May 22, 2018

Tuesday (Mini) Rants

Some things on my mind.

*Our medical system is ridiculous. My husband has a bad knee. It's full of fluid and has been for about 2 weeks. He is in a world of hurt that is, at times, all consuming. He saw his doctor 2 weeks ago. He was told to get blood work and x-rays of his eyes (apparently something that has to be done before an MRI if there is any chance your work exposes you to metal particles) and wait for a call from the MRI people. That's all done and the MRI is scheduled, but not until June 1! Then it's back to the doctor on June 6!!!  At which time they will probably give him a referral to a specialist and who knows how long it will take to get in with him. I find it absolutely ridiculous that he has to be in this kind of pain for that long. (And on top of the pain he is in, this is making it look very doubtful that we will be going on that long weekend in June. He is not going to be in any shape to do all the walking that would be required.)

*The rain can just stop. Now. I mean it. We finally have warm weather and now it's too wet and muddy to get out and work in the garden or yard. My green thumb is itching to get dirty!

*Do parents of teenagers even see their teenagers before they leave the house for school? I have one girl on the bus who has me shaking my head. Until recently I believed her mom to be one of the better moms...on top of things and teaching her kids right. Then the girl, who is 13, and on the chubby side with a chest that rivals Dolly Parton's started wearing her warm-weather wardrobe.

The dresses are so short she has to pull them down as she walks. Today she didn't and I was treated to a reflection of her exposed bum in the overhead mirror as she walked back to her seat. There is no way she could have sat down without exposing herself to the boy in the seat across from her. Another favorite outfit is a pair of skinny jeans that are about 2 or 3 sizes to small so she has a significant muffin top hanging over the waistband. With that she pairs a white guaze top that ties at the waist (but on her that's above the muffin thanks to the earlier mentioned boobage). The top is sheer and she wears a black bra under it.  SHE IS 13 YEARS OLD!!  How can any parent allow their daughter to dress like that for school?

*There are 2 places in the small town where I drive bus where there is significant construction going on. One is a bridge on the main north/south highway and the other is the town square. In both places traffic is down to one direction at a time.. They have installed traffic lights that have delays on them to allow for all traffic to clear before changing to allow the opposing traffic its turn. You wouldn't believe how many people totally ignore that. I'm guessing they think because they are sitting there and nothing is coming at them the way is clear. It is causing major traffic tie-ups in this little town. It's so ridiculous. How hard is it people. When it's green you go, when it's red you stop.

The clock says it's time to go back to work, so I guess I must (only 6 more to go).  Have a blessed day!

May 19, 2018

Some Days You're the Windshield, Some Days You're the Bug

Linking up with Bev and the band of thieves at Sunday Stealing.

This is from Care Bears
What never fails to cheer you up?  My grandchildren. I simply can't stay in a mood when confronted by their sweet, innocent faces.

Which friend do you have the most in common with?  My friend, Fran. She is about 12 years older than me, but our life experiences have been very similar and we have a similar way of looking at things. Plus there are "old souls" in this world, but Fran is a "young soul." You'd never know she is 67. She has more energy and does more than most people I know who are 20 or 30 years younger. (The energy is NOT something we share, though I wish we did.)

One thing that never fails to anger you?  When someone intentionally tries to hurt someone whether it's physically or emotionally.

Favourite way to spend a sunny day?   A day at home....puttering in the garden, reading a book on the deck, watching the grandkids play, cooking on the grill.

Create a fortune cookie note based on your week.  Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug.

Favourite way to exercise?  It used to be walking. I would walk for miles and miles and never give it a thought. Now that I'm getting older and am plagued with aching joints, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis, I can't walk too far before being in pain. So, our house is filled with various exercise machines we've seen on television. I guess the Total Gym is my favorite. I like the Fluidity Bar, but I'm anything but fluid these days.

Favourite thing about your best friend? 
Her absolute, unfailing zest for life.

