Questions I Asked My Kids and My Parents: Episode 42

#LifeWithKids

Here’s how it played out this evening…

Me: Where is your bowl of salsa that you didn’t finish?
The Boys: Spilled on the basement stairs
Me: (deep sigh) So it’s all over the carpet?
The Boys: And the wall.

Just another day cleaning up messes! As you can read in the title I included my parents in the festivities this week. They, like the boys, they didn’t fail to entertain… Happy Reading!

1. If part of your body became robotic, which part would you want it to be?

Crash: My heart
Bang: My ribs, they would explode then grow again
Nana: My brain. Hopefully a robot brain would work better than mine.
Pop Pop: My head

2. What will you miss about being a kid when you grow up?

Crash: I’m going to miss not having to go to jail
Bang: Playing Mario Kart Wii because I’ll have to go to places and stuff like that
Nana: Being so naive to the problems of the world.
Pop Pop: No schedules

3. Pretend you’re a deep sea diver and you find a treasure chest. How did it get there?

Crash: There were two pirate ships with laser cannons and one shot lasers at the other ship that had 10 treasure chests with 350,000,000 dollars. The laser sunk the ship and scattered the treasure chests across the ocean.
Bang: Somebody exploded a crystal and there was a treasure chest in it and they threw it in the water
Nana: Pirates
Pop Pop: I put it there because I have too many

4. If you were to start a new collection, what would you like to collect?

Crash: Funko Pops
Bang: Pillows
Nana: Money
Pop Pop: Cars

5. If your skin were to turn into the skin of an animal, which animal would you choose?

Crash: Chameleon
Bang: Turtle skin
Nana: Otter, their pelt is gorgeous and waterproof
Pop Pop: Jaguar

6. If your voice turned into an animal sound, which animal would you want to sound like?

Crash: A lion so I could be a roaring chameleon
Bang: A cow MOOOOO!
Nana: Hyena, they laugh all the time.
Pop Pop: Grizzly Bear

7. If you got to put any three things from the grocery store in the cart, what would you put in?

Crash: Bear Paws, Milk, and Cookies
Bang: Ice cream, cookies, and lemons
Nana: Famous Amos cookies, Moose Tracks ice cream, and the store’s safe!
Pop Pop: Butter pecan ice cream , red meat and the lottery ticket dispenser

8. What do you love to learn about?

Crash: Video games
Bang: God
Nana: US History
Pop Pop: UFO’s and Aliens

9. If your picture was in the dictionary, what word would it be next to?

Crash: Amazing
Bang: Eye
Nana: D’oh
Pop Pop: Immortal

10. What does Mom want for Mother’s Day?

Crash: Tickets to a spa, no doubt.
Bang: To get squished! Or a canvass to paint on
Nana: Good question
Pop Pop: Amazon Gift Card

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Lucy At Home

The Funny Thing About Rain

My Ark is complete. The animals were loaded two by two. Here we are in the backyard…

As you can see we’re flooded. Okay, so technically it’s not that bad. But remember when I showed you our forecast and it said rain until Wednesday? Now it’s going to rain until Saturday. That’s 8 days of rain. It hasn’t been on and off either. It’s been steady, beat the windows, drown a fish kind of rain. I think I’ve got swamp foot.

I’m going to worship the sun when it comes back.

The rain has now overstayed its welcome so I will now poke fun at it. Perhaps if it sees it’s unwelcome it’ll pack up and move out.

Good bye!
Adios!
Au revoir!
Totsiens!
Tot ziens!
Auf wiedersehen!
안녕

Jokes on you, rain! (Thanks jokes4us.com)

Q: What is a king’s favorite kind of precipitation?
A: Hail! 

Q: When does it rain money?
A: When there is “change” in the weather. 

Q: What’s the difference between a horse and the weather?
A: One is reined up and the other rains down. 

Q: Why does Snoop dog need an umbrella?
A: Fo’ Drizzle. 

Q: What do you call it when it rains chickens and ducks?
A: Foul (fowl) weather. 

Q: What did one raindrop say to the other?
A: Two’s company, three’s a cloud 

Q: Why did the man use ketchup in the rain?
A: Because it was raining cats and hot dogs. 

