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 keep coming back to see if there are any new replys to “What you may not know about me.” So many fun responses. I lived my first 60 years in St. Louis, a great city, but had to move for my husband’s job to Indianapolis. Not a big difference between the cities, tho St. Louis is larger. It is a three J. Jill store city; Indy is only one. Our house is located on a lot that is shaped like a piece of pie. I am indecisive and a perfectionist. I love to clean. I like to do laundry. I don’t like to cook. I never got a manicure or pedicure till I was 55. I only use clear toothbrushes. I spend as much time organizing my craft room as I do making crafts. When I drink margaritas, all the salt is gone from the rim before I finish the drink. I haven’t watched a scary movie since I saw those flying monkeys on Wizard of Oz.

    1. Hello from this Hoosier girl to you and yours! Very much enjoyed your blog. I am going to have a yard sale soon as I am de-cluttering after a move.

  2. Wow Diane, what a cool post, I so enjoyed reading about you and everyone else! I’m alittle late here, but I’ll go ahead, as all the other responses have been so interesting.
    I live in Omaha Nebraska, I’m an RN, 54 years old and have a very handy husband and 2 grown very handy sons. I have an amazing 8 yr old grandson and I am going to his school to visit this afternoon and I can’t wait.
    Your blog was one of the first I ever found. I felt a connection with you right away.
    I started coloring my hair about 15 years ago when it started turning a mousy color from the reddish hue of my youth. I would love to stop, but the mousy is still there underneath! So I do color it red and I get tons of compliments and hairdressers don’t believe me when I tell them it’s colored.
    I don’t drive through parking spaces usually but I do try for “rock star parking” up close.
    I am not a twin but there are several twin sets in my family. I was born on my maternal grandmother’s bday and named after her. That is very special to me.
    I don’t mind tight places but I can’t ride amusement park rides any longer. I get sick.
    My husband and I live in my childhood home that my father built, an we have been updating. My sons recently put vinal wood floors down similar to what you did Diane and it is the best thing we ever did.
    I love to shop thrift stores and decorate with thrifted stuff, sew, walk, garden and read. I love old movies (I’m currently watching all the “thin man” movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy )
    I am trying to figure out this capsule wardrobe thing, but not quite there.

  3. Hello Diane & fellow readers!
    I really enjoyed this post and reading the comments, to get to know fellow readers.

    I am 50ish, married to one of those crazy Christmas-lights-to-music guys. We spend half the year prepping for the holidays, so it’s holidays all year with us, and we love that. I’m a family historian/genealogist, also indexing archival records, so I guess that makes me a card-carrying nerd! My birthday is late October, so I’ve always claimed Halloween as part of my birthday – lucky I found my very own Clark Griswold! He now warms up his Christmas lights extravaganza with a Halloweenapalooza for me.

    My dad is an identical twin.

    I have 4 kids from 13-27, live in the Metro St. Louis burbs, soon to be moving to a mini farm, and excited about that relocation. I’ve been following with enthusiasm your entries about your move/staging.

    I’m transplanted from MI to MO, and prefer cold and snow to anything over 80 degrees.

    I used to bite my nails until I took a wheel-throwing pottery class, when I was told I could NOT have long nails. For some reason that negative psychology forced me to stop biting my nails.

    My everydays, when I don’t go anywhere (ok, farther than school or Starbucks) are yoga pants. Leggings are a close second.

    My newish minivan has a backup camera that I can’t possibly watch AND spin my head around to look as I back up, so I avoid backing up like the plague! So much for technology advances.

    Gave up on carrying a purse after I left my legal assistant job to raise a family – traded purses for diaper bags, and then to knitting bags, with occasional messenger bags for library/courthouse work.

    As you can probably tell from my email address, I’m a very enthusiastic knitter, hence the everyday knitting bag. Always have knitting with me wherever I go. I knit year round, mainly for me, a few pieces for gifts and more for charity knitting. I have so much yarn, I decorate with it – can’t bear to hide it away in a closet. Before we started moving preparations, I changed my yarns out seasonally, rearranging their display baskets. Don’t have any qualms about knitting in public – I read in public too.

    My knitting “handle” is a play on Mrs. Fezziwig from “A Christmas Carol,” the character I am lost like in that story, and most-fitting name since we’re year round Christmasers.

    Thanks, everyone, for sharing! Have a Fizzyknit Day!

  4. I swore when someone could call me grandma I would stop coloring my hair……now I have three grandchildren and I am trying to make the switch, but so far I have just lightened the color to a dark blonde. I am learning to live with being blonde.

    I love to read your column and would love to be more crafty, but I have a full-time high stress job and add to that my love to see my grandchildren and there are not enough hours in a day. When I am not at work, I am visiting and helping with them.

    My son is a contractor, and he has redone my home outside and in, making it a place I totally enjoy and am very proud of.

    I don’t have a twin. My only sister is 18 years older than I am! I guess that is about as opposite as you can get.

