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First the rules:

1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog. Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, and add one more question of your own.

2. Tag other people.

Now the questions:

What are you wearing today? It is 6:39 a.m., I am still in my gown.

What’s for dinner? I think fish of some sort.  I have been hungry for fish.

What would you eat for your last meal? Tandoori pork, cornbread, coconut cream pie.  My first inclination was to eat something I can’t normally have like cantaloupe, but I really don’t want to spend my last hours strung out on Benadryl.  And what if I got a stay and I had killed myself with a melon.  How do you like the way I assumed I was being executed???

What relaxes you most? I can usual relax without much provocation.  Like just let me find a seat somewhere.  I have been really relaxed the past few days.  Or maybe even depressed a little.  Either way I haven’t accomplished much.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would it be? I would meet my husband somewhere between here and there.

What language do you want to learn? I would really love to master French.  I understand way more than I can speak, and that annoys me greatly.

What do you love most about where you currently live? The privacy.  Near the end of a country road is pretty good most of the time.

What style is your current home decorated in? There isn’t one. As much as I like “house stuff”, there is not a particular style I favor.  If I like it, I will just stick it with the rest of  our conglomeration.

If you were a time traveler what era would you live in? Mid century –  ooops, already did that.  Guess I am not very adventuresome.  I like my modern conveniences.

What is your favorite color? Red, white, turquoise. But mostly red.

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? a patchwork prairie skirt I bought from an etsy shoppe.

What were you doing ten years ago? July of 1999, I was starting my soap business and doing pretty much what I do now, only more efficiently.

What are you going to do after this? Make coffee, decide if it is too muddy to go for my walk this morning.  Pick tomatoes.

What are your favorite films? French Kiss, You’ve Got Mail, Practical Magic, Elf, Christmas with the Kranks. Deep stuff huh?

What are your favorite books? I love cosy mysteries. But will read just about anything.

Do you collect anything? Books, coffee mugs, vintage pyrex.

What makes you follow a blog? Humor, craftiness, sewing info, retro style.

What was the most enjoyable thing you did today? Just got up.

Ann’s Question: What makes you comment on a blog? I find this hard to answer.  It really depends on if there is a question someone needs and answer to, and I might have it.  Or leaving a positive comment about a craft or art or post. I never leave negative stuff.

Amy’s Question: What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Hang out, watch a movie, nap.

Tonya’s Question: What is a talent you wished you had? I wish I could draw or paint.

Vickie’s Question: Who is your favorite actor? I really really love Al Pacino.

Kitten’s Question: Other than Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, etc. what are your most frequently visited websites? My girls’ blogs, CNN, Weather.com, I have a list of friends blogs I read. And that dang etsy.

SeptemberMom’s Question: What was your favorite subject in school?Math

Christy’s question: As a child/teen how did you envision your adult life? Pretty much doing what I am doing now. Wife and mom and now grandma.

Dan from Art of Panic’s Question: How much time do you spend on your average blog post?Probably 30 minutes or so.

Little Ms Blogger’s Question: If you could would you want to control the weather? Yeah, until I lost interest in it.

Susan’s Question: What is the one thing  you’d like to check off your “bucket list” in the next 5 years? I don’t have one.

Emotional Umbrella’s Question: If you could give any advice to your teenage self, what would it be? Getting a college degree might not be a waste in the long run.

My question: What did you do with all your time before the world of blogs? Definitely more work.

Tagged: Consider yourself tagged.

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On this already very warm Thursday morning I am still thinking about gardening and the responses to my post about it.  I didn’t approve all of them.  For several reasons.  The main one being I don’t have to.  I love the fact that people think they know you from a blog and then fain complete and utter disgust at the moment they realize you are not just exactly like them. I had the audacity on MY blog, to mention MY political views.  And not even in any detail.  The nerve I have.

I received several nasty little notes, that I deleted.  But rest assured I am thoroughly scorned and scolded.   See here is the crux of the matter.  While not everyone who reads this blog  lives in America, I do.  I exercise our right to free speech every day by what I listen to and watch and read.  And certainly what I say and write.  And as much as I see and hear, I am still shocked at some people’s reaction to anyone they disagree with.  If I go to a blog and find that the author is of a different opinion than I am on anything, I don’t begin to entertain the thought that I might leave a comment about how ignorant that blogger is.  Or how misinformed they must be.  Or what a bad person they are for believing or thinking the way they do.  I may not agree with them, in fact I may vehemently disagree with them, but I respect their right to their own opinions and thoughts.  WOW what a concept huh?

