Who am I really?

I grew up in “Amish Country,” Pennsylvania but since moving away when I was 19, I have lived all over the country. Nevertheless, Pennsylvania will always be a part of who I am. I still say things like “redd out/up” and “dippy eggs.” Luckily, I somehow got away without “you’s” becoming part of my vocabulary.

Of all the places I’ve lived, my favorites by far have been Wyoming and Montana. My least favorite is not Wyoming or Montana.

I am married to my best friend, Brian. We live with a heeler/shepherd/who-knows-what dog named Levee, who we adopted for $25 from a lady called Ma, in eastern Iowa. She was born sometime around June 2011, so that makes her just about as old as she is. We also live with one of the most adorable dogs I’ve ever seen, named Wicket, a border collie/heeler mix. She was brought home from a cattle ranch north of Billings, Montana, just a couple months after she was born, in the late summer of 2016. We also have three yard-clipper goats named Barnaby, Silas, and Tesco. In addition to Levee, Wicket, and the goats, we have befriended a handful of feral cats who run around not killing the mice who are constantly invading our home. The cats are known as Pickwick, Muggabee, Foosball, Cornwall, Nickajack aka “Jack”, Peggotty, and Zelda.


Here are a few random facts about me:

  • My favorite color is yellow but I don’t really like anything that’s yellow. I do tend to like a lot of things that are turquoise.
  • I despise greediness.
  • My favorite word is glass.
  • I like being covered, no matter the temperature.
  • My favorite songs are O Mio Babbino Caro, especially when performed by Renata Tebaldi, Green Fields Of France by The High Kings, Coyotes by Don Edwards, The Irish Ballad by Darby O’Gill, and Seven Nights In Ire by Reckless Kelly.
  • Things must line up exactly or not at all. I feel uncomfortable when things are just slightly askew.
  • When everyone else is running for bread and milk in preparation for a storm, I am stocking up on toilet paper and deodorant. At all times I have at least six bottles of deodorant.
  • My favorite animal is Canadian geese or coyotes. It’s a toss-up.
  • I cannot tolerate repetition.
  • My favorite scent is lavender, followed closely by a blend of spearmint and clove.
  • I am afraid of moths. I do not want them to touch me. It’s quite ridiculous.
  • I love reading. We own more books than one of the libraries I used to visit as a kid. My favorite book is Jane Eyre.
  • My sense of smell is tragically powerful.
  • My favorite TV shows are Life with Elizabeth and Duck Dynasty, and my favorite movies are HouseboundGrabbers, Decoy Bride, and Trollhunter.
  • Dusting is my least favorite chore, followed closely by washing dishes, vacuuming, and all other chores.
  • I do not like children.
  • I am terrified of deep water and heights while in a vehicle. I went up the Beartooth Highway once. That will never happen again.
  • Winter is my favorite season.
  • I am not a sociable person. I will go to great lengths to avoid interacting with people.
  • Two of my favorite quotes are:

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
– Henry David Thoreau

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
– Betsy Shirley

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