Featured Grandmother & Interview- Cassie Armstrong

We have Cassie Armstrong as our new “Featured Grandmother.”

I love her writing style and I appreciate all of her contribtutions. Cassie works from home as a proofreader.

Below is the interview from Cassie

Tammy: How many children and grandchildren do you have?

Cassie: I have one grandson.

Tammy: How did you get your start as a freelance proofreader?

Cassie: I called a publisher in Colorado Springs and asked if they needed a freelance proofreader. Then I went down to their publishing house and talked to them about the job. That was four years ago. I now freelance for publishers and other clients all over the US and Canada. As a proofreader, I am not mentioned in the books that I proof. That’s okay. I keep a list. One publisher also sends me a copy of every book that I work on for them.

Tammy: Since you like to proofread, I’m assuming you like writing as well?

Cassie: I love writing. Working with words in any form is my passion. I love talking to people and listening to their stories. I was a writer for a business journal and my favorite part of the job was talking to people, asking questions, and getting the story down. I have the original copy of my master’s thesis and a file folder that contains copies of the stories that I wrote while working as a staff reporter for a business newspaper.

I have to admit that sometimes I don’t think what I have to say interests people. I get over that by writing about being a grandma. This gives me an outlet. Writing about my grandson and what he sees is a lot of fun.

I also decided to volunteer in a kindergarten classroom this year because I realized that I miss working with young children. I love their spontaneity and excitement. That experience also provides subject matter for the grandma blog.

Tammy: What’s the best part of freelance proofreading? What do you like most about it?

Cassie: I love finding the mistakes. I know that sounds odd but it’s true. I found the mistakes in student papers when I was teaching college English. Proofreading also gives me a chance to read a lot. I am fascinated at what the authors know that I don’t know. I love learning this way. Proofreading also makes me use my brain and use the skills I learned in college.

Tammy: What is your favorite activity that you do with your grandchildren?

Cassie: I love cooking with my grandson. Now that it’s fall, he and I are talking about making apple pies or pumpkin empanadas. He loves to bake. Making sugar cookies and decorating them is one of his favorite activities. I also love to read to him. Yesterday, he brought the book Verdi home from school. We had been reading that book since he was little. It was a thrill for me when he asked me to read it. He seldom asks me to read a specific book.

Sometimes we get lost in our day-to-day activities. It’s fun to just take some time and let the kids be kids and do what they want to do. My grandson and I have decided that he can play on the playground after school until the weather changes. This way he will have a chance to get the wiggles out and exert a little energy. We can’t do that on roller hockey game days, but we can on those days when our schedule is open.

Tammy: Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?

Cassie: I have two hobbies that I can’t live without. I love textiles and I’m very much a textile junkie. I crochet and I also quilt. I have been crocheting and knitting since I was about ten years old. I started quilting when my daughters were little. I do more crocheting than I do quilting. Last year I made twenty-four baby blankets, hats, and booties for the Southern Colorado chapter of the Ronald McDonald House. I have also made a lot of blankets for family members. Patrick loves the feel of yarn and material. I guess he gets that from me.

I love to go to quilt shows and look at the textile art on display. I find beauty in both crocheting and quilting. They act as a release for me.

Tammy: What made you decide to work from home?

Cassie: I decided to work from home because I need to feel important. I am very much a product of the sixties. I need to feel like I am contributing something. I also like to keep busy and keep my hands busy. Working from home is a great fit for me. I don’t have to spend a lot of money on clothes, I don’t need a car, and I can spend time with my husband and grandson.

You can find Cassie at www.morningstarediting.com, www.twitter.com/cassiemon, www.linkedin.com/in/cassiearmstrong, and www.morningstarediting.blogspot.com.

Two of her blog posts that are my favorites are Armpit Farts, Whistling, and Dancing Shoelaces and her latest,
Taking Time to Volunteer

Be sure and read her posts and also stop by her sites above.

Thank you Cassie! 🙂

Featured Grandmother & Interview- Darlene Demell

I have featured Darlene as the first “Featured Grandmother” along with her interview simply because I like what she has to offer my blog. 🙂 I love her “motivations” posts that she offers along with her recipes, and also her various posts throughout the site. And not to mention her comments.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all my guest authors, but we have to start somewhere with the “Featured Grandmother” and “Featured Interview.”

My other bloggers will get their spot light of course. 🙂

Interview With Darlene

Tammy: How many children do you have?

Darlene: I have three sons, Kevin, Chad and CJ.

Tammy: How many grandchildren do you have?

Darlene: I have 6 grandsons and one grandaughter.

Tammy: Why did you decide to work from home?

Darlene: My best friend had been after me for years to get into Watkins and I kept saying no I didn’t want another business. I was already with one for over 20 years then and wasn’t interested in another one. Then one day I saw her bonus check and seeing I grew up on the products and Watkins had so much more to offer now, I talked it over with hubby and we decided to go with it. That was 10 years ago and I am still with Watkins.

Tammy: What kind of online business do you operate?

Darlene: I am a Watkins Associate and work my business online and offline.

Tammy: Describe your experience with being a grandmother.

Darlene: Being a grandmother is the most rewarding gift a woman can have next to being a mother. The grandchildren keep me young, they put smiles on my face every single day and they make me laugh. I get on the floor with the 3 and 2 year olds and wrestle around and they love it when they think they are getting the best of me. (Sometimes they do too). lol

My grandaughter loves to comb my hair all the time and she is a real
little lady. Our older grandchildren are huge helps to us. One comes and
cuts our grass, helps hubby with whatever and is very good to us. He just
turned 15. All of our grandchildren make me happy and very proud

Tammy: What advice can you give to new grandmothers?

Darlene: Well I can tell new grandmothers to remember that you raised your family and now its time for your children to raise theirs. Everyone does things differently so if your children raise their family a little differently than how they were raised, don’t say a word. Unless its totally wrong, but otherwise, keep your distance. Its okay to offer advice but don’t be hurt is its not taken.

Also, enjoy every minute with your grandchildren while you can and grab all the hugs and kisses you can because it won’t be long and they will be “too old” for hugs and kisses. You blink your eyes and they grow up so enjoy them now. I have started keeping a diary of all the funny things my grandchildren say and when they are older I will give each one their own
litte book of memories.

Little More About Darlene: – About me, I don’t like to cook but love to bake. I don’t like heights, have never seen the ocean but would love to one day. I love to knit and crochet and do other crafts. I love meeting people, don’t like to party much, I am more a home body. I love my computer and all my friends who are in it. 🙂

Please come visit me and follow if you like

http://timelessintegrity.blogspot.com/

http://darlenesrecipesandmore.blogspot.com/

http://mylittlehouseoftreasures.blogspot.com/

http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell/

Thank you Tammy.

You are most welcome Darlene, and thank you very much for sharing a little bit of yourself with me, our readers, and fellow bloggers. I so appreciate all that you offer and bring to Grandma’s Home Blogger Place. Also looking forward to your future posts and experiences. 🙂

I just wanted to point out something here that only Darlene and I have in common…and that is our fondness of Elvis. You said you’ve never been to Graceland? Hmmm…maybe we can meet up sometime in Memphis and go through it together! Would be a blast! 😀

Thank you again Darlene!