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Some things about me

Well, where do I start? This is hard. I don’t know what to say. I am a mature aged student studying Creative Writing at University. I was under the erroneous view before I started that they would actually get you to do some creative writing. To date we have only had 1 semester where we did any and that was only briefly. It’s very disappointing. I am doing it online,which is great in some respects and bad in others. Great because you can do it when you have the time during the day to study. Bad because half the lectures don’t get recorded. There is no interaction online between the students or the tutor, and we don’t get to go to tutorials so there is no peer discussion. The university is pretty slack in regard to their external students. I’m about half way through my Bachelor of Arts so have a long way still to go to finish, if I ever do.

I live near the ocean and love watching it change all the time. It sparkles like diamonds, or else it is sullen and grey. When there is a full moon shining on the water it looks magical. It can be as flat as a lake, or as wild as an angry beast who roars and pounds. It is amazing to watch the lightning over the water, flashing great arcs in the sky. Sometimes I see the dolphins fishing and playing, or fish jumping. There are lots of seabirds like sea eagles who effortlessly ride the thermals over the land, watching for their prey in the water. The dogs love going for a swim, and running in and out of the water, chasing sticks or shells I throw.  They sniff everything on the beach like a couple of beach combing maniacs looking for treasure.

My great loves other than ‘The Spouse’, are Harry and Clark who are my  dogs, my family, and my friends. I also love books, animals, computers, plants, movies, music, and art. I have books everywhere and the spouse keeps buying me bookcases to put them all in. I don’t think a house feels like a home unless you have books, and animals, and a garden.

Harry the Westie after his clip

Clarke – he’s an old boy recovering from cancer

I am trying to learn to play golf as the spouse (who is a good golfer) bought me some clubs for Christmas. Thank goodness the teacher is very, very patient. He is only young but I could swear there are more grey hairs on his head than before I started. There is a lot to enjoy about golf. I like to be out in the fresh air and see all the birds and animals that live on the golf course.

For exercise I enjoy yoga and pilates and walking the dogs. Oh! and golf of course.

I have also just started drawing and painting. I have never done anything like that in my whole life. So it is a huge learning curve for me. I never did art at school so I am way behind most people who at least have a rudimentary knowledge of art. I really love it though even though I am not any good. But, you have to start somewhere and if I keep practising I can only get better right?

Other than that I guess there is not much to tell. Some people live big lives and some live small lives. I don’t want to be rich or famous. I am happy in my life. I have so much to be thankful for and I  love it.

I hope you enjoy my blog and thank you for reading it. I am indebted to all my regular followers who send me comments and ‘likes’. It makes my day to hear from any of my blogging family. :)

 
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62 comments on “Some things about me

  1. tskraghu
    June 6, 2012

    Quite candid! It’s like breathing fresh air. Brings back memories from days in college.

  2. Anonymous
    June 8, 2012

    Hi Judy,
    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://thejottersjoint.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/accepting-praise-recognition/.

  3. the Jotter's Joint
    June 8, 2012

    Hi Judy,
    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://thejottersjoint.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/accepting-praise-recognition/.

  4. charl1010
    June 13, 2012

    Hi there Judy, Nice work I like to hear from you all as well and I have other blogs as well

  5. todolokis
    June 16, 2012

    Nice to meet you, and thank you for comment, follow. Thanking you in advance!

  6. the Jotter's Joint
    June 28, 2012

    Hi Judy,
    I just wanted to say thanks for reading my blog and consistently commenting or liking posts. I appreciate you!
    Gail

    • judysp
      June 28, 2012

      The pleasure is all mine Gail. You have an awesome blog. :)

  7. Rebecca Hamilton
    July 7, 2012

    I teach part-time at one of our local universities. You are describing one of my frustrations with higher ed generally. If they made the coaches run the football team like this (all theory but never touch the ball or go on the field) the alums would eat their lunch. I’m glad you’re finding an outlet with your blog!

    “I am a mature aged student studying Creative Writing at University. I was under the erroneous view before I started that they would actually get you to do some creative writing. To date we have only had 1 semester where we did any and that was only briefly. It’s very disappointing.”

    • judysp
      July 7, 2012

      I coouldn’t agree more Rebecca. That was a good analogy. I wish I had thought of that. cheers Judy :)

  8. Jane Thorne
    August 4, 2012

    Judy, I like your view of life :D

    • judysp
      August 5, 2012

      Thanks Jane for the lovely thought :)

  9. Alarna Rose Gray
    August 12, 2012

    Love your description of the ocean, Judy. And I’m with you on the higher ed frustration. I loved my time doing a BA (it blew my mind) – less so a year of Creative Writing. Sometimes, one just has to DO, or at least, not only to think cerebrally :)

    • judysp
      August 12, 2012

      I couldn’t agree more Alarna :)

  10. Caroline
    August 16, 2012

    Hello Judy, I thought I come and look what you’re up to.
    I love that you mention your dogs as your great loves. I have cats now but we used to have a Norwich terrier.
    I just read about your frustrations to not do enough creative writing in a creative writing course. I took courses with the Gotham School for writing
    http://www.writingclasses.com and they are awesome. You will do a lot of writing even when you take a course called Reading Fiction. If you try them, let me know what you think of it. They also give amazing feedback.

