Retail Nursery Owner
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I moved here in 2013 — My daughter didn’t know a lot of people here, and my grandkids were here. I was between jobs, so it was perfect timing.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
Probably La Palma. I haven’t eaten out much since I’ve been in Hermiston.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read. I do a lot of reading.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
I think when I first moved here, I thought it’d be like a desert. There’s a lot more greenery than I expected. As much, if not more, farming than on the west side.
What was the last book you read?
I’m reading “The Walled City” by Ryan Graudin. It’s pretty good — I started it this morning and am a third of the way through.
What app or website do you use most often?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I always thought Australia or New Zealand would be an interesting place to visit.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?
Afterward it was funny — during, not so much. I was home alone and it was early morning. I was still in bed. Our cat, Houdini, was still a kitten. He would always jump on my bed to wake me up. I felt something move up alongside the covers, so I look over the covers, and I’m staring a baby possum in the face. It was alive. He’d brought it in the house to play with. We laugh at it now, but it was pretty freaky at the time.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
To get a job in the Eugene area. Now that I’m almost 60, I want to be in AC in the summer, and heat in the winter. It’s time to go back to an indoor job.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Raising my kids to be self-sustaining adults that our raising their own families the way they should be. It’s important to raise good people.