Friday, July 6, 2007

Eight or Sixteen (or more) Random Facts Meme

I've been tagged twice today to do a "meme" ..... by Nina of Nature Remains as well as by Mary C. from Mary's Corner of the World.

I haven't done this before, so I hope I do this right. Here are the rules for Eight Random Facts Meme:

Players start with 8 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their blog about 8 things, then post these rules. At the end of the blog they must choose 8 people to get tagged and list their names, then leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged, and to read your blog. Because I've been tagged "twice" today, I'll bend the rules a bit and leave 16 little-known facts about me. I hope this isn't too boring folks!

OK....after much thought... "drum roll" are the exciting (not) facts about little old me.

I am the youngest in a family of 4, two boys and two girls.
I am the only one who never smoked, thanks to my older sister giving me a puff when I was about 7. Never again, thankyou! ;-)

I always wanted to be a nurse when I grew up. But instead I married my
high school sweetheart and gave up that dream. I do regret not having gone to college.

I can roll my tongue. It's a genetic trait.

I've lived 5 miles from the ocean on each coastline of the USA 2 separate times in my adult life...starting in New Jersey and ending up in California.

When my children were small, I used to make my own jams and grow my own vegetables. I rarely cook now.

In my family tree, I am related to President James Monroe on my mother's side.

My maternal ancestors arrived in this country when the Dutch settled here in 1634.

I love to paint and wish I had more leisure time to do it. I started out as a decorative painter and am now moving towards painting on canvas....oils, acrylics, beginning watercolors.

I am math-challenged when it comes to algebra, probably one reason why I do not have a college degree - since it is a prerequisite for getting into school. I am sure I would love most all the college courses *except* math.

I had to wear orthodontic braces twice in my life -- once as a young teen and again as an adult.

I have a 20-year old grandson in the US Navy, stationed in Norfolk, VA.

My daughter turns 40 on Monday. GASP!!!!!

I used to sew my own clothes.

I taught myself to read when I was about 4 years old, thanks to my older siblings showing me how to make words with alphabet blocks.

I can knit and crochet and I love to hand-quilt, but I haven't quilted in awhile.

I can still take shorthand. Does that ever date me?!!!!
I can make my own bar soap from scratch... not the kind from a kit.
I never learned how to swim. I can do the doggie paddle, that's all.


Mary said...

It's good to know you better Dorothy! I regret not going to college, also. I can still take shorthand but WON'T take it. I wore braces from age 14 to 18. We have a few things in common!

Mary C said...

Gosh Dorothy, I can't believe how much we have in common! Like living on both coasts (although I've never lived that close to either of the oceans) -- like making all our jams, etc. and now rarely even cook -- like sewing, knitting and crocheting. I've done embroidery before, but I don't think I've ever quilted, although I am interested in doing "someday." I'm so glad to get to know you! Thanks for doing the meme.

Susie said...

Hi Dorothy,
I enjoyed reading your random facts. I never went to college either, as I married young..
I used to make jams, and can a lot of fruits and veggies too. I still love to cook though.
Of course, I love living near the Pacific Ocean..

Body Soul Spirit said...

Hey, I can roll my tongue too, but didn't know it was genetic. Did you cook so much that you got tired of it? I prefer my cooking to most restaurant meals.

Dorothy said...

Mary, I only take shorthand for my own convenience. It's still pretty handy..and no one can read my notes. LOL

Mary C. - We lived in Orange County, CA for almost 18 years. I miss my daughter and her family, because they are still there. The weather was nice too..and I do miss that.

Susie and Ruth - I loved to cook and bake but now my husband, who works at home, does a lot of the housework, including supper making. We also cook out on the grill a lot, and I don't consier that really cooking in the truest sense of the word...LOL.

KGMom said...

I love these random facts--they give us little sneak peeks into the lives of these blogging friends we read!
Oh--on the tongue rolling--which way? That's the real trick--some people can roll it from back of mouth to front--not too hard. But a rare few can also (at the same time) curl it up, so the tongue looks like a ladle. That is the rare genetic trait.

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Dorothy, I enjoyed reading all the facts about you...that is really cool you are related to James Monroe. To answer your question, my camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ30, we have really enjoyed using it.

Thanks for the beautiful birthday card as well, that was very sweet of you. Yes, I love my little iPod and I also think that is a pretty cool gift.

I've been meaning to tell you, I looked at your photo album online a couple of weeks ago. You are doing some absolutely beautiful work. Please post lots of pics on your blog.

Naturegirl said...

Your roses are lucious! My secret for White Dawn...empsom salts sprinkled around the earth early Spring!Thank you for visiting me and for the generous comment you left! Nice meeting new folks! hugs NG

Q said...

Hi Dorthy,
So nice to get to know more about you.
Dutch ancestors! Are you near Pennsylvania Dutch country? I find the houses so lovely.
I understand missing a daughter! Mine moved to Portland! I live in Kansas City, Missouri. Long drive.
Thanks for doing the random facts.
I have enjoyed yours.