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Tag I’m It: 7 Things About Me

This is a meme in which I was tagged by Jess. In a challenge to share 7 new facts about oneself. I wanted to figure out how this worked and have seen others respond to just such a challenge on their blogs and I think I will learn how to make some links along with some friends. So I hope this will prove to be interesting. Here goes!

#1 I live in a house that was 650 square feet of useable space which is now about 3000 square feet of useable beautiful space.

#2 I love watching all the birds flit through the 100 year old apple tree right outside my bedroom window – sap suckers, Pileated woodpecker, finches of all kinds, robins and blue jays.

#3 I live next door to a piano teacher and a former bookstore owner/even more former kindergarten teacher. They seem to like me!

#4 I used to own and play on a baby grand piano, which I sold to pay for one of my kiddo’s medical bills. I have a Yamaha keyboard piano and that is fun to explore now.

#5 I have a learning problem called Dyscalcula, which is similar to Dyslexia except it has to do with numbers. I was finally diagnosed by the Driver’s License examiner, who removed himself from the test and made an appointment with me and taught me how to drive with Dyscalcula so that I have passed my test and been able to drive for about 30 years. I still cannot make left turns without a light because I cannot judge time, space, movement. I am teaching myself how to do Sudoku with my DS Brainage program.

#6 I can swim a mile in one hour now! And I do this feat 3 times a week.

#7 I couldn’t decide on just one more so I will share both: I love grilled pie pumpkin more than pumpkin pie as a treat and I love being with people and being alone in equal measure.

Here’s whom I am tagging:
Jannie at JannieFunster.com
Dave at BloggerDad
Betsy at PassingThru
Dot at Deeper Issues
Davina at Loving Pulse
Avani – Mehta at Avani-Mehta.com
Dave at Teach My Children Well

Ok, these are the rules for tagging, via Jess, who sent this lesson to me in the first place.
1) Link back to the person who tagged you and share the rules on your blog
2) Share 7 facts about yourself
3) Tag 7 people and list their links in your post
4) Tell those 7 people by commenting on their blogs.

12 Responses to “Tag I’m It: 7 Things About Me”

  1. Jannie Says:

    Wow, going from 650 to 3000 feet of liveable space. That’s amazing. I think we went from 1400 to 2500.

    Nice driver examiner, kind soul I think.

    3 miles a week swimming, wow, you are a force of great surprises, arent’ you?

    And grilled pumpkin pie’s new one on me. How do you do that?

    I gladly accept this meming fest, but since I’ve got my unlucky 4-leaf-clover CONTEST going on until Wednesday at noon Central time, I can’t post the meme on my site for a while.

    But, may I be so bold as to put my 7 here in your comments box? Now? Why thanks, you are so sweet.

    1. I am a little afraid that our house will catch on fire while I am blonding the roots of my hair (as I do every 6-8 weeks,) and instead of the prescribed 25 minutes, I’ll end up with that goop on my head for like, 2 hours (or more!) and my hair will either get fried off or will be all super-platinum close to my head.

    2. I feel like a Good Mom right now as Kelly in gymnastics camp today, tomorrow and Wednesday from 9:00 to 3:00. Proud of me for arranging that.

    3. I want to always have a cat until I die. Until we got this one as a kitten last year, I hadn’t had a cat since I was fifteen. I LOVE THIS CAT!!!

    4. I do my dishes twice a week, whether they need it or not (and boy, do they get to needing it.)

    5. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 23. Fourth time on the olde road test was the charm!

    6. I’ve never been to Vienna. Sure would like to go there. And to Barcelona and Venice. And 200 other places.

    7. I’m really good at assembling things, pretty-much anything that has instructions on how to assemble – I’m your Jan on that!

    Lovely, I’m sure.

    Jannies last blog post..Unlucky four-leaf-clover CONTEST!!

  2. Patricia Says:

    Jannie, I am fine that you put your 7 down here…cause it took me a whole month to get this meme thing figured out and I am sure Jess thought I had abandoned her!

    You have a wonderful list and I am glad to know all these things, but now wonder what your cat’s name is?

    I think I might disappoint you here…but I take a pie pumpkin (sweeter) and slice it….in to pieces that look like C s and seeds and skin remove….then I make a quick dip into Olive Oil and put it into my grilling pan….for 4 minutes on one side and about 3 minutes on the other…I then put pepper on it and serve it on the plate (Honey will not eat it without salt – I am avoiding salt for my blood pressure) pumpkin cleans up your blood sugar levels – I sometimes sprinkle powdered ginger on it….
    I eat this and broccoli and spinach everyday and throw in some vinegar to keep me off medications and lower my sugar levels. Even my kids liked it over vacation…well one thought it was a 4 on a scale of 10 high…

    Also on the day I had 3 glasses of champagne, the next day I ate 5 servings of grapefruit (1/2) or oranges to cut the cravings, add fiber and clean up my act!

    Glad to find you here…:)

  3. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I enjoy watching birds too. I hadn’t heard of Dyscalcula until now — that was super of that examiner to help you out like that. I like hearing those kinds of stories.

    I don’t usually participate in memes. But I’ll do this one. I don’t plan on blogging about memes though so if it’s ok with you I’ll post my answers here.

