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Date Tonight

This is a cheater post, but it is a post. I have a date tonight and almost for­got to make a post for the day! It does, how­ev­er, count as a post. I’ll just ask a ques­tion — what would any read­ers out there like to see me write about instead of answer­ing prompts?

A New Hobby?

Plinky asked, “What new hob­by would you like to try out?”

Camille Sil­ver­man — warp and weft

I would love to try weav­ing. I mean the great big loom sort of weav­ing, done with hand­made fibers — may­be even with fibers I spun myself. The entire idea of weav­ing has always been so very attrac­tive to me, and I adore all man­ner of fibers. The idea of hav­ing anoth­er way to play with col­ors and tex­tures that would lead to big tapes­tries or rugs is so entic­ing that if I knew any­one with a loom they’d prob­a­bly find it impos­si­ble to get rid of me.

Bar­ring a big loom, I’d take even a lap loom, just some­thing to get me going on it. I went to town mak­ing those pothold­ers back in Girl Scouts!

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Biographies or Memoirs?

Plinky asked, “What’s the most inter­est­ing biog­ra­phy or mem­oir you’ve read?”

Dreams are nec­es­sary to life~Anais Nin

Anais Nin’s books come to mind right away, hon­est­ly. They’re so intense and sen­su­al that they’ve stuck in my mind, although I only read them once and my copies dis­ap­peared 20 years ago.

Cam­ryn Manheim’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy was quite good, too. I don’t read many of that gen­re (or haven’t since child­hood), so I don’t have that many books to choose from here.

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Breakfast for Dinner, Yes!

Plinky asked, “Break­fast for din­ner: Are you a fan?”

IHOP Bis­cuits and Gravy

Absolute­ly! Break­fast is my favorite meal of the day, but I don’t usu­al­ly take time for the great big meal that I remem­ber fond­ly from Sun­day morn­ings at my par­ents’ house. But­ter­milk bis­cuits, sawmill gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, and grits are a “real break­fast” and that’s just too heavy for the first meal of the day most of the time. They’re great for sup­per, though, if there are enough peo­ple around to share!

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Favorite Coffee Shop

Plinky asked, “What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of cof­fee?”

Star­bucks Cof­fee

I’m pret­ty hap­py hav­ing cof­fee at home, but if I’m out and about, I’ll swing by Star­bucks with the rest of the mob. It’s nice and pre­dictable, and I’m admit­ted­ly not a cof­fee snob. I just want my rasp­ber­ry-vanil­la mocha with the whipped cream on top, and that counts as dessert treat as much as any­thing else.

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Woo hoo!

Plinky asked, “What was the last thing you got real­ly excit­ed about?”

Home­made Ukule­les

My ukulele! I wish I had a pho­to of her to post, but I don’t. She’s a trav­el tenor, which means that she’s a bit big­ger than the “stan­dard” (sopra­no) ukulele most peo­ple are used to see­ing, but also thin­ner than a nor­mal tenor. She has a love­ly voice, a lit­tle deep­er than a sopra­no uke. She isn’t a toy like the one on which I orig­i­nal­ly learned to play, either. And she’s mine all mine!

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Monument to See

Plinky asked, “What famous mon­u­ment do you hope to see one day?”

mont st michel.JPG

I’d like to go back to Mont St. Michel some day and spend more time there. I vis­it­ed the place briefly dur­ing a trip while I was in high school, and a small part of one day sim­ply wasn’t near­ly enough time to spend in the clois­ters, much less the rest of the place. There’s so much his­to­ry there! 

I would have been hap­py to wan­der up the wind­ing road lined with shops at a leisure­ly pace had we not been on such a strict sched­ule, but as it was I was rac­ing to make it to the top. 

Of course, all vis­i­tors are on some­thing of a sched­ule, because the tide cov­ers the road to the island every day, and I’m not cer­tain vis­i­tors are even allowed to stay past a cer­tain time. It might be nec­es­sary to stay near­by and spend sev­er­al days explor­ing, con­cen­trat­ing on a dif­fer­ent bit of the island each time — the clois­ters one day, dif­fer­ent stages of the cathe­dral con­struc­tion on dif­fer­ent days, the shops anoth­er — to tru­ly do the place jus­tice.

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Art and Artists

Plinky asked, “Do you have a favorite work of art?”


No, I don’t have a favorite work of art. My favorite artist is a young lady named Katie Armis­tead, and I couldn’t pos­si­bly choose just one of her works as a favorite.

Oth­er than her work, I have sev­er­al favorite artists, from the well-known ones like Mon­et to lesser-known peo­ple such as Carl Lund­gren and Lucy Synk. I’ve gone into more detail about them at http://​tech​nomom​.com/​s​f​f​/​a​r​t​.​s​h​tml .

I also enjoy Susan Sed­don Boulet and Susan Van Camp’s work, and Ansel Adam’s pho­tog­ra­phy among oth­ers. Some of the Raphaelites also appeal to me.

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A New Pet

Plinky said, “Pick a new pet to take home for free.”

Great Pyre­nees

There’s no such thing as a free pet, as any respon­si­ble pet own­er knows! Beyond the costs of hous­ing and feed­ing the ani­mal, you have to provide for health care such as pre­ven­tive med­ica­tion for heart­worms and oth­er par­a­sites (for dogs and cats, at least), reg­u­lar vac­ci­na­tions, and check-ups. That’s with a healthy, young ani­mal! If the ani­mal gets ill or injured, of course, there are more expens­es.

How­ev­er, if I had an appro­pri­ate home and could afford all the con­comi­tant expens­es, I’d love to have a big dog. I’ve nev­er stopped miss­ing Kar­li, the Great Pyre­nees cross who was stolen from our fam­i­ly. She had a love­ly tem­pera­ment, and I adore large dogs in gen­er­al.

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