22 September 2017

2017 September Challenge: Back Where I Come From – Day 22


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22. Did you have chores when you were a kid? What were they? What did you think about having chores? What was your least favorite chore? Is it still?

Yes, I had chores. I had to wash dishes and mop the floors. Our Wellington Street house had wood floors.  I didn’t mind mopping them, so long as they had been swept properly first. Sweeping was my little sister’s job.  I hated washing dishes, especially after we got older. There was always an excuse for her not to do her part of the dishwashing and I would end up having to do her share, too. Yes, it is still my least favorite chore.

I think that it is good for kids to have chores. They need to learn how to run a house and chores are a part of that. It helps to teach responsibility. A family is a team, or it should be.  Teams work together for the good of the whole team.  It shouldn’t be that one person does everything while other people do nothing and that includes the children.
 
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1. I would never be friends with someone who _____________________.
2. I will never refuse ___________________________________________.
3. I have never been to _____________________ , but_______________.                      
4. When it comes to _________________, I ________________________.


Here are my responses:

I would never be friends with someone who I knew was molesting children or purposely being cruel to dogs and kitties, or any other animal for that matter.

I will never refuse shrimp nor cheesecake.

I have never been to Ireland, but I would love to be there someday. Notice that I did not say “travel there”; I said “be there”.  I don’t have any desire to go through the TSA peek and poke to go anywhere.

When it comes to making decisions, I have a difficult time making them. Usually the case is way more choices than money. I get buyer’s remorse and guilt before I even hit the “Buy Now” button and end up not getting anything a lot of the time. I talk myself out of buying something that I really, really want because it isn’t necessarily practical, can’t spend like that on myself, we need something else more, etc., etc., etc. This is a throwback to my childhood when Mama made sure that I knew I wasn’t worth spending the money on and that it was a great inconvenience that she had to spend anything on me at all.


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21 September 2017

2017 September Challenge: Back Where I Come From – Day 21


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21. Were there any flowers growing in your yard back home? What kind? Were you or your parents good gardeners?

There was a forsythia bush out front of the Wellington Street house in Anderson. Otherwise, I don’t remember any flowers any place I lived with my parents, other than the flowers on the dogwood trees that bloomed every year, just in time for Easter..

I don’t know that I am a good gardener. I have had successes along the way, but many more losses. I don’t remember my parents ever having a garden while I lived with them, or afterwards, for that matter.
 
 
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20 September 2017

2017 September Challenge: Back Where I Come From – Day 20



 
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20. Did you have a neighborhood park/playground?  Did you play there?

In the mill village in Anderson, there was a park and, yes, I most definitely played there. I loved to climb the slide and turn flips at the top of it before I slid down it.  Even after we moved to Starr, we road our bikes over there to play. It was this park where The Great ‘I Reckon’ Incident occurred when I was 15 years old.
 
 
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Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.



I would rate my Zoomie a 10/10!  Actually, I’d rate him a 1000000000/10! He is now officially and legally all mine. :) He is great on gas mileage, isn’t too tall for me to easily get into, and is a beautiful red color. I love my Zoomie and thank Heavenly Father for him very much.

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

I would be terrible at any job that required public speaking.  I don’t just think so, I know so. I am painfully shy. I get totally terrified just at the thought of it. I get faint, my tongue swells, my mouth goes dry, I shake all over. The works.  Thank you, Miss Cromer.

3. When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

I cannot remember any details about my last fall. As Laynie has pointed out, we’re a house full of clumsy folks and there’s always somebody falling. The last fall that still has a very painful impact on me was just before Davey left for the Marines. I fell hard on my tailbone twice in the same week and broke it. Instead of getting better, it hurts worse with each passing day. One learns to adjust.

Of course, I am always falling for David. :) Sometimes because of him, too. We’re pretty good about tripping each other up!

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-

National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

I have never been to any of those, but I think the apple harvest festival would appeal to me the most out of those choices.

I don’t know if there is a fall festival here or not. I lost interest in those things in this area a long time ago. All of their festivals are loaded with drinking and I don’t want to be in the midst of a crowd of drunk folks, no matter how nice they might be otherwise.



5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

Since it never really leaves here, I guess my message to it would be, “Oh, come on, already! Get on out of here!”




6. Insert your own random thought here.

Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.” ~Billy Graham

What have you reaped from your pain or problems?

I have learned that, no matter what, I will survive. I don’t know that I would call myself a fighter anymore. I’m tired of fighting. Pain may be here to stay, but so am I, it seems. Like the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”. You’d be surprised what you can live through.

Thankfully, Heavenly Father has given me a high tolerance to most pain. With the health issues that I have, I should be in much more pain that I am. He is protecting me from the worst of it. For that, I am grateful.


Random Thought, Part 2:  Have any of you ever had a hope chest or started one for someone else? Any tips or suggestions for someone that has never had one, but wants to make sure her daughters do?

Have a blessed day, y’all!



Chest Image Source: Pixabay.

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19 September 2017

2017 September Challenge: Back Where I Come From – Day 19




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19. Did you have any pets in your childhood home? If so, please tell me about them. If you have a photograph of any of your childhood pets, please share.

We had several dogs along the way when I was a little girl in Anderson. They all met with untimely deaths.  The first one that I remember was a tiny little dog named Spark Plug.  He was the color of the dirt in our driveway.  Daddy came in from work one day and didn’t see Spark Plug laying in the driveway sleeping and he ran over him.  

After we moved to Starr, we only had cats.  One was named Calico and another was a black and white tuxedo kitty named Trouble. I don’t have any pictures of them.
 
 
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