BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES WITH LINDA FROM MY COLLECTED HOME
The 17th blogging grandmother to be
featured for this series is Linda from My Collected Home.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR BLOG
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: MY COLLECTED HOME – VINTAGE • ECLECTIC • REPURPOSED
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ABOUT: Mostly home decor on a budget, repurposed items, vintage and beach style.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG: My home has been decorated from things I have collected from thrift stores, markets, garage sales etc so the name fit perfectly.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING: My love of home decor and a need to create from what others have discarded. Also, I was unable to work due to health problems so I needed something to keep my mind and my creative ideas going and to find joy in my life.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING: I started about two and a half years go but I was only posting spasmodically because there was so much to learn especially in the web design. I did it all myself so am learning more everyday. Of course remembering it all is another matter!!
WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING OR FRUSTRATING ABOUT BLOGGING: The actual writing and understanding of the technical side.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU BLOG: I’m trying to blog once a week but have been really sick so I’m trying to get back to that.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LINK PARTIES: I’ve only just started in the last 2 months. I don’t have a lot of confidence so I kept putting it off thinking no one would look at it. Fear is quite paralyzing at times and I am working on feeling the fear but doing it anyway. It is very liberating so bit by bit I am overcoming this.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING: Meeting other amazing bloggers who are supportive and being creative. It has given me a new life.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU AS A GRANDMOTHER
WHAT DO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN CALL YOU: Nanna
HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 8
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO SEE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: I have 2 living about 5 minutes away so I see them each week, I have 3 on the Gold Coast who are teenagers, I see them every couple of months but will see more of them when I move there, one in Sydney so not as often and 2 in Rome, Italy that I see about once a year.
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GRANDMOTHER: I think we learn so much as a mother and want to be a good parent so I think we can enjoy our grandchildren more because we don’t have the full responsibility for them. I love being with them and they always make me laugh. My eldest grandchild just turned 21 but it seems only like yesterday that he was born.
QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
MARRIED, SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED: Divorced
HOW MANY CHILDREN DO YOU HAVE: 4 daughters
DO YOU WORK OR ARE YOU RETIRED, WHAT IS OR WAS YOUR PROFESSION: I originally worked as a legal secretary but when I was getting back into the workforce again I got pregnant with my fourth daughter. It was around that time that I started getting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but wasn’t diagnosed till years later. I did work again only part time in aged care and then disability care until I couldn’t physically do it anymore. I was also going through a lot of stress, then my Mother died so wasn’t good for awhile. I’m on a disability pension now.
WHAT IS THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT GETTING OLDER: Becoming wiser and most of the time not caring what others think! I am a much more peaceful person and grateful for everything I have but mostly grateful for my children and grandchildren. I don’t have a lot materially but I feel rich in other ways and that is a great feeling.
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY: Hot weather and sunshine, the ocean and creeks and waterfalls, my cat and dog and most importantly my children and grandchildren. Must not forget creating, that fulfills the creative side of me.
WHAT 3 WORDS BEST DESCRIBE YOU: Cheerful, compassionate and crazy!!
HOBBIES: Reading, crafts, collecting shells and driftwood, cooking (sometimes), hunting in thrift stores.
PETS: My dog Mindy a Jack Russell who I got from the pound and my cat Cruz who I also got from the pound.
FAV ICE CREAM: Mango
FAV COLD DRINK: Besides water, white wine.
FAV FOOD: Oysters
FAV AROMA: The smell of the ocean
FAV PERFUME: Opium
FAV AUTHOR: So many but I just read a book by Ken Follett and he is a great writer. Also, an Australian author Judy Nunn.
FAV MUSIC: Rock, Soul, a bit of everything except Opera and Classical.
FAV TV SHOW: I rarely watch TV but I love the home decor shows and comedies. I really miss Seinfeld, I loved it!
FAV TV SHOW WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD: Superman, The Munsters.
WERE YOU A GIRLY GIRL OR A TOMBOY AS A CHILD: Tomboy
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, OR WINTER: Summer
DO YOU HAVE A TALENT: I’m one of those “jack of all trades, master of none” but if I had to say anything it would be my crafting.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE: To paint, I love art!
EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL: Neither! But I wake up early now that I don’t have to!
HOW DO YOU RELAX: Reading, but if my brain is too tired I watch old videos on YouTube and listen to music.
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 love a good joke!
*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.