Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Snaky Hodgepodge

Well the Groundhog didn't see his shadow, bring on the Early Spring!!! I am ready for the trees and flowers to bloom, the temperatures to be warm and for the darkness not to set in at 5:00 p.m. 

While we wait, lets pass the time with a little Hodgepodge fun. Here are this weeks questions and my answers:

1. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake? Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers? 

I DO NOT like snakes. Doesn't matter what kind or the size. 
When I was in high school our Biology teacher brought one to class and made everyone in the class hold it. Everyone, except one girl held it. She just couldn't do it. The rest of us simply passed it from one person to the other, the girls rather quickly, while most of the boys would play with it a bit. That one girl couldn't touch it, she would scream and throw it. 

The last time I saw a snake was this past summer. I was taking the trash out. Our storm door doesn't always fully shut. As I pushed the door shut all the way I saw a small black snake at the corner. The end of it was caught it in the door partially and it was striking at me. I put the trash in the can and came back to the door. I was going to kill the snake, but when I came back it was gone. I was afraid it had gotten in the house or was hiding in the flowers and vines on the patio. I grabbed a garden hoe and poked the flowers but found nothing. I looked for that silly snake for days and wouldn't go out that door or on the patio for a while afterwards. 
A Google search afterwards allowed me to identify the snake. A Kingsnake Black. 

2. The color red in Chinese culture usually means good luck. Do you believe in luck?

I believe that some people seem to be luckier than others,  things seem to fall into place more easily for them, while others struggle and fight to make things happen. 

3. Sledding - ice skating - building a snowman...if given a choice, which activity would you choose? Which of the three have you done most recently?

I would choose the snowman. I have never been ice skating and sledding never really was fun to me. Maybe because growing up with two brothers and a neighborhood of boys that made sledding into an Olympic event. Jumping this and that, sledding down the hill and across the narrow bridge that crossed the small creek between our house and my grandparents. Count me out... I would just build a snowman with my baby sister and make snow angels in the yard.

When my son was about 10 or so his Dad tied an inter tube to the four wheeler and pulled the kids around the yard. I tried that "once". I am just not brave enough for those kinds of things. My kids loved it. I'm just a snowman builder kind of gal. Sadly, I haven't done that in a few years. My kids have out grown snowmen I suppose. 

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, "The years teach much which the days never knew." Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?

This quote makes me think of my Grandparents. 
We lived a block away from my Maternal Grandparents until I was 9 and then moved next door to my Paternal Grandparents.  So they were a daily part of our lives and even when we moved closer to one set we remained close and visited the other set often. Everyday events were nothing special and at times probably boring, but it is in those days that I saw the people that they were.  The way they lived their lives taught us the importance of being honest and respectable. 
5. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?

The last cupcake I ate was at Christmas.  My daughter made these cute little reindeer cupcakes. 

6. What's something you can't say no to?

Wow, I guess that would have to be my Dr. Pepper in the morning. I am not a coffee drinker, my morning get-me-going choice is my Dr. Pepper. Everyone knows NOT to take the last one in the fridge. Mom will not be happy if there is no Dr. Pepper in the morning.

7. Are you a doodler?

Yes, I am. When on the phone and put on hold, I doodle. When in attendance of one of those boring CLE (Continuing Legal Education) conferences, I doodle.  When about to walk out the door at the end of a busy day and my hubby gets another call, I doodle. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

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  1. haha - I love the pic at the end.

  2. Those cupcakes are adorable! And I think you and I are meant to be friends. I too love Dr Pepper and often drink it as my wake up caffeine. :D

  3. My hubby tells me all the time how king snakes are great snakes to have around because they kill all the vermin...nope, not buying it! :)

  4. Fortunately the only snakes we have around here are garter snakes.

  5. Ew! Just the picture of the snake you posted made me shiver! I hate snakes!

  6. Oh my, I don't know if I would have been able to have slept for many a night, not knowing if there was a snake in the house or not.

  7. Oh my goodness - I love the end picture! Too funny!

  8. EEKKK - you even added a picture of a snake... YIKES!!!!

    I remember you posting those cupcakes :)

  9. LOL the last picture

    The photo of the snake even made me go EEEK!" My cat used to bring the little ones from our garden into the house. What a naughty cat.

  10. I can't recall the last time I saw a snake. I can admire them if they don't sneak up on me. Next month we're going to India and I imagine we'll see a few there.

  11. Those reindeer cupcakes are cute!

    Nice to "meet" you through the Hodgepodge. I like your blog title. :)


  12. Ha- I love the random thought! That's about how I diet : )

  13. I was just going to say what Joyce said. Love that random thought. So true. Today I'm invited to an ice cream galore with friends. How can I diet?!


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