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What you didn't know about me

Updated on July 6, 2014

Hi! My name is Cat

Ok. So my name is Catherine, but you can call me Cat (or Othercat). And this is a lens all about me! It's sort of like a mini lensography and a biography all rolled into one. So let's get started, shall we?

A really really really long time ago (about 30'some years, lol) I was born in an abandoned church somewhere outside of Cambridge, England. At least that's the story I've been told. It was probably just an old barn somewhere, but I'm going to maintain that it was a church because it's always made me feel special. My birth is actually a funny story that includes a clueless ambulance driver, a blind nurse, and my Dad having to play doctor. But I don't want to bore you.....

Within a couple years, we moved to the states. Rapid City, SD to be exact. And that's where I stayed for the next 20-odd years. During this time I gained 2 step-parents, 7 siblings, 1 lifelong best friend, 17 dogs (blame my dad), 6 cats (blame my step-mom), 2 ex-husbands, 1 mental condition, 4 beautiful children and around 809,222,400 memories.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast, I moved to Mississippi to help with the rebuild. During the three years I stayed, I gained 7 dogs (ok. You can blame those on me.), bunches and bunches of money, a bad gambling habit (bye bye money), and another husband (this one's a keeper) .

And for the last 4 years I've been living with my husband in his tiny little hometown of Jefferson, NC. Don't bother trying to find it on a map. You'll just hurt your eyes.

When I grow up

As a child I always wanted to be a veterinarian. Then at a school sponsored go-to-work-day, I got to tag along with a real veterinarian. I was fine until he started to SKIPPING THE GORY DETAILS! When I got done throwing up, I decided I just wanted to be a wife and a mother.

My favorite activities

I'm interested in a lot of things.

I scrap booked my recipes!

  • Cooking is a passion of mine. I love creating new recipes and tweaking old ones. I love watching someones face the first time they bite into one of my new creations. My cooking skills are a source of pride for me. (Of course, that doesn't mean I never mess up. 2 years ago I made banana bread and, forgetting that bread rises, I put the whole mix into one pan. You should've seen that mess! And a month ago I made a gazpacho that even the dog -who eats his own poop- wouldn't eat.)

  • Reading Ever since I was a child I've loved to read. By the time I was 14 my personal library had grown to include over 2000 books.
  • Arts and Crafts I think I just love to create. I usually learn something new and do it for a couple months. Then I move on to something else. So far I've tried knitting, crocheting, drawing, painting, scrap booking, wood working, sewing, beading, making jewelry, making scale models of ordinary items, building model rockets (from scratch), building model cars and planes (from kits), glass blowing, etching on tin foil, and probably some more that I just can't think of right now.

  • Hiking and Camping I grew up camping all over western South Dakota. I just love it. When we can't camp, we hike instead. North Carolina is filled with beautiful trails and we make good use of them.

  • Playing/Working on the Computer In February 2008, I didn't even know how to turn a computer on. Within a year, I was a complete junkie, staying on 12-16 hours a day, skipping meals, & forgetting to do the laundry. Within 2 years, I was earning enough that I could keep a straight face when I said I worked online. Within 3 years, I was writing my own code and helping others who were just getting started with writing online. Within 4 years, I was supporting my family with my online earnings. And now 5 years later, I've written over 250 articles, I'm published in a book, I've been asked on 2 tv shows and I have my own website.

  • Gardening Before I came to North Carolina, the biggest garden I'd ever tended grew just enough veggies to make one pot of soup. But that was there, and this is here. Here, we only eat the veggies we grow. So I'm now the proud owner of two very large gardens (one is the size of a football field!).

  • Chocolate Doritos Just wanted to see if you're still reading. I know it's a long list but wouldn't a short one make me a very boring person? And I actually do like ranch doritos dipped in chocolate frosting. Okay, now. Before you wrinkle your nose and say "Eww", go get yourself a Ranch Dorito and dip just the corner into some chocolate frosting. Now close your eyes and take a bite.

    See? I told you it was delicious!

  • Spoiling my Dog My chihuahua Lexie is a huge part of my life. She spends every minute by my side. She had a bad puppyhood. So I try to shower her with attention and love. I've made so many lenses about her, she has her own Lexie Lensography.

  • Paperwork You think I'm a total geek now, right? I can't help it. I love doing paperwork. Any kind of paperwork. As a child I used to ask my teachers for their extra worksheets so I'd have something to do during the summer. As an adult, all my friends and family come to me when they have any sort of forms to fill out. Nothing makes me smile like a stack of paperwork. Except maybe.....
  • List-making I'm a total list-maker. I even make lists about the lists I want to make. And lists about the lists I need to make. And lists about the lists I'm actually going to make. And......well, you get the picture.
  • Organizing My husband says he's with me for my organizing skills. That's ok. I'm with him for his looks. Just kidding! But, seriously, I believe everything should have it's own space. And if things are organized, it just makes things easier.
  • Shopping Actually, it's the pre-shopping I like more. I love clipping coupons and searching the internet for the best deals. I'm also quite addicted to online shopping.

