This is my second Wednesday HodgePodge and I am enjoying it. If you are interested in doing this with me, here is the directions The blog hosting this is From This Side of the Pond. Then you add your name to the list, for other bloggers to read and visit. Fun!
1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?
I called them Grandma and Grandpa. Which does bring up something I have always wondered about. Why do southerners call their grandparents Maw Maw and Paw paw? My grandparents were originally from Tennessee but they moved up north to Indiana and Ohio during the times when they were alive, to be nearer their daughters. We grew up in California, so we called them Grandma and Grandpa. I don't believe my cousins also called them GM and GP, like me. I have a brother (from another mother) and he lives in Alabama and that whole side of the family call each other Mee Maw and Pawpaw and it's just strange to me. There are other versions as well. Could someone explain it to me?
2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? What's one tourist attraction along the coast you'd add to your must-see list?
|Maverick waves in comparison with the cliff and people. Cowabunga, Dudes!|
This is too easy for me - I grew up in San Francisco and Pacifica - which is right on the coast. I lived 2 miles from the beach. I've traveled HWY 1, up and down California. Hearst Castle is a good tourist place to visit. If you like surfing, Mavericks is the BEST spot in California and top 10 places worldwide. They are noted for big wave surfing - cold water. The waves are huge and come between late Nov and March. Not for the novice.
I thing my favorite part of HWY 1, is from Golden Gate bridge, north to the Oregon border. Absolutely gorgeous and not a lot of traffic, if you like pristine beaches. I might add, the Oregon Coast is gorgeous too.
3. What are three things you don't know how to do?
1. I don't know how to use a paint sprayer and I want to know how. I have one, that is a commercial one, that uses this big compressor that was my dad's. I know it would make painting so much easier.
2. I don't know how to play Nintendo and Wii and all of that. AND, I don't want to.
|This couple can cook and dance on their hoverboards.|
3. I don't know how to use a hover board - wish I could, but afraid I might fall or crash and hurt myself. (DIE) Wish they had them, when I was younger. I see them all around - high tech skateboard.
4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true, what and how will you celebrate?
Sunshine. Last few days, we have had a drying out spell- with nice temperatures and sunshine. but the rain is back. I guess I didn't celebrate enough.
5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaroon? What's something you make that calls for almonds?
I live in Almond country. You drive up I-5 in the central valley and you will find an abundant of almond tree farms. I love almonds. During our drought, many environmentalists were down on the Almond growers because it does require a lot of water to grow. Not me - Almonds are good for you and California Almonds are the best. As for Almond Joy or a Macaroon, I would choose neither. They both have coconut and I don't like the feel of coconut in my mouth. I tend to gag. I sprinkle sliced almonds in my cereal in the morning and I use them in salad. I add them to freshly cooked green beans, too. Many Asian dishes use sliced almonds and I love Chinese almond cookies!
6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
Pretty much the same as any other morning of the week. My husband works Sunday through Thursdays 4pm to midnight. Our weekends are Friday and Saturday. We usually lay in bed, drink our coffee, and talk. It is just the two of us - and our animals.
7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.
I'm reading: Three Sisters, Three Queens. by Philippa Gregory I am enjoying it. A few books I have read, this past winter have not kept my interest or have only been fair.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
|Bronze statures in park|
Another storm is moving toward us. I am thinking about all those people in Oroville, Ca, having to leave their homes. They caught a few looters - makes me so mad. My own town is flooded near the Sacramento river. Our city park is partially under water. I just pray that what rain we have, doesn't create any more floods and dangerous situations - I know that, these flooding issues will be with us, for awhile. The spring snows have not melted yet and that will create flooding in areas that have not flooded yet.
|Swollen Sacramento River and The City Park|