As we've both had our ups and downs healthwise lately, Meredith mentioned to me that I might like to answer her little questionnaire. Here goes.
1 Do your eyes light up when he comes to you?
It depends where he is coming from, with what intentions, and whether I have to back up rapidly.
2 What sports do you watch together?
Dan is heavily into supporting the local football team - and I am talking about soccer. I enjoy to watch showjumping, eventing and dressage.
The only sport we both enjoy is Formula 1 racing. We both get very caught up in the 'action'. Nothing like 'fast men and fast cars'! But although I have had the good fortune to enjoy many a fast car over the years, my one fast man has been the only one I've ever wanted or needed.
3 On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is lingerie when it usually ends up on the floor?
Beautiful and expensive lingerie should never be underestimated, but it is important to go for style that suits you and your figure. There is no strict rule that should be adhered to about it matching - for example, I often wear a red top which necessitates wearing a red bra, coupled with white linen trousers or skinny jeans which necessitate wearing skin coloured knickers. I also feel it is important that if you should let a bra-strap stray into sight, you ensure it is a very pretty one.
I learned years and years ago in Italy, that it doesn't matter a jot what shape or size you are; you owe it to yourself to wear the best you can, and believe me, there are some very sexy Italiana mamas out there!
4 Do you watch Netflix's House of Cards?
We live in an area that can only be compared to the wasteland of Outer Mongolia, and thus I can probably run faster than our internet speed. So no hope of Netflix here. I have never heard of House of Cards. Is it a "soap"?
5 What outdoor activity do you do together?
We walk mostly. Either across the local meadows and farmland, or we take the car to a beach to walk. We also go walking with a small group of friends once a month, but that is more of a social activity.
In our misbegotten youth we played tennis quite a bit, but Dan's backhand always slaughtered me.
6 What is his dream vacation?
I know he would like to visit Penang, where his dad was during the second world war, and he also wants to return to South America, maybe Rio. I am happy to go wherever he wants to go, usually. I hope that when we get over this little 'health hiccup' of ours that we will be able to start planning another adventure together.
7 What is your dream vacation?
Too many to mention. Possibly the Iguasu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Or the Cook Islands. I'd also like to visit China.
8 What is your favourite book of all time?
I am unable to pin it down to just one book. Again too many to mention, but I have an especial love for these three - A Season of Mists by Sarah Woodhouse, Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine and Restoree by Anne McCaffrey.
9 What was your last argument about?
We very rarely argue, we discuss. I have the occasional meltdown from time to time, but Dan soon sorts those out. A couple of his areas of expertise are Negotiating Skills and Resolution of Conflict. These days he has his own little arsenal at the ready to deal with the latter. LOL!
10 Are there any words you use that he does not like?
Possibly, but as I very rarely swear, he knows that if I do I am likely to be justified. There are certain swear words that I would never wish to use. I don't even like men using them.
11 Do you have any restrictions about internet time?
When I first discovered Blogland I went mad. I was on the computer for hours and hours and eventually Dan issued me with dire warnings. Now, we both tend to go on the internet at the same time just for the odd hour or so. He hates to sit in the lounge on his own in the evening and hear me clattering away on the keyboard, if he hasn't seen much of me during the day. Our together time is very important now, to both of us.
12 Do you have a phobia?
I can't stand spiders! I am only just about able to cope with them. Yet I will happily encounter beetles, snakes, mice and even rats.
We now have a new and very dangerous spider in the UK. It came over some years ago from the topics, and it is called the False Widow. It is similar to the Black Widow but not quite the same colour. It has taken a liking to the UK and has bred prolifically. It has such a poisonous bite that there have been many cases of people having to have limbs amputated. If you see any you need to contact the Pest Control people, who come out in white suits and spray the spiders with pesticide. They like warm damp places and you can get large nests of the creatures. I know because our son lifted up an old drain and nearly died of shock at the number of spiders that started coming out. They also have a tendency to be aggressive. Our local paper did a big article on them and warned people not to go near them under any circumstances.
13 When do you melt into his arms?
When I'm sick, scared or lonely. I just love the feeling of security he gives me.
14 Are you watching Outlander?
See (4) above. I am extremely jealous because our son DOES watch Netflix and keeps telling me about it. He is well into it. Where he lives he gets 'lightning' broadband.
15 Does your HOH have a motto?
Not that I am aware of.
16 What is your question for me?
Okay, Meredith, if you could go back in time, which years of your life would you like to re-live and why?