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Friday, October 24, 2008

7 Things About Me

Dorothy, of Counting My Blessings, found at, tagged me (along with 7 others) to post 7 random or weird facts about myself. Here are the rules:
1-Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2- Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
3- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4- Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I am going to post my random facts, but don’t actually know 7 other bloggers to pass this on to. If anyone reading this has the urge to join in the fun, please feel free to continue this game, and list a link to my blog & let me know when you do. Thanks. Okay, here goes:
#1 - Out of all the delicious foods in the world, my very favorite foods are Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup and oatmeal. When I was a little kid I would be on a liquid diet for weeks while in the hospital. When I could finally eat a semi-solid food my first choice was either Campbell’s Bean with Bacon soup or oatmeal. To this day I still love both foods. Yum, I feel like eating some now. On the subject of weird foods, I’ve always had a taste for odd things. My cousin Sheila lives in Texas and as we’ve gotten older, we keep in touch via email. She’s 4 years older than me and remembers what a strange kid I was. She asked me last year if I remember eating raw macaroni and dog biscuits. Well, yes, I do remember. I still to this day, enjoy munching on raw macaroni or spaghetti. Haven’t eaten any dog biscuits since I was really little, hiding behind the high chair and sharing them with our English Springer spaniel! I bet you’re saying that’s a relief.
#2 - My (great) Aunt Anna Michniewicz died about 2o years ago. While Aunt Annie was a teenager she helped to raise my mother. She worked in a factory in Shamokin,PA until her retirement. She never married but was a wonderful homemaker---seamstress, knitter, cook. After Jessica was born she made her first (& only) airplane trip, flying from PA to Arizona. That was really an honor for me. She thought Jessica was wonderful and when we went to visit her in PA when Jess was little she insisted that we take Jessica to Doodlebug Park. That was a small amusement park that she took me to as a little girl. She always called Pat "Phillip". This rug is one that she made a long time ago and it was given to me. It is still in excellent shape as you can see.
#3 - My favorite song in the whole world is Amazing Grace by John Newton. It brings joy to my heart to think what my Lord Jesus did to save a wretch like me. Our God is an awesome God. (I like that song too!) As a daily reminder, here is the cross hanging on our bedroom wall:

#4 - When I was a year old, and spending a lot of time in the hospital my parents bought me a stuffed bear that was made by Ideal. His name was Algy and he was advertised as being a hypo allergenic stuffed toy. Just right for a child that had health issues. I adored that bear and not only slept with him throughout my childhood, but told him all my deep thoughts and secrets. He even went overseas with me (see #5). When I got married the first time, my first husband was certifiable (really) and one of the cruel things that he did to me in the first month of marriage was to throw Algy away. I was heart broken, but never forgot my old pal. Well, 5 years ago while horsing around on eBay I found an Algy bear for sale. Patrick okayed a high bidding figure with me and the bidding was on. I got my Algy bear & was so excited & happy. I thanked my sweet husband for going along with my desire to buy this little fellow for a ridiculously high price. His response to me was, “You told me how much you loved that bear, and you have missed your Algy for such a long time. How could I put a price on that?” What a guy! Here is a picture of my replacement Algy bear:

#5 - When I was 15 years old I traveled to Germany, Austria and Russia. I studied Russian in Unterweissenbach, Austria with the American Institute for Foreign Study out of Greenwich, CT. We were among the first student groups allowed to travel to the (then) Soviet Union. While in Yalta at the beach our group met up with another study group (all boys) from the USA. We began conversing and the young fellow I was talking with turned out to be the nephew of my ophthalmologist in Pennsylvania!! Small world.

#6 - My favorite wines are Huckleberry Blush from Sandpoint, Idaho & Verde Spumante from Italy.
#7 - I love this ceramic string of chili peppers. My daughter, Jessica, designed and made them for me as a Christmas surprise in 1995. She didn’t have art class in school that year, but knew I wished I had a string of peppers, so asked the art teacher if she could come in during study hall and after school to work on them. The teacher agreed and boy was I surprised when I opened that package at Christmas! It was a hard secret for Jess to keep, as I was giving her a hard time about what took her so long getting home from school when she was working on the present. I had them hung up in our big home in Phoenix, but had them packed away after we moved into our condo there. I was very pleased to give them their new home in our cabin.
That’s a little bit of info on me. I’d love to see a list of 7 things from each person visiting my blog now.


Daisy said...

Great list, Cassie! I enjoyed reading this and learning more about you. Amazing Grace is one of my favorite hymns too. :)

Dorothy said...

Hi Cassie,
Thanks for playing the game! I enjoyed reading your list and like lots of the same things that you like. Now I feel like I know you a little better. Happy Weekend!

Shellmo said...

What a wonderful & caring husband you have to help you get your Algy Bear! Loved that story!!
7 quick random things about me:
1. My Papa "grandpa" raised me pretty much for the 1st 4 years of my life and then later he came to live w/ my parents and me. He had the biggest influence on my life and i considered him the most impt. parent. He was so caring & patient w/ me.
2. I don't tie my shoes right - I tie them w/ double loops.
3. One of my favorite comfort foods is Kraft Macaroni & cheese - I just love that stuff!
4. I hate olives - just the sight of them makes me want to gag!
5. I am Irish & Middle Eastern - quite a combination!
6. Since I was 5 years old I have had the dream of being a published writer.
7. I'm a big "tree hugger" and want to protect all of God's work in nature, the environment & wildlife.

Jen said...

You are Amazing!
Love your list and all the new things we got to learn..I laughed and cried! Thank you for sharing all this.

I use to eat raw macaroni in a bowl with milk. lol

Cassie said...

D,D & J ~ I'm getting lazy. Glad ya'all enjoyed the list. (I've been hanging out with too many of you southern bloggers!)Raw mac rocks!

Shelly ~ You were so blessed to have a grandpa that you got to know & love. (Mine were both dead b4 I was born.)Mac & cheese.Yum. So, have you been published?Thanks for sharing!