Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Guest Post - an Interview with Mr. Squash

In my blogging absence I thought it might be nice to have a guest post.  How about an interview with Mr. Squash?  You hear about him all the time in various posts.  Let's have a little in-depth so you can get to know him a bit better!

Where did you grow up and what was unique about your childhood?

It’s an open question as to whether or not I am a grown-up. I’ve heard compelling arguments on both sides of the question. My childhood was spent in bucolic Southern New Jersey - mostly me wandering about farms, woods and marshes with my dog, Buster. I went to Seabrook Grammar School and, given my classmate’s demographics, for the longest time I thought I was Japanese.

What do you have to say about your 38 years in Public Health?

I was lucky to have found Public Health. I worked on interesting problems with bright and caring people. Our motto was: We stand between you and certain death..understood by my colleagues, perhaps not by the public majority.

What is it you wanted most in your retirement?

I wanted a dog and a hot tub. Thus far, I have neither.  However we do have two great cats.

What is your favorite food?

Bacon. (Click to enlarge)

Care to expand on that?

The only thing expanding is me.  I also like Skippy Super Chunk Peanut Butter.  My wife recently made some Bacon, Chocolate Chip cookies from a recipe she found here.

Now that you’ve retired to a small, remote town in Southeast Washington, how do you like it and what is the best part about living there?

Once you meet people, you keep running into them.  I also enjoy the letters to the editor in the local newspaper. Considering how small the stakes are in our little community, I find the passion and, occasionally, the rancor to be amazing.  My favorite thing is the picture of wildlife that shows up above the fold on the front page of the newspaper every evening.

What is your favorite pastime?

The older I get, the more my mind wanders and I enjoy it. I like to wade small, sunlit streams and catch enthusiastic trout on a dry fly with Mrs. Squash alongside.

How do you feel about your wife and her quilting, baking and gardening?

I like the baking a bunch as it mostly benefits me!  When it comes to gardening, being an agriculture major gives me point of view that often conflicts with gardeners such as my wife. I, for instance would be willing to use small nuclear weapons on slugs. None of the soapy water/spray doctrine for me or my aggie brothers.  I do enjoy puttering around the Squash House yard and doing all the heavy lifting to help Mrs. Squash.
I have come to appreciate quilting. The creativity and the community associated with quilting is quite extraordinary.

Thanks, Mr. Squash!  It was fun getting to know you a little better!


Stephanie said...

Mr. Squash has quite the sense of humor. Our mister's have bacon and Skippy in common. Throw in some donuts and life is good. :o) I'm sure the girls are happy there is no resident hairy beast! We are so lucky to call the Squashes our friends.

Tammy said...

What a great interview from the Mr. I love how he wants to deal with slugs - I'm all for a demonstration - I'll be right over to watch. I for one am glad you two moved to the dry side of the state and that I've gotten to know you both and call you friends. Big Hugs!!

Lynn said...

How funny! Loved the nuclear weapons use on slugs. Mr. Joe and Mr. Squash will get along famously.

Marie said...

What a great interview,thanks for the input.Have a beautiful day. Hugs, Marie

Tina said...

I am just laughing out loud!!! What a crack-up! I love this interview and I think Mr Squash deserves that hot tub and a dog!!!

Louise said...

The recipe referred to for chocolate chip and bacon cookies is the only thing I find unsettling...for obvious reasons. I really don't want any coverup with my chocolate! Fun post..

Anna said...

love todays post! I gave HH a sign that says, "I love you more than Bacon!" It would be perfect for Mr. Squash

Jackie said...

He's quite a hoot! Love his t-shirt and his method of abating slugs!

Needled Mom said...

This was great!!! I would love to read interviews of other spouses. It sounds like he is enjoying his retirement, but I loved his Public Health answer.

Sue said...

Well so nice to meet you Mr Squash! Still trying to take in the thought of Bacon & Chocolate chip cookie . . . I don't know about that :-( I think I will stick to my Chocolate chip cookies without any bacon ;-)

Me and My Stitches said...

Mr. Squash makes me laugh. Maybe some time he can try quilting too! Miss you Candace - where have you been hiding!?

Ulla said...

Thank you for the interview with Mr Squash! His bacon and chocolate cookies are a bit like Mr K's cheese, honey and tomato toast with his morning tea: it takes a loving wife to understand his taste!

QuiltSue said...

I can quite understand the method of dealing with slugs, but really, why would anyone want to ruin a good piece of chocolate by mixing it with bacon? Mind you, I did see in the supermarket the other day a tub of chocolate flavoured cream cheese. Again I have to ask why.

GabiP said...

Get a dog for Mr. Squash! Enjoyed the interview - I appreciate his humour. I love our similarities - I'm the quilter/ gardener, My Man Tony is the fly fisherman. I often read him out loud your blog and he enjoys the fishing pics. Nice to know there are kindred spirits across the USA - we live in Tennessee!

Carrie P. said...

I think Mr. Squash needs to be a stand up comedian for his night time job. He is a funny guy. Made me laugh!

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing the Mr. with us...he is so charming, and the best blog post I've read today!!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Wonderful interview... I really enjoyed it!
Mr Squash has a great sense of humor!

Patty Nordahl said...

I really enjoyed the interview with Mr Squash. Too bad we have the whole country between us I would enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with you.

I was reading a few of your older posts. The quilt that you are making from scraps who is the designer? I would like to make one like it. It would be a great leader/ender project. Thanks for taking the time to blog. I always enjoy "talking" with you.

Houseelf said...

Lovely to meet you Mr Squash. I look forward to seeing Candace's creations for the nuclear bunker. I'm sure it will be a creative and beautiful place by the time she has finished with her needle. :-)

Houseelf said...

Lovely to meet you Mr Squash. I look forward to seeing Candace's creations for the nuclear bunker. I'm sure it will be a creative and beautiful place by the time she has finished with her needle. :-)

Barb said...

Enjoyed this post!!!

Prairie Stitcher said...

I, too, approve of nuking slugs. You go, Mr. Squash.

Kathie, in Odessa, WA, which is 35 miles from everywhere.

Prairie Stitcher said...

We're glad to meet you! My mom and grandfather fly fished. My brothers do now. I've not inherited that hobby but did get my granny's love of quilting. All inheritances get distributed one way or another. I've enjoyed Candace's blog so much and have read back and loved your story together. Thanks for stopping in and sharing so much of yourselves with us. Kathie, in Odessa, WA

pratima said...

Thank you for such a cute interview! It is wonderful to meet Mr. squash on this blog page :-)

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