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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thought provoking chat series continued...


 I realized my coffee talk series kinda fell to the way side these days.  I suppose decorating got in the way of things.
I love asking questions.
In fact my teen gets annoyed because I question him A LOT, on everything, every day!
However, I do find most of the time he answers, and is willing to share.
What that tells me, even though he gets annoyed, he is glad I asked.
I find one hot topic these days is asking me "girl" questions, mostly advise, and how to read between the lines..
and hey do I have some advise for him!
Socially, I consider myself smart. ( I don't mean that in a stuck up way) I have to hang my hat on something girls..OK?
Book wise, not so much...but hey you can't have everything, so I will take the  people skills gift I was given, and put it to good use in my lifetime. My husband is the book smart guy, so we work well together as a couple. Although, he has pretty good people skills too..I guess he was given more of a gift than I.
So here I pose just 2 questions: thought provoking indeed.
I will post them, and answer them as well....
Which is worse, failing or never trying? 
HA..this is the perfect thought provoking question for me.  I never consider that I have failed at anything. The fact that I tried, makes it eventful for me. I do believe this offers a fine example to my children. I have fun in the process...I may fail miserably, but  I have fun  in the process of trying. You know the old saying, "No risk no reward".
What is your most beloved childhood memory?

As simple as it may sound, it was when my Grandfather would throw me in the car when we would hear the Mr. Softee truck.( it was usually before dinner time too, but we got our ice cream) Gram was never too happy about it either. I have many more of course, but this one stands out, I know for my sis it does too.

I would love for you to spontaneously share with me the same. I love to learn a little more about you, my friends, my readers. So hope your game for my new series of questioning each week. a great night! 
I have lots more questions in store for the stay tuned..
Here is just a random throw in..
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a court stenographer...yep I did, I would have loved that job too.

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Blogger Unknown said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm...let me see.....

Never Trying, of course. Because if you don't at least try then you can never know you are not going to fail or better yet have great success.

Numero 2 -

Licking our fingers into a box of RED JELLO before a major swimming race. Those with RED always beat out those with GREEN tongues.

Numero 3 -

Another easy one. A child book write. Maybe, that's why my blog is sometime so juvenille...he-he...

Loved having coffee with you tonight. But, I must go figure out dinner. Which by the way, is another one of my favorites. Burgers on the Grill.

TTFN, {Ta-Ta For Now}
Kate - T.G.B.

March 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

#1 - Never trying is worse. You have to often will be surprised at what you can achieve if you just try
#2 - building a club house and a tree house. Both I did using wood and a hammer and nails one summer. I used an entire box of nails because I would hammer and the nail would bend and I'd have to get another nail. The structure wasn't so sturdy and in the end my dad helped me build one that was sturdy.
#3 - I wanted to be a soap opera star when I grew up. I didn't follow my own advice from #1 above - I never gave myself the chance to try.

March 30, 2011 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

#1--I think that never trying is far worse. How would you know if you didn't try? Even if you fail, at least you know you couldn't do it. If you never tried, you'd always wonder whether you could have done it.

#2--This is a tough one because there are so many. Probably when my mom would let me skip school to go shopping & to lunch with my aunt & cousins. I always remember her disclaimer of sorts..."don't tell Daddy!" LOL

#3--A Rockette or choreographer.

This was fun! Have a good night!

March 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Never trying is worse! I have not been brave all of my life but I am better now! I love remembering camping trips in the summer time! Walking barefoot in the campground...sitting by the lake and watching the sunset! Good memories! ♥

March 30, 2011 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Never trying is much worse! You never know until you try! Of course some things can be skipped that are dangerous! LOL

Let's see...I had a great childhood but I think it was dancing in my Grandmother's living room in the sunbeams! It was magical!

March 30, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

#1 Never trying is worse. You never know until you try!

