How Lucky are You?


You Are Bamboo


You are a very independent and unpredictable person. You do things your way, and you never know what turn your life will take.
You are very intellectual and logical. You try to think things through carefully, in steps.

Sometimes it seems like you are unemotional, but you try to have your emotions work for you instead of against you.
Those who know you best know who loyal, compassionate, and supportive you are. You are a very admirable person.


Your Luck Quotient: 60%


You have an average luck quotient.
There’s been times when you’ve been extremely lucky… but also times when you’ve been very unlucky.
You probably know that you can make your own luck in life, if you’re open to it.
So listen to your intuition as much as you can. It’s right more often than you might expect.

It’s all Slinky and Slippery

This meme comes from Where the Green Grass Grows.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Still in Ontario (maybe BC if not Ontario) but on a high point of land overlooking the sea, or a really big body of water. Surrounded by fields of wildflowers and forests beyond that. Not too far from a city for book shopping, lattes and Internet connections.

2.What is your favorite article of clothing?

Nightgowns. Sometimes soft and warm and sometimes slinky and slippery.

3. Last C.D. you bought?
Jann Arden.

4. Where is your favorite place to be?
Exploring a really interesting old house with my camera and a coffee waiting out in the car.

5. Least favorite place to be?
Out in the cold, waiting for a bus. Though I’m sure there are worse places that is the first that came to my mind today.

6. Are you strongest in mind or body?
Probably not either one. Mind, maybe, only because it can outthink my body.

7. What time do you wake up?
Different every day.

8. Favorite kitchen appliance?
Refridgerator. What would we do without it? I never had to deal with an ice box or rely on a root cellar and hope for the best. I’m quite happy to leave those experiences to the older generations.

9. What instrument would you like to play?
Piano maybe.

10. Favorite color?
Deep, dark red.

11. Sports car of SUV?
Neither one. I’ve seen both with very poor and thoughtless drivers. I’d rather have a sedan type of car or a smart car – they’re so small they are kind of cute. Or a VW Bug, a combination of the sedan and smart car look.

12. Favorite children’s book?
The Raggedy Ann series. I remember them from when I was a kid.

13. Favorite season?
Spring. I would have said Winter, but that was before we moved to Barrie.

14. Least favorite chore?
Looking after other people. I need a break!

15. Favorite day?
Everyday that I’m feeling ok and still on the planet.

16. Favorite food?
That’s a long list. Lattes, cheesecake, ice cream, Chinese, Mexican, the salad bar…

17. Favorite drink?
Various coffees, right now it’s the Dolce latte.

18. Favorite word?
Free.
19. Favorite inspirational book?
Don’t have one.

20. Who would you like to play you in the movie of you life?
Winoa Ryder. She could do it mentally, but it would be hilarious to see her dressed up in a big enough fat suit to look like me.

A to Zed

Using one word for each letter of the alphabet, make a list of the words you most associate with yourself or that you feel best describe you. From Bev on Facebook.

A – Artistic
B – Bonfire
C – Canadian
D – Dragon
E – Elemental
F – Frozen
G – Graphics
H – Hello
I – Independent
J – Jigsaw
K – Kilter
L – Lemon
M – Mystery
N – Nephew
O – Obsessive
P – Pagan
Q – Quiet
R – Romance
S – Sagittarius
T – Tease
U – Unscheduled
V – Vanilla
W – Writing
X – Xylophone
Y – Yellow
Z – Zed

Christmas Spirit Award


Sandee on Comedy Plus was given this award and left it for all the other Christmas types to pick up as they like.

Here are the rules for the Christmas Spirit award:

* You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award.
* The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas.
* You must link back to the person who gave you the award.
* You must list 5 things that you love about Christmas. If you can’t limit it to 5 things, then keep going till you run out of space!
* Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 1 or 50. It’s up to you! But, you must pass it on to at least one person in order to keep the Christmas cheer going!
* Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment.

Five things I like about Christmas:

1. That feeling of Christmas spirit. It’s not something that comes so easily now that I’m not a kid looking forward to time off school, presents and lots of chocolate goodies. Now those bursts of Christmas spirit are a real joy and I appreciate them far more.

2. The Christmas tree. I have not put up a tree since my divorce. This year I have it on the go. The assembly is giving me a lot of trouble and it isn’t looking good. But, one of my favourite things about Christmas is the tree with all the ornaments and lights. Each ornament comes with some kind of story, each is special for a reason.

3. I love the lights when you are outside at night. They glow in the darkness. I love the ones with lots of colour but the best shows are often those with just one or two colours, they take my breath away.

