The Letter N




 My friend Sue over at Lupusranting had a marvelous meme that I meekly asked to be tagged for .

The rules are:

You leave a comment on this post and I’ll assign you a letter.  You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place.  When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on.

You DO NOT have to do the meme if you only want to comment. Tell me if you want to do it. Otherwise you will not be tagged.

 She did a marvelous job.  I became caught up in the anticipation, partly because my little brain has been stumped for a blog topic for days!  This is my attempt:

I was assigned the letter “N”. 

1. Niobium-

I am severely allergic to jewelry containing nickel so wearing costume jewelry has always been out of the question for me. BUT recently I discovered a metal called niobium and I am so excited because #1, it’s cheap compared to gold, and #2 it’s so pretty! It changes colors when it’s heated in a particular way so often you will see it as earwires in bright colors like teal, hot pink,  blue or simply in copper or bronze.  Few companies are using it because it can be difficult to work with but I’ve made some simple earrings by attaching beads to earwires I purchased .                            My pretties!

 2. NightgownsI usually like to wear something cute and sexy like this:nightgown 





But sometimes I wear this:grannygown1

 I’m not proud of that but it’s true. There’s nothing like a soft old granny gown and a cup of hot tea with lemon when a nasty cold hits you.

3. Novels–  

I had a strange and violent childhood so when things got too crazy, I would grab a book and run to the woods where there was a perfect tree for climbing. Its branches hung low enough for a short little girl to shimmy up and yet it was full and leafy enough to be well hidden in. Novels became my escape from an extraordinarily nasty family. I became Tarzan when I read Edgar Rice Burroughs, or Crusoe when I read Defoe.  I got a thrill reading novels that my family had lying all around our house. We may have been poor and crazy but we had tons of books! Stacks of them everywhere! And thank the goddesses for that!

4. Names-

I collected them for years! The sillier the better! We had a farrier by the name of Preston Sprout. Every time I heard his name a mental image of a wee little leprechaun of a man came to mind! In reality he was anything but!  I recently found a great one on a MySpace friends list: Pontificus McSmarmy ! (Sorry George!)

5. Nutmeg– 

I love it freshly grated over bananas in milk! Yum!

6. Negromaro– 

salentoparticularly Salento Rosso Puglia and Salento Rosso 2003 !  Inexpensive and so very yummy!



7. Naughtiness

By the time I reached 50 I realized it was time to embrace my naughtiness. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with understanding that it’s really OK to be as naughty as you like (as long as you’re discreet!)spanky

8. Noodles

Carbs are supposed to be a no-no if, like me, you’re prone to pudginess, but damn! Noodles are one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world.  Soba noodles with sesame, egg noodles with butter and parmigiana cheese, homemade noodles in chicken broth, and on, and on!! noodles1





9. Nakedness

Yep, you heard me! I love looking at nekkid people. As an artiste I find the naked body to be endlessly fascinating. Not just the beautiful ones either! I think the human form is incredibly interesting and wonderfully varied!naked4



and finally-




Nesbitt,James   Terry and Gaby show  swoon….His Mr. Hyde was amazing!

Norton, Edward   norton  I never saw a movie of his I didn’t love..especially Fight Club!

 Neeson, Liam    liam_neeson_98  Ahh, those Irishmen!

Nolte, Nick   nick-nolte-5  I have aways loved him….

Now ..anyone????



12 comments on “The Letter N

  1. Bravo!!! I also had writer’s block that was cured by the meme 🙂 I gotta check up on niobium to see if my jewelry wire is made with it. Mmmm Liam Neeson is a big favorite of mine too!

    Sue- Thank you for this! I had fun!!
    Niobium is wonderful for earrings but harder to work with for other jewelry like necklaces, etc.

  2. Oh i like this!
    And what good choices you made.
    Who knew N was such a cool letter?

    Ed Norton is so cute!

    c- thanks!!! Glad you likee!
    I just saw Norton in The Hulk and he was, as usual, brilliant..and cute!!!

  3. meme’s are often good for bringing out things we wouldn’t ordinarily think to blog about lol

    I’m game.

    I have a problem with nickel in my earrings – have to be nickel free or I end up with pus balls for earlobes.

    Then you’ll love niobium! I am extraordinarily sensitive to nickel and have not had one moment of problem with niobium!

    And if you want the meme I’m sending you your letter via email!! Have fun and good luck!

  4. I’m up to pussy’s bow with ragging on Christmas. This looks like a fun meme to do. 🙂

    anja- HAHAHA…”up to pussy’s bow”. I never heard that before. I love it!!
    Sending you your fun letter via email!!

  5. Please, oh great one, tag me, tag me.
    I like naked bodies too. And these days I don’t blush about it anymore either. 😉

    SLF_ Consider yourself TAGGED!
    “I like that “oh great one” part!!” 🙂 🙂 🙂
    ummmm…naked bodies….ummm

  6. Oh, I have to wear nickle free earings- you can get them at “Claires” now. They never hurt my ears 🙂 I had never heard of niobium; that’s good to know!

    I didn’t know you had a rough childhood 😦 That is sad because you are so awesome and deserve only the best. I love to think of you up in a tree reading to escape it all though- those books musta been real good!

    I like this meme, I did it already but I’m glad you did too so I could see all of your answers! The wine sounds yumma too!

    JQ– You is a sweety!
    I never see commercially made niobium earrings any more. Holly Yashi used to use it but not any longer.
    Ask for the wires at a jeweler’s. They should be able to get them for you or sometimes bead shops have them.
    Thanks for always making such thoughful comments!


  7. Oooh! I’m in, please tag me. This sounds like a fun one! Now don’t be mean and give me a letter like X, okay?

    allison- I would never be mean to you! You’re too sweet!
    Check your email. I’m sending you your letter assignment!
    Have fun!

  8. I thought I was okay with naked bodies too, until just last week when I saw myself near-naked in a fitting room mirror. It’s been close to 15 years since I tried on new stuff and the change was a bit of a shock.
    Nicely done meme, I love James Nesbitt myself.

    river- Agggh! Ain’t it a shock when you go in those dressing rooms? I’m surprised women buy anything at all after that!
    Yes, another Nesbitt-lover! He is so sexy!

  9. I loved this entry, although I haven’t done memes. Haven’t the time really. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found being naughty is so much more fun and nekkid people are really fascinating to me as well. I guess it comes with the age. I’m over 50, too.

    Jim- Thank you!! You can do memes when, like me, you get writer’s block and need a good jump-start!

    Yeah, there are definite advantages to being “mature”. 😈

  10. It’s OK. You can publicly admit you like to look at porn without having to couch it in the framework of art 🙂

    Oh, just commenting puleeeze. I have enough banked blog fodder for the forseeable future!


    dobeman- hahaha!
    What meaneth thou, child of mine?

    That you would even think I, pure as the driven snow, would EVER enjoy PORNOGRAPHY!! Well!!

    duhhhhh…..guilty, as accused.. 🙄

    And the apple falleth near to the tree!

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