December 12, 2015

11 Questions

Not my award, just playing along
Bob Slatten from I Should Be Laughing
was nominated by Anne Marie for the Liebster award. Liebster is German for 'dearest' and there are 11 questions about things near and dear to ones heart (and soul).
Sidenote about Anne Marie: She describes herself as 'straight but not narrow' and I find that a completely delicious way of defining oneself and may (shh!) start using the phrase to describe myself! She is the author of  From My Brain To My Mouth.
Bob answered the 11 Questions and then, to follow the rules (though from what I've read of Bob's blog, I don't believe he is much of a rule follower) one needs to share 11 Random things about oneself.

Then you are supposed to nominate 11 other blogs for the award. Here's where Bob's tendency to pick and choose rules comes in. He didn't nominate, he simply put the worm on the hook and cast it out. 

Hooked, here are the 11 Questions and my responses.
1] Which literary genre do you prefer?
Non-fiction is my typical choice, though I love a good novel. I like to juggle my reading matter, including memoirs, biographies, philosophy, metaphysics and world religions.  I am in a book club which meets twice a month. We are currently reading Gloria Steinem's book, My Life On The Road but on the side I am reading, Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm (about a women's concentration camp) and Holy Longing by Ronald Rolhiser. I have David Brock's book, The Road To Character waiting in the wings.
2] Why did you start blogging?
I blog because I can't not write. In high school, I used to actually write the Friday English Lit essay in class. I had Study Hall second period, so would write two more essays from different viewpoints and sell them to other seniors during 3rd or 4th period.Great way to make lunch money.
          One of my blogs describes several different aspects of my personality. I named
fleshed them out and write about the drama of living in
          my head when it comes to  decision making, keeping schedules and who wins out; artist, responsible adult, concerned advocate or toxic older sister! 
3] Order or chaos?

This would be my driveway!
I love order but have a household living with me at this time, so my house is more like a storage unit than it is a home. While I do like order, I do not like straight lines or rigidity. Unlike Mary, Mary, quite contrary, I do not like me flowers all in a row. I go for the flow.
4] Where would you like to live?
Mountains, mountains, mountains. My dream is to live on the south side of a rolling hill with my home built into the hill. I need running water nearby and I need to swim. If I can see anyone's house, they are too close.

           5] Starry sky or sunset?
Sunset for photography. I love the challenge of catching the two or three minutes of brilliant beauty. Starry, starry night for laying on the ground, looking up and talking to the All There Is or sitting around the campfire, passing around the Jack and telling stories of wild youth.
6] Paper book or e-book?
I have a gazillion books in my house. There are bookshelves overflowing with books in every room and boxes and boxes of books in the garage. I seriously need to purge BUT, I love the energy of books. I love to feel the energy of those who have held the books, who have read the books, who have written in the margins and highlighted meaningful lines. So, until I can get myself to purge, all my new books are on my Kindle.
7] What is the writing for?
Writing is to keep me sane...oops, too late!
8] TV or not TV?
I am too old to participate in Survivor and am actually quite afraid of intestinal parasites, therefore, I watch and imagine and occasionally cuss out the players who can't see the obvious (editing be damned). Because of Survivor, I have a severe addiction to television. I also have that poo-poo-pee-doo attitude that if I use the word television rather than TV there is a degree of sophistication to my being glued to the tube every Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
9] What do you think about social networks?
Love, love, love the people I have met in the blog networks. You all rock.  I started Twitter kind of by accident several years ago and every now and then get a message that someone has recently whatever someone does on Twitter. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Love to keep in touch with friends and family, hate politics and being told that I'm going to hell if I roll past another Jesus Loves You post. 
          I guess I'm going to hell but it looks like I'll have plenty of company.
10] Favorite food?
Top of the list: Cheesecake.  Then Mexican, mostly Ceviche, Chili Verde and my grandson's Chicken Enchiladas.  Then Steak. Really, really good pork friend rice, homemade soups and fresh veggie juices.  I am also partial to baloney, potato chip sandwiches on white bread when on road trips (memories).

11] Favorite music genres?