Q: Where did the meteorologist stop for a drink on the way home from a long day in the studio?
A: The nearest ISOBAR 

Q: What’s worse than raining buckets?
A: Hailing taxis! 

Q: How can you wrap a cloud?
A: with a rainbow. 

Q: What goes up when the rain comes down?
A: An Umbrella. 

Q: What do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle?
A: A weekend. 

Q: What is the Mexican weather report?
A: Chili today and hot tamale. 

Q: When is Monday coming?
A: MonSoon! 

Q: What do you call a wet bear?
A: A drizzly bear 

Q: What does daylight-saving time mean in Seattle?
A: An extra hour of rain. 

Q: Where do lightning bolts go on dates?
A: To cloud 9 

Q: What did the hail storm say to the roof?
A: Hang onto your shingles, this will be no ordinary sprinkles. 

Q: What did the evaporating raindrop say?
A: I’m going to pieces. 

Q: What did one raindrop say to the other raindrop?
A: My plop is bigger than your plop. 

Q: How can Santa deliver presents during a thunderstorm?
A: His sleigh is flown by raindeer. 

Q: What is a queens favorite kind of precipitation?
A: Reign! 

Q: Can Bees fly in the rain?
A: Not without their yellow jackets 

Q: How do lightning bolts flirt?
A: They electrocute each other 

Q: How do thunderstorms invest their money?
A: In a combination of liquid assets and frozen assets 

Q: What do you call a months worth of rain?
A: England 

Q: What do you call dangerous precipitation?
A: A rain of terror. 

Q: Why was the blonde standing outside the department store in the rain?
A: She was waiting to cash her rain check! 

Q: What often falls but never gets hurt?
A: Rain 

Q: Why is sex like a thunderstorm?
A: “You never know how many inches you’ll get and how long it’ll last.” 


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The Liebstering Liebsters…

Liebster: German for dearest, darling, liked or loved above all others.

So you can imagine my surprise when my little space was nominated for this award from across the globe. Here I am just writing some random thoughts for The World to read if they want. Then someone comes along and says “Hey, darling. I love what you write. Have this award.”

Maybe not in those words, exactly.

But I’m equally honored. A Momma’s View had me listed with other blogs that I read, too. Blogs that my blog look up to as if they were an older, wiser sibling. As if my blog were just a toddling toddler. I suppose it’s equivalent to someone dreaming then finding themselves playing next to those who they have pinned on their bedroom wall.

The rules state that I need to thank the person who nominated me. I did, and I thank you again! Then I need to answer some questions, give some facts, nominate some others and give them some questions to answer. So here goes with the questions given to me…

  1. IF YOU COULD ERASE A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE, WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

    All the moments of my life have led me to writing this, just as every moment of your life has led you to reading this. If we remove one of those moments, what would happen to the others? Would the butterfly effect change them all? If that’s the case, I’d remove none. I like where I am. If removing one didn’t alter the rest though, I’d remove the day I got my head stuck in a cinder block. 38 years later and I still haven’t lived that one down…

  2. WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE LITERARY HEROINE?

    Just one? I think one is Hermione from the Harry Potter series. No, not because it’s Emma Watson. I liked her before the movies ever came out. Hermione is smart, works hard, and is a loyal friend. More importantly, she knows when she needs to break the rules. J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job writing her character. If it weren’t for her, chances are good Harry wouldn’t have defeated You-Know-Who. My other favorite is Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief. Liesel loves books (as the title infers) and while everyone else in WWII German is stealing food, she is stealing books. She learns to read and then learns the power of words.

  3. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

    If I got to take all my family with me, we’d move to Hawaii where there is lots of hiking and lots of water. My Dad’s sister lives in Belize so perhaps that would be fun, too. The Caribbean out the front door and Mayan ruins out the back. Again, lots of hiking and lots of water. Notice a theme? I’m part camel, part fish. A camish.

  4. DO YOU LIKE TO COOK? AND WHAT IS YOUR GO TO DISH?

    I love to cook. I think my go to dish is that quick and easy one we call hamburger slop. It’s just burger, a packet of brown gravy, smashed potatoes and a can of corn. My favorite dish to cook though is lasagna soup.

