Sunday, January 30, 2011


Many thanks to Debbie at Happy Days for giving me this lovely award.  She seems to think I'm stylish.  Debbie is a wonderful lady and seems to keep herself always busy with her grandgirls, redecorating and living her life to the fullest.  If you haven't stopped by to visit her, I encourage you to do so.
So, apparently, I'm supposed to share 10 things that you may or may not know about me (or want to know). Here goes:
1.  I've been in 49/50 states of this lovely country of ours.  Somehow I've always managed to miss Louisiana in my travels.
2.  I'm allergic to lanolin, which makes keeping sheep out out of the question for us- I couldn't handle them without my skin falling off.  NOT pleasant.
3.  I'm also allergic to anise.  I love the flavor but a round of nausea and vomiting isn't worth it.
4.  I'm actually pretty disorganized.  My desk is organized chaos... but I know where things are.
5.  I could easily be a vegetarian but I live in a home with three avowed omnivores who won't give up their meat.
6.  I have three college degrees.  One undergrad degree and two graduate degrees. I'm also on my third career.
7.  I love to travel and have been to Europe and the Philippines when I was younger.
8.  I lived on a dairy farm in western New York (near Attica) for 6 months when I was in high school.
9.  I took 10 years of piano lessons and would LOVE to get a piano if I could just figure out where to put it.
10.   I waited until I was over 30 to have children. Even though our oldest is now 16 (almost 17!) we will celebrate out 25th anniversary in May.  My family had given up on us ever having children.  Then we had three.  Go figure.  We just waited until the time was right- well, at least better.

Now for the hard part.  I'm supposed to pass this on.  I always HATE having to choose because there are so many bloggers out there that deserve this.  But, if I have to choose one, I'm going to have to go with Erin at Garden Now, Think Later.  She demonstrates tremendous style and composure. I'm not sure I could have survived having a hubby deployed overseas and being left home with two active boys to tend house and garden on my own- at least not with my sanity still intact.  My hat is off to her.  Maybe some of her organizational skill will eventually rub off.


  1. Well, thank you! And I see you only nominated ONE person for this award so now I'm really on the hook LOL! I promise I will do this and forward on - and by the way, I've already blocked deployment from my short-term memory, haha!

    Love finding out more about you, allergic to lanolin, wow!

  2. Yeah, that allergy is really annoying. Anise I can avoid but I have to be really careful with lotions, lipstick/balm etc because my skin will start peeling. If I've used lotion or soap with lanolin in it or handled wool that hasn't been REALLY well washed my hands will start peeling. It gets to the point where I can rub my hands together and it looks like it's snowing. ICK.
    Of course, when I was breastfeeding, what do you think they told me to use. Yeah- I don't think so.

  3. Congrats on the award! I've been to the Philippines too! And I took piano lessons for 6 years and never wanted to. My parents finally let me out when my piano teacher died! I DO NOT want a piano!
    My grandfather was a farmer and I would love to be a farmer too.
    Anyway, Debbie sent me!


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