1.What's something you wish you knew how to do, but feel like it's too late to learn?
So many things...
a. to play the Irish harp.. you know the smaller ones, or the hammered dulcimer
b. to knit well, my knitting is clumsy and very poor
c. be a truly organized person... housewife, etc.
d. be a competent seamstress... oh, the cute little girls' dresses I would make.... I am going to try to make something for Christmas, but I don't feel very competent.. at all!
2. Your least favorite thing to shop for? Why?
I don't like to buy shoes, although I need some badly.. I had a lovely worn out pair of Clark's that I wore to Ireland and they were looking so scuffed and I needed room in my suitcase so I left them in a hotel In Dublin for the maid...they still a lot of life, but I knew I had a newer pair at home... but they aren't nearly as comfy... and my right foot is a bit damaged from a ruptured plantar plate some years ago.... and shoes have to feel great or I cant wear them..... I have learned to not be vain about my feet.... I had my injury a few months prior to our daughter's wedding and even months following I could only wear a bed room slipper.. so I bought black velvet ones to wear to the wedding. I was determined not to be miserable at the wedding....but it is what it is!
3. How has the celebration of Thanksgiving today changed from when you were growing up?
Goodness, Thanksgiving was truly feast time.... I believe every Thanksgiving we were to grandma's... first mom's parents where there were scads of cousins and aunts and uncles and the kids were relegated to the basement to eat..then we would do to dad's old home place and Grannie would serve up another huge meal..... she always had at least 3 meats and 2 cakes and a pie or two... and all done on a wood cook stove.... loved it all but we were always stuffed to the gills.... but the time my daughter came along these days were past and my mom and dad took their turn at hosting and the foot was plentiful and we developed the tradition of going around the table to tell the things for which we were grateful... I always read a poem from an ideals book. This continued even well past 1997 when my parents moved here to be closer to us... In fact, my mother would not relinquish Christmas or Thanksgiving to me until about 5 years ago.. so I am not a very accomplished turkey chef.... I have learned to love tenderloins and cutlets of turkey.... Now our daughter has moved far away and hubby and I have the tradition now of inviting friends without family in for celebrating the bounty of the season. This year we've already had our special day and I plan to relax on Thursday.... and continue decorating for Christmas...
4. What's something that when other people see it, reminds them of you? Explain.
I suppose they think of me when they think about tea parties.... not that many folks around here love to host them like I do.... I would also say that when they think of things Olde English or Scottish or Irish they will think of me because they know how much I am into that.... my sensibilities are very old fashioned... back to the Olde Country in many instances.... My carols are medieval.... my design style is almost medieval... only as my finances and my Scotch mentality will allow! HEHEHEHE
5. If you could guest star in a TV show, what would it be and why?
I wouldnt mind portraying a long lost love interest to Tom Selleck in Jesse Stone, or to Michael Kitchen in Foyle's War.
6. Have you ever farmed or spent any time on a farm? Are there farm stands in your little corner of the world and do you make it a point to shop there? If so, what item do you particularly like to buy from a roadside stand or farm shop?
My maternal grand parents wre dairy farmers and I spent many weekends and weeks in the summers there until I was about 15 when they retired to moved into a new home over on the main road. Of all my cousins I was probably the most citified of them all...I wasnt exactly comfortable climbing the fences and being chased by bulls... nor side stepping things Id rather not fall into .... but I loved gathering the eggs, and picking apples.... even slopping the pigs was fun!
I live on the edge of town right off the road that goes up into the country where there are many farms. Sometimes in summer they set up roadside stands not too far from our house. I like to get cantalopes, farm fresh tomoatoes, cucumbers and green beans, and country ham.
7. What's something you've experienced recently that made you feel a sense of awe or wonder?
I participated in a 10 day consecutive prayer initiative to pray for revival in our community.... We saw many manifestations of the Holy Spirit through the prayers... it was as if the Spirit was giving each of us a piece of a beautiful tapestry.. as one would pray then another would pray something so similar but it would always build on the original... The Lord was speaking to us all in a unity of thought that was a huge blessing and opened many doors in the spiritual realm... each day brought a different component or area for which to pray but the unity and the things each person brought to the prayer was definitely Spirit led....
8. Insert your own random thought here.
We are having such a grand time this afternoon and evening singing along with our choral cd's learning the music and the words to the songs we will be singing at the Christmas pageant at our church. Hubby sings tenor/baritone and I'm a first soprano!