Monday, February 28, 2011

An Award

Last week, Chan gave me this "Stylish Blogger" award. Well, I have never considered myself stylish, so, thank you Chan.

First, with this award, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself. Gee, I"m not that interesting, but here goes!

1. I always considered myself a cat person, so it seems strange that I have this giant dog hanging around. Well, mastiffs are very calm and quiet, perfect for a cat person. (I do enjoy other people's dogs, however; I can enjoy their antics and then send them home! It's like some people fe
el about children, right?)

2. The evening meal here is sacrosanct. If you are in residence, you WILL arrive for dinner whenever I serve it, be that 7 or 10PM (and yes, it falls in that range). You will eat what I'm serving and like it. As Burt Reynolds said in some movie a long time ago, "Special orders DO upset us!" If you have a friend over, he/she is expected to eat with us and like it, too.

3. No electronic crap at the dinner table. No radio, no TV, no cell phones. I confiscated a texting cell phone once, and no one has dared bring their phone into the dining room again.

4. I'm not big on dusting. I operate on the theory that if you keep your grubby fingers off the furniture, the dust won't get really ugly for at least 3 weeks. Note that this theory only works in the rooms that no one's currently using (college kids' bedrooms, for example), but the dust tends not to land too badly in the rooms that are in great use.

5. I operate on the theory that there's nothing I can't do or figure out. I'll never admit defeat or incapability.

6. I don't have lots of jewelry, and I wear every bit that I have every day. I've never taken off my wedding ring, and I wear my watch to bed, because I can't stand to be without one. (I wear a Timex, so I don't worry about ruining a "good" watch.

7. The last time I wore pants (other than maternity pants once in a while) was early August 1983. Once I couldn't wear my size 3 Jordache or Sergio Valente jeans (pre size inflation, now probably a size 0), I decided I'd stick with dresses. I never wore jeans except on weekends, anyway.

Now, to pass this on:

1. Diane, whose photos of life in France and England are stunning
2. Joanne, who offers us a history lesson with food every week
3. Larry, giving us a look at every day life and food
4. Linda, the Alberta Ranch wife, whose life we can only imagine
5. El'bow the mastiff in Belgium, and his brother Hauwii
6. Mischka and Hoover, airedales in Germany who look like lots of fun
7. Honey the Great Dane, and her new kitten, having fun in Australia

Happy Monday, everyone; hopefully I'll feel more like writing about food in a day or 2!


Linda said...

Thanks! I think I could write all of your seven things except the fact that I DON'T do dresses and I'm the dog person with the cat. I even go as far as to tell people NOT to move the teacups in the cupboard so as not to see how lean it should be underneath.

Faye Lewis said...

Very interesting. I really like your theory on eating dinner and no electronics.

Pam said...

I can't believe you haven't worn pants for that long! Congrats on the award!

SissySees said...

LOL... I too remember the days when size 3 was as small as it got. I was a Gloria V and Jordache girl though.

Sarah said...

Look at all those pizzas! And this happens every day! You deserve a medal.

Sue said...

You dinner time sounds like the one I grew up with. My Grandmother had rules, no radio or tv at dinner. No whistling, humming or sinning at the table. Sit up straight and elbows off the table. No hats at the table. Join in the conversation.

She also had certain food rules. Certain foods were not for breakfast. She liked a variety of color in each meal, etc.

I'm afraid I'm much more lax about mealtime, but then there are only the two of us. If I had kids, I'd probably have rules.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my..congratulations on your award
Benny & Lily

Diane said...

Although I am an award free blog, thank you very much for thinking of me and I will tell you 7 things about myself if I can get my brain into thinking mode! I will not pass it on though. I live in pants, my legs get too cold in dresses but they are much more feminine. Thanks for the thought. Diane

The Blonde Duck said...

How do you wear dresses in the winter? It gets really cold where you are!

Chronicles of Dolliedaydream said...

Fab post Marjie - I really enjoyed reading this - you always make me chuckle. I am a REALLY BAD fussy eater hahaha (especially at the moment) so it would do me good to have dinner at your house and eat what I was given :-) I also giggled when I first read you didnt wear pants (which are knickers in the UK) but I will let you off the hook xxx

Big Dude said...

Thanks for sharing the incites and I like your family dinner requirements. Thanks for being a regular visitor to my blog.

Lapdog Creations said...

I just learned a lot about you... had no idea that you NEVER wear pants! :)

Unknown said...

Loved this post! Loved learning all these things about you - and I like the way you run your household! (well, I'm a fan of the Tough Love School too) - and like you, I like calm dogs that don't hassle or demand attention.

I just wish I had your flair for dressmaking though! :-) (oh, and cooking too, of course!)