Cee’s Question: Would you prefer a one level house or multiple levels?
My Answer: I prefer my home to be one level, but because a view of the mountains is my first priority, I prefer that level to be at least on a second floor.
Cee’s Question: If you have a TV, would you prefer the TV in the living room or another room?
My Answer: Living room. I’ve tried a TV in the kitchen and bedroom, but for comfort and convenience, still prefer living room. In the bedroom, it rarely got used and made the bedroom feel like a hospital–in fact, other than trying to watch a movie a few days after the TV was hooked-up, I think the only other time it was used was when I was sick. And, because so much of a day is spent there, the kitchen was okay for news and programs I listen to more than watch, but not very comfortable for anything else, and could be very distracting. (I burned more food with the TV in the kitchen than I ever have, before or since.)
Cee’s Question: When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout the house most of the time. Explain your answer.
My Answer: More out of habit than anything else, I typically turn lights off when I leave a room.
Cee’s Question: What’s your favorite room in your home?
My Answer: My favorite room isn’t technically a room–it’s the deck. When the weather allows (meaning, at least in the 40s) I can spend the entire day out there, beginning with my morning coffee and ending with a glass of wine. In every direction from the deck, there are majestic mountain views, and since the deck faces west, I’ve had the good fortune to see some indescribable sunsets. I’ve, of course, photographed many of them, but the photos never seem to do justice to the real thing. While a good photo can capture the colors, they never seem to capture the glow, let alone the feel of the air, the smell of warm pine, or the sleepy stilling of these massive mountains. Sometimes, you really do just have to be there (or here).
Cee’s Question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
My Answer: Once again, I’m grateful for the time I spent with my grandchildren. Last Monday, I picked my grandsons up after school, and we went to the “new” library, which is actually housed in the 100 year-old building that used to be the high school. In addition to getting books, there is a little coffee shop in the basement where we got muffins and hot chocolate. On Tuesday evening I attended their school’s spring program, where both boys were charming (don’t let them know I described them as charming!) and did an excellent job–knew all the words and sang with gusto. (My son told me they could hear the youngest, who’s just finishing kindergarten, singing himself to sleep the last few nights before the show.) On Friday, I got to spend the evening with my granddaughters (ages 11 and 8; they live about an hour away), first going to dinner with the family, then attending their school district’s all-school art show, where both girls had art pieces on display. At dinner they announced that, after trying out on Wednesday, they were both going to be in the November production of Beauty and the Beast, with the oldest playing “Chip” (the chipped cup), and the youngest in the choir. The oldest has been in several local productions, beginning when she was 8. This past year she had lead roles in two musicals, (her school and the high school do these plays together), first as “Charlie Bucket” in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (yes, in this production, “Charlie” was a girl–Charlotte?), and then as the boy ‘Who’ Jo-Jo (with her hair tucked in a cap) in “Seussical the Musical”. She has a wonderful, sweet voice (is she getting too old to describe her voice as ‘sweet’?), and when she sang “Alone in the Universe” this Gram was in tears.
Obviously, I adore these kids. I’ve known no greater privilege in my life than watching my grandchildren grow. No longer dealing with homework, dental appointments, sports practice, piano lessons, etc., not to mention the discipline, we get to simply enjoy these children, celebrate their achievements with them, cheer them on, and just have all the fun with them there never seemed to be enough time for when their parents were young. As grandparents, we are so blessed!

And, what am I looking forward to this week? Riding the new birthday/Mother’s Day bicycle the kids (and grandkids) gave me. Of course, we had some snow over the weekend, but the bike path around the lake has melted off, so I just need it to warm up a bit.