Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid-1800's and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard?  Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you? Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel?

The last time I sent a postcard was seven years ago when we were visiting New Mexico and I sent one to both of my little brothers. I can't remember the last time I received one. My Grandma Mast used to send each of her grandchildren a postcard when ever they visited the health mines in Boulder Montana. Grandma had trouble with arthritis and would come home feeling good. Not sure how long that feeling lasted since they went every summer.

I do save postcards I receive, but I don't collect them when I travel and have stopped sending them as well.

2. What treat do you most like to indulge in while on vacation?

Eating at restaurants. Nothing says vacation to me as much as enjoying several meals a day without having to worry about cooking or cleanup.

3. Are you good at hiding your feelings?

LV would say I'm not good at hiding my feelings at all, but I think that's because he knows me so well. I like to think I'm not that transparent to other people.

4. Does your town/city/county still deliver telephone books to your home? Do you check the yellow pages when searching for a local business number or has the internet replaced the phone book in your home?

We still receive telephone books, but we never use them. Internet searches are the route we take in our home when we need a business phone number.

The only good thing about telephone books is that Buddy loves tearing the pages out and stays happily entertained like that for long periods of time. He seems to get all his destructive energy out on those and all other books he treats nicely.

5. Would you rather be first or last?

If it's something that makes me feel competitive I like being first. Anything else I don't like being first or last, but would rather be somewhere in the middle.

6. July is National Park and Recreation Month (in America, but everyone can still play along)...where and when were you last in a park?  Did you participate in any recreational activities while you were there?

The last time I was at a park was two years ago when we visited New Germany State Park. I simply sat on a bench under a shade tree while the rest enjoyed swimming in the lake.

7.  What was one of your worst ideas?

How far back can I go? I can think of several bad ideas, but they shall remain a secret. If it's okay to take one from my childhood I once tried to make a special frosting for my Mom's birthday cake and ended up with a horrible orange-ish brown, brittle lemon flavored mess.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Rosebud is fascinated with this castle in Kentucky. She took this picture after reading the sign that proclaimed it to be a place for weddings. Thankfully she is much too young to be making wedding plans.


  1. I agree...that castle does look like the ideal setting for a wedding! I think we've all had our share of cake baking disasters...I sure have!

  2. Your cake story reminded me of the time one of my daughter's friends wanted to create mint icing and she used toothpaste! As awful as you'd imagine : )

  3. A castle is the perfect place for a wedding! :)

  4. I am fascinated with all castles, anywhere :) There is just something so special about them...

  5. I totally dig eating out at restaurants too when we're on vacay.

    That's some awesome Sleeping Beauty's castle right there. I've not seen a more perfect setting for a wedding :)

  6. I would have to agree with that castle being a good place for a wedding :)

  7. SWMBO (My Wife) and I love eating in restaurants during vacations for the same reasons as you. I love the picture of the castle in Kentucky. Thanks for visiting my blog page.

  8. I'm with you in that a lot of my bad ideas remain a secret as well.

    You have a lovely, lovely blog and I so enjoyed your answers today.

    Have a great rest of the week!

  9. What a neat castle! I can understand being intrigued, I would love to know the story behind it and explore a bit. :)

  10. Hey - I'm in Kentucky... where is that castle at? I'm a wedding photographer too - I REALLY need to find that castle :)

    I like how you use the phone books... hours of entertainment, I'm sure! :)

  11. Thanks for stopping by to visit me.
    Mama Bear

  12. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I'm returning the favor, and have enjoyed my time here so much! I'll definitely be coming back :)

    I seem to be the only one who uses a phone book anymore. Like I said, I'm still a bit old-fashioned. It's good that Buddy finds a good use for yours :)

  13. Did not know that there were castles in Kentucky! #everydayisaschoolday! :)

  14. Did not know that there were castles in Kentucky! #everydayisaschoolday! :)

  15. That's a cool looking castle. Who know Kentucky had something like that?

    I agree, I'm more a in-the-middle person too.

  16. A very EXPENSIVE wedding, I'm sure! BTW, I remember the birthday cake story from an earlier blog post AND I just read about it in Lily's book :-) ... and laughed all over again. Lemon and chocolate chip 'swirls' ...

  17. Weddings-schmeddings...I could be very happy to call that castle "home"! Pretty.

    And I like the story of the phone books. Highly entertaining and still recyclable. Way to go.

    By the way...from ancestor research on my side of the family, there is a Mast surname from the 1700s. Hmmmm.

  18. Do we HAVE castles in this country?!! In Kentucky, you say?! Wow! I'd be taking pictures too, but I must confess, it wouldn't be for wedding plans! Nope, no thank you!.. The only castle I ever knew of was sitting in Orlando Florida, home of Cinderella and her Prince Charming, at Disney World!.. SERIOUSLY! ~tina

  19. I'm with you on number 2! Food tastes so much better when I don't have to cook it or clean up afterwards! I finally got Life with Lily to use as a reader with my daughter and we LOVE it! These stories are on par with the Little House series. You have made little Lily come alive in our hearts and we can't wait to see what happens next! It has been wonderful read ing about your road to Jesus and now reading of your childhood. Special thanks for the wonderful ministry your blog is!


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