Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: November 18, 2017
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
My husband is from England so we tend to travel there to visit his family. I make my husband drive although I was forced to drive for two miles in the fall of 2016 on some of the narrowest roads I have ever seen. Devon…you win.
We both work in manufacturing in management (automotive for me and food for him) and the peak season will start in February which means I will be crazy busy until July. We are still renovating our house (which doesn't leave a lot of time for anything else I love to do) so my "crafting" has become installing hardwood flooring, tile, hammering tin ceiling tiles, rewiring the house and endless amounts of painting walls, trim and the exterior. The goal is to finish it this year. In the process of renovating, I'm learning British. Yes...I now know the British words for tools as well as lots of colorful curse words thanks to my beloved! I learned French years ago due to my French-Canadian grandmother and took conversational Spanish for work reasons but now I no longer need the closed captioning on for British films and shows (the one exception is Trainspotting).
I have a small, backyard hobby farm with chickens that I hand raised (Nancy Drew and Buffy). They are Americauna chickens and lay blue and green eggs. I also rescued six Red Stars from a commercial chicken egg farm (a nightmarish place) and they are super sweet and lay brown eggs. I did need to find a new home for Willow because she was being too bossy (wouldn't let the new chickens stay in the house, eat or drink). She has a very nice home now in the country with extended family members and I can visit her if I would like. I also have ducks that have more of a group name because I cannot tell two of them apart. "Richard and the Thomson Twins" roam the back yard during the day and return to their house each evening. Both of us have an interest in beekeeping so we have hives in our yard.
I have a small raised bed garden and was fairly successful last year with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and herbs.
We have three dogs Chase, Charlie and Abby. We just adopted Abby this month (June, 2017). Molly passed away 7/16/16 at 16 1/2 years of age and we lost George to cancer in September of 2014.
I have love essential oils and use DoTerra. I can't live without my lavender, lemon and vetiver oils. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.
In between audiobooks I've been listening to anything pop, the 70s channel and the 80s channel on the satellite radio in my car. I also like Vitas, Duffy, The Beautiful South, Prince, George Michael, Alison Moyet and Amy Winehouse. On Vinyl…anything 80s, Billy Joel, T-Rex, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Carly Simon and ABBA.
I'm a huge fan of vinyl records and search flea markets and old record stores to find them. I listen to vinyl more than anything else! A few weeks ago I discovered a pristine copy (with booklet) of The Sound of Music. I'm annoying everyone with the songs now.
Last summer, I saw Barry Manilow's "One Last Time" concert in Atlanta and bought his Dream Duets CD. He is so talented and puts on a fantastic show. I think I will be adding his vinyl to my scavenger hunt list. The Tony Bennett in concert in February was amazing and Neil Diamond in April...he's timeless!
I don't like polka, Zamphir the Pan Flutist and anything out of tune.
We cut the cord. No more cable or satellite. I do use Netflix and Hulu Plus and have been watching a few guilty pleasure shows. I'm currently watching American Horror Story. I'm looking forward to Season 2 of Stranger Things. Recent binge watching sessions included True Detectives, Glitch, WestWorld and Fargo.
So this isn't really TV but I've been enjoying several Podcasts on my phone. I started with "Serial" and then discovered "Lore". I've recently fallen in love with "My Favorite Murder". It's like I've found my best friends all over again. They have the same humor as me (potty mouth too but I swear I'm not as bad as them). So, stay out of the woods, don't hitchhike, keep it sexy and don't get murdered! I also listen to Up and Vanished, Someone Knows Something and In the Dark. I was so very happy that Up and Vanished contributed toward the case being solved.
I love to quilt. I am a machine quilter and I use a rotary cutter to cut my material. I typically make lap quilts or baby quilts. I have MANY unfinished projects. I haven't had a lot of time to quilt but find time to sew some small projects. I adore my serger machine and use it to make sheets for my dogs' beds. They might be a bit spoiled :) I do need to find time in 2017 to make a baby quilt for our first grand child…I have until June. I can do this!
I like to color. I bring coloring books and crayons to the break room at work so my employees can color too. They even sign their names to the pages they colored! I recently bought one of those adult coloring books that are more complex. I think it is a fabulous way to de-stress.
I also like photography and I love to write and try to keep up with a couple of blogs.
Labyrinth and Sepulchre by Kate Mosse, Marley and Me by John Grogan, books by Jodi Picoult and Dorthea Benton Frank. I love Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian" and "The Swan Thieves". I also enjoy horror books but it seems so hard to find any good ones these days like old school Stephen King / Dean Koontz. I wanna be SCARED!
Because I commute an hour each way to work, I listen to a lot of audio books. Recent ones that had me laughing out loud (and looking like an idiot to other drivers) were The Devil in the Junior League and The Ex-Debutante. Being in a Junior League, myself, I could totally relate! Right now I'm listening to It by Stephen King. It's just as good as when I first read it at 13 years of age.
I've also started collecting Nancy Drew books - the kind that I had in the 70s and early 80s. My husband and I look through antique stores and thrift shops trying to find the ones I am missing. I would like to read them all from the first book on.
I keep up with my books on GoodReads. My 2017 book challenge there is 50 books.
I read a few magazines when I'm looking for something different and shorter than a book. My favorites are Mary Jane's Farm, Garden & Gun and Daphne's Diary.
Recipes (I love to bake, cook and use the crock pot). I'd be very interested in any dog food or dog treat recipes you may have found to be wonderful
Interesting articles from magazines that you would like to share
Local lore articles from your area.
Interesting Stickers or Washi tape
Fun pens - especially for work
Jelly Babies from UK...so hard to find here :)
Real Cadbury candy from the UK - was so sad that they stopped importing it in the US.
Herbal Teas / Green Teas or other teas (No loose, please)
K-Cups for my Kuerig
Crabtree and Evelyn
Anything lavender scented
Sample Essential Oils (prefer YL or DoTerra) and would love to reciprocate.
All things Edward Gorey
A dog toy - I have three but one ends up with all the toys in the end
♡♡Advice on how to train a very stubborn 7-year old English Shepherd that I recently adopted ♡ ♡
Coupons are great (I like the Lowe's project starter, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Macy's, Pottery Barn or really any non-expired coupon specifically for major stores)
Because I live in the South, be careful of sending things that could melt in the mail...hot months are end of April through end of September.
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