    1. I can’t swim and failed when I took lessons.

    2. I’m a distant relative of Tom Jones, the singer… remember “What’s New Pussycat”?

    3. I almost died in hospital with double pneumonia and measles, while waiting to celebrate my 5th birthday.

    4. Around age twelve, I saw a bear and a moose on the same day while horseback riding. My horse spooked and I fought to stay in the saddle while she galloped along the gravel road. The passing trees were a blur. I fell off eventually and hitched a ride on my sister’s pony. I was so scared because I had a bear phobia and I was afraid the bear was following us.

    5. I joined a native group in 1991 and went on a vision quest for 2.5 days. It was early June in the northern States. I was alone in a tent and wore nothing but a cotton wrap. I had no supplies, water or food, nor did I speak to anyone. Other members of the society were vision questing at the same time but were not in sight. It was a fantastic experience.

    6. I took jazz lessons in public school and performed on stage in front of a live audience. Loved it!

    7. I took piano lessons also in public school and performed live at a recital. I hated it!

  4. patricia Says:

    No problem Davina, I am not sure I will do another meme and I don’t do those email ones any more either.
    Loved reading your 7 here and finding out more about you and your activities…bear and moose = runaway horse…I am so glad you made it off safely, but I do know the feeling of the trees rushing by – scary
    Now I know you have sister. And can spend days in the woods alone….I loved to play the piano but my hands would shake so badly when I tried to perform that was a disaster…singing was more fun.
    Thank you for sharing

  5. Jannie Says:

    Hey again, broccoli and spinach gotta be good on a daily basis. How much vinegar a day?

    And I’ll really do that citrus fruit thing if I ever overindulge with champagne!

    Jannies last blog post..Unlucky four-leaf-clover CONTEST!!

  6. patricia Says:

    I could not find out how much from the research I have completed so far of the vinegar, but I am using balsamic vinegar on my salad with low olive oil content…so about 3 TBS for a large salad.

    My Aunt swore by vinegar and had a book about what to use for a headache, stomachache…etc.

    My Naturopath says that Lemon juice will also do the same thing. I put about a 1/4 cup in a mug and fill it up with hot water and like it that way and in the summer I use it in cold water for a change of pace.

    The 5 servings of grapefruit or oranges might be great for Champagne, but I do know it works well when you overindulge in carbohydrates and fats… I don’t even have enough champagne to test that theory!!!

  7. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – I am back from a six hour white-knuckle drive home from the cabin, with a site backup and lots of work to do on PassingThru, which I have neglected for several days while we were gone! I wanted to respond though, and noticed others did in the comments, so am following suit.

    #1 My favorite travel fantasy of all time is to travel on The Orient Express. My friend Mary has done this and told me it was stinky on the train. Dashed!

    #2 I can’t resist watching anything on TV that has to do with ghosts or hauntings. I love seeing video proof of the supernatural.

    #3 I played the flute in high school marching band. We flutes and piccolos (for Sousa, don’tcha know) were generally in the first row, and our highly polished white buck shoes (like Pat Boone used to wear) were constantly threatened by the sheriff’s posse horses who pooped ahead of us in the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades.

    #4 Everyone generally looks to me to confront lousy customer service providers and communicate our displeasure and what they should do to remedy the situation. This is because I married into a family of passive aggressive conflict avoiders. Um, not that there’s anything wrong with that … 😀

    #5 I repainted the same room in our house 3 times in two years, and now it’s presentable.

    #6 Every so often I take a mental health day and watch cheesy daytime TV shows, and pretend I’m not feeling well.

    #7 On my first buying trip to New York in 1976, my boss took me to the top of the Empire State Building so I could say I actually did something fun instead of work the entire time. He also suggested I invest in a decent wardrobe for same.

    Thanks, Patricia! I liked everyone’s answers!

    Betsy Wuebkers last blog post..BEHOLD!

  8. patricia Says:

    Betsy,
    Glad you got a break and a safe trip home again home again.

    Thank you for finding the meme and I think it is wonderful that folks are answering here on the site – more fun like a party of interesting folk all gathered.

    I played the flute too for a short period of time, but could not afford the white bucks –

    Sorry about the stinky train…don’t some people just ruin it for you!

    oh and I was told to do something about my wardrobe by a bishop when I was in New York City also…something about looking good in the city and to be taken seriously..

    Did either of us improve our wardrobe?

  9. Cricket/Tammy Says:

    Hey there! I was just tagged for the same thing so I will hold off on listing my 7! This is such a wonderful way to get to know other bloggers.

    I love number 2. I am such a nature lover and birds are one of my favorite gifts of life that we have been blessed with. Each Spring I have such a hard time trying to rescue all of the little baby birds from the neighborhood cats.

    I am wishing you a Happy New Year!

    Cricket/Tammys last blog post..Stand by me and I will stand by you…Happy New Year!

  10. patricia Says:

    Cricket/Tammy –
    My 100 year old apple tree is full of some kind of little finches this morning – as soon as the rain stopped..a lovely greeting for a new year.

    I loved your Stand by me post…Thank you for sharing that with folks…and so wonderful to find you on Twitter

  11. Mette Says:

    Hey, are you on the dyscalculia forum? There are a lot of members looking for tips on how to drive having dyscalculia :)

  12. patricia Says:

    Mette,
    Thank you for your comment. I had not idea there was a dyscalculia website…I will have to come and check it out – Thanks for letting me know.

    I don’t know if I can help folks with driving but I can share a couple of tricks I learned and serve me well…