You Behind The Illness

I want to start by extending a big thank you 🌼 to Emma, who writes the exceptional blog, NotJustTired.Com, for tagging me in #behindtheillness. What a great idea to share fun facts about yourself, that are non-illness related. It was rather enjoyable to ponder the answers below and had Emma not tagged me I wouldn’t have done that, so Thank You!

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Some of the most beautiful places in California, including the Redwood forest, San Francisco and San Diego. I’ve left bits of my heart all over California, but my true love is amongst these trees below, followed closely by the seaside.
2. Illinois
3. Utah
4. South Carolina

My son doing what teenagers do best, checking his phone 😁 Redwood Forest 2003

Four places I’ve worked:
1. When I was younger I worked Front Desk at several upscale hotels and believe it or not this was my all time favorite job. People were so happy to be in San Diego on vacation and it was exciting to share the local spots with them to ensure they had a great time.
2. Several Financial companies in the legal compliance department
3. Intellectual Property Law firm
4. In South Carolina I was homeschooling my son so I worked temporarily as a door-to-door US census taker.😳 I ended staying until the end which meant I was assigned houses where the other census takers couldn’t get anyone to come to the door, in other words the bottom of the barrel. My son and I will forever remember some bizarre and scary experiences from that little adventure. Something he would have never learned in a classroom, that’s for certain.

Four favorite hobbies:
1. Drawing and watercolor in bed, who knew that could be done?!
2. Photography
3. Reading
4. Playing games on my phone…yes I realize I’m WAY too old for this, but the past few years it’s become something that centers/grounds me

Mammoth Lakes – This place smiles for the camera 😊

Four things I like to watch:
1. Romantic comedies
2. Sitcoms
3. StandUp
4. Adventure but it has to be realistic, I don’t like watching things that couldn’t really happen like SciFi. And if you are wondering, which you probably aren’t 😁 this includes Star Wars. I did love Yoda but I’m just not that big of a fan, in fact I once fell fast asleep at the theater and slept through the entire movie!😳 I’m sorry if we can no longer be friends. I know this is a make it or break it for a lot of people. 😉

Four things I like to read:
1. Romance
2. Self Help
3. Humour
4. I do not like to read anything where people die. I get very involved in books and I find it very sad. Yes, I’m a big softy.

Four places I have been:
1. All throughout the US, in fact I’ve been to every state, with the exception of the Dakota’s and 7 of the upper Northeastern states.
2. Mazatlan
3. I’ve taken the ferry to Canada on the Western and Eastern sides
4. Baja California

Mazatlan 2005

Four things I love to eat:
1. Popcorn (I may or may not have my own popcorn pot.😁)
2. Avocado
3. Shrimp
4. Dark chocolate

Four favorite things to drink:
1. Chamomile tea
2. Herbal tea
3. Water
4. Root beer but I think I’ve had it twice in the past three years

Four places I want to visit:
1. Cinque Terra
2. Paris on Valentines Day
3. The UK – I just received my results from Ancestry.Com and apparently a very large percentage (most) of my ancestors came from this area. So it’d be neat to track back a little and see exactly where and then visit.
4. Australia – My late grandfather lived in Brisbane and the pictures looked beautiful!

Four bloggers I’d like to tag:
1. Siobhan from
2. “Grace” from
3. Runa from
4. Sharon from

There are so many more bloggers I would love to tag (and others that have already been tagged!), but I’m sticking with the “4” theme. If you’ve already been tagged or aren’t wanting to join along please disregard! It’s just for fun…if you don’t think it’ll be fun, don’t do it. 😁  If you’d like to join in though, I’d love to hear your answers!

Thank you again, Emma, for tagging me and also reminding me of some great memories!

Below are a few more of my watercolors from following along with the daily prompt on Instagram from World Watercolor Group. Thank you for following along! Hoping today is a good one for you!


25 thoughts on “You Behind The Illness

  1. I loved reading your answers. It was great learning more about you. That is amazing you have traveled so much. I currently live in North Carolina but we are getting ready to move to South Carolina. I know what a big move!! I hope you are doing well and have a fantastic evening!

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  2. I’m so glad you did this tag too, it’s very interesting getting to know a little more about you (I’m nosy!) The US census taker job sounds like quite the experience, would love to hear some of your stories from it!! 🙂
    Caz x

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    1. Thank you for reading along! Oh my it was an experience! It looks like you are in the UK maybe so I’m not sure if you are familiar with the term Deep South, but that’s where I was at. I won’t go into the details of what that means as I don’t want offend anyone here, but if you google it you can read about it. Here are a few memories: someone let their German Shepherd out on me, and I actually made it the car first but oh man did I run! Another family let their two shepherds block me in the driveway by refusing to remove from the front of my car. I finally gave them commands I give mine…and thankfully it worked! I was sent to abandoned trailer parks where people were “squatting” and old slave shacks that were nothing but wooden frames. I went to homes where I was told I better “get up on outta here” as I wasn’t safe. It was something that was eye-opening, sad, scary, creepy and sometimes hilarious. I never went alone (this was against the rules but so be it) and I often brought my German Shepherd too. Hoping today has been best as can be for you and I didn’t bore you to tears with my stories.🌸😊

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      1. Definitely doesn’t bore me to tears at all – sounds like you’ve got some fascinating stories of some pretty ‘interesting’ (and horrifying!) experiences. I wouldn’t have wanted to go around on my own either, and especially not without running shoes just in case! x

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      2. I was wondering about your census stories too so this was fun to read. One word: WOW! And living in Louisiana, I know exactly what you mean by ‘Deep South’. 😉 Luckily I live by the university which feels like a different world altogether!

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  3. You are so talented with your watercolors, I was thinking they would make beautiful greeting card fronts! 🙂

    Have you thought of starting your own etsy shop?

    Yes, Australia is beautiful, I am bias though being an Aussie!

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    1. You’re a lucky lady! I’ve never seen an uninviting photo of Australia. 😎🏝

      You’re also very kind. 🌸 I do make a few cards here and there to send to close friends. And I’ve thought about someday making cards for sale. Right now that seems overwhelming but I hope to someday in the future when my brain is a little more ‘in the game’.😁

      Thank you for popping by and for your kindness! Hoping today is a great one for you.🌼😊

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  4. This was hilariously fun to read (like your little anti-Star Wars thing LOL!! I’m more of a Trekkie so I guess we’re OK! 😉 Haha!!). Not to mention, we like a lot of the same food and drinks too. And you live by the ocean, which I love. So yes we can definitely be friend! 😀
    Thanks for tagging me in this. I would love to participate in this. There is so much more to us than our illness and that is good to remember.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it😁 It was fun to ponder and reflect. And yes, I had no idea what being a census taker in the Deep South was going to be like, but I can assure you…I couldn’t have dreamt up a lot of it. Wow, it was an unforgettable experience. I hope you enjoy writing the post too! Looking forward to reading it.🌸😊

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  5. This is a great read! Thanks so much for sharing about yourself. Your census stories are fascinating. I don’t get why people don’t like the census or why they would threaten you with bodily harm, although I do, having lived in Georgia for 30 years. The slightest thing can trigger a duel. Glad you had backup and a dog of your own! I enjoy your blog and love your watercolors.

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    1. Thank you! I think there are people in this country who are squatting, and others who are counting children on their taxes that aren’t there’s. There are others who are hiding out. In an area where some of the history has been one of ‘the South will rise again’ you’re dealing with people who don’t want the government ‘up in their business’. To each his own but it’s hard to believe until you see it first hand, but 30 years in GA, you’ve seen it all.😊


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