"My mind sees that I am nothing, my heart sees that I am everything, between these two poles my life unfolds."

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tag, You're It!

The above painting is the creation of my friend Jinnaya. 
I wonder what that cat is up to... no good, I suspect!

Do you really want or need to know any more about me? 
Lol, I didn't think so, but I was tagged last week by Diane at Always Crave Cute, so here we go:

1. What is your favorite plant or flower and why?

I have many favourites, one being the Viola because they each have their own 'face.'
When you get a bunch of them together, they look like gossipy busybodies!

2. Approximately how many books do you have in your house? That's a good question, I've never actually counted. I used to purge every few years, but don't anymore, preferring to hoard them instead.

3. Do you like to shop better online or at a physical store? I don't enjoy shopping, (thrifting doesn't fall under my definition of shopping) so if I know exactly what I want, then online for sure.

4. Are you the kind of person that likes to make lists or do you just wing it? Lists.

5. If you have a pet, do you let it sleep on your bed? Yes - she demands it!

6. Do you prefer to cook or would you rather order in, or pick up something prepared at the store? On a day to day basis I much prefer home cooking, but always enjoy 'fine dining' when the opportunity presents itself.

7. Do you have a favorite Holiday? Halloween, hands down.

8. Do you like traditional or modern art and furnishings? Traditional.

9. Who is your favourite artist or musician? Neil Young.

10. Do you remember what your favourite childhood book was?

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

11. What was the best piece of advice you ever received? "This too shall pass." My mother always said this to me growing up - and I remind myself of it when life gets overwhelming.

Now, I'm supposed to come up with eleven questions of my own and tag eleven of you. I prefer instead to put out the invitation to anyone who wants to play along...

1. Tell me about your nighttime attire - silk nightie, pj's, paint splattered t-shirt & track-pants or au naturale?

2. What is your current favourite tv show?

3. Bathe or shower?

4. Morning-person or night-owl?

5. What is that one snack that you'll hide (hoard ;) from the rest of your family for yourself?

6. If you could choose one super power, what would it be?

7. Do you chew your nails or clip them?

8. Who do you consider to be the most influential person of the 20/21st century?

9. What would you invent if you had the know-how?

10. Which sense would you give up if you had to: vision or hearing?

11. What was your favourite cereal as a child?


  1. 1. Something silky,(but festooned with dog hairs!)

    2. Eastbound and Down

    3. Bath

    4. Night Owl

    5. Cadbury Creme Eggs

    6. To be able to fly.

    7. I just have a little scratching session on the floorboards!

    8. In an everyday sense people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

    9. A self-cleaning house.

    10. Hearing

    11. Rice Krispies

    1. Floorboards make a lot more sense than an emery board in your case. Your sleepwear sounds delightful, haha!!

  2. Sleepshirts...soft and comfy
    Amazing Race
    Nothing really...
    Anti aging
    No clue
    No clue

    I am not creative with this kind of questioning...sorry!!!

    I love the painting!!!

    1. That's ok Patty :) Thanks for playing along!

  3. Jane, I loved reading your answers! You were one of the few people who actually wanted to participate! I will play along, here are my answers:
    1. Cotton Nightshirt
    2. A tie between Hot in Cleveland and Cougartown..
    3. shower
    4. morning
    5. Reeses peanut butter cups
    6. Ah yes, flying!
    7. Nail file, never ever chewed
    8. Bill Gates
    9. A magical potion to cure class-ism, bigotry, racism and sexism.
    10. hearing
    11. Captain Crunch

    1. Lol, I was just at your blog - great minds think alike :) I really like your response to #9 and second that.

  4. Jane - A Tree Grows in Brooklynn is my absolutely fav book from late childhood. I read it in grade eight. I found an old copy at the library and read it and reread it. I still have that copy - minus the back cover and the last few pages. Recently i tried to find if there was ever a large print run but no luck. I may order the paperback from Amazon, although I'm not sure I'll be able to read it. Did you read her other book Maggie Now? I liked it but not as much as atgib. How exciting! I've never met anyone else who read it!!! (And of course I was thrilled that the heroine's name was Francie.)

    1. Francie, I am also thrilled to come across someone else who's also read this book!! It's a classic, but most people give me a blank stare when I mention it :) I haven't read any of her other works - not sure why.

