Questions, Questions. I Have Questions!

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Rae from The Old Weather Vane was tagged for a post of “Questions and Answers” and I clicked on over there to read like I usually do whenever Rae has a new post. I already think Rae is a special lady and learning more about her was a treat. She writes some of the bestest most original unique posts. She has the most lovely sense of quirky humor and I am addicted to it. She didn’t tag anyone to play and I won’t be doing that either. So, everyBODY need not go running for the hills in fear of being tagged. If you would like to play, I would love to learn more about all of you that visit Under the Oaks. And you know I can’t do a post without a picture. I promise that pelican and his bottom heavy self has a place in this post! See last question. Snapped the Pelican on vacation in Florida last week.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Strawmatt. My English Comp teacher in Junior College. Please don’t judge his teaching ability by my writing. He was patient, witty, bright, had a crew cut and I had a crush on him. He made each of us feel like we could write a novel. I wrote a short short story in his class about horses and riding in the good old summertime. No surprise there. I still have it. My old, so old, wiser self gets a good chuckle when I read it now.

What were your sports of choice when you were younger?
Riding horses, riding horses and riding horses. That’s a sport. Really, it is. I bounced a basketball a couple of seasons at school and did a great amount of swimming, which led to a great amount of whining and crying all summer due to swimmer’s ear.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was a little tomboy and all I wanted to do was ride horses and I never gave what I wanted to be when I grew up a thought. As I got older I wanted to be an English teacher, Phys Ed teacher, a Clinical Psychologist and I wanted to ride at the Devon Horse Show on a 16+ hand high bay Hanoverian in Dressage. We can dream, right?

What profession did you ultimately end up in and why?
I worked retail. CH’s moving around in the military was a career killer back then because nobody wanted to hire a military wife and I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I enjoyed my retail jobs, I loved them. They enabled me to overcome my incredible shyness and low self esteem. I worked retail in small gift shops with Hallmark products until I quit work in 2001.

What is the single most important thing parents should teach their children?
I have never been a Mother. My answer would be “RESPECT”.

When you run, what is the one thing your mind turns to the most often?
This old country gal does not run. I am a walker and walk my heart healthy path around our “Tiny Ten” acres every day the weather behaves. When I am walking, I am living in the “now” hearing nature, seeing it and inhaling all the country fresh air I can squeeze into my lungs. And most times my mind gets all bossy and makes me think of horses and being at the Devon even if it is just to be a spectator because that is about all I could do there except maybe brush the dust off the toe of the rider’s boots.

What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?
That Quail Robert~Margaret A. Stanger. Too many times to remember how many!

If you could pick only one movie for the rest of your life to watch what would it be?
Can’t do just one, have to do two! Under the Tuscan Sun and Corrina, Corrina.

Are you more comfortable in the city or the country?
COUNTRY! Think “Out in the Country”~Three Dog Night.

If you had the option of spending three months of the year in another place, where would it be?
The Gulf Shores of Venice, Florida. The plan is to make it our permanent home sooner rather than later. IF I can leave the Tiny Ten acres Under the Oaks.

The End. If you would like to do the Q and A please feel free. I would love to read them! Thank you Rae!

36 thoughts on “Questions, Questions. I Have Questions!

  1. very nice to know more about you! loved that you rode horses with a passion! i wish i could have started earlier in life (before fear!)

    • I understand the fear Tex! I wish I had two beautiful horses like Zim and Gem in our west field right now. We run around too much and I don’t have anyone to take care of animals here when we are gone for an extended length of time. It’s alot to ask of someone. Thank heavens I have other ways to get my horsin’ fix :)

  2. Ya know I’m gonna dont ya? I cant help myself, these questions are like crack. I visited Rae’s blog and very much enjoyed her.

    • Isobel it isn’t any great piece of literature. It is a sweet humorous sometimes made me cry very short read about a quail that is raised by an older couple and Robert’s life and living with them until she passes on to wherever little quails go. It is a true story. Good Morning to you? I think still morning :)

  3. I loved it. I like that you dream big – Devon Horse Show. Wow! That would be something. I really enjoyed reading all these things about you. I know many people write how nice it is to get to know you better, but I really mean it when I say it is nice to get to know you. You are sincere, down to earth, funny, and love horses – now that is my idea of a great friend! Thanks for playing along in the question tag.

  4. Well, now I know even more…and if you move to Venice, guess I will have to come there to see you instead of good ol’ Missouri! Hope to get to see you BEFORE you head down there though… Loved reading your Q&A – always nice to get to know more about people. I may answer them myself one of these days!

  5. The questions were great to read, but I need to comment on your photo. At first, I assumed that you’d stolen a stock photo and added it for visual interest. Then I remembered whose blog I was reading (and saw the watermark on the shot) and realized you must have taken it. Gorgeous work, again, Pix. You didn’t mention wanting to be a photographer above, but you absolutely are one.

    • Thank you so much Janice. Your opinion means alot to me. I never thought I would be snapping pictures. I bought my BIL’s old film camera years ago when we lived in St. Louis in the 90’s and fiddled with it. I don’t know where the photography bug bit me. I am still a bit surprised that I have found something I truly enjoy doing. At 60 I still have the attention span of a two year old, but when it comes to cameras I am fascinated. Every day I learn something new about my camera and taking pictures. I am taking Kim Klassen’s Photoshop Elements class right now and it is fun but incredibly befuddling :) Enjoy the rest of your evening!

