Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Welcome to this week's edition (April 6–12) of La Tea Dah's Hospital-i-tea where we are to share ideas and pictures that involve stitching for the tea table. Any kind of stitches count: sewing, embroidery, knitting, crochet, tatting, quilting, etc. The work can be yours or of someone else, but should be homemade rather than done by factory machines. Ideas are napkins, tea cozies, table linens, and other creations made with tea themes.

Alack and alas, until last evening at 5, I had nothing to share. I hated the idea of sitting out this week so much, even though I had made my apologies to La Tea Dah already, that I couldn't let it go without attempting something...anything! Besides, I'd always wanted a tea cozy...

So here's my picture story:

I remem-bered some old quilted fabric packed away for over 15 years, which definitely needed a good washing.

A friend had already sent me a tea cozy pattern. Thanks, Teresa!

Now that I know how to do my own bias tape, this part was a cinch.

Using this quilt block pattern, I was able to reproduce the following embroi-dery pattern. Source

...which changed this to


Yes, the time is correct...roughly five hours to change this to that, but who's counting when I can participate after all?!

Have fun on the remainder of your Stitches-for-Tea tour!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Biscuits and Skillet Cookies

Would you believe that I finally learned how to place homemade bias tape all the way around a towel? I did. Here's proof.

It certainly took me long enough, which is somewhat disturbing for me to consider that my brain power may not be quite as Einsteinesque as I'd like. [I really do need to add a wink here; otherwise, I just sound like an idiot, which I am...LOL!] But if one sits at Alicia's February 21st post long enough...I'm certain that she wondered and was considering calling out the blog police. For those of you who remember my doing this before, well, yes, I did, but that was back when I was doing a one or two edge treatment therefore avoiding the bends in the corner. There's probably an analogy there somewhere, but I'll save it for another day.

The little biscuit recipe comes from PatternBee. It was a happy day last week when my order arrived!

Now I have three other patterns to do — chicken a la king, strawberrry jam, and applesauce. I find the prices at PatternBee very reasonable. The last embroidery pattern that I purchased was for a gingerbread recipe and it cost more than all of these patterns put together and isn't any more charming (different company).

And all weekend long, whenever I needed a pick-me-up or something to serve drop-in guests, I had Cast Iron Skillet Cookies thanks to Brin. You can find her recipe right here.

Remember last Friday when I was asking a lot of snoopy questions about your blogrolls? Well, check out what Dawn at The Feathered Nest is doing with hers and prepare to be amazed! This would work beautifully for any of you with lengthy blogrolls. In the meantime, I am going to ponder what to do with mine. I only need to make one or two quick changes and have a "policy" in place for what to do in the future. %}

Off to attempt something for tomorrow's post so that I can participate in this week's Tea Blogathon. I've already explained to La Tea Dah that I have nothing for show and tell. N-O-T-H-I-N-G and this will not do.

Have a wonderful Monday, dear friends.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Implications of Our Faith

Let us consider the implications of our faith. Either Christ did everything for us or He did nothing...either all of our sins are totally forgiven or none of them are forgiven. Eternal life must last forever or how is it 'eternal'? You either stand in the righteousness of Christ or you have no righteousness at all. And what is faith? It is 'being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.' (Hebrews 11:1)~ Bob George (paraphrased)

Michael W. Smith

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I I'm desperate for you
And I I'm I'm lost without you

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word spoken to me

And I'm, I'm desperate for you
And I'm, I'm lost without you

And I'm, I'm desperate for you
And I'm, I'm lost without you

I'm lost without you...

(Clicking on the song will take you to You Tube and Michael W. Smith singing.)

photo source (link broken, but allowed to stand)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

An Oversight!

Another of my favorite bloggers was overlooked yesterday: Manuela @ The Feathered Nest. And, just for that oversight, I am presenting Manuela with both awards. Manuela is one of those prolific bloggers who consistently shares her home, her ideas, her recipes, etc. I love visiting her!

Here's that old Saturday snowbank from a slightly different angle, but with the discarded Christmas tree prominently featured. These shots are taken from my viewpoint leaving my humble abode completely out of it. ;> We had some snow yesterday that turned to rain. I think I'll go out later today and attempt to rake some of the dirt off the banking and closer to the street.

