Thursday, September 24, 2009

Missing my followers, among other things

I didn’t feel like taking a big walk with George today. For the past several weeks, since the weather got nice, I’ve been walking around the property and have gotten up to four times around, twice in each direction. I’m using my husband’s adjustable hiking poles that came in the mail from REI.

I’m sure I look like a freak. I don’t care. Those suckers really help!

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Today I decided to just take the camera, leaving the hiking poles behind. It was warm and quite humid here today, but thank God we haven’t had some of the weather that others are having in this country. Bless you all.

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Today, after the car line at our school, I tripped outside when my heel got caught between the edge of the pavement and the grass. Unfortunately, it was in front of about 30 people.

Good times.

Looking at the bright side, I’m none too worse for the wear after the spill. I am a bit of a klutz sometimes.

Another positive today was that all my followers have reappeared on my sidebar. They’ve been missing for a couple of days, and it’s good to have everyone home again. I feel surrounded by my friends, now. Connected with the universe.

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This is not the Appalachian Trail you see here. This is our backyard along the property line. Between my husband and I walking (mostly my husband), there’s now a definite trail all around the grounds.

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Long shadows in the backyard this evening.

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These wildflowers are growing along the edge of the woods.

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And now for some pressing questions.

Because inquiring minds just need to know.

  1. What was your most dramatic haircut like?
  2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
  3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
  4. What was the last dream you remember?
  5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine?

See you in the comments.

Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

41 comments:

Country Girl said...

1. What was your most dramatic haircut like?
When I got it cut short, a few years ago.
2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
A popsicle stick from a couple days ago. It's not hurting anything. AND it could double as a bookmark, if need be.
3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
Common decent courtesy being the norm.
4. What was the last dream you remember?
My boss and her husband, both PhD's, decided to go hillbilly and moved into a shack out in the woods around here. Then, along with their 25 year-old son, they started selling pot. What the hell?I forced myself awake.
5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine? A Dasani water, but I must've pushed the wrong button and one of those lemon-flavored ones came out. They are foul-tasting.

~ C.G.

Ellen said...

What was your most dramatic haircut like?
Between ninth and tenth grade when I went short for the first time since I was in kindergarten. I also got contact lenses that year for a real big change in my appearance.

Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
A used emery board from this morning.

What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
Catching lightening bugs in jelly jars - with the holes poked in the top with a can opener.

What was the last dream you remember?
A few nights ago I dreamed of being on a ship again.

What was the last thing you purchase from a vending machine?
Probably a soda.

Love the path around your home. It looks so inviting.

Mandy Jo said...

I love your pictures! How great!!!

annie d. said...

1. A terribly short "pixie" hair cut the day before class pictures were to be taken in the seventh grade. I haven't worn my hair short since.
2. A pile of those envelopes that come inside other envelopes.
3. Letter writing and #2 pencils. There is something special about holding a written letter in your hands.
4. I was trying to take care of patients and there was a gorilla in the room. I'm an oncology nurse in a clinic.
5. Diet coke.

Jo Whitehurst said...

1. Most dramatic hair cut was when my neighbor cut my hair, shorter than most men!
2. There are a stack of papers, here on the desk, left by the Hubs, that I would love to throw away right now.
3. I would love to have a porch that I could sit on, and wave at the neighbors as they went by.
4. I have been working 8-10 hours a day for the last 3.5 weeks, and am so tired when I go to bed, I cannot remember my dreams when I wake up.
5. I purchased a big fat Kit-Kat bar out of the vending machine at work today.

Hilary said...

1.Back when I was 30 something, my hair was down to my waist. I had it cut in a Sharon Stone cut.......yikes, what a shocker.
2.A whole bunch of ratty picture frames that I don't like.
3. Cars that have regular brakes, not anti lock brakes.....I hate them.
4. I dreamt that my daughter was going to take my dog Eddie on an airplane, and I was wild. The pilot said he had to ride "up front". I told my daughter I didn't want him to go, and then I took him off the plane.
5. I bought a bottle of water out of the machine at the Y.

