About Me

Hello and welcome! My name is Patricia. I live in the rural community of Sparta, Tennessee, USA. It’s part of Middle TN’s beautiful Upper Cumberland Region where you can find miles of hiking trails to picturesque, rocky bluffs or a multitude of scenic waterfalls or simply to take a calm, peaceful stroll through a forest. It’s a quiet, simple life here, not much hustle and bustle. The natural beauty of the area keeps me inspired to constantly practice my hobbies of photography and drawing. As my tagline says,

Our creativity, our ingenuity, and our gentleness should be our legacy to our children…
I choose to share my life in this way.

Nature, hiking, graphic design, illustration, drawing, photography, piano, psychology, sociology, philosophy, & inspiring creative thought are just a few of my obsessions. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog! ~Patricia

13 Facts About Me That Make Me – Me

1. I created my internet “identity” many, many years ago. I’ve kept “pixygiggles” because it describes me to a “T.” Pixy – because I’m petite and a friend in college said I looked like a little pixie sitting on the small granite bench we made for our Japanese Garden Project in 3-D design/sculpture class. Later, it took on a secondary meaning for my love of photography, pix-y.

Giggles – because a good friend pointed out that I always giggle, which I do. It’s a nervous habit. So from that day on, she and her husband always called me “Giggles.” I loved that nickname so much because it was like a faith confession of my intent to be happy despite so much adversity in my adult life.

A note about nicknames: Please, I beg of you, never call me “Pat” or “Patty.” Those two shortenings of my real name grate on my nerves like nails on a chalkboard! I stubbornly ignore those people who make this mistake.

 2. Beside my passion for all things art (photography and drawing being my main focus), my other passion is music — listening to it, playing piano, singing. I enjoy singing very loudly in my car when I am driving alone. Art and music seem to go hand in hand, perfectly. Much of my inspiration for art comes to me through music.

As far as learning to play piano, I’m self-taught and play mostly by ear. I also taught myself to read music by the time I was in high school; however, my reading skills are sorely lacking. Piano will always hold a special place in my heart as it was something that came naturally to me and helps me manage difficult emotions.

3. My first free-hand drawing was of Beetle Bailey in second grade. I’ve loved drawing ever since. My first camera was a Kodak Disc camera that I received as a Christmas gift from my parents as a kid sometime in the early 80’s. I’ve loved photography ever since.

4. I’m very much a loner — shy, socially anxious to the point of avoidance, and also an introvert. There’s a difference. An introverted person requires alone time to de-stress and usually has a rich “inner world,” among other things, whereas “shyness” denotes a fear of others’ perception that can be as extreme as social anxiety. I’m all of the above. I don’t talk much. I’m more of a quiet observer. I was always very shy throughout school, but singing karaoke actually helped me break through my shyness quite a bit in my adult years. For the past 10 years, however, social anxiety wreaked havoc on my life which brings me to my next point.

5. Being around many people (or even a few) is exhausting and overwhelming for me. I must have my alone time to function properly and decompress. On top of the social anxiety, I’ve also struggled with Depression (big “D” Depression — the illness, not the emotion) for many years and PTSD symptoms since 1998. This makes it particularly difficult for me to keep a job because so often social phobia (that borders on agoraphobia) prevents me from leaving my home. A “good” week means I get out at least 2 or 3 times per week. A “bad” week is more like once, if I’m lucky. Still working on this one….

6. I hate to have my routine interrupted. Change is bad, mkay. Change causes me a great deal of distress. Being highly sensitive and oftentimes hypersensitive in almost every way is like being constantly bombarded by unseen daggers. Over-stimulation has always been a huge problem for me. I also get distracted very, very easily. Look, a bunny!

7. I often have great difficulty in expressing myself verbally. I don’t think anyone would ever call me quick-witted. I think slowly and deliberately and far too often second-guess myself whether I’m talking with someone or writing a quick email or blog post or whatever else. I often struggle to find the “perfect” word to describe what I mean. A lot of times I make no comments or write nothing as a result. I put a lot of thought, effort, and time into what I do write; but I have to admit I’m very slow. I’m also a bit dyslexic. Reading can be a chore at times when distractions seem constant.

8. I am not a phone person — never have been, never will be. My family didn’t even have a telephone until my 4th grade year of elementary school. Oddly enough, I can remember that first phone number to this day. Ask me my phone number now, and I have to look up the number on my phone every time!

9. I obsess over certain topics. Examples: insects, flowers, plants, trees, animals (in other words, pretty much anything in the natural world); religion; life; philosophy; psychology; photography; art. I’m a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” But try to get me to take an interest in something I have no interest in and forget it. My eyes gloss over, and I’m lost in my imagination in seconds.

10. I have absolutely NO concept of time! At. All. Despite time being my most valuable, most precious asset, I find myself losing track of time constantly. Did the Universe just speed up? Or what?

11. I’m very much a cat person. I share my life with 4 cats. Yeah, I know, that’s A LOT of cats; but they keep me entertained and love unconditionally. I sometimes believe that I am more their pet than the other way around. Above all else, they are a family.

A quick update: I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog post about this yet, even more than a year later as of this update. This broke my heart. My sweet girl, Dasha, was euthanized on January 11, 2016 due to an illness that caused her kidneys to shut down. The pain and sorrow of losing a pet, a cherished family member such as Dasha, is truly a great loss. She will be dearly missed and forever hold a special place in my heart and soul.

Rest in peace, Dasha — September 2006 – January 11, 2016. All my love.

So… I’m down to 4. Kat was born sometime between October and December 2005. Sasha (Dasha’s sister) was born around September 2006. Moses was born in April 2000. And Sierra was born in May 2001.

More photos of our fur kids are located in my Pet Photography set on Flickr.

12. My goals in life are to survive, experience as much as I can, and to learn as much as I can to help others along their path as well. I find very little value in “things.” I’m a minimalist. Nature is a great source of strength and energy for me as it reminds me to be mindfully aware. I hike to re-energize myself. I hike for not only my physical health, but also for my mental and spiritual health as well. Go ahead, you can call me a hippie. I won’t take offense to that label. Labels are just our mind’s way of trying to organize a chaotic world.

I value reason and rational thought above belief and perception, even if my own beliefs and perceptions can sometimes be skewed. I believe that our beliefs and perceptions are meant to constantly change, perhaps many times throughout our lives; but that is also a belief and may be subject to change (haha). Sometimes, faith is a necessary tool to hope for a better future.

There is no one label that defines my spiritual beliefs. I hope there never is because I challenge myself every day to look at something from a different perspective and hopefully, gain a bit more wisdom about my place in this world. The meaning of life is simply what you make of it. Find your passion, define your role, set goals and work towards those goals to find your peace. For everyone else, the answer to life is 42. Yep, I’m also a geek.

13. I’m a kindhearted, highly sensitive, self-conscious introvert who can sometimes be a bit neurotic. I’m a strong-willed survivor who faces life’s challenges with determination and persistence. I refuse to give up. I’m a conscious observer who values kindness, compassion, empathy, and understanding; yet, I have no time for nonsense and drama. My impassioned curiosity for everything in this world and this life experience fuels my creativity and imagination into artistic expression through writing, photography, art, and music that I hope somehow leaves this world a better place just for my having lived for this brief moment in history.

Still want to know more about me? Visit My Favorite Things. Feel free to add me to your circles on Google+! I’m always interested in making new friends whether it’s online or real life. Suggested circles: artist, illustrator, hobbyist photographer, snapshot photography, blogger, or social media.


pixygiggles@gmail.comPlease, feel free to leave comments or just say hello. I would love to know you stopped by!

Contact Me: pixygiggles@gmail.com

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23 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Thank you, Glen, for visiting and for asking permission to feature my photos. I have no problem with you sharing any of my photos. I only ask that you credit me as the photographer (Patricia Booth). Thanks again for stopping by!

  1. Hi Patricia,
    1) I don’t know who Beatle Bailey is – I suspect I’m too old for the reference!
    2) Not to worry, I won’t call you on the phone!
    (I don’t own a t.v. – my parents didn’t get one till I was in 6th grade. Could it be that late introduction to these things make us disinclined….?)
    3) Your vocabulary is just fine as it is, ask Ernest Hemingway…
    4) While I don’t obsess, I dabbled for five years in “insects, flowers, plants, trees, animals”, see SilverLining-MaryMcAvoy.com if interested in my amateur observations and some pretty photos!
    5) What is “time”?! (If I could put a photo in this comment, I’d send you a photo of my kitchen clock — which is a tumbling mass of numbers in a puddle at the bottom of a clock face that has “whatever” written across the top. That’s my idea of time!)
    6) My goal in life is to breathe, till my last breath.
    7) David is one lucky guy, so are your combined five cats!
    8) Hmmm…..I’d like to think that everyone else is socially inept who is not “artistic, creative, determined, compassionate, empathetic, [and a] conscious observer”
    Thank you for your honest exposure of “self”. You helped to me see my own self better!

    1. Mary, I love all your comments! Thank you so much for stopping by.

      RE:
      1) Beetle Bailey (just noticed I misspelled it on this post – going to correct that) was my favorite Sunday “funnies” cartoon (newspaper). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beetle_Bailey
      Come to think of it, I haven’t seen that comic strip in ages!

      2) You may be on to something about disinclination due to late introduction. And the commercials make TV a horrible waste of time.

      3) Thank you for that. 🙂

      4) I look forward to looking through your photos.

      5) That clock sounds like a real hoot! The image in my mind is as clear as a photo just from your description.

      6) Sounds like a great goal.

      7) & 8) Thank you for these, also!

  2. Hi there! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you & was wondering if you could please email me when you have a free moment. Thanks! I really hope to hear from you soon and appreciate you taking the time. ☺ cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com

  3. Hi Patricia! I hope you are having a good summer. For about a month now I’ve been finding myself wondering, a few times a week, if you’re on vacation or busy with your art or just done with blogging! I’ve been missing your posts! I have really slacked off this summer with posting. Lots of stuff’s been going on in my day to day life. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and miss you!
    Mary

    1. Hello, Mary! It has been a wonderful summer, just an extremely busy one. Wow, I hadn’t realized that it’s already been 2 months since my last post. An update is coming soon, hopefully. There are certainly a lot of photos to catch up on. David and I recently had the opportunity to move; and ever since we moved, I haven’t been online as much as I was previously, not to mention it took a month just to get the internet hooked up. Hopefully, I’ll get back into the blogosphere soon; but for now, I’m enjoying the fact that we can actually use our yard at the new place and taking advantage of every opportunity to be outdoors. Moving took a lot out of me (physically and emotionally), so I’ve taken a bit of extra time for myself. But by no means am I done blogging. I enjoy it too much. Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello! That means a lot to me.
      All the best to you,
      Patricia

      1. I’m so glad you’re having a nice summer! Moving is exhausting. I feel for you. (I made a big move in 2012 and I was months recovering. I have fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue so I am thrown off my energy horse pretty easily and it takes me a while to get back on!) I’m so glad for you and David, especially that you can enjoy the outdoors more. I know you love it! I’m looking forward to your photos!
        It’s been a gorgeous summer here in New England. Warm days, cool nights. There have been few humid days, which is fine with me!
        I’ve been distracted from my usual posting activity since May when my 24 yr old daughter came home sick and weak. After much testing, she’s been diagnosed with POTS – a condition I’d never heard of. Here’s a link if you’re interested:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postural_orthostatic_tachycardia_syndrome
        She’s feeling better and has returned to her own place. But she still has a long way to go. Her life has been kind of stagnant for three years. I’m glad to finally understand why she’s has gone off course. She so bright and capable but she’d become virtually inert. It was such a worry. We still have lots of m.d. appointments. Anyway, caring for her and getting this resolved has consumed much of my time and energy. I might post about it just to raise awareness. It’s often misdiagnosed as anxiety…for which she’s been being treated for several years… Makes me wonder. Yikes.
        It’s been great to hear from you!
        Mary

      2. So sorry to hear about your daughter’s illness, but glad she’s feeling better. Anxiety can often be a symptom of physical illnesses. It’s a shame that there’s so much guesswork in the field of medicine. If you add to the mix the doctors who don’t or “can’t” take the time to actually listen to their patients’ complaints (as has been the case much of my life), it’s almost impossible to get an accurate diagnosis, let alone effective treatment.

        I had never heard of POTS. An awareness post about it is a great idea! Best wishes to you and your daughter.

  4. Hi “Giggles!” Thanks for liking my Tennessee Livin’ blog post. I’m just finding your site for the first time, but I like what I see so far and I *LOVE* the bug and critter pics!

    -Scott

    1. Hello, Scott, and welcome! I periodically check out what others are writing about the state of TN which is how I happened across your blog. I enjoyed reading your post about East TN – my home away from home, where I was born and raised. I’m currently living in the Upper Cumberland region of TN, not too far away.

      I went ahead and gave you a follow because I enjoy reading about adventures such as yours. Traveling is so exciting! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.

      -Patricia

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