Another Stab at Hodge Podge…

Joining today with Joyce at “From This Side of the Pond…”

Every week, there are a different set of questions to answer with this meme. This week’s set looked particularly interesting, so here goes…

1. Would you rather talk to everyone at a crowded party for a short time or have a significant conversation with two people?

Definitely rather have a significant conversation with two people than try and work the room – at least if I am at someone else’s party. If it’s my own shindig, then I’ll try and greet everyone sometime during the event.

2. What objects do you remember from your parent’s living room?

I really love this question! I remember quite a lot actually, most especially my father’s baby grand piano – shiny black enamel, his favorite spot in the entire house. He filled our home with remarkable music and even though my mom sometimes resented how it’s size made decorating difficult, we all loved it when he played. I also remember my mom’s ‘Danish modern’ furniture. She could take the most interesting assortment of bargain pieces and make a room look beautiful and inviting. My dad was a school teacher and my mom a stay at home mom, so bargains were important to us. The chairs were a really pretty shade of soft lavender, if you can believe that, and the sofa was green, I think. There were also a couple of Royal Doulton figurines, which my mom adored and my dad gave her for special occasions. I also remember that the windows in that room were multi-paned and there was a door leading to a side patio that I loved – a tall ginkgo tree, a brick walk and lots of lovely fuschias enjoying the shady side of the house.

3. Do you hog the bed, steal the covers, snore?

Nope, don’t hog the bed, seldom steal the covers …. but snoring? I think probably so. Although my husband is much noisier than I am. {smile}

4. Speaking of Easter dinner…what is your favorite way to cook/eat lamb? Or does just the thought of that make you squeamish? If you’re not cooking lamb what will be your entree du jour on Easter Sunday?

We love lamb, but don’t get it very often because it’s expensive. Love chops, leg of lamb and rack of lamb. And my daughter is hosting Easter this year and she will do a roast lamb and we’ll all bring a variety of Mediterranean side dishes. Should be yummy – and fun.

5. Let’s throw some politics into this week’s mix…oooooohh….Do you know the whereabouts of your birth certificate and when was the last time you had to produce it to prove you’re you?

Not sure why this is viewed as a political question, but yes – I know where it is. In the metal box where my husband stores all of our valuable papers. And the last time I needed it was to get our first set of passports about 20 years ago…

6. As a child, how did people describe you?

Also a great question! I think the adjectives would have included: TALL; bookish-to-the-point-of-being-anti-social; uncoordinated; gangly; intelligent in some areas, hopeless in others; a night owl; a procrastinator; a last-minute-homework-doing-machine.

7. What do you complain about the most?

Hmmm…try not to complain, but I get really tired of multiple days of rain or overcast weather. (Yes, I’m spoiled – I live on the central coast of California).

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My husband and I were talking at dinner about the most recent things that have made us laugh out loud and we agreed that a couple of our grandkids head that list. We keep our 13 month old granddaughter 1 or 2 days a week and she makes us laugh every single time. She is just too charming for words and learning to form words and to share opinions very clearly! And we cared for our 5-year-old grandson a couple of days this week and he cracks us up every time, too. Thank God for the presence of small ones (and the bigger ones, too!) in our lives at this point in time. Grandparenting is one of God’s rewards for later life and we love it. See what I mean?

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  1. Your grandkids are adorable!

    The birth certificate question wasn’t really political..that was a joke of sorts since such our President’s has been in the news so much in recent weeks.

    I wanted to fix lamb for Easter but my youngest daughter has said she wants ham…she’s not home very often so I aim to please : )

  2. Hopped on over here from Joyce’s blog – (And by the way, I LOVE Santa Barbara and am completely jealous that you get to live there! OK, not completely jealous… that would be wrong… but you know what I mean) Loved your answers – your rememberences of your parents’ living room reminded me of my Mom’s Hummel figurines she got in Germany that were always on top of our piano – I had completely forgotten about them until now! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!