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Lowcountry porch sitter. Appalachian Mountain lover. Finger Lakes dreamer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

HodgePodge Vol. 81

1. In what way are you your own worst enemy?
I tend to approach each day with "productivity" as a driving force behind the day.  I've mellowed as I've aged (I hear some sighs of relief from those familiar with me or perhaps laughter in disbelief?!), but needless to say every now and then I have to remind myself that not every day has to be productive. I keep a slogan on my refrigerator "Slow Down Feel Love" and play a couple tunes from the Makepeace Brothers album (with same title) if I need to be reminded. "Letter J"
2.Jacques Cousteau's birthday was Monday, June 11, ever been scuba diving? Is that something you'd like to try? What's your favorite under the sea creature?
Underwater adventures remind me of outer world adventures in space. Both appeal greatly.  I've snorkeled, but no scuba diving on record just yet.  My all time favorite is the sea horse. Their graceful.

3. On a scale of 1 to 10 how comfortable are you around water? Do you know how to swim, if so how and when did you learn?
I'm a 10 when it comes to water. According to a story my mother would tell I'm 3 years old sitting on the edge of the "kiddy pool" at our neighborhood public pool, she turns her back for a second and when she returns her gaze to the water I'm would any mother panic ensues and as she's stepping toward the pool, there I am swimming underwater already half way across the length of the pool...I wish I had asked her  before she died if it just seemed like I swam half way or did it really happen?  I like to think it happened.

4. What's something you do to tick off an item off your to do list?
I start each week with a "master list" of the things I'd like to accomplish (note some of the items listed are notoriously far-fetched, but I list them anyway") and then each day I pull items from the master to include in a daily list of things to do...and yes, some items continue to get listed and transferred into the following week or weeks.

5. What makes a good neighbor?
I think I fall in the category of person that wants to be a good neighbor.  I live in a great neighborhood...where people talk to each other, the kids stop by to see what your dog is doing (or to raid your refrigerator)...I'm forever getting updates on the escapades of my cat "Chickabee" sometimes mortified to learn she's explored through houses, work sheds and even napped on their doors are her vice.  I have a tendency to hibernate at home, but have a really top notch neighbor that calls me up and asks how I'm doing, everything ok and would I like to go to lunch.  She's the good neighbor in my hood!

6. Who loads the dishwasher in your house? Is there a right way or a wrong way?
That would be me, I load the dishwasher. I have a very carefree attitude about using the dishwasher, but am reminded every time I'm offered assistance in cleaning up after a dinner party that there are those that take the dishwasher far more seriously than I do.  Rinsing before loading seems to be the line of demarcation.

7. You know it's summer when _________________.
When the marsh grass is this raging shade of brilliant green.

8. Relaxation. I made the point to tell someone I cook to relax, though I suspect my cooking may appear like a great deal of work rather than an act to relax, but it does.  I also advocate the traditional forms of relaxation that set one aside from life and the world, a facial, a massage, a sauna...but having made the point I found myself reflecting on exactly why it relaxes me...I'm not paid to cook nor is it necessary that I perfect it for the masses, it allows me to contemplate (seek a recipe), create (prepare) and enjoy (eat). Thus, relaxation is a matter of mind, body and spirit, isn't it?
Life Enrichment is like a travel and learn program...offering infusions that make every day life thereafter far more interesting! ~ Ann-Marie Adams, Reflections on a Meaningful Life