  6. Gorgeous photo Pix! Excellent editing too! If you can bring yourself to leave the Tiny Ten acres Under the Oaks, I’m sure that you’ll love it in Florida. Florida is beautiful, and a lot warmer.
    BTW, loved your Q&A’s!

    • Yeah Theresa I know we will love Venice, Florida. No problem there! But I love our home Under the Oaks and as we got it all cleaned up and spruced up to have several agents come to look at it I started feeling a little apprehensive. BUT I know we can’t take care of the acreage forever and it may be time. I don’t think it will be for about a year. We will see where life takes us. I am just enjoying every day :) Thanks for this visit!

  7. Hi PIx…what a great post! I just may do this Q&A thingy with my next post :) Wish I had known you when we were young…I was/am a Tom Boy although I’ve softened around the edges just a tad over the years ;) I LOVED LOVED LOVED horses and finally got one when I was 17…I rode Pride everywhere including mountain game trails all by myself bareback. Not smart as anything could have happened when I was alone but I was fearless in those days….not so anymore. My butt still hurts from getting bucked off ;) Anyway…it was wonderful getting to know a bit more about you. Hope your weekend was a good one…enjoy your week!
    Maura :)

    • Maura I would love and I mean it, I would love to read your QandA! Sorry about your butt. Better to land on the butt than the head. Be careful! I’d tell you that you should be wearing a helmet and hope you are BUT if you are like me I know you probably are not. I haven’t ridden for a few months but I don’t think I would want to land on the ground no more. ;) I had a QH/Thoroughbred X, the horse of my life, that used to do a little buck and then the fastest 360 and dump me on my butt in sitting position with the reins still in my hands faster than I knew what was happening. She never left me, just stood there and looked at me. I swear she was smirking. We got that straightened out but every once and awhile she would remind me she could still do it :) I didn’t do hardly any bareback riding~it hurt!! I am looking forward to pictures of Hope and Rosey all slicked out for summer. Won’t be long!

  8. I love pelicans, so unique. I like reading the questions and answers blogs, maybe I’ll do one this week. I wish I’d had an English teacher like that, never felt like I could write anything. We did have a student teacher in geography that was nice to look at, several of us had crushes. I loved geography, too. :) Swimmer’s ear–UGH. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up; and Under the Tuscan Sun is a favorite of mine, too.

    • Surely you don’t feel like you can’t write anything now Patti~such lovely words that flow beautifully from your heart to the keyboard to us! I still don’t know what I want to be either :) I better get it figured out, but I am having fun figuring it out. ;)

  9. Hey! :-)

    Who was your favorite teacher and why?
    First question and I am already copying you … My English teacher in high school. When I was college, I had not seen one that could match his brain if you know what I’m sayin’. Of course, you do. Haha … Well, just like (again) I need to tell that he’s really good too. I’m just not as good as he was (he’s with his Creator) but the inspiration he had given me is like a stash of motivation pill.

    What were your sports of choice when you were younger?
    SWIMMING. My hometown is near the river so that probably is the best explanation. I played basketball as an academic requirement. One thing I really dreamt of, btw, was being a part of our school’s taekwondo team. But we were so financially deprived that I never afforded enrolling into a martial arts school.

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a policeman or a part of the army. Long story short, fate pushed me away from that “uniform”.

    What profession did you ultimately end up in and why?
    I ended up as an instructor in college and as an office boy :-)

    What is the single most important thing parents should teach their children?
    PATIENCE. Life is a mixture of happiness and hardships. I think, happiness is easy deal with but not the difficulties. They need to cultivate PATIENCE as early as possible.

    When you run, what is the one thing your mind turns to the most often?
    God. I used to go to that river and just sit there while pouring my heart out to Him. I still do that if I have the time. To the prairie too where I just stare at beauty of the lush vegetation around.

    What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?
    I’m not really into books and the only time I bothered to read was when I was in high school. During summer season/vacation, I used to go to the public library and borrow books and read them during leisure time. Unfortunately, I no longer remember what books are those. Then came college where I was required to do a book review for Tuesday’s With Morrie. This book became the only book I appreciated up to now. I learned more about life because of reading it.

    If you could pick only one movie for the rest of your life to watch what would it be?
    I’m afraid there’s none in my mind now considering that I have a multitude of favorites that I would really love to watch. Watching movie is my addiction. Life is beautiful, Blood Diamond, Dead Poets Society, The Way Home (A Korean Movie),

    Are you more comfortable in the city or the country?
    COUNTRY, of course!

    If you had the option of spending three months of the year in another place, where would it be?
    Caramoan Islands in my wife’s province. Long before I fell in love too with my concubine (the mountains), there’s the beach in my heart. :-)

    • Sony how nice that you did the Questions and Answers! I was so surprised to see them! I found your answers interesting and no surprise to me that you would love to spend time in the mountains and near a beach and some of the beautiful waters of your wife’s province. Take care Sony and thank you!

    • I just noticed that I didn’t end my answer to this question: If you could pick only one movie for the rest of your life to watch what would it be?
      I was supposed to write all my favorites there …

  10. I love this post! You are so sweet and lovely. I have enjoyed reading all your answers :) I have always dreamed of riding on a horseback but I never had the chance. Although right now I’d be frightened as I haven’t had the experience! Though I have tried riding on a carriage drawn by one horse, but that’s just it, hehehe. Oh, and I love being in the country too!! :)

    • Thank you Gracie! Blushing here. I find you very special, I am delighted to have found you and your blog and look forward to your posts. Dreaming is good right? Where would we be without our dreams? The country is just a most special place to be!

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