July 17, 2009

Tagged: Question and Answer

Tara tagged me with this Question and Answer a few weeks ago. I thought I would get right to it but have been too swamped. But here it is at last. I will warn you, that I did this on Tuesday, when a migraine was setting in, so I may be a bit "off."

I would like to tag the following ladies who are new to my blog and I would like to get to know better.

Shasta at Crackers and Chaos whom I met through Carin's 52 Week Challenge
Sara Dawn at Splashin' Glory who is a Missionary to Costa Rica
Aimee at Journey2Learn a Christian homeschooling Vegetarian
Susie at Scraps of Life cook and homeschooling mom of some Tweens and a Pastor's Wife

The rules are to respond to the questions in a post on my blog. Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention and add one more question of your own.

I didn't particularly dislike any question so I am just going to add my own.

What is your current obsession? Because of diabetes, I abandoned chocolate for the most part. And because of some recent health problems, I have recently given up most caffeine, which rules out my passion for Starbucks. And likewise, I have had to give up artificial sweeteners (translate this to Splenda) which means I had to part with my third favorite thing, decaf sweet tea made with splenda instead of sugar. So, those were my obsessions...right now I guess I don't have one.

What are you wearing today? A vintage 1950's sundress that I bought on eBay for a Murder Mystery Dinner. It has a nice full skirt and is so comfortable even for the hot canning I have to do today and still, I think, it looks very pretty and feminine. I like that it is something my grandmother would have worn when doing her household chores on a hot summer day.

What’s for dinner? I just picked 5 gallons of beets from the garden and my mother-in-law brought me a cabbage from her garden. I am thinking borscht. I do have some nice zucchini and tomatoes that would be great sauteed over whole wheat pasta. One or the other with a salad made from the lettuce Nathaniel picked this morning.

What’s the last thing you bought? Last night I bought 6 rubber maids at Wal-mart because they were on sale. I was upset when I got in the car and looked at the ad and saw they charged me .50 more per Rubbermaid than what the flier advertised. It's only a few dollars but it is the principle of the thing. I had to wait in line FOREVER because they were 50 people waiting to check out and 3 registers open and then they overcharged me!

What is your favorite candy? I don't really eat a lot of candy but if I am going to I am crazy for dark chocolate. Especially Sees, which you can't buy on the East coast. Which is a good thing because I would be enormous! When my sister lived in California she used to send me Sees dark chocolate truffles. That is how I got addicted.

What are you listening to right now? The pressure canner building up steam

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Any tropical local...if it has palm trees and sand I am all over it.

Which language do you want to learn? I have no desire to learn any language in specific. I studied French for 5 years and can hardly speak a word and Spanish for 4 years and can speak even less than I do French. If I had to pick one I think I would choose Italian. My family is Italian and I hope to spend some serious time in Italy one day getting to know where my roots came from. Knowledge of the language would probably be helpful. I should probably learn Spanish, though. There are so many Spanish speaking people around here now and it would be easier to minister to them if I could communicate with them.

What do you love most about where you currently live? I love that this is the cleanest place I have ever been. Even the highways are beautiful. People don't smoke in public places so there is none of that yuckiness. I have never seen a place cleaner than Maryland. I take it for granted until I travel somewhere else and then I come home and say, ah...that's the difference. I also love that we have all the seasons to enjoy. I like to visit the tropics but would hate not having the beautiful colors of fall, the cozy snow of winter or the refreshing spring days after the dark months.

What are 3 of your best qualities? I am loyal. I am dedicated to whatever the task at hand is. I speak the truth and what's on my mind. (Which doesn't always make friends)

If you were a time traveler, what era would you live in? Gee, I don't even know how to answer that. Wouldn't it be amazing to be a disciple of Jesus? But the first half of the 1900's was a fascinating time. And yet, to venture west to the settle the prairies or during the gold rush...I love adventure so that might be something, too. Obviously, God put me here in this time for a purpose, but I think of all the times to choose for myself, this would be the least of my choices. But then again, our Lord will be returning soon and now is closer to that time than all the "thens" so this is a great time, too!

What is your favorite color? Pink especially with brown or turquoise

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? Depends what mood I am in. Today it is my vintage dresses. If it was raining, I would say thank you God for yoga pants.

What were you doing ten years ago? I had Kaitlin and Brianna and was expecting Emma Rose. That summer I sewed a lot. Read a lot. Canned a lot. Not much has changed actually.

