The lovely Southern belle, Michele, over at Southern City Mysteries gave me the Sugar Doll award. Thank you! It requires me to say ten things about myself:
1. I love Southern accents and slip into one whenever I think about the good ‘ol US of A. I have family in Georgia and Arkansas, and I copy my stepdad’s accent whenever I’m on the phone to him. I can’t help it, and I’m not trying to be rude. He never says anything, so maybe he doesn’t notice. That leads me to…
2. I’m bad at accents. If anyone’s ever seen “Don’t Tell Her It’s Me”, I’m as awful as Steve Guttenberg was at the start of that movie.
3. I was raised by my great grandmother, so I say “hold your horses” and “are you some kinda wise guy?” like those phrases are still in style.
4. When I was three, I used an old baby carriage to build a house for my cats. When I ran to my grandma saying “Come see my cat house!”, she was not amused. I never understood until years later when I learned a cathouse was a brothel .
5. Also because of my grandma, I love the Andrew Sisters and Patsy Cline.
6. I never liked the Lawrence Welk show.
7. I was forbidden to watch The Addams Family. Apparently, the way Gomez spoke French and kissed Mortisha’s arm was “filthy”.
8. I watched it anyway when Grandma was busy in the other room.
9. My Grandma, Ruth, was the greatest parent and role model anyone could ever have had. She wouldn’t even kill a spider, and she nursed people as well as wild animals. I have a photo somewhere of her bottle-feeding a white-spotted fawn.
10. I still miss her.
I’d rather be here reading blogs and posting, but I must now drag my sorry, summer cold suffering self back to work (I know alliterations are bad, but I couldn’t resist. All the S’s go with my sniffles).
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