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It’s that time again! Lidna over at 2nd Cup of Coffee hosts what is, IMHO, the most intelligent meme on the web. Every week she puts forward 12 thoughtful and thought provoking questions.  This week Lidna is busy with a friend in need and Southlakes Mom stepped in to host the meme.  Thanks, Kelley, we appreciate you!  Kelley says, the theme this week is Spring . . . and any other random questions that caught her fancy.

1. What is your favorite sign of Spring?

2. Did you remember to spring forward on March 14? If not, how did it impact your day?
Yep. Amoeba changed all the clocks before bed. He was playing trumpet in the service and didn’t want to be late.

3. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what vegetable would you plant in a garden this year?
Green beans.

4. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what fruit would you plant?
Grapefruit. (The green beans I can do, the grapefruit is just a dream.)

5. What is your least favorite insect?
“God didn’t make any worthless creatures, but the mosquito comes close.”

6. March 22 was World Water Day. To celebrate, here are some water questions. Do you drink bottled water? If so, what brand?
No to bottled water — except the occasional splurge on Pelligrino when I cook a fancier dinner.

7. Have you ever been somewhere that it was not safe to drink the local water? If so, how did you handle that?
Yes, Guatemala. I didn’t drink it.

8. How many glasses of water do you drink per day?
Not enough, but more than I used to.

9. March 24 is the birthday of Harry Houdini. Have you ever watched a professional magic show? Share.
Lance Burton. It was interesting.

10. Have you ever been a participant in a professional magic show (up on stage!)?

11. March 24 is also the birthday of Steve McQueen and Clyde Barrow. Do you like Westerns or gangster movies? If so, what is your favorite?
I rarely watch movies. In the past I have enjoyed both gangster movies and westerns.

12. (Really random) What U.S. state that you’ve never visited would you like to visit someday?
All of them I’ve not yet visited! Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Virginia; including the “not states”:  American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.


  1. Bless Linda’s golden heart. I have read the post on her friend. I find it also great that Southlakes Mom was willing to step in.

    I enjoyed reading your answers. We don’t have springtime here, but flowers would also be my favorite. They are so beautiful! Thank goodness we don’t have to change the time here. We are already late all the time 😉 . I admire you for being able to plant green beans. My son would definitely be with you on the grapefruits. I have seen a Lance Burton show on TV. I’m sure it is even more interesting live.

    1. Rosidah — I loved reading about Lidna’s women’s group visiting their friend in the hospital. Laughter really is the best medicine.

  2. Nr. 5 is the perfect answer!! 🙂
    Nr. 4 – We have grapefruit growing at my fathers ranch. I love the red kind, but we have both. It really is a wonderful fruit to have.

        1. Susan — we showered in the water. We just drank coffee, hot tea or soda. The hotel provided us with a carafe of water every day for teeth-brushing and drinking if we wished. They boiled it. We didn’t have to.

  3. The mosquito answer made me laugh! As you saw, I couldn’t choose just one insect to loathe, but the mosquito definitely made my list!

    We love grapefruit. That and oranges help us get through the winter produce doldrums!

    You’ve been to 40 states?! Wow – that’s cool.

  4. Sounds like you don’t have too many states left that you Have Not been too, Alaska is tops on my list tho! But I have to disagree with you on the insect thing I think plans went Awry when God made the cockroach! He needs to check the blueprints on that one!

  5. apart for the early flowers (snowdrops, crocuses, primroses) everything is still withered and greyish soi really look forward to the green stuff sprouting everywhere. butright now i’m delighted to hear the blackbirds singing. today is actually the first day they have really been at it.
    and if there is an insect i would like to obliterate from the earth, it must be ticks!

    (btw, i hope the point of my previous comment was clear)

    1. I do love the song birds, but between Hawaii and here I was not without them, so I probably won’t tune into that joyously until next year after I’ve been without them for several months.

  6. I can not believe how late I am getting around to you today! On my knees pleading forgiveness! LOL! I don’t want to become a Quilly statistic! hehehe…

    I planted green beans TODAY! And a bunch of stuff! But I’m afraid I have to get my grapefruits from Florida. The last time I planted green beans the birds and the bugs got more than I did… but we’ll see!

    Flowers are good — my crocus have all withered and I picked my very few daffodils that still come up and vased (it’s a verb!) them with some tulips! 🙂

    You and I should just take the Great American Tour together! YEA! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Melli — I was all excited about planting a garden. I told Amoeba it would be so nice not to have to worry about the Myna birds and snails eating everything. Amoeba said, “No, here the deer will take care of that.” Pft.

  8. Thank you for coming back to link! Your perseverance is admirable and appreciated.

    I thought Lance Burton was amazing. The whole time we lived in LV we avoided seeing any other illusionists…I’m sure having small children helped with that!

    Thank you for participating in Random Dozen!

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