How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?

My mother was married twice. I resulted from her first marriage. I have a brother 13 years younger than me and a sister 15 years younger.

My sister was 15 when my own daughter was born. This half-generation difference between my siblings and me means that I sometimes have to stop and think about how the ladder of relationships works. Perhaps because I was a second mother to my younger siblings, I sometimes think of my sister as a cousin to my daughter when in reality my sister is my daughter’s aunt.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Many times I enjoy being a passenger so that I can look around and really see the scenery instead of having to concentrate on driving. I love to try to take photos as we drive along, although many of those photos and up being worthless.

However, I’m also very happy to drive on a solo long trip. One summer I drove round trip between St. Louis, MO, and CT for my sister’s wedding. About three days after I returned to St. Louis, I drove my daughter’s car from St. Louis to Tacoma, WA, where my daughter was attending college. So within about three weeks I drove more than the distance between the east and west coasts. What I like so much about these long drives alone is audiobooks. I line up a whole bunch on my iPod and take off. One books melts into another as the miles melt away.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?


I can’t even remember the last time we lost power. But I know I probably used the flashlight to find the candles and matches, then lit the candles. However, if we were to lose our power now, we’d be dependent on flashlights because we haven’t collected a lot of candles since we retired and relocated.

List at least five of your favorite types of animals? (any animal to domestic to wild to marine life)



giant Pacific octopus
polar bear
all cats great and small


Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Spring has finally arrived, and more and more flowers and shrubs are blooming. They are beautiful, even if the pollen does irritate my eyes. I hope we’ll continue to have an occasional non-rainy day to get outside and appreciate the beauty.

Have a good week, everybody!

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown

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