  5. WHO WOULD YOU CHANGE LIVES WITH IF GIVEN THE CHANCE? WHY?

    Wow. That’s a hard one. I think I would change lives with an astronaut. I would love to spend 6 months on the ISS. Mom always called me a space cadet, anyway…

  6. WHAT WOULD YOU NEVER CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF?

    I would never change my hair style. It’s easy to manage. No bedhead.

  7. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

    I would tell my younger self to study harder and stay on track.

  8. IF YOU COULD FAST FORWARD 20 YEARS, WOULD YOU? WHY OR WHY NOT?

    Nope. There would be so much I miss. Birthdays and graduations and vacations… Like Van Halen sang, Right Now.

  9. WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE, MIND READING OR STRENGTH?

    I pick strength. I don’t want to know what everyone else is thinking.

  10. WHO IS YOUR HERO?

    DW, for tolerating me. My parents, for making me who I am even though sometimes it probably didn’t seem like it was working. My brother, for all his tours serving our country overseas. All my teachers, too.

  11. WHAT WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU INSTANTLY AND WHY?

    I would want people to know that in groups, I’m quiet and listening. If you’re patient, I’ll jump into the conversation when I’m ready.

Next step: 11 “interesting” facts about myself…

1. I’m an extroverted introvert
2. I have the smartest, most beautifulest wifey ever. Sorry guys.
3. I’m good at sucking up.
4. If I had a super power it would be the ability to talk to animals.
5. I once went sledding off my neighbors garage roof.
6. I have an idea for a children’s book. I just haven’t written it, yet.
7. I co-wrote a children’s book that we haven’t published yet. It has been turned down by a dozen publishers, though.
8. Crash learned to play Hot Cross Buns on his recorder. I want to stab my ear drums and now understand how my parents must have felt when I was learning to play the trumpet when I was his age.
9. I sound like I’m eating sandwiches in my sleep. I smack my lips like I’m chewing. I’ve never heard it so they could be lying, but I doubt it.
10. I grew up an Orioles fan and am still an Orioles fan.
11. I can roll my tongue and I can flip it both directions.

Now to nominate 11 bloggers. I know some of you might not accept rainbows up the arse these nomination awards, so consider this a virtual high five. A proverbial tip of the hat for doing what you do…

Ipuna Black whom I just discovered
Dorky Mom Doodles
Niki’s Thoughts
Welcome to the Nursery
Fatty McCupcakes
Grubbs n Critters
J.A. Allen
A Nene’s Life

Meh… close enough…

Here are your questions should you choose to accept…

  1. How do you re-energize?
  2. What yearly salary would you consider “living comfortably”?
  3. If you met Mother Theresa, what would you ask her?
  4. What ice cream flavor do you think your personality is like?
  5. If your car had a super power, what super power would you like it to have?
  6. Do you have a plan for your blog for the long run? 
  7. Is there a word you avoid using? A word you don’t like?
  8. Do you have a favorite word?
  9. If we communicated by playing musical instruments, what instrument would you communicate with?
  10. Is there a time when something didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to, but in the end you were glad that it didn’t?
  11. What’s the best piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

      Figuring The Risk

      Hey there Facebook peeps. This is the last post you’ll see on my wall. From now on all blog posts will go to facebook.com/allinadadswork. To all my WordPress peeps, you’ll still find me in the same ole place on WordPress. However, if you’d like to meet on Facebook, feel free to check out that link. 

      Taking this step to create a Facebook companion site for my blog got me thinking. Mostly about risks. It got me thinking about all that happens when a risk presents itself. From calculations carefully made or not, to self doubt, to constantly questioning ourselves why… There is no shortage of wondering what we’re doing before a risk is accepted. 

      And rightly so.

      It’s too risky to take a risk without first giving it thought. My risk was minimal. It’s just Facebook. I paid no money. It only required a few minutes of my time. I seriously doubt it will change my life for better or worse. If no one likes it, I can make it go away. It’ll clear up my personal page to use for personal posts rather than posts I post to The World. 

