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Java Talk: 5 Things You Wouldn't Know About Me




Okay, we're going to tell five things about ourselves that others wouldn't likely know. So here goes...

1) I'm afraid of sharp objects. So much so that I won't have decent knives in my kitchen, for instance. Don't know what this is all about. I know dull knives are dangerous. X-Acto knives seem particularly menacing.

2) I have never plucked my eyebrows. Or had a pedicure. 

3) I have never had my hair colored. I've had highlights put in twice. I hate the chemicals.

4) I'm completely and utterly directionless. Don't show me a map. Might as well be Sanskrit. Don't tell me to go East, West, North, or South. I won't be able to figure that out. Just say left or right, and I might or I might not get to the specified location without stopping several times to see where I am.

5) I'm very near-sighted, and on top of that, I have huge pupils. Every eye doctor who has ever seen me comments on it. Which is one reason I don't go out at night. When car lights are coming toward me, it virtually blinds me.

Okay, I'm going to top off my coffee. What five things do you have to share about yourself?




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  1. 1. I am a neatnik. If a picture frame is crooked, I MUST fix it! 2. I am a carbohydrate addict. I have to limit how many carbs I eat (not many) or I get terrible cravings for more and it is hard to stop. Up until I was in my 50's I could eat almost anything and still be thin. No more. 3. I don't like anything that has to do with electricity or fire. I hate thunderstorms, when my husband changes a socket or light fixture I am a wreck. I don't like barbeque grills and rarely use them. 4. I love to paint. I just painted the entire inside of my house and also painted the exterior shutters in 90 degree heat, I know, I'm crazy. I have moved so many times in my life and have always done my own painting, so now I am very experienced and actually enjoy it. 5. I am still a hippie at heart. I would love to drive around town in a VW van with flowers painted all over it.

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    1. Hey, I was kind of at the tail end of the hippie era, but I too would join you in a VW van with flowers painted all over it! You can drive and I'll watch the expressions on the faces of the people we pass along the way! Oh, and we have to make a little garland of flowers to wear on our heads.

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    2. I'm in! I have all the tie-dye we need!

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    3. Haha, sounds like fun!

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    4. Swing by and pick me up.

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  2. 1). There is almost nothing I have not attempted to sew or make in my lifetime, except maybe shoes. Professionally, I have done alterations; made custom clothing including costumes, women’s suits, and wedding parties; for six years I made handbags, totes, jewelry, and gift items; and have sewn every single home decorative item, including slipcovers and lamp shades! I guess I haven’t made a rug yet but believe me, it’s on the to-do list. My daughter and I are currently creating a children’s clothing line.
    2). I have recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant. It’s a whole new world of almond flour biscuits, zucchini noodles and cauliflower crust pizzas. Fortunately I like a culinary adventure, and my hubby is supportive and enjoying our new menu. He’s actually lost some weight 
    3). I’m only 5’2”
    4). I’m a true believer in finding the positive energy in the world. I start every day by reading the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Carol Tuttle, Notes From the Universe, and The Secret. Maurie does it too! It has made our lives so much happier.
    5). My grandmother was a talented painter and artist, and I can’t even draw a stick figure! I’m hoping to change that this year. Those genes have to be in there somewhere, LOL!

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    1. I made a simple cloth crocheted rug once. It almost filled the room (it was a pretty small room) and was round. That was the heaviest darned thing! Excited to hear about your children's line!

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    2. Good luck on your children's clothing line!

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  3. Good morning to all!

    1) My mom hosts a family vacation in a different Florida location every winter. My entire family is only 11 adults and 1 child! She rents a mansion, buys groceries, and helps pay our airfare. Her purpose is to repair any cracks in the family's relationships. We always get along beautifully!

    2) This is embarrassing! During a mini mid-life crisis at age 40, I got a small tattoo with my husband's name. When we got divorced I had to get a flower tattoo to cover it up. What the heck was I thinking?!

    3) I hate to shop for clothes. My closet consist of 3 pairs of different colored jeans, various styles of t-shirts, a few special occasion dresses, and a black suit for funerals. No shorts, as our summers are quite comfortable without any. My husband is forever nagging me to go out and buy some new clothes!

    4) Our family motto is "let's go places and eat things!"

    5) I was paralyzed for almost 2 years in my early 20's. I'm still partially paralyzed in my left leg. Not a day goes by that I forget to be grateful for the gift of walking.

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    1. Your mother must have money. That or I don't know what things cost these days. I never go on vacation. I could count on one hand how many vacations I've taken in my life. I never got a tattoo because I hate needles of any variety (unless I'm sewing with them). And I hate to shop for clothes or shoes and most especially bras. Wish summers were comfortable here. Dreadful humidity!

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    2. My mother worked full time during the generation where most mothers stayed home. My dad worked 1-1/2 jobs. They saved it all. My sister and I actually grew up 'poor'. She began the vacations 5 years ago!

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    3. Wow! What a wonderful gift for your family. Most of us don't need more stuff, but relaxing time with loved ones is so special.

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  4. This is going to be a fun topic.
    1. I have to sleep with my feet uncovered, otherwise, I feel smothered.
    2. I don't like to eat with a fat fork (salad fork). I like a long narrow fork. Strange, huh?
    3. My friend and I were once chased by the police, it was a case of mistaken identity.
    4. I researched and found my father when I was 12 years old. This was way before the internet.
    5. I love learning about new places and people. I just learned yesterday that it is illegal in India to learn the gender of your baby before it's born. My friend's missionary daughter is there.

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    1. That's interesting about your feet. I have to have mine covered. I like to know all kinds of odd information like that it's illegal in India to learn the gender of your baby before it's born too. Sure wouldn't run out of things to say!

