For many weeks over the past year, I have been visiting with Patrice and friends on her porch. What fun we've had! But before I begin today's visit, I want to let you know about two of Patrice's daughters.
One of the amazing daughters Patrice has been blessed with was the one who changed my blog from what it was to what it is. She gave Homeschool on the Croft the makeover it needed, and when she showed me the new look, it was exactly what I wanted.
"a freelance writer and photographer, entering college this fall to study Journalism. I'm a bookworm, homeschool graduate, and oldest of four. In my spare time (ha!), I enjoy web design. You can find me at my blog, Farmgirl Writes."
Three cheers for Daughter #1 ...!
And then ... Wait for this. Last week, after Patrice's week-long party at Everyday Ruralty, I began getting messages from other bloggers who had been at The Porch, letting me know that Jackson was still at Patrice's. When I went to see what exactly was happening, this is what I found:
Do y'all remember the photo of Jackson, taken when he was a puppy? Well, Patrice's very talented daughter painted this wonderful picture from that photo.
How cool is that! Three cheers for Daughter #2 too!
And all this just goes to prove what I've said before: Aren't daughters wonderful!
And so to today's visit on Patrice's porch, and here are her questions:
I do have a tendency to hum a tune throughout all my daily chores. Normally, I guess, it's the last tune to have gone through my ears, so it'll probably be a hymn or psalm tune.
The Wee Guy sings almost all the time when he's pottering in the house, or playing by himself. He's often to be heard beginning a specific tune that's sung to a psalm, but the third line begins in a similar way to the American Anthem, and so the tune that has begun with a Scottish Psalter tune, ends with the Star Spangled Banner!
2. Do you watch soap operas (daytime TV), or have you ever?
No. I'm not sure we have that kind of thing here in the UK, really. Well, I guess we probably do, come to think of it, because it's possible to get loads of different channels, so I reckon some of them must show daytime soaps.
As a teenager I used to watch Coronation Street, which was on on a Monday and Wednesday evening (if my memory serves me correctly). I also remember when the soap Eastenders began - it's set in the East End of London, and appeared to me to be the greyest, dullest thing I'd ever seen! I guess for those who watched it, it wasn't so grey or so dull, because it's still running - twenty or thirty years since its inception.
3. Do you wear glasses or contacts?
Nope. I'd assumed by my mid-forties that I'd be needing glasses, by so far, my sight is spot-on. We have something of a gender divide in our household with glasses-wearing being a rather male-dominated sport.
4. What's your favourite easy meal when the weather is hot?
Is that a trick question, Patrice?
What does it mean 'when the weather is hot'? Oh, hang on - I know what that is because I've read about it. It's when the temperatures go above 70F, or even 80F or even 90F. I have no experience of having to cook in such situations. I'm guessing in these situations a person wouldn't want to have to stand at a cooker, so I suppose I would choose to eat salads. Mind you, I can't think of having a salad without little baby potatoes, so they still have to be cooked.
5. Tell me something about the past week.
Last week, the Wee Guy and the Builder left the island for a few days to go to the Black Isle Show. The pair of them went with the 'two uncles' - Big Brother and Baby Brother, so you can imagine the Wee Guy's excitement!
True to the form of the males in our family, the Builder did not have his camera, but fortunately, our pal, CA, was also there and he did get some photos.
Have a look at these. And while you look, remember who was taking the photos: his interests are cattle and sheep competitions!
Felicity ... I love you!
And now onto the sheep ...
The real sheep were there. The lovely Blackface
Er, yes... You.
Don't try and intimidate me. You may look tough. You may BE tough. But you are WEIRD.
(With apologies to my photographer, who thinks Texels are fab.)
Gimme strength! This is too weird for words.
Hmmm ... Zwartbles
And there you have it. Not exactly something I did last week, but it was where the Wee Guy was, so that counts, right?