When a friend asks me to do something, I try to honor it, if I can. But when two friends (Liberty Speidel: Word Wanderings, and Tamera Kraft: Word Sharpeners) make the same request, I no longer merely try…it becomes imperative to make an effort to follow through. These two friends bestowed on me the “Honest Scrap” award on their blogs…which means ~sigh~ I have to share eight things about myself. (And the fact that the second invitation came today…my birthday…65th birthday at that…well, I don’t believe in omens, you understand…but….) So here goes:
1. As I said in the preceding paragraph, today is my 65th birthday. I’m now officially older than dirt.
2. I was born in Dalton, Georgia, south of Chattanooga, north of Atlanta.
3. I met my hubby at church when I was 14, experienced a classic case of “love at first sight,” and never got over it. We married four years later, when I was 18. And now, I’ve been married almost 46 years to my best friend and love of my life. God has blessed me.
4. One of the more interesting places where I’ve lived is Okinawa, Japan. Interestingly, before we got orders to Okinawa, I studied Japanese for two years.
5. I took traditional doll making classes while we lived on Okinawa and became a licensed doll maker, and I enjoy other crafts and activities of all kinds: knitting, crocheting, tatting, macrame, pattern drafting, sewing (I even sewed hubby’s Navy uniforms from patterns I drafted myself…and they passed inspection!), drawing, painting, do-it-yourself black-and-white film photography, complete with my own darkroom. I was in a singing group for several years…the Joymakers. I like collecting and polishing gemstones, panning for gold, gardening, landscaping…um…I’ll stop there…I’m getting tired just thinking about all the stuff I’ve done.
6. Hubby and I were a presenting “team couple” in Marriage Encounter for several years.
7. I owned and operated my own computer graphics/animation company, and later co-owned (with hubby) a small printing company.
8. I was valedictorian of my high school class…something I don’t like to talk about.
Whew! I did it! There ya go…the “honest scrap” about me…stuff I’m proud of as well as stuff I’m not.
Now. To drop the other shoe, so to speak…one of the requirements of the Honest Scrap Award is that you are required to pass it on to others. So, here’s the list of my unfortunate victims…er, friends:
Myra Shofner – Myraswritersgallery Blog
Sylvia Melvin – Sylvia’s Scribbles
Shellie Tomlinson – Abiding
Ginny Cruz – Pioneer Poet
Katharine Richardson – Wise Dogs
Nona King – Word Obsession
John Long – Peace Be the Journey
Ray Shoop – Ray Ray’s Blog