John, me and Lexie hiking at Cascade Falls

John, me and Lexie hiking at Cascade Falls
John, me and Lexie hiking at Cascade Falls

  • Butter Yuck! I don't like anything about it. The look, the feel, the smell and especially the taste. If I didn't need it for baking, I would ban it from the house.

  • Olives I don't even like thinking about them. In fact, I might just put the word inside a spoiler box because just looking at it reminds me of the time my Dad gave me $5 to eat an olive and I SKIPPING THE GORY DETAILS So, after I washed off the $5 bill, I decided that was the last olive I would ever eat.

  • Milk I can't stand the taste of plain milk. I buy a half gallon every two weeks just to use for baking and cooking and when it expires, I usually have 1/2 the jug left. Sometimes I can drink it if I add chocolate, but plain milk.....yuck!

  • Liars I hate being lied to. I don't lie. I expect the same from everyone else.

  • Being Tickled When I was 8, my sister was tickling me and I told her to stop because I was going to pee my pants. But she wouldn't stop and so I peed my pants. And now I hate being tickled.

  • Dead Things I have no problem killing mice, bugs, snakes or anything like that. But don't expect me to pick them up afterward.

My Worst Fears

The dark makes me scream

Germs. I'm terrified of germs. Especially germs found in dairy products.

Fish. I won't swim in lakes because I'm scared the fish are going to nibble on my toes.

My Role Models

There were two people who made a lasting impression and really made me want to do something with my life.

The first was my sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Bay-Borelli. That year was one of the worst in my life. My Mom moved away and took my little brother and sister with her. And less than a month later my closest sister was sent to Iowa to live with an uncle. Mrs. Bay-Borelli saw me acting out and instead of just ignoring the problem, she took me under her wing. She gave me a journal and told me to write all my feelings in it. A couple times a week I would give her the journal to read and she would comment in it. When I wanted to start a recycling club at school, she encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to see it through. She made me want to always do my best. To this day, every time I think about her, I get the urge to better my life. So, if you're reading this Mrs. Bay-Borelli, just know that you touched my life so deeply I can still feel it.

The second person who made a deep impact on my life is a guy I called Big Joe. I met him when I was 14. By that time my home life had gotten so bad that I started running away. After running away too many times, I (thankfully) got sent to a girls home. But first I had to wait in the Juvenile Detention Center for 4 months. And that's where I met Big Joe. He was a recovering alcoholic who used to come around and talk to all the kids. And he would really talk to us. He didn't treat us like kids. That's what I loved about him. So, Big Joe would talk to me and, because he never lied, I believed him when he told me I was a good person.

When I got out of the girls home a couple years later, part of my probation was to attend a youth group. What a great surprise it was when I found out Big Joe was the leader! So I would come to the youth group and talk to everyone about my problems. And then I would stay late so me and Big Joe could talk. I kept going for three years after I got off probation. And when the group ended, Big Joe said to come to his house any time. Since then, whenever things aren't going so good, I go talk to Big Joe. And every single time, he helps me find a solution. I really don't know what I would have done without him.

My kiddos - My pride and joy

kids in park
kids in park

These two are the loves of my life. I fully believe the sole reason I was put on this earth was to create these wonderful kids.

The last 3 things I bought at Amazon - How else was I supposed to feature Amazon on a lens about me?

Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010 with Gun Bundle
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010 with Gun Bundle

I bought this for my husband and neither of us can stop playing. The graphics aren't that great but it's still the best hunting game around.

Hit the Spot - Pilates
Hit the Spot - Pilates

I bought this DVD when it first came out and it helped me lose a lot of weight. Somehow I ended up losing it and when I searched for a replacement, Amazon had the lowest price.

Creepy  Creatures Value Tub
Creepy Creatures Value Tub

This is a Christmas present I bought my husband, It was supposed to be a joke but it ended up being his favorite present. In fact, right now there's a big K'Nex fly hanging from the ceiling staring at me.


I bet you thought I was kidding about the big K'Nex fly hanging from the ceiling staring at me.

I bet you thought I was kidding about the big K'Nex fly hanging from the ceiling staring at me.
I bet you thought I was kidding about the big K'Nex fly hanging from the ceiling staring at me.

Why do I Squidoo?

When I first got started on Squidoo, I just wanted to write. Because I had no focus, my first few lenses (now deleted) were truly awful (sorry about that!). So after a long break, I came back and started writing about things that mattered to me, like animals, herbs, and the many things I buy. Then I realized I could actually help people through my writing, so I started writing more personal stories.

