Saturday Evening Interview

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Fellow blogger Dinata Misovec captures nature and her life moments with beautiful words and photos. Although Dinata began blogging on WordPress in February 2015, she isn’t a stranger to writing or taking photos. Dinata has big plans for her blogs. Please take a look and/or follow her wonderful WordPress blog here. Here is the link for her Blogspot Blog.

Me: So, how and when did you start your blog? 

I actually started writing it as an e-mail that I sent out to a distribution list in October of 2001. I don’t think we even had blogs back then! I had just retired early and we started cruising the east coast on our boat. I wanted to share the experience with my friends, family, and co-workers, so I shared the ship’s “log” that I wrote every night and, as now, included pictures. The first year, I had to find a cable for internet access in marina offices. Later, I got access with my cell phone, after 9 p.m. so it didn’t use up my minutes. Now I use a mobile hot spot.

Me: For those who don’t know about you or your blog, what is your blog about?

I write about my daily experiences to share the things I do, see, and eat.  I try to include enough detail to give a complete picture of what it is like.  That is why I include things like doing the laundry and cleaning house and not simply the beautiful views or pretty sunsets. We live in a motor home and travel for about six months in the summer.

I have two blogs.  www.dinatamisovec.com covers the daily life and travels.  I made a separate blog  http://bigcreekjournal.blogspot.com/.  That is for the time we spend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park volunteering as campground hosts.  That was an eye-opening, amazing experience I want to share with everyone who has ever visited, or wants to visit, a national park. That blog is incomplete.  I’ve only posted photos for previous years and have not finished posting the logs from this past summer. I’ll get around to finishing it one of these days!

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Me: When did you first start writing? 

I suppose that was some time in grade school when I learned enough words to put into a story.  I was a big letter writer as a child, but my friends were not as enthusiastic about it as I was and the exchanges tapered off. I always enjoyed writing assignments throughout my schooling, except the hard part of figuring out what to write about. I did not write for pleasure during my working life, but as soon as I retired, I began writing the daily log and sending it via email to friends, family, and coworkers.

Me: What future plans do you have for your blog?

I hope to turn my logs/blogs from our time in the Smoky Mountains National Park into a book.  I plan to get it out by the beginning of 2016, the 100th anniversary of the national parks. By volunteering in the park for a total of seven months now, we have learned so much about what goes on in a national park. Before that experience, I would look at the mountains, trees, animals, rocks, geysers, views, and water without realizing all the drama that takes place in the park every day with the people. I want to share that!

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Me: If you had to describe yourself using one word, what would the word be and why?

Scholar.  That’s what my husband Andy says anyway. But, not in the sense of formal education or being particularly knowledgeable about any given subject.  I am always looking things up with Google and Wikipedia.  Really, more than once a day a question comes into my head and I look it up on line to learn more about it.  Before the internet, I used my library of reference books. Maybe the word should be “curious”.

Me: What motivates you the most in life and why?

I guess it would be that curiosity. Now that I am not working or raising a family I have the time to look around. And, I have time to study (not too thoroughly) whatever interests me.

Me: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

Taking photographs and writing my blog. We try to walk several miles a day for exercise too.

Me: What are some of your favorite things in life?

I love travel.  It doesn’t have to be distant or exotic to see new things and people. I have discovered that just about everywhere we go, there is something of interest. Of course my husband, children, and especially my grandchildren. But, I could go on all day about the grandchildren!  I love all kinds of music.  And, pizza!  I love pizza!

Me: Pet peeves? Rude people. It’s not so hard to learn to be polite and respectful.

Lying, cheating, stealing, etc. – especially on the part of politicians.

Wastefulness.  I hate to find rotten produce or leftovers in the refrigerator!

Bad grammar. I regularly hold my tongue because I know it is not my job to correct strangers, but it makes me cringe.

Me: What’s one of the best things about your hometown and why?

Marathon, in the Florida Keys, is surrounded by the sea.  The keys are a string of hundreds of islands over a hundred miles long with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Me: What’s a little known fact nobody really knows about you? 

That’s a secret! Everything else, I’ve put in my logs and blogs.

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Photos from Dinata’s blog.

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