10 Things About Me (no secrets here...)

Canada
March 11, 2016 7:25am CST
~ I was born on Labor Day, an appropriate day for my mother to go into labor... She was at the beauty parlor because she and dad were going out to dinner that night when her water broke. She had me instead... ~ I loved to go to feed the monkeys at Savin Rock, an Amusement Park in West Haven, Connecticut, where my grandmother lived. My Aunt and I could walk there and back in the 1950's. ~ My Aunt who lived with my grandmother in Conn. was my best buddy. She played board games with me. I was a teen before I realized she was brain damaged because of scarlet fever as a child. I grew up and she never did... But I loved her forever. ~ I took piano lessons as a child and hated every minute of it. My mother played the piano. My little sister took lessons and got really good at it. I quit. ~ I was a “tom boy”. I loved being outside, I climbed trees, I hiked our woods on my own, I had two horses as a preteen and teen, I was good at all sports. ~ I was hired by a department store to dress up in a colonial hooped skirt dress and pass out the store brand of candy to the shoppers on the weekends. ~ Painting, drawing, sketching, sculpture, photography, flower arranging, anything creative came easily to me. I now paint. I have a home based business. ~ I was propositioned by the Dean of Men at the Christian University I went to in the midwest. More than once. I went to the Dean of Women and told her and nothing was done about it. It turned me right off of Religion. ~ I married a man I met at that University, when we had children I gave religion another chance for our kids. ~ We moved to Canada in the 1980's and love having duel citizenship. I camp every summer with my sister in the Adirondacks. My children grew up here. We love being in Canada , except maybe during winter. The photo is mine not related to this post, taken at at horse race last summer.
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@LadyDuck (148044)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 16
I also love anything creative, even if life decided that I had to work in the financial field all my life.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
Life is full of choices. I'm not good with numbers but I am good with a paint brush...I'm glad you enjoy your creativity when not working...
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@LadyDuck (148044)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate I work only a few hours a day now, we are both half retired, that is a very good thing.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
@LadyDuck We are the same. Hubby works once a week from May to November and I work when I feel like it.
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@DianneN (74653)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Omg! My husband and I lived close to where the old Savin Rock used to be when we first married!!!! West Haven. I never knew that.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
It as just down the street from my grandmothers house. Loved the merry go round and the monkeys.
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@DianneN (74653)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate My parents only took us there once. I grew up in Bridgeport. We had Seaside Park and Pleasure Beach.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
The piano is a pieced of cake - I had to take accordion lesson - try dragging that thing around with you!
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• United States
11 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate I like that LOL... funnny thing, my husband played the accordion when he was a kid - he still had his and could play it - but we got rid of it, it scared the dog!
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
@AbbyGreenhill Now I'm laughing.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Good, making people laugh is my job.
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@sjvg1976 (18177)
• Delhi, India
11 Mar 16
And secret of mine: ~ I lost my mother at the age of 4 years and my father married again for us but still I feel lack of mother in my life and used to cry in childhood when see a mother loving her kids.1
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@Sreekala (22230)
• India
12 Mar 16
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
That had to be traumatic,I can't even imagine your pain.
@connierebel (1571)
• United States
11 Mar 16
I was a tomboy too when I was a kid. I didn't take piano lessons until adulthood, and I haven't practiced for years, so I'm not very good at it. I really wish I had kept up with it, because I love music. I'm also creative, and really like painting and woodcarving.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
Very interesting. I am a woodcarver too or I used to be I made Santa's out of drift wood.
• United States
13 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate That's neat. I've never really carved driftwood, only to hollow out a place to make a stand for a shell with a carved dolphin in it. I do mostly nautical stuff.
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• Canada
13 Mar 16
@connierebel I really like this, its beautiful! I like the idea of a wood base.
@MGjhaud (20748)
• Philippines
11 Mar 16
it's good that youve given religion a second chance.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
I grew up with religion, thanks for your kind words.
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@MGjhaud (20748)
• Philippines
11 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate youre welcome.
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• United States
11 Mar 16
Nice Paints. I love your bio here some facts about your life. Thanks for sharing.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
Thank you, have you done a list yet?
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• United States
12 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Hi Paints. I dont do that sort of thing my friend.
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@WorDazza (9889)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I always complain that my parents never forced me to take piano lessons. I would have loved to have played the piano. Still would but really don't have the time to tackle anything of that magnitude.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
You probably would have b een good at it too, It was not my cup of tea...
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@WorDazza (9889)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Not sure about that. I think my hands are too small.
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@salonga (27992)
• Philippines
11 Mar 16
My dream that never came true was to learn the piano but we were so poor that we could not afford to pay the tutor. How I wish i had the chance that you had.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
i wish you had that chance too. My mother played and owned a piano and wanted us to learn. I didn't like it,...
