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Mid-week Memes

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for me to visit Joyce and Patrice to participate in their little mid-week Q&A session. Perhaps, you’ll wanna tag along, too.

First, let head to Joyce’s place. You can find her questions here to grab & answer, then link your Wednesday Hodgepodge URL at From This Side of the Pond. Now, here is my response to this week’s 8 questions…

1. Aloha! On August 21, 1959 Hawaii officially became a US state. Have you ever been? Upon arrival would you prefer an orchid or a hibiscus to tuck behind your ear? Naturally, a hibiscus!



2. Since we’re talking tropical…what’s your favorite food or beverage made with pineapple?


3. Do you believe in soul mates? Explain.  At one time, I think I would have said yes. The truth of the matter is my thinking now on this is, becoming soul mates is an evolutionary process of a good relationship. Just think about it for a minute. When you’re happy together, then you quite naturally want to find common interests to keep up that close togetherness bond. Nurturing a relationship to this stage takes a lot of TLC. Anything worth doing is worth doing well!

4. Share a memory about the house you grew up in. Snuggled in the coal fields of WV a good deal of the homes remaining are those left from large coal company housing. My childhood home was one of these. In 1970, my dad paid $1000 for a small seven room house, which consisted of three bedrooms one resembled a walk in closet than an actual bedroom, a kitchen/dining room, living room, & a bathroom. Looking back, I realize the house I live in now is actually larger than the one I grew up in and I consider this place very quaint. Of course, as a kid I thought nothing of how small our house was because everyone lived in similar dwellings.

That closet size bedroom belonged to my brother and me for years. The people who owed the house before added this room on and actually put in a built-in bunk bed. This should give you an idea of just how small that room was because as long as typical twin mattress is pretty much matches the width of that room. It was a pretty cool bed, though and it looked really nice. They put a large drawer underneath the bed and that’s where we put our toys. At nights my brother and I would lay at opposite ends of the bed and put our feet together, then we’d pretend we were driving a car – accelerating or braking wildly in the dark. I never once remember Mom calling us down for that. Just as long as we were in bed, she must have known we’d soon be asleep while she tended her evening chores.

It’s kinda funny in that closet size bedroom it had a closet. On the other side of the room was a closet that was as wide as the bunk bed. It so happened to be the biggest closet in the whole house, too. The smallest room with the biggest closet.


One of my favorite things about the entire house was in the bathroom. We had one of those old fashion ball & claw bath tubes. I enjoyed many long hot soaks in that tube as a kid. In fact, I had fallen asleep in it, too. But, for two small children such as my brother and I who often bathed together, we would pretend we were in a great big ocean diving for sunken treasure or something else equally elaborate. We could stay in there happily forever if Mom would have allowed it.

Showers weren’t common in most homes, but we did get a portable shower installed in the furnace room eventually. Daddy would bath there after coming in from his shift at the mines. We always wanted to take our baths in the shower, but it was too cold to do this in the winters. The furnace room was actually frigid unless you were standing in front of the open door. In the summer, the furnace room was too hot.

There was nothing special about the house, except for the people who lived in it – my parents and younger brothers (one blood brother and one adopted brother) and baby sister. My brother from birth died in 2006. I think often about simpler times that we shared together and this is how I best remember him…us growing up in that little coal miner’s shack house.
5. Are you comfortable with silence? I enjoy a certain amount of silence. I guess it’s largely due to having the kids 24/7 as a home educator. For the last 24 years I’ve done nothing, but breathe and live children with little to no time to myself. This seems like an exaggeration, but it’s really not. Our parents do not live in the area, so we did not have the leisure of instant babysitters and being as paranoid as we are then we never felt comfortable getting a babysitter. We accepted this and enjoyed being with our kids and taking them everywhere with us. Parents do need a break, though. I’m finding now with one kiddo in the house the quiet moments when they do come is rather nice. So, yes I’m comfortable with silence.

6. You spot a giant spider on your bedroom wall…what’s your next move? (all spiders are giant, right?)  I scream. Nah, shivers may run up and down my spine for a split second before I jump into action. The first thing I do is grab something I can put over it to keep it from getting away. Then, if it’s a giant spider I’ll find a shoe to whack it with. I have no mercy for these things. I hate them!

7. My idea of fun does NOT include which may put me in physical harm such as other people’s idea of fun bungee jumping, line zipping, air sailing, sky diving, …..

8. Insert your own random thought here.  My brain hasn’t had a lot of time to really do random, but Tuesday’s are my typical time to join the popular blogging theme to randomize with Stacy Uncorked. You can read my random blog post Hint of Fall to Dell Nightmare

Next, let’s grab our cup of coffee to sit awhile with Patrice on Chats on the farmhouse porch.

  1. Are you a list maker? (grocery, to-do, goals, etc.) Yes, I keep a running grocery & to-do list. Without these, I’d be lost!
  2. Do you have overnight guests often? Nope!
  3. Where is your laundry room, or the area that you keep your washer and dryer? Our hook up is in the kitchen, which I really don’t like. Next house, we’ll have a laundry room for sure!
  4. How are you with tools? Power tools? Hand tools I can use with confidence, but power tools I leave that to DH.
  5. Tell me something that will make me smile. Please. You’re a pretty lady, Patrice and we all love you! (and that’s the truth!)

Hey, Wendell! I spotted some of your cousins while on my Friday outing. See…

Photo editing compliments of fotoflexer.com

Bringing up the rear on Wednesday’s blog hopping is a meme I co-host. Kindly check it out and show a little love on Wayback Wednesdays!


