right!! 


  1. I love that artichoke dip too. I don't get the chin thing. It doesn't seem to matter how much you weigh-thin and heavy alike still get that extra skin after a certain age-ugh! Hoping for a great game on Sunday!

  2. I'm just ready for the whole election to be over! I have political ads up to my eyeballs! Turtle necks are not my cup of tea, either!

  3. Those are two good movies you listed. I actually bought her mop off of QVC, I was a big shopper on QVC back then. I'm so tired of the election stuff already and it won't be stopping anytime soon.

  4. I think we bloggers need to crusade to end these long presidential campaigns. Will it ever end? By the time the actual election is here, we will be so fed up and couldn't care less. I truly hope that isn't the case, because it is such an important election, but right now, I can't imagine going through this for the next several months. Best wishes for the state of SC. Bless your hearts. Coming off NH should make it even more interesting.

  5. My daughter saw Selma and said it was great. I have not had a chance to see it. Maybe this summer when I am not dealing with school stuff all the time. I have given up sweets for Lent; however, this year, I am going to focus on my prayer life. Have a frog-tastic week!!

  6. I'm a v-neck gal too. Can't stand things around my neck. Everything tastes like metal to me when it comes out of a can. I have used the artichokes for what sounds like the very same dip. :)