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Ah-h-h-h! Weren't we lovely!
A Previous Squid-let
Most often at Squidoo, I felt like a small and insignificant Krill swimming with Whales. Of all the history you will learn about me, this is a photo of one of my finest moments, shortly after being pronounced wife to this man. Here we are, the newly married Christine and Kanute, taking a last, lingering look back at our single lives!
I am a -
'Baby Boomer'... Australian born, Danish by marriage, Scottish and Cornish and German by ancestry.
Writer, Partner/Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Housewife, General Dogsbody, Handcrafter, Mature Age graduate student of all manner of things, plus...
Retired - Secretary, Community Careworker, Dairy Farmer, Pig Farmer, Cattle farmer, plus...
Ex-volunteer - Telephone Crisis Counsellor, Primary & High School Mentor, 'Celebrating Seniors' Secretary, Computer Tutor and Special Learning Requirements Tutor.
A Few of My Favourite Things?
...no actually, there are many of them
Family, Friends, Home, Sunsets, Sunrises, Starry Nights, The Sea, Clouds, Rainbows, Clean Air, Space (around me), (...oh yes, and 'Outer Space' also), Mystical/Mystery/Magical/Dreamy things, and short holidays by car.
- why short holidays? We love our dear old farmhouse and our little 10 acre retirement farm too much to be away long. In nearly 15 years here, our longest 'away' time was 11 days - and then we had to come home. We were homesick!
- why by car? Love to start/go/stop/stay/move on - whenever we feel like it - not tied to any time frame or 'itinerary'.
- why not by plane? If I was meant to be a sardine I would have been born in a can. And you can't knit or crochet on flights anymore in case you stab someone with your needles. (I'd be more likely to stab someone if I didn't have my needles!)
Going back to 'I Love' -
Animals- Dogs, Kangaroos, orphaned almost anythings, and once only, a caged bird - a canary. (don't like having caged creatures - even our hens are free-range, with a house they choose at night.)
Best Friends of the 'toy' kind - Ted Bear Esq., Soft Toy Kids (see lenses for details), Ceramic/Porcelain dolls and Calico Ladies.
Authors - Too many to list in a lens. Suffice to say - a huge variety (& don't ask for most favourite - impossible!) OK, OK - just a couple - Leon Uris, Jodie Picoult, James A. Michener, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Wilbur Smith, Catherine Cookson, James Clavell, Jeffrey Archer, etc. etc. - and then there's a heap of Aussies like Colleen McCullough, Bryce Courtenay, Graham Masterton, Ruth Park, Neville Shute, Nancy Cato - etc.,etc., (see what I mean?)
Music & Composers & Musicians - Yes well, almost every category of music... in fact, what don't I like? I'm sure that would be easier. Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, Chamber Music, 'Way Out' Jazz or other, some Opera, all heavy, ponderous, gloomy Classical variety. Sure there's more, just can't think of any other type.
Movies - Again, far too many to list - but just a few? Schindler's List, Gone With the Wind, Rob Roy, Sleepless in Seattle, A Few Good Men, Braveheart, Call of the Wild, Pretty Woman, Dances With Wolves - etc., etc. Too hard to continue. There are just too many I have loved. (It's been a long life so far, don't forget)
TV & Radio - A variety, but less than any of the other categories. Although I do love a lot of 'live' shows where young (and not so young) talent are given their chance to shine, I continue to hate 'reality' shows (I've lived too many true 'realities' for any of these to gel). But I do love BBC World radio in my earphones through some long insomniac hours. And of late, creative juices flow freely at such times - must be that a little rest refreshes and inspires!
And ALL things that make me LAUGH - (creating wrinkles of the upwardly mobile kind!)
The Saga WILL continue, I promise
...Oh no! Really??
Yes, but there will be some laughs, and some tears - and you can choose to share or bypass anything you wish.
It's Off to Work we Go - pre-farming office work
And after we have been apprentice farmers, the next Learning Curve - becoming Dairy-farmers...that particular learning curve and others are still to come.
...and many more Dog stories are waiting to be told
Rescues without Respite - the varieties are amazing.
and coming soon - Sheba - the 'earth' mother of anything that moved.
And a Few More Wordsmiths
...from the Land Downunder
More Aussie Poets -
'Breaker' Morant, John Shaw Neilson,
- and undoubtedly more will follow.
More How-To's will be answered and demonstrated
...verbally and visually
Yes! - there will be even more advice from the 1890's - again from Dr. Kellogg -
( I can only imagine how impatiently you await more scintillating suggestions from the worthy and wordy Doctor!)
But wait! There's more!
and from yet another valuable and venerable source...Lady Hackett... in 'The Australian Household Guide'.
I have written 88 Ezine Articles, too
...and I had such a happy and satisfying time there, earning Diamond status for creating these articles on my site - Christine Larsen - Diamond Author
An eBook Author, too?
... 'dreams really do come true, Dorothy'
If you dream a dream long enough, and never ever give up hope of it coming true - well-ll-ll, what can I say? I am now a self-published author of eight children's eBooks on Amazon, starting with
and on this Amazon page you can click through to my Christine Larsen Author page to link to all the rest. Just at the moment I can't do this. I'm sure to learn why, soon.