Date Joined: April 7, 2008
Last Online: December 14, 2018
Birthday: April 22
Country: United States
I will be in France and England from the end of November until December 10th and do not know how often I will be checking in.
My husband is from England and I have relatives and friends both there and in Belgium and France. I love traveling but don't love the long flights.
We both work in manufacturing in management (automotive for me and food for him) and I'm super busy at work right now. 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. 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 - 10 of them. Both of us have an interest in beekeeping and we have two flow hives that we plan to add to the garden in a couple of months (we also have traditional hives). In November, we built a greenhouse so I hope to garden all year. I have onions and ginger in the greenhouse right now.
I have a small raised bed garden and am fairly successful with tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, kale, onions, garlic and herbs.
We have three dogs Chase, Charlie and Abby. We took over Abby when a friend's father was diagnosed with dementia and had to move into a nursing home.
I have love essential oils and use DoTerra. I've been making small roller bottles for my coworkers with Frankincense, lemon, oregano, OnGuard and Tea Tree Oil to stop passing around all the bugs and virus and yucky stuff at work. Lavender helps calm my dogs, too.
I listen 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! We've collected so many albums over the years. I need to start cataloging our albums because we really have quite a collection.
I don't like polka, Zamphir the Pan Flutist and anything out of tune.
We use Netflix, Amazon Prime 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, stay 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 started listening to Business Wars and it's so thoroughly researched and well-produced, I'm a little miffed that I can't binge-listen to it since I'm all caught up.
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 need to find time to quilt more. I made one in June for my first grandchild.
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 to doodle. 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! I am currently listening to "I'd Know You Anywhere" by Laura Lippman which I found in a used bookstore in Atlanta a week ago.
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 also listen to audiobooks on YouTube. I recently took a walk down memory lane and found a few Sweet Valley High books to listen to there. You could literally hear the cassette tape being turned over to side B!
I keep up with my books on GoodReads. My 2018 book challenge there is 60 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. I love old family recipes, too and the ones from Church fundraising cookbooks.
Interesting articles from magazines or newspapers 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 and no Matcha)
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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