Looking out my window you certainly cannot tell it is the last week of March. Meh it will be what it will be. Life here is clicking along. I have to say it is unusual due to restraints and perhaps a case of Wounded Wife Syndrome. I'm not in a panic by any means, just floating around rather aimlessly. But ....
( My Dad loved Doris Day. So by proxy so do I. I actually also really LOVE the dress she is wearing in this video. Oh and for all of you out there that have older parents- you are most welcome for the ear worm today !)
What have you and Barney NOT done since you were dating oh those many years ago that you'd LOVE to do again? (and it's MM asking...)
MM...you are trying to cause controversy...or shed me in a bad light, I can sense it. ( insert vision of him pontificating/explaining that we won't be shed in a bad light if it isn't something naughty)
What parts of Barney do you like best? What parts of yourself do you like best?
I have always loved Barney's blue eyes. None of our children have blue eyes however. Our oldest has an unusual army green colour though! What part of me do I like best- Barney.
Here are some questions: if you had to choose to either grow a foot our shrink a foot(in inches, not the left or right!) Which would you choose and why? Do you believe in ghosts, aliens, magic? Do you have a favorite essential oil?
Well the first question is easy...UP up and Away!
I am 5 foot 2, which I realize around here isn't that short, but ALL of my height is in my legs...bwahaa..I am short- waisted. Finding clothes can be challenging because of that. Unless of course you want your jeans to double as a bra! So not only would I want to grow up I want that inch between my hip bone and rib cage. I can literally pinch my fingers between the two if I bend to the side. Oh the joys!Wait you said a FOOT? I don't want to be 6 foot 2 OR 4 foot 2...sheesh....lol
As for Magic....
Aliens? Well I am not so arrogant to think that in the entire universe we are the only living creatures. Do I believe they look like THIS guy...
Well at the risk of sounding judgmental...I hope not, but here in Canada we might be safe...he has no hair and might be a tad chilly here. Of course the sun might be worse for him without a good sunscreen.
Now the ghost question. Absolutely. I have lived in a 'haunted' house. I know call me crazy. One time in that house we decided to use a Ouja board...( yeah GREAT idea). After it answering some 'questions' the triangular thing( I'm sure it has a proper name) kept moving. On its own...with NO hands on it. Of course this could be explained away I'm sure. I once heard that we only use a small percentage of our brain ( some WAY less than others) so perhaps one of us in the room had the subconscious ability to move the piece. It scared me enough to never want to play that again.
About 15 years later, friends convinced me to play a game called Spirit in the Glass ( oh how I wish it was a drinking game) at their house. Basically it is the same as Ouja, but you use a drinking glass and cut the letters out of paper. You ask the 'spirits' to answer questions. You know the drill. Well my friend Peter started asking questions, and the glass wasn't moving ( our fingers were on it lightly). Me being the smart mouth that I am I started to taunt Peter, and then these so-called spirits ( guess I lost the fear from my late teens). The glass practically FLEW across the table and landed on its side in front of me. At first I said, " Knock it off guys" But they claimed they didn't do it, and how would they knock the glass over if they were barely touching it? As the night went on the 'spirit' would only move the glass if I was the one asking the questions.
We have played several times since and with similar results. I do have girlfriend where the same thing happens to her too. Anyway one 'spirit' told me things that made no sense. About a relative and a riff between family members and how she wanted my Mom to know it was alright and she had forgiven her. I brushed it off because I had no idea about a riff. About a month later, after no prompting from me, my Mom told me about a former sister in law from her estranged brother. She said one of her nieces contacted her out of the blue after about 30 years. The niece said her Mom wanted my Mom to know she understood why she couldn't have helped out when she left my uncle because times were tough for all of them back then. My cousin ( who I have never met) told my Mom she had been looking for her for years, because her Mom wanted to makes sure she understood this. That she held no ill will towards her. My aunt had died years ago. My Mom told me she had been thinking a lot about her lately and how guilty she felt for not being able to take them ( 6 of them) into our house back then- my uncle was a drunk...apparently a mean one at that. It still bothers her to this day. Or did until her niece found her.
I'm sure someone out there can explain that story away. But I have had several, tame incidents like this. I am not scared when we play this game. I often still taunt, and the glass flies at me. My friend Peter always gets upset with me, in a joking manner, but he loves to watch the glass fly too!
A few years ago a close relative got married in a haunted inn. She didn't know it was haunted ( and well known too...they even had a tv special on the darn place) when they booked their wedding there. About 2 weeks before the wedding apparently the ghosts 'left' ( It is a very long an interesting story, email me if you want the link). The owners were upset because they enjoyed living with these ghosts. Anyway when Barney and I and my adult niece arrived there, she could see I was uneasy. She looked point blank at me and said, " You know Wilma, that if a ghost is going to make itself know...it IS going to be to you". GREAT! She had no idea about the Spirit in the Glass thing...Meh, maybe she was just trying to freak me out. Anyway I practically slept ON TOP of Barney that night. His response,
"Great, our first time away from the kids, in a haunted house with my ghost speaking, scared wife, sleeping on top of me and our NIECE was in the room !" LOL...
What's on your bucket list?
Italy. I mentioned it in my last post if anyone is curious. I only have one thing on my bucket list. If I cross it off I shall add another.
and this one might be too personal, so you don't have to answer it....How would you feel if your children wanted to practice DD/TTWD?