If you come here often, you know I am not prone to political or religious discussions.  In fact I purposefully do not let myself go there.  That is not what this blog is about.  It is about homemaking and gardening and the love of aprons and overalls and family and food.  I have yet to see a benefit to arguing with strangers about politics OR religion.  It only upsets both parties because I believe if you are willing to spend your time arguing, your mind is fairly made up and who I am to even care what you think or believe?

There are only a few things that make my blood truly boil.  Two of them being injustice and intolerance.  And following closely in third place is rudeness.  Those three “qualities” in a person are all-telling.  Some people just have no manners what so ever.  When you visit someone’s blog, it shows intelligence and a good upbringing, to be able to control yourself enough not to leave rude, snippy comments.  If you disagree with them, then excuse yourself, just as you would in real life, retreat to your own corner of the World Wide Web and go on about your own business.  It also shows an abundance of good character to be able to find a common ground and over look differences.  I think the world we live in, the news we hear, the wars, the strife, the suffering is evidence enough of what lack of character and a bad upbringing can do to people.

My opinions are just that, MINE.  For those that are sorely disappointed in my views on things, well, I would like to say I am sorry but I don’t like to lie.  I honestly don’t care.  No more than you should care what I think of your opinions.  It is nice to find something in common with people.  And since this is not real life, this is our cyber life we have on display here, it should be even easier.  I completely believe this: People who are put off, offended, verbally abusive to others with differing views on things such as religion and politics are a bit lacking in the security of their own beliefs.  If you are certain you are right, then that’s that.  Unless you have an emotional investment in the person who disagrees with you, it is in everyone’s best interest to be mature about it and afford that person the right to be wrong in your eyes.

All I could think yesterday and this morning when I read some of the comments I was left was : “WOW, if they really knew me, they might blow a gasket!” AND “Oh, what people in their real life must endure if they don’t live up to the expectations! ”

Oh well, enough of all that.  Back to the gardening thing.  If we EVER get any rain, I am going to plant my pumpkins.  I am anxious to get them in the ground, yet I know how tender and delicate young sprouts are so I don’t want to get over zealous and put them out too early.


I have my notes made, my cards written an my little garden map finished.  Now to actually get them planted!

I will leave you with one final thought for today, since this IS Thoughtful Thursday.

“What is a friend? I will tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your soul can be naked with him. He seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are. He does not want you to be better or worse. When you are with him, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent. You do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you. He understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you. With him you breathe freely. You can avow your little vanities and envies and hates and vicious sparks, your meannesses and absurdities and, in opening them up to him, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of his loyality. He understands. You do not have to be careful. You can abuse him, neglect him, tolerate him. Best of all, you can keep still with him. It makes no matter. He likes you. He is like fire that purges to the bone. He understands. You can weep with him, sin with him, laugh with him, pray with him. Through it all – and underneath – he sees, knows and loves you.

A friend? What is a friend?

Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself.”

~ C. Raymond Beran ~

Personally, I hope I am that kind of friend.

OH and remember to get your recipes posted…new ones tomorrow!

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I am all about the tree huggin.  I know that might be hard to tell from my blog…but I am a tree hugger from way back.  A little more diligent at times but my heart has always been huggy.  This morning I got a very interesting email about Victory Gardens.  I really love the whole concept.  Victorious of what?  Who cares.  It brings up thoughts of community and playing in the dirt and growing your own.  Michelle Obama has planted one, or had one planted might be a better way of putting it.  I doubt a busy woman such as herself was out in the 100 degree weather like I was yesterday, tying up tomatoes! Frankly I think she looks a bit overdressed for gardening.

0320_michellegardens_460x276Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

But likely having not done much gardening previously, she might not have realized the VERY expensive black leather boots might be overdressed.  Or this might have been a photo-op.  Nawwww.  Look, before you think I am ragging on Mrs. Obama.  I love the couple.  And the children.  LOVE them.  Voted for them.  Support them.  And think her promoting gardening and growing your own is FANTASTIC.  I was just having a little fun.  If my calves were than skinny, I’d have a pair of those boots too.  But anyway, the gardening seems to be going well at the White House and the First Lady seems to be getting the hang of “gardening attire”:

MichelleObama_WhiteHouseKitchenGarden_April9You go girl!  Get those knees muddy!

But back to my email.  The Queen now has an allotment at Buckingham Palace.  GET OUT! Copy cat. Kidding again. I LOVE THE QUEEN. Love her.  Love her country.  Love her palace…I have been there you know.  I have pictures to prove it.  The movie The Queen made me cry like a baby.  I won’t get into all the reasons why but, I was touched.  But I do believe Mrs. Obama might have had a bit of influence.  You can read all about it here: The White House Organic Farm Project ~very interesting website.