Why do you Squidoo?

Can you believe the difference?

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At 15 years old (I hate this pic)At 16 years old (I found make-up!)At 18 years old (and 5 months pregnant)At 30 years old with my husband
At 15 years old (I hate this pic)
At 15 years old (I hate this pic)
At 16 years old (I found make-up!)
At 16 years old (I found make-up!)
At 18 years old (and 5 months pregnant)
At 18 years old (and 5 months pregnant)
At 30 years old with my husband
At 30 years old with my husband

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I hope you enjoyed getting to know me. If you would like to learn more about other lensmasters (and let us learn more about you!), please visit Getting to Know Your Fellow Lensmasters.


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      Kapalbility 5 years ago

      Hey Cat! I dare you to get a fish spa! :p

      Great bio!

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      NYtoSCimjustme 6 years ago

      Great read, fantastic sense of humor and I love how grounded you have become despite what sounds like a hint of a tough childhood. Very glad to have met you here and hope to get to know you more over the coming months and years... Great job here!

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Hello Cat, I scored 33% but should have got your height right, off by 1 inch. I know where Jefferson, NC is. I'm in Nebo, NC only 1 red light. So nice to meet you and your wonderful family and all of your wonderful lens. I'm still a tiny squid but slowly moving on up. Your one wonderful little lady with a BIG Heart. It show's in all of your lens. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I love how your images flicker onto the screen - what a wonderful add in to this lens. So nice to get to know you better.

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      bkarsono 6 years ago

      Hi Cat, I scored 67%. That's only 2 mistakes. Not bad,huh? This is a great lens. I want to write like this too (well, something similar). Thanks for sharing.

      BTW, Hey, did you get my message?

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      writerslist 6 years ago

      Great to know you...

      Good luck to you!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I really enjoyed getting to know you. Thanks for sharing so openly. I really appreciate that quality. There is a beautiful spirit that emanates from your children in that photo. I can see why they are the light of your life. You seem to really thrive here on Squidoo. Your productivity is incredible! It's great to have you here. :-)

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      wow this is really a great n blessings...........

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      lizziehumphreys1 6 years ago

      aww this is such a nice lens! i loved the bit about wanting to be a vet (same here!) and the bit about being obsessed with the computer and writing HTML in a birthday card! thats something i'll end up doing soon if I don't watch out! :)

      your pictures through the years are really sweet, you don't look like you've changed one bit!

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      DanoPano 7 years ago

      Cool bio-lens! Loved the added that personal touch! You are definitely "Hi-touch" when it comes to writing. Big on relationship I bet! And warm personality. God bless you!

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      fashionality lm 7 years ago

      love the pictures through the years.

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      Ruthi 7 years ago

      This is terrific! I've lensrolled to mine..:-)

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      Glenn619 7 years ago

      Really was beautiful going through your lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      It's nice getting to know more about you! I love the approach you took (but I did not love that spider scuttling across the page!!!)

      A Great "About Me" Lens.

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      everythingsbaby 7 years ago

      fascinating lens, well done written. thank you. have a lovely day!

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      magicgeniewishl 7 years ago

      Well done, I love your about me lens!

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      carlajo73 7 years ago

      I absolutely loved getting to meet you! Great lens! (Except for the big hairy spider crawling across the screen! That I could've done without!!) Your story was very interesting and well written! :)

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Hello and it was great to "meet" you through this very entertaining lens. (:

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Very nice to read your story. Your kids are great, and I congratulate you for them.

      All the best

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @delia-delia: Given how I feel about milk products, a lot of people are surprised to find out that cheese is one of my favorite foods.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Very entertaining lens...another great story! looks like you came out ahead with all the bad luck you had.

      OK, tomato soup & a grilled cheese sandwich? I figured since you didn't like milk or butter so you would not like cheese, so I opted the non-cheese answer...yes it sure was a guessing game *!*

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      danny79 7 years ago

      Hay again cat :)

      2 out of six


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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I only got two right out of six. But I did enjoy getting to know you.

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      eGuru 7 years ago

      I tried the guessing game and scored 83% (5 out of 6). LOL :)

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      you have amazing children! this lens is great!

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Great stuff :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow. You give details that I don't think I have the 'you know whats' to tell people. I want to retain a bit of anonymity for now. Perhaps later on, when people get to see my name around, and oh, like me if I am lucky, then I might tell more about me. I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about you in this bio/lensography.

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      ICanCook 7 years ago

      Very nicely done lens. I love how you have the courage to really tell about yourself. I hope one day I can be so brave. All the best to you on your journey.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @Cath1125: Lol! I was away for 2 weeks this summer. The withdrawl was so bad I about had to check myself into rehab!

