Life is like a wild horse--Unless you ride it, it will ride you! (from the movie: "Princess of Thieves.")
Thursday, May 20, 2010
V: Five Questions
The main reason that I enjoy blogging is because it is about connecting with other people. You discover that your neighborhood reaches all across the world to places that you might never have the opportunity to visit in person. It interests me to "meet" other people and hear the stories they have to tell. Yes, I know I keep saying that everyone has a story!
So in blogdom, it's not just about "us" and our stories, but about all our friends out there, most of whom we'll never meet in person. Our friend, Kathleen, from Four Miles North of Nowhere, and Kate, from Chronicles of a Country Girl, have posed questions as a means of sparking interesting dialogue on their blogs. Don't know if it'll work here, but I thought it would be fun to try it! I'll be first and I'll even use photographs to illustrate my answers! Feel free to answer briefly, or if you have an interesting related story, please share!
So here are the 5 questions:
1. Where were you born and how far from there do you live now?
2. What is your favorite view outside your window?
3. What is your favorite candy or sweet?
4. What is your most special, treasured piece of jewelry?
5. What is your favorite scent? Perfume, flower, and/or food.
Stick Horse Cowgirl V:
1. Where were you born?
I was born in Ft.Smith, AR at Sparks Memorial Hospital. It was two days before Christmas and my mother said that she remembers the carolers singing at the hospital. I currently live approximately 167 miles from where I was born. Ft. Smith is the 2nd largest city in Arkansas, located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. An infamous "border town", it was a hotbed of outlaw activity in the 1870-1890's!
Many outlaws met their end on the gallows outside the courtroom of the famed "Hangin' Judge" Isaac Parker. His jail was known as "Hell on the Border". "C" and I visited Ft. Smith recently and toured Judge Parker's courtroom, the gallows and the jail. That jail had to be a miserable place! In his 21 years on the bench, Judge Parker sentenced 161 men to death. 79 executions took place on the gallows. "People have said to me, "You are the judge who has hung so many men, and I always answer: "It is not I who has hung them. I never hung a man. It is the law," Parker said.
2. What is your favorite view outside your window?
It is my backyard patio and the woods beyond. Also, my neighbor's horse next across the field.
3. What is your favorite candy?
I DO love chocolate, but my favorite hard candy is without a doubt Napoleon Sour Bon Bons! This luscious candy is imported from Belgium and comes in assorted fruit flavors: Lemon, Cherry, Tangerine, Lime, and Pineapple. It is unique in that the hard candy shell encases a tart powder center which will make your mouth pucker!!! Apparently many chemotherapy patients find the lemon Napoleons helpful with the symptoms of dry mouth and metallic taste that often results from treatment.
4. What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
An especially sentimental piece is an ivory carved rose pendant that my Great- Aunt Velma purchased on a trip abroad many years ago. Of course genuine ivory is no longer harvested because of the endangered status of the elephant. She was a wealthy widow who traveled all over the world and treated my sister and I as surrogate grandchildren. This photo shows a necklace like the one she brought back from her travels. I think it is in my youngest daughter's jewelry box now! Both of my daughters love it --this might be a problem! lol
5. What is your favorite scent? This can be a perfume, flower or even food!
I sometimes try new scents, but I always return to my favorite fragrance, Fifth Avenue by Elizabeth Arden.
I love the delicate scent of the rose, and the heavier lush fragrance of the gardenia. As I child, there was a mimosa tree outside my window with the most delicious scent.
Nothing smells better than fresh brewing coffee on a cold, frosty morning!--V
Mid-sized city, Somewhere in the South!, United States
We are "C" and "V," two baby-boomers who have been through thick and thin--50+ years of best-friend togetherness.
C is a divorce attorney, separated from her husband of 40(!) years--at age 59 he ran off with a thirty-year-old-never-married-mother-of-two and has now fathered another--and we're not even divorced! A very hard time for C.
C has one grown son--no daughter-in-law or grandchildren yet! (Drat!)
V works in a community based instruction program in a public school, helping special-needs students learn life skills. Mother of three, grandmother of five!
For 50+ years we've laughed together, cried together, and we've learned a lot! We love, love, love writing and want to share with you! Please come share, too!
Check out our posts under the label "Stickhorses" for more, but suffice it to say that these cowgirls started their lives together riding stick horses. Stick horses have come to symbolize the power of dreams and imagination for C and V--besides, we love cowgirl spirit!
You and the mother of the man who done you wrong are going to raise chickens together? I love it. I hope you become international stars in the chicken-raising world, and when you (and his mother and your chickens) are famous, I hope he comes crawling back, pleading with you to take back his poor miserable, not-famous self. You go, girl!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! On to International Chicken Stardom!! C
YET ANOTHER STUPENDOUS COMMENT!
SimplyJoolz (see our blogroll for link) said these kind words about the travails of C:
I love this story -its like a well written novel. I can't wait until the part where C kicks the useless husband between his hanky and his small change pocket! Lol!
It's coming, Joolz! C
PS - thank you all for your comments. They so give me a lift--often just when I need it!
C's SINGLE AGAIN POWER
Below is a list of things I'm learning to do--wish I'd started years earlier! It feels so good to list my "Power Accomplishments" for you, and I'd love to hear about yours!
Replacing the back fireplace refractory panel. Who knew?
Jacking up the front porch with my new, red, hydraulic jack!!
Learning to shoot and getting my Conceal-and-Carry license! (Power rush!!)
Purchasing tires...all by myself!
Buying and installing (!) the lawn tractor battery! Again, not rocket science...
Putting a new end on a ruined looooong extension cord. One prong was missing, and we replaced the plug-in. (Who knew you could do this??) I feel so, well, powerful!
Cleaning Tractor Air Filter
Dealing with fire ants--boy, are those suckers tuff!
Gettin' that utility pole installed.
Ordering gravel (SB 2!)
Replacing hydraulic hoses
Learning about the lawn mower (engine stabilizer!).