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A baker’s dozen

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Two bloggers inspired this post: they are MJ Monaghan’s and his 27 Possibly Interesting things about me  and Darla’s “about the Maineiac” over at She’s a Maineiac.  Well written and and hilarious, their musings made me laugh out loud and and think long and hard about what I’d choose to share if I did.  And then I did.  For more please consider visiting the links above; I promise it’s worth the read. 🙂

On that note, I give you my Baker’s Dozen:  i.e. 13 pieces not 12.  More about the history of the Baker’s Dozen here.

  1. When I started school I was a left-handed curly-haired little girl;  teachers made me switch to right-handed.  I stuttered then and still do if I’m tired or nervous. I still have curly hair.  Some things cannot be forced out of us.

    I'm glad grand-daughter MJ has my curls & someone in her life who understands them!

  2. Singing in a cover band helped me pay for college. Don’t tell anyone but I would have done it for free.

    rockin the 80s hairdo as the "singer in the band"

  3. Speaking of, most of what I learned there has nothing to do with what I actually know or do.
  4. I hear people.  About a year after my Dad passed, my cousin Kirk died unexpectedly.  Before I “heard” the news, I knew: I was cleaning my closet and heard Dad’s voice (in my right ear) quietly say, “Oh … Kirk’s here.”  And that night, I got the phone call informing me of his death.  It was comforting to have advance notice and to know there’s definitely a welcoming committee upon arrival.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Dad

  5. My eyes used to be blue, but are green now. How does that happen?

    yep .. definitely green now

  6. Breakfast is my favorite meal because 3 of my favorite scents happen then: coffee, toast and bacon. Mm mm.

    .. mouth-watering-goodness .. (google.images.ca)

  7. I give great credence to my intuitive self.  The only times I’ve gotten into trouble is when I’ve ignored it.

    ..:: so true ::..

  8. I’m patriotic.  I still think there’s more that’s right with this country than there is wrong.  You can think otherwise if you wish, but I don’t care to debate it.

    A day I'll never forget: the day I became a citizen!

  9. My earliest memories involve animals, especially horses.  Dad used to clean the barns with Tony and Bruce, a team of Belgian draught horses,and he’d let me and my sister climb up and hold onto their neck collars as he drove them. Lumbering to the field on their monstrous shoulders made us feel like we were on top of the world’s highest rocking chairs.

    The famed Budweiser Clydesdales; Imagine being 5 and being up on those shoulders!

  10. As much as I love to talk with and be around others, I also relish being alone and remaining quiet.

    I can find beauty out here

  11. I don’t believe being related gives you the right to be hurtful. My parents always told us “don’t save your best manners for strangers.” There’s nothing admirable about being brutally honest if all someone remembers about you is …..that you were brutal.

    image: pinterest.com

  12. The Library is one of my favorite places to visit.  I love the “shhhs,” the smell of the books and all the nooks and crannies in which to hide away and read. I’ll probably never have an e-reader.

    image from pinterest.com

  13. My favorite quote of all time is this one: “To thine own self be true.” Know who you are and own it. And if you don’t know who you are and what you stand for, find out.

    ..:: read it ... learned it ... living it ::..

Will you consider sharing your “Baker’s Dozen” with me?

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  1. Ooh, this is so much fun! I just may have to work on my own Baker’s Dozen! About your post:
    1. I love seeing the photos of you, MJ! How beautiful you are now and were as a “rock star”!
    2. Sharing that you heard your dad reminded me that, as I sat with my Mom hours before her death, she called the names of her 3 (already deceased brothers) and asked them not to leave. It is SO reassuring!
    3. I would love to sit atop a Clydesdale. Those are the most beautiful horses. How thrilling that must have been as a child!
    4. Love the pic of the books committing suicide. And I’ve never watched Jersey Shore.
    Thanks for sharing these tidbits about yourself, MJ. Have a great day!

    • I sure hope you will, Dianna-girl 🙂

      Thank you for your compliments; the thing is, I look at that picture and remember how insecure and unsure I was. And I thought I was fat! Good gravy!

      It was so comforting to hear my Dad’s voice and to know that he and others were there to welcome in my cousin. I cannot really put into words but that one experience lessened my fear of death considerably. How completely amazing that you had such an experience with your own sweet Mom. *Chills*.

      You must – must – make it a point to get yourself up onto the withers of such a gentle giant. The feeling is unbelievable and I remember it to this day .. the wind in my face, a smile on my lips and my short little legs sticking straight out over their fat bellies (smile).

      I’ve never watched Jersey Shore, either, and am chagrined to know those clowns occupy even one neuron of my brain capacity.

      … Please share your Baker’s Dozen with me! MJ

  2. LOVE this post, MJ! Love your value system most of all. I think we value of lot of the same things. The story about your dad and cousin is amazing.

