1. What is one area of your life where you're a perfectionist? Is that a good thing?
I have to agree with Joyce, when I host an event I really desire for it to go without a hitch...it can be a bad thing, though,... for example at our daughter's wedding I saw a couple from our church whom we hadn't invited. It was a sort of destination wedding at the bridal couples' university, but only about 50 miles from home. We had invited their son who was also a University student but when his parents showed up I was horrified that they would get to the reception and find no table setting for them, so I rushed to the reception hall to talk to the coordinator to get it all set up and do whatever it took to make it look like it was preplanned... meanwhile, the family, including parents and grandparent photos, were being taken at the chapel.. I guess I just figured that the photographer would realize that the couple he had met with several times who were paying the thousand dollars had not been photographed.. neither my husband nor my parents were in any photo.. It still rather sticks in my craw, but what else could I have done...
2. What's something you find perfectly ridiculous?
Again, I agree with the outrageous attempt by the outgoing leadership party to derail our new president and his administration.. rather maddening actually... and the fake news that keeps coming out of main stream media .
3. What's a skill you've developed by way of that old fashioned saying, 'practice makes perfect?
Well, of course, music... I grew up taking piano lessons all through school and college... I was actually pretty good... then... but over time have gotten very rusty and now with my failing clarity of vision I even have a hard time reading the music to sing in the choir, But my love of music is huge to me.. I have music playing all the time... I love solo piano music..
4. What's your idea of a perfect breakfast?
Well, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day... I adore our traditional Christmas breakfast... sausage/ veggie quiche, orange cranberry scones, brandied fruit, but when I go to a certain restaurant here in town I invariably order #3.. Eggs to order ( over medium), crisp bacon and 1/2 order of sausage gravy biscuit. They do know how to make gravy just like granny's!
5. What's a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you've taken that you'd rate a perfect 10? Tell us why.
It would have to be our trip to Ireland in 2015.. we went with about 25 of our closest church friends and it was a bus tour starting in Dublin and travelling around entire island.The only thing missing is I would have loved to share the trip with my daughter's family as we are Irish and to share these memories would be heavenly.
When we arrived in Dublin I already knew I wanted to find this tea room right down the road from Trinity College.. and we got there straightaway..
Awesome luncheon there!!
and shopping.. I bought my Aran sweaters and lugged them around around for 2 weeks.. (Stupid)
A traditional Irish breakfast... yummy bacon....
and on south to the quaint towns of Kilkenney and Waterford
There is some evidence in our family record that our Higgins family originated from Waterford.My only regret of taking a bus tour is all my photos were taken on the 'go'! But the fields dotted with sheep thrilled me...
Here is a photo of Skellig Michel which is one of the most mysterious islands on earth... source for this one is internet..
the Wild Atlantic Way from the highest peak of the "Ring" was breath-taking!
Sorry for the reflections but I was entranced by the town of Adair...
That night we dined in true medieval splendor
and spent two nights in actual medieval castles ; this one is Lough Eske in Killarney
Travelling further north we entered Northern Ireland.. what a joy to actually be there and walk the streets of Derry ,(Londonderry). So much history, anarchy, and peace in one small area
Here there were only protestant churches....such as this Church of England
A tour of the Guildhall. was amazing.
The stained glass told Northern Ireland's history
We saw Queen Victoria before PBS made her famous!
Our drive north east toward the Giant's Causeway was thrilling...
It was our only misty day, but the northern coastline was with us most of the way...
And then we were at the Causeway!
A most contemplative place to be. most northern spot one earth I've ever been....about the same latitude as Copenhagen, and not far south of Anchorage... I so would have loved to be there at night to see the Northern Lights.... Still on my bucket list!!!
While in NI. we stayed in the Europa Hotel in Belfast.. the most bombed out hotel in the world
and to end our lovely 2 weeks, we stayed at Cabra Castle.. near Dublin!
Loved our room....
All in all it was my dream trip to one of my ancestral lands!!!
6. What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now? If you can't do perfect, how about one that comes close?
'Take time to smell the roses'... I am really in a mood to just take in everything that is lovely, memorable, and made by the Creator...
7. How would you spend $300 today?
Well, I spent a third of that today on Easter baskets for the girls... We'd spend the other 2/3 on my spending spree at Kohl's since we have a 30% coupon burning a hold in our pocket! We both could spruce up our spring wardrobe a bit as we are planning a trip in the coming weeks...
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Have to go now to eat. Hubs finished up our dinner.. by heating up the bbq chicken strips for our salad.. then we're off to choir.. to practice for Easter.