Alison Lampkin: Play in my craft room making things for weddings, like guest books, invites, favors, etc.
Donna Rittenhouse: I would catch up on my kids’ lives and be on time for their sporting events.
Vivian Richmeier: I would do more community volunteering, spend more time with my grandchildren, and be in better physical shape because I’d have more time to exercise regularly (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!) and travel, travel, travel!
Angela James: Well, I would have obviously won the Lotto and after I shopped all that I could, I guess I would start a foundation and spread the love.
Mary Maire: This is a question I am currently seeking the answer to since in July I will be retiring after 41 years of service at Floyd Medical Center. I will definitely do volunteer work at church, at various community agencies and at Floyd. Having been in a leadership position for all my career, I want to be a worker bee and have someone tell me what I can best do to be of service. I will also travel, play lots more tennis and enjoy my grandchildren.
What is your most hated household chore?
Catherine Ragan: Dusting! Because as you are walking away it reappears again!!! Ugh!
Casey Nash: I will find every excuse possible to NOT have to wash clothes! Luckily, I have a husband that takes on that chore for me. He’s the best!
Julie Henderson: Cleaning toilets!
Debra McDaniel: All household chores are hated, but I guess the one I detest the most would be windows, as you have to do the inside and outside before the job is complete.
Carol Grajzar: Vacuuming — rough on my right replaced shoulder.
Mzuri Moyo: I absolutely hate to clean the bathroom. I think bathrooms should be self-cleaning. I don’t think that is a job for anyone.
Dana Davis: That’s impossible to name. After doing them all for 40+ years, I loathe every one of them — dusting, vacuuming, mopping, ironing, laundry (the least heinous, I guess), doing dishes, cleaning the bathrooms, etc., etc., etc. They’re all so boring. Do you think that’s why so many old ladies have dust bunnies cavorting through every room, each of which emits a wafting aroma of decay and mustiness? Hmmmmm. Time to take out the dust cloth and crank up the vacuum. Perhaps a little potpourri?
J'May Griggs: Mopping.
Kim Miller: Washing dishes. I don’t mind scrubbing the toilet, but I literally hate doing the dishes.
Amber Chatfield: I loathe washing dishes. I’d much rather buy everything in plastic than need to do dishes.
What makes a good friend?
Kay Chumbler: Big ears, broad shoulders and a tight lip.
Natalee Staats: Someone who thinks you are funny and thin no matter what. Someone with whom you can sit by the pool and sing karaoke with in the same night. What’s the old saying? “A friend will bond you out of jail. A good friend will be sitting there with you saying, ‘Boy, was that fun!’ ”
Dorraine Vines: For me, it would have to be trust, having the same things in common and someone you can easily talk to.
Regina Wright: A good friend is someone who is always there when you need them. You can share any details of your life and know that there is a special connection with them. A friend will not judge you. If your friend has critical comments, they will say them to you (and only you) with constructive criticism and in a loving attitude. A good friend is very special and you need to cherish them!
Jackie Smallwood: Someone who is always there for you through thick and thin, and no matter how much time you spend apart, you can always pick up wehre you left off.
Name two things not many people know about you.
Ann Tankersley: I don’t have a joint in my left thumb, and I like to stay in my pajamas all day on rainy days off work.
Willie M. Samuel: I love fishing and would walk a mile for a fish sandwich.
Elizabeth Davis: I like black jelly beans! And I have just about got the names of all 159 counties in Georgia memorized.
Marsha Blevins: I’d rather find a bargain than eat when I am hungry. I love to read Westerns, especially Louis L’Amour. I can almost feel the hot breeze blowing across the prairie.
Cathy Vann: I passed the second grade on the condition I would do better in the third. Later in life at 40+ I returned to college and received my doctorate in education. Learning is lifelong; just because you are not a good student early on does not mean you cannot succeed. The more failures experienced, the greater success is when accomplished!
