So my friend Barbara has tagged me to answer five questions that she swears won't take up too much of my time. OK, I'll play along. But first let me answer the one question I'm sure you already have. Yes, that's me in the photo. It was Easter 1962, and I'm wearing a yellow bonnet and coat trimmed white daisy appliques that was made by my mom. Now onto the questions.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Let's see. In 1998, I was living in the same place. My children, now teenagers, were little girls, ages 4 and 6. (Where does the time go?) I had just started editing a weekly home and garden section for the newspaper that I still work at today. That's also where I met Barb, who sat next to me and frequently wrote gardening stories for the section. If you want to be impressed, ask Barb to rattle off some botanical nomenclature for you.
2. Name five things on my to-do list today.
Pick up the kids. Pick up the kids. Pick up the kids. Actually, I have to do that twice today. Pick up daughter no. 1 from marching band practice and pick up daughter no. 2 from play rehearsal. Also, I usually have to find a sale or a thrift shop to go to, grocery shop and close my eyes while I gas up the van.
3. Five snacks I enjoy:
Lately, I'm addicted to Quaker Butter Toffee rice cakes. But I also like kettle popcorn, gumdrops and anything chocolate. My most favorite snacks are fudgsicles from Wegmans, a grocery store in upstate New York. The perfect fudgsicle is fully frozen, bordering on hard. I hate a mushy, soft fudgsicle.
4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire:
Well, first I would stop worrying about how to pay for my kids' college education, a new roof and gas (all at the same time). Then I would be able to actually be able to enjoy the luxury of time. If I had more money, I wouldn't need to work for a living, so I could devote more time to my passion for vintage. I also would finally get around to finishing the ornament wreaths that have been on a table in my basement for the last six months. I would be to devote my energies to volunteering more, too. That's something I really don't want to put off until "someday." I know I've been truly blessed in many ways and I would try pass on my good fortune to others.
5. Five places I have lived.
I don't get around that much, so I can think of only four. They are Columbus, Ohio; Dover/New Philadelphia, Ohio; West Palm Beach, Fla., and now, Syracuse, NY.
I guess I should end this by "tagging" five others. Unlike Barb, who has made a million friends in Blogland, I'm still a new kind on the block. I'll start by tagging two, with maybe three more to follow. So far, Sara and Suzy. Ladies ...