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1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble? I think I can answer this quite simply...one word for both pride and humble ---FAMILY.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house? I don't have a 'catch-all' except for a 'junk drawer'. And when I want something out of the drawer, I usually have to dump its entirety out on the counter to find it.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite? Oh I've been to a few in my lifetime, and I'm sure I'll leave some out from memory but, here goes nuttin'...for instance, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone [loved it long ago when it was 'pristine' --now with highways and overpasses it has become too 'citified'], Grand Tetons, Pawnee Grasslands, Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park, Sand Dunes, Bent's Fort, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, Mount Vernon, Casa Grande, Organ Pipe Cactus, Cabrillo, USS Arizona Memorial on Oahu, Hawaii, I climbed to the top of Diamond Head, Iolani Palace, Pali Cliffs/Pali Highway, Just about EVERYWHERE in and around Washington, D.C., Lincoln's Home in/near Springfield, Antietam, Mark Twain & Hannibal Missouri, Fort Robinson, Battleship Texas, Big Bend, Goliad State Park, San Jacinto, [Home...Mustang Island], Appomattox, Arches, Badlands, Chimney Rock, Devil's Tower, Jean Lafitte, Jazz National Park, [Home...Padre Island Nat'l Seashore], Petrified Forest, Alamo, Shenandoah National Park, Tumacacori National Historical Park...to name some. But I must be honest, of all those listed above, the most impressive area of our country is our Nation's Capital. The mall, the Tidal Basin...everything that surrounds the historical area....because of the history!!! And as far as awe inspiring beauty two come to mind that just blew me away ----my favorite: THE GRAND CANYON [your first view as you drive beyond the park's entrance gate...it'll knock your socks off; one image in your mind you'll NEVER forget!! And the view, tho you may return to the same spot over and over - over the years, is ever-changing with shadows in just a few short seconds --and/or seasons!!] and the CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT [The hidden, lesser known area of Arizona for its huge monoliths..."kissing rock" is one of my favorites] --the canyon in the Northern part of Arizona and the National Monument in the southern part of Arizona. There is just something about the state of Arizona...the harsh landscape that just literally bursts into bloom and color after a rain, the weather, the people, the proximity of Old Mexico, the Old West, the cities, the culture. Oh ya...I forgot...the Saguaro National Park ---there is no place on earth quite like it. I LOVE it.



Grand Canyon, Arizona - spring, summer, autumn, winter


Chiricahua National Monument
[pronounced cheer eh CAW wah]


4. How would you define honor? Reputation...self respect and, in turn, respect of others.

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer? Never cared much for Devil's Food...I'm more an Angel Food [as in cake!!!]

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice? Other than day trips...it would be New Orleans over the past Thanksgiving week. I drove to Houston, Erik drove from there and back to Houston and around New Orleans...then, I drove from Houston back home. Hours? I have no idea --we stopped often as we always have...and snack? Water and Dark Chocolate Covered Raisinettes!!!

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. Your thoughts? I think this country is becoming too much of a socialist country. How DARE they take food away and force the school's menu!!! It's outrageous. Just the other day I was reading where the U S government stopped an Amish family and the family's farm from selling raw milk...which to my understanding, they sold a LOT over the years without any government interference. Of course, I realize that there are a lot of illnesses that go with non-pasteurized dairy...but, people should have the right to consume it..it's their choice, isn't it? Now, all of a sudden? They force this family's business to stop and cease selling of their livelihood? This is ALL KINDS OF WRONG...how dare they dictate what people buy and consume!!!! I'm mad as hell!!!

8. Insert your own random thought here. Well, with the questions today, I think I'm plumb tuckered out to have any random thoughts, so that's my random thought. That's my final answer and I'm stickin' by it 100%. Well, wait a sec here....I see that Wednesday is 2/22/12 --Just think, if it was ten years from now, my post would be published on 2/22/22 at 2:22 a.m. See?-----I tuckered I tellya!!




