About Me

Welcome to my Blog!

The subtext of this blog should probably be: Girls Just Want To Have Fun (thank you, Cyndi Lauper!)

My name is Fran. I am an Artist by desire and an Insurance Claims Adjuster by profession. I am also a wife and a mom and a grandma. This blog is really put together so that family and friends can follow what I am doing with my mini house construction, but I also hope that other people who love modern miniature houses will enjoy looking at what I am doing as well.

And I can hope that one day my grandson (who is autistic), may look at granny’s blog and enjoy the little house! Maybe he will someday make miniatures. Who knows?

My mother is also an artist and she enjoys miniatures of various kinds. She made me my first dollhouse – a toy, meant to be played with. The plans for it were in one of Sunset Magazine’s Things to Do for Children publications, and it was six sided with a turntable base. My mom built the house all by herself and my dad built the turntable part. She was proud of herself, and she had a right to be! I loved that dollhouse, and played with it a lot.

I wanted to be an architect when I was young, because I loved houses and building even then. At least, that was my goal until I realized how much  math would be involved. Eeeuuuwwww! That pretty much killed off that idea. I am about as dyslexic with math as it’s possible to get. I’ve only recently learned to overcome this issue (which extends to calculators as well, annoyingly enough) by the simple process of making sure that I never hit a key on a calculator (physical or electronic) without first looking at the key and actually seeing that the number I am entering is the number I intend to enter. I have a LOT lower error factor now.

I LOVE building things, I love construction, I love taking something old and crappy and making it beautiful and usable again. And I LOVE electronics – computers, smartphones, tablets, pretty much anything, and I’m pretty good with them.

In my job, I spend 7.75 plus hours per day on the computer. We are fully paperless and the only part of my job that does not involve the computer is the occasional trip to a settlement conference. Even my phone is a soft phone. And I like it that way! Yay for technology. And yes, I admit it, I am one of those people who never goes anywhere without their smartphone. Hey, I hardly use it to call anyone. It is my little computer/text machine/camera/lists/etc. machine – the phone function is important but frankly little used.

Another thing about me – my idea of playing or having a good time often involves what other people think of as work. I’m definitely a geek – just not a math geek. My daughter once described herself by saying “I’m just a big dork”, and I think that describes it pretty well for me, too. I’ve never been the “cool” one. I get fascinated and enthusiastic over how things work, why people do what they do, how something is made or produced, and if I find out someone knows something interesting, I will pick their brains for as long as I can get away with it.

I’m the handy person around our house. The tools are all “mine”, as I either purchased them or they were gifted to me, and I am the one who mostly uses them. My husband is just great about helping me if I ask, and will offer to help. But he understands that I do the home repairs mostly because I just like to.

My lovely husband is very tolerant of me and my projects, my tendency to hyper-focus on things and my tendency to single mindedness. Bless him for that.

My apologies that Comments are disabled on this blog. I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the blog, because I want to spend what time I do have on the mini house. I don’t have time to deal with all the spam or working out an add-on which will help with the spam.