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  5. 1. HATE snakes, including the garter snakes. Childhood serious aversion. Playing hide and seek and crawled into a big cardboard box with a nest of garter snakes. Totally freak me out.
    2. Have dogs and their dander drives my eyes nuts. Allergies I think. Vacuum a lot.
    3. Used to love etching until I realized how seriously dangerous the inks and cleaning solutions were. Loved the process of creating a plate then printing.
    4. My Dad, a minister, wanted to take his family on a mission to Pakistan. Seriously. This was in the 1960's.
    5. Used to sew and sew and ... and then in 1981 got my first computer.

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    1. A nest of garter snakes would give one nightmares for life I'd think. Judy just saw the little one and swore off gardening. Did you know Yorkies don's shed. Don't know if that's dander or not.

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  6. 1. I HATE talking on the phone. Some of my friends do know this, because I don't find it entertaining to spend an hour
    having a long phone conversation. I'll email until the cows come home, but 35 years of being on multi-phone lines
    was enough to make phones feel like a long leash to me. I only have an old style flip cell phone to keep in touch with
    my elderly mom while out on errands or call AAA. Getting around folks on their smart phones while trying to grocery
    shop is a big source of irritation for me.
    2. I was an all breed dog groomer for 10 years.
    3. I LOVE duct tape! It helps with many of the minor things I have to fix around my house. I was thrilled when it started
    coming in great colors.
    4. Like Brenda, when getting directions, I hate being told go North, South, East or West. Just say go left or right and
    being given a land mark, such as turn left at the Sonic is even better.
    5. I am a bit scared of lightening. We have had our HVAC outside unit hit twice. Even though it was years apart, I
    still unplug my unit if I hear thunder (a HVAC repair man told me to do this). I had one friend struck by lightening
    while on her land line phone. The lightening came through her phone line (another reason not to like phones). I also
    had a computer fried when a strike hit our house once. So, I go around unplugging everything now when we get
    a thunder storm.

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    1. I should go around unplugging. I really love thunderstorms. I never feel cozier than at home during a thunderstorm.

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  7. Hmmm... Let's see...

    1. I am afraid of only two things. Death by drowning or fire.

    2. I have raised nine children.

    3. I wanted to join the Peace Corps.

    4. Probably could go all year without leaving our land. (hate crowds, shopping, etc.)

    5. Dream of living in a cabin, in the mountains, and living off the land.

    Boring stuff to everyone but myself! Love this topic.

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    1. I plan to be cremated, so death and then fire. I imagine you could still join the Peace Corps if you wanted. I could never have raised 9 children. I hate to leave home, and I too dream of living in that cabin. Maybe we're sisters separated by birth. Ya think?

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  8. 1. I will not have fresh flowers in my house unless my house has just been cleaned.
    2. I am deathly afraid of big dogs.
    3. I could eat tacos everyday.
    4. I am a closet smoker, meaning I never smoke in public, nor do I smoke in my house. I am embarrassed of this horrible habit.
    5. I have never been to a concert. I hate crowds.

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    1. I went to one concert, Grand Funk Railroad, when I was 15. It was so loud I swore if I ever got through it sane I'd never go to another one. And I haven't.

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  9. Good morning everyone. There is such a list that I could mention but I'll start with:
    1. I HATE snakes.

    2. I've never eaten sushi.

    3. I've never flown on a plane.

    4. The room that my husband and I spent our honeymoon in on July 14,1961 was room # 317. In March of 1976 my daughter was born on 3/17.

    5. I would love, for just once in my life, to own a red convertible car..
    Wishing everyone a happy day.
    Charlotte

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    1. I've never eaten sushi, and don't plan to. If you really want that red convertible and can't own one, maybe you could rent one for a week or something.

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    2. That's an idea, Brenda. But it would hurt to part with it after the time was up..

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    3. Oh neat, you have a St. Patrick's baby! : - )

      My father had a vintage VW red convertible - boy was that a fun little car to drive around the island where I grew up!

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  10. 1. I fell out of cars 3 times as a child - ages 2, 7 & 9 - which might explain why I am crazy.
    2. In high school, all of my friends were National Merit Scholars so I thought I was stupid and told my counselor I wasn't college material. Interestingly, I am the only one of that group that graduated in just 4 years while several of the NM Scholars flunked out in their first semester.
    3. I earned spending money in college by sewing for people and later sewed bikini bottoms for a bikini factory in San Diego.
    4. I have only had one cup of coffee in my life and I didn't finish it.
    5. I have over 100 pairs of shoes - still in style - stored in my closet, under the bed, in the attic, in the garage . . . and yet most days you will see me in my Rainbow or Reef flip flops.

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    1. How did you manage to fall out of cars three times? Did you open the doors while it was being driven somewhere? You know I love my coffee. Do you prefer tea? I hate buying shoes, but I bet my ex has at least a 100 and counting. Of everything he wears.

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    2. Haha! I'm late as usual for any Java Talking...but I was reading through all these lists...
      and is it me OR does anyone find it ironically funny that Carol (Art and Sand) has only had 1 cup of coffee in her life time (didn't finish it) and she announces it during an online Coffee Clatch?
      bwahahahaha!
      I'll add my list of things OR 2 cents worth at the end ...

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  11. OK...here goes...
    1. The person inside of me looks nothing like the person inside...I am fat, middle age, dark hair, and the person inside of me is tall, blonde, skinny, and 20's.....(anyone else know what I mean?)
    2. I was forced to take piano lessons as a child, and now I hope to never see a piano again.
    3. I own pretty much one pair of shoes at a time, then buy a new pair....luckily I almost never need anything but tennis shoes.
    4. I can never afford to go on vacation, but I would love to be rich enough to travel, pretty much all the time!
    5. I am fascinated by all things Holocaust....movies...books...etc...and if I could go anywhere in Europe, it would be to those places...and I pray that the future generations never forget the horrible things done there...
    pretty weird I guess...

