+About+

I don’t know that I can tell you all about me in an ‘about’ post.   That’s pretty much what my entire blog is about.   Life as I see it, hear it and think about it.

So much about the world and the people in it fascinate me.

But a little summary about me:    I come from a large family.  My past, which includes my ancestry, is always something I like to revisit and relearn from.  My present keeps me very busy.   My future is something I look forward to and keeps me focused on being as healthy as I can be.  What matters most:  my children, my greatchildren, my husband, my family, my country, Ireland, biking.   I have additional things I love like  TKD, kayaking, food, Tim Horton’s, Dairy Queen, Coffee (though I am not a good coffee snob), tea, Diet Coke, friends, home, and moments.    I live for those moments.

And…..I have seven siblings.  A bazillion aunts, uncles and cousins.

Anything that is said to me, anything that I see, anything that I hear or read about, or have crazy thoughts about are fodder for my blog.

I love to read.   Please share your blog with me if you have one, or your comments will do!

136 thoughts on “+About+

  1. David Brown says:

    You are a gem. Yay for me.

  2. bendedspoon says:

    don’t worry
    you’re now witty
    and funny for a while
    see my smile?
    YAY :)

    • Chatter Master says:

      Thanks Bridgesburning! I might be lucky enough to fall upon a witticism every once in awhile! Thanks for reading! I shall check out your blog as well. :)

  3. Mary says:

    I beg to differ my Irish friend, you are blessed with the dry and frank Irish wit. You call it like it is and use the written word to express what is true. I like it!!!

  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! Hope it is the best day ever!

  5. Chip says:

    What a gorgeous Cliffs of Moher picture! Yay you.

    • Chatter Master says:

      Thanks for the “yay” Chip! Very good eye! It does look like the Cliffs doesn’t it? Actually though, it is on the Aran Island Inis Mor. I am standing at the “Black Fort”. But I am thrilled you see the similarity. Sometimes when I look at the pictures of there, and the pictures from the Cliffs Of Moher the only way I can tell the difference is by what I am wearing! :)

  6. [...] http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com/about/ I’M NOT VERY WITTY* Uhm.  That pretty much says it.  I am not very witty.  Though I love humor.  I can’t write funny.  But I can read funny.  I’ll write because I have something to say.  I’ll write because I need to physically write.  Love that process.  Sorry for anything dull.  Sorry for anything crappy.  But if you hit upon a gem…. YAY me! PATRECIA [...]

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    That was a great ‘About me’ :) I didn’t realise you came from a big family. It sort of made me think of “that issue” – I hope you understand. If I were in your position, I would feel so sick, wondering “why ME”.

    You’re wonderful, Colleen, very live & very positive.

  8. Androgoth says:

    I am just calling by from M3 (Red)
    and I will be calling back to read some
    of your postings, I think the adding of
    a link in Red’s ‘Green Room’ will help
    generate some new readers to your
    Space and that will be interesting :)

    Have a wonderful start
    to your week my friend…

    Androgoth

    • Chatter Master says:

      Thank you Androgoth. I appreciate the visit. I think M3′s generosity, setting up the Green Room, was brilliant. I’m excited you paid a visit. I will visit your site as well. I love finding new ‘reads’. And I hope your week is just as wonderful!

  9. iamnotshe says:

    Just saying “hi”. I saw you at iamnotshe, and wanted to say, thanks for visiting, i’ll be back! :-)

  10. katehobbs says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog http://myphotoyear2012.wordpress.com. I intend to read more of your ‘ramblings’ so I will be back.
    Kate

  11. I find your frank nature refreshing! I will be back for more! :)

  12. yazrooney says:

    I’m looking forward to your chatter! Never stop.

  13. yazrooney says:

    Hi Again Colleen! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award on the basis that I love reading what you have to say. I look beyond your words and try to see more of you than you give away so I can feel a stronger bond in the spirit. Thank you for sharing your journey through life and for giving your readers some serious food for thought. I know that some of you do not accept awards, and some have received the same from others. Please receive it in the heart, if not through the usual channels! Best wishes always, Yaz.
    Please go to http://yazrooney.wordpress.com/ to claim your award!

  14. viveka says:

    Colleen, I would love to have your home address … planning a little surprise by Christmas or New Year … by mail. Send it to my email address. Hope you don’t mind.