Blog Button Question

Last Friday, I launched my Friday Sillies with its own button. I finally got this working. Hooray for me, right? The next thing I got to wondering about is, how do you make the button always go to the meme, instead of the home page? Do I have to set my memes as a page in order for this to work out?
Mucho thanks!!

Wayback Wednesday…1982

My second blogversary will be here soon, and I’m thinking, “Wow, I’d sure like to do some sort of cool give-away.” Being the green PR Friendly blog owner that I am, I’m kinda left scratching my head on how to come by said, cool give-aways. Got any suggestions?
While that’s bouncing off the walls of your brain, lets go wayback, wayback to 1982…
May 1st marked the 30th anniversary of the World’s Fair Expo. Host city: Knoxville, Tennessee right in my back yard. What a time that was! In the YouTube video below, the fun, catchy music playing in the background was the official theme for the fair.  Looking back, I wish I had bought a copy on vinyl when I had the chance. Believe it or not, with the seemingly infinite possibilities online, this piece of memorabilia can’t be found.


I apologize for video quality but it’s the best I can come up with. What I would love is to have a digital copy of the theme song. Do you know anyone who may have this in their possession?

Angela, from Mommy Time Out and I like want to thank you for joining us for another round of mid-week fun with WAYBACK WEDNESDAYS! To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

Wait, don’t forget to a comment letting us know You are now our newest follower and we’ll pop over to your lovely blog to return the favor. I’m looking forward to sharing memories with you!



DWTS Season 13 & Chats On A Farmhouse Porch

Monday night, Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars premiered. Unfortunately, we missed it. We did tune in for the results.

The twelve stars are:

  • Carson Kressley
  • Chaz Chasity Bono
  • Chynna Phillips
  • David Arquette
  • Elisabetta Canalis
  • Hope Solo
  • J.R. Martinez
  • Kristin Cavallari
  • Nancy Grace
  • Ricki Lake
  • Rob Kardashian
  • Ron Artest

This year’s cast doesn’t excite me, to say the least.  At a glance, I like Chynna.  She moves gracefully and shows promise of blooming into a lovely dancer. Watch her first performance, here.  J.R.’s likable nature and service to this country in the Iraq war made him an immediate contender for the Mirror Ball Room trophy, in my opinion. Here, he is performing with his professional dance partner.  Overall, I felt J.R.’s dance routine was very beautiful and the best between these two picks. As the show progresses, I may change my opinion of who’s my favorite star. The season has just begun!

It’s time for me to visit with Patrice @

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Today, we’re chatting about….

Patrice: Do you have pierced ears?
Cathy:  Yes, I do. I got my ears pierced for the first time when I was 12 or 13. My aunt did it.  This was in the day, when using a sewing needle and ice did the job.  Painful? Absolutely! My piercings closed somewhere along the line in the 90s for reasons unknown to me. I never sought to get them re-pierced until my daughters wanted to have their ears done. We bought an ear-piercing kit from Sally’s Beauty Supply and with my husband’s help, all three of us gals got our ears pierced the same day.  The little ear piercing gun only pinched a little compared to my earlier experience. Phew, what a relief!

Patrice: Do you have a porch?
Cathy:  We do have a porch, but it’s not nearly as inviting looking as yours.  It’s barely big enough to do anything on. It’s more or less for cosmetic appearance to help our Ranch style home to not look so plain.  One day, I hope to have a big wrap around porch with rockers and porch swing.

Patrice: If you could have a wish for someone you know, what would that be?
Cathy:  At the moment, I would wish for my married daughter to have a happy life.  New beginnings can show some ugly truths and survival will depend on how one deals with the unpleasant aspects of a relationship. My wish for her is she’ll remember the things we’ve taught her and for her to remember she can always turn to God for answers.

Patrice: There are less than 100 days to Christmas. Have you started shopping yet or doing anything to prepare?
Cathy:  I’m one of those crazy shoppers who look for bargains all year-long.  I do have a few gifts yet to get. The hardest person to buy for is my husband. I haven’t even begun to really think about what I’m going to get him until now.  I guess I best put on my thinking cap before it’s too late.

Patrice: What song is going through your head lately? If you aren’t being pestered by a particular song, then what are you likely to sing or hum while you work?
Cathy: Usually first thing in the mornings, songs are the last thing to filter through my sleepy brain.  I’m on my second cup of coffee and the fog hasn’t lifted yet.  No doubt, my son will pop in some of his tunes and that’s what I’ll be singing off-key to while I do my work.

Thanks for visiting. Wanna make me happy? Then, leave a message to let me know you stopped by.  I’m faithful always in returning the gesture!




1000 Reasons to be Thankful #1-10

I found a lovely blog geared for those who are thankful for God’s blessings.  What a marvelous, encouraging outlet to stream positive energies across the world-wide net to other sisters in Christ!

My desire is to once a week devote a single post to share my thanksgivings.  Today, I begin. I am Thankful for…

  1. the annoying sound of the alarm clock which greeted me this morning.
  2. the ability to rise out of bed completely and fully healthy.
  3. a wonderful husband to wake up and to help get send off to work each day.
  4. my husband’s profession which has allowed me to be a SAHM for 23 years.
  5. the Lord for giving my husband his current job here in town after being suddenly laid off last year.
  6. our cozy, small home when so many are without.
  7. that our pantry is well stocked and I am not hungry.
  8. God giving mankind the knowledge to invent awesome modern conveniences such dishwashers, microwaves, washing machines and clothes dryers.
  9. the internet, an avenue which has led me to many new friends.
  10. my parents who are still with me.

What are you thankful today?