Top List Tuesday with Top 10 Get to Know Me, Dr. K. Lee

My Top 10 List

About Me!


I have a lot of new readers, some new followers, and I’m in new blog groups on Facebook… so I thought  I would publish this post with some updates to help you get to know me better! 🙂  Have you ever written a “Top 10” list about yourself? I have done this kind of list before, with 30 things, so choosing 10 shouldn’t be too difficult. So unless you’re a family member or a close friend or a mutual Facebook group member…here are my “Top 10” things you may not know about me!


Hubby Dave and me!


1. I’m happily married (third time’s the charm) to the love of my life, Dave, and we live in Maine with our “fur babies.” We have been together for 14 years, and celebrated our 11th anniversary this past February 11th! 🙂


2. Our fur babies — all rescues — include our almost 6-year-old pup, Desiree Clementine (Desi), a beautiful Plott hound with brindle markings; Zoe Lee (Zoe or Zozo), a 4 1/2-year-old black lab/whippet pup; and our newest dog, an unclaimed abandoned older girl, a lab/border collie mix, around 10-11 years old, who we adopted last May, and  named Lady.

Oh, and EIGHT cats — yes, 8!  Five of them arrived as a litter of feral kittens about 9 years ago–and after socializing them, we just couldn’t part with any of them. Then after losing our oldest cat, Mack, in November 2015 to congestive heart failure at 10 1/2 years old, we adopted three more little ones who were rescue kittens. Our vet tech does rescue/fostering work on the side, and had rescued a pregnant mama cat from “death row” at a high-kill facility; mama cat had a litter of 5. Our vet tech found homes for two of them and we took in the other three! They are now just turned 3 years old.


hubby and 3 dogs
Hubby Dave with all 3 dogs: holding Zoe, with Lady and Desi side by side on the couch


Our formerly feral kittens in their "kitty condo" papa Dave made for them!
Our formerly feral kittens in their “kitty condo” in 2009, while we awaited vet appointments and socialized them.  Papa Dave made it for them and attached it temporarily to his desk!


Our three youngest kitty siblings, just turned a year old on 9-1-16.
Our three youngest kitty siblings who turned 3 years old on 9-1-18


3. I grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire within walking distance of Lake Winnipesaukee, and what is NOW the  Bank of NH Concert Pavilion. I was also within a few miles of Gunstock Mountain Resort and only about a half hour from what was THEN Bryar Motorsports Park in Loudon – NOW known as NH Motor Speedway.


4. I was NOT a NASCAR fan when I lived close enough to easily go to the races…NOW I am, since I’ve been with Dave, even though we have to travel about 3 1/2 hours to get there now!


5. I have four adult “kids” ranging in age from almost 28 to 37; my son is the oldest, and then three beautiful daughters.  Three have spouses and one is engaged, AND I became a grandmother in 2012 to my first precious granddaughter…and a second granddaughter in 2014… granddaughter #3 was born in 2016, AND … granddaughter #4 – yes, another girl – was born last July, and she is my son’s and daughter-in-law’s first child.


All My Kids and Grandkids (so far!)
         All My Kids (youngest daughter, top left; middle daughter, top right; oldest daughter, bottom left; only son, bottom right), plus 3 of 4 partners, and 2 of the 4 Granddaughters (so far!)


6. Dave and I went on our first trip together – first flight, first international traveling adventure – in November 2013, to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, to attend my middle daughter’s wedding. We would love to go back some time for a vacation on our own!


7. I am in my 11th year as a freelance writer and educational consultant; I have over 3,200 articles published online, and have helped develop about 15 courses for various clients.


8. I have written one book — so far, a compilation of stories about my own Dad–gone since 2002–with contributions from others about their fathers. It’s called Fatherly Reflections, available at Amazon for only $2.99.  I also co-authored a second book, with Dr. Christine Mason of the Center for Educational Improvement, entitled “Heart Beaming.”