Char said...

1. I went from past my shoulder to a pixie cut a while back. Not pretty.
2. An empty Dr. Pepper can.
3. Family dinners together.
4. Me hugging my mom - it was beautiful.
5. Dr. Pepper - I have a serious Dr. Pepper addiction.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I'll answer #3 and 5 together - I remember loving a little bag of delectables called Michigan Cherries from the Lance vending machine at the Islander, which was a restaurant/motel/marina/local swimming pool where i spent all my summers as a child. I loved those summers and the freedom of being there with people from other parts of the state, the country and the world. (We were so sheltered and isolated living in this small community that the people who came to the marina and motel were novelties.)

Our parents would often leave us at the pool with no money (for the entire day), so we made a sport of looking for spare change in the payphones coin return slots and underneath the vending machines.

The first handful of change that added up to something significant was spent on those Lance Michigan Cherries.

(Love your yard and those wildflowers - we have them here too. They're amazing.)

Mary said...

1. A very short gamine haircut. My husband's aunt told me I looked like Audrey Hepburn, which wasn't true but made me feel good. :)
2. Items too numerous to mention. My daughter is a slob.
3. Before cable TV when politics was less overtly nasty
4. Can't remember any dreams recently.
5. Water.

TSannie said...

1. When I was about 4. The girl had no idea what she was doing and I ended up with nearly a buzz cut. For months people told my mother what a cute little boy she had. I've been damaged goods since.
2. Actually every damn thing I can see, outside of my camera, glass of wine and pepper mill.
3. With you on that one, Kate.
4. I just can't remember, darn it!
5. Water. About 6 months ago.

Love the path you've worn.

Rileigh's Lolli said...

1. As a youngster, I wore my hair pulled back in a pony tail. One day my mother brought me to a 'beauty shop' and had the 'beautician' cut bangs on me and then permed them on the smallest rods! So then I wore my hair pulled back with freezy bangs! Yikes!

2. An doctor's appointment card.

3. The days when men were gentlemen and ladies were ladies. And people said 'yes, mam' and 'yes, sir'.

4. I remembered it this morning when I awoke, but can't remember it now. It's a good thing 'cause I was a little disturbed. I guess I ate too late last night!

5. A caffenine free diet Dr. Pepper!

Living on the Spit said...

1. The most dramatic haircut I ever got was a year long phase of Flock of Seagulls back in the early 80s. It wasn't pretty.

2. A note I wrote for Phil in case I was already gone to bible study, but he got home before I left...it tells him how loved he is and how to heat up his dinner.

3. When people actually sent real notes and cards instead of using texting or technology.

4. Something romatic involving Dale Earnhardt Junior and cuddling in front of a roaring fire.

5. Some spicy Chex Mix for my daughter in the hospital.

Rileigh's Lolli said...

PS: I love your home. It would be a great setting for a romantic movie, possibly a romantic comedy, starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson years later!

Flea said...

I love your questions. :)

What was your most dramatic haircut like?
I'd finally grown out my hair really long, then got a shoulder length bob right out of college.

Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
A post it note with no sticky

What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
knowing all the neighbors

What was the last dream you remember?
honestly, I don't know

What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine?
a honey bun while at the ER in May

Reddirt Woman said...

1. My first spike haircut... until I get my fauxhawk, lol.
2. A bathmat that is in the floor of the living room. The backing is all nasty and it's going out tomorrow. It wouldn't make a good bookmark.
3. Kindness and respect. Wait... that's two.
4. Trying to find an old friend of mine. Not nearly as good as yours.
5. Diet Pepsi

Were you, like me, born on a Tuesday? Full of Grace according to the old poem.

Wonderful post and good questions.

Helen

Caroline said...

1. What was your most dramatic haircut like? 80's Asymmetrical...so so so bad.

2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash? A paper towel with nail polish on it.