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    1. DUH...nothing like the person on the outside....

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    2. I knew what you meant, Kathy. I hate traveling. I don't like to mess with my schedule. Wouldn't matter if someone gave me a free trip to someplace exotic, I would not go.

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    3. My daughter travels a lot and a few years ago went to a concentration camp museum called Sachenhausen in Germany just outside of Berlin. She told me one is never quite the same after seeing it in person.

      I would love to travel more, it's difficult and disruptive but fascinating seeing the world - it becomes so small after getting around it. I have a LOT more places to visit on my Bucket List!

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    4. Oh I am so with you on #1. How the heck did I get to be 65, grey hair, and over weight?

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  12. What a great topic for today!
    1. I peel my pickles
    2. I love wearing my husband's old worn out white socks
    3. I am addicted to fudge bars. I get up in the night and eat all 24 of them. I need help!
    4. I would rather receive a load of good black dirt than a fancy piece of jewelry.
    5. I talk to animals, they can keep a secret, love me unconditionally and not talk back.
    Thanks Brenda for hosting this conversation, this is fun!

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    1. I too talk to animals. Who else would I talk to living alone? Why do you peel your pickles? Do you not like the nubby outside? Just curious. If I ate that many fudge bars, I would likely throw up, and in reality I've only done that maybe twice in my entire life. Odd huh? I should have written that down. I would rather receive a bunch of rocks, I always told my ex, or even just one, than a fancy piece of jewelry. He didn't like the outdoors. So as you can imagine I never got my rocks. I'm so glad not to have a husband. But even if I did, I would not care for his socks.

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  14. 1. I never knew my biological Dad until I was over 50. I ended up loving him and enjoying a relationship with him until he died a few years later.

    2. I am terrified of roller coasters. Road one once and said never again.

    3. I have a transgendered child

    4. I think I want a tattoo but I'm chicken

    5. I can't stand sweet potatoes, they make me sick to my stomach

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    1. I've never wanted a tattoo. Somehow I skipped that phase. I love sweet potatoes and eat one every other night. But I don't have a transgendered child, and I would love to know what that is like. Maybe email me?

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  15. Here goes...

    1. Chipped nail polish on anyone makes me crazy.

    2. Getting ready to go a trip causes me to stress more than not going.

    3. I hate mushrooms.

    4. I am BARELY 5 feet tall.

    5. I have been an extra on a night time soap!!

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    1. I don't bother with nail polish. Same thing happens to me about going on a trip, which is one reason I don't plan to go on one. I love mushrooms on pizza. I am 5'5 unless I've shrunk. What show were you on?

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  16. 1. I have anxiety about being in large vehicles and I won't drive big vehicles because of the same anxiety issues which can make me loose 10 pounds at the drop of a hat if I have to be in these big vehicles for a long period of time - traded in the 5th wheel camper because of this problem and got something smaller - which still bothers me but not as much.
    2. I used to bite my nails but no more.
    3. I have 3 diseases that affect my muscles and joints but very few people realize there is anything wrong with me - I guess I keep it pretty private and I don't draw attention to myself.
    4. I come from a family of 12 children
    5. I used to stutter badly in grade school and high school but no more

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    1. I'm anxious in small vehicles because they share the road with semis. One ran my SUV off the highway once. I have started biting my nails. I don't know how many children are really in my family because I don't really know my family. But I think I have 5 siblings. Now you know why I collect "flea market relatives."

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    2. I bit my nails most of my life, but had to get my teeth worked on because of TMJ problems, and quit cold turkey and now get my nails done all the time and they grow and grow....I keep them short and manageable because I play the piano and hate rattatattat on the keyboard. Glad you don't bite anymore either, it's so gross, isn't it? How did we ever do that? Bleck, hate to even think about the germs. Yuck. : - )

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    3. Bravo Karen for keeping your illness to yourself. I have several non visible illness and a lot of chronic pain. I do not talk about it, and do not advertise it to people. I believe we can live life to the fullest if we do not focus on it.

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  17. Just when you thought you knew everything about me:

    1) I hyperventilate in wide open spaces...I could never go skiing in the mountains

    2) I was in a car accident when I was 15 and had my pancreas and liver severed in half. I also lost a kidney, my appendix, my spleen and part of my stomach. But hey, I lived!

    3) I am neurotic about a neat home.

    4) I had a kitty when I was ten years old. Because I was allergic to it my mom gave it to an animal shelter 10 miles away. It escaped and found it's way beck to me within days.

    5) My full name is Janet, not Jane.

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    1. That sounds like some car wreck. Lucky you're alive, Jane/Janet. I use to be somewhat neurotic about a neat home. But lately I'm too tired to care as much. But if I get to decorating, everything has to be neat again.

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    2. I used to be neat, then I think I became a hoarder when I fell in love with thrifting. I must be a hoarder because I hide thing from the hubs! but now he look in my car, trunk and under the bed to see if I've bought anything! Now I have to start getting rid of stuff, it's just that you find the best things thrifting, I can't say no!

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    3. I too used to be much neater than I am...
      I've come to a point in my life where--these ideas get into my head and I want to be creative-- but there is never enough time to do all that I've dreamed of doing. I border on hoarding!