  5. Reading your blog makes me feel relaxed. I don’t know what’s there. Perhaps, I just want to get to know you. A woman whom I admired a lot and just discovered her blog few weeks ago. You seemed down to earth and very homey. Thank you for posting more information about you.

  6. Found your blog about 16 months ago, and happy to see you moving ‘south’ even if it’s not Alabama. Be forewarned about the sticky hot summers – although living on the water will help a bit. I’m 60+ years old – looking forward to retirement and maybe doing some ‘crafty’ stuff, but as it is I mainly live vicariously through all my favs in blog land. AND I’m not particularly crafty – though I do enjoy writing which is a sort of craft. Enjoy reading your posts and keeping tabs on the revamp you guys are doing on your new place. I don’t bite my nails but I hi-lite my hair to hide the grays. Thankfully I got the not-going-gray yet genes so my hair color is mostly still my natural brown. I’m not sure I get the ‘pulling’ through the parking space thing, but I’m not squeamish about parallel parking or backing up, etc.. Married 40 years with one daughter and five grands who live out of state and don’t see but maybe twice a year. :( Happy Easter Season. He Is Risen!

  7. Diane, thank you for sharing yourself with your followers; I feel like I know you on a personal level having read this.

    Also, thank you for being so kind in responding to me personally when I have a question for you on a project I’m planning to do, as in the white high gloss paint. Until you responded to me on that question, I had no idea you could get a latex in high gloss, so thank you again for being so nice and for all you do for the DIY’s!!!

  8. How nice of you to share so much of yourself with us viewers and so brave of you to admit that you bite your nails when stressed! Just love your decorating style and thank you for bringing us along for the ride.

    Denise

  9. HI Diane!

    I love that you named your car after your mom! It’s a perfect way to keep your mother close in your heart. I lost my mother to cancer when I was 11. Oddly, I think your blog helps me feel closer to her. You and your sister resemble her, and the optimistic enthusiasm with which you tackle projects reminds me of her. I know it sounds crazy, but this is part of why I follow your blog. Thanks for that!

    I’m a 36yo doctor in the DC-Baltimore area. I picked up nail biting in my 20s from my ex-husband. My hair started greying a couple years ago, and I color when I start feeling too old.

  10. 1. I quit coloring my hair when I noticed the front was absorbing the color differently than the back; I thought, “you’re not fooling anybody anymore.” I got a short, sassy haircut to speed up the growing-out process. My hair is silver around my face and gray elsewhere. I like both it AND the sassy haircut! I’ve had strangers of all ages compliment my hair, which never ceases to amaze me.

    2. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where seemingly EVERYBODY pulls through in parking lots. I drive a car in a world of pickups and SUVs, so not only is it “genetic,” it allows me to see way better than does backing out.

    3. When my emotions are high, my Pittsburgh accent reappears.

    4. I am consciously reintroducing the Pittsburgh idiom “redd” back into my speech. When you go through things, you are redding out; when you clean, you are redding up. You’re welcome. :-)

    5. I have a low tolerance for bad spelling and grammar. My son once sent me an image of a badge that said “Grammar Police: To Correct and Serve.”

    6. It bothers me to throw out anything I can recycle. At a particular friend’s house, I’ll often take empty pop cans or food packaging home with me to recycle so they don’t end up in the trash.

    7. I have a talent for silly accents and love to use them at unexpected moments to make people laugh. I can parody a song or poem ridiculously quickly, which I call “Bad Poetry While U Wait.” I am also good at making up stories that end with horrible puns.

    8. I inherited what DIY skills I have from my dad, who can do ANYTHING handy: he added a room onto their house, doing everything but the roofing because he has a fear of heights. I’m currently trying to learn how to enjoy yardwork the way my dad does!

    9. My grandmothers laid the arts and crafts foundation in my life. My mom can do ANYTHING: fantastic seamstress, all kinds of needlework, drawing and painting. She started an oil painting of me when I was five. She says she didn’t like it and threw it out, but that woman doesn’t throw anything away, so I don’t believe her. :-) I hope to find it and frame it.

    10. I like all kinds of creative pursuits — crafting, cross-stitch, sewing, cooking — but I LOVE knitting, which I took up again in 2008. (I learned from my grandma when I was young, but hated it because it was slow and awkward). Now, I am a total knitting nerd, wanting to learn about the fibers and the math and the history. The nerdiness is so strong that I am awaiting a shipment from England of yarn spun from sheep whose wool is still similar to that of the Vikings’ day, just so I can see what wool was like in the Vikings’ day. :-)

  11. I’m 66 and married, never had children (two adult stepsons) but I am a grandma and I have the best time inventing stuff to do with them. Treasure hunts, baking for tea parties, and hiding pennies…

    I love travel. My husband and I have traveled on six continents (skipped Antarctica). We love going to live theater and have subscriptions to three local theater companies.

    We live in Seattle and will be moving in about three years so I’ve loved your posts about prepping your house for sale.