3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to? Going to dance clubs.

4. What was the last dream you remember? Honestly...I don't remember!!!

5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine? about $2.00 worth of mini plastic food items for my kids.

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

1. What was your most dramatic haircut like?
Bald.

2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
Ice-cream pouch

3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
I wish to be kid again.

4. What was the last dream you remember?
Cant remember because it was dream.

5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine?
We hardly had such machine in India.

Cloudia said...

Ah my dear klutzy Sister....
I remember cutting my own hair short and freaking out!
Called my friend 20 miles away at 2am and he came to comfort me -
THAT'S a friend ;-]

Your pictures are SUPER!


Aloha!
Comfort Spiral

bv said...

1. the one that happened right after the oh so bad perm.
2. the mail that is waiting for cowboy to see and he dosen't care at all to see it so it will be trashed in the morn.
3. going into a public place and not being subjected to everyones cell phone call. yak,yak,yak too loud. who cares???
4. so confussing...random people working for me and against me...
5.???????
i love to read everyones answers...thanks for asking.
bv

Kathy's Klothesline said...

1- I was 10 when my mom went to cosmotology school. She practiced on me and my sister. For a whole year.... One day my hair would be straight and the next curly. I balked at a cut, but she did finally give me what she called a pixie cut with a ducktail. It resembled neither and I tried to be too sick to attend school.

2-My husband's ice cream wrapper.

3-Sundays being a day to do nothing. Go to church and spend time with family. No stores open, no laundry, etc.

4-Dreams come back to me in little snippets and sometimes elude memory all together. Last one I remeber had me in a house with my sister-in-law and I could not seem to find my way out....don't know what that means.

5-An A&W Cream Soda. I was hot and sweaty from mowing and it was wonderful.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

1. My first haircut was when I was five and had my long, curly pony tail cut off!"C"s parent's and mine hired a teenager named "Eddy Lou" to babysit while they went out on the town. I convinced "C" to put a entire jar of her brother's red Butch Hair Wax on my long, curly hair! My mother freaked out and scrubbed and scrubbed to no avail. My hair was never the same, so she had it cut off! I think I was permanently scarred!lol
2. A newspaper dated Aug. 18--guess I planned to read it eventually! The cat lays on it!
3.I would like to see the return of the milkman who delivers milk in gallon glass jugs on the front porch! It tastes better! Boo plastic! The milk in paper cartons at the school where I work tastes nasty! I'm old enough to remember glass bottles of milk at school!
4.Can't remember, but I do know that I'm having "dark" dreams while I'm still suffering these miserable hives! I think I must not want to remember them!
5.It was Mon. morning- whole grain chips (does that count as "health food"?) from the vending machine at the Game & Fish Commission where I was with a group of disabled students who were stuffing envelopes. We all had a "treat"--they bring money to buy something as their "pay".
V.

Annie said...

1. Most dramatic haircut, is at the approach of every summer (like now)...and I ask them to cut it sort. Very Short.

2. Among items in my line of sight at the moment...probably most everything! Well, some old books, which prob should get put in a cupboard, some old material I am hoping to patch my patchwork quilt...mmm...what else...there is a heap of stuff on my piled up high desk...so I know there is a pile of junk /paper to throw out there. When I get there! I dare not look any further.

3. Oh how I would love a return to more family life...having my kids and grand kids live in the same city and seeing them more often.

4. Oh, a bad dream the other morning when I was away visiting my grand kids...I was holding a baby, trying to do too many things and getting very stressed out! Silly me!

5. Cannot remember honestly. I don't as a rule ever use those machines. Really. Don't really even notice if they are there. Well, maybe I subconsciously notice them, but they don't call to me, if you know what I mean. Sorry.

Thanks for asking. Reading your blog and cbw's makes for a fun afternoon interlude!

J'Ollie Primitives said...

