Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday Medley and Bits of Life Wednesday

Neighbor Bill's Barn
An eyesore? or a thing of beauty?

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It's all about - What, what, what???

1. What is your claim to fame?
 I have lived a long time. I remember a one-room schoolhouse. I've shot and eaten an alligator.

2. What is something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
I like to make soap, to actually cook food using ingredients, and to bake bread (nut breads and regular yeast breads).

 This is banana bread, baked in pans 
that used to belong to Mr. C.'s grandpa

3. What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?
I thought I'd grow out of being silly, but I realize now that my dad never did, so why would I have expected that I would? 

 Fall has come to an end.
I finally gave up on covering the mums at night
and let them freeze.

4. What is the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
I homeschooled our kids for a zillion years. I never thought it was dumb to do, but certainly many other [skeptics] did, and this was 1981. I'm happy to report that it did turn out pretty well. The only difficult thing is getting rid of all the things I used during the years I homeschooled. I'm just not good at getting rid of stuff. Well, except for the kids. They left a long time ago, and honestly, I'd always trade all the stuff for a houseful of them. Not doing it all over again, mind you, but just from time to time.

 I finally took photos of the entire timeline on our walls
so that I could take it down. That worked.

5. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Probably Benedict, for it would help explain how I could have lived out in the middle of nowhere for so long. 

6. What is something random you can tell us about this week?
My week is comprised of reading, praying, voting, cooking, baking, making soap, visiting friends, tending to Tommy & Smokey, and writing/drawing in my journal. 

Another thing about the week is that I have Daylight Saving Time withdrawal. It's now darkish by 5-something, and when I look at my watch at 7:30 PM, I can hardly believe that it's not 10:30. This is terrible.

Tommy & Smokey



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Arlene G said...

Let's don't ever grow out of being silly, Judy!! I think it will see us well as we age, being able to laugh at ourselves!!

NanaDiana said...

I love this post, Judy. I'm like you--silly (or cray-cray as my grandkids say) and hope I never lose that trait.

That barn is a thing of sad beauty to me...a reminder of a time when there was a working farm there that fell by the wayside.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday- xo Diana

MadSnapper said...

beauty is in the eyes of the beholder which means to ME that barn is a thing of beauty, I love it. but I do know there are those who would hate it. I have a dead grapefruit tree in the yard, I LOVE IT.. others say cut it down. it stays because I love it.
I agree on the comments of keep on being silly... laughter is an important part of our lives and gives us good health, so do loving on cats and dogs..
I am trying to think of my claim to fame, the only thing I can think of is I have several friends who call me when they hae computer issues
I am without on the time change, do NOT like it at all..... the dumbest thing I ever did that turned out good was turning down a job at the Sears here when I moved here to take a job with less money. they called I changed back to sears and ended up changing my life forever. met bob and married and here we are 34 years later. I did a lot of dumb things that turned out good but I would NEVER tell them here

eileeninmd said...


Nothing wrong with being silly! I love the barn photo. Your bread looks delicious! Tommy and Smokey are sweet, cute photo. I never get use to the time change, I wish it would stop.
Enjoy your day and week ahead.

Theresa said...

I think the barn is beautiful, I was raised in the country and just love old things. I am silly too, sometimes TOO silly but silly anyway. I forget how old I am:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Neglected Beauty! I did a post a while back of old neglected buildings in the little village where my sister lives. The eye can miss so much that the camera finds and enables us to see things from a totally different perspective. That is one reason I so enjoy your photos; they show snippets of beauty that is so often overlooked with our natural eye for perfection. Such an interesting post today. Thank you.

Annsterw said...

I LOVE your cats!! You shot and killed an alligator!!!!??????? I am so stuck on that! Then, you ate it!!! WOWSA!!! Definitely not someone everyone can say! Hugs - have a great day!

Mrs.T said...

I would call Neighbor Bill's barn a thing of beauty.

I had a sheet pan (that had belonged to my grandmother) made of the same type of metal as your bread pans. It was perfect for cooking bacon in the oven, roasting vegetables, and many other uses. Sadly, I used it as a tray to take a meal to help out friends from church; they did return the pan to the church kitchen but someone threw it away. I suppose it didn't look like much, but it did have sentimental as well as great practical value. I've forgiven the person -- the pan was only a thing, after all -- but I don't really trust her.

Killing and eating an alligator -- wow! You are one brave woman. And homeschooling long before it was a convenient or socially acceptable thing to do -- again, you deserve a medal for bravery.

Have a wonderful rest of the week! We finally have some sun here today.

Stephanie said...

What a lovely post, sweet Judy. I so enjoyed reading your answers to the questions...and you've shot an alligator!? How did it taste?

Have a most beautiful day, dear one. Hugs!

Carla from The River said...

Oh I want them to leave the time alone!! Why oh why can we not get that done, just leave the time alone, it no longer makes sense to do a time change.
GRRR.. Yep, I get a little grumpy about the time change.

Three cheers for being a homeschool family!!

And shooting and eating an alligator, GOODNESS, I want your autograph the next time I see you.

xx oo

podso said...

