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Saturday, 6 November 2010

The Sunday Re-Roast

Why It's My Big Sister, Maggie May 

Doesn't she look all sweet and innocent? 
And there is Eddie frowning and thinking, "She might look as though butter wouldn't melt in her mouth but one fine day I'm going to give her a right royal roasting!" Well, Maggie, I had to wait a long time for this . . . but that day has finally come! LOL.
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Welcome to the first episode of The Sunday Re-Roast where bloggers already roasted have the opportunity to review their original answers and to reply to the new questions I ask these days. I shall mix Re-Roasts with new Standard Roasts from time to time to provide a bit of variety.

This week's interview is with Maggie May,
who writes the blog Nuts In May.

A very warm welcome to you and your followers


Maggie appeared on David's Sunday Roast on 28th December 2008 . . . see HERE .

I am pleased to invite Maggie back onto the roasting spit. She says she is vegetarian! 
Well, agreed . . . but we are doing the eating, aren't we! . . . . OK! LOL


And Hey folks, listen! - we have a distinguished guest who will perform the cabaret for this very special ocassion - it's non other than her old flame, Rod Stewart. He's done a You Tube just for you, Maggie, and he doesn't mind us all singing along while we read. He is so excited! - notice him jumping up and down and leaping all over the stage! Ronnie Wood apologises he could not make it today - he's rolling his stones somewhere else today.



(Rod is a bit lazy! To galvanise him into action press the arrow in the centre of the You Tube picture above!)


I asked Maggie if she would make any changes to her original answers and surprisingly, after almost 2 years, she said, "No", except what she now considers is her most significant post written."  So here we go, combining the old and the new, I give you Maggie May.




Is there anything since your roast you are dying to tell the blogging community?

Since David's Roast, I have grown more confident in the things that I write about. I have faced cancer and chemotherapy and I think these things do change a person's outlook on life. I have learnt to try and live in the present and enjoy what I have and to trust in God. I have started to value friendship in a deeper way and I'm so grateful for people's prayers and good wishes. That has helped to sustain me through difficult times.

(Yes it is wonderful how everyone rallied round you, Maggie, to extend their warmth and support)

Tell us again . . . Why do you blog?

I blog because my son, Sam, set one up for me thinking that I would enjoy it. Before then, I was always writing in longhand and had contemplated writing my childhood memoires! I do blog about some of these memories from time to time. I am now really hooked on blogging, so Sam was right ... I do enjoy it.

(As well as blogging I think you should continue with writing your childhood memories . . . . provided you are kind to your little brother, of course!)

What's the story behind your blog name?

Sam and I wanted to include the name May and I thought of "The May Flower" or "The Maypole" ... but then we decided on "Nuts in May" inspired by the film that we thought was funny in a droll sort of way. Of course, you have to be "nuts" to be a May in the first place! Apologies if there are any others out there!

(I see . . . . I think)

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

The best thing about being a blogger is that I can write about anything I want, when I want, how I want. I have also made so many friends of all ages and I feel that I really know all these people through blogging. Although we will never meet, their opinions are greatly valued by me and I look forward to reading their posts and sharing their lives with them.

(It is certainly a social ocassion every time we blog with a great community)

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

I would advise a newbie blogger to be yourself and write in your own style. Read other blogs that inspire you and interest you. Sometimes I come across a blog and know that I have something in common with that person right away. Look down their blogroll and see who their favourite people are. Leave positive comments if you find an interesting post. Before too long people will get back to you and you will have begun a successful blog that I am sure will bring you much pleasure.

(The only way, isn't it . . . . and it does take time)

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

This is difficult. I have come across blogs that shock me because of the content. Aims from Big Blue Barn West and Suzy from Identity Crisis have written about terrible things that have happened to them in the past and how they have overcome their bad start in life and how sometimes they are still trying.

As well as the posts that I listed, I was moved to tears by David McMahon's post about his mother's dementia? Sorry you'll have to search for that.

