March 1, 2011 - And the Award Goes To....

Lynda, from Cortina Creek Farms, has honored me with this award. Thank you, Lynda, I love getting awards!

In return, I am supposed to do two things: (1) Divulge 7 things about myself that you may not know, and (2) Pass on the award to 15 people.

Being the cantankerous old lady that I am, I'm changing the rules somewhat. Since I've already done this several times before, I'm only going to pass this on to two people, but in return I will divulge twice as many things about myself that you may not know. Unless, of course, you've been following my blog from the beginning, as all fourteen things were divulged previously!

I'm passing the award on to my dear cyber-friend Robin, The Gardener of Eden. She's not only a blog friend, she has become a personal friend who exchanges emails with me on an almost daily basis. She's been there when I need a hug, or a laugh, or just need a friend. Thank you, Robin, and thank your dear Italian, too!

I'm also passing the award on to Ginny, at Gingerbreads House, just because she's such a sweet person, and deserves it.

Disclaimer:
Please don't feel obligated to pass this award on, or tell your deepest, darkest secrets. I just want you both to know that I love and appreciate you, as I do all of my dear readers.

Now, here are fourteen things about me. Yes, it's all about me-me-me!

1. I am a 2X survivor of cancer,having had cervical cancer in 1974 and colon cancer in 2004.

2. Although most people call me Granny, and some call me Annie, my name is Carol. I am a granny (and a great-granny), but Annie is my girl dog. She has a brother, Otto.

3. We used to "snowbird" in our motor home, but I hated riding in it. I was a white knuckle rider. We finally bought property in AZ and got rid of the RV. Now I'm just plain tired of traveling back and forth and would like to stay home in Washington.

4. My neighbor Pat moved last fall, but she still cries when I leave her to go to AZ.

5. My BFF lives in Redding, CA. We've been buddies since high school.

6. My favorite TV shows are of the reality type. I usually watch CNN or MSNBC, The Food Network (especially Chopped and The Worst Cook in America) . I also like American Idol, America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars and The Biggest Loser. I hate, hate, hate soap operas, and I cannot stay awake through an entire movie.

7. I am appalled at people who speak badly of any of our presidents. I feel our elected officials should be treated with dignity and honor, and if we really are personally unhappy with them, we should vote for someone else the next time.

8. I only drink one cup of coffee a day, and that's half coffee and half lowfat milk with a packet of sweetener.

9. I used to do a lot of painting, in acrylics or oils, on canvas or objects. If you're curious, here are photos of a few of them.

10. I'm a yo-yo dieter. I go on "healthy eating" binges and lose 20-30 pounds, keep it off for a couple of years, then blow it during one winter in AZ. Too many potlucks, card games with refreshments, tacos at the local bar. I can go from size 8 to size 14 in the wink of an eye.

11. I don't drink alcoholic beverages, with the exception of my once yearly Margarita. I think I could get hooked on those, if I were so inclined.

12. My (step) Dad was a WWII hero. He lead the 392nd. Bomb Group in the first bomb drop on Berlin. For this, he received the Presidential Citation, which was presented to him by General James Doolittle. He was also the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Daddy passed away in 2003. My birth father is still living, and turned 94 this year, but we are not close.

13. I was married right out of high school, and widowed when I was 20. I found Mr. Granny three years later, and have kept him around for nearly 49 years.

14. I have a thing about planting too many tomatoes. I need an intervention.

24 comments:

  1. Thanks for all of your kind words Granny and for being such a good friend.

    Since both you and Tami have awarded me with this award, I will humor the two of you with a post. If I have enough strength after working at the plots today, I will work on it tonight

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  2. I do enjoy learning about my fellow bloggers. I live an hour south of Redding! Interstate 5 splits my ranch in half. I too plant way too many tomatoes...and they usually don't do well.

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  3. I enjoyed reading your list... can one ever have too many tomatoes? Okay, sign me up for the group therapy sessions! ~grin~

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  4. Gran, widowed at age 20, cancer survivor, a long successful marriage... oh the questions I would love to ask and advice I would love to receive if we were to sit down and share that yearly margarita! I bet you have amazing things to share, thanks for giving us a peek!

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  5. Thanks for all the info, Granny! Some of it I knew, but other stuff was interesting. I didn't realize you liked Food Network so much. We watch both of those shows too. We were rooting for Georgie to win the last Worst Cooks. We are really looking forward to Chopped All-Stars too! I wonder what ingredients they'll get?