#2 Spending summers with my aunt and cousin in Brooklyn, yes Brooklyn, NY. We used to go to museums, parks, the beach, amusement parks. Just had a great time!

#3 Thats a tough one because I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

Thanks Debbie, it was fun having coffee with all you lovely ladies!
Marianne :)

March 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha! love that you are the queen of questions ;o)
It's always great knowing our kiddoes feel comfortable asking us questions, some I feel confident answering, others, I happily direct to my hubby...(he is somuch more direct and can see things with a clearer mind than I can sometimes when it comes to emotionally charged questions.
so...#1. Never trying is worse...(I agree with the other commenters)
#2. hm...lots to pick from, but going along the same line as yours... for this one...would be sitting on my grandpa's (my dad's dad) lap or his footstool (that looked like a little rocker) and sharing his box of rye crackers, tootsie rolls, or stick of dentyne. and he would call me his "chum".
#3 maybe a teacher...speak tons of foreign languages...a children's book illustrator., I can't wait to be a stay at home gramma :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

March 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

#.Never trying is worse, because when you try and fail you still learn something!
#2. Childhood memory...summers spent at my grandma's beach house. Walking up to taco bell for 19 cent tacos (yes, I am old!) and walks at night to Foster's Freeze for a dipped cone
#3 Every girl wanted to be a ballerina in first grade! When I was a little older, I wanted to be a clothing designer...which I ended up doing for awhile!
Great questions!!!

March 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

You can't fail, if you don't try.

We thought we saw the "real' Easter bunny outside at night and promptly jumped in bed. Trash sticking out of a trash can when I think back on it now.

I wanted to be a history teacher.... boring. But still love history.

March 30, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Thank you ladies for being so candid, I love this, and have learned some neat things about you..who would have known.

March 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

1. Never Trying. I'm a feet first kind of girl, almost to a fault. I think everything's worth a go at it.

2. Playing Hide & Seek with family friends when they'd all come over. There were 4 of us and 3 of them. I was tiny(but strong,) and I'd get into a dresser drawer, put clothes on myself, and muscle that drawer closed from the inside. Or I'd climb out onto the garage or sunroom roof, and plaster myself against the siding ready to jump off the roof if necessary. Good times.

3. Prima Ballerina til I got too tall or something in fashion.

March 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Donnie said...

There is no such word as failing- it's called experience. Wish I could remember my childhood but not much there...I became a Medical Assistant but always wanted to be an RN. Now my youngest son has 1 more year to go to become one. Sometimes it takes more than one generation to fulfill a dream. Lovely post.

March 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

#! Never trying

#2 My whole childhood was fabulous, but I would have to say playing dolls on the front porch with my friends

#3 I just wanted to be a Mom and ride around in a convertible with a bunch of my kids.....I only ended up having one and never owned a convertible!

I was watching the Nate Berkus show today and he asked a question "Your one regret was?" interesting


March 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Failing sucks Debbie!!! Sometimes I think I'd rather not try something than fail at it:) It depends how motivated you are though and how much you want it.

My best childhood memory, I don't have anything specific but definitely anything that involved candy of any sort. That's probably why I don't eat it now, I overdid it in my youth.

When I was little all I wanted to be was a mom, I was obsessed with dolls and everything that went with them. I still have my Michael doll that I got when I was about 5, I dreamed of having a little boy one day and I would name him Michael:) Which I did!

March 30, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

LOL...Carol you are a hoot..I say get a convertible. I do not watch Nate so I missed that.
Victoria that is so very sweet..Jack is my candyholic, so that means there is hope he may stop!

March 30, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

My favorite childhood memories are baking with my nana! She was the best!

I also studied to be a court stenographer, but kept developing tendinitis, not good for a stenographer. . . so after 1 year of school I had to stop . . .

