Talking Trash this Friday

Today on Friday’s Spotlight I have the privilege of introducing you to Debbie from Talking Trash.  The name of her blog piqued my curiosity several months ago and I had to find out what Debbie was all about.  I’m still not sure.  😉

I do know she’s an amazing woman with a nack for making trash into treasure.  She owns a mobile ‘tin castle’ that is a project in the works, and she’s married to a sweet man she refers to as ‘Cat Daddy’.

Debbie is a new and proud grandma to a beautiful little girl.  This baby girl was born at just 21 weeks and weighs only one pound.  Her pictures make my heart break and soar at the same time.  She’s a testament to the hand of God and the miracle of modern medicine.  Be sure to visit Talking Trash and offer your encouragement, prayers, and well wishes to Debbie and her family.


How long have you been blogging and what or who motivated you to launch your site?

I started blogging in August 2008 thanks to some major pushing from Thersa – Garden Antiques and my daughter Jenn – Apiary.  Theresa has helped launch more new bloggers than anyone else.  She was there to pull my butt out of the ashes when I had a question, problem or anything else I needed.  She kept encouraging me.  I never would have done it without her.  She really could begin a business doing just that because she is good at it and is a fantastic cheerleader!  My daughter rode me like a small pony top start one because I kept whining about not having an identity.  She told me to create one, the one I walk around in.  Thank goodness she loves me enough to tell me when I cross the line.

When you were a child, what did you dream of becoming when you ‘grew-up’? 

A Rockette!!!  Only problem was when I hit 18, I fell a little “short” of the height requirements.

Tell us what you are passionate about…what makes your blood boil, your hackles rise, your heart soar?

A.  Cat Daddy!  B.  Anyone messing with my family.  Say what you want to about me, just not my husband, kids, or grankids, PERIOD!  C.  Shoes, shoes, and more shoes!  I buy shoes like I buy junk…I’ll figure out what to do with them later!


Please tell us a little bit about Cat Daddy.

I’m sure most people think I’m using my literary license when I talk about C.D., but people, you just can’t make this stuff up.  he does say the quotes, that is his happy face, and he really does do all the driving.  He’s a simple man with very few vices (doesn’t hunt, play poker, or chase women).  He loves God, Nascar, Jeff Gordon, junking, me, our children and a good chili dog – in that order.  he cusses like a stevedore, goes to bed at 7:30 p.m., gets up at 4:30 a.m. and doesn’t like change.  He loves to sing…just can’t remember the words so he makes up his own, is like a kid at Christmas time and is a shopaholic when it’s on clearance.

What is your “15 minutes” of fame?

If I added up all my “famous” moments, I might could come up with 15 minutes.  Any and all times when I stumble across a mention of Talking Trash in another blog, that makes me real happy.  My photo in the Dallas Morning News for a ACS show I was in, singing with a group at the Cotton Bowl as fireworks went off behind us and having to run like heck, this interview, auditioning for Jeopardy, hearing my voice on the radio, and having a “letter to the Editor” published in TV Guide.  But my most exciting moment came when I was watching PBS and saw a woman who looked exactly like me working the phones!  How thrilling to see myself on television!  Oh, and TV really does add 10 pounds.

If you could say whatever you wanted to generations past, you’d say…?

If you mean my past generations, I’d have to thank all the women in my family.  On both sides of my family tree, I come from a line of really strong independent women.  Women who worked when it wasn’t fashionable, beginning with my great-great grandmother who, after her husband died leaving her with four babies under the age of 8, loaded those kids in a wagon and brought them from Central to North Texas alone.  Women who didn’t get divorces, but weren’t afraid of using an iron skillet on an errant husband, women who didn’t wait for things to get done…just got up and changed that light bulb themselves.  I like to think I’m a little like them and for that I have to say thanks over and over.

When you dance, you look like? 

I think I look fantastic, but I probably look more like Elaine on Seinfield.  I can sit and chair dance with the best of them.  At my son’s wedding reception, someone waved a dollar at me to dance and I dislocated knee…nuff said!

What object in your home are you most embarrassed about owning?

My Fredrick’s of Hollywood lingerie.  My poor children!  When they have to go through my things someday, they are going to need therapy.  I hope I leave enough inheritance money to pay for it.  It will be expensive.

What latest trend simply baffles you?

Crack head babies!  I didn’t get it back in 2001 when the M & M’s were using them in their displays and i don’t get it now.  Sorry 2 Chippys…those babies are just creepy!

What is the grossest thing you’ve ever done in public? 

What????  Did you not see that photo on Mindy’s blog?  Actually that is a pretty standard pose I use for photo ops.  I try to keep my grossness a secret.  I don’t pee, scratch or pass gas when in crowds.  Cat Daddy is another story.


Please leave us with one brief thought. 

You want brief, talk to someone else.  I would say to find your own rhythm.  Don’t worry about what someone else is doing or saying.  Be mindful of other’s feelings.  Do what makes you happy, share it and you will shine!


Notice how many of her friends Debbie included in HER interview.  I think that reveals the inner Debbie.  Go visit HERE!


20 thoughts on “Talking Trash this Friday

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  2. Dixie

    What a great interview with Deb… I love her blog and I hope to visit her in Warrenton this month… if I can get my hubby up at 4:30 am…

    What a wonderful idea you’ve had to interview interesting bloggers… Now… I’m going to take a few minutes and read some more!

    blessings. Dixie

  3. kari & kijsa

    This is an amazing interview!! Love her site, and love when we get to read interviews and more background into blogging!
    We just wanted to say Thank You!
    kari & kijsa

  4. robinaltman

    I loved this interview! Debbie sounds great, and I definitely want to check out her blog! I smiled the entire time I read this.

  5. Pam

    Oh Fringe Girl, I love me some TNT. Debbie is one of the first bloggers I connected with when starting to blog. She is a wonderful, funny, sweet, crazy, beautiful woman who, although I have not yet gotten the chance to meet face to face, ( I know I will sometime in the near future) I think of as a great friend. So glad you interviewed her. Two of my favorite bloggers shooting the breeze, Woo Hoo! I love it, Pam

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  7. Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage

    Deb is a one of a kind friend, that you find once in a lifetime, and she makes you want to be better at everything you do!! She was a huge encouragement to me when I started blogging and well Cat Daddy, he’s in a league of his own, love them both like I’d known them all my life. So glad Deb started blogging, she’s so enriched my life with her humor and stories and the places she goes. I’ll see her soon and so look forward to getting to visit with them. Great post, Theresa – Garden Antqs Vintage

  8. Debbie York

    T, You are just the best! Your commentary made me cry…in a good way. Thank you so much for letting me play along on what is such a great idea of yours!
    Debbie AKA Talking Trash


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