    I’m giving the capsule wardrobe a tryout. I picked out about 27 neutral pieces of clothing (not counting shoes and scarves in my total) and am dressing each day only using the capsule. So far (three weeks in), it’s working great! I’ve only had to go outside the capsule once; on St Patrick’s day … didn’t have anything green. My hope is this will help me let go of a lot of my too big wardrobe. I’m finding I’m being a lot more creative and am actually dressing better.

    I don’t drink coffee, I just don’t like the taste. I like being organized. I love to read and always will make time for that.

  12. Hello Diane, I’m Pam. In a nutshell, I’m a southern girl, born and raised in Macon, Georgia, then spent 18 years living and loving in New Orleans. My husband and I moved to his hometown – a very small town in Ohio, with our then 8 year old daughter, in 2001. I teach 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, love painting furniture, getting on various craft kicks, playing in the handbell choir at church, and spending time with my talented husband and daughter. When I discovered blogs, about 5 1/2 years ago, yours was the first one I followed. Enjoying seeing the projects in your lake house!

  13. Hi,Dianne,my name is Robbin,I live on the coast, north of Sydney,Australia.I have
    a blog called Lifestyle of a Solo Senior which is a mix-up of what I am doing now
    that I’ve retired from running my own Hair Salon.I love fashion,home decorating,
    keeping fit through yoga and socialising with my friends and family.I also share
    my tips on how to live on a fixed income and look good while you are doing it.
    Cheers,Robbin

  14. Hi Diane,

    Such a joy to get to know you! Thanks for that. I subscribe to many blogs, but yours is one of three which I absolutely love. The way you write is so personable and friendly, and informative.

    I live on the South Coast of NSW Australia, in a small suburb called Woonona Beach (pronounced Wenoona, and being Aboriginal for ‘place of young wallabies’) . My parents moved here in 1961, after migrating from England 4 years earlier. When both my parents died my husband and I bought the property and built a new home. I would rather have retained and improved the old house, which was one of the oldest in our area. So! I have the unenviable task of making a new home look old… one room at a time!

    We have 6 children aged from 35 to 16, and four grandchildren to our oldest daughter. After many careers (RN, horticulturalist, radio and newspaper journalist, teacher, et al…..), I’ve recently registered a business name, (All Things Paint and Beautiful), and, inspired by many bloggers, will start my own blog. Still trying to find my way on that one! I simply LOVE finding old and daggy things and making them beautiful and useful again, and always have a project on the boil. Finding the blogging world, 2 years ago, was like coming home for me! I felt like I had found my people!

    Thanks so much for your wonderful blog! If you’re ever in Australia, please come and stay and let me show you a part of our beautiful country.
    Cheers, Liz.

  15. Diane, loved this post. As I’m sure I told you in my very first comment about your blog, “I just love your smiling face,” which greets me each and every time time and just makes me happy. Don’t know why and can’t explain my response. I guess, it’s just “It is what it is,” and I love it. We share a few things in common, like “pulling through” when parking and for the same reasons. Most important to me, is I very much like “your style,” and most of all, I like the “person” who very definitely comes through on your blog. I just know that if I were to meet you in person, I’d feel exactly the same way. In fact, if you’re ever “appearing” somewhere, I’d love to know, just so I could, perhaps, meet you in person. I’ve been paring down the blogs I follow to those I truly learn from (like yours) and just enjoy (like yours) and make me happy (like yours). As an aside, I’ve been living with and thoroughly enjoying subscribing to a 10-item (major wearable items) capsule wardrobe for at least three years now and find I enjoy my higher quality clothes and accessories, and being able to put myself together in no time while still feeling chic and appropriate, and having a pretty closet as well. And, I find I’m getting more compliments on my small mix-and-match
    wardrobe than I’ve ever gotten before. Quality over quantity I’ve found is the key.

  16. The reason I don’t like elevator—they make me dizzy. The reason I don’t have a mini —my husband won’t buy me one. The reason I don’t know my hair color–it’s been colored more years than it was natural. My shoe size did not change after childbirth—but my husband’s did! I have a bulging closet but I only wear the same few pieces. I like to pull through my car also. I don’t bite my nails, text, sing, dance,sew or decorate,but I’m a lot of fun.?

  17. That was a fun post. I also color hair. I don’t want to scare my kids. I keep it light so the roots dpn’t show as quickly. I’m still working full time & commute 2 hours round trip. I consider this ‘down time’ that I can listen to discussions on the radio, or CDs that I like , or just think without interruption. I enjoy the solitude. Tons of unfinished projects surround me in every room. Sometimes I get sick of the whole DIY trip & say to myself, “just hire someone” – one of these days I think I will. I want this stuff done.
    I am not a blogger, but have a few blogs (yours among them) that feel like a few minutes with a friend whenever I read them. Thank you.
    Mickey Wood
    Nashua NH
    mews978 on Instagram

  18. Hi Diane, and everyone! I’m from Ontario Canada ( near Toronto) , married with a 22 year old son, and 16 year old ( egads) daughter. In my ” work ” life I was an interior designer ( store planning) for the Hudson’s Bay Company, which was the quintessential Canadian Department Store until it was not! I love all things design, and found you when I began the happy task of refurbishing a waterfront cottage we bought 18 months ago.