What kind of things do you like to create?  Food. I'm actually a pretty good cook. I also like to craft, though I don't do a lot of it. Oh, and journals. I always have a journal or two going and I usually decorate the pages with collages, stickers, sketches or whatever appeals...not that they always have anything to do with the writing.

What languages would you like to learn?  I'm not overly eager to learn any language, but if I must choose....Italian. I love Under the Tuscan Sun and would love to take an extended vacation in Italy.

A topic you’re really knowledgeable about?  Being that I have a background in journalism, I have what my college advisor said was the desirable mix for a reporter....I'm not really an "expert" on anything, but I know a bit about everything. That said, I do know a good bit about dealing with kids (thanks to extensive training when I was a church youth director and the whole bus gig), gardening, cooking, and the bible.

When do you feel you look your best?  About 30 years ago. Okay, seriously....when I am feeling strong mentally and emotionally.  You know, when you're feeling 10 feet tall and bullet proof.  I think that confidence shows up in the way you carry yourself and view yourself.

What types of music do you like to listen to?  Contemporary Christian, pop, 80s, oldies (I refuse to acknowledge that my 80s music is now classified as oldies.), country, Big Band, swing, jazz....pretty much anything but opera, death metal, and the really crude/violent rap.

Something that leaves you completely in awe?  People who can not only forgive, but also have a relationship with someone who has abused them or killed their child or something horrible like that.

What is your most childish aspect?  My sense of humor and my playfulness. I don't care that I'm 53, it's still funny when the ketchup "farts."

A time where you had to be really brave?  When I got a phone call in the middle of the night from the police telling me my husband was in the emergency room. We were living in Orlando right after we got married and he went out with some guys from work. On the way home he stopped to help a woman whose car was broke down. Only it wasn't. When he stopped and got out of the car 6 or 7 guys came up out of the canal, beat the crap out of him, hit him in the head with the butt of a pistol, and stole the car. When I got to the ER, the deputy that met me started out by saying, "It looks bad, there's a lot of blood....but that's typical of head wounds. He has a concussion, but is okay." Nothing like giving me heart failure first. We considered ourselves lucky because while we were there they brought in another man that the same thing had happened to, but they had shot him in the stomach. We did get the car back and it was undamaged except for all the black powder they dusted for fingerprints with. We even got his wallet back since they took the money and tossed it and the man who found it called us.

How do you like to keep warm?  Sweaters or snuggly pullovers, thows, the dog, and a fire in the pellet stove.

What brings out your soft side?  Babies (people or animals).

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?
  A mani-pedi....and I am long overdue since it is officially sandal weather.

Something you’re proud of about yourself?  I don't know. I'm not really a proud kind of person. 

Something you don’t care about?  The royal wedding.  Sorry to all of you who do.  I didn't see the last one, either.  Heck, I didn't even see Charles and Diana's.  I was working with the Youth Conservation Corps in the Pocono Mountains that summer and there were no tv's.

May 17, 2018

Life Is Crazy Busy

Sorry to be AWOL on the postings this week. School is winding down...only 9 more days!!! It get's crazy at the end, even for us bus drivers. I think of you all and I do try to visit your blogs a bit. I hope your week is going well.

See you on the weekend!

May 14, 2018


I am...

ReadingBeach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

Listening to: the hum of the fun and my husband's soft snoring.

Loving: that the school year is nearly over...12 days to go.

Thinking: that I need to go to bed as soon as I finish this.

Feeling: pretty good.

Celebrating: that everything continues to be working out and staying on track for our daughter and her family to close on the house next door by June 7.

Grateful for: this afternoon's severe thunderstorms going around us.

Weather: Upper 70's today with lots of rain.

Enjoying: having Mom and John back safely from Florida.

A quote I want to share:  

May 13, 2018

A "Favorite" Sunday Stealing

Linking up this Mother's Day with Bev and the gang from Sunday Stealing.

