Friday, February 5, 2010

Morning light and fresh snow

This was my world when I woke on Wednesday. Snow had fallen through the night, accumulating to just under 4 inches and a 2-hour delay was called for our school. I slept in for an extra hour and then got up just in time to get these photos.

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I have to arrive at my job at the school by 7:30 every morning, so I wake up in the dark all winter long. A 2-hour delay is a luxury and one of the perks of working at a school.

Perks aren’t all about money now, are they?

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The snow was a wet one, sticking to the branches of the trees, transforming them into something ethereal. I love how they look covered with snow.

I’m glad it was only 4 inches, though. It’s so much more difficult to shovel heavy snow.

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I wanted to stay home.

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And I love how the sun looks coming up.

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A big storm is headed our way tomorrow and the weather forecast calls for accumulations up to 2-feet. We will be snowbound here as the driveway is tough to get in and out of in the snow and it’s a third of a mile long through woods at that. I don’t mind being snowbound as long as there is power to keep warm.

I’ll keep you posted, k?

And now, since it’s Friday and I love finding more out about all of you, inquiring minds would like to know the following . . .

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1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?

See you in the comments, my friends . . .

PS ~ When I am able, I enjoy responding to many of these questions. Make sure your comment has an e-mail attached by following [these instructions]. If you’d like, that is.

78 comments:

Country Girl said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?
I worked as a counter waitress at a Taylor Pork Roll eatery on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. I was 14 years old.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?
Bleu cheese. Fell in love with it when I was pregnant with my first child.

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?
A sweater vest.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?
To a country store I love with a greenhouse attached. I often buy a candle.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?
I find this one the most interesting and was surprised that I could get to the place of my birth in an hour.

~ C.G.

Rileigh's Lolli said...

I love these Q&A's.

My first real job was when I was 20 years old as a deputy clerk in District Court for the State of Louisiana.

I used to dislike cold cereal. But now I like some of the healthy ones but with very little milk...don't like 'soggy'.

A pair of sunglasses that I bought today.

At the supermarket where I buy things that I know I shouldn't be eating, but what the heck!

I can drive for 6 hours and be there. With all the restrictions on flying these days, it would take longer than the 6 hours.

Happy Friday everyone!
Jeanne
writejeanne@att.net

Char said...

Boo for snow...I'm flying up to DC and I dread it. These shots are gorgeous but it's as close as I want to get to the snow.

1. 12 - I had a babysitting service for the military families in the areas. The first where I had an official check - I was a clerk at the city court. I put the points on the cards for every one that got tickets.

2. Squash

3. My newest pair of shoes - I didn't try them on in the store and they kill my feet.

4. The ice cream parlor...or if it's really bad, Anthropologie.

5. From my house to the hospital is about 25 miles I think.

Karen said...

Love the clothespin shot...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? I cleaned our neighbors house once a week when I was 12 years old! I also babysat from the time I was 11.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? Sweet potatoes

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? Skinny jeans by Daisy Fuentes - you really need to be skinny to look good in them.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? The Pet store or Target.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? 2 hours by car if no traffic.

Deb said...

nice photos...love the clothesline one...
1. Del Taco 15 years old
2. Alvacodos and V-8 juice...love them both now
3. can't think of anything in particular
4. the thrift store
5. less than 30 minutes depending on traffic...

fun questions...

Ann On and On... said...

I'll have to come back to answer most of the questions:
It would take me about 3 days of driving 10 hours to get to my place of birth. It takes 16 to be around family.
A feel good purchase, HomeSense or a fabric store. I'm really into fabric right now.

FUN FUN.... * I absolutely love the snow on the clothes pins. LOVE it!

Hilary said...

Oh I love those snow-covered clothes pins.

And of course I always love your questions.

1) I worked at my Dad's variety store in my teens.

2) Brussels sprouts.

3) Blue rubber boots.

4) Can't think of a thing.

5) An hour by plane. Toronto to Montreal.

Hilary said...

