Thursday, May 7, 2009

" This, That And The Other"

Alright, I'll admit it. I've had Blogger Brain Block. Go ahead, say that fast three times. Not so easy is it? My daughter Ginny, who writes for a living, says that you should write about what you know. This is funny to me because as I get older, I've come to realize that I really don't know much. And the older I get, what I do know, I forget, so this can be tricky! Ginny also suggested that I do a blog showcasing my crocheted items. I took a photo of one and then I didn't want to do it any more. So here is a photo of my favorite doily.

Crocheting was my favorite hobby. It still would be if my hands would allow it. It seems that arthritis doesn't care if you enjoy something or not, it's made it self at home in my hands,knees,feet and hips. So I can rarely indulge in my favorite hobby any more.

Since I have Blogger Brain Block, I decided that I would mention some things that I love and love to do. It's what I know, so here are a few of my favorite things. Now I will apologize if you have a certain song going through your head!

If you've read my blog at all, you know that I do not , I repeat, do not , like to bake or cook. What you don't know is that I love to make soups. All kinds of soups. I can make very good soups. My favorite is Split Pea. My husbands favorites are Potato and Beef Barley. This is something that I was born knowing how to do and do well. No recipe's involved. However I did watch people close to me in my life over the years and picked up some tips along the way.

Flowers are my favorite plants. I love flowers everywhere. I love flower patterned fabrics, which I would have more of if I didn't have a husband. But I do have to respect the testosterone! I really have no interest in growing vegetables, except for the fact that my husband always makes me grow tomatoes, all I would ever plant would be flowers. It seems I never tire of planting flowers.

I collect crosses. This is my latest collection that I still add to. I used to collect crochet books and magazines, of which I have hundreds. I stopped that collection because of above mentioned reason. I also have a collection of piggy's. I have little piggy's all over my kitchen. This collection made it very easy when my children were little and wanted to buy mom a gift! And this next collection I am consistently teased about. I collect wishbones. Chicken and turkey. I know it may sound weird but I have a pattern for a crocheted Victorian thimble holder, in which you crochet around a wishbone. I still have not made one but I have lots of wish bones "just in case". I know it's a little weird.

One of my favorite things to do is to get a movie that I want to see, buy a six pack of beer, make some popcorn, turn off all the lights and enjoy. This I like to do alone. And while I love watching movies with my family, it just feels like a mini vacation when I'm by myself.

Speaking of being by myself, I totally enjoy that as well. I didn't always. When my younger daughter, Katie, went with her dad over the road for a week once, I started to panic. I had never been alone, ever. After much thinking I realized that I should not focus on being lonely but enjoy having the house and time to myself. I discovered that week that I enjoy my own company! All I did all that week was sleep when I wanted, eat when I wanted and watch movies. I didn't do any dishes until I noticed the day before they came home that there were stacks of dishes all around my recliner. This was a major milestone for me as I cannot stand any dirty dishes lying around.

I have lots and lots of favorite movies. Too many to even mention if I were able to remember them all! But most of the ones that come to mind are "Inside Daisy Clover", "This Property Condemnded", "Splendor In The Grass", these three all star Natalie Wood who has always been my favorite actress. There are many newer movies that I enjoyed much but I must admit that I am a classic movie fan. In my mind there's nothing like that old time drama! And for the record my favorite actor has always been and always will be Burt Lancaster.

My favorite style is Victorian. My bedroom is completely, except for the air conditioner and tiny t.v., decorated in a Victorian motif. My daughter Ginny gave me the nicest complement about it saying that it looked like it came out of a page in a magazine. It is my private retreat.

O.K. now I am thinking about people. I love being around people that make me laugh and can laugh with me. I am forever an optimist and dislike being around pessimistic people. I think that most people take life much too seriously and that we should always look forward. My childhood was pretty bad. But I don't dwell on it, I use it to make me stronger. I love smiling and I just don't understand why more people don't. We are so blessed. All of us. Through all of the horrible things I have been through in my life, I realize, everyday that God has a plan for me. And while I don't know what it is yet, just the anticipation of it excites me.

