Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Front Porch Chat 147

Everyday Ruralty 
Hello! You are such faithful chatters! It makes me happy to see you participate in this chat, after 146 chats. That's a lot of talking. I appreciate all of your patience and understanding as I do not always comment. Frankly, I'm swamped. I guess many of you understand how life can be overwhelming sometimes. I care about my chat friends. Thank you for standing by me.

I know many areas got some of the storm last week, but we have been bone dry until last night. It's sad to see an entire field of corn shrivel up. We got some rain last night and are expecting some this evening. Unfortunately, it often comes with rumbling in the sky, which sends a small, paranoid dog of ours off the deep end. She is terrified of storms. Fourth of July was bad enough, but weather is a constant. Too be so afraid. Sad :(. I had a perspective last week. I saw something on Facebook about respecting combat veterans with fireworks. I cannot imagine what someone with Post Traumatic Stress must feel when they hear fireworks. A person's home should be their refuge, not a reminder of war. Just saying...

 Today's Questions:

  1. Do you like cucumbers? Is there a favorite way for you to prepare them?
  2. How good a housekeeper are you?
  3. Please finish this: To spend a day____________would be amazing!
  4. How do you handle times when you are "down" or "blue"( depressed )?
  5. Have you started using essential oils, since they have become so popular?
My answers: (Wait a minute, Patrice! I get to answer, too. You know the folks come here for a weekly dose of Wendell. Don't you?) Mr.Smarty Pants will be answering today too!
  1. I never used to like cucumbers, unless they were pickled. That has all changed. We started growing white cucumbers. They are so mild and flavorful. I really like them. Our greenhouse manager keeps a big pitcher of cold water, with sliced cucumbers in the refrigerator. The guys swear by it for re-hydrating. Whoa is me! (lol) I never get any cucumbers. I lead a sheltered life!
  2. Pathetic! But, boy can I cook! I would help my friend Patrice with housekeeping. I will clean out the refrigerator! 
  3. Working on art, with no "gotta do" chasing my conscience would be amazing. I would like to spend a day dressed up as a carrot. I'd be stunning!
  4. I'm still working on that one. I guess in one answer, I could say "pray". When I am down, I get up. I mosey over to the feed trough and I am instantly happy. Patrice should try that one day! However, she will have to get her own feed trough. I'm not sharing! 
  5. I have tried a few samples. I would like to learn more about them. I refuse to be part of that! They do not have carrot oil! Oh, no! Did you know that oil doesn't work well with a saddle? Hey. Patrice. Do you want to try that? Then you can practice getting up. Such a good and faithful horse with such good ideas...


  1. Thank you for offering good topics every week. I enjoyed reading your answers, Patrice and Wendell.
    I wish I could give you some of the rain that has been falling where we live.
    Have a great rest of the week.

  2. When I am in a down mood I force myself to get up and get extra busy. Always helps. Haven't tried essential oils yet, but I am interested. Love cucumbers and usually just slice and eat them.

  3. I have never thought of what fireworks might do to Vets. Another good reason for just having fire works shows. I wrote about what it does to my dog just yesterday.

  4. Hello Patrice!
    I wanted to tell you that I appreciate the time you give to host this fun time together every week! I also appreciate your insight about fireworks to honor Vets. Those were my thoughts exactly!

  5. Hi, Patrice!
    Now I want to grow white cucumbers!

  6. never heard of white cucumbers... but I haven't met a cucumber I didn't like.
    I feel like all I do (other than work my full time job) is cook! :)

  7. LAte to the party again, Patrice, but once again enjoyed your chat :)

    I saw an article the other day telling of how fireworks can be SUCH a horrific sound to veterans .... I'd never have thought of that before. How little we know what they live with :(
    Anne x

  8. Thanks for another great chat meme!! I enjoyed your answers.

  9. I'll have to look for white cucumbers. Hope you have a great weekend!


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