Sunday, April 11, 2021

sunday's questions to get to know you

one of my sketchbook collages

1. You have just been hired to clean your own home, what is your first complaint?
A) have these people EVER cleaned??? this house is big, this is gonna take a while...

2. Are you able to ignore a ringing telephone? 
A) most definitely. Better now that there is voice mail.

3. How often do you allow a ringing phone to go to voice mail?
A) any time it's an unknown number... scams seldom leave a message. 

4. Do you answer your cell phone, out in public, every time it rings? Or do you silence it and get back to it when you’re in a more private area? 
A) silence it til private. It's so annoying to hear one side of a conversation, no? It's rude to answer a call when you're with someone in person in my opinion. Like they are not as important... pet peeve

5. How often would you say you’re on your home phone? Your cell phone? 
A) when we moved we gave up a land line. I'm not on the phone much now.

6. Do you like talking on the phone or do you view it as a necessary communication tool?
A) I love talking to a friend on the phone

7. When did you last go for a bike ride? 
A) my memory isn't that good!!!

8. Do you own a bike? A) no

9. Given the most popular New Year’s resolution of losing weight, would you consider putting bicycle riding as one of your exercise options? Why or why not?
A) no it would hurt my back injury, and while I have you, I hate bikers who race up from behind us when we're out walking even if they scare us with "ON YOUR LEFT" which no one does here anyway. No warning, no time to get out of the way, no mask wearing while panting grrrr

10. If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be? What sorts of memories does the smell evoke? 
A) coppertone suntan lotion... ahhhh good times spent at Clearwater beach in Florida
Nanette LaPore original scent... DH took me to Manhattan for my 50th birthday weekend, and in Macy's someone spritzed me and I fell in love. He bought me a set and we got subsequent sets until she stopped making it....sad.... but I have a bit left and everytime I use it I remember that lovely time in NYC and how special I felt

11. What did you do over the weekend? No detail is too small. This is your journal, so tell us about the mundane tasks in your life.
A) ahhh mundane... the definition of our lives at the moment.I made hot cross buns for the first time, not experienced in yeast baking. They were wonderful til we washed the dough mat and saw a cut in it so we threw them all away in case any fiberglass got in during kneading. I made another batch on Monday and we love them. We spent an hour cleaning the stand alone shower from hard water stains (we moved to Colorado and it's different here) and sat on the patio reading, we watched episodes of Queen's Gambit, we made dinners together, and changed the sheets. DH practiced guitar while I took drawing/painting lessons on video.

12. If it weren’t for my blog, I’d _________.
A) miss all the lovely people I've come to know since starting it. And forget the books I've read.

13. When was the last time you replied “because I said so”? Do you find yourself saying that a lot? Or do you prefer to tell people WHY you want them to do something for you.
A) I prefer not telling people what to do (I can almost feel dh's head shaking here) so I don't remember a time when I said that. Maybe to the poodle puppy when he threw a tantrum, biting the leash on a walk and tugging. I think I said, someone has to be the leader and it's us.

14. What is the worst gift you’ve ever received? 
A) MIL  actually wrapped a package of paper napkins at Christmas and since their rules of opening were to do it one at a time and pass it around, I opened it, looked at her blankly, said thank you and passed it to my left. It was kind of funny to see all the family just hand it left around the circle.

15.  Tell us the worst gift you’ve ever given. What was the reaction of the recipient?   
A)  as a little girl probably about age 8, I saw a bottle cutter on tv and the adults were having "so much fun" turning bottles into vases I thought my mom might like it! Advertising works. I asked for money, and a ride to the store, and bought one for her. I was so excited to watch her open it, she didn't get a lot of wrapped gifts since she was the one who usually bought them. She just said thanks, put it on the table and never touched it again. 
Same reaction from when I hand embroidered a set of kitchen towels ( I was maybe 9) for her, learning as I went, trying to make them pretty and she didn't like them. Once I found all the gifts I'd bought her as an adult in a drawer in her house unopened and unused. 
Normally I really try to think of what the person likes, but I'm bad at getting things in the mail. I buy things when I see them, store them for an occasion. I love getting gifts and appreciate all of them so that napkin incident, as you probably suspect, has a lot of feeling behind it. 
We no longer exchange gifts with them. 
This was a fun exercise til the last two questions... what a way to end this, speaking of worsts. 
What is the BEST gift I've ever given or received is my final additional question?
I think the year I gave my husband guitar lessons might be good... and went with him to choose a guitar. He has really enjoyed learning and playing, and he's always so hardworking that this was like sort of encouragement or permission to do something just for fun. 
I cherish all the gifts he's given me especially the tiny diamond band he got me for my engagement, which became my wedding ring.  He had just finished his masters and didn't have much money, and it's still so beautiful. He gives me the gift of saying I'm special each time we're on vacation and see something special I want but it's too expensive. He says I'm worth it, and I feel so loved.

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  1. I think the embroidered kitchen towels would have been a precious gift for me.
    Have these people ever cleaned on #1 is me too. Loved your answers! Have a nice day.

  2. I really enjoyed reading the questions and your answers. Several of them I felt the same way. It's too bad your mother didn't appreciate your gifts. It sounds like you had a sad childhood. It also sounds like you and your husband were meant for each other.

  3. I remember a scent like your Nanette Lapore...hubs bought me Jo Malone's Sea Salt after I commented how wonderful it smelled in one of those magazine card things. It really meant a lot to me.

  4. Your mom sounds like mine. She never thought anything I did was right. Your husband sounds adorable.

  5. Presents are hard and there are too many occasions for me. My mother used to purchase throughout the year and hand them out when needed. It was a good plan.

  6. I always love you Sunday column and today was no different!!!