Fearful Answers

I normally don’t respond to Q.A. , however I enjoy Willow’s answers to her own questions so much, that I thought she may like to see mine…

Fearful questions

December 6, 2017

It’s been a long time since I’ve asked questions, and I had these floating around in my mind.

  1. Do you now, or have you ever, looked behind a closed shower curtain before using the bathroom?

Only in hotels!

  1. Do you look in your back seat — or taking it further, under your car — before getting in to drive?

The back seat most of the time. Under the car? No. Up to now.

  1. Do you have a safety ritual before going to bed at night? i.e. checking the doors, windows, locks, or setting an alarm…

The back seat most of the time. Under the car? No. Up to now.

  1. When you leave your house or car, do you check the locks more than once, or are you satisfied that you’ve locked the door the first time?

I only check twice if I’m not focused on what I’m doing

  1. Do you answer your phone if you don’t recognize the number? Why or why not?

Sometimes when I’m not sure the number is someone I know. Both my home phone and my cell phone get annoying recorded scam messages throughout the day. You know, those ones from “The IRS” “The FBI” telling me there is a warrant for my arrest for tax fraud. Can’t the FCC do something??

  1. In what setting — urban/suburban/rural — would you feel the least comfortable walking alone? Does the time of day matter?

Urban at night. Day not so much.

  1. If you found yourself walking alone, would you avoid small groups of suspicious-looking people? How about a singular suspicious looking person?

Yes. I watch too many law enforcement TV shows.

  1. Do you have a plan or way to determine if someone is following you or if someone is just walking behind you? What would you do if someone started following you?

I do not have a plan, although I would like to find out how you can tell. If someone was following me, I would pray and duck into a business if possible.

  1. What would you do if you notice the same car driving behind you for a significant period of time?

Am I in a car? If I was walking and someone followed me with their car I would report it to the police. This actually happened to me walking home from high school – some guy in a red car followed me and tried to convince me to let him give me a ride home. Same guy, a different day – same deal. We lived next door to a deputy Sheriff and my mom wanted him to file a report. I did not see him again until over a year later. This spooked me greatly!

  1. If you drove up to your house and the front door was standing open though you clearly remember closing and locking it, would you go inside?


  1. What would you do if you drove up to your house and found a stranger there, clearly waiting for you to come home?

I would drive somewhere else & pretend I didn’t live there.

  1. Do you have plans in place for emergencies (fire, flood, etc.)? Have you ever had to use them?

Where I live (the western slope of the Sierras) we have “rules” about preparing your property for fire season. Hubby and I also have a plan.

  1. Do empty parking lots/parking garages make you nervous?

Of course! The person walking to their car in an empty garage ALWAYS gets it.

  1. Do you tend to forward emails/messages that urge people to beware of this, that, or the other thing, or is Snopes.com (and similar sites) your friend?

I hate the forwarding thing! I always refer people who send that hooey to me to Snopes.com.

  1. If you have a dog, or dogs, and they start barking at nothing you can see, does it make you anxious?

Yes – especially since I have a dog that normally doesn’t bark.

  1. Do you close your curtains at night?

You bet!

  1. How do you feel about the state of humankind in general?

We need a lot of TLC and Help.


This Must Be How Jennifer Garner Feels…

Gets Nominated A Lot

Today I received nominations for 5, that’s FIVE, awards. I never knew that  was possible -for Jennifer Garner, yes. Not for insane hacks with blogs.  A very funny gal, (and my new best friend), mushroomsup, of Funny for Nothing, nominated my humble blog, Not Pretending (to be sane), for all these awards.

I am not worthy. But, if you insist…

The esteemed Versatile Blogger & Liebster Award I am familiar with. For the other 3 awards: Most Creative Blogger Award, the Reader Appreciation Award and the Semper Fidelis, this is my first nomination. To say I’m flattered would be down-playing things a bunch.

Blogging All Night Long
Got Nominated 5 Times in 1 Day

These are the questions, asked by mushroomsup, for me to answer upon acceptance. (She said they were optional, but I’ll be a kiss up good sport)  😉

1. If you had to think of another name for your blog, what would it be? It would take me days to think of something “catchy”. It took a week to come up with the first one!

2. What’s your favourite quote/ saying? It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
– Chinese Proverb

3. What’s the worst joke you’ve made/ heard? The worst, if you can stomach calling them jokes even, are Dead Baby Jokes. I don’t repeat them.

4. What’s your favourite television show? That varies, but lately I’m loving Ray Donovan (Showtime). I suspect that I am disturbingly vengeful and violent, to enjoy this show. Hopefully, it’s just that I have always had the hots for Liev Schreiber and I cannot stand Jon Voight‎.

5. Describe yourself in one word.  Ha!

6. Do you have an object that you consider to be your lucky charm? No. I have lucky underwear.

7. Which type of chocolate is best: white, milk or dark?  There is no best. There is only chocolate.

8. What’s the best non-fiction book you’ve read? “On Writing” by Stephen King.

9. What’s your favourite word?  Shenanigans.

10. Are you philosophical person?  I’m more of a spiritual person.

11. What’s the capital of Greenland?  Nuuk. And yes, I had to Google it  😉


Thanks again to mushroomsup!  You should check out her blog and her nominee’s blogs as well  🙂

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Questions From A Curious Mind


I’m not insane enough (yet?), to answer when I ask myself a question. These questions I have are not ones you can get answers for on Google. Maybe YOU could help me.  If you’re not afraid to be seen here, and would work for free pro-bono.

Before anyone volunteers (rrrrighttt!), I should give you a few examples of the crap my mind wonders about, while I go about my day:

  • If you gave your blog URL to your therapist, would it help him diagnose you?
  • Why does the IRS expect you to pay taxes after you die? This has apparently been going on for a while, so we can’t blame Obama for this. But just who in the Hell thought this was a good idea?
  • Why aren’t Honey-Boo-Boo’s parents in jail?
  • Which shades of green yarn make cuter crocheted frogs?  Should I  use all shades to convey diversity, or does PC only apply to people?
  • Did Jewel write her song, Foolish Games, about Jean-Claude Van Damme?
  • Speaking of, I sure would love to be able to do spin-kicks like that. No matter how many times I watch his movies, I can’t get the move down. I sure like watching him do them. (no question here – my mind just veers off on its own)
  • What happened to dancing to The Macarena at wedding receptions? I could do that one.
  • Do all men blow their nose in the shower?
  • What was I thinking when I gave my blog address to my kids?

And so on, and so forth.


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