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Ignorance is a choice. There is no excuse to remain ignorant. These days there are so many options to learn… classes, libraries, bookstores, magazines, newspapers, online articles, ebooks.

Read. Research. Question. Learn.

I feel I need to add, don’t just read and research things that support your ideology because you could wrong. Read lots of things from various view points. Try to have an open mind about what you are reading and learning.

Ask if this is really true and where is the evidence to support it?

Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt: Out

I looked at all of the suggestions that Mrs. Fever suggested on this prompt.

I use to think I was outgoing but now I know I am an introvert and would much rather spend my time “in” rather than “out”.

Because of that I don’t care that much for going out, and I would rather spend my time at home.

I am now out of the closet when it comes to, first, my being a Pagan and now my being an Atheist.

So…. I decided to focus on Was playing outside an important part of your childhood experiences?

I don’t have a lot of pictures of me and my siblings in the 1950’s. Film was expensive then, for a poor family, and flash bulbs or flash attachments even more so. I suspect these photos were take by my grandmother with her old Brownie camera.

Of course, in those days kids didn’t have things like video games and phones and apps to keep us busy. We barely had TV!! In Seattle it was 3 TV stations and shows didn’t even come on the air until 4pm.

So it was outside we went. We were fortunate to each have a bike and that was a favorite toy. We had very few limits and rode those bikes for miles and miles. We explored the park, and the cemetery, and the construction site for a new shopping mall their were building just south of us.

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We played group games like hide and seek and even made up one game based on the movie “Invasion from Mars” which was popular then.

We played hopscotch and spent hours on the swings at the park, which also had a small wading pool where we would pretend to swim.

Across the street was a vacant lot where we played sandlot baseball and kick the can and racing our bikes.

August was Seafair in Seattle and Hydroplane Season. We made little wooden hydroplane boats and tied them behind our bikes, and put cards in the bike spokes so they sounded like an engine and raced all around the neighborhood.

One summer, one of the mothers became frustrated with the pack of kids roaming the neighborhood, so she told us to go and dig a hole to China. So we did. We spent hours digging a hole in her backyard, and those hours turned into days and then weeks. Finally we realized we were not going to get there. So plan B was to turn it into our own private lake with an island in the middle. But as we tried to fill the hole up with water from the garden hose, the water just absorbed into the soil. After a frustrating day, we gave up on that idea too. The mom insisted we fill the hole back in, so we spent another week filling it in with the soil we had dug out earlier. By the time we finished, it was almost time for school to start. Our whole month of August wasted. At least for us. What did the mom get? A brand new garden area where we had turned and watered the soil for her, just in time to plant fall seeds such as sunflowers, poppies, cornflowers, nasturtiums, sweet peas and pansies, all flowers we would have fun with later on. I think she had planned this all along.

Summertime meant koolaid or lemonade stands where we would sell weak beverages that probably had too much sugar and then took our “profits” down to buy a Green River, fries and an Archie comic book.

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Although we never saved out a dime or nickel for the ice cream man; instead we would bug mom for some loose change for a Popsicle or Creamsicle.

One summer it got into the 100’s, so we attempted to fry an egg on the sidewalk and just ended up making a mess that attracted ants. But then the fire department came to open up a fire hydrant and we played in the spraying water.

All in all, I had a great childhood and most of it was playing outside. In winter if it snowed, we built snowmen and sledded and had snowball fights.

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Mrs Fever Memoir Prompts

TMI Tuesday: August 4, 2020

1. It’s okay if you don’t wear any _____ .

Panties. I never wear panties anymore, or a bra. I love the sense of freedom going commando gives me. I’m convinced that panties and bras were designed by sadist Dominants as torture devises, which is one reason they love them. IMHO.

2. What on earth are you here for?

To learn, to experience and to share.

3. What has been the best day of your life?

I had to think about this one as there were many, but the best is the day my son was born. I had lost three babies prior to that, including his brother the year before and was told I could never have children, so find something else to do with your life. And then my son was born, with his blue eyes open wide and taking in the world around him. I called him my “golden child”.

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4. Are you ordinary or extraordinary? Why?

That depends on what context. Most things I am extraordinarily ordinary. A few things I am ordinarily extraordinary. Why? Only the universe can tell and it’s not talking.

5. How do you want to be described by your friends?

That she is curious and inquisitive and even when she has an answer she will search for more information. And that bugs the hell out of them.

Bonus: After a breakup, would you rather be alone or surrounded by friends?

I’m an introvert, so I would want to be left alone. But please be within emailing distance just in case.

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TMI Tuesday

 

Recipe of the Day: Broccoli With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

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Broccoli With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

3 tablespoons pine nuts or chopped slivered almonds
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion, (about 1 medium)
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
4 cups broccoli florets
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
freshly ground pepper, to taste

Toast pine nuts (or almonds) in a medium dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, adjusting heat as necessary, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the nuts, onion, vinegar and pepper; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe of the Day: Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Shrimp

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Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Shrimp
Makes 3 servings

16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 slices bacon
barbecue seasoning, to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Wrap shrimp with 1/2 slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Be sure and use the large shrimp–the cooking time for the shrimp and the bacon is similar. If you use medium-sized shrimp, you might want to precook the bacon a little–over cooked shrimp are tough and rubbery–and a real shame.

Line a jelly roll pan with extra heavy duty foil, and place baking rack in pan. Place the shrimp on the rack, and sprinkle heavily with the barbecue seasoning, turn and sprinkle second side. Let the shrimp sit for 15 minutes. The bacon will turn from creamy white to a little opaque, and the seasonings will soak in.

Cook the bacon for 10 to 15 minutes. The rack keeps the shrimp from sitting in the draining bacon fat. With a little luck, you won’t tear the foil — you can throw that away and only have to scrub the rack.

Movie Review: Pontiac Moon

I am watching a lot of old movies that I taped on VHS more than 20 years ago. Some I have seen, some I haven’t.
 
Tonight I watched a movie that I hadn’t seen before: “Pontiac Moon” starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be wonderful.
 
A lot of symbolism in the movie that I analyzed afterwards.
 
Dad (Ted Danson) is a teacher itching for adventure. Mom (Steenburgen) hasn’t been out of the house in 7 years after losing her unborn daughter in a car accident. Son Andy has never been in a car because of Mom’s fears and agoraphobia, while Dad collects and works on old cars, including a 1949 Pontiac convertible. In 1969, when Apollo 11 is set to land on the moon, Dad decides to take Andy on an adventure to mirror the amount of miles Apollo 11 makes to the moon by driving from California to Idaho. Mom finally deals with her fears and follows them in another one of the cars that Dad owns.
 
I related to this so much… the moonlanding, the pink suit that Mom wears which reminded me of the suit that Jacqueline Onassis wore when Kennedy was shot in Dallas, the voice of Kennedy saying we would someday go to the moon. Mom’s agoraphobia and fears of cars… I had the those same problem after my car accident.