Monday, January 2, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

Hello, friends! I hope this finds you all well and happy.We are leaving our Christmas tree up until Epiphany, but it's a bit hard. I like the tree, but I look forward to cleaning up too. I'm so happy to host "Chats" with such a wonderful group of people. I'd love some feedback regarding the card/gift exchange. One of my daughters participated and it was a great experience.

We went from cool weather to - Yow, it's cold! Wendell wants a sweater, but that's beyond my knitting skills. I've been busy making all the meals I can without an oven. My very old oven rolled over, groaned and died. I'm looking forward to something new. The old girl was just a temporary appliance to work until we replaced it with something nicer. We forgot to replace it until last week when it kicked the bucket. Believe it or not, I'm tired of shopping!

Let's have that chat now.
  1. What's your favorite kind of tree?
  2. How did you celebrate the New Year?
  3. Do you have any family traditions for the New Year?
  4. I'm so glad I____________ in 2011.
  5. Did you have a nickname as a child?
My answers:
1. My favorite trees are the ones with big trunks and lovely aged branches, like an old apple tree that my friend has. I asked what kind of tree it was and she didn't know, but the apples were some of the best I've ever cooked with.

2. Boring, but I had a good night's sleep. Then I woke up to remove the old calendar from the kitchen wall and put the 2012 one up. 

3. We don't have any traditions for New Year, except to wish my sister a Happy Birthday. I've read about traditions in different countries and I think the one where they throw all the dishes out the front door is unique. I had enough dishes on my kitchen island and in my sink the other day to have that cross my mind briefly. There would be such a mess to clean up, and I'm rather fond of my pretty blue and white dishes.

4. I'm so glad I got a new room for the house in 2011. That screened in porch turned into a lovely living room. Thanks, C.S.Farmer!

5. My dad used to call me Pattykins. Sounds like an elf to me! Maybe a variety of summer squash. Either way, I'll stick to Patrice.
 "And I'll stick to Wendell! You used to call me your Danish Prince, Patrice. You call me Goofy sometimes too. Just don't call me late for dinner!! Ha-ha-ha-neigh! Do you know that the guy at the farm I came from used to call me XXXXXXXX?" 
Wen, you can't say that here. Okay?
 "It was really interesting when he yelled it. I don't even know what it means."
Our friends at the chat don't want to hear bad horse talk. Talk about good things that make folks happy. "Hmmm? Oh, I know. Carrots-Carrots-Carrots!Is that better, Patrice?" 
Yes, dear.
 "She called me dear <BLUSH>!"

Have a great week.


  1. wendell, you're too cute!

    when i was little, our landlords at the farm called me 'twiggy'. i was not thin, btw...

  2. I love it when Wendell interrupts! I used to have too many dishes...then we moved and I got rid of lots and lots of stuff!

  3. Hahahaha....I have never heard of that dish tradition before:)) I bet my son would like to "try that tradition out" it's his turn to do the dishes;))

    Happy new year to you and your family:))

  4. Wendell, you are a dear!
    I think I might start that tradition of throwing dishes out the front door. But, I'll do it every morning... I do have lots of extra dishes, so it would take care of two things: dirty dishes and the excess. Hmmm.... but someone would have to clean up the mess, and that would probably be me. So, maybe not!

    My Chat is on my other blog at:

  5. I think Pattykins is a cute nickname. I don't believe my daddy ever called me anything special. That would have been nice.

  6. Oh no! I could never throw my dishes out!

  7. You are so right about it being cold!! Did you see the weather in Florida? My sister always calls to rub it in what nice weather they are having in Florida, now she thinks she is back in Pennsylvania.

    I don't know how you are managing without your stove.... but then I guess you could use a crock pot and a roaster to bake in. You will really enjoy it when you get a new one.

    Happy New Year Patrice!!

  8. So sorry to miss the chat this week! But here are my answers:

    1. A weeping willow is my favorite. All others tie for number two! I love trees!
    2. It was just like any other night.
    3. When the lovelies were little we stayed up and let them 'do' sparklers. On New Year's Day we always eat the Hoppin' John, greens and cornbread. We have started the tradition of a New Year's Eve Oyster roast recently.
    4. Didn't melt away in the ridiculously hot summer that we had.
    5. Not that I recall.


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