I didn’t think anyone would ever tag me for a meme, but my Red Dirt Sister, Brenda, proved me wrong. Here are ten random things about me that you don’t already know:
1. After college, I dyed my hair the lightest shade of blonde by using 40 volume peroxide. I wanted to be glamorous, and I thought this was the way. People told me I looked like Madonna. Looking back at the photos, all I can say is that they weren’t telling the truth. I looked tired and old, and I was only twenty-six.
2. I met HH when I was fifteen, and he was twenty-four. I was his sister’s best friend, and he barely noticed me, but I noticed him. I thought he was the handsomest and kindest person I ever met. Years, later, when I was twenty-seven, we re-met, and the rest is history. I guess he liked that blonde hair.
3. Ever since I was nineteen, I dreamed of living in a log cabin on a lake. When HH and I married, I got that very dream. We live on 7.5 acres, and my back door faces my garden and the spring-fed lake behind it. God knew my dream, and this was how He answered me.
4. Before I moved out to the country twenty years ago, I had never been on a farm or even an acreage larger than one acre. I thought I was moving to Country Home or Country Living not realizing that those magazines are not produced in the countryside. They are citified fantasies. I actually live in Dogpatch or Deliverance. Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell.
5. I am a pinball wizard. My best friend, Aimee, reminded me of that one. HH bought us a wonderful pinball machine. When I’m not ferrying kids to activities, gardening or computing, I’m playing pinball. I pace myself because I don’t want to beat the machine just yet.
6. I grew up in a pool hall, which explains my pinball expertise. I also play a mean game of pool and held a cue stick once I could reach the table. Pool sharks, card sharks, con men, hired hit men and even one rapist were people I saw everyday. I kid you not. Thank God, the rapist never bothered me. We only found out his aberration when we saw him on the front page of The Oklahoman one day. He was quite famous, and his reign of terror lasted for over two years stretching from Dallas to Oklahoma City. Thinking about it still gives me the chills.
7. I love being a mother. I waited until I was 30 to have children. I wished I’d started sooner. I would have had more.
8. My mother says a I’m a great writer. Oh, and a wonderful gardener. Thanks Mom.
9. My eyes crossed as a child. I had three surgeries at four, eleven and twelve to correct the problem. I did years of eye therapy. Now, they only cross when I’m too tired, but I don’t have any depth perception. That makes driving an adventure. On each car, I memorize where the bumper is so I can back out of parking spaces. So, Mary Ann are you still brave enough to ride with me at the Spring Fling?
10. When I turned 40, I changed and became a lot less stiff, emotionally. My body is stiff. My soul is flexible. I gained a sense of humor and quit worrying about what others thought about me.
Enough about me. I want to know more about:
Martha at All the Dirt About Gardening because she has become such a good gardening friend, and she grows things in the same climate I do.
Kathryn at Plant Whatever Brings You Joy because she writes such blessed words, and I feel like we are sisters of the heart.
Flower Garden Girl because she provides such interesting information on her site; and
Frances at Fair Garden because I really enjoy her whimsical posts.
Tag, girls, you’re it.