OK, I love these, too.
1.Where was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?
I was seventeen, and started the morning after high school graduation, as a nurse's aide in the hospital.
2.What food did you used to dislike but now you enjoy?
I didn't eat apples for years, they just didn't agree with me, and now I really like them.
3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?
Ah, that's easy...how about a loom that is missing parts!!!
4.Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel better money?
Any book store, anywhere.
Even Amazon will do.
5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?
An hour flat.
Now my question....did you make all these questions up? And did I ask you that already??? duh.

Low Tide High Style said...

We will be snowbound right along with you!

I love that photo of the clothespins on the line!

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?

I babysat for a neighbors infant 4 days a week for 6 hours a day while she worked as a dental assistant, I was 13.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?

Asparagus, I love it now!

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?

A turquoise pillow from Target for our master bedroom, it's just not quite the right shade but it was cheap!

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?

To a nursery to buy flowers.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?

10 minutes if I didn't obey the speed limit, but just by a little.

Kat :)

TSannie said...

I'll come back to answer the ???'s - but I need to tell you how wonderful the clothes pin photo is.

Julie Harward said...

GREAT PIC'S..MAKES ME WANT WINTER TO STAY A BUNCH LONGER!
1. AGE 16..TACO TIME
2. COTTAGE CHEESE
3. MASCARA
4.T.J. MAXX
5. 4 HOURS
COME SAY HI :D

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Lovely morning pics.

1. Counter girl in a laundry at 14 yrs. old.

2. Eggplant. Love it now.

3. Sexy, flowing housecoat.

4. Art store

5. 1 Hr. (Montreal to Toronto)

Betty said...

I love the clothes pin picture too.
1. A cafe in Calif I was 17.
2.Eggplant
3.A heavy blue sweater.
4.Village Books in Fairhaven
5.Not sure.From Bellingham WA to San Diego Calif.I have driven it in 32 hr
♥♥Love hugs and Good Thoughts ♥♥

Rocky Mountain Yankee said...

1. I became a part time legal secretary for a small town attorney that my mother had worked for when I was first born.

2. Mexican - I think I got a bad batch of it in Maine and didn't dare try it again until I moved out west.

3. Probably some weird snack food that I bought at the grocery store when I was shopping while hungry.

4. The closest tack store. Or bookstore.

5. If I was able to fly directly from here probably about two hours.

Lori said...

1. A library aide - those that know me think that's a hoot -- no exactly a quiet person am I.

2. Greem peppers and mushrooms

3. Can't think of anything specific but it was probably somethng to wear.

4. The housewares department of just about any store.

5. 5 minutes -- I cam see it 1 mile across he field from where we live now.

Donna S. said...

1. Working the window at "Burger Bank". Hmm 15? (Not counting babysitting or helping neighbor clean house).
2. Asparagus.
3. Clothing on sale. I used to buy "good deals" & never find anything to wear with them. Smarter now.
4. Yarn store.
5. LOL. 15 minutes at the most.

Great pictures!! Stay warm & safe.

cottage farm villa said...

Kate - I was just searching through flickr for a bokeh clothespin photo to put on my computer desktop at work....I don't know why I wanted a clothespin picture...just came to my mind~ and here you have one with snow on your blog!!!! I love it!

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? I was 14 and worked after school and on the weekends in my mother's clothing boutique! Next job at K-Mart in the shoe department at 16.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? Hated tomatoes as a kid..only thing I didn't like. I enjoy them now, but only on sandwiches or on pasta with olive oil, sea salt and fresh cut tomatoes!

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? A pair of brown stretch denims pants ~ they went right back in the bag!

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? Braums Ice Cream Store!! But if we aren't talking "comfort food" money, then it would probably be any store to buy a yummy scented candle ")

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? I think 3 hours. I am in Dallas and born in Detroit.

Annie said...

1. well, I worked in a deli, and newsagents when I was at high school about aged 16.

2. Don't know...how do you all remember these things?

3. Unknown again.

4. mmm...mmm...mmm...(that is me thinking)...I dont usually go to anywhere to spend money to make me feel better...perhaps I might go to the botanic gardens or sowmehere to take photos...money may or may not be involved in a snack or not.

