When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion.

It was on a trip with my daughter last year to New York City.  We walked to Central Park. It is a beautiful, large park! We enjoyed a beautiful walk and also stopped to rest and enjoy the park and everything going on. We were taking a bench break here, watching the casts and crew from a couple Broadway shows playing softball. I highly recommend a trip to New York City for everyone. I also highly recommend a visit to Central Park!  It is a gorgeous place with a lot going on!


Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? 

NO thanks to the surgery.  I know I could not watch it. As for the needle. No, I don’t turn away. Usually just watch. I have had so many needles stuck in me through the years, that it truly doesn’t bother me.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

Depends on the season I guess. There are a lot of places locally to take people. Mason City has the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel…the last one of his design that exists. It is an incredible restoration. People from all over the world have traveled here to stay in it! We are also ‘famous’ around here for being the last place that Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens played at. There is a memorial at the site the plane crashed.  I think I would take out of town guests to some of the local eats, especially the two places I have already written about-Lorados and Pete’s Kitchen. I would also take them to Clear Lake-to the actual lake in the summer and to the Surf Ballroom and any given time. You can tour the ballroom and attend one of the many concerts they have there!

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If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

It would have to be a store that has everything. Clothes, food, electronics.  It you are given an unlimited shopping spree, you might as well make it work for you!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for memories. I am not even sure what I am looking forward to.  I don’t think there is anything specific. I am just looking forward to each day!