It is not too personal, just too creepy to think about. Not that I think dd/ttwd is creepy. But it is intimate, and I don't like to think of it with my family members, young or old. In fact if I am OTK and the phone rings I pray to GOD my Mother's voice does not project out of the answering machine!
I can't even submit to a spanking within a certain amount of time after talking to my family. I don't know how in the world those of you who live with other adults manage it mentally!
What is your favourite movie?
My favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.
When I was a young teen it was The Outsiders.
I mean Patrick Swayze as the alpha male older brother...? how can you get better than that?
Well aside from Atticus Finch ( who by the way Barney reminds me of come to think of it) from To Kill A Mockingbird.
And the movie that most intrigues me is A Picnic At Hanging Rock. On a whim I took a Film Studies course in university, there is where I first saw this movie. The symbolism in this movie is outstanding. I find it eerie and fascinating all at the same time.
What is the one change within yourself since starting your ttwd adventure that you are most happy about?
I am going to cheat here and just post the link to a post I wrote after Christmas.
If an alien space ship landed in your yard and said they wanted to speak to the smartest person on the planet, who would you tell them to talk to? (Can't be Barney or me even though I know you would immediately think of us!) LOL
I'd say, " It is your lucky day. You are already talking to her"
Seriously, I don't believe there is one specific type of intelligence therefore there isn't a smartest person in the room, much less the planet. Intelligence comes in all shapes and sizes and varies in circumstances.
As for questions...I never know what to ask...so instead I simply ask for you to please share anything you would like that we may not know about you...always love learning about friends...
Hmm, let's see1) I can make my tongue vibrate and touch my nose with it.
2) Even though I have swam in rivers and lakes ( including the world's biggest fresh water lake) with sturgeon, muskies, leeches, snakes, lamprey...I am terrified of the ocean.
3) Looking at pictures of whales or sharks makes my chest tighten
4) I taught my self how to decorate cakes. I started when I was 11 and the first cake I ever decorated was Fred Flintstone
5) Barney and I are both the youngest in our families
6) My oldest sibling and I are the most alike, even though we didn't even grow up together- she is that much older. She is blonde with straight hair and almond shaped eyes.
I am auburn curly and round brown eyes.
7) My eyes 'disappear' when I smile.
8) All 3 of our boys, while very different looking, look like me- at different stages of my life
9)I have an excellent memory for things I have experienced. Once I described a specific day at the cottage to my Mom. She told me that was the summer before I turned 3.
10) I don't necessarily believe in signs of the Zodiac as a rule, but I am VERY much a Libra
Is there a place here in the US you'd like to visit?
Aside from the homes of a few blogger friends, I'd like to go to California Wine country.
Do you have any hobbies?My hobbies change from season to season. I like doing anything that is creative. I have refurbished and designed furniture. I decorate cakes. I have ( although not in a while) painted- I like water colours best. I love to garden. LOVE to garden. I love cooking. Today I am sewing throw cushion covers...lol
As well as gardening I love being outside doing just about anything- and that includes shoveling. But it doesn't include RUNNING!
Sadie:Okay, what is your favorite childhood memory?
Hmm, that's a tough one. I had such a wonderful childhood in so many ways. It wasn't perfect or without pain, but it was wonderful.
Every Saturday my Mom would go cross country skiing. Later when I was older I would join her and her friends. They would ski to a hunt cabin in the bush, light a fire, have lunch, some would ski some more, and then head back out again. But until I was old enough to go, I would stay at home with my Dad. Often this meant going to McDonald's for lunch. I remember standing at the front door, waving to her, my Dad holding it open. I was probably about 4. She was laughing. " Don't be so excited to see me go!"
When I left for University, my Mom ( covering up her sadness as I was the last to go) went off somewhere to find something out. My Dad sat on my bed watching me hang things in my dorm room closet.
" Hmm. I am glad to be here watching you unpack, so I won't go looking for half of my wardrobe when I get home. Oh and Wilma, can you at least pretend to be a little sad about leaving home.....For your Mom's sake?"
Where did you grow up, and did you move often?
I grew up about a 4 hour drive North West of where we live now. As a child we never moved. I came home from the hospital into the bedroom I left for university . This was the first house my parents ever bought.
But for ME...well I moved a lot once I moved to the city I now lived in. On average once a year until Barney and I became engaged.
How did you and Barney meet?
Barney and I worked together. We knew each other and were friends for over 2 years before dating. People who we are still friends from from that time said they always knew we belonged together, and they collectively sighed " FINALLY" when we started dating! True story. We hear this about once a year from someone we worked with back then.
Well there you have it~ everything you wanted to know, and probably a WHOLE lot more you didn't!
Yup goals achieved again this week. Getting a little lax on what constitutes as healthy for lunch, or even what time lunch is- but other than that.
I switched almost exclusively to the hula hoop this week. Exchanging Downton Abbey for music. It provides for a more vigorous work out.
The water consumption no longer seems to keep me running nor is it difficult to consume anymore. I am noticing a difference in my skin slightly now too. Or at least that is what I am telling myself anyway.
QUEENIE: Mission Accomplished this week! Great Job!!
DownUnder Don: He said not a great week for formal exercise. I think he did great! Who needs to lift weights all the time?