This game is a fun one - you'll get to me a little better hopefully by the time you're done reading.
So let the game begin.......
Where were you born? I was born in Kalamazoo, MI. I was raised there and have lived there or in the surrounding areas all my life. Dream Boy is also from there too.
Were you named after someone? Hmmmm........maybe?? My given name is Patti. Not Patricia nor Patty with a 'y', but Patti Lin. My mom one time said something about my name being after Patsy Cline. Growing up a Patti with an 'i' was very different. Everyone always assumed I was a Patricia.......I was always very clear to let them know I am not. I am a Patti........with an 'i'!
If you have any children, how many? Dream Boy (my hubby) & I have two grown sons. I love them to pieces! Our oldest is 25 and engaged to be married to a beautiful, brown eyed girl this September! I just bought my "mother of the groom" dress for the wedding.....I think. I may change my mind, September seems so far away. They will live only 15 minutes from us.
Our younger son is 22, almost 23. He is dating a girl from Minnesota (don't ya know) and he lives about an hour away from us. He graduated from college just a year ago & is in the throws of settling into adult living. He's succeeding quite well at it.
How many pets do you have? One dog & one cat. Libbi (Liberty Bell) the Wonder Dog & Angel.
Libbi is our almost 7 year old white chocolate lab. She is the center of our world & she brings much joy to all our lives. She LOVES when her boys & girls come home for family dinners. She is my wonder dog because she has survived jumping from a moving car at 35 mph because she had to poop. She also survived being run over by a truck out front of our house - no broken bones, just bumps & bruises. She literally went under the back axel of the truck. Scared.us.to.pieces. By the time we got her to the animal emergency hospital she was jumping up & down & playing tug of war with her leash!
Angel is our cat. She's about 9 years old. She was actually a gift to my mom from my older sister. In 2005 my mom became very ill. She fought hard & recuperated, but during that time I promised her that if she & dad ever moved from their home & had to get rid of their pets, I would take angel. My mom died 5 months after getting sick. Then my dad died very suddenly 2 shorts years later. My sisters' both reminded me of my promise to my mom & Angel has been our "guardian angel" ever since 2008. She mainly rules the basement because Libbi says so. But, when Libbi is outside, she quietly comes upstairs with me & roams freely.
What was your worst injury? Well, when I was 13 I broke my wrist high jumping in my friend's front yard. I spent 6 weeks in a cast. Not very exciting, eh? I've been fairly healthy all my life, other than thyroid cancer in 2008 - but I've been cancer free for over 4 years now!
Do you have any special talents? Well, I love singing - not solos though! I have sang off & on in praise & worship teams & choirs through out the years. For a girl, I have a very deep singing voice.
What is your favorite thing to bake? I don't bake often, but I do love to bake chocolate chip cookies. My oldest son's fiance is the baker! But she get's mad because no matter how hard she tries, my son always tells her that her chocolate chip cookies aren't quite as good as mine.
What is your favorite fast food? I've been trying to cut it out more & more, but I'm not an angel or a saint. I do like Q'doba and Panera.
What is the 1st thing you notice about people? There sense of humor. I have a tendency to have a quick wit & sarcastic sense of humor. I love to laugh & love to have fun, so it's important to me that if you can dish it out - you can take it too!
When was the last time you cried? It was either Monday night or Tuesday? Some big changes are happening that I'm not at liberty to share right now. It's a good thing, but it is also a struggle for this mama.
Do you have any current worries? I can honestly say that I'm really not much of a worrier. I never have been -- in fact, I sometimes wonder if I'm missing the "worry gene"? I might worry about something for a short bit, but then I let it go & move on. It sometimes bothers me that I might seem insensitive because I don't tend to worry.
Name 3 drinks that you drink regularly: Coffee, Coke and water. Caffeine, more caffeine & the exact polar opposite!
What is your favorite book? "Sophie's Heart" by Lori Wick. It's a Christian novel & it just touches my heart. This book is partly my favorite because my grandma was reading it when she passed away. The story is a very simple story of one woman's faith & how she came to accept Christ. It reminds that God's gift is ours just for the asking. That we, as humans, make it so much more difficult to receive than God ever intended.
I am an avid reader & have had many favorite books over the years, Angela's Ashes, Tis, to name a few - but Sophie's Heart sticks in my mind every time!
Would you like to be a pirate? As much as I love the smell of the salty sea air & I love the water, being a pirate would not be something I think I'd enjoy. I need to shower on a regular basis.
What are your favorite smells? Chocolate chip cookies baking, bread baking, frying bacon, popcorn, freshly brewed coffee, fresh cut grass and hay, my Libbi right after a bath, and my Dream Boy!
Why do you blog? I started blogging over 7 years ago as a way to communicate with some friends I had made through a scrapbooking site. We were from all over the country & were doing a round of circle journals. Most of us started blogs to post pictures of our pages we had created for the most current journal we had in our possession. I still stay in touch with these ladies & consider them some of my dearest friends, but our lives have all gone in so many different directions. I continue to blog as a release. I love to write, always have. I don't always feel I have anything interesting to say/share or that my writing is that great - but my sister lives to read my blog. She says it is the bright spot in her day & when I don't blog for a while, she let's me know that she misses me. Dream Boy also says that he enjoys reading my writing too.
What is the least favorite thing about yourself? And the number 1 answer is: my weight, followed closely by my hair. I'm overweight & struggle with it - especially since my thyroid cancer. My hair, while my hairdresser says I have a lot of it, it is very fine & has absolutely NO body! I am addicted to hair product, but in the humidity......nothing works!
What is your favorite hobby? Photography & scrapbooking. 'Nuf said....
What do you look for in a friend? Loyalty, honesty & the ability to look past my faults & love me anyways. AND the ability to laugh out loud ~~~ a lot!
Name something you have done that you never expected to do: Teach........high schoolers. I grew up in the day when college wasn't something pushed real hard. You could graduate from high school and get a fairly decent job & earn a fairly decent living. I've held many different jobs through the years, being an at home mom was my absolute favorite, but when they began to grow - I went back to the outside work force. I became a paraprofessional in our local high school. I do not have a college degree - but I do have my own classroom. I do most of what the teacher's do, without their pay & benefits. I work closely with the online teachers who instruct the courses I enroll my student's in. But my 1st day on the job 15 years ago I remember going home that day & thinking, "what the heck am I doing with teenagers?" Apparently I figured it out because I'm still there & I still love what I do.
What are your favorite things to do? I've been doing them all week. Walking the beach, sitting in the sun and reading! Tomorrow it's back to reality.
Any pet peeves? Coffee does not belong in styrofoam cups. The toilet seat must be down at all times. Do not chew food or gum with your mouth open. Talking on your cell phone while checking out in a store - so completely rude. Texting while someone is trying to have a conversation with you. Okay.....I'll stop now.
What is the last thing that made you laugh? Dream Boy of course! We've had a glorious week together, reconnecting & just being in the moment. He makes me laugh all the time! His sense of humor is one that can keep up with mine - that's why he is my best friend.
There ya have it. A whole lot of nothing about little 'ol moi. Thanks Deanna for asking me to play along. Now it's my turn to tag a few friends. If you can play along, that would be great & if you're not able, thanks for reading through mine! It's all for fun.......
Melissa @ What's Scrappenin?
Amanda @ Tripping & Trusting
Lizette @ Creativity Lizette
Barb @ Live & Learn
Holly @ Boyds Will Be Boyds