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  18. This will be fun:
    1. Used to get car sick all the time as a child. The fear of going on a car trip sent me into a spiral. Finally got over that.
    2. Also used to have to sleep near a wall. When I was a flight attendant and had to share a room with another gal, I'd walk into the room and take the bed nearest the wall.
    3. Do not like gardening. (Whoops, hope Brenda still likes me after she reads this)!! I'm more artsy/craftsy.
    4. My beautiful 24 yo daughter is adopted from Mexico. Waited 4 1/2 yrs for her. We even have race issues we face. People often think she's my hired helper! Kids would ask her in HS if she was legal.
    5. I have been caring for my husband for 10 years now. He has chronic pancreatitis and dementia. I don't take vacations, and am so thankful for blogs like Brenda's and Judy's, and the rest of their followers. I can also count on them to lift my spirits.

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    1. Well Annette, you daily lift my spirits, and make me laugh. So if someone can make me laugh, it doesn't matter that they don't garden. They're still good folk. You are a wonderful mother. (I know because I've been emailing back and forth with you for years, and I envy your daughter very much. And you know why.)

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    2. Aw, thanks Brenda. It's been great to have you to bounce things off of! Keeps my head on straight!

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    3. I will be visiting soon Annette. Away from hone and on my iPhone. U sound like a person I would like to know

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  19. 1. I'm allergic to the whites of eggs.
    2. I'm allergic to aspirin.
    3. I went to 4 different schools in the 3rd grades (2 different states) all due to my dad's job.
    4. I hate getting a pedicure, it actually hurts.
    5. I cannot use the color blue in decorating - bad childhood memory.

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    1. I've never had a pedicure in all my 57 years. So since you said that, I never will. I don't like people touching me anyway. Makes me nervous. I am not allergic to aspirin, but I cannot take it due to a health issue. That must have been the pits going to 4 different schools in that length of time.

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  20. What a cool post. And what great people posting. I wouldn't know where to begin. Maybe all of the above, starting with
    hating snakes and having no sense of direction. Fantastic.

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    1. Well, I'd hate to have a name like "Unknown." But then people are naming their kids all kinds of things these days, like "Apple."

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  21. 1. I have claustrophobia as a result of almost drowning as a child. I was happily swimming underwater when a "friend" jumped in and held me under "playfully". Thankfully, an alert lifeguard jumped in and saved me!
    2. I immensely dislike beets, shrimp, mushrooms and liver! yuk!
    3. I am very artistic. I could draw people to look like themselves when I was very young.
    4. I get BORED easily with BOARD or card games! They have to be fast moving ones!
    5. In one of my jobs in college, I worked with juvenile delinquents. The only way you could get them to open up and talk to you was to "shoot" pool with them and play ping pong. I became proficient at both games at one time. The first time I played my 6'1" younger son in ping pong, he said "what did you do with my Mom?!"

    Blessings,
    Dianne
    www.sweetjourneyhome.com

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    1. I have been married and divorced three times, which I know probably speaks volumes for my stability and foolishness. And not a one of them would eat beets. I love beets. I grew up eating the ones from the garden and the ones they canned for winter. And beets are a lovely color. I have never learned how to play cards, not even as a child. But that's just as well because it would bore me to tears. And board games? No.

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    2. I've tried pickled beets recently and those came a little closer to the "like" meter. Not sure what it is about beets!
      I agree - they are definitely a lovely color.

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    3. I won't play board games. I was married to a man who would cheat playing them, so he ruined them for me.

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  22. Oh Brenda, find yourself a good pedicurist and treat yourself to a long foot soak and a pedicure! You will be back every month!

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    1. I have a kind of phobia about people touching my feet. My ex always loved to touch my feet. Now you know why I won't let people touch my feet.

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    2. The last pedicure I had made me very nervous.. When I used to get one I'd like to relax and just get a nice foot soak and toes with pretty colors on them.. The last time I went there were a lot of people around me, talking and interrupting my peace and tranquility.. No more..

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    3. I love pedicures but am very tickleous, and when they scrub under your feet it drives me crazy

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  23. Interesting topic! I had to really think about this one.

    1. I hate talking on the phone, especially making phone calls. I don't even like to make doctor or dentist appointments by phone. I much prefer to communicate via email or in person.

    2. I'm a neat freak and my house shows it.

    3. I'm highly intuitive and "read" people very easily.

    4. I'm very curious and will Google most any topic I don't know much about, especially medical stuff.

    5. I rarely watch TV, but I do love geeky game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

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    1. I'm very curious too. So when anyone mentions something I don't know about, I'm typing into Google. I rarely watch TV, but Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune would be at the end of my list. I hate game shows. But then I hate reality TV of all kinds. And seeing grown people on game shoes jump up and down in delight makes me feel sad for them. And then I feel depressed.

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    2. Melanie, I guess I'm geeky too then. I watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy most every evening..

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    3. My hubs watches Jeopardy every night

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    4. I normally don't like game shows, so go figure. And I don't watch reality shows of any kind. Jeopardy is my favorite though because it's like a trivia/knowledge game - I actually learn a lot from it. It goes hand-in-hand with me Googling everything to learn more. And I like Wheel because of the word puzzles - which I love. I do the Jumble in the paper.

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    5. I find that reality shows quench my thirst for gossip whoxhbivakwayscfely forbidden to do. I really get sucked into those shows

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    6. When he's watching his game shows I'm watching quilting or sewing shows that I've taped on public TV

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  24. 1. I love my smart phone. I use it for everything but talking. I hate talking on the phone.
    2. Sometimes i'm afraid to open my mail. Even simple bills scare me. Greeting cards scare me. I've never told anyone this. Silly.
    3. I love cats beyond anything.
    4. I love electrical storms. The more thunder and lightning the better.
    5. I'm a lady of a certain age and still feel like I've never found myself.

