Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 86

Everyday Ruralty
Spring? We had more snow today than we've had all season. It has turned to rain after about twelve plus hours. Wendell is more interested in eating the little green shoots of grass, that are poking up, than staying dry. He smells like a wet horse, so we'll sneak inside the farmhouse and have some hot coffee and tea. I heard that! Oops!
I want to thank everyone who visits for chats. Anyone can participate an there is no commitment that you join in week after week. We'd love to have you join us every week, but if you only get there every now and then, that's okay too. Remember that some folks visit later in the week, so if you get a chance to stop by and say hello to someone new it would be great.
I'm continuing to use YOUR questions for the chat. It's fun to see what everyone wants to know. It's nice to have a break from thinking up questions. I asked Wendell for help with questions, before I asked you, but all he did was walk through the field saying, "think-think-think". I believe he has seen too many Winnie-the-Pooh movies. He sometimes gets called Wennie-the-Pooh!
  1. Melanie asks "What kinds of seafood have you tried and liked? What is the most unique seafood you've eaten?
  2. Anne says, "An unforgettable holiday moment is_____________________. (She's on the other side of that BIG pond. I believe a holiday is a vacation on this side. )
  3. Arlene wants to know, "When was the last time you tried something new?"
  4. Becky asks, "Who or what inspires you?"
  5. Madonna wants to know," How did you chose the names of your children. Wendell adds,"If you don't have kids, how do you choose pet names?"
My answers:
  1. I have tried shrimp, scallops-sea and bay, oysters, lobster, crab-king-stone and blue, squid, mussels, clams, salmon, tuna steaks and the canned stuff, trout, flounder, blue fish, mahi-mahi, tilefish, sea bass, grouper, whitefish, tilapia, and squid. The most unique was squid. It is actually called Calamari, when it is cut into rings and batter dipped. It's very good, especially if you have the right thing to dip it in.
  2. There were lots of unforgettable moments last January, when my sister took the girls and me to Orlando. A specific moment doesn't pop into my head right now.
  3. Last spring I drove the horse trailer for the first time. Last fall I tried henna for my hair. Yesterday, I tried driving somewhere that I always get lost. I didn't. My "big girl pants" fit well. If you don't understand that, I'll attempt to explain. There is a saying that you just "put on your big girl pants" and do it. It refers to those times when you'd rather not do something, but you just do what you need to. I have joked that I need suspenders for my "big girl pants". One of my kids thinks a strong glue would do. :)
  4. People who do incredible things when they have everything working against them. I'm also inspired by people who make the best of things and others who have humble beginnings yet go on to achieve amazing things. Not last, but I'm continually inspired by Jesus Christ. 
  5. I had a dream when I was pregnant with my oldest, that I had quads. One of them had her name. I followed my hubby around for months before each child was born, reading names from a little yellow paperback book of baby names. I thought he was going to go out of his mind. I wasn't really that obnoxious. Had he just liked some of the early ones, he wouldn't have had to endure page after page. With my last child, I was watching a documentary on royalty. I found one there!My names are good old fashioned names. Nothing strange or difficult to pronounce. Hubby said that they had to have names that couldn't be shortened to nicknames. That's impossible! Everyone can do something to just about any name. My name is Patrice. I've had people shorten it to Patty, Pattie (sounds like a hamburger), Patti, Patsy (hate that one) and Pat. Pat sounds like someone with short hair and sensible shoes. Definitely not me. See? They can shorten anything!There have also been quite a number of people who cannot get it right. Even if it's right in front of them, they come up with Patricia. I ask you- Have you ever met a Patrice? I met one who was a checker in the grocery store. I also read that there was some African leader named Patrice(a guy). Wikipedia has some mentioned, but I've never heard of any of them. It said that the name Patrice was popular in 1958 and became popular again in 1995. Hmm? Interesting. I've had many people say that they have never met a Patrice. Even if they had, I bet she didn't have a Wendell! (ramble-ramble-ramble- ask a simple question...)
                                         Have a great week and a blessed Easter!


  1. Our niece's middle name is Patrice, after her grandma, Patricia who passed away long before she was born. HOPE you have a blessed Easter, my friend!

  2. Seafood is good, but it's not what I usually order when we dine out. I think it's largely because I think of the beach and well Tennessee is far from the ocean or maybe it's because I prefer other meat sources over critters from the sea. :)

    Thanks for hosting the chats!

  3. I had never heard the name Patrice till I "met" you and I really like it.

  4. Gosh, really shorten your name? I just can't imagine that. I always wanted to try Henna on my hair too. I wanted it to bring out the red I have in it. It sounds really cold at your house. Stay warm and dry.

  5. I have wanted to try henna, but just haven't been brave enough. I am bold in some things and a chicken in others. I did know one other lady in my life name Patrice. She was a beautiful lady with perfect complexion and carried herself very regally. Yet she was very down to earth and everybody loved her. Did you know your name means noble and regal? That's kinda cool!

  6. That last question about names hit home with me! My name has been mispronounced and misspelled all my life. I was named after my mom's favorite aunt (Alice) with whom I share a birthday, but my parents changed the last "e" to an "a". When I was a kid, I hated all the mispronunciations, but now I'm able to shrug it off. However...our kids' names are easy to spell and easy to pronounce by design.! Their middle names are family names, because that is important to us.

  7. i knew a patrice when i was growing up - she was a few years younger than me.

  8. Don't we usually have a linky for this? I may be loosing it.. I loved the questions! http://melanieski.blogspot.com/2013/03/chats-on-farmhouse-porch.html

  9. That name question was the best!

  10. Pretty sure you're my first 'Patrice.' And I loved that whole 'ramble' you went on! You are too funny. My big girl pants fit just fine but I hate wearing them. LOL

  11. Patrice, they say you grow like the ones you live with .... You may be learning to 'ramble' just like me ;)

  12. You're the only Patrice I know and a wonderful one at that!

  13. have a lovely Easter. it arrived so quickly this year ...i feel like. the hubby has to work - i will enjoy it so. i'm really enjoying the questions. so fun. i love Winnie the Pooh (Tigger is my favorite) you are smart horse Wendell - i keep seeing that each week. ( :

  14. I almost didn't make it. Running behind today.

  15. in korea they eat live octopus/squid... it's so gross!

  16. I have an aunt who's name is Patsy and she goes by Patty because she hates Patsy. I have never tried squid in any fashion even though I love seafood. How did the henna turn out. I have reddish brown hair and I usually dye it to cover the gray. I have never thought to try henna. Thanks for stopping by my site.

  17. HI Patrice-- I meant to leave a comment when I did the linky but I forgot. I also use the Big girl panties phrase quite often. I bought a henna a few years back but never used it because I was afraid it would turn red. My 16 yr old tried it and her hair came out nice. I met a Patrice once. I went all the way to 10th grade and never met another Allison.
    I start my Chat post usually on the Tuesday but never post it till later in the week. Sometimes it time and other times it answer. :-) Thanks for the questions, sometimes they make me think.

  18. I love this post and if only I had time I'd link....I'm just away for the weekend but I'll certainly be back!
    I had such a giggle over the 'Big Girl Pants'.
    Here in Melbourne Australia sea food is very popular...well in fact all food is! We have just had the Food and Wine Festival which is always brilliant. They have over 200+ different venues from vineyards to picnics in the park. The longest tables ever seating hundreds are a real treat. Eating al fresco seafood is the best!
    Calamari is very often my choice for a light lunch. Just beautiful, although I can't possibly contemplate eating the tenticles ~ Yuk! :$
    Have a wonderful Easter Weekend...Blessings! :D


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