Lord have mercy, I had no idea I'd get so many questions, I thought like maybe 10. Ya'll done cracked me up and made me smile my head in half.
Due to an unexpected hormonal fit last night which prompted me to strip down naked and sleep in a chair for the few precious hours of sleep I did receive, I'm going to answer 10 questions now, and try to take them in 10 question chunks a couple of times a a day until we're done, k? Some of the questions I don't even know the answer to. Some of the questions will require long, drawn out, drivel, rabbit-trailed types of answers.
I may or may not end every answer with Amen. I'm just in an Amen type of mood lately. Amen. Not to be confused with Ah-men. Amen is more Midwestern, more nasally, and I'm liking that right now - perhaps cause I'm Midwestern and nasally due to allergies. I say Amen, you say Ah-men, I say Ramen, you say Rah-men, Amen, Ahmen, Ramen, Rahmen, let's call the whole thing off.
Yes, I'm singing. I love singing - but then you didn't ask me if I did, but now you know, and you don't need to ask it. I sing often, loudly, and in many genres.
OK - here we go.
Question #1 -
Deborah from the Fairfield House asks:
How did you meet Glenco?
I met him in church, in 1982. He was a guitar player in a 'Christian rock band'. I thought he was an old, weird hippie. Six months later, we walked down the aisle in the very same church. Amen.
Kent Island Red asks:
How long have you lived in that GORGEOUS house, and do you do all your yard work/gardening yourself or do you have help? (ie., a landscaping service)
I have lived here for 22 years. Have you seen the whole post I did on the house? Click on over to the labels and check it out. I have done all the gardens myself. I became a Master Gardener in 1995, mainly because I was very interested in vegetable gardens. In 1998, an Avon lady came to the door, and upon my answering of said door, replies "Oh, I didn't know if a woman lived here or not" Game on. I started planting flowers - completely wrong, in small beds right up next to the house. It was in 2003 that I put in the beds that you see on the blog now. If you could see them at this moment, you would be convinced that I do the work myself. They shine for a few months, but then they quickly decline. I get discouraged and then we have a frost. Amen.
Snappy Di asks:
Is that photo taken in front of your house, and if so, did you put all those rocks there? OR, are you standing in front of someone else's house just to make it appear that you put those rocks there.. LOLOh yes indeed, that is my house, and that is me with the farmer's tan and the fake accent lady hat, and those be my rocks. 95% of them came from the farm fields around the house, carried by yours truly in a five gallon bucket back to the 'job site'. Glenco helped a lot too. It was tedious, hard work, but I just love the look of it, and I like knowing it was local stone. I did buy a pickup truck load of stone for the back gardens, just to get it finished off quicker. I still hunt for stones in the spring.
Patty Patterson asks:
Can I get a start of your shasta daiseys and brown eyed susans? They're beautiful!
Just kidding... I know you'd share if I lived close by, but I don't.. so I'll just have by my own. And really... I'm content not to know EVERYTHING!
If you were local I would say sure! Wait - were you the lady that stopped by wanting to buy pumpkins? Spill it.
Are you a fan of goat cheese?
A very timely question! A few days ago I would have said no, but on Monday, I ate the most delicious concoction inspired by God. Fried Green Tomato stacks with Goat Teet Cheese and Tomatillo Sauce.
Now, it's still hard for me to get past the fact that the goat cheese has in fact come from a goat teet. I'm still processing that image and I don't like it. Luckily, this goat cheese was mixed with a lot of cream cheese, thereby diluting the image of the goat.
What's your favorite book? What's your favorite movie? How long have you and Glenco been married? Where are you from originally?
Technically four questions, but I'll answer them as one.
I'm originally from Chicago. Born and bred. I've been married (doing mental math now-) going on 28 years. How did this happen? I barely feel 28 years old - well, unless I'm nude in a chair having a hot flash - then I feel rather old.
