Working Your Body – Rory’s Questions

Rory’s questions today are related to physical and mental well-being. 

How is your physical and mental health overall? My mental health is pretty good considering what is going on in the world. I work daily on focusing on gratitude. I am aware of my circle of influence, which keeps me as detached as possible from many dramas. My physical overall health is a work  in progress, more due to body ailments than lack of effort.

What is your current level of exercise or activity like today? Every day that my body lets me, I do physical exercise either in my house or in my gardens. I tend to overdo more than underdo lately. Because of my foot disability, long walks left my life 20 years ago. I miss that the most.

Were you one for leading an active and physically active lifestyle before today – when younger as an example? Other than long walks, I never had time in younger years for much exercise. I was a workaholic when teaching. I tried the whole gym scene for a long time, but it wasn’t ever a fit for me.

Have you found that your exercise has been hindered or enhanced with the arrival of the pandemic? More than the pandemic, retirement has given me more good days than bad. Every morning I wake up and assess what pain level I am in. Then I do what I can for the day. Or, overdo what I can. I can honestly say I have been having more good days than bad lately. 

How do you motivate your enthusiasm today? If you mean motivate my enthusiasm for getting physical, it is a matter of knowing to take advantage of good days. I realize it is better for my OA and RA to move my body. That in turn, makes me happy. It is a good circle. More movement with less pain, means more is done, which means I am happy. I need to take those days when they come.

Do you find that your emotions are harder to manage in the current situation with Covid or are you able to keep your mentality stable? Again, retirement has been more of a game changer than the pandemic. I am so very grateful that I have my gardens and my house projects to keep me busy. Keeping busy is good for my mental health. When my emotions are in need of attention, I have the advantage now, of not needing to focus on my career, in addition to whatever else is going on. 

What is your over all vitality like today? It depends on the day. But, for the most part, I am living a good life doing the best I can daily.

What is a typical week like for you with activity – your interpretation? On my good days (which lately there have been many) I overwork myself. This is not a good thing. I can work on my house for 5 to 8 hours without realizing it. I have painted the interiors of 5 rooms this pandemic year. I have redone 4 planters. I have donated, trashed, and gifted hundreds of items. My activity has meant a happier home, a lighter spirit, and a cleaner environment for me. 

Rory’s Question Fun – S4 – G 4

Rory’s questions today looked fun. I do love questions.  So here goes.

1. Are you happy with all your body parts? Heck no. My body has turned against me.  If I had the option of keeping the exact same body but being pain free, I would take it over the perfect body with my pain.

2. What is the worst song ever? Anything by Soupy Sales. 

3. What’s the strangest culinary thing you have ever done with a bowl of fruit? I tried to draw an abstract painting of a bowl of fruit once. Awful, is the only word that comes to mine.

4. What’s the sauciest/naughtiest thing you have ever done with whipped cream? Exactly what everyone does with it. 🙂

5. Okay, you have been tasked with inviting 7 famous yet dead people to your dinner party – who is on your list and more importantly why those 7? John Lennon & George Harrison because, well who wouldn’t like to talk to them. Einstein, because of his great mind and curious personality. Janis Joplin, because her music has been a joy to me. Lauren Bacall because of her class and talent. Hedy Lamarr because of her talent, brains, and beauty. Maya Angelou because her work has brought me so much joy. 

6. What goes up but never down until it stops? Your age of course.

7, If l have a head, a foot and four legs what am l? A bed

TFF – Season 2 – Game 8

Rory is the creator of The Friday Four.
He says: 
Today some more brain tickling thought provokers …

1) Do you ever simply stop and wonder ‘Where has time gone to?’ or is it something that never bothers you? I do wonder where time has gone, but I wouldn’t say it bothers me. I had no desire to retire from teaching. I enjoyed going to work each day, just to be with the students. I knew that when the cons, outweighed the pros, it would be time to retire. At my retirement luncheon I wondered where those 35 years had gone. I wondered how I made it to age 65. I had no regrets for my career, nor for my decision to leave it.

2. If you had a warning label, what would yours read? My warning label would read, “Don’t ask if you don’t want the whole truth.”

3. What fact amazes you every time you think of it? The fact that every new child born has the possibility to bring peace into the world.

4. What kind of activities do you enjoy doing and what would you never do?
I enjoy playing with Annie, working in my garden, sewing, blogging, talking with loved ones, learning new things, and scrapbooking.
There are
activities I once wanted to do, but now I know this dilapidated old body could not handle it. I would not jump out of anything, climb to the top of anything, swim under anything, or consume anything bad for me.

