Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 92- Already?

Everyday Ruralty
It's hard to believe that we've been meeting on my porch for 92 weeks! That's a lot of tea or coffee. Lots of carrots for the handsome horse! I'm afraid we'll have to clean of the seating on the porch. Everything is covered with a thin layer of yellow pollen. Yellow looks good with my brown hair. Wendell, pollen isn't a fashion accessory. We are actually having spring, here on the East Coast. We have had quite a few years of winter, then hot weather. It is nice to have cooler temperatures that warm up in the middle of the day.
We had a farm day at our farm on Sunday. It was a beautiful day. The sky was bright and had lots of fluffy white clouds. The tents were set up in front of the house with tables. Folks contributed to the pot luck, so we had a variety of foods. Everyone seemed to enjoy the selection. Because of allergies, I couldn't try things. Funny- there were a package of carrots left on the table when folks left. <BURP> I enjoyed them immensely! Now I know where they went. After the meal, my farmer stood up on our wagon and gave a speech about agriculture. Afterwards, everyone either sat on the large flatbed trailer, or walked along beside. Farmer pulled the trailer with his big tractor and stopped to tell everyone about various sites on the farm. We stopped at the high tunnel greenhouse and they learned about growing under cover. Then folks teamed up and helped us plant fig cuttings. The animals had their pictures taken a million times!:) D3 led a walking tour back to the waterfront (1 mile). Her trusty mare, Molly was her mount for the tour. Molly loved having all of the people around. She posed for pictures, was hugged by a few women, and was petted SO much on her nose, that she has a small bald spot now! It hardly mattered to her. It was all attention!:) It was a great day!
Let me tell you about Mr.Wendell. Knowing we had a large crowd coming, we put Wendell in one of the back stalls of our horse barn. He wasn't alone, our boar pig, Junior, was nearby. We opted to put Wen in the back, because he's taken to biting a lot. With all the children that try to pet the animals, we knew they'd be safer if the big guy was hidden. While we were on the farm tour, D3 rode to the barns and found Wendell out, standing in the middle of the barn road. He had mangled a very heavy fence panel to escape. I will be calling him the" party crasher" this week! He was placed in a front stall, but nobody noticed him as the left. He did get carrots from me. Not for being bad- just for being Wendell!
1. How many load of laundry do you do each week (about)?
2. Where do your household pets sleep? If you have no pets, please skip to the next question.
3. What is your favorite thing to listen to while you drive?
4. Do you have to do a big clean-up when you have company, or are you always ready for guests?
5. What's your favorite breakfast food?
My answers:
1. 12-15 No kidding! Thankfully, I make my own laundry detergent, so I can wash without spending a fortune. You can read how to make your own here..
2. The big dog sleeps on a gigantic dog bed in the living room. The smaller dog sleeps in a kennel, or she prowls and looks for trouble all night. The cats sleep upstairs.
3. I like Christian radio, NPR, or CD's. Sometimes, I like to just hear silence.
4. I think of the movie Pride and Prejudice. Remember when Bingley and Darcy visited the Bennets' house? The girls had seen them approach, so, with their mother, they rushed around to clean up. We refer to that a our Chinese Fire Drill. We are never in order for guests and we always rush around like we are crazy! At least I've cured the girls from putting socks under the couch pillow! :) lol
5. I love Dutch Baby Pancakes, old fashioned pancakes, turkey sausage, and eggs. I love eggs!
Have a super week!


  1. Okay, you forgot to tell us where Wendell sleeps. I love pancakes too and eggs. But I like them better for supper because they don't seem to agree with me for breakfast.

  2. Oh, Ms. Patrice I wish I could have been there for the "party". Sounds like everybody had a great time...and lots to eat! That Wendell....he really wanted to join in the fun. HOPE you have a great rest of the week!!!

  3. I've never heard of Dutch Baby Pancakes, but they certainly sound interesting. I'll have to look them up. Thanks for the link to how to make laundry detergent.

    What do you think has Wendell biting these days? I hope that he is okay.

    Thanks for the questions. Have a great week!

  4. Oh I so would have enjoyed sitting on that flatbed enjoying that Party and Wendell:)
    Love your answers we have a lot in common. B

  5. How nice that you had your farm weekend. It sounds fantastic. I will link up tomorrow.

  6. sometimes the silence in the car, when no one else is there, is just priceless!

  7. Great questions today. I know how it is to have a lot of laundry. With five kids and a hubby that works outside and out in town, there are quite a bit of clothes to wash. I figured it probably comes to 20-25 loads a week. However, my older three are required to wash their own clothes now. So, that cuts back about 9-10 loads for me.

    Our household pets sleep in their own beds. Well, actually my daughter just got a cat, he stays in the basement. Good thing because they stink even when they are neutered. :(

    We listen to Christian radio or Christian music on disk while in the car. It's too quiet when there isn't music, but wouldn't you know when there is music all the kids talk and fight?

    When we have guests coming, we generally have a big clean up. Although the kids have chores, there are rooms that tend to get messy because of the youngest.

    As for my favorite breakfast food, it would have to be scrambled eggs, bacon, and fruit topped pancakes/waffles. Although, this morning I made apple fritters and they were wonderful!

    Maybe one of these days I'll get my act together and link up again. :D But you can stop by my blog anyway.

  8. It sounds like you guys had a fun day Sunday! That stinker Wendell, couldn't stand to be left out of the fun! ;)

  9. I love all breakfast foods, any time of the day!

  10. I would have loved visiting your farm. I love eggs too...I miss eggs. Have a blessed week :O)

  11. Glad to hear that someone else's kids leave socks underneath the couch pillows. *sigh*

  12. Wow that's alot of laundry, Patrice. I have one child that hides stuff under the throw pillows too! lol!

    Thanks for hosting the chats....lots of fun!


  13. The socks under the couch pillows reminds me of my son. :-)

  14. that much laundry is insane!!

  15. I keep saying I'm going to join in some week -- and I think Saturday would be a good day. I hope your linky is still open. Love the questions and answers. xo

  16. Thanks for hosting Patrice!

  17. I love Pride and Prejudice and would love if all I had to do to be company ready is what they did! You do a lot of laundry, I'm guessing with my answer so I could do more. I make my own laundry soap too.

  18. I just had to stop by and say hello - my name is also Patrice and my blog is the Old Back Porch! I found you while visiting a Rural Journal! Since I'm here, I'll answer your questions!

    1. I only do about 4 loads of laundry a week now that I'm an empty nester.
    2. My cat sleeps in the hall bathroom so he doesn't keep me up at night.
    3. I listen to audiobooks while I drive - I have a 2-hour commute round trip to work every day.
    4. I do clean up more than I usually would for company.
    5. My absolute favorite breakfast food is French toast and bacon!

    Great to find you!


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