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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Joyce did it again this week.  Seven killer questions designed to make you go....hum.  Don't wait!  Click on her badge above and jump in.  I promise, you'll enjoy it.

 1. Would you rather be seen as a person who did your duty or forged your own path?
As paths go, I am a person who is tethered to duty.  Marriage, children, grandchildren have all secured that for me.  Besides, my Puritanical ancestors have largely seen to it that should I ever have a notion to forge out on my own and throw all caution to the wind, the notion won't last longer than a nano second.  

However, if you ever open a newspaper and read that a certain senior citizen is tight roping her way over the Las Vegas strip, you'll know that not only did I throw all caution to the wind, but I buried it too!

2. This week's Wednesday Hodgepodge happens to fall on Groundhog's Day. In keeping with that theme, if you could have a do-over of any one day out of the last seven, which day would it be and why? If you haven't seen the movie Groundhog Day this question will make absolutely no sense but that's okay...you can answer anyway.

If I could have a do over this week, it would be the day the husband came home and we....Oh, My!  TMI!!

3. Hot cocoa...yay or nay on the marshmallows?

Yay, but only the big fluffy ones.

4. Do you wear makeup every day? What are the top two must haves in your daily makeup routine?

At the risk of sounding like I am boasting, if there is one thing I am proud of, appearance wise, it is my skin.  Not that I have ever done anything to make it good.  I was just dealt a good hand at birth; it is all due to my genes. 

 My whole life people have always guessed me to be 10-15 years younger than I really am.  Now, it is a compliment, not so in my 20's or even 30's.

I know, it's a curse.....one that I share with my one and only sister.

Here is the reason we sisters rarely need to wear makeup.

She was modeling in this photograph in her 70's!  

Me mum.

Sis and I remember mom using a bar of dove soap for her cleansing routine.  But, boy did she love her makeup!  I never recall her leaving the house without a full face, as she called it.

Here she is in her youth and you can see her dewy complexion through this ancient,  73 year old  scanned  photo. 

And again here, but I honestly don't recall her exercising or skating a day in her life.  But here is proof positive that she did.  

Sorry for posting so many photos of her, but she left this world at 78 yrs. old, eleven years ago.   I miss her more and more each day.

Now, back to the question.  I think it is cultural as well, Joyce.  Here in Germany women rarely bother with cosmetics.  All ages seem to prefer going Au Natural.  "When in Rome...."  Or, it could be due to the exorbitant cost of cosmetics.  More about that later in my blog.

 A few years back, my sister and I got our eyeliner, under our eyes, tattooed.  The best thing I ever did for my appearance.  

Now, a little bit of lippie, as my Aussie hubby says, and we're off!

Mom, sis and I in days gone by...(Check out my blond do.)  Blame my sis, she's my hairdresser, tee, hee.

 (I can't believe we aren't having champagne!  It was our favorite drink when we were out together...miss those days.)  

Ah....what was the question again, Joyce?? (Just kidding.)

5. Is it more important to you in a relationship to be loved or understood?

As Oprah said to Piers on CNN, "You're good, Joyce.  You're very good."

HA!  No man has ever understood me, EVAH!  

Even my own sons don't understand me, but I'm used to it.   It no longer rattles me.  But if I were not loved by them, I ... I....I...

6. Parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme...your favorite?
Rosemary on leg of lamb, please? Danke.

7.  What do you do when you are angry?

Retrieve my list of hit men from the house safe, change my name, and go underground.   Wish there were another way.

Just kidding.  I stew, I pout, I toss a few pillows hither and yon,  and then I submit, let go, and drop to my knees.  

8.  Submit your own thought here.
God bless the Egyptian nation.


skoots1mom said...

so many good answers...
love the pics with your mom...soooo pretty, you, too!!

Joyce said...

I could relate to this post with all its tangents...I like that, especially in the hodgepodge! Yes and no answers are not nearly as much fun.

Loved your answers today!

Maribeth said...

Like you as a blond! And is Joyce your sister?
Your Mom was lovely. You were very lucky!

Cathy said...

I enjoyed your answers.

Nanato4 said...

Love your answer to #1.

Have a wonderful Wednesday (although I guess it's Thursday now for you).

auburnchick said...

Oh. My. Word.

You kept me in stitches!!! Where have you been all of my bloggy life? heehee

Your life sounds amazing, as does your skin, your sister, and your mom.

You sound like a blessed woman!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Your mom was gorgeous!! I know what you mean about missing her more each day. My mom's been gone 5+ years and some days I don't understand how the world is still going around without her here.

I thought about tattoo-ing my eyeliner but it just sounds painful - and I'm a wimp!

nancygrayce said...

Over to visit from where I don't remember. Love your answers! I had my eyeliner, upper and lower lids, tattoed years ago.....I agree, best thing I ever did (if you take out the part where the sewing machine type thingy was going back and forth across the skin). I do wear makeup most all days, but if I don't have time, I can run out without it and my eyes still are there!