      My risk could involve money. I could pay for Facebook to “boost” my posts so it gets viewed by more people. However, that risk factor makes no cents (get it?) because my blog is free. Driving more traffic to it would triple what I’m making from it now. Triple nothing is still nothing. The financial risk for such an endeavor is too great. I would effectively spend more than I would bring in. My R.O.I. (Return On Investment) would be non-existent. If my blog were my livelihood and actually made money, I could consider it more deeply.

      What kept me from undertaking this risk sooner was self doubt. 

      What if nobody likes me?
      What if it’s a waste of time?
      What if it doesn’t work?
      What will people think of me? 

      Of these, the only one I really took to heart was the third one: What if it doesn’t work? I knew a few people would like me (the page, not me specifically). Perhaps not hundred or thousands, but someone would like the page. A waste of time? I’ll be okay if all I lost was the half hour it took to set it up. What will people think of me? I laughed that one off. Besides family and close friends, I’ve never really cared what others thought of me. What others think of me is none of my business. If you saw the clothes I wore in middle and high school, it would be as clear as the neon I wore. 

      I think self doubt is always a big factor in the risks we take. Perhaps we avoid the risk to protect ourselves or to protect others. Perhaps we avoid the risk to avoid feeling that uncomfortable feeling that comes with the unknown. That doubt, that nagging feeling that keeps questioning, Is this the right thing? impedes our progress forward. That doubt can be a positive, though. It does make us stop and think and calculate our risk. We just need to be careful after we stop to think that we don’t forget to get moving again.

      Isn’t that so true? Whether it’s business, parenting, or life…

      sUNDAY sHARE: wEEK 19

      Sorry about that. My caps lock was on. Here’s our forecast for the rest of day, tonight, and tomorrow morning.

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      This is what Friday’s forecast looked like.
      This is what Saturday’s forecast looked like.
      This is what Sunday’s Forecast looks like.
      This is what Monday’s forecast looks like.
      This is what Tuesday’s forecast looks like.

      Wednesday the sun comes back.

      Sun!
      Sun!
      Glorious sun!

      Until then, here’s some reading material…

      Lisa Appelo

      Heavenly love…

      J.A. Allen

      A timely trip home…

      Welcome to the Nursery

      Winning at Momhood…

      The Return of the Modern Philsopher

      The day the Devil didn’t show up…

      Squirmy Popple

      Blogging advice on how not to give a $#!+

      Lastly, in case you missed it, you can now find and connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/allinadadswork!

      This is one of my favorite posts of the week. I get to share what you shared with us. The perk is when others then share what I wrote. A huge thank you to all those who have shared my writing. It never goes unnoticed and is always appreciated.

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      How to Find Me

      Instead of playing Where’s Waldo, we’ll play Where’s Woody (a nickname of mine). I’m feeling brave and am hoping to reach more people so I’ve gone ahead and created a companion Facebook site. You can find it at www.facebook.com/allinadadswork .

       

      Like it because it’s likeable. Follow it because it’ll be entertaining. Share it because you want to entertain your friends. Or not.It’ll be your loss….

      I’ve discovered I’m only getting an average of 70 views a month from Facebook. That works out to 2.333 views per day. My goal is to clear my personal FB site of blog posts and post them to the new page.

      Sunday Share coming tomorrow!

      p.s. You can also find me on twitter!

      Go Ask Your Father: Sun, Space Temps, Rubber Band Balls, and Weekends

      Welcome to Friday, y’all. Hope it finds you happy and healthy.

      Now let it find you educated…

      1. How big is the sun?

      About as big as a few egos. I won’t names names, like the new ruler of the US. Or perhaps it’s the same size as a certain singer’s derriere. The sun, by human standards, is enormous. The sun is 864,400 miles across (diameter). Compared to the Earth, that’s 109 times bigger. It weighs about 333,000 times more. WTH? Who the hell weighed the sun? If the sun were an ajar jar and the Earth a marble it would take 1,300,000 marbles to fill it up. That’s just compared to the Earth and humans. When compared to other celestial bodies, the sun is just another average, run of the mill, star. Unless you compare it to Arcturus. That star is just over 22 million miles across!