This is from Blue Haired Mary, who hasn't blogged in a couple of years, but says she is a fan of "wit and symbolism" and likes doll making and Zentangling

If you could, where would you max out a credit card?   I can't think of anywhere I'd want to max out a card...unless I could do that at a travel agency. I'd book trips to as many places as I could.
Why do you like the music you listen to?  I like all kinds of music. Sometimes it's as simple as the melody or beat that appeals and makes me want to get up and move. Other times it's the words.  Music is meant to touch the emotions and that's usually the root of why I like something, I guess.  It makes me feel something or reminds me of a certain time or person.
What are your favorite colors? 
I love the whole palette of autumn colors...oranges, reds, golds, greens, and browns.

Do you collect anything?  Books (first editions, old children's, certain authors, classics,bibles), older flower pots that are shaped like animals, chickens, journals, and Navajo pottery.

What's your dream job?  I would love to buy and sell antiques. I'd say books, but books are a tough way to make a living, very few of them are actually worth a lot of money.

Favorite cosmetics brands:  I don't wear enough make-up or wear it often enough to have a favorite.

Favorite scents: Fruity or food (vanilla, cinnamon, etc) scents. Anything floral kills my sinuses.

Favorite flavors:  Chocolate, caramel, ranch, pizza....hard to pin it down since it doesn't say favorite flavor of what.

Favorite magazines:  Country Living, Country Sampler, Flea Market Style, The New Pioneer, O, and any decorating or gardening magazine.

Favorite piece of jewelry:  My wedding band and a pair of small silver hoops are the only jewelry I wear all the time.

Favorite Holiday:  Thanksgiving because it's a slower holiday and is all about being with family. I like Christmas, but hate how consumer driven it is.

Favorite season:  Fall...everything about it. Including pumpkin flavored everything!

Coffee or tea?  Tea. Coffee smells good, but I don't like the taste at all.

Where would you go on vacation if you could go anywhere?  If safety and money weren't issues, I would visit the Middle East. I have always been fascinated by and wanted to see the area known as the cradle of civilization.  We get so excited about our 300 year old history...I want to see things that have been there for thousands of years.

What kind of geek are you?  Book. Definitely a book geek. Maybe a food/cooking geek. Just a pinch of a wine geek. Definitely the type of geek that likes auctions, flea markets, yard sales, etc. I just don't know what to call that kind.

May 12, 2018

Saturday 9: Mother and Child Reunion

I'm linking up with Sam @ Saturday 9 for a little musical fun. 

Mother and Child Reunion (1972)

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) The title of this song, "Mother and Child Reunion," came from a dish Paul Simon had at a Chinese restaurant. "Mother and Child Reunion" was chicken and egg drop soup. When did you last eat chicken?  Earlier this week, unless you're counting eggs as chicken. I had eggs yesterday.

2) Paul Simon's mother, Belle, was an English teacher Monday through Friday and then gave piano lessons on the weekends. Have you ever worked more than one job?  I've sold Avon and Park Lane jewelry on top of my job, but I don't know that you can call those "jobs."

3) Mother Winters taught Sam to always dispose of the dry cleaning bag, as storing clothes in the bag may discolor the fabric. Do you have any useful household hints to pass along?
  You can use a manual, hand-held can-opener to open those awful plastic blister packages.

4) Have you put away your winter clothes yet?  I just did that last weekend. Due to the remodeling of the bathroom, I hadn't been able to get into the closet in the spare bedroom all winter, so my summer clothes sat piled up on the chair in our bedroom all winter. Tim moved some boxes of tile and I was able to put the winter stuff in the closet and the summer stuff back on the shelves.

5) Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming?  It's green, but I haven't planted anything yet. It's still too early. The temperatures are pretty nice right now, but it's not unusual to get a freeze in late May.

6) In the 1600's, the British began celebrating
 "Mothering Sunday." Children presented flowers to their mothers after Sunday service. When did you last place flowers in a vase? Where they store-bought, or picked from someone's garden?   It's been long enough that I have no idea at all.

7) The German word for "mother" is "mutter." What other German words do you know?