So, at the ripe old age of 40 I went back to school and got my BS in business, graduated Magna Cum Laude (I worked really hard for that honor), and then the following year I rec'd a Masters degree in Education, and I'm now finishing my 2nd Masters degree in Library. I Took my state teaching boards and passed, another big achievement, especially since a classmate took them 13 times, I was so scared! Through it all my husband has been with me 100% of the way, he's my biggest cheerleader! Of course he has more degrees than a thermometer! LOL!!!

If you don't try, you'll never know if you'll succeed. My motto was "come back with your shield, or come back on your shield" that's what got me through my bachelors degree! LOL!!! My masters degree was easy, because I loved what I was studying, my husband told me it would be easier, but I didn't believe him ~ he was right!

I think I drank the coffee pot! LOL!!

March 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Carol-Anne said...

Wanted to be a psychiatrist when I grew up.....and now I HAVE a psychiatrist! Is that an accomplishment? Hah!

March 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

Never trying is boring. Gotta give it a try at least.

Favorite memory is of playing kick the can with my best friend and neighborhood kids. Would do it until late at night.

I wanted to be a doctor. Am an accountant, so not even close!

March 30, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie Dear! Girl questions? How cute and I remember when my son asked me those questions. He's married now! :)

I believe it's most important to try. Usually the joy is in the journey anyway.

My most fav childhood memory: I had a wonderful childhood and lots of memories but one of my favorites was sitting up late to what "Shock Theater" with my Daddy. I was too scared to sit up by myself and watch scary shows but wanted to. So he would stay up with me,lay on the sofa and go to sleep.I would watch my scary show and feel safe, even if he was asleep. He would also give me 25 cents to comb his hair! I loved my Daddy! :)

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

March 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

My best child hood memory was when we went to my grandparent's house in Greensboro, NC for Christmas. We would go a few days early and the school that my grandmother taught first grade in got out later than the school I went to. So since she still had a day or two of school left she let me go to school with her and be part of her class. I felt so special because the teacher was my grandmother.

When I was living in Florida from age 9-11 I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist.

March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

umm, you did see I PAINTED those frenchie chairs, right lol.. so I am the MUST TRY IT girl almost from birth.
fav childhood memory- oh mercy, how can I choose between dancing with my Dad whenever we took the ferry.. That kept me occupied so I didnt get queasy. runner up fav. dancing with my Dad at the fair every year on the last night after he closed up the Milk display:: he gave out free milk for Sealtest and there was an organ co. display at the end of his aisle who played a song for us to dance to before he closed up..
I wanted to be a Builder and I became one at professionally at age 27.
thanks for such great questions Deb and giving us a chance to stroll down memory lane..


March 30, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Never trying is worse...if you don't try, you've already failed...

I have so many favorite childhood memories, mostly centered around special holiday family times!

As a young girl I wanted to be a teacher, as a teenager I wanted to be a journalist, and as an adult I wanted to be an artist/designer... sounds like a blogger to me LOL!

March 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

Hi Debbie!
I have always at least tried something I thought I wanted to do or accomplish and if it doesn't work--oh, well! Failure to me is NOT trying.
One of my favorite childhood memories involves my Gram, too. She used to take me/us (my sister, Stephenie and me) to the Miami Zoo (we lived in Miami), and I remember there being this huge concrete hippopotamus statue at the front entrance. My sister and I used to sit in its mouth! We thought that was great fun for some reason.
What did I want to be when I grew up? A WWF Woman Wrestler!!!! No joke--loved going to wrestling matches and watching WWF shows!! I worked out in High School and beat the GUYS at arm wrestling! LOL! Can you believe that? I think I also wanted to be a mom/ballerina/nurse along in there somewhere, as well.
I was glad to read more about you, too! :)
Isn't it neat how we actually turned out? Bloggers! :)

March 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Allison Nicole said...

Exactly what Lori said previously, You can't fail if you don't try!

1 of my most fav. memories was going blackberry picking w/my mamie & then she would wash them, put them in a bowl w/milk & sugar & we would eat! I know it may sound weird but it really is good!

