Meet Me on Monday #38

March 13, 2011


Is it just me, or does the week just FLY by, and before you know it, it’s Monday again! When I was a kid, the days of the week dragged by. Why does time seem to pass so much more quickly when we are older?


1. Do you have a fireplace in your home?
No, but my neighbors do, and I love it when they burn wood. The smell is so nice, especially in the fall and winter.

This is my house; photo taken in 1910.

My old house used to have a bunch of fireplaces. They were closed up sometime in the 1960s. I think there were at least three. My house was built in 1855, back when people burned wood and/or coal for fuel. I know that there were fireplaces here because old records I own state that they were removed. My home was a church parsonage for a while, and those Methodists kept METICULOUS records. When we bought the house, I was given a folder of records going way back. They’d even saved the refrigerator sales sheet for the 1972 fridge!

Anyway, when they removed the bricks for the fireplaces, they buried the bricks all over the yard. :hmph: I don’t need to explain what a royal PAIN it is to dig flower beds around here….

2. Can you drive a stick shift?
Funny you should ask this– I was perusing cars at an auction car lot today. I am in serious need of a new car. Please pray I get a good deal on a sweet little Hyundai Sonata I saw!

Anyway, I *think* I can still drive a stick shift. I used to, about 17 years ago…. although I need an automatic now. My sciatica won’t let me mess with a clutch anymore.

3. How many computers are in your home?
OH GEE. ALL of them? I mean, I have some pretty old ones lying around, too. Ugh. I have a 1984 Macintosh (with original keyboard, mouse and printer still! It runs on floppy disks); an old Micro Windows 98 (first edition); one ME; three XPs; five Vistas; one Windows 7; a Linux Ubuntu; one Mini Mac G4. I also have an iPod Touch and iPhone 4, which I consider to be mini computers. Soooo….. that’s uhhhh 14 computers and 2 iPod/iPhone gadgets.


Think I have enough, LOL? Actually, I’m a freelance tech writer (and I do love to tinker in my spare time), so that’s why I have so many computers. At least, that’s my excuse. :mrgreen: To top it all off, I want an iPad, too. :blink:

By the way, I have a tech blog,, where I write tutorials and other computer stuff for basic computer users. I invite you to check it out if you want to learn more about blogging and the Internet and computers. If you have any tech questions or want to know how to do something, leave me a question in the comment form. I do answer questions and write tutorials for folks. Some of the articles I have written are:

How to Publish Your Blog to Amazon Kindle
How to Install New Fonts to Your Computer
How to Auto Publish Your Blogger Blog to Twitter
How to Hide the NavBar in Blogger
How to Add a “Tweet This” Button to Your Blogger Blogs
How to Protect Your Facebook Account
How to Increase Blog Readership
Eight Terrific WordPress Plugins
How to Secure Your Wireless Network, Part 1

4. Are your taxes done yet? Do you do them yourself?
I don’t think so. My husband, the Brainy Science and Math Guy, does them. I stay FAR FAR away when he’s doing them. It’s kind of stressful. This year it’s going to be a little messy, because I am self-employed at home, and the IRS likes to slap us independent folks with 17% tax. Then there’s the perplexing labyrinth of deductions, schedules, forms, etc etc…. why must it be so complicated????

5. What is your favorite meal of the day?
Lunch. I don’t eat breakfast and I dislike cooking dinner. Although, I like dinner because that’s (usually) when we’re all together. We sometimes watch a movie or documentary for dinner, too. My favorite are Drive Thru History DVDs with Dave Stotts.

But I like lunch because the food is tastier– fresh veggies and cheese and etc.

That’s it for this week! Thanks for reading! Have a great Monday, and I’ll see you all at your blogs. šŸ˜€

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18 Responses to “Meet Me on Monday #38”

  1. Helen Says:

    Breakfast is my favourite meal x

  2. Bruna Says:

    I dislike cooking dinner too!

    Following you via Meet You on Monday:)

  3. Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom Says:

    Thanks for stopping in at Acting Balanced, I hope you get a good deal on the car you want!

  4. Carli Says:

    You and Bruna neeed to get crockpots! Put the food in in the morning and then walk away. I don’t think I ever spend more than 10 or 15 minutes getting stuff together to put in it. Why? I don’t really care to cook dinner either. I’m tired by then!

    Following back :)!

  5. Mike Says:

    Nice! I love the old house photo! And we got 7 computers if you count one that is almost unusable. But soon to be 8! šŸ˜€

  6. Jo-anne Says:

    I was telling my son about how many computers you have & he wanted me to ask what version of ubuntu are you running. Most of our computers are linux based

  7. Bev Crockett Says:

    I LOVE your home! I think it is so exciting to know the history and be renovating soon. I just think that’s the best! Enjoy =)

  8. Karen and Gerard Says:

    We have fake fireplaces. One built-in that we have our couch in front of and two of the heat-surge electric heaters made by the Amish that look like fireplaces which we can move anywhere:

    No, neither of us can drive a stick shift. We hire an accountant to do our taxes and they would have been done but had to send them back because we are filing separate and he put all the medical deductions on my husband’s when in fact most of those are mine. Such a hassle. You are right–it is stressful!

    We only have one computer and I like breakfast best. It’s the only meal my husband and I eat together.

  9. Yvonne Says:

    I was afraid I was the only one with more than 1 computer. I’m glad to see I’m not.

  10. Kathy Says:

    Thanks for stopping by my place for a visit. I hoped right on over to repay the visit. Wow, thats a lot of computers that you have! I’m going to check out some of your tutorials šŸ™‚ Good luck with the car!

  11. jennifer n Says:

    thanks for stopping by, i’m going to have to come back later today when i’m not at work to see the picture of your house. I’m not sure why, but it’s blocked here at work

    have a great week.

  12. Rachel Says:

    Bricks buried in the yard. Sounds fun, okay not really. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a good week!

  13. clavs Says:

    you could make one whole chapter of a book with your answer, my nose bleed? LOL!
    I am your newest follower, I hope you could visit mine…

  14. Bev Says:

    Love the taxes cartoon! And the kudos for our taxes being done go to the Hubby, not me. I have nothing to do with them beyond handing over my W-2 and saying, “Thank you, Honey” when he’s all done.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Donna Says:

    You totally beat me on the computers!!! My husband and I are both ex-IT folks and at one time we had a ton of stuff laying around. Hubs is in clean out mode so a lot of it has gone to Goodwill – thank goodness!

  16. Beverly @ The Buzz Says:

    Thanks for the heads up about your tech blog. I joined–hope that means I’m now following. šŸ˜‰

  17. Kat Says:

    I LOVE your house. Our last house was a parsonage, too. It was built in the 1920’s. I wished I could pick it up and transport it instead of having to buy a new one.
    My son and I were very impressed with your computer list. We are technophiles and collectors of vintage technology ourselves.
    I have been reading your other blog on and off as well.

  18. Ms. Dawn Says:

    I LOVE that you elaborated on each question….I was starting to feel so WORDY after reading everyone else’s answers!! lol Thank-you for making me feel not so along. šŸ˜‰