Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Chats on a Farmhouse Porch # 4

This past week has been a whirlwind of moving, unpacking, settling in and just enjoying being with family.  Yesterday we finally got an internet connection!!!!  I didn't realize how much I'd miss it.  Boo is sleeping right now.  So, I'll participate alone this week.

1.  Are you enjoying spring?

Absolutely!  This is such a beautiful time of year...except for the pollen and allergies that usually follow.  Thus far, neither Boo nor I have been affected.  I've enjoyed waking to the singing of the birds every morning since we've moved.  What a wonderful way to start the day!

2.  Where would you take Patrice for her birthday if you could spend the day together?  Wendell hopes you'd bring her back!

I'd take Patrice to the Bridal Falls in the North Carolina mountains for a picnic.  They're lovely this time of year with the wild flowers just blooming and a slight chill in the air.  Fried chicken, homemade potato salad, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and warm apple cider would be tucked away in the picnic basket waiting for hunger to strike.  After our picnic, there are some interesting potteries in the area.  If we could find some real folk music and clogging, the day would be complete.  Never fear Wendell, I'd return Patrice.  She'd be lonely without you!

3.  What's your favorite spring flower?

I'm not sure I have a favorite.  Flowers are beautiful anytime.  Having just moved, I don't have many flowers yet.  Later this week, I do plan to plant some Elephant Ears.  I know they're not flowers, but one of my grandmother's had Elephant Ears planted at her back door.  I've always associated them with home.  I remember taking Nancy Drew mysteries outside and hiding under the Elephant Ears and reading when I was younger.

4.  What do you do when you're going through a really stressful time?

I pray.  I try to make time for quiet meditation every day.  During particularly stressful times, I pray short sentence prayers and breathe...a lot.  If Boo is upset, I intentionally lower my voice and speak calmly.  That seems to calm both of us.  Stressful times do pass.  Thank goodness!

5.  What kind of birthday cake would you get for Patrice?  And Wendell?

For Patrice, a Pig Pickin' Cake!  They're supposed to be best if they're refrigerated for three days to "mellow."  I wouldn't know.  They've never lasted that long when I've made one.  Pineapple, orange, coconut and cherries with a rich butter cake and white frosting...yum.  I'm hungry already.  For Wendell, a whole wheat carrot cake with applesauce topping...and a big kiss!

Happy, happy birthday Patrice and Wendell!!!

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  1. I loved your answers! The picnic at bridal Falls sounds lovely. I have never been to thaplace but I have always liked what I have seen in the Carolinas. Pig pickin cake sounds yummy. I have never had thet either. That was good advice you had about stress. You are right stressful times do pass and we just need to remember that.

  2. Ohhhh...that picnic sounds awesome!! Stopped by from the porch, hope you have a great day!

  3. I looked that cake up on google and found a very nice detailed recipe on Deep South Dish. Oh my I am going to have to make that cake next time there are more of us around than just 2 to eat it!It looks so good!!

  4. I visited North Carolina as a teenager with the church youth group. It is a very beautiful place, but I've never seen Bridal Falls.

  5. I've never been to Bridal Falls, but I have visited many areas of NC. I've never heard of that cake, but it sounds good. Prayer is good for stress, and anything else that ails you!:)Have a great week!My best to Boo (Wendell's too).

  6. i love Pig Pickin' Cakes - would you care to share your recipe? i would so love it - if you could & would. have a great week. ( :
    i love bridal falls - gorgeous!! so beautiful.

  7. Potteries! On a day trip years ago we looked a pottery, love the bowls, brought some one - good memories.