What does it proclaim about your life when you’re so easily thrilled about new growth on a plant? That when you go outside into your gardens each morning, and you see a new shoot unfurling so bravely into the world, you feel such a stab of tenderness? Almost as if you’ve just given birth yourself.
Does it tell the world that you have a rather boring life? Or that such simple things just tend to make you happy? And that, I hope, is a good thing.
The photo above shows a leaf on one of my pond plants getting ready to show it’s sweet face. It never ceases to amaze me how these various new shoots unfold themselves like an accordian. And we see each step of their journey, and behold the simple beauty of nature.
Here is the entire plant.
I’m sure many of you understand my enthusiasm. But I can’t help but think what, say, my grown daughters would think, if they came to visit and I rushed them outside and pointed out this new plant growth to them. I’m sure they would stare at me in utter amazement, and say, "Mother, don’t you have a life?"
Okay, sweet Laura at My Little Orange Kitchen http://littleorangekitchen.typepad.com has tagged me. It is made up of a questionnaire of sorts to get to know one another better in this vast blogger community. As you can see from my post today, I don’t live a really glamorous life. But I shall do my best not to bore you to tears.
What Were You Doing Ten Years Ago? Well, let’s see. Ten years ago I had just gotten married. I was living in Oklahoma in a huge old house that I was renovating. Also was redoing the garage apartment. We only lived there about three years though, so I have no idea what it looks like now.
Five Things On Your To-Do List: Lose ten more pounds. Yikes, I likely put that in my last tag! But my scales are broken. That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. Stay off eBay for a week. Clean out the closets. Put flagstone outside my back door. Put together my neighbor’s new dog a "Welcome to the neighborhood" doggy gift basket. (She just lost two beloved dogs in the space of one month. So she well deserves this!) Obviously, I have far more on my list, but this is five!
Five Snacks You Enjoy: I adore Dove milk chocolate pieces. Unfortunately. Also I’m a big yogurt eater. Kashi cereal. Weight Watchers chocolate cake snack at night (eat it literally every night!) A cold cappuccino drink in mid-afternoon when I’m starting to droop. Pepperidge Farm cookies. Especially the assorted flavors in the big box. I grab all the chocolate ones! No salt in my line up. I’m a sugar sweet girl!
Things You Would Do If You Were A Millionare: Well, first I guess I’d pay off my house so I’d never have to worry about foreclosure that’s so in the news right now. And that of my grown daughters. And then I’d have to start giving money away. Meals On Wheels, of course. Because that’s where I volunteer. But then I’d give away most of it to animal causes. Chiefly to the animal shelters because I’d love to have no-kill shelters. Nothing makes me cry more than that sad fact.
Places I’ve Lived: Well, that is easy. Oklahoma. Texas. Oklahoma. Texas. Then finally Texas again. I know, boring. But I haven’t had the pleasure of living anywhere else. Though I’ve always yearned to live near the ocean or in New England where the fall season is so picturesque.
Now that I’ve done my assignment, I must dole it out to three other unsuspecting victims. I want to get to know a few bloggers better that I’ve recently just found and started reading regularly:
Diane, over at Crafty Passions http://dianobe.blogspot.com
Joanna, who is relatively new at this but already very good, over at Sweet Finds http://www.sweetfinds.typepad.com
And Tina, another fellow Texan, over at Stitching In Texas http://www.stitchingintexas.blogspot.com
When you three gals have the time, please tell us more about your illustrious selves! Please don’t be shy. Let it all hang out.