    My life took a happy about face when we adopted our daughter as an infant, and I became immersed in learning about adoption and all its complexities. I wrote a book on the subject that was published in 2009, and have since volunteered for the Adoption Council of Canada, now as board Chair. It is my passion to bring public awareness to the over 30,000 children and youth in Canada who are eligible for adoption. ( In the U.S. the # is at least 125,000) Every one of these kids deserves A FAMILY.

    I have continued to nurture my creative side by establishing an online business that offers hand crafted cards and gifts for the adoption community…that honours adoptees, birthfamilies and adoptive parents. It has had its share of critics, but I believe families however they are created, should be celebrated. So that’s enough I guess, and while this is a shameless plug, if any of you want to learn more, you can find more at http://www.laboursoflovedesigns.ca

    my hair gets more grey every day, as dyeing it would take away from one of my guilty pleasures….design magazines!! Diane, thanks for the inspiration! Maybe we should all come to your finished house for tea to celebrate!!

  19. Diane!
    Who knew we had so much in common? Early grey hair, claustrophobia…I’m not a twin…but my grandmother’s middle name was Genevieve – and her sons (my father and uncle) are twins… a bunch of other things on your list too.
    You know – I just recently discovered that I’m NOT actually claustrophobic – I can stand to be in small spaces as long as I know I can get out. I’m ACTUALLY afraid of BEING TRAPPED. Almost doesn’t matter what size the space is…
    :)

  20. Hi Diane Loved your chat I live outside Belfast in the country, if you where here we would be having coffee or tea with a wee scone or a bun. I to hate reversing my husband bought a BMW 4×4 it is a dirty great big car I nearly need a step ladder to get.
    I also have grey hair which I don’t colour. We have 2 sons one is 37 and the other is 34 he lives in London. We gave the boys a bit of land beside us and they have built houses each eldest is moving in soon with his girlfriend and we are going to sell the other and our youngest is going to buy something in London. My husband was brought up in our house and she when we got married Ci lived with my mother in law which who I loved to bits both my husband and myself are only children. Like you CI love crafts etc CI can’t decorate any more because I have arthritis and had a knee replacement so CI can’t get down on my knees. Do drop in for tea again lovely to chat with all of you. Linda x

  21. Hi again Diane!
    Please tell me about the CAPSULE wardrobe! I am in desperate need to shrink my closet! I try to purge but it’s never enough! HELP!

    1. A capsule wardrobe is were you buy basic items skirts, trousers in black or navy even brown choose just about 3 colours and then pick a few accessories like shirts, tops or jumpers that you can mix and match you don’t need lots of clothes say one skirt and 2 or 3 things to go with it One good coat that you can wear at different occasions One jacket the same do you get what I mean few bits that can make up different outfits. Hope this helps.Linda x

  22. Hi Diane, I didn’t realize you are a twin. It’s nice reading what the other posters have shared of their lives. Here is a little about me:

    1) I have 3 sisters and a brother. My mom passes away in 2014.

    2) I was 20 years old when I married. I married a teenager! He was 19 :)

    3) I had my first daughter when I was 21. I have a total of 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters. I have 3 little grandsons all from my oldest daughter.

    4) My children and grandchildren have Hawaiian middle names.

    5)My poor hubby died of a brain aneurysm at age 33 when our youngest was just a year old.

    6) I live on an island but I dislike the beach. I prefer the mountain area and trees.

    7) I worked in the dental field for almost 30 years and now babysit my grandchildren and care for my elderly father.

    8) I love to read. Kindle is the greatest invention.

    9) favorite color: green; favorite candy: Reese’s peanut butter cups; favorite soft drink: coca cola; favorite drink: white wine or a margarita; favorite food: Thai; favorite actor: Colin Firth I could go on and on…….

  23. Love this post. Genevieve was my Grandma’s name and it is one of my daughter’s middle name. Add me to the list of people who hate backing up! I have been trying to let my hair go gray but it’s getting to the point where I have more gray than my mother. Not happening. I have an appointment next week for color. Have a great weekend.

  24. Hi Diane! Loved this lovely post of you!
    We have so many similarities! I could definitely see us chatting a long time over a cup of hot tea!
    I too am moving into a new home! We are moving in the beginning of April!
    So I have been thinking of paint colors, furniture placement, and today I trim some white panels with Greek key trim with Fabric Tac just as you suggested! Thanks!
    I own a Lakehouse in Maine! We will be opening it up in May after we get settled in our new home! I love it there! The quiet, the loons, the way life should be and having so many visitors who love just as much as I do!
    My hair would be white too if I didn’t work a little magic on it every 3 weeks?.
    I love decorating and being the family decorator! Love Home Goods!
    Thank you for all of your DIY and sharing yourself with all of us!
    Xo

  25. Hi Diane, I love your blog!
    I also wear leggings every day – crops in the summer, and heavy ones in the winter. Like you I color my own dark brown hair, trying to cover the increasing gray. I am also a bit claustrophobic and hate elevators, but am better if someone is in the elevator with me, then I feel I’d best behave myself and not act so scared. I’ve been working at de-cluttering and am motivated to pare down my wardrobe, but I don’t see it happening in the near future. Finally, I love the photo of you and your twin in your purple fleece tops, another favorite of mine!

