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The Simple Living Gal — Exposed

Okay, friends/family, I know you’ve had questions.  And why shouldn’t you?  I am pretty ding dang mysterious.  So, I promised answers.  Oh, and you’ll get them… along with some linky love.  I also want to apologize for not visiting your blogs lately.  My aunt and uncle were visiting from Maryland and I’ve been swamped.  Forgive me?

Julie at Elisharose writes:  Do your dogs and fowl get along? If so, did you have to do something to foster that or did your dogs not come with the “kill all birds” gene?

Oh, my goodness, Julie — I wish!  Truthfully, Logan (who gleefully killed baby bunnies when she was less than a year old) is the only one who seems uninterested in the chickens.  Go figure.  Dustin is just curious about the whole wing-flapping thing.  If the chickens just walked around without flapping… he might be able to coexist wth them.  Grace is like that character, Flash, in the Incredibles.  We’ll be looking right at her and suddenly a dead chicken will appear in her mouth.  It’s amazing.

Kat (LA Blogger) writes: What camera are you using?

I use a Samsung Digimax V6/V6000 and it’s a nice little camera.  Josh purchased it for me before we embarked on our Big Move from Washington to Georgia.  I love it because it is small but takes pretty good pictures.  I dislike automatic settings and have learned how to scroll through the menu very quickly to produce “real” pictures.  It’s also really easy to transition from color to black and white to sepia.  My dream camera?  Nikon 80 or Nikon 90.  Those things can realign satellites.  Imagine the damage I could do!

Ann of Velvet Lava Cafe writes:  Do you work outside the home, I can never quite tell – because given what you DO at home, I can’t imagine HOW you could work outside the home as well, you know?

I do work outside the home. *gasp* But not regularly.  I work trade shows that have a gift and/or garden theme and sell the most gorgeous windchimes in the world.  They are made in the USA, hand-tuned, and glorious.  I also work with wonderful people (one of whom gave me my very first yogurt recipe).  My latest gig?  I’ve launched myself into freelance writing and will submit an article to GRIT Magazine at the end of the month.  Actually, I didn’t launch myself — you guys pushed me.  (Thank you!)

What did you do before you met Josh?

I dated the wrong men, went to college, and worked in home health care.  After all, I am an amazing multitasker.  Actually, I also travelled quite a bit and spent my free time camping, riding my horses, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with my friends (I love you Landon, Erin, Dave, Linda, Noah, and Matt!)

Have you always enjoyed writing to the extent you now do? :)))

Oh, yes!  Writing is a passion of mine.  I kept journals for years and often wrote short stories.  I’ve even tried my hand at writing a novel (something I’ve thought about sharing with you guys in installments but am way too chicken).

Sheri from Me and My Tadpole writes: Who do you think has influenced you most in life, from goals to dreams?

My paternal grandfather.  Absolutely.  He was, is, and always will be my hero and greatest influence.  His vision and drive in his life was contagious.  Oh, and did I ever catch that bug.  He also loved the country and took great joy in simply being on his own land.  The apple did not fall far from the tree, eh?

Barb of A Cowboy’s Wife writes: Do you miss the north country? (I paraphrased)

I sometimes miss the snow — when everything is so still and peaceful.  I also miss the mountains.  Big time.  Mountains have always been part of my skyline (the one that reads: home) thanks to a childhood in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.  We lived at the base of Mt. Rainier in Washington and that was totally awesome.  Of course, when you can see the mountain — it’s going to rain.  If you can’t see the mountain, then it’s raining right now.  Right?  (All you in the Northwest know that little saying.)

Holly of Yarn to Knit writes:  Is there anything you can’t do?

Goodness yes.  I can’t even make Jello.  That’s right.  We’ll call it my super power.  It will NOT set up for me. I also can’t stomach bananas or anything containing bananas.  Oh, and then there’s that bridge and tunnel phobia.  Yeah… I would say there’s quite a long list.

Shelli of Girl Without a Rearview Mirror writes: What do you mean you are not a photographer?

Well, I am a bit shy about my photos.  I’ve never had any real training (well, a few classes in high school and college).  So many of the bloggers out there take such amazing photos and are actual photographers with extraordinary cameras with stalker-style telephoto lenses.  You know, to quote my friend Katy: the cape and tights variety.  Super Photographers.