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photos of Grand Canyon & Chiricahua Nat'l Monument
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44 comments :

  1. I love that marina shot! #7? Just plain crazy!

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    1. Oh yes....it IS crazy. Absolute madness. Y'see, I think since the school districts get subsidies from the federal government on the # of students eating the prepared lunches they want ALL students to eat their prepared meals to get more money...it's all about MONEY. Sadly

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  2. Such a wonderful shot of the marina, I'm loving the reflections in the water!!

    My dad's dream was to visit the Grand Canyon after he retired but unfortunately he died a few months before he was due to retire. I'd love to see it one day, as well as all the other places you mentioned. I need to be traveling for a year to see everything I want to see!! lol

    I have one of those "junk drawers" as well. Every time I clean it out, give it a few days and it's back to being a junk drawer! lol

    Omigod, if they had done that to my kid's lunch I would have had a fit!! It's absolutely pathetic how extreme it's become, even here in Canada and to be honest, it's starting to feel like Communism! Over here, the government has even passed a law that one can't smoke in their own car if they have a child up to age 16 in the car. Excuse me but the day they pay for my car then they can tell me what I can or can't do in my own car, not before that!!! Now they're even talking about banning smoking in your own home. I don't smoke but I still say it's so wrong what they have their noses in.

    I'm borrowing your anti-word verification button to put on my blog:-) I absolutely detest the new way they have it now and it's pretty pathetic when it takes 2 to 3 tries to get it right!! xoxo

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    1. Extreme is a kind word. It's much much more.

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  3. Those beautiful pictures of the Grand Canyon reminded me of my own trip down into it, it was May I think and hotter than blue blazes. But sure pretty. I had a junk drawer until I married Smart Guy. Now it's actually got ORDER to it, so I've had to resort to using my own dresser drawers as junk drawers. :-)

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    1. That's funny...actually Bud is somewhat obsessive compulsive in that way too...neatness to a point it's bothersome.

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  4. I love the Grand Canyon too - and I always enjoy your random thoughts! Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Linda...y'know, it's always nice to have your company here at Hootin's!! As I enjoy visiting with you at your place also.

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  5. Enjoyed this post.

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    1. Gday Denise!!! Always nice to see you here.

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  6. What a beautiful watery photo. I miss your part of the country. Such fun to visit.
    We visited the Grand Canyon several years ago, when our kids were little. Loved seeing it all.
    xoxo bj

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    1. Well...bj, you know where I live...come on down!!

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  7. Gorgeous!

    Ohio River View, come see when you get a chance.

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    1. Hi Rose...I'll be to your Ohio River in just a bit.

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  8. The bird has definitely found a great spot on the marina.
    And I love the seasonal Grand Canyon shots, too. I was just at another southwestern-themed WW and reminded of how I really need to go back there again!

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    1. Well, the Southwest is always a great place to visit. Except in the summer when the temps reach 120 degrees and it's monsoon season. LOL

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  9. i have this cupboard, above the telephone, where invariably something falls out of when you open it... ho hum...

    as for the kids lunches, i say: "mind your own beeswax!!!"

    p.s. this horrid word verification... i don't have that option to turn it off anymore, any ideas???

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    1. Shadow, are you using the new Blogger Interface? If so, you need to go back to the old style. And that is possible. Just find the "go back to Old Blogger Style" on the interface, click on it....change your word verification settings according to what I have on my sidebar, and then, save. After your settings for NO word verification is saved...you can then go back to the new interface option.

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  10. Definitely a huge fan of the Grand Canyon! We went there in the summer of 2006. Would sure love to go back during another time year. Left me breathless!

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    1. It's beautiful...and heart stopping to view, no matter WHAT time of year.

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  11. Love the pelican! I love all the many landscapes of America. Every part of the country is unique and beauty can be found in a building design and a mountain both.

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    1. Thanks Joyce, for hosting this fantastic meme! I really enjoy reading what my visitors have to say and following them to their responses.

