Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chattin'

I think we're abandoning the chats on  porch at Patrice's farmhouse for a while.  The air is a little too fresh right now.  Abandoning the porch, I mean, not the chats. 


Right now I'm heading off to chat with whoever shows up.  Actually, I think most everybody has already arrived.  Let's see what they're all talking about today...

Where is your favorite place to think, reflect, or pray?  My best thinking place is the shower.  Some folks sing - I just think.  Sometimes, I have really great ideas but mostly casual and unimportant thoughts just swim through my brain.  It's not long enough to untangle a really knotty problem but I might have set myself on the right path by the time I turn off the water. 

 Did you believe in Santa as a kid?  Oh yes, I did.  I think I was probably seven before I heard even a hint that Santa wasn't real.  Even in school, my friends all believed too.  And when I did become aware, my mother cautioned me that lack of belief caused Santa to stop bringing gifts.  This may have been my first experience with cynicism. 

What's your favorite kind of Christmas cookie? You can add a recipe if you have time.  When I was a kid, my mother only made Nanaimo bars at Christmas so these were something eagerly awaited.  My Grammy always made honey cookies but my only experience with them was her recipe which my mother used.  I never tasted my Grammy's but I liked my mom's.  And I have always loved anything with ginger in it.  Chewy gingersnaps were another of my mother's great  recipes. These recipes were were usually only made at Christmas time because they used expensive ingredients or took a lot of time to make - or both. 

Did you grow up around any of your grandparents? No. My family moved out west when I was small so there was a whole country between me and any other family.  I actually never met my mother's parents and only saw my father's once before I was an adult.  

What's your favorite winter sport-skiing, skating,sledding, other(?) ? If you are in a warm place, what is your favorite winter sport to watch when the Winter Olympics are televised?  When I was a kid the best winter sport was sledding.  We'd haul our sleds over to the golf course and slide down any hill we could find.  Most were broad and easy but there was one I remember that was really crazy dangerous.  Of course, that's the one we all wanted to be on.  But it was policed by the older kids who kept smaller ones away and safe.  No adults ever were around that I remember...sledding was for kids.

My favorite - and only - Winter Olympic sports to watch are the skating events.  Both the figure skating and the speed skating are so graceful.  Neither looks like the hard work that they are.  

Well, that's it for this week.  Great questions, Patrice.And thanks to you - and Wendell - for the great job hosting.  If you want to join in the chat, just click on Everyday Rurality.



11 comments:

Kim said...

Hi Stephanie, I enjoyed your answers. Sledding was big where I live but I never thought of the golf course. Great idea. Our course Hole #18 is nicknamed "Heart Attack Hill" - It would be perfect for sliding down. Much better than dragging a golf bag up after 4 hrs. Lol

Julia said...

Hi Stephanie, thanks for your visit on my blog and for your comment and also for joining my followers. Now I have to join yours.

You had great answers for the porch chat, I enjoyed this visit very much.

When I was growing up we spent most of our time playing outdoors, sliding, skating, building snow forts and snowmen. No TV, only a shared radio with a huge battery. Neighbors would come and sit down and listen with us to the great entertaining programs in the evening. Those were the days...

I hope that you'll drop in to my blog again. It's been nice getting to know you. Have a great week. JB

Rudee said...

The shower IS the best place to think!

Ginny said...

You and me both, I love the skating!!! I am sorry that you never had the experience of visiting your grandparents!! My best thinking spot is when I go to bed. It is dark and there are no distractions, I get great ideas, and believe I will be finally solving the problem of world peace if I remember to write it down before falling asleep!

Patrice said...

Great to see you on the Porch-scratch that- at the kitchen counter. I've never heard of a nanaimo bar. I will have to see what a computer search brings. I do like to watch skating. I did a bit of figure skating as a teen, getting up at 5 am to go to the local rink. I'm very tall,so I never was graceful enough, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Have a great week!

Mimi said...

Hi Stephanie, I love the sound of ALL those cookies! and laughed out loud at your description of sledding as a kid!
My favourite olympic Wintersport is luge, cos I can imagine the terror I would feel in that thing!

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Mmmm, those cookies sound good! I like to watch skating on the Olympics, but I always get so nervous...weird, I know!

Farm Girl said...

I always enjoy reading about life on your front porch. It is weird to think your parents moved and you only saw one grandparent once. That would break my heart to not know my grand kids.
I always look forward to reading your answers. I hope you have a good week.

EmptyNester said...

I completely forgot about the shower- I do some major thinking in there too. Honey cookies? You wouldn't have the recipe would you? I loved sledding as a kid. But I don't enjoy the Olympics at all.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Stephanie, I enjoyed learning more about you. LOVE the sledding part. LOL! brings back some wonderful memories of my own. We were never close to our grandparents either... which makes me really work to keep close to mine even though they are 1200 miles away. Enjoyed my almost-on-the-porch visit. blessings ~ tanna

cindy said...

I love this, and I'm going to join up after Christmas... I have reasons why my decorations don't get up and a computer slows things down, lol Enjoy thanks for the Santa belief

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