Batavia resident Linda Ostrander, 65, was at the Batavia Orchid Society’s annual show when she answered 11 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Where did you grow up? Wheaton
Pets? A miniature dachshund named Belle and a rescued beagle named Benny
Who would play you in the movie of your life? I think I’d better play myself.
First job? I did baby-sit.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to become a teacher, but I worked as a nurse’s aid, and then I became a nurse.
A book you’d recommend? Anything from the Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron. They take you back to a whole other life – I love them.
Favorite charity? American Cancer Society
Do you play an instrument? My parents made me take the accordion. I did not like it, I was a skinny kid, and that thing was so top-heavy, I tripped over the music stand and choked on candy, and that was the end of my career. I was probably about 10.
Hobbies? To garden, especially herbs, and I like to cook the fruits of my labor.
Favorite local restaurant? JuRin in Geneva
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? My ex-husband’s father-in-law took us to Hollywood, Fla., and I saw Barry Manilow in person. And that is something I’ll always remember because he’s timeless.