I want to thank Lynda from Cortina Creek Farms for giving me this award. My first award! Lynda has a great blog and she's a really nice person too :)
Now I have to divulge 7 things about myself and pass this award on to 15 other bloggers.
1 - Today is my birthday :) I'm 46 and am busy planning the 'big' New York wedding I never had the first time around. I have had a very busy day but very enjoyable. I had a 2nd interview this morning with a big hospital service here that went very well. Hopefully God has this job in his plans for me! And the wedding invitation planning is officially underway.
2 - I am a Tea Party nutcase :) I attended my first meetings in the beginning of 2009 and went to my first rally on Tax Day 2009 (April 15th for our international bloggers) and brought my mom with me. It was a great experience to be around other people who were fed up with the spending of our new president, Obama, the dems and the establishment republicans aka career politicians who don't have a clue what 'We The People' want. I loved how so much emphasis is put on our Veterans that have served for our country to give us the freedom we enjoy and the camaraderie with others who love this country and are willing to stand up to get things back the way the Founders meant for it to be.
3 - I come from a Chinese heritage. My grandfather was born and raised in China. When he was 9 he had to quit school to go to work because his family was very poor. He often times went hungry. When he was 16 he was a merchant sailor and when the ship came to the United States, he jumped over board and swam to shore. He had a cousin who lived here who helped him get food and shelter. He learned to speak Engrish :) and I loved it when he got mad and swore because it was very funny "Sum Ditch!" :) All of a sudden us kids figured a way to swear without getting in trouble lol My grandfather was an entrepreneur. He owned a lot of chinese restaurants all over New York City, Long Island and Connecticut. He met my grandmother in one of his restaurants. She was Italian raising her brother and money was tough. They were often hungry but when my grandfather fell in love with my grandmother, he told her that she would never be hungry again. And he made sure that everyone in his family was well fed. He brought his brother and his brothers wife and 4 children over to America. I remember all the summer BBQ's we had over his house and our big family seemed quite normal to me. It wasn't until I was older that I realized how very blessed I was to have such a big close family. We still celebrate Chinese New Year every year with the whole family in Chinatown in NYC. It's a LOT of eating authentic Chinese food (not this americanized stuff in the local chinese restaurants). I have wonderful memories of my grandfather and I miss him very much.
4 - I went to college for Nursing for a year when I was 20 but when I became pregnant with my oldest son the choice was either I attend college or my then husband because we just didn't have enough money for both. I figured I was going to follow in my mothers footsteps anyway and be a stay at home mom so I dropped out of school. As it turned out I still had to work but just not during the day when there was no one to watch the babies. So I would take care of the kids all day, and was a home healthcare aide at night and during the day on weekends. In the evenings of the weekend, I worked nights as a cashier at a local supermarket. I think back to how much I worked and I have no idea how I wasn't a walking zombie. Ahhh to be young again lol
5 - I volunteer at my churches food pantry and the nursery. The nursery has about 7 kids under the age of 3 and I do that Wed. mornings (until I get a job). They are adorable and I sleep well at night after spending a morning with them. I love helping and giving to others. I think I was a born caregiver. :) I've also volunteered to help with the garden beds outside around the church this year. This will be the first time doing that.
6 - I met my fiancé online. We live 40 minutes away in neighboring counties and I always tease him that MY county is better then HIS county hehe When I first met him, he called me 'electronic brat' because he found out just how much I love electronic gadgets. I love technology! I have a laptop, a mini laptop, a smart phone (android) and am looking at a tablet. I have always been able to have the latest technology and hopefully I always will. Everything is getting smaller and faster! :)
7 - I like to crochet mostly blankets and scarves. I have been doodling with crocheting since I was 12. I remember my grandmother and great aunt teaching me the techniques that they used. Before that I never even knew my grandmother knew how to crochet. Very nice memory :) I have yet to attempt anything more difficult but I recently bought a pattern book so who knows, I just might challenge myself as soon as things slow down a little.
Here are the blogs that I read and find excellent sources of information, amusement and just pure entertainment and would like to give this award to:
Compost in my shoe
Tim's Square Foot Garden
Sinfonian's Garden Adventure
Our Engineered Garden
A Gardener In Progress
Backyard Organic Vegetables
A Country Farmhouse
Obsessive Neurotic Gardener
From Seed To Table
My Garden, My Hobbies
Uncle Dutch Farms
Urban Veggie Garden Blog
There were definitely others that I would add to the list but I can only put 15.