Friday, February 5, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 
1. Describe love using all five senses.

I'll keep it simple.

Taste - Sweet.
Sight - Smiles.
Sound - Music, laughter, raindrops.
Touch - Soft, warm.
Smell - Got nothing for this one.

2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

Pineapples. I love pineapples, but both Rosebud and I break out in a very irritating rash when ever we eat fresh pineapples. Somehow canned pineapples don't do that, so I'm choosing them as my favorite straight from the can food.

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

I never even step foot outside our bedroom in pjs. So there is no way I would go somewhere out in public in them.

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

A mixture between crew neck and V-necks. I have a few turtlenecks, but never wear them. They make me feel too clunky.

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

I don't do any late night snacking. The last food I eat usually happens around 5:30 to 6:00. I never hit the snooze button even though I often wish I could spend a few more minutes in bed. I usually take a quick look at Facebook a little before bedtime. I always wake up happy, so I don't feel guilty for doing that and have no plans to work at avoiding it.

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

The house we moved into when I was seven had bright orange counter tops. I didn't care for the color, but it's the house I love the best. It's the one where the most of my childhood and growing up memories were made.

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?

Sheffey. Based on the life of a circuit riding preacher.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I went ahead and signed up for the April A-Z challenge again this year. It will be my third year doing this. It's called a challenge for a reason, but I feel ready to tackle it once again.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Goals

I'm happy to report that we accomplished the goals we had set for January.

It was our first time trying to make eclairs, and while they were a bit time consuming we were pleased with the end results.


 We used this recipe.

Our craft goal for the month was making potholders.

After seventeen years of use, the ones I had made before we got married were simply worn out and in desperate need of being replaced. The girls had fun sewing them together while Buddy watched closely.


I sewed the binding on them while the girls created some pillows and scent sachets for their room.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 
1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.

Sifting through all my childhood winter memories I'm having a hard time to choose which one I want to focus on. As much as I loved playing in the snow and all the good times we used to have I think the thing I cherish the most from winter time as a child is how every evening once the dishes were done and the wood-box filled we would all gather in the kitchen and eat apples and popcorn while Mom read stories to us until it was time for bed. The hissing gas lamp, the heat from the cookstove, the sound of wind whistling through the pine trees and around the corners of the house, the sound of Mom's voice as she read several chapters from a book ...... happy sigh. If I close my eyes I can almost be transported back to one of those evenings.

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?

I didn't blog very often last January. I checked and it looks like the Hodgepodge was the main thing.

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.' 

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?

We focus more on the potential instead of the flaws. It's much more encouraging that way.

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?

I honestly don't know. I don't know any of them well enough for that.

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?

I don't drink coffee. I like my pumpkin pie free of any whipped cream. Cream cheese on a bagel sounds good, but I don't eat bagels. Sour cream on a baked potato, yes, yes, yes! I love sour cream and eat it on a lot of things. I prefer using it on salad instead of other dressings. I don't like cream of wheat unless it has been allowed to get cold and thoroughly set, then sliced and fried until a crispy golden brown.

6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?

Nothing comes to mind right now.

7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.

A good start to a new year.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We enjoyed our snow. Sadly it has warmed up a lot since then and it has been melting fast.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 
1.  Speaking of skating...when did you last 'skate on thin ice', 'skate over the details', 'encounter a cheapskate', or just plain skate?

The subject of cheapskates came up this morning as LV and I were eating breakfast. We were thinking of some things we want to do before the big snowstorm gets here which involves stopping in at the new Aldi's in our area.

It brought to mind how when we were newly married. As in ... married for only a week someone came to see me saying that they will be going to an Aldi's 60 miles away and wondered if they could pick something up for us. (The Amish used to hire a driver and go to Aldi's maybe once or twice a year and stock up on a lot of things)

LV and I were planning to go shopping later that week so I asked for only a few boxes of cereal.

When she came to deliver our cereal she went ahead and charged me half the cost of the trip as well. It was the most expensive cereal we ever had, and I never accepted anything that sounded like a favor from her again.

2. What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?
 
Balancing everything that needs to be done.