(Ok Maggie I've found it!!  ABC Wednesday post called D Is For Dementia, and incidentally identified as one of David's chosen self composed posts on his special 100th Edition Roast)

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

My original answer was a post titled Ripples Of Sadness. My posts tended to be funny when I first started writing and then out of the blue, I found myself writing this post and shocked myself, my family and my regular readers with this sudden change. It was a post about how I felt about the suicide of a best friend, looking back after 20 years and it turned out to be a tribute to her and her family. This was a turning point in my writing and the response I got from that post, gave me the confidence to write down my true feelings and not just make light of everything in case I caused offence. As I said before, it's OK to be yourself.

Since I answered this I now feel that I have gone through another great sadness when my son in law became very ill and subsequently died. So I think my posts A Modern Fairy Tale and it's sequel The Resting Place are my most significant posts to date because these were really written from the heart and were of great therapeutic benefit.

(Very moving, Maggie and widely acknowledged by many as great posts)

And now for the additional questions

Which two blogs would you recommend for roasting?

I would go with Ayak from Turkish Delight and Gaelikaa's Diary. Both of these blogs take me to very different cultures and I have learnt so much by reading them.

(Thanks Maggie - I shall write to invite them onto the show)

Pick three things you can't live without.

AIR, WATER and FOOD.

(Err . . . .I see. . . Sounds reasonable . . . . and true LOL)


If we were to make a movie about BlogLand, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?


Let me see...... I think you, Eddie, would have to be in a leading role as it was your idea. I can see you as a magician and I think you would be The Sorcerer's Apprentice who opened a file while casting a spell from Authorblog's Verse and Worse. Something goes horribly wrong and all the Sunday Roasts start expanding and multiplying rapidly. Thousands of cloned Roasts take over everyones' computers and everything goes black and comes to a grinding halt. Some people say a virus called "Eddiegastronitis" is responsible for the ensuing chaos.
Eventually under Maggie May's guidance, Sam May manages to reverse the spell and everything reverts back to the way it was and Blogland continues on its merry way and everyone lives happily ever after.


(Just like a normal day then! LOL.  And you said you did not have a creative mind - I think you should set it to music)

If you could live your life again who would you be, and why?


I would come back as myself but with all the experience and hindsight that I have gained over my lifetime now.
Personally, I wouldn't want that to happen as I am looking forward to staying permanently with Jesus in a much better place, when the right time comes, that is. In the meantime, I am enjoying being me in the here and now.

(I think you're right on the button with the ultimate destination though. Maggie)

You have been given a wonderful talent from above.  This causes you to make your mark on humanity and be world famous. In which area would prefer: a best selling novelist, a brilliant artist, a gifted musician, a fantastic singer, a charismatic leader, anything you choose, and why? 


I would like to feel that I had helped someone, so I would have to be given a scientific brain (which I haven't got) and be able to discover a cure for ALL cancers. That would be good. I wouldn't mind being famous for that!

(That would be wonderful, Maggie, rather like my wish to enter the healing ministry)


If you were an ice cream cone, which flavour would you prefer and who would you most want to lick you?


Mint/choc chip. I would probably let Martin Shaw take a little lick! I should have said Rod Stewart, shouldn't I?

(Shhh! Penny Lancaster is about!! . . . . and you might start Rod singing again!)

Describe in one sentence your perfect day


Looking out onto a beautiful seaside scene on a warm day, with a cool breeze to my face.....settling down to a favourite meal that I hadn't cooked, with my family...... who were all getting on together perfectly and afterwards they would all go away for a while and let me *do my own thing*.

(*Blogging by any chance?* . . . . or shouldn't I ask?)

If you were a fiction writer which one would you be and why?



I would be me, but write on the similar lines of Lesley Pearse.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Difficult to recall what the MOST embarrassing moment was but when I was about 16, I was walking down some steep steps between two shops, when a sudden gust blew up my flimsy skirt right over my face, which was just as well because I was beetroot red.
I would probably laugh about it now.

(I never knew you had a Marilyn Monroe experience!)



. . . . and if you are really brave . . . . 


If you awoke to find you had changed gender what would be the first and second things you would do?

I would prod myself to see if I was dreaming. Then go and have a pee standing up because I have always wondered what that would be like.