Describe your personal style? I would definitely say I am eclectic in my decorating. I like so much I have a hard time making up my mind. Plus, we have been working on our house for 7 years so much of what I do is working around things until this room is finished being remodeled or until that is done. In the rooms that are finished, my master bedroom and bath are done in a slightly more formal tropical feel. The school room and Sam's room are done in turn of the century primitive. The living room is some mix...the love seats are Victorian antiques with side tables I bought at Ac Moore and painted up, a shaker sofa table, hat boxes and vintage luggage pieces. Plus a piano that is over 100 years old that I bought for $500 when Kaitlin first started piano lessons.

As for my fashion style, I would say classic for sure...with a little trendy thrown in to keep it fun.

If you had $300 now, what would you spend it on? I would put it in the vacation jar.

What are you going to do after this? take a book to the hammock with Emma before the other kids get up from their naps.

What are your favorite films? My favorite modern films are definitely the Sherwood Pictures: "Facing the Giants, FireProof and Flywheel." I love the classics. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility. I love black and white films. I love comedy films...like Philadelphia Story and Arsenic and Old Lace. I hate serious stuff when it comes to movies. I hate to watch movies that make you cry. Life is so serious already and there is so much we could cry about, why spend our entertainment time crying?

Your favorite books? Aside from the Bible... I love, love, love to read. I adore a good mystery, not gory ones, though. Things like Joanne Fluke and Donna Andrews. The Mitford Series is probably one of my all time favorite collections. But, I enjoy reading a great deal of kids classics with my youngers, too. Carolyn Haywood is one of my favorite kids authors. I like to read inspirational material and things about great Christians...but mostly when I read I am choose fluff because I am too tired to focus too deeply.

Do you collect anything? Not really. I inherited my grandmothers precious bell collection but we have no place for such things so most of those I passed on to others who would appreciate them, keeping just a few for my children to have one day. I have a few flamingos from an art gallery I like to visit where we vacation every fall.

What makes you follow a blog? If I am encouraged, entertained or find some spiritual inspiration from the writer.

What was the most enjoyable thing you did today? I made homemade bread and picked some fresh tomatoes from the garden and made tomato sandwiches for the kids for lunch.

Ann's Question: What makes you comment on a blog? If I read a post I ALWAYS leave a comment. For one thing, everyone likes to get a little shout to know that someone is thinking of them...I sure do. For another, if I am there anyway, why not say hi? And, if it was worth writing it and reading it then it should be worth commenting on. If not, then why waste your time reading it?

Amy's Question: What is your favorite thing to do when you have some free time? play with the kids, read aloud, read to myself, sew, bake, scrapbook, blog...

Anissa's Question: As you know I home school -- If you could, would you? Do you agree with homeschooling? I have home schooled for 12 years. I am currently schooling 6 of our children. So yes and yes!

Melissa's Question: If you owned your own business, what would you sell/provide? I might sew or cook or bake??? Never thought much about it...too busy. Maybe a bed and breakfast would be fun...I practically run one now:) A dear friend of mine said one of the few bits of advice she would give after 35 happy years of marriage was never to own your own business. My dear husband and I agree that is advice to consider strongly if that is one of the only two things she would change. (PS. the other was never to buy a king sized bed)

Mimi's Question: Would you rather live in the city or the country? I love the country that is for sure. The city has moved too close to where we live now for my liking. But...I would love to live in a big city for a little while, maybe like a year, just to try it out.

Tara's Question: If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? I would have married my husband sooner. He asked me several times over the years and I was adamant about not getting married. But that is another story for another time.

Kat's Question: Fill in the blank. You may be surprised to know...


  1. I knew almost all these things about you! Not bad considering I with you almost 24/7.

  2. Hi Kat! If you want to learn italian, I'll be glad to help you!!!!

    Ciao!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Such fun to get to know you as well! Mmmm, wish I could come and help you eat your garden up, enjoy the borscht for me too.

    Thanks also for splashing around with me on my blog. It's a new adventure, but definitely a fun one.

    Hugs from Costa Rica,
    Sarah Dawn

  4. I enjoyed this post. Getting to know you more. :)

  5. I learned a lot about you. Hope you had fun doing it!

  6. Hi Kat,
    I have MIA lately from blogland, but I am catching up on your blog. You are such an interesting lady! And have such interesting adventures. These random questions are such a good way to find out new info.
    I need to follow your guidelines for commenting on blogs. I love comments myself, but am not the best at leaving comments. I will work on that!
    And that king size bed makes me laugh. We have one, which makes room for children to come on in throughout the night. Which doesn't make for good sleeping for anyone!

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