Denise Powers: I like kick boxing. I am fascinated by genealogy.
If you had a time machine that could take you back in time, what year would you go to and why?
Tequila Smith: Sept. 11, 2001 ... my grandmother passed away that day. I would go back and share with her just how much she has influenced my life. I wish she could have met her great-grandchildren, and I want to hug her one more time.
Gena B. Agnew: 1960 — I was 6 years old, in the first grade. I was learning to read and would sit in my Daddy’s lap and read the funny papers. We would watch those great shows on TV like “Father Knows Best,” “Leave it to Beaver,” “Wonderful World of Disney,” “Gunsmoke.” As you can tell, I am a Daddy’s girl through and through.
Susan Cooley: 1950s because I love the clothes, architecture and furniture.
Janet Byington: 1964 — So I could fall in love with Paul McCartney again.
Julie Allen: I would like to go back to 1986 so that I could relive the four years of college again. I regret the things I didn’t do more than the things I did. I would audition for Acappella Choir at my college. I let fear stop me back then. I would take an art class or two just because it interests me, and art is one of my great loves. I would actually study and learn the things I was there to study instead of cramming at the last moment so often. I would have taken more chances and wouldn’t have stayed in my room or on my hall as much as I did, just wasting time. I do like the family I have and the place I’ve ended up, so if time travel would change the outcome of who I’ve become, I’m not sure I’d want to time travel!
What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
Paige Sharp Bennett: I get a sweet poem every morning by text on my phone and fresh flowers at my home once a week.
Vesta Salmon: Several years ago, Dr. Mary Outlaw established a scholarship at Berry College called the Vesta Salmon Service Award. This scholarship is presented each year to a young lady who plans to go into the teaching profession. Dr. Outlaw touched my heart with her generosity, and now several members of my family contribute to this scholarship in my name. I am pleased to be able to help a few of the young people at Berry complete their education.
Donna Davin: Held my head and hands through chemo.
Dianne Stansberry: My daughter (Casey) held a tea for me on Mother’s Day a few months after my own Mom had died. She invited my dearest friends and their mothers and asked that we all wear hats, etc. What made it so incredibly neat and gracious was that she (my daughter) was a brand new mother herself. It was one of the sweetest, most giving things a person could do. She worked so hard setting it up and cooking, and all of us enjoyed it so much. I am richly blessed!
Tasha C. Toy: I have a student worker team in my office staffed with only young ladies. On Valentine’s Day, my beau brought chocolates for them. While it wasn’t for me, it was the kindest thing because I am very, very close to my staff.
Lacy Clack: When I went blind, my best friend came to pick me up every day just to get me out of the house.
What is your embarrassing guilty pleasure?
Cathy H. Kerce: Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Tannika King: I’ll admit it ... watching “The Jersey Shore.” I love to hate it.
Rosaland Daniel Gooden: A guilty pleasure for me would be shopping at consignment stores. But, I have to realize that over the years, I’d rather spend my money at the second-hand store because the prices are right, and you can find a lot of very nice items. I can make something inexpensive look like something expensive.
Marie Bishop-Brinson: Watching “Lizard Lick Towing” on TV.
Mary Niedrach: I dress my dog, Grace Kelly, up in cute clothing. She was a hot dog for Halloween, and I was a bottle of mustard. She has a ballet costume, a Christmas outfit, a bunny suit, a sundress and a pink coat. She HATES being dressed up. I do not care. I do not have a grandchild.
Pat Ford-Brotherton: Loving Champagne and chocolate.
Claudia Oakes: I have been watching the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” since it began in 1965. I got hooked on it in the summer between my high school graduation and my freshman year of college. Sometimes I’m content with just reading the online daily summary, but sometimes I just HAVE to see it, so I usually DVR it and decide after reading the summary. I’ve always been particularly fond of the archvillain, Stefano DiMera.
Dru Fowler: Reading bride magazines. I love looking at the pictures.