Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award

Amy T. over at The Virginia Scribe tagged me for this.

The Kreative Blogger Award is for bloggers who are creative (or kreativ) and requires that I list seven things about myself that people might find interesting.

Hmmm. Here goes:

1. I always wanted a horse when I was a kid. When I was in my 30s, I took riding lessons, fell off a runaway, and fractured two vertebrae. As soon as the doctor said I could ride again, I bought my own horse. I figured I already owned a back brace and I'd rather fall off a member of the family. I've never been without a horse since.

2. I've never sold an animal, though I've given several away to good homes. My first horse went to a little girl who kept him the rest of his life—until her own little girl was a toddler and could ride him. I currently have a couple batches of kittens—through no fault of my own except I fed two stray cats and—well, you get the idea. The first batch of kittens (and their mama) are wild. So if you're up for a feline challenge. . . .

3. For my birthday next month, I'm planning to order another tombstone to replace the one that, uh, went missing. I can't decide whether to keep the same style or go with something different.

4. I can't imagine life without a border collie or a truck or a Mac computer.

5. I don't think I could ever live in the city again. I'm getting to the point where I don't even like to visit crowded places.

6. When I was a baby, the doctor told my parents I might not live past five years old, so my father took out a thousand dollar life insurance policy on me. I collected on it when I was eighteen and used it to pay for a year and a half at RPI (now VCU). That, Social Security after my father retired, and some state teacher scholarships got me through. (Total cost of my bachelor's degree: $5,000)

7. I earned my master's degree at the Citadel—the Military College of South Carolina. My husband had been transfered to Charleston, we arrived in August—too late for me to get a teaching job, and the Citadel had just started a graduate program. I was at the right place at the right time. The price was right, too. (Total cost of my master's: $1,500.)

Since I don't do tagging, passing along lists, etc., you can do this if you want. Or not.


Blogger Amy Tate said...

$5000 won't even cover one semester at Hollins! Wow!

3:27 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

Wow, a degree for $5,000. I'm with Amy, that is not even a semester at Hollins. Whew.

Loved the list. Didn't know about the Masters at the Citadel. I think that's cool.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

Yeah, that was a long time ago! I'm amazed how much the cost has increased. (Gas was 29 cents a gallon when I graduated, too.)

But then we paid less for our first house in 1973 than a lot of folks pay for their first cars now.

My Citadel diploma is sheepskin and signed by the then-governor of South Carolina.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Very interesting.

I can't stand crowded places either and I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. You don't get much more crowded than that. I wouldn't mind being out in the woods somewhere. I like quiet.

9:09 PM  

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