Won't you come on in?
Time for more of my 100 things about me or my world...
36. This is my favorite school photo. It was taken when I was in second grade. I don't know why it's my favorite. I just looked cute and I usually don't think I'm very photogenic.
37. My favorite uncle, my wonderful Uncle Bruce died at our house when I was about 8 or 9 years old. He and my Aunt Mary, one of my dad's sisters, had come to play Rook (a card game), visit and share homemade ice cream on a Sunday afternoon. We were just sitting on our screened in porch when he had a heart attack and died in just a short matter of time.
38. In 1957, my mom had her first heart attack and that was the end of my innocence and invulnerability that all children seem to have. You never think anything bad can touch you. I grieved for my Uncle Bruce, but with mom's heart attack I realized that you never knew what the future held.
39. I always wanted to be a cowboy. This was my favorite outfit. Santa brought it to me about 1952. My big brother, Bill, Mom, Dad and baby brother, Bennett, were in this photo with me. Bill was home on leave from the U.S. Army.
40. My mom and dad had been married about 62 1/2 years when mom died.
41. I do not like organ meats... no liver, gizzards or hearts. I don't care how good you think you can cook any of the above, if I can identify it visually it ain't going in my mouth.
42. I had great looking feet when I was younger. I could have been a foot model if there had been anything like that when they still looked good.
43. Mom was carrying me when this family portrait was made. Every time mom was expecting another one of us dad insisted on getting a family photo in case mom died giving birth. From the left going clockwise, dad, mom, my big brother Bill, my middle brother Walter, my oldest sister Lu Ann and my middle sister Sue. I'm still in that nice warm place in mom's tummy.
44. My favorite color is purple.
45. I am the 5th child of a 5th child, my dad. Mom used to say that's why we butted heads.
46. This is one of my favorite photos of my mom. She was rocking Walter's middle daughter, Kelley. Mom loved us kids, but she doted on her grandchildren. Any of them knew if Mama Lou was around they'd get extra love and attention. This photo says so much to me.
47. I smoked a little marijuana back in my hippie days and I inhaled. I never knew how it was going to effect me... I'd either get hungry, gigglely, horny or think I was a great comedian. I never knew who was going to come out to play, so rather liking to be in control of myself and my actions, I never did smoke very much.
48. I love, love, wilted lettuce. I wouldn't care if there was anything else on the table. I could and still can make a meal just on wilted lettuce.
49. Stupid people make me crazy. Stupid. Not ignorant. If you're ignorant you can learn from your screw ups. Stupid people just keep on keeping on doing stupid stuff.
50. I went to Hawaii back in the mid-eighties for 15 days at Christmas time. Among the places we went was to the southern most point of the United States. This tree was the last one before we got there. It was permanently shaped by the ever-blowing trade winds. I thought it was cool.
51. Liars fry me. I hate when I'm being lied to, I guess, because I don't lie very well myself...
52. My dream trip would be to go "Down Under" and go all over Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.
53. I've always thought it would be fun to parachute jump. Bungee jumping does not, however, hold the same fascination for me.
54. I was raped when I was 16 by a family "friend". I never said anything because I figured that somehow I brought it on myself. Almost 50 years later I still occasionally wonder if it was my own fault.
55. I've had to fight with my temper for most of my life. As I've gotten older I've popped my cork more often than I care to remember.
56. I was diagnosed as an adult with A.D.D., Attention Defecit Disorder. In looking back over my life, I probably was A.D.D. from childhood's days.
57. Children that are not well behaved get on my last nerve. I guess it's a good thing that I never had any of my own.
58. I do love my Ambien as it usually helps me get to sleep, though not always. Better living through chemistry, don't you know.
59. I hate being talked down to by anyone, but especially mechanics and car salesmen.
60. I prefer 77 to 69...
61. Meet my grandmother, Lucy Irene Morgan Venable. Her daddy and a younger brother went to town for supplies. They were jumped by three men, two who held my great grandfather and one who shot him and killed him because of a grudge.
Grandmother knew the men that were involved and she carried a gun in her apron for many, many years. If she'd have ever run across them she would have shot them dead and dealt with the consequences later.
My oldest brother said she was a crack shot.
62. I function much better with a semblence of a routine. I chalk that up to the A.A.D.D.
63.I wish I had more ambition, more drive.
64. I have been known to let my mouth overload my ass. One of those things you do when you try to be a people pleaser.
65. Forty pounds ago I could put both my feet behind my head. I'm not sure I could put one behind my head now. I'll think about trying it and if I do decide to try it again I will let you know the outcome.
That's all from Washington at this time... (who used this line?) I'm gonna try to go to sleep now.