Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chat 154

Everyday Ruralty 


Wendell and I are glad you're here. I went to the city today, without Wendell. I had a bit of time to wander around a large craft store. It was glorious! I was surprised to see Christmas things out 
already.  Ho-ho-ho- oh, no! Let's start our chat.
  1. Please tell me something you have done recently that was really fun.
  2. Do you worry about any issues regarding food/food quality/food production?
  3. Have you painted any of your walls with colors other than white, beige, or tan?
  4. What is your favorite way to have a hamburger? If you do not eat meat, what is your favorite sandwich?
  5. Please finish this sentence. If I could, I'd like to play_____________________. This could be a musical instrument, a part in a play- use your imagination:)
My answers:
  1. I took my daughter to a wildlife rescue organization to drop off a baby wild turkey that had adopted our laying hens. Unfortunately, the hens would have killed it. It was like a field trip to see all of the wonderful animals at the rescue.
  2. I am very concerned about GMO in our foods.
  3. I have one room that has soft, dark sage walls. Another room has butter yellow wall. I always had neutral paint before, but I like the colors.
  4. I like mine with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and sweet relish.
  5. __a piano, so well that I could play anything I heard or composed. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chat on the Farmhouse Porch 153

Everyday Ruralty 

Hello, Friends!
Hello from Wendell,too!

I hope you are all having a good week. I know things are busier for many of you with "back to school". I'm working like a crazy lady to get all of my canning, freezing, and dehydrating done. The garden is slowing down, but there are some fall things coming. I see some Butternut squash that looks good.

Did you ever just feel change coming? I feel like this fall will be a season of change for me. I'm milling some ideas around in my head- dreams-hopes-ideas. I'm in a bit of a rut. You understand that. Don't you? It will be a welcome season for some positive changes. I know I'm talking kind of "out there", but I'm still deciding. I'll share when I know.

Remember that I posted a video to get a scholarship? I did not get it. I thank everyone who tried to help me out. After reflecting on the whole idea, I feel that this door was being shut for me. Maybe it was not a correct fit. It might be a great organization, but I have trouble thinking that a scholarship is awarded based on "likes" from a video. Truthfully, I did not view the other videos from people who wanted to get a scholarship. It just wasn't supposed to happen, and I'm okay with that.

  1. What are you most looking forward in the remaining months of 2014?
  2. Tell us about the last movie you saw, or book you read.
  3. Do you ever make smoothies or juice?
  4. Who do you wish you could talk to right now?
  5. Please finish this sentence. "If I could spend a week in a lovely cabin in the mountains I would like to_______________________."
My answers (Wendell will not be participating. He and the pony are planning something to get into trouble.)
  1. Cooler temp and colorful leaves. I also want to take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to photograph the fall colors.
  2. I saw Frozen and Mirror, Mirror last week. I enjoyed both!
  3. Yes. I like both and the girls and I make them often.
  4. My mom. I miss her. I would like to discuss some of my goals and ideas and get her feedback. I still feel like she will be watching.
  5. ___dive straight into a writing project that has been dancing in my head for a few months. A few uninterrupted days of typing would be glorious. I would also like to take walks with my camera.

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Chat 152

    Hello, friends! I'm not the world's best blogger. I share a laptop with two other family members, since mine went up in smoke. A new computer isn't in the budget. I wanted to put my Wednesday chat post up, but SOMEBODY was editing photos for a potential client (I have an aspiring photographer). She edited like crazy. When she went to access them, they were GONE. Nobody else touched the computer and they disappeared. Maybe some of you have had things like that happen. There are lots of things just floating in cyber-space!

    I wanted to post yesterday's photo of some of our pigs to show you how nice the front porch is for our chats. There is a very good reason why we don't have our chats further out on the farm. I had just filled their tub with water and overflowed it so they could have a nice mud puddle. You can see a watermark on the third pig from the left. Well, it's actually a mud-line. She had been lounging in the mud when I went out to fill the water for them. It seems that every time I fill the water, someone has to lay in it!Wendell thinks they are messy and is glad we don't have the chat near them.

    Dotty is expecting! I couldn't resist the hat. Dotty is happy to be a fashion statement.

    Today's chat:
    1. Are you still enjoying (or not) summer, or are you geared for fall?
    2. What's the one room in your home that you'd like to make a big change to?
    3. Do you ever send "snail mail"?
    4. Do you dream? Often? Do you have nightmares?
    5. Tell me something that makes you happy. Please. 
    My answers: (Wendell's too)
    1. I am so ready for fall. I will finish canning and dehydrating as long as I can get our fresh produce, but I am ready for my favorite season. I do not like to fall!
    2. I would like to finish remodeling our family room. I'm even more anxious to remodel our enclosed back porch to make a TV room. That way folks can enjoy a show without bothering others. My stall needs a lot of work. I would like my own kitchen, complete with a full refrigerator. :)
    3. I like to write letters and send cards. I miss those days. A letter in my mailbox makes me smile. Wendell doesn't like snails in the mail!
    4. I dream often. I had a wonderful dream where I learned a new art technique and made amazing pictures the other night. I woke up SO happy! I dream fairly often. I do have an occasional nightmare, but fortunately, not often. No dreams for me, except about carrots.  No night mares.I am a night gelding.
    5. There have been a bunch of large, wild rabbits in my yard lately. They are way too big for the cats to mess with. I have enjoyed watching them frolic around the yard. Sometimes the simple things are pretty good. I love my friends, and even the bratty pony. 
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