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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Moi: B

In reading thru blog link-up parties, I found one that sounded like a lot of fun to do. Over at Shannanigans ( ) Shannon is hosting a link up party every two weeks called “The Encyclopedia of Moi” which she describes this way – “I'll pick some things that I like, do, appreciate, covet or just find interesting and tell you all about them. And by the end of the year, I'll have a whole encyclopedia of moi.”

What you do is alphabetically tell something about yourself. It’s harder than you think. I’m jumping in a week late… I’ll get “A” up sometime before the next link-up.

So without further ado, here is Teri; brought to you by the letter “B”.

Brussel Sprouts: I love them. I know that most people gag when they even hear the words but I could dine on them every day of the week. Part of the problem is most people overcook them into smelly mushy blobs. Try oven roasting them with some olive oil. Wonderful!

Beach: When I think of beaches, it’s not warm sandy tropical ones. No, the beaches that make my heart sing are northern beaches. Some sand, rocks, waves, cool air. I’m talking Alaska, Washington, Maine. Those are my kind of beaches.

Betelgeuse: That is MY star. It is the bright red star in the Orion constellation just above the belt. It is a pulsating red supergiant… one of the biggest stars there is. And someday it is going to supernova in a spectacular explosion as it collapses in on itself. When? Who knows? And that is why I look at it every night it is in the sky!

Butter: It’s better! It tastes better, it cooks better. As to its healthiness, I’m in agreement with this quote: “As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.” Joan Gussow.

Books: My Mom read to me as a baby and I started reading at a very early age. I will never own a “Kindle” or any other electronic ‘reader’. Reading a book brings all the senses into play. There is nothing like holding a book in your hands, feeling the weight. Hearing the pages turn. Smelling the paper and if you are lucky, a leather cover. Seeing the written word in a way that goes back thru history. One even tastes, as a finger is licked to turn the next page.

Brown Puppy and the Falling Star: one of my favorite books back in those baby days. Years ago my Mom tracked down a copy (pre-internet) and gave it to me for my birthday. It’s one of my favorite gifts. Hmmmm… I think I need to locate a copy for Little Bird and Little Hoss.

Bonsai: I’ve always admired these miniaturized trees. A couple years ago I had the opportunity to join an (almost) local bonsai club. It is so fascinating! I’m still working with the “easy” trees… elms, maples, junipers and cypress. One of my 50 Before 50 goals is to show a tree that I have shaped.

Beading: Jewelry making is one of my hobbies. I particularly like real stone/mineral beads and blown glass beads. When I travel I try to pick up unusual handmade beads… even if I have to buy a ‘trinket’ necklace and take it apart. When we were in Kenya I was able to buy several bags of the famous Kazuri beads. They are handmade clay beads produced at a women’s co-op.

Best Friend: Our friendship is one of those “who would have thought it” friendships. We just clicked and over time have become family to each other.
We are definitely ying and yang but those differences complement each other.

Bible: My instruction manual, my wisdom, my love letter from God. ‘Nuf said.


  1. Thanks for joining in! I want to go back and add a few of your faves to my own list...I LOVE brussel sprouts & real butter! And I enjoyed reading about your niece and nephew and all the kiddos and animals you sponsor. They're all adorable! Your nephew reminds me of my little guy :)

  2. Ooh, brussel sprouts and books are both great additions! :)

  3. What a fun way to describe yourself! And I love your list. :)


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