It's been two weeks since my last confession. Sorry, I mean entry!
I have very little to write about. Nothing much seems to have happened, except today I've gone down with a cold, which is just typical as we are going out for dinner and the theatre tomorrow and a big family dinner party on Saturday. I hurt everywhere and feel awful. Somehow, although I don't seem to have done much I haven't had any spare time.
So, to save my aching head I'm going to do an ABC Meme this week (whatever that means) that I've been tagged with by several friends. I'm feeling thoroughly wretched so if it's a bit 'warts and all' you'll have to excuse me.
A Apple or PC?
PC, a constant source of, mine’s better than yours arguments, with my sister’s partner as they are Apples.
B Banking... online or in person, and if in person, drive thru or inside the bank?
Don’t do banking online, as all my bills are paid by direct debit and if I want cash I get it from an ATM. Drive thru banking???? Over here we’d call that a Ram Raid!
C Coffee and Chocolate! The two most important 'C's Favorites please.
Bit of a coffee Tart, I’ll try anything. Lindt is my favourite named brand but you can’t beat going to Belgium and trying all the handmade chocolates in the little shops there.
D Dogs. Do you have one? If yes, what kind and it's name and why you named it that. If no, then if you had one what kind would you choose?
No, not now. Ours died last month. He was called Harper because he had red/blonde hair, the same as many of my Harper family.
E Elvis. There was only one. Favorite song, and if you ever or your parents ever, saw him live.
Living in England, no, I never saw him. Favourite songs…Suspicious Minds and Burning Love.
F Flowers. Do you have a favourite to receive and/or a favourite to give?
Tricky one this, I really like mixed bunches, like a slice of an old English country garden, with lots of scents. The sort of bunch you only get from expensive flowers shops.
G Grandparents, do you have any left and if you are one, to how many?
One Grandfather died the year before I was born, which was sad, as he was desperate for a granddaughter but had six grandsons when he died. Both my grandmothers died in my early teens. My remaining grandfather died in the early 80’s. We went to visit his second wife after his death. I promise, I had told the children. When we got in the car to come home after the visit Catherine asked where Grandpa was. I said, I told you Catherine, he died. Three year old Simon piped up “He’s DEAD! Who shot him?”
I’m a Grandma. Two of Mike’s and one of my own.
H Handy or call for help?
I’m fairly handy and will have a go at most things but that’s my tight Scottish blood coming out, I don’t like paying for things I can do myself.
I IOU's any out there to a person, a friend or family?
I don’t owe anything but I am the Bank of Mum and if my kids ever pay me back I’m going on a cruise.
J Jello. Love it? Hate it? Favorite flavor? With whipped cream or cool whip or neither?
I presume this means Jelly. If you Americans are going to use our language, I wish you would do it properly! LOL! And, for goodness sake learn how to say Aluminium properly. It’s not Alooominum.
Jelly? Only in a trifle with lots of Sherry soaked cake and custard. For that it must be Raspberry.
K Kiss. Do you remember your first real kiss? Where, who?
I’m cross to discover I’ve forgotten his name but it was 39 years ago. It was at a local boy’s boarding school and I still remember the musky smell of him. I’m afraid that was the death of my, already terminally ill, interest in things academic. My brain didn’t surface above sexual urges for another 10 years.
L Language. Do you speak any others? Fluently or a little?
I remember a little French from before sex got the better of me. I also have a Masters in Obscene and all the rude Anglo Saxon words.
M Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
No, I can honestly say I never fancied either of them.
N Neighbors. Do you know their names? Occupations? Phone numbers? Or not?
I know well the two houses, to the left and the right. They are all lovely and there is sharing of gardening chores and feeding each others cats when we go away. Over the the road is another matter. There we have Mr Nasty. So called for the night he was drunk and was hanging out of his bedroom watching my daughter park her Mini. He came running out, fell over and said if she touched his F...ing, he’d F…ing kill her. Oh yes, I’ve got his number alright!
O Olympics. Do you watch? Which is your favourite winter or summer?
Not very keen on either but I have to say there is a certain amusement factor in what some of the male athletes have in their lycra body suits, especially in the slow motion replays. My only ever big interest was the beautiful, Welsh hurdler, Colin Jackson, one of the loveliest men on TV. When we lived in South Wales we used to see him at the Supermarket.
P Pluto. What is your take on the planet being downgraded?
I thought that was a bit mean, was it hurting anyone?
Q Quiche. Have you ever had it? Do you like it and what is your favorite?
I don’t eat pastry much, so not a big fan.
R Refrigerator. Name three things in your refrigerator that you think are unusual.
Nothing really, although I suppose I’m in the minority with eggs laid just outside the dining room window.
S Safari. Have you ever been to Africa on one? A theme park version?
I’ve only been to North Africa, so no Safaris there. We have a Safari Park just a few miles from where I live which has White Tigers and once we went to a wedding reception in the Georgian Mansion there. As the manager was a friend he laid on some extras and I got to hold a lion cub. I can’t describe how wonderful that was.
T Telescope. Have you ever looked thru a telescope?
Not a really big one.
U Umbrella. Do you have one and what is its design?
A black one, suitable for all occasions and folds up so tiny that it’s been in the bottom of my handbag for three weeks and I thought I’d lost it. I also have a cheap white and turquoise polka dot one that I bought in a storm in Germany. It's very good for lacerating fingers.
V Vintage. Do you have a favorite wine to share? Or drink?
I usually like Chilean Merlots and for champagne I prefer Verve Clicquot (I drink it but not sure I can spell it)
W Willies. What gives you the willies? You know, that shudder you can't stop?
Nothing these day.
X X-ray. Last one? What body part and why?
Bone scan of hips and thighs, yes old age is catching me up!
Y Yolk. How do you like your eggs?
Laid by my own chickens.
Z Zodiac. What's your sign and does it fit your personality, in your opinion?
Born on April 20th means I am truly on the cusp of Aries and Taurus. I think it must be a dangerous combination. I share my birthday with Adolph Hitler.
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