With SHELLY RASCHE
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an artist.
What would you rather be doing right now? Doing some pottery.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I like to make homemade ice cream and have two bowls of it when it is first made in the summer.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The day I sold one of my designs for a greeting card for the first time after two years of trying.
It really stinks when ... running out of something and then the store doesn't have it in stock.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Loves animals.
I always laugh when ... our donkeys bray.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? John Denver (big fan) and my three granddaughters. That's four, but I think John would give up his seat for one of them to sit in. And they love music, too.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit in my easy chair and watch television and hold my cat Iris.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... shy.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... John Denver was in a car with the window down leaving Dallas, Texas, from an event we attended to see him. We were standing on the corner, his car stopped at a red light and he was about three feet from us. We said hello to him and wished him a safe trip home, and he said thank you before the light changed.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see the sequoia trees with my family.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... take the elevator to the top of the St. Louis Arch.
America should be more concerned about ... trying to get along with each other in peace.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... antiques and runner ducks.
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... antique or collectible sites.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Mary Engelbreit told me to get a licensing agent for my artwork.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... my husband talking.
I always get sentimental when ... I think about my grandchildren.
The older I get, the more I realize ... that life is precious.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... do everything just the same. I feel blessed.
My favorite item of clothing is ... my cowboy boots. They are fun.
If I've learned anything at all ... it would be the importance of being kind and also tackling big projects one small step at a time.
Shelly Rasche, who admits to being somewhere around retirement age, is a freelance commercial artist. Born and raised in Decatur, Ill., she now lives outside Camp Point at Windsong Acres. She and her husband, Jeff, have three sons, Ben, Zach, and Nicholas, all married, and three wonderful granddaughters.