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  12. Awesome water shot! Wow ..you have been to a lot of parks. Visiting the Grand Canyon is on my bucket list...hopeing to get it in soon!

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    1. Oh you should go to the canyon; you won't regret being there, trust me. And I loved your river photo for watery wednesday also.

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  13. Great pictures! I've never been to the Grand Canyon :(

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    1. I love your response at your blog on the 'honor'...depicting all you did about the changing of the guard in the Nat'l cemetery just blew me away.

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  14. Wow, you've been all over. Great photo shots! Would be beautiful framed and on a wall!

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    1. Hi Katie...just came back from your post on hodgepodge. I must say your two answers...one on honor and the other on the child's lunch issue...well, both blew me away. Especially the reference to ---your terms--- BULL SHIT. Gotta love your mentality...spot on.

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  15. a FEW parks... I think you have been to A LOT of parks. HAHA!
    I like your picture of the ban against word verification. How annoying is THAT????

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    1. Loved your answer to 'honor' over on your blog Tami!! And I really liked reading your Thursday post about nudity also.

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  16. She has her St. Patrick's Day blog look!!!!! And it is soooo precious!!!! Love it!

    As to the lunch issue, etc.... Grrrrrrrrr... Creeping Socialism. Galloping Socialism is more like it. WE MUST NOT LET THIS CONTINUE!!!

    There is an Election coming Folks. Please don't waste it.

    "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."

    ~Joseph Campbell

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    1. "Auntie"....loved your mental reflections post I just read. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. found myself nodding along with your #7 answer ... enjoyed stopping by your blog today & seeing the pics too.

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    1. Loved having you visit with me Conny. And your hodgepodge responses were great. I especially liked your defining of 'honor'. And your post for Thursday just blew me away...adorable.

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  18. "All my life I've been so 'afraid' I might miss something...in the end, I discovered I missed everything" --Steve E, in his current blog, "On the Edge".

    Annie, I have never been to ANY of the places you named, but I'm going to use your 'guide' as a list of choices for our next trip.

    My daughter--lifetime resident of South FL--moved Oct 2011 to Durango Colorado. Maybe that a good place to start?

    Your photos are enough to awaken the youthful heart of an aging body!

    One more thing! Annie, YOU are the new "go-to electronic GURU in Joxxxxxxxxxxx, Africa and Naples, Florida. (RE: Word Verification issue!)
    THANKS!
    Peace.....

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    1. Steve, thank for visiting....if you hadn't stopped by today, I would have missed dropping by and reading your wonderful piece of prose! Excellent work.

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  19. Hi Anni as always your pictures are beautiful and make me long for some sand in my toes.

    #7. in your Q&A just burned me up!! How dare someone call a child out over their packed lunch. Someone was feeling a little too much power that day. I felt so bad for the child.
    Hugs Madi and Mom
    We'll see you tomorrow @ TTS

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    1. Even tho, the story is long passed...it is still very irksome. I'll get over to your place in a bit since I know you do TTS.

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  20. Seeing the Grand Canyon is on my list of things to do. The pictures are beautiful. I can only imagine how breath taking it is to see the canyon in person. I'm glad I'm not the only one as mad as hell over school lunches!!! You go Sista!!

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    1. Oh ya....it is a 'must see' if you can get there. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Visited with you as well...you can keep the snow....we get rain in our winters [and as with you, it's much needed]. I'm with you about the child's lunch, I could rant about this for hours. It irks me to no end. I love your "honesty and fairness" answer too, by the way.

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  21. Hello ANni! love all your photos! mine is also the Marina in VA

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    1. Thanks emzkie...I just came from visiting with you at your blog----My goodness...this image is so wonderful. I love the sun's rays and the shades of indigo blue in shadow. Fabulous.

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  22. Wow, all the places you've been to! I'd like to see the Grand Canyon some day ... I've got such a long list of places I want to go see that I just don't know if I'll ever get to see them all (especially since I always seem to end up at the beach instead! ha!).

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    1. I can relate to the beach...that's why we moved so close to the beach. LOL

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