Wednesday, October 5, 2011


So here I am at Coffee Klatch Friday. They want me to tell them a little about myself. A good brief introduction would be for you to visit my profile on my blog, Flamblogger. If you visit me often you probably know enough about me, but for the sake of my other Coffee Klatchers, to my profile I would add that I am  great animal lover -- getting worse as I get older. I am still majorly obsessed with my new cat "Scruffy" whom we rescued five months ago.  He is eight years old and just a sweet, sweet cat. If he wants your attention he will come quietly up to you and put one paw out to touch your arm and then give you a little kiss (warm tongue).  I melt every time.  

Other things that are important to know about me are that I have been a pastor's wife for more than 50 years and truly loved every moment of it, but I don't think I fit the usual profile of a Pastor's wife. (I don't sing and I don't play the piano.  Nor am I what you might think of as a homebody, who loves to cook and entertain). However, I do love to teach my Ladies Bible Study. We share what we are learning from God's Word on how to live as a Christian in this very mixed up world. I love to draw and paint.  I also love to write and especially love to read a well written story, usually it ends up being one of the classics.

I live in Southern California in a beautiful, small town on the coast.  I have lived here for 38 years and love it here mainly because of the climate, the birds and the flowers, and now we have so many friends too, so it is definitely home for us.  Our boys were 3 and 6 years old when we came here and are now in their forties, so you see life for our family has been centered in Carlsbad and in our church. We are now retired but still attend our church  where my husband was pastor for 28 years.  They are family.

What do I not like about where I live?  Mainly that it is so far away from England which I still love, and where we have many wonderful friends (and I'm making even more English friends through Blogland).  I especially miss Yorkshire and Derbyshire -- and of course Flamborough. I don't travel well any more so although I have been back many times, I'm not sure if and when I will get back again.  

Some less obvious or perhaps more unusual things about me are:
   1.  I have done a lot of public speaking.
   2.  I am a bit of a loner.  Sitting on my own on the Flamborough cliffs would be a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
   3.  My favorite music would be The King's Singers (British a capella sextet), Simon and Garfunkel, Abba  and yes -- the Mommas and Poppas.
   4.  Things I do not like are fantasy or science fiction, talking above the radio or TV, panic attacks - I have them occasionally, housework- - but I do not like a cluttered untidy house either.  
   5.  Things I really like -- real fresh cream and most dairy products, sitting on my patio, NCIS (TV show) and of course chocolate.

 And that is quite enough about me!

NOW, WHAT HAVE I BROUGHT TO HAVE WITH OUR COFFEE ? (Mine would be tea please) and I've already told you that I don't like to bake, but I have brought what I LOVE to have with my cup of tea every afternoon:

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Dina said...

It's nice to learn these nice things about your life.

Thank you for the story of the donkey. I try to imagine donkeys carrying fish!

Dina said...

I wish they had taken pictures back then of all those donkeys. I'd love to see them working.

You give me an idea for a post. Maybe I'll tell how I worked with pack donkeys in Arkansas.

MorningAJ said...

But it's Thursday! (Isn't it? I haven't lost a day somewhere have I?)

Anonymous said...

Well, Chris...I see we share a love of those little school boy cookies! Except I prefer the milk chocolate topped kind. Loved getting to know more about you too.

kaybee said...

I think people might like to hear more about your writing, ChrisJ? It has had a big place in your life, especially the re-telling of the Tale of Robin Lyth.

claude said...

Hello Chris !.
I'm glad to learn more about you.
and delighted to see that you eat French cakes with your tea !!! I like them but without chocolat.

Anonymous said...

Interesting tale. This side of you is new to me too. If I told all my tales it'd be a book. lol

Scriptor Senex said...

Petit ecolier are not a biscuit I know but I'd love to try one with you - and mine's tea as well, please.

Vicki said...

Thanks for sharing Chris and posting on Coffee Klatch Friday. I think chocolate goes well with both coffee and tea.