Friday, September 25, 2015

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Cheryl from The Farmer's Daughter 

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

Good Saturday Morning everyone.  This week I would love to introduce you to Cheryl from The Farmer's Daughter Blog.  Cheryl is sweet and has a beautiful feature to share with us so we can get to know her better.  After reading about Cheryl hop over and say Hi on her blog.

Hello!  My name is Cheryl and I'm happy to meet you!  When Kris from the beautiful blog Junk Chic Cottage emailed me asking if I would like to be featured in the Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger series, I first thought...me?  I saw my fingers typing "Yes, I would be happy to" back to her.  I'm not very comfortable talking about myself, but here goes!



I'm a private gal...an introvert...and a middle child.  Also a dreamer, a romantic, with a little bit of sass thrown in.  My sweet hubby has put up with me for over 40 years.  Bless his heart.


After a couple of years of college, I went to work in an insurance office and soon met my future husband, another middle child, in a grocery store parking lot.  He had just returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam.  We saw each other every single night almost from the time we met until we married a year later.  He was my 6'2", eyes of blue and I loved his deep voice.  He said he loved the way I walked and my blonde hair.  His family also lived on a farm and that was one of the few things we had in common in those days!  I loved to go dancing, he didn't.  He loved sports, I didn't.  We did eventually go dancing a few times and I began to like sports and was really proud of myself when I learned what a first and ten meant in football.


Our family, which includes a son and a daughter, is very close and we are not just family, but also good friends.  We can talk about anything and love to enjoy a good meal together and play card games and laugh.  Neither of my children are married at this time, but they both have someone special in their lives. 


I live in a small town in the middle of Missouri in an early 60's ranch-style house with an actual fallout shelter in the basement.  My decorating style could probably be called eclectic.  It is a blend of old and new.  I favor neutral colored walls with pops of color in my accessories.  I love the color red and have red walls in my kitchen and, besides cooking and eating, that is where a lot of time is spent visiting and working on projects.  Usually there is a kitty or two sitting on the island begging for treats!


Our property, which I call Pond Hollow, also includes a rental building and 6 acres with a small pond.  I love to watch the wildlife coming and going from my kitchen window or while sitting out on the patio.  I see everything from deer to coyotes getting a drink from the pond.  And I love to watch the many different birds that come to our feeders.


Last year, we bought a small fixer-upper we are currently renovating and our first renter will be our daughter.  In my blog I refer to this place as The Project.  It has been a slow process, but we are getting there after realizing we couldn't do it all ourselves and hired a carpenter for the harder jobs.  The essentials should be done in a month or two.  Above is a Before and After of the mostly completed bathroom.    


I really do enjoy living a simple life.  I love being at home and am rarely bored.  There is so much to see and do that I wish there were more hours in the day!  I love nature, our furbabies who are mostly rescues, reading, taking photos, going to flea markets, and so many things including blogging. 

I began blogging in 2009 after running across a couple of blogs online and thinking how much fun it would be to have a place to write down happenings, sort of like an online journal, with a few photos of the things I love to snap.       


I named my blog The Farmer's Daughter in memory of my dad.  My blog is not about farming at all, although I grew up on a farm and I have a lot of fond memories of riding horses, swimming in the ponds, going fishing and gathering eggs.  Also helping with the roundup of cattle or the pigs to take to market or move to another location on the farm.  I even attended a one room country school the first 6 grades and I am happy to have had that experience.


I have loved taking photos since I ordered a Brownie camera I saw on the back of a cereal box when I was a youngster.  These days, I mostly use a simple Canon point and shoot for the convenience of being able to carry it in my pocket.  Among the many things I love to snap are my garden flowers, the birds I love to watch, and sunsets at a nearby lake.

Aside from taking photos and blogging my favorite hobby is probably reading, although lately I haven't had as much time for it as I'd like.  Years ago, I was big into crafting and owned a craft shop in part of our rental building for a few years.  There I rented out booth spaces and sold a few things of my own.  I made and decorated grapevine wreaths and swags.  BG cut out wooden things for me to paint in acrylics.  I also made a few pillows and other things.  I am amazed today at all the beautiful and creative things that I see bloggers making!

Besides the craft shop, I had several mostly part-time jobs through the years after my children were grown...from floral assistant to church secretary to data processing.  I retired from working a few years ago and now while I'm enjoying the simple life, I look forward to each day with faith, hope and trust in my heavenly Father.


My hubby and I do get away from home occasionally and one of the places I love best to visit is Branson, Mo.  And that is where we are now as I write this feature...relaxing and enjoying a vacation.
 
I love to meet new friends and invite you to visit The Farmer's Daughter where I'll be showing Before and After photos of The Project and sharing what's happening in my part of the world.  Hope to see you there! 

Thank you again, Kris, for inviting me to participate in your series!

Thank you Cheryl for sharing your sweet life and family with us.  Have a wonderful rest of your week end.
Kris
:)

43 comments:

  1. I have been a follower for some time and love her posts. She is a great blogger.

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  2. Cheryl seems like a sweet and down to earth woman. I'll have to stop by her place! Blessings for a wonderful weekend, Cindy xoxo

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  3. I've known Cheryl from almost the beginning of my blogging days, she's a blogging bud.
    Her blog has beautiful photography of her birds and flowers!

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  4. I love this blog, if it's the same one I'm thinking of! I must go visit to make sure I have the right blog in mind! HI KRIS!!!!!

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  5. Hi Kris! I have been a follower of Cheryl's blog for a while and I think it's wonderful of you to have this series to feature and introduce fellow bloggers. Now, excuse me while I check out yours! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Hi Kris! I've been a follower of Cheryl's blog and it's wonderful! So happy you let her shine on your Saturday Spotlight, everyone will enjoy getting to know her!