Friday, April 4, 2008

And the Award Goes to...

* Suzanne @ The Farmer's Wife writes every day and I am constantly amazed by the variety in her posts. She writes poignantly, wittily, intelligently. Currently, she is doing facelifts. Check it out!

* Kari & Kijsa These sisters provide a joyous look at home decorating and all the possibilites with the ever present Diet Coke in hand. Lots of wonderful ideas here!

* Brenda @Coffee Tea Books and Me is doing a series on thrift where she shares many wonderful ideas on saving money and stocking up in the pantry. Check out how she organized her freezer!

* La Tea Dah @ Gracious
has been hosting a Tea Blogathon extraordinaire and it's been so much fun. She's so organized and has everything so carefully planned...hope that you'll join the fun, if you haven't already.

* Sandi @ Holding Patterns What can I say about Sandi other than that she is laugh-out-loud witty and always thought-provoking. Her recent post on harassment in the work place was fantastic, but then she's always writing fantastic things.

* Pat @ Milli Fiori Favoriti is a recent treasure find for me. She is currently providing a tour of Manhattan that you shouldn't miss. What a wonderful teacher she is!

* Judy @ My Front Porch is a constant and steady influence on me. I am learning so much about how to be a grandmother by watching her interact with her grands. She also lives in one of the most beautiful spots on earth and takes great photos.

* Miss Sandy @ Quill Cottage never ceases to impress me with her turn of a phrase. She writes incredible posts on everything from faith to decorating. I am enchanted whenever she takes a walk down memory lane.

* Barbara @ Ramblings From an English Garden has been such a blessing to me. She has been doing an ongoing series of autobiographical stories sharing her life in the most transparent of ways. Just incredible. Not only that, she takes beautiful photos of her very English world.

* Linds @ Rocking Chair Reflections is such a good read. We have lived somewhat parallel lives and I am always intrigued by her story. Currently, she is stuck at home recuperating from an injury and could use some cheerful company. She'd put the kettle on if she were able!

* Mary @ Little Red House shares her joy for dishes and birds and treasures that she's finding in the backs of her magical closets.

* Linda @ Restyled Home does an incredible job of keeping her finger on the pulse of what's going on in the decorating world with color and design all the while "keeping it real."

* Alice @ Tea in My Cup has the most fantastic recipes. I baked her orange scones yesterday and my goodness were they ever fantastic.

* Melissa @ The Inspired Room provides some of the most incredible decorating advice. Her suggestions are thoughtful and well written. You can't go wrong to heed such "inspired" recommendations.

* Lovella @ What Matters Most is responsible for getting so many bloggers up off the sofa and out the door. Soon I'll have no excuse and must join them! Also in British Columbia, she shares the most delightful photos, but check out the recent vacation to Hawaii, too.

That's fifteen! Ten for Charli and Me and five for Happyone who didn't even give me a requirement in the first place.

The following amazing bloggers are receiving the YOU MAKE MY DAY award:

* Abbie @ Abbie's Place has a quirky, fun sense. I find myself grinning a lot when I visit.

* Robin @ Bittersweet Punkin is a dear soul and I love visiting. She and I also share a similar taste in music. (At least, I've finally learned how to launch the playlist so that I'm not bugging her by sitting under her window.)

* Happyone @ Captain's Log shares her life in a happy way. She does! But you should check out her recent MEME for a surprise...who does she want to boot into next week? LOL! Her three moments of gratitude are a delight as well.

* Mary Isabella @ Daisy Bouquet just makes me smile. She has a loving and cheerful spirit that comes through in her posts and stories. I always leave her blog smiling.

* Cindy @ In a Garden is a new empty-nester just this week. She shares about faith and family in a wonderful way.

* Kari @ Just Livin' Large always makes me laugh. She's irreverent without being mean; witty without being caustic; and, besides, she agrees with me on most political issues. ;D

* Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio has a cheerful, beautiful blog and she shares her work and her decorating projects with such generosity. I can't wait to see what her most recent decorating home project has been, but it'll be a while. She's soooo busy these days!

* Brin @ My Messy, Thrilling Life is a delight. Pure and simple. Recipes, devotionals, travelogues, you name it; she's got it!

