Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch- The First One For 2013

Everyday Ruralty
Happy New Year!

Welcome to my farmhouse. We'll have to chat inside today. It's very cold and the wind has been fierce. Wendell's hair looks as though he's gotten carried away with mousse. We have five baby pigs, and some lambs on the way. We are making plans for the upcoming year on the farm.

I want to thank everyone who reads this blog. I value your visits and your comments. Interacting with super people makes blogging such a fun thing. I had no idea how much I'd enjoy having a blog, until I took the plunge. Thanks for making it so enjoyable.
This week's questions:
  1. Do you make New Years resolutions?
  2. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
  3. Tell me about your favorite place to think, create, or just relax.
  4. Are you a fan of old movies? (Like the ones that were originally black and white.)
  5. Tell me something that made you happy since our last porch visit. If you're new to the chats, tell me something good that has happened to you lately.
My answers:
  1. I used to, but I found they were often a recipe for feeling like a failure. I would rather quietly think of some possible goals, than announce a huge goal or change. I will gladly cheer on anyone who does.:)
  2. I would like to publish my last book as an e-book. I would like to try to focus more on the creative things that make me happy.
  3. Hubby put a wonderful studio outside our house. It is a great place for me to work in privacy- uh, until the family finds me! I will work happily out there, and the crew appears one by one to see what I'm doing. I think I might as well just stay in the house. I do like the space though. I also love one of our barns. It's a great place to think.
  4. I love old movies. I just showed White Christmas, with Bing Crosby. It was the first time hubby and the girls have seen it. I was fortunate to see the play at a huge theater a few weeks ago. I used to love watching anything with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Humphrey Bogart. I don't watch them often enough anymore. It seems there is always something new that someone in the family would like to see. I just watched the most recent version of Sense and Sensibility (the one with Hattie Moran and Charity Wakefield) just a few days ago.
  5. Champagne-Raspberry Tea made me happy. Pecan cookies with dark chocolate chunks made me happy. Clearing four black trash bags of nice girls' clothes for charity made me smile. Seeing a family I haven't seen in years was a big smile for me. You know what else? Knowing we would meet for chats today makes me happy!
Wishing each of you a healthy, happy year in 2013!




15 comments:

  1. It is so good to be back to chat. I know we just missed one week, but it seemed like forever. I didn't realize how much I look forward to our chats each week. I watched White Christmas as well. I love that movie.

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  2. Hi, Ms. Patrice!!! So glad we're back at your place. The weather is yucky here, too!!! We're getting lots of rain, but no white stuff, which is what I'm looking forward to!!! HOPE your 2013 is full of lots of precious blessings!!!

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  3. I just added your meme to my list for Tuesdays. I hope that is okay == would like to start joining you all on the porch starting next week. I think this is a grand idea for a meme.

    Bright blessings to you and yours for 2013, Patrice. xo

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  4. I saw White Christmas for the first time this year and I loved it - not sure how I have missed it before.

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  5. happy new year to you, patrice! stay warm up/over there!

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  6. I am glad to be back with you for a new year. I just love to read everyone's answer and get to know each of you. So glad I found this meme although my memory is so bad now I don't remember where that even was :). Did you catch the post (http://lady-nightwater.blogspot.com/2012/12/its-been-lovely-christmas-update.html) with the picture of the lovely teapot and tea assortment that Janice sent to my daughter. My daughter is still today talking about it. She just really really loves and appreciated it.

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  7. I think I'll join you for today's chat, Patrice. Just off to write my own blog post .... you have inspired me!

    Happy New Year!

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  8. I always make a couple of goals for the year, but nothing super strict. I find that I just don't stick to the strict things too much. Last year my goal was to pack my lunch (I teach) and not eat in the lunchroom! I really did well and strayed less than 10 times for the whole year. This year I hope to change my garden a bit and get a better yield AND can more. Looking forward to it.

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  9. Patrice,
    Happy New Year to you!!! It has been awhile since I have visited. I need to make it here more often. LOL.... I don't make resolutions either.. they are a waste of my time.

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  10. Hi Patrice - this is the only way I could reply to you since you have noreplyblogger on your comments. Katie just got her cards today I found out. I mailed out a big envelope of about 40 cards and two other envelopes that had gifts in them. I found out she is starting chemo again tomorrow but I hope to hear from her or her parents soon.

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  11. Patrice, I don't make resolutions because I'm not really sure what that means -grin-. I do make goals, plans and dreams...does that count?

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  12. I would love to read your book. I know you love to write, but have you published before? I would like to read one of your books. Happy New Year.

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  13. sorry I have missed the last couple weeks I am back semi healthy and trying to get back in I miss everyone Happy 2013, hay Wendell!!

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  14. I'm thinking that pecan cookies with dark chocolate chunks would make me pretty happy, too. :) I hope that you have a wonderful year, Patrice!

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