First, before I get started, here are the rules…
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the 10 questions they’ve sent you.
4. Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer.
1.What did you learn this week?
I learned that a 20 lb turkey, divided by 7 people, is capable of adding that 20 lbs. to the waist of everyone who so much as nibbled it.
2.What always makes you laugh?
I hate to admit it, but the ubiquitous animal pictures and videos that appear on Facebook. How can you not want to giggle when looking at pictures of cute kittens and puppies?
3. If you were only allowed to own one movie to watch, what would it be?
That would have to be The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews is one of my favourite actresses and I have always adored Christopher Plummer. There aren't too many movies I can watch more than twice, but The sound of Music is one exception. So is It's a Wonderful Life but since that's seasonal, we'll have to select Sound of Music.
4.What was the dumbest thing you've ever done?
It may take me a while to run down my inventory because if I scrolled a list of dumb things I've done, it would probable circumnavigate the earth.
If I picked a serious item, it would be not learning languages when my brain was young and agile. I'm trying to learn Spanish now and would also like to try French but it's a slower process the older you get. On the lighter side, it would be any of the multitude of pratfalls I've taken because I didn't look where I was going or I didn't think the situation through. The most recent one was about twenty minutes ago when I stepped on an icy deck in slippers and went flat on my back. I'm glad I inherited my mother's good bones. Miraculously I've only broken one. That was years ago when I tumbled from a horse and fractured my spine. But there's time yet...
5. What's your earliest childhood memory?
It's strange how the memories we retain can be of the very ordinary rather than extraordinary events. I have a memory of being carried on my father's shoulders through a snow storm towards a group of buildings. Mom told me this would be when Dad worked in a logging camp in the winter and we had come to join him. The truck we were travelling in had become stuck in the snow and we had to walk the rest of the way. I got the easy ride on Dad's shoulders. I remember I was wearing a red snowsuit.
6. When do you remember first being aware of God, or wondering about Him?
I don't think it would be any one particular thought or action. He was always a part of my family's daily life. I guess it would be my bedtime routine which always ended with the childhood prayer, "Now I lay me down to sleep."
7.What quality do you find most necessary in a mate? Kindness, humor, consistency strength or a quick mind?
I have to go with a sense of humour here. By that I don't mean someone who enjoys pranks and is always kibbitzing around. I mean someone who sees the humour in everyday events and can laugh at absurdities in his own life.
8.What would you like to be remembered as?
I would like to be remembered as a person with empathy, as someone who could put aside her own problems to help others. I don't always do it, I'm still working on it-I would just like to be remembered that way.
9.What human quality do you dislike most?
Total self-absorbedness (I'm not sure that's a proper word but the best description I can manage)The ability to dismiss the worth, pain and hopes of other people. It's hard to imagine that there are people in the world totally lacking in empathy, but they do exist, and not only in the psychopathic characters in a Criminal Minds episode. There are people out there incapable of seeing past their own problems to the tribulations of another soul. Actually, it's not the inability to see other people's pains that's the problem, it's discounting them as not important.
10. What gives you hope when times are rough?
Mainly the fact that we are still here. We have done such terrible things throughout history, to other people and to our planet, but somehow we keep on. We must be learning something from our mistakes because we are becoming more socially aware. Then, every once in a while, there comes a Ghandi or a Mother Teresa to give us all hope for mankind.
In my turn I nominate Penelope Marzec, Josie Riviera, Susan Baganz, Vicki Caine, Linda Carroll-Bradd, Paula Mowry, DiAne Gates, Lisa Lickel, Anita Klumpers and Carlene Havel.
Here are my ten questions for the nominees-
If you could go back in your life and change one decision you made, what would it be?
What is the most intriguing book you have ever read?
If you could pick one word to describe yourself or your significant other what would it be?
If you could time travel, what period of history would you choose and why?
Did you have a role model growing up and if so, what effect did he/she have on your life?
If you could plan a dream vacation, one that may seem out of reach, where would you go?
If you could choose any profession to follow, what would it be?
Pick a card, any card-greeting card that is. What is your favourite holiday?
What is your favourite pet? Dog or cat? Gerbil or snake? Horse or hamster? Or none at all?
What one thing would you like to see happen in 2015?
I'm heading off on a short winter getaway to visit my son so I'll be taking a week off blogging-unless I can find good wi-fi connections. So, . Happy New Year to all. May you realize your dreams in this new year.