Saturday, March 3, 2012

Versatile Blogger

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Several people have graciously awarded me the

You are supposed to pass it along but I've decided that if you want to do a post as a get to know you just grab the award and list 7 Random things we might not know about you...

1.  I was the oldest of seven children. There was two years between each child, and the sequence was girl, boy, girl, boy, girl--then a six year break-girl, boy.  I enjoyed being the oldest, the privileges and responsibilities made me feel grown up.
Top left--Me,Junior in high school, then siblings by age clockwise.
Parents in center.
2.  I was married in France to an Air Force sergeant that I had met in Denver. Following the laws of France, we had to be married by a French official in a civil ceremony and then by the Air Force chaplain in the base chapel. 
3.  I drove a school bus for eleven years.  I loved working with the children, even the high schoolers. I called it quits when things got too political.  The last straw was when I took a knife away from a kindergarten child, called the school on my radio, they notified the parent, who threatened me for taking something away from his child, and the school didn't back me up--afraid of racial profiling.

4. I am now retired, but had a mosaic work history starting with being a nanny when I was thirteen, then sold jewelry, Avon, then got my nursing degree, and a degree in Medial Business Management.  Finally, I retired after working as the practice manager for a neurology clinic.  I always enjoyed working, enjoying the challenge of making a business a success.

5. I am a multi-media artist.  I love to paint, make collages, alter books, make memory books, build scale miniatures, sew, make cards, and Artist Trading Cards (ATC).
"Dance of the Spiders"
Hand stamped textile with fibers and cast medallion
Miniature quilt 15" x 22"
Collage--Acrylic with stamping
Scale miniature houses--Scale 1"=144'
Made of wood, working windows, wallpapered
6. I am curious, inquisitive, imaginative, and a dreamer.  I love to explore.  I can find beauty in most anything.

7.  I love to take pictures with my little point and shoot camera. And I love to write.  I am currently working on a book about my early life.  Excerpts are regularly posted on my blog. 


  1. What a fun read. It is always fun to get to know more about other bloggers. You came from a big family- wow. There were just two of us.

    I have done the Versatile blogger at least 3 times. It was fun to do. I hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

  2. What fun to learn these things about you, Marti! I'm so glad you created this post. I always enjoy hearing about your childhood, and now know something about your artistic talent. Wonderful!

  3. Those are some interesting facts about you ... that help us get to know you a little better. ;-) have a great weekend!

  4. What a fun post! I love getting to know more about other bloggers. You sure have had many jobs. When I taught in the public schools we all thought the bus drivers had such a tough job. I would say you couldn't pay me enough to do that ;) I can understand why you quit. Sad, though.
    I am enjoying the music here while I visit. Stevi Nicks has such a beautiful voice.

  5. Great post! it's fun to get to know our BlogFriends a little more... thank you for sharing!! Your art is gorgeous and how wonderful to have been married in France! xo Blessings, Celia (HHL)

  6. Thanks for telling us more about you. Looking forward to that book!

  7. enjoyed hearing more about you!

  8. This was great! I love that you described your work experience as a mosaic; how fitting. :-)

    Your art is wonderful! What fun to learn more about you in this way.

    Congratulations on the award. :-)

  9. My Grandma crocheted afghans for our kitties the size of your mini quilt. She spoiled her grandcats and great-grandcats whenever she had the chance! Your art work is fabulous!

    BTW, I feed your fish every time I visit your blog. :)

  10. Hi Marti, congratulations on the award! You are a very talented gal. I enjoyed reading your 7 things. About Number 3, I could never have driven a bus, but what happened that caused you to quit is really unbelievable! But, I'm not surprised in the least. Hope you're having a nice weekend!

  11. You certainly are very talented Marti! Congratulations on the award.

  12. I love to learn about other people - you have a lot of interesting things there- big family. Congrats on your award. sandie

  13. Very fun to read! Congrats on the award. I had a four year stint as a nanny and I absolutely loved it. I miss the kids terribly. I can't believe what happened on that school bus, so many parents today are what's wrong with the kids!