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10 little monkeys

A game of tag is circulating the blog world and I’ve just been snagged…by Kathryn, a playful little monkey who asked that I play along. I’m game!

That being said, I have a rule-breaking streak in me…I’m squirming here, itching to break free and add a few questions of my own. I’m not one who likes the confinement of narrow boxes. 

But – also being a bundle of contradictions, as most of us are – I’m generally amiable and play by the rules. Here are the questions I was asked and I’ll do my best to stop squirming.

1.  Describe yourself in seven words.

joyful….soft-hearted….adventurous….passionate….lover-of-life….positive….thankful.  Above all, I think…thankful!

2.  What keeps you up at night?

How much time do you have??? My short answer: a mind that frolics. It loves words, and from them it makes up all kinds of sentences that lead to all kinds of scenarios, some amusing, others quite boring and repetitious. My mind tries dancing while my body tries sleeping. They’ve been doing this for years.

3.  Whom would you like to be?

oh, only me. (not that I’d recommend that for anyone else, no, I wouldn’t!)

I was a bit of a late bloomer, and I’m still figuring it out, this blooming thing. But I’m getting closer. Not by leaps and bounds, but by hops and skips, and now that I’ve started down this path, I have no interest in turning back. And as poor a job as I’ve done at being me at times, I’d do an even worse job at trying to be someone else. For now, I’m content to keep skipping down my own path.

4.  What are you wearing now?

I’ll be right back.

I’m wearing the loveliest cashmere sweater, a hand-painted silk scarf, a curve-hugging skirt with a (just-barely-tasteful) slit up the side, tall tall boots,

(who am I kidding. I dress in clothes that feel good. Which is not to say frumpy, never frumpy! No sweatpants in this closet. But I’m cozy-comfily dressed. Really, who wants more information than that?)

5.  What scares you?

Losing the thing that keeps me up at night. I’ve gotten used to a mind that frolics.

6.  What are the best and worst things about blogging?

The best: words and images and the  J O Y  of weaving them together. And the completely unexpected best: the joy of friendships formed and forming! Of this, I had no idea.

The worst: pushing “publish” and then thinking, oh that was stupid. that was idiotic. why did you say that? what were you thinking? what will they think? why don’t you just quit this whole thing and go back to life as it was – it was good! That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Self-doubt.

7.  What was the last website you looked at?

American Hunter Woman – hah! got you didn’t I?

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?


9.  Slankets, yes or no?

I must be so old! What the heck is a slanket? But I guess I’ll say no. I don’t like the sounds of that at all.

10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.

Kathryn may just be a Renaissance woman. I’ve only been following her a short time, so it may be too early to tell, but all signs are – yes, Kathryn is a Renaissance woman. She knows farming, animal husbandry, is a poet, humorist, expressive in all manner of visual arts, cooking, music, life –  ridiculously Renaissance! And quite the joy! A recent post of hers (What, Were you born in a Barn?)  illustrates the point quite well.

Whom are you going to tag to join the quiz?

If I’ve double-tagged anyone I apologize. I’d suggest you play along only so long as it makes you smile to do so.

cityhippyfarmgirl whose site I only recently began following, and SO regret that, but am (head over heels) thoroughly enjoying it now!

Barbara (but I can’t call her anything but Smidge) over at just a smidgen – I wouldn’t miss a single post of hers. Many a day, she’s made sun stream through my windows. Everything about her blog (and her) is loveliness. If you don’t already know, you’ll see!

Ashley of Draw Near whose writing is tender-tender-hearted, exquisitely crafted, wise and funny. On family, home, life and its travails, pitfalls & joys, all within the context of living a mindful, spirit-filled life. (Full-disclosure insists that I proudly say, Ashley’s also my daughter.)

Chica Andaluza, transplanted from London,  now lives on a mountain in southern Spain, sharing a life with BigMan, chickens and dogs. “Chica” is delightful, creative (she also designs and sews some of her own clothes), and from the looks of things, a VERY good cook. Go say hola to Chica!

And here’s a blog only recently begun by Val over at 100 square meters. He’s documenting his development of a 100 square meter “allotment” on a hillside in Ireland, turning rocky weedy ground into a vegetable garden. And from there, into food for the table. Frankly, I’m just plain curious, and ready to follow his every muddy move. Not sure if he’ll find time to answer these questions or not, but no harm in asking.

For all of you who stayed to the end, thanks so much!

You deserve a prize, so I’ll make you something special tomorrow.



19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ali #

    You are so cute!!

    January 12, 2012
    • And you Ali, are so dear! xo

      January 12, 2012
    • Ali #

      And by the way, LOVE the photos that accompany your thoughts!!

      January 12, 2012
  2. Mari Anna #

    Dear Spree,
    Your thoughts,your photos Amazing!

    January 12, 2012
    • You so kind, MariAnna!

      January 13, 2012
  3. Great post Spree – I think my mind works the same way as yours at night! Beautiful photos – the last two have something very “fairytale” about them. Thank you for your lovely words about me and my blog, I would be delighted to play along 🙂

    January 13, 2012
    • Can’t wait to see how you answer, Chica! 🙂

      January 13, 2012
  4. Way to go, Spree! I loved this post; your wit shines in each reply. And the photos are really beautiful but, although I probably shouldn’t state a preference lest one of them overhear, your opening shot of the doggie in the window is priceless.

    January 13, 2012
    • Thanks so much John! And, yes, the photo with the dog – I mean really! How can that not make us smile?

      January 13, 2012
  5. You are hilarious. The what are you wearing one always makes me laugh, just because it’s such a funny question. But the answer usually doesn’t make me laugh. Great answers.

    January 13, 2012
  6. My adorable Mama, I love learning more about you. What a fun, interesting person you are! And these photos — ah, pure poetry. So beautiful and perfect for each of these charming and true answers! Xoxo

    January 13, 2012
  7. Late starter, late bloomer can relate there! Great answers that show your spirit and heart, lovely 🙂

    January 13, 2012
  8. Deb schneider #

    A joy to read! As I have said before, you are a woman of many talents. Seven superbly chosen words to describe you.

    January 13, 2012
  9. Now I’ve just had a good chuckle after looking up slankets- google images. Imagine curling up with someone in their slanket… too funny. (Apologies to anyone who is a fan of the slanket.)
    Now Ms Spree, thanks for tagging me 🙂 Loved reading your answers, your photos are gorgeous, gorgeous!

    January 14, 2012
  10. Faith #

    Spree- I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely love it! Your pictures are amazing and I can’t wait to see what you’ll do this year! 🙂

    BTW, here’s a link to the “slanket” (the blanket with sleeves!) website:

    January 16, 2012
    • Faith, you’ve started my day out with the loveliest of warm feelings! Thanks SO much for taking the time to comment!
      And the slankets – oh my! – from camo to zebra! Something for every taste! 😉

      January 16, 2012
  11. Val #

    I’m sitting here in my Snuggie admiring your lovely photos. The first one is genius! Thanks for tagging me Spree.

    January 17, 2012
  12. Slankets? No way.

    Your photos carry me away.

    January 17, 2012

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