Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Good GRIEF! Wednesday has come round AGAIN! Too quickly! And I am so far behind it's not even funny. The bedroom we were supposed to take a weekend to paint has turned into the nightmare from hell. I'll post about it once it's all said and done. But NEVER AGAIN just before  holiday where I have to cook everything!

Please know that I am trying my best to get around to catch up with everyone! It's just taking some time-in between that stupid room. 

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If you're here for Chats on the Farmhouse Porch or Get Wired Wednesday only, then scroll down.

First up this week is WEDNESDAY HODGE PODGE from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  This meme is fun and sometimes even poses a challenge (read: she makes us use our noggins!).   

1. What song reminds you of a specific time in your life and what is it about that song that makes you remember? Mostly it's the Christmas music from Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, the Rat Pack, Ella Fitzgerald...all of those take me down memory lane of Christmases past and every single memory is delightful! If I had to narrow it down to one song, it would be The Christmas song sung by Nat King Cole. I adore it to this very day. As a child I listened to it with my parents on the stereo (remember those? LOL) and at my grandparents. Now, Hubs and I love to listen to it while we slow dance in front of a fire and while sipping a little Bailey's Irish Cream. 

2. What's something you've given up on? Discovering the secret to keeping our kids young so they won't leave the nest. A total FAIL.

3. What's something you'll never give up on? I hardly ever give up on ANYTHING. I am one of those ridiculous people who always holds out hope about everything. Except number 2.

4. If you had to cook something from scratch in the next hour what would it be? Gluten free bread. Or gluten free granola bars.

5. Have you started Christmas shopping? Decorating? Listening to Christmas music? Shopping- no. Decorating- only for Thanksgiving. Music-most definitely! And Christmas movies!!! Of course, we watch those all during the year so I guess that doesn't count. AND, I may have been caught listening to Christmas music at random times during the year too. Nuts, I know.

6. What do you know about your parent's wedding? I know that it was held at my grandparents' church (my mother's parents) and that they played Clair de Lune, and that my mother made her dress (no pattern) and all her bridesmaids' dresses. Oh, and it was a night wedding-very dressy. 

Mother on her wedding day.

7. I can't believe I get so darn emotional and sentimental over the smallest things. But I do and I've always been like this. When I heard from Deanie and Birdie that their flights home for Christmas were booked, I was so excited I nearly cried! And then I started talking about Christmases when they were little and how quickly it was all over and then Hubs started getting teary. We are completely hopeless in this area! Maybe that's a better answer to number 2!  

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Next up is a HUMP DAY HOP from Patrice at Everyday Ruralty called Chats on the farmhouse porch!

  1. Where would you take the blogger group for a chat, if they came to your house? We would go over to the beach! A mere 5 minute drive!
  2. How do you handle "toxic people"? They're the ones  that are very difficult to be around and generally don't bring out the best in us. I avoid them and don't allow them into my home--I don't appreciate or need or want that negative energy where I live. There are only a couple of people like this that I know and they are related to Hubs. He doesn't like being around them either. It's like they literally try to suck the life right out of people. It's only two people- the rest of his family members are great!
  3. In high school, were you the athlete, the cheerleader (actual or just your personality), the geek, the social butterfly, or lost? I was the geek who was a social butterfly. None of my friends all belonged to one said group- I had cheerleader friends, athlete friends, popular friends, unpopular friends, even some trouble maker friends...I also did not know color barriers.
  4. What's your favorite thing made from apples? Probably an apple crisp. Love those. With vanilla ice cream of course! Or apple dumplings! Those are delicious too!
  5. Do you do most of your shopping in stores or online? Probably about half and half. I prefer online because I can't stand crowds- people are rude and pushy and I'm the type to say something or push back and that's just not a good situation. :)
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  1. What a lovely post Pam! Your mother looks so beautiful on her Wedding picture! I'm sure you will have your room finished and the food cooked in time!
    Enjoy your day my friend!
    Hugs x

  2. Hi!
    Would love to go to the beach for a chat. Apple Crisp with ice cream, yummy! Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  3. In that first hop, I enjoyed seeing your mom's wedding dress. She made it? Wow! How pretty. I am also more emotional than I ever thought I'd be.

    In my hop, I guess I need to find my recipe for apple dumplings.I'd need to convert it to make the wrap gluten free now.

    Have a good week, my friend!Wen sends a hug.

  4. Your Mom's Dress is beautiful. NO Pattern? That is so amazing. I will have to post a picture of my Mom's that she made. Such a different kind of dress.
    I sent you a email about question 2
    I can't believe it is so warm where you live right now. ( I was on your other blog looking at pictures.)
    I am glad your girls will be home. I would be excited too.
    I enjoyed your answers today.

  5. I loved your mother's picture and am impressed she made her dress, but that was a different time. Most women did much of their own sewing unlike today.

    Ooo, a chit chat on the beach,count me especially if it's warm - not hot!

    You may not see me online next week, so have a lovely Thanksgiving and thanks for the visit!

  6. Nice to see another apple crisp fan - we're definitely the majority.

    If I had to bake something from scratch it would be scones...I've been aking them my whole life...could do it in my sleep, I think.
    I wish I knew more about my parents' wedding. It was a very low-key event right after my Dad got home from the war. There are no photos that I know of.

  7. I wouldn't fret over being so emotional. Since I went off the Wellbutrin I'm right there with you.

  8. Wow, your mother made her dress, so beautiful!

    I know how you feel, how dare those little ones for becoming big ones lol!

    Baking from scratch, yikes!!!!

