Wednesday, December 28, 2016

50 Facts About Me

As you might know, I've been blogging here for 27 consecutive days.
I took a challenge and by golly, I'm going to make it to 31 days!!
I hope I haven't bored you, but maybe inspired you or at least, made you smile.

Today, I am stuck.
I wanted to take outdoor photos of a few things, but the sun was not cooperating.

So, I am opening myself up.

I'm writing about myself.

Eventually, I will have 100 "facts", but today you will get half of them.

I am what I am.

  1. I am a 55 year old woman
  2. I've been married to my greatest blessing for 33 years
  3. We have 2 children; ages 26 (Kristie) and 29 (Brad)
  4. My kids do not like each all.
  5. I have lived my entire life in Dubuque, Iowa
  6. I wouldn't live anywhere else!
  7. My lucky number is 7
  8. I was the 7th child of 8
  9. I was born in the 7th month
  10. I've held 4 full-time jobs over the course of my lifetime
  11. 3 of them lasted 7 years each
  12. My last job was teaching 7th grade
  13. I am now a substitute teacher, by choice
  14. I sub only in the elementary grades, by choice
  15. My husband retired in September 2016, after working 38 years for John Deere as an engineer
  16. I must have some form of chocolate to nibble on each day
  17. I prefer dark chocolate over milk, or white (ick!)
  18. I also prefer chicken over steak or seafood or pork
  19. My peanut butter must be chunky
  20. I have an incredible "sweet tooth"
  21. I wear a size 10 shoe
  22. I used to wear a size 9, but then I had kids and they grew, along with my hips.
  23. We currently have a 3 year old Morkie named Sophie (cross of Maltese + Yorkie)
  24. We used to have an AKC Bichon Frise named Quincy for 13 years.
  25. I played the flute and piccolo in school from 4th grade through high school graduation.
  26. I also sang in the choir in high school.
  27. I now sing in the city's largest choir and absolutely love it!
  28. I sing Soprano 1, but really should be a Soprano 2, but like to sing the melody. I squeak by.
  29. In choir, I sit right next to the gal who sang in our wedding 33 years ago.
  30. I am a fanatically addicted player of Words With Friends.
  31. I usually beat most of my friends in the game.
  32. I have absolutely no skills in sports nor do I have any interest in them. (Hard to believe, eh?)
  33. I began sewing at a young age when my father gave me a sewing machine at the age of 10.
  34. He gave my brothers each a mini-bike, but I got a stinkin' sewing machine. I was not happy.When the mini-bikes broke down, my sewing machine was broken in and I was sewing away very happily!
  35. My mom and sisters were very talented sewists. I learned a lot from watching them.
  36. I sewed a lot of my own clothes in high school.
  37. I even made my first pair of jeans!
  38. I sewed many of my children's clothes when they were young, but then they got too picky.
  39. Everything I know about quilting and machine embroidery has been self-taught.
  40. I enjoy learning through watching videos and reading blogs. Pictures help.
  41. Flower gardening is also a great hobby of mine. In the summer, my hands are happy in the dirt.
  42. I have 2 large flower gardens and multiple pots and baskets around the yard.
  43. I have never, ever tried illegal drugs.
  44. I do imbibe in an occasional adult beverage.
  45. Margaritas are a favorite, but I need to be careful since tequila causes migraines for me.
  46. I have a very quirky sense of humor.
  47. Sometimes it's sarcastic, and sometimes it slap-stick, but it's always sharp.
  48. My favorite color is purple. My classrooms in school were decorated in purple, like my sewing room is today. And my laundry room. I'm the only person who hangs out there anyway!
  49. Spending time in the kitchen is another favorite past-time.
  50. I prefer baking over cooking, but we can't all survive on cookies!

Stay tuned for the next 50!

Do we have anything in common?

*Day 28 of 31 Days of Blogging Challenge


  1. This is fun. We have many things in common including that I prefer dark chocolate, love baking rather than cooking, am a self taught sewist from books. blogs, and trial and error, I also used to be primary teacher. x

  2. Meeee, too!! -- 2nd grade. (And tutoring in algebra, but could only take high schoolers in small numbers ..... It's a control thing...). And, I played flute and piccolo from 5th - 12th, and still sing in my church choir, only I'm an alto. My pastor's wife and I once got into 'trouble' because we preferred singing the bass line to the alto... I also got a sewing machine for Christmas at a young age, and made clothes for myself and my girls until they were pretty much grown. I made alterations in gowns for the Miss Louisiana pageant for years -- several girls every year brought gowns that were either too small, or inappropriate, and had to have them altered at the last minute.
    However, you and I greatly differ in that the kitchen is N O T my idea of a 'fun' room, nor do my hands enjoy digging in dirt (probably because we lived in the Deep South, and it's just way too hot!
    Thanks for the facts. It was fun reading them!

  3. we have a lot in common. And a lot opposite which is interesting too.
    Your way of presenting the items was well done.
    Dark chocolate, ick! Absolutely no offense meant but....
    About self taught... it intrigues me when I see that sentence.

    Did you ever follow a pattern, read a quilting book, watch a video made by a quilter giving instruction? Has a fellow quilter make suggestions about how to do something differently? Magazine articles teach us techniques to try at home.
    To me, even seeing a quilt show is a lesson taught. Seeing what can be done with fabric, know what I mean? We all stand on the shoulders of, and learned from, those who made quilts before us even if they didn't stand in front of us formally.

  4. Very fun to read! I also played the flute and piccolo! You should show us some pictures of your purple sewing room!

  5. Good Morning Kathy! I enjoyed reading this post and getting to know you better! We do have a few things that my favorite color is purple, any color of purple is so pretty and purple lilacs are my favorite flower. I also enjoy baking much more than cooking, yet I am very happy that Hubby does the majority of both and I can create for hours and hours! I had a good friend teach me to sew clothing but I mainly taught myself to quilt in the same way that you did. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading the next 50! Have a fantastic creative day!