Laurie of Homekeeping Heart writes: Do you use separate pots and things to make your soap with?

When I first started making soap, I used an old kettle but after reading Smart Soapmaking — I realized that I didn’t have to as long as I scrubbed them really well.  Boy, do I ever love that book.

Goodness, I hope I answered them to your satsfaction.  Any other questions? Oh, and be sure you check out the latest article: NEWS at Razor Family Farms (GRIT.com).

  • Barbie - Oh, I want to read your novel. C’mon. Take a leap! We’ll love it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi Lacy,
    Wow Lacy, you answered all and still take great pictures. I would say yes that you did not fall from the tree. What a blessing indeed! What a wonderful feeling you must have to look up to someone you admire, respect and love. Cherish that for sure as I am sure many don’t and didn’t have that blessing but we can sure look up to you and get some great insight into life and how wonderful it can be if we just take the time to stop, look and listen. Thankyou Lacy for you being you!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jana - Now, dear girl, this is how it is.


    Plain and simple.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Lacy, great pictures. I don’t have the knack and don’t even try, so it’s a lot of fun to see yours and others that have the talent.

    I definitely think you should slip excerpts of your writing in.

    Glad you are back, I always look forward to your posts.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Boy, we have even more in common…home health care? My bachelors degree is in Nursing, girl! And mountains? Sigh…I lived in Colorado for 7years and miss it almost daily, there is something about the mountains that is just, I don’t know, beyond description.

    Q&A is fun, isn’t it?!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sheri - This was really great of you to do. I loved reading all your answers.

    You did not fall far from the tree!

    1. I second Barbie! I think your writing would be just as interesting and well done as your “writing” on here.

    2. I also second Marlene. Thank you for being you!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Thanks Lacy, for sharing your answers. I’m not surprised by any of them. You always show ‘who’ you are through the sharing of your life, your passions, your loves in your posts. I truly feel like I know you….and I am so glad I do!
    {{HUGS to you Lacy!}}

  • Laurie - You deserve the “good job” award! Great answers!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - that was a great post! nice to learn more about you 🙂

    your blog is so wonderful and handy.. Im so anxious to try a soap recipe…. someday 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CC - “Of course, when you can see the mountain — it’s going to rain. If you can’t see the mountain, then it’s raining right now. ”


    Rain, rain, rain!ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - It was fun reading that post! Thanks for making us learn more about you! I love those shots and landscapes! So pretty! A beautiful shot of you, too!



  • Applie - Nice questions! Thanks for answering all of them.

    Love all the photos you do.

    Love all the posts you write.ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: Beautiful photo by the river, it’s nice to know who you are. Your camera and writing skills are very good.ReplyCancel

  • Mrs darling - This is the second time this week that I have got to see a pic of a blogger that I had never seen before!

    Its good to get to know you better, dear friend!ReplyCancel

  • Kath - It is nice to learn more about you. I too do NOT like bananas or anything banana. EEWW!

    But I can make jello! In fact Saturday I made 4 boxes of the stuff for my college boys to take to school!!

    Your pics are always beauties!!ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - Great pics and it’s always good to learn more about the bloggers that we’re reading! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Shelli - Hi Lacy! Just stopping in. Thanks for answering my question.ReplyCancel

  • marky - Lacy, you are simply beautiful!!
    thanks for giving us a bit more of a glimpse inside your world!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy (Momisodes) - I loved reading this about you! But I would love it even more if you shared your short story 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss Lacy! I hope that you are having a wonderful Friday!! Funny, while you were having company recently my husband has been home more than *ever*! He has been home all or part of six days out of the past two or three weeks! Very very unusual for us. I’ve also been freezing a few things. We are going to make apple butter this weekened! Yummm.

    Have a SUPER weekend!ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Could you guys just move in with us?
    Or buy some property close by?
    I have coffee. =DReplyCancel

  • tipper - Loved learning more about you Lacy-you are one talented gal!!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Lacy,

    I’m a transplant from Washington State also. I worked in Enumclaw and lived in Auburn. My husband misses the green, the mountains, and water. I don’t miss the rain.ReplyCancel

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