PD*29463063Image from the Telegraph

The email linked to an article here that went so far as to call The Queen frugal. I am happy to hear that but wonder exactly what that means in royal circles. Anywho, back to the gardening.  In the UK allotments are evidently growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.  Considering they have a very limited amount of free space for gardening, I am impressed.  Husband works with several Brits and they talk gardening.  He told me a bit about the allotment thing.  VERY foreign to me, since we have 3.5 acres to mow every other week!  Our garden is as big as we would like it.  And quite enough for me to tend to while Husband is away at work.

I am curious as to how many of you plant and tend a little spot?  A big spot?  I have left you with some VERY interesting links this morning.  Happy Reading and Go Hug a Tree!


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I am going to cover a lot of subjects this morning so hang on to your hats! I have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment and I would like to drag you all down with me!!

Shout Out #1: Rachel over at Neat Things.  You have to take a look at the cake she made for a going away party.  WOWZERS! That’s my girl! Her paternal grandmother (the best cake decorator in the world) would be so proud of her.  I have often wished she could have lived to see how her granddaughters followed in her footsteps. Hint:


International Overall Day: is coming together.  I doubt very seriously (VERY seriously) if we can get any sort of proclamation but who cares?  I am however working on contacting companies that sell overalls to donate gift certificates so that we might have a GRAND giveaway sometime in the future.  In the meantime if you wear overalls, love overalls, love someone who wears overalls, join the fun. Leave a comment or email me and we will start a flickr group soon.  Sound like fun? And here is your picture of the day:

onthephoneThis is Rachel on the phone with my mom about a month before Ben was born.  She had been folding baby clothes and getting things ready for Ben’s birth.  I wish you could see the stacks of baby shirts and diapers on the bed with her.  She has always been quite the little organizer.

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver: Will begin again this coming Friday June 5th.  I told you it wouldn’t be long!  If you plan on participating please let me know.  I will make a post specifically pertaining to this event tomorrow (Thursday) with all the new and improved rules and regulations and then on Friday you will find the recipe for the week’s challenge.  Hint: if you don’t have berries of some sort, plan on getting some 🙂 And YES, there will be prizes involved!


Next Holiday: Fourth of July and all the great food that brings!  The last week of this month (June) I will devote to recipes, menus and decorating ideas for the 4th.  For all my friends who live outside the US, bear with us…this is a big deal around these parts!


Cookbook Update: Well, the first agent I approached with my idea(s) passed so that’s not great news.  However, I believe all things in their own time.  In the meantime while I am waiting on a real deal, I am going forward with self publishing my little series of cookbooklets.  Pies will be first and hopefully within 6-8 weeks I will have them in my etsy shop for sale. But don’t hold me to that date  ’cause I tend to over estimate what can be done in a 24 hour period.  But I am finishing it.  It is to the proofing stage…so that is progress.


Crafty: One of our all time favorite librarians is leaving our local library for bigger and better things.  We will miss her.  Today is her going away party (the cake Rachel made is for that party).  I made her a Housewarming Basket for her new home.


(Isn’t that the cutest broom handle you ever saw???)

This is a little part of the note (the pink paper tied with rickrack) I wrote her explaining the components of the basket…thought you might like the info in case you ever had occasion for such a gift.

First of all the broom.  And what a pretty broom it is!  My granny taught me that you NEVER take an old broom in to a new home.  You are supposed to start your new life with a clean sweep!  So now you can!  In  the basket you will find two cloth bags that will do just fine to take to the grocery when you need just a couple of things or to keep your potatoes and onions fresh.  They are sturdy and should last a long time.  Inside those bags are flour, hoping you will always have food and friends to share it with.  Salt so you will always have spice in your life!  Honey to remind you of the sweetness of life and friends, both new and old.  Olive oil for good health all the days of your life.  A wooden cutting board representing stability, peace and harmony in your new home and candles so you will always have light.  The apron is just because.  Just because I wasn’t sure you had one, and if you do…well now you have two! The lavender plant is on of my favorite plants.  I thought you might like it too.  She will need lots of sunshine so you will want to put her outdoors at your new home.  The soap and rag are for your new kitchen sink.  Enjoy the gifts.  You will be missed!

What could I have possibly left out of this post?  If you have gotten this far…THANK YOU!  Oh I suppose I could give you a recipe, that should be about enough.  This is from the Pie booklet…

Yogurt Pie with Granola Crust

1 1/2 c. granola (reserve 1/4 c.)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. margarine
1/4 c. honey
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. lo-fat yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla
fresh fruit (optional)

If granola is very coarse, grind to medium-fine in blender, doing 1/2 cup at a time. Blend granola, brown sugar and margarine. Press onto sides and bottom of 9-inch pie plates. Chill well before using. Soften cream cheese to room
temperature. Beat until fluffy with electric mixer or wooden spoon. Blend in yogurt. Beat in honey and vanilla. Turn into pie shell, spreading evenly. Chill overnight. Before serving, top with fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas or your favorite). Sprinkle reserved granola crumbs on top. Cut and serve.