  15. Good Day Colleen! I have enjoyed your post so much so I want to pass my award to you :) Wonderful Team Member Readership Award! You may find the details here — http://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

  16. Denise Hisey says:

    I may have to have a little nap after reading about your large family! I have 2 kids, 3 cousins and only a handful of aunts/uncles. It makes sense that you need lots of coffee!! :-)

  17. robin claire says:

    Hi,
    I would love to get your name – or pseudo-name if you prefer. I like to know the names of the other bloggers I meet in our blog-o-sphere.
    robin claire

  18. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    Lovely blog! Thanks for sharing your journey through life with us here. I too am in my forties, adore my hubby and two grown sons (well the youngest is 20 and he may be tall but still seems like a teen to me!). Looking forward to many more visits and would love to have you visit either (or both ;) ) of my humble blogs. Cheers! ~Gina

  19. Subhan Zein says:

    Hello Chatter Master,

    I would like to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. And in a country like Ireland, you are definitely lucky to have greater chances for success than in some parts of the world. I had a great time when I visited Ireland in 2009 and could not forget the wonderful people in there. Also, I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my blog posts do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. :-)

    Subhan Zein

    • Hello Subhan Zein,

      Thank you very much for the love and kindness. I need to clarify something though. I actually live in the USA. But I also very much love Ireland. My writing seems to have led MANY people to think I live in Ireland. :) My apologies (trust me I have confused MANY on this).

      Ireland is beautiful isn’t it?

      Your posts do not disappoint, I always look forward to them. thank you so much for taking the time to say these things.

      I return the blessings and love with peace.
      :)

  20. Hey Colleen here’s my friends under cover site…i have to do this privately as he has found me and started bullying me. Could you pass it along to any who might be interested?

    http://bwitzwl.wordpress.com/about/

  21. Katie says:

    Oh….I read your about … at first glance a lot of the things you talk about remind me of me…diet cokes, coffee, tea…the fact that you use the word ‘bazillion’…and of course Ireland.

    And of course, thank you for visiting my blog today.

    • You are welcome Katie. Your name interested me. “Irish” is beautiful so when I see it, I follow to see what it is. Glad I did.

      Thank you for coming along for a visit! :) I hope you come back for another visit!

      • Irish Katie says:

        :) How can I not visit. A lover of Ireland must be someone I come to visit. (And yes, I have perused through your Ireland blog posts nod nods)

        I live now though, in the Pacific NW, USA … it reminds me of home sometimes… the weather anyway.

        • That makes me happy, that it sometimes reminds you of Ireland. If Husband is out walking (he walks to and from work and at lunch) he sends me a text saying “Irish weather” or “Irish walking”. Many things remind us of the perfect little Island.

  22. I want to visit Ireland some day… I kind of am very busy with a project with a DeafBlind son…
    My blog http://www.kodiakmylittlegrizzly.com
    I’m trying to teach people about DeafBlind, CHARGE Syndrome and Scoliosis and also how a family can love this little person so much.

  23. StephenEdwards reblogged something of yours and I came over to check it (and your blog) out. You have a wonderful way with words. I’ll be looking around some more if you don’t mind ;-)
    Warmly,
    Mary

  24. I am pleased to have found this blog this morning, in some circuitous fashion through Paulette (of Mildred Dunlap renown) I like your vibe! :)

    • Well Hello Charron’s Chatter (I like the name ;) )

      Welcome, and I will check out your vibe as well. I do believe Paulette has gathered quite a bunch of admiring followers. WE must have wonderfulness in common! :)

  25. Shel says:

    I’ve just nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. Please check out the details at http://http://shelbur10.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/the-weekend-of-the-liebster/ Whether or not you choose to participate, please know that you are appreciated! (here’s hoping that link works…not my strong suit.)

  26. Glad that I stumbled across your stylish ramblings.

    Always enjoy a witty outlook on day to day life so I will be following with interest.

  27. Wait a minute. Do you have Tim Horton’s in Ireland?! We have hardly a one in America, just south of Canada, eh. How do you have Tim Horton’s all the way over there? (Clearly, I am quite upset by my own lack of Horton-ness.)

    • Hi Betsy! Thank you for stopping over here. :) Okay, I am starting to feel very bad. I need to go back and read my ‘about’ and my other stuff. I have misled MANY people to think I live in Ireland. OH HOW LOVELY that would be!