My first book



9. I have a home-based business, K-Lee’s Kreations, specializing in adding imprinted photos for truly personal, memorable items. I make customized quilts, pillows, bags, and other fabric items. You can also find my KLK page on Facebook HERE.  (Currently running a storewide 20% off sale for summer  – at Etsy and K-Lee Kreates on Zibbet !) 🙂


One of many pillows I’ve made for clients



10. I became Dr. Banks in 2017!  🙂  I now have a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from Northcentral University in a dual concentration of educational technology and e-learning. I finally completed my 7 1/2-year-long journey on June 26, 2017. My dissertation manuscript is entitled, “Identifying Online Graduate Learners’ Perceived Barriers to Their Academic Success Utilizing a Delphi Study.” AND I just received word THIS MORNING that my study is now published in an a IGI Global book entitled Fostering Effective Student Communication in Online Graduate Courses. My study is chapter 11 in that book. So I have my first official published research in a peer-reviewed publication. 🙂


IGI book of published research
My study is chapter 11 in this peer-reviewed book


So there you are–my Top 10 list! 🙂


Did you know all these things about me?  Are any of them a surprise?


Have you done a Top 10 (20, 30?) list about yourself on your blog?



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21 comments to “Top List Tuesday with Top 10 Get to Know Me, Dr. K. Lee”

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  1. kylie cre8tone - September 5, 2018 Reply

    ur top 10 list really makes us know more about u.. great one..

  2. Margaret Williamson - September 5, 2018 Reply

    I like the approach you have taken in this blog and the idea of helping potential clients get to know you. I am certainly going to take up your suggestion.

  3. Amber Myers - September 5, 2018 Reply

    It’s great to get to know you! I love that you have so many rescues. We always get our pets from shelters too.
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  4. Nessy - September 5, 2018 Reply

    Congratulations on your PhD! I’m also aiming for that one. 🙂 Thanks for sharing about yourself. It’s definitely nice to know more about the blogger behind the website.

  5. Krish - September 5, 2018 Reply

    Nice narrative….good that you are enjoying and loving life..that’s what matters..God bless you

  6. Devyani Ray - September 5, 2018 Reply

    Such a cool write up for bloggers! I might do it too once my blog is a bit more popular

  7. Kristen Kirk - September 5, 2018 Reply

    So nice to meet you! Congrats on your doctorate.

  8. Sarah Bailey - September 5, 2018 Reply

    I love getting to know a little more about you! Your fur babies are so cute as well! Love getting to see all of them!
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  9. angie - September 5, 2018 Reply

    Enjoyed the awesome post finding out so much about the author of the post on your blog.

  10. Jessica Joachim - September 5, 2018 Reply

    I always think it is fun to get to know the person behind the screen! I totally want to check out your book now! I think that anyone who completes a book is just awesome.

  11. Anne Yedlin - September 5, 2018 Reply

    First off, congrats on 11 years! You look like you stay super busy with all that you do. I’m so happy that you are a furbaby lover…I have 3 furdaughters myself and I couldn’t be more happy to have welcomed them into our home. Thank you for sharing these great things about yourself! I loved reading.

  12. May - September 5, 2018 Reply

    Omg – the pic of the dogs and cats, how cute! I think that’s incredible how many pets you have rescued, it’s something I really want to do too!

  13. Jessica Martin - September 6, 2018 Reply

    I loved reading things about you. It is great to get to know other bloggers. Your fur babies are adorable. You have a great looking family! Congrats on 11 years of writing!

  14. Monidipa Dutta - September 6, 2018 Reply

    I loved reading this post. Knowing other bloggers is really amazing. Your top 10 list tells us so much about you. Also I loved your cats. They are amazing.

  15. betzy cuellar - September 7, 2018 Reply

    I truly enjoy when people introduce themselves and we learn more about the person behind the blog.
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  16. Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland - September 7, 2018 Reply

    Congrats on earning your doctorate! That is such a massive accomplishment! Absolutely incredible!

  17. Ruth I - September 7, 2018 Reply

    Oh wow. You are amazing! Great to know interesting things about you. I will check out your business.

  18. Carrie Liu - September 7, 2018 Reply

    Great list of 10 about you! Love reading them. Can’t believe you have so many fur babies haha. I only have one dog and I want more!

  19. Najeem Mujeeb Alimrany - September 9, 2018 Reply

    I really welcome you to blogging. I wish you all the best

  20. Vaibhav Mehta - September 10, 2018 Reply

    Good to learn about you..the person more than you the blogger. Thanks for letting us in your world 🙂

  21. Olga Zak - September 11, 2018 Reply

    Nice post! You have such a great massive accomplishment. The dogs and cats are so cute.

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