How Smart Are You?
This little quiz came through on my chapter's email list so I don't know where it originated. It's fun and at times a challenge. Also please follow the instructions. You might be tempted to cheat. :-)
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The average person only gets 7 right. This is based on U.S. info, so use all lobes of your brain. This can be more difficult than it looks -it just shows how little most of us really see! There are 25 questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives. How many can you get right? These little simple questions are harder than you think. It just shows how little we pay attention to the commonplace things of life.

RULES! Put your thinking caps on. No cheating! No looking around! No getting out of your chair! No using anything on or in your desk or computer! Can you beat 20?? (The average is 7) Write down your answers and check them (in comments) AFTER completing all the questions. REMEMBER-NO CHEATING!!! It doesn't matter if you cheat, actually, because if you have to cheat, then you don't know the answer, thus, you've already missed the question. BE HONEST!!! That means no looking at your phone or anything on your desk...

LET'S JUST SEE HOW OBSERVANT YOU REALLY ARE. - If not, just have fun! Here we go!

1. On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom?
2. How many states are there in the USA? (Don't laugh, some people don't know.)
3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's torch?
4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell's soup label?
5. What two numbers on the telephone dial don't have letters by them?
6. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg? (Don't you dare get up to see!)
7. How many matches are in a standard pack?
8. On the United States flag is the top stripe red or white?
9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial? (Don't look at that dial!)
10. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise? (Get out of the bathroom!)
11. Which way does a "no smoking" sign's slash run?
12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?
13. On which side of a women's blouse are the buttons?
14. Which way do fans rotate?
15. How many sides does a stop sign have?
16 Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?
17. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
18. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?
19. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who's missing?
20. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?
21. On which playing card is the card maker's trademark?
22. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats?
23. There are 12 buttons on a touch tone phone. What 2 symbols bear no digits?
24. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?
25. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?__________________________________________________________

You will find the answers if you click on 'comments' below....
Happy Valentine's Day

Since this is the day for love and romance, I thought I'd share some of my favorite romantic things with you.

Favorite romantic movies: Dirty Dancing, Sense and Sensibility, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Wedding Planner, While You Were Sleeping, First Knight

Favorite romantic TV shows: The Bachelor: Paris, Courting Alex, Friends

Favorite romance novels: The Trouble With Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson; Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale; Tonight or Never by Dara Joy; Beast by Judith Ivory; Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning; Forbidden by Helen Kirkman

Favorite romantic songs: Hungry Eyes and the whole Dirty Dancing CD, Never Tear Us Apart by INXS, Broken by Seether featuring Amy Lee; Bring Me To Life by Evanescence; Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse

Favorite romantic food: chocolate!

Dream romantic getaway: Scotland!

Favorite romantic quotes:
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. ~Judy Garland

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~Henry Kissinger

That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love. ~Emily Dickinson

Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. ~Franklin P. Jones

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~Allan K. Chalmers

Happy Valentine's Day!
"Irish Kiss"
Sorry for my long absence. I've been in the throes of writing short stories. (I enjoy them so much.) I've sold another one. Woohoo! "Irish Kiss" will be in the April issue of True Confessions magazine. This is a St. Patrick's Day romance with a bit of intrigue and suspense. What if you met and fell in love with a sexy Irishman who was being stalked by a woman he used to date?

Here in the higher elevations of NC we have 12 - 14" of snow today. Huge flakes are still falling. It's really beautiful. I love snow, as long as the roads aren't too icy.
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