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So here in the U.S. we’re coming up on the Fourth of July, which marks the day the U.S. became an independent nation. It is widely celebrated with many people dressed in the colors red, white, and blue. There are red-white-and-blue decorations, balloons, and bloom-in-the-sky fireworks that paint the night sky in bursts of color.

Another type of fireworks are called firecrackers, and do nothing but make noise, without the pretty light show. Firecrackers are loud and annoying.

They’re also illegal in the State of Illinois, however, in Indiana, which neighbors Illinois, they are legal. So people cross the border and stock up on firecrackers and whatever else they use, and then bring them home. Some of these pyros just love to set them off in the school playground, which is right. Across. The street.

A few weeks before and a few weeks after the Fourth, these kids set off firecrackers across from where I live. I’m not sure about the suburbs, but in Chicago the police rarely enforce this law. And even if a neighbor has called the police, by the time they arrive, the kids have scattered. All we can do is wait it out, until they use up all their fireworks.

Did (or do) you play with firecrackers?

So You Know – June 27, 2019

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So You Know

. . . was created by Candace of Revenge of  Eve. Each week, she will pose questions for us to answer.

From Candace (only the answers in italics are mine): This week’s questions will be a round of lighthearted questions because who really wants to think? Not this chick (Y’all should hear my chicken cawl – no really)!!

Never participated in S.Y.K? Alright then…here are the loose guidelines:

  1. Publish a post on your website/blog answering today’s questions OR drop your answers in the comment section below.
  2. Create a pingback to this weeks edition. Don’t know how? Hit me up through my Chat menu. I’ll tell ya how. It’s easy.
  3. Be honest.
    • Do you like creamer with your tea or coffee? no, I drink both black
    • What year were you born? 1969
    • What things would you never pair together (clothes, objects, colors..)? plaid and polka dots
    • Does color represent certain beliefs/ideas for you? red and purple remind me of the Catholic Church
    • If someone is getting on your nerves, how do you handle it? Be honest. If possible, I would walk away. If not possible, I would set boundaries. If they break those boundaries, then I’d politely tell them that I need to leave.

40 Odd Things

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40 odd things about me . . . Please play along! They’re fun to read!

1. Do you like bleu cheese? yes

2. Coke or Pepsi? Coke

3. Do you own a gun? no

4. What flavor of Koolaid? strawberry

5. Hot dogs? before I became a vegetarian, yes

6. Favorite TV show?  currently: Chicago Fire; all-time: 30 Rock

7. Do you believe in ghosts? no

8. What do you drink in the morning? black coffee

9. Can you do a push-up? yes

10. Favorite Jewelry? bracelets

11. Favorite hobby? crochet

12. Do you have ADD/ADHD? no

13. Do you wear glasses? yes, but I mostly wear contacts

14.Favorite cartoon character? Scooby-Dooby-Doo!

15. What three things have you done today? showered, fed breakfast to the furbabies, read blogs

16. Three drinks you drink all the time? water, coffee, San Pellegrino Limonata

17. Current health worries. my poor memory and cognition

18. Do you believe in magic? no

19. Favorite place to be? Galena, Illinois, in the fall

20. How did you bring in the New Year? this year, we actually stayed awake long enough to watch a countdown on TV; most years, we’re already asleep

21. Where would you like to visit? Italy

22. Name four people that will play along: I don’t know

23. Favorite movies? too many to list, but some are Star Wars original trilogy, Ringu/The Ring, Pulp Fiction

24. Favorite color? gray

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I don’t know that I’ve ever slept on satin sheets

26. Can you whistle? no

27. Where are you now? home

28. Where would you rather be: Savannah, Georgia

29. Favorite food: black bean veggie burgers, mushroom tacos, almost any kind of pasta

30. Least favorite chore? scrubbing the toilet

32. What’s in your pockets? I’m wearing leggings and a t-shirt so, no pockets

33. Last thing that made you laugh ? my dog, Rudy

34. Favorite animal? all of them

35. What’s your most recent injury? I don’t know how I injured them, but my elbow shoulder, back, and sometimes my knees and hips are very painful; well, the knee injury was from playing hockey

36. How many TV’s are in your house? 1

37. Worst pain ever? my right shoulder/upper arm

38. Do you like to dance? I used to, but not so much anymore

39. Are your parents still alive? my dad is

40. Do you enjoy camping? no

Feel free to join in if you like. I found this on I Am My Own Island and Color Me Bipolar

321 Quote Me! — Knowledge

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BIG THANKS to Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess for choosing me to participate in 321 QUOTE ME!, created by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke.


Below are the instructions on how to play along.  Below that, are the quotes that go with the topic of today – Knowledge

321 Quote Me Created by Rory of  A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, Rory will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and nominate 3 bloggers, who in turn will post 2 quotes on the topic and nominate 3 bloggers of their own.

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

  1. Thank the Selector
  2. Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.
  3. Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Please Note that Rory will be reblogging your responses unless you wish for him to NOT do so. HERE ARE MY QUOTES:

  1. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
    ― Socrates
  2. “Reading only furnishes the mind with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” ― John Locke

I choose the following bloggers to play along:

What are your favorite quotes about “knowledge?”

Gondola Ride

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At the Venetian casino in Las Vegas, my husband and I went on a gondola ride in the outdoor canal. They also have an indoor canal, which we’ll check out next time. We wanted to have this experience. Okay, I wanted to have this experience and my husband went along lol! I’ve always wanted to ride on a gondola in Venice, and I hope to one day. In the meantime, there’s the Venetian.

The gondolier helped me step into the gondola at the starting point. Gondolas are maybe 12 feet long by 5 feet (if that) wide. Both the bow and the stern curve upward. Before you take off, a photographer takes pictures of you and your party that you can buy at the end of the ride. Oh, that reminds me: it looks like the gondolas seat 4 people at a time. We wanted a private ride (because I didn’t want to sit with strangers), and ended up paying for the 2 empty seats, but it was worth it.

Finally, we took off. During the ride, our gondolier sang “traditional” Italian songs in English, such as “‘‘O Sole Mio” and “That’s Amore.” He sang unaccompanied and thankfully had a good voice. I imagine that’s one of the criteria for becoming a gondolier.

The ride seemed to only take 5 minutes. It had to be longer than that, but that’s how it felt. We pulled back into the pier. We disembarked and bought 2 of the many photos they took of us, one of which you can see above. I love the gondolier’s face lol!

What sorts of touristy rides have you been on?