A Dollar For Your Thoughts

The way I figure it, inflation has surely ruled out the old “penny” price for thoughts! 😉

So, by “your thoughts” I mean your answers to 5 questions . . .

I found a 20-question “meme” online and pared it down to a more manageable list for us. Feel free to copy and paste these into the comments section so you can answer too!


What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O?

Orange! I like it even better if fruit has been added.

Your prom night, what do you remember about it?

On the morning of the prom, my girlfriends and I went to a beauty salon to have our hair done in the latest fashion of the day. (We were so excited!) It was an upswept style that featured lots of “Grecian curls”. However, between the height of my hair and the shoes I wore, I ended up taller than my date!

My Dad had a creative solution though. When he took our picture as we were on our way to the event, he had us pose on the front steps with me standing one step lower than my boyfriend. Dad cropped the photo in such a way that you couldn’t tell we were standing at different levels.

Do you have any famous ancestors?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned that I love genealogy and have spent a lot of time happily involved in searching for my roots. 🙂

To answer the question: I need to do more research to absolutely confirm it, but it appears that I may be related to Laura Ingalls Wilder through my great-great-grandmother!

How many different beverages have you had today?

Tea, milk, lemon seltzer, and water

Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?

No. I would be much more likely to either build a sand castle, or make little designs in the sand using my bare feet and toes. 😉


Your turn?



Name Game

Wanna play a game? 😉

The way this works is that you use the first letter of your name to find a word for each of the following:

(I’ll start!)

Your Name – Crystal
Four letter word – coat
Boy’s name – Charlie
Girl’s name – Cinderella
Occupation – carpenter
Color – charcoal
Beverage – coca cola
Something found in a bathroom – counter
A Place – Cape Cod
Reason for being late – car trouble
Food – cereal
Something you shout – Come on in!

Ok, now it’s your turn! 😀



One-word answers

welcomebirdsSweet Paulette, also known as Beedeebabee, has invited her readers to answer the following list of questions.

The rule is that you may only use one-word answers – which is quite a challenge! I’ve given it a try here and I’d welcome your answers to a few (or all) of the questions in your comments! (Or post to your blog and leave us the link so we can visit!)

Remember now, just ONE word! 😉

Here’s my take on it . . .

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair? short
3. Your mother? cheerful
4. Your father? noble
5. Your favorite food? pasta
6. Your dream last night? Thanksgiving!
7. Your favorite drink? tea
8. Your dream/goal? helping
9. What room are you in? den
10. Your hobby? many
11. Your fear? heights
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? content
13. Where were you last night? etsy!
14. Something that you aren’t? mean
15. Muffins? corn
16. Wish list item? travel
17. Where did you grow up? Boston
18. Last thing you did? phoned
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Your TV? comedies
21. Your Pets? missed
22. Friends? caring
23. Your life? lucky
24. Your mood? good
25. Missing Someone? daughter
26. Vehicle? Taurus
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? TJMaxx
29. Your favorite color? purple
30. When was the last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? November
32. Your best friend? several
33. One place that I go to over and over? blogland
34. Facebook? Nah!
35. Favorite place to eat? home


10 Truthful Things!

bluepansiesThe other day, Carol listed 10 truthful things about herself on her blog, and invited her readers to play along!

It sounded like fun, so here are mine. 🙂

(List yours too, if you like!)

10 truthful things about me . . .

1. When I was young, I wanted to grow up to be a teacher.

2. I am still absolutely crazy about my wonderful, smart, funny, and handsome husband after 37 years! We were toddlers when we married.
OK, the toddler part is not true. 😉

3. The first thing I do when I get home is put on my slippers!

4. My first “real” job (besides babysitting) was a summer job as a waitress. I was 15 years old and I rode my bike to work. It was 4 miles each way.

5. I wish I could play the piano.

6. I love to make things and have learned many different crafts. It’s so relaxing and there’s nothing more rewarding than having something pretty to show for your time. Spend an hour on laundry and the hamper is full immediately, it seems. But, spend an hour beading – and you have a bracelet!

7. I hate olives of any kind.

8. I love the internet. It’s like having a library in your home 24/7

9. I make a good hamburger. The chef at the restaurant where I worked as a kid taught me how to cook one. Since then, people have always remarked about how very good my hamburgers are. I think the secret is knowing the precise moment to take it off the heat – so that it’s cooked, but still juicy.

