What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?
I am taking a Food Holiday. What is a food holiday you may ask? It’s a day or two when you either fast or eat Very light. My body needs this after all of the yummy foods I splurged on.
List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)
I want so much for cocoa to be a spice. So let me convince you. It is a bean. It is a seed. Good start, right? It gets ground into a powder….just like other spices. You add it to food and drink to give the food and/or drink a very good flavor. Have you ever added cocoa powder to chili? I have. And there you go, it’s a spice. That said here is my list: cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cumin.
What can you always be found with?
I can always be found with seltzer, coffee or tea. Seltzer because it’s my soda replacement. My coffee is one cup in the morning with half and half. My tea is plain, nothing added, hot when it’s cool outside and cold when it’s hot outside.
What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?
The dishes… I hate doing the dishes. I would rather clean the bathroom.
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
Due to health stuff I don’t think I’ve felt alive or passionate at all recently.
How many times have you moved in the last ten years?
I am happy to say that in the past 10 years I have moved Zero times. Yay!
Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?
Yes. In 1978 on my way to the gas station from home. Ran out on my way down a hill. Lucky for me there was a man putting gas in his boat and he ran across the street and put a gallon of gas in my car. from home to gas station was maybe a mile. When I offered to pay he said do something nice for a stranger one day. About a year later I picked up a hitchhiker. She was walking to a gas station because her car ran out of gas.
Which are better: black or green olives?
Olives, yuck. But they actually have health benefits so I do eat the black ones when they are covered in cheese on top of a pizza.
If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?
I would like to find the remnants of ancient civilizations on the continental shelves. I’m sure the shelves were above water during the ice ages and I’m sure humans lived the the sea.
Quotes List: At least three of your favorite quotes?
1. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Not sure who said that.
2. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain
3. “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” Frank Lloyd Wright
A monument In Amherst Ohio
By the latter 1800’s, Amherst Ohio got the name Sandstone Center of the World in the late 1800’s because of sandstone quarries in the area. Many early buildings were constructed of native sandstone. The monument is round because the quarries were also an important source of grindstones for mills. At one time there were nine quarries in this area just west of Cleveland Ohio.
A railroad tunnel in Alaska
Beautiful building in Skagway Alaska
As you can see by the date over the door, this building in Skagway Alaska is from 1899. The unique design of the facing is the result of almost 9 thousand pieces of driftwood attached to the front of the building. Camp Skagway Number 1 was built as a place for gold miners and investors to gather during the Klondike Gold Rush. It was one of about 30 such places for the men to gather in Alaska and Canada.
In the Valley of The Jolly…..Ho Ho Ho….Green Giant!
Hilltop Billboard for The Jolly Green Giant along Highway 169 at Le Sueur Minnesota. If you remember the TV commercial about the valley of the Green Giant, here it is, Le Sueur, about an hour southwest of Minneapolis. The town of Le Sueur was the headquarters of Green Giant vegetables from 1903 as The Minnesota Valley Canning Company, which was founded by 14 merchants in Le Sueur, until the brand was purchased by Pillsbury in 1979.
Le Sueur was also the home of William Worrall Mayo, the founder of the world famous Mayo Clinic. Dr. Mayo founded his clinic in Rochester Minnesota, about 100 miles east of Le Sueur.
TV cabinet in my living room.