1. haircut ~ third grade. I told my mother to cut off ALL of my waist length hair. She did. I looked like Christopher Columbus.
2.trash? The stuffed sand shark sitting on top of my desk. Six feet of ugly. Sadly, not mine to throw out.
good old days? Playing kick-the-can in the street with the neighborhood kids.
dream? can never remember a dream!
What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine? nada. It's been tooooo long.

Hilary said...

Geesh that property sure is beautiful.

1) I haven't had it yet. I've had long hair for all of my adult life. And it's staying that way at least until I go gray.

2) Two small bottles of unfinished veterinary antibiotics. They slightly past their expiry date but I'm going to give them to Frank's sister who needs them occasionally for the squirrels and other critters she rehabilitates.

3) I miss when kidlets preferred playing outside in the fresh air instead of indoors in their virtual worlds.

4) I dreamed about Franks late ex-wife. She was lounging around on a chair in a red jumpsuit. I'm clueless.

5) Probably a water, but I don't like to use vending machines. I'd rather interact with a human being if given the choice.

Fine and fun questions. :)

Mental P Mama said...

1. A pixie in 5th grade;)
2. A tissue I just used. ewww
3. When people dressed up on Saturday night
4. I cannot tell you about my latest dream;)
5. A water bottle at UVa. sigh

That house is even more beautiful this time of year....

Daryl said...

1. After repeated stripping/coloring (I wanted to be a blonde and my pre-silver natural color was nearly black) it all broke off and I ended up with a 'pixie' cut.
2. Right now, I am at my desk at the office, I have a paper coffee cup here that will end up in the trash as soon as I am done drinking.
3. Which good old days do you mean ..
4. I had a nightmare and woke myself and Husband crying out STOP STOP STOP ... someone in my dream was trying to get me, catch me .. I dont know but I do know I didnt want to go back to sleep, back into that dream
5. Snickers

Linda said...

1. What was your most dramatic haircut like? When I went in for a "TRIM" and lost NINE INCHES in one fell swoop.
2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash? The U-Line catalog that we never order from.
3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to? Sitting together as a family playing a game or reading (No TV.)
4. What was the last dream you remember? Scary!
5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine? water

Linda said...

PS. The photos of the house are wonderful. I especially like the one of George on the path. How long did it take to wear that path?

Starwoodgal said...

What was your most dramatic haircut like?
A perm that went really wrong. Really, REALLY wrong!

Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
Post it notes with jibberish I wrote, but can no longer figure out what I meant to remember by jotting it down.

What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
Sundays with extended family.

What was the last dream you remember?
I was trying to bury something. Hmmmm?

What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine?
Bottled Water

Betty said...

I am glad my followers are back also I missed them.
1-My hair has mostly been long.One time I had to have it cut about 2" long all over.Lucky for me it grows fast.
2-About 85 percent of what I can see.
3-No going back I made it this far.
4-I shot my dead X husband
5-I don't use vending machines.

I love your yard and house and George.

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

I don't have time to answer all those questions, but I did want to drop by and say I would love to see that gorgeous house you occupy! It looks stunning.

Oh, and I did blog the other day about a dream I had that featured roasted parsnips. Don't ask.

Jill of All Trades said...

Love the pics...

1. Most drastic haircut was getting my hair pratically sheared off. It was only about an inch all over and I loved it but it was dramitic and drastic.
2. Probably what needs to be dumped is the magazine clipping of an outdoor room that I really don't need and the multitude of sticky notes.
3. I would love to be able to walk the streets again of the small town I grew up in again, without being afraid.
4. The last dream I remember, let's see, well, I don't seem to remember my last dream right now.
5. The last thing I purchased from a vending machine was a bottle of water.

Rachel Lynn said...

