I haven’t been participating in awards due to lack of time, so while I’m grateful, honoured and somewhat flattered by receiving them, I simply can’t keep up (keeping up with comments can be challenging, not to mention following various blogs out there). So I won’t be accepting any from here on. I hope that doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
1. Why did you start blogging?
Originally, this blog was intended to support an Etsy store. Opening the store was delayed so long that I finally designed a second store and started a new blog for that. This blog has turned out to be a huge blessing in my life, as it has brought me friends from across the globe, all of whom share at least some of my thinking, opinions and activities. The Virtual Village is an Introvert’s Paradise . . .
2. What is your favourite food?
This is harder than it seems . . . I have to say ‘homemade’ for the most part. If I had to choose just one thing, it would likely be frittata with mild salsa, with a Cara Cara orange and a bit of bacon on the side. Of course there is always chocolate, especially the sorts with sea salt or cayenne pepper added . . .
3. What is your biggest accomplishment?
Also a hard question . . . I have to say that surviving one very challenging stretch would be it: Three of us (myself, my sons’ dad and our oldest son) made it for eight months on only five dollars cash.
4. What is your favourite childhood memory?
sneaking out in the middle of the night to ‘raid’ the neighbour’s used binder twine stash (he didn’t use if for anything; it was looped around a beam so the cattle wouldn’t eat it), braiding it into halters, reins, etc. (kept hidden under my mattress), then sneaking out in the middle of the night and walking a couple of miles to a large pasture, catching up one of the horses there (I loved the big draught horse, but there were others, too) and riding for ages, in the dark . . . my parents never knew, of course, and I survived just fine . . .
5. Name a fun fact about yourself.
I sewed by hand a tipi that was 27 feet high and 27 feet front to back; we lived in it for most of a year when our oldest son was four.
6. Do you have a favourite book?
Hundreds!! It might have worked better to ask for a list of favourite authors . . . 😉 Just now, I’d have to say “The Lions of Al-Rassan” by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay, our foremost author ever! This is a complex and subtle book (as all his books are); to me, it’s the greatest love story I’ve read yet. And I’m not talking about teenage angsty ‘love’; these are mature loves (and not in the X-rated sense, either). I’ve read it several times and will read it several more . . . But I love all his books.
I read a lot of children’s books, too, and of them I’d have to say “The Hobbit”. Also “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”, “The Rising of the Dark” series, and “The Book of Three” and other books by Lloyd Alexander.
Of the older books, anything by Gene Stratton-Porter (Freckles, Girl of the Limberlost, Keeper of the Bees, and many more).
All the classic girls’ books; The Anne of Green Gables series; Little Women and the rest; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; Pollyanna, The Secret Garden, and more . . .
And Sci-Fi / Fantasy!! “Stranger in a Strange Land” and most of Robert A. Heinlein’s books, “The Martian Chronicles” and all the rest of Ray Bradbury’s writings, all of Andre Norton, Zenna Henderson’s “The People” series (major love, there!), and many, many more . . .
7. What would you do if you won $1 million dollars?
Set up a charitable foundation; pay off all debts of mine and my family; buy a property in BC that I could reclaim and live independently on, so about fifty acres or so (I have plans for some of that, including a large woodlot, a wild section to be preserved, an orchard, garden, cottage and work studio). If I win more, I would simply make the charitable foundation larger. I’d also set up a trust to pay for education for all the younger members of the family (no point just handing out cash, I think). I have family and friends who could use a bit of help in one area of another, also there are projects around that I’d like to support in some way; the foundation would target those.
8. What is your favourite animal?
Morgan horses (the old style, not the new, Tennessee Walker sorts with long legs, etc.), with collie/border collie dogs and Norwegian skoggkatts close behind.
9. Are you a morning person?
Yes, and an evening one! However, early afternoon has not much to say for itself and I’d happily nap then . . .
10. Guilty pleasure?
Reading in a huge claw-footed tub while eating dark chocolate, sipping something yum and listening to Runrig . . . I think I’d stay there ’til I turned into a prune and maybe longer (’til the books ran out!)
No questions about music, eh? Well, anyone who reads my stuff likely has a pretty good idea of what I love most . . . 🙂 Movies would have been interesting, too. But then this post would have been very long . . . 🙂
I have to add one, though:
11. Favourite activity:
Creating stuff. I do a variety of things, have mastered none, and am always up for learning new things . . .