About Paula

PaulaInGreenHi!  My name is Paula and I am very excited to share my origins and the things I have learned throughout my life to build a home that is a comfort to the weary and a place to regenerate our energy for our tasks and goals.

I plan to write about things we do in the home to contribute:

  • Basic Home Care

  • Food – Cooking

  • Cleaning

  • Fashion, Sewing, and Clothing

  • Child Care

  • Healthy Habits

  • Games and Family Time

I was born while my Dad was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kansas but by the age of nine months my parents moved me back to their hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Portsmouth is located near the Ohio River at the south central part of the state.  This region consists of foothills, whereas the northern part of Ohio is relatively flat.  Learning to drive a car in this area is a bit more of a challenge because not only are there ups and downs but curves left and right at the same time and Ohio gets four complete seasons of weather so the icy hills can be treacherous in winter.

Regardless of this, it was a great place to grow up on a small farm because we had the most awesome sleigh riding hills in the neighborhood so all the kids would come over to our runs to sleigh ride.

Anyhow, more about me!

Following high school, graduating in 1971 in the top 7 of my class, I attended college for two years, full-time while working full-time jobs, working toward a degree in Architecture with heavy concentration in Art and general course study while also taking some teaching courses in case I needed to fall back on teaching. I then married, in June of 1973, at the age of 19 before finishing college.

I had a full-time job to help put my husband through his remaining 2 years of college, insisting that it was important that we both not give up that goal.  He changed over to a technical college to get an associates degree in retail mid-management.  Due to the choice of this degree, we moved around quite a bit with the company transferring him from one store to another for the next three years, living in Northern West Virginia and Kentucky.  Finally, we decided to change companies and went with a company that moved us to Cincinnati, Ohio.  We both worked there for almost 5 years, during which time the company I worked for asked if I would consider going to college toward a degree in Computer Science, offering to pay for my courses and books.  I attended the University of Cincinnati for 2 years of night school while living there.

In 1981, we decided to take an opportunity for my husband to own his own business and took a lease on a Petland store back home in Portsmouth, Ohio.  I worked there as co-manager with my husband, as well as continuing with my college completion.  I started back to college at Shawnee State College (then known as Scioto Technical College) and earned my associates degree in 1983.  I then continued my education at Ohio University and  got my bachelor of science degree in Computer Science on June 9,1984.

I was married 11 years before we determined (after much searching, testing and discussions with doctors) we were not going to be able to conceive a child so we were blessed to adopt a newborn baby boy, (born on April Fools day) and got to bring him home from the hospital on his 4th day of life.  This same year (May of 1984) we also renovated and moved into our first home, along with building our new family and finishing my bachelor’s degree, while working full time.  This was quite a difficult time for me since I had demands from so many different factions, but we got through it with hard work.

We wanted more than one child and tried to adopt again but things didn’t work out so one of my doctors, with God’s help, performed a miracle and helped us conceive our two daughters who were 5 and seven years younger than our son.

Eighteen months after our second daughter was born, I found myself divorced and on my own with 3 children.  I worked several jobs in information systems service field for large companies and a telecom company decided they wanted me to move to Texas to work for them so I moved to Texas with my children and raised them there.  When I moved my youngest child was 6.  I worked for the telecom company for 14 years total.  I have now lived in Texas for almost 17 years.

My children are all adults now, and I have decided to invest some time into website creation.  I have met some wonderful people while doing this and am very excited to share my many experiences and learn about others.

Welcome to my site.

Paula

 

10 comments

  1. Sylvia says:

    Hi Paula,
    What a profile you have written everything was so clear to see.
    Anyways, your website has a vast on information which I do like very much. I certainly will come back to see what is knew.
    All the best to you.
    Sylvia :)

    • admin says:

      Thank you for visiting my site. Slyvia. I enjoy writing about it too, so thank you very much. I look forward to hearing more comments about it. Please let me know if you would like anything in particular discussed and I will try to cover it in Basic Homemaking Skills and Remedies.
      Best wishes,
      Paula

    • admin says:

      Rose,

      Thank you and welcome. I will be adding more to it soon. I am looking forward to doing so much more on this site. It is so fun!

      Paula

  2. Brenda says:

    Paula, what lovely,vivid memories of your childhood and so beautifully written. I didn’t grow up on a farm but could relate with many parts. I enjoyed reading it, well done!

    • admin says:

      Brenda,

      Thanks so much for your compliment. I worry that I am boring. I have always been told growing up that when I talk about things in my childhood I make a good storyteller. My Grand-Dad was a good story teller so I take that as a compliment too. I hope I can keep that “storyteller effect in all of my writing and entertain and interest readers in my style.

      I very much admire your writing style as well. It is very clean and direct and informative. I hope we continue to review each other’s work.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Paula

    • admin says:

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks for your compliment! I am happy that you enjoy my site. I like yours as well. I have always loved the sax. I listened to Boot Randolph on the record player growing up. I wrote a note on your site.

      Best wishes,
      Paula

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