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Monday Quiz About Me

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Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me – hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic.

Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that those participating answer.  We all post a 5th question for YOU, the readers, to answer in the comment section.  Click the badge above to link up and read up!


1. What is your favorite summer activity?
2. Do you have a honey-do list? or a to-do-list of your own?
3. Would you go for a massage?  Facial?  Spa treatment?
4. What was the last song you danced to?


1. What is your favorite summer activity?

Not certain what that would be other than NOT whining about how cold it is?  I hate being cold, makes the arthritis in my hands, neck and back even worse.  And therefore, while gorgeous to look at, I hate snow because I’m required to actually go outside in it.  I rarely comment on how hot it is in the summer because I’d rather be sitting there sweating than be cold.  Oh sure cooking out is great but 3 foot of snow wouldn’t stop me from making my way to the grill for a good steak, never has.  Hmm…in all honesty that would have been my sister most recently, but I cheered her on from the door!  🙂

2. Do you have a honey-do list? or a to-do-list of your own?

Na, HoneyBabyMine the Knight does more than I could ever ask for, he doesn’t need a list.  I do make lists for myself, however, as I’d forget my own name some days if it wasn’t on my driver’s license to remind me.  Lately I have taken to using Evernote, and I LOVE it.  Talk about being mega organized, and it all syncs between my phone, laptop and Kindle Fire.

3. Would you go for a massage?  Facial?  Spa treatment?

Hmm…never had a massage but sounds delightful if I can find a female masseuse.  I am real funny about people I don’t know being in my personal space, and even more select as to who I allow to touch me.  Not real big on the idea of a strange man touching me even in a professional manner.  Heck my OB-GYN is a female for that very reason.  As far as spa treatments go, I think a day at the spa is a ridiculously over priced deal.  Give me my home spa with essential oils and I’m just fine, thanks.

4. What was the last song you danced to?

Wow that would be Good Morning – by Mandisa, LOVE that song and I put it on and dance around the office a bit to wake up and set my tone for the day.


5.  You go the mailbox and find a letter to you with no return address.  Inside is $1,000 and a note saying you may not spend it on bills but can use it on anything else you would like, as it is a treat for you.  What do you spend it on?

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Longing For A Simpler Time…

I remember a simpler time in my life. 

Stores were closed on Sundays.  So were gas stations except along the highway and even then I’m not sure many were open.

McDonald’s was a treat, every 2 weeks when dad got paid.

Decorations didn’t go up for Christmas until Thanksgiving turkey had been eaten and everyone came back from grandmother’s house, through the woods and back over the river.  I don’t even know when this happened, maybe after the stores closed on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving?  I only know that come Black Friday everything magically was Christmas.  But never before Thanksgiving.

Fun was riding the bus downtown to see the windows and the train display at Cincinnati Gas & Electric.  It was free.  Now you have to PAY to see them at the museum.  I won’t go for that reason.

We looked forward to Christmas shows like Rudolph, and Charlie Brown, Frosty The Snowman, The Little Drummer Boy, The Grinch,  and Miracle  On 34th Street.

While we were not Little House On The Prairie, when one really nice, special gift for Christmas made it a wonderful year, this massive gift pile mentality was still not the norm for anyone that I knew.  We received a few toys, things we really wanted, but we also received things we needed, like socks, pajamas and underwear.  A batch of homemade cookies from anyone was a real gift!

Acura is running a commercial of late for the holidays, that says “listen to the voice of reason”.  What a novel idea!

We’re in an economy where a large number of people have no jobs, or haven’t had raises in years.  Seriously these commercials of fancy cars, diamonds and such are really not doing it for me.  Not that they ever have but my ex one time remarked, the Christmas right before he asked me for a divorce, that the car commercials were really good at making a guy feel guilty that he couldn’t buy his wife an Audi for Christmas.  I don’t know too many husbands that can afford to do so!  Unless it is a Matchbox car!

With money exceedingly tight this year, I’m wondering…why not go back to that simpler time.  Why not listen to the voice of reason?

Sure, I’d love diamonds and fancy clothes, or a new car.  Maybe a Kindle Fire, or iPad.  All very nice, don’t get me wrong.  But I do not NEED them.  And need is really far more important.

I was sitting here thinking, what are gifts that I need that I’d truly LOVE to receive?

A gift certificate to my hair salon.
Footie socks, 12 pair? (I go through them fast as I hate shoes).
Jammies!  I love jammies!
A gift certificate to Hobby Lobby, my favorite store EVER!
Essential oils, they are becoming increasingly more of a need for me!
A new phone.  It is a need as my current one is just shot.  And I can buy the phone outright!
Clothes for the new job I’ll be starting.
Gas cards – those are awesome.
Gift Visa Cards – I can then buy what I need as I need it!

Beyond that…there is not much I need!  What if we all actually just made a list of what we really need…chances are that it would be a lot more practical, and less expensive than the list of things we’d like to have.