Ten Things!

  TEN THINGS….you may not know about me!

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve regaled you with interesting — or not so interesting — facts about me!  Since I don’t know when I’ll get another opportunity, I’m going to share TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME!  I know, you do have the option of telling me to stop being so self-absorbed. But not today!  🙂

31.  My first car was a royal blue, 1964 Buick 2 door hardtop.  It had a love affair with my mechanic so we were often estranged. This is one of those “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” things. I didn’t buy the car. It was given to me.  Can’t say I was thrilled with the amount of time the car sat in the driveway when I had to cadge rides to work and school!

32.  I love plants and, at one time, I owned over 100 of them. Then I got married, had kids, had cats, moved every 3-5 years. That’s HARD on a plant, you know! I’m down to a manageable level. I don’t even have a vegetable garden any more, although I do miss gardening. I don’t miss weeding!

33.  Sadly, day before yesterday, I lost the last of my Zebra Finches. I have a 4-foot glass aviary in my living room which housed my finches. Started with two pairs and, I swear, they were breeding babies every 5-6 weeks. I didn’t realize when I started that the bred all year, unlike the birds in the wild I’m used to seeing breed only in spring. At one point, I had around 35 birds — they’re so quick to flit an accurate count became impossible.  I found new homes for many of them. Over the years, the numbers have dwindled. I was sad when I realized the last one was gone. I loved having them. Will I start again? I don’t think so. I still have my female canary, Silver, and may find her a mate someday. But, I think my finch days are done. A 4-foot cage is a bear to keep clean all the time.

Hmmm, I think I may have to build an herb garden in it.  Oh, honey! Can I have more plants if they’re in a cage? 🙂

34.  Despite the fact I don’t regret my college education in journalism, I sometimes wish I’d been able to pursue my other two interests…history and astronomy. Alas, not enough hours in the day! Maybe it’s time to write a hero who teaches history!

35.  My favorite beverage is a caramel, hazelnut or English toffee cappuchino. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold. I need to move my espresso machine into my office soon as I finish redecorating.

36.  I have seven wonderful grandchildren, ages 3-1/2 months to 21 years. Each of them brings immense joy to my life!

37.  I began my love affair with romance novels by reading every Barbara Cartland novel I could get my hands on. Considering her prolific numbers it took me  a while to run of out books to read. I know I’m aging myself admitting this because many of you are unfamiliar with Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland, she was a prolific historical writer. By early 2000,  her publishers estimated that since her writing career began in 1923, Cartland had produced a total of 723 titles. She was 98 years of age when she died on 21 May 2000. Her books were relatively tame, filled with virgins and alpha heroes, but I couldn’t get enough of them. I think I was 14-15 when I discovered my first book. Thankfully, back then, the library had LOTS of her books.

38.  My favorite form of exercise is swimming.  Let me rephrase that! If I HAVE to exercise, it’s my favorite.  I loved swimming when I was younger.  I’d love to have a covered pool in my backyard. I’d swim every day…and it wouldn’t feel like exercise.

39.  I seldom cook turkey in the oven any more. We deep-fry all of our turkeys these days because a 20-lb. turkey can be cooked in less than 2 hours from heating the oil to pulling the bird out for serving. They’re moister and the flavor is indescribable! And I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to throw the turkey on. More time for me to play with my family.

40.  I’ve been a crafting fool over the years. I learned how to crochet when I was young and my specialty was afghans. I even made a crocheted blanket for one of my daughter’s double bed. Warmer than a down comforter! Still have it lying around somewhere. I also embroider. Give me an iron-on transfer and I can go to town. I’ve also had my stint crafting Christmas ornaments. My favorites were Victorian-style ornaments. I even made tussie mussies, little bouquets of dried flowers I grew in my own garden and wrapped in beautiful white cone of embossed with a floral design and finished off with ribbons. I also made floral balls with dried flower petals from my gardens. They smelled like sachets but you could put them on the tree and they were decorated with ribbons.  I made hundreds of them one summer!

[If you’re wondering about the numbers, this ongoing list of “10 new things” is not the first I’ve posted. To learn more about me, check the Wacky Wednesday category menu prior to this post.]

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