5. It would take at least 24 hours from here in NYC to where I was born in SE Queensland Australia. Give me a couple of extra hours I think. Make it 30 all up, depends if I am catching the train and bus at either end of the 12-14 hr plus 5 hours plane trips. Those 12-14 hour plane trips from LA-Brisbane or Sydney are the worst..ugh. 5-6 hour plane flights are a breeze after that!

Anonymous said...

1. Information operator (now called Directory Assistance) for Southern Bell Telephone Co. Wore metal headsets over our bouffant hairstyles and worked the plug-in switchboards! About a year later the first computerized board was installed.

2. Cooked broccoli and cooked cauliflour (sp?)

3. Regretted purchasing a pair of slacks I have not worn or taken back! ?

4. Make-me-feel-better money means going to a bookstore!

5. 12 hours - live in southwest LA, born in northeastern OK.

GillLink (sorry I don't have a blog yet but you know how to reach me!)

Ellen said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? I worked in a factory making field generators for the military - I was 18.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?
Didn't eat mushrooms as a kid, but I love them now.

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? Can't remember - I usually think before I buy, but I'm sure this has happened.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? Kohl's!!!

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? About 55 minutes by car - I was there last night and today.

Anonymous said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? I was a groom for a show jumping barn and I was 14.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? Mangos.

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? An empire waste sweater in orange, so I took it back and exchanged it for one in violet.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? My favorite tack store, Greenhawk.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickset means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now. I was born in Dallas Texas and I live in Alberta Canada...so about 4hours by plane.

Karen
karen_bremermann@yahoo.com

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

1. Farmhand at an all-you-can-pick strawberry farm. 15?

2. Salad dressing. And salad.

3. My second husband.

4. The 80% off rack at Kohls.

5. 40 minutes to the hospital; 40 steps to the place where I lived.

jillybee123 said...

1. Yum-Yum donuts, I was 15.
2. Broccoli
3. Wallpaper border
4. Barnes and Noble, book or magazine
5. Not sure. Its over 3000 miles, by plane...nowadays, 8 hours??? San Diego, CA. to Chelsea, Mass.

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bv said...

i, too, love the clothespins in the snow...little snowbirds on the line. they are very charming.
1) wrapping christmas gifts at moderen eve, a lovely dress shop when there were lovely shops down town everywhere. 14 or 15 years old but sooo grown up and cool.about 48 years ago!
2) hot stuff
3) curtins with a orange stripe for the office..seems i forgot the office was RED
4)T.J.Maxx
5)north ca to south ca about 6 hours driving..about 8 flying...
I also like your Q&A. fun to learn about the peeps that comment, we all seem to, often...

Lizzie said...

1. Delivering newspapers before school, I was 13.

2. I can't think of one....?

3. A long grey sleeveless top last week.

4. To my local patchwork shop, fabric is my penicillin!

5. It would take me 28hrs flying time plus 2hrs driving!

Interesting..
Lizzie
XXX

ro said...

Dear Kate,

I just read WJZ.com and you all are in for a good storm. Southwest Airlines has already cancelled all flights for Friday night and Saturday. Stay warm and take lots of photos.

1. My first job was Sales Clerk in the Woman's Department for a high end Department Store. I was 16.

2. Mushrooms, didn't like them as a child but now I love them especially sauteed in garlic, butter and wine.

3. Our TV set. It's huge and my husband couldn't live without it.

4. I head straight for the nursery. Flowers always make me feel better.

5. It would probably take me at least 2 1/2 days to get to the place of my birth, Rochester, NY.

Great questions. This was fun.

ro said...

On Question 5, If I flew home it would take 4 hours. (Didn't read the whole question, shame on me)

alphabet soup said...

1. First job - 16 yrs old and working in the office of a country co-operative store.
2.Eggplant
3. Gee, I can't remember offhand...
4. A cafe of course!! Coffee and cake will do the trick.
5. Three quarters to one hour depending on the day and the traffic.
Ms Soup

msdewberry said...

