What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

What I liked was that it was my first apartment. Not the greatest thing, in an old house, but it was within walking distance to campus.  What I did NOT like in any way or form was that it had a shared shower in the hallway. Gross.  It wasn’t the nicest one either.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

Yes. Well, art is really one of my ‘things’.  I love everything about it.  I love looking at it. The art from long ago fascinates me. I love creating it. I don’t do it enough.  My favorite is the art hanging on my wall. Most of it has been done by family. We have come from a long line of talented artists! Here is some of the family are hanging on my walls.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?

Oh my. This one took my breath away. I have 7. Had? How do you answer this.  Seven with six living? I don’t like that answer in any way or form. This picture is from my brother John’s wedding in 1976.


Birth order? Well my mom had five kids and I am the middle one. So I do consider myself a middle child, even though I have three step-siblings.

Complete this sentence:  I’m dreaming of a white …. (and no you can’t use Christmas as your answer)

Christmas would be my very last answer to that!  I have mentioned that here in the past!  So instead of a white Christmas, I’m dreaming of a white blank canvas. Symbolic? Real? Probably both!

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

This is easy to answer this week and the answer won’t be just ‘everything’! I am so VERY grateful for family and our annual family reunion that we have and was held this last weekend. I can think of nothing better than being with and hugging family. I am most grateful that one of my brother’s girls and her husband drove here to be with family. My brother had planned on attending and bringing his family with him to surprise us all. My niece came to honor those plans and to connect with more of her dad’s family. While his absence was painful, along with the absence of our beloved Aunt Alice, it was still great to be with family. There is always some comfort in that!

I am also grateful that while my niece and her husband were here, he finished our dining room floor. It looks fabulous now!


What am I most looking forward to?  Getting even more done and getting rid of the ‘big mess’, as Jamie put it, that is still left. I am working on it.