My dream was to be a dancer!

Have a great night!


March 30, 2011 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Never trying is worse than trying and failing. If we don't try we never know!

My fondest childhood memory was visiting my maternal grandmother in Pennsylvania for a week in August and helping her feed her chickens and pick vegetables from her garden. It made this city girl I felt like I was farmer.

PS: I loved Mr. Softee! His photo brought back memories!

March 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

I think never trying... you never know unless you try!

I think one of my best childhood memories was Christmas time. My mom decorated everything and made it so special. We would spend it with all the family and being with my cousins was the best as I have no siblings.

I wanted to be a marine biologist and work with dolphins. It is funny because my parents brought that up not too long ago! Now I want to be a photographer when I grow up! :-)

March 31, 2011 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

I enjoyed this one, Debbie! I could never pick a single childhood memory that was my favorite, but the ice cream truck music was amongst them.

My washer and dryer both play what I think of as ice cream truck music when they finish their cycles...and it ALWAYS makes me happy.

March 31, 2011 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Love this post, and I love reading all the responses. It's amazing how many little girls wanted to dance when they grew up.

I just wanted to remind everyone that we can still dance, even when our kids look at us funny. At Christmastime, when the Nutcracker Suite is playing, I've been known to turn a few pirhouettes in the living room.

March 31, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. 1 Never trying is worse. You might think you're good at something and shock yourself to find out you suck! Or you may think you could never do something and shock yourself to find out that you have a god given natural talent and you excel at it!

No. 2 Any time I got to go swimming! Wasn't often. My mother regrets not taking me more. Now, I swim laps 5-6 times a week.

March 31, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

You never give yourself enough credit, you know that?

Okay, Never trying is worse. Failure is easy, but trying is challenging and it makes you expand your world and mind when you try.

Sitting on my Grandma's front porch in the summer..a breeze blowing through and just talking with Grandma. That is why I had to have a cement porch like hers:)

I wanted to be an actress. I also wanted to be a veterinarian, until I was chased by a hog, then I kind of changed my mind!

Great post Debbie, and classic you!

March 31, 2011 at 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(1)Which is worse, failing or never trying?WELL!, let me say that there was nothing that I wouldn't try,and it has been a dawg-gone fun adventure,some failures,some things I've tried and wish I wouldn't have and regret it, but I never consider my trying as failure.
(2)Childhood memory?Coming from a family of (8),four brothers and one sister.Living in the country,and summer's out of school,me and my two younger brothers(we were the three musky-teers)walking and playing in our woods,the swimming hole,eating wild plums and grapes,and chewing lots of "baccr",yep(RED MAN chewing tobacco),Ahhh those were the days,thanks for the walk down memory lane.
(3)I always liked "standing up" for "the little guy", so I ran for Chief Magistrate Judge, and won,soon found out that politics
(I HATE) in a small county will drive you to "drinkin'-lets just say I disliked it so bad I DID NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.And have since sobered up(hehe)(10 years on the wagon).
Hope I didn't shock,or offend anyone,but HEY,you ask.

Debbie, I love drinkn' coffee and chatn'.

March 31, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

#1 Nevre trying is worse . I believe even if you fail there is a lessoned to be learned.
#2 So may great memories ..Just hanging on the corner with our bottle of Coke.
#3 I always wanted to be a Mom and a school teacher.

March 31, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Nancy's Notes said...

1. Oh, never trying, of course. How boring would life be!

2. Spending time in the summer at my aunt and uncles home, it was on Lake Austin. I love going out in the boat, I'd spend time on the pier watching the boats go by. I learned to water ski there, the place was magical.

3. I still don't know!

Love your blog!


March 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Susan Freeman said...

I am the only child of parents who were always perfectionists, so failing was never an option for me as a kid. There are things I never tried for fear of failing and I so regret that. Now I just go ahead and try.