8) When Sam was a teen, her mother used to scold her for monopolizing the family landline. With the advent of cell phones, do you think parents and children still clash over telephone etiquette?  I don't think parents and children clash over any kind of etiquette if you go by the lack of manners I see every day. I don't think parents teach etiquette, nor do I think the parents even know the rules of etiquette themselves.
9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her mother's favorite, Hershey Bars! Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds? 
Classic milk Chocolate, please.  I don't like nuts and dark chocolate tastes bitter to mel

May 10, 2018

Springing Into Thankful Thursday

Taking a few moments in a busy day to link up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday.

This week I am thankful...

* Spring has really, truly, dug in her heels and declared she is staying.

* Tim finally went to see the doctor specifically about his knee after complaining about it for months. It is full of fluid. The cause is unknown until an MRI can be done, but at least something is happening now. Keep him in prayer that it is something that just needs time to heal rather than the worst case scenario of needing surgery.

* everything seems to be proceeding on track with the kids buying the house next door.

* today is my Friday. Officially, there's no school tomorrow due to an ACT 80 day or parent/teacher conferences or something, but (wink, wink) we all know it's because tomorrow night is Prom. 

* there are only 13 more days of school! May 31 is the last day.

* the Beth Moore study group meets tonight. The discussions following each week's video have been amazing. So nice to finally have a group of women who trust each other (and that I trust) enough to be honest and transparent in their faith. I've been part of too many groups and churches where everyone puts on their "church face." That mask of Christian "perfection" that doesn't let anyone get close and surely doesn't help anyone.

* the Claritin I've been taking before bed every night seems to be keeping the allergies under control.

* the power of the Holy Spirit that empowers me to live in the Father's will.

* Tim is getting to spend some time with our son tonight. He's helping with some curb appeal projects at his house. It's good that they can work together and nice for Pappy to get to see the grandkids...though I might be a wee bit jealous about that.

* American Idol is going so quickly. I love that they aren't dragging it out for months like they used to do.

* we were able to cook several dinners on the grill this week. YUM!

* some boxes of tile were moved and after many months I was finally able to get to the closet in the guest bedroom and that meant I could finally organize the piles of clothes in our bedroom, putting away the winter things and putting the summer things back on the shelves. Hooray, for being able to see the chair again!

* for all of YOU!

May 9, 2018

Mothering the Wednesday Hodgepodge

Today I'm linking up with Joyce @ From This Side of the Pond and all the other lovely ladies who play the Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. What are your ingredients for a perfect Saturday?  You know, it really doesn't matter what I'm doing as long as I'm doing it with family or friends.

2. What skill do you wish more people took the time to learn?  Listening. People do a lot of talking, but very little listening to what others have to say.  It takes effort to focus on someone else. It requires eye contact. It requires lowering that cell phone. It requires letting someone know that you value what they are saying. That you value them.

3. What's something you ate as a child you can't stand now as an adult?  I can't think of anything I ate, but I loved Mountain Dew as a child and now the massive amounts of caffeine and sugar give me a nearly instant headache.

4. Something parenting has taught you? If you're not a parent tell us one important lesson you learned from your own parents.  Parenting has taught me that my house will never look like those houses in the magazines and that all of my best laid plans will go through a whole lot of rewrites and I will rarely (if ever) come off looking like I have it all together....and that is okay. 

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about mothers or motherhood.  If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. ~Robert Brault
6. Insert your own random thought here.  It's that time of year again. The countdown to the last day of school is under way. I have 14 more days to go. I cannot wait. The kids are getting antsy and rather than excited and happy that summer's all most here, they seem to be getting cranky, miserable and ugly with each other. I really cannot wait until May 31.

May 7, 2018

It's Quiet Around Here

It was rather a cold, wet weekend here, but the first in quite a while that Tim didn't work at least one day. So, there was that going for it right from the start and a bunch of other blessings popped up to make it a good couple of days.

I had hoped it would be the weekend of much work on the bathroom. It turned out to be the weekend of a little bit of work on the bathroom. Which is still better than all the months of no work on the bathroom.  All of the hardy board (I have no idea if that's how it's spelled, but it is how it's pronounced) is finally in place on the walls and floor so no more gaping holes in the floor!  The joints have been filled. I think that means the next step is starting to lay tile on the floor! Oh, the door has been removed, too, which means I can no longer pull it shut and pretend the whole mess isn't there.

