Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chats of the Farmhouse Porch- or maybe not (It's cold out there!)

I miss November! It goes by too quickly. I miss the focus on Thanksgiving. Having a thankful heart and spending time with family are such wonderful things. Christmas is so special, but it gets shadowed by so much commercialism. In November, we think of our blessings and stuff our bellies. In December, we think of our to-do lists and empty our wallets. Maybe we should have a November attitude year round, especially when we should be thankful for the most precious gift could ever received, a Saviour!

Let's get to those questions. Wendell wanted to join in so you will see his answers in red. I want green. You'll have to settle for red. I just told the people. But I look better in green with my blonde mane and tail. Deal with it, Wen! 
  1. Where is your favorite place to think, reflect, or pray?
  2. Did you believe in Santa as a kid?
  3. What's your favorite kind of Christmas cookie? You can add a recipe if you have time.
  4. Did you grow up around any of your grandparents?
  5. What's your favorite winter sport-skiing, skating,sledding, other(?) ? If you are in a warm place, what is your favorite winter sport to watch when the Winter Olympics are televised?
Our answers:
  1. I love it in our barns, but only when work isn't calling my name. Where there is green grass. CHOMP-CHOMP-CHOMP.
  2. Oh, yes. In third grade our teacher got in front of the class and said she thought it was ridiculous that a bunch of "spoiled kids" still believed in Santa. She said that it wasn't real and we should stop believing. My mother was seriously furious. Regardless of whether a kid should believe in a tradition or fantasy, this should be something that the parents have a say in. I look back and think that she might have wanted us to have the correct focus on Christmas, but she was rather hostile in her methods. Yes, and I hope he can fit all of my carrots in his sleigh.
  3. I like gingerbread cookies with a bit of vanilla glaze. Gluten free ones are pretty good! Are there carrot cookies?
  4. I only knew my mother's mother. Everyone else had passed on. She was a spicy one. I wish that I had also known my other grandmother. Stories about my grandmother. I was taken away at a young age. So sad! Send carrots and hay to console me.
  5. I grew up skating and sledding. I could appropriately be described as a "train wreck" when skiing. For whatever reason, I cannot ski. I still like to sled, but I think falling while skating would be different now that I'm a tiny bit older-<ahem>! I like to watch the two Percherons when it's icy. They slide around. What a winter sport! Do you know Patrice has a dog that goes sledding with the girls. She will ride down and run back up to jump in the sled and do it again. Maybe I should try that sometime.


  1. Great questions and it really choked me up about poor Wendall being taken away at a young age.
    That is too bad you never really knew your grandparents. My youngest ones didn't either. I never thought about that before.
    Well, I will be getting to the questions pretty soon.
    I have to make a foray into the World of Walmart.

  2. 1. the corner bench on my deck. i feel closest to God there - my own personal 'church pew'
    2. no. we were poor. no santa in our household.
    3. frosted sugar cookie cutouts
    4. no. did not know grandparents. last one passed when i was one.
    5. no idea...

  3. I'm sorry that you didn't get to know all of your grandparents. The more I read other stories, the more blessed I realize that I was to have all four of mine right close throughout my childhood and three into my adulthood. My last remaining grandparent, my Granny, died in 2010. They were great blessings to me. I wish they could have hung around forever.

    It made me misty thinking about Wendell being parted from his family at a young age, too. I know it happens, like with puppies and kitties...but I have never really personified it. I wonder what goes through a horsey mama's mind when her baby moves away?

    As always, I enjoyed reading your post. Have a wonderful day!

  4. I loved ice skating as a kid. I kind of miss it as an adult. I would spend hours on an outdoor rink in North Dakota.

  5. A pox on that 3rd grade teacher!! I'm a 3rd grade teacher and I have kids who believe their shelf elf is real, who firmly believe Santa is real, and that if you are up to no good...you'll get coal. Of course I encourage all of this. I would hate to be the bearer of the truth on these fronts!!
    Here's to Santa!

  6. I'm joining in for the first time today. Great questions. I am appalled at that teacher. My Mom probably would have decked her!! Lol

  7. Poor Wendell....no wonder he has er, issues ...

    Off to answer the questions myself now :)

  8. I think my dad would have had a few choice words for that teacher! She had no right to do that.

  9. You realize that teacher was lying right? She was angry because she kept getting coal in her stocking every year due to her bad attitude!

    I think I could really enjoy Wendell's winter sport! LOL

  10. Christmas cookies are delightful no matter what you have. I'm going to make some gingerbread cookies hopefully this weekend,which I'm looking forward to. =D

  11. Wendell, you are a horse after my own guys' hearts! They love eating, too! In fact if it doesn't revolve around eating... why bother?!
    I joined the chat this week from the linkup!
    Thanks for hosting us!

  12. I missed this. I am going to do it tomorrow!

  13. Hi Patrice!
    What a cute image, a dog who loves to RIDE on a sled!


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