Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chats on a Farmhouse Porch #10

I know it's been quite a while since I posted anything. Things have been really hectic around here and I just haven't had the time. Hopefully, with the elimination of some of Mother's medications and Boo's slightly increased willingness to “travel” to Mom's house (just across the backyard), I'll have more time to blog. Hopefully. Constantly running from our house to Mom's house is time consuming. I counted one day. From the time I woke until I went to bed, I made 23 trips back and forth. That's easing up most days. So, I have a little more time now.

  1. Have you ever baked bread from scratch?
    Yes! It's one of my favorite things to do. Kneading is a great stress reliever. Then, the smell of baking bread just can't be beat. (Well, sometimes chocolate cake or brownies could be better.) And eating warm bread fresh from the oven...heaven on earth! I promised Mom and Boo soft pretzels this week. Maybe I'm bake those on Wednesday so that Mom can take a few to her Bible study group.
  2. If we decided to have lunch on the porch, and you so kindly volunteered to fix it (thank you), what would you serve?
    I'd gladly volunteer to serve it. It's cool and drizzly here, not usual August weather for us. So, I'd choose a warm Mushroom Cloud soup, a chicken veggie salad with fresh pita bread, peach cobbler and vanilla bean ice cream with ice tea or lemonade. Lately, our peaches have been awesome. I've been freezing peach slices to add to my tea instead of ice cubes.
  3. Show us or tell us about your key chain.
    Boring! Mine is strictly utilitarian right now. It has a red clip that I can attach to my purse or belt loop. That's it. I did have an angel with a prayer on it, but Boo had a habit of holding onto it and cut his hand. How he managed that, I don't know. So, I took it off. I am making a “key chain” for Boo for his birthday next month. (He doesn't actually use keys anymore.) I'm decoupaging photos of grandchildren and Boudreaux, of course, to unused grocery and pharmacy discount cards, punching a small hole in one corner and putting them on a key ring for him. (Don't tell!)
  4. Have you ever tried a challenging or dangerous sport?
    I'm definitely not the sporty type! I've been white water rafting ONCE years ago. Never again. Do carnival or amusement park rides count? I used to ride roller coasters. One of my college roommates recently went sky diving (and wants to go again!), white water rafting, zip lining and I'm not sure what else. She's far more adventurous than I am. I'd rather travel, meet new people, see new places, learn new crafts and prepare native foods than risk life and limb.
  5. Have you ever written poetry? If not, have you ever had anyone write a poem for you?
    Well, yes, I've written poetry waaaay back in the dark ages when I was in the middle of my teen age angst. Horrible poetry, but meaningful at the time. And yes, I was the subject of several poems that my sister wrote. Terribly unflattering poems, I might add. She wrote them during her teen years as well. (Strange what you find when cleaning out boxes that your parents have stored for years.) Somewhere (OK, I know they're in one of two memento boxes.) are several poems Boo wrote to me during the years.
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  1. White river rafting sounds exciting but I think I am past the prime time to do it.

  2. I want a zip line. I'd love to do that.

  3. 23 trips is a lot! I would gladly make 23 trips if I could see my precious mom just one more time. Your baking sounds good. I miss soft pretzels. I haven't been able to find a good gluten free recipe.Your lunch sounds wonderful. I love peach cobbler.My challenging sport days are long gone. Having babies makes one realize how important it is to stay around and be there for those you love. But in my younger days... I'm so glad you joined in the chat. I was thinking about your recently and hoped that you and Boo were okay. I get attached to my porch people and really care!

  4. Kari- I just looked at your page called "Home Styled Therapy" and I think it is so clever! You might want to consider making an ebook for other caregivers. Your ideas are good. I read more of your blog and I just want to tell you that I admire the loving way you care for Boo. I think you are a remarkable lady. May God Bless you as you are a blessing to others!