LOL.....I hope ours turns out better than this!

Our daughter and her husband finally got the word on Friday that the loan they were told two weeks ago had been approved really was finally approved. What a relief that was. The fellow who originally told them they got the loan told them they could go ahead and put in an offer on the house next to us that is for they did. Only to be told 4 days later that they were not approved.


Thank the Lord, they had an email from the first guy to prove they had been given the go-ahead so the company got a financial specialist to work with them. It took two weeks to get everything shipshape, but the loan is OFFICIALLY approved and agreements have been signed by all parties. If it all works out with inspections and such, we should have new neighbors by June 7.  We are so tickled at the thought of having our youngest grandchild next door.  Woohoo!

Last week's HOT weather had us wishing the air conditioning was working so even though this weekend was cool, Tim spent the better part of Saturday morning working on it. It's an ancient system and we've been babying it and coaxing more years out of it than we probably should have, but a whole new central air system is not a bill we really want right now. It looks like we will get at least this year out of it. Hooray! I cannot live without my air conditioning. It gets way too humid here for that.

Tim finally moved some boxes of tile that had been blocking access to the closet in the guest room on Saturday so I was finally able to clean up the heaps of clothes from all the seasons in our room, put the summer stuff in our closet and pack the rest up till next fall. It makes me so happy not to see that pile of clothing every day!

A friend of mine from high school is part owner in a craft "mall." It isn't really big enough to be a mall, but the space is divided up into booths that people rent and sell their stuff. There's also a big room in the back where they have craft classes. Remember the owl sign I painted for our daughter at Christmas?

I did it there. They were celebrating their first anniversary on Saturday so Megan and I went. We didn't really buy anything, but had fun looking and they had a whole table full of goodies to munch on and wine.

Other than a trip to Walmart on Sunday, that was pretty much our weekend. I spent a lot of time dozing on Saturday...catching up on the sleep I missed out on last week, I guess. We finally watched Wonder Woman (you've all been right all this was excellent!) and I got caught up on American Idol.

It's quiet around here. Mom and John are in Florida for two weeks and they took their dog with them since she and my dog don't see eye to eye. They left last week because John had his annual check up at the cancer center in Jacksonville. Now they are at my aunt's just south of Tallahassee. We're expecting them back this weekend (they drove) since Mom is scheduled for eye surgery on Monday.  My bestie's out of town this week, too.

Have a beautiful and blessed week, friends! I hope spring has finally sprung wherever you are.

May 6, 2018

Sunday Stealing: Sleepy Rambles

Linking up with Bev and the gang from Sunday Stealing.

Stolen from Steph at Love Me Some Surveys.  Steph finds surveys to be therapeutic, in a way, and a good way to vent.  Enjoy!

1.   Would you ever try Fear Factor for one million dollars? Why or why not?  Absolutely not. I'm pretty sure I would fail at some point (very early on) so would not win the money, anyway. Plus, a million dollars is not enough to make it worth eating disgusting things, being buried in snakes or whatever else they think up.
2.   If you use hair spray, what brand do you use the most?  I think there's a can of Clairol Herbal Essence hair spray in the bathroom. I very rarely use it.
3.   Is "Catcher in the Rye" in your library by any chance?  No. I have quite a few classics, but not that one.

(What happened to #4?)
5.  What is the best thing about a Barbie doll?  I love that they come in so many skin colors and sizes and hair colors now. I would have loved that.  I always hated and that they all looked basically the same when I was a kid.  Other than that, I think what I liked best was all the things she could do. She could be a beauty queen, but she was also capable of being an astronaut, a flight attendant (though I usually pretended she was the pilot), an Olympic gold medalist, etc. She wasn't limited by her femaleness.

6.   Cherry or peanut ice cream?  Cherry.  They make peanut ice cream? I've never seen it. It sounds disgusting.

7.   From one to ten, how big of a movie buff are you?  Probably a 6 or 7 these days. I have my favorites that I will watch over and over, but I don't watch a lot of movies these days and I only see a new one in the theater a couple of times a year.

