In case anyone wondered where on earth the Faire Garden blog has disappeared to, does anyone know where we are from this photo?

Much more obscure is this Main Street fountain photo. Anyone know it?

Okay, here is something that won’t tax your brain but might bring enlightenment.
(Above shot of our new Pardancanda, it’s a beauty, isn’t it?)
We have been tagged by our dear and talented friend
Christopher of Outside Clyde, for a game of tell the readers some interesting random facts about yourself. Here is how it works:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.2. Post the rules on the blog.3. Write six random things about yourself.4. Tag six people at the end of your post.5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.
It is true that we have been tagged for this meme in various forms several times. When trying to go back to find the tag in a comment or on Blotanical, I could not find any of them. So please consider this yours also if you tagged me, leave a comment saying as much and I will add you to the link also.
Now on to the juicy stuff.
Number one. I cannot do random. Period. Even scattering seeds or picking names from a hat, there is a method there. I am a planner and organizer. I do it in my sleep. It is not work or an effort. I can’t not do it. My brain wants to categorize everything that needs doing, for me or anyone else. It is a curse.

Number two. As a child I was taught to chew each bite twenty three times for good digestion and absorption of nutrients. I remember counting them when young, now it is automatic. The digestion is good, however my jaw is starting to wear out. It starts popping after I have eaten a certain amount and done all that chewing. I am hoping for a bionic jaw replacement one of these days, when the technology is perfected.

Number three. I was once thrown out of a Sheraton hotel bar for dancing on the table. This could tie into number four.

Number four. I love train songs. Any genre. Among my favorites are Casey Jones by the Grateful Dead, Washbash Cannonball by anyone, I think that was the Sheraton incident. Wreck of the Old Ninety Seven, my number one fave. Any song with that back beat of rails being run over by a machine of mammoth metal switches on my feet and body, I gotta move to the beat. Sometimes I need more room if the dance floor is crowded.

Number five. I gave birth to four children in seven years, October 1974 to February 1982, no twins. The results were two girls then two boys. If a boy and a girl make a millionaire’s family, we had a billionaire’s family we used to say. We also used to say a lot of other things about this phenomenon, but will leave those to your imaginations. BTW, the Sheraton episode was after the four kids were in high school, doing their own dancing on tables. We all do like to dance.

Number six. Last one. Okay. There are several things that have come to mind, but none seem like the big finish that should be expected. Maybe this will do. I am not a good singer, at all, not even being modest here. Can’t carry a tune. But I sung in talent shows in elementary school several years. The first time was a solo, to end the program, as Little Miss Moonbeam, singing The Angels Are Lighting God’s Little Candles. I had no part in choosing the song. I wore an angel costume and sat in a little metal rocking chair with a styrofoam quarter moon glued to it, spray painted silver and glittered. The next two years were duets with classmate Debbie singing Dear Hearts and Gentle People then Doe A Deer from The Sound of Music. The next year was a group effort with my girl scout troop singing Elvis’ Blue Hawaii. We wore cellophane grass skirts of various colors with scarves wrapped around our tops. I still will sing Oklahoma at the drop of a hat, without alcohol even. When we have talent shows with the family or friends, which sometimes happens, that is my talent. You always need to have that talent to fall back on when talent shows crop up.

Added: I forgot to say that I sing Oklahoma because that is where I was born and grew to adulthood. Most people from that state can and do sing that song when the moment is right.
As part of the rules, I am supposed to choose six more taggees, but will do it this way instead. Anyone who wants to be tagged, who wants to write six things about themselves and needs to be tagged to do so, you are officially tagged by me. Leave a comment saying you have done so and leave a link when you put it up and we will all come to find out more about you. Can’t wait to read your facts.
post script~ The round red barn is near State College, PA, home of Pennsylvania State University. The fountain is in Bloomsberg, PA. We are attending the wedding of the daughter of dear friends there. Thank goodness for wireless in these hotels.
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22 Responses to Tagged

  1. Skeeter says:

    Dancing on tables, hum, you sound like my kind of party animal! You Go Girl…

  2. Anna says:

    Ok–this made me turn up my music at my place and well let’s just say—I put my dh in a good mood. Yes!, let’s rock as we grow mature.

  3. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I had been wondering where you were Frances. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. You might even get an opportunity to dance on a table at the reception. I want pictures if you do. Have fun… I can imagine that you are organized. You do so much. You have to be organized to do lots.

  4. Christopher C. NC says:

    If you are blogging wireless on the road, learning the HTML code for making links will be easy. It is an organized system of code that tells a computer to do specific tasks. Good thing I tagged you for a meme and didn’t ask you to sing for me.

  5. Blackswamp_Girl says:

    What a fun list, Frances… and I’m giggling at Christopher C’s last comment! Off to his blog to read his list now… hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in PA!

  6. Frances, says:

    Hi Skeeter, thanks. I could have added that I am very impulsive to that list. ;->

    Hi Anna, tell your DH "You're welcome" from me. ;->

    Hi Lisa, the good thing about my wilder moments is there were no cameras on hand. Well, except once. The wedding tonight will be more low key probably. That may be for the best.

    Hi Christopher, when you say things like that, you have now doomed yourself to hearing a rousing rendition of Oklahoma.

    Hi Kim,thanks. Christopher's list is much more interesting that mine. Have you done this meme?