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    1. Well Kari, not to puncture your smart balloon, but I hate smart phones. I have a simpleton phone for simpletons from AARP, and I can't figure it out. So I'd be in real trouble with a smart phone. I hate to hear people telling their business on phones in public. So do whatever, and if you're silent, I love it.

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  25. 1. I read in the morning.
    2. I love listening to the radio, not much on TV.
    3. I owned World Book Encyclopedia (my parents were poor and didn't read english) - it was a big deal and made monthly payments. It was the gold version.
    4. I was born in Germany.
    5. I go to the library about 3x a week.

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    1. I read things on the internet in the morning. Actually most of the day. I keep thinking I might want to get a radio. But I really like to have my sound machine tuned to rain on in the background, which is soothing. I use to love NPR, but I haven't turned on my car radio in years either. Probably a stupid thought to get one then, huh?

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  26. 1- I am 5 feet tall.
    2- I dislike the color pink. Not that I don't have anything pink. But it has to be more like coral or dusty pink.
    3- I hate shopping.
    4- I get bored easily
    5- Eating noises drive me nuts.

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    1. I'm not much for pink either. I'm a red girl. I hate shopping, unless it's looking at junk in an antique mall. Then I'm in heaven. I get bored easily in some circumstances. Like if I was at a party, which I wouldn't be at in the first place, I'd be bored just standing around making small talk, which I'm not good at.

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  27. i have an issue with cutting things ... i lady i would cook with use to laugh at me ... if you are never taught properly how to cut something in the kitchen you may be afraid of them. just saying - but that could be just me. they are so scary. i think the duller they are the worse they hurt. just what i have heard though. ( :

    i have only had 1 pedicure ... that was when i got married. usually i do my own at home in the comfort of my ease chair. makes me nervous thinking about all those tools they use? are they clean & what not??!

    #5 does that have something to do with high blood pressure? i am not a doctor but i wonder? or thyroid issues? ( :

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    1. I would worry about all those tools and how clean they are too. I am one of those women who try very hard when in a public rest room to open the door with my hands inside my shirt, do my business hovering as far away from the toilet as I can and not pee in the floor. I then wash my hands after already opening the door, which means I don't have to get my hands on an unclean door because it's already opened. Suffice it to say that I'm a little germophobic.

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    2. I've only had one pedicure in my life - and I will never have another one again. I got a fungal infection in my big toenail after the pedicure - and it spread to my hand! Yes, fungus can spread. It took 18 months to clear up. Easy enough to do your toenails yourself at home anyway.

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  28. 1. I was born on Easter Sunday...but came way too early and spend several months in the hospital.

    2. A dog attacked me and when I was 5 years old...he bit me in the face. I can still remember me screaming.

    3. My parents got me a puppy that Christmas...so I would not be afraid of dogs. It worked...I love dogs...especially my 2 little Yorkies. But I am very cautious about dogs I don't know.

    4. I can't sleep at night when it storms. I'm scared of thunderstorms and tornados. Lived not too far from where the Xenia tornado was back in April of 1974. We could see the tornado up in the sky...very scary and so was seeing the town after it had been hit.

    5. I love to read books and watch movies that are by Nicholas Sparks.

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    1. I don't know anything about my birth because my parents chose to hit the road soon thereafter. Without baby. I love to sleep when it storms. I am not afraid of tornadoes, though I should be, living in OK. Judy is constantly on me about not listening to the weather when one is coming. No, Judy, I'm not getting in the bathtub with the dogs or sitting in what might pass as a hall. I'm stubborn that way. And you can't make me.

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  29. 1) I am one of ten children
    2) I do not like to be around large crowds. I will drive 3 miles out of my way to be a a quiet street to drive. I avoid heavily traveled roads, I like the back roads. I do not like to be at places where there are a lot of people. Large crowds make me feel anxious.
    3) I am very afraid of the dark. As a child I use to be locked down in the basement, and then the light would be turned off. It's when I experienced my first panic attack. I would send my dog in the basement before I would go down there.
    4) I was a personal chef, and I love, love, love to cook..
    5) I get bored easily and love to change things up.

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    1. You know, as we've discussed this, that I too hate large crowds and avoid them like the plague. I like the back roads. As long as I'm going to get lost anyway, I might as well have pretty scenery to look at. The person who locked you in the basement, and I know who this was, should have been tied to a tree and flogged. That is beyond reprehensible. And if this certain person was around, I'd go find her and tell her so myself. And I wouldn't be in the least bit nice about it.

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  30. Okay - here goes:

    1. My Dad's real name is John Smith.

    2. The reason I'm a fanatic about my nails being done is that I bit my nails until I was almost 50. When I became an Interior Designer, I decided I should have nice looking nails. So, I have my nails done every two weeks. That's one reason gardening doesn't agree with me - but then, I get paint on them also and I don't mind painting?????

    3. I had my son by natural childbirth - he weighed 11 pounds 15 1/2 ounces!!

    4. I am the oldest of four girls. My baby sister died several years ago from congestive heart failure.

    5. I cannot wear any form of makeup anymore because I have Arthritis of the eyes and anything I put on irritates my eyes. And no, before I went to a huge eye specialt clinic in Oklahoma City, I had never heard of that either.

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    1. I think you can have arthritis of just about anything. Or that's how my whole body feels anyway. I could never have pushed out a baby that size. In fact I could not push out a baby of any size, and thus had to have 2 C-sections. During the second one, and I was 21, they tied my tubes, since I was split open anyway. Never had to worry about birth control again.

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    2. My goodness how did you not take anything having a almost 16 pound baby? I would of given in real soon!

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  31. Very intriguing topic, Brenda! Okay, without thinking too much...

