Without further ado, I present my Questions and Answers to Round #8 of One Question Wednesday!
From Workingdan - The rules of proper blog etiquette state that if someone comments on your blog, you should return the favor. Would you consider it a violation if... A) you simply don't have the time to visit and comment on blogs? B) You go to visit the blog and it doesn't interest you whatsoever and you have nothing to add?
A) As more people begin to follow a blog, it gets harder and harder to read all the posts each day, much less comment on all of them. I used to feel pressured, but I no longer do. I use Google Reader and start at the oldest unread posts from my blogroll, reading as I go along and commenting often, but not always. I usually do some catching up on the weekends.
B) Sometimes, as you note, someone's blog, or a particular post just isn't your cup of tea. That doesn't mean it isn't a good post, it just means it's not for you. If I visit a new blog and it's really not the kind I most enjoy, I don't follow it. I have plenty to read as it is. I will usually leave a comment just to let them know I returned the favor of checking it out, but I don't return. The same goes with individual posts, commenting isn't obligatory, if I have nothing to add, or can't really think of anything supportive, or - didn't even read it thru to the end, I'll pass on that one. The idea that everyone must comment on every post by the folks on their blogroll is ridiculous, it's just not doable, and it takes all the fun out of it. However, if someone I read regularly never comments on any of my posts, I'll probably stop making an effort to comment on theirs.
C) (bonus answer :-) While on the topic, the habit of following dozens of blogs that you have little interest in or rarely read/comment on, strikes me as ridiculous. Often it's just so they will follow you as well, increasing your "readership". But if they really aren't reading, what's the value of that number? I doubt that all the folks on my blogroll actually read what I write. The ones that do, and take the time to comment, make my day. I'd rather have ten readers than two hundred followers!
From Jo-Anne - What do you think of leggings should they be worn out in public or just at home?
When I'm out I often look at what women are wearing and wonder to myself if they even looked in the mirror before they left home. Did they smile and say "Wow, I look good"? My personal philosophy is to choose clothing that is flattering to your body. If you have a great body, ok, go for more fitted clothing (note, there is a difference between attractive and vulgar). If you are large, DO NOT wear clothing that fits like sausage casing! Muffin tops are not attractive, nor are fat rolls. Go for something a bit looser PLEASE! Back to leggings... they are fine for kids and young adults in great shape. I still don't care for them with tops only, I think it looks like you forgot your pants! Under short dresses, they are cute. But not if you are over 40. Every woman should learn to dress attractively for their age, don't try to look 21 when you are 40, people are laughing at you. You can still look beautiful, even hot, but wear your own age with grace, our society needs to learn that women of all shapes and at all stages of life are beautiful, the stereotyped skeleton look is pathetic and unhealthy.
From Soul - how bout the grand ole " moo moo"? Do you own one? Do you wear one? Would you ever wear one in public?
Moo-moos, delightful and definitely granny wear! I actually did have one in the past, a Hawaiian print one my mom gave me. I wore it around the house until it fell apart, just as I do my beloved kaftans. When we get home our shoes and street clothes go off and we opt for comfy wear, if any. Going out in public in your moo-moo, kaftan, pjs, boxers, whatever, is just plain lazy and looks sloppy. Put some decent clothes on, show enough self-esteem to look like you tried! The same goes for your kids, they should be dressed just as nicely as you!
From Ken - I think you mentioned to me that you have a small piece of land there. Aside from target practice, is it big enough to do anything on, like raise an animal of some sort, do you have any plans on doing this, or if not an animal of some type, do you grow a garden or anything?
We own 2-1/2 acres of pasture land, Ken. We bought it two years ago and moved our manufactured home out here from town. We love the quiet and the freedom from city regulations on everything. We love seeing the stars and moon without streetlights, and the privacy to be in our hot tub without a ten foot fence around the yard! Right now we own two trees... yes, just two! We had a well put in for watering, so we don't have to use the public water system and the associated expense. Eventually we will do more trees, a yard, rose bushes, lots of flowers, and some cool landscaping. We also have plans for a veggie garden, which must be fenced to keep out rabbits, and very possibly raising chickens for meat and eggs. We've even considered developing some of the back lot for motor home parking as space is in short supply here with the oilfield booming and parking spaces for workers go for a premium.
We have all the space to do anything we want, just need the funds and even moreso the time. I am hesitant to add even more to our chore/maintenance list, as we spend long hours in town working and Sunday is the only day that Papa Bear has off. This is the first time we've planted flowers and it sure cheers things up! Someday... a patch of green lawn for my barefeet that miss growing up in the green grass of Dakota so much. Nothing smells better than a fresh cut lawn! One also sees lamas, ostriches, goats, donkeys and longhorns raised here, but that's more work that we need, and of course then you have coyote issues. I see many of them, but I figure they were here first and have a right to eat too. I probably wouldn't feel that way if they reduced my herd of cattle!
From Carrie - What location (or type of location) inspires you the most and why?
I was raised a flatlander in Dakota, Carrie. While I love the beauty of mountains and the seashore, I love trees even more... a cabin in the woods next to a river or lake would be a wonderful retreat. My parents had a small cabin on a nearby lake when I was in highschool. I loved that place, especially taking my canoe out in early morning or evening when it was calm and quiet. I don't care for big cities, except to visit and experience a bit of culture now and then, and touristy stuff bores me to tears. Wanna hear what I think of Mt. Rushmore? Blow it up and return the mountain to the Lakota people, it was sacred to them. Would we want them painting faces on our churches?