    • judysp
      August 17, 2012

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I have tried Gotham before I started with University. You are right they are good. I love cats too. We always had them when I was growing up, but now we don’t because we feed all the native birds. My friend has a cat so I make do with a cuddle from Maxie. He purrs a lot, very loudly in fact.
      thanks again
      cheers Judy :)

  11. Caroline
    August 17, 2012

    You’re welcome. I can’t believe it. The name of one of my cats is Maxie. And he’s also a loud purrer.

  12. JanBeek
    August 25, 2012

    So nice to read a little about you, Caroline. We have a lot in common. Like you, I love dogs, my spouse, golf, and writing (not necessarily in that order) – and I think a house is not a home without book shelves, a garden, and at least one animal. I spent my career in education, teaching every level from K to adult, and a decade or more in administration. Your frustration with not enough of the practical, applicable, real practice at what you’re there to learn is a concern of many educators. Ah, if we ran the world… Come back to JanBeek often – and I’ll drop in on you, too, OK? Do you really keep up with the daily entry of “A Daily Thought”? I find that hard to do!

    • Judy
      August 25, 2012

      Thank you so much for the comments. I really appreciate getting some feedback. Yes! I do try to blog every day but sometimes it doesn’t happen.
      Happy Blogging cheers Judy :)

  13. andy1076
    August 25, 2012

    Hi Judy thank you for coming by my blog :)

    • Judy
      August 27, 2012

      The pleasure is all mine :)

  14. Carla Saunders
    August 26, 2012

    I tried blogging every day but it was too much. hummm I remember popping in on your blog every so often. It is good to be back!

  15. Thomas Ross
    August 29, 2012

    Judy,

    This “About Me” is so honest and filled with spirit. Reading this I can see why you would be drawn to the Creative Writing path. I hope you’ll keep writing.

    And good luck with the golf.

    Tom

    • Judy
      August 30, 2012

      Thanks so much Tom, that was such a lovely comment to make. The golf is going slowly but I am enjoying it so far. cheers Judy :)

  16. the Jotter's Joint
    August 30, 2012

    Hi Judy,
    I nominated you for the Booker Award. I would love to hear your favorite books, if you choose to participate. http://thejottersjoint.com/2012/08/29/the-booker-award/
    Thanks! ~Gail

    • Judy
      August 30, 2012

      Thanks Gail, I appreciate that very much thank you. :)

    • Judy
      August 30, 2012

      Gail I can’t remember if I answered this or not. If not thank you so much for that. I really appreciate you thinking of me. That was so nice of you.
      cheers Judy :)

  17. ivonprefontaine
    August 31, 2012

    Judy, thank you for stopping and liking my blog post today. I enjoyed reading about Molly the Wonder Horse. She seems pretty incredible and I thank you for making me aware of her story. I look forward to more posts from you.

    Take care,

    Ivon

    • Judy
      August 31, 2012

      Thank you Ivon that is lovely of you. I enjoyed reading about Molly too. There is so much we don’t know about animals. They always fascinate me.
      I am glad we found each other’s blogs. Thanks for following mine, I appreciate your support. cheers Judy :)

  18. Kara Peterson
    September 13, 2012

    I have nominated you for the lovely blog award. :)
    Please on the the following link for info. http://kara003.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=4706&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  19. ariesgrl23
    September 23, 2012

    Hi. Thank you so much for liking my blog. I enjoyed reading your posts. I am now following your blog, too.
    ~Ariesgrl

  20. dranilj1
    October 25, 2012

    Hi!

    Judy, what is Creative Writing?

    • Judy
      October 25, 2012

      Creative writing courses are where they teach you to write fiction by studying the ‘greats’. However, the course I did we never got to write anything except academic essays which wasn’t what I wanted at all :)

  21. Mama's Empty Nest
    January 5, 2013

    Happy New Year! Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for visiting my blog recently and liking one of my posts.

