|Nevada, October 2010|
1. What's something blogging has taught you about yourself?
Blogging has reminded me of how much I love to write. It has taught me many things about disciplined use of time and fine-tuning my writing to phrase the information I want to share in the most effective way. It has taught me that I can be organized and plan ahead to schedule posts. It may also have showed me that I never seem to run out of things to say (just time to say it in). Not sure if that first part is good or bad.
(Next 2 photos also from Nevada, October 2010)
2. Leftovers...are you in the 'reheat and eat' camp or the 'put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them' camp? What's your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?
We love leftovers at our house. We love it when we have enough leftovers for an entire meal. My least favorite thing to have as a leftover is salad with dressing already on it. My most favorite thing ... hmmm. Just about any soup is better reheated. Thanksgiving leftovers may be my very favorite. (And this year we don't have any!)
3. 'Me time'...your thoughts?
This is a hard one to answer, but I'm glad you brought it up. I think it's healthy for anyone to have some time they can sort of call their own. Otherwise we can burn out very easily. On the other hand, I think we often tend to think we "need" more time than we really do, and some people are downright selfish with it. I have learned that if I need time, the Lord will provide it. In looking through the archives at this blog, I re-read this post: A moment to catch my breath and was blessed all over again as I was reminded what God had done for me in that busy season.
The most important "me time" that we can possibly take is a quiet time with Him every day. It grounds us and settles us and prepares us for whatever the day may bring.
I also feel that I need some creative minutes every day, but I don't always get them as such. I've learned that doing something creative doesn't have to mean dedicated time to work on a needlework project or a blog post. I can find creativity in preparing a meal or figuring out a better way to do a task.
4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Hmmm.... usually a recipe! My daughters have nicknamed my phone number "Mom's cooking hotline" and even friends call occasionally for recipes or cooking advice. I once had a missionary friend email me from Panama to ask for a recipe of mine she'd misplaced!
5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.
I'm going to say wood smoke. We had a Franklin stove when I was really young, and then later a fireplace, where we often roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.
We also had a really nifty outdoor fireplace, which we kids absolutely loved, but it got destroyed the year we tried boiling maple sap on it. After that, my dad built a sugarhouse for boiling sap, with all of the right equipment in a smaller size. But the outdoor fireplace was never rebuilt.
My grandmother's summer cottage where we all loved to spend time was redolent of wood smoke from the fireplace there. To this day the place has its own unique scent -- decades of wood smoke have permeated the pine paneling.
|The cottage is behind the children. See the white steps?|
6. Insert your own random thought here.
The closeness of Christmas. I cannot get over how quickly it is coming. I'm never ready, but this year I'm far less ready than usual. I have, however, purchased a number of gifts already, so that's something, at least. (The plate below was a gift from my daughter, last year. Love it!)