Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Everyday Ruralty
We had a peaceful, relaxing Thanksgiving. I hope each of you had a good one, as well. I am surprised how close Christmas is. I started my Christmas shopping during the summer, but really didn't get that much done after that. I have a mental list of things I need to get for each family member. Now I just need to carve out some time to shop.
We got reports back about our Thanksgiving turkeys. Our customers said that they were the best they've ever had. I took three large turkeys, after processing, and made smaller portions for freezing. Having three, twenty four/ twenty five pound turkeys in my freezer isn't too efficient. I now have turkey breast, leg portions, scrap pieces for my dogfood mix, and a ton of delicious bone broth. It was worth the extra effort. Now we can enjoy soups, hot turkey sandwiches, homemade turkey sausage patties, and some crock pot meals. The idea of thawing a 24 pound turkey doesn't appeal to me.
Let's get to our chat today. I'm serving hot apple cider and pumpkin bread with cream cheese glaze. Sit for a while and we'll talk. (Sit "a spell".)
  1. Please tell me the three most valuable things you learned as a child or young person.
  2. Did you participate in Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
  3. Do you pray?
  4. Have you been invited to any parties to celebrate Christmas or New Year?
  5. Have you ever owned cowboy boots or a cowboy hat? (A cowboy? Tee-hee :) Just had to throw that one in for fun!)
My answers:
  1. To listen, to not be afraid of asking for what I need, and to get enough sleep.
  2. Neither. I have done both in the past and I decided I just didn't want anything bad enough to do Black Friday. I didn't feel up to the Monday thing since I still have to borrow hubby's computer. I want my old one back ! Waaaaaa!
  3. Yes. It is my lifeline. It is my hope. It is my privilege to be able to speak to my Savior. I used to think you only prayed for big things, but now pray about and for many things.
  4. Nope. Wendell was talking about having a candlelight carrot dinner, but I reminded him that it could be dangerous with the hay in the barn. I'll just get him a flashlight. He'll probably only make funny shapes on the barn wall, but that could be interesting! lol
  5. Yes and yes. I have both. My cowboy hat is a light colored summer style. My boots are warm, so I generally wear them in cooler weather. In cold weather, I just add wool socks. I bought C.S.Farmer one of the Aussie style hats from an oil cloth, last year for Christmas. He loves it. If I could afford it, I'd get him the duster coat to match this year, but it probably won't happen.
Bonus question: Is there anything you'd like to share with us? Any thoughts, ideas, or inspirations?
Oh, Patrice! I have a thought for you and our friends. 
Go ahead, Wen.
I would like to bake a carrot cake with you for Christmas. Or maybe we could do one each day for the 12 days of Christmas.
Yes. Go on. I have a feeling there is more to this.
Well. Yes. I will eat the carrots before you add them to the batter. No one will notice they're missing. I'm sure you can do something to make the cake yummy without them.
Really? Like what?
Put that gravy stuff on them.
I don't put gravy on cakes. We put frosting. I usually put cream cheese frosting on a carrot cake.
Good. Put lots of that stuff on it and they won't see the carrots are missing.
What do I tell them if they ask about the carrots?
Tell them they must need an eye appointment if they cannot see the carrots in the cake.
Maybe they can't see the carrots from the chubby horse that is standing in the way.
Ouch! My pride is wounded. I need a carrot to feel better.
Take two and get some rest. Call me in the morning!
I can't call you. Can I have my own cell phone? Patrice? Why do you have your fingers in your ears? Why are you saying "Na,na,na- I can't hear you? 


  1. Tell Wendell, I'm sure the carrots wouldn't be missed too much. It was always funny to me the mere thought of carrot cake. I guess because the first time I heard about it, I was thinking, "Carrots? Really?" It just seemed so odd to me, but it actually is a pretty tasty cake. Most definitely it's all the sugar and spices that covers the carrots. Not that I don't like carrot because I do like them, but you know what I mean. Am I the only one who thought carrot cake sounded initially strange? Oh well...great chat questions. Thanks for hosting, as always!

  2. Looks like Wendell might well be on his way to creating a new trend, flashlight dinner.

    Thanks for hosting, great questions!

  3. Wendell, carrot cake is my very favorite and I would miss the carrots.

  4. You and Wendell made me smile this morning, thank you. And Wendell, without the carrots, it would just be a spice cake.

  5. So happy to hear you had a peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving. Christmas is coming faster this year because Thanksgiving was later in the month of November than last year. Fewer shopping days! {{ugh}} Hubby has been doing most of ours online the past couple of years. He enjoys it and I LOVE it! :)

  6. I enjoyed lurking at your chat today. I got caught up with things at home and didn't make it to visit with everyone... but I'm enjoying reading the responses and listening to Wendell. I have a bunch of battery operated tea lights.... shall I send some to Wendell for his party?!

  7. I arrived for a chat, late as usual! I'm blaming the roads today. Snowy in Utah.

  8. Loved reading your answers to this week's chat, and every week I get a chance to stop by :) Especially to number 3- beautifully put♥

    Have a blessed day!!

  9. I'm late-again! :) I'm blaming it on the fact that it's been below zero most of the time and I've been busy getting all the critters fed and watered!
    If Wendell ate the carrots, I'd be OK and just call it spice cake! MMMMM I may have to bake this afternoon!


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