It's Raining Cats and Dogs Again

and I've been tagged by arline to do a meme...

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

1998 was a major year for me as I began making art fulltime after losing my job as a graphic designer. I didn't realize at first that I was done with the 9-5 world but when the opportunity came to work just a few hours a week at our city-owned visual arts center and I realized that along with my husband's social security we could manage, I jumped at it. Like robin, we've almost always been poor by US standards but very well off by world standards (i.e. always had a roof over our heads, always had plenty to eat, clean water to drink, nice clothes, transportation, etc.) so we don't need an awful lot of money to live well on.

2. 5 things on today's to-do list?

Pick up books at library, recycle bottles and cans and buy a few groceries, visit local bead shop to see the gals and chat, return videos to friend who loaned them...and that's 5.

3. Snacks I enjoy?

braeburn apple and tillamook vintage white extra sharp cheddar cheese
tillamook kiwi lime yogurt
non-fat pretzels

4. Things I'd do if I were a billionaire?

I've had a dream for many years of buying some major acreage and building an intentional community of my friends and family. Each friend or family would build their own home or have it built if they weren't able or interested, but they would all be handbuilt in some fashion...cob, wood, dome, etc. and fit well into woods. There would be a community building with a dining room, so if you didn't want to cook meals would be provided and a large building with room for many individual studios and maybe a small theatre for plays and musical performances, since many of my friends are artists and artisans and I can't imagine an intentional community without art. In recent years I've added farm acreage to the dream, so there would be an organic farm and also have a small clinic for us aging baby boomers and our "kids"... I also considered a small hacienda in Mexico so we could go south for a couple of months in the wet cold winter.

5. Places I have lived?

This is going to be a long one!

Born in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Lived in Heilbronn, Germany (my mom's hometown)
Columbus, Georgia
Elma, Washington (my dad's hometown)
Ft. Lewis, Tacoma, Washington
Mannheim, Germany
Tacoma, Washington
Bellingham, Washington (college)
Portland, Oregon
San Jose, California
Portland, OR
Waldport, OR
Seattle, WA (when the economy tanked)
Corvallis, OR
Monmouth, OR
Yachats, OR
Newport, OR (last 13 years)

6. Peeps I want to know more about?

Lisa of Pursuing Art

Morwyn of Another Country

Kathy V. of Artful Muse

Helene of Le nid de Colibri

Magpie Sue of From the Magpie's Nest

and Linda of Wild Wicked Beads because I know she's got lots of time, lol!


Magpie Sue said...

That *is* a long list of places you've lived! Army brat? I notice you've stuck to the west coast since college :- )

I'll take up the challenge but it may be a couple of days before it appears on my blog.

I must not have enough beads yet. Mine are all stored in little plastic bags in a hardware cabinet on my wall!

Magpie Sue said...

P.S. I like your ideas for when you become a billionaire! Can I have a plot of land in your compound? ;- )

freebird said...

Interesting what happens in life. Are beaders attracted to beads because they don't have a lot of money or do we just enjoy the little things more than if we had loads of money?

I was tagged by Robin and need to put it on my blog. I'm trying to REMEMBER ten years ago!lol.

Ha! Wait till I write my list of where I've lived.

beadbabe49 said...

yep, right on, sue...and you're surely welcome and know it will be chemically free!

I'm looking forward to reading yours, freebird!

I think beads are an area (like using found objects) that artists without much money can still create their visions...I know if I were a bronze sculptor it would have been a lot harder to make art happen!

The Lone Beader said...

Haha! I had to do the same meme.

Pursuing Art... said...

I enjoyed this post!

I don't believe any of us need an awful lot of money to live well! ;-) The braeburn apple...our favorite...and the sharp cheese is making my mouth salivate right now!

I think your dream sounds beautiful! If you have any extra room, Mark and I would love a couple acres! It sounds delightful and, as you know, reminds me of Petrolia! Now, where would this community be in your dreams? I am hoping still the west coast? If it is OR-WA-Northern CA...we'd be there. The theatre, dining room, farm, and clinic are perfect! And, I would assume that this community would have it's own bead and art shop and gallery!!! ~wink~

And you were born in Germany and lived in Germany...wow! How old were you when you moved to Georgia? Other than Georgia, you are a west coast girl!!!

Thanks for sharing a part of you with us! It's fun to learn more about each other!

I will be happy to do the meme! I see this is going around like wildfire, so I'm not sure who I can pick to pass it on to!? I'll see if I can come up with anyone!

Lisa ;-)

beadbabe49 said...

lisa...it's definitely on the west coast, so we'll save a couple of acres for you and mark...maybe you'd like to run the farm..;)

you don't have to pass on the meme...I saw one of the gals just opened it up to anyone who read her blog and wanted to do it...that would work too...

beadbabe49 said...

I lived in germany from 0-3 and again from 6-9 (german was my first language but now I can understand a lot but don't speak it very well)

Pursuing Art... said...

Thank God it's on the west coast! I was hoping you'd say that! ;-)

Hell no...Mark and Chuck will love to run the farm, we can help occasionally, we'll be too busy beading and organizing the events!!! ;-))

LJ said...

BB - It's the "peeps" part that's holding me up! Trying to get the list down.