Sisterhood of…

…the World of Bloggers Award.



I am not one to brag, but I have been nominated for the above award. I am thrilled and fortunately for all of you I will keep my acceptance speech “short-winded” as all creative blurbs have been exhausted in the week long event known as “writing report card comments”.  That being said since this honor has been passed on to me by a dear blogger Katie, whom I admire, over at Preppy Empty Nester I must persevere to include vivid vocabulary as well as inspirational imagery.
Katie  has posed first world questions for me to answer and all you have to do is put on your “readers” to enjoy. Relax have a beverage…remember I drink well with others.

1. Where do you write your blog?  Do you have a writing schedule?

Right now, I am writing in my very comfy chair in our family room, but as soon as the weather becomes consistently warmer you will find me writing in my Attached R with a V…aka my sunroom.

In case you don’t want to read the old post…Attached R with a V stands for room with a view…

 I don’t have a writing schedule, but I try to post two to three times per week…some times it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.

2.  When was your last light bulb moment?

Truthfully, it was early in the morning of February 26 when I woke up with a swollen face (idiopathic angioedema)….several very stressful days in the teaching world leading up to March Madness Mania; not the basketball tournament, but the first round of the new standardized testing for my students led to this “Lisa Rinna-esque” syndrone blowing up my lips, cheeks and chin…I finally said to myself:
super teacher
 I will no longer be a super overworked teacher. I have a very important job…I wear many hats during the school day and it is time to take the hats off when I walk out of the building. It is extremely hard to turn the feelings I have for my students off, but if I don’t take care of my well being first, then I am no good to them.

3.  What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t take yourself too seriously….if you are a regular reader then you know I have listened to this advice. While I can still be anxious about trivial matters, I am learning (as all good teachers do for the rest of their lives whether on the clock or not).
Look I am definitely trying…
hokey pokey

4.  If you had to eat one food all day long, what would it be?

If you asked me this question as a five year old I would have said, “Pickles…from the deli.”


My taste buds have matured and the answer would be steamed clams…the New England soft shell kind of clams…most are turned off by this type of clam, but not me. I started digging my own clams at the end of the runway of Logan Airport at Orient Heights Beach in East Boston and Wollaston Beach in Quincy between the two yacht clubs around the age of eight. I would bring the clams home; my mother would steam and I would enjoy after dipping in butter. Anyone familiar with the Boston Harbor in the early 1970’s knows that I probably suffered from some gastrointestinal issues for a few days after ingesting these clams…this was unfortunatley true. I live in the land where soft shell clams are not a favorite so I only eat when back in New England….I need to thank the Kitchen King (my brother-in-law) for providing me with my last taste during our 4th of July visit last year.


My great nephew, Link keeping his hands at a safe distance so as not to lose a digit if mistaken by me for a clam.

5.  What is your biggest phobia?



On occasion, crows gather on the jungle gym equipment on the playground of my school with the echoes of vocal music in the backgroud…creepy. Not my playground, but close second… this is Alfred Hitchcock’s.


I am not a hater, but I have experienced Close Encounters of the Bird Kind on one too many occasions…I actually love watching the cardinals, robins, and other sweet birds in my own back yard, but I have a history that includes bats sneaking through the window screen of the attic and swooping down to my bedroom on a hot summer night as a child, only to have the Milkman come and save the day.
My uncle, out in Grafton, raised ducks and on my many extended stays with the cousins I often accompanied my uncle into to the coop to collect the eggs…I did  more gagging than collecting due to the fowl foul odor…my uncle and cousins thought my  “city girl” queasiness hysterical…I found no humor in nausea or in the goose (they had two) who nipped my thumb as I tried to retrieve the egg from the nest.
To add some irony to this phobia… two of my favorite books are  Make Way for Ducklings and To Kill a Mockingbird.

6.  In your dreams, if you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

I love to laugh…I try to find humor in just about everything (sometimes this gets me into trouble)…in my opinion these two did it best…

Lucy and Carol Burnett

…followed by Mary Tyler Moore and Tina Fey.