  26. Oh the parking thing made me laugh! My husband, Daniel, almost always parks at a “pull ahead” spot and says that “that’s the way the nature intended it!” :D I just learned to drive last year (where I came from it wasn’t needed because taxis were plenty & cheap and drivers on the road are crazy) and I have noticed that I have picked up the pull-ahead-parking habit from him too. Not ALL the time, but often enough for me to notice!

  27. Hello ! so fun to learn more about you.
    I miss my mom everyday.. she lived with us in her last months .. wonderful Christian Lady (1925- 2013).
    she taught me to cook, bake, sew & craft anything I wanted too .
    I also pull through :-)
    I used to bite my nails..
    I love old movies & old TV shows..
    My favorites are True Grit, the Quiet Man & Life with Father .
    I love peace & quiet , but also ck the lane to see if hubby is home:-)
    i’m a grandmother to a 13 yr old boy.. MAX :_) we share a birth date..
    we have 2 Daughters, one married , one in college.
    we homeschooled our youngest all her years of school. best decision we ever made. Loved it.
    ( Our oldest hs her son also.
    I was born & raised on an old fashioned farm..
    we live on 10 acres now. had ckens for 13 of our 16 yrs here.
    we have a Matiff named Little Ricky :-) & a Chihuahua named Gibbs.

    we are Christians & love the Lord ,. most important thing about us :-) LOL

  28. Hi Diane, I enjoyed reading all about you. I follow several blogs but have only two or three that I really enjoy and comment on. Yours is one of those. I read every thing you post.

    I’m a Christian and my faith is the best thing about me. Hubby & I met in high school and will celebrate our 49th wedding anniv in Sept. I have a son and a daughter and one grandson. I’ve been retired from the Fed Govt since 2002. Flower gardening is my passion. I love to travel and hope to go to Italy this fall with my daughter. I like to do projects around the house. I’ve recently removed wallpaper, sanded, primed and painted 4 rooms in my home. Hubby does help out some. I enjoy the computer and wish I were more skilled at it.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your latest project. Have a blessed Easter! Vikki in VA.

  29. Hi Diane, I enjoyed learning about you! Well last fall I turned 60 and my daughter asked me to write 60 things to know about me to post at my party……so I thought that is the best way to get to know about me!

    1. Loves coffee
    2. Feeds the birds and enjoys their visits
    3. Is a Crazy Cat Lady
    4. Zac Brown Band…her favorite
    5. TVS shows she watches: Raymond, Andy Griffith, Project Runway, Shark Tank
    6. Can’t tolerate scrub brush during a pedicure
    7. Was going to name Kady: “Luna”
    8. Is a Beach Girl
    9. Chokes on anything coarse: kale, spring mix.
    10. Loves to give advice to her daughters
    11. Can’t stand anyone shaking their legs
    12. Teaching 13 years for Penn State and LCCC
    13. Theme song: Young American- David Bowie
    14. Drinks: Bloody Mary’s and Martini’s
    15. Fav daily outfit: sneakers, leggings, tank top
    16. Nutrition is her passion
    17. Favorite smells: coconut or cocoa butter
    18. Call her GLAMMA not Gramma in time
    19. Loves peanut butter banana smoothies
    20. Will never cut her hair real short
    21. Sleep machine is required every night
    22. Has a long list of movies to watch
    23. Has a long list of books to read
    24. Does not understand football
    25. Does understand a bit about basketball
    26. Does not like to drink from plastic cups
    27. Misses her cats Jigsy and Romeo
    28. Dislikes grocery shopping
    29. Favorite colors: Shades of peach or teal
    30. Played classical piano for 10 years
    31. Likes to write with blue pens
    32. Misses the lake house in the Pocono’s
    33. Would like to move someplace warmer
    34. Lived in the Wyoming Valley for 60 years
    35. Worked for Geisinger for 27 years
    36. Worked for Blue Cross of 10 years
    37. Loved to skateboard when she was young
    38. Loves Hershey’s Gold Chocolate Bars
    39. Does not drink tap water
    40. Does not like to drive 81 North to Scranton
    41. Hopes to get an Iphone soon but is scared
    42. Can make homemade pierogi
    43. Was a good artist in high school
    44. Dislikes chain restaurants
    45. Likes to organize things
    46. Likes pools, not lakes for swimming
    47. Would like to learn how to sell on EBay
    48. Loved to play darts
    49. Likes calendars and making lists
    50. Loves Disney World
    51. Turned down a job in Bay Pines, Florida
    52. Cannot believe she is 60
    53. Sang in the church choir for 10 years
    54. Does not like the elliptical machine
    55. Worries too much about everything
    56. Is amazed at her four adult daughters
    57. Loves recipes especially vegetarian
    58. Loves Scrabble
    59. Likes to label things
    60 Does not like fast food

  30. Good thing you didn’t move to Florida. We only have tags on the back of our cars so it is against the law to back into a parking spot! No one knows about this apparently because everyone still does it. Not enforced either, except at some beaches. Love reading your posts. I don’t like parking garages, scare me too death!