    Goodness, Christmas, I am trying to get through Thanksgiving!!

  9. Your mother's dress is gorgeous...she was quite the seamstress! I'm headed your direction as my youngest is having some minor surgery tomorrow. Yes a week before Thanksgiving. Oh well I'm excited to see her this week and next : )

  10. Eva-Thank you so much! I hope you're right about the room and the food!

    Sherrie- Wouldn't it just be great to have everyone together for a day on the beach?! Maybe one day it will come true!

    Patrice- I was just thinking the other day how great it would be if we lived closer and the two families could share a Thanksgiving table! Give Wen a hug back! Tell him I love him!

    FG- Yes! She has that ability to make people mad...I mean to make dresses without patterns. LOL And yes, it's warm. And I am OVER it! Maybe the cold will come and stay this time!

    Cathy- True. But she did make all the lovelies' prom dresses and Breezy's wedding gown! The girls would design what they wanted and Mimi would make it!

    Stephanie- I wish you had some photos of their wedding. Maybe they're around somewhere and have yet to turn up! I'll take some scones please!

    Michele- I have always been like this and it drives me nuts! Hubs says it just means I have a big heart. I think he's just being kind. LOL

    Lucy- Yes, she's quite talented in many ways! We'll have two home for Thanksgiving and all four home for Christmas! I can hardly wait!

    Joyce- Thanks! Is the surgery in Greenville or are y'all coming to Charleston to MUSC?

  11. Your Mum was very beautiful on her wedding day and how talented to have made not only her own gorgeous bridal gown but the gowns of her bridesmaids, too! And without a pattern? Did you inherit her love of needlework? Hope the paint job will soon be done. I can imagine how much excitement is building in your home with the holidays approaching rapidly. Everyone home for Christmas :)

  12. Lovely post for us today Pam. I'm so sorry to hear that you're having problems with the decorating! Eeek! I love it how you hardly ever give up on anything - unlike me then! Hee Hee! Such a beautiful photo of your mum on her wedding day. She looked stunning :)

  13. Desiree- NO. I did not inherit her abilities. I have zero patience for that sort of thing. But I've always appreciated her talent! Hopefully everyone will be home with a room to sleep in. LOL

    Diane-Thanks! I'll post about the room soon. Once it's done and I calm down. LOL Thanks!

  14. You sound very busy. But I´m sure you´ll be enjoying the evening tonight.

    I love love you mother´s wedding dress. I can´t believe she sewed it without a pattern. She must be very talented. And stunning!

  15. Betty-I've been in that darn kitchen ALL DAY LONG! They better love it. LOL She is quite talented! I didn't get that gene. It skipped a generation- Birdie got it!

  16. Great song, I enjoyed the video.
    Your mother looks gorgeous and her dress is beautiful! You sound a little stressed. ((HUGS))

  17. Debby- I love me some Nat King Cole! Thanks! Me? Stressed? LOL

  18. Thanks for coming by Bears at Home...I read several of your posts...Great job with the weight loss..mine is coming off much slower.
    Mama Bear

  19. I never tire of Christmas songs and movies either. So, guess that makes TWO blog nuts, right?

    Oh my goodness.........your mother MADE the DRESS without A PATTERN!?!!!! Oh my gooooooooodness!!!

    DUCK SONG -- and photos of ducks 'round town.

  20. MB- Our daughters call us Mama Bear and Papa Bear! I feel a connection- LOL Thanks so much! The whole weight loss thing is one of the longest journeys I've ever been on!

    Anni-I think you're right! At least I am in good company! I know, she's so dang talented. Makes me sick. LOL

  21. Thanks for visiting my blog:) I wore my mom's wedding dress... so that I know. And she told me her mother's dress was by far more expensive!

    Just this week I ordered some stocking stuffers online.

  22. I love that dress, very elegant and beautiful.

    You sure are busy! I like to do shopping 50/50 too, I like to see and hold what I'm buying, but do enjoy the convenience of online shopping!

  23. Karen- I enjoyed visiting! No wedding dress for me- I didn't even want to get married! LOL Our oldest daughter designed her wedding dress and my mother made it too! Thanks!

    MissA- It was lovely! It really is convenient to shop online! And then there's the whole people thing. LOL

  24. Thank you for posting about the hop! You are awesome! I hope the "bedroom from hell" works out for you. We just finished painting another room in our house - it does not make for great family bonding! LOL

    Have a great week!


  25. Vickie-You're quite right about that bonding thing. Good grief, if we can survive this...LOL Thanks!

  26. Wow! That dress! Love that you posted that picture. Sorry you're feeling stressed about the bedroom. And I'm definitely in for a hang out on the beach with blog friends. :) Funny, I'm feeling like making/eating a little apple crisp after reading this post.

  27. Jessica- Thanks! I love that dress too! We wouldn't dare go to the beach without you girl! I wanted apple crisp too, but had to settle for banana bread.

  28. Ahhh, that classic Christmas music. Gotta go get it on Pandora. We don't have a flake in the air yet, but as soon as we do...

    What a beautiful photo of your mother! And such a simple and, again, classic wedding dress!

    There's nothing like being an empty nester and hearing that the kids are booked to come home!!♥

  29. Bloody hell - your mother looks absolutely AMAZING in her wedding dress. I can't believe she didn't have a pattern ..... she must be super-skilled ;-)

  30. Judy-I would so enjoy and appreciate a white Christmas. We've only had one here- 1989. I can hardly wait for them to arrive!

    Annie-She really is! She's made the lovelies' prom dresses and Breezy's wedding dress too. All without patterns!


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