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@salonga (27992)
• Philippines
13 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Now that I can very well pay for a tutor, I feel i am already too old for it and also too busy with so many other things. I already happy that my son already knows how.
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
11 Mar 16
I considered the '10 Things' but couldn't get past 'I like bacon' and 'I am a bear'
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
Too funny, I had to really think about this post, almost didn't do it.. What's wrong with bacon and bear...
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@JolietJake (50093)
• United States
11 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate Nothing wrong, just can't think of 8 more
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@marlina (71351)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
You are like my 2 sons, they took piano lessons and hated it. So we stopped sending them there.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
I didn't like it, it was not fun and it hurt my back to sit there and practice. I told my mother she was wasting her money and she believed me.
@Juliaacv (29033)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
I took piano lessons too, and hated them too. And like yourself, I was always a tomboy.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
Funny isn't it, how similar children growing up can be... Its life I guess.
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@pgiblett (6598)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
I love your story.
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
Thank you ....
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@sueznewz2 (9736)
• Alicante, Spain
11 Mar 16
I was a tomboy too.... lol's .... thanks for sharing those other bits with us.... what was it like wearing that hooped skirt..?? Hot...un comfortable..??
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• Canada
11 Mar 16
It wasn't hooped, it was crinolines under it. A hoop would have been too big and in the way. It was fun, I don't remember being hot, probably air conditioned. I honestly don't remember...I was a teenager.
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@rebelann (39017)
• El Paso, Texas
11 Mar 16
Wow, you had such an interesting childhood. I'm still trying to recall the good stuff in mine.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
I hope you find those moments and post them.
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@rebelann (39017)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Mar 16
I do too @PainsOnSlate but dad was reassigned when I was 4, 6 and 9 so mostly I only remember ma n pa and all the trauma. I've found out moving is NOT fun neither is living on base.
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• Canada
13 Mar 16
@rebelann we moved our kids almost every year until we moved to Canada, It was work related too but my kids were used to it and it didn't seem to make any difference to them. Every move was an adventure. It helped that most of the places we lived were in Kansas so old friends were just a car ride away for sleepovers, picnic's and birthdays.
@JudyEv (119203)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Mar 16
Nice to know a bit more about you. I hope there weren't any horses around when the paragliders came in.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
No paragliders in the 50"s & 60's that I remember. What am I missing?
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@JudyEv (119203)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate You said the photo was taken at a race meeting so I was hoping there weren't any horses around to be frightened by them. Nothing to do with the 50s and 60s. :)
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• Canada
13 Mar 16
@JudyEv Got it, forgot all about the photo.... silly me..
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• United States
12 Mar 16
most fascinatin' to read these snippets'f folks lives. i'm glad'ja had that time with yer aunt 'n all the rest'f the family. so many precious memories! kinda funny ('n a not so funny way) how that works regardin' that fella. i'd say society gone to hades'n a handbag, but that sorta thingies gone'n fer centuries 'n continues to this day. only trouble's now many get caught 'n 'xposed (nah, not that way, lol) courtesy'f the very gadgets i despise :D
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
Today I don't think he would get away with it. He had a harem of women. You never saw him without some bimbo on his arm. I wanted to tell his wife but never did. I wasn't around to see him get kicked off the campus but I can always hope.
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• United States
13 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate pitiful what some folks get by with, aint it? no worries though, he'll get's due'n the end :D
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• Canada
13 Mar 16
@crazyhorseladycx I am a firm believer of Karma.
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
19 Mar 16
The things we learn about each other. One day I will write the ten things about me post. Until then I will just keep reading others.
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• Canada
19 Mar 16
Its not as easy as you think it is to come up with 10 things you are willing to share on this forum... Looking forward for yours,
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@Morleyhunt (19539)
• Canada
19 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate there's always the fluff, but I'm hoping it doesn't turn into a fluff post, therefore it will take me a little bit of time to put the list together.
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@allknowing (61974)
• India
12 Mar 16
Pretty colourful personality I must say. So you chose to paint from the various interests you have. How is business doing?
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
I am slowing down, my choice, I'm 70 so need more time off. I have gone from dozens of store down to a half dozen. They sell well and makes me easy money so I will keep the ones I have but not interested in any more.
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@allknowing (61974)
• India
12 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate As we get older we need to downsize our lifestyle and I belong to that category too.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
I enjoyed reading about 'you'. It's fun to learn about others. I love that you have dual citizenship ... that's got to be special.
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• Canada
12 Mar 16
There are a lot of us who have duel citizenship, we love living and working here.
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@GrannyGee (1768)
• Louisburg, North Carolina
12 Mar 16
@PainsOnSlate I think that is most Special!
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