  31. Hi – Elaine here. I like to make jewelry and wear what I make. I hate selling it though. Despise doing craft fairs. I have given my best pieces away to anyone who admires them! I have been coloring my short side swept hair light blond since I was 18 – at 61 I’m pretty good at it – I made all the home coloring mistakes long ago. There is lots of gray in the front and sides which gives the blond it a multihued effect. I was a red head about 15 years ago for about six months. Not one person I knew liked it – in particular my husband. I love dogs. We have one – yellow English Lab. I adore him. I like to paint in the house and am good at it. It’s all about the prep as you know! I tried chalk painting – not a fan of my own work. We live in a water access community and love love love to boat – so does the dog! Have zero fear of deep water such as the bay. I grew up boating unlike my husband. I learned from my father (also named Ed) to have respect for bays, oceans and rivers and their power. I love sailing and have a little 16 foot day sailer. I love to swim every night in my back yard pool with the dog. We live in Maryland. I swam up until September 21 this year. The dog and I can hardly wait for June! Hubby thinks July is too cold for the pool. I can back up any vehicle including a stick shift but not a trailer or a camper is attached . That’s tricky! Elevators don’t bother me unless they are all glass and go up more than four stories! All glass becomes a problem after about 40 feet. Would love to hear how you met Ed!

  32. I’m having coffee now reading your post and saying “I know just what just mean”.

  33. About me: (In no particular order)
    -I love dogs. When asked “Why do you have 3?” , the answer is, “Because it’s the limit our city allows per household.” ;-)

    -I prefer warm weather over cold. Even though I’ve lived my life in the Upper Midwest I still am not a ‘winter’ person.

    – I have a music education major with a vocal emphasis. Taught voice, trumpet and piano in my own private studio. Though I majored in voice, my favorite instrument is piano. I have a 1924 Mason and Hamlin 5′ 8″ grand that I named Millicent after one of my favorite college music teachers.

    – I hate milk! I use if for cooking when necessary but get positively sick even looking at it in a glass!

    -LOVE Chocolate and nuts. I mostly like milk chocolate but any kind of nuts will do. :-)

    -I love going to costume events. The last event hubby and I dressed up to attend was a Downton Abbey event.

    -I worked on a theatre major in college but never got to complete it. I found I liked more of the ‘backstage’ things better than acting. Set design, costume design, lighting design. These all have helped greatly in my interior decorating business.

    -Though I grew up on a cattle ranch, I’ve sort of become a “townie” since getting married. I still enjoy the wide open spaces of my parent’s ranch though.

    -We have two sons, both in the military, that I would say are by and large my “best achievement”. They make me very proud (as do their wives and children).

    -I’ve been married to the same love of my life for nearly 39 years! We’ve run our family business together for the past 26 years. (Piano tuning, repair, rebuilding)

    -I’m a faithful and funny friend (so my friends tell me) ;-)

    -I like to hold special events (Christmas parties, outdoor garden tea parties, etc.) though I don’t get to as often as I’d like.

    – I like to go boating, but am slightly afraid to get in the water. (When I was a kid, some nasty kids tried to drown me in a lake!)

    – I’m highly patriotic and one of my regrets is that I didn’t join the military like I wanted to. I did however serve in Civil Air Patrol for 10 years, the official volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of major.

    -I enjoy reading other’s blogs very much :-) I used to subscribe to many. Now I’ve limited myself to only two or three of my favorites: One being yours Diane :-D

    -My Christian faith is important to me. I’m sure God has a sense of humor because He’s constantly giving me more chances to “get it right” ;-)

    – I enjoy sewing, music, traveling, flower gardening, reading. I am NOT a crafter. Hahah! I’m learning to golf again.

    – I often wonder what I’m going to be when I grow up. Hahah! Given the chance, or when asked, I usually tell too much about myself. (I’m sure you’ve already figured that out!) LOL!

  34. My husband always gets excited when he finds a spot where he can pull-through. He even says “pull-through!”
    I don’t color my hair and it mostly looks good. It’s ever-changing as the grey overtakes my brown and I think it’s interesting. I have a friend I haven’t seen for awhile and just a couple hours ago I ran into her and her grey hair looks great, and we simultaneously said “I like your hair!” We said grey is better than a bad dye job, which so many women in their late 50s have. Silver jewelry, avid gardener, pillow-swapper.

  35. I am anxiously awaiting your project to paint wood trim white because my house needs that so badly, yet I am scared and a little lazy about tackling it. I hope you can motivate me to get going. Love your projects and creativity, I express my creativity through cooking and easy gardening, not so much through home décor, so I enjoy learning from you. I love your new lakeside location too!

