BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH BEVERLY FROM ACROSS THE BOULEVARD
The 13th blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Beverly from Across the Boulevard.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: ACROSS THE BOULEVARD – A MOTHER/DAUGHTER CRAFT AND DIY BLOG
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Charleston, South Carolina
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: Simple Crafts, Thrift Store Find Makeovers, Home Décor with a few recipes sprinkled in.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: My daughter and I decided to start a blog together as a way to share various home décor projects. We tossed around a few different names before deciding on Across the Boulevard. Just before we started the blog, she had moved from one location in the Charleston area to another one. We live on either side of a street that is a boulevard. The name seemed to fall into place.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: I’ve been doing crafts and easy furniture makeovers for a long time. My daughter, Gloria, enjoys home décor projects, too. We decided that we’d give a blog a try to share our projects with others.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: Across the Boulevard was created in 2013.
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: Over the years, one of the most challenging aspects of blogging has often been keeping up with the seemingly never ending changes behind the scenes of the blog. I still find myself confused at times over how to make sure the SEO is optimized. The most frustrating part for me has been trying to grow the social media presence of the blog.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: Most weeks, I have at least one new post in addition to posting two weekly blog link parties. During holiday seasons, the number of posts increases to at least two a week.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: Yes, I participate in a number of parties as well as hosting two each week.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: I love making connections with other bloggers and when someone lets me know that I’ve inspired an idea for them, that’s the very best!
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: Nana
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: Four – a thirteen year old grandson, a six year old granddaughter, a four year old grandson, and a two year old granddaughter.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: Not nearly often enough! I see two of them who live in the metro Atlanta area a number of times each year. My other two grandchildren live in California, so it’s rare that we get to see each other. Thank goodness for FaceTime. We use FaceTime at least once a week.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: It’s so wonderful to watch them growing into their own unique personalities. It’s also heartwarming to see my two sons being wonderful fathers.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: Married
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: Three
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: I’m retired. I was a middle and high school history/government/economics teacher.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: The best is probably that I’m in a very good place in life. Lots of love over the years helps me to appreciate each day. The worst – dealing with the aches and pains that come with age!
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: Family / Love / Justice
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Kind / Determined / Liberal
WHAT ARE 3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOU: I’m an avid sports fan. I’ve been a fan of the Atlanta Falcons since childhood. I’m in a Falcons Fan Club in Charleston and a few years ago, I became president of the club. I’ve lived in Georgia, New York, California, and South Carolina. I’ve found that I have no desire to live in an area that isn’t coastal. I’ve been collecting small light house replicas for about 25 years.
HOBBIES: Watching sports / Reading / Crafting / Blogging
PETS: I don’t have a pet, but Gloria has an adorable dachshund named George who spends a lot of time at my house.
FAV ICE CREAM: Chocolate
FAV COLD DRINK: Sweet Tea, though white wine comes in a close second!
FAV FOOD: Steak
FAV AROMA: Freshly Brewed Coffee
FAV PERFUME: White Linen by Estee Lauder
FAV AUTHOR: William Faulkner
FAV MUSIC: Classic Rock
FAV TV SHOW: Sports Center
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: Bewitched
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: A bit of both! I was always trying to keep up with my brother, but I also loved dressing up in pretty clothes and costume jewelry.
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Fall
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: I think finding ways to turn what some would consider junk into pretty home décor items is a talent.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: I’d love to play the piano. I just never took the time to take lessons though.
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: Night Owl
HOW DO YOU RELAX: Reading is the best way to relax for me.
MOVIES OR BOOKS: Books
CELL PHONE – APPLE OR ANDROID: Apple
CALLING OR TEXTING: Texting
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US: I think my life story can be summed up in a simple quote: “She created a life she loves.”