If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

When we moved into a retirement community, we say a forever goodbye to yard work, which is taken care of by the institution.

With a choice between cleaning and cooking, I would definitely opt for help with the cleaning. In fact, what I’d want wouldn’t exactly be help, since help suggests that I would do part of the job and someone else would help me out by doing the rest. What I have in mind is that I would hire someone to do ALL the cleaning. I spent my adolescence as essentially a live-in maid, with responsibility for all the house cleaning. That’s a memory I’d just as soon be able to forget by now having someone clean for me.

What makes you laugh the most?

I’m a sucker for all those laughing baby videos on Facebook. Other things that make me laugh are a good pun and shrewd, insightful commentary, particularly about politics.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

My mother was not the most creative cook in the world, so my childhood meals were pretty unremarkable. However, the one thing my mother excelled at was her New England baked beans, which I loved. I have never been able to duplicate her results, even when using her recipe.

Other favorite foods from my childhood were grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup made with milk, hotdogs, and my grandmother’s beef stew, biscuits, and chicken and dumplings.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

bouquet of lilacs and tulips
bouquet of lilacs and tulips
  1. lilacs
  2. crocus
  3. iris, especially purple ones
  4. rhododendrona, especially purple ones (the official flower of my new home state of Washington)
  5. roses
  6. lilies of the valley
  7. bleeding heart
  8. tulips


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

I greatly enjoyed last weekend’s men’s and women’s college basketball championships. This week I am enjoying the return of baseball and hope that my new home team, the Seattle Mariners, might actually contend this year. We also have minor league baseball right here in my hometown, the Tacoma Rainiers (the Mariners’ AAA club). We attended their opening night on Thursday and were rewarded with a win.

I hope everyone has a great week!

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown