The Honest Scrap–To Do or Not To Do

Honest Scrap

So Lisa Gustavson at Get In The Garden has awarded me the honor of The Honest Scrap Award. I don’t usually do these kinds of things, but we’ll get to that below. To accept this honor, I’ve got to tell you 10 honest things about myself that you wouldn’t know from reading the blog. And I’ve got to tag 7 other bloggers to participate in being honored in this way. Thanks Lisa!

So here we go, 10 things to know:

  1. I never do these kinds of things. Really, never. I mean, Who Cares? But Lisa did a great list, and she doesn’t even like chocolate. And Helen Yoest did it, and she eats sardines out of the can. Teresa O’Connor did it, and she allows a few slackers to survive in her garden. And Helen Battersby did it too, and she doesn’t have any dust bunnies in her house or weeds in her garden. HaHa. No slacking for her. So I will play along, too. It’s kind of fun.
  2. I like watching birds. Oh, and butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ants, even squirrels. In fact, give me a pair of binoculars and put me outside and I’m a happy girl. I’d rather be doing that than almost anything else I can think of.
  3. I have a crazy obsession with understanding how things work. When I was young, my brother and I would trash pick TVs, radios, and all kinds of appliances so we could take them apart and put them back together.
  4. Now I like to figure out how things work TOGETHER. Like what group of plants is the best at attracting tons of butterflies to my garden.
  5. My garden is for the birds. Literally. Humans are really good at taking. Taking habitat. Taking resources. My garden is about giving something back: to the birds, butterflies, and other critters who benefit from a helping hand in giving back some habitat.
  6. I love chocolate. Lisa you can send yours to me.
  7. I love cheese. Melty, gooey, delicious cheese. I wish I only had to eat chocolate and cheese.
  8. There are books in every room of my house. Shelves are overflowing. I need a bigger house so I have room to shelve all of my books. I love to read. I love to learn new things. Most of these books are non-fiction about subjects that interest me.
  9. My sweetie and I have been together for almost 18 years.
  10. We are the proud parents of two Plott Hounds, unrelated but from the same shelter. Morgan and Otis are the joy of my life. And three cats. I don’t like them as much, but I like to keep the family harmony, so I don’t complain. Except when they jump on my head when I am sound asleep.

So there you have it. The whole me. Now it’s time to learn some fascinating things about some other writers. Helen, Lisa, and Teresa have already tagged many of my favorite garden bloggers, so I’ll broaden out a little.

Tag, you’re it:

Alison Kerr at Loving Nature’s Garden

Risa Edlestein at Garden and the Good Life

Rachel Mathews at Successful Garden Design

Robin Shreeves at A Little Greener Every Day

Wendy Gabriel at My Green Side

Melissa Hincha Ownby at Raising Them Green

Bethe Almeras at The Grass Stain Guru

Can’t wait to learn more about you! Why not come here and put links to your Honest Scrap Award posts. That would be fun.

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About Carole Sevilla Brown

Carole Sevilla Brown is a Conservation Biologist who firmly believes that wildlife conservation begins in your own back yard. Carole is an author, educator, speaker, and passionate birder, butterfly watcher,  and naturalist who travels around the country teaching people to garden sustainably, conserve natural resources, and create welcoming habitat for wildlife so that you will attract more birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife. She gardens for wildlife in Philadelphia, zone 6b, and created the philosophy of Ecosystem Gardening. Watch for her book Ecosystem Gardening, due out soon. Carole is managing editor of  Beautiful Wildlife Garden, and also  Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Follow Carole on Facebook and also @CB4wildlife and on Google+


  1. Enjoyed reading your post. I know these things aren’t easy to write, but at least we can learn a bit more about each other.

    One thing you forgot to add: You’re also very considerate to always mention other gardeners, bloggers and eco-lovers in your blog. That’s an impressive personal trait too.

    All the best, Teresa

    • Thanks, Teresa! *blushes* I like to think in terms of abundance and not scarcity. There’s such an abundance of wonderful writing out there, that I just have to share it. I really enjoy the wealth of seasonal lore and knowledge you share.

  2. Oh Carole, THANK YOU! This is a wonderful and witty list! I’ll save my chocolates for you (have to hide them from my hubby, though) but I’m keeping my cheese. I also love, love, love reading and we have books all over our house as well. Who wants to visit a house that doesn’t have any books anyway? I have a lot to learn from you and I’m looking forward to it.

    • Lisa, Mmmmm, yummy thanks for the chocolate wishes. I was once told that my house looked like a library with a rummage sale in the middle…..Don’t know if that’s good or bad. Haha

  3. I’ve never done one of these either… thanks for tagging me (and tagging a number of bloggers that I would’ve tagged)! ;) Seriously, it looks like a lot of fun, now to think of 10 things that wouldn’t bore the pants off of everyone and 7 bloggers with a sense of fun!

    • Wendy, Sorry about that! :) Can’t wait to read your post. It was fun. And I can’t believe I’m saying that! But who wants to read bloggers who don’t have a sense of fun……

  4. Rachel Mathews says:

    Mmm this is a tough one… 10 things you don’t know about me from my blog is fairly easy – it’s the who else to tag part that’s a little bit difficult… I’ll put my thinking cap on!

    • Rachel: Looking forward to reading your post. And I’m sure you’ll find some great folks to tag. There’s a wealth of wonderful writers out there. And you are certainly one of them!

  5. Thanks Carole for including me on your list. You’ve just given me an idea for a very easy blog post for tomorrow. Well, at least you gave me the topic. That’s a blessing!

  6. I had smoked Gouda & dark chocolate for dinner with a glass of Chianti. I would like to pretend I am all classy, but really I’m just lazy. :-) Bethe

  7. Funny, I never thought of it before, but I have books in every room of my house as well, including the kitchen & the bathroom. And that’s despite a nonstop effort to get some of the cursed things out of here. They multiply like rabbits. Or maybe bindweed.
    .-= Sonia Simone´s last blog ..How To Write For Regular Readers =-.

    • Carole Brown says:

      Noooo! Not the dreaded bindweed! I must admit I’ve been selling off some of my books on Amazon for a few years now. Thousands have gone out the door. And I STILL have overflowing shelves…..But at least now I only have the good ones :)

  8. I love you post, Carole! I chuckled about the cat comment! Now I know what to bring when I visit your garden – Cheese filled chocolate! H.
    .-= Helen Yoest @ Gardening With Confidence™´s last blog ..Helen’s Haven™ Hath No Fury in a Winter Snow =-.


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