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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Stealing Double Header.. Last week's first..

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Gleep.  Bud has been very nice to me, but now it's my first week!  While I'm getting my feet wet, I'm posting a meme I found a long time ago at http://simplyshannon.com/, a site thathas moved around a bit but is apparently still active.  As this is my first Sunday Stealing, it seems appropriate to do a list of firsts.  I'm hoping I get Mr. Linky to work...still trying....

Sunday Stealing:  Firsts 

First Job: Baby sitting

First Real Job: Library Assistant.  Local Branch.

First Favorite Politician:   IKE!!!

First Car: My first car was a truck.

First Record/CD: "Rock Around the Clock", by Bill Haley and the Comets

First Sport Played:  Baseball, softball actually.  In grade school

First Concert:  The way back machine tells me that it was an open air concert by the Redland's University Symphony.

First Foreign Country Visited: I originally thought it was Mexico, in my 20's but, it was Canada. You see, my grandparents owned a share of a cabin on the edge of Lake Erie with the rest of Grandpa's family. This was when I was a tiny 4 year old kid.  We went across the lake into Ontario, Canada, from whence my Grandpa and his family had come. 

First Favorite TV Show: 
"Rocky and Bullwinkle" 

First Favorite Actor: 
My mother was crazy about Alan Ladd, so I sort of picked that up from her.  You did say the "first". 

First Favorite Actress: 
drawing a blank here.

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: 
Girl friend.  Vi was my BFF almost all the way through grade school- K thru 5th.  She "grew up" before I did and there was some  trauma/drama involved at one point, with professions of love on my part.  I have NO idea to this day what her reaction was all about, but I can now "Guess"....I just meant I loved my Bestie.  But, apparently, she was too mature to understand this meant nothing more than undying filial love. Well, there's a first broken heart, for ya.  First Boyfriend was Mr. Z.  So romantic.  

First Encounter with a Famous Person: 
Santa Monica Grey Hound Bus Terminal, etc etc.

First Brush With Death: 
Walking into a school shooting to rescue some kids.

First House/Condo Owned: 
A sweet little three bedroom in Nestor, CA.

First Film Seen: 
I thought it was to be, "The Red Skeleton".  Actually it was Red Shelton in a comedy.  But I thought my youngest auntie's had said, "The Red Skeleton" and I was having nothing to DO with that!  They finally convinced me to come with the rest of the little cousins. However, the two aunties (who were 7 and 8 years older than me) as well as my grandparents, older aunt, and my mother, all thought my mistaken idea was a Royal Crack up!  UPSHOT...I enjoyed the film very much!

First Favorite Recording Artist: 
Bill Haley (and the Comets)

First Favorite Radio Station: 
It's really too far back to remember the call letters.
I think it was probably the one with Huge Power wattage that broadcast from somewhere in the mid west.  I listened, with my little brother, to the Lone Ranger, The Shadow, and Gracie Allen on it.  This was in the late 40's.

First Book I Remember Reading: 
I remember my Dick and Jane and Spot books.  I still have one of them, though it's thoroughly loved to death.  It was sent to my mother when my grandmother died, and then I received it back when my own mother passed away and I got her Hope Chest.

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:
I think it must be the now defunct Friday Fill-ins.  It was a lot of fun!  There were prompts and you filled in with whatever you thought would be a good finish to the sentence.  It had a long run and there's nothing like it on the web that I can find.

Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule?
I have finally learned to take NAPS!  We go to sit in bed and read about 10 pm.  Then DH almost immediately falls asleep because he gets up at 4 am, C/O of the little doggie.  Little pestilence!  And I go to sleep about 11:30 and wake up around 3.  That's it for me!  And, thus, I am learning to take, and relish, the naps!

Kitchen: favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is home baked bread.  Not the machine kind, mind you, but the real deal.  Since I no longer make it, that's giving way to chocolate, which is not a bad trade at all.

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?
I like to take baths but can't anymore.  So it's showers, which are nice because they are so quickly and easily dealt with.

Closet: sum up your style in a few words.
I have half a main closet and a full closet in the sewing (box) room. Is there really such a thing as style for closets?  I guess I try to hang all of the nightgowns together at the left, and then the shirts, and the cloak closet I hang my slacks and some fleeces.  Ooops, that's another closet. Oh well!

Parlor: favorite party or board game?
I would like to play chess, but am too lazy to learn, so I guess the is favorite now is LRC or maybe, scrabble.

Living room: what do you like to do with your family?
We watch Netflix in the living room.  I like to sit out there and knit with the kids when they are here.

Dining room: favorite special occasion food?
Pies of the season!

Garden: favorite tree? flower?
We used to have two elms, ones which my mother started in coffee cans for me.  That was before the years and years of this miserable drought.  Flower?  I think I like all the lilies.  But flowers are so special how can one chose just one?  Actually, that applies to trees, too.  Who can pick a favorite without thinking of all the other amazing ones in this world?