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      Cath1125 7 years ago

      Your lense is really inspiring to people who may not have the best start in life, you have turned it around and proved that you are a worthy loveable person. I am sure your hubby and children are very proud of you. Happy Birthday, I will be away on hols for 3 weeks and I am not bringing computer with me. Squidoo withdrawal symptoms coming on

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm so glad that I stopped by this personal story lens, its so nice to get to know more about you. Life hasn't been a big picnic for you either, I can so relate to many things. So, your having a birthday in 15 days!!! ~ I should say "Happy Birthday to YOU", now...because I might forget.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      I think you are a really cool person. I'm glad I have gotten to know you better. Keep up the wonderful Squidoo work. :)

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I like knex too! It is lots of fun! But I never made a bug from one! This is an excellent about me lens too. Angel blessed! :)

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @capriliz lm: Haha. The pink throws everybody off! The only thing I won't do with pink is wear it. I look too good in blacks and blues. lol. Thanks for stopping!

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      I am so glad you shared your story with everyone. You are just an all-around interesting person. And I would never have guessed pink, either. I was debating between blue (you are wearing blue) and purple for your passion in life.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Another great read! I almost aced the quiz, never would have figured you for a pink girl!

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      Sarah Switalski 7 years ago from Iowa

      This was a fun read! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by an angel and added to my angel lens :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Chocolate Doritos! Too Funny.

      I enjoyed immensely reading your lens.

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      Well, this was a good read! Your life has been eventful and you have hung in there. You seem to be on a good path, with your priorities on your family and a positive attitude. I'm glad to have met you. Thanks for sharing.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      I got four out of six guesses right on your quiz. I missed your favorite color (chose purple instead of pink) ... and I TOTALLY was going to pick the Geico gecko for your fave tv character but chickened out at the last minute and missed it.

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      malloryjane 7 years ago

      This was a really interesting read! I got 4/6 on your quiz! I joined Squidoo for the same reason! Each day, I can go with whatever pops into my head and write about it! Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      JulietJohnson 7 years ago

      You're English! Well you were born there! No wonder you're so cool!!!!! You write beautifully, every time I read one of your lenses I feel I'm having a coffee with a girlfriend.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Love this lens, and your radical self-honesty. I too love squidoo because I can write about anything and everything. Perhaps money will be a pleasant side effect of doing what one loves :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That was fun, and you write so well. Thanks for sharing some of you with us.

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      Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

      Enjoyed getting to know you on this lens!! And I love your 15yr old pic! :-)

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      AWildDog 7 years ago

      It's not often that I really have a good read of a lens about someone - no strike that, I've not found many that are very interesting. I loved this one though.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      I hate being tickled too :)

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Hello my name is Kathy and I enjoyed getting to know you a bit...we have several things in common and I would have gotten everything right on the quiz if you were just a bit shorter and liked blue instead of pink ;) Blessed by an Angel :)

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      unstucktheory 7 years ago

      Great lensography/biography - you had me giggling quite a few times :-)

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      Yourshowman LM 7 years ago

      I Liked Your Intro Pic And The 18 year old pic.

      Nice lensography

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Darling about me and lensography of You. I love your lenses!

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      Pixelrage LM 7 years ago

      Great lens. Your age 16 picture is "totally rad" ;)

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think you're crazy...LOL, just kidding! :) Great to get to know you through this wonderful lens. Thanks for sharing so much about you ~ you've been through a lot and it's great to see how you have weathered the storms...wishing you the best in this life's journey! :)

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      lovely to get to know you better, I wish there were more teachers like Mrs. Bay-Borelli, I could have been doing with her in my life growing up too.

      Isn't it great to know that all we faced when we were younger, made us strong, and able to flourish as mums. Thankyou Cathrine

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Nice to meet you. Didn't do to good at the quiz though. I think I thought too hard when answering them lol. Great article on your life.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @marsha32: Another Sidetick user? That's awesome! Nice to meet you.

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      marsha32 7 years ago

      nice to run across you at sidetick and come here and get to know you better

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      YaGirlNextDoor 7 years ago

      This is a Great Lensology. You seem like a real cool person with a fun sense of humor. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed reading more about you, your life and family and your lenses. Hey I made 100 on the quiz. I guessed at most of them but that counts, right?

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @Lou165: Don't feel bad. My husband took the quiz and he got the same score as you!

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      Lou165 7 years ago from Australia

      Great getting to know you, I'm going to have to read a few more of your lenses as I only got 3 out of 5 in the quiz!

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      bluesocialmedia 7 years ago

      Your a very interesting person, was the nurse really blind?

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      An engaging read and a nice introduction to a Squidoo writer.

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      @brandonmotz lm: I did and even worse, I signed it in pen!

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      brandonmotz lm 7 years ago

      haha great lens :) Did you really sign a card with HTML? That would be a great card to get!