Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I have been tagged. . .

by Ferret, to list five things about myself I haven't previously disclosed on my blog. Now that I've had 48 hours to think about it, here goes!

1. I've been sewing and doing needlework all my life, as did all the other women in my family. I was making most of my own clothes by the time I was in high school- back in ancient times when girls had to wear dresses to school! I was introduced to quilting in the 1970's by my ex-husband's aunt, who owned a quilt store at the time. I loved filling in for her at the store.

After my husband and I split, quilting went by the wayside for years. I remarried. Then in the early 90's, my then 6 year old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. A friend re-introduced me to quilting with Margaret Miller's Strips that Sizzle, I think as a way to help me maintain my sanity. I cut dozens of fabric strips using a hospital meal table- and yes, it was a wonderful form of therapy. I got two quilts out of those strips, gave them to my two sons. And the daughter is now 19 and healthy.

2. The Beatles were my introduction to rock and roll as a young teen. I grew up in Southern California, and saw them live in concert three years running. Unforgettable, and yes I screamed my way through it all.

3. I've spent most of my life in the American West, and deeply love the incredible landscapes and wilderness we have here. I only hope my grandchildren have some of those same landscapes to wander in and appreciate when they are grown.

4. I love almost every form of music, from all over the world. I especially love almost anything Gaelic, African and Latin- I've got Shakira playing as I write. (Saw her in concert, too!) Listening to Latin music is a great way to improve your Spanish!

5. I got my piece of Andy Warhol's 'fifteen minutes of fame' at the ripe old age of 22. I volunteered for the Peace Corps straight out of college, and went to Zaire (Congo) in Africa, with 50+ other volunteers. En route there, we stopped at Entebbe to refuel- and were detained for four days. Idi Amin claimed we were a bunch of terrorists come to fight in a nearby civil war. Diplomacy got us out unscathed- but that was an interesting learning experience, to say the least! We were covered in newspapers across the US, and my younger sister had her picture in the paper holding "the last letter from her sister being held hostage!"

So there's my five. Well, at least I've had some very interesting experiences in my half century on this planet!

Not sure who I'll tag next, stay tuned with the next post!


Nellie Bass Durand said...

Thanks for responding to Ferret's tag. I find it interesting to know more about the person behind the "work". Now I know why you expressed an interest in my African quilts. It was that inquiry that led me to your weblog.

Ferret said...

wow, you've been and done some interesting things. I am thrilled you replied, and that I have 'met' you. I especially like the idea of the hospital quilts.