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In what do you find the simplest of joys?

Sitting on my favorite bench, at the beach, reading, drinking coffee, chillin’.  Love it!


Jello or Pudding? And what is your favorite flavor?

Definitely pudding.  When I was pregnant with my son, many moons ago, I was allowed a 7 day hospital stay.  No there were no complications.  That’s just the way it was, back in the stone age.  You won’t see that happening today.  Anyway, I was given my first taste of butterscotch pudding and to this day pudding is a major comfort food for me.  Especially butterscotch.

Is there a language you would like to learn?

Simple.  English!!!!

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Fruit.  Love it in all it’s forms – in all it’s glory.  Fruit, glorious fruit!  Nothing like it.


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Question #1

Have you ever bungee jumped?  If you haven’t, would you want to?

Simple.  Never did.  Never will.  I am way too much of a baby to do that.  God bless you if you do.  Enjoy.  Have fun.  Let it be your excellent adventure.  Not me. Not now. Now ever! Next question, please.

Question – ah – next

For your computer Mac or Windows based computer?  Desktop, laptop, Pad or other?

Toshiba Satellite Laptop, Windows based. And, after having lost my iPad 2 last week, and going through the trauma (and still going through it) of someone rifling through my stuff, I am now using an iPad 4th generation.  Nice.  Very nice.  But I still have a knot in my stomach.  (Yes, I had a passcode, but still.  I just feel icky about someone using it.  I lost it on the street, after foolishly putting it on top of my car when I was unloading groceries.  Then drove off with it up there. I hope it got run over a million, trillion times before someone found it!)

ipad 4th gen

Question #3

If you were instantly able to play one musical instrument perfectly that you never have played before, what would it be?

Guitar.  Definitely.  I’ve tried piano, organ, accordian (not my idea!  my parents – not that there’s anything wrong with that), mandolin, guitar – never really stuck to any one of them – dope!

Question #4

Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.

OK.  Honestly?

1. Insecure (but working on it – that’s the uplifting part)

2. Honest

3. Trustworthy

4. (I’m stuck)  Ah – maybe friendly

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Yet another post – all about me.  Here’s the next installment in response to Cee’s challenge, Share Your World.  You, my friend, should you choose to read on, get to learn more about little ol’ me.

Here we go…

If life was ‘just a bowl of cherries’… which fruit would you rather be..?

A bowl of blueberries blanketed in scrumptious whipped cream. image

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I’d like to have physically been the first to set foot on the moon.  It was fascinating to watch on the tube (remember when tv was called the “tube”?), so to actually be the first person to do it would have been extraordinary.  To infinity and beyond – for sure!

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

Why can’t we all get along? (Maybe just knowing the answer to that question wouldn’t be enough.  Still…)

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Green.  The color of grass and trees and avocado shakes.

green leaf Barclay

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Here we are again at Cee’s Share Your World challenge.  Only it’s Share My World, but you’re most certainly welcome to participate.  These are this week’s questions.  Come on!  Play along!


Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best?  Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

I was curious about this one so I asked my husband to be honest and tell me which he would choose to describe me.  He said, without hesitation, “Doc!”  When I asked why he said it was because he was so smart.  Good answer.  (Good try!)

I said Dopey.  Mostly because, well, let’s just leave it at that.  (Apparently Jeff and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum with this one.

The 8th dwarf:  Dazzle (Bling bling! – can you picture it?)

Would you travel into outer space?

Yup.  Funny because I’m afraid to fly.  Go figure.

If you were a tree, would you become a book or furniture?  Please describe.

A book.  Once I’m out there, decoratively covered and published, I could be around a long time.  Technology, e-books, Kindle’s, they can copy me!  I’d still be on someone’s shelf somewhere, looking all dressed up in my pretty binder.  I might get old and worn, but I would have been useful.  Kind of like I am already. 🙂

Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

Easy.  Wild.

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Another installment of Cee’s Share Your World Challenge.  This is the part where you get to know more about me, and if you mosey on over to Cee’s, you’ll get to know about some other bloggers as well.  I’m not one for putting myself out there, but this is just plain ol’ fun.   So without further hesitation…

Describe yourself in a word or words that starts with the first letter of your name.

Gabby.  I’m a real talker!

Generous.  Maybe not to a fault but I’m…

Good-Hearted, so I think the two can go hand in hand.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

Fiction.  Hands down my favorite, but I’ve been know to educate myself sometimes. 🙂  My preference is murder/mystery/detective/cop type books, mostly. Yeah.  Definitely fiction.

beach book

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

That, sadly, might be a 50/50 thing.  I don’t apply myself as much as I should.  If I did, I’d say not too many.  (It’s a long story.)

If you had only one book you could write what would it be about?  Assume it is a top 10 seller of any genre.

About a young girl, living, working, surviving a poor town.  Trying to pull herself up by her bootstraps and making the best of what she’s been given.  There’d of course be love, drama, heartache, tears, joy – and maybe a detective thrown in. 🙂

If not that, then a murder/mystery/detective/cop type book. 🙂

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The title of this post is a little deceiving.  Share Your World is a challenge that is hosted by Cee @  She has actually hosted 26 of these.  What’s deceiving is that I have only shared once.  This being my second attempt to share, I guess I should have used the title Share Your World – 2013 Week 26 – But Only Week 2 For Me.  But, I won’t.

Here goes Share numero 2:

Are you left or right handed?

Unlike one of my ex-students…

Ambidextrous !

Ambidextrous !

I am right handed and pretty much useless with my left.

Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?

I hate Hate HATE making phone calls. That coupled with too many insecurities to mention, I practice Practice PRACTICE before making a call.  (P.S. This doesn’t always work out for the best.)

Crunchy Peanut Butter or Smooth Peanut butter?   Anything with your peanut butter?

Smooth and I just like to eat it with a spoon!  Is that wrong? 🙂

How many rings before you answer the phone?

I don’t answer the phone.  It goes to the recorder and I call back – if I have to.  Cell phone?  Different story.  You can see who’s calling and make a judgement call.

There.  Now you know just a little more about me.  YAY! Right?

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I’m the member of a new club.  One that makes me a little uncomfortable because I need to share with strangers. Some of you are not really strangers, but, still.  You don’t know all that much about me and it’s a little bit scary this sharing business.  Cee @ extends the invitation for all to share with this unique challenge, and I’ve been resisting – FOR 22 WEEKS! – but I’ve finally decided to lighten up and give it a try.  It’s like a little questionnaire.  I can do this.

First question:

Are you mostly a clean or messy person?

Mostly messy.

That was easy.

Question # 2:

As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get?  How about now?

No!  Candy was a special treat for my sister and I.  We were not well off and that was a once-in-an-every-so-often delight, so we didn’t turn our noses up to any candy, if the chance presented itself.  Now, I’m doing a little better and I have my choice of delights.  Skittles is NOT one of them. YUCK!


Question numero 3:

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?

I feel, like Cee, that there must be something, someone, somewhere out there.  They’re just too smart to get involved with us – until we find a better way to treat each other.  How do you think we’d treat extraterrestrials if we crossed their paths?  I shutter to think!  Besides, after seeing this, I’m pretty sure aliens do exist.



And finally:

Have your blogging goals changed?

My blog, First and Fabulous, started out as a first grade blog idea.  That never got off the ground.  Then I found photography, and the rest is history.  I still feel like First and Fabulous suits me. (or is that wishful thinking?) In any event, yes my goals have changed.  I’m more about writing, learning photography, and sharing a few laughs.

Now.  That wasn’t so hard.  I might do this again. 🙂

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