Lauren Corna of Southlake, Texas, meme's me a couple of days ago, but I've been too busy drying out (or TRYING to dry out - stop raining for a second, will ya?) to respond. I'm going to grab a couple of minutes while the sun is briefly peeking through the clouds and the creek is slowly dropping for the third time in two days to reply.
1. I grew up (until age 10) on an 800 acre church camp in East Texas, the daughter of an extremely ecumenical Methodist minister. I can remember dinners at our table that included my father, the local Baptist preacher, the local rabbi, the local Catholic priest, and a religious leader of one or another of the sects in India all sitting around the table talking shop. This upbringing had an impact on my world view that I'm still learning the ramifications of.
2. Since we shared the 800 acres with an assortment of wildlife, including snakes of various persuasions, my parents felt that I should become familiar with the different kinds and which ones I could pick up versus which ones had best be left to their own devices. So, when the campers found a snake in or around their cabin, they'd call my father. Daddy would go get the snake, put it in a jar, and bring it home for my edification. At age 5, I had approximately 40 snakes in jars in my back yard, from garter snakes to coral snakes, king snakes to rattlesnakes, and everything in between. I don't have a lot of issues with snakes, as a result. However, one piece of snake-related advice: do not, I repeat, DO NOT, even with a .22, shoot a snake in a metal chicken coop - your ears will be ringing for hours. (Don't ask me how I know this, it's too embarrassing.)
3. I have pretty good eye-hand coordination (meaning, things frequently go directly from my eye to my hand, bypassing my brain - uh, oh!). Which explains why, the first time I sat down to a typewriter in typing class (oops, dated myself there, didn't I - how long ago did they stop having typing class in high school?) I typed 60 wpm. Also means I'm an excellent shot with a rifle, not so great with a handgun, because I didn't have any real experience with a handgun until I was about 12 when a Texas Ranger taught me how to use one, while I learned to shoot a rifle at 8, taught by my Daddy the preacher.
4. I first took riding lessons at age 40 (although, as a Texan grownig up when I did, I'd of course been on a horse now and again over the course of my life). Mainly because I wanted to go trail riding in the New Mexico mountains where I'd seen dogs trip on some of the trails they took and I thought I ought to have a clue That turned, ultimately, into 55 acres, 10 horses, cows, chickens, and all the other accoutrements of a move to the country (including a tractor (actually, two), guys!).
5. Once something catches my interest, I don't tend to do it by halves, but dive in full tilt boogie. (See 1 through 4 above.)
Now, who shall I tag? Hmmm . . . .
Pattie Reeves, of Magnolia, Texas
Leslie Olson, a stager from Austin, Texas
Janie Coffey, of Miami, Florida