So I was reading Lucullian Delights, Ilva's delightful blog when I came across an interview she had given. It was fascinating to read about her and not via the usual blog-meme sorts of things. At the end of the meme was an invitation to ask to be interviewed. ME ME ME - I cried, never the shy one. So here are Ilva's questions and my answers.
1. Why did you start blogging?
Truthfully, I started blogging because I needed to write. It had been a difficult year; my baby business not making enough to keep us afloat, family members becoming ill and dying and, oh yeah, menopause. I was never any good at keeping a journal, as I’m not disciplined enough to write without a good reason or a deadline. I figured having to “post” would help. What I wasn’t thinking and didn’t realize was that no-one would want to read about those depressing things - YECHHHH! So after creating the blog, I scrambled for what to write about and it just sort of evolved into the “things” I do, freeform knitting, baking, gardening and what have you, to Heal My Life. And so far so good, I think.
2. Which was the first blog you ever read?
Goodness I have no idea. At first, I read mostly knitting and food blogs and a couple of political rants, though I couldn’t tell you for certain which ones were first. I liked blogging. It let me connect with people who had interests similar to mine and taught and showed me things I would not have learned or seen otherwise.
3. You knit and work with fabric a lot and you use a lot of color but which is your favorite color combination?
Oh that’s easy. Pinks and greens – a tropical rainforest flower theme. Though purple and green run a close second. Truly there aren't many color combo's I don't like, though neutrals don't do much for me.
4. Has becoming a grandmother changed how you see and treat your daughters? If yes, in which ways?
Yes and no. No, because my daughters are and always will be the light of my life. No-one and nothing can ever supplant them there. I love my granddaughters, but my daughters are my babies. Is that funny? But yes because watching them grow and mature and in the case of my eldest, have children has deepened my affection and respect for them. Watching the two of them “parent” the little ones (my daughters live next door to each other) just clutches at my heart. Seeing my daughters hug and kiss the kids in the big way their grandmother Clara used to and carry on the traditions of family gives me hope for the future and I love them even more for it.
5. Do you find that your attitude to cooking has changed over the years?
Oh yes! It’s been a Love-Hate-Love relationship. When I was a brand new bride armed with my New York Times Cookbook and Clara, my Italian kitchen Goddess masquerading as a mother-in-law, it was great fun to cook and experiment on my willing husband. Then as the children came, it became a game: what can I make that they’ll be willing to eat and I can stomach – LOL! For a while after they were grown, I hated cooking. I was cooked out. During the entire first five years of our relationship, Anthony did pretty much all of the cooking, except when I needed and Italian fix, and I did all the baking. Now, things seem to have come full circle and I am cooking again with pleasure. I don’t cook often, as Anthony is a better cook than I am and he loves mucking about in the kitchen, but I always look forward to my turn at the stove with pleasure. And that’s very nice.
Okay, so that's it. Thank you Ilva - that was fun! Now for the part where I interview you:
DIRECTIONS FOR THE INTERVIEW MEME
1. Leave a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. Beware, I'm not shy of asking personal questions! Please make sure I have your email address.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.