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This week Cee asks:

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

I always turn the lights off when I leave a room. I do have some lights set on timers so I don’t come into a dark house at night, or if we are away the lights go on and off.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

I’ll admit it, I would go on a shopping spree for clothes. I love to shop, I love to find the best price for what I am buying so I would stretch that $500 pretty far. I am convinced I inherited this passion from my father, who always felt the money was burning a hole in his pocket, also had a love for clothes, and lived with the motto “you can’t take it with you.”

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

Scroll through my Instagram feed, or maybe play Candy Crush, oh wait, check Facebook updates, or reply to comments on WordPress. How can I say which is a favorite??

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

The following video someone shared with me. People have challenges in their lives and when someone turns that challenge into something positive I find it inspiring. I love the laughter this father and son share.

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What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

I used to bookmark everything it seemed, so now I rarely do. I think the last site I bookmarked were the wonderful Decorah Eagles- in Decorah Iowa. Their nest has a webcam and I was able to watch momma eagle lay 3 eggs, then watch them hatch, then grow and finally fledge. Having it bookmarked made it easy for me to find the nest a few times a day to watch the action.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I do believe there is something after death- something after this life. There is a concept in Judaism called  Gilgul Ha Neshamot  described as a mystical (Kabbalistic) concept of reincarnation. In Hebrew, the word gilgul means “cycle” or “wheel” and neshamot is the plural for “souls.” Souls are seen to “cycle” through “lives” or “incarnations”, being attached to different human bodies over time. Which body they associate with depends on their particular task in the physical world, spiritual levels of the bodies of predecessors and so on. In addition to believing there is something after this life, this is also a concept that I believe exists.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I do not think I am creative enough to be able to come up with a story concept and then put it on paper. I would try my hand at poetry though.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This young boy who got up to sing at an Idina Menzel concert. 11 years old but he has something special. Take your talent and reach for the stars

If a movie was made based on your life, what actor/actress would play you?

This question made me laugh- what popped into my head was my mother in law always telling me I looked like Heather Locklear and Holly Hunter. I think Holly Hunter is an awesome actress so that would be ok with me.

If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

Being kind to people and helpful.

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What is your favorite cheese?

I love cheese- any kind of cheese. Feta is a favorite in salads. Cheddar is good with anything. Muenster on a rice cake…you name it, I’ll eat it.

Are you left or right handed?

Right handed, but I can put nail polish on my right hand using my left. It wasn’t until I broke my elbow 5 years ago that I realized just how much I relied on my left hand.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

I like to do both. For the mind I like to do crossword puzzles and finally figured out Sudoku, and love learning how to do new things on the computer. I exercise my body every day, I run/walk 2 miles or more a day. I used to belong to a gym but working full time I found I could not get there- too tired after work or too rushed in the morning, so I quit. I prefer being outside anyway.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …

My favorites! I have no tolerance for cold anymore and always welcome summer with open arms. The humidity is a killer but I’ll still take it over cold and snow! But I do love the ocean any season.

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What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

Most famous I am not sure, but I have seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris the Colosseum in Rome, the Statue of Liberty in NY and the Empire State Building, the CN Tower in Toronto, the major Landmarks of London, Venice & Florence. I think I have seen less landmarks in the United States as I have not traveled that much here.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

Mini vacations for sure. 2 days is fine with me. I consider the Sunday day trips we take mini vacations, or even 1 day at the beach. Just getting away for the day feels like a vacation to me!

What is your favorite National or State Park?

I can’t say I have a favorite, but last summer we visited Minnewaska State Park in Ulster County NY and it was beautiful. 

What is your fantasy vacation?

I don’t really have a fantasy vacation, I would love to have a house near the beach or on the beach to be able to go to for vacation time!

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How many languages do you you speak?

I only speak English. I took French in school for a few years and can still put together sentences and remember basic words. My husband and I  took Yiddish classes at the Yiddish Institute in New York City many years ago. He grew up speaking it at home, I did not. He had never learned proper grammar and sentence structure so for him it was also a learning experience. I am still able to speak a little, and understand, but not using it, you lose it. I also learned American Sign Language years ago and volunteered in a local school for the Deaf in order to use it.

I Love You in ASL

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

Reading: Mostly blogs and I save up my newspapers and read them over the weekend. Watching: Just finished up the season of Billionaire on Showtime, a great series. Also watch the Real Housewives of NYC- I love to see the vacations they take and the places they live- not to mention the cat fights.

Listening to: Austin Plaine is my new favorite to listen to.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

An Iris that I passed while on a walk-they were planted at the corner of someone’s property next to the sidewalk. Too beautiful to pass by without snapping a photo.

What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning just as the sun is rising. I love the quiet, seeing the sky change colors as dawn is breaking. That first cup of coffee. Especially at the beach.

Grateful everyday. Always.

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When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I usually take my shoes off at soon as I get home. Slippers are usually what I put on, or in the summer months a pair of flip flops.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Macaroni and Cheese. My mother used a big green or yellow Pyrex bowl- those of a certain age will know the kind I mean, they nested one in a other and came in 5 different colors. She used elbow macaroni and made a cheese sauce which was mixed with the noodles. The best part was the bread crumb crust on the top. I don’t know what she did to make it so thick and crusty, but it was delicious. There was nothing like walking in the house after school to find that bowl cooling on the counter.

Are you a listener or talker?

I would consider myself  a listener, though I am also a talker. Wh

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?

My favorite thing to photograph are birds. I love capturing their beauty, especially up close where I can see the beautiful details of their colors and feathers.

What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

Seeing and doing for sure. Just reading usually doesn’t work for me.

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Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

The older I become the less tolerance I have for the cold. I would much rather live in a place that is always warm, but as for now I am remaining in a state that has four seasons, and where cold seems to hang around much longer than warm.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?

My hair is a “medium” length I suppose. I have worn it short, but these days prefer it a bit longer. I can remember a time when you reached a certain age it didn’t seem “appropriate” to have longer hair- but I don’t think it matters so much anymore.

What is your favorite month of the year?

June! Summer arrives, school ends!

What is the easiest way for your to learn something new?  By reading, by seeing and doing, in a classroom?

By seeing and then doing. It is hard for me to grasp something just by reading it.

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