So -- who is
the person behind APK? Well, she's not
very complex. Actually she's pretty darn
It started in Oxford, Ohio on
February 29, 1964. That's right, Leap
Year. I have an uncle who's a Leap Year
baby and I'm also an only child.
won't go into all the boring details of
childhood, but I will state that I'm a child
of divorce. I'm also a lover of animals
as living out in the country with no siblings
or close neighbors, animals weren't only pets,
they were my best friends and playmates.
After graduating high school
in 1982, my father died unexpectedly a year
later -- July 4, 1983. To this day the
4th of July is simply a day to get over with
as soon as possible. I was very much a
daddy's girl and even though 33 years have
gone by, I still cry.
Fast-forward 9 years: I
met my husband during a blind date on my
birthday in 1992. Six months later
almost to the day, August 30, 1992, we were
married. Joe was a professional
firefighter/paramedic when we met. As he
hated tuxedos and I loved him in uniform, we
compromised -- he got married in a new
Seeing as how we were both
only children, and children of divorce [both
sets of parents divorced when we were 4 years
of age], we knew we wanted children --
plural. Had to be more than one.
We were heard and blessed with two very big
boys: Charles [Chip] in 1994 and
Nicholas in 1997. Both weighed over ten
pounds when they were born. This is my
very favorite picture of my three men:
My boys and I in October, 2014
-- towering over mom:
I was a stay-at-home mom from
1998 to 2016. Joe worked in the fire
service over 25 years and retired in June,
2015. He took great pride in providing
for his family and did a FABULOUS job of
it. We sold our mini farm in
central Ohio and moved to our
dream state of Tennessee.
October 2015 our house went up -- well, our
It's GORGEOUS and Joe designed
the entire thing himself with our golden years
in mind. There are no steps anywhere --
not to get in, not in any showers,
everything's walk-in. Because we both hate
modern day appliances, our kitchen is equipped
with a 1952 Philco refrigerator, a 1941
Chambers gas stove and an 1800's Acme Lehigh
wood burning cook stove. This house
reflects who we are and we LOVE living in
Hancock County, Tennessee!
Since moving to Tennessee, I
now work as an office manager for a local real
estate company. In January 2017 I started
taking classes for an Affiliate Broker Real
Estate license and happy to say on March 16,
2017 I passed the National and State of
Tennessee exams, so now I can sell real estate
and support us. I'm very proud of my goals met
and excited about the future!
We're developing a little farm
down here -- I had my donks shipped down, we
bought a sweet heifer named Daisy in March,
2016 and a little bull calf named Butch on
January 1st, 2017. Both are 'Changus' --
Charolais/Black Angus mix. Plans are to
add some goats to take care of the ridges
surrounding us and we have a few chickens to
give us fresh eggs every day.
Our little chicken house with Daisy in the background.
Daisy and baby Butch
I think when all girls are little, they dream of having a horse. I know I did. I have ALWAYS wanted a horse for as long as I can remember. I started taking riding lessons from a dear friend down here and decided to buy my own to learn on now that I have many places to ride it. March 18, 2017 Long Black Train joined the farm. He's a 16y/o, 15h Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. I hope and think we'll have a long, close friendship riding many trails together. Here's my boy:
Outside is guarded by our rescued Malinois mix, Dinky Dalton.
I've had this little girl since August 2012. I've never had a dog like her and probably never will again. We adopted her from the local humane society in Ohio and she's been my constant companion ever since. When we had an overnight visitor back in 2014, they both fell for each other. This is my Australian Shepherd mix, Moonshine with her buddy:
The quilt was machine pieced on
a 1952 Singer 15. I adore sewing on
vintage Singer 15s and now have a 1948 and a
1951 Centennial in my collection as
well. In the new house, one side of it
is the 'quilt nook'.
One thing I will 'fess up to
is having a bit of redneck in my blood.
Blame it on the aforementioned uncle -- we're
more alike than just sharing birthdays.
I love having a different looking
vehicle! I found my current truck after
having a Ford Explorer for 10 years. This
one's definitely one of a kind, a real
head-turner and one of my pride and joys. It
suits my taste perfectly [did I mention I'm a
huge Tennessee Volunteers football fan?], I've
enjoyed it for 15 years with no plans to get
something newer. I added smidge taller tires
and ta-da -- I'm in my own little redneck
That's my life so far.
Not much to it and it gets more interesting
and exciting as I grow older, but I couldn't
ask for a better, happier, more content
one. If you see a big ol' orange Ford
heading your way, be sure to wave!