Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ten Things... do not know about me (probably).

I am considering myself tagged by Nancy of Daily Blessings

1. I still have cinders embedded under my skin below my right elbow due to a nasty spill I took with my bike when I was 12 years old.

2. My favorite color when I was five years old was red.

3. I was a lifeguard when I was nineteen years old.

4. I was the first female mail carrier in our post office in the early 80's. It was a part time job.

5. My first childhood friend was a boy named Billy. We used to play Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Tarzan and Jane.

6. As a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother's house swinging on a swing under a huge mulberry tree and staining my bare feet on fallen mulberries.

7. I learned how to milk a goat when I was in my thirties when my husband and I lived out in the country on our little farm.

8. I won First Place and received the much coveted Blue Ribbon at the county fair one year for my black raspberry jam.

9. I had the female lead in the school play both my junior and senior years in high school. I loved acting.

10. My favorite cereal is oatmeal.


  1. I have some lead or graphite in my hand from an elementary episode.

    Glad you didn't play doctor
    You have had some interesting jobs and experiences. Share more.

    Have a great weekend-Break a leg!
    (that is showbiz argot is it not?)

  2. Oh, what fun. I considered it an honor to have you follow up on my post and I may even do it again... would that be retagged?????

    I really enjoyed all of the new things I learned about you. The swing, the cinders, the playmate, the goat milking... you sound like an outdoor girl like me.

    Now an answer to your question from the previous post. The method was just a combination of raising my on children, classroom knowledge gleaned from years in the kindergarten classroom, and a wealth of seminars over the years. I just knew that it worked and had the desire to do what was best for the children. I absolutely loved it and would not be retired now, had osteoporisis and arthritis not robbed my stamina.

    Thanks for your kind words.

  3. ...My favorite cereal is oatmeal.

    Mine too, I have oatmeal about four times a week when I get home from work. I've just discovered that frozen fruits like peaches, strawberries and blueberries put some zing in the morning. I make the oatmeal (five minute of course) a pour it over the frozen fruit. It's really great. I was starting to get tired of craisins (dried cranberries) or real maple syrup, creamy butter and cimamon (That's what it sounds like when I say cinnamon;-)

  4. Wreckless, I guess if you live long enough something gets under your skin and stays there for good.

    Yes, I hope to have a great weekend....and break a leg! :-)

    Nancy, I am glad you did the "Ten Things" post, because I am trying to stick to my commitment of one post a week at my blog and it was time for one. Doing the "Ten Things" made it easy. Did you notice the link I made in my post to your blog? Yes, why not do another "Ten Things" post, Nancy. We can do ten at a time and stop at 100. Oh, heck...let's say the sky is the limit.

    So, you did create "Inventive Spelling" for use in your classroom. How clever of you! I am sorry health problems took you away from a profession that you obviously love.

    JG, your fave is oatmeal too? Just one more thing that makes me like you. I make mine with half water and half skim milk. Makes it creamy. Sometimes I combine oatmeal and oat bran together. Makes it even creamier. My husband swears that I have mastered the art of oatmeal making. Ah, just another accomplishment to add to my list. Hey, the word cinnamon is hard to say. Just like the word railroad. I still have to remind myself sometimes not to gush "wailwoad."

  5. I've been working on the wailroad all the wive wong day:-)

  6. Would we know the titles of the play? Always fun to get to know a little more discreet facts about fellow bloggers.
    I quoted you in Part IV of "Why Bloggers Blog" Sunday night. Hope that's okay.

  7. Tom, it has been so many years! I went to my senior yearbook for the answer. The title of the play that year was "Big As Life" by Earl Lours Russell. Ring a bell?

    You quoted me at your blog? I don't mind, but gosh! I hope I said something worth quoting.

  8. You often do.
    Title doesn't ring a bell, but that doesn't mean anything. I know a handful of the titles that it seems like every high school has done: Our Town, Arsenic and Old Lace, You Can't Take it With You,Pirates of Penzance, Our Hearts were Young and Gay, (Not what it sounds like 60 years after it was written) are a few that come to mind, but the hundreds of less-familiar plays are often just as good. Isn't it fun to get out the old yearbooks?

  9. I wish we would have done Our Town while I was in high school. I love that play.

    Yes, it is fun to get out the old yearbooks and browse through them. My, how people change over the years....sometimes for the better.

  10. Gee, I've know many years now?, and all I knew about was your time with the post office and being a life guard. Of course, it could be that I've just forgotten a few things too, if that's possible.
    Hopefully I'll do better on the next 10.
    Since you plan to post once a week,
    just a thought, but you might pick
    one of those ten for a story, or you might let your readers pick. Is that going a bit over board?

  11. I forgot to vote for the black
    raspberry jam. It's my favorite.

  12. Hi Sharon,

    Your suggestion that I write about one of those ten things each week, well, I have news. For a couple of months now I have been trying to work up a story about that goat I learned to milk back in the 70's. It is funny.

    Of course, someday I will want to write about my trials and tribulations playing with my friend Billy. And there's that mulberry tree, too, in my grandmother's yard.

    What about you being my guest contributor and writing a story and posting it here? You did that once before. Are you game for it again?

  13. Susie, Thank you for encouraging Julie. I have been emailing her and she really needs support right now. I also visited Maddie's memorial blog and was touched. I am so sorry for your loss and your niece's loss. I am sure it will be a comfort to Julie. My first son died just days after his birth 27 years ago (I blogged about it on March 17th, 2007) so I too have tried to be an encourager for Julie. You are right in that this is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. Thank you for your support of someone that can use it!

  14. Nancy, I am glad I took the time to read Julie's blog today. When I found out about her recent loss, I immediately thought of my niece and little Maddy's memorial web site. I hope it helps Julie.

    I hope you had a chance to read the news articles about Maddy and what she died from. My niece and her husband have been working on legislation that will insure that every hospital patient gets tested for this MRSA. Little Maddy might be alive today had that been the practice back then.

  15. Nancy, I am sorry that I failed to mention in my previous comment anything about the loss of your first son. As you say, it never leaves you. You never forget that child or stop loving it.

    I have a second cousin who lost a baby due to premature birth. This happened probably 15 or more years ago. Yet, each year the mother goes to the cemetery on the anniversary of the child's death and places flowers on the grave.