Saturday, March 31, 2012

I've Been Tagged--A Bit About Me

Bonnie, over at Living Life, recently tagged me to share a bit of information about myself with my blogging friends.  I met Bonnie a while back when I started "visiting" bloggers named "Bonnie".  It wasn't long before we began noticing similarities other than our name.  If you haven't already, drop in and say "hello" to Bonnie.  I'm sure you'll like her.  Bonnie asked the questions and Bonnie answered them.

While I don't put all of my eggs in one basket,
I do put all my chicks in one bowl.

1.  What is your passion?  Do you have more than one?

My passions are family and friends.  I can never get enough of them!

2.  If a movie were made about your life, who would be cast to play you?

Sally Field, of course.  She's honest, straightforward, usually a good person and she's making cookies!

3.  You've won a vacation sweepstakes, do you choose a mountain resort or a beachside cottage?  Where in the world would we find you?

You'd find me, along with my family preferably, in Asheville, N.C., Monterey, California or Nantucket, R.I.

4.  Describe what makes a great book.  Is it the perfect writing, a great story, good character development, a popular author, or just a great escape?  Or, all of the above?

All of the above with the exception of a popular author.  In addition to popular authors, I love reading debut novels.

5.  When you need to leave stress behind, how do you decompress?

You would find me wandering in my hidden garden or....

...having tea and reading a good book on my front porch.  Can you tell that I'm thinking summer?

6.  What is your style..classic, sporty, bohemian, or trendy?  What one item can you not live without?

My style is classic although I think bohemian would be great fun.  I don't think I can live without a large purse.

7.  Tell me about the teacher who had the most profound influence on the person you are today.  Not all teachers are in the classroom.

I'd have to say my second grade teacher (she was actually my first teacher since I spent only two weeks in first grade.  Here I'll say that wasn't such a great idea--moving me forward--as I was always the youngest in my class and didn't like that distinction).  Miss Flora Lee Barclay was that teacher.  After she made me take my chair off my desktop (yes, I was sitting in the chair) for the third time, she told me I was important without trying to call such attention to myself.  Many years later, I phoned her when I was visiting my hometown.  She not only remembered me, she remembered my parents and she drove over to see me and meet my little boys.  

8.  What was your favorite book as a child or teenager?  How did it affect what you read today?  Is it still a favorite?

My most memorable and favorite book is Heidi.  I loved her life with the Alm Uncle.  How, upon her arrival, he sent the aunt packing and, gruff as could be, fed Heidi a melted cheese sandwich and a glass of fresh cold milk.  I loved the setting and the people--the grandmother, Peter and Clara.  I love how the grandfather rescued Heidi from the city and brought Clara to his home, helping her to regain her strength.  I find it hard to leave any bread or rolls behind at a restaurant, wanting to pack them up for the grandmother who had no teeth.  It is still a favorite book to remember.  Today I look for books that have great characters and redeeming social value.

9.  Here in the south there is the old rule of not wearing linen before Easter.  We have about two weeks before Easter.  Are you a traditionalist or do you throw the rules out the window?

I am a traditionalist.  My mother made sure of that.  No linen, white clothing or shoes before Easter.  Red shoes were only for little girls, not grownup ladies but I won't go into her reasoning on that one.

10.  You are hosting a small dinner party.  Do you allow your guest in the kitchen and make preparation part of the party, or is it all your show?  How about clean up?

It's all my show!!

11.  Why did you begin your blog?  Has it turned out as you had hoped?  Have you discovered anything about yourself?

I started my blog on a cold winter's day when I was thinking about soup.  Almost a year later, my daughter-in-love saw it and encouraged me to get serious about blogging.  The experience has more than met any expectations (they were low) as I've met so many interesting people--some in person--who mean a great deal to me.  I've discovered that many others are interested in what's going on in my life.


  1. Great post, Bonnie. (I have a special cousin named Bonnie. She doesn't blog--but you'd love her.) I enjoy reading this kind of stuff from others --yet I don't participate in it myself.

    As much as I enjoy the beach, I prefer the mountains!! My lifestyle obviously is sporty. And the teacher who influenced me the most was my fabulous band director, Mrs. Virginia MacChesney...


