Friday Fun: What You May Not Know About Me

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I’ve been writing this blog of mine for 7 years now and while things have changed and grown in ways I never could have imagined when I first started out, my favorite part will always be connecting with you as if we were we’re sitting across from each other for coffee.  I know when you leave comments,  you feel like that, too. This is the best part of blogging for me.

easy to do hand lettering

I know that you know what I can design, decorate and create, and I am doing a lot of that behind the scenes right now. Unfortunately, I don’t have a completed project to show you yet. So in the meantime, I thought I would share a few things you may not know about me and would if you were my best bud sitting across a table having coffee or tea (hot tea for me please) and chatting like girlfriends do.

So here is a short list of things you would know about me if you knew me in “real live person” and not only through a computer screen. :-)

  • I bite my nails. Not in a horrible kind of way, but when I get stressed or am thinking hard about something, I may start to nibble one.
  • I wear black leggings pretty much everyday. I even have a few pairs that I have labeled my “painting leggings” that I am OK with getting paint on.
Twin sisters
My twin sis and I
  • If I didn’t color my hair, my hair would be pretty much all white. My hair turned grey in my early 40’s and I rocked it for a while by getting a chic cut, but about 5 years ago, my twin sister and I who is on the same genetic time clock as me found our hair was getting more white and we didn’t like it anymore, so we decided to color it. She did it first when she was on a business trip in Las Vegas. When she came home, I loved how she looked and went out the next day to get mine colored too. It is a pain to upkeep. I do it myself at home, but every few months I splurge and have it done at the salon.

  • I never pull into a parking spot when I am out and about shopping or running errands. I always look for a spot where I can pull through the spots so my car faces out. Sometimes I have to park pretty far out in a lot to do this. I look at it as a way to get some exercise in my day, but really do it because I dislike backing up. I am always afraid I will hit something.
  • I drive a silver Mini Cooper that I named Genevieve. It is my mom’s name. I remember a TV show growing up that starred Jerry Van Dyke called, My Mother the Car.  His late mother would talk to him through the car’s radio. My car doesn’t do that :-) but I know my mom would be smiling that I named my cute little car after her with this story line in mind.
  • I don’t mind elevator music. I actually kinda like it and most easy listening styles of music. My family has gotten used to coming home to find that I have the easy listening music station on the TV.  I think it takes me back to a simpler time when I was a child. My mom always had it playing on the radio when I was growing up, so to me it brings happiness and contentment.
  • Speaking about elevators, I don’t like them or any closed-in space since I am very claustrophobic. I avoid them at all costs and always search for the building’s staircase. I will never ever get in one alone. I would rather walk up the staircase to get to my destination. If it is on a very high floor in a very tall building, then I will wait for someone else going up, get in with them, and try to stay calm.
  • I wear a size 10 shoe. I used to be a 9 until I had my first daughter, Kelly, then I went to a size 9 1/2. After the birth of my second daughter, Mandy, my foot size went up another half size to a 10 and that is where they have been for the last 26 years. I mostly wear flats, but do have two pairs of wedges and one pair of black heels for when I need to get dressed up. In the summer I live in flip flops.
  • I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. I used to make beaded necklaces and bracelets and enjoyed wearing them, but over the years I have pared back to my basics. I have worn the same few pairs of earrings for the past 30 years. Fake diamond studs and lever backs and a pair of drop pearls. I prefer silver jewelry over gold.
  • I like cross-body handbags that allow me to keep my hands free. If I have to carry more than my handbag holds, I use a straw tote.
  • I am trying to pare back my wardrobe into a Capsule style wardrobe where you only have a few mix-and-match pieces that you wear everyday in different ways. By creating a capsule wardrobe you’re taking steps towards reducing stress and living with intention. I find it is perfect for me since I always choose the items from my closet that make me feel good. The rest was fun to buy, but sits in my closet unworn. I will update you on my progress with this as it is still new to me, but I am going to try to make it happen as I clean and organize my first very own clothes closet. Up until we bought our new house on Lake Murray, I have always shared a closet with a sister or Ed.

So that’s a little bit about me.  How about you? If we were chatting over coffee or tea at a cute little cafe in town, what would I know about you?

Happy Weekend! XO

I have also written other posts sharing more about myself, here and here.

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  1. I am a young, soon to be 68 year old. I also was a Display Merchandiser for a big department store here called Elder-Beerman. I worked 3 stores and still search out ways of decorating in and outside my house. I just befriended a shop owner here in Beavercreek and because of health reasons she is pretty worn out, so I have been making suggestions on what she could do on the outside of the 120 year old house/shop to make it even more inviting. It is just a darling place called “This Old Couch”. I will be taking my antique plates over there to “plant” in her flower beds soon. Got to get it done soon as the garden will be going in soon and I will be “married” to it till next fall as I pick and can food. Canning was on my “bucket list”. It reminds me of a better time when love was put into all the work a woman did in her home. I hang clothes out and wear aprons to honor my grandma. I used to be a nail biter but now, hard work just keeps them short. I have two dogs, Penny a Jack Russell and Tink a Shih-tzu.

    I help Amerlcanize Rwandans that now go to my church. I have befriended them and have plundered my home to share whatever extras I have with them. This year my husband is sharing his gardens with them as they have no papers yet and that means no income, so he will teach them to be a gardener.

    Love your blog, would love to share decorating ideas with you.

  2. So interesting to learn more about you Diane! Me, I’m 45 and find new grey hairs every day but I’m resisting and holding on to my natural long black hair as long as I can. I recently Kondo-ized my drawers and it is life changing. On the upside, I’m able to store more but on the downside I’ve come to realize that I really only wear about 25% of my clothes on a regular basis. I am still on the lookout for the perfect cross-body bag! Have a great weekend!

    1. You can get beautiful cross body bags on shoe-buy.com. Mostly leather ones. I live in Mexico and had
      my bag and large size shoes delivered to my grand daughter in Chicago and she brought them down.
      Mexicans have smaller feet than mine

  3. I am very interested to see your capsule wardrobe and how it works for you! I would tell you that I am a 40-something divorcee with no children, a great job, a lovely brick ranch home that I happened to be so lucky to buy next door to my sister and her family and that I have four (!!) dogs… and that I am always looking for the next great hobby, which I soon master and then get bored with, so on to the next hobby! My latest hobby is sewing!!

  4. I have found another soul mate in so many ways. Claustrophobia is a biggie for me too. As are heights. Same thing with the black leggings. I need to cut down on my wardrobe also. Quit dying my hair. But on this I am lucky that at 55 I only have some white hairs. I also make jewelry, but it seems the older I get the less I use. Love silver better than gold. So thank you for posting the above to let us know there are other “like us” out there. Have a beautiful day.

  5. I do the exact same thing with pulling my car through so I don’t back up!! There’s one Kroger parking lot especially where people cut through and drive too fast and so I just try to reduce all likelihood of an accident by pulling through. I justify the extra distance walked as exercise too haha. I’m glad I’m not alone.

    1. Hi Emma – It makes me happy to know that I am not alone about not wanting to back up in a parking lot.:-) I never like lots where they don’t offer a pull through option or the parking spots are staggered. I will never understand the reason behind that.