Wednesday Chat #13


There’s still no new questions from Patrice, so I’m going to answer questions from her “Farmhouse Chat #153,” which I didn’t do when it posted new.

What are you most looking forward to in the remaining months of 2014?

Well, I love the cooler temperatures of Fall, but what I love the most about the last few months of the year are the holidays. I positively adore Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would like to try some new home decor this year, but I don’t know if that will happen or not.

Tell us the last movie you saw, or book you read. [Read more…]

Wednesday Chat #12

chatsonthefarmhouseporchIt looks like it’s been quite a while since Patrice at Everyday Ruralty has posted new questions, but it’s been even longer since I’ve answered any, so I’m going to do an old set this week.

Please tell me something that you have done recently that was really fun.

A couple of weeks ago, we went swimming. We used to go every single week before Small Fry was born, but then with a newborn it was much harder to go. And then we got used to not going rather than going, and pretty soon it had been well over a year since we’d been. The kids were the ones who really, really wanted to go, so Seahawk paid for the trip with his allowance. (It’s only $6 for the whole family on Tuesday evenings.) I was worried that Small Fry would be afraid of the pool since it had been so long since we’d gone, but he loved it. We’re planning to go again next Tuesday. [Read more…]

Wednesday Chat #9


Yes, yes, it’s Thursday. That’s okay :). Depending on the week, you might start seeing these on Wednesdays or Thursdays, but I’ll still call them “Wednesday Chats” for simplicity’s sake.

Remember to head over to Everyday Ruralty to read more answers to these fun questions!

Do you like cucumbers? Is there a favorite way you prepare them?

Oh, yes! I’ve never met a cucumber I didn’t like . . . well, except the ones that end up bitter. I don’t like those at all. As for preparation, I just like them raw. Sliced on their own or chopped in a salad, it doesn’t matter. When I was a kid, my mom used to soak them in vinegar so they had an *almost* pickled flavor, but not the same as pickles – more like tart cucumbers than pickles. I’ve never tried that, even though I kinda like it, so it’s been years since it’s I’ve had them that way.

How good a housekeeper are you?

On a scale of 1-5, probably a 3. Given a choice I’ll do anything besides housework. On the other hand, I hate clutter and messes, so I do my best to keep things tidy.

Please finish this: To spend a day _____ would be amazing!

Hm. This is hard for me. I suppose . . .

To spend a day playing on Santa Monica beach would be amazing!

(We got to do this for just a few hours when we were on vacation last year. I would love to go back!)

How do you handle times when you are “down” and “blue” (depressed)?

I just kind of hole up and ignore everyone. It’s not the healthiest way of dealing with it, I know, but it works for me. Fortunately those feelings don’t come around too often.

Have you started using essential oils since they have become so popular?

Nope. They’re a bit out of my price range.

Now it’s your turn! Leave me a comment with an answer to one (or more) of these questions.



Wednesday Chat #7


Hello, friends. I haven’t done a Wednesday chat in a few weeks, so I thought it would be fun today. If you have a blog and want to participate, head over to Everyday Ruralty to get the questions and link up.

What is your favorite berry?

I like all kinds! Well, except blueberries – which I like in baked goods. So let me break down my specific preferences. For just eating, I like strawberries best. I love the flavor of raspberries and blackberries, but the seeds drive me mad. In baked goods, blueberries or blackberries win. And for jams and jellies, it’s raspberries all the way.

If you had the choice of a picnic or sit-down dinner, which would you choose?

A sit-down dinner. There are some outdoor activities I enjoy – like tennis – but as a rule, I prefer the indoors.

How is your handwriting? Fancy, plain? Legible, doctor-like?

Right now it’s nonexistent. Stupid tendinitis *sigh* When I can write, though, I have . . . well, regular handwriting. Unless I’m being exceptionally lazy or rushed, it’s quite legible. If I have time to take my writing slow, it’s even better.

Do you prefer a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet?

Laptop. But I haven’t had one in a couple of years. These days, 90% of my “computing” is done on my phone or our Kindle Fire. The other 10% is done on hubby’s our desktop.

Tell me something interesting, please.

I’ve never in all my almost-33 years broken a bone. As a kid, I wondered what it would be like to have a cast. Now that I’ve this darn tendinitis, I no longer have any interest in trying one. Just the splint sucks big time, and I have the ability to take it off if I so desire. (Of course, I want to heal, so I’m not just taking it off willy-nilly. I removed it to shower earlier this week and ended up hurting for 12 hours solid. No more of that!)

So there’s a few more tidbits about me. Tell me: have you ever broken a bone?



Wednesday Chat #6


It’s Wednesday again! I hope you guys are having a great week. As usual, I’ve got a fresh set of questions from Patrice at Everyday Ruralty.

Do you like (dried) beans? What do you like them in?

Dried beans are okay, but I like the convenience of canned beans better. I mostly only use dried pinto beans for making my own refried beans. For almost everything else, I use canned.

Does your house have enough storage?

Yes! But that’s because we don’t have that much stuff (out of choice). We have way more room than we (currently) need, but we’re not sure we’re done having kids yet, so it’s a bit of a tossup whether our next house will be this big or a little smaller…

Do you have any childhood memories of a store?

My mom used to work at a local pet store. She was best friends with the owner, which was how she got the job in the first place – she went from “best customer” to “employee.” In the summers, my brother and I would hang out at the store all. the. time. Sometimes we got to help with some of the work. My favorite thing to do was work the cash register.

Do you ever shop at a farmers’ market?

Oh yes! We love going to the farmers’ market in the summertime! We also have what our family calls “The Fruit Stand” here in town, which isn’t technically a farmers’ market, but is kind of similar. It’s an outdoor stand that sells only produce and a few dairy items (milk and eggs). Their stuff isn’t really any more local than the grocery store, but their prices are much better! A true farmers’ market is better, but the fruit stand is a nice way to get us through the week. (They’re open every day, whereas the farmers’ market is only once a week.)

Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Are you wise? 🙂

No. I got mine out when I was … 20, I think. Maybe 21. It was awful. Typically the recovery is supposed to be only two or three days, but I was out of commission for two weeks. Blech. As for being wise, I suppose it depends on who you ask ;).

Now it’s your turn. Answer one (or more) of the questions for me in the comments?



Wednesday Chat #5



Good morning, everyone. I hope you’re having a great week so far! I’ve got another round of chat questions from Everyday Ruralty today. Enjoy.

Do you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, or other “word” activities?

I do. Most crossword puzzles are too hard for me to finish though. I particularly enjoy “fill-ins,” which are crossword puzzles, but instead of a list of clues, there’s a list of words and you have to figure out how all the letters cross to make them fit into the puzzle. I also like Sudoku puzzles, but those are numbers, not words.

What’s on your dining room table right now?

If the boys did their job, nothing. But quite likely, there are school supplies on there – books, workbooks, pencils, and colored pencils.

Do you like Italian food?

Oh, yes! Almost any kind of Italian food is delicious. Little trivia about me: I prefer angel hair with my marinara rather than spaghetti. Spaghetti’s too thick for my taste.

Did you ever want a brother, twin, or sister when you were little?

Well, I had a younger brother (2 years and 4 months younger than me). Never really wanted a twin, but growing up with a brother always made me want a sister.

How far away is the nearest grocery store?

I’m really blessed to have two grocery stores within less than a mile of my house. On nice days, we walk for food.

What about you? Do you have good answers for any of these questions? Leave them for me in the comments!