I have no intention of retiring. But I have every intention of celebrating my “blogiversary” with a very serious Q&A session.
So this is a “getting to know you” post.
Before we begin, please raise your hand if you’ve ever heard Deborah Kerr sing “Getting to Know You” from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I.”
Now raise your hand if you knew that Ms. Kerr was only lip-synching.
It’s actually the voice of (the amazing) Marni Nixon.
Marni Nixon also lent her voice to this “singing” actress.
And now that you’ve discovered the tooth fairy doesn’t really exist, let’s proceed with our Q&A. These are actual questions I’ve been asked over the years:
Kevin, do you read all of the comments you receive?
Yes! Although I’m not always able to respond, I do read every comment that comes in. I love that people take the time to share their thoughts.
Mind telling us how much you weigh?
Well, when I look in the mirror, I see someone who weighs 475 pounds. But in reality my weight fluctuates between 155 and 160. Probably I should discuss this image-issue with a licensed psychologist.
Are you married?
Yes. To a licensed psychologist.
What camera do you use?
In my early days of blogging, I used a Canon Power Shot. It was useful for outdoor picture-taking, but not so great for indoor food shots. Consequently in September, 2012, I bit the bullet and purchased a Canon Rebel. It’s a terrific camera. One day I’ll learn how to use its many bells and whistles.
The Rebel has seen its share of baking powder, yeast-dough, buttermilk, spattered vegetable oil, and you-name-it. While photographing the step-by-step recipe for Autumn Spice Cookies, I spilled molasses on the lens. What a sticky mess! I suspect that other picture-taking food writers have experienced similar mishaps.
Do you use PhotoShop?
I don’t have PhotoShop. But I do use Picassa (a free download) to lighten any too-dark pictures. Otherwise, the pictures on this website are definitely “real.”
A lovely couple named Margaret and Vernon Jones. They raised African violets in their basement. When I was 10 years old, dear Margaret gave me a leaf from one of her plants. I stuck it in a pot of soil, and it produced 8 new African violets. That single leaf started my love affair with gardening, both indoors and out.
I have two big chapters left to write, and then we shall see. My editor — Jennifer Josephy — is pushing me to finish.
Jennifer is probably reading this post, and wondering why I’m answering questions instead of working on the book’s “Dinner” chapter.
They will indeed. Scheduled tours are May 10 and August 16. For more information, you can contact the Garden Conservancy.
Will you open your house as well as your gardens?
No. I can’t manage two tours at once.
Yes. By friendly ghosts.
Have your winter-sown seeds germinated yet?
It’s been too cold for germination to occur. But I’m not worried. The seeds will start sprouting at some point in April. More will pop up in early May.
How old are you?
When you give away kitchen and gardening gadgets, who pays for them?
Moet & Chandon. I’ll be drinking it tonight as I celebrate my fifth blogiversary. I hope you’ll join me.
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope this little website o’ mine has been useful to you in some small way.
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