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1. It's October so let's get this out there first thing...have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?
No. And I won't be anytime soon. Why is pumpkin such a big thing? I don't get it? I might eat a small sliver of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving (heavy on the whipped cream), but if it's not on the menu I'm okay with that.
I don't care for flavored coffee drinks or creamers so I've never had a pumpkin latte or frappe. I enjoy a slice of homemade pumpkin bread, but my preference is cranberry or banana. The other day I saw pumpkin flavored chewing gum. Ewwwwww.
2. "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld
What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?
I'm struggling to come up with an answer for this one. I'm stubborn as the day is long, so I fall more into the camp of believing nothing is impossible. How about running a marathon? I've never run one by the way, and it sounds impossible (also horrible).
I'm sure it's not, but I definitely lack the will.
3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?
I've only been a South Carolinian for a couple of months, so I had to look it up-Yellow Jessamine. I'm not familiar with this bloom, but will be on the lookout now that I've seen a picture. NJ's state flower is the violet, and I love that one.
4. What have you lost interest in recently?
Cooking? It's not so much losing interest as it is not enjoying the process in my rental kitchen. I miss my Calphon Cookware, my Kitchen Aid mixer, and most of all a sharp knife! We broke down and bought a new paring knife yesterday because I honestly think a dull knife can be more dangerous than one you know is razor sharp. Especially when you're me, ahem.
5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?
Too hard! There are so many factors to consider, but in my mind whoever earns this title needs to sing well, write, and play at least one instrument. Oh and I also need to like them. The first couple of names that popped into my head were Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and the Boss.
6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?
I don't love s'mores, they're too rich and too messy. I do love roasted marshmallows though, with my chocolate served alongside. I've never made s'mores indoors, and haven't sat around a fire pit since we moved out of our house in NJ way back in June. We do have a fire pit in the community area of our apartment complex, but we haven't spent any time there.
No real autumn bucket list written down anywhere. There are two or three things I want to do while the leaves are pretty though, so I guess I have a mental bucket list of sorts.
7. Your favorite small town? Why?
I'm a fan of small towns, and it would be hard to choose a favorite. Small towns each have their own character and appeal, and if they were all the same I don't think I'd love them nearly as much.
I will say you can't beat an English village with a charming High Street and lush green Commons. The one I lived in will forever be my favorite.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
How about a brief house update? Brief because honestly there's not a lot to make it lengthy. Since last we spoke it's rained. We're away from the devastating flooding that has occurred and continues to occur across parts of South Carolina, and for that I'm thankful. Others have not been so fortunate, and will be in recovery mode or in many cases starting over. Please keep these families in your prayers.
I'm thankful too, that we only had the lot cleared, rather than beginning the foundation prior to the storms moving in. We're so very fortunate not to have a giant muddy hole to deal with, and our excavators were able to get back to work this afternoon.
I tried to post a little video clip here of the Septic dig, because I know everyone needs to see that-ha! but it wouldn't play, so I'm posting something pretty instead. Hubs snapped this yesterday when he was out at the lot.