Monday, September 29, 2008

Tag- I'm It

Bella Vita Farm and Fiber ( ) tagged me, and I'm passing the tag along (sort of a Pyramid Tag, I think- pretty soon the whole Interwebs will be caught).

Here are the rules:
Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. Let them know they are tagged by leaving comments on their blogs.
So here we go….I’ll start with 7 weird/random facts (which some of you may know already):

1. I am 1/8 Inupiat Eskimo. My maternal grandmother lived above the Arctic Circle, between Kotzebue and Point Hope, until she was 32 years old. Her father was a German missionary, and she married (at age 16) a widdower Navy man. They moved to my home town (Snohomish, WA) when their oldest son had rheumatic fever. My mother, the 2nd youngest of 7 kids, was born in Washington. I do believe that I, my sons, and grandchildren, are the only persons of Inupiat descent currently living in South Dakota.

2. I'm left handed.

3. My husband and I make wine. In fact, we're going to start a 5 gallon batch of Riesling and a 3 gallon batch of Merlot soon. I'll do an ongoing blog report of the process. I've made wine from everything from carrot, to pineapple, to apple, to blackberry. My absolute favorite is Blackberry Melomel (a mead, which is a honey based wine).

4. I can write my name in cursive on an Etch a Sketch.

5. When I was writing mysteries and going to mystery conventions, I met a lot of bestselling writers, and became friends with some of them. Meeting my idols was the absolute coolest thing about writing fiction.

6. There are a lot of non-cool things about writing fiction (including a greater possibility of a stalker, which was definitely not fun).

7. My hair started going gray when I was 23, and I decided early on that I would never keep up with coloring it, so I never did try to cover the grays. I'm 55 now, and have been totally gray for going on 20 years, and I think it's beautiful, though it meant getting used to people thinking that I was a lot older than I really am (15 years ago, an 11 year old girl asked my husband if I was his grandma).

And I am tagging (Not 7 but all are very great fun):

Knit Geekery (

Procrastination Diary (

Jackson Street Books (

Pumpkin Knits ( )


Tammy said...

Oh, man. Tagged on the day I've come down with a nasty cold.

Thanks Kathi, I'll figure out who I'm tagging and put that up soon.


Kathleen Taylor said...

Sorry about the cold. I don't think there's a time limit on responses. Snuggle down and take a nap. This foolery will keep.

Leigh said...

I'm definitely impressed by #4!

Anonymous said...

I know a guy(my son's first cousin once removed), who is about 3/4 Inupiaq who lives in South Dakota. He is from Kotzebue.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant to leave my url attached to my name so you could track back if you wanted to but I must have done something wrong.

Anonymous said...

I am now curious if I can find out who your kin is here if there are any left. The last name you gave me is no longer a currently used surname in the northwest arctic but that doesn't surprise me. If you are interested, I'd like to ask you a few questions to see if I can figure out the lineage. You probably have a good many "cousins" running around up here. My email is available on the sidebar of my blog.

Tammy said...

okies! I finally managed to tag! my favorite peeps. Well, not all of them, of course! Check the sidebar for more.