Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I was planning to do a Happy St Patrick's Day post but here is what I see out of the french doors in my office.

Naked trees, gray, drizzly, gloomy, nothing green about today.

I was very honored to receive my first blogger award from Margaret - one of my stitching idols. Thanks Margaret !
I am supposed to nominate 7 other blogs but as I have seen several others do I am going to decline with that part because there are SOOOO many talented people out there whose blogs I love and I'm sure dozens more that I have  yet to discover so kudos to all my friends in blog land.

I'm not even sure I can come up with 7 interesting things but I'll try.

1.  I'm an only child and I have no children myself - never minded being an only child except now that my parents are aging (aren't we all) I am a little sad to think that one day I might be very alone.

2.  I exhibited purebred dogs for 25 years (Afghan Hounds) - I owned and bred a number of champions and traveled all over the US to shows.  No I don't have any dogs - my last old champion died about 8 years ago and honestly - if I never pick up a brush again as long as I live - it won't hurt my feelings.

3.  Jody and I have known each other almost all our lives - he is almost 5 years younger than I and he was and still is good friends with my only cousin (my mom's sister's only son) We aren't close but he and Jody keep in touch.  He grew up in the neighborhood and we have been together for 30 years. 

4. I lived in the same house for 50 years - it was a tiny cottage my grandparents built after the depression when they moved to Jacksonville - needless to say it was very traumatic for me to consider and execute a move 20 miles away however we love our home and I'm glad we made the move.

5.  When I was much younger I dated a member of a prominent southern rock band from jacksonville and even went to concerts with them.  I was back stage lots of times and it is just as bizzare and seedy a lifestyle as you could imagine.  Lots of drugs, sex and rock and roll (please god don't let my mom read this!)  Lots of times I would tell her I was going to a dog show and I would go and park my van at a friends house and then get on a plane or meet the tour bus.  My boyfriend bought me lots of extravagant gifts and it was fun for a while but the first time I got slapped and knocked around by a jealous groupie I was ready to give up the rock and roll life style. Another scary thing that happened was that different members of the same band were fighting and feuding and someone crashed a chair thru the windows of the hotel room we were staying in and glass shattered all over the place - needless to say that was the final straw - the last concert I went to with him. I saw the guy in the rock band not long ago at a local concert  and he is even fatter and older looking than I - geez - I wish I just had remembered how he looked in 1979 on the album cover.

6.  I've been in the car business for 30 years as well.  With a Ford dealership for 21 years and now a family owned management company that owns dealerships in 3 states.  I am a network admin and love my job.

I'm afraid I am not a very interesting person since I can't even come up with #7 - sorry !

I'm really excited to be going to another rug workshop this weekend.  We have been going down to Sebring Fl which is below Orlando in the orange grove region for a number of years now.  It will be a welcome vacation and time to spend with mom at a lovely inn on the lake.

Hope the luck of the Irish is with us all !


Margaret said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Melody! I loved reading about you!!! Especially that one about the rock star. Hmmmm, I wonder which one it was..... lol! That's pretty neat, I must say! And you and Jody -- that's so great and wonderful that you've been together so long! Thanks for telling us about yourself!

Siobhan said...

I enjoyed reading all about you, Melody! It's hard coming up with the info, isn't it?! Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

Jackie said...

I had no idea you dated a rocker! I'm pretty certain I know the band but not which member. How fabulous and I want to hear all the stories about that! If I could sing, I'd be in a rock band in 2 seconds flat. Sadly, I have negative talent in that area and the "look" required has long since left me.

Loraine said...

Holy Smokes Mel! I don't think you can be described as boring at all. I was intrigued with your groupie stories! I'm glad you didn't follow that scene for long.
Thanks for posting about yourself. It was great to get to know you better.
I love Jacksonville, and I can see why you never want to leave!
Have a Happy St. Patty's Day! Hugs.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
Happy Saint Patty's Day to you and Jody.
Boring ~ I think not. You were a wild child, weren't you? I do hope mom doesn't read this. It's best that mom's don't know everything!!!
Have fun at the hook in and please share pics with us.
Pug hugs :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

You are a real rock -n- roll momma! What an exciting, if sometimes scary, time of your life. Who would have guessed that about you!?

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Michelle said...

Number 5 counts as TWO! LOL!! Enjoy your rug hooking workshop. You know, I was born in Jacksonville. Maybe one of these days I'll have to go down there for a workshop!

Deb said...

Mel - It was so much fun reading about you, but now you've got me wondering who that rock star was. But how exciting - at least it sounds exciting. And to be with someone for 30 years - that's a long time and such a wonderful thing! I'm glad that I learned more about you!!!

Susan said...

It's amazing what "secrets" we have in our past, isn't it! I enjoyed reading about your time with the rock star and am so jealous of your ability to fool your mom. I would have been caught!

Hear it's raining and chilly in your part of the world these days. My husband is in Orlando at the moment and we have better weather here.

I got a blogger award and also put you on my list of 10 to pass it on to, but it looks like Margaret beat me to it.

The Scarlett House said...

Okay, tell about the rocker, or at least the band. You have us all wondering. We won't tell a soul, we promise.
Love the view out your window, and it was awesome to get to know you a little better.

Stef said...

Congrats on your award Melody!!! I think you have a very interesting life and enjoyed reading about you! In reading some of the ladies who received the award, some got to list 7 and others 10 - dang, I got the 10 items and boy it was hard coming up with the last items!!! But it has been fun reading about all the fantastic ladies out there! Can't wait to hear about your workshop!

Jean in Georgia said...

Ok the rock band stuff is pretty kewl... :)