3 1/2 Facts x Two

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Mek at Work in Progress (10000hoursleft) recently received the One Lovely Blog Award and invited us to also post 7 facts about ourselves (3 1/2 each).  Luckily we each have half a fact that works with the other to make one!

Fact 1:
Kerfe:  I begin every morning with coffee (cream, no sugar) and Brown Cow vanilla yogurt with fresh berries (blue, straw, black or rasp). I like iced coffee in the afternoon and herbal tea before bed.
Nina:  I was skipped twice in elementary school thereby missing the basic facts of mathematics.  To this day I count on my fingers.  I was always the youngest kid in the class and graduated high school at 16.

Fact 2:
Nina:  One of the times I got skipped was (I think) because of a drawing I did of Kate Smith sitting on her moon and singing “when the moon comes over the mountain”.  I wish I still had this drawing and for that matter I wish I had all the drawings I’ve ever done.
Kerfe: I was voted “most artistic girl” in my senior class of high school.  But I really always wanted to be a cheerleader.

Fact 3:
Kerfe:  My first job (after babysitting) was working for my older brother at the University of Maryland, where he was a student employed in the physics lab. I can’t remember how much I made, but they couldn’t find any college students willing to take the job at the salary offered, so it couldn’t have been much. My brother asked me if I would like to try, so I worked on Saturdays during the school year, and during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school. I measured data graphs with an instrument that traced the contours, doing several readings of each to make sure they were correct, and typed punch cards for the computer (this was 1968). We lived in Bowie, Maryland, at the time, which was near the University, but moved out of working range in the middle of my junior year–thus ending my career in science.
Nina:  I’ve been playing the guitar since I was about 12 years old.  That would make it around 56 years of more or less playing the guitar all the time.  I bought a Martin with babysitting money; it’s a small parlor guitar and not worth a lot of money but it’s my favorite possession.  It never goes out of tune.

Fact 1/2 plus 1/2:
Nina:  I received a BFA from the University of Cincinnati in 1969.
Kerfe:  I attended the University of Cincinnati in 1970-71.
I was a student at FIT 1971-73, graduating with an AA in Fashion Design.
Nina:   I received an AA from FIT in 1974.
The universe finally got its timing right around 1975.  We were both employed as textile designers at Fair-tex Mills, Kerfe in knits, and Nina in prints.  A friendship was born!


Our Wordpress avatar, above, which you may recognize, was put together from drawings we did of each other in 1978 (Kerfe by Nina on the left, and Nina by Kerfe on the right).  The drawings that start this post are our 2017 updates, 40 years later.  We look just the same, right? (or maybe even better).

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28 responses to “3 1/2 Facts x Two”

  1. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    Wow this is so cool! I loved reading about the two of you and your freindship! Two creative, artistic and wonderful people! xxxx

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  2. 10000hoursleft says :

    I loved reading this, thanks for doing it n&k! The two half facts are the best. Your friendship was destined xx p.s. I can’t choose between the old portraits and the new.

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  3. Claudia McGill says :

    This is a charming two life story. Meant to be.

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  4. merrildsmith says :

    Fun facts from you both–lovely!

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  5. Jodi says :

    love it and love you ladies!

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  6. memadtwo says :

    We may not look better but we’ve aged well, like fine wine. Thanks for putting this together K!

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  7. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    A lovely way to get to know you both better!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. hannalietaute says :

    Congratulations on the blog award!!!. Loving this post. Getting to know you and Nina a little bit better. Love the drawing you did of each other too. What a lovely friendship you have. xx

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  9. Sharon Mann says :

    Lives well lived together!

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  10. Jill Kuhn says :

    I enjoyed reading how your friendship began! ❤️ Nice that you have continued your friendship and still enjoy creating art together. 😄

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  11. Carol says :

    It is good to get to know you better, Kerfe. I had no idea you were in Cincinnati – my town -for college! It has changed a lot over the years. I admire that you have been artistic all your life as I wish I had some formal instruction back in the day. I am glad you and Nina became friends at work and started your interesting blog! 💐

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