In the Easy Chair with ... Jeanie Roland

In the Easy Chair with ... Jeanie Roland

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AGE: 50.

OCCUPATION: Chef/owner of Ella’s Food & Drink in Westerly and The Perfect Caper in Punta Gorda, Fla.

RESIDENCE: Westerly and Punta Gorda.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: 5,000 things! I’ve got many oil paintings in the works, lots of recipes marked, and am continually playing catch up!

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Waterbury, Conn.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Walking on the beach.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My proudest moment is yet to come. It’s the quest that propels me.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Helping make the lives of the people I’m connected to a little bit better.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Don’t have one.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Jane Iredale organic lip balm.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A chef.

MY BIGGEST INFLUENCES: I’d have to say it all goes back to my mother, Joan. She instilled in me a fire for life and food. She had Alzheimer’s disease, and my husband, James, and I cared for her in Florida during her last six years. The experience taught me more about myself than any other single experience I’ve ever had. The reversal of roles — as I stepped into the role of the parent and she, the child — opened the door to many heartbreaking and joyous events that I never would have experienced if I hadn’t cared for her. Being the advocate for her health care, and watching how others reacted to her as she progressed in her disease, also gave me insight into people that I’d never had as well. Good and bad, this has impacted me forever and I am beyond proud to have cared for her as she wished, right until the passed. Thank you, Joan, as you gave me the light that burns so brightly inside me.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Stephen King.

I AM READING: “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King.

I AM LISTENING TO: Always have my music on shuffle ... lots of Taylor Swift in the mix always.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Shallows.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “General Hospital.”

FAVORITE PET: Kibbie my cat — aka, Dante.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Roast chicken.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Depends on my mood.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: Interrupting.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: Tighten Up!!!

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: East Beach.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Chocolate ice cream.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I love frogs.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Remove yourself as a daughter as you care for your mother and become the manager of this person. It allowed me to look at the situation without emotions and take care of her the best way possible.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Find a bit of joy for yourself every day.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Spread peace and love ... with a strong hand, of course.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Pay bills then help people and animals.

I DRIVE A: 2005 Black Jeep Wrangler.

I WISH I DROVE A: 2005 Black Jeep Wrangler.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Vega protein shakes.

IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE I WOULD CHOOSE:

Julia Child.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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