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I am working with fellow overall enthusiast Bibfessor to proclaim a day (date to be announced) specifically promoting and acknowledging the comfort appreciating and uniqueness of overall wearers everywhere…the WORLD OVER! Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite!

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(Don’t you love the two country bumpkins standing in front of the museum of fine arts in their overalls? You can tell I wear mine OFTEN!  They used to be dark blue!)

SJ(Ma and Pa 😉 )

susan07(way back in 2007)

I have TONS more pictures I will be sharing with you…here is the latest.

n1558315783_62889_3588(I like to dress them up with a crisp white turtleneck and a little lipstick!)

Best I can figure I got my first pair of overalls in 1973…so I have been wearing them for 36 years!

Not the same pair of course.

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I feel so crazy telling you this.  Okay let begin by saying this bag pattern has ONE piece.  Not kidding.  One. Now you cut several pieces of fabric from that one pattern piece but still…come on.  I am fairly accomplished with needle and thread.  I thought so anyway.  Maybe it was too simple.  I don’t know.  But finally the light came on!  And it was simple!  I redeemed myself by making a zipper pouch to match without a pattern 😉


I love the colors and fabrics…and made a little felt flower with covered button center for the strap.  Pretty cute if I do say so.

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I left yesterday morning to come up and stay with my brother (who just had bypass surgery) and his family and be a little help to my sister in law who really needed to get back to work and check on her job and such. Well, we had been here about 4 hours when Benjamin and his cousin Sidney (of the  Ben and Sid’s Cooking Show fame) come walking in from the garage and she says:

“I am going to get you an ice pack.”

Me: HUH??????!!!!! Get who an ice pack?  What for?

Sid: Um….Ben fell over the skateboard and hurt his wrist.

So I take a look, pull on it, push on it, squeeze it, twist it.

Ben: NOOOOOO don’t twist it Mom!!!!!

Me: Great.  It’s broken.

Ben: No, Mom, it’s not broken. Wouldnt I be screaming or crying or writhing in pain?

Me: Not necessarily.  We really need to get it x-rayed.

Ben: NO MOM! We can’t leave Uncle Butch.  We came up here to watch him. Sid has that swimming party to go to at 4. So he will be alone.

Me: Well, he will have to watch himself for a few while we go get this x-rayed.  I just know its broken.

Ben: I don’t know how how you “know” it is.  But whatever you think we should do.

So I called the pediatrician’s office and told them we were on the way and how precious our time was.  And they said come on we will get you right in.  BUT if it is broken we don’t set bones.  Great.

So I tell my brother to sit, behave and I will be back as soon as possible.  And I call his wife at work and update her.  She says GO! He will be fine.

Well, moms know these things right?  Yep, a buckle break to the radius of his left arm.  No cast necessary.  Just a brace/splint thing for 4-6 weeks.  So I could have been SO much worse.  I have seen worse.  Oldest daughter broke BOTH her arms riding a bike.  And middle son broke his arm to where the bone was almost sticking thru the skin on roller blades.  So yeah, this wasnt too too bad.

We get home and I call my sister in law to tell her we are back at the fort, holding it down again.  She says “You wont believe this but Sidney got stung on the head by a bee at the swimming party. Thank goodness she wasnt allergic!” Yes, thankfully she wasnt.  My brother (her dad) is terribly allergic…to bees and all manners of other things.

So looking back, it was an “interesting day” but could have been SOOOO much worse.  In amongst all the happenings, my brother and I had some really great visiting.  He is doing very well.  Still weak but not as weak.  Getting stronger every day.

Now on a blog related note: I will announcing the restart of Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver.  Plus the new and improved and easier to understand (hopefully) rules and awards.  And now I would like to direct you all to a VERY SPECIAL blog I found yesterday.  I found it because I was sent the link.  It is brand new.  My daughter Rachel (17) who I suspect will become a famous something one day.  Artist, photographer, chef, designer…or all four and more. Here go see her blog for yourself:

Neat Things and leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by.

Have a great weekend!  A safe weekend! We will try to do the same.


NOTE: In all my story telling I forgot to tell about the time Rachel fell backwards off the coffee table playing Trouble (which has since been banned from this house–very dangerous game!) and broke her wrist.  And it was the night after Christmas!  Again, it wasnt too bad and no cast was involved.  When you have six kids, I guess you forget some of the injuries over the years! Sorry Rach, didnt mean to slight you in the horror story telling!

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