    • Judy
      January 7, 2013

      Thank you for coming to visit. I hope you had a nice Christmas and New Year. Look forward to visiting your blog often. cheers Judy :)

  22. suzywordmuser
    January 13, 2013

    Really enjoyed reading your posts on here, and I will be back again for another read! I think my brother will be interested in your blog, so I will pass your blog name on to him too!
    Suzy :D

  23. ajaytao2010
    February 26, 2013

    Nice reading about you.Judy

    Thanks. for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    • Judy
      February 27, 2013

      Thanks for visiting nice to meet you cheers Judy :)

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  25. Sheri de Grom
    May 9, 2013

    Terrific post. How sad that you don’t have interaction with your peers. For me, that was one of the most important parts of the learning process. I’m enjoying your stories.

  26. ritaroberts
    August 16, 2013

    Hello just found your amazing blog and I adore Westie’s my favorite dog.
    Look forward to reading more of your posts as I am following you.

    • Judy
      September 3, 2013

      Thank you so much that is very kind of you. Harry the Westie is a little cutie and very affectionate. He follows me everywhere and he loves to help you garden. Our older dog Clarke just likes to sit and guard the house so we have indoor security and outdoor security. :) cheers Judy

  27. ileneonwords
    September 25, 2013

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

    • Judy
      September 30, 2013

      You have a great blog I really enjoyed it cheers Judy :)

  28. europasicewolf
    October 24, 2013

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a like :) I hope you’re creative writing course improves! And good luck with the golf :)

    • Judy
      October 24, 2013

      Thank you for taking the time to comment that is very nice of you. I have given up golf as it’s too hot in the sun and I would rather be doing my own thing like painting or drawing. I had to give it a go as the spouse bought me a set of golf clubs a couple of Christmas’s ago. He’s resigned to the fact now that I will never be a golfer. :)

      cheers Judy :)

  29. willowdot21
    October 26, 2013

    Hi I am not sure if I have spoken to you before but I love your introduction, your dogs look great fun a pair of “naughty boots” you sound so happy in your life and that makes me feel good. I envy you the ocean I love to be near the sea but that only happens when we take a break we live in land though living in the UK our distances are not as huge as yours but it is a distance to us! Keep studying and keep writing !! I shall have a look around your blog later so put the kettle on …please! ;) xx

    • Judy
      October 28, 2013

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Kettle is always on for friends. The dogs are my constant companions and I wouldn’t know what to do without them.

      We have had really windy weather here for what seems like months and the other day we were walking on the beach and there were all these dead mutton birds. We heard later that they came from Siberia and by the time they got here they were too exhausted to fight the wind. It was so sad to think they had come all that way and were in sight of where they wanted to go, and then they died. It really upset me.

      I have been to England a few times to visit my cousins and I love it. Such a beautiful country and so much history. My mother came out here when she was 13 and sadly never got to go back.
      Anyhow thanks again for your lovely message. Hope to talk again soon.

      Cheers Judy

      • willowdot21
        October 28, 2013

        I would of been upset by the sight of all the dead birds……… nature can be so cruel. Talking of nature right now we are expecting a huge storm tonight and tomorrow I am dreading it!
        Well I am glad that you like England , it is sad you mum never returned here but hey it is good that you have been here and met your family. I hope you have a good week!!

      • Judy
        October 28, 2013

        Yep I don’t like big storms either.
        Nature is cruel unfortunately.
        Good luck in the storm.
        Cheers Judy

      • willowdot21
        October 28, 2013

        Thank you ;-)

  30. positivethinking13
    November 23, 2013

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your dogs are adorable. And that’s great you are in school finishing your degree! Awesome.

  31. Bud
    December 13, 2013

    Judy – in the 17 Oct 2013 post, you show a purported photo from 1846 of a “New Hampshire volunteer group”. Any idea where the original resides?
    Kind regards –
    Bud

  32. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor
    December 17, 2013

    I have nominated you for an award. If you do not accept awards – no problem. Simply interpret this as my admiration for your tireless work and sharing your wonderful posts with us all. ~ Amelia :) http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/2013/12/16/thanks-for-the-nominations/

    • Judy
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you so much Amelia that is very kind of you. Merry Christmas cheers Judy

  33. Coach Muller
    January 12, 2014

    Hello there my friend! I would like to congratulate you…for I have nominated you for the “Superstar Blogger Award.” You can find the link to the page here; http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/the-superstar-blogger-award/
    Thanks for creating such a tremendous blog. I thought that it would be a good idea to give recognition to your page and allow other people to view and enjoy your site!! Once again…well done and congratulations!

    • Judy
      January 14, 2014

      Thank you so much that is very kind of you. I am glad that you enjoy the blog. You made my day :)

  34. dianasschwenk
    February 4, 2014

    Hi Judy, thank you for stopping by my blog. I am enjoying browsing through yours.
    Diana

    • Judy
      February 4, 2014

      Thanks Diana I like your blog too :)

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