Friday, February 26, 2010

Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase - that's what wild geese are for. ~ Author Unknown

A long week. Not a bad one, just a lot of stuff going on in the background here at home that hasn't made its way to the blog screen. Suffice it to say I've got an awful lot on my mind. Again, nothing bad...just some things that need a lot of careful thought and prayer. I am too tired, too fragmented, to think of anything original this evening so I've done a meme, for what it's worth:

1. Have you ever fired a gun or shot a bow and arrow? Yes, to both

2. Do you know where your childhood best friends are? Yes, amazingly, I do know where most of them are.

3. Do you usually arrive early, late, or on time? Maybe a few minutes early but basically on time. Having been a person who didn't learn to drive until Dear Hubby taught me at the age of 20 I either rode my 10-speed bike or walked. I had to depend on a lot of people for rides to work especially. Because people were invariably late, lateness is one of my worst pet peeves in others. A 4 o'clock appointment? It means 4 o'clock, not 4:25. If I tell you dinner will be served at 6 pm, dinner will be served at 6 pm. Argggghhhh. What's so hard about that?! One thing that cracks me up about several people in the congregation at our church is the fact that the same ones, over and over and over again fo years, show up 5 minutes late...they come wandering in to find their accustomed pews. Why not leave home 5 minutes earlier?!? It just drives. me. nuts.

4. Are you more of a New York or California type? Most definitely California. And I'm not talking LA-hip...I'm talking nature/beach/laid-back sun-loving California.

5. Do you have a special ring tone? Our cell was set by our daughter so what we have is her doing, mostly. As Plain Jane as we could get it. To this day I still prefer the old-fashioned 'bringggggg'.

6. What is your favorite type of chip? I like a rice chip made with sea salt I get in the Natural Food aisle. Couldn't tell you what they taste like but they're the crunchiest things I've ever had and that's why I love them. With no sense of taste, texture is just about everything in food. And sea salt is so much better for us.

7. Best comedy you've ever seen is .... "Harvey" with James Stewart. What a classic.

8. Have you ever cut your own hair? Yes, my bangs many times and I've even whacked at the sides of it. But Dear Hubby's been the one to trim up the rest of it for me.

9. If you were going to have an extreme makeover, would you rather it be about your house or your personal self? House. I'm pretty comfortable with how I look. I've never been a beauty, I never will be. But our house? It is 98 years old and as soon as we get one thing fixed something else falls to pieces. I'd like custom remodeling but I'd do the decorating. I like my eclectic way of throwing stuff together and having it come out as my own.

10. Are you allergic to anything? Yes, nuts and cottonwood trees.

11. Why is it so hard to change? I'd say 100% of the time it's caused by fear of the unknown.

12. One last question dedicated to February love: CS Lewis said, "To love is to be vulnerable." Please share one example of that assertion or share any thought you'd like to about this topic. Make sure you like who you fall in love with. Love mellows with time...lust and passion, too. If that's all you based your relationship on you're going to be mighty disappointed a few years down the line. But if you appreciate your mate as a person and a friend as well, therein lies the keys to building a rich life together.


Joy said...


Dr. Sanderson: Think carefully, Dowd. Didn't you know somebody, sometime, someplace by the name of Harvey? Didn't you ever know anybody by that name?

Elwood P. Dowd: No, no, not one, Doctor. Maybe that's why I always had such hopes for it.


Elwood P. Dowd: Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.


Elwood P. Dowd: I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whomever I'm with.


Elwood P. Dowd: Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.


Elwood P. Dowd: Harvey and I sit in the bars... have a drink or two... play the juke box. And soon the faces of all the other people they turn toward mine and they smile. And they're saying, "We don't know your name, mister, but you're a very nice fella." Harvey and I warm ourselves in all these golden moments. We've entered as strangers - soon we have friends. And they come over... and they sit with us... and they drink with us... and they talk to us. They tell about the big terrible things they've done and the big wonderful things they'll do. Their hopes, and their regrets, and their loves, and their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. And then I introduce them to Harvey... and he's bigger and grander than anything they offer me. And when they leave, they leave impressed.


Attractive sales lady at a department store: What can I do for you, Mr. Dowd?

Elwood P. Dowd: What did you have in mind?


Veta Louise Simmons: Judge Gaffney, is that all those doctors do in places like that - think about sex?

Judge Gaffney: I don't know.

Veta Louise Simmons: Because if it is they ought to be ashamed of themselves. It's all in their heads anyway. Why don't they get out and take long walks in the fresh air?


Veta Louise Simmons: I took a course in art last winter. I learnt the difference between a fine oil painting, and a mechanical thing, like a photograph. The photograph shows only the reality. The painting shows not only the reality, but the dream behind it. It's our dreams, doctor, that carry us on. They separate us from the beasts. I wouldn't want to go on living if I thought it was all just eating, and sleeping, and taking my clothes off, I mean putting them on...


Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet: Does Elwood see anybody these days?

Veta Louise Simmons: Oh, yes, Aunt Ethel, Elwood sees *somebody*.


Elwood P. Dowd: You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space, but any objections.


Dr. Chumley: This sister of yours is at the bottom of a conspiracy against you. She's trying to persuade me to lock you up. Today, she had commitment papers drawn up. She has your power of attorney and the key to your safety box, and she brought you here!

Elwood P. Dowd: My sister did all that in one afternoon. That Veta certainly is a whirlwind, isn't she?


Elwood P. Dowd: Miss Kelly, you know, when you wear my flower you make it look beautiful.


Wilson: Is he alone?

Mr. Cracker, the Bartender: Well, there's two schools of thought, sir.


Mailman: Beautiful day...

Elwood P. Dowd: Oh, every day is a beautiful day.


Dr. Sanderson: I think that your sister's condition stems from trauma.

Elwood P. Dowd: From what?

Dr. Sanderson: Uh, trauma. Spelled t-r-a-u-m-a. It means shock. There's nothing unusual about it. There's the "birth trauma" - the shock of being born...

Elwood P. Dowd: That's the one we never get over.

Betty said...

Little time to comment, but I just wanted you to know that I¨ve been thinking of you and hope all is ok!
Loved to read your answers. Have a good weekend!