      I live here in good ol’ USA. :)

      I am fascinated with my heritage and ancestry and have been VERY blessed to travel to IReland four times now. Each time I think it is my last and I am truly happy with it.

      Regarding Tim Horton’s….I did not find a full blown Tim Horton’s. BUT, I did find Tim HOrton’s “machines” in some convenience stops. So I truly understand your upset about lack of T. Horton!!!!

  28. Jessica says:

    Love this description of yourself. Your blog name, too. And Diet Coke. Win!

  29. Just taped your follow button…I really enjoyed reading some of your stuff…keep’m coming. And, if you want you can check me out… Thanks

  30. just stumbled across your blog today…..I look forward to reading more!

  31. Sara says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland. Is it as beautiful as it is in my head? Haha. :)

  32. I decided to pass along “The Super Sweet Blogger Award”, to you and your blog. Your blog being one of my daily favorite reads! 
    If you wish to accept the award, you can find the info on my post here: Brooke’s Voice
    -Brooke’s Sister

  33. Scriptor Obscura says:

    You might like these sites by an Irish guy who actually lives in Ireland, in Dublin to be exact. He writes poetry and stories on two separate sites. I see that you like all things Irish so I just thought I’d share them with you. You can tell him I sent you if you want. Here’s his two sites if you want to take a look:

    joe2poetry.wordpress.com

    joe2stories.wordpress.com

  34. linda says:

    Enjoyed your comment to Viveka so much I had to pop over to see your blog and decided to visit for longer.. Gonna follow and see where you go…

  35. http://hannahfilos.wordpress.com/ well you asked, and I long to be asked, so here is a blog of mine that I believe you could greatly enjoy. :) P.S. your family sounds a lot like mine…only a tad bit smaller ;)

  36. […] the friends I’ve made via this blog, the number of you I’ve actually met (Miranda, Lisa, Colleen, Emily), the wedding of a blog buddy Sara and I attended, and two of my New York City blogger […]

  37. bwcarey says:

    love your honesty, if you check my blog you’ll see that the word don’t does not exist, see the images, and pass them on

  38. mewhoami says:

    Hello! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can read about it here: http://mewhoami.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/celebrating-100th-post-with-an-award/

  39. huntmode says:

    Hi Colleen, found you! Read your About page and the comments with delight, especially how many readers think you’re from Ireland. Grin. Bill of DealingWithCOPD blog fame raves about you and I’ve been meaning to follow up. Then, then, I saw you had visited me. Clearly, it was time. Glad to see you and read you. Best ~ HuntMode

    • HuntMode, thank you for hopping over for a visit! AND A FOLLOW!!! Bill is pretty good about sharing the love here. He’s awesome like that. I do get a bit of happiness when someone thinks I’m actually from Ireland, always a bonus! :)

  40. darkravengirl14 says:

    I wanted to say thank you for saying nice things about my mom all the time and for being her friend. u have written a lot on her blog and I went to yours a lot to read what u wrote about her. i am still sad a lot but am trying not to as i know she wouldn’t want me sad all the time. i am sorry it took me so long to let to thank you. Rachel

    • Thank you for taking the time to find me DarkRavenGirl14. My heart hurts for you. For your beautiful mom. I suspect she would be very very proud of you for reaching out to others like you have been. I hope you find laughter and her very special “smirkles” in the things you shared and loved together. Be well Rachel. And thank you so much.

  41. Hello Colleen, thank you for the follow, I have looked over your site (sorry for not having done so earlier) I love the Irish – my son-in-law is and he is the most beautiful person. I have visited Ireland sadly only once, I adore it and long to return. As I was reading through the comments on this page I saw Katie’s post… and well.. I think you know how I feel. I shall now look forward to following you, as I like what I have seen. :-) Thank you. x

    • :) Thank you RamblingsFAM. I know how busy we get in our blog world. Thank YOU for coming for a visit. It will be less costly for you to visit me than Ireland, though Ireland does make for splendid magic and memories doesn’t it? Like you, I adore it there. I bet you love to hear your son in laws voice! Nothing like the music of the Irish speaking to lift one’s heart.

      I miss our Irish Katie, and I do understand how you feel. I think she would be so tickled that so many of us have connected through her.

