Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thank You, Shady

Thank you to my friend Shady Del Knight at Shady Dell Music & Memories for choosing me as one of the bloggers with whom he is sharing an award given to him. The award is the Liebster blog award and according to Shady,  Liebster  is a German word that roughly translates as "dearest" . A visit to Shady's blog is a wonderful trip (and education) into the world of music and more.

Among the requirements of the award is to answer 11 questions posed by Shady and to reveal 11 facts about myself. 

At the risk of entering TMI territory, here are Shady's questions and my answers, followed by 11 facts about me. (I'll try not to be too wordy)

1. If you have a pet or pets, do you seem them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?

Our dog, Dodger, a 50 pound guy who came to live with us when he was about a year old is not only a member of the family but pretty much the head of the house.

2. Would you rather read a good book or watch a good movie?
I read books a lot more often than I watch movies so I guess my choice is to read a good book.

3. If you could have a dream come true, what would it be?

Due to my recent obsession with the British TV show Doc Martin, it would be a dream come true for me to be able to visit the Cornish village where the show is filmed.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
If a billion dollars landed in my lap I think the first thing I would do is call my attorney.
I actually think I would cope better with something in the millions than with a full billion.

5. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who and what would it be.

My blog friend Jeanie at The Marmelade Gypsy is so creative in so many ways. I would love to be able to watch her at work.

6. What helps pull you out of a bad mood?
I don't get in bad moods very often, but planning something fun with friends or family is always a good way to cheer myself up.
And, er, well, uh....nice blog comment are always a good mood lifter. :)

7. What were you doing when you experienced the happiest moment of your life or felt most alive.
The births of my 7 grandchildren were definitely high points for me.

8. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor?
Oh no, I think I will have to take the Fifth on this one. I can't think of any answer that would not tend to incriminate me.

9. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
Doc and I met in sort of an unsavory way. A friend of his and a friend of mine were having an affair and without our knowledge were using us for "cover". We all ended up at Doc's house one night and it all came to was very awkward and uncomfortable. It was several months before Doc and I even saw each other again.

10. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
This could be a long philosophical answer, but I think I will just be honest and say I really don't know.

11. If you could time travel, which decade or century would you most like to visit? Where in the world would you go? Would you want to stay in that place and time or return to the present?

There are many historical times that I would like to have a first hand view of like the royal courts of Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, or Imperial China, but I am sure I would want to quickly return to the present.


11 facts (or as close as I can recall to fact) about myself, in no particular order.

1. I used to write a weekly newspaper column. Blogging reminds me a lot of that, except without the paycheck or the large number of readers.

2. My youngest child was born in an elevator.

3. I was a Polio Pioneer....when I was in 2nd grade I was a part of the first group of children to receive the polio vaccine.

4. I thought that once I reached this age that I would be a lot more mature about some things than I have turned out to be.

5. The most fun job I ever had was being an associate producer for a radio talk show.

6. I do not like to shop.

7. I have been lazier since (mostly) retiring than I thought I would be.

8. If it weren't for being away from my family I would like to live in England or Mexico for a part of each year.

9. I drink way too much coffee.

10. I worry  about staying relevant in the lives of my grandchildren as they get into their teenage years.

11. If I don't stop now and get this posted I am going to be late for lunch with a friend.

Thanks again, Shady, for sharing the Liebster award with me.


  1. that was fun.....I learned so much more about you sweet friend...have a fun lunch...

  2. Your child was born in an elevator? You must have been stuck -- or else it was a mighty quick delivery! Now THAT's a story you could dine out on for the rest of your life.

    And thank you for mentioning me as the person you would like to watch create! I am so surprised and so honored -- you have quite simply made this sad day a little brighter for me. Thank you, my friend. And thank you for sharing this! I loved finding out a little more about you (a lot, actually!). Oh, and as soon as I find it, I will send you the link to blogger Maggie's post about the town in which Doc Martin is filmed! I love that show, too!

  3. These are very interesting answers and revelations, dear Jeanie!

    I love dogs, and since losing my Cocker Spaniel Toto last summer at the age of 14, I have been "adopting" the dogs of all my blog friends. I love your handsome Dodger and that's a great picture of him. Mrs. Shady and I also love Doc Martin and agree it would be fun to visit that village and ride (not walk) up and down those steep hills and dine overlooking the water and beautiful countryside. Like you, I am a late bloomer in the maturity department. I also have a background as a broadcast producer, hate to shop, drink entirely too much coffee and worry about staying relevant in the lives of my grandchildren.

    Enjoy your Liebster Award, dear friend Jeanie. It is well deserved. Thank you for answering my questions and for giving my blog a plug!

  4. I learnt a lot about you!
    A baby in an elevator! Wow.
    My dogs are part of our family too.
    And of course I love to shop, so you not liking it is kinda weird to me! lol

  5. Fun responses...especially about the baby born in an elevator!

  6. Very interesting! Now we need to hear the having a baby in an elevator story!!!

  7. Oh my about your child being born in the elevator! Maybe a future blog post telling the story? LOL how Dodger rules the house, I know Koda does here :)

    fun facts and answers to questions Jeanie, to get to know you better ;)


  8. What an adorable dog, which makes me want to adopt one. Lol. This was an interesting post.

  9. You did a great job with this meme. Your life is always very interesting and we need to hear more about what led to giving birth in an elevator. Was it at least the hospital elevator?

  10. Interesting questions, answers, and tidbits. You should write a column! (Oh wait... never mind...)

    I could relate to a lot of your responses. I was one of the polio guinea pigs, too, only I was a first-grader. We lined up in the auditorium, and got the icky liquid stuff on a sugar cube. I wonder if our families had to sign waivers? No matter. We were all afraid of polio in those days, so I think they would have signed whatever got put in front of them.

    Having a baby in an elevator? No thanks! That must have been QUITE the experience.

  11. I could identify with many of your 11 facts about you. Also, I learned new things about you. This was a very fun read.

    Shall we both go out and see/ together? Or maybe, we can talk her into coming to Colorado.

  12. Well now we know everything about you but you need to explain things more. Child born in an elevator! And the how you met your spouse thing sounds like a great story there.

  13. Dodger is 50 pounds? Wow! He looks so tiny. I love having the elevator baby in common with you. I was really obsessed with Doc Martin too. I'm waiting for them to start filming again. I LOVED that show. Now I'm into Poirot while I wait.

    This was such a fun post to read, Jeanie.

  14. An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  15. Nr. 4 and 9 too!
    Great to read these. I didn't know how you met Doc, that was interesting. Loved seeing Dodger. He is so cute!
    Will check out that show, sounds interesting.