Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

I was hit with a deadline and madness ensued as I tried my best to get it done. The end is in sight now, and I feel as if I might finally be able to breathe again.

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

From my childhood it would be 'hi bibbons'. One of my little brothers had a hard time pronouncing words clearly when he was a toddler. He used to call rice krispies, 'hi bibbons' and we all latched onto it, because it was fun to say. I will occasionally still call them that, because it's still fun to say.

For our children, twangled, it is the word Sharon invented to describe her feelings when she could finally walk again.

We've continued using it, because not only is it fun to say, but it does a really good job of describing certain feelings.

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

We've been working on doing our spring cleaning the windows and ceiling fans are next on the list.

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

I can't think of a movie that I have seen that is set in either of those cities, unless I Love Lucy counts, in which case it would work for both cities.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

I don't know that there has been any one particular thing that has put a spring into my step. Mostly I think it is choosing joy, that puts a spring in my step.

Life is good, but life is also life. Choosing joy no matter what is happening helps tremendously in the spring factor of one's steps.

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

As a child growing up I used to dream of being a teacher, because I loved books and learning and helping others learn.

Being able to homeschool our children has been so much fun. I love being able to be the one teaching them, and even learning things alongside them as we go on our many digging quest to find out more about the things that our textbooks only share briefly.
7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

I've always assumed that if I could smell ... apple and cherry blossoms would be among my favorite scents. I don't have any perfumes with that scent as a matter of fact, I don't wear perfumes.

I don't think florals should be in food. We tried a recipe once upon a time for making violet syrup. It had to be dumped. More recently Rosie Mae tried making rose water cupcakes. They were awful as well. We've decided to stick with food for eating and leave the flowers for the bees and beauty.

I don't drink wine, but I can't imagine adding a floral note to it would make it any better.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm very happy for Kenneth. When he was fifteen he bought himself an old tractor to restore. He is finally done with it. I would say he did a pretty good job.


  1. Fantastic job Kenneth did on the tractor! What an accomplishment!

  2. OMG! Kenneth is a miracle worker! The tractor looks fabulous! Enjoy your week.

  3. "Choose joy" - so simple, yet so profound. Thank you, I'm writing it down on a sticky note, and posting it near my desk, to remind myself, should I forget to appreciate what is around me.

  4. What an amazing transformation of the tractor! We homeschool too and enjoy it. Can't imagine our lives any other way. "I Love Lucy" was such a great show. Always a good laugh!

  5. I so admire the way you seem to conduct your homeschooling by learning along with the children. You do seem so much more involved in their education than some I have known. Good for you and them as well. Your Kenneth is a very patient man and obviously a perfectionist. What an amazing job!

  6. I cannot get over that amazing tractor transformation! You have every right to be proud! Your son is quite the talent!

  7. I agree, choosing joy! That is so true. I love your family fun words.Wow, that is an amazing restoration of a tractor! Beautiful!

  8. Twangled. I love it! Kenneth did a wonderful job on the tractor!

  9. Wow, great job with the tractor! That's impressive! I feel the same way about rosewater-yuk. I recently had scallops in a blueberry lavender sauce and will tell you they were scrumptious! Love your answer to keeping a spring in your step!

  10. That tractor is quite the transformation. Congrats.

  11. Fun answers today. That tractor is a beauty! I love the "Twangled" word. It would be quite appropriate for me too.

  12. I love made up words, and that tractor...! Impressive!

  13. Ah, twangled. Love it. Our eldest daughter was a great one for making up words, and they always "fit". We stopped in to visit one of The Squire's aunts, and it was akin to being caught in a wind tunnel! Lawsy, could that woman TALK! As we were walking to the car, Tina turned to us and said, "Boy, now I know what they mean about not getting a word in sledge-wise". Sledge-wise conjures up such a vivid picture!

  14. I always wanted to be a teacher. Still do in fact. I homeschooled my children for five years which was a little bit of a challenge. Like you I got to learn the material along side them. I think teaching is very rewarding. New reader here.
    xx Beca


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