Favorite childhood memory ~ that's a tough one because I have so many favorites. Here's one ... I used to play war/battlefield with the neighborhood kids. I was always the nurse and the "wounded" came to the tent in my backyard to be bandaged up. I used old torn up sheets that Mom gave me for bandages. One day the casualties we very high and I ran out of bandages. I went into my Mom's closet and found a box of Kotex (didn't know what those were for yet) I started using Kotex for bandages. When it was dinner time the kids went home wearing their Kotex bandages. Mom got a lot of phone calls from angry mothers that night!

This was fun Debbie!

Susan and Bentley

March 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Never trying - it is amazing what a person can learn about themselves when they actually try something - trying often yields surprising results.

Meuzelaar Enchiladas and movie night.

When I was younger a jockey - when I got to big a lawyer.

Funny how neither of those things happened (and I am so glad they didn't).

March 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Deb, I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
~Bill Cosby
Isn't that the truth. I think it's worse to be afraid to try than it is to try and fail.
Favorite Childhood Memories,
summer sleep overs outside with the neighborhood kids, catching fire flys, marshmallows, kittens, touch football, buying candy at the corner store. I also loved when my mother and father would pack up the station wagon and pull a u-haul and bring all of us kids
to our grandmothers house on the cliffs of Nantasket Beach. I have fond memories of Paragon Park and riding the Carousel which is no longer there. Awww, the good ole days, so carefree...
Thanks for bringing me back to those times tonight!

March 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

Well, I'm with Ash Tree Cottage ~ my mother was an extreme perfectionist and there was nothing good enough. I was always told I couldn't do this or that ~ no way to build self-esteem in a child. :-( I strongly feel one must try before feeling they have failed.

My parents separated when I was 6 wks old so my fondest memories were of my grandparents. My grandmother was my savior and I would do anything to spend time with her. She took me to the 'dime' stores and I could look until I was exhausted...she never hurried me. We didn't have $$$ to spend but just her love and the time was such a treasure.

I really didn't have a real goal to "be" anything when I grew up as I was always told I couldn't. I did go to therapy and that saved my life! I had a successful 30 yr career with a major airline, raised 2 wonderful adult children and "tried" a lot of things! :-)

Interesting conversation, Deb!

March 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

What a great post Debbie. Love your new draperies; so very creative! To your questions:
1 - try, try, try, failure is part of life - nothing ventured; nothing gained

2 - the smell of fresh bread baking with my mom and grandmother (certainly something I've never done - ha)

3 - a professional dancer

March 31, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Thank you all for sharing. I found this to be very interesting and really enjoyed learning more about you.

March 31, 2011 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I would say my favorite memory would be playing with the neighborhood kid and catching tadpoles in the creek. More like a ditch! We would be told to go outside to play and when it started getting dark it would be time to go home!

Not trying is worse but it took along time to not fear failure. I still have issue with it sometimes.

As a kid I thought about being a vet.

April 1, 2011 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. Never trying of course. I think most of us crafty girls will try just about anything.

2. Lot's of great childhood memories, most with my grandma. I guess all of the memories of her teaching me to sew, decopauge, anything crafty.

3. Be a mom. I did really well at that one, I have 6 children!

April 1, 2011 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Hey Debbie,, interesting #1 question - in one of my devotions this week was this quote "Our glory is not in never falling but in rising again each time we fall",, and if you look at it like that its better to at least try - fail or not! Favorite childhood memory -- uhhmmm?? Going to my mamaws house alot on weekends and during the summer, she let us play with old clothes, purses and shoes,, lots of fun.
I always thought i wanted to be a teacher when i grew up - tried assistant teaching for 6 years - that wasnt But all I ever really saw myself as was a mom/wife and thats what I take the most pride in. Now I just want to make the best of everything and be happy.

Love how you painted the drapes,, I have dropcloth drapes as well, unpainted though.

Have a great weekend.

April 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM  

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