On May 12, 1846 two pioneer families and their assorted posse left Independence, Missouri, following a long wagon train westward to California along the legendary Oregon Trail. While nobody remembers the Reeds, that other family name is well known in American history for all the wrong reasons….. the Donners. Yes, this is the Donner Party that wound up snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains over the ensuing winter and resorted to eating whatever edibles they had around, including expired members.
While the Donner Party suffered a long string of misfortunes along the way that claimed the lives of 39 of its 87 members, what sealed their fate was bad advice on a “shortcut” off the Oregon Trail known as the Hastings Pass. The rugged terrain of the pass put them a month behind schedule and is the sole reason they were unable to beat the winter snows before reaching California. Just remember the fate of the Donner Party the next time someone tips you off to a shortcut….
And now it’s time to stop wondering where on earth Timothy went and answer this week’s Share Your World questions! Hosted as always by Melanie….
What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back?
Preheat your oven, then adopt a pet.
What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?
That most of my Shelf critters are naked…….. and male.
If Australia (including New Zealand
and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?
I admitted in my Millionaire Journey that I’m not good with food trivia…
Let’s see, there’s English muffins, Irish stew, German chocolate, Brazil nuts, Italian sausage and American cheese. I guess Australia can have the yam, because you know about yams….
What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?
Goldilocks would have taken a selfie of herself eating Baby Bear’s porridge and gotten gruesomely mauled while she was distracted…
Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?
There are no embarrassing or inappropriate places to perform necessary bodily functions.
If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day?
Well, it was better than last year when I spent the morning in the ER. Of course, I’m not really a mother, I just always get called one…..
Bonus: Mothers Day on The Shelf!