Monday, May 19, 2014

Ten Random Things

Annie over at Knitsofacto started the Ten Random Things posts that seem to be popping up everywhere, like here and here and here. I love random things, so thought I would join in.

1.  I grew up in Idaho but went to school from kindergarten to grade 12 in Washington. Our farm was
a few miles from the border, and the closest school was just across the state line. This meant my parents had to drive us to school and we didn't get to take the school bus like all the other country kids. I always felt a little bit cheated by that.

2. I used to play the clarinet in the school band. I think there was a collective sigh of relief around the world when I quit. I'm not very musical. 

3. I think the most important trait to have is kindness.

4. We have a vaulted ceiling in the living room, with a fan and light at the very top. I have no clue how we are going to change that light bulb when it dies. 

5. Nothing could ever inspire me to knit intarsia. Not even Lucy.

6. Today is Victoria Day here in Canada. I had never heard of Victoria Day until we planned our wedding. We needed to pick a date that worked for Jay's family to drive down to our farm from Vancouver, and the Victoria Day weekend was suggested. That was a long time ago. We celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

7. I can ride a pogo stick.

8. I am not an insecure person, but I am an insecure writer. I often wonder why that is. And why, if I feel that way, I keep writing. I must also be a glutton for punishment.

9. I have a stash of huckleberries in my freezer. I will share most things, but not these. My mom buys me a gallon of them every summer when they are in season. I love the flavour, and more than that I love the memories of my childhood they bring back every time I bite into one.

10. My husband is an expert at identifying wildflowers. Not only can he name almost every wildflower that grows in British Columbia, he can also tell you the Latin name and what the plant was traditionally used for. Due to health reasons he no longer goes out traipsing in the woods, so when I get stuck identifying one I take a picture and ask him what it is when I get home. I didn't need his help on this one though. The thimbleberry bushes are in bloom. I am looking forward to being able to walk out my door and pick a handful of these yummy berries later this summer. They are almost as good as huckleberries.

42 comments:

  1. I just found out about Victoria Day! I'm going to be working at a hotel in Maine for the summer, and I guess it's a big holiday for them because Maine gets so many Canadian tourists.

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    1. Yes, Canadians pack away their winter jackets and break out the sunscreen over the May long weekend, no matter what the weather. It's one of the busiest weekends of the year. There are four campgrounds in the provincial park right next to us and every one of them was filled to capacity this weekend in spite of the fact the weather wasn't all that great. We consider the Victoria Day weekend to be the official start to summer. I hope your job in Maine this summer proves to be an interesting one!

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  2. Happy anniversary for tomorrow. What do huckleberries taste like?

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    1. Thanks Sue! Huckleberries have a flavour that is very hard to describe. They are tart and sweet all at the same time. They are nothing like a traditional blueberry. If I was to use just one word to describe the flavour it would be "summer" but that isn't all that helpful, is it? :-)

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  3. Hey Kristie,
    Huckleberries and Thimbleberries sound like they belong to The Faraway Tree. It's an Enid Blyton book, that was a favourite as a child. I used to play the violin. I have never understood why anyone would think that it's a good instrument for a young child to play. Love all of your randoms. Such a good idea for a nosey parker such as myself ;)
    Happy Anniversary for tomorrow!
    Leanne xx

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    1. Now you've made me want to read that Enid Blyton book, Leanne! I didn't grow up reading that series of books and I've always felt like I've missed out on something. Violin is tough instrument, that's for sure. Two of my kids played violin, and those first couple of years were a challenge. It sounds like you and I would be perfectly suited to play a duet together. :-)

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  4. Happy Anniversary to you both! Our 35th is this year, too. This is hard to believe, since surely I am still only 30 or so myself :). (If only!) -- Ruth

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    1. I know just what you mean, Ruth. I am also hovering around 30 years old, and am having a hard time figuring out the math that has me at my 35th wedding anniversary. Ha!

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  5. I would love to see you ride a pogo stick one day! x

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    1. I wish I still had one, Christina. They are very good exercise, although I'm not sure if my knees could still handle the up and down motion. Do your kids have one? If so you could give it a try when they are all at school and nobody's looking. :-)

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  6. Aw, thanks for linking to me. I really enjoyed reading these. That is so interesting about going to school in WA. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone going to school in a neighboring state before. The bus could be a lot of fun...but I learned a lot of really terrible things on the bus. Fun at the time, though! I've never tried a pogo stick, how cool that you can ride one. It looks like fun to me. We had something called a Pogo Ball when I was a kid and that thing was impossible to use! Happy anniversary to both of you. Mine is the 25th, Memorial Day weekend, mostly because I had time off from teaching then. :)

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    1. Happy anniversary to you, Jennifer! You're probably right about the bus. I'm sure the novelty would have worn off quite quickly if I had had to ride it every day. It was actually quite a challenge for my parents to get permission for us to go to school out of state like that, and I'm fairly certain it is no longer allowed. I've never heard of a pogo ball.

