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Honourable Mention…

Wow…first the Bloody Brilliant Blogger’s Award, and now I’ve been “tagged” by Hippie Cahier, a self-described “woman of mystery” who shares my appreciation of both Todd Pack’s Messy Desk and Blurt.  I checked out some of Hippie’s blog last night…nearly peed myself laughing at this post: Confessions of a Worrier Princess

Thanks, Hippie, for tagging me…I’m supposed to answer 8 questions about myself, and then tag 8 other bloggers (who then repeat the process).  So, here it is:

1. If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?

I want the ability to tell when people are lying, and then be able to point that fact out to other people.  Anyone who lies for their own gain would experience an immediate change of colour to their tongue…the bigger the lie, the brighter red it would turn (husbands who lie when asked, “Does this outfit make me look fat?” would be exempt).  I think my superhero name would be Lady Lie Detector (and my costume would be tasteful, but show lots of cleavage).

This guy told his wife he was working late...it was a lie!

2. Who is your style icon?

If I had lots of money, I would like to dress like Meredith Vieira.  She dresses casually, but always looks good.  I also really like Sears’ Jessica line.  Most of the clothes I buy now come from consignment stores or Value Village.

Meredith Vieira...cool style...

3. What is your favorite quote?

This is a hard one…I am a “quote junkie.”  I’m going to give you two:

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.  Mahatma Ghandi 

I learn something new every day, even if it’s something small.  If you ever stop learning, I believe you’ve got one foot in the grave!

Well-behaved women seldom make history.  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I have this quote on a mug, and a tote bag.  I’ve never let men tell me what to do, and I never will!

I want this shirt!

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

“Your daughter is so well-behaved!” (and then I turn around and look behind me to see who they’re really talking to).

5. What playlist/cd is in your CD player/iPod right now?

Hmmm…don’t have an iPod…don’t know how to work one!  I often just pop a CD into my computer and listen to it.  It would probably be something folk or blues (probably one of the artists I have links to on the right side).  I’m also fond of CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand.

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

That’s an easy one: morning person.  I’m up at 5:30 during the week, and might sleep in until 8 on weekends.  If I don’t get to bed some time between 10 and 11, I’m really cranky the next day!  Being a morning person can be a problem when one sleeps with a night owl, but I’m slowly getting him “trained.”  At least he’s stopped staying up half the night!

7. Do you prefer dogs or cats? 

I like both, but I think dogs are my favourite.  Cats really don’t need us except to look after them…they usually don’t follow you around unless they want something.  Our dog is a huge suck…he always wants to be with us, wherever we happen to be!  Even if we’ve only been out of his sight for a couple of minutes, he jumps around like it’s Christmas when we come back!  “Oh, Mommy!  I’m so happy to see you!” 

This is Jake, hanging out on the trampoline with the girls...

8. What is the meaning behind your blog name?

Well, let’s see…I live in Hammond River, New Brunswick, with Jim, our four teenagers, and my dad.  Managing daily life is sometimes nearly impossible, like “herding cats” (refer to #7).  I have to tell a funny story about my friend, Renée, over at Life in the Boomer Lane:  Renée is a tiny bit technically-challenged, and was talking to her daughter in England on Skype to get her to add a link to my blog on Renée’s.  Her daughter misheard, and added a link to “Hurting Cats in Hammond River.”  We try not to do that here…

So, I’ve finished my assignment…the taggees are Maura at 36 x 37 (a recent discovery from Freshly Pressed – she’s funny and thinks I’m “delightful” – plus, she’s from Ohio!) and anyone who comments on this post and feels like doing it…I already gave most of my blogging friends a “shitload of homework” (as my friend, Nancy, at Embracing Myself so eloquently puts it) when I passed on the Bloody Brilliant Blogger’s Award!

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Spring in Hammond River…

I took these photos around my yard this past weekend…apologies to any professional photographers…I am strictly amateur, and I was having issues with overexposure…

First Tulip...

This is the first tulip of six that I have in my little flowerbed by the front step.  It is in the shade, so they are slow to open…the deer seem to leave them alone due to their proximity to the house.

Hens and Chicks...

These are the hens and chicks (or sedum, as they are known more scientifically).  They are in the same flowerbed with the tulips.  I like the symmetry of the leaves…

Flowering Crab...

These are the first leaves starting on our flowering crab…it is a brilliant shade of red for about a week when in full bloom.  The deer enjoy grazing on the hill behind it.

Moss on Flowering Crab...

I found this moss growing on the flowering crab to be quite pretty…white is an unusual colour for moss too!

Yellow Bush...

This bush covered in brilliant yellow flowers is at least ten feet in diameter, and sits behind our garage.  I don’t know what kind of bush it is.

View Through Raspberries...

This is the view of the lower part of our back yard, the river, and the hills in the background as seen through the raspberry canes in our side yard.  This view is one of the reasons we love where we live!

Rhubarb...

It won’t be long before we’ll be harvesting rhubarb…we have about a dozen large plants next to our fence, and several more on the other side of the house!

Peonies...

More Peonies...

These are some of our dozen or so peony bushes we have around the yard (front and back).  When they get bigger, we usually put tomato cages over them to help support them.  It seems to fend off the deer from eating them too.

Perennials...

These are some plants that grow near the peonies…don’t know what they’re called, but I like the shape of the leaves.

Plant in a Tree...

When he was alive, this tree was our resident porcupine’s favourite place to hang out.  He would sit high up in its branches for days, munching bark, even during a blizzard (https://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/creature-discomforts/).  I found this little plant growing in the crotch of the tree.

Crooked Pine Tree...

This pine tree grows in our back yard, and was another favourite perch for Mr. Prickles.

Baby Pine Cones...

Those brown fluffy things will eventually become pine cones…

Last Year's Spinach...

Dad planted this spinach in the garden last year, and it survived the winter.  When our landlord came to plow up the garden last week, he steered carefully around it!

I planted some peas and beans in the garden on the weekend too…will take more pictures once they’re up!

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