* Teresa @ Plumwater Cottage shares movies and books, decorating and gardening, and takes great photos of her home. Not to mention another great playlist!

* Margo @ Robolady creates beauty from junk. It's always fascinating to see what this talented lady has been doing.

* Kathy @ Shocking Pink Thread is a recent find for me and I'm so glad that I found another New England blogger who shares that sense of like-mindedness. I love to see photos of her home and to hear what she thinks.

* C.C. @ Six Months of Settled is a witty wonder of a writer. Better than that bunch of alliteration! She is on her way back to the great continent of Africa and there had better be a good internet connection at the library where she'll serve as the librarian.

* BumbleVee @ The "Bearister" Bookcase and I do not always share like-mindedness because she's way cooler than I am. She rides a motorcyle! At her age! (And she likes to take potshots at me just like that! ;D)

* Dawn @ The Feathered Nest always shares the most beautiful creations. I admire her talent and always feel that the world is a little more beautiful because of her blog.

* Jan @ The Life and Times of Li'l Ol' Me makes me laugh, is genuine, and supportive. How can you go wrong with those combinations? You can't!

* Terri @ Wind Lost is one of the most thoughtful and articulate of persons sharing mostly her journey in decorating her lovely home. When she shares on an even more personal level, her writing is poignant and piercing. What is this with the alliteration today?!

Sixteen and so many more! I can't think of a blogger who does NOT make my day. Bloggers are some of the most creative, intelligent, thoughtful, and articulate people I've ever encountered. I read so many more than are even on my blogroll.

Speaking of my blogroll, I carefully select those with whom I share a certain like-mindedness and who write a few times a week and also make it easy for me to comment. Is that how the rest of you are handling it, too?

Edited to Add: I've just received an email asking for clarification about "the rules." It's true! There are no strings attached to either of these awards. If you would like there to be, create your own. I just wanted you to enjoy them. I've been much too selfish holding on to awards when they should be scattered freely all over.

Oh, don't forget, I still want you to comment on your blogroll...please!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Little Adventure and An Award

Yesterday, everything came together perfectly at about three in the afternoon. I had finished gathering the items for Judy's box and had wrapped it securely with tons of packing tape. Good luck with that, Judy! So all that remained was to get myself out of the house and to the post office.

Checking my wallet first, I realized that a stop by the bank's ATM machine was in order because a few groceries were needed as well.

I don't know how it is with you, but I am such a homebody that I forget how to "be" out there in the great, big, scary world. As I was pulling up to the ATM machine slowly...I know how easy it is to rip off a mirror...don't ask...another driver roared up behind me and sat there revving her motor.

I went on about my banking business and tried to ignore the fact that she was sitting right on my ar$e and revving the danged motor. (Sandi, I really need to take some lessons!) Anyway, apparently, it was bugging me a lot more than even I thought because I started to drive off before I had responded to the "Is your transaction complete?" query. Yikes! You know where this is going, right? But, no, there were no fender benders nor did I get hurt. I just grinned at her in my most apologetic way while she grimaced back at me. I pressed the "yes" and scurried back to my car, hopped in, and slammed the door...on my seat belt buckle with a c-r-u-n-c-h.

Okay, one errand down, two to go. Off to the post office where all went amazingly well except for the fact that I had to write down everything that was in the box and when I asked if that little customs tag would remain on the package the post office guy said that it would. Ackkkkk! Don't peek, Judy!

Phew! Two errands down, one to go...off to the hometown grocery because, even though the prices there are sky high, the cost of gas is keeping me closer than ever to home.

So I picked up my oranges ($2.99), Smart milk ($2.99), whole wheat bread ($3.00), a pound of hamburger ($3.10), and a small package of shredded cabbage ($1.00) and headed for the checkout where two young ladies were manning the registers. There were long lines at both lanes, but finally I was next.

The young man ahead of me was cashing his paycheck and purchasing a carton of cigarettes for $11.75 or something like that. After his change had been counted back, my order was rung up and paid for. But the man ahead of me was still standing there counting his change.

He says, "Something's wrong here! This isn't right!"

The oranges, milk, bread, hamburger, cabbage, and I all sat there waiting patiently as the cashier turned her attention to the problem. Poor thing was so shook that she was having troubles counting back the change. She took the money out of his hand. Counted it. Set it on top of her register. Removed the check. Handed it back to him. Counted out the additional funds and handed it all over.

