Tuesday, June 13, 2006


I once read that if you had a blog, you must post your 100 things.I love to read the "Things" about other people, but I really don't think that I could come up with that many things of interest about me. (I may not even come up with 10).....so we'll see how it goes.....

1. I'm 5' 11'' tall....I've always wished I had that one more inch. (more height is helpful, when you begin to get more wider).
2. I blush very easily (I hate that). The first time I remember really blushing was in Mrs. Prices 6th grade class. She always chose our 6th period class to hang out in the teachers lounge, leaving our class unsupervised.One day, a group of boys pulled a mean prank on me. All of these years later, I still turn red when I think of it.( silly, I know).
3. I played the clarinet in the high school band ( and blushed crimson if I ever had a solo.)
4. Salty snacks are my downfall (I prefer them over chocolate.)
5. When I was a kid, I lived about 3 blocks from the public pool. We always had a season pass, and went almost every day. My brother, sister and I all could do a 1 1/2 flip off of the high dive.
6. We once sneaked over the fence at the pool, and were just about to dive in for a moonlight swim when the cops pulled up. We hid just in time.
7. We had the best childhood ever, except for the neighborhood bully and his evil henchmen. (have you ever watched the movie The War?)
8. My favorite movie is To Kill A Mockingbird. (I wanted to be Scout when I was young.)
9. My first car was a white 1970 Dodge Challenger with black leather interior, and stick shift.I LOVED that car. I was parked on the street outside of my work eating lunch one day in my car.I got out to go back to work, got right inside the door , and my car was struck by 2 other cars and mashed flat. I still have the Challenger emblem I picked up off the street.
10. I was a late bloomer......I was still building treehouses at fourteen.
11. I love the smell of freshly mown hay, water out of a garden hose, and sawmills.
12. My grandparents lived in front of a sawmill (where my grandfather worked) when I was a kid. My brother, my cousin Bo and I played hide and seek there every evening when we stayed at my grandparents. I'm sure we worried my poor grandmother to death.( we slid down the huge belts of the saw, and swung by chain over the creosote vat, just to name a few stupidly dangerous things.)
13. My brother and I are the same age for 11 days every year.We were stuck together like glue all of our childhood until he discovered girls.
14. I can roof a house.
15. I'm also pretty good at finishing drywall.
16. I drink too much sweet iced tea.
17. My favorite carbonated drink is root beer.
18. As teenagers ( with my brother as our guide) we and our friends often explored the caves in the valley below our house.You had to lower yourself down by rope to enter, and crawl through a tunnel knee deep in water. (quite a few people have been lost in those same caves, and had to be rescued.)
19. My favorite meal to cook.......roast w/potatoes and carrots, and green beans and cornbread.
20. I have 2 sons. (When you have boys, and you come home crying with a bad haircut, they laugh at you and tell you that you look like George Washington.)
21. When I was 10 or 11, there was an old fashioned tent revival in town. The preacher ( a pilot), promised a plane ride to all of the kids who attended every night of that week.My brother, cousins and I went every night, just to ride in the plane at the end of the week.
22. My husband proposed on our third date. We were married 3 months later.
21. When I was a kid, my uncle owned a tavern with a pool hall in front. We were allowed to play pool after closing hours. I'm pretty good at shooting pool.
22. I'm not too good at dancing.....so I only danced back when The Bump was in fashion.( if you're too young to remember, it was the late 70's.)
23. I think I'm a pretty good singer, but I only sing when I'm alone in the car( and really loud.)
24. I still have a pair of jeans from high school w/ peace sign and Woodstock patches sewn on them. ( I could probably only get my feet into them now.)
25. My favorite flavor of ice cream is butter pecan. (When I make homemade, I always make cherry.)
26. When I was a kid, I used to climb on the roof, and make scary noises through the furnace vent pipe to scare my younger sisters.
27. My sister Lisa and I used to iron each others curly hair in the mornings before school.
28. I have always wished that I could play guitar. (is it too late to learn now?)
29. I was fourteen when my youngest sister was born. I was also learning to sew then, and liked to practice by making clothes for her. I hope I didn't make her wear anything too tacky!
30. My first brand new car was a 1979 Chevy Camaro. I paid $6, 400 for it. I still have the paperwork.(I can't seem to throw things away)
31. I wish I were more outgoing...although I'm getting a little better as I get older.
32. I hate shoes! They are the first thing to come off when I come home. I will run outside to the mailbox on a frosty day without stopping to put on shoes.
33. I wish I was a person who could wear hats.(it would make bad hair days so much easier)
34. I'm terrified of snakes, even the "good" ones. I don't even want to see them on T.V.
35. I rarely go to bed before 11p.m. But I still get up early in the morning. I always plan to sleep late on the weekends, but never do. My husband goes to bed by 7 p.m, so he is always up by 5 or 6 a.m. He always raises the shade, and says, " Get Up Get Up The Sun Is Up !" This REALLY ticks me off!
36. As teenagers, it was no longer cool to swim at the pool, so we swam in every creek, river, lake and old strip mine within driving distance. Although I was extremely bashful, I was a real daredevil. I once jumped off of a VERY TALL cliff to impress my brother and our friends (all guys ). None of them were brave enough to do it. ( I really regretted it the moment my feet left the edge, but it was too late to turn back then!) It was a terrifying descent to the water!
37. When paying for something, I always like to have the correct change.
38. I don't own a cell phone. I just don't want to talk that much!
39. When I was a toddler, I "drowned". My dad worked 2nd shift, and as he got out of the tub, and dressed for work, my brother and I stopped the tub back up and sneaked into the water to play. My mom found me , not breathing in the bottom of the tub.She ran with me to the next door neighbors. He performed CPR on me for a long time, but finally told my mom it was too late. He told her they should call the police and my dads' work so they could tell him when he got there to turn around and come home.....but at that moment, I began to cough......
40. I have a very large scar on the back of my leg, right above the kneepit. When I was 13, I was climbing back over the chain link fence after retrieving a wayward football. I slipped and ripped a long gash in my leg.My brother actually had to lift me off of the barb. I still remember..it hurt like ##**##!!!!
41. I love to go to those tiny old timey movie theatres.On vacation in Ashville N.C. this week, we found one there, and went to see Garrison Keillors' Prairie Home Companion. The whole audience clapped when the movie ended. ( they just don't do that anymore, do they? It was nice!)

