1. What small act of service have you received that has meant a lot to you?
These were actually HUGE acts of service, but so many did so much for me when I had my bilateral mastectomy nearly three years ago, and I am still overwhelmed by everyone's kindness. My kids were ferried around, I was given all kinds of gifts, my sister in law and my friend took time out of their schedules and away from their own families to stay with me for a couple of days when my husband had to be away from me after my surgery. I had lovely visitors and received all kinds of flowers and balloons and Diet Coke. I was given a gorgeous Tata to the Tata's party, complete with boobie cake. The list goes on and on.
I am thankful for good friends who are there for me in times of great need.
2. What was your favorite meal when you were a child?
My favorite meal as a child was my mom's smothered steak. She would cook pieces of round steak with potatoes and carrots in her electric skillet until they were fork tender, then thicken the juices into a gravy. I can make a similar version, but it doesn't taste the same.
I am thankful we always had plenty to eat.
3. Do you enjoy camping?
To paraphrase Jim Gaffigan, I'm thankful my parents loved me enough not to take me camping.
4. Have you moved (changed houses) more as an adult or as a child?
We only moved once when I was a child; the summer after I finished 6th grade, we moved from a little ranch style house to a neighborhood with a little bit bigger, nicer homes. We were still in the same school district, and even though the kids in the new neighborhood went to a different elementary school than I had, we all went to the same junior high.
I moved to college when I was 17. If I'm counting correctly, I moved 17 times in the next 20 years. The last move was into the house we're in now, 16 years ago.
I'm thankful not to have had to pack and unpack boxes for 16 years now!
5. Where would you like to retire and why?
I imagine when I am retired and have grandchildren, this answer might change, because I suspect I will want to be near them. Putting that aside, I'd like to summer either in upstate New York or near Rocky Mountain National Park, because both places are beautiful, and winter somewhere warm and beachy. Florida, maybe.
I'm thankful I have had the chance to visit a variety of places.
|Taughannock Falls, Ithaca, NY|
6. If you had a free day next week, how would you spend it?
I am always well meaning when I have a day off. I think I'm going to use it to get Great Things Done, but that rarely happens. Now, if it were a snow day, then I would spend the day in the kitchen, baking bread, making homemade noodles, making some kind of cookies. Snow days inspire me to use a lot of flour!
I'm thankful for occasional days off from work and (most) responsibilities that allow me to do whatever I choose, even if it's just sitting in a chair and reading.
7. If you could suddenly develop a new talent or skill, what would it be?
I've always wanted to be able to sing Broadway style. I can sing, but I'm only okay.
I'm thankful that lack of talent doesn't keep me from singing like a rock star when I'm by myself in the car.
8. Do you know where your grandparents and/or great grandparents were born?
I do! My mother's parents were born near Urich, Missouri. My dad's parents were born near Marshfield, Missouri. I also know where my great-grandparents on both sides were born.
I am thankful to my brother for all the work he has done and shared with me on our family genealogy, and I am thankful to Kristi from Thankful Me for showing me how to make a family tree of my very own!
|My maternal grandfather (1890-1960)|
|My maternal great grandfather|
9. What is one trait that describes you?
I'm very positive and optimistic.
I am thankful for the ability to see the cup is always half full.
10. What is one of your family traditions?
On Christmas Eve, after we attend the candlelight service at church, we come home and have a late supper of appetizers. We started this about 12 years ago, when my husband's sister and her family would come for Christmas from their home in Pennsylvania, and we continued it even after we started celebrating Christmas with my husband's family on a day other than Christmas Eve.
I'm thankful my oven has a timer, so we can come home from Christmas Eve service to an oven hot and ready to bake up some appetizers from your grocer's freezer.
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