Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 16

It's a bit cool for spending too much time on the porch. Wendell invited you to the barn, so we may try that one week. Stock up on those carrots. I've enjoyed the fall weather. I'm making more soups now. That's a favorite here. The old adage of time "flying" really hits home. It seems like the calendar is in overdrive. I was told, years ago, that the speed that days travel in our lives is relative to our age. That makes perfect sense, but my  youngest was remarking how quickly time passes, just the other day. I can't believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. I'm definitely not ready, but still looking forward to them. Let's have that chat now.
  1. Dreaming asks: What accomplishments make you the most proud?
  2. Suzanne asks: When did your family first come to the country which you now live?
  3. Wendell asks: What's your favorite way to serve carrots?
  4. Do you decorate with anything that has Santa or Father Christmas when you prepare for Christmas?
  5. Do you prefer big dogs or small dogs? Something in between, maybe?
My answers:
  1. I home school my children. Knowing that I've taught all of them to not only read, but enjoy books makes me so proud. Even my most reluctant reader has become good at reading and enjoys devouring books like they're going out of style! I was a slow reader as a child and really struggled. I didn't enjoy reading until college.
  2. My Austrian/Romanian side only one generation ago. My Spanish side, three generations ago.
  3. I like cooked carrots with a pat of butter on them. Wendell says, "With hay, of course!"
  4. I know the focus of Christmas is Jesus. I do decorate with some Santas, but really don't want to make that the big thing. I particularly like the Father Christmas of Victorian times with the long cloak and kind face. I enjoy stories of his celebration of the Savior by giving to children.
  5. I like all dogs, but big dogs are my favorite. Maybe because I'm tall and I don't have to bend down as far to pet them. Maybe because they look more appropriate guarding the home.However, I have seen a few tiny poodles that could put a hurting on someone's ankle if they wanted to.
Have a cuppa (tea,coffee,cocoa) and relax.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I'm spending a little time checking out new blogs, so i thought id stop and say hello to you folks. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

  2. I'm sitting on my enclosed porch.. It's raining and a blustery day outside. The birds are busy at the feeders..I'm knitting hats for my grandchildren for Christmas.. Goodness to be where is the month going.. Have a great day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

  3. I have medium and small dogs and love to snuggle with both :)

  4. Always a fun post...I too have home schooled, four to graduation and teaching number six to read. I feel the same way..

    Enjoy the porch chats and will join you one day soon.

  5. 1. I am most proud of my boys. They have both done wonderfully in life and seem to be good guys, all around! I am also proud to have been one of the first 81 Nationally Board Certified Teachers in the US. That changed my career path significantly.

    2. My mom's father and mother immigrated from Sweden sometime before she was born in the 20's. My Dad's family came from Switzerland, but many generations ago.

    3. Oh, Wendell, I love your question! I used to get itchy from raw carrots, so I came to like them boiled and served with a bit of butter and just a touch of brown sugar. Hmmm, I bet you'd even like them served that way, especially on a cold day! Ask mom about that!!

    4. I have a few Santa's that get put around. I even got two new ones at an auction last year. One is made of wool. He is rather 'old world' looking and I have the perfect spot for him!

    5. Oh, give me big dogs. The bigger the better! I would love to have a Great Dane, Great Pyranees or a Bernese Mountain dog. But... although I've never had a small dog, I do enjoy watching them play and they certainly do take up less room and eat less...and poop less!!

  6. fun post....i have seen this on kim's blog and have always enjoyed it!!

    happy to see you at my place!!

  7. Thanks for hosting, Patrice! From one home school mom to another, I totally get you on #1. Have a good day!

  8. Carrots with hay....hmmm....gotta give that one some thought. LOL Give Wen a hug from me!

  9. Gee, I guess I should have linked up, shouldn't I? Duh!


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