Sandra has given me an award. Don't you just love awards?! They make me feel all warm & fuzzy & temporarily keep the howling dervishes at bay.
So I have to tell you 7 things about me & then pass the award on to 7 other bloggers. Hmmm. I have mastered the knack of saying a lot without saying anything at all really so let's see what I can say without saying anything this time.
* 1. I am an extroverted introvert. Ditz is an introverted extrovert but I'm the other way round. See if people think you're all out there then they don't bug you about being shy & introverted & suffering agonies of angst, which needs privacy to be really anguished & angsty & how can you think deep thoughts without anguish & angst? Or write poetry? Or paint Starry, Starry Night? Or sing Carmen?
*2. My fist memory is of before I was 2. I was being rushed through the dark with whooping cough. I've checked with my mum & it's all good. I remember my first day of school too, which I hated. The sense of fear & abandonment never quite went away. I hated school with a passion but school is where children go. For a quiet introverted child who preferred reading or contemplating her navel in the middle of the bush it was hell on earth. No peace. No quiet. Organized to within an inch of my life. No time to really think. Once I could read I had no further use for school. What hope has Ditz got?
*3. I have a preference for useless thing: degrees that don't provide work in their fields [Yep! I have one of those]; wind chimes tinking under the eves in a summer breeze; cats sprawled in the sun; pretty shells spilling from a wooden bowl; knights in shining armour...I will choose the useless but pretty over something useful but prosaic every time.
*4. All the men I first fell in love with never existed. Sad but true. I wanted to marry Peter Wimsey. Loads of money & the man could quote Donne. What wasn't to like? So he wasn't any Adonis to look at & had a preference for red wine but the man could speak French like a native & quote Donne. Did I mention Donne?
*5. I play a mean hand of 500. Together Dearest & I are quite formidable. We stopped playing because so many people take their cards far too seriously & got peeved when we wiped the floor with them. I learnt to play as a child when it was one of the few activities everyone trapped on a boat in the wet could do.
*6. I can't play chess but I taught all my children to play. Joss initiated chess marathons during wet school holidays. When Theo started beating him Joss quit but Theo was the only one to ever take Joss on & win. I never played once I'd taught a child the basics ~ but then I really hate to lose.
*7. I have never read Lord of the Rings. That's right. I think I once got about halfway through the first book but seriously! Tolkien needs a good editor. He never knows when to stop. One of the few books improved by a transition to the big screen.
Now for the fun part if you are still with me.
#1. Diane at Tomato Soup Cake who writes a completely engaging blog ~ & she likes cats & children. Need I say more?
#2. Jan Lyn at Off the Beaten Path for writing with serenity & simplicity. Lovely, lovely style.
#3. Lobstar . Yes, I know I own her but I think she writes a good blog when she can be bothered to keep up with it. No~one said I couldn't practise nepotism.
#4. Jillian at Homeschooling for Christ. A fellow Aussie with interesting links.
#5. Seeking my Lord for spiritual wisdom, homeschool advice & art in her lovely restful bloggy space.
#6.elizasinterests. Not updated regularly but some gems hidden away here. The pics are the writer's own watercolours & photos & she blogs about a variety of different interests ~ sewing, music, art, crafts & gardening. Well worth a dip.
#7. Allison at Keep Calm & Carry on because she is witty & funny & interesting & she has impeccable taste. She told me so.
O.K., ladies. Your turn now. Have fun.