Today the bunnies and I welcome Silvina. She has even been kind enough to bring some of her organic herbs for the bunnies. After eating these amazing herbs I would not be surprised if the bunnies try and go home with her. These herbs look and smell so great. This amazing lady also home cans her own jelly, jams and anything else she can find. If you have never tried home canned products you do not know what you are missing. It is so nice to see the younger generation still enjoying home canning. I admit that I would be lost without all of my canning that I do every year. Thanks for stopping by Silvina. It is so nice to have you here.
Regular or decaf?
I don’t drink coffee. But I do drink large amounts of Yerba Mate, an Argentine herbal tea that we drink out of a hollowed out gourd and a metal straw with a little filter.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool?
Oooh, tough one. I have a pool, so I’ll say ocean. I love water and water sports. Lap swimming, Kayaking, Sailing and Snorkeling are among my favorite water sports and I do them often. I live near a lake and Kayak there all the time, I save the Snorkeling for the ocean and Sailing I do whenever I visit my brothers or on vacation.
Candles or spray air fresheners?
Candles. I’ll burn my house down one of these days!
Do you have a green thumb for plants?
Very green! We have a huge organic garden and I can or dehydrate the spoils.
Do you like feather pillow or foam?
Feather. Very picky about my feather pillow.
What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets?
Books for sure! The older the better. I bought a book on Amazon (it was used) and it came all the way from England, and smelled of an old library! I love that book (Jean Plady’s Mary Queen of Scotts) because I could just picture the musty old bookshelf it came out of.
Real sugar or artificial sweetener?
I like natural products, so to bake, I use sugar. But with my tea I like Stevia.
Coke or Pepsi?
I can’t drink pop, but Coke is the best. Sometimes I cheat and go for the Coke.
Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle?
An old, decrepit automatic van that I always say you have to have high self-esteem to ride in. But I like to think about my books when I drive, so automatic.
Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were.
I was in the fourth grade. It was a simple story, but I bound it and drew pictures inside. I was in love with the finished product and I knew then that I would not be satisfied until I had real books for everyone to read. It wasn’t until College that one of my professors told me I was a good writer, thus boosting my confidence.
Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country?
I can see the benefits to both. I grew up in Buenos Aires, and it’s a lot like Manhattan, so I know big city life and the benefits of it. But to raise a family I like the country and do live on almost four acres of beautiful Texas land.
Who is your favorite actor?
Hugh Jackman and The Rock. J
What is your favorite movie?
All the movies where those two are in!
Do you play an instrument? If so what?
No. No instruments L
Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have?
I cook. A lot. I went to culinary school for the fun of it, and because I’m a freak about cooking from scratch. I make all the bread we consume; I can jams, jellies, pickles. I make my own spices and cake mixes, batters, … you name it! I even made my own tofu for a while.
What was your first job?
Selling tickets at a theatre’s box office (not movie theatre). I sold tickets for the Ballet, Opera and Broadway shows. It was awesome because I got to see lots of great shows for free!
Have you ever gone to work wearing house shoes?
I’m a hippie at heart, so if you include flip flops and Birkenstocks as house shoes, then yes!
Silvina B. Niccum was born in Rosario, Argentina and raised in Buenos Aires. Her family immigrated to the US, when she was fourteen. She attended the University of Utah and studied Spanish Literature. Silvina now lives in Dallas, TX. with her husband and her three homeschooled children.
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