    A note about me. I have a yellow rhinoceros hanging on the wall in my hallway–the subject of my most recent post–sort of.

    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • I agree; I think you and I hold many of the same values … and yes, that story is amazing and true and comforting, all in one.

      Loved your yellow Rhino 🙂
      MJ

  3. I like so many of these. I like #8. “I don’t care to debate it.” Some things are just true, we know it deep in our heart and I for one, don’t care to debate or discuss it. I like your baker’s dozen and that extra bread you share that sustains you.

    • Thank you, Georgette. I sure hope you’ll consider sharing your baker’s dozen with me; I know it will make for very interesting reading.
      MJ

  4. I loved reading all these interesting things about you. The story about your dad gave me chills. I’ve had experiences like that as well. Incredibly comforting to stay in touch with those we love and have lost in this life.

    And you sang in a cover band–that is something I would have loved to try, but never had the guts. I love the picture of you back then! Gorgeous. I had a similar hairstyle…hehe.

    Thank you for sharing all of these and for the comments on my post.

    • You inspired me! I love that I can hear him; sometimes I can feel him. I get a loud ringing in my right ear when I have a strong feeling about something – or when he’s with me. Call me crazy, but I do.

      Yep – sang in a cover band and it was great, great fun. Lots of hard work but super cool to be the lead singer rocking it out for all those dances and parties. I was in the “hot roller” stage then and, believe it or not, still have them around here somewhere…. we all had those feathered bangs, or tried to, right?
      Thanks for weighing in; come back again soon!
      MJ

      • Now calling you crazy is something I would never do. My dad has given me signs each and every single time I have asked for one. He never disappoints! He is always around when I need him.

      • I love that your Dad has given you those signs; that’s such a wonderful feeling isn’t it? I don’t mean to downplay it, because I treasure the experience, but I was also writing what I did for the naysayers who might condemn me to whatever for being a believer. Whatever. I felt it, I’ve lived it, I believe it. And I’m no longer afraid.

        Peace!
        MJ

  5. I love love love this post. What a great personal statement — and it’s so very “you”. I think I will try and do this, but I’m going to give it good thought — not just top of the hat stuff.

  6. Thank you for sharing this, MJ! What fun! The picture of the books committing suicide cracked me up.
    The bit about your Dad speaking in your right ear – love stories like that one. I am glad you hear things. More importantly, I am glad you listen when intuition (and Dad) speaks.
    The saying your parents repeated while you were growing up is excellent. “Don’t save your best manners for strangers.” I’ll remember that.

    • That picture is an all time favorite and I refer to it if I catch myself watching even 1 minute of a Kardashi-a-what interview.

      My Dad is with me always; that’s the message I learned from that day. In the horror that followed, having some knowledge that they were together and ok was very affirming.

      “Don’t save your best manners for strangers” can be directly attributed to my parents – one of their best lessons, methinks.
      Hugs
      MJ

  7. richripley

    Great post. Regarding your “1980’s photo” …how were you single with a kid again?! Mighty pretty girl. 🙂 What was your favorite song to sing?

    • Thank you RR, you are too kind. I was single then but not yet married or a mother .. that came later. I think I was about 20 in that picture, based on the hairdo (and women can tell this because we know our hairdos, chronologically speaking….). hee hee

      Favorite song to sing then was a tossup between something by Olivia Newton-John, Linda Ronstadt or Fleetwood Mac. I’m a soprano and it was a cover band … but I sure loved cutting away to a Patsy Cline classic b/c that always filled the dance floor in those small town dance halls :).

      Cheers!
      MJ

  8. This was a delight to read. Your intuitive voice is a true gift…..loved that part especially.

    • Thank you, I sure hope you will share your Baker’s dozen with me. I know I’d love to read it.

      Yes – the intuitive voice is something we all have; we just need to listen for it.
      MJ

  9. So nice to read this MJ. I will definitely go check out your inspirations for this post. I might have to try the idea out for myself. Like Georgette and Lenore, my favorites of your baker’s dozen are numbers 8 and 11. I will use #8, when my mom tries to pick a politics fight and #11 when my teenagers get to big for their britches. 🙂

  10. One thing that always comes across in your writing, here and in many other posts I’ve read, is how much importance you place on being yourself, trusting yourself and loving yourself. That is such a wonderful message and one that too many people go without for too much of their lives.

    Number 11 struck a chord with me as well. We have too many family functions where everyone seems to forget how to be polite, be NICE.

    Great list!

  11. It was great to learn more about you. One thing caught my eye – On being patriotic. I taught for awhile at an elementary school in San Francisco. Almost all of the children who attended the school were new to America. Every morning we would say the pledge on the school yard. Every morning it brought tears to my eyes to see children, parents, and grandparents saying the pledge like it really meant something.

