1. Speaking of skating...when did you last 'skate on thin ice', 'skate over the details', 'encounter a cheapskate', or just plain skate?
Well, since I am not a skater... too klutzy to ever skate..(frowny face) I suppose I do sometimes 'skate over the details' I realize this because as I think of some conversations I've had recently, the person to whom I was speaking would ask me about what on earth I meant about about something and I say,' Well, because...." quite a bit....I suppose in conversation I sometimes talk over the top of what I'm thinking....
2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?
I am keeping what Joyce has said to bounce off of it:
"Staying on top of your health and finances. As you reach/enter retirement there are so many decisions to be made relating to your future which by the way, is no longer on the far off distant horizon. It's now. Also, I think I mentioned here last week that once you pass the 50-mile mark you no longer take your good health for granted.
Or it could be that we talk too much about retirement planning and the fact that our health isn't what it used to be? You decide. "
At 65 on medicare now both parents gone... for a year now... I have had lots of time to think about my life... I think about health and finances... but now that I have my second granddaughter.. I think a lot about what of their life will I possible live to share in... being a late bloomer.... we adopted Amanda when I was 35..I think wow if I live to 80 little Doodle Bug will be 15... and that sort of shakes me a bit, esp since we live almost 800 miles apart.
I have done what I think is a good amount of building our lies apart from our children, but it is ingrained in me to desire to be more involved in their lives at this age.
3. What's your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?
I agree with Joyce's answer regarding my wedding rings... which mine are gold and at our 40th anniversary Lynn gave me a second solitaire which looks lovely together with the band in the middle... but... since the mid 80's when I found out my 'color' was silver I started buying mostly silver other jewelry.. at our 30 anniversary Lynn gave me the most gorgeous platinum sapphire ring surrounded with diamonds... much like Princess Di's but not like the $19.99 imitations that were so popular a few years ago.. so when I wish to wear my Brighton jewelry which I love, I wear the sapphire as my wedding ring...
4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover's Day Are you a lover of cheese? What's your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese?
I am a great cheese lover.. I remember on our bus tour of Holland we seemed to always be hungry everywhere we went... and when we arrived at the Edam cheese factory everyone was famished.. We stood around in masses around our guide and salivated as he talked about how they processed the cheese. He finally realized our discomfiture so he took his cheese slicer and started scaling off slivers of cheese and tossing it up into the air toward us.at us.. I remember how we all dived for our piece like some kind of caged animal that had been fed in days. HAHA I bought 2 rounds thinking I could get it home with me... well, we lived in Germany at the time... but our suitcases had gotten so hot on the bus we ended up throwing it and most of the things in my case away ... hahaha ...immature as we were back then. But my favorite and quite easy cheese dish follows:
I bake mine in a quiche dish..
Three-Cheese Walnut Spread
You can use light cream cheese
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
Apple wedges, pear wedges or assorted crackers (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place walnuts in a Baker. Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly toasted.
2. Meanwhile, in Bowl, microwave cream cheese on HIGH 1 minute or until softened. Add blue cheese, mozzarella cheese and black pepper; mix well.
3. Remove baker from oven to Cooling Rack. Carefully pour walnuts into cheese mixture; mix well. Spoon cheese mixture back into baker, spreading evenly.
4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted. Garnish with parsley. Place baker on serving platter; surround with apple or pear wedges or assorted crackers, if desired. Serve spread using Spreader. Yield: 16 servings
Nutrients per serving: (2 tablespoons spread): Calories 90, Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 20 mg, Carbohydrate 1 g, Protein 3 g, Sodium 115 mg, Fiber 0 g
©The Pampered Chef, Ltd. 2003
5. What's something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes?
I agree wholeheartedly with Joyce, but unfortunately I do understand where this trend originated and frankly I find it repulsive and when I see people who should know better perpetuating this trend I am sickened!
6. Your favorite book series?
Well, I am a huge romantic, and once I read one of Lynn Kurland's Scottish time travel books, I was hooked... I don't care for her fanciful series, but the time travel series are sublime to me... and she does not write graphic steamy stories....
Oh, goodie, a new book is out...
7. Why did you choose your profession?
Well, since you ask, I will say that in high school I had a double dream... I loved home EC and and was in FHA since the 7th grade, but I dreamed of following in the ' family' profession to teach as well and so I also was in the FTA every year. When I enrolled in Radford College I still didn't quite know which. I really longed to be in interior design, and was completely taken by the program they offered there, but in the end, I chickened out... my confidence level at that time was such that I didn't think I had what it took to work for adults, and I loved being around children so much that I opted for teaching. So I entered the K-7 program and never regretted it... well until the SOL'S came around and teachers lost every bit of autonomy they had in the Virginia school systems.. We were told exactly what, how much, and when to teach every objective.... As soon as the state started micro-managing the classrooms scores and quality in my opinion started to go down. And so I got my 30 years in and retired at age 53.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Even with the world seemingly running off the tracks of civility and normality around us I am devoting this year to staying out of the fray as much as possible and instead spending more time in exploits with my God and my savior, with my friends and making new friends by living my testimony, maybe losing a few pounds as I focus on things outside of myself, and enjoying life! I told hubby talk radio shall not be played within my hearing this year.. so I may see very little of him.... Well, that is his choice!