Thanks to Nel of Reactionary Tales for the Anything But Books tag. I have grown so fond of Nel and her blog over the months. I find her to be a wonderfully versatile blogger. I love her poems, her photos, her advice about writing, her thought felt posts, keen observations, and especially her posts highlighting wonderful animals that need our support to escape endangerment. She writes about so many important things, and does so beautifully.
The header image included above belongs to The Girl Who Read Too Much book blog.
One: Name a cartoon that you love
I was a little girl in the 1970s. There were plenty of wonderful cartoons back then, but I have to admit Bugs Bunny and Friends was my all-time favorite. The cartoons were exciting, funny and sophisticated. They appealed very much to kids, but I felt they regarded our intelligence as high. So high that I still like watching them as an adult. Actually, when I was at university, each year there was a Bugs Bunny Film festival. Hundreds of college students gathered in the university auditorium to watch them. We all knew every cartoon and were mostly able to guess what would be said or happen beforehand.
Two: What is your favorite song right now?
I have always loved “Where the Streets Have No Name” by the band U2. It reflects how I feel right now and what my challenges are. There was a time when I experienced musical hallucinations. It was this song’s introduction that I would often hear when hallucinating.
Three: What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Like Nel, sleep is very important to me. I like to get at least 8 hours each night. When I’m not sleeping, I love to write. I also enjoy watching CNN. What’s going on in the country right now is pretty wild.
Four: What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
Hmm? I guess my usual blog followers wouldn’t know that I love to give people hugs and kisses. There are people I see during my errands (especially men) that I’ve gotten to know and enjoy greeting with hugs and kisses. I like affection. Obviously my husband gets most of my affection.
Five: What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
Also like Nel, I’m a fan of animals, but my focus is mostly on birds. I watch the birds outside every day and try to learn something about their behavior. Birds are very sophisticated animals!
Six: What is something unusual that you know how to do?
I’m a very good shot. I’m good at darts, I can hit almost any spot with a snowball, I’m good at getting a piece of garbage into the trash can from several feet away, and things like that.
Seven: Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.
I absolutely love to cook, and often take photographs when I create beautiful plates. I post recipes and photographs of many of my recipes on the website Taste of Home. Below are just a handful of dishes I’ve made. Click the links to get to my recipes on that website.
Dishes pictured clock-wise from top left to right: Celery & Celery Root soup, Bohemian Potato soup, Chicken Sausage Sundried Tomato Pasta, Czech Out This Chocolate Cake, Bishop’s Bread, Easter Bread, Lentils, Herbs & Ham with Egg “Hat”
Eight: What is your most recent personal project?
Lately I’ve been gardening a lot. Though my husband helps me water the plants, I tend to the herb garden and the weeding around flowers. I water the indoor plants and keep them healthy. I also love flower arranging.
Nine: Tell us something that you think about often?
Though more than I should, I do think about my mental wellness a lot. Having bipolar disorder, things like energy levels, motivation, and mood are on my mind daily. I dream about the time when I won’t think about it so much, and when I’ll finally be back into a more “normal” life (working daily). I also think about mental health daily because I am a group leader for an online bipolar support group.
Ten: Give us something that is your favorite.
My favorite person is my husband. I adore him so much. My pet parrot died recently, but he was a close second just after my siblings and parents. As for things, my laptop ranks high on my list. As for food, I love so many things, but I guess I’d be lost without yogurt. Music and dance have always been important to me. I adore visiting my psychiatrist. I have a big crush on him.
Eleven: Say the first thing that pops into your head.
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