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?
Thanks to the California ranch house mania of the last 60 years we have no attic.  I can't even remember a house of a friend which has one.

Library: favorite book genre?
Non-fiction, I like history.  Fiction, I like Mysteries.

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Well, not in an office, that's for sure.  I would like to be a seascape artist.  Or, a field Anthropologist.

Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?
I like the ones that the Girl Scouts used to have.  The camping ones.  I like those sorts of sleep overs.

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?
I like small gatherings.

Pantry: favorite meal to make?
Lasagna.  It's so much fun to make Lasagna.

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?
A chore is a chore, but, having said that, I like keeping the kitchen clean.  I don't like it when it isn't clean.  

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?
I like our Jeep.  I love that little booger.  I especially liked to go off road with it.  It was so much fun!

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?
The shooting at the school in '79.  I cried myself to sleep for weeks, and had nightmares for months afterward, and I kept thinking I had to go up there and put blankets over the  two men who died there.  It was horrible.  Now they have sold the school and are ripping everything out.  It feels so wrong.  I'd move away if I could.

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? 
I don't wear it.  I'm beyond the ability of make up to "make it better".  My favorite look?  A smile.


  1. You walked into a school shooting??? No wonder you had nightmares for a while. Did you work at the school? Or were you in the wrong place at the right time? Whatever the case, I am sure there are some people who consider you their hero! Very brave, indeed.

    We don't have any elms around here since the Dutch elm disease killed them all long before I was born. The street my mom's house is on was at one time lined on both sides by elms. I saw a picture once....it was just beautiful.

    Rock Around the Clock will forever conjure visions of Fonzi, Richie, and the gang since it was the shows first theme song.

    I remember Friday Fill-ins. I did that one for a while.

    Have a lovely Sunday, Zippi!

    1. Yes I worked there, Stacy, and it was a horrible day. But I had the day off. I had just put the twins on the bus to their new school- and had started back home to get some money to walk to the market. As I was starting out, I heard what I thought was firecrackers. Then a teacher started yelling over the fence at some neighbors to go back home, that someone was shooting at the school. He saw me and said to get out of there. I said that there were kids up there, meaning around the corner. He said, "Well, Get them out of there!" So I ran up the street and grabbed the two little sisters by the back of their jackets and pulled them back down the street while another little girl ran out from the school, and I grabbed her. I sent them all home. Then I went out into the street and stopped a mom from going in front of the school with her kids in the car, and when she started back home I heard the sirens coming towards me. I live three houses from the school and was very glad to be so close and to do what had to be done that day. Every time there is another school incident, it brings it all back.
      Thanks Stacy. Hope you have a Lovely Sunday. Peaceful and calm.

  2. Wow, what a trauma that must have been. I cannot imagine.
    And many of these items I would be unable to answer. Too many years have passed.

    1. Hi, Linda. Yes, a trauma. It traumatized the whole city, I think. I hope it never, ever happens again, anywhere, please God!!.

      These memes are long, and the reason I remember events most times is that they were/are connected to something horrible. Like that Red Skeleton movie. Lol

  3. That's so funny about *the* Red Skelton! I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle, too.
    Yours is a perfect final answer! Crazy, but I actually believed a FORMER beau who was always reminding me not to smile because he didn't like my teeth.

    Enjoy your TODAY!

    1. Thank you Mevely! And that old beau, I hope you think he was an idiot. Smiles are the best things about human behavior! One of the big indicators that we are all one family, too. It's universal.
      Happy Sunday!

  4. Oh, Zippi--your school story gave me the shivers!


    1. Thank you Kwizgiver. I full expected to get shot and I think anyone would have done what I did to save a child.

      And thanks for the hugs. Happy Sunday and Happy knitting!

  5. I don't understand how someone could go into a a building and start shooting, especially where children are. I just can't comprehend it. That must be one of the most terrifying things to go through.

    1. I hear you Vicki. I don't know why these things happen either. In this case, and I believe her, the girl was driven insane by the circumstances of her life. She got drugged up and was shooting from across the street, from her house.
      We came pretty close to being shot that day, the three kids and I. I would never want anyone to ever go through this but it actually happens across the globe, all the time. Armed people go into buildings full of unarmed people, and just wipe out everything that moves. I don't understand any of it and never will.

  6. Wow. The school shooting story and your description in the comments is amazing. And that was back in '79? Things haven't changed much, have they.

    1. Yes, CountryDew. Two of the people I truly admired were murdered. It was the first of the school shootings in the country, if I'm not mistaken. Many came after. We had another school shooting here in our county that left two dead. Many schools now have very strict rules and some have armed officers, with their vehicles parked in plain sight, assigned. I do not envy the police who have to worry about so many guns out there. Not at all. So, no, things haven't changed much, and it isn't from lack of effort.


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