21 February 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch 31: #23

Please come on over to join us on Patrice's porch and don't forget to bring a carrot or two for Wendell!


What's you favorite kind of salad?

I really loved the steak salad that I had a zillion years ago. I made it from a recipe in a book written by The Frugal Gourmet Jeff Smith. I really like just a basic garden salad and if there is bacon in there, that's even better.

How old were you when you learned to cook?

I can't pin it down to a particular age, but I learned the most probably the year that I got married. David's mother taught me some things but, overall, I am self-taught.

What's your favorite kind of store? (grocery, garden, department, cooking, bookstore, etc)

I think that bookstores are probably my favorite and the closest Barnes and Noble (outside of the Junior College) is about thirty miles away.

If you could have lived during another time in history, what time would that have been?

My usual answer to this is during the mid-to-late 1800s, but I really think that I would like to go back to the time in which my earliest immigrant ancestors lived. I'd like to find out the real "why" of their leaving home and coming here to the US.

I'm looking forward to_______________.

At this moment, eternity. In general, I am looking forward to the next big find in my family tree research.


  1. If you live that far away from Barnes and Noble you should get a Nook. You can download books for a cheaper price and do it from the comfort of you home. I have a Nook and LOVE it!

    1. Thanks, Tami. I appreciate the suggestion very much. I wish that B&N would come to our town, but that won't likely ever happen.

      My husband has the Kindle from Amazon and, well, it just doesn't feel the same to me as a "real" book. He enjoys it and I can see the benefits of being able to carry a zillion books at one time without breaking an arm, but I like the old-fashioned printed book the best.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great weekend!

  2. It really would be interesting to kow the answers to some of those family history questions. We find out too late that we need to ask the right questions of our parents and grandparents. There are times when I wish I had listened more. Or my mother had had more time to just sit and talk.

    1. That is so true! My grandparents on mama's side were always sharing stories with me. I didn't pay attention nearly as closely as I should have and so don't remember them. Now, it is too late because they've been gone right at 20 years. My daddy's side didn't share a lot of stories, but I do remember a couple from my granny. One in particular makes me want to go back to my great-grandpa and his sister and as "Just WHAT were you thinking???!"

      We can't get them back and maybe not their stories either, but we can do better about writing and sharing our own stories with our children. I've been thinking about getting one of those books geared towards grandparents for their grandchildren (which I don't have yet). We could use those questions as prompts for stories to write down for our children and future grandchildren.

      Have you done anything like this? Do you have a journal that you're writing with the intention of your children reading it some day?

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

  3. It sounds like your family tree research has become quite a passion. I'm a bookstore fan too! Have a good weekend!

    1. Thanks, Patrice. Some folks would say it has become an obsession. They wouldn't be wrong. I've been doing this since I was 14 years old and, at this point in my life, I know I have a limited amount of time left. I guess a fair amount of desperation is in there, too. I want to get as much done as possible before I'm no longer available to answer the questions my kids may some day have.

      Bookstores are just great, aren't they? :)

      Our weekend has been fine and busy. Thank you. I hope that you have a great week!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. Love looking into my family tree!!! and love reading about my ancetery!!

    thanks for stopping by I did see LBJ park while there it was cool.

    I will get my tag ;) just now saw it


    1. I'm glad that you love family history, too. I think there are some really neat stories about our families to be found along the way. One of the most surprising for me, I think, was finding out after I was grown and married that my grandpa was married to a woman before my grandma and they had a daughter together. My mama had a sister that I never knew about. I'm assuming that she knew about her, but no one had ever uttered a peep about her to me. It has left me wondering what to consider this woman that grandpa was married to before. If she had come after grandma, then she'd be a step-grandma...but what are they when they come first?

      I'm glad that you enjoyed LBJ park. Did you get lots of pictures?

      I'm glad you saw the note about your tag. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great week!


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