I wrote an about me page last October but it sucked and no one could get to it anyway because I didn’t have a link on my blog. DUH!!! So this is my new ABOUT ME page.

Update 1-02-12

  • I recently got a total knee replacement.  Not that recently anymore.  March 2009
  • I  moved to Martha’s Vineyard with my daughter and her hubby Feb 2009
  • I recently lost 84 pounds. Gained back 24  but am back on track again
  • I still have to lose another 115 pounds, give or take. Oh Lord, who cares how much I have to lose.  Let’s say it’s a lot.
  • After having double pneumonia a few years ago, I decided to make some drastic changes in my life.
  • I am 60 years old. Not any more.  62 1/2
  • I live with my daughter, my son-in-law, my 11 month old granddaughter and my ex husband whom I refer to as Wasband.  Granddaughter is now 2 1/2
  • The wasband and I are best friends. He has a great girlfriend.
  • I have always been good friends with his girlfriends. He’s only had two long term ones (when he gets dumped he always comes and lives with me). His  girlfriend now is really nice.
  • I do all the cooking. I love to cook. You eat weight watchers food here or you eat nothing. My son-in-law is thin and loves my cooking. He just eats twice as much. My wasband has a pot belly and he eats twice as much. My daughter lost 40 pounds when I started weight watcher’s. I pack breakfast and lunch for her everyday.  She’s gained weight but it is all baby.
  • I also do her laundry and her errands. She works hard and long hours and I will do anything for her. I gave her my house but the deal is that I come with the house, forever. She loves having her dad and I living here.
  • My goal is to lose the weight, get two new knees which I need desperately and be in good physical shape so she can have a baby and keep working while I stay home and take care of it. She loves her work and doesn’t want to be a stay at home mom. She also doesn’t want her baby in day care so I am the perfect solution. Plus I loved being a stay at home mom and I get to do it all over again.
  • I just hope that my back pain eases up when I get the new knees and lose the weight. At this point I can only stand for a few minutes. Thankfully, I can walk to my car and walk inside any store with a cripple cart which I have to use. If I go shopping with my daughter we bring my wheelchair which she has to push. She gets her exercise on those days.
  • I cook from my wheelchair. I keep burning myself on the stove. I’ve got to stop that.
  • I am legally disabled so I can park in handicapped spots. I also volunteer for the police department and can give out tickets to illegal cars parked in handicapped spaces. I love giving out tickets.
  • I love feeding the birds.
  • I love blogging.
  • I see a therapist.
  • I take Zoloft, along with high blood pressure meds which I have cut the dosage in half since I have lost the weight. I take prednisone which I hate taking and have cut back to 10mgs but it has increased the pain in my knees. I won’t take any opiate pain meds which I have been offered-way too addicting. I’d rather be in pain then be an addict. I’ve seen what my son went through.
  • My memory sucks but I don’t think I have alzheimers. I just think I have a sucky memory.
  • My sister used to live one street over and is my best friend. I would be lost without her. We talk everyday, sometimes three or four times a day on the phone. I can tell her anything.
  • I love my family more than anything else in the world.
  • I have cut down on my TV watching. I used to be a couch potato. Now I only watch it for 1-2 hours a day.
  • I love to read and buy way to many books.
  • I love Science fiction books, movies, TV shows.
  • I mind my own business. What other people do is their business unless they hurt one of my family and then it’s my business.
  • I love thunderstorms and blizzards.
  • I hate olives, pickles, and cucumbers.
  • I love pizza, potatoes, good dark chocolate, cashews and bleu cheese
  • I am a homebody. I would rather be home than anywhere else. I have lived in this house for 34 years.
  • I am an open book. I wear my feelings on my sleeve.
  • I have three black cats. One of them, Yoda, thinks he’s a dog.  Update, I have only 1 black cat now.
  • I love astronomy. I can name all the constellations in the sky and many of the stars.
  • I owned a health food store for 25 years. I can tell you anything about herbs and supplements.
  • I’ve never worn make up-ever
  • I’ve never used face creams or cleansers or anything else on my face.
  • I have nice skin.
  • I’m not a fanatic about eating chemicals or putting them on your skin but I do try to limit them.
  • The average person either eats, breathes or puts on their skin about 200 chemicals a day, many of them toxic. I try to cut that at least in half. I’m aiming to cut it back by 3/4.
  • My middle name is Anne
  • I listed my favorite foods but the only one I eat is potatoes.
  • I love all my  blogging friends.
  • I despise liars and thieves and people who are rude.
  • When I was young my nickname was the Wiz because I could solve any algebra problem. I used to do algebra problems for fun, the way people do crossword puzzles. When I was in high school they gave a logarithm problem to all the students and teachers. I was only one of two who solved it. The other was a teacher. Now, I don’t even remember what a logarithm is. A lot of good it did me learning that.
  • I only went to college for part of one semester, then my parents talked me into quitting and getting a job. They didn’t much believe in education. Now I can’t learn enough. I want to know everything.
  • I have developed a great dislike for seagulls.
  • I like to video dumbasses doing dumbass stuff. I’ve got to learn to get out my camera faster.
  • I’m trying not to swear so much.  That is not working out for me.
  • I quit cigarettes five years ago.
  • 10/23/08  I’ve just decided I’m a crackpot!!!

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Apr 12, 2008 @ 18:16:55

    Hi Joan — I am here from Hay’s blog. 🙂 I just love you already — you are so kind and funny. That post where your wasband plays the April Fool’s joke on you has me laughing every time I think about it. Good luck with Weight Watchers — sounds like you’re doing great! I’m trying to eat better, let our dog drag me around the trail every morning. I just feel better all ready. 🙂


  2. joanharvest
    Apr 13, 2008 @ 01:57:03

    Hi Laura!!!

    I am so happy you dropped by. My wasband has a wonderful sense of humor. I lost 1.4 pounds this week. Wa hoo!!! Thank you for the compliments. That’s what keeps me going in this journey to lose weight and become a better person. Please come by again. I love meeting new people. I would like to put you on my blogroll if that’s OK.


  3. lumpylumps
    Apr 18, 2008 @ 03:01:44

    What an insightful list. First off, can I come and live with you? I want you to be my mama; I can feel the love you have for your kids, sister, and wasband. Would you consider adopting me? It’s just amazing how much we have in common. You are a fun person and I’m so impressed with how you lost weight, all of your hard work is paying off. You inspire me. I gotta get off my fat ass and get going Joan so thanks for the inspiration! I feel lucky to know you.


  4. joanharvest
    Apr 18, 2008 @ 12:25:01

    Thanks Lumpy,

    All of my daughter’s friends have always wanted to live with me when they were younger. Some of them actually did. I took in one of them for about six months and her best friend since kindergarten spent most of her life at my house. They are still best friends. All of my daughters friends call me Mom.

    Well, my ass is still fat but at least it’s smaller than what it was.


  5. Just a Mom
    Apr 18, 2008 @ 12:56:07

    Hi Joan,
    I found this site thanks to being tagged by BetMe. Congrats on the weight loss! I know exactly what you are talking about. I have lost 65 pounds in 10 months. I made the mistake of going to the doctor who scared the crap out of me! I have been smoke free for 14 months, started eating right and exercising and finally quit drinking. My liver is now better and I am almost off my high-blood pressure med as well! Now all I have to do is convince my husband and kids that me living longer is really a good thing!

    P.S.Ray Bradbury is the best writer ever!


  6. joanharvest
    Apr 18, 2008 @ 17:32:50

    65 pounds in ten months is awesome. It’s taken me a little longer to lose my 70pounds, about a year. I was on two blood pressure meds and have cut them both in half. I have been smoke free for about 5 years. I only drink at parties which isn’t very often.

    I still have to lose 120 more pounds but I know I will do it.

    I love Ray Bradbury too. I’m sure your kids and husband want you around for a long, long, time.

    I’ll be stopping by your place. Thanks for coming by.


  7. museditions
    May 05, 2008 @ 02:13:38

    This list made me both laugh and cry, Joan. We share many interests. Isn’t blogging the coolest thing? I greatly admire your unusual family and your goals with them. Cheers, new friend!


  8. joanharvest
    May 05, 2008 @ 09:57:51

    I am really happy that you came by. I absolutely love meeting new blogging friends. I’m sure as we get to know each other we will find out what other interests we share. Cheers to you too!!!


  9. Artist Liam
    May 09, 2008 @ 23:21:47

    Hi joan

    My name is Liam and I am one of Design Toscano’s sculptors. The dragon table that you show in your picture is one of my creations.


    I rarely get to speak with a customer personally. I would like to say thank-you so much and I hope you enjoy it for years to come. The Dragon of Itchen Stoke Manor concept comes from a story my grandfather told me when I was a little lad about a dastardly scary dragon who in the end befriends a town and becomes quite a friendly chap. Design Toscano gives me a free reign to let my imagination flow and bring to life many mystical beings that inhabit my mind. Here is my favorite piece in my Design Toscano collection.


    I am working on a new sculpt for Toscano as we speak. Its a giant black raven on a ball plinth, my take on paying homage to Edgar Allen Poe. Watch Toscano for it. I hope you like it. Best wishes to you dear.



  10. joanharvest
    May 17, 2008 @ 14:13:11

    @ Artist Liam
    Thanks for stopping by. I love my dragon table. It’s nice to know the story behind it. I am actually looking for an outdoor statuary for my new little Oasis my daughter is building for me so I will have a place to sit outside and read. I have a wish list at Toscano and I know a couple of your pieces are on it. I also own the dragon candle holders and the knight with the fireplace tools.

    Keep up your wonderful work!!


  11. sulz
    Jun 06, 2008 @ 20:31:56

    loved reading this page! 🙂


  12. joanharvest
    Jun 06, 2008 @ 22:14:06

    @ sulz

    I’m happy you stopped by. That was a great meme you came up with. I’m glad you enjoyed this page. I stopped by you place and I’ll be back when I have more time. I liked what I was reading.


  13. Wendy
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 11:54:39

    You have the best Meezes on the Internet.


  14. spasmicallyperfect
    Jun 17, 2008 @ 21:14:30

    Hello Anne,

    just over from your guest post on WC’s blog. Now I had to read through every line on your great ‘about me’ page, don’t think I’ve ever read one that was as descriptive as yours.

    As a sister of an ex drug addict I understand your ‘Enabler’ post. I heard the comment “loving them to death” somewhere. That’s what family members often end up doing, I guess because it feels as if we’re at least doing something.

    Thank you so much for sharing.



    I somehow missed this comment. Actually I’m Joan and WC is Annie. I’m glad you read that post. It was a little difficult to write but I was glad to get it off my chest. One thing I don’t do is hold back. I was happy to share with you.


  15. Kerry Ann
    Jul 13, 2008 @ 20:19:12

    I surfed across your blog today and I came to appreciate what you have exposed of yourself here. You are a brave woman. I have added you to my Humor Blog blogroll and was wondering if you might add me to yours? Either way, thanks for the great experience of visiting your site and hope you enjoy mine. Thanks Kerry Ann

    I am glad you stopped by and I have added you to my blogroll.


  16. K. Trainor
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 01:03:14

    Hi Joan! I’ve seen your name in comments on several blogs and finally took the time to click on it. I’m glad I did. 🙂 Love the pic of you with the cake. You gave a zesty gleam in your eye. You’re much younger than my grandma, but that twinkle reminds me of her. It’s a compliment–she’s a hoot! 😀

    Well, Thank you for the compliment. I’m playing the waiting game to be a grandma too. My daughter wants kids but she and her husband aren’t quite ready but I am (patiently waiting). I’m glad you came by. I love meeting new people. Please stop by again.


  17. odette
    Jul 20, 2008 @ 07:13:54

    can kj and i live with you too? i will make a good assistant in the kitchen, and kj would love to hear your jokes. 🙂

    Actually, you could probably teach me to cook some of the dishes from your country. So sure, the more the merrier.


  18. PiedType
    Jul 22, 2008 @ 18:35:38

    Can I move in too, please? I need someone to cook WeightWatcher style for me and not let me out of the house till I’ve lost at least 50 lbs. And btw, where were you when I was flunking algebra? 🙂

    Ha! Ha! Sure, why not. I like a full house. I would find it easier if I never left the house. There is son much tasty food out there. It’s a long journey and I still have a long way to go.

    Algebra to me was like solving puzzles. I was sort of a geek. I also love science, especially astronomy.

    I’m glad you stopped by though. I saw your name On Annie’s blog and am going to be visiting everyone who took part in her survey.

    I never wrote anything in my life until I started blogging and now I am totally addicted. My sister, who is your age, has always been the writer of the family. She too worked for a newspaper, our local one, as a copy editor and book reviewer.

    I think I surprised myself when I found people enjoying my blog. I don’t write anything profound but I do have a lot of fun.


  19. Nancie
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 22:08:54

    Congratulations on losing the weight! You obviously have a good plan. I need a good plan or a sudden dislike of fattening food! I only need to lose about 50 pounds, but my husband really wants me to get healthy. I am 46 and he is 51 and in amazing shape. My 3 kids are all fit too. My goal is to wear a bathing suit in public again without shorts over it!
    Wasband…so funny!

    Thanks for stopping by. I couldn’t have done it without weight watchers. I had tried everything only to give up every time and then gain more weight back. But I have been able to stick with weight watchers and not feel deprived. That’s my whole thing too, just to be healthy. My goal right now is to wear shorts. 😉 My daughter and son are both thin and in good shape. My wasband needs a little work. He eats too many Junior Mints. Ha! Ha! I hope he’s reading this.


  20. widdleshamrock
    Jul 28, 2008 @ 18:38:29

    Loved reading this and getting to know you a widdle better.

    Hi, Thanks for stopping by and I’m happy you enjoyed what you see here. I’ll be by to visit you.


  21. duskydi
    Jul 29, 2008 @ 12:04:48


    How amazing is this discription of you and your life. OMG !! You are so thorough. You had me gripped. Nice to me you Joan. I hope you get those new knees and be ready for that baby.

    That baby is going to have such a beautiful life with you. I love how you speak of your love for your family. I feel I have a similar relationship with my daughter as you do. She’s a Mum Ha ! Yes I’m a Grandmother. Big love to your son and tons of understanding. ( If you ever need to talk ) Come find me.

    I have an instant love for you, I truly do. That happens sometimes for me with people. I love your voice. I’ve needed a voice from America for so long.

    Smiles & so nice again to mee you.
    Di X

    I’m so happy we hooked up through Anonymum. I can’t wait to be a grandmother. But it will happen when it is supposed to.Well if you keep visiting me you will hear my voice a lot because I plan on doing a lot of videos.


  22. Emerald
    Aug 15, 2008 @ 19:29:45

    You and your beautiful family sound so wonderful! How have I not been here before? I’m coming back because you give me the warm cuddlies 🙂

    Thanks Emerald. I love meeting new people. I have to admit I am a cuddly person. I hope you do come back. I added you to my blogroll. I went over and visited you. Then I found there were two people there 800 miles away from each other. Now, that’s a bitch. It’s nice to meet someone else who is truly crazy. I love being crazy. It’s a good excuse for anything I do. I just say ‘Hey, I can’t help it, I’m crazy”.


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  24. Your godmother
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 13:13:54

    Hello Joanie,(as your mother called you),

    My brother Googles Woonsocket and surprise your blog came up.

    Happy to hear the news about your new path to health and vigor.

    You remind me of your mom so much…that lovely smile.

    You don’t remember but I babysat you, Randall, and Barbara in the three story house on Knight Street in Woonsocket.

    Danny looks just like Uncle Bucky. I believe he has Grandma’s bible. Sure would love to look at it.


    Your godmother and proud of it.

    Oh MY, I am speechless. Randy, Barb and I all lost your e-mail address because at different times our computers crashed. Danny can’t find your address either. I was telling them that I remembered your physical address (possibly) and I was going to write to you. Danny wanted to get hold of you too and so did Randy. Randy has been calling me everyday to see if I have written you. And then you find us. Yea!!! My e-mail is joanharvest@gmail.com. If you could e-mail me your e-mail address I will forward it to everyone. Danny and his wife are such wonderful people. I lost Aunt Clair’s address too. That’s what I get for not backing stuff up on a disc. I would love to see that bible too. We are trying to plan a get together this fall at my sister’s house. It would be great if you could come and Danny and maybe even Kenny. I am so happy you found me.

    Love, Your Godchild, Joan


  25. jeanny
    Nov 04, 2008 @ 04:52:50

    wow joan….I’ve learned a lot. I enjoy reading it.
    I would love to learn more about herbs and it’s uses.

    Your such a cool mom. Your kids are so lucky!



  26. lupusranting
    Nov 15, 2008 @ 13:44:00

    Hi Joan!

    Surfing around and found your blog. You are such an inspiration!!! Oh yeah, and you’re also a fabulous writer who is honest. Kudos on your energy and commitment to your family.

    I’m in the middle of Breaking Dawn from the Twilight series. Thought I’d mention that since you had a book cover on your sidebar. Yep, my sister and I can’t wait for the moving to come out on 11/21.

    Putting you on my blogroll. You rock!!


    My daughter hasn’t read it but she is coming with me to the Twilight movie whether she wants to or not. Though I know she will want to.

    Thanks for the compliments. I will come by and visit you. I love meeting new friends.


  27. mvobsession
    Dec 17, 2008 @ 09:08:34

    Well hi Joan… from another Joan.

    Your blog header of Edgartown jumped out at me right away.

    You are truly an amazing person and an inspiration. I can’t wait to read more of your blog.

    I am obsessed with Martha’s Vineyard. My mother grew up there and I’ve been going there since I was two years old. One of my greatest joys is being able to bring my grandchildren there.

    I think you might like to take a look at my blog:

    I’d love to hear from you. Happy holidays.


  28. run4change
    Dec 27, 2008 @ 09:03:21

    Hi there. I really like your “about me” page. It was interesting and fun. Fantastic job on the massive weight loss. Your before and after pics look great too. Keep up the good work. I have lost 130 lbs. It is quite a journey isn’t it. Thanks for sharing yourself.


  29. goodbadandugly2
    Jan 05, 2009 @ 20:58:46

    I stumbled onto your blog via Crone and Bear it! I love your style and your honesty! Keep up the great work and congrats on your daughter’s baby!

    Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait to be a grandma. I’ll stop by your place. I love meeting new bloggers.


  30. Doraz
    Feb 18, 2009 @ 10:20:02

    You have quite the blog here! Lots of interesting talk! Thanks for sharing with us all! Have fun blogging!

    Thanks Doraz!! Please come back and visit again!


  31. Sue
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 10:08:10

    Hi Joan! It was neat getting to “read all about you”! Your pictures on the side are beautiful. You sound like a wonderful person who knows what she wants and goes after it. Bless you for wanting to be a part of your daughter’s life like that and you how lucky you are that she’s wanting you in her life! Take care of yourself and good luck with all you do.


  32. frances
    Apr 29, 2009 @ 05:14:14

    I visited your blog and I was wondering if I can recommend it. Although ours is not a humor website, we can all use a good laugh in this world where there are a lot of things not to laugh about. I am sure my visitors would appreciate websites like yours. Let me know if this is ok. Thanks for your time and take care.


  33. mrssnell
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 20:51:46

    Hi Joan,
    I popped in on you from Don Mill’s hilarious site.

    Nice to *meet* you. I’m enjoying the blog and your sense of humor. I just about sprayed pepsi all over the screen here reading that you call your ex “Wasband”! That’s too funny, and so appropriate!


  34. joz1234
    Aug 05, 2009 @ 23:48:39

    Hi Joan! I came by way of Joy, Nikki, Sue, laura and Pam’s blog. I’m loving your posts about your grandbaby! Also, “Wasband” is awesome! I laughed as I explained to my husband tonight what a “wasband” was.


  35. Vanessa
    Aug 25, 2009 @ 16:42:53

    I did a search looking for my chiminea and it’s exactly like the one you bought. You don’t remeber the name of the company that makes it, do you? I need to purchase a new ash tray for mine.
    Thank you!


    • joanharvest
      Aug 26, 2009 @ 00:28:56

      I love my chiminea. I am living on an island now and the chiminea is at my other house on the mainland. I will check out the name on it next week when I go there. I bought it at Home Depot.


  36. S. Le
    Sep 18, 2009 @ 09:22:39

    Came here from Doraz’s blog. I’ve added you to my Bloggersville Neighbourhood.


  37. joanharvest
    Sep 18, 2009 @ 17:03:09

    Thanks for stopping by. I’ve added you too. As a matter of fact I was just on yiour blog.


  38. Tasneem R
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 03:19:38

    Hi Joan ..your about me page says a lottt about you …sad to here that you underwent knee replacement surgeries…I hope you loose those extra 115 pounds as you mentioned… and hey congrats for becoming a grandma.!


  39. Tasneem R
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 03:24:59

    Also would like to add , your pic in pink is really cute …both the grandchild and grandmamma are cuteei pie! :):):)


  40. Amelia
    May 05, 2010 @ 11:28:30

    Hi there! I have just created a new blog, and would love to use that cartoon about the bedpan on there…..wanted your permission! My blog is about nursing homes, home health, hospice, and all these types of things. I would like to put a little humor twist in there when I can to not make it so heavy. Thanks! I love your site by the way…


  41. Vodka and Ground Beef
    Jun 11, 2010 @ 15:27:05

    Wow. I love this About Me page. It’s great that you and the Wasband are best of friends. I also wanted to tell you that my feet do stink. Any advice?


  42. Bruce Hawkins
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 16:19:29

    Joanie, I’m pretty sure you are my cousin. If your father was Stanley Hawkins he had a brother Howard, I am Howard’s son. We met in 1995 when our Aunt Hazel had passed. I only knew of three cousins on my fathers side, a Joanie, a Barbara and a Randy. All siblings.
    If you agree that we are indeed cousin’s, please send me an email. BH


  43. miq
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 21:02:18

    Knee replacements. I will be getting them. I want most of my joints replaced. Can’t I just become a bionic woman?


  44. Gail
    May 22, 2012 @ 06:04:52

    WAY too tempting to “leave a reply”!!!
    Usually I stay away from blogs etc. and for
    the most part the “about me” sections would
    probably be WAY more than I would want to know…..but in YOUR case, TOTAL enjoyment!!
    Still miss your expertise and GREAT sense of humor at Abundant Harvest!!!
    P.s. Let’s see how good your memory is!! 😉


  45. Gail
    May 31, 2012 @ 16:30:05

    I don’t know…I think the Ginko worked TERRIFIC!! You even remembered the last name and spelling – I gotta (remember) to get some of that stuff!! 😉 I was on the Vineyard 3 days ago with some of my family and, as always, TOTALLY enjoyed it!! A rare time for me to relax these days!! I still miss our chats and your wonderful sense of humor so if you ever decide to open another store (on the Vineyard or Falmouth) – please let me know!! 😉



  46. Andrew Blumetti
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 23:55:11

    Hi Joan- I know I’m late to the party, but excellent blog!

    Keep up the great work!


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