I received the
One Lovely Blog Award
One Lovely Blog Award
from Lisa at My Ordinary Country Life
(You need to pop over to her place and check it out!)
As a recipient, I am supposed to tell you
Seven Things You Don't Know About Me.
Hmmm, what have I NOT mentioned? LOL
I guess I'll just go over my life before blogging.
1. I am an only child raised in Creve Coeur, MO
or sort of between Creve Coeur and Chesterfield, MO.
This is part of St Louis County which is not part of the city,
but rather its own entity.
We moved there when I was in 2nd grade
and I lived there until I was married in 1982.
This is a fairly current photo, it was a bit different then.
My room has the two front windows on the right
near the pine trees.
The two on the left were the dining room,
foyer in the middle flanked by bathrooms (1 full & 1/2)
The house was great, a big circle and in the
middle was the formal living room
and it was sunken!
So was the master bedroom.
2. I was oh, so very elegant!
And sort of laid back too!
3 . I grew up and graduated from Parkway North Sr. High
in Creve Coeur, MO
where I was the editor of our high school newspaper.
I attended William Woods College (now University) in Fulton, MO
where I was the editor of the college paper as well.
I interned and then worked for The Kingdom Daily News in Fulton
(where I struggled with the Ag report- I didn't know a barrow from a gilt!
I was much better editing the business page or writing features)
In the end, I ended up as a Personal Lines insurance underwriter
after I discovered how much time it would take to
be a journalist and how little it paid!
4. After marrying Tom, my high school boy friend,
we lived in an apartment in Maryland Heights, MO
(still St Louis County) for about 6 months until we
purchased a house in Eureka, MO. This is near
Six Flags, in fact about 3 miles from it.
My family thought they needed to get shots and
apply for a passport to come visit. I'm surprised
that they did not pack a lunch!
Eureka, back then, was a town full of pickups and
metal fishing boats not the high end community it is today.
I got out of a ticket in (real) St Louis when I made an
illegal left turn. I explained that I was new to the big city.
We didn't have all this traffic and any of those
fancy-dancy stop lights back home!
It didn't hurt that my friend's little girl came up behind me and
completely uncharacteristically hugged my legs,
giving the city officer that cute little girl look!
5. After living in Eureka for about 20 years we moved even further away,
out to unincorporated Franklin County, MO between Catawissa and Robertsville.
My friends said one of two things:
Oh, I have an aunt that lives in Catawissa !
Our place is five acres on a ridge top sandwiched between my
father/mother in law's five acres and my brother/sister in law's property.
It's very rocky, not at all flat and full of wonderful woodland things:
animals of all sorts, reptiles, trees, bugs but most importantly
I started collecting stray cats!
And learning to drive things that were not cars!
6. It was out here that I realized I didn't really know how to do anything!
I made a list of important things to know
Sewing, cooking, canning, survival skills, first aid, etc.
When I started doing these things my family thought I had been captured by aliens, experimented on and returned to Earth.
In my younger days, I used to have my friend, Robyn, come over
to tell me when my canned ravioli was heated through.
I wasn't much of a cook.
Don't let my brother in law tell you about my
first dinner for him after he returned from the Navy.
It wasn't pretty.
I had to force them to stop trying to choke it down.
We ended up having take out!
Due to this, we are still alive today.
7. That brings us to big number Seven.
What's left that you all don't know?
Oh, how about this- I struggle with MATH!
I can't do math in my head, I have to write it down
or use Excel, like I do at work.
I'm good working in the millions at work
but don't ask me to add up the price
of three or four products as we walk up a store aisle.
Unless we're at the dollar store!
( and assuming we are not buying more than 20 items)
Because of this I struggle with recipes so,
if I have to triple a recipe I put the ingredients in three times
or I might make a mistake and ruin it
and that HAS happened!
So, now you know stuff you may not have known before.
So it's my turn to nominate some blogs.
I hope they haven't already been nominated: