Versatile Blogger Award

Erin from Seven Little Australians and Counting has kindly given me a Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks so much Erin! “Versatile” is such a nice term, too, especially compared to descriptions one might use like “unable to focus” or “writing when I ought to be caulking crown molding.” The award rules are:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
  • Tell your readers 7 things about yourself.
  • Give this award to 15 recently discovered bloggers.
  • Contact those bloggers and let them in on the news.

7 Things You Might Not Know

1. I was homeschooled all the way through. No, I did not get to do school in my pajamas. Yes, I can communicate with other people. No, my parents did not keep me home just to do chores while ignoring academics; I had to slave away at chores and academics. Yes, I did once own an ankle-length denim jumper, but all evidence has been eliminated. No, I cannot reliably identify any popular music or movies after 1950. Yes, you may feel free to blame all my spelling, grammar, and logic errors on my parent-teachers.

2. I love baking and desserts, but dislike even a smidge of sweetener in non-dessert foods. No sweet spaghetti sauce, sweet salad dressing, sweet pancake batter, sugary cereal, pop, American-style potato salad, coleslaw, or sweet deviled eggs for me unless politeness demands it. Breakfast toppings like honey, jam, and syrup are delicious in the right amounts though.

3. A perfect day would be one spent hiking in the woods, stopping to swim in a lake, then reading or playing games by a campfire.

4. I love playing sports. As kids we competed on a swim team. As teens, we constantly played ultimate frisbee, soccer, hockey, broomball and the like. I also shot four-position rifle with a Junior Marksmanship club for four years. In college I played on the Intramural football, soccer, softball, and broomball teams. I also took JuJitsu and loved it – finally a defense against arm-twisting older siblings.

5. I’ve had some form of business or job every year since age 9: Lawn-care service with my brothers taking care of 5 – 7 lawns a week, regular babysitting gigs, providing childcare for Bible Studies, etc. My parents would occasionally surprise us with a wage for helping on major home-repair projects as well.. My least favorite task ever was a summer week spent sanding the downstairs baseboards. Therein began a life-long hatred of sanding.

6. As a kid I collected sugar packets  – the specially printed ones for individual restaurants or hotels. The prize of my collection was a pyramid-shaped one from Japan. Jealous, aren’t you? The evidence for this bizarre hobby has thankfully been destroyed.

7.  Bluegrass is perfect for roadtrips. I enjoy early rock like Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Credence Clearwater Revival and the like. I love Baroque music, closely followed by the Classical period.

The “give this award to 15 new-to-you bloggers” point will need to be worked through bit by bit when running across good new blogs. I’m interpreting “new” as “within a twelve-month period.” Expect more updates here:

1.  It seemed only right to begin by sending this back to the continent from whence it came. The first site is: 















Please do check back in on Erin’s site as well for fun writing about books, her crew of kids, their family’s home addition project, and their travels around Australia.


2 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. No 1 was fascinating! My younger siblings were hsed, I was 17 at the time when they began. Now my oldest has just graduated. I pray she always looks back on this time with fondness.
    Ah love the Beatles myself, and before my time too;)
    Always interesting to know what people like to read at my blog:) but then I would have expected books from a fellow book lover:)
    Look fwd to reading your blog list.

    • I loved being homeschooled, and we hope to educated our own kids at home someday, should we be blessed with them. So much freedom for in-depth academics without busy-work or stress, flexibility to explore ideas, and the positive family environment my parents were able to create were big plusses. Family-to-family friendships were also great!

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