A Book You Love and One You Didn’t 

I’m not a big reader but a few years ago I read Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.  

As for I book I didn’t love… That would be anything I was forced to read in High School. I think that’s why I hate reading, because I was forced to do it. Now if they had made a recommendation, maybe it would be different. 

What Tattoos You Have and If They Have Meaning

When I was 42 I was hospitalized for a month with Acute Pancreatitis & I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. This little life changing event made me change me outlook on life. 

One of those outlooks was of tattoos. I decided if I could keep my diabetes in line that I would get one on my birthday. But it had to be something good, something meaningful and something me. So on my 43rd birthday I got this:  

The Gnome is for my quirky love of gnomes. He is holding a lantern to always brighten my path. Peace, Love & Faith. The 3 stars represents the 3 most important people in my life who are now shining brightly down on me from heaven, my aunt/Godmother, my mom and my dad. This was supposed to be my one and only. 

Ya right! On my 44th birthday I added these:  

 The cat is for my mom. She said she would return to earth as a black cat and after she passed I have had a black cat around my house, no matter where I live. The owl is for my dad. His submarine mascot was an owl and every Christmas I gave him an owl figurine of some sort. When he passed I found I now have an owl that hangs around my house, again no matter where I live. 

And then I turned 45. This is my newest tattoo:  

 I have always loved John Lennon. When I visited NYC a few years ago I had to go see the mosaic in Central Park. I fell in love with that park for several reasons, one being Strawberry Fields and the other was that my mom had grown up in NYC. I grew up hearing all sorts of grand stories of NYC in the 30’s & 40’s. Red Roses were her favorite flowers so I thought it fitting to add that to the mosaic. Peace, Love & Music. Imagine.

46th birthday present is already in my thought process….

Someone Who Fascinates You and Why…

This is actually vey easy. My granddaughter, Big Bird, absolutely fascinates me. Each and every time I see her she has somehow changed. She has either grown or learned something new. At 3 1/2 she has already been through more than most people go through in their lifetime and it doesn’t phase her. She still has a huge heart, a great sense of humor and loves to just play. 

A Place You’d Live, But Have Never Visited

Honestly, my answer came very quick to me. A place I would live but have never visited would be Seattle, Washington. I have known several people over the years that have spent time in that area and I have never heard one complaint. The pictures I have seen are beautiful. There is a major city and there is plenty of water around. All I ask for in life is a place to hear live music and a place to launch my kayak. 

Ten Interesting Things About Yourself 

  1. I do a great Elmo impersonation.  
  2. I had to teach myself how to drive a standard car. I walked to the library, checked out a book on how cars work, walked home, got in the car, read the directions and I was off.
  3. In 3rd grade I was the only girl in our Baseball League. They asked me if I meant Softball when I signed up and I told them,”No, I want to play real ball.”
  4. I started getting tattoos when I was 43. My goal is to get one every birthday.
  5. I became a Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 42. I’m a late bloomer.
  6. I love music and I live going to concerts. My taste runs from the Symphony to Asking Alexanderia.
  7. I love the beach.
  8. I am a recovering alcoholic.
  9. I love to cook.
  10. I am a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Your First Love & Your First Kiss

I’m going to address this writing assignment backwards. My first kiss occured in the hallway of my elementary school. I was in 2nd grade and I was headed back to class from a mid-class escape, I mean bathroom break. I can’t remember his name, but I know he was I the other 2nd grade class. He was with his friend and he grabbed me and bam kissed me. So I punched him in the face. I’m pretty sure my mom told me, “if a boy ever touched you, slug him.”

My first love…now this is a toughie. My first true love was a beautiful young man that I only got to see once a week. His name was Almanzo James Wilder, or Manly, as that little tramp, Laura Ingalls called him. 

Your Earliest Memory

Your earliest memory… Hmm this is a grad writing assignment.

I think my earliest memory is of myself sitting in my high chair in the kitchen of my parents restaurant that they owned at the time. My high chair was next to the white chest freezer and the head cook was a black gentleman who would always try to make me laugh. I believe I was about a year old at the time.


5 Problems With Social Media 

I’m not going to lie, I love Social Media. I am going to have to dig deep here to find 5 problems with it, but here goes!

  1. Kids – for a 40 something woman nearing “The Change,” the amount of cute baby/kid pictures are brutal on the ovaries. My cure for this is to take my granddaughter for a weekend. Then I can post my own pictures and then take her home once I’ve had my fill.
  2. Pets – again, for a 40 something woman nearing “The Change,” the amount of cute puppy/kitten pictures are brutal on the ovaries. My cure was to take in 2 cats in the past year. I had to stop at 2, because when you hit 3 you become known as the Cat Lady and that can’t happen until I’m at least 50!
  3. Relationships – are you single, engaged, married, divorced or it’s complicated? And how often are you supposed to update this? Maybe I need to change me status to It’s Complicated since I’ve been divorced for almost 4 years and I haven’t been back in the dating game. Maybe that’s what that status is for.
  4.  Vacation Envy – before Social Media I never knew about all the wonderful vacations my friends took. One day, I swear, I am going to find that house surrounded by crystal clear water that you can only get to by boat! And yes, I’ll post pictures!
  5. Food Porn – I think I have gained 50 pounds since being on Social Media. I think we need to ban the easy bake cakes & muffins. Let’s bring sexy back to celery. You know have a naked piece of celery just edging itself into a bowl of low-fat Ranch dressing. 

30-Day Writing Challenge

This just might be the thing I need to get the writing juices flowing again.