An alligator? Wow! I know/hear the meat's good. So you didn't clean this week, eh? Oh those timelines! And homeschool memories. I usually thought I wasn't doing very well at it, but I can say the kids turned out educated and are doing good things in life.
The early dark is traded for early light; not sure which I like better, but that's how it is, as with many things in life.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I'm so glad you haven't lost your sense of humor as I enjoy reading it here, Judy. I understand about the things left from our children's past. It's hard to get rid of them, although today my husband went into the attic and retrieved boxes of things in preparation to give to AMVETS tomorrow. Of course we must toss Winnie the Pooh, Raggedy Ann and Andy and many more as they are in such bad shape being in the attic for years. My goodness the memories! Oh I love the neighbor's old barn! ♥

Elizabethd said...

I love the barn. It seems to show such history. I'm sure it is on its way to collapsing, but for the moment it will give pleasure.

Carole said...

That barn is incredibly beautiful. Thanks. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Debby Ray said...

The barn is a thing of beauty, no contest. I'm glad you agree with me about not getting too old to be silly. Although I have never shot one, I have eaten alligator nuggets and they were delicious. Loved all of your great answers!

ellen b. said...

Yippee for silly. Good for you for treading the homeschooling waters way back in 1981. I homeschooled our daughter for just 3 years but it was so worth it. My sister and sister in law homeschooled their kids all the way till college. I enjoyed reading your answers. Happy Wednesday to you!

Lori said...

I think it is awesome that you have shot an alligator and also that you can make soap! That is so cool! I made lye soap in high school once, but I don;t even know what I did with it.
I do not think I will ever stop being silly! Loved your answers! Have a great day!

Vee said...

Just when you think you know a lot about a person, she up and tells you that she has shot, killed, and eaten an alligator. 😳

I lasted, rather the children lasted, just one year of homeschooling. It was 1983. The end. After that, it was private school.

How did I purchase your soaps last time? Hmmm... I will check it out.

The barn? Beautiful!

Maribeth said...

Love your alligator experience! Yay!
I trained my little dachshund pups to track wounded game (not alligators) and those little dachshunds do a splendid job!

Terri D said...

I LOVE the barn. You SHOT a gator and then ate him? Wow!! I think that win's the prize today! LOL Thanks for joining in! I enjoyed reading your answers and seeing your photos!

Chatty Crone said...

I think that photo of your neighbor's barn is a think of beauty.

You shot and ate an alligator - was that the photo you showed?

Your food always looks great.

I didn't know you home schooled all your children - man that is so wonderful.

And lastly - I wish they would just leave the time change alone one way or another!


Cheryl said...

I thought we had a lot in common, but I have never made soap and I have never even come close to shooting and/or eating an alligator!!

I have a friend who finished homeschooling her youngest child and within a couple of weeks had cleared her house of all homeschool materials! I am nearing the end of my homeschool career and I can't even think of getting rid of everything! I think I'll just be a lending library. Wonder if that will work?

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

What a fun packed posts to read and look at the photos Love the cats and cannot get over you shot an alligator. Did he get to near for comfort or were you just hungry!!!! Keep being silly, it is the only way to have great fun (me thinks)

Lynne said...

“The Silly” had me immediately . . ,
It sometimes embarrasses my daughter . . .
But she goes along for the ride . . .
Being silly lightens the heart a big bunch . . .
and reminds me of my daddy . . . he was great fun.

Shot and ate alligator . . , must be a story there!

Creations By Cindy said...

Loved all your answers and enjoyed reading your post this morning. And I am laughing about the gator! I have never shot one but I have eaten one. We are never too old to be silly! That is what is wrong with so many folks now....They frown instead of smile. They are afraid to show one ounce of humor in life. Oh I have learned to laugh at myself more than anything. LOL! Have a great day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jean | said...

That barn is a thing of beauty, Judy. I just wish someone would restore it and get some animals in it before it falls down! Baking in Mr C's grandpa's loaf pans is also a thing of beauty!

This N That said...

I always enjoy your pictures. Banana bread, Yum. Cute kitty picture... the barn photo is great..nice colors..

Barbara said...

Changing the clocks to Standard Time: it's been a real struggle for me this time. I like to head for bed at 9:30pm but this week I can hardly keep my eyes open after 8pm!! I get up out of my recliner and move around, empty the dishwasher, set the table for breakfast -- anything to keep moving so I don't fall asleep too early. And take naps. I've taken a 20 minute nap in the afternoon that seems to help, too.

As for your neighbor's barn: beautiful but so scary. Looks like a bad storm could knock it down and maybe that would be a good thing so nobody goes inside and gets hurt.

Nut breads: love 'em! (too much!)

Jeanie said...

Hi Judy, thanks so much for coming by Marmelade Gypsy and leaving such a nice comment about our experiences in Paris. We spent a month with a few days in Paris, the rest in England so there are plenty more travel posts in the line-up and I hope you'll be back. (Blogger is giving me grief on comment notifications so forgive my posting thanks here instead of directly.)

I always liked Hodgepodge and now happy it has turned