In the meantime, I decide that perhaps I can handle bagging my own groceries. Person behind comes up and takes my place in line as I switch to the end of the counter and fiddle with the plastic bags. Man ahead is still counting the money. Finally, he is satisfied and leaves. I am packing when I become aware of a piece of paper fluttering down — the check! The check is not in the drawer! I tap the cashier gently on the shoulder and hand her the check. Gee, I sure hope that her count was good at the end of her shift.

At this point, I can't wait to get home. Nothing nervewracking like that ever happens here!

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Another beautiful award was given to me by Pat @ Milli Fiori Favoriti. Thank you so much, Pat, it's a beauty and I will honor it and pass it along soon!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Four Tag

Sandi tagged me yesterday. Again. She doesn't think that she'd ever tagged me before, but look here and here. It's all good. I think this Four Tag MEME is a fun one and don't forget to go read Sandi's...they're a hoot!

Jobs I have had in my life:

1. first job...apple picking

2. second job...seed weighing at the local hardware

3. third job...cashiering

4. fourth job...teaching

Movies I have/would watch over and over again:

1. Gone with the Wind

2. The Notebook

3. The Sound of Music

4. A Christmas Story

Places I have lived:

1. Virginia

2. My home state

3. Oklahoma

4. Arizona

People I want to slap right into the middle of next week:

1. Any driver who pulls out in front of me at the last possible second and doesn't step on the gas.

2. Any member of the media who betrays his/her bias, also any member of the media who says "Mr" instead of "President." Oh, and any weather reporter who tells me to "button up."

3. Any person who chews gum in my ear while talking on the phone.

4. Anyone who uses a cell phone inappropriately. I have a long list of what and where is inappropriate. I used to treat these folks as if they were speaking
in a telephone booth by lowering my voice and tiptoeing around them. Not any more. Expect me to grab whatever I need from the grocery shelves whether you're chatting away in front of the olives or not.

People who email me regularly:

1. my mother
2. my daughter
3. my daughter-in-law
4. my friends

TV shows I watch— Fictional:
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Desperate Housewives
4. ??? brain spasm...can't think of any others

TV shows I watch— Nonfictional:

1. Ellen
2. Dr. Phil
3. Lawrence Welk (still after all these years...thank you MPBN!)
4. Sometimes the news shows... 20-20 types

Places I have visited:

1. Niagara Falls
2. The Grand Canyon
3. Grand Manan Island
4. Washington, D.C.

Favorite Foods:

1. lasagna
2. Paska (gee, thanks, Judy and Lovella!)
3. prime rib with baked potatoes topped with melting butter and sour cream and a big leafy green salad with Olive Garden dressing
4. any kind of dessert...I love them all...never met a candy bar that I didn't like either

Where I want to be right now:

1. I'm perfectly content at home, but...
2. at the lake or the ocean
3. in the theater
4. at a concert

Things I'm looking forward to this year:

1. watching the grandsons grow
2. blogging
3. finding my purpose in life (it's about time, say what?!)
4. Thanksgiving and Christmas

Now, in a definite shift from rebellion, I am actually naming four people to do this MEME in no particular order:

1. http://millefiorifavoriti.blogspot.com/

2. http://shockingpinkthread.blogspot.com/

3. http://windlost.blogspot.com/

4. and last, but not least, http://happyoneat.blogspot.com/. Happyone is so happy that I am eager to see how she'll respond to people slapping. LOL!

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What a difference a day makes—yesterday gray and foggy...

Today—sunny and bright (also danged cold and windy).

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Last Sunday, two dear bloggers gave me this award. Happyone and Me of Charli and Me. There's a huge difference between the two sets of rules:

Happyone's: This is not meant as a tag but just to say your blogs are great and if you want to pass it along please do. I enjoy all the blogs that I read and here are just 5 of them.

Me's: The recipient must agree to award it to at least ten people whose blogs are found to be worthy of an Excellent Blog Award. The award may be given to more than ten blogs, to a blog that has already received one or to the person or blog from whence it came. The blogger who gave the award must be notified that it is accepted with the conditions imposed. Then the names of the blogs must be listed and those bloggers must be notified that an award has been received.