1.) My first job was at a concession stand selling junk food when I was 12 years old. I ate so much of the junk food we served that I can't look at it today!!
2.) I used to hate mushrooms until I was dared to taste mushrooms that were fryed in bacon fat. I would not of tryed them unless I was dared to. They were heaven!!
3.) My jeep.
4.) Probably to the camera store to buy another toy for my camera!!
5.) About 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic and the ferries.

Shana said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?
I babysat from the time I was 11. I got a job at Arby's when I was 15 and then I became a nanny for 3 boys from the time I was 16 till i was 22.
2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?
cabbage. I hated it till I was pregnant and now I love it.
3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?
The oh so fun battery operated Hummer for my son that goes in all directions and dance to the song Free Ride. That song never leaves my head...lol.
4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?
Hobby Lobby for YARN!
5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?
it is about 15 minutes to get to the hospital.

BUSH BABE said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? Not counting mustering from the age of about 5, my first 'outside', paid real job was as a waitress - I was 18.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? Runny eggs...

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? A great dane puppy... I am getting over it!

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? Newsagent on trashy mags... the cotton candy/fairy floss of the reading world!

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? ABout 40 minutes - but I have lived about 20 hours drive away too - great questions this week!!!

Mary said...

1. waitress, 17 years old.
2. hot dogs. not that i eat a ton of them now, but back then i couldn't even stand the smell...
3. a purple cable knit sweater. what was i thinking???
4. the thrift store. but you probably knew that already. :)
5. 15 minutes by car.

Mary said...

1. waitress, 17 years old.
2. hot dogs. not that i eat a ton of them now, but back then i couldn't even stand the smell...
3. a purple cable knit sweater. what was i thinking???
4. the thrift store. but you probably knew that already. :)
5. 15 minutes by car.

The Curious Cat said...

What gorgeous photos...Looking at them, I feel like I am there with you in the early morning...the quietness...the beauty of the rising sun...I love that time of the morning... I won't answer all your questions but food - I used to hate mushrooms...and then my mum made a big juicy meaty lasagna when I was 15 with big chunky mushrooms in it. I moaned but I tried it and I instantly fell in love with them. I used to like them as a very small child- my mum told me I went round a restaurant once asking everyone for their mushrooms! I just loved how they soaked up all the juice in the lasagna...like little sponges...so delicious...and I have been a fan ever since that day now... xxx

wildbanshee said...

1.Graduated from nursing school, went to work at a local hospital.
2.Cauliflower.
3.Stirup pants.
4.Boulevard nursery to buy flowers to plant in the yard, but when I get them home, don't want to plant them.
5.30 minutes by car.

Barb T. said...

1. Marshall Field and Co.--the trim the tree shop when I was 18.
2. I LOVE almost all food, but growing up I turned my nose up at pistachio nuts; now I love them.
3. Although I love them, I overpaid for some Victorian trade cards at the flea market nearby, so this is as close as I can get to answering this one.
4. I don't live near many big stores--well, little ones either. When I visit my Mom, I love to go to Barnes and Noble and spend!
5. I would have to drive to the airport in Orlando, so rounding off, I will say 2 hours; then fly to Milwaukee, Wis. I gain an hour from eastern to central, so maybe 4 1/2-5 hours.
Love your snow photos; I always say this--I miss snow.

Staci said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? I was a tour guide at Alabaster Caverns State Park in northwest Oklahoma. I took groups of up to 40 people on tours of a mile-long cave.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? I hate to admit that I like, and have always liked, everything but seafood. I guess the one thing that I enjoy now much more than I used to is food that is "hot", i.e., with habaneros, etc.

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? A pair of jeans, I knew they weren't long enough when I bought them....sigh.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? I go to a little decorator store called "Caught in the Brambles" here in town; I love everything they have, and I'll usually buy something with a bird on it.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? The quickest means available would be by car - and it takes about 4 hours, sometimes less, it depends on how fast I want to drive and how many cups of coffee I stop and get!

Staci said...

Well, boo. When I was a tour guide, I was 16. I had to be old enough for a driver's license, because it was 30 miles from home!

Touched By said...

