It’s a coyote! (Click photo for source) This is a cousin of the one I saw running down our street on Sunday morning, all pointy eared and bushy tailed and NOT A DOG. And still I ventured outside and walked around the neighbourhood. What the hell, I’ve had a pretty good life.
When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?
All of the above. I wear shoes when I am getting ready to go out because I forget something in the house and have to go back in to get it and can’t be bothered to take my shoes off for what will probably be less than five minutes. Then when I come back from wherever I’ve been I might again leave my shoes on because I forget to take them off. Being forgetful makes life a lot less boring. There’s always something new to deal with.
I wear socks when my feet are freezing. I’ve noticed they are great dust and debris collectors. When I take them off I wonder how there can continually be that much crap on my floors. I’m sure it has nothing to do with my outside shoes because I always remove them at the door. Don’t I? I am not a big fan of my slippers because they make annoying clomping sounds but they are easier to slip into than gigantic thermal socks.
Barefoot has always been my preference, but the older I get the harder it is to pull that off, and even open toe footwear is getting to be an unwise choice. Feet don’t get more beautiful with age. They do get more interesting though. My right foot has a bunion and both feet are developing claw toes. My left big toe has an ugly thickening nail. Mostly I cover them up so they won’t frighten small children.
What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Strangely enough it was a concoction my grandma used to make, consisting of cut yellow beans and small new potatoes in a buttery white sauce. She made it for us on the rare occasion when mom wasn’t home to cook, so we considered it a real treat. I have the best memories of how delicious it was and how fast a whole big pot full would disappear. Tried making it myself as an adult but the results were disappointing. Could be kids just have weird taste buds.
Are you a listener or a talker?
If we’re friends and visiting one on one I’ll probably talk your face off. If you’re a talkative stranger in a supermarket check out apparently I have “sympathetic listener” tattooed on my forehead. If it’s a big group I’m probably saying very little. Chances are I’m not listening either.
Favorite thing to (pick one): Photograph? Write? Or Cook?
Well I’ll just give you answers to all three because apparently I don’t understand what “pick one” means. I like to photograph whatever catches my eye when I’m out walking, not because it necessarily makes for a great photo, but more to prove I was actually outside and away from my own property.
I like to write lists. Must be my favourite thing to write based on sheer numbers of them started, scratched off, completed, lost, crumpled up, thrown away, stuffed into random pockets and bags. They are everywhere. They are supposed to keep me organized. They are not very good at their job.
Soup is without a doubt my favourite thing to cook because it allows for freedom of expression. You can toss any number of weird things in there and still have a wide margin for success. W would not agree with that. He suffers from chronic soup suspicion. Yes, that is a real affliction. He likes to know exactly what he is consuming and with my soups full knowledge is not always possible. Or even preferable.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
My daughter has made some positive changes in her life and I’m grateful to her for inspiring me to make some too. I haven’t been walking because of a painful knee and fear of making it worse, but on Saturday the two of us (well three of us if you count the dog) got out in the sunshine and took a long stroll. Here’s the funny thing about that. The longer I walked the better my knee felt. So I guess my making-it-worse excuse is total crap. Damn.
W just sent me a text from Ontario to say he made it to the island safe and sound. He left early yesterday morning and I am on my own for who knows how long. Could be a month, could be the whole summer. So I am REALLY looking forward to the grass growing so that I can cut it. Haha. Threw that in there to see if you’re still paying attention.
Soup and walking. That’s what I meant to say. Hope I don’t die from all the excitement. Although that would beat being eaten by a coyote I guess.