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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cold, Snowy, Hodgey Podgey

Cluster created with Morning Mocha by Nibbles Skribbles

I love that kit that today’s cluster comes from. I was a Skribbler on Manda’s Creative Team for a while and that kit is what made me jump at the opportunity when she had a CT call. Well, come on, a coffee-themed kit in one of my three top colors, how could I not love it?

I had physical therapy this morning. When the bus got here to take me, there was a little snow in the air and it wasn’t expected to accumulate or even last long. I am 15 minutes driving time, tops, from therapy. The snow got harder and was sticking to the roads. By the time we pulled into the lot, we were going through drifted snow. When the bus door opened, the lead therapist was bundled and out shoveling. There were 3 or 4 inches accumulated and no way my chair could get to the building through it! It had been falling for about 2 hours and everything was white. It was totally unforcasted and a surprise. Since my wheelchair sits outside until David gets home, as a rule if it’s snowing or raining I’ll cancel any appointments and stay home. I called him to see if he could come home at lunch.

Thing is. He had no idea what I was talking about; there was no snow at home. Nothing at home, there’d just been a light squall and that was it. A few miles away, big-time shovel-worthy snow on the ground! Coming home it was completely white until just before we hit the Toledo city limits line, then there was visible grass everywhere. Amazing!

It was still cold and I got my chair-backpack and gel seat in and left the chair outside the door. No snow has fallen on it yet.

1. When were you last 'on a mountaintop'? You may answer in the literal or figurative sense.

Truth be told, as a disabled person, I tackle mountains every day. I’m a fairly accomplished mountain climber.

2. Do you establish and maintain a strict budget in your household? What is one piece of financial advice you would offer someone just starting out on their own?

I don’t think we have any kind of strict budget. We’re pretty good at living within our means and saving so we can afford nice things every now and then and are prepared for the unforeseen, like two computers dying in the same week and hospital copays.

My advice for someone starting out is to budget carefully if you need to and save so you don’t live beyond your means; credit cards should be paid off to a zero balance every month and if they cannot, make payments but put the card away until it is paid off.

3. Cherries-yay or nay? Cherry pie, cherry cola, black forest cake, or a scoop of Ben and Jerry's Cherries Garcia...pick one.

Yes to cherries! I love the fresh ones, especially Rainier cherries! As far as the list goes, I pick cherry pie to be the one I exclude and I’ll take the other three. :)

4. Should you ever discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?

Never! I try not to discuss either too much with people I DO know.

First off, too many people, First Amendment be damned, can’t separate the two and trying to have a civil discussion turns into “my god says I have the right to beat you into my political submission.”

Second, my spiritual beliefs are my private business and I’m very selective about with whom I share them. I really don’t like to commercialize my religious beliefs. I like my relationship with my creator to be a happy one and discussing religion with people who worship differently ultimately taints that.

5. When you take a road trip do you prefer to be the driver or the passenger? Where were you headed on your last road trip?

Even when I did drive I preferred to be the passenger. I like road trips for relaxing, something I can’t do when I’m driving. My last actual overnight road trip was with David for Bortrail the weekend between Christmas and UTMC Eve. We need some good enough weather to get away for a weekend!

6. If we peeked inside your closet, what color would we say is most prevalent?

Summer; green Winter…probably equal purple and green. There’s a little more black for a neutral in winter a little more white in the summer, always heather gray and denim.

7. Who's your favorite senior citizen and why are they special?

This perplexed me for a minute, then David asked, “wouldn’t it be your dad?” Well, duh! Pop IS a senior citizen! I was 12 when I first really though about my parent’s ages and my first thought in my head when pondering my parents’ ages had always been “early-30s.” Pop is about twice mid-30s now and definitely a senior!

He’s special because he’s my dad! And he always sends me home with veggies!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Umm… Not feeling especially random right now and I need to post before Wednesday is gone!


Joyce said...

My mom is 82 but I always think of her as about 40, and that's also how I tend to think of myself. I'm not 40 btw : )

Kansas Bob said...

Thanks for sharing the about your trip to physical therapy. Reminds me of my wife's weekly trips to her all day Tuesday group. Strange how the snowfall can be so different in the same area.

We live in a loft in downtown Kansas City and my wife can go about anywhere in her motorized chair - except when it snows. It is snowing big time right now (predicting 10+ inches) and she will be either riding in the van or staying home for a week or so.

Stay dry, Bob

Edna B said...

I tend to agree with you about the mountain climbing. I've never attempted a rock and stone mountain, but the mountains I've climbed in my lifetime have made me a rather sturdy and experienced climber.

I think credit cards are great if you pay the whole balance off when the bill comes in. You don't ever have to carry much cash with you this way.

I don't have a favorite senior citizen at the moment. What I do find interesting is that in a few more years all my babies will be senior citizens just like me. Hmm, now when did that happen? lol.

You have a great day Nani, hugs, Edna B.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That was very unusual about the snow only 15 minutes away from home! Many of us picked our parents and I think that is beautiful. Living in Southern California I never think of my clothes as Spring and Winter, they are pretty much year round.