Question Of The Week

Question of the week: When you were in school did you ever make up a rhyme or little saying to remember something?

My youngest daughter made the mistake of asking me what year Christopher Columbus discovered America the other day. I told her:

In 1492 Columbus was a Jew,
He sat on the grass,
Which tickled his ass,
in 1492.

My mother told me that little rhyme when I was a kid and it is the only way I can remember when Columbus discovered America. 

I use Never Eat Shredded Wheat to remember  North, East, South and West. Another one I have is My Very Excellent Mother Just Sent Us Nine Pizzas for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto.

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Question of the week: Beatles or Rolling Stones?


I would have to pick the Beatles myself. The first song I learned how to play on my guitar was Day Tripper. I remember in 5th grade music class we sang The Yellow Submarine and all my classmates were shocked that I knew all the words without having to look in the book. My favorite Beatles song is Let it Be.

I did see the Rolling Stones in concert back in 1998 and they were awesome! They have certainly stood the test of time.

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Question of the week: Who’s poster did you have hanging up in your school locker or your room when you were a teen?

school lockerA friend’s locker in 9th grade with C.Thomas Howell and Corey Hart posters.

When I was a teen I loved Duran Duran and C. Thomas Howell. My room was plastered in posters of them.

My oldest daughter has posters of Twilight all over her room. My youngest daughter has Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers on her walls. 

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Question of the week: Cake or Pie? What flavor?

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This is one of those “Great Debates” in my house! Cake or Pie? I love Angel Food Cake drizzled with strawberries. I am not too fond of cake with a bunch of icing on it. My other favorite cakes are Italian Cream Cake and any type of Cheese Cake.

As for pie, I could take it or leave it. I do like a good warm Cherry pie and on Thanksgiving I have to have a Mince Meat pie.

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Question of the week: If you could be a kid again for one day this summer, what would you do?

I would have to do two things for sure: Play in the sprinkler for a few hours and chase down the Ice Cream Man.

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Question of the week: What is your favorite kitchen gadget?

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I will openly admit that I have things in my kitchen that I have never, ever used! In my defense most of these unused kitchen gadgets I did not buy myself. I have a cappuccino machine (never used), a bread machine (used very rarely),  vacuum food sealer (used only when we process meat), the list could go on and on!

My favorite kitchen gadget is a cast iron reversible grill griddle that I paid $20 for. It is a little bit of a pain to clean but other than that I love it!



My most used kitchen gadget is what I call a Lazy Husband.

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Question of the week: When you die, do you want to be buried or cremated? Do you want a big service or just a small one?

In the past year I have been to way too many funerals for my liking. But it has made me step back and think about what I would like to have happen when my time comes.

My mother was very adamant about being cremated and having her ashes spread out by Block Island. I honored that wish, kinda, sorta. We had her cremated but we spread her ashes in New London. I figured she could swim the rest of the way. She would have been laughing right along with me!

My father planned his entire funeral himself. Mainly because none of his kids were talking to him! He had made plans to have his body flown to New Hampshire and he was buried next to his father. He picked out his own casket and headstone. He planned a graveside service and even had military honors planned out.

I have told my kids and husband that I want to be cremated and have my ashes spread by the beach. They can plan the rest. If they want a Mass or a big service for themselves then they can go for it!

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Question of the week: What do you like to do on rainy days?



If it is not lightening I love to walk in the rain. I am the strange mom on the block who lets her kids get in their swimsuits and go outside to play in the rain. If it is lightening I love to play board games.

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Question of the week: Do you do anything special for Memorial Day Weekend?

In my house, Sunday of Memorial weekend is spent inside watching the Indianapolis 500. To us it is bigger than the Super Bowl!

Memorial weekend is also the first time our neighborhood pool opens for the summer so we always end up at the pool at some point of the weekend.

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Question of the week: If you had the choice of going camping or staying in a hotel which would you choose?


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I would probably choose camping. If I had to plan a family trip I would much rather be outside rather than having to be couped up in a hotel room. I grew up camping. We started out in a tent and then we moved up into the big leagues when my parents bought a Winnebago Mini Winnie. We take my girls camping at least once a year but we usually rent a cabin. Now I am not talking hotel cabin, I am talking 4 walls, a set of bunk beds and an A/C unit that works if you are lucky!

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Question of the week: Who taught you how to drive and how old were you?


