Date Joined: April 11, 2011
Last Online: May 23, 2013
Birthday: January 29
Country: United States
I am disabled and retired after spending many years as a financial director. Have spinal stenosis and arthritis and live in constant pain.
Walkimg can be very painful at times. Lived in Massachusetts most of my life before moving to New Bern, North Carolina 3 yearsf ago. My husband and I love it here. It is like a little paradise. New Bern is on the river which goes out to the ocean and is a 45 minute drive to the ocean. Average temperature is around 70 degrees. We also love the Southern hospitality. We found a home on a golf course. Although we both do not golf, we love to watch the golfers go by. We have the most beautiful back yard and don't have to do a thing to it. We have woods across the golf course so all sorts of nature's little creatures come out for us to enjoy(deer, fox, coyotes, raccoons, all sorts of birds which I have all sorts of bird feeders for). My home is decorated in early American attic.
I am the mother of two daughters and one son, grandmother of six granddaughters range in age from 29 to 3, two grandsons ages 20 and 12 and one great-grandson age 3 and 10 months old, and two great-granddaughter ages 3 and 1. My children live in Massachusetts and Texas. As you can see there is a vast difference in the ages of my grandchildren. My daughters were born eleven years apart, the oldest having her children early and my youngest having pursued her career to become a child psychologist had hers later. My son never blessed me with any children. -I love to do all sorts of things, but my favorite is making fudge at Christmas time to make as gifts. Another favorite is making GLUG at Christmas. - Although I do not have any siblings, I have allot of cousins that are like brothers and sisters to me. I love to do things for other people. -I fell four years ago on Christmas Eve leaving my youngest daughter's home In Massachusetts and broke my left femur bone completely in half and was hospitalized and in rehab over the Christmas holidays for over a month. Have not been the same since, so I like to do things that give me pleasure. Long gone are the days of skiing, skating, dancing and all those activities, but I find more hobbies to do and enjoy everyday that is why I joined swap-bot. If I have not answered some of your questions, please let me know and I will add it to my profile.
-knitting especially sweaters for my grandchildren. recently I have been knitting clothing for American girl dolls for my 10 year old granddaughter
-sewing-recently took my sewing machine out of hibernation after 15 years and have started making doll clothes, tote bags and assorted accessories.
-crocheting all sorts of afghans for my family and if there is a special occasion will do one for it(baby shower or wedding) I do not sell my wears because I don't want to have any time frames for doing these projects. If someone receive one of these I tell them it is a gift of love.
-iris folding Just started doing this and it is allot of fun and I can send personalized cards to all.
Although I am not a gourmet cook, I love to cook different things. I am proud of my Polish heritage and cook perogis, golumkis, kluskis and kapusta. I believe I am the only one that makes kapusta(cabbage soup) with sardines for Christmas Eve(Wigilia). All of my family love my homemade horseradish. I make around twenty different kinds of fudge for the Christmas holidays. Everyone loves it and the recipes only take bout 15 minutes each. Forgot to mention GLUG, It is a Swedish liquor made with spices, oranges, raisans, vodka amd wine. Usually make this around Christmas time. My family likes to have some on hand as it makes you sweat and is very good for colds or winter chills.
I am probably one of the very few collectors that have an over 2000 of salt and pepper shakers sets and still buying(my husband says NO). I have them practically in every room, although they are all stored in glass cabinets. My husband says the bathroom is next. My son says it is the only bedroom that he has slept in with salt and pepper shakers-2 huge cabinets in that bedroom. I started collecting in 1961 with my first pair-a cute little male and female cow. As time went by, I got more and more-friends, relatives and my children would buy me them from where ever they went. Then along came Ebay and do I need to tell you what happened? Right, I had access to thousands of them. Please do not send any more of them to me-I really do not have eny place to put them.
-Other things I collect:
souvenir spoons from other states and countries
English bone china cups and saucers
depression blue and cobalt blue glass
cracked glass vases
I like anything pretty, note paper and pads, things from your country or state that I cannot get here, all sorts of candy especially lollipops(I am still a kid at heart) I am really not a fussy person, I love anything and everything.
My husband says our home looks more like a junk shop than a home. But I love my JUNK as he calls it. He claims that if it doesn't walk I'll buy it.
My favorite book of all times is Gone with the Wind. I read anything by Danielle Steel and Mary Higgins Clark. I love to read anything-you never know what I am going to pick up next. I just purchased one of those wireless readers that has over 200 books and has the capability of storing hundreds more. That should cut done on my vast collection of books. June '12- I just started reading books by Nicholas Sparks( he is our well known writer that has written numerous bestsellers and has movies reproduced from his books). He just might become my favorite author.
-I do not wear jewelry, only wedding ring and a necklace of the birthstones of all my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren(thirteen and counting). Although, I am into making and getting thing for my grand daughters. I was told by them that anything goes. They are 29, 28, 27, 23, 10, 3 and 1 year old. Just started tinkering making jewelry. I'm finding so many different ways to make jewelry.
-do not like spicy foods.
-do not like to watch sports on TV. Although I will watch anything to do with Nascar.
-hate hot dogs
I like all blue and purple hues. When you get right down to it, I love all colors. I am a clothes freak. I have more clothes then I need. I probably have 3 outfits for everyday of the year. Yes, I am a collector even with clothes. Now that I am living down South I have a tendency to stay away from really dark colors. I also love woman's purses. The bigger, gaudier and colorful is what I love. Just a few hints-my kitchen is done in a baby pink and sage green, living room has every color of the rain bow, dining room is done in navy and cream, one bathroom is done in lavender and sea green, the other is done in light and dark blue, master bedroom id done in sage and forest green, guest bedroom #1 is done in baby blue and the other guest bedroom is done in rose and burgundy.
Here are a few of my likes: different kind of writing pens, notecards, address labels, stickers(pretty), postcards of lighthouses,scenery and old houses and barns, tea bags, buttons, ribbons, mystery books, candles, coasters, souvenir spoons, vases, odd little boxes for trinkets, any mice S&P shakers, charms, larger beads, small print fabric for doll clothes, lollipops, licorice,recipes especially dessert and snacks. Would love to have a dotee doll. nascar-Jeff Gordon.
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