  2. Great post Bonnie, and I learned a bit more about you. But it is interesting to realize who well--to a certain level--we can know people through blogging, as I would have guessed at some of these anwers. Heidi was also my all time favorite and a life highlight for me was going up to those alps and imagining where the story took place. Also for a time I had blue and white tiles as a backsplash behind my stove ...any idea why? (that is a minute detail to the story).

  3. Loved getting to know you better, Bonnie. I have to admit, "Heidi" is a book that was very dear to me as a child. You brought back happy memories talking about it. Going to check out the other Bonnie's blog. Thanks. Susan

  4. The Secret Garden, is it yours??? It looks wonderful, I would love a tour of it!!! I remember when you showed us your lovely porch, that was such a good post. You and me both for the second grade teacher!! These kind of posts always interest me so much, because I can really get to know bloggers better.

  5. Love this post!

    If I were at your party though, I'd want to be in the kitchen with you so I could learn your tricks!

  6. I liked this... so much better than most of the tags that is just nothing but a bunch of fluff. My grandmother was a teacher in a 1-room school house, teaching grades 1-8. She outlived many of them, but on her 100th birthday, we put an ad in the Illinois newspaper where she taught and several of her old students sent cards. She remembered all of them.

  7. I think I would have Sally Field play me also. I loved her character on "Brothers and Sisters." It was so me!

    Fun facts to learn about you Bonnie. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. now we know the real you.. enjoyed reading about you. Heidi was one of my few books that i had as a child, that and Tarzan and the City of gold and Bomba and a few zane gray and all the Nancy Drews. read them over and over. loved all your pics today

  9. what a wonderful post! I love to get to know my friends better, her questions were just wonderful too!

  10. Bonnie, I love it! I think you chose a wonderful place to vacation; NC :) and Heidi was one of my favorite books as well. and about that push into second grade! as a teacher, not such a great idea but things are what they are...Thanks for sharing so much about you! I loved it!

  11. Yes, Ginny, that is my hidden garden--from last year.


  12. Your porch is beautiful and I'm lovin' that cute cheese tray! Happy Weekend:@)

  13. Wow your garden is gorgeous...

    Love the pics.

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Bonnie, Oh what a wonderful job! I loved reading all your answers. It just confirms we are living parallel lives. can Sally play you if she is already cast as me? ha! ha! ha! I, too, was always the youngest in my class for similar, but not exactly the same reason. And I agree, not a great idea. Heidi...oh what a wonderful book to remember. Thank you so much for playing along. Bonnie

  15. I love your idea of finding other "Bonnie bloggers." I wonder if there are other "Glenda bloggers."

    I learned a lot of fun things about you in this great interview. Thanks ... Bonnie I and Bonnie II.

  16. That was delightful!

    Loved Heidi too =)

  17. I learned a lot of new things about you!!!! I can't wear white before Easter either!!!
    : )

  18. I love Bonnie's blog too (and she led me to yours). Thanks for sharing your answers. Your favourite vacation spots sound terrific!

  19. I love this post Bonnie. It reveal so many sweet qualities of your personality. I'm also a plant and garden lover.

  20. Great getting to know you better, Bonnie! I remember well my first grade teacher (she had also taught my father!) and her influence is still with me.

  21. Fabulous post, Bonnie. I enjoy everytime I get to know you a little better. LOVE the story about your teacher... what a fine lady she must have been to have come to meet your sons. Warms my heart to hear. Any of your vacation spots would be on my list of perfect, too. with family. ;) blessings ~ Tanna

  22. Hi Bonnie,
    It is so good to get to know you better. Very nice post!
    I would never have guessed that you had grown children. you seem so young. :o)

    All the best,


  23. Ha - I am a kitchen hog too when people come over! Although I don't mind help cleaning up.

    Loved getting to know you better Bonnie!

  24. I really enjoyed all your answers, Bonnie, to all these interesting questions. I wish Sally Field could play me..she has always been a favorite since her Gidget days, but she is much too petite to be I think Glen Close would be a bette rmatch for me, although I'm not as elegant as she is. ;)

    I also LOVED the book "Heidi" as a child! I actually re-read it recently and all the reasons you stated made it a favorite all over again.

  25. Very fun and informative post, Bonnie! I loved that your second grade teacher remember you (although I'm not sure how she could forget - LOL).

  26. It is always so nice to get to know about people we touch base with each day. You are an interesting lady. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary


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