4. I miss making snow people. I like seeing those others have made and I feel sorry for the snow people and the families who built them as they melt when the weather changes.

5. Christmas angels are kind of special though not as a religious idea. My Mom and I have a collection of them, adding a new one each year. Now that she snowbirds in Florida every Christmas I’m doing the angels by myself. Feels a bit empty and lost now but I carry on. I still have the original angel which she bought when I was born, December 19th quite a few years ago.

The Book Reading Meme

I’m starting to feel like something alive again.

Here is a meme about books which came from The Road I’m Traveling to Word Grrls. But Word Grrls isn’t going to be a personal blog so I’d rather not run memes on it.

The rules for the meme:

“Open the book closest to you, not your favorite or most intellectual book, but the book closest to you at the moment, to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence, as well as two to five sentences following there.”

The book closest to me right now is the one I just started reading this morning. I have been waiting (impatiently) for the next in her series to come out in paperback. It’s from Kelley Armstrong, a Canadian paranormal fiction writer. Her books are often stuck in the horror shelves though. The title is Personal Demon and I’m not as far as page #56 so this feels a bit like sneaking a peek ahead. Which I do, upon occasion. Usually cause I hate finding out the long, hard way that a character I like is going to come to a bad end. One thing good about not reading standard romance fiction is that sometimes there are bad ends. It’s unpredictable.

The young man grinned. “I believe I can manage.”

“Just don’t talk her ear off. I want you both back by nine. You’re on floor duty tonight. Oh, introductions. Faith, Jasper. Jasper, Faith.”

The Game is Afoot!

I got this in email but it’s kind of fun. You could do it in blog comments. Everyone makes a one word comment and then posts the game to their own blog for everyone to comment there too. If you carry on the game add a note to your one word post so we can follow to your blog. Kind of like visiting all the neighbours.

The Game is on!!! And you’re IT! Describe ME in one word.
Just one single word, be honest if you are going to respond. Send it to me and to me only.
Then send this message to all your friends and see how many strange & interesting things they say about you.
This is really fun. Here’s how to play:
1.) Hit the reply key and send one word. 2.) Then return to this message, and forward it to your friends (including me) and see what people say about you when limited to one word!!!

Words sent to me so far (in email):

talented
curious
creative

Bad Boy Memes

Ben has a post about memes. Ten reasons why memes are wicked and unwanted and undesirable. If memes were men we would all want one at this point. Isn’t that kind of ironic?

I posted a comment sticking up for the lowly meme. Add your thoughts about the life of the meme to Ben’s blog.

I do memes if they are interesting or if someone I regularly read tags me with one. I pass on most of them because they are repetitive. It’s easy to jump all over memes and be part of the “in” crowd. But my blog is personal and having traffic is interesting but not the reason I keep a blog. I do a meme if I want to. Answering the questions are fun if you don’t take them seriously. No one needs to know your first pet’s name but you don’t have to take it seriously and give a real answer. Instead of writing a pet’s name write the name you called your last boyfriend when you played naughty games. That’s far more fun than reading anything real or true.

I wrote a confession to being a nose picker once and had loads of comments, most laughing about my post. One posted about how unsanitary that is and blab, blab, blab. It didn’t matter. The post was fun to write and it still gets traffic even though it’s well buried in my archives now.

Last of all, you’re making a mistake if you write a blog to please your readers. You lose something when you write for an audience. It’s much more interesting to step inside a blog when someone is writing just to please themselves. You take more chances and are far more likely to be unique and original. Anything less is just following the crowd and then you’re just one more blog in the swamp.

Six Random Facts

Six Random Facts About You Meme

If Lucy tagged me on her way to work that would be quite interesting. How do you blog and drive?

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

1. I am a secret soap opera watcher. I used to watch Another World, until they took it off the air. Now I have been watching All My Children and One Life to Live cause it had some of the actors from Another World. They aren’t still there now though. 🙁

2. A really good first date for me would be a guy who brings a potted plant, buys me a latte and then talks about something creative and interesting (not too unusual) which he likes to do as a hobby.

3. I have several lottery tickets which I have not checked yet. Some may already be past the time limit. It just spoils it for me to check them. As long as they are unchecked there is a small potential that I could be a millionaire and never have to worry about money again. But, once I check them they are nothing but compost.

4. I don’t like mushrooms. Even the smell of them cooking is gross to me. The rest of my family loves them, of course.

5. I daydream too much. Probably.

6. I have a missing tooth. Luckily it is towards the back and seldom seen.