Wednesday, July 12, 2017

An Empire Hodgepodge

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1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

Sadly, I don't chat with my neighbors.  Seems everyone is so busy and keeps to themselves.  I will wave or say hello when I see them but unless something of interest is going on in the neighborhood that is usually the extent of it. 

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

I'm going with my favorite, ocean.  The ocean has many moods to it.  It can be calm and gentle or rough and stormy.  I think I am like that too. 

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

I have driven through Delaware several times.  Only stopped to eat and once my husband got a speeding ticket there in a speed trap.  I almost forgot but I went to Rehoboth Beach a couple of times with friends a long time ago.  I've often wondered what it is like to live there.  I've heard the taxes are low and know of a couple who retired there for that reason.  My state's nickname is "The Empire State". 

"The Empire State" This New York state nickname refers to New York's national wealth and global impact. This state nickname was inscribed on New York license places for a little over a decade (from 1951 to mid-1960'ies) and then suddenly reappeared in 2001 and still going strong this very day.
Also the nickname "The Empire State" is the source of inspiration behind the name of The Empire State Building in New York City.
The Empire State Building was the world's tallest building from 1931 till 1972 when The World Trade Center took over the honour of being the tallest building. After the tragedy of 9/11 in 2001, The Empire State Building regained its previous title and is now the tallest building in the State of New York.

Yes, it makes sense to me.  I can't think of a nickname that I would choose but it would have something to do with the variety NY has.  There are so many different areas of NY state and they are all so different.  Within a 2 hour drive you can go from the city, to the ocean beaches, to the mountains, to farmland, etc. 

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

We usually have pot luck lunches at church once a month.  The last dish I made was cheese ravioli with homemade sauce.  That was a last minute what can I throw together in the morning dish.  Some of my favorites to bring are mac and cheese, sausage and potatoes, bbq pulled pork or a pot roast in the crockpot. 

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Smile when well meaning people give you advice but remember God has given that child to you so pray and ask Him for wisdom. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This is the first birthday without my Aunt Carol.  She always sent a birthday card with a gift and note in it and called to wish me a Happy Birthday.  I am missing her and really feeling it this morning.  I'll remind myself that she would want me to have a fun, relaxing day with my family and smile thinking of her.  Even if I have to swallow hard and hold back the tears. 


  1. Happy birthday to you! I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm sure you are right in her wanting you to feel celebrated today.

  2. Happy Birthday to you! I hope you will find joy in the memory of having an aunt you had such a good relationship with and the sweet memories you shared. I enjoyed your history lesson on New York being the Empire State. Interesting that it changed back in 2001. And very good advice you have to parents. Truth.

  3. Happy Birthday my friend!
    I am sending an extra hug for today. xx oo

    I enjoyed the history lesson regarding the Empire State.
    Thank You :-)

  4. P.S. great advice for parents. !! Well said.

  5. Happy Birthday. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  6. Well, happy birthday! Hope you will enjoy your special day. Enjoyed your answer to #2. I do love NY!

  7. I wave at my neighbors too but we never talk. Loved reading your answer about your state. Great advice for new parents. ((Hugs)) and Happy Birthday!

  8. Happy Birthday to you! I am sorry that you are missing your aunt Carol. It is hard to be without ones who meant so much to us. I often wish my mom and dad could come back to have dinner with us or walk around the yard, etc. You mentioned 9/11. I was noticing the other night that the movie we were watching showed the twin towers. It's always sad and a little eerie when I see photos, especially in movies, of the twin towers and to know that they're gone.


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