1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name.
All of my grandparents have passed on. My paternal grandfather died when my dad was a child. I called my paternal grandmother "Grammie _______. I called my maternal grandparents, who lived nearby, simply Grammie and Grandpa. He died when I was four, so I have very limited memories of him.
|He was showing us his sawmill in operation.|
They call me Grammy, or sometimes just Gram (in the case of my two teenage granddaughters). I guess basically I chose it to begin with, but it's what came naturally.
2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?
I haven't yet taken a road trip along the California Coast, but one will likely be in my future at some point. My daughter and son-in-law took that trip a few years back and enjoyed it so much, they want us to go too. I'd enjoy seeing the Golden Gate Bridge and some of the beaches. My son-in-law was recently in Huntington Beach and sent us this picture among others:
3. What are three things you don't know how to do?
a) Downhill ski.
b) Drive a stick shift.
4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?
Hmmm. This is one of those thought-provokers. One thing I would like to see more of is Christians actually living out their faith. So I can celebrate that when I see it by trying to encourage those I observe walking in a Christlike manner. Another thing I'd like to see more of is good, loving, responsible parenting. I do celebrate that when I see it -- for example, if I see a young mom doing a great job with her kids in the grocery store, I will stop and compliment her.
5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?
I love almonds! I would definitely prefer an Almond Joy.
|Photo from Taste of Home|
ALMOND JOY MUFFINS
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream OR plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Almonds (either chopped, sliced, or whole) and sugar for tops of muffins
Preheat oven to 375º. Grease 12 muffin cups. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, combine margarine, eggs, sour cream (OR yogurt), and extract. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients until just combined well. The batter will be lumpy. Stir in the coconut and chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the greased muffin cups. Top each with a sprinkle of chopped or sliced almonds (or 3 whole almonds) and a little sugar. Bake in preheated 375º oven for 18 minutes or until muffins test done. Makes 1 dozen muffins.
6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
It depends upon the time of year. Right now, in winter, Mr. T is working most of every Saturday, so my morning looks just like it does any weekday -- up by 4:20, then a good quiet time and breakfast before jumping into the tasks du jour. His involves leaving home around 5:15 to head to a logging job site. Currently that is in a neighboring state. On an ordinary Saturday when he's not working, we might "sleep in" until 5:30 or 6 a.m. and we might go out to breakfast or at least coffee before starting the day, or I might bake some muffins or a coffeecake.
7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.
I haven't finished this one yet, but I'm currently reading The Life-Giving Home, by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Clarkson. It's excellent, just excellent, but unfortunately I keep thinking Why couldn't I have understood these things when my kids were growing up? Sometimes it's a challenge to look back on one's mistakes and just realize God allowed our kids' childhood to be what it was. (Not that it was bad; not just as wonderful as I would've liked, in retrospect!)
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Snow! We have had so much snow of late. 10-12 inches between Sunday and Monday, and there is more snow predicted for today and Thursday. The photo at top was taken ten years ago this month, but it's a pretty good indicator of how things are looking here right now. My hubby has just gotten new snowshoes, the much more streamlined type than what is pictured. He actually went out snowshoeing on Sunday and said there was really almost too much snow to do so successfully.
The video below (I hope it will work for you) was taken in February 2007 when our daughter and son-in-law visited us following months of ministry in Antigua. Clad in borrowed winter gear of my husband's, they enjoyed a snowshoe hike with him. The crunching of the snow may be a fun sound for those of you who do not live in snow country!
Happy Hodgepodge Day!