    • You captured it, exactly. Saying the pledge as a new citizen takes on an entirely different meaning. I cannot say it without blubbering, and cannot sing either of my anthems without choking up. The path to citizenship was a long one because I held back for a long time out of fear of hurting my parents … but that day was one of my most joyous ever! Thank you for “getting” it 🙂 MJ

  12. Thanks for sharing a little bit of you…I already feel as though we are friends and now I know why…my eyes were brown now they are hazel more green than brown, coffee and bacon…comforting, I could spend hours lost in a bookstore or library, and I love my quiet time!!! I like the idea of the bakers dozen…going to have to think on it!

    • Yes, Yes and Yes! And isn’t interesting that eyes can change so much? A few years back I attended my Mom’s family reunion and got reacquainted with all these green eyed ladies and *BAM* It suddenly made sense.

      I hope you’ll share your baker’s dozen with me, Jeanne. MJ

  13. So versatile and interesting, MJ! Great post, Coffee and bacon? Two of my most favorite things…especially Starbuck’s Italian Roast :D.

  14. I, too, was a curly-headed little girl, and had that same hair in the 80s! One of my granddaughters eyes are changing from pale blue to a touch of green at age eleven. I never knew eye color changed, either; but then, most of my family has brown eyes. I enjoyed reading your baker’s dozen, and learning more about you.

    • Thank you, Patti, for weighing in. It’s fun to notice these little things. Your grand-daughters eyes sound beautiful!! Baby MJ’s eyes are blue but her Daddy’s, my son’s, are green. Time will tell …

      I hope you’ll write a bakers dozen and share it with us 🙂 MJ

  15. What a wonderful “about” page. I’ve read Darla and MJ’s as well, and you’re right. They are great.

    I enjoyed getting to know you through your Baker’s Dozen! A rock band — wow. And how special that you and your granddaughter share some of the same traits. You sound like someone beautiful on the inside and out.

    This line, “don’t save your best manners for strangers” is great advice! Whenever my sister and I used to fight, my mother would always tell us, “You’ll always only have one sister.” I’ve got kids of my own now, and try to enforce this advice in my house as well. Great post! 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words; yes they definitely inspired me to think about what I’d share .. and then I did.

      I always fought that curly hair and now that I have her in my life I see not only how futile it was but how foolish; she’ll have me as her ally in curls to know how to care for and manage her beautiful hair. I like that we have that and its only ours to share ;).

      Your Mom was right — and I remember my Mom saying something along those lines .. she always treasured her sisters and me and mine looked at her with eyebrows raised and wondering eyes. We get it now.

      Thanks for visiting; please come back again soon Happy Mom!
      MJ

  16. I love this! I think my dozen will be very much like yours, except for the horses. I’m gonna do a short post of my dozen so you can read it, since you asked. ha Please know ahead of time, I am very lame as far as adding cleaver pictures, so mine will be bare and boring looking. Thanks for sharing this and getting me thinking this early in the morning! Give me a day to think and it will be up. I’ll, of course, give you all the credit for this wonderful idea!

    • I’ll look forward to it, Carla. And .. there’s no pressure. A “Baker’s Dozen” is real but the format of this post I made up. You can do whatever you’d like 🙂

      Have fun,
      MJ

      • Oh, the fun I have had thinking all day about this! I have an “about me” on my blog, but not to the enjoyable honesty you share. Thank you for asking your readers to do this. I am encouraged by some of my readers and I know you are as well. You started something fun!

      • I’m so glad! I’ll pop by and check it out. At the end of the day, this is supposed to be fun, at least in my mind’s eye 🙂 MJ

  17. Love this! Fun to learn more about favorite bloggers!

    I liked the bit about your dad. I like to think of family that has gone on, and waiting for the rest of us!

    Never heard of eyes changing colors after the baby stage. Very interesting! And hey, I think I recognize some of the earlier hair styles! ~ Sheila

  18. Great post! I love these posts and getting to know each other better! And I love bacon too.

    • At our office Holiday party “white elephant” gift exchange, the most fought over item was … chocolate covered bacon!
      I enjoyed writing this post, glad you did, too.
      MJ

  19. You had me at the bread basket! You know I share the curly hair drama and had a similar hair-do in the eighties – a kind of Farrah. As for the day you became a citizen of the US – it was lucky for us to get you! You are so patriotic and make me want to be the best I can be as well. Thanks MJ!

    • Yes! I always longed for the “Farrah” but never could quite achieve it. My hair has its own zip code! Thank you for your kind words; I am so very proud to be a citizen and always remember that day with great affection, many tears, and just pure radiant joy.
      MJ

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