12 Bloggerz – Dec 2020


Rory’s questions continue. Much to my delight. Here are his Game 8 – December questions.  



  1. When not specifically following ‘set’ directions everyone has a favorite direction they prefer to walk in – which is yours left or right and why do you think you always want to go that direction first? I rarely walk anywhere as my feet do not allow it. When I was walking I would walk in large circles so I ended up back where I started. LOL
  2. What’s the creepiest thing that has ever happened to you – irrelevant to your personal beliefs – just something that creeped you out – and yet you simply couldn’t explain it? I went into a mission once and felt an overwhelming sense of sadness from deceased Native Americans. It was creepy because everyone else was so happy visiting and I was feeling great loss.

3. Who are your top five actors/actresses and what is special about them to you? Meryll Streep, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, Emma Watson, Mayim Bialik – strong intelligent women

4. Which prompts do you participate in weekly with your blog – please list?
SoCS, Lots of Rory’s prompts, Lots of Fandango’s prompts, Three Things Challenge, Fibbing Friday, Truthful Tuesday, and anything else I have time for.

5. Have you taken the 16 Personalities Test and if so – what Personality Type are you and how accurate is it to you? Many many times. It was required in my teaching career.
Free Personality Test

6. Are you easily embarrassed – when was the last time for you? I am more embarrassed by what others say and do than I am for myself.

7. Has anything shocked you in the last 6 weeks to the point where you have gasped out aloud – if so what was it and if not, then when was the last time you were terribly shocked by something? I have been sadly shocked by the behavior of a loved one. Not OK to explain further.

8. If you have one what is your signature dish and if you don’t have one what would you love to be able to cook wonderfully well? Spinach artichoke dip. 10,000,000 calories but oh so good.

9. Strangest or wildest place you ever had the most amazing sex in or on maybe, even around …….? Who me?

10. Why is it healthy to flirt with people you have no intention of doing the naughty with and how often do you flirt with people you know or even don’t know? Haven’t flirted in 30 years.

11. Can you list 9 things that you can ride in, on or with? I have ridden in a boat, in a car, in a plane, in an ambulance, in a little red wagon, on a horse, on a bike, on a skateboard, and on roller skates.

12. Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Good list and if you are – what have you asked for from either? I think it’s against the rules for a cultural Jew to be on Santa’s list. LOL

12 Bloggerz – Nov. 2010

 Rory has delivered his November questions to his blog. As I am a fan of answering questions, here goes.



What’s currently inside your bathroom cabinet or sits on a shelf in your bathroom? Inside the bathroom cabinet are the typical meds both prescription and OTC.  I am pretty sure no one else has what is on top of the cabinet. I have a Lego Big Bang Theory set with all the characters. It was a gift a few years ago from my spouse.

If you awoke one morning and discovered that you had the complete control over global Time – would you USE it well or ABUSE it badly and how? I am not sure how I would use it or abuse it to be honest.

If you could start a new blog and no one was to EVER know who you were and you never let on either – what style or genre would you opt for? I might divulge the true stories of my childhood. Most would not believe them to be real though.

If you found yourself to be a ghost for a day who would scare the heebie geebies out of and why? I would probably go back to a few old principals who were less than kind to the teachers and pay them a visit.

What, if anything, are you allergic to? A pain medicine as well as onions, old eggs, and cologne of any kind.

What makes for the best Sandwich in your opinion and more importantly can you describe your perfect recipe to us? My favorite sandwich is a Reuben. Lots of lean corned beef, mustard, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, on dark rye bread. Yummy.

If online advertising doesn’t influence your buying decisions – what if anything – does? I buy things I need/want based on my needs and wants. I have never bought anything from a phone, Facebook, or magazine solicitor.

Silly caps aside – how well and how long do you think you could honestly survive in a post-apocalyptic world brought on by a terrible life ending disaster? [Your interpretation of terrible life ending disaster is your choice] As long as I had clean air to breath, uncontaminated food to eat, and uncontaminated water to drink.

Have any of your priorities with regards LIFE changed significantly during 2020 and if so, what and how? I am doing my best to do things that make me happy and not things that I SHOULD do.

Do you have any bizarre fetishes and if so – care to share? A hard no.

Rules are meant to be broken … yes or no and if yes why and which and if no, why not? Unfair rules/laws are meant to be broken.  A woman’s body is her own. No one should make decisions for her.  Any legal consenting adults should be able to marry anywhere in the world.
So!! Coffee upstairs or something stiffer and if so, which, why and what? No coffee, no tea, no wine, no alcohol of any kind. Hot chocolate in cold weather and alkaline water all the time.