Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions:
1. Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about?
Oh probably, but I tend to forget the details when I do something that stupid. It’s a self preservation reflex. Remember just enough to keep yourself from ever doing it again and forget the parts that make you feel like a completely brainless moron. No point in keeping a running tally of those moments from hell and destroying whatever notions you cling to about your self worth. There was an incident a long time ago where I found myself going the wrong way on an exit ramp, and some helpful driver going the right way gesticulating frantically to alert me to the fact, but I knew it already and just wanted him to get out of the way so I could turn around. Can’t recall how I got there exactly. Kind of the story of my life. It was a one time thing, so I must have learned something, thankfully without killing anyone.
2. As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches?
There was really nothing so bad about my childhood that I ever felt the need to run away from home. Home was a safe haven where things were familiar and people looked after me. The outside world was the scary place. I guess I was one of the lucky ones, wasn’t I? We also lived almost 10 miles away from the nearest town, so it would have been a long trek to get anywhere new. I probably would have eaten my sandwiches at the end of the lane way and gone back to the house for more. And then lost interest in the whole adventure.
3. You suddenly find you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope accompanies your talent? Any particular song?
I’ve never tried playing drums, but I think if I was in the mood to make a big racket and pound the hell out of something I’d be very good at it. Sorry to all the talented drummers out there, I’m sure there’s a bit more to it than that. No particular song comes to mind because the older I get the more I feel like it’s all just a bunch of noise. So I’ll be the one in the back pounding out the beat wearing ear plugs and the rest of the band can carry on doing whatever they want.
4. Do you accessorize with jewelry? There was an opal necklace (cursed) and Slytherin’s locket (also cursed) in the Potter story. Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion? (Hopefully, yours was not cursed?)
There’s a few pieces of jewelry I’ve inherited of sentimental value only, and nothing I’ve ever been tempted to actually wear. I got out of the habit of wearing rings when I worked as an optician and washed my hands constantly all day long. Good practice for the last six month it turns out. My ears are double pierced so I wear earrings every day. That’s it. The only curse involved with them is having one from every pair I actually like go missing, sort of like socks. So I buy a card of cheap ones that are all the same and wear them until there’s only one left and then I start over. Who says I don’t know how to plan ahead?
Melanie’s Ordinary Muggle Questions:
What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?
A variety of lettuce and greens, like spring mix with kale and spinach. Chunks of peppers, celery, onions, carrots, tomatoes. Chopped hard boiled egg, maybe some cheese cubes. A simple oil and vinegar dressing with my choice of garlic, honey, Dijon mustard, spices – the best ones don’t have an exact recipe and are difficult to duplicate. That’s half the fun. I made one once with no sugar added blueberry jam. It was delicious.
If you care to, share something that really irritates you.
Omg. I do that every day don’t I? Unnecessary noise drives me insane. Tuneless humming. The incessant squeaking of a rocking chair. A radio blaring. Snoring. Dogs barking like demented fiends. Loud one sided phone conversations. People breathing. Haha. Sorry that’s way more than one thing. Mostly I’m pretty tolerant but I have my moments.
What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?
Everything I have in my closet is a lounging around the house article of clothing since I retired and no longer need to get dressed up for anything. One of the perks of getting old is wearing any old rag you have hanging around because who’s going to see you? And there doesn’t seem to be any point in buying anything new until your old things are all worn out. And since you are only lounging around in them they could conceivably last the rest of your life!
Well that’s all pretty depressing. But clothes shopping certainly isn’t a priority these days. I got some really great bamboo socks from Amazon the other day. In case you think I never EVER buy anything new to wear.
GRATITUDE (as always this is optional)
It’s another beautiful sunny fall day in our little corner of the globe. I’ve been lounging around all morning. Not playing the drums as it happens since I don’t own any at the moment. The neighbours have no idea how lucky they’ve been all these years. Time to venture out into the scary outside world in todays lounging outfit. Hope I can find my way back home.