It's Wednesday already and time for the HODGEPODGE....click on the pic below to join in for some fun...
1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April? Well I think we have had more then our usual amount of rain for April, but then that's not saying a lot considering we are talking So. California here. I do not carry an umbrella, though there is usually one in my trunk. IF I should get caught, I'd usually just make a run for it. Though, truthfully I don't "run" anywhere. (grin) Our April has been full of birthdays and celebrations, and time spent with family. It has been wonderful!
2. What's something you could give a 30-minute presentation on at a moments notice and with zero preparation? Well honestly I guess I could give one on a number of different little sewing projects. Let's go with something made out of knit that needs a little stretchy band put on the neck...such as this little dress or pair of summer pj's.
3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood......hmmm let's see. I think I will have to go with Christmas cookie baking with my mom. We spent AT LEAST two or three days baking goodies for our big family. There were six kids in addition to our parents, so we needed A LOT, lol. My mom just had a way of making the whole process fun. We chose up our traditional favorites and just kind of kept the kitchen popping is the only way to describe it. My mom would be making her yearly cinnamon rolls while we worked on the cookies, popcorn cakes, fudge, and candy. The smells were heavenly and we played Christmas music and sang away as well. She'd store it all away in tins and containers and we feasted on it for weeks it seemed. We all looked soo forward to it. When I became a mom and repeated this "event" with my kids it brought fresh admiration for my mom, because I quickly learned lots of little ones underfoot during this process was oftentimes more of a hindrance than help, lol.
4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong? Truthfully one eludes me right now, but if I am being honest I do it A LOT, lol, and my hubby who seems to ALWAYS know all the words to EVERY song, is quick to point it out. I "could" ask him to tell me one, but I think I will let that alone for now, lol.
5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are...Niagara Falls, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Times Square, Epcot, Seattle Space Needle, and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. How may of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway. Oh my...I feel like these kind of questions always expose that we have done VERY little traveling. The only place I have seen in person is Hollywood Walk of Fame. And I did not feel like a tourist, and probably wouldn't have even gone if the people visiting us hadn't wanted to go, lol. We did go to steamboat springs once, but in the summer time and rode the ski lifts to the top. It was the most spectacular view, and honestly the little town and place with it's shops and it's restaurants was one of the most beautiful places I personally have ever been. We had traveled there for a national softball tournament when Melody was playing travel softball.
6. What is your signature clothing item? Oh this is easy, I pretty much always wear the exact same thing in different colors and prints. My daughter has pointed that out on numerous occasions when she has tried in vain to get me to branch out some. I wear stretchy denim jeans in the winter time, and stretchy denim capris in the warm and hot months. I do have these in 3 shades, lol. Dark, medium and light, and very occasionally I will even wear white or maybe black. And these are worn with 3/4 length (usually, though I do own a few long sleeved and a few short sleeved) usually floral colored knit tops. I know....pretty boring. But I am comfortable and it's just my "best" look. lol
7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once?Why? Well this particular experience can only be had between a mother and a daughter. So you'd have to fit that requirement I guess to experience it. Actually now that I think about it, it wouldn't have to be your daughter, as I have experienced it with a sister, a niece, daughter in laws, and my own daughter. And that's witnessing the birth of a baby. I have had this experience 8 different times, and honestly it remains some of the best moments of my life. There is just something soo overwhelming awesome about it all. Like the witnessing of a miracle. If you should ever find yourself in the position to experience this...take it!
8. Insert your own random thought here....I was struck today by how much "maintenance" it takes to keep this old gal "somewhat" presentable, and the sad fact that even with all the maintenance it's just not that good anymore, lol. And that's not to say it was EVER all that great, Then I wondered do I do too much? Do others not? Should I spend less time and money and energy? Here's my "must do" list.....My grey roots and hair style require a touch up and a trim every 5 weeks, sometimes I can push it to 6, but not usually. Then....I must have my what would be wild eyebrows threaded every 3 weeks along with my lip, my chin, and even the sides of my face. Ever since my total hysterectomy it's all just been an issue and honestly I just can't see it well enough to do myself. Then, there's my feet. I MUST have a pedicure at least every 6 weeks (more like 4 in the summertime) or so as with my knees I can't really do that myself anymore either. Plus in California sandals are worn pretty much year round (or can be) and my feet show and have to look at least presentable. And now I've added on.....and this I hesitate to admit for fear I will be looked at as possibly crazy....eyelash extensions. I CAN eliminate this. But I have found a gal who is relatively inexpensive (as eyelash extensions go) does a wonderful job, and they are really pretty nice. It eliminates for me the need to pretty much ever wear mascara, and my eyes just look better with some lashes. Mine are short and sparse anymore. I do not even wear eyeshadow or liner or anything unless we are going somewhere kind of special and it's been really nice. And it eliminates the need to remove it all as well, lol. I DOUBT very much I will keep this up for very long, but for now it sure has been nice. All of this of course is just the items I have to go do and not the ones I do for myself. Which is daily moisturizing and special lotions and creams for feet, etc. etc. etc. There is just soooo much maintenance. And I can say with complete honesty I am not a woman who gives a whole lot of thought or care as to how I look...HONEST! But things must be maintained. Do you know what I mean? lol Anyway, by the time I had my eyelashes done today, ran to the mall to pick up my moisturizer, swung by the health food store for my supplements (another necessary maintenance thing for this old body) and then finally to Joanne's for some sewing supplies, a GREAT deal of the day was gone. And I began to wonder... ..maybe I am spending TOO much time TRYING to maintain?!?
Hope you are all having a good week. Many blessings to you all! Debbie