I really am aware that it is quite late in the day to be posting a blog that is generally seen in the mornings. As our desktop CPU needed to spend a few days with the Computer Doctor, we didn't get it back until late yesterday. This morning had its own adventures and activities such as a trip to the gym and lunch with a group of special friends. Priorities!
So, I'm thinking perhaps the two or three readers who follow my blog won't mind when it's posted.
Thank you Joyce for Wednesday Hodgepodge - 159.
The last time I bowled was probably close to 10 years ago while entertaining visiting grandchildren. Do I like it? Surprisingly yes, I used to enjoy bowling once in a while. In fact, right after we married, we joined a bowling club along with church friends and I got fairly good at it. Do I want to go to an alley and do it again? Not especially!
2. Should sports stars be role models?
My feeling is that anyone who willingly places themselves in a public position, whether it be a high school or professional athlete, a church or community leader, a politician or a parent, should accept the responsibility of setting a good example for anyone who might think of emulating their behavior.
I think last Sunday's pre-Superbowl games offered us prime examples of one who accepts his role as a leader - Broncos' Peyton Manning and one who doesn't - Seahawk's Richard Sherman.
3. January is National Oatmeal month...are you a fan? How do you like your oats?
The only way I eat oatmeal is in a breakfast smoothie. Cookies are not bad, but not my favorite.
4. What is one book on your reading list for 2014?
I have several books I would like to read this year. I download books from Bookbub and have them stored on my iPad. Some examples are: "Gazing Into Glory," "Love Amid the Ashes," "Rolling Thunder," "Princess," (a true story of life behind the veil in Saudi Arabia), and one not in my library yet, is "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War" by Robert Gates.
5. What would you like your future self to say to your present self?
"You finished strong!" I most desire to hear my Heavenly Father say, "Well done my good and faithful servant!"
6. When scrolling through the TV guide, what is one movie title that makes you want to stop, grab the popcorn, and watch for a while?
"Sleepless in Seattle!" I will never tire of seeing that movie and keep waiting for the sequel.
7. What are two style trends you hope never come back into fashion?
Poodle skirts with all those starched and netted petticoats, and bobbie socks. Does that age me or what?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Regarding question #4, I wanted to share with you a book I am currently reading. With the hype over Downton Abby and European society, this is a timely written book.
It is not fiction but an account of the early aristocracy of New York and the evolution of the "Knickerbockers" and American society as well as its influence on the established European aristocracy and vice versa. It is very interesting and enlightening. I now understand the old, once used reference of "Miss Astor" regarding one's snobbery or pretentiousness.
A quote from the book by Oscar Wilde:
"American youths are pale and precocious, or sallow and supercilious, but American girls are pretty and charming - little oases of pretty unreasonableness in a vast desert of practical common-sense."
And such was the view of young American beauties thrust upon European society by Mothers eager to see their daughters "marry well."