What object do you always have with you when traveling and why?
I don’t “travel” travel, like by plane or far, far away. For the longest time I didn’t even travel the 400 series of highways here in Ontario. (I assume these are equivalent to the “M” series in Great Britain or the interstate highways in the US. That is: multi-lane, high-speed, what I used to call DEATH TRAPS.) I acquired the anxiety from Dad, who would take any route but the expressway. I didn’t get my licence until I was in my mid-20’s, I was that fearful.
The legacy of avoiding dangerous modes of transportation continued well into the 1990’s when it was further reinforced. A young London woman was brutally murdered on the 401. The killer tampered with her car while she paid for gasoline at a roadside station. When the car broke down further along the highway, he stopped to offer help…
Eventually I became comfortable both as a passenger and driver on the major highways. It was necessary when I moved to the country, otherwise my daily commute was two or more hours, round-trip.
These days, I think it’s safe to say that I am over it. Once I met Reiner, I’ve logged thousands of kilometers on our mineral collecting trips. Still, there are times when I think the Mr. of our duo needs a little talk about highway safety.
So! To answer the first question, there are a few things that I always make sure to bring along, no matter how far the journey. Lip balm, water, a spare pair of socks if it’s a collecting trip. The single most important item is a book or my tablet. I’ve learned that I tire a lot sooner than my husband. To pass the time, I read or, you know [whisper] play computer games.
What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?
I don’t know if it’s because I’m two-thirds through my current program of school work and am just plain tired of the prospect of “study” or if it’s a lack of imagination, but for now, I’m going to have to pass on this question.
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?
This is easy: Plan A? Been there, done that. I’ll go with Plan B! Begone drama!
What are your favorite spices?
Good thing oregano is on the list of my favourites. I spent some time yesterday transplanting oregano volunteers. Just outside the back door is a section of lawn that is very narrow, steep, and difficult to mow. The plan is to turn it into one huge oregano bed. I like thyme, too, and cilantro and parsley. They are easy to grow and often sow themselves. I enjoy some of the hotter spices and the curry blends. My cupboards contain cumin, coriander seed, and cayenne.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week I started my AutoCAD course and am grateful for the professional format of the program. This coming week I head north with a friend who moved to Dwight. She is the new owner of the Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery. I may not be as active here because I’m going to help get things organized for the opening on the Victoria Day weekend.
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