This is an honor that I do not take lightly. I will be passing on this award and that's going to require some thought. I have no time for thought this morning so I shall return to this at some future date. Thank you to both Happyone and Charli and Me for enjoying spending time here. I am grateful.

A wonderful Wednesday to you all!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


March 30 - April 5 Decor-a-Tea
Share ideas and pictures that incorporate tea and/or tea themes into home decor. Displays, art, prints, fabrics, and collection all count in this category. Do you use teapots and teacups as a part of your home decor? If so, describe how.

If you're arriving from La Tea Dah's Decor-a-tea, welcome! If you're one of the faithful, thank you for being here! If you just fell through a portal and have no idea how you arrived, April Fool's!

This little tour is going to begin with the sublime and head right down the tubes to the ridiculous with a photo of my medicine cabinet. You'll want to hang in there for that!

My favorite decoration of late with teacups has already been featured earlier (several times :P), but never one to shun the chance to post yet another picture, here it is after Easter. I'm really missing the blooms on the cactus!

All I did was to play off of another blogger's idea by using an empty antique picture frame and tying teacups from the top edge with ribbons.

Before I was displaying the little nest in the apothecary jar, as you see in my header, I often displayed it this way:

Just find your favorite teacup and turn it on its side resting the nest inside. This works very well for taller shelves. If displaying on a tabletop, the teacup could be rightside up for a visual surprise.

Last week, so many of you mentioned Sandy Lynam Clough an artist who collects teacups and teapots herself to create wonderful vignettes to paint. I love her work! Her calendars for 2005 and 2006 are among my favorite things...see, I've even saved the covers.

The calendars themselves are used for crafts and cover-ups. This is a closet door where I hang my necklaces.

And, as promised, the medicine chest where I use tea mugs to store my toothbrush and razors, etc. Whatever fits in!

Thank you for visiting today, feel free to wander about in my blog, I'm sure you'll discover more Decor-a-tea. Don't forget to continue the tour at La Tea Dah's!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Busy Monday

library card source

Today's post will be so busy, I hardly know where to begin, which is why I'm using a cheat sheet.

First things first perhaps. As you may have heard, I won one of Miss Sandy's prizes over at the Quill for the marvelous Easter Parade...so much fun! It was fun before I won, too. Here are some pics and a reveal of the new spot for my S P R I N G decoration. (Only Miss Sandy herself knows what I'm talking about with this one.)

Thank you so much, Sandy!


Next on the list are some lovely items purchased from some of my favorite bloggers via Etsy or, in Robin's case, from her online store at The Punkin Peddler.

This is a tabletopper purchased from Robin. It's a gift for my mother's table...shhhhh!

This terrific heavy duty apron with loops to hold tools (!) is a gift for my Boston niece who, as an artist working with all sorts of mediums, may have occasion to wear it. (It would certainly work in the kitchen or garden, too.) I bought it from Brin's Etsy store called Freeman House.

Then in a splurge just for me, I purchased these charming tags from Lynda's Etsy store called Among the Hedgerows.


Another little picture story to announce the winner of Friday's Giveaway!

Congratulations, Judy! Email me with your information and I will send you your mystery gift by week's end.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Through the process of metamorphosis, caterpillars are transformed into butterflies. Likewise, when you are born again, you become a new creation. You become holy and acceptable in His sight. You stand in Christ's life and in His righteousness. ~Bob George

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" ~ II Corinthians 5:17

Picture Source

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Snowbank and Silhouettes

Despite six inches of new snow in the past two days, I think things are looking up. How can I tell? The neighbors' discarded Christmas tree is showing up very nicely; it used to be buried. Wonder if I'll have to haul that off for them again this year???

This was my project for the morning.

The silhouettes that I did years ago of my nieces for a Mother's Day gift to their mom were faded and ratty looking. My hope was that they could be rescued with PAINT and/or Photoshop. I'm not too adept with either program, but I think they'll look better once they are trimmed and returned to the wee frames. That should be loads of fun for a Saturday afternoon. ;>

Hope yours is great, too!

Edited to Add: That wasn't too difficult, after all.



Friday, March 28, 2008

OOps, I Forgot to Say...

