Sunday, July 13, 2014

7 Random Things

It's a rain day today.  Our plans were washed out ... a vintage car show being held at a warplane heritage museum out of town.  My husband assured my son and I that no one will want to bring their vintage cars out in the rain, so we'll not bother going to see the warplane museum either. 
But all is not lost.  I have things to do here at home.  My home looks like a whirlwind has gone through lately, so I need to get things straightened up.  My grandmother used to say that the housework went by the wayside when she started sewing.  It's the same for me, but with gardening and summer.  I feel like I'm wasting the day if I'm indoors, and the rainy days are the only days I'm finally forced to deal with mundane chores.  But the rain has given me a headache, and the air-conditioning is on and making me feel ill.  I need some fresh air!
Blogging awards are winding their way around blogland, and I've been very kindly asked by Sarah of Chantille-Fleur if I would accept her nomination of the Versatile Blogger Award.  Sarah has a lovely blog of her life on her farm in Australia, and I've been following along with her for a while now.  Her beautiful photographs of her adorable border collies, and lowline cattle and chickens and runner ducks and ... well, you get the picture.  She lives in a paradise with mountains visible across the fields, and I'm forever in awe of the beauty she captures through her lens.   I don't normally accept these awards, they make me feel a bit awkward and shy, but when she asked so nicely, I couldn't say no. Thank you Sarah :)
Well, now, seven random things about me?  hmmm  Sometimes I feel like I've already said everything about me here on this blog, but if you haven't been following from the beginning, perhaps you haven't read everything.
1.  I love to read, but having said this, I probably haven't read a book right through for quite a few months.  I don't know why that is, but have a sneaky suspicion it's because my reading has taken a different path through blogs instead.  Time becomes a factor then ... do I catch up on blogs, or do I read a book. 

2.  I once thought of going through college for an art program.  I changed my mind before I filled out the applications because I felt I would be following in my sister's footsteps and I didn't want to do that.  I went through for a law clerking course instead and worked in litigation law firms for many years. 
3.  I'd like to get a dash cam for my vehicle.  I keep viewing driving situations on others' dash cams, and I think it would be a good investment should anyone cause an accident in front of me.  Whenever I have to drive on the 401 through Toronto, I leave home thinking in the back of my mind that I may never return.  I have to travel on the highway every weekend to visit my father, and I see so much stupid stuff happening all the time. 
4.  I always wanted to decorate my house in a certain style.  However, I like so many varied things, that I'm not sure I could classify it.  Perhaps "Canadian Country" (my term) is what I have.  Much of my furniture comes from my great-grandparents farm house, and we've sort of added things based around those pieces.  Lots of antique wooden furniture, big arm chairs and interesting pieces like a grain scale as our coffee table. 
5.  When I was young and we'd be travelling by car through all sorts of little towns with curious old homes, I used to fantasize that everyone in the world except me disappeared, and I could wander through all the homes I wanted.  I was that curious about what people had in their homes ... especially the grand old homes that fill our typical small Ontario towns.  I didn't care what could have happened to everyone, I just wanted to see their homes.  My great aunt's house was one such old home, and it was a treasure trove of antiques and books (so many books) and huge piles of magazines, and paintings propped up on the piano ... and all so dark and intriguing!
6.  I've never been for a manicure or pedicure and probably never will.  Well, maybe if my daughter or son get married, I'll get my nails done for their weddings.  I don't like the feel of nail polish on my nails, and prefer the natural look of short nails. 
7.  I love the smell inside a fresh, clean barn when then hay has just been brought in and there are horses in the barn ... summertime smells!
And surprisingly, I'm at the end of my seven random things.  I think I'm a little long winded at times, so I hope that didn't put you off reading them. 
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Sorry that your outing got cancelled, but lovely to read your 7 random things and learn just that wee bit more about you. And you've reminded me that I need to go and give my nails a polish before work tomorrow morning! I love having manis & pedis but usually just do them myself :-)
    Have a happy week, hugs xx

  2. It's a bummer that your plans were rained out. I like the look of nail polish, but I can't stand the upkeep because mine always chip in less than 2 days so I don't bother with it

  3. I know this is crazy but I am only ticklish in one place on my whole body and it's my feet. My horrible brothers used to sit on me when I was little and tickle my feet until I wet myself. So, anyone touching my feet freaks me out. My daughter is a beautician and would love to give me manicures and pedicures bit No!
    I am so happy to have caught up with you x

  4. What a great combo of random things! I will likely never have my nails done because I bite them. :) Bad habit. The rain has made us change our plans today a bit as well, but at least it's not a complete wash-out! Happy Sunday!

  5. 'Tis lovely to have learnt some more little snippets about you. I too, would love to roam around some of those gorgeous old homes over in your li'l corner of the world...they would be filled to the rafters with interesting curios!! Your great aunt's home sounds wonderful, I would have pulled up an antique couch and poured through the magazines. How lucky are you that you have many pieces of your great grandparents, I love the stories that antiques/old pieces have to tell.....oh.....and a plethora of old that would be heaven!!

  6. I do wear toenail polish in the summer,but on my fingernails it freaks me out.I once had a free manicure,and hated every single second of it.
    Jane x

  7. Congratulations on your award Wendy, I enjoyed reading your random things, it's nice to learn more about you and it's nice to know you like short nails and don't like nail polish because I'm the same and usually get weird looks when I mention this, I'm the same about books too, I don't have the time at the moment and yes reading blogs does take up so much of your time but it's fun too so why not. :) xxx

  8. Sorry that you didn't get to do what you wanted this weekend. Perhaps another time! I don't wear nail polish much, as I tend to chip it off in the garden too much and I have never had a manicure or a pedicure except for one manicure before my wedding and I hated every minute of it and wished that I hadn't bothered!! Funny how some people love them and others don't at all isn't it. I like your description of your decorating style, it sounds lovely and you must have so many lovely memories with all of the different pieces that you have gathered and collected over the years! xx

  9. It was fun to read your "7 things".

    I too have difficulty doing indoor things on a gorgeous day and like rainy days for projects. The trouble is that it hasn't rained here since February and prior to that I think it was October.

  10. I completely understand how you feel about driving to see your dad. I don't face the 401 (thank heavens!), but still, it is a challenging and long drive when I go to see my mom. I think you would be wise to buy a dash cam. I call my decorating style "eclectic." That pretty much covers anything. :-)

  11. I love reading others' random thoughts. I'll let you know if anyone makes a sculpture out of the rusty junk. LOL

  12. Lovely post, so nice to get to know you better! :-) Chrissie x

  13. Oh such a pitty that your little outing got cancelled but lovely that we got to know more about you instead Wendy! Hazel x


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