1. What was your most dramatic haircut like?
A few days before my 21st birthday, I chopped my long, curly hair off to as short as it has been since I was very little, and I dyed it red.
2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash?
The dust bunnies I can see hopping out from behind the computer.
3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to?
When it wasn't so hard to find tv shows and movies suitable for everyone.
4. What was the last dream you remember?
I had a strange dream about Matt proposing to me.
5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine?
We don't have a vending machine at work, but I bought some combos out of the cabinet.

FlyingHorse2 said...

1.What was your most dramatic haircut like? Burnt perm with crooked scotch tape bangs from Chez Mom's & Lilt - hideous & embarassing
2.Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash? List of flights I booked
3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to? Chivalry
4.What was the last dream you remember? Being abandoned in a church
5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine? Stamps

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Debbie said...

1. What was your most dramatic haircut like? Probably when I went from very long hair to very short hair many years ago....quite a shock at the time.
2. Among items in your line of sight right now, what should probably be put in the trash? Can I say what I would like to put in the trash....this mountain of paperwork on my desk at work!! :)
3. What aspect of life in the good old days would you love to see a return to? When life was slower and simplier. While a lot of what has come over the years is very nice, I think technology has taken away human contact to a degree.
4. What was the last dream you remember? Probably the one where I dreamt of a couple remembering a fountain in Central Park. You know the one. :)
5. What was the last thing you purchased from a vending machine? A bottle of water while walking around Colonial Williamsburg this summer.

Beautiful grounds...the place looks massive!

Nezzy said...

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing.

1.Dorothy Hamels wedge
2.my dust cloth
3.Good old manners and values
4.I was being chased by a gang of mafia guys with big guns.
5.cheese crackers

Please don't psychoanalyze this, I know I have compulsive, obsessive, perfection issues and yes, blond roots. LOL Have lots of fun and a fantastic day!!!

Deb said...

1. I wore my hair shoulder length for years..then had it cut short and everyone loved it.
2. Hmm..a dirty kleenex, a return form from Directv, old lottery tickets, but NONE of my craft supplies!
3. No cell phones. No internet. Really
4. Well, just last night, I dreamt we were squatters in a big ole house. The only decoraation or furniture was a Christmas tree. We stole their beagle puppy that the owners left behind!
5. I cannot remember, honestly!

Sharon said...

If I had property like that to walk, I'd use those poles too. Our are is flat, F L A T! I would like a huge dork to use them around here. I love the trail you three have made.

Donalyn said...

I'm late to the party, but I'll play anyway!
1. About 8 or 9 years ago, I decided I was tired of dealing with a bunch of hair, so I got it cut really short. I love it and I've kept it short ever since. It was really shocking to everyone though - I have a ton of hair and had kept it varying degrees of long my whole life.

2. Riley's latest rawhide and Larry's slippers. I am not allowed to dispose of either one.

3. The ass I had then.

4. It's been awhile, since I rarely remember my dreams, but it had something to do with being in a bunker of some kind. Probably not a good dream. Your dream reminds me of one I had years ago - my in laws have always owned the farm we live next to now. I dreamt that we had gone into business with them to grow pot [at the time of this dream it was not such a far fetched notion for us, mind you - wink wink]. We cutting these huge pot plants and were stacking them in the back of a pickup truck and my mother in law [my straight-laced, totally uptight, Baptist mother in law] was yelling "Hurry up! They'll be here any minute!" That's when I woke up.

5. A water, in the airport, on my trip to Phoenix back in June. I don't get out much.

Oliag said...

I am VERY late to the game!

1. Not a haircut but a perm...I looked eactly like Bozo!

2. Got to be my VCR ...and all the video tapes we have to go along with it...

3. Common decency sounds good to me too...especially this week!

4. The last dream I remember was hilarious, yet scary...I was being chased by a backhoe which was knocking down the walls of my house:)

5. I last TRIED to get a bottle of water from a vending machine...but it wasn't accepting my dollar...

Lili said...

Gawd your place is so beautiful! Thanks for letting me know about this post with the paths! I would do the meme, but American Idol just came on...HA! xo ~Lili