(Make sure you shoot straight!)
I would probably do all the other things that other bloggers have suggested. However, if I hadn't changed back after a while, I would go and see a doctor to try and have it reversed! I like being female, you see.

(Sorry Maggie - not allowed - afraid you're stuck with it! LOL)


Your turn to ask me a question if you wish.


Brother.......why did you used to throw my teddy out of the window so much? Was it to wind me up? Or were you imagining it was me?

You've always wanted to know that, haven't you?  I loved throwing your teddy about for three reasons:

1. I had a silly doll called Peter. Goodness knows why Mum and Dad gave me that ridiculous thing! I hated it! . . . but I loved your Teddy and I wanted it. When I knew I couldn't have it I got very frustrated and so I threw it about whenever I could just to annoy you..
2. You were a naughty girl! You used to get me to do naughty things and then tell Mum! The only way I could get back at you was to throw your Teddy out of the window and watch you get annoyed for a change LOL. I actually never imagined I was throwing you out of the window.
3. You had an extremely annoying habit of always being the last one to say, "Nite Nite" before we went to sleep. Just as I thought I had won and I was dropping off to sleep I heard a little voice say, "Nite Nite!" LOL . I was furious . . . so Teddy went out of the window again.

But all this is long gone history . . . love you to bits today and even in those days we often sat together and had a little cuddle:


Thanks Maggie for the interview - it was great fun . . . . and, "Nite Nite!" LOL
Today's Sunday Re-Roast is with Maggie May of Nuts and May and is
the 140th in a weekly series of interviews with bloggers from around the world.
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This interview will feature in The Roll of Honour for all published roasts.
To view press HERE.
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27 comments:

  1. How I do love our Maggie! She is probably one of the strongest people I know and it is always a treat to learn more about her than she shares on the normal blogging day~! Thanks for continuing with the Sunday Roast, Eddie. Hope retirement is still all you hoped it would be. Hanging up the uniform and Sam Brown was a hard decision for me but one that turned out to be a life saver! I have enjoyed going down the list of the past Roastees and rereading some of them. I would recommend you revisit with Lee at Crysalis Dreams (roast 1). She has grown so much over the past year! I would also be happy to be reroasted (I was number 36 hard to believe)! Love the new questions in your folder. I agree, Saturday is better!
    Sandi

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  2. Sandi ~ Yo're on baby! Will be emailing you soon . . . and Lee.
    Yes, it was a huge wrench leaving the ambulance service but I am driving a mini bus 3 days a week, called the Red Baron. Call me Eddie von Richthofen! LOL
    Come on everyone else . . . . come and be roasted!

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  3. A fine re-roast indeed. Always lovely to hear from Maggie and particularly fun to read the banter between you. That first photo is adorable. Eddie you look like such a wee brat.. and contemplating throwing that teddy out the window. Thanks for the fun read.

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  4. AIR, WATER and FOOD.?? That should have been iMac, MacBook and Rabbits!

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  5. What a brilliant re-roast, Eddie.
    It was lovely to read it while Rod crooned away in the background, though don't tell him that. So, setting roasts to music is something I like.
    Lol re the teddy- you were a typical boy, I would say.
    Gaelikaa would be a fantastic roast- i too love her blog, she rocks.
    And I love Maggie's response to gender change - pee standing up.
    Well done, and thanks for keeping up the Sunday Roast, it's always a gread read.

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  6. That was fun, Eddie, wasn't it? Liked the musical accompaniment.
    I was surprised that I didn't get too hot on the spit.
    So all in all it was a darned good roast.
    Thank you Eddie.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  7. Dear Maggie May. What an example of grace dignity and humour in the face of adversity, love her to bits and thank you Eddie for this great idea.

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  8. Aww, look at you guys all cute and young!

    Been reading your sister's blog for a while now.

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  9. Eddie, as you know, I tend to pass on your roasts....but I couldn't pass this one....no way. Maggie is a wonderfully wise woman....tremendous sense of humor....and the roast is tremendous. I am going to go to 3 of the links that were mentioned in this roast...one by David...and two by Maggie...and I thank you for roasting this dear and wonderful lady. I smiled as I read about the Teddy Bear....and I imagine that you are glad to get that off your chest. Delightful roast, my dear friend.
    Many warm hugs to you....
    Jackie

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  10. Those are wonderful pictures of you and your sister Eddie!

