Spreading the love

Last month, Julie at Outtakes on the Outskirts nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award. As a very new blogger, I was quite excited when I read her post and saw my name in the list. The rules for the One Lovely Blog Award are that I need to share seven random things about myself and nominate 10 bloggers for the award.

So here goes. Seven random things about me:

1. I do not like green peppers and will avoid eating them at all costs.

Green peppers

No, thank you.

No matter whether they’re cooked or raw, no matter that I’m at a fancy work dinner and I have to make a good impression, if there are green peppers on my plate, they stay there. Sometimes they’ll be pushed to the side, sometimes I try the random scatter technique in an attempt to say, “No, I’m not rejecting these peppers, they just happen to be left over with along with that one piece of lettuce and that random shred of carrot.”

2. I am distantly related to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series and numerous other novels.

Anne of Green Gables book

My much-loved copy of Anne of Green Gables

The lineage of the Montgomery clan is well documented, and if my grandmother (née Montgomery) was still alive, she could explain the connection. However, my relationship to LMM is very remote. I am not eligible for any royalties, and I don’t have a special pass to Green Gables. I do however have pretty much every LMM book, including a very tattered copy of Anne of Green Gables.

3. I love to waterski and have been slaloming since I was about 10 years old.

Slalom waterskiing

Yes, that’s me

I’ve been part of a waterski pyramid (on the bottom) and slalomed on a paddle (not as hard as it sounds). I’m still pushing to improve my slalom technique and have big goals of mastering a 360 my Dad’s trick skis and one day being able to barefoot.

4. As you saw at the beginning of the week, I’m a sewer and have made a lot of my own clothes.

Butterick 5542

My favourite prom dress. The pattern is Butterick 5542 in case anyone’s interested. And yes, Matt was my date.

You’ll see this interest reflected in some of the blogs I nominate below. I don’t know how young I was when my Mom first started teaching me, but I made my grade 8 graduation dress, multiple semi-formal dresses, two prom dresses and most recently a bridesmaid dress.

5. I love clothes and have a very special (if stereotypically female) affection for shoes.

High heeled shoes

My favourite shoes roughing it on the gravel driveway

My top three pairs are grey felt heels with white satin stitch embroidery on the heels and fur pompoms on the toes, taxi cab kitten heels in bright yellow with black toe buckles, and leopard print pony hair with black patent wedges. Completely inappropriate for the farm, but oh so fabulous!

6. I started wearing glasses the summer before I turned 10.

Childhood photo

Ugh, the awkward tween years

While I eventually progressed to contacts, I was pretty much lost without my glasses. I could see up to about two feet in front of my face without some kind of visual aid, which is not a good way to see the world. But three years ago, I had laser surgery, and I’ve been 20/20 since then! Highly recommend laser vision correction, by the way.

7. I’m a runner (currently on hiatus as renovating a basement and managing a 129-acre property provide enough exercise for now). Seven years ago, Matt and I completed a marathon.

Matt and I post marathon

Matt and me after our marathon

It was a goal, it’s done and now I’m quite happy to keep my runs to 10K or less. My favourite race is the Around the Bay, the oldest road race in North America–older than the Boston marathon even. I’ve done the full 30K, a couple of relays and numerous years as a spectator.

That’s it! Any green pepper fans out there who want to defend their poor maligned vegetable? Any kindred spirits who love their Lucy Maud Montgomery?

And now on to the second part of the award.

My nominees are:

  1. Growing up, one day at a time – The personal diary of a friend at work. Leah has a great philosophy on life.
  2. Welcome to Turtle House – An amazing transformation–seriously, Katy’s slideshow on the homepage is astounding–and a gorgeous waterfront setting.
  3. That 70s House – Another young couple DIYing their way through their house. If you only check out this blog for the fabulous header image, it’s worth it.
  4. Girl meets farm – A fellow Canadian. City girl meets boy and moves to country. Their saga of the search for their perfect farm parallels Matt’s and mine almost exactly. Where we differ is that they’re actually farming–check out their lambs, donkeys and chickens.
  5. Four Square Walls – A sewing blog. Andrea’s unfailing ability to laugh at herself–and share her foibles with the world–are always entertaining.
  6. Welcome to Heardmont – A third young couple DIYing their house–see a theme here? Check out how they dealt with their kitchen bulkhead and the pretty+functionality they added to their master closet.
  7. It’s Great To Be Home – A lot of people think about flipping houses. Liz and her husband actually do it! Great design sense and budget conscious renovations make this blog a winner.
  8. Adventures in Dressmaking – A great sewist who’s just about to move into her brand new house. I can’t wait to see how she decorates it.
  9. Lightly Crunchy – Another Canadian keeping up the family tradition of country living.
  10. yrppies – Another story of the transition to country living and a massive renovation of an old farmhouse.

Thanks to all of the nominees. Reading your stories (some for several years) has been inspiring.


15 thoughts on “Spreading the love

  1. Anne of Green Gables… sigh. When I was 11, I dreamed of one day finding a Gilbert of my very own! (shhh… I did way better than Gilbert but don’t tell my husband I said so)

  2. This was such a nice surprise to be nominated-thank you! Now I just have to figure out what it means and what I have to do (still relatively new to this blogging thing). That is so interesting about LMM; I LOVE all of her books, including Pat of Silverbush. Congrats on your award also :).

  3. We seem to have quite a bit in common! I, too, dislike green peppers – intensely as a kid, though can tolerate them cooked as an adult. I still hate raw ones. I love LMM and I think I’ve read them all, though not the diaries. One I’m also super partial to is Jane of Lantern Hill. Have you read that one? I also sew and have worn glasses since I was nine (and contacts at times, though not at present), I’m not a big running fan, though I did do a five km run a few years back, and I love sexy shoes, though can’t wear the heels I used to. I definitely don’t waterski like you do! I did it once, at age 14, and totally loved it, but after that didn’t get the opportunity. (Not too many chances growing up in Edmonton…)

    This was a great post! It’s nice to get to know you a bit, in the bloggy kind of way. 🙂

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