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  7. So lovely to read your randoms, they are all lovely. I totally agree with you about number three, if people were just a little kinder! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, I hope that you have many more happy years together. xx

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    1. Yes Amy, if people were just a little kinder so many problems and so much sadness could be avoided.

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  8. Lovely to get to know your 10 random things. You were married in a very good year, snap! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline! I'm not sure if 1979 was a good year or not - it was too long ago to remember properly. Ha!

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  9. Happy anniversary!!! My boss' 33rd anniversary is Saturday and her daughter is getting married that day. I agree 100% about kindness. If a person is unkind, I'm not too interested in their other traits. I used to pogo (a neighbor had a pogo stick), but it has been a long time...I may have lost that skill.

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    1. I hadn't considered that one could lose their pogo stick skills. I'm going to go with the idea I still have mine, at least until an opportunity arises to prove me wrong. And, possibly, land me in the emergency room with a broken bone. :-)

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  10. PS - Our anniversary was this past Saturday.

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  11. I only heard about Victoria Day when our daughter married a Canadian. Now she makes a Victoria sponge and Coronation Chicken every year on the day. I wish I was there to share in that! Love your random things, and have to agree the Kindness is the best gift of all. Congratulations on 35 years wed, and you look much too young to have reached this milestone, Kristie. Please show us a photo of a huckleberry - I have never seen one and have no idea. The thimbleberry flower is very pretty. Great Post!!

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    1. So there are two of us who didn't find out about Victoria Day until a wedding was involved! Funny you should mention your daughter making a Victoria sponge every year to celebrate. My oldest daughter, now living in San Francisco, just made a Victoria sponge over the weekend. She started watching the Call the Midwife series, and that was what inspired her to make one. I will try to remember to show a picture of some huckleberries if I find some in the wild this summer. If not you might have to settle for a picture of a frozen one instead.

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  12. Happy anniversary, Kristie and Jay! I loved reading your list. I can answer #4 for you. They make "light bulb changer" kits that you attach to a threaded pole you can buy separately. I think a 10 random things list would be a wonderful conversation starter at a dinner party!

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    1. Thanks for the anniversary wishes Cathy, and also thanks for the suggestion about changing the light bulb. It solves the second half of the problem, which is the light bulb itself. The first half remains though. There is a covering over the light bulb that has to be removed, and so far my only solution is a hook and ladder truck from the local volunteer fire department. :-)

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    2. Now, why would they make such a light with a cover?!! Do they also sell the service to come change the bulb? Hopefully, they put in one of those lifetime bulbs.

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    3. That's the question we would like answered as well. Whoever put that kind of fixture in the ceiling wasn't thinking. I suspect that when the light bulb dies we will just do without that light. I'm also hoping they put in one of those lifetime bulbs.

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  13. Fun to read your list. Laughed about your clarinet. My best girlfriend and I both played clarinet in the high school band. We were so bad that every year it was a toss up to see which of us would be "last chair".

    Darla

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    1. Ha! Yes, that last chair position is the one I had as well. :-)

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  14. Lovely things to know about you my friend. Happy Anniversary, 35 years and going strong is amazing in this day and age.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith! I can remember when my parents had been married 35 years and it seemed like a very long time. Now I know it goes by in the blink of an eye.

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  15. I just made the connection! While you were getting married I was having a baby! My first born is 35 today. :-)

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  16. I enjoyed your random thoughts. Congratulations on your Wedding anniversary and for the long time you have been together. The huckleberries and thimbleberries look so good too. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I'll try to get pictures later on the summer. The thimbleberries will be easy, as they are everywhere around here. The huckleberries might be more of a challenge.

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  17. hi Kristie ~ enjoyed reading your 'random thoughts' list.
    happy anniversary wishes ♥

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    1. Thanks Deb! I never have a shortage of random thoughts, although I think a couple of them might have been recycled random thoughts. :-)

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  18. What a beautiful photo, the petals look like crumpled silk. I've not tried huckleberries or thimbleberries, they sound delicious. I really enjoy random lists, and yours has been no exception, thanks for sharing. And I'm very impressed with your husband's knowledge of wild flowers, I'd love to be able to identify more of the ones around here. CJ xx

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    1. I like your description of the thimbleberry flowers looking like crumpled silk. Since I took that picture they have already started to wilt, and the very beginnings of the berries are now forming.

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  19. Bother, I missed your anniversary, Kristie, so many belated congratulations. I loved your ten random facts and share your aversion to intarsia. I did it just once... Having googled thimbleberries, I'm now envying you having what are basically wild raspberries in your woods. :-)

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  20. Belatedly, a very Happy Anniversary to you and Jay x I am ridiculously behind with my blog reading and seem to keep missing peoples important days :(

    And I'm envious of your wild food choices out there, ours are much more limited :(

    Loved the list, and many thanks for the link m'dear :)

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  21. Belated Happy Anniversary!! and I did giggle at the lightbulb at the top of your vaulted ceiling... good luck with that!

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  22. I read this a few days ago but forgot to comment (I often do that if I'm reading on my tiny phone!)
    I love these lists; Happy Anniversary, a little late!

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