Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 

1. What are three words you would use to describe your 2011?

Busy, happy, anticipation.

2. Do you like shrimp? What's your favorite way to have it prepared?

After years of gagging at the very sight of shrimp, 2011 was the year when I finally learned to really like them. Since learning to like them I haven't found a way that I don't like them. I'm especially fond of shrimp salads and breaded shrimp.

3. Is your house de-Christmased? If so when did you tackle that job? If not, when will the decorations come down?

Thanks to Sailor all the Christmas decorations came down and were packed away the day after Christmas.

4. Do you like to watch scary movies?

No. I much prefer watching feel good movies or something that inspires me.

5. Ice skating~sledding~skiing~snowboarding~of the four listed which wintertime activity do you most enjoy?

I try to stay as far away from ice that I can so ice skating is definitely out and since I really don't want to risk breaking a leg or arm I don't have a longing to learn how to spend time on the slopes skiing or snow boarding even though we have numerous beautiful ski resorts in our area. I haven't gone sledding for almost ten years now but of the four choices I think I would have to go with sledding.

6. Did you have a childhood hideout? Describe it.

I had several different childhood hideouts that lasted for different periods of time. The first one was an old crab apple tree that had very low branches. I used to climb up on one of the biggest branches and rest against the trunk of the tree and enjoy reading. It used to be especially fun doing that while it was blooming. I almost felt like a princess then being surrounded with all those lovely soft pink apple blossoms.

The hideout that lasted the longest from nine years old until I got married was an old graveyard tucked sweetly in the middle of a patch of woods. There was something about that quiet peaceful spot that I really loved. The soft moss, the violets in springtime, the way the sun shone into the graveyard. It was a great spot to read or simply spend time alone with my thoughts and dreams.

7. What's a place or space that motivates you?

When ever I step into our storage room I feel motivated to spend time sewing and doing other crafts. I have quite an assortment of projects waiting to be done.  Another spot is the recliner when I'm up with the baby in the middle of the night and all sorts of story bits run through my mind for the books I'm working on.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm really looking forward to start deep cleaning the house. I didn't get the fall housecleaning done so I'm thinking I'll combine fall and spring cleaning starting in a few weeks.

5 comments:

  1. 1. What are three words you would use to describe your 2011?

    Challenge, contentment, frustration.

    2. Do you like shrimp? What's your favorite way to have it prepared?

    I grew up (and now live) in coastal South Carolina, so I have no memory of not liking shrimp. My favorite is probably still the tried-and-true boiled shrimp, although I LOVE good fried shrimp. People often make the mistake of putting too much batter, etc. on them - they should have just the barest crispiness on the outside.

    3. Is your house de-Christmased? If so when did you tackle that job? If not, when will the decorations come down?

    No. Even though I'm not at all religious, I stick by my childhood traditions. Ideally, the tree would be decorated on Christmas Eve and taken down on Epiphany (Jan. 6), so it's up for the 12 days of Christmas. My kids always want the tree up earlier, so we compromise - we decorated the tree Jan. 19 and 20. I never take it down before Epiphany, and sometimes leave it up a week or so after that.

    5. Ice skating~sledding~skiing~snowboarding~of the four listed which wintertime activity do you most enjoy?

    I've never done any of these. We'd have been more likely to go to the beach at Christmas.

    6. Did you have a childhood hideout? Describe it.

    Like yours, it was in trees - live oaks rather than crabapples. Where we lived, the live oaks were festooned with Spanish moss, so you could climb into the tree and be hidden behind the gray curtains of moss. In case any readers don't know what I mean:

    http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees/liveoak/liveoak/


    7. What's a place or space that motivates you?

    Being by the ocean. That always reminds me that I should let go of the notion that I'm completely in control of my life.

    8. Insert your own random thought here.

    I had my first child when I was 42 and my 2nd at 48 - I never forget how lucky I am.

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  2. Enjoyed your answers! I have been away for awhile, it was good to see that you have joined us. Hope you have a wonderful 2012.
    until next time... nel

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  3. I can't imagine not liking shrimp - but like you now, there's not a way that I don't like them!

    Picturing you as a little girl tucked away in your blossoming apple tree really brought a smile to my face.

    Getting up in the night to care for my babies was never a chore - I had some of my best prayer times ever, while nursing and rocking my babies back to sleep.

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  4. Visiting from Hodgepodge. Enjoyed my visit tonight :) Your blog is very pretty.

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  5. I enjoyed reading your answers; thanks for sharing. I especially liked hearing about your hideouts; they sound like places I'd have enjoyed being! :)

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