      2. How cold is outer space?

      Colder than the ice bucket challenge. Colder than throwing ice water on the person in the shower. To be exact it’s 2.7 Kelvin (-270.45 Celsius, -454.81 Fahrenheit). A typical Canada winter. I speak in Kelvin because it’s easier. Just know that a comfortable 70F is 293K. 0 Kelvin is bottom of the Kelvin scale. 0 Kelvin = −273.15° C or  −459.67° F. Outer space is still 45 degrees above that theoretical 0 mark. Scientists can easily reach 2.7 Kelvin here on Earth. They’ve been as low as 0.3 K using an isotope of helium. Beyond that and gravity is too strong. NASA is sending Cold Atom Laboratory to the ISS (space station) where there is no gravity. They are expecting to reach 100 picokelvin, or 100 trillionth of a degree above 0 Kelvin. Or the same temperature as my feet when I crawl into bed.

      3. How are rubber band balls made?

      These things are not only fun to play with, but are very effective at keeping all those elastics in one place and untangled. Assuming you can figure out which band is on top. First, you need a core. This core can be one of two things. It can be a small ball slightly larger than a marble or it can be a bunch of rubber bands all rolled up. Then you use small bands to wrap around the core. As it grows larger use larger bands. Soon enough you’ll have yourself a bouncy ball of fun. Just don’t put your eye out should one come flying off!

      4. Is it the weekend?

      Indeed it is. All though Saturday and Sunday are the two weekend days, Friday night counts, too. The boys know that on the weekends we’re a little more lenient with bedtime. It’s also a time for sleepovers. Sometimes at Nanny’s house. Sometimes in each other’s bed. Where they go to dream dreams of soaring through the Universe no matter how big, no matter how cold, but always fantastical.

      Questions I Asked My Kids: Episode 41

      I’m toying with the idea of setting up a Facebook page to accompany my blog, All In A Dad’s Work. Actually, I’ve already started setting it up, but haven’t published it, yet. Right now I share all my posts to my personal Facebook page. I’m now considering not publishing there. Have you tried, successfully or not, to run a Facebook page that was a companion to your blog? Right now all communication occurs on WordPress. Rarely does anyone comment about a post from FB. This would separate my blogging “life” from my personal. Though, often times, they’re one in the same.

      Now, on to the questions. The boys had a friend over so naturally, we included her in the questioning. Happy Reading!

      ND = Neighbor’s Daughter

      1. If you creatd a new flavor of gum, what flavor would it be?

      Crash: Strawberry milkshake
      Bang: Trampoline grass
      ND: Strawberry smoothie

      2. Which fictional character do you wish would come to our house?

      Crash: Squirtle
      Bang: Queen Amadala
      ND: Pikachu

      3. What two animals would it be fun to combine?

      Crash: Pig and elephant
      Bang: Camel and cow
      ND: Spider and giraffe

      4. If you got a trophy, what would you get it for doing?

      Crash: Nintendo championship trophy for being the best gamer in the world
      Bang: First place for racing in my car
      ND: For being the best sister

      5. What do you think your favorite animal’s favorite sport would be?

      Crash: An eagle playing Quidditch
      Bang: A giraffe’s favorite would be soccer
      ND: A cat playing football

      6. If we communicated with musical instruments, which instrument would you use?

      Crash: Recorder
      Bang:
      Trumpet
      ND: Tuba

      7. If you went to a super hero pet store, what pet would you get and what would its super power be?

      Crash: I would get a chameleon that could turn invisible and have super springy legs
      Bang: I would have a dog that could fly
      ND: A hamster that could brainwash people

      8. You got your picture in the paper for making a discovery at the park. What did you discover?

      Crash: A treasure chest with a million diamond gems, dollar bills and other loot and treasure like that
      Bang: I discovered a blue and red train
      ND: I discovered a lemon shaped like snake

      9. If you could make the moon a different shape, what shape would you make it?

      Crash: Pidgeon
      Bang: Triangle
      ND: Heart

      10. What would it be fun to be for Halloween if you could really turn into it?

      Crash: Eagle
      Bang: A ghost
      ND: A Hummingbird

      After the Kids Go To Bed

      What a nuisance bedtime is. Kids hate it. Parents hate that their kids hate it. For us in the Northern Hemisphere (the top of the world) it stays lighter laters. There was still a hint of daylight left tonight at 8:30. You can imagine how bright it was 2 hours earlier.