1.I worked at an animal hospital. I was 16 years old.
2. Meatloaf.
3. My Dodge Durango.
4. To the Kane County Flea Market.
5. About 3 hours by plane.

Mental P Mama said...

1. Babysitting--12
2. Fish!
3. Some bad jeans
4. Hairdresser;)
5. About 5 hours. There are no direct flights to Oxford, Mississippi from here;)

The Lone Star Queen said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? 14, dog groomer

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? spinach

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? a car, still have it

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? HomeGoods

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?
40 minutes by car

Nurse Nancy said...

1. Babysitting. I went around the neighborhood with cards and had many jobs!
2. Bleu cheese. Cannot get enough of it!
3. A silver sparkly sweater. What was I thinking!
4. Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn.
5. My Mom still lives in the house I grew up in and it is only 20 minutes from where I live now.
Have a nice weekend and stay warm and safe.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?
I cleaned house for a lady who had contact our schools' employment office. I was 16.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? smoked oysters

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? a tall, rotating craft tote...shopping with "the girls"...caught up in the moment. I donated it to Goodwill.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? I get a manicure and pedicure.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? 6-7 hours. I live in south Florida and was born in Great Britain.

Thanks, Kate! That was fun.

White Pigeon said...

1)Job. A summer babysitting. I think around 12.
2)Food.Fruit.
3)Purchase. Stero system. I hardly ever use it.
4) Make me feel better. The book store.
5) Place of birth. I'm at work and I work in the town I was born in. I can be at the hospital in five minutes.
Lynda in Michigan.

beth said...

1. a waitress at happy joes and I was 16
2. broccoli
3. a mcdonalds cheeseburger and fries...but I was starving and then regretted wolfing the whole thing down...
4. the camera shop or any cosmetic counter
5. exactly one hour

nancy in ks said...

Great questions.

1. Shoe repair shop on Saturday mornings for 50 cents an hour. Sophomore in high school. Still remember the smell of the shoe leather, shoe polish, and chemicals in there. That was back when people still came into shoe repair shops.

2. cantaloupe

3. A wool throw. Gorgeous. Cost too much though.

4. Scrapbook store. Cheap artistic satisfaction.

5. 22 minutes. More or less.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

1. An office clerk, I was 18

2. Parsnips

3. A Zen ipod thingy, none of us know how it works!

4. To bed and get on the internet!

5. About 4 hours depending on traffic.

Great post, CJ xx

altar ego said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?
I worked in a bakery. It was probably the most fun job I ever had, and I actually lost weight working there! I was 16.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?
My brother made a sweet potato dish with garlic, butter and coconut milk that was amazing. They're still not my favorite food, but I can make my way through bites of them now.

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?
Membership in a discount-purchasing club. We could have used that money is much, much better ways, and we still can't afford the things now available to us at amazing prices.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?
the nearest fabric store!

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?
Counting transport to and from airports and the requisite waiting time at each end, about five hours.

Anne
wolfdance9@gmail.com

PS--love the snow on clothespins picture!

TSannie said...

1. Babysitting
2. Christmas stollen - it's Swiss and a recipe from my great grandmother, and I'm sure her great grandma. I cannot believe I lived my first 50 years without ever tasting it - I just knew I'd HATE it. I don't! I LOVE it!
3. A diet book
4. Marshalls
5. Oh, about 40 minutes by car or an hour by train. I live in CT and was born in NYC.

Stay safe this weekend what with the 26" of snow you're expecting. And heavy or light, that's a LOT of shoveling!

See ya in a week! YIPPEE! xoabb

Talia said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?

A Mexican restaurant as a hostess

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?

Brussel sprouts

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?

A pair of brown and black flats. I love high heels. The flats were returned.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?

Sadly, the grocery store.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?

2.5 hours. And, boy would I like to go there now!

Daryl said...

1. I was 16 just graduated high school and got a job working at Alexander's Dept Store's (then) new store on Lexington Avenue/56th St. I worked stocking the shelves prior to it opening. Its now closed as is the other store they had on the corner of Fordham Road/Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

2. Calamari.

3. A grass green shoulderbag that I bought online at one of the many shopping sites I browse each day ... it was not returnable so it resides on a shelf in my closet shrouded in its dustbag.

