Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's Wednesday! Time for some randomness!!

Okay...that title might be sounding a bit more chipper than I am actually feeling BUT I press on! :-)
Below, is my contribution to this week's random dozen questions hosted by Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee! If you would like to join in the fun, just click on her blog back there and share some thoughts about yourself and in the process, you'll meet some great people and perhaps find out more than you REALLY might want to know about us, but, hey, you will probably have a good laugh or six and that never hurt anyone! :-)

Jaylon, our little grandson, is on the mend! Yayyyy!! His body functions are all back to normal!! Yayyy!! And he is on the move, so I had better get this posted, as he will be here in a few minutes!! :-)

1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?
Honestly? I am not superstitious at all.

2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered." Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?
Would you believe that that is kind of how I felt about the piano when I started playing seriously in my early twenties, after giving my heart to the Lord. AND let me say that I have not "conquered" the piano after 35 years, but I can play sooooo much better than I ever thought would be possible all those years ago.
After becoming a christian at 23, I wanted so much to be able to play all of the new songs that I was learning at church but all I could do was play a few songs that I had learned while taking piano lessons and songs that I had found the sheet music for. I had not really devoted myself to playing the piano.
BUT, once I was born again!, a fresh new intense desire to play was ignited in me! I started taking lessons from Pam Rentzel . The Lord truly knew what He was doing when He made it possible for me to take lessons from her. She was exactly the teacher I needed to inspire me! We still stay in touch and exchange music from time to time. So many times when I am playing, I hear her playing reflected in my playing and I am just simply amazed because I remember so many times while practicing or even in the midst of our lessons when I would think I would NEVER be able to play like her or play the way she was encouraging me to play. I felt like I was all thumbs.
BUT the Lord is good. He is able to take our small offering of what talent or gifts we place before Him and multiply them beyond our wildest dreams or desires. Thank you, Lord Jesus. "You've been faithful, faithful to me."

3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
In the morning between five-thirty and six and in the evening after seven o'clock.

4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you've ever been really early or really late for?
No. I am either just a tad early or a tad late. No in-between. :-)

5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
The beautiful spring flowers, sunshine, and warmer weather. Being able to be outside more and enjoy the fresh air. Sitting on my back porch with a hot cup of coffee, early in the morning and on my front porch in the evening. *sigh* We're almost there! :-)

6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?
I have, but it isn't something that I've done very often because I only have one piece of green clothing in my closet! Green is not a color that enhances my natural beauty. ;-)

7. One of Caesar's assassins, Casca, said, "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me," which of course means he didn't understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is "Greek to you," something incomprehensible or indecipherable?
How the internet works. The nitty-gritty technical stuff about a computer. I know just enough to be dangerous. :-)

8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?
Definitely a lamb, so far.

9. "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?
Sleep and read.

10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
A new keyboard for me. A new Honda Gold Wing for Ed.

11. "The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you." Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.
The freedoms that we have in this wonderful country.....America, the Beautiful.
While the "government" leaves so much to be desired in this present time, this country is so wonderful, which is attributable to the people, who are the ones that make it so great. We are free to travel and go wherever we desire. We can be whatever we aspire to be as long as we are willing to put in the work and effort. And, as Nel said in her random dozen response, we are free to worship our one true God. And yet, at times, we take it for granted. Alas, we are fickle human beings. But I am truly thankful to have been born in the land of the free.

12. Just for a bit o' fun, click here (www.blogthings.com/irishnamegenerator/) and then report your Irish name. Mine is "Zoe O'Sullivan." I love it!

Caitlin O'Donnell :-) Oh, brother. :-)


Joyce said...

Well you're 'wearing' a green blog background so that should count : )

I agree with #12. I was just listening to the news and had to turn it off because I thought my head might explode. But you're right...America is about the people and we are luckier than we know most days.

Have a nice day.

Nel said...

I really enjoyed your answers. I think we think a lot alike. Love your answer to #2. And thanks for the link on #11. Random Dozen is such a good way of meeting great people.

until next time... nel

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I got saved at 23 as well! Sure did change my life for the better!!!

I also agree about wearing green... not my color either. But with a maiden name like O'Hara, who needs to wear green?!

Mrs. NB

Stephani said...

Another great random dozen Jewel! Glad your grandson is "functioning" properly now! Have a wonderful time with him.

Mary said...

Loved #6! That is important, isn't it?! And, you're right...as Americans we take so much for granted.

Barbara H. said...

Glad Jaylon's doing better!

That's neat about the piano playing. All my guys had lessons for years, but never really got into it, plus they all didn't like playing for an audience.

I am looking forward to some of the same things with spring.

I'd probably spend my extra hour in one of those ways -- or on the computer. :-)