    1. Have never had a pedicure or a manicure.
    2. Hate colouring my 100% gray hair.
    3. Breakfast is my absolute favourite meal.
    4. Those who know me say that I am highly intuitive, and somewhat 'ESPish'.
    5. Woke up one day in my late 40s and started drinking coffee...and haven't stopped!

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    1. I'm amazed, but for some reason my hair hasn't all turned gray yet. Judy said her hair turned gray in her thirties or thereabouts. Breakfast is my fav meal too. I like it simple. Yeah, I get the coffee thing. Happened to me too.

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  32. I have never outgrown my motion sickness, so I still have to take dramamine when I fly or travel in the back seat of a car long distances. I became quite nauseated the first time I flew on a plane and taking the pills really helped. I'm not that fond of flying anyway.

    I loved to roller skate when I was a teenager and went to the roller rink every weekend. I'd do it now, but I'm afraid I'd fall and hurt myself.

    I had a couple of minor accidents as a teenager riding on the back of motorcycles on the highway, without a helmet of course, so I don't plan on riding on one again anytime soon. Although I wouldn't mind riding slowly around town with a helmet on. I still think motorcycles are fun.

    I enjoy watching iinformational programs about science, history and nature, so I watch PBS or DISC channel a lot. We just have basic cable. I'm also a bit of a news junkie so I watch news programs, especially on PBS.

    I consider myself to be a spiritual and somewhat introspective person, so I read a lot of magazines on spirituality, health and yoga. I also read books by Depak Chopra and other similar writers. I like to read things that motivate and inspire me.

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  33. Oh what fun! I love reading about everyone, too! Thanks, Brenda.

    OK here goes:

    1.) I get a manicure and pedicure once a month, less now that there is Gelish polish, which lasts 3 x longer. I also get a massage every single month. These are really important spoil-me things that help my mental health.

    2.) I absolutely LOATHE shopping (especially for clothes, ugh ) and absolutely refuse to go to any malls. Seriously if I have to go there I will find a nearby restaurant and bring a book and wait for whatever needs made me have to be there. Because I HATE IT that much. I feel even stronger about going to a Zoo. I live 5 minutes from the rated #1 Zoo in America and have never been there and never will.

    2.) I ordered my first beer in a bar when I was 27. And I ordered it wrong and was really embarrassed.

    3.) When I was in college and went through Sorority Rush every single sorority choose me to come back and join them.
    And I ended up not joining any of them! : - )

    4.) I am a middle child and have one of each kind: an older sister, an older brother, a younger brother and a younger sister. Plus I am a Libra. Balance is extremely and urgently important to me.

    5.) I have seen Bruce Springsteen in concert more than 20 times. But not once in the last 15 years. He changed too much for me, but I looooove the old stuff (The River stuff and older.)

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    1. Funny, people think all women love to shop. Not so. I need a bra. I REALLY need a new bra. I ordered one and it didn't fit right. Hated it. Keep trying to get myself to go to a store to get one. But the only ones that really fit me was at Dillards and "the bra lady" fitted me. But they're all in MALLS. Which is like being beneath the earth.

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    2. The Dillards around here are all built so that you can walk right into the store from the parking lot. Call and ask which door is closest to lingerie.

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  34. Great topic, Brenda! Like Poppy, above, I'm not giving this a lot of thought - just writing what pops into my head.

    1. I'm terrified of bats, and going in the ocean. Bats are just ugly, and I had a scary incident with waves when I was in college. But I do love going to the beach almost more than anything.
    2. I once kissed Bruce Springsteen (he did NOT kiss me back, nor was he too thrilled that I walked over to him and kissed him on the cheek).
    3. I hate chit-chatting on the phone. This does not go over well with friends and family.
    4. I would have loved to be a singer or dancer, but I have zero talent.
    5. I watch very little TV, even though I worked in the TV industry for over 30 years.

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    1. I guess you're just burned out on TV. Just as well. Isn't much good on anymore.

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  35. My five things (great topic, btw. It is fun to read about everyone)
    1. While I used to work with the public I am now not all that comfortable around people. I seem to be getting more and more introverted.
    2. While riding my motorcycle to work I was T-Boned by a Suburban, crushing my lower left leg. One of my physical therapists was so fantastic I only limp when I am tired. Then I am like a bad grocery cart that keeps turning left.
    3. I love cats. And books. I love cats on my lap when I am reading a book. :-)
    4. I had my first pedicure while I was on an assignment. I had been on my feet for over 18 hours and let me tell you that pedicure was heavenly.
    5. I have never had a manicure and seem to be frightened of them for some reason. Hence I am going to get my first one in a few days. My hands are always trashed from gardening/painting/wood working and I am tired of them looking so rough.

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    1. The older I get, the more I like to be alone it seems.

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  36. I enjoyed reading every one of these lists. I couldn't get on here until now to add mine. Here goes:

    1. My birthday falls on Thanksgiving every seven years, my daughter's birthday falls on Derby Day every seven years (hey, that's a big deal because she was born in Kentucky), and my son's birthday falls on Groundhog Day every year! That's just fine, since his original, and obviously incorrect, due date was Jan. 8, Elvis' birthday. Not as cool as Groundhog Day, in my opinion.

    2. I have a bump on the back of my skull that folklore says is an indication I am a descendant of Melungeons, a mysterious race of people in the Appalachian Mountains. Some lore says they were Portuguese or Romanian, other lore says they were Native Americans. Some people say it's all a bunch of nonsense. But it's interesting.

    3. I met my husband when I was at the park trying to teach my son how to hit a baseball when he was about eight. I couldn't throw and he couldn't hit. In desperation, I prayed to God to please send an angel to deliver the ball across the plate, since I couldn't do it. I was meaning I needed an angel to literally hold the ball in her hands and fly across the plate with it. But, a few minutes later, the cutest guy stopped and asked if I needed some help. He started throwing the ball to my son. I never learned to throw, my son never learned to hit, but, I did marry that angel a few years later.