Music. World Music, R and B, Some Country (its easy to sing to and I'm a sap for lost dogs and lost love), Big Band, Old Standards, Pop, Indie, Rock, Classic Rock,   Classical, absolutely no heavy metal though Sammy Hagar's I Can't Drive 55 is one of my theme songs. Love Cello, piano, violin and acoustic guitar. Good drums turn me on. 

11 Random Things About Me

 1. I often smile at very inappropriate times because my mind finishes people's sentences with quotes from movies. I find it very amusing but people tend to look at me with serious concern or disdain (and that's okay).

2.  When I am writing or working with clay, I lose all concept of time and can look up and realize that 10 hours passed in what seemed like an hour (and that I have to pee really, really bad!)

3.  I think the sexiest part of a man is his forearm, from wrist to elbow, then his eyes. Long sleeve shirts rolled up just to below the elbow turn me on.

4.  I am a introvert and could live in a hut in the mountains alone (except for my books and my clay) for months at a time. Heaven forbid if Bigfoot should stroll by in a rolled up long sleeve shirt!

5.  I was once madly in love with a man who was going to be a priest "when he grew up!' Still one of my best friends and never did become a priest. Great line for men with commitment phobias!

6.  Whiskeytown Lake is my favorite spot to think things through, that's only if I don't have time to drive to Mt. Lassen.

7. Driving from Colorado in the middle of the night, when I was a kid, my mom and dad went into a cafe to have coffee. We were in the Rocky Mountains. I got out of the car and stared at the clear sky and was scared to death by the overwhelming number of stars but was hypnotized and paralyzed and couldn't move. The sky was overwhelming.

8 Body surfing in Puerto Rico was one of the most fun things I've ever done. Though water skying at Lake Shasta was pretty damn awesome and swimming in the Bio Bay was incredible.

9.  When I met my husband, he was in color and everyone else in the room was in black and white.

10.  I am a great-grandmother in my mid-sixties but I swear like a rogue truck driver. My goal is to clean up my language but my mouth keeps cashing checks my brain hasn't validated.

11.  I've been thinking about cheesecake the whole time I was typing this.

Not sure if I can nominate anyone, since I myself was not nominated but, what the hell. If Bob doesn't have to follow the rules....

I would really like to nominate learn more about:

Bouncin'Barb @ This and That as I bounce through life.
Martha @ Plowing Through Life
Debra @ She Who Seeks
Giggles @ Happy Tiler 
Michael @ View From The Brier Patch 
Greek Witch @ Dreaming of Rosemary
Ken @ Ken-atractor
Michael @ A Life Examined
Jaclyn @ Raviolis and Waterworks 
Pat @ Bertram's Blog
Baili @ Baili and Me


  1. well, thanks, new friend! I just plugged you on today's post. interesting answers/details. I also nominated miss "she who seeks" for this award.

  2. Love the answers, and because of one, specifically, I won't be able to stop staring at men's forearms.

    1. Not the best part but certainly delicious!

  3. Great facts about you!! And a man's forearms, eyes and the sleeves rolled up...OMGAWD!! That is just the sexiest. Thank you for thinking of me. I'll put up my answers soon! Loved reading more about you.

    1. Forearms...who would guess, but they do it to me every time! I'm looking forward to reading your answers.

  4. This was great! I loved your answers, especially how you describe sexy parts of a man. Funny enough but I agree! I LOVE a man's forearms, particularly when they're showing when sleeves are rolled up. My oh my... And eyes. Always the eyes. And then I was quite surprised when I saw my name on your list of people you'd 'like to learn more about' :) Thanks for thinking of me. Hey, I'm game. I'll work on this and put up a post as soon as I can!

    1. I am looking forward to knowing more about you. You have a wisdom that comes through in your writing.

      I wonder how many men are so busy building up biceps that women never notice because we can't get beyond the forearm. But how many women say, "You had me at rolled sleeves!"

  5. Thanks for nominating me, Toni! I'll do my post in the early new year, once all the hoopla of holidays is over. And don't worry about going to hell. All the BEST people do! By the way, your joke about Bigfoot made me laugh out loud -- but be careful what you wish for, eh?

    1. Who knows? Maybe Bigfoot's furry sleeves roll up?

  6. I'm a huge fan of a regular old book. Ebooks make me twitch!!! Lol its nice to meet you. :)

    1. pleased to meet you and how do you do? (on my way to your site) p.s. twitching is good!


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