What is the most important thing that you ever learned? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

This is a TOUGH one today, as I have learned so so much. Before 2002, I would say it was something my mom said to me over the phone when I was considering changing my academic direction. I had fretted about it, mostly because I fretted about telling her and hearing I was quitting something again. She surprised me by telling me I had to do what made ME happy, that was the most important. You could have knocked me over with a feather. It was unexpected but I have never forgot her telling me that. I have often told me children the same thing. After 2002, I learned that you have to live your life and not just go through the motions. You have to do things that you enjoy, go places you want to see. Life is short you and you never know what the next day brings. You have to do ‘what makes you happy!”

What feeds your enthusiasm for life? 

A lot of things.  Traveling to places I never thought I would see. Seeing things I didn’t expect to ever get to see. Experiencing it all. And also, nature. I love to be outside and feel that warm breeze. I have said it before but I truly do love that. It just makes me thankful and makes me feel alive.


What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane commercial or private flight?

The first one that comes to mind is a long long LONG time ago, I had a friend who had a family member who worked for an airline. I wanted to go out to visit him, so he got me a standby ticket. I am in Iowa and he was in New Mexico.  To say it was an adventure on planes in an understatement. I ‘got’ to sit in a couple small airports wondering if and when I would get on a plane.  These were really small planes. I remember feeling like the seats were small kindergarten chairs. I was up front for one of the flights and I could see through the little brown curtains that closed off the cockpit, just how fast we were going. On one of the planes, we got into a thunderstorm. If you have ever been on a small plane in a thunderstorm, you might know why I still remember this one. The plane was bouncing around. A LOT. It was a bit scary. There was a couple in front of me and the whole time, the girl was yelling, “We are all going to die!”  I was glad when that one landed safely!

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

This one is tough. I at first thought mountains. Maybe it would be mountains all over the world.

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

Last week the floor in the kitchen got done.  The hubby and I put the planks down on Saturday and we both survived to tell about it! Trust me, that is a big thing!


Of course what I am looking forward to the most is related to the remodel. Appliances should be here today and the countertops are done and should be here by the end of the week.