4. Sephora

5. Approx. 30 min give or take. I was born in Lebanon Hospital on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.


Love it.. WF is: sorta

Marilyn said...

1. I worked at Woolworth in Windsor England. I hated it! I was 15
2. I used to hate onions. Like them now, but cooked.
3. Last thing I regretted buying...a pair of shoes.
4. The craft store or a TJMaxx type.
5. It would take 12-13 hrs to fly from where I am to Egypt, where I was born.
Love the shot of the clothes pins and the rising sun. As always great photos.

JC said...

First Job ~ Worked at a small jewelry store. I was 18.

Food ~ Brussel Sprouts

Regretted ~ Some new shoes that really didn't fit but I was tired and needed to wear something that weekend. I had to stuff tissue paper in them so they would fit. Now they sit on a shelf.

Place of Birth ~ I live about an hour and 15 minutes from my old house. I don't get to my home town anymore. I drive by though on the way to somewhere else and wave.

JC ^,,^

Emom said...

1. Soda Jerk, at Baskin=Robbins, 15 yrs old.

2. Liverwurst

3. Pantyhose.

4. thrift shop

5. 2 seconds, via Star Trek transporter or 1 hour via jet.

JC said...

Oops, I missed number four

Feel Good ~ I love going to Barnes & Noble book stores. Just walking around looking. I always find something I shouldn't buy. Always feel better when I get back...

Lil said...

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you?

There was babysitting at 12 but my first REAL job was working in the business office at the nursing home where my aunt was the administrator and my mom was the activity director. I was paid under the table while I was 14 and then officially after I could get my work permit at 15.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy?

Sausage. I hated it when I was younger and now I love it (too much!). :-)

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home?

Generally some kind of food because I broke the golden rule of grocery shopping - never go when you're hungry.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money?

Nordstrom's Rack. It's an outlet store where you can get all of the stuff that is off-season or didn't sell at the regular Nordstrom's stores.

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now?

About 45 minutes.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Lovely pictures as always. We are back in the snow here in MO today.

These are fun!

1. bus girl at the Mark Twain Cafe, age 14 or 15.
2. seriously, there never has been a thing i wouldn't eat!
3. nothing at all recently.
4. a local primitive/gift shop "Randolph Mercantile" - love it!
5. 20 minutes

have a wonderful Friday! -Tammy

Krista said...

1. I worked at my Dad's business before I could drive, office work.

2. Mushrooms. Hated them when I was a kid, love them now.

3. A car. My husband just "surprised" me with a new one, one that I don't want and I already regret having it.

4. Target. I can find anything and everything I need at Target and usually for a deal!

5. I would drive 20 minutes to the airport, have a 2.5 hour flight, then a 45 minute drive to the place of my birth. That's where my parents are right now and I would like to go visit!

Have a great weekend!

Dessa said...

Wow! Your pictures are so gorgeous!

And now on to your ?'s:

1. The first job I had was at a winery, on the bottling line placing the cap (that piece of tin like stuff that goes over the top of the bottle and covers the cork) on the bottles right before they went through the machine that molded the cap to the bottles. I was 15 years old--and it wasn't really legal for me to be working the line but they had someone quit and they needed someone. It was really interesting when the molding machine malfunctioned and started slinging bottles against the wall next to me.

2. I used to not be able to eat mashed potatoes AT ALL. It was something about the texture or something. Now I love 'em--especially the way my hubby makes them (lots of sour cream, Lawry's Seasoning Salt, and butter). Oh man, now I'm hungry!

3. I haven't had the funds to buy much of anything to regret lately, LOL.

4. My favorite store to visit when I am having that entitled feeling, LOL, is our local Home Depot or Lowe's. I always have a little project to finish up.

5. It would take me 3 hours to drive to the city of my birth.

Cool questions! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

~Jess said...

Those pictures are wonderful, as are all your pictures...there's something about the sun and snow that is absolutely magical.