  5. Jane, I love your new header picture. Is it a real place or a painting?

    I must tell you I have never read the book you referred to. Sounds like I've missed a good read.

    Well here goes.

    1. Light cotton for summer and flannelette for winter.
    2. Anything on Discovery or TLC.
    3. Shower mornings, bath in the evening
    4. Mostly morning but if the occasion arises a night-owl now and then.
    5. Hershey's Almond Joy and Reeses
    6. To read people's minds.
    7. Clip
    8. Bill Gates
    9. A cure for cancer
    10. Hearing
    11. Puffed Wheat

    1. Lorene, It's a photo - but I can see why you might think it's a painting.

      I am amused that most people have a treat they hoard for themselves, lol!! I suspected as much. I actually have quite a few... haha! Reading people's mind would come in handy - then we'd know where they were keeping the good stuff.

  6. Yay Jane..it was fun reading more about you!OOh I totally love the cat painting..beautiful art and artist!
    and super-wow..I am totally captivated with your new blog header image..wow..
    Wishing you a sparkling week!

    1. Thanks Victoria, Jinnaya is a little budding artist I believe :) When I saw this painting of hers, I couldn't help but think there's a story behind it. I think it would make a great book cover. Have a great week as well!

  7. I love learning about you, Jane, and about all my favourite bloggers, so I can never get enough of these types of posts. "This too shall pass" is something my mother would say. And it's words I live by. I will participate in your post on my blog on Monday (Monday's Musings), and will come up with some more questions that I hope people will participate in. I'm considering making up some fun questions that will bring out a chuckle or two. We'll see. It all depends on how crazy busy I am around here. 'Tis near the gardening season, after all, eh? :)

    1. Lol, I'm looking forward to Monday's post :) It looks like you guys are in full spring mode. We've still got a bit of snow kicking around here and there, and I hear we may be getting snow over the next few days... grrrrhh. Soon enough we'll all be complaining that it's too hot!!

  8. Reading your answers was super fun, here are mine :)

    1. Nothing
    2. Idiot Abroad
    3. Super Hot Shower
    4. Morning
    5. Cream Cheese Danish
    6. To be invisible
    7. Clip
    8. Oprah
    9. A cure for Cancer/HIV
    10. Hearing
    11. Cap n Crunch

    1. Hehe, I wondered if there'd be someone who'd admit to sleeping in the raw!! I also love that you picked Oprah - she is an amazing woman.

  9. Here are my answers. It's fun to read everyone's answers!!
    1. Night gown--knee length usually
    2. Lost Girl
    3. Shower
    4. Used to be a night owl more--sometimes I still am. But since getting Duffy I am more of a morning person.
    5. Maynard's Wine Gums
    6. Invisibility
    7. Clip
    8. Madame Curie
    9. A zotster (so we could zot from one place to another in super quick speed!)
    11. Alphabets cereal

    I too read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I was young. I found out about it through movie magazines from the 1940s that my mother had. The movie came out and they did a synopsis in one of the magazines and I wanted to read the book, so got it out of the library. My favorite book as a pre-teen was Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins.

    1. Hi Dianne, I really enjoyed reading your answers. I flip-flop sometimes in the morning person vs night owl department myself - I also go through periods where I'm burning the candle at both ends. I'm glad Madame Curie made your list :)

      I'll be honest with you: I generally groan at the thought of these lists, but they almost always prove to be quite interesting - it's fun to find out what you have in common with someone else - like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    2. I quite like the idea of a 'zotster!' - great name as well :)

  10. Oh yes, that cat has a shifty look in its eye! I quite like that painting and its composition!

  11. I like it too and wanted to tinkle home with it under my arm, hehe! There's definitely a story there somewhere.

  12. Hi Jane, there are some very creative answers here - I answered your questions on my blog :) Violas do look like little faces. As a kid I loved making Snapdragons talk :)

    I love your new header, what a beautiful photo.

    1. Thanks Annie :) I'm so glad you played along! I was actually just at your blog and enjoyed your responses very much. We have another au natural one here folks - I take it you don't sleep-walk... haha

    2. Ha ha, I don't think I do :)

  13. FINALLY got over here again...how does life get so full of stuff? Anyway, I love your new header, and that you did the question thing. Last one I did for someone, I had such silly answers I decided not to try that anymore...people think I'm a goof already:) Think I'll take a few minutes and scroll down to what else I missed.