  36. I guess the parking issue is true for a lot of people. I do the same when I can and I call it “the old pull through”. It’s funny because my son’s girlfriend was complaining to me that he does this wierd parking thing that he calls “the old pull through”. I had to laugh and tell her he gets it from me. I guess it’s a common thing, I had no idea! I love your blog and can’t wait to see what else you do with your new house!

  37. this post was great! If I didn’t like who you are, I’d never have signed up for the blog! I feel as though I know you, but I’d never have guessed your shoe size!
    I trust your suggestions as if we were good friends. I’m happy that you and Ed have a wonderful new place to settle into. My husband and I are semi-retired, so we don’t always have the cash to make big improvements to the house, but I love the ideas that you send about making improvements that don’t require major moola. I love gardening until my back hurts, painting, and I do pen and ink and calligraphy. I also try to face out in a parking lot.
    If you lived a wee bit closer, I’d take you out for lunch! Best regards!!

  38. It’s wonderful to get to know you! I love your blog and look forward to it popping into my in box! I’m a retired military spouse and wish I had knowno you years ago! My 17 moves in 30 years would have benefited from your great ideas and styling tips. I’m not in my forever home yet, but when I get there I will use your great advice to have the home of my dreams. And I don’t like elevators either!

  39. Wow…2 peas in a pod comes to mind when I look at you and your sister. Thanks for a peek into your non blogging world! Oh, I pull through too, ’cause I couldn’t back into a parking spot even if a million dollars was at stake!!!!!

  40. Hi Diane,
    I too, in my older age of 58, do not like to back up. So I pull through. I also just purchased a 2016 Camry Hybrid so I park out in the boondocks so that PEARL won’t get hit. The funny thing is everytime I come out of the store someone has parked next to me and I get a little upset and then laugh. I dye my white hair, I did try the natural look for two years but once someone thought I was in my 70’s I started dying it again. I wish I had the ambition that others have. I have a million ideas floating around in my head but rarely act on them. I also wish I was retired and I am working on a plan to retire early. I love your blog and I have been following you for 3 years now. Thank you for the inspiration you give. – Lisa

  41. I too like cross body bags for the same reason. I’m a purseaholic though. I have 2 resist the urge 2 buy. I have since found a bucket bag that I love & carry all the time.

    Love dishes. A lot of my friends use paper plates/cups for dinners, but I like real dishes.

    I wear a wig. I have hair—it’s gray, which I don’t like, but mostly I find that a wig is more convenient than fixing my own hair. Just spritz, shake & go. Plus I get 2 wear the styles my hair would never do on its own.

    Like the idea of a capsule wardrobe. Worked with a woman in the late 80s who was always impeccably dressed. I was young then. The culture I grew up in–wearing the same thing was unheard of. One day I noticed that she was mixing & matching the same two outfits with various style shoes, blouses, jewelry etc. It was an epiphany. All I realized though is that she always looked ‘rich.’

    I’m a ‘winter.’ I like deep colors—classic black/white/blues/purples. I found that I like silver better than gold. Sounds like you’re a winter to.

    Love jewelry. Sadly, when my weight goes up, I don’t wear it. When it goes down, I wear it. So, I’m more of a ‘collector.’ Recently found some vintage Sarah Coventry! Speaking of weight, when it goes up, I discovered I ‘dress my house.’ When it goes down, I dress me.

    I’m a perfectionist—it’s all or nothing. Very frustrating.

    A twin—I’m envious!

    Love old black and white movies. The old classics. Interestingly, I now watch them for the furnishings and the clothing styles. Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, even Phryne Fischer!

  42. Hi there, My name is Robin. I live in Victoria BC Canada and enjoy reading your posts very much. I have one older brother and so far, I am lucky enough to have both my parents. I am almost 52 years old and have been with the same guy for 34 years next month. We do not have any children of the usual variety, just four-legged ones…two purebred Siberian Forest Cats. They are our family and we are both home-bodies and spend tons of time doting on them. I come from an extremely handy/crafty family, mom, dad and my man is the ultimate handy guy – we make a great team!
    I enjoy paper crafting, mostly cards, some scrapbook stuff, woodworking, jewelry making, making stuffed animals – the real nice mohair kind, and I will try almost anything if I see something I like and don’t want to pay the price being asked for it! I LoVe gardening and spend sometime almost every day outside. I am very house proud and keep the yard looking camera ready! We are living on just under 1/3 of an acre on a cul de sac in a lovely forested area but are always on the look out for a piece of property that will enable us to have a studio for me and a shop for my guy. I work for municipal government and will have 25 years in very soon….so retirement may be in my near future. I do not pull thru when parking as I am a super confident driver (used to drive a backhoe for part of my previous posting) but I do park in the far reaches of the parking lot, mostly because I am super crazy-anal about people’s lack of respect for other people’s property and do not want my car to have door dings…it’s almost 11 years old though and looks brand new inside and out! I will stop now as I am sure I could ramble on and on forever. Thanks for sharing and giving us the chance to share as well. Enjoy your new place and I can’t wait to see how you make changes to it!

    1. I agree with you about the cars dings. I make sure I don’t get too close to cause a door ding also. UR right–it’s about respect for other people’s property.

  43. Well…I’m a 65 year old, happily married lady…who has highlights added to her hair! And I prefer to pull through in my parking spaces too…because other people are driving too fast in parking lots! I prefer gold jewelry over silver…but I’m still very minimalistic…rings and earrings. I’m a very casual person all around….I really don’t like to get all dressed up! And, I share a love of affordable interior design…that’s why I come here, Diane! This was fun…enjoy your day! ;)

  44. Home hair color and fear of elevators! We both have something in common :) I like the idea of pulling through and walking more.

  45. Hi Diane…now I know why I love your blog so much…besides seeing your amazing projects.I do feel that I know you.
    We have lots in common…nail biting when nervous…size 10 shoes…black leggings…same studs and silver jewelry every day…pulling through to park so I won’t have to back out…straw tote bag.
    I don’t have a Mini Cooper … but have wanted one since I saw “The Italian Job” ha ha
    I wish I had your wonderfl imagination and ability to design and decorate your home. I have enjoyed following
    your blog for years and always love what you do.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful life with us. Can’t wait to see all you do to the lake house.

  46. Hello Diane,
    I have followed your blog for quite some time and while you have shared many things over the years it was wonderful to learn a bit more. I am 56 married to my best friend of 37 years with two adult children and two grandchildren. I have enjoyed various hobbies over the years and they forever change it seems. I enjoy sewing, papercrafting, card making, reading, travelling, scrapbooking and now teaching myself a bit about mixed media.
    Imagine my delight to learn that I am not the only one who “pulls” in to her parking spot so I face out, because I do not like backing out either. Everyone is always rushing and walking past your car as if waiting for me to hit them.
    Leggings/yoga pants love them! Enough said about that. While I wish I had pencil thin legs, I know that just isn’t going to happen anytime soon. So I go for comfort now! lol
    Anyway, thank you for sharing a bit more about you and looking forward to all of your posts….

  47. Hi Diane.
    I used to bite my nails, but now I just pick at them. I can never seem to grow them out much. My way of dealing with stress I guess!
    I also color my hair. I am sure I would have white hair if I stopped. Not ready to see that!
    I ONLY carry a cross-body bag now. I hate dealing with purses, so this is so much easier. I stopped carrying a purse when I was in nursing school many years ago, especially when we were doing our clinicals in the hospital. There was nowhere safe to store a purse. Just put my car keys and some money in my uniform pocket and away I went.
    I enjoy crafting, but mainly I like bead weaving. I don’t wear much jewelry and seem to give away most of the jewelry I make to my sisters, cousins, and nieces.
    My wardrobe will be pared down very soon as I am going through things and packing up for our big move from AZ back to my home state of SC. I have been out here 28 years, and, yes, I still have my southern accent! I get comments all the time out here in AZ about my accent. Once I move back to SC I will finally blend in. LOL!
    I like hot Chai tea latte in the wintertime and iced tea in the summertime when I sit down to chat with friends.
    Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better.

  48. Hi Diane, I love your blog. I am not much of a handyman in our house and neither is my husband. But I love to see what you have done with your house. It is beautiful . And that lake view -WOW! I too bite my nails and have all my life but it seems that once a year I am able to grow nails. Weird! I like your idea of parking your car. I might try that. Especially in Walmart – I have had a couple of mishaps there, nothing serious. I look forward to your next blog.

  49. Loved your column today and clicked on the links to the other “what you dont know about me” that you had written over the years. So you peaked my curiosity when you said one if these days you would tell us the story of how you met your husband. So, how DID you meet your husband? Maybe we can find out the next time you do an “about me”. If you already told that story, sorry I missed it?

  50. Forgot to mention that I bleach my hair white and have kept it that way for a couple of years as I have a lot of grey underneath. When I want another color I wear wigs and vintage hats. I went thru a craze of making jewelry and selling it also, but my life is too crazy right now to make any lately. I do collect jewelry, vintage and modern but have been sharing my jewelry with church people, and the Rwandans. They love the flash! Now that I am not working, I only really dress up for church and then I go hog wild.

    1. I love hats too but my head is too big. Unfortunately. I tell people that but they think I’m joking. I’m not.

  51. Hi,
    Wow, I feel way less quirky! I have actually hit things 4 times backing up. In my 50 years of driving…not my long suit..and live in total fear.I don’t even trust my back up camera! It is supposed to be a gas saver to pull through, so that’s MY justification. And who are those people who drive right behind you when you are backing up? Uh oh, curmudgeon alert!
    So happy for you in your new house…we spend our summers on a lake in NH…and winters in TX…and we justify the expense (!) that we have one child in each area. And…my hair…I keep threatening to let it go natural, as I started to go gray at 19,…but my family looks at me in horror!…
    And I am inspired by your posts..you are creative, sensible, and I aspire to have your energy!

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 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!!

  55. 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.

  56. 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.