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Let’s have some fun, shall we?  Can you answer these questions right off the cuff?  No research, just the answers.  I got these from a friend, and thought that this would be a fun blog to post…

Question #1 – Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

Question #2 – What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

Question #3 – Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year.  What are the only two perennial vegetables?

Question #4 – What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

Question #5 – In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

Question #6 – Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them.

Question #7 – There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

Question #8 – Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

Question #9 – Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’

Check back in about 6 hours for the answers!

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Today marks a milestone in my life. Today, this is my 255th post! Today I celebrate the 34th anniversary of my 21st birthday! Today I was given the opportunity to celebrate The Buffalo Side of Double Nickels!

The Buffalo Side of Double Nickels

What is the Buffalo Side of the Double Nickels you ask?

The Buffalo side of the double nickels is many things. It is a landmark!

** As one gets older, most, not all, have learned from all the “mistakes” they have made in life so far. At the double nickel landmark you have learned so much from those mistakes, that you now possess a wisdom that you wished you had in your early years but realize you were too young to recognize when the lesson in front of you. You learned and you value the lesson that you were given.

** You have learned that when someone tells you that you have made a mistake, you can boldly look them in the eye and tell them that you did not make a mistake. You can tell them that you gave yourself the opportunity to learn something new and to grow from it. After all, you would not be the person you are today, if all those “opportunities” had not come about.

** You listen to what others say and you now know, from experiences learned, what they really mean and what they really want. Not much can be hidden from you as you have done it all, maybe, and you have learned. And, now you have the opportunity to make a wise decision, or possibly to share the wisdom that you have earned in your life.

** You value life in a way that you never realized could be possible. You find out who your friends really are, and you know that the good ones are few and far between. You value those that have traveled your life with you and you cherish the ones that at this time in life you have made. And you know that those in the latter group will be there with you, as will the few from younger days, for the remainder of your days, because of the wisdom and the grace you have learned and the understanding you share.

** You wake up every morning and value the fact that you are here! And you think about what you can do today that will make a difference to those around you, no matter how small that difference might be. And you smile to yourself because in some way you know how you have positively touched the life of another person, and while they might not yet realize it, you do!

** You have realized that you have to laugh at yourself before you can laugh at anything else in the world. And you find yourself laughing at yourself now just about every day, and you find that it makes you happy!

** You enjoy the wisdom of those who are older than you because you now get it!

** There are those who are your age that are still concerned with “looks” and you realize that even though your hair has grayed, your chin has doubled, and your weight has increased, that you still are a magnificent person! The hair is not gray, but platinum. The chin is not doubled, OK maybe it is. And while your weight has increased that is just one of the many trophies of hitting the buffalo side of the double nickels! I have not found out yet, but I am sure that “looks” don’t matter much and never did to Saint Peter! And I heard through the grapevine that he is fond of buffaloes!

** You have learned that you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

** And you now know how important it is to tell those that are important to you that they are important to you!

To all of those who have hit the double nickels before me, I honor you! To those who are approaching the double nickels, continue to realize the opportunities as they arise. To those who shared this special day with me at dinner tonight, I love you all, and I thank you for being my friends, and for being in my life! To my husband, you are the love of my life and I look forward to laughing with you daily for the remainder of my days!

Hugs to all today! I look forward gently touching all of your lives, and I thank you most humbly for touching mine!

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It is raining. It is cold! Winter has returned to the Foothills. And so has the wildlife! Step outside my back door with me to see what might be there…

I see you!

Please do click on the photos so that you can really see the detail in the photos, and those cute faces that I discovered were looking back at me!

The Real Deer View

How many deer do you see?

So, how many deer did you see in the last photo? Four? No, there are five! Check again!

And the Face to Love, Toby, was overheard saying, “Hey, I don’t care about seeing the deer! Take a photo of me!”

The Face

So I did!

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If you are married, or not but living together, there are compromises that need to be made on both sides. I could talk about general cleaning, sex and money, but I would rather not. You have to work that part out for yourselves. But what I do want to talk about is what happens in the kitchen!

From the get go in our relationship, and we moved in together before we got married, I told my husband that there were rules to our kitchen, and if he was not on board with these rules, then I should plan on finding someone else and someplace else to live. We loved each other and I knew that we would be coming to some compromises here.

The first and foremost kitchen rule is this: If I cook, you clean. No arguing. This is the rule. I will not cook an entire meal, clean as I go, and have to clean afterwards. OK – so this had to be modified after the first dinner I cooked for us. I cooked and did not clean as I went. He griped. I helped clean that night and since then, I clean as I go. This has worked out well. And, this rule goes both ways: I cook, he cleans, and he cooks, I clean. And, we clean as we go, or as my friend Conor in Ireland says you CAYG! Thank you Conor!

Next, I work and my husband is retired. As I work, and he is now retired, I cook 4 nights a week, and he is relegated to three nights. How does this work? Planning! My husband cooks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which is why you rarely see food posts on those nights, and the rest of the time is mine. This takes some working out, depending on schedules, but for us this works really well. I finish my week, thanks to furlough Friday’s, on Thursday nights, and I start planning on Monday what I need for recipes I plan on cooking. BTW – before I started this blog, we did this then too.

Figure out the dinner menu. We both have busy days. Just like with Mom and Dad, at their house, whatever is put on the table for you for dinner, you eat. We both take into account what each of us likes and don’t like. He doesn’t serve me Lima beans and I don’t serve him brussel sprouts!

Margarine is not allowed in our house. Margarine is really bad for you, and butter is really good, as long as you do not over do it. If you want your recipes to taste really good, butter makes the dish. Margarine does not. There is too much water and oil in margarine. No compromise here: We both prefer butter to margarine.

Every now and then we do have frozen dinners. Not Banquet, nor Swanson’s. Sometimes you just do not feel like cooking, or putting a huge meal together. Whatever we choose, we make sure that the food is healthy.

No, and I mean absolutely NO, macaroni and cheese from a box. When I moved in with my husband, he had about a dozen boxes in the cupboard. Then I made him my macaroni and cheese. Since eating my macaroni and cheese that uses real cheese, he refuses to even look at a box of mac ‘n cheese. We donated the boxes to a food drive.

Everyone eats leftovers. No food goes to waste! Enough said.

Whatever you decide, whether living together or married, compromise is a big part of this life, and the kitchen is a good place to start!

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