      • Ireland is magical and I do want to return. Yes he has a lilt, though it is slowly turning into an Aussie one..and I don’t know if we ‘lilt’ as much lol when he first arrived I had to tell him to slow down so I could understand him.
        Yes Katie, how I miss her greatly as we all do. She would be nodding and smirkling away if she could see us right now. xx

        • :) That’s a happy thought. Katie smirkling.

          And the Irish do talk quite fast! I think that is a trait I have inherited.

          And I have to say I very much enjoy the sound of an “Aussie” talking. ;)

  42. You have a really nice blog here. Found you through Tric.
    You just got a new follower.
    Irene

  43. mewhoami says:

    I thought I’d add a little Sunshine to your day with the Sunshine Award. Details in my post here: https://mewhoami.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/sunshine-award/

  44. Julie S says:

    My blog is Love, Support, Educate, Advocate, Accept…
    http://advocacyautismspecialneeds.wordpress.com/
    I’m hoping to keep it up beat, interesting, and welcoming for all. I’m working on ways to get people to join the conversation even if they don’t have a child with autism or special needs. Part of my advocacy mission is reaching out to the world beyond my cooped up 2 bedroom apartment :-) I really enjoyed your Valentine story. I’ll definitely be stopping by your blog from time to time. Happy Blogging!

    • Thank you Julie. I appreciate you coming over for a visit and staying with a ‘follow’. I’ll be back this weekend and hop over to see you. I look forward to discovering new people. Especially upbeat and interesting ones. ;)

  45. markbialczak says:

    This is something you deserve, Colleen, because perhaps it will be lucky. I nominate you for The Seven Awards. Enjoy.
    http://markbialczak.com/2014/03/04/this-award-come-in-sevens-an-amazing-bundle/

  46. mewhoami says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award. You can read about it here: https://mewhoami.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/quintet-of-radiance-award/

  47. markbialczak says:

    The last time I looked up loyal in the dictionary (to make sure I’m still spelling it correctly) I’m pretty sure I saw your blog-head there, Colleen. I nominate you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Congratulations and have some fun, if you will.
    http://markbialczak.com/2014/03/29/i-have-been-dragon-my-feet-on-loyalty-liebster-awards/

  48. artourway says:

    From this you sound very amazing to me. Thank you and hope to read along

  49. laura-w24 says:

    Well, hello lovely new blog to get stuck in to! Very glad I stumbled upon this little gem. Let the blog binge begin…

    • Well hello in return Laura-w24! Thanks for the visit. I am SO far behind on my comments and return blog checking outing. But I will be over!!! Binge away!!!! I adore blog bingers! :)

  50. reocochran says:

    I like to find out what makes people ‘tick’ in their about pages! This was a lovely introduction and it enticed me to ‘follow’ you! Best of luck in continuing all your pursuits and chattering about them, too! I started out just blogging about the single world of dating after fifty, then expanded with a byline of “relationships reveal our hearts!” Several of your followers, Mark and some of the females in your commenters I read, too! Smiles, Robin

    • Well another lovely person to follow back to their place and check out. That sounds kind of wrong if I say it out loud in a face to face setting. But in a blog to blog setting, I know it is completely appropriate and wonderful. :) I shall be by for a visit! :)

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  52. ParchedSouls says:

    Hi, I really really like your blog. I am so glad I stumbled upon this one. :)

  53. Enjoyed reading through your blog this afternoon.

  54. “Great Scott!” exclaimed the Canadian navigator of Irish ancestry, upon learning that Tim Hortons had successfully invaded Ireland.

    As if I needed another reason to visit, someday.

  55. Brother Jon says:

    I can connect to the part about anything being “fodder for my blog”, but the best part is when other people catch on to this. My brother and some of my friend from back home decided to drunk dial me this past weekend. About half way through the conversation someone in the background said “Uh-oh…we’re all going to be a blog post now!”

    • :) Lucky you! Most of my family reads hit and miss. But I, on the other hand, have been known to experience a moment and shout ‘blog’!!!! Because an idea has overcome me.

  56. Hi Chatter Master!

    It seems we have some friends/followers in common so I thought I’d pay you a visit. I look forward to reading your posts and wish you a lovely weekend!
    Lauren :)

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