"The snow-drop who, in habit white and plain,
Comes on, the herald of fair Flora's train."
Charles Churchill (1732-1764)
My garden suffered some neglect during the two years we lived a little ways north. I'm eager to get it back into shape, but will have to wait a wee bit longer for the rain to lessen. Until then, I wander around, poking around, seeing what's survived. Seeing these nodding snowdrops yesterday made me so happy. And in another spot, the very first tips of daffodils are emerging from the ground.
I'm linking this post to Mosaic Monday, hosted by the ever-gracious Mary at the Little Red House.
And on a different topic, Mater of Mater Familias Knits, tagged me in a meme. I don't participate often, but this one sounds fun. It's also long, so I'm taking extreme liberty with the rules and breaking it into two posts. Today, I'll post 11 random things about myself, and tomorrow I'll post the rules and answer Mater's questions.
1. I'm the eldest of three children.
2. My sister and brother insist that the only memories they have of me as a child is with my nose in a book. They exaggerate, but I have always devoured books.
3. Although our family was small, I have 17 pairs of aunts and uncles, and 56 first cousins. Both of my grandfathers fled Russia during the post-WWI revolution because of persecution against the Mennonites. My grandmothers' families had come to Canada earlier and were also of Mennonite heritage. I loved growing up as part of a huge extended family.
4. My favourite colour is blue, but I probably look better in pink tones.
5. I was married at 20, got my first degree at 22, and at age 24 my husband and I moved to Ecuador, South America to work with a Christian non-profit organization. We went for four years and ended up staying for almost 21 years.
6. Our three children were born in a small hospital on the edge of the Amazon jungle. When I went into the hospital with the first, I noticed a cockroach in the corner of the bathroom and wondered how I could ever give birth in a building that housed cockroaches. After a few hours of labour, I wouldn't have cared if a tribe of cockroaches broke into song and serenaded me with "La Cucaracha."
7. We returned to Canada in 2002, settling on our Island because my husband found work here. It's a great place to live.
8. I'll take salty and crunchy over sweet and mushy any day.
9. Dark chocolate is the exception to the above, especially if sprinkled with a little sea salt.
10. I obtained my second degree (a BA in French) at 54, just last fall. I love languages, and speak Spanish as well as French and English.
11. Creativity is in my blood. Making things with my hands, by sewing, painting, stitching, cooking or decorating is something I have to do.