    4. When I look at the color green, I want to say orange. When I see the color orange, I want to say green. I really have to force myself to think and say the right name for each color.

    5. I am good at reading maps and giving directions. When I was aged four, I was able to direct my mom to our house after we had moved into a huge new neighborhood where all of the houses looked just alike. I must look like a person who knows her way around, because people stop and ask me for directions a lot. I think it's probably just because I look friendly.

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    1. Only an idiot would ask me for directions. I don't know why, but I even manage to get lost close to where I live. Maybe it's old age.

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    2. LOL don't tell the Irish about that green/orange dilemma. :- D

      Love the story about the angel God sent you. That's way too neat not to share, love it.

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  37. 1. I didn't learn to drive a car until I was 21.
    2.My first car was a English MGA sports car.
    3. I have been in 4 car accidents, none of which were my fault.
    4. I flew in a small 4 passenger plane, and even got to fly it (with the pilot sitting next to me)
    5. I used to water ski, and downhill snow ski, when I was younger. Not now at age 74.

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    1. Well, you're braver than I am for sure!

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  38. 1) I am a breast cancer survivor....I was diagnosed May 18, 2009...5yrs!!! Bilateral mastectomy on June 26, 2009...8 chemo treatments, 30 radiation treatments and 13 surgeries all in 5 yrs!
    2) My son lives in New York City...I don't go for visits because I am an ole country girl that would rather stay home and play in the dirt than go to the concrete jungle...he comes home for visits a lot...he graduated from Columbia University and also works there...he is the only person from his high school that has ever attended an Ivy league college (we live in a VERY small Kentucky town)
    3) I love to scrapbook! I will snap a picture just so I can scrapbook it! =P
    4) I love love love scrapbook paper!
    5) I work at a jewelry store. My nickname at work is "The Matrimonial Magnet"...they call me this because just about every day I work I sale a bridal set...I don't know what attracks them to me...what I'd really like to tell them is to run! LOL

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    1. I forgot to say that I am 48 yrs old...and I have no idea where my son gets his "smarts" from...not me! LOL

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    2. Oh, you gave him good genes. You are really brave to have gone through all that. And to be so young! You certainly have my admiration. I'd rather live in a small town. Maybe some day.

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  39. Very interesting post.

    I am like you are, Brenda, never have had a pedicure. Never plan on having one. It gives me the willies to think about a stranger touching my feet, not even considering that they might use instruments that have been used on someone else's feet. Double Ewwwww!

    I have a major thing about washing my hands first thing when coming into the house from anywhere, and that is after I have sanitized them as soon as I got into the car.

    If someone held a gun to my head to force me to ride a bicycle, I still would not get on a bike. Too many bike accidents when I was a kid. Broken collarbone, ankle, wrist, skinned legs. Every time I would ride the bike there would be a disaster. When I was seventeen, and had given up riding bikes for good due to accidents, my fiancée (now husband) ran into the back side panel of a car that had backed out of a driveway in front of him. He hit the side of the car and flipped all of the way over it onto the other side. A neighbor kid came to the door of my parents house and told me that my boyfriend was laying in the road and couldn't get up. Very scary. Back in the days before anyone wore helmets while bike riding or even thought to. My fiancée (now husband) ended up with a severely broken leg. Many years later ended up having to have hip replacement surgery due to arthritis in that leg and hip from his bike disaster.

    I Swam in the Mississippi River every summer weekend for the first 15 years of my life, but in high school swimming class could not and would not put my head completely under water. I ended up in the "special swimming group" who stayed at the shallow end of the pool to practice putting our faces in the water for that entire semester. I could swim back and forth across the pool without my head or face being under water but would not/will not dive into water. Still won't submerge my ears and face and head under water. There would have to be a Tsunami in St. Louis for that to ever happen.

    I am not afraid of snakes, bats, lizards, and many bugs, however, cockroaches terrify me and if I see one I will have nightmares about them. The other bug that absolutely makes my skin crawl is the so called roly poly bug. My mom used to call them sow bugs. I was not afraid of them when I was a little girl, and then I picked one up and was looking at it crawling in my hand, and all of a sudden it seemed like millions of tiny baby bugs came out from under it and were crawling all over my hand and up my arm. I am not sure if this is a memory or if I dreamed it. I was probably about three years old. I have been known to let out a scream if I find a roly poly bug crawling on me to this very day.

    My final weird thing for now is that I have never worn high heels. I never could walk in them, and still can't. When I was young and would try them on I felt like a donkey (I'm using the nice word here) on stilts. So I never learned to wear them.

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    1. High heels are bad for your back. I donated all mine a LONG time ago. I have never been able to dive into water. Just couldn't keep my head down.

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  41. 1. My Mother was born and raised in London, England. 2. I never drank coffee until I was in my 20's and had to work nights. 3. I recently found out I am allergic to bananas. 4. I have never been able to finish a beer. 5. Neil Patrick Harris once phoned my house and was very nice to talk to!

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    1. Well, isn't that different? Do you mean he dialed your phone by mistake?

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    2. No, at the time, my daughter was being treated for cancer, and Neil was participating in a group called "Hollywood Phone Friends". They are given a list of sick children and call and surprise them. What he didn't know was that she was only 6 months old! He chatted with me for a few minutes and was so nice. He sent her an autographed picture and I framed it for her, she still has it.

