Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's That Time Again...Weekly Random #9

I normally wouldn’t do two memes in a row on my blog but yesterday’s was an award so participating was part of the deal. Today I’m back at Lindas for her weekly random which sounds light and breezy on the surface but she always throws in a question or three that make you dig deep for the answer. Very theraputic actually…come play! Answer the questions on your own blog and link your answers here….

1. Tell me something about your favorite teacher.

First grade…Mrs. Ousler…she loved me and I wanted to go home with her. I mean I loved my own home and family but this woman was the epitome of what a first grade teacher should be-warm, cheerful, kind, soft spoken…if you had a loose tooth and she pulled it she gave you a sour ball candy which was a big treat. She was good at the teaching part too…like I said…I loved her and I imagine she set the stage for me to love school always.

2. Tell me about one pivotal moment in your life.

I guess I’d say my father’s death…our family isn’t the same without him. I was 32 years old but I don’t care how old you are…you are never old enough. My children were young (2 and 4) and my dad was such a wonderful Poppie… I’m sad they didn’t get to have him in their lives longer. He was a Marine for most of his life… a man of real strength and integrity yet he had a tenderness underneath and you especially saw it around the granddaughters whom he loved so very much.

3. About favorite colors--a lot of people will ask you what it is, but I want to know why it is. What feeling or memory does it evoke? \

Yellow-it’s happy…it’s not a color I use in my home as I like warm rich colors for decorating and living but when I think of yellow I think sunshine and happiness so I always claim it as my favorite.

4. What's a sure sign that you're getting older?

Holy moly…where do I begin??? How about we start at the top of my head and work our way down? My roots, my memory, my eyesight, my neck, my tummy, my blood pressure, my sleeping on the couch at 9 PM-oh wait…I’ve always done that one...let’s just say that once 45 has come and gone the body goes just a teensy bit psycho. In re-reading this I feel like I should post a picture because when I look in the mirror I don’t look quite as scary as I just described…I guess it’s just a little change here and a little change there and when you put it all together you realize you are a long way from 25.

5. Please don't sermonize, but Halloween--is it a yes or no for you?

Well my kids are in college now so they’re not home to participate but as children, yes, we did the costume /trick or treat act.

6. What's your favorite musical?

Phantom of the Opera

7. Are you more of a city mouse or country mouse?

I am a country mouse (not talking farm here, just space, nature, woods, land) who needs easy and frequent access to the city.

8. Did you know that it is possible, for a small fee, to name a real star after someone? (It's true! Google it!) If someone were to name a star for you, would you appreciate it for its whimsy and romance, or would you say, "Are you kidding me? For $19.95 we could have gone to the movie and actually bought popcorn."

I suppose if someone thought this would be a thoughtful and meaningful gift for me I could appreciate it. We loved my daughter’s fifth grade teacher and her class went together and did this as one part of an end of year gift for her. She was hugely into science and participated in the NASA program for Teachers in Space so she really loved this and it felt personal.

9. This question comes from Paula at His Ways Are Not Our Ways)-What's the craziest thing you've ever been doing and texted during it? I only thought of this b/c I was about to try to text during my walking video but I didn't. Paula, you do know that this blog is rated G, right?


10. "It's not a party unless _______."

Somethin’ gets broken…that’s the standard end of that saying at our house. We’re fun people here…what can I say?

11. When you're stuck in traffic or a waiting room, what do you do to pass the time? PS: There are no magazines available.

In a waiting room I try very hard not to touch anything…I people watch and sometimes write great blog posts in my head that I later cannot remember. In traffic, it’s all about the music isn’t it? I like mine loud and I like to sing along much to the dismay of my family.

12. If you weren't yourself, would you be friends with you?

I'd like to think so.


  1. That IS quite a list {although I'm pretty sure I could have elaborated on mine too}. ;) I agree. Yellow is a happy color. I painted my girl's bathroom yellow... I'll let you know how that experiment works. Ha!

  2. Joyce, finally an answer to the party question other than ....unless there's food. Be sure to see my answer to this question. I think you'll get a chuckle. Blessings, SusanD

  3. Loved #4. Made me laugh, only 'cause I so relate!!

  4. Your party answer made me laugh.

  5. Joyce,

    Just love this meme! It was so much funny reading each of the questions and seeing how you would answer. Love them all.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  6. #10 -- LOL! I've broken a dining room table at a New Years Eve party, not once, but TWICE (different tables obviously). The first time we were playing the card game, "Spoons". Its a bit rowdy and a fight over a spoon caused a dog pile on the table and the legs buckled. Who knew it couldn't hold five people?

    I seem to have posted a post in your comments. I'll go now ....'

    The second time the pop of the champagne cork momentarily turned the lights out -- literally, it hit the chandelier -- and I dropped the bottle onto the glass topped table and it shattered. It was a fluke accident that left me picking up glass for a week. Oh -- and that midnight bottle of champagne was the only alcohol of the night -- and we never got any!

  7. I almost talked of my father's passing for #2, too, Joyce. He was the life and laughter in our home, though we were all grown and married when he died. Going home was never quite the same though in time it did get better. Our son never knew his grandfather and how I wish he had. I've endeavored to help him to know him through stories and all and many times he'll say, "I wish I had known Granddad."
    Enjoyed reading your answers! :-)

  8. I love yellow too, but didn't write that as my favorite color. Too many to choose from. #4 made me laugh too. When I see pictures of myself, I usually think that I don't look like I feel.

  9. Well, this i a great post for my first visit!!! I got to know lots about you!


  10. That's my opinion entirely on the country/city mouse dilemma. Well put!

  11. Hi Joyce, your answers show a warm heart and great sense of humor.

    I agree to you, we never can be too old for a parent's death.

    I really enjoyed reading your Random Dozens. Have a wonderful day :)

  12. Great answers! A wonderful first grade teacher does make all the difference in the world! # 4 and #10 had me laughing out loud :-)

    Wasn't Phantom great? I took my husband for his birthday one year when it was in Detroit. He grumbled beforehand (he was most definitely NOT into opera and even though I told him it wasn't THAT kind of opera, he didn't believe me) but then he loved it (of course!) and a few years later he took our son when it was at the Wharton Center in Lansing. We have a CD of the music. GREAT music!!!

  13. Okay... some of your answers were so similar to mine. Are we twins or something? lol (especially the age question!)

    I'm so sorry to read you lost your Dad at such a young age. I lost my mom at 39 (6 years ago this past week) and you do never a) prepare for it or b) get over it. There is a hole you never knew could ever exist until it happens. Sending a hug to you tonight!

  14. Joyce,

    I like these Random Dozen posts because it allows me to get to know you a little better each time. You have inspired me to do one of my own. Please check it out when you have the chance.


  15. I haven't been around for a while but I really enjoyed reading your answers. I wondering if you still text while driving? Hmmmm!!!

  16. You're my kind of girl since you try hard not to touch anything while waiting! Esp with this crazy flu thing going on. I hate being handed a pen to sign things when I'm out... so I try to grab my own first.

  17. Just started participating in the Random Dozen and thought I'd check out your answers. Loved that you write blog posts in your head that you can't remember later. I "write" them as I'm drifting off to sleep, in the shower, in the car when all the kids are tuned out with their IPods. Just wish I could remember them!

  18. This was great and so fun to read! We have a lot more in common now that I know more about you! I laughed out loud with the aging comment! Too funny! :D

  19. Joyce, I loved your party answer.

    You actually wrote two great tributes in one post.

    See ya next week, I hope.