Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Reader Hodgepodge

Today I'm answering another hodgepodge of questions provided by my readers.

1. Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

I had several different imaginary friends when I was a child. One was a little girl who got lost from her family on their wagon train west. Never mind that the days of wagon trains were long past. To me it made perfect sense that she was my friend and I could share everything I had with her. She was great.

Another one was my imaginary sister. I created her by rolling up my blanket and dressing her in my favorite slip/dress, and a bonnet I had grown out of. I had her sitting on a chair in my room for quite a while, and would spend a lot of time talking to her. I named her Magdalena, but after a while my Mom started getting concerned about my obsession with her and turned her back into a blanket.

I was sad when that happened, and glad my wagon train friend was still there waiting for me now that I needed her again.

2. Are there any books you would really recommend I read?

I'm assuming you mean books other than the Bible, which I of course would recommend above all other books.

I love books, and could happily provide long lists of books I have enjoyed, but for today here are a few.

If you've never read the Anne of Green Gables series I would recommend it. It's still a favorite of mine even after all these years and reading them many, many times.

Created to be a Helpmeet. Women either love or hate this book. I happen to be one who really liked it when I read it. I don't usually recommend it because a lot of women find it offensive, but I do think it has a lot of good advice for those willing to read and learn.

The Hidden Rainbow by Christmas Carol Kauffman made a big impact on my life when I read it.

The Adventures of Lily Lapp series I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys Amish related anything.

3. What hobbies did you have when you were younger?

I loved sewing and reading. When ever I had a spare moment I could be found doing one or the other.

4.What social media platform do you spend the most time on? Who is the most interesting person you follow? What kinds of people do you follow?

My social media time is divided between Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. The one I spend the most time on varies from day to day.

I am spending a lot more time on Instagram than I used to. One of my favorite people to follow on there is Bryartonfarm (check it out) She is a homeschooling mother, but she shares so much more. Her daughters with their miniature horses and pet pig make some of the happiest most adorable photos ever.

On Facebook one of my favorite people to follow is Mrs. Gore's Diary the little daily happenings she shares from their family life have brought many a smile to my face, and the words of encouragement made me pause and think.

I don't have any favorites on Pinterest. I simply pin what I want from anyone and everyone.

5. What games did you play as a child?

Favorite board games included: The Old Shoe Game, Memory, Sorry, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Probe. Which are all the games we had as a child, but I loved them all.

Favorite outdoor games at school included Fox and Geese, Captain's Base, Wink Wave and Whistle, and 23 Extra. Recess was my least favorite part of the school day, and games such as baseball, dodgeball, etc were a nightmare to me.

6. Random bit.

I'm not the biggest fan of water and boats, but seeing this the other day has awakened the strangest urge in me to go fishing in a rowboat, on this lake.


  1. I loved reading and sewing when I was younger too. I still love reading, but I no longer sew. I hope you get a chance to go fishing in the rowboat--sounds like fun!

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  3. You should give kayaking a try you don't have to go in deep water, stay close to shore and you get to see some amazing wildlife. Early Morning about 7 or 8am.

  4. Thanks for recommending Mrs. Gore's Diary. I like reading about other's everyday lives.

  5. #1 I tried. My cousin, who we were raised close together, had one and I tried to do everything she did but my imaginary friend just didn't happen. #2 I don't generally like to recommend books but I prefer clean, light reading. Right now I am reading the "Made in Savannah" series -- a cozy mystery series -- it is clean and fun and very predictable. #3 I was always interested in needlework and reading. #4 Facebook #5 jacks, jump rope, monopoly, card games like "go fish" and "old maid", but I read a lot from age 8 on and I preferred that.#6 I really don't care for water, it scares me. I am not a strong swimmer -- I blame it all on the swimming lessons I took as a child where they made us dive off a tall diving board into very deep water. Hated it.

  6. I've been told I had an imaginary friend when I was a child. Her name was simply "Little Girl" and Mum said I wouldn't eat unless she prepared a place for Little Girl. I no longer have an imaginary friend; I just talk to the cat!
    I have never, ever enjoyed Monopoly; I'd rather go to the dentist! We played a lot of Scrabble in our house, and I enjoyed riding my bike, playing dolls, and coloring. Reading, sewing, and jigsaw puzzles were - and still are - my past-times of choice.


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