Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An Overdue Tag/Award Response

'Rainy Day Farm' tagged me a few weeks ago and I am finally getting it together. The questions were fun and I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about me. I have the most difficult time getting these types of posts up, and I want to say thank you to all my friends who have nominated us for blog awards and tags. I love doing them, but have a hard time getting them written, maybe because I have to soul search more. I thank you for the 'Versatile Blogger' from 'My Field Of Dreams' and the 'Stylish Blogger' from 'Lazy On Loblolly,’ 'Red Gate Farm,’ 'Beyond The Garden Gate,' too. Please know, I so appreciate the thought and support from each of you. 

So, without further adieu, my response. 

1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?

I have to say we don’t know what it would be like to have an animal that wasn’t a member of the family. We just love them all and give them all names and love so they are our family for sure. 

Silly Shep
George the Papillon 
2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?

To be able to make a living through our farm alone. We just can’t do that right now and I work full time, which is really about 70 hours a week. I would love to be able to have more land and grow our farm and the animals we have, as well.

3. What is the one thing most hated by you? 

Animal cruelty. Of course we love animals, and I know all folks don’t feel the way we do about them and that is perfectly ok, but those who harm them for no reason, don’t take care of them, abuse them or kill them for fun get no empathy or compassion from me. Animals are at our mercy for their care, and it’s a cruel person that harms one.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?


Oh my, so much. I honestly would love to have a shelter for animals on lots of land with staff to help care for them and love them. That would be a wonderful dream come true. I would also donate a good chunk to two causes that touch my heart, cancer research and Alzheimer’s research.

5. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?


6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

I think being loved by someone. Receiving love is hard to beat.

7. What is your bedtime routine?

Change into comfy chicks rule robe,  wash face, brush teeth and all that good stuff. Watch a little TV, read or blog for a bit until I am sleepy, and that doesn’t take long. 

8. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?

I almost didn’t.  I was out with some friends one night and we wanted to hear some live music. I lived in Asheville, N.C. at the time, and being new there I didn’t know where to go. We saw a sign at a restaurant which read, “Batcave Philharmonic” and passed it by. We went to another place, but no live music, so I suggested we go back to check out the “Batcave" act. My future husband was sitting on stage playing the guitar and singing. Little did I know how important it was that I come back to that restaurant.

9. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?

Sarah Richardson from HGTV’s Sarah’s House. I love every single room she designs. I even dreamed one night I went to Canada to find her and bring her to W.Va. to help me. Tommy too of course.

10. What kinds of books do you read?

I love a good mystery or criminal, serial killer kind of books. James Patterson books are some of my favorites.  I also love Nicholas Sparks and read "The Notebook" on the beach while it was pouring the rain. I was the only one out there under an umbrella, but I would not put it down until I was finished.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?

Being able to spend more time at home with my family and farm. I want to be right where I am but not working so much.

12. What’s your fear?

Losing my husband. If something happened to him I don’t know what I would do for so many obvious reasons, and I don’t know how I would take care of this wonderful place we live without him.

13. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit outer space?

Nope, that doesn’t excite me that much. I may give it up for a trip to Tuscany, though.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?

Definitely married but poor because I believe you can change your own circumstances, and two is better than one.

15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Put on my pink glasses. I am blind as a bat without them.

16. If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner what would it be?

I wish he were a movie lover like I am. He can barely sit still for the two- hours and feels like he’s wasting valuable time. I love movies and would love to do that together more than twice a year.

17. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?

I think instead of Amy I would like to be called Emmy. My uncle called me Emmy my whole life. I think it’s more unique and I love Emmylou Harris. 

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?

I would certainly forgive and most often forget as time heals but I think it’s hard to say until you have walked down that path.

19. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?

Oh my that is a tough one. I am going to say spaghetti. I just love it and you can make it in so many different ways.

So that’s it, a little about me. I am supposed to pass this on to others and think you all deserve the awards and would welcome anyone to share their answers to the tag. It’s a lot of fun.

From Kim at My Field Of Dreams
From Lazy on Loblolly, Red Gate Farm and Beyond The Garden Gate


TexWisGirl said...

This was great. I love getting to know you better! And I adore you for your love of animals aka family members. They make life worth living...

Farm Girl said...

Wow what a nice interview. I love reading about you and where you have been and where you are going. I love that your husband is a musician. You really do have a very nice life and I am so glad because you are such a really nice person, Amy. I love the name Amy too. I like the books you read too, being a closet murder book fan. Thanks for sharing I really enjoyed it.

Inger said...

Great response to add your pictures when answering those award questions. I will definitely steel it if I get another award like that. I loved getting to know you better. You have such purpose in your life with this farm of yours and I know you are meeting your goals one at a time and someday you will not have to work all those hours outside your home. I am really sure about that.--Inger

Julie Marie said...

Hi Amy, it was so much fun reading your list... I know what an animal lover you are, like me!... and I love that!... your furry babies are so cute, and of course they are members of the family!... like you, I wish I had tons of money and could take in every stray there ever was!... you are a saint!... xoxo Julie Marie and Tess too!

Country Gal said...

That was great ! We seem to be alot alike in your answers!
Congrats on the award you deserve it your blog is amazing !We one day want our own hobby farm I miss the farm life. Have a wonderful day !

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post!
I loved reading all your answers and I wouldn't want to go to outer space either and I would NEVER give up junk food : )

Deb said...

oh that was fun....our animals are our family...

