Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Post Holiday Hodgepodge

1. What is the most useful book in your house?
The Bible, but I don't really need the book itself to read it anymore. In fact, I like to take a verse or two, and read them online, because it will show what it means in all the different translations.

2. What's worse-being too hot or too cold?
I don't like being either! LOL But, if I had to say which is worse, I would say too hot. You can always put more clothes on, but there are only so many you can take off ;)

3. Share something that made you smile this past weekend.
Seeing my friend's little boy so excited to ride in Hubs "hot rod". We took a picture of him sitting in it, and he is so tiny, you can't even see him in the picture! Ha!

4. How do you like your hamburgers? Or don't you?
I like my hamburgers well done, NO pink. With cheese, please. Hold the bun.

5. What's your summer beach read? If it's not summer in your part of the world then tell us what book you're
reading in front of the fire while sipping hot cocoa.
I read so many books, I can't keep track of them all! Currently, I am reading "Eric Liddell: Pure Gold" by David McCasland. It's a biography of the Olympic champion who inspired "Chariots Of Fire". I enjoy reading books about missionaries. He was a missionary to China, but also won a gold medal in the Paris Olympics in 1924.

6. How was your birthday celebrated when you were a kid?
We always had a party, with cake, ice cream, and presents. It was usually just family. My Mom always let
us choose a special "birthday dinner". I do this tradition with my own family too. They always look forward to getting to choose their own special meal.

7. What's something that is totally uncool that you love anyway?
I love listening to music from the 80's and 90's. A lot of the songs bring back memories.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
My Mom is over today, and we were just talking about how it used to be when I was a little girl. She was telling me that she only spent $40 every two weeks on groceries for a family of 5. When I say "groceries" this includes everything. Toiletries, soap, dog food, etc. $20 per week. Times were tight. I knew we weren't the wealthiest of families, but back then, I didn't know how bad things really were. My Dad worked hard, but there was never a lot of money for extras. My Mom stayed home with us kids. I appreciate the sacrifices they made so she could stay home with us.

My Mom made all our food from scratch. We always had homemade cookies, because they were cheaper to make than store bought ones. I remember kids begging me to bring extra to school with my lunch, so they could have some. Their Moms didn't make homemade ones. They only got store bought ones.

We didn't have a lot of extras when I was a kid, but I had a good childhood, filled with the thing that mattered the


  1. All of our meals were made from scratch too even though both our parents worked. I had no idea what processed foods were until college when we lived off of Kraft mac and cheese! LOL

  2. My mom made all of my clothes - and felt so badly because she couldn't afford to buy them. She was a single mother back when it was perfectly ok to pay women less than men. I was so proud of the clothes she made me, I would tell all my friends "see what my mom made" ;-) It made her crazy - after spending so much time trying to make my clothes look store bought - I'd spill the beans to anyone that would listen!!

  3. Aren't homemade cookies so much better! I love making them for my children. It really is so nice to be able to bake goodies for my family :) I cook special dinners for birthdays in my family too. They love choosing :)

  4. My mom always made things from scratch on the weekend (still does) whenever we weren't in school, since she teaches Kindergarten.

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  5. I, too, can remember when groceries were cheap--but so was the pay scale. Minimum wage was a dollar an hour. I guess I'm telling my age...

    I had a friend in high school whose mom made homemade fudge and chili every time I came over! I loved that lady!

  6. I love your random answer. My mom made most of our clothes too. Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood

  7. I have my burger too without the bun. Good call!
    Nice random thought. Good Childhoods are important.

  8. My mom is here too : ) Her birthday is Friday so she's visiting for a few mom was an excellent homemaker and made so many things look easy. I try but it does not look effortless when I do it : )

  9. Thanks for visiting by blog.
    80's music is not uncool, even though my kids would say it is. LOL.
    Enjoy these moments with your Mom. I lost mine in April & that is one thing I miss...our talks.
    Take care.

  10. Thanks for stopping by yesterday.. Your childhood sounds amazing. We did a lot of baking with my Grandpa and it was fun.. I make cookie from scratch every now and then with my little one she loves it.. Have a great day..

  11. Hi Amiee, thanks for visiting. I live in Paraguay, that´s in the southern hemisphere and we are just the opposite over here, weather wise. So that means cooollld!
    Your childhood sounds similar to mine. Very "hands on" and everything was made from scratch.

  12. Thank you for stopping over and very nice to meet you. The Bible is a wonderful place to go for information on life. The picture sounds really cute of your friends son. The 80's were great. I think our children would say the 70's & 80's because we did road trips and always played music which they now love. Sounds like your mother did an amazing job.