On March 26, when I was posting about important things like M&Ms, I forgot to mention that that post was my 200th. Last week I was carefully watching the tally; this week I didn't even think about it until this morning.

That's okay...better late than never. I work fast so this is the deal: Please leave a comment on this post. All those who do will be entered into a drawing and will be eligible for a little gift from me. It's not a big gift; not an exciting gift, just a remembrance and a way to say thank you for reading this blog.

Monday morning, I'll reveal the winner and we'll go from there.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Great-Aunt Susie

If you left me a comment yesterday, I hope that you'll check there again. You gals are so much fun!

My Boston niece bought me Anne Lamott's book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life as a birthday gift. Naturally, because I enjoy muddling my head with a lot of varying thoughts and opinions, I hauled out Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and am reading them both. Actually, these two writers think a lot alike.

Even if you never hope to write more than a letter, these books are great fun...also irreverent...also trash mouthy...also brilliant. There'll be moments when you throw back your head and guffaw, moments when you'll feel inspired, and moments when you'll know for a fact that it's all beyond you. Apparently, it's all beyond both of them, too.

Lamott's description of writer's block: ...you sit staring at your blank page like a cadaver, feeling your mind congeal, feeling your talent run down your leg and into your sock.

Isn't that rich with simile and metaphor? That's writing!

Soooo, I've been commissioned to write a historical novel. Does it matter that I've been commissioned to write it by my own family? "The story must be told," my grandmother tells me emphatically. This makes me feel sorry that I'm such a deadbeat because Nan's 98 and it's unlikely that I'm going to pull this "masterpiece" together for her in time.

What is Nan so eager for me to tell? It's the story of her great-aunt Susie, an amazingly beautiful woman in her time who fell in love with John Jacob Astor (think Titanic) and he with her, if I am to believe the story. Sadly, or perhaps not, the romance didn't go quite as planned. Susie didn't meet Mr. Astor's mother's standards. Still, their romance left Aunt Susie independently wealthy at just twenty years of age.

I've spent years thinking about this...looking at Susie's letters, her journals, her photographs. I had always been told that there was a fortune somewhere (does every family have this sort of fairytale?) if one could only find it. What I found instead was that Susie died a pauper with her grand home falling down about her ears and that life's difficulties left her a self-absorbed, bitter woman. Guess life can do that if your one true love is lost and your only child...a daughter...falls off a swing, hits her head on a tree root, and dies in your arms when she is just seventeen.

I need to go watch a comedy!

photo source

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ten Weird, Random Facts or Habits

Minnesota Kathi @ Lavender, Lace and Thyme tagged me on March 22 with the Ten Weird, Random Facts or Habits meme. She says that she wants to know more about me. I find this amusing and flattering all at the same time. Oh well, here's for you, Kathi. (Kathi needs a little pick-me-up since her brother fell while shoveling heavy, wet snow and broke his arm!)

Here are the rules: Once tagged, you are to write a post listing ten weird, random facts or habits about yourself. Then you find 5 people to tag. Not only do you list them at the end of the post, you have to tell why you chose them. Next, you must leave a "You've been tagged" comment on their blog. They'll come back to read the details. Once these good people have posted their list, they must remember to let you know. One good thing - they can't tag you back!

1. M&Ms are impossible for me to resist. If I see them, I must have them. These pastel shades for Easter are especially nice.

2. I play with my M&Ms sorting them by color or by arranging them into stick figures.

3. Oddly enough, I think that brown M&Ms taste better than any of the other candy shell colors.

4. For a brief moment, I thought that the above photo proved that I had won a major prize. Don't ask!

5. I really don't think that M&Ms are the best-tasting candy...Lindt chocolate is.

There! That took care of the first five... ;>

6. I never eat cooked vegetables; the one two exception exceptions is are corn and potatoes.
(Thanks, Kari, for keeping me honest!)

7. I love to clean because cleaning equals instant results.

8. If I couldn't fail, I'd open a tearoom.

9. I read three or four books simultaneously...not at the same moment of time, but in the same period of time.

10. Memes are especially difficult for me because I think of myself as being as dull as dirt.

As a notorious rule-breaker, I'm not tagging anyone today. BUT, if you decide to do this meme, please let me know! While I find it a challenge to do them, I adore reading them.