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Oh my gosh Amy! That was a fun one! You really got me at number 9... I too am a HUGE Sarah Richardson fan and of course Tommy is included in that! I leave for Toronto next Thursday and I keep joking with my daughter that we'll be stalking them, I mean looking for them while I'm there! I'm also very excited to be able to finally watch "Sarah's Cottage" online while I'm in Canada because you can't view it here in the US... silly huh?

Thanks for the fun post!

PS, I'm blind as a bat without my glasses too, however, sadly mine aren't pink... I think I need to change that up a little :)

Tete said...

You did a great job! Loved learning a little more about you. Already knew you loved your animals, though. It shows in every post you do!
I hope your dream comes true and you can quit your day job. It sure takes time to build things up, but you are off to a great start! It will happen!
Hugs- Tete

brokenteepee said...

I am definitely a servant for my cats....

katiegirl said...

Great answers, Emmy! ;-) I also would love to have a HUGE farm for many many animals (if I won the lottery). Oh, and I love Shep!

Jen said...

I just love all your answers... we're alot alike, lol.

Larkrise garden girl said...

I loved your interview and I feel like I know you so much better.Animals are one of the best things in Life. That was fun to read. Cheri

Nancy said...

Very interesting and well-written answers, Emmy. :) I can tell you put alot of yourself in this post. Well done!

Donna said...

Amy, I so enjoyed learning all about you. I am a big animal lover too ~ loved your photos.


Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

i just adore readin' more about my blogsisters and seein' how very much we have in common. I sooo enjoyed this post!

Yep, it's a cryin' shame that we have to hold jobs off the farm to make ends meet to plant the crops and feed the critters. Heck, you'd thind we were all rollin' in the dough when ya go to the grocery store.

God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie!!!

jp@A Green Ridge said...

Nice to meet more of you, Amy, although the animal and sentimental side somehow shine through your posts along with the sunshine!...:)JP

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

If you do so happen to win a bunch o' money sometime soon and open that animal shelter give me a call! I will come work for you :-) I loved reading about you and getting to know you more. The picture of Shep with the sunglasses on is too cute!

Sharon said...

How interesting! One of my friends met and married a blues singer! So that stuff really does happen, LOL!

matty said...

Great interview! Asheville is one hot place, isn't it?? I love visiting there and riding the trains around the mountains!

Gail said...

Very interesting answers and so many could have been my own.

Staci@LifeAtCobbleHillFarm said...

Absolutely great - love the robe!!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

That was a lot of fun. I too was recently tagged and I need to get on the ball with my answers.

Terry said...

I love the story of how you met your future husband. It was meant to be.

Velva said...

Awesome post! I enjoyed learning about you. Thanks for sharing.


Rebecca said...

I so loved reading and learning more about you!!! I sooo agree with the animal cruelty-never will understand it and I would beat the dickens out of anyone I caught doing it! Great post!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Love getting to know you this way! blessings,Kathleen

Granny Sue said...

Interesting read. Since I just found your blog it was fun to get to "know" you so quickly.

Sharon Creech said...

Nice, nice interview, Emmy-Amy!

Bee Lady said...

I enjoyed your interview. The dog we got from the park, Dixie, looks a little bit like George. We don't knwo what our dog is, since he was dumped. And your fear of losing your husband, I have the same fear. He is irreplaceable.

Hope to visit you tomorrow. I still can't figure out how to download a video though and I have one of my bees flying around. Someday I'll share it.

Cindy Bee

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Amy, It was so neat to read your answers and get to know you better. I too, am blind as a bat without glasses, HATE animal cruelty, and would not give up junk food to go into outer space. No brownies or chips? NO Way Oh...And I'm married to a guitar player also! Love that pic, is that your husband?

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Just had to say, Shep looks very Stylish!

Angela said...

Great post Amy! I like the name Amy. My mom had an aunt named Amy and liked it so well she named my sister Amy. I feel better when the sun is out too! Especially in the Winter months when we don't see it for so long. Today is a good day because the Sun is shinning bright right now.

Have a Great Day!

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Hello MM!
Goodness I learned so much about you from this post :) I love Sarah Richardson too..but I've never had a dream about finding her although I'd love for her to come here and re-do the inside of our house and build a master bathroom addition for us. I agree with you...Tommy would have to come too! I love the way you met your hubby...that was a close call as you almost missed out. Also...I didn't know your hubby was an entertainer! Now how cool is can sit and enjoy your beautiful farm and animals while listening to beautiful doesn't get much better than that! Hope you have a good day MM.
Maura :)

Ginny said...

What a nice blog interview! Love the pooch with the shades. I always thought you were a full time farm girl. Now I know better. :)

flowerweaver said...

Great responses that say a lot! We seem to be two peas in a pod, only my glasses are teal.

Teresa said...

What a fun post, Amy! I loved learning more about you. I think it's much easier to answer specific questions vs. telling seven things about yourself. I can never think of more than one or two!

Tonya said...

What great answers!! I love how you met your husband! So fun to read other's stories of fate! And I can relater to wishing that you could live off the farm completely. I wish we could, too! And it makes me SUPER mad when people are cruel to animals!!! Loved your answers and fun to get to know you more! :)

Rainy Day Farm said...

What fun getting to know you a little better. You do have a wonderful life, even if you have to work so hard to have your farm. Sorry I didn't get on here before now, I have been so busy that I have not been hanging out in blogland much. I need to be better about stopping by. I will head out and read all your posts that I have missed. Thanks for sharing!