BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH ALETHA FROM WATERCRESS WORDS
The 7th blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Aletha from Watercress Words.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: WATERCRESS WORDS – EXPLORE THE HEART OF HEALTH WITH DR. ALETHA
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Northeastern Oklahoma
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: Health, medical science, fitness, medical practice, travel, Bible, inspiration.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: My maiden name is Cress. When I found out “cress” is a real word in the dictionary I was intrigued. Cress is an herb, and watercress grows near ponds and streams. Water represents life and watercress is nutritious – so I put the two together to represent the goal for my health blog.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: I’ve loved to write since I was a teenager, and have dabbled in writing many years. I have spent my entire adult life involved in medicine so I have a storehouse of information, experience, and thoughts to share about it. Blogging is a way to do that.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: 2.5 years
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: So many things to write about, with so little time.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: I do something related to my blog almost every day; reading articles, thinking, making notes; I post 2 times weekly.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Yes, several. I’ve grown to like this one best (Blogging Grandmothers Link Party), and I keep finding new ones. I experiment to see which ones fit my content best, so I may leave one and join another if it seems to work better.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: Seeing the final product; when I finish a post, complete with text, graphics, photos – I feel like I’ve created something of value. And then when someone comments or shares, that’s when I know I have.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: Nana
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 1 boy, 1 girl. They are both on the autism spectrum and function well.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: Every 1-2 weeks usually.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: Watching and relating to my son as a father. He was my firstborn, so I like to say he taught me to parent and he is still teaching me. I am proud of the way he fathers 2 children who have had challenging health needs. My father is deceased, so I almost feel like I have a dad again.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: Married for 43 years.
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 2 adult sons (one is the father of my grandchildren).
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: I am a medical doctor and I’m still practicing . I no longer have a full time private practice; I work part time in an urgent care clinic.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The best is – Finding out it is better than being young, especially when so many of my friends did not get a chance to get older. The worst is – I don’t worry about getting older, but I dread the thought that I might become old.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: Nothing makes me happy. I choose to be happy, no matter what.
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Grounded, optimistic, thoughtful.
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: My father served in World War II in the Navy, my husband served in the Vietnam War in the Army, so I have a unique perspective on both of those events and how they affected our country as a whole, and individual families. I have a cottage retreat on a lake but I don’t swim much or fish. I have visited 5 continents; most of my overseas travels have involved volunteer medical work.
HOBBIES: Reading, ballroom dancing (social and competitive), Words with Friends, writing.
PETS: Just the birds, ducks, and squirrels around my lake house.
FAV COLD DRINK: Iced tea, unsweet
FAV MUSIC: Anything I can dance to.
FAV TV SHOW: M.A.S.H., it’s the best medical show ever on TV, the most realistic.
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: Lassie
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: Neither, more of a bookworm.
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: We experience them all where I live, I like the variety and look forward to the change of season (but I can do without the winter ice and snow).
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: If I do, I’m still trying to find it. I would like to say it’s writing. Some people say I am a good dancer.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: Singing
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: In my occupation, I have had to be both at various times. Doctors often work 24 hours a day. Over the years I have transitioned to mostly early rising, but I still like to stay up late occasionally – usually to read or write.
HOW DO YOU RELAX: Curl up on the couch with a good book or interesting television program or movie, drink a cup of tea or cocoa; maybe eat popcorn if my husband makes it; I like to color; and I do some yoga-type stretching. Also, spending time at the lake – I find the water calming and soothing.
MOVIES OR BOOKS: The Chronicles of Narnia; and the books I’ve reviewed on my blog. I don’t find many good movies but I recently enjoyed Wonder Woman and The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is particularly timely now.
CELL PHONE – APPLE OR ANDROID: Apple
CALLING OR TEXTING: Calling or email. But I don’t like talking on the phone, I use it as a tool. Despite being an introvert, I prefer talking one on one in person. I’m not good in a group, I tend to listen more than talk.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US: My family encounters the challenges of autism and PTSD every day; it’s not what we would have chosen. But through them we have learned things about ourselves and each other that we would not otherwise know, and we are closer for it. My vision is that someone’s life will be changed in a positive way by something they read on my blog.
*Who will be the next featured grandmother in this series?
*You can see those who have been featured at the bottom of the this page.If you would like to be featured, you must first join our Blogging Grandmothers group at Facebook. Click here to join. Once you're approved as a member, let me (Grammy Dee) know you’re interested and we’ll get it set up.