. I honestly don't know, because I've been working for my parents (on our farm and in our stores) since I was old enough to count change back to a customer.

2. Sweet potatoes...loved them as a kid, took it into my head that I hated them when I was a bit older, but now I love'em again.

3. I don't go shopping often, but I am the queen of returns.

4. The quilt shop!

5. About 3 hours by car.

Jill of All Trades said...

I don't know where you come up with these questions but I love it:

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? At the age of probably 12 I started babysitting and did it for years. I made enough money to put a down payment on my first car, a 1969 Chevy Malibu, chocolate brown with white top.

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? Peppers of all kinds. Could not stand them now love them. Still HATE milk.

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? Oh that happens often, usually with clothes.

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? Amazon.com

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? I'm here...born and raised in Tulsa, actually raised in Broken Arrow, the suburb of Tulsa

Barefoot from Heaven said...

This is why I'm in love with sunrises...yea..

The Thundering Herd said...

Just stumbled on your blog and love it. Beautiful pictures. And a quiz to top it all -

1 - Paper boy at 13 - it was hard work but taught me a lot.

2 - Brussel Sprouts

3 - Yet another winter coat (I have plenty)

4 - A General Store - so much cool stuff

5 - With I-40 closed due to October's rock slide, my hour and a half drive to Knoxville is now 4 hours.

wildbanshee said...

Kate, I sent my address, but it came back. What now.

troutay said...

1. Cleaned lake cabins at a local resort. I was 12-13

2. Onions. Still don't really care for them, but will eat if minced

3. A blouse. too wild for me

4. A fabric store or Barnes and Blowbills for books

5. About 2 1/2 hours away. Still go up there as we have a little cabin.

My sister in Penn is out of power. She says if it doesn't come on soon, she is going to be in trouble...no heat. I hope you are ok and staying warm

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

I'm so happy I found your blog (through JackDaddy)! Your photos are lovely. I grew up in MD, so I felt a bit homesick seeing them. I remember those fun snow days where we got to go to school late or not at all....

Here are my answers:
1. I worked as a typist for the Gaithersburg Gazette weekly newspaper. I was 16.

2. Hated mushrooms as a kid, started loving them in college.

3. A sweater vest for me, too! Except I bought it on eBay, so that's my excuse. And it was only $1.99, plus $7.99 shipping.

4. Fabric store.

5. California to Korea, so maybe 20 hours by plane?

Kerri said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your sunrise shots. Sunrise if my fav time of day!!

I'm late in catching this one but I figured I'd play along anyways.

1. Avis Rental Car - Rental Agent - 18 years old - at a small airport in West Virginia Let me tell you - a LOT goes on at an airport - and not all of it is work related if you get my drift :)

2. Chicken Salad - I LOVE it now and make it regularly with rotisserie chicken - Yum

3. Wacom Tablet - basically a tablet for photoshop work - that allows you to use a "pen" instead of a mouse to do photostop stuff. I still have it and probably just need to get used to it more.

4. Barnes and Noble - even it if is just to get a coffee. A bookstore is one of my fav all time spots.
5. 1 hour and 27 minutes. I mapquested it :) Of course it would take a LOT longer today since our roads are terrible with the snow. I was very surprised - I thought it would take over 2 hours but mapquest showed me as easier way to get ther!

This was FUN!

A Scattering said...

1. First real job: long distance telephone operator when I was 19.

2. Lasagna - and I love it so much now I can hardly believe I disliked it as a child.

3. Last thing I regretted purchasing as soon as I got it home - a handheld telescope for my husband. I returned it and now he has a proper one!

4. I spend make-me-feel-better-money at a bookstore.

5. It would take me roughly 8 hours, via the quickest means available, to get from where I live to where I was born.

This was fun!

Sharon said...

1. First job was working as a draftsman/gopher for an engineering firm. It was part of a high school co-op.

2. I used to eat veggies only if they were swimming in cheese. I can eat them just steamed these days.

3. Mrs Myers Clean Day Lavender Shower Cleaner. I gate this lavender. It's weird and sweet.

4. ThinkGeek or the Apple store.

5. About 2 1/2 or 3 hours by plane.

diana said...

