Where did you live at age five?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

At age 5 I lived in Charles City, IA.  I lived there until I graduated then I left for college.  The following is the house we moved to about a year after the tornado. I lived in this one from sixth grade until I graduated.  (This is my mom!)

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I have lived many different places between then and now, including many towns in Iowa, Denver, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. No, it is not the same place or town I live now.  Now I live in Mason City which is only 28 miles from Charles City.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

YES! Of course, I would.  Yes, I am basically an introvert and sometimes don’t ‘like’ parties or social things where I don’t know people.  But who could pass up attending one with many fascinating people that you never met? Not me!  Yes, I would go by myself. (As long as I was actually invited and not crashing it!)

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

It was definitely a small town. Population under 10,000.  Even less now.  When I grew up we had an Oliver Tractor Factory in town that employed many.  I don’t get back to my hometown often, but when I do, I can’t help but notice how much it has changed! I DID like it.  I could walk across town, ride my bike anywhere, and it was nice knowing all your classmates.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Depends on when you asked me.  At one time a teacher. I was quite young then.  I always always wanted to be a mom….I got to be that four times over!  I also always wanted to be a writer in some way, even thought about majoring in journalism and being a reporter. I guess I did grow up to be that writer!

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the mild January weather we have been having.  It has made a usually unbearable month, quite pleasant! I am looking forward to it being February!  Just means spring is that much closer.

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