8.  Who is a celebrity you think will never get into trouble?  I can't even begin to speculate. We live in a world that is going crazy and we humans are a flawed mess...anyone could take a tumble off their pedestal.

9.  What is a museum you would like to go to?  The Smithsonian. I visited the Air & Space building years ago with my Civil Air Patrol unit, but have never seen the rest of it.  It's on my bucket list.

10.  Personally, do you look better with short hair or long hair?  I think longer, it slims the face, but that said, I'm thinking about going a little shorter for convenience.

11.  What is the first thing you think of when I say ‘Jack’?  My dad.  His name was John, but nobody ever called him anything but "Jack."

12.  What do (or did) you call your grandparents?  I, unfortunately, don't have any of my grandparents left. I called my maternal grandparents, with whom I was very close, Pappy and Nana. My paternal grandmother was known as Grandma. I never knew my paternal grandfather. 
13.  What color do you usually paint your nails?  I usually choose a light pink or tan for my fingernails unless I have an event I will be dressing up for.  I only paint my toenails in the summer and I usually choose a brighter color for them.

14.  What would be a cool earring design?   I don't know. I have a pair of small silver hoops that I pretty much wear every day.
15.  Besides nightmares, what is the scariest thing about sleeping?  Nothing. I'm not going to be afraid of sleeping.

May 4, 2018

Saturday 9: Standing on the Corner

Saturday 9: Standing on the Corner (1956)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, four friends congregate on Main Street to look longingly at pretty girls. In your town, where is the best place for people watching?  Walmart. Seriously. This is still a small town and while we don't really get "People of Walmart" weird, if you go to Walmart you are bound to see everyone you know sooner or later. Other than that, I'd say wait until August and then take in the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp. All kinds of people come to town by the thousands. (They turn up at Walmart, too!)

2) This song was written for the Broadway musical, The Most Happy Fella. Who is the happiest person you know?  A guy I work with gets that honor. He is such a goof. He drives the rest of us crazy at times with his really stupid jokes, but he sure amuses himself and never lets anything get him down.

3) The members of The Four Lads met at Toronto's St. Michael's Choir School. Growing up, did you attend parochial or public school?  I went to public schools and a private school, but it wasn't parochial.

4) The Four Lads always wore jackets and ties when they performed. Do you enjoying dressing up? Or would you rat
her keep it casual?   Every once in a while it's nice to dress up and feel glamorous, but on the whole, I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. 

5) While this song was a hit for The Four Lads, they were completely overshadowed in 1956 by Elvis Presley and "Heartbreak Hotel." Who do you think dominates today's music scene? I'm the wrong person to ask about that. I don't really keep up with popular music the way I did when our daughter was still at home.

6) The Wizard of Oz aired on TV for the first time in 1956. Sam was never crazy about those flying monkeys. Tell us about something that frightened you when you were a kid.   Well, the witch in the Wizard of Oz sure did.  I wasn't crazy about the dark, either.

7) What scares you now?   The thought of ending up old and alone or of something happening to one of the grandchildren.

8) Since this week's song is about pretty girls: 1956's Miss America was Sharon Ritchie of Colorado. Today Colorado has the distinction of being the home of more microbreweries than any other state in the union. Which are you most particular about -- your beer, your wine, or your coffee?   I don't drink beer (with the once in a while exception of Corona) or coffee (as in never, ever), so I guess it would be wine.

9) Random question: We all have small, irritating habits, like soup slurping or not replacing the cap on the toothpaste. What's your nasty little habit?   Biting my nails when I am stressed or bored.

Linking up with Sam & the gang at Saturday 9.

April 29, 2018

Sunday Stealing Takes on Disney

Linking up with Sunday Stealing for a little Disney magic.

From Mickey and Maddy
(This is longer than usual, but i love Disney and I had fun answering these questions.  Apologies to non-Disney fans!)

