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.