My mother taught me how to drive when I was 9 years old. I drove around for years in my teens with no license because we could not afford driver’s ed. I got my license when I was 18. My brother gave me his car when he went into the Navy and nobody would teach me how to drive a stick shift so I went to the library and got a book that explained how and then I hopped into my car and took off.

Being that I am cheap, apparently I learned from my parents, my oldest daughter has not yet gotten her driver’s license. I recently found out that the State of Texas has a Parent Taught Driver’s Education program. The cost is only $25 for a teaching permit. Upon finding this program I signed up and I will be teaching my 16 year old how to drive this summer.

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Question of the week: Do you say “I love you” to your family?


I say “I Love You” all the time to everyone in my family. Whenever someone in my family goes somewhere or if I am ending a phone call they always get an “I Love Ya” from me. I have done this ever since I was I kid, I guess it is how I was raised. My kids, no matter how old they are, get an “I Love Ya” every time I drop them off at school and to be honest I think they like it when I do.

What brought this to my attention was the other day my husband was talking to his mom on the phone and he said goodbye to her and then hung up. I don’t think I have ever heard his side of the family say “I Love You” to each other. He has no problem saying it to me or our kids but I have never heard him say it to his parents or sisters.

I know for a fact that the last thing I told my mom when she passed away was “I Love Ya” and I feel better for knowing that.

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Question of the week: What was your favorite class when you were in school? (P.E., Recess and Lunch don’t count!)


I loved Math until I got into high school then it just went in one ear and out the other. I would say in high school I loved History the most.

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Question of the week: Did you already file your taxes or did you wait until today?

We filed our taxes early only because we actually got a refund for a change. If we owe money we always wait until April 15th to put it in the mail.

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Question of the week: Are you a baseball fan? Which team is your favorite?


Springtime, that can only mean one thing, it’s Baseball Season! I love baseball! We are of course Houston Astros fans at my house. I am also a huge Boston Red Sox fan! I have been since I was just a little kid!

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Question of the week: What is the best April Fools’ Day prank you have either pulled on someone or had pulled on you?

I do not fall for pranks that often but I am a master at pulling them off! One year when I wrote down the kids school schedule in our family calendar I put down that they had April 1st off due to a teacher in-service. They were a little ticked off when I woke them up at 6 in the morning!

This morning I told my oldest daughter, who is helping out with one of our churches’ religious classes tonight, that the teacher is going to have her dress up as the Easter Bunny! My daughter said “nice try on the prank mom” so I doctored an e-mail saying that she would be dressing like the bunny and forwarded it to her. Now she is freaking out and does not want to go help out! I told the teacher what I was doing and when my daughter gets to the church tonight she is going to make her wear Bunny Ears!

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Question of the week: What do you do for Easter? Do you color Easter Eggs? Do you make Easter baskets? Do you have an Easter Egg hunt?




We color Easter Eggs every year and I make baskets for the kids. I always put a stuffed animal in their basket and some kind of religious item. We also do an Easter Egg hunt every year when we get the entire family together.

All Wrapped Up Into One

This week my girls are on Spring Break. So I am going to spend the week playing with my kids.

Tomorrow we have a great day of outside yard work planned! Boy I bet the kids will have a blast pulling weeds, trimming the bushes and spreading out mulch!

Wednesday, we thought the kids would like to visit with some extended family so we have planned a day at the Houston Zoo. Believe it or not the 16 year old is more excited about this than the 9 year old. But, I guess that is why she wants to be a vet!

The rest of the week is up in the air for now. I am sure we will be able to find plenty of things to do.

Question of the week: What are you planning on doing for Spring Break? Or What was your favorite Spring Break activity?

The Twiddlebugs

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Question of the week: What are your top 5 favorite movies?


 Here are my top 5 in no particular order:

  1. Officer and a Gentleman
  2. The Money Pit
  3. The Sixth Sense
  4. Some Kind of Wonderful
  5. Giant

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Question of the day: At what age should you let children attend a non-family member funeral?

My youngest daughter goes to a private Catholic school. This past weekend the school secretary lost her husband. Her son also works at the school as our Coach and Health teacher. Being that we are a very small school, only about 300 kids for Pre-K through 8th grade, they will be letting the older kids attend to funeral mass. The older kids being from 4th – 8th graders, which means my daughter will be attending. I have no problem with her attending the mass but that is because she has already attended a funeral before.

What’s your opinion?