Monday, December 28, 2009

10 Things

How sweet is this?

Thrilled to have recieved this award from Tracey of 'imjustyouraveragemom'! Thanks Tracey!

It comes with a little 10 interesting things about yourself...

huh? just 10??
ok... I'll try...
I'll start with the biggest one...

I'm somewhat of a miracle.

On Sept 15, 2007, at the tender age of 43 I survived a heart attack. It was quite a life changing event, as I learned that only 7% of women under the age of 45 actually survive a heart attack. Sitting at my painting desk I began to exprerience heart burn that just wouldn't quit and started traveling thru my uppper body, even into my jaw. I called myself an ambulance and sure enough...that was it. A very scary event as I was whisked from one hospital to another (via ambulance) and had an emergency cath operation, followed by a night in ICU and three nights in the hospital. Not something I like to talk about or think about but I can tell you that each and every day since then life has never been the same. Today my heart is quite strong, I'm happy to cardio doc (who's name is Dr. Cinderella, how cute is that?) calls it "excellent". Life is a miracle I will never take for granted again. All done talking about that!

less serious but possibly interesting things about me....

Number two...

I'm quite a pack matter how hard I try, I just find one reason or another to keep things.

Drives my husband crazy! He should just consider himself lucky to be among those 'things' I like to keep!! lol...and speaking of keeping things...

Number three..

I realized not too long ago that I have been cooking with the same cookware that was given to us as a wedding gift, 23 years ago.

Farberware. It works, why change it?

and while I'm in the kitchen...

Number four...

My everyday silverware is sterling.

YUP, I'm that crazy....I polish it too! I just love it, it makes me feel like I'm at my grandmother's eating her wonderful tomato soup she always served us. On her stove was a crystal pitcher full of soup spoons, sterling soup spoons. I have that pitcher now on my stove, full of sterling soup spoons. It's one of my favorite things.

Number five...

I'm quite handy with power tools.

Ya, at one point in my life I was actually a member of Sears' "Craftsmen Club"...(well, you got a discount for being a member!!)

My favorite magazine, which I have quite a collection of in the attic, (remember the pack rat thing above?...) was 'Family Handyman'. I've built many things around this one hundred year old house we live granite island, built in window seats, my little towel storage area in our tiny bathroom (which required cutting a hole in the wall, when my husband came home from work that day and saw it, he almost passed out! lol), new stairs on our back porch, all my window boxes, a new floor on my front get the idea. I guess I get this knack from my dad, who got it from his dad,
a skilled carpenter and house builder many years ago.
Number six...
I have a coat fetish. I don't know what that is all about, but I would hate to count how many coats I own... a number I never want to know. I think I may have unknowingly passed this along to my daughter. Sorry Hannah, but try to enjoy it honey, there are worse fetishes out there.
ummmm... am I boring you yet? sorry. I'll wrap it up.
let's just do one more...
Number seven...
I have this 'late in life' obsession with playing tennis. It is directly related to the first item on my list here and Dr. Cinderella thinks it's wonderful. But Dr. Cinderella doesn't see how obsessed I can get about winning, and how mad I get when I have a bad game!
ok... it's not ten but I've tortured you enough!
have a great week everyone!!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ paula


injaynesworld said...

Paula, thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm glad you got a giggle out of my wacky Sunday Recap. Your blog is delightful and I wasn't the least bit bored with your list. In fact, I find you quite interesting and charming. I'll be back... Happy New Year.


Six divided by two..... said...

Congrats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whatever Is Lovely said...

Oh Paula! You definitely deserve this award! How scary on that first one! Thank God you took quick action!

We share some of the same love's... Coats, silverware..

Diana was here.. The day after Christmas. She was admiring the signs you made for me... She loves hers...

Loved your post about your Family pics.. You have such a Gorgeous Family!!!

Blessings to you & your Family in the New Year! ~ Big Hugs ~ Teresa

Julie Harward said...

Pretty new header! I can't believe you called the ambulance..what a woman! Keep that heart strong girl and keep creating! Loved hearing things about you,thanks for sharing! Come say hi :D

Tracey said...

Oh my goodness! I can't even imagine what you must have gone through. So glad you were able to call an ambulance! I really enjoyed reading about you. Hugs, Tracey

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Paula,
Oh dear, I'm soo glad you called that ambulance when feeling uncomfortable in the chest. You blog is very amusing to read!
Keep up the Tennis(if Dr Cinderella says it's good, go for it)
Hm, coat fettish-never heard of that one before. LOL

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very interesting, Paula! Glad to learn more about you. Scary about the heart attack and at your age, too. You're right, there are worse things than a coat fetish!

Claudia said...

Loved your list! The first one is scary - but you did some quick thinking there and I am so glad all is well now!


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Paula Sweetie...
I love this list. How sweet it is.

I am sorry to hear you had a heart attack, but at least you knew what to do, called for help, and the fixed you up good as new.

I am so happy you are a collector, as I am too. I also have a set of Farberware pots and pans. I have had them for almost 35 years now. The work and I'm keeping them.

Now I am not all that good with tools. Power tools scare me to death, but I can use a hammer, a screwdriver and a wrench. I guess that makes me handy too.

I don't think I would be to good at tennis, you will have to continue to play for us. Keep me posted on that one.

Thanks for sharing with me today. I love this list. We do have a LOT in common.

Happ New Year sweetie. It is coming and pretty fast. Country hugs and so much love...Sherry

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

HOLY CRAPPPP!!!!! The things you learn about someone when you read their blog!

A heart attack at the beginning of mid-life, aside from being life threatening, or maybe because of it, gave you a new zest for life just when other people are starting to mope about getting old....I'm soooooo glad you survived it!

And the power tool never should have written about that....I'm sure I can come up with something for you to build for hire!

I sucked at tennis and now of course I can't play, but the good news is that it's no loss to the game!

It's time to begin work on Pere Noel. I'll shoot you an email and we'll go from there.

Happy New Year!!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Hey Paula! Nice to know you better. We actually have a few things in common from reading your list.

I'm glad you shared your heart attach scare. Too many women ignore the signs and have it lead to more drastic results. Your story reminded us all to listen to our bodies and take action.

Have a very healthy and happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

wow Paula, this is my first visit to your blog, and I think you are a wonderful writer and smart to get that ambulance! I'm impressed with your many abilities. You are reminding me of a my sweet, creative Mom who owned all the power tools when I was growing up! My MIL used her sterling silver every day too. Mary from Virginia

Glimpse of My World said...

Hi Paula, i saw love love my sign and did a shout out today on it! You are great .. happy new year!!