7.  What would be one piece of advice that you would give a bride and groom?

   Marry your best friend…

Hubster is my best friend…our 16th annivesary…attending my nephew’s wedding, Merrimack College, Andover MA.

We will celebrate 29 years this June…last year we had a yard sale on our 28th annivesary…not sure he can top that event…most of the celebrating took place in the parking lot of the Goodwill when we dropped off everything that was NOT coming back in the house.

8.  Ideal dinner party – name 6  (living) famous guests you would like to have at your table.

Jimmy Fallon…get ready to play.

jimmy fallon

We have the cups so just come as you are.

Cameron Diaz…leave the hair gel home.


I’ll stick with artificial hair products.

 I am not a fan of all of her movies, but whenever I see her on a late night talk show I find her quite the conversationalist.

Jim Carter…aka Mr. Carson, Downton Abby.


Always discreet, a peace maker and problem solver… wouldn’t mind some help supervising the service of the meal.

Diane Keaton


I have a slight girl crush on her…I am probably just in awe of the roles she has played, how great she looks in clothes and just about every one of her movie houses are spectacular. It may be difficult for me to not stare across the table mouth agape.

 Katie Couric


I was home with a toddler, #1 Son-ster and pregnant with #2 when she was a correspondent from the Pentagon during the first Desert Storm…I believe I am the one who pegged her for the Today Show…I know she would like to thank me…Pretty sure she would bring the best hostess gift (or at least tied with DK).

John Slattery

I don’t own an ashtray so he would have to leave the smokes in the car.


We are the same age (he a few months older). He was raised in Needham, MA…wondering if his family had milk delivered by my Milkman father when he worked for Needham Dairy…How about that Boston accent?…Does he revert when back in the land of non-existent R’s  such as. “My cah is pah-kt ne-ah the eha-poawt.” (My car is parked near the airport.) or unless adding an R at the end of a word such as, ” I have an i-dear.” (idea)

If JS is not available, I would chose one of the Wahlberg boys, but not for the same reasons.

9.  What’s the best book that you’ve read in the past year?


I love fiction, but I have a deep affection for non-fiction (John Adams was a favorite by David McCullough)…Louisa’s father was no Mr. March.

10.  Most useful advice that you have received in the past 10 years?

Prior to the fame of the song…the Family Matriarch told me to:

let it go

I have yet to be coronated with the crown because it is hard advice to follow…I need to move on or just go buy the crown.

Well I hope you enjoyed the answers to these very important, world changing questions…now I am to nominate others to join in on the excitement…as a blogger with a full-time job I do recognize this takes a tremendous amount of time so you do not need to feel obligated.

I nominate:

The Crazy Cruisin’ Chick

Green Girl In Wisconsin

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who nominated you.
2. Add the award logo.
3. Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
4. Nominate other blogs and let them know via comments.
5. Ask your nominees 10 questions.
Your Questions
1) What is your favorite holiday and why?
2) If money were no object, what car would you drive?
3) If you could be a flower, what would it be and why?
4) Name a place you would like to visit again or for the first time.
5) What is your “go to” comfy outfit?
6)Who was your favorite teacher and why?
7) Hobbies? What and why?
8) Breakfast, lunch or dinner…which is your favorite meal?
9) Last gift you received that made you laugh, cry or evoke another emotion.
10) What book are you reading right now? If not, reading what was the last book you read?
Again no pressure…this post required about two weeks to write.
Have a wonderful week!


  1. Katie Clooney says:

    One question, Beemie. Can I come to your dinner party? They are all of my favorite people too. I love every one of your answers, especially the pic of Lucy and Carol. Carol and I share the same bday… don’t wanna brag or anything!!

  2. Marsha Cannon says:

    Busy week for ma and I am just catching up on blog reading! I loved all your answers especially the good advice – it took me a long time to figure out how to let it go!

    • Beemie says:

      Thanks for catching up with me…super busy weekend…finally some nice weather and a calmer atmosphere in the surrounding area. Still trying to let it go.

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