01 November 2011

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 15: #8



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This week's questions:

Alison asks: What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome or need to?

Insecurity. I have always been an insecure person and, according to my husband, my own worst critic. I need to stop "stinkin' thinkin'", as Zig Ziglar calls it, to not allow it to enter my head.

Julia asks: If you won $100,000 what changes would you make?

We would pay off our car and make a downpayment on a house of our own. That is one of our dreams: to become homeowners once again.

McGuffy Ann asks: What's the most unusual pet you've had?

I was the oldest of four children, you take a guess? OK, OK, siblings aren't really pets (though I did think they were my own personal baby dolls!). I can't really think of any unusual pet that I've had. It has always been the basics: cats, dogs, hamsters, and fish.

When do you start decorating for Christmas?

We do any Christmas decorating on December 18. We have a child with a nearly-Christmas birthday and want her to have her day without it being overshadowed. We've done it this way for almost 21 years now. However, our tree is up year-round, just not decorated.

What's your favorite type of magazine to read?

I love to read photography, art, and writing magazines. Also, anything architectural, like This Old House, Fine Homebuilding, any houseplan magazines as well as home decor magazines.

10 comments:

  1. Wow, how do you keep your tree from getting dusty? I have always wondered that if it was up all year,
    That is why I take my Christmas decorations because my sons birthday is the 28th of December and I wanted it to be about him.
    Nice Answers this week.

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  2. I'm with you on the Christmas timing. I think I got the idea from my mother who may have been respecting my birthday, too. But I think it was more about having five kids hyped way too soon.

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  3. I'm a December baby, as well, but I absolutely love the decorations and want them up. In fact, when I make my birthday cake & ice cream request each year I almost always ask for a chocolate/chocolate with peppermint ice cream. Yum-yum!

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  4. @Farm Girl

    Hi! There's no keeping anything dust-free living in this area. I think it is the dust capitol of the world! No matter how much a person dusts, it comes right back. I'm not sure the cause of it unless it is because there is a coal plant just down the road from our house.

    One of my uncles was born on Dec. 27 and another on Dec. 28, too. Does your son get short-changed by other folks because his birthday is just after Christmas? I hope not. Things are harder for December babies than for most people, I think, when it comes to birthdays.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting. I hope that you have a great day!

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  5. @Stephanie V

    Stephanie, I read your comment and realized that I have no clue when my mama started decorating for Christmas when I was a child. I do, however, remember climbing through the closet looking for the presents after I was told the reality of Santa's existence. :)

    I got the idea of leaving the tree up all year long from my mother-in-law. Hers is up, maybe not all year, but for many months before Christmas. I know one year it was up in August and fully decorated. Mine is up, just not decorated.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  6. @Cathy Kennedy

    So, Cathy, want to convert over to the "all year long" committee? We could use some more members. haha

    Chocolate cake is one of my favorites, too. I usually have either a Black Forest cake or a standard chocolate cake for my birthday. I've never had peppermint ice cream before. It sounds interesting. :)

    Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting!

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  7. I like Zig Ziglar too. Stinkin thinkin can be easy to have and hard to get rid of. Hubby and I like to listen to CDs by Ziglar, Rohn, and some of the others. I like that you let your daughter have a birthday separate from Christmas. All three of us kids have holiday birthdays. My two sisters have Thanksgiving and New Years. They always get lost in the shuffle!See you next week!

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  8. @Patrice

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Patrice, and for your comments.

    Wow, all of you having holiday birthdays must have made it difficult to maintain the big deal that a birthday should be. My December daughter is my only near-big-holiday baby.

    I think that Zig (I usually call him "Ziggy, baby!" haha) is great! I feel so good listening to him talk. I know that if anyone could help me over the stinkin' thinkin', it would be him. The only other person that ever came anywhere close was my late father-in-law. I'm glad that you enjoy listening to Zig, too. :)

    I hope that you have a great week. Thanks for letting us visit on your porch. :)

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  9. wow tree up year round my mother did this in her last house and loved it that way

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