I’m joining the fun this week….
Sitting on the porch and answering random questions about everything under the sun….
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.
1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'?
Okay, this may sound a little crazy, but inside The Home Depot feels like home.
Just walking through the big sliding glass doors gives me a sense of pride, a feeling of belonging and a rush of nostalgic feelings. I worked for the Home Depot Corporation for thirty years. I started as a cashier in the brand new 7th store; when I retired I was third from the top in longevity and had worked my way up to corporate project manager. I helped build this company (literally) working on new store/warehouse construction projects, new systems, training programs, and helping develop the Truck Rental program "Load-N-Go". Walking the aisles today gives me great pleasure, seeing my ideas and implementations in action is rewarding, and knowing that I helped make this company great makes me content; the same feelings I get from our very own home.
2. When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain.
Making the decision to move away from the city and to the mountains of North Georgia was a "home run"....really out of the park on this one. We have been so much happier and healthier here in our new town of Blue Ridge, GA. We've been here for 6 months.
3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade'.
My husband made me a rolling cart to pot plants and work on outdoor projects. It has shelves to hold pots and bags of dirt, baskets to hold tools, and is tall enough that I can comfortably work without stooping over (I'm very tall). I just love this cart... My sweetie is the best!
4. 'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-
The breathtaking abbey of Mont St. Michel in France is the castle I would most like to visit. It's been an important pilgrimage center since A.D. 708, when (according to legend) the Archangel Michael told the local bishop to "build here and build high." Saint Michael, whose gilded statue decorates the top of the abbey's spire, was the patron saint of many French kings, making this a favored site for French royalty through the ages. Prior to the modern bridge being built the only access to the castle was on foot at low tide when the mud flats were exposed. Travelers to and from the castle had to be wary of the High Tide which rushes in at an alarming pace, completely covering the foot paths to the castle. I'd so love to visit this amazing place, walk the mud flats, tour the abbey, and experience the view that drew the monks to this beautiful mont!
5. What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?
We have been researching the perfect dog to join our family. Homework included reading up on hypoallergenic breeds, temperament, exercise needs, and health issues. We also want to get a rescue pup to ease his or her suffering. We are in the final stages of our 'project', we've applied to adopt a rescue goldendoodle. PLEASE PRAY for our application acceptance and future relationship with this special girl. Here is a photo of the pup we fell in love with...she is a bit shy, but we will work on that.
6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?
I think homework can help prepare students for the demanding requirements of College and professional careers. Often times, students have to read huge chunks of text in just days in preparation for class. They also have to write papers spanning hundreds of thousands of words on their experiences reading a text. As an art major, I also had to create something for my next class, it was homework above and beyond the studio time. Without foundations of juggling homework from an early age, I fear they will not be able to survive the requirements of higher education and the stressful workplace.
7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.
I was born in Gary, Indiana, I'm sad to say I don't have many good memories of this place. Gary was, and still is, a dying steel mill city. It's never been a happy place for me. I did come up with one good memory, not really about the town, but about my Grandparents house. They lived on a little farm on the outskirts of town. They had a very large shade tree in the yard that gives me many happy memories whenever I think of it. It was a climbing tree, a picnic spot, a place for hanging flower baskets, and a place for a shy girl to sit and read without distraction. I miss that special tree!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Just got home from a Caribbean Cruise...My best day during our cruise was at this private beach club on Norman Island, BVI. The sand was powdery white and the water was crystal clear turquoise blue. Snorkeling was available, but I chose to float in the warm water and relaxed under a shady tree on the beach....it was a little slice of heaven!
Lori in Blue Ridge, GA