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  42. 1. I have scoliosis and osteoporosis with one leg longer then the other but you would never know it by looking at me or seeing me walk. It only shows on xray and bone density tests.
    2. I was in labor 48 hours with my only son and I am also an only child.
    3. I have moved 10 times around the country moving in and out of Texas twice. I am here for good now!!
    4. I have been a design artist and staging decorator for over 35 years having shops in malls and selling on line.
    5. I was invited to the White House twice to paint ornaments for the Blue Room Christmas tree.

    Thanks for the fun post Brenda. I could add so much more but you asked for 5 so~~ LOL
    Happy 4th of July!

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  43. this is my first visit here and I picked a grreat day, I get to know a little about you! I know we have blogging fiends in common, too! I will enjoy following along on your adventures

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  44. 1. Secret wish to work for a design magazine.

    2. Lost on a family outing at 3 years old. The end result was a wonderful ice cream cone and a nice lady lifeguard hug.

    3. A love of tools

    4. Pillow hoarder

    5. Decor magazine hoarder also :-)))

    Thanks Brenda for Java Talk! I enjoyed my coffee and visit today with you and all your visitors..hugs, Maryjane

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    1. I love magazines too. But I've had to get rid of a lot due to lack of space. Saved my favorite decorating and gardening mags though! I'm glad you like Java Talk.

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  45. So we shafted another thing in common apart from photography - shortsightedness! Through the years I've realized how very important the visual is to me, maybe exactly because of my eye problems!

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    1. I think you may be onto something there, Sonya. Things are much more important to us when we are lacking in that area.

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  46. I apologize for the "shafted", it was meant to be "share" but auto correct had something else in mind.

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  47. Brenda, my computer went down the day you revealed you new kitchen, so this is my first visit in days.

    My 5 things are:
    1. I am afraid of snakes and frogs. I live in rattlesnake country so there is reason for that fear, but why anyone would be afraid of frogs is beyond me.
    2. In a room of 70 women taking a personality quiz, I was the most introverted person in the room.
    3. I am the oldest daughter of an oldest daughter in a line of oldest daughters going back 5 generations. And my oldest child is a daughter, but her only child is a boy.
    4. I love to Dutch oven cook.
    5. I think cows are they reason people became civilized.
    Great topic.

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    1. I'm afraid of snakes, but not of frogs. However, that doesn't mean I want to pick one up!

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  48. After reading this list of lists... which I thoroughly enjoyed,by the way!
    I decided I'd list 5 things Y'all don't know about me.
    1. I don't like Cashews. I love to eat nuts. In a jar /can of mixed nuts...I pick the cashews out and give them to my husband. I just don't care for the taste.
    2. I've been known to cancel appointments, lunch dates, travel plans ---due to Anxiety. I used to think I was such a flaky person. But No. I really do have Anxiety in the face of Commitment.
    3. I talk on the phone with my brother everyday for almost 1 hour. I don't have any sisters and don't think I'd be as close to one--as I am to my brother. I am the oldest of three children.
    4. I don't eat Sea food. Though I do like fresh caught Bass.
    5. My oldest two children are Irish twins. (born within one calendar year) I had 4 children in 4 years :)

    This was my first time to add to the Java Talk-- though I've never joined in. I thought this one was fun to read.
    I may join in again next time. If I'm not here -- see #2 and know that I my intentions were good!

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  49. I love this post. Its so interesting to learn so much about all of us. My five.
    1. I can ride a horse when younger bareback at a full gallop without a bridle and no fear.
    2. I was a natural size 4 and could eat anything until age 50. Now every bite is the enemy. Carbs can only be eaten once a week.
    3. I am a dedicated NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS vegetarian and no animal products are used in my home. No products that test on animals and my beauty and home products are cruelty free. . I believe you cannot love animals if you eat them, use products that torture them or look the other way. Its a hideous industry and most are ignorant to the torture and pain they suffer. I am a advocate for all animals rights.
    3. I have no family to ever help me with even one thing in life. I have been on my own for over 40 years completely self supporting and never depend on anyone else. I believe to many women are dependent on men and their families. being self supporting in all facets of our lives is essential to being true to yourself and powerful in your own truth.
    4. I have used technology since the inception of computers and adore everything computers. I know how to program and fix most computer issues myself. I am not comfortable unless I have a laptop, Kindle or smart phone with internet with me at all times.
    5. I hate dogs and am scared to death of all of them. Cats only . I do not understand dog people in any sense when you can have a lovely, fluffy soft, clean well mannered cat in your house. Dogs are the reason I am afraid to walk outside so I have to have someone go with me and carry a weapon after 3 dog attacks. I cannot park or walk by a car with dogs in it. Going to someone's home where they have dogs is gross and terrifying. I hate the smell, teeth and nastiness of dogs. I have been attacked by a Rottweiler, a rat terrier and a disgusting smaller breed and bitten each time. After each attack it takes me months to walk again outdoors. Cats are far superior..

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  50. What fun reading all of these.
    1. I put black pepper on my cantaloupe.
    2. Hate shopping, except for junk and books. I will buy an article of clothing I like in every color available so that I do not have to keep looking....
    3. Have had several different "careers" in my life, including singing in a country band.
    4. I build my own computers but do not own a cell phone and have no clue about smartphones.
    5. I have complete strangers come up to me and confide in me. Sometimes it is their life story sometimes it is their
    problems, and sometimes it is really their deep dark secrets. Do not know why that is but I have had it happen my whole life. Guess I just have that "look"...........

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    1. Ha! Craftybynight... I also eat black pepper on my cantaloupe. It's the yummiest!
      ...#4 I've never met a stranger. hahaha! I would probably confide in you and tell you my life story!

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  51. I'm right three with ya on #4. I can figure out directions when I'm at home because I know my house faces north. Travel directions are a whole other matter. K
    Just tell me which way to turn at which corner and I'm in trouble if they put up a new building or change something!

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