my new tenant


Over to the right you'll notice a small ad for another blog. It's owned by Marian, AKA Panthergirl, a woman living in New York City who is the married mother of 2 kids--10 years apart-- and an incredibly youthful appearing 50. Go look at her blog page and see what I mean.

If you go visit, please let her know you're visiting from my page please!

The main content of her blog is hard to describe succinctly. What I find most interesting is tracing, through her own words, how Marian--her childhood nickname was 'Mudd' because of how her maternal grandfather pronounced her name: "Muddiyan"--managed to survive growing up with a crazy mother and somewhat removed father and what affects this had on her and her siblings.


In the past, Panthergirl's had a number of interesting posts relating to that journey. Most telling is her post on February 3, 2005 titled "Margie Dearest" in which she describes her mother. It's quite....interesting. She tackles her father and their relationship a while later on Thursday April 28 in the post "Who's your Daddy?". A warmer post is the one depicting her maternal grandparents from Wednesday March 31st. They sounded quite loving and the Italian immigrant experience is evident in their words. Here's a comment from her grandmother as an example: "I like-a candy, 'specially Hemena-Hemena Peanoots." (M&M Peanuts)

For me, Marian's most interesting post that I came across was the one that she wrote about vacationing with her kids. It's called "Making Memories" and was posted on Sunday April 3, 2005 and talks about a number of vacations taken separately and together with her children, Emma who's 20 and Lucas who's about to turn 11.

Here's a few tidbits from Panthergirl's list of interesting facts about her.

  • I spent 12 years in Catholic school. I have recovered. Mostly.
  • I have been struck by lightning.
  • My 16-year-old self appears in the last segment of the film "The Groove Tube".
  • I'm a volunteer for Greyhound Rescue & Rehab of Cross River, NY
  • As a kid I kept collections of my dog's teeth and my father's toenail clippings. I was weird.
  • I am a rabid Yankee fan.
  • I love sushi and could eat it every day.

Personally I'd think the weird thing was being a Yankee fan and not the toenail clippings but hey, what do I know? In any case, it's quite obvious that Panthergirl is very interesting and well worth reading--every day, dammit--so get over there and give her a read. And I've not even mentioned her MiniCooper which is so neat looking....

Comments

Kat said…
I just visited Panthergirl yesterday and loved her site. So nice of you to advertise for her. (I should really jump on this whole blog rental thing.) and you're right, she does not look 50!
Plumkrazzee said…
I desperately want a purple barbie-doll pink mini cooper. Just thought you'd like to know.
kenju said…
I have been reading Panthergirl for quite a while now. Did you know she is a scrabble nut?

Hope you like the snowflakes; try the 2nd site - it is much easier to do.
utenzi said…
Kat, her entire family is very attractive. Mom, sisters, kids. Amazing.

Plum, too bad I'm not Santa, huh?

Judy, I didn't try the first site but the one on Heretic/Pilgrim was easy. I read that P'girl loves word games so Scrabble is a natural.
Canadian Mark said…
Well, I'm sold. I'll go check her out. I'm here from Michele's today.
Stacie said…
Your pictures below from your hike and your vineyard trip are great! I will check out Panthergirl's blog as well. Stacie
Carmi said…
I've been an avid Panthergirl reader for a while, but it's nice to see you reinforce why she's so worth a visit. I especially love how you carefully summarize the people who rent space on your blog.

Unlike others, you don't simply dump the link and a mention onto your site. You take the time to help us get to know these people better. Very neighborly - and just plain nice to see.
kimbofo said…
I've been reading Panthergirl for awhile now. She's got a great blog - nice to see you flag it up. I hope she gets lots of lovely new readers this way.

http://kimbofo.typepad.com
Bhakti said…
Hi Utenzi--Michele sent me!

I LOVE the 'Hemena Hemena Peanoots'!!! That had me ROFLMAO!!!

Oh my gosh...

Thank you for your funny comment on my site, too. I LOVE people who make me laugh!!!

:)
Chatty said…
I love PantherGirl. I am her tenant this week. Some day you will have to let me rent out your place! :)

Michele sent me today.
panthergirl said…
WOW!!! What a nice post!! I'm afraid I haven't been NEARLY as good a landlord as you, Dave!

Thanks so much for rolling out the red carpet this way. You've set a good example for this blog rental thing. And thanks for all the sweet comments about me and my little ol' blog...

Here via michele, and I'm glad I popped back in!
rob said…
That's awful nice of ya. I'll go check her out.

Here via Michelle.
Heather said…
Hi from Michelle's I just visited Panthergirl too. :) I think I have new blogroll content.
Star said…
HI. Here from Michele's. I visit Panthergirl from time to time as well.
I've been to panthergirl's on numerous occasions. Michele sent me here!
Dawn said…
I think that it is great that you are sending people to meet such a wonderful woman!

I am here via Michele
Valerie said…
Here from Michele's..... Gonna go visit panther girl now...
Crazy MomCat said…
How lucky Pathergirl is to have such an attentive reader as you! I'll go stop by her site too. Thanks!

Michele sent me!
No_Newz said…
That was a nice lowdown on Panthergirl. Her love of her father's toenails clippings reminds me of someone I know. ;)
Lois Lane
Nancy said…
What nice comments about pantherGirl. I have been reading her for awhile.

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