It’s time for an updated ‘About Me’ section, I think! Hi. My name is Anna. I usually start these things by telling you how to pronounce my name — if you’re American, it doesn’t rhyme with ‘banana’; it’s the other one. You know, pretend you’re German. I suppose it doesn’t matter if you’re just reading along here, but I wouldn’t want you incorrectly believing I’m an Anna-Banana. You can get in touch by e-mail me at anna.torborg [at] gmail.com.
I grew up in a suburb south of the Twin Cities, in Minnesota. I went to college in Wisconsin, moved to London for a while, came back and lived in Minneapolis for several years, and now I have a house in Hinckley, MN. It sits on 70 acres — we have some trees, some hay fields, and a really pretty pond. Who’s ‘we’? Well, I’m part-time housemates with my best buddy, Rob. He’s from the UK, but we share this place when he’s in town, a little less than half of the time.
I’ve been gardening since 2007, the first summer I spent in Minneapolis. I love to grow vegetables (and fruit!), and now that I’ve got more than just a little urban backyard, the sky’s the limit. For now, I’m happy with the manageable garden I’ve fenced in, which is about 28′x35′.
I don’t have any horses yet, but I do have something of an indoor menagerie. Beany was the first to join me, adopted from the Humane Society in 2007 (she was born in September of 2006). She’s the type of friendly, out-going cat that plants the seed of doubt in those proudly claiming to be dog people. Birdy is a different story. She also came to me from the Humane Society, just a kitten in 2010 (born in January of that year). She doesn’t care much for strangers, but she loves being brushed, her scratch pad, the ball-track game, and food. In September 2014, somebody dumped three little kittens on my parents’ property, and one of them came to stay with us — Bear.
In 2010, I started fostering and then adopted Henny, a chihuahua who had been rescued from a puppy mill at the age of three (her birth date is July 13th, 2007). She has her quirks, but she’s a very happy dog these days. It hard to imagine not having her in my life! In 2012, I adopted Nova, again from the Humane Society. She was a four-month-old puppy when she came to live with me (born in June 2012). She’s also a chihuahua (possibly a mix of some kind), and Nova has been great for Henny.
In 2015, we got our first chicks — five Buff Orpington pullets (I hope). They’re still young right now, but I’m looking forward to fresh eggs and bug management in the future.
A few years back, I decided to become a single mother by choice. It wasn’t easy to get my ducks in a row and even more difficult to conceive, but Baby M finally came along in October of 2013. She is cuter and funnier than I could have ever imagined! I miss being well-rested, but it’s worth it to see her smiles. I used an anonymous donor to conceive, and we’re in touch with M’s donor-siblings — our little family is now a great big family, in a way!
I work as a publisher, editing fiction manuscripts, typesetting, and designing book covers. I work from home, and yes, it is a pretty awesome job to have. I’ve also been blogging since 2000 (not all the archives are available to read), although I don’t get paid a cent for that. I started when I was still in college, and the blog has changed to reflect my interests as I’ve moved through life. For a long time, I focused on crafts — sewing mainly. Around 2007, I started posting more about food (I’ve been a vegetarian for over a decade), but it’s always been a hodgepodge of whatever going on. Most of the site’s traffic comes from people looking for either my zipper tutorial or the paper house patterns (you can find links to both on the sidebar).
Mainly, I just like taking photos and sharing pieces of my life with people! I hope you might enjoy it, too.