In grade school the kids were not nice & teased me of my red hair, making me very self-conscious. This & (2) other instances formed me forever in grades 3 & 4. I was always picked nearly last in sports. There were (2) girls in my class both years … one named Violet , the other Carolyn. The kids were horribly cruel to both of them. I became very protective of them & made them my friends, showing the other kids that ‘plain’, ‘shy’, ‘bumps’, ‘red hair’ didn’t make us bad, terrible or different. Compassion grew for the underdog from that time forward. I enjoy ‘giving’ to cheer people up.
History of our pioneers & Indians, poetry & biographies … Trixie Belden & Nancy Drew kept me captivated … spending countless hours reading. . On Saturday we all went to the library for ‘reading hour’.
I love writing stories & poems … which has carried thru into adulthood. Philosophy, facts & everyday life happenings I love to share … well seen in my blog.
John Wayne was my HERO & would come & sweep me off my feet on his white stallion … & then he married Pilar Pilate. I was crushed. How dare he!
I would drag home any stray cat I could find, much to Mother’s chagrin. Poor ol’ Tuffy shared every emotion of my life. I’d dress him in doll clothes & wheel him all over town in the wicker doll buggy. He didn’t seem to mind.
My husband & I met at his parents home … the first day we met he asked me out & 4 weeks to the day later, we were married. He reenlisted in the USNavy & whisked me away to a ‘foreign’ world … California … quite a wakeup from our small confined town & surroundings. There were strange people I’d never seen, the city was soooo big … frightening. We travelled extensively across this great nation many times, eventually settling in Maryland because they had the best school systems for our (3) children at that time. I have not regretted this move.
My first national television show appearance was Good Morning America with Joe Garagiola (sp) regarding swimming pool safety after our wee son was killed … beginning national TV & radio show appearances, to educate the public on safety & bring attention to the need for strict legislation on local & state levels.
Genealogy has filled my life since 1978 … I wanted to find my precious FILs Dad & ½ siblings. I always said to Pa that I’d probably never find them until he died … & 8 months after his death (& 20 years later), we found them. We have travelled extensively throughout this country & overseas in this endeavor. It is so intriguing to find out every detail of our family(s) history.
Antiques captured my heart as a youth. Becoming an antique dealer 20 years ago led to my interest in vintage authentic feedsack fabrics. We have 3,000+ of these gorgeous feed bags in every possible design & color you can imagine, selling worldwide.
The best talent I have, which I say often … I write checks beautifully & have gorgeous gardens & love to write. I can’t sew, I barely can draw stick figures. I am a no stuff, bunk & nonsense person.
A deep heart calling for me, I am involved in children charities, need or causes.
Blogland curiosity drew me in by sheer accident … one year this month. Looking back on a few incidents that nearly destroyed my desire to continue, there are no regrets … just delightful joys & love shared with some of the most fantastic women/friends I could ever imagine … all are true blessings.
God & I chat all day long … He is my strength, He saved me in dark hours.
My husband is my other rock … I have 3 deeply loved children & 3 precious gr-kid-lings … they are my life blessings.
Maggie, I am so honored that you asked me to share … thank you
I am the won that is honored that you wrote this for all of us. What a beautiful story and person you are!
Once again I can not thank you guys enough for your time in doing these stories for all of us. Donna at Brynwood Needleworks is my next guest in line and you will love hearing what she had to say.
Be sure and send me your story and let us all get to know you.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I mowed until dark last night and on my way to do it again. It's still a little cool so I was letting it warm up. It was nice out there yesterday but reminded me of all the work I have to look forward to all summer. Fifty two acres is a lot to mow but God blessed me with this extra job and a place to live so when I am on the ole John Deere(tractor Bunny tractor) it will just give me more time to think of all my blessings and that of course includes all of you! Also it will give time to think about the beautiful candy box I won over at Gwens, A Charming Home.....what a surprise that was for me this morning. Life Is Good!
Love to all
PS: I always have to have a PS...hahaha I posted a joke in the post before this that Gina sent me and ladies and gents if you need to fall out of your chair laughing then you have to read this crazy joke.