    I like the re-roast idea - answers can change over time and it's interesting to see how they change...Looking forward to seeing other re-roasts in the future =-)

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  11. Love, love reading this roast of sweet Maggie. I enjoy the fact that you are brother and sister and tease each other throughout. Thank you Eddie.....:-) Hugs

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  12. I really like the concept of the re-roast and I think your first one was fantastic. So true that you can sense if you have a connection with a fellow blogger from reading a few posts. Keep up the good work ou both of you!

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  13. This is one of the best roasts ever. There is such playfulness between you, Eddie, and your sister Maggie. I met Maggie through your blog when she left a comment and back then I did not know she was your sister. I learned eventually though and have enjoyed reading her posts and have appreciated her comments on my blog too. She is an admirable lady and spunky sometimes and serious sometimes.

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  14. What a lovely pair your both are, Rostee and Roaster!!

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  15. So glad you decided to re-roast Maggie, Eddie--she's one of my favorite bloggers and an inspiration to everyone with her strength and determination.

    I'm also glad the teddy bear conflict has been explained and resolved:) You two were such cuties as children, I can't imagine either of you doing "naughty things":)

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  16. Great re-roast Eddie. So enjoyed reading about your lovely sister and especially, the teddy bear incident!

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  17. What a wonderful roast Eddie!! I have come to know Maggie and she is one fabulous lady. I love her answers. This re-roasting idea is great!! Do it again.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  18. Hello..Had to come out of hiding for this one, for sure!!!! Maggie is an absolute delight!!! Lovely in EVERY way!!! And this roast was divine!!! The two of you are WONDERFUL!!! And I was thoroughly entertained by your banter :-)) Maggie's answers are so true!!! And the posts she referred to are truly gripping and magnificent! Her answer about the gift from above is PERFECT!!!!! And I absolutely love her for it...as well as many other reasons!!! And I loved the question she asked you, Eddie!!! Too fun to hear those stories!!! Lovely touch to add the Rod Stewart song...this is one of your finest roasts!! Loved it! Love and hugs to you both! Janine

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  19. Great roast! I've been following Maggie for quite a while, and she and her blog are such an inspiration to me. I must say that she has the patience of a saint, because if my brother had thrown my teddy out the window, even once, he would have had "hell to pay"! lol Many thanks to both of you for a wonderful interview! Cheers!

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  20. What a great idea to re-roast! Let's us all see how we, or IF, we've grown!

    I've never visited Maggie before, because...well I hate to admit this, but I was afraid I'd LOVE her blog and just didn't have time for another I loved! However, now that I've met her, I must go visit. Dadgumit.

    PS Eddie, I'm having a celebratory giveaway over at my place, and I'd love to drop your name in the hat. All you have to do is leave a comment on the giveaway post. Hope to see you there!

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  21. Maggie is a wonderful person (well, of course, she'd have to be, coming from your family, Eddie) and I'm very glad to read some more from her.

    I'll have to get on my horse and answer the questions. You gave them to me quite a while back, now. Soon - or relatively so - I promise.

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  22. A good idea to practise on the family. Re-roasting can be tricky and you don't want to over cook!

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  23. Marguerite ~ "Hell hath no fury like a sister whose brother threw her Teddy out of the window's scorn" - "meethinks you might have protested too much!" LOL

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  24. Everyone ~ Thank you for your encouraging comments which I value very highly. I am about to put on my famous thinking cap for the next roast - may dish out a really hot grilling!! LOL

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  25. A professional post, Eddie!


    Aloha from Waikiki :)

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  26. You two make a great team. I'd love to sit around the kitchen table and list to you talk. I bet it's a lot of fun :-)

    Thanks for another wonderful Roast. Cheers to you both.
    xo jj

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  27. Well it's taken me three weeks to get here - or more actually'. Thank you to Maggie for mentioning me and Eddie, I shall wait for your invitation with bated breath! I love Maggie's blog and very much appreciate her visits to mine.

    xxxx

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