Featured Blogger: Olive Tree

Hello dear readers! Today I'd like to welcome my very good friend, Olive Tree, to Treble Clef.

What is your blogger name and why?
I'm called Olive Tree because that's what my real name, Olivia, means. A branch from an olive tree traditionally means peace, so it also means that in a roundabout way.
Plus, there are a LOT of Olivias in the world! I had thought for a while about going by plain ole Olivia but I decided I'd be just one of many.

What is the title of your blog and why?
My blog is called {of} HorseFeathers. It was originally called "Life of the Olive", then went through a stage of being "Peace, Love, and Chocolate" before I finally settled on HorseFeathers. Unfortunately the URL "" was already taken, so I added the "of".
The expression "horsefeathers!" means "what nonsense!". Yet certain breeds of draft horses have fine fur around their hooves called "feathering". So I take it to mean that even what seems impossible or crazy can happen. :)

Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I'm a cat person, but I don't mind dogs as long as they're well-behaved and don't go around eating nasty stuff then licking me. My family has had Siamese cats as long as I can remember, and at the moment we have a seal-point, Daisy (age 5, with the personality of a troll until you start petting her) and a lavender-point, Willa (just over 1 year old and still very much a kitten).
Someday, though, I'd like a Great Dane. Or an Irish Setter. I love those dogs. :)

Describe your dream future life.
Oooh, okay, I have this all planned out.
So my life could take a few different paths....
PATH 1. I get a "big break" in my acting or modeling, become famous, make a lot of money. There's my career. Eventually, I find a nice husband, settle down far from civilization, and write novels.
PATH 2. I become a bestselling author early in life, become famous, make a lot of money. Eventually, I find a nice husband, settle down far from civilization, and write like the dickens.
PATH 3 (my most likely). I go to college for photojournalism and work for something like National Geographic, with lots of travel opportunities, photography as a career, and reasonable pay. Eventually, I find a nice husband, settle down far from civilization, and write novels.
Noticing a pattern here? Hahah. I don't expect a big break in anything, nor for any of my paths to be 100% accurate (as the saying goes, "man proposes and God disposes"), but that's my dream life, so hey.

How long have you been on blogger?
I started blogging about 5 years ago on my family's site, but didn't get onto Blogger until perhaps 3 years ago. I didn't start seriously blogging until February 2009 (or was it 2008? I can't remember). In about March of 2010 I quit blogging (I am impulsive, okay?) but returned in June 2010. In the past 4 months my readers have come from all over the globe, and HorseFeathers has achieved over 270 Followers. Thanks, everyone!

Do you have any pets?
Ohhh yes. Want the full list?
2 cats (aforementioned Willa and Daisy)
1 leopard gecko (Salvatoré the Stupid)
1 betta fish (Kosuke the Brave...ish)
10 laying hens (Olympia, Phoebe, Fatima, Lillith, Ophelia, Hildegarde, Helga, Susan, Roxanne, and Astrid)
and anywhere from 10-50 feeder crickets for Salvatoré, but I suppose they don't really count, do they, since they get eaten.

Do you have any siblings?
Alas, no.

What is your dream vacation?
Europe! Gosh, I love Europe (the continent, not the political assembly thingy). I've been to Norway when I was young but that's it. I want to go to England and Spain and Scotland and Germany (is that still Europe?) and Ireland and France and everywhere in between.
With camera in hand, of course. ;)

What is the quote that speaks to you the most?
"For beautiful eyes, see the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
Beauty advice from my role model, Audrey Hepburn. :)

What are your favorite song lyrics?
Hahah, I have a whole post on that here... Let me see... I have so many. How about this one:
One minute I held the key  /  Next the walls were closed on me  /  And I discovered that my castles stand  /  Upon pillars of salt, and pillars of sand  -  Viva La Vida, Coldplay
Depressing, yes... thought-provoking, yes... inspirational, yes... cheerful, not really.

Of these, which describes you best: Musician, writer, athlete, photographer, scholar, or artist?
I'm gonna cheat and say both writer AND photographer. :)

What faith do you practice (if any) ?
Congregational Christian.
I love hopping around to friends' churches too, it's great to see how other churches practice.

What are some of your favorite foods?
Hmmm... I love sushi, I love chocolate, I love ice cream, I love tomatoes, I love toffee, I love tea... I better stop there, lol, or this is gonna be one long post.

How are you educated?
Public school (an AMAZING school system though), but for 3rd and 4th grade I was homeschooled.

What are your favorite subjects in school?
I love my Theatre Arts class and my English Honors class. I can't wait to take my Creative Writing and Digital Photography courses, too! *grins*

If you had a sibling, would you want it be a boy or a girl? Older or younger?
I'd like a girl, a tad older than I. Right now, I only have my mom, and it makes me sad.

You mentioned you like to hop around to different friends churches- what have they been like?
Great fun! I love YOUR church, Cornet, because everyone's so happy. My church is a little more somber, but we have some pretty roof-raising moments too.

Why were you homeschooled in 3rd and 4th grade?
My parents and I spent two years in the Caribbean, living aboard our little 39-foot sailboat. It was obviously not a great time to have public school, lol. (Though I did attend a Bahamian public school for a week... I couldn't understand a word they were saying because their accents were so strong, though! I remember they were very interested in me because my under-wrist skin is so pale you could see the blue veins under it. It was a bit of a surreal experience.)

When will you get to take those creative writing and photography classes?
Right now I'm just a wee freshman (9th grade in a K-12 scale for our out-of-America readers), but I should be able to take those classes next year and/or the year after.

Anything else you'd like to tell everybody?
Be yourself! I've struggled with this in my life and finally found that it's okay to be the person God shaped you to be. I hope that through HorseFeathers I can inspire other people to be the same.


Thanks so much Olive Tree! It was a pleasure featuring you!
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The Golden Eagle said...

Great interview of Olive Tree! :)

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Clown Fish said...

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