      Very.

      Crash was outside at that time. He poked his head in the door and asked if I could come outside with him. I told him, “No. It’s 6:30. Time to come in get yogurt.” He knows the word yogurt means get ready for bed. I bet you think he came right inside, don’t you?

      He didn’t. He went back outside to jump on the trampoline. 45 minutes later he was in bed reading. He had his “bedlunch”. He brushed, flossed, and rinsed. He was in pajamas. Reading. The same was true for his little brother. 

      Now all is quiet. 

      Except for the TV. We’re watching Blindspot. Zapato just got knocked out by a gunman. Good times. After this we’ll catch up on The Voice that we missed Monday and Tuesday. Sleep is for the weak. 

      My reward for getting the kids to bed is that I get to stay up late and watch shows with guns and violence and “that’s convenient and just in time” thrills. 

      What’s your guilty pleasure after the kids go to bed?

      Month in Review: April’s #atozchallenge

      This will be the last time I mention the A to Z Challenge this year.

      I promise. And since April is officially over, too, that means there are only 237 days left until Christmas!

      For the first time this year the blog reached over 1,500 views. I was aiming for 2K, but fell just a bit short with a total of 1,516. I need to work on reaching out to new blogs and commenting on others. Got kinda wrapped up in my own little blog world over the last month. I hope to keep this trending upward.

      Some didn’t just come, but stayed. There were 651 visitors. I try to create the same standard as a Lay’s potato chip. Betcha can’t read just one. This is down 10. I’ll take that. It’s still up from February.

      Y’all really liked me. 194 more likes in April than in March for a total of 641. While it’s not the stat I base my success on, it’s comforting to know that you not only took time out of your day to read my chicken scratch, but you clicked that little like button.

      The number of comments were down, but I at tribute that to me not commenting on other’s A to Z posts. I did have a bunch on my personal Facebook page which aren’t included in this number. These discussion and shared stories are what keep bringing me back doing this pro bono writing.  I seriously appreciate all your comments. Seriously.

      I wrote 9 more post last month than I did in March. I wrote one more post than there are days in April (that’s 31 for those of you forgot how many days are in April). That’s because I wrote every single day for the A to Z Challenge plus an extra on for last month’s Month in Review. This brings me a total of 803 published posts. The most viewed post was D is for… (Dad) with 59 views. Sunday Share: Week 14 was a close second with 55. They were followed by Sunday Share: Week 15 with 53 views.

      I went World Wide by being viewed by 34 countries. The US, Canada, and India were the top three countries to visit last month. UK, Netherlands, and Australia were bumped out!

      Then only search term recorded for April was “boy tentacle wedgie”. I would love to know which post that search lead them to.

      March ended with 843 followers. Just one month later and I have 884. A gain of 41 in just one month. My newest three followers (this is my favorite part of the review) Travels with IgorBad Mom, and Writing with A Side of Life. Thank you to ALL who have subscribed! I’m now only 116 followers short of 1,000. Who will be my 1,000th? It could be you! You’ll be amused, entertained, and occasionally you’ll thank your lucky stars none of this is happening to you.

      The top 6 commentors:

      Grubbs-n-Critters (69)
      Kountry Mama 2012 (58)
      A Momma’s View (42)
      Dorky Mom Doodles (39)
      That’s What Anxious Mom Said (25)
      Coach Daddy (17)

      Think you can make it into the top six? Leave me a comment and find out!

      In an ironic twist of fate, two of the three most viewed posts during the A-Z Challenge weren’t even A-Z posts and two of the 6 commentors are the same person with two different blogs!

      That was a fun month of posts. If you like challenges there is another coming up in September called the “Taboo Word Challenge” where you have to write your post without the word of the day. Sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds. More details coming in August.

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      Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May Flowers bring?