Well, I'm out of "things" for now, and thought I would stop at forty. I threw in one extra. Geez! How do these people ever come up with 100?

#38...I finally got that cell phone, but I still don't talk on it that much!  : )


Blogger CRISTOSOVA said...

I so do 23! Only I don´t know whether I sing good, but that doesn´t matter as they will not know. Oh, and I don´t have a car, so that is a bummer. As you can guess I don´t get to sing a lot. I should try the shower.

Loved to read your 40 + 1 ... will be looking out for the next 59. Perhaps more blush stories?

3:04 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

You'll notice that I said I "think" that I'm a good singer.Haven't had a second opinion on that....that's why I only sing in the car!

3:16 PM  
Blogger scarecrow said...

Oh! those bad boys!!


3:26 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I have to come back and read this when I have more time as we have a lot in common. I *do* have that extra inch (I'm 6') and you can have it! We're also about the same age and I also have two boys. Maybe I should do that 100 thing meme, too. You learn so much about people! I'll be back...

3:29 PM  
Blogger SisToPencilMeIn&SimpleMusings said...

That was fun to read! As for some of your answers, let's see:
#29 You're fourteen, learning to sew and oops! "late in life" baby sister comes along...who better to practice sewing on than her? Well, guess what? I still have and will always have the overalls you sewed me. I have a picture of myself wearing them to go along with them. (Maybe one day one of my kids will appreciate them!)
#32 I hate shoes too! I simply detest them...summer, winter...doesn't matter, if I could go barefoot all the time I'd feel just fine.
#33 I've always wished I could wear hats too. I love hats, but unfortunately was not blessed with the hat head or face. (Shelby was, but will not wear them!)
#40 I have a scar from barbed wire too, although mine is on my right arm AND, who saved me from it? Ronald! At your house! How funny. He grabbed me up and took off running to the house with me, I think he was actually more scared than I was. Then Daddy drove all the way from your house back to Leeds to carry a friend of mine home, then back to Pell City to their 'wonderful, upscale' hospital to have my arm sewn shut. (What, about an hour and a half ride, if not more considering Daddy's speed?) lol
I think you should do the other 59...we might find more in common, plus they'd be interesting to read.
Love you!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooooooh, enjoyed that! My two boys wouldn't dare say anything other than I look beautiful - make that three boys heheheheeeeee.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

#8: That movie's way up on my top ten movie list. So happy that Atticus was named AFI's top movie hero.

#40: Made me wince with a chilling sympathy pain. Ow.

Truly interesting list. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments on my site each week.

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a FUUNN List! I played clarinet in elementary school! (but was lousy at it). I prefer salty snacks over sweets, too!!! And I went swimming every day during the summers, at a "membership pool"! I am a TOTAL late bloomer. My whole family are late bloomers. And roast and potato and carrots is my most favorite meal in the world!!!!!!!! You sound like you had an incredible childhood!!! I was so sad to hear you drowned, but then was soooooo incredibly happy to hear you lived through it. Thanks for writing that!

12:16 AM  
Blogger Ian russell said...

it's the opposites and sames that always appeal. i also have a leg scar from a barbed wire fence incident, don't like phone conversations (don't own a cell) - however, i have an aversion to counting out correct change in shops, i used to always pay with a large note and end up with pockets full of change! now thank god for plastic!

2:58 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Wow, that's a lot of living so far! Keep it up! :)

3:43 PM  
Blogger RHoward454 said...

Janet, see # 36....what you need to know is that on that day you surpassed us all in bravery and coolness. Myself, Mike Skinner, Mike Rowan, and Ted Ryan were in awe of you.

8:33 PM  
Blogger murphy girl said...

hi janet! i had so much fun reading your 41 things (and seeing responses from your siblings)! and your grape eyebrows! and your deviled eggs are perfect! thanks for visiting my blog, i'll check back often!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Sunday Afternoons said...

I don't think your ever too old to play the guitar. Go for it!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Mark Martin said...

I had to be removed from a barb too. Pat and I were racing tricycles down the driveway of the little Cedar Grove house and I crashed into the barb wire fence, my hand impaled on a barb. Dad had to unimpale me as I screamed like a girl (actually I was just screaming like a little kid stuck on a barb, but even then I felt like a sissy for screaming like a girl.)

Washing the inches-thick mud off in the creek, clothes and all, was my favorite part of those spelunking trips.

And Mike Skinner was in awe of you? I bet you're BLUSHING!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Mark, do you remember the mud sculptures you made in the cave?

9:11 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I enjoyed every bit of your exciting personal history. Amazing the things that stay with us as adults, especially the embarrassments I think-I was cringing reading 2. I'm tall as well, but about 5'10 and wish to be no taller, and I hate to take my shoes off [weird] don't know what that's about. Number 39 very harrowing-wow, that was close . So much fun, loved it!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Wow...a lady who can finish drywall, loves the smell of sawmills, and can roof a house. I'm impressed.
And, NO, it definately is never too late to start playing guitar. I teach guitar lessons to little kids, and some of these kids get real good within a couple of years. Adults are just that much more motivated.

7:50 PM  

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