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  7. I enjoyed this feature, Kris, and I'm happy to get to know Cheryl and her blog. I always love finding new to me blogs!

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  8. Good Morning Kris . . .
    Thank you for featuring Cheryl, The Farmer's Daughter . . . I have enjoyed following her for many months . . .

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  9. Thanks Kris for introducing us to Cheryl. Heading over to The Farmer's Daughter for a visit next.

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  10. Nice spotlight Kris. I'll head over to check out Cheryl's blog. Looking forward to learning more about Pond Hollow.

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  11. i jumped over from Cheryl's blog ... i think this the most detailed post i have ever read ALL about Cheryl. & i feel i know & love her to pieces before i knew all this extra info. but now i feel we are even more dear bloggy friends. i enjoy your blog & i will look around more 2 find out more about you. have a lovely weekend. take care. ( :

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  12. Oh this was great! I think Cheryl told more here than she has at her blog. Loved seeing her kitchen and hearing about her courtship and marriage. It was fun to read about some of her former callings, too.

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  13. What fun! I love Cheryl and have followed her for years! Thank you for featuring her, she is an amazing lady!!

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  14. What fun! I love Cheryl and have followed her for years! Thank you for featuring her, she is an amazing lady!!

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  15. I love TFD and I loved getting to know her better. Thanks for this great feature.

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  16. How nice to meet you Cheryl and read about your relaxing life. Your home and yard look wonderful! Going over to visit your blog!

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  17. Another fun Spotlight. I really like the name of Chery's blog and why she named it what she did. :-)
    Carla

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  18. Love that red kitchen! ;) Off to say hello to Cheryl. Thanks for the introduction, Kris!

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  19. Well, that was nice. I have to go back and let Cheryl know how much I enjoyed that.
    And of course there had to be a kitty picture!

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  20. Well, that was nice. I have to go back and let Cheryl know how much I enjoyed that.
    And of course there had to be a kitty picture!

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  21. Hi Kris
    I've followed Cheryl's lovely blog for a long time.
    Like Vee said, I've learnt more about her on this post than I knew before.
    THIS is what is so great about your series "Life Behind the Blogger'!
    Thank you Kris and now I'll pop over and say hello to Cheryl!
    Love
    Shane x

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  22. What a nice post. I have enjoyed Cheryl's blog and adventures plus her outstanding photos for quite a while and yet I still learned about her today things I didn't know. How nice of you to offer her this space to share her story.

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  23. Thank you Kris, for introducing Cheryl. Cheryl, I enjoyed learning about you and your life here and will visit the Farmer's Daughter to see more. I really liked what you wrote about your family being good friends and enjoying each other. That's what it's all about, isn't it? And the best part of blogging is getting to know others!

    Dewena

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  24. What a fun read! Yes, Cheryl is a fabulous blogger...a good choice to feature here on Saturday Spotlight! I'll have a peek around while I'm here...

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  25. Enjoying the good life! I've been reading her blog for some time.
    Brenda

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  26. Kris...thanks so much for featuring Cheryl. I just recently found her blog and love it.

    Cheryl...it was great getting to know you more. You have a great life there on your beautiful land. I would love to visit Branson---it's on my bucket list! I look forward to following along as you work on The Project. So glad we fond each other! :)

    Jane x

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  27. Kris, thank you again for this spotlight feature about Cheryl. Sounds like someone I'd like to get to know better. :) Will certainly stop by her blog!

    xo
    Pat

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  28. I loved that you spotlighted Cheryl. I love following her blog and really enjoyed learning more about her and her family. I well back to visit your blog too. Hugs!

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  29. It's late as I write this. I should have added somewhere in my post above that I'm also a night owl. lol! I just wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone for the sweet comments on my post. It was fun to do and I'm very honored that Kris invited me to participate in this fun series. Thanks again, Kris. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! ~Cheryl

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  30. Your blog sounds interesting. Love all blog crafts as those gals really do come up with some spectacular things. Will be over to read soon. I like to go backwards a long ways back, so don't be surprised to get comments from one or two years ago.

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  31. Kris, I have followed Cheryl for a while. I love her photos she post. She seems like a great person , one we would want for a best friend. She's a family person. I really like that. I go see her post today. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  32. i knew about the cats on counters and that you love taking photos and about the coyotes because it made me jealous when i found out, but most of this is all new to me... now i feel like know you better than i did...

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  33. I love Cheryl's blog and have followed her for some time. Her writings remind me of getting a letter from a dear friend! Nothing better!!

    Blessings,
    Gert

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    He cast spells for different purposes

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  35. Kris, thank-you for sharing another amazing person, Cheryl, whose blog I have been enjoying. Great post, and I look forward to each and every one. Thanks, Sandi

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  36. I so enjoy Cheryl's blog, been following here a long time! Love her pictures, her kitties, the peace I feel at her blog and her sense of humor! This was nice to read this here! Nice to meet you Kris... you have a lovely blog.

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  38. I just "met" Cheryl recently and she seems like a real sweetheart. I loved learning more about her. Thank you, Kris :)

    xo

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  39. Howdy Kris, I love going to Bransen MO. I's such a great place to eat and ear and e enterained while you are there. I will pop on over and see here blog.Thanks for introducing me to another greagt blogger. Thanks for letting us get to know Jo

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  40. Cheryl is one of my favorite bloggers (love her posts and pictures). And, I am pretty sure we are almost neighbors here in mid-MO. I enjoyed learning more about Cheryl (sister introvert here too, Cheryl!). Lovely gal and lovely post! Kris, I am going to check out more of your blog too! -Tammy

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  41. So nice to meet Cheryl! I share a love for red, and agree that there are not enough hours in the day! Hopping over to introduce myself!

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