My favorite movie? I'm just going with my gut on here - I have three - It's a Wonderful Life, Moonstruck and Shawshank Redemption. For me I rate movies by how much I want to see them again - and most movies don't make the cut. I just can't watch many movies more than once or twice. It's a Wonderful Life - I do just watch during the holidays, but it just evokes such wonderful emotions. Emotions of what's important in life - the fact that you can take a ramshambly old house and make a home out of it, proving that dreams do come true, and the fact that riches are indeed in your friends and family. Moonstruck - landsakes, that movie is awesome. I have seen it at least 15 times. I can almost quote it word for word.
The jury is still out on my favorite book. I haven't read enough fiction to give a good answer for that - I tend to read all 'how to' books for the most part. One book that does prick my mind now is 'A Short Guide to a Happy Life' by Anna Quindlen. It's a short little read and it just makes my heart smile - again, great reminders about what's important in life.
Mama Hen asks:
Will you move to AL and be my neighbor? How did you meet Glenco and what is your favorite thing about him? If you could go one place in the world for one month, where would it be?
Alabama huh? Well, from what I hear it's awfully hot down there. Are there poisonous snakes? I would like to be your neighbor - but I'm feared of snakes that can kill. I've already answered the where of Glenco - so what do I like about him best? Hmmm....I think it would be his steadfastness. He's just always the same temperament. I can't imagine living with a volatile personality. He puts up with my shenanigans and oftentimes helps me with them. If I could go anywhere for a month - I think I would like to go to on a whirlwind Coop Keeper Tour and meet all ya'll.
Hi Jayme, First of all your home is beautiful!!! Do you happen to sell your chicken eggs??
Thanks! No, I do not sell my eggs. I give them away to friends. I don't sell them because I don't feel that I get enough to make it worth while. I wouldn't want the interruption to my day with a sign in front of the house. So - nope, not selling them right now.
Goat Girl asks:
I want to know how in the heck do you keep your house so clean and your yard work done?!
Oh dear, I had to wipe the tears of laughter out of my eyes on that one.
My house is clean-ish. My yard is done-ish.
I follow a regime - I talked about it this winter - under Frugalicious Domesticity.
I have a personality disorder. That's how I do it. I'm obsessive and compulsive, and I can't rest in a mess. Now, that's not saying that if I came to your house I would be all up in your business - I'm so not like that - it's just at my house. I can't rest in a mess. So if you are normal - and not diagnosable - I really don't have much wisdom for you. I just follow my routine to the best I can, and the house stays in order - for the most part. My yard is a mess right now - and ergo, I'm up sleeping in chairs in the nude. I rest my case. Amen.
Vintage Girl at Heart asks:
Hmmm now for some questions??!! A few were asked above so....how did you decide to keep bees?? Did you research it?? My daughter dreams of doing that one day and we are fascinated by it!!How is the The Polish GF doing??? If you could do one thing what would it be and why??? Career?? Trip?? Bungee jUmping?? You are so much fun!! Wish I lived in your neck of the woods!
Oh dear, this is a doozy. I may be late for my annual "Blessing of the Crotch" appointment if I answer it - but here goes. I just up and got bees. I don't research anything, cause I have ADD. Plus, if I did research things, I would convince myself that it was a bad idea. I'm a firm believer in putting the cart before the horse.
Law girl - I put the Godfather back out in the coop yesterday, and just now reading this question, I realized I didn't notice him this morning. I'll have to go out in a minute and check. His cold seems much better. Thanks for asking! If I could do one thing? The first thing that comes to my mind is relax. If I could just learn to flippin' relax. I think it would feel nice to sit down and not have anything on your mind, or just feel that there wasn't anything more important to do than just to sit there and sip iced tea. Another thing that comes to mind is to travel the world. I'd love to pack a suitcase (full of anxiety meds) and travel the world. So many places I'd love to see. I'd also like to complete a 100 mile bike ride, or a marathon.
Ok! Ten more questions to follow later today. I get the boy child today! Yay! I have a bunch of runnin' about town to do as well - so please don't check back anytime too soon....
Ya'll have a good day!