Here we are, on Patrice's Porch again. It is so nice to imagine this porch right now... actually, it is always nice, but today, with a windchill of 5C - that's 42F in old money - it is particularly pleasant to imagine a lovely September day in the US.
Before I answer Patrice's questions though ... you may remember some English friends who came to visit last New Year. You may also remember that they decided to have a dip in the sea in temperatures that would make you weep.
Well, two of the family are staying with us right now, and one of them wasn't up at New Year. So, what does she insist on doing? Yep, you guessed it.
In this photo you can not see the wind. It was strong.
You cannot feel the cold. I've already told you - 42F.
You can see the raindrops on my lense.
The shower came in from the sea, horizontally lashing me and my camera. Yet, she went for her dip.
Mad, I tell you. Mad!
1. What's the last thing that made you cry?
Oh, that's easy! Yesterday, I watched a video of the events of 9/11. It certainly made me cry. I do get mocked here at home because of the number of things that will make me cry, but who could ever watch these events and not cry? Not me, that's for sure.
2. Have you ever had any small pets?
Not really. I do remember, when I was around eight or nine, spending time with my friend, Shona, in an old graveyard at the machair. There we found and 'rescued' countless snails. I remember them being all around our house and climbing the house walls. I especially remember them climbing the chimney wall. I guess they liked the warmth! It's just as well my Mum wasn't much of a gardener and didn't have a lovely array of leafy plants ready for the snails to feast on!
Not sure they ever classed as pets, but they were small!
3. Waffles or pancakes?
I've only ever had waffles in the States. We make pancakes here often - a few times most weeks, but they are not what you would call pancakes. I think you'd possibly call them Drop Scones.
My pancake recipe can be found here.
4. Do you like politics? We don't need to know who you want to vote for if you are in the US, but just asking if you find the whole thing interesting.
Well, I wont be voting in your election! But I love Politics. I am interested in British politics, but I think American politics is more fascinating. I follow what's going on as much as I can ... Isn't the internet fabulous!
Four years ago, we were on holiday in the US, and were able to attend a couple of political rallies.
For me. And for DR. The other members of the family tagged along.
5. Please fill in the blanks: If only I could ____________ then _____________ .
Oh, I can think of loads to put in here, Patrice!
'organized' ... 'I could have a clean house'
'swim the Atlantic' ... 'I would be in America'
'hire professional help' ... 'have time to read my longed-for books'
But in reality, I have so few 'If only' things in my life. I am so blessed, and so even my constant housework is but a sign of my blessings; my lack of time for reading is too but a sign of my having been blessed beyond words.