1.first job: library aide 15 yrs. old
2.avacado
3.usually involves articles of clothing
4.to shops in a little town in the hill country
5. right now I am 2000 miles away from my birthplace.

love the snow pics.. all of them!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I was out of town Fri., but I LOVE these questions, so here goes!

My first job was also as a counter waitress at an AQ Chicken restaurant - I hated it- but they had the best cloverleaf rolls ever!I was 17 yrs. old.

I used to hate turnips and all kinds of greens- Now I love em all!
Turnip, collards, kale, mustard greens

Slacks with no pockets!

Jenifer's Antiques in Conway, AR I can always find something interesting and not too expensive-

It would take me about an hour and a half I think to get to Ft. Smith,AR on the Oklahoma border.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Was off on friday, so am just now seeing this. Good pictures.

1. What was the first real job you ever had and how old were you? 15, carhop at Sonic

2. What food did you used to dislike but now enjoy? liver

3. What was the last thing you regretted purchasing as soon as you got it home? shirt from "all sales final"

4. Where do you go when you need to spend a make-me-feel-better money? Little Toyko and fill up on sushi

5. How long would it take you, via the quickest means available, to get to the place of your birth from where you are right now? approx 3 1/2 hours by car

sanjeet said...

At the supermarket where I buy things that I know I shouldn't be eating, but what the heck!

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Zoe said...

1) First real job/what age -
My sister and I were in commercials and print ads as children - but we did not consider it work and never saw the money, so... I will say Godfather's Pizza age 15. Yeah Taco Pizza!
2) Food disliked now like -
Cherries. Fresh. Blech! Now I have a few cherry trees in my backyard and I eat so many that... well that is for another blog. But I used to love marachino cherries and got spanked for eating them from the jar. Now the sight of them makes me ill.
3) Regretted purchase - The big red cabled sweater that cups under my butt.
4) Make-me-feel-better money -
So glad every other person here does this! I like to go to the chocolate shop and pick out the pieces and have them wrapped up beautifully and secret them onto my neighbor's back porch step. She has a crap life. I caught her crying when she saw the first box and it brought such joy to my heart. 6 years later I am still doing it about 3 times a year.
5) Quickest way to get birthplace -
I was born in the desert in CA. SO, eliminating military travel - flight, flight, car... 12 hours ish.

I like to over think these things.

Do you think you could include the names of the birds you snap? If you know them? You could not have driven me away from those snow photos. Lovely and peaceful. Thank you.

Country Girl said...

To Zoe,
I enjoy being able to respond but am only able to when you enable your e-mail to be viewed by me. It's in your 'edit profile' under privacy. I've responded to everyone here (I hope) who has had their e-mail enabled. But I couldn't not respond to your answer for number 4.

I have never read anything so wonderful in the comment section. You have absolutely made my day. I am coming to visit your blog to see 'just who is this person'?!!

~ C.G.

Country Girl said...

Zoe, Darn. There's no blog to visit. Hope you read this.
Oh, and I think that's a wonderful idea to identify the birds. I will begin doing that!

~ C.G.

FireLight said...

Well Kate, I have been out of the loop with papers to grade and grades to post, progress reports due, and living episode #92 Re-wiring: This Old House of Ours...I saw this and want to participate even if two weeks late!
1. My first REAL job where I began paying into Social Insecurity was as a long distance operatorfor Southern Bell. I was 16 and a junior in high school. I worked 6 to 10 each evening.
2. Asparagus and fresh spinach are foods I would never have eaten as a childbut delicacies to me now.
3. I bought a table cloth that I did not need...after promising myself to "get rid of stuff"! I returned it.
4. For a quick make me feel better outing I like to visit my local plant nursery-Blooming Colors- which has added a fresh vegetable market & a cafe which serve crepes...hence the Crepe Myrtle Cafe!
5. It would take about two hours and twenty minutes to drive to the site of the hospital where I was born...but it is no longer there. Richard Scrushy bought and then demolished it.