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  6. I have finally found one place where my talents exceed yours -- I can go from a size 8 to a SIZE 16, in no time at all.
    Your art is beautiful!

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  7. I can vouch for the tomato addiction. Everything else I'll take your word on. ;)

    Congratulations on another well deserved award.

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  8. I have to laugh at the last one. You always say you will control yourself when starting tomatoes, but we all know what will happen. You will say 20 (which is too huge a number to start with) and then plant 50.

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  9. Well thanks Granny, glad I read the blogs to see what been said...('m glad you have such a high opion of me :o) or maybe "you know me well " :o) , just couldn't resist being a smarty pants..You and I got married about the same time in life...young! during my time you were considered and Old maid past the teens.

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  10. I love you, BFF, we've been friend since Jr. High, I had forgotten how old you were when Johnny died. So long ago!

    I don't think I'm going to plant tomatoes in my little garden this year.

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  11. Robin, I *heart* you.

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    Lynda, I need to get you together with Redding resident Zoey (below), who reminds me it was jr. high, not high school when we became best friends!

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    Heidi, when it comes to preserving the harvest....yes, one can have too many tomatoes!

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    Erin, there's nothing I'd like more than sitting and talking with you!

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    Alison, I was for Joshie from the start! Chopped All Stars should be super fantastic.

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    Dianefaith, I'm so glad you have me beat there!

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    Thank you, Diane!

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    Thanks Ribbit :-)

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    Daphne, you know me well!

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    Ginny, I would have been over to your place to tell you, but I've been gone all day! Mr. Granny treated me to a day out, and a fabulous lunch.

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    Zoey, are you still coming up this summer? I sure hope so!

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  12. These were dear and illuminating things to learn about you.

    Thanks for your sweet honesty and humanity. Glad you kept your sweetie around.

    All joys to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  13. Thanks Granny for sharing your life with us! Love reading your blog!

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  14. amazing artwork Annie!

    i love the net for being about to "know" someone via blogging so easily.. im so far away from you in Sydney, Australia yet it feels like your a neighbour.

    too many tomato plants.. never.. but i wish i can do grow tomatoes like you. im convinced its the Sydney region and not me. lol (viruses get mine last season. i suppose i can dream for next Spring)

    ahh american idol. i watch it avidly. go Robbie and Casey! And Karen and Pia and Tim.

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  15. I have to agree with Erin up there, I already know you're wonderful w/ the gardening advice, I'm sure every other topic as well. If ya'll ever sit down for that margarita tell-all, let me know so I can be there too! :)

    My computer died (*sob*) I'm on THE man's right now but that's only very intermittently. At least it has cut out on my seed buying addiction.. It is sending me outdoors even more so now, so I will have LOTS to share once I get it all fixed up.

    I am SO glad to know that I am not crazy in my tomato addiction. Last year I planted over 20, but I wasn't terribly successful at getting actual tomatoes out of them before it got cool. This year, well, I've been in lots of tomato and veggie swaps on GW this year and I am planning a LOT LOT more tomatoey goodness for the yard this year!

    I can hardly wait to bite into a ripe juicy tomato... mmmmmmm.. my mouth is already watering!

    Hugs!!
    ~Wendy

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  16. SydneyGardener.....GO Paul! I like Casey and Robbie, too. I was disappointed in Tim last night, he was one of my early favorites. Paul reminds me of Kenny Loggins, my all time favorite performer.

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    Wendy, wouldn't it be fun if you 'n me 'n Erin could just sit and have a good old tipsy conversation some day! I did that when a good Canadian friend left Arizona a few years ago. We knew we'd probably never see each other again, so we made a blender full of Margaritas, drank the whole thing and cried! Hey, I said I only drank one a year....I didn't say what size it was!

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  17. Awe, so many cool tidbits tucked in there AG. So fun to learn more about our blogger friends, congrats on the award!!

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  18. Wow! After seeing your art I would say that its official: there is nothing you don't do well. :)

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  19. Thanks, Kelly....for both comments :-)

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  20. AGgie - Thanks for the laugh. The last entry nearly killed me (You get a medal if you grow a tomato in Scotland), as did the post about Earning a Degree Online (who I've heard from too)

    I miss Richard Nixon - he got me through my exams on the American Constition!

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  21. Mal, it's too bad I can't send my extra tomatoes to Scotland ;-)

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