  7. Gail says:

    Frances, great clue in the barn! Thank goodness for laptops! Absolutely wonderfully written post! You made my morning coffee so much better. You know how to rock the house! I have hopes that you will reprise your tabletop dancing when we have our next porch party…I will rent a karaoke machine!
    I was tagged last week, and have not posted but this is indeed more incentive!
    See you soon, btw, we are getting rain here and it looks like your part of TN, is too!

  8. Frances, says:

    Hi Gail, thanks. Good news about the rain. I was thinking about getting a karaoke machine for our family beach trip. We actually have video of the kids singing on one years ago. Too funny. Maybe at our Thanksgiving fiesta this year. I am going to come visit you later but soon, I promise. Can’t wait to read your facts.

  9. Rose says:

    I was wondering where you were, Frances! I thought maybe you had gotten snared in one the webs you showed on Monday:)
    Somehow I never pictured you dancing on tables; that’s pretty funny. We have a couple things in common–I can’t sing either, but do. I also have four children, born about the same time period: first two boys, then two girls. I’ve never heard the idea about a “billionaire’s family”. I always said we may not be rich in material things, but we’re rich in love!

  10. tina says:

    Great list and a good bit of info about you. Categorize and organize in your sleep?? I did this one way back when. Not sure if I tagged you but if I didn’t it was because I thought you had already done it. Now you have!

  11. Jean says:

    OMG, just when one thinks they have read the best blog ever, another comes along!!! What a fun person you must be to dance on a table of a Sheraton when your kiddos were of high school age.

    I am sure I could not win in anything with you except my four girls were all born in less than 5 years, August 1963 to April 1968,
    no twins!! What a household that was in the teen years.

  12. Frances, says:

    Hi Rose, thanks for thinking about me. I often wonder if anyone would notice if I stopped posting, or how long before someone sent out an all points bulletin. HA Four kids is a handful, isn't it? Not much time to get into too much trouble while they are small. Hardly time to take a breath, unless you are super organized! HA again.

    Hi Tina, thanks. The funny thing about this meme is that I never thought I had anything worth writing about. I asked the Financier to come up with some and he remembered the chewing and table dancing. Of course there are more things, and maybe I'll do another in future years. I don't remember your doing one either.

    Hi Jean, thanks. If there is a contest, you win. Girls count double, you know. ;-> We always thought the girls were much harder to raise, they were so sneaky. When asked "What are you doing in there?" the girls always said "Nothing." The boys would answer "We are flushing our cars down the toilet to see if they get stuck". Honesty versus deception. HA

  13. Dee/reddirtramblings says:

    Hi Frances, that was one of the best lists I’ve read of the six random things. I can attest to your singing of Oklahoma. When we see each other again, we’ll sing it again, but probably won’t dance on tables.~~Dee

  14. Frances, says:

    Hi Dee, thanks. And we will sing again, for sure. I thought you were one who had tagged me long ago for this, but couldn’t find the tag, do you remember? Probably not, HA, but this is for you too.

  15. Jean says:

    I am for sure that girls are much harder to raise. Never knew the difference till I had a couple of grandsons living with me. OHHHHHH
    WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Also boys will entertain theirselves and girls don’t as much. Also boys do not fight or talk back like girls. But now that they are grown up and such good daughters, I thank God EVERY day for my 4 girls!!!

  16. DP Nguyen says:

    Loved to learn all those random facts about you, Frances. I once danced on a pool table, and I also cannot sing for the life of me. I have a secret desire to sing, but i just can’t carry a tune. haha. The flower is pretty, and fountain looks scenic.

  17. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    I would’ve love to have seen you dancing on that table! That is too funny, especially after having met you. I just can’t imagine you getting thrown out of anywhere (you’re such a perfect Southern Lady). I love the barn photo. There was a beautiful round barn not far from here, but it got destroyed a couple of years ago. I’m glad to know there’s another one somewhere.

  18. Skeeter says:

    Frances, you will have to come down to GA sometime for a visit. We have a karaoke set up on our stereo with Wabash Cannon Ball, the Roy Acuff version. I will plug in the Disco Ball with multi-color lights for extra effect while you dance upon the living room table! I am not joking here, I looked it up in my book and we do have Wabash Cannon Ball (and a disco light too).. Oh be careful what you reveal, I am taking notes! LOL…

  19. Frances, says:

    Hi all, back home in TN now, although not in my home, but in a hotel due to our floor being refinished due to a leak under our kitchen sink. Very long story here, another time for its telling. The wedding was great and there was dancing, but not on any tables. The younger men, including the groom were kicking up their heels, literally, we had to steer clear of them.

    Jean, while daughters are fantastic once grown, they can be trying, can’t they?

    Hi DP, thanks. I think singing is good for the soul, even if your voice isn’t the greatest. It just feels so good. Dancing on a pool table sounds similar to the bar, only bigger space! LOL

    Hi MMD, the round barn is cool, I was hoping it was still standing having not been there in several years. It was all freshly painted and spiffed up. Southern ladies have been known to let their hair down on occasion! It probably wouldn’t happen today, though. It was several years ago. And I was running with a wild crowd. HA

    Hi Skeeter, good to know about ole Roy, that sweetie, your karaoke and disco ball, but your tables are safe. I’m not sure I can still get up there anymore, especially not in heels. HA

  20. Skeeter says:

    Frances, I live in the Deep South, no shoes required! LOL…

  21. Philip Bewley says:

    Frances! What a fun family! I think the dancing and singing is just great!!! This post made me smile. I just loved it.

  22. Frances, says:

    Hi Philip, how sweet of you to say that. We can be a fun group sometimes. Loud but fun.

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