Sunday, October 26, 2008


Renee tagged me - YIKES! - almost a month ago!! I have been putting off doing this because I am not sure I can think of 7 interesting things about myself that you don't already know. Well, here goes - this may take a little while as I rack my brain.

1. I am terrified of large grasshoppers and cockroaches.

2. I live across the street from my brother, three houses down the street from my sister, and on the opposite corner of the block from my mother.

3. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have degrees in speech pathology, business, and education!!! I also got a double minor in anthropology, and spent several summers in "field school" doing archaeological digs of an old Creek Indian village.

4. I love to bake! I made oatmeal banana nut bread Friday and am thinking about baking peanut butter cookies today.

5. I have always wanted to take several weeks and go on a cross-country trip. I want to drive all the way to California across the southern part of the U.S. and then come back across the northern part, stopping at anything that seems interesting and visiting as many National Parks as I can.

6. My great grandfather was a convicted murderer who escaped from the federal prison in Atlanta. He moved to Oklahoma and took an assumed name, married, and started a whole new family. He got away with it for many years, but got drunk with some friends one night and told them the whole story. He was then arrested and put back into prison.

7. My grandfather abandoned his family during the Great Depression after my grandmother told him that if he couldn't come home sober, to not come home at all. He left and never came back! He left my grandmother with 5 children to raise alone in that terrible time. They lived in a two room house that they shared with another family. We never knew what had become of him. I did some research and found out that he had died in Spokane, Washington, in the 1950's. He was indigent and was buried with no marker. My mom then paid for a marker and we have always wanted to go out there to see it.

Well, Renee - thanks for allowing me the opportunity to talk about things I otherwise would not have talked about. Now I am going to tag the following bloggers because I would like to know more about them:

Roseanne at Razzy's Special Place
Marion at Villa Kunterbunt
Jo at Jo in Tas

Ladies, I hope you will join in. I enjoyed it - but I did procrastinate about the post. Now I am glad I did it. Thank you Renee, for tagging me!



Renee said...

hi julie. i'm so glad you got a chance to tag someone. it is kind of fun isn't it? lol. those are some really neat tidbits of info about you. i'll be stopping back. have a great day. and thanks for participating.


Tracy said...

Oh my goodness! When someone makes a crack about "skeletons in the closet", you have show and tell, don't you? LOL!

Jo in TAS said...

Wow, you've got interesting stories, mine are so boring in comparison!

Candace said...

Family history is so fascinating, and not always pleasant. It's still our history though, whether we like it all or not. I have a great great who went off to the California gold rush and never was heard from again. I wonder if I could find out anything about him.
Thank you for sharing.

Kay said...

Wow! Your family really does have an interesting past! It looks like it was up to the women in the family to pick up those bootstraps and find greatness within themselves to persevere. You have certainly shown the strength and brains that the women in your family passed on to you.

LuAnn said...

While visiting Renee's blog, I saw your post. I was tagged about the same time that you were and have not done that either. I will do it soon, too. My daughter lives in Huntsville...I don't know where Valley, AL, is located. I also scrolled down to see your caramel apples. I just stopped making those after my kids grew up and moved away. I'm rethinking that...Love your blog!!