15 Things You Did Not Know About Me

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Someone on Blogher read an article suggesting that writers should enlighten their readers and reveal odd facts about themselves. A challenge went out and at least ten writers have posted their lists on Blogher and on their own personal blogs. Well, here are some of my secrets, secrets which reveal my heart.

1. Although can't spell or type, am just learning 21st century's technology, I have  started writing after taking 32 years to raise 9 kids and help run a hobby farm. I always have been a story-teller but when I tried to write, I froze. The few words  I struggled to type were stilted drivel. Recently, an icy wall has melted and a surge of words now rise up from the depths of my being. I barely know what I am going to write when I start. This process is an intuitive, right-brained activity where connections and impressions simply fall into place. It is like being swept up by a creative force that has a life of its own. It is a marvelous discovery.

2. I hate scary movies. As soon as the music rises ominously, I start pacing. Once in a movie theatre, at The Lord of the Rings, I jumped and managed to throw quarts of popcorn in a 4' radius all around us. It landed in people's hair, on their coats... everywhere. My husband has never let me hold the popcorn again.

3. I love strong tea, butter tarts, red wine and cilantro.

4. Someone told my mother that I was cute but my sister would be beautiful! I am short, 5'1" and 104lb. I was a cute little kid (the grade six girls wanted to cart me around like a doll ),  a cute new mother and at 57, my kids' friends think I am cute. Eventually I will be a cute, little old lady. Doomed to be forever cute.

5. I have a sadistic streak. The times I have laughed the hardest concern my husband and bathtubs. Once he was stuck in a too small bathtub, trying to rinse his hair with a princess shower head without getting any water on the floor. The second hilarious incident was when he was stuck in a cold bath, with his leg sticking straight out in a cast, while I attempted to haul him up! Both times I laughed so hard that I ended up on the floor. My husband did not even smile.
6. My athletic skills are dismal. Michael, my athletic husband finally quit trying to find a sport to suit me when he realized that the only possible choices were a very gentle game of badminton or crochet and even those two "sports" were a stretch for my abilities.

7. I love my husband and my kids. I love play dough, looking for bugs, colouring, reading kids books and making doll houses. I really need lots of grandkids.

8. I am eccentric, living on the margins of society and I love quirky, intellectual nerds with a sense of humour. I often laugh in the face of tragedy. It works for me.Only my parents really get my humour.

9. God has managed to heal and love me in spite of myself and I could weep in gratitude for His patient mercy.

10. If it was not for my daughters buying me clothes, cutting and dying my hair and teaching me about make-up, I would look very frumpy.
11. I love old houses and restoring their beauty, gardening, big windows and old pine floors.

12. I was pregnant and nursing, often both, for 18 years without a break. My husband says he saved me from becoming a nun librarian.

13. I am an inefficient square, trying to force myself to roll through chores like a circle. I just recently have begun to take delight in my inefficiency.

14. I need to start drawing and painting again.
15. Although I have lived through my husband's clinical depression, poverty and years of hardwork and self-denial, I would not change one thing in my life. I am full of grateful joy for the life I have been given.



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