10. I love reading all of the sweet and funny comments that are left on my blog. My readers are the best!


Christmas Quiz

Here’s a fun Christmas questionnaire that I saw last week on caroleknits. Because there are twenty-five questions, my initial idea was to split it into two separate posts. But then I thought you might like to decide whether you want to read it all at once or not. Maybe you’ll read part of it now, and then return tomorrow to pick up where you left off! 🙂


Your answers to any of the questions would be very welcome, too! Use the comment form if you like. Or if you have a blog and want to post your answers there, please let me know so that I can visit.

OK, here we go . . .

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper, ribbons, tags, package tie-ons! I really enjoy wrapping and love to create a beautifully wrapped gift!

2. Real tree or Artificial?

Real for many years – up until the youngest went off to college. After that we bought an artificial tree and I love the fact that I can now put it up early without worrying that it will be a needle-less stick by Christmas. 😉

3. When do you put up the tree?

See #2. Actually, right after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Usually by Jan 1st. I love having it up for a month or so, but there’s nothing as “over” as Christmas, so I’m usually pretty anxious to put it away by the first of the year.

5. Do you like eggnog?

No, not really. I’ve just never developed a taste for it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

Without question – a Shirley Temple doll when I was about 6 yrs old. I remember running into the room of my sleeping parents at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning and breathlessly exclaiming to two very sleepy adults: “Santa brought the doll I wanted!” They didn’t seem all that surprised. 😉

7. Hardest person to buy for?

My Mum & Dad. They have 6 kids buying them gifts, so it’s a real challenge to come up with original ideas for Christmas, birthdays, and mother’s and father’s day presents.

8. Easiest person to buy for?

My daughters – for everything except clothes, that is.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

Yes, a few of them. One from when we were first married, another one made of plastic that the kids loved to play with when they were young (They’d spend hours arranging and rearranging all the figures!), and finally a beautiful one that my parents gave to us a few years ago. We alternate among them from year to year.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

We mail them. It’s becoming quite expensive to send cards – between the cards and the postage – but I don’t think I will ever email them. There’s just something special about sending a paper greeting.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

Hmmm . . . Can we say “most disappointing”?
When I was in my late teens, my girlfriends and I were all expecting friendship rings from the guys we were dating. On Christmas Eve, we 3 couples were all together to exchange gifts. Both of my girlfriends received sweet little rings and I got a wool hat with matching scarf. It was very pretty, but not quite what a teenage girl was dreaming of. 😉

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

I love “A Christmas Carol”, the version with George C. Scott as Scrooge. For years, we watched it every Christmas Eve. I also love “The House Without A Christmas Tree” which is a 1972 made-for-TV movie. It’s such a heart-warming story and the actors are perfectly cast. I never get tired of watching it.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

I try to be on the lookout all year, but don’t usually get really serious until November.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

I don’t think I have ever given a gift that I received to another person on my gift list. But I have donated unneeded gifts to charity.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

When I was a kid it was that hard Christmas Candy. Each year, the pastor of our church used to give a little box of it to every school child. These days, I would have to say Christmas cookies.

16. Lights on the tree?

Yes – colored lights! Our outdoor lights have been white/clear for several years now, but we hold fast to the tradition of color on the Christmas tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Oh, I don’t think I can choose just one! Even though the radio stations and all the stores overdo it with Christmas music, I still love several Christmas songs. As a kid, it was “The Little Drummer Boy”. Hmm, lets see, for a hymn, it’s “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” which we sang in Latin years ago. But I also love “O Holy Night” and White Christmas and Winter Wonderland and . . . well, you get the idea!

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

Usually travel, but by car as most of the family is in New England.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Why, yes I can – thanks to another favorite Christmas song!

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

We open one on Christmas Eve, and usually it’s a small one so that the best is yet to come on Christmas morning.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

No parking spaces and long lines at the malls. Each year we promise ourselves that “next” year we’ll be all finished with our shopping in September!! Hasn’t happened yet, though.

22. Favorite ornament theme or color?

I love Christmas in all themes and colors and have experimented with different ones over the years! For example, some years our tree is decorated only with handmade ornaments (Most of them were made by my daughters and me). Other years we’ve used just glass ornaments. Then there are years when we use only the Hallmark ornaments that we’ve been collecting since the kids were babies. We do have a tradition that maybe could be thought of as a “theme”. We call it “The Scene”. It’s a little Christmas village that we put together piece by piece, year by year. There are tiny houses and figures and cute Christmas miniatures. Nothing is from a set – it’s all just a collection of individual little pieces that we’ve had great fun searching for and adding to every year.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?

A new stove. Mine is over 25 years old and it’s just about to croak!

24. Angel on the treetop or a star?

An angel.

25. Favorite Christmas dinner?

I’m flexible. I do like to have shrimp on Christmas Eve though!