"Feral ~ from feminine of ferus wild: having escaped from domestication and become wild"...




Thursday

New Spring rains




Like rain from the sky, written words run in our family. My mother was a writer. She kept life journals, and travel journals, noting special occasions in her beautiful cursive handwriting. She would write letters to family and foe alike, and we even could include her jotting remarks on charts for her patients as a Pediatric RN. When she died in 2005, she left a legacy of words, a written trail for us to follow.

Recently my wonderful sister passed on to me an autobiography my mother wrote in 1942 when she was just 15 years old -


"My plans are not quite definite. I shall complete the four years of high school, and I would like to go to college. For a long time I have planned to be a nurse in the hospital or an army nurse. I like to get people well and happy. Another position I would like to have is that of a Chemist. I like Science and I would also like to study Biology. I think Chemistry is very interesting..."




Written many years ago, her words reveal so much of who she was, and was to become. Her love of Science and her determination of having a career was evident, even though this was not encouraged for women in 1942. Though she may not have felt like it at the time, she was brave, intelligent, and a writer; she could put into words her heart's desire by her own hand. And we, her family, were brought closer to her and to understanding our familial ties by reading her words. How magical that the written word can bind people, even after death!

So it is important for us to write, and leave behind the written word which can benefit others. Our words can flow into crevices of knowledge, emotion and entertainment, gathering momentum until they spill forever on those whose minds and hearts will read them. Such is the importance of the written word.

My mother's new words are no more.

But I continue to write on.


And now so does my Daughter.




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Introducing a new Blog


 by blogger Wild Abigal 








Im very excited to do this interview, 
because the interviewee is my Daughter, Wild Abigal!

She has her own blog and is writing about her exploits 
of owning a small Lakeside cabin. 
Her writing skills will make you laugh and learn along with her
as she tackles new small home ownership 
with her handsome Husband, handsome Puppy 
and THREE fiesty cats! 




Im excited!  Let us begin, shall we?


Okay Wild Abigal, You come from a long line of storytellers, so my first question is - what do you like about writing in general, and how do you apply this to your blog?



​Well, I really, really love reading both factual and fictional stories. I think storytelling is very important to us as humans on both a cultural and personal level. ​It's how we share experiences and relate to one another. So writing/blogging to me serves as an extension of my own experiences that I can share with people who are not in my immediate everyday circle. I like writing because it opens that door for others to share their own stories and maybe give people a look into a life that's different from their own. By starting my blog, I really hope my writing can be inspirational yet down-to-earth. I think the best blogs out there, like yours, are approachable and uncomplicated views into a person's everyday existence. 



From one writer to another, thank you for that beautiful compliment! Hey, you have been always creative; now you own an etsy shop, The Handsome Hound and recently bought a small lake cabin, becoming part of the tiny house movement. What do you plan in the future for your blogposts? Will you be tackling new creative projects and writing about them?


Thank you! I love being creative! 


My first posts will mostly be about the home buying process as a first time home buyer as well as a continuation of how and why we ​decided to live in a small home. Since our house is little, about 800 sq ft, I also plan on blogging mostly about the DIY home updates I've planned to maximize​ ​space. From things as simple to changing out cabinet hardware to ambitious built-in furniture projects, hopefully my blog friends will be entertained by my ability (maybe inability at times... hehe) to create a cozy, somewhat stylish home in a smaller than average space. I also have a backyard space that needs a garden makeover so that will take up more than a few posts. Oh! and my animal babies will of course be a part of many of my blog entries. The four of them are my constant companions. 



Speaking of which - how did you meet David, your wonderful husband, and your sassy stepcat, Salix ?



We were neighbors when I first moved to Missoula, MT. Our roommates were mutually annoyed when we would hang out and flirt by making our cats hiss at each other. One month after meeting, we started dating. Two years after dating, we moved in together, and after five years together we were married this past July. We'll be celebrating our first year of marriage and six years together this summer!



YAY! Your wedding was the highest highlight of 2014 for us! Okay, fourth question- your blogger name is Wild Abigal -why did you choose that name?


Well... I have a feral mother... Although I mostly plan for everything well in advance, I have my wild moments! ​

​Plus, sometimes I exist outside of social norms so wild for me is a more positive label than "weird" or "kinda odd" haha!



Its hereditary! yikes! Speaking of wild moments, how often do you think you'll be posting ?


​Once a week to start. My second post will be next week Monday. I will post more if it is a larger project that takes a few days. I love comparing the before and after pictures once I've completed DIY projects​ ​so spreading those posts out over the week will probably be the best option as I continue to make this small house home.



Already you are better at blogging then your feral mother! Okay, now just to clarify again, how do you know gowestferalwoman? 

You (GWFeralwoman) are my Mom, Mama, Mutti, and finally Maman if I'm feeling french and want to shout your name in a store to find you...



And such a proud Maman I am!!!!! Even though Im feral and might hide once in a while in the chocolate aisle!! 



Anyhow, Thank you Wild Abigal for talking to me today!



And




Thank you everyone for taking the time 

to read our interview with Wild Abigal


Make sure you check out her blog !

Click on the red box below







because in our family,



the new Spring rains have arrived...





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11 comments:

  1. Well now I am excited to see the writing/storytelling genes now coming to my inbox. I look forward to reading the family tradition of excellent writing and storytelling. Wild Abigail I look forward to reading your blog. Your Mother does indeed keep us guessing about her blogging schedule:) I am sure that part is not genetic.
    Feral woman that is the greatest gift indeed. It made me cry but the good kind of cry. HUG B

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  2. How super cool to see your interests and talents shared with your daughter. Story telling and writing are more than just entertainment and a pass time; they are the making of history and the contributing to the deepening of understanding and the fertilizer for our roots. The actual words and opinions of a family member or ancestor are priceless. I'm looking forward to reading posts from Wild Abigail and the Little Lake House.

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  3. p.s. LOVE the bluebird photo!

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  4. Very glad to see the legacy continue. I'm looking forward to more from both of you!

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  5. Who says there aren't any new words from your Mother? Could be she's using your hand(s) to help her write them...

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  6. I love the thought of you all writing together over the years :-).

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  7. What a wonderful post, to highlight your mother's words from her early thoughts about a path of study and a career. That's pretty sweet. And how great that you have become a writer, and your daughter, too, has taken up the pen to share her stories. I'm looking forward to it. Keep on writtin'.

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  8. What strong creative genes you all have! I loved your daughter's post and will add her to my 'must read' blogs - along with her uber-talented mother.... xoxo

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  9. I looked at her new blog. What a lucky girl to have a home by the river. You can definitely tell she has your talent for writing!

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I am feral, so although I dont respond at all like most domesticated bloggers, I will try my best - Thank you for even wanting to leave a comment, as it may draw me out from the woods from whence I came!

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