3. What's your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?

A necklace. I wear it mostly for special occasions.

4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover's Day. Are you a lover of cheese? What's your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese? 

I love cheese. My favorite dish made with cheese is Chicken Enchiladas with a great queso sauce. I could eat it several times a week, but unfortunately that doesn't happen.
 
5. What's something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes?

Lame jokes usually make me roll my eyes even when I try not to.
 
6. Your favorite book series? 

I love the Anne of Green Gables series. I have no idea how often I have read them already.
 
7. Why did you choose your profession? 

Being a wife/ mother/homeschool teacher is the profession I love the most.

Being an author I chose because I have always loved writing, and there were so many things begging to be written.
 
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Winter is my favorite season. So far we haven't had much of a winter, but they say we're supposed to get quite a snowstorm later this week. Here's hoping they're right.

 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winner

Good-morning everyone.

Today is the day that I chose the winner for Lydia's Bonnet. So without further ado let's hop right to it.

 
Comment number 9
 
Blank Empty said .........
 
Least favorite would be cleaning tough stains out of laundry....I always tell myself we should all start wearing more black! Haha Happy New Year and Thank You!-leilah
 
Congratulations! Please send me an email with your address and I will get the book mailed to you.
 
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Reading all the comments about your most dreaded household chores made me feel as if I'm in good company. And now I'm off to do our weekly Saturday cleaning today. That way we won't have to do anything tomorrow when we have friends here for a visit.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 
1. Are you ready for new? Is 2016 likely to be very different than 2015? Do you want it to be?

I am ready for new. In some ways 2016 will be very different from 2015, and that makes me very happy. In other ways I'm hoping a lot of the things from 2015 will be carried over into our new year.

2. January 6th is National Technology Day. Currently, what is your single biggest struggle or frustration when it comes to technology?

Currently my biggest frustration with technology is that when I want to open a new tab in my browser it automatically takes it to my homepage instead of showing the most visited sites like it used to for years. I have tried everything I can think of to get rid of it, but nothing is working.

3. It's that time again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2016. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are-

So (at the start of every single sentence), conversation (as in hotly debated topics where we're invited to 'join the conversation'), problematic, stakeholder, price point, secret sauce, break the Internet, walk it back, presser, manspreading (common in larger cities where some men take up the entire bus or train seat by sitting wide), vape, giving me life (refers to anything that may excite a person or make them laugh), and physicality

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

Most of these don't bother me, and I am guilty of using "so" at the beginning of paragraphs when I change the subject in an email. I'll have to try to stop that, I guess.
 
4. Share one of your current health related goals.

Be more active.

5. Gray is currently a popular color in home decor, paint, wardrobes, hair, wedding party attire, and more. Are you a fan? Do you have the color in some variation in your home or wardrobe?  Gray hair, the old gray mare, gray matter, gray area...which gray idiom can you most relate to right now?

I like gray a lot. I have several different shades of gray skirts that I like wearing, but other than that there isn't much of anything gray in our home or wardrobes.

Gray hair is the idiom I most relate to right now.

6. Certain foods are considered 'lucky' if eaten on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. Cooked greens to bring economic fortune, black-eyed peas or lentils also symbolize money, pork which symbolizes progress, fish for good luck, and if you're in Spain 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Did you eat any lucky foods on the first day of the year? Is that a tradition in your home? Of the foods listed, which most appeals to you?

We don't have any food traditions for New Year's.

Of the foods listed the fish and pork sound the best to me. I like grapes as well, but not at midnight.

7. What's the single biggest time waster in your life and what, if anything, will you do about it this year?

Probably Facebook. I have been backing away from it some, and hope to wean myself off even more. Working on it day by day.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today is the 12th day of Christmas. A holiday known among the Amish as "Old Christmas", one that begins solemnly with fasting until noon and then the afternoons are spent visiting friends, enjoying lots of good food, and bidding farewell to the holiday season. Tonight however is viewed by many as a scary night when all kinds of evil spirits are out and about.

We no longer observe it in any way, and I only happened to think of it when I saw the date this morning.