1. Favourite scene in a Disney Princess movie?  And this is where I disappoint you. I have never really been into the Princess movies. I can't think of a specific scene.

2. Favourite scene in a non Princess movie?  The scene in Bednobs and Broomsticks when Angela Landsbury masters the "substitutiary locomotion" spell to bring an army of suits of armor to life to scare away the German soldiers trying to invade England.

3. Last Disney movie you watched?  Probably The Parent Trap remake with Lindsay Lohan.

4. How many times have you visited the parks?  I don't know. Quite a few. We lived about 15 minutes from Disney World when we were first married and if you live in Orlando, EVERYONE who comes to visit you wants to go there. The nice thing was that it was much less expensive to get in back then and on top of that we could get special rates for locals and we knew people who worked there who could get us 3-day passes for next to nothing.

5. Favourite animal themed movie?  The Lion King

6. Favourite Disney movie from the 1950’s?
A list of all Disney movies can be found here -   Peter Pan

7. Favourite Disney movie from the 1960’s?  The Jungle Book

8. Favourite Disney movie from the 1970’s?  I can't narrow it down beyond Bednobs and Broomsticks, Robin Hood, Escape to Witch Mountain, and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again.

9. Favourite Disney movie from the 1980’s? Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

10. Favourite Disney movie from the 1990’s?  Hocus Pocus, The Lion King, The Santa Clause, Toy Story, and Parent Trap.

11. Favourite Disney movie from the 2000’s?  Monsters, Inc., Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and Finding Nemo.

13. Favourite Disney movie from the 2010’s?  Frozen and The Jungle Book.

14. If you could trade lives with one character which one and why?  Natasha Richardson's character in the 90's version of Parent Trap because....Dennis Quaid!

15. First Disney orientated memory?  My first movie in a theater was The Jungle Book. I have pretty vague memories of it.

16. Favourite villain?  Winifred Sanders in Hocus Pocus.

17. Favourite live action Disney movie?  Either Hocus Pocus or the 90's version of The Parent Trap.

18. Favourite soundtrack?  I have always liked the music from Robin Hood because even as a kid I liked Roger Miller, but the only soundtrack I've ever owned is the one from the 90's Parent Trap.

19. What are your top three favourite Disney songs?  I can't even choose. 

20. Mickey or Minnie?  Mickey

21. Which movie do you find the most nostalgic?  Probably anything from the 70's because those were the big deal movies of my childhood or maybe quite a few of the ones from the 90's because they are the ones I most remember seeing with my own kids.

22. Are there any Disney movies that you haven’t seen?  Most of the newer ones from maybe about 2005 on.

23. Is there a scene or movie that makes you cry?  Old Yeller, of course.

24. Is there a song that makes you cry?  I can't think of one.

25. Which character do you relate to the most?  Probably Donald Duck or Goofy.

26. Do you own any clothing that’s Disney themed?  I used to own quite a few items when we had a Disney Store in our mall, but it closed...gee, it has to be about 10 years ago.

27. Favourite sidekick?  Timone and Pumba

28. Favourite Princess and why?  I don't really have one. I haven't even seen all the princess movies.

29. Funniest Disney scene?  The camping trip in either version of The Parent Trap.

30. Favourite Disney movie and why?  How on earth can a person pick a favorite when Disney has been so woven into the fabric of life? When there are nearly a century of fantastic movies to choose from?

April 28, 2018

April Challenge #28

Day 28

The word/phrase you use constantly.

I like to think I don't use any words to the point that their use can be described as "constant." Some words, though, do seem to pop up when I talk or write. The main word is probably "just."  I catch that one a good bit in my writing, so I suppose it's in my speech, too. However, the one I know I use with some regularity is "really."  "Really" has to be asked with the all the sarcasm and irritation of an adult and is most useful when confronted by the unbelievable action of another.  For example, I've just finished mopping the floor and someone walks across it in muddy boots.  My response is, "Really?"  With practice you can pack a lot of emotion and meaning into that one word with facial expression and tone and it has the added bonus of being irritating to the person who annoyed you to begin with.