30 Day Film Challenge/Day 13

Today the challenge is to find a film that made you want to travel.

Since I saw the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”, I have wanted to travel to Italy. Especially Positano.


I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the thirteenth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!


Real Neat Blogger Award

A65EE2A3-4000-479D-95A5-8247A848A1F8Lauren over at LSS Attitude of Gratitude was kind enough to nominate me for this award. Thank you. I am happy to support her blog and her kind nomination by answering the very interesting questions she posed.

A little background. Lauren and I met in an online writing group. In that group, our facilitator challenged us to write a blog every day for 365 days straight which she and I both completed and since that time have continued our blogging practice. Since then, we have met in person and I consider her a treasured friend. Pop over to her blog if you do not already know and follow her.

Rules for the Real Neat Blogger Award

  • Display the award logo
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you
  • Nominate some bloggers
  • Ask them seven questions

Responses to Lauren’s Questions:

  • If you could redo high school, knowing what you know now, would you do it?
    • No. I am not big on redoing or reliving what I have already done. I loved my high school experience even though some of it was extremely difficult. This was the time when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I handled it the best way I knew how.
  • If you are a meat eater, what is the strangest meat you have tried?
    • I would have to say bear meat. When I lived in Alaska, I knew a few people who were subsistence hunters. I had eaten moose meat before, but the bear was quite a stretch. It was made into meatballs and I remember it being quite tasty. Shout out to anyone who is a talented wild game chef. It is not always easy.
  • In your opinion, is it more important to be spiritual or religious?
    • I am not sure about the word important. I think organized religion can be subject to a great deal of manipulation. To me, being spiritual means you have a relationship with something bigger than yourself and I think that can take on many different forms. Spirituality is easily reflected on the outside by the way we treat others and the reverence we hold for our planet.
  • If you could be in any TV series for a few walk on spots, which one would it be? (Old or new is OK)
    • That’s a tough one. A lot of possibilities come to mind. The first thing that came to mind was Friends. I passed many an early morning hour with these people and I think it would be a hoot to be an old friend from someone’s past.
  • (Let’s get risky now.) Do you believe in an afterlife? If so, what is it like?
    • I believe in energy continuing. I would like to think I will be able to communicate again with people I have lost, but it is a lot to imagine. I do feel an energy and a presence of people who no longer live. Exactly how it might look might be too much for a mortal mind to imagine.
  • Do you think we are headed toward a society with no actual money, just cards or codes? Is is happening in some places.
    • I think we are closer to that than we might think. This time of Covid-19 has shown a shortage of coins and a resistance to handle money. It is a little troubling to consider all the things that could go wrong in this scenario, let alone the control that could be wielded.
  • What stresses you more, car trouble or house repair trouble?
    • House trouble for sure. A car is a convenience. A house is a necessity.

My nominations:

Anyone who finds my questions below interesting enough to answer, should consider themselves nominated. I would love to read your responses. ( And I free you from the responsibility of the requirements of the award because I know many of the bloggers I follow do not like awards.)

My Questions:

  1. If there were nominations for a NEW natural wonder of the modern world, what or where would you nominate?
  2. If there was a first round of vaccine available for Covid-19, would you volunteer or would you wait until it was more proven?
  3. Are you for or against being an organ donor? What is the reasoning for your response?
  4. If you could only have one dessert or sweet for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
  5. Board (or bored) games. What is your favorite and what is your ‘no way, no how’?
  6. Do you believe the recent research that says trauma alters your DNA?
  7. What would be your biggest concern if you lost your cell phone?



Florida! World’s Hottest Spot!


Very well written view of what is happening in Florida concerning Covid-19 and the madness surrounding the push to fully open the state. It did not need to be this way.


Guests wear masks as required to attend the official reopening day of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday, July 11, 2020. Disney reopened two Florida parks, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, Saturday, with limited capacity and safety protocols in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

It wasn’t that long ago folks that our Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis was bragging how everything that the experts had predicted for Florida didn’t happen.  We were not New York or any of the other states battered by the Corona virus.

He was all over television with the “I’m not criticizing those other states but the experts were wrong,”  Yadayadayada.

When he made those speeches Florida was mostly under lockdown. After the video of thousands of young spring-breakers partying on the local beaches just about everything was shut down.  And indeed…

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Monday Missive – Life is a Whirlwind

🎶  You know that waking up is hard to do, now you know, you know it is true 🎵

That is what started running through my head as soon as the alarm went off this morning. It is grocery pickup day so we set the alarm. I have really come to enjoy waking up naturally even though I rarely sleep late. I find the alarm jarring.

This last week started out slow but sped up by the weekend. Sometimes I don’t know where the time goes. Life under quarantine evolves at a rather strange pace.

  • I finished Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. It made me realize even more how much I miss the Obama White House. A president and First Lady who were involved in the betterment of our country. People who could write and speak eloquently and still remain down to earth.
  • I just started reading Little Fires Everywhere. I am not into the book far enough to know if I will enjoy it as much as other books I have read of late.
  • Yesterday hubby let me give him a haircut. (Hey! I watched some YouTube videos on how to do it!)  We ordered shears and a cape and we went outside and I cut his hair. It did not turn out bad at all.
  • Our garden is still doing well. We have lots of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Our determinate tomatoes are starting to develop fruit, but they are not nearly ready to ripen yet. Yesterday, I used the last of the dill from the garden and made some ‘refrigerator pickles’. We should be able to sample them tonight. Fingers crossed!
  • For those who follow her blog, my daughter got a new job and she starts tomorrow. I am hopeful she will be able to blog about it, so I will not blab all the details other than to say she is extremely excited.
  • Last night I received a text from my 10 year old granddaughter. It made me so happy that she thought of us. This was always our tradition when they visited us.


  • There has only been a little progress on the workspace. Hubby tended the kiln fire Friday night and did not get home until 4:00 am, so Saturday he slept most of the morning then we just chose to enjoy the rest of the day. He cooked Cornish game hens on the grill along with some grilled mixed peppers and onions. SO good!
  • Highs are predicted to be in the 90s (F) all week with little or no rain. Let’s hope the humidity stays low. It is hard to believe it is only 71 days until fall.

Onward and upward as they say. Stay safe everyone.