So now you know a little bit more about me. No I'm not a very exciting person, just average. But I am happy, and my children are healthy. And I consider that to be one of the greatest gifts of all!


Ginny said...

This is definitely a good summary of cool traits about you! I still think you should post more photos of all the beautiful things you've crocheted. Also, don't let me forget next time we talk to tell you about the crocheted necklaces I saw at the craft fair this weekend.

Eileen said...

I loved this, Diane!!
And your daughter is right, take more pictures of your handiwork! I would love to see it! Doilies are one of my most favorite things in the world! Even if I find a tattered, ragged piece of one at a thrift sale I have to buy it! The one you did is so beautiful.
And take a picture of your bedroom too, now that you've got my curiosity up!
Natalie Wood is a favorite of mine too. I loved Splendor In The Grass, and also Inside Daisy Clover, and of course Miracle On 34th Street!
And teach me how to make a good soup!!
I really loved this post. It was the best! You are a woman of many charms!

Eileen said...

Oh, DIANA! I'm sorry, I called you Diane, that's my sister's name so I automatically type it! My apologies!

Diana said...

Ginny,while I still have a lot of things that I have crocheted, I gave most of them away. But thank you, call me soon, love you!

Diana said...

Eileen, I really thought that I was the only one who has seen those movies! If you haven't seen "This Property Condemned" you should, it's excellent and also stars a young Robert Redford!Thank you for your kind words.

Unknown said...

OH MY GOSH! I was smiling throughout your whole blog! Thank you for the comments on mine. You and my niece and now a new blog friend "Granny" are commenting. You make me smile. I love you and don't even know you! I named my daughter after Natalie Wood! I even cut out her obituary and kept a copy in my keepsake box! lol funny! I love her too! I think it is because my mother loved her and told me I could look like her when I was young...hahahahaha OH lets see a picture of your bedroom! I will post one of mine too!

Blessings each day said...

Boy, for having writer's blog block, you did a terrific job here.

That doily is gorgeous and I can really apprciate it having crochet a number of things (still have an unfinished tablecloth!)

I agree with need to let us into your bedroom...we promise not to jump on the bed!

The older movies are so much better because they assumed everyone had an imagination and didn't have to be shown guts and blood spilling out etc., etc.

blessings always,


p.s. I STILL say you are a "closet" gourmet cook! Feel like sharing some soup recipes sometime?

Diana said...

Linda,your comment is so funny because my mom told me the same thing!! I used to sit and dream that I would grow up to be Natalie Wood! I will post a picture of my bedroom as soon as I make my bed!

Diana said...

Marcy, Remember I never said I couldn't cook, just don't like it! I'll have to remember when I make soup to write down what I put in it as I don't follow recipes. I'll get a picture of my room soon. Promise.

Wanda..... said...

Wonderful post was nice learning more about you...Old movies are the best...I remember seeing Splendor in The Grass at the drive-in theater...I love homemade soup! Take care Diana!

Teresa said...

Hi Diana, I really liked your blog today...for writer's block, you really had a lot to say. I suppose it is easy to talk about the things you love. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I do think that my daughter has the Principal of the school involved in the bullying of Bailey. Kids are so mean sometimes...I too want to see a picture of your Victorian Bedroom : ).

Renna said...

I think you sound like a pretty neat person, myself, someone I'd enjoy being around. :-)

Bernie said...

WOW, Best post ever Diana, so loved it. You are blessed with many gifts, crocheting, cooking, baking and sounds like decorating is one as well. You have a beautiful family and a life you blessed my friend. Love how you share your feelings and your honesty.....have a great day my friend...:-)Bernie

Jerelene said...

I love pea soup too! My Mom always made it when I was growing up. My family isn't very thrilled with it, but I love it.. The doilies are beautiful!! I also, would love to see your bedroom!! I love older movies..I had a friend as a teenager, that would watch them with me..So much better than the stuff they make today!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!