Friday, February 24, 2012

I've Been Called A Lot Of Things Before.....

.....but I'm not sure I remember the last time I was called "versatile."
That is, until I was honored by having bestowed on me the ubiquitous "Versatile Blogger Award!" 

The concept of the award is that the party of the first part, i.e., the "awardee" (that would be me), needs to share 7 random facts about themselves that others are not likely to know, and then nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award.  I was honored by both sweet Steph from Front Porch Primitives and dear Kim from The Barn HollowI am truly humbled and thank you both for your graciousness.  Does that mean that I'm twice as versatile as the average crow??? I don't think so....I think it just means I am slow in posting this. And does that mean I will share 14, rather than 7, random facts about me??? Nah.....I'm feeling generous today and will spare you all the agony.... ;o)

Anywho....on to the facts.....

1.  I used to rosemal - a lot. (Rosemaling is a form of decorative Norwegian painting - and, no, I am NOT Norwegian):

 Did that hurt your eyes my prim friends??? Sorry - I won't do it again.  And I really mean that....I WON'T do it again, EVER.

2.  I was "detained" (ok, arrested) in France for entering the country illegally.

(Yes, that is a photo of me....Told you you wouldn't see them often, but not to worry, it's an old photo and I don't look like that anymore.) ;o)
The rest of the story:  A friend of mine and I were trying to catch a connecting train in France, and the train we were coming in on from Spain had been delayed.  Concerned that we would miss our connection, the kind train steward showed us how (and where) to jump off the train and get to the French connection (gee....sounds like a movie....)  Needless to say, we didn't get our little passports properly stamped, leading to the "detainment."  All I can say is thank the good Lord for the American Embassy.  :o)

3.  I am a melanoma survivor.


4.  In my early days, I was known as the child who had perfected projectile vomiting into an art form.  No photos for this one.  (You're welcome.)

5.  The only reason I went to law school was because my husband-to-be made me cranky.  You see, we had only known each other for a few months and he wanted to get married.  I didn't.  He wanted to know why.  I told him I had "things to do."  When he asked "like what?", I told him "I don't know, maybe go to law school."  He laughed and said "only smart people can go to law school."  I enrolled that fall.
 (He has since changed his saying to "you don't have to be smart to be a lawyer....")

I wouldn't recommend this as a method of choosing your life career.
6.  I own a genuine, authentic, viewing coffin from the 1800's:

7.  As a child, I was terrified of whip-poor-wills.  One always seemed to perch in the huge oak outside the room where I slept, so I actually wore a wool cap with ear flaps to bed even on the hottest of summer nights in that stuffy upstairs little room with no air circulation (because, of course, the only window was shut tightly.....)

You have to admit....they're kind of freaky looking!  I'm still not crazy about them, but I no longer sleep with a wool cap on in the summer.


There you have it.  As for the 10 I am to pass this award on to.....I just can't.....It is too difficult to pick and choose among so many wonderful bloggers out there, so I will leave it at this:
If you have not already received this award, and don't mind "sharing" a little more about you, please consider yourself personally awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by The Cranky Crow.....After all, if you're here and reading this, you've more than demonstrated some amazing versatility.

Thank you, Kim and Steph, again, for thinking of me and honoring me.

Happy Friday!


Marti said...

Question--What is your husband's profession? But being a lawyer was probably in your subconscious, and just popped out at that opportunity. Enjoyed all your answers. It is also nice that you have a place for guest to sleep, bet they don't stay too long.

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Love your post and the story behind your career and France.

Ann said...

Loved your post! It's always nice to learn a little about our online friends. You had whip porwhils outside your bedroom window and I had bats. YUCK! I never wore a hat - I should have had one on the night the bat ended up IN my room. Have a great weekend! ~Ann

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Robin ~ your posts have me chuckling away! thanks for sharing with us (and for not sharing a few chosen pics, i.e. #4) and I adore your coffin! (yep I'm weird!)
Also, wanted to say that I never heard OF a whipporwil let alone HEARD one before we moved to Virginia ~ when we first came here, they kept me up all night & I thought they were some kind of they lull me to sleep on warm southern nights ~

Blessed be!

Kim said...

O....M......G - I am almost speechless. (Almost) Where to start - a French Connection arrest, that freakish little bird, going to law school to avoid throwing a bouquet.....No - Wait - Its the coffin. Yep, the coffin. Seriously?? LOL You Rock Robin!

Carol Stuck said...

Hmmmmmm.....v-e-r-y i-n-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g!!! Thanks for sharing a little about yourself Madam Cranky.

hugs and smiles!

Traci said...

Oh heavenly days...she finally shared the coffin! Thank you Robin... ;) Loved every one of your 7 shares, you're the best...


lilraggedyangie said...

HAHA a pic posted hmmm is the world going to end tomorrow??? is that why the coffin ??? I loved your 7 things learned a few new things and learned yet again your a bad girl at heart whos good enough to get herself out of any trouble she might get in ! ROFLMBO Have a great weekend my fine feathered friend ! hugs lil raggedy angie

woolyredrug said...

Delightful read Robin!
From this eclectic mix of tidbits about you, I'd say you are very versatile! What fun!!!

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

We so need to have a girl's night out! I just love this post and getting to know even more about you, my friend! The coffin is the best, by far...but the whippoorwill...I just heard my first one this summer...they are eerie! Yeah, I'd say you are versatile, alright.
Love ya!

Nancy said...

I enjoyed getting to know you more. You are an interesting girl er crow ;-)
Melanoma, oh gosh that is scary! I am glad you survived that. Interesting how you became a lawyer ;-)
I love whiperwills for jist so long then I want them to shutup! They never stop!!
Too funny about the earflap cap!!! I laugh snorted here bout that one. Yah hey!
I wished there were more to learn. The coffin....seriously??
Hugs of love my friend. Have a great weekend! Seriously ;-)

Tolentreasures said...

Love your seven! Those are so much fun. I think that you and I better stay out of aviaries. At least ones with whippoorwhils and hummingbirds. The coffin is a little creepy, love the it love it LOVE IT! I wish that it would come back in style, I love to paint it also!
Have a great weekend!


Ronda said...

Wonderful post my dear...
Have a wonderful weekend!..

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

As Clint Eastwood said in 'Unforgiven', "I don't like it when you decorate your store front with my friends." And he meant it. That is what that coffin reminded me of.
My goodness, you are a strange little crow, aren't you. Perhaps there is a reasoning behind this that I am not privy to. Scared of little old birds but not a used coffin. Is that where you sleep? Like that Abby on NCIS? I bet we could talk for hours just about how weird this is! You have definitely made me smile today!

tamera-country at heart said...

I sure learned some interesting things about you. Can't believe a crow is afraid of that little bird.
The coffin is neat, quite a conversation piece I bet. Thanks for sharing.
Country at heart

Bittersweetfolkart said...

Enjoyed getting to know you
and I love that coffin ! :)

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Oh ms. Crank! Love your 7 things! Jumping off a train in france, Love it!... Viewing coffin, my question is how did you come across that??? and how do you have displayed??? So you have a bird story...mine was the sump pump.. though some of my blogging friends are saying the "bags' should know of this fear!! LOL... OLM

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Robin~ Congrats on the Awards~

Well,never a dull moment with you, giggles~ Nope I am not shocked, freaked out,not even amazed, with 6,

but the bird, girl a little tiny bird, You are a CROW, come on~ I can see you throwing darts out your window at it,giggles~

Girl you are interesting Of course in a Terrific Way~

Enjoyed getting to know ya a bit better~

TheRustyThimble said...

LOL MS Crow, I knew yours would be interesting. How funny on the law school, oh my on that coffin EEEKKKK

and I LOVE whip-poor-wills
I love to open the windows at night and listen to them

and oh my how exciting detained huh? that must of been a thrill


BumbleBeeLane said...

Love your 7 things.I buy the oddity stuff to never keep it though but it seems to find me easily and truth be told it's a big money maker.Sometimes I hoard it in my room awhile.Yep I've bought everything from mental institution wheelchair from the baptist church to last rites alters from the victorian era.The weirdest thing though was a child's prostetic leg carved wood with a well worn high button shoe attached.It was the shoe that convinced me to hold on to it but it has found a new home now.Well maybe not the weirdest but!~Amy

laurie said...

I love to get to know my blogging friends better,
I knew you would have a very interesting list, but wow!
You have a very colorful life for sure!!!
I think your painting is beautiful, wow! You are very talented.
A coffin, hmmmm, thats a conversation peice.

A coffin,, really?????

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Love learning more things about my blogging buddies!!! Between you and Cathy (ToleNTreasures) you two lead the most interesting lives!!!!
Love your painting. I never saw a whip-poor-will, but I've heard them as a child and loved listening to them. They are eerie looking!!!!

Christine said...

I bet you could write a book! You must always be on an adventure!
Thanks for sharing - husbands - what do they know!!
Best wishes

Raggedy Creations said...

I love your rosemaling Robin. I think you should take it up again.
Congrats on your reward.


The Barn Hollow said...

Your so funny. And yes the bird is creepy looking. But I have to say the coffin is even more creepy, LOL. My sister and I were at an antique show on Saturday, they had what they called a "salesman's sample" coffin, ewww, it was about three feet long.
And I love it when we can prove our hubbies wrong!

frontporchprims said...

This was fun Robin. You paint beautifully:) You have some very interesting stories to tell. I bet we could read about you all day. Thanks for sharing. -Steph-

A Primitive Homestead said...

Oh my you have had some adventures with the train & France. Now the coffin I would have never guessed. Last summer I road past a local mans wood shop many times. I had to be sure of what I thought I was seeing. Yes he was building oak coffins. Strange but I thought they were beautiful. I really have no place to store one. I mentioned this to a neighbor who suggested using it as a coffee table & storing my magazines in it. I love to hear those birds at night. Any skeletons come with you coffin? Just a little chuckle. Blessings!

The Moonlit Stitch said...

You crack me up Robin! Thanks for sharing - the best is being a "survivor". I used to listen to my dad's '78 of Rosemary Cloony: "poor whip, poor will"...they are gross. I touched a viewing coffin at a yard sale once...never heard my mom yell so loud. Thanks for sharing! ~*~Lisa

Ellie's Country Accents said...

Oh Robin,
I love your post. You've led an interesting life. Love your stories.
They made me chuckle. Have a good weekend.

Robin said...

Hi Robin...I want your coffin. Love it girlfriend!! Being raised in VA. the whippoorwill has lulled me to sleep all my life, but I never knew they looked that weird. Have a great weekend.

Cabin Fever Primitives said...

"France"...what were you doing in France!! Thank you for sharing, so much fun getting to know everyone. I used to be afraid of chickens, now my hubby raises them and they are everywhere. Cute little buggers.
Hugs, Connie

Mary said...

Wonderful post Robin, I enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing more about yourself, always fun to learn more about our blogging buddy's. Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Hugs Mary

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Robin, you never cease to amaze me. The things you come up with, girl...

I'm not quite sure what I like better about you: your sense of humor or your quirkiness. Do I have to choose? LOL

Big hugs,

Me and My Stitches said...

Thanks so much for sharing all of those fun tidbits! You should not be ashamed of your rosemaling - your work is beautiful! I, too, want to know what profession your DH is in!

outjunking said...

Now that you have come clean about your criminal past don't you feel better?;o Why am I not surprised about that coffin thing! yikes! You always put a grin on my face.
Thank you so much for that,

Rugs and Pugs said...

And why do you have a coffin and where does one purchase one?
Love #5!!! How funny.
I once jumped off a moving train (going slow but still moving) in Spain, but I did not get "detained".
You definitely have had a wild and crazy life.
Hugs :)

floweringmama said...

Ha! I just love being told I can't do something, too.

Kimberly said...

Congrats on the award Robin! Thanks for sharing and making me smile. Hows your welcome cat rug going? Are you playing "hooky" tonight? I have a bad cold and soon will be sleeping I hope! Enjoy your day! My Best ~Kimberly

deb said...

wow...I have learned so much about you!!! and hey, I would be afraid of that bird too.....

Angie Berry said...

Well that's a pretty versatile list... it was very interesting to read, I enjoyed it! =]

I hadn't heard the term rosemal in many years. It used to be very poplar. I think it's gorgeous and you have done an outstanding job on these pieces!

You had me cracking up girl but especially about sleeping with a wool cap in the summer. I don't blame you though, I would have too!

Thanks for sharing a little about yourself with us. Have a fantastic week~

Firecracker Kid said...

Whippoorwills aside, you have a pretty treasured life young lady. Atta way to show that man... lol. Good fortune has come your way :o)

p.s. I'm diggin' that old casket.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Awesome post!!!
Truly amazing things about you!!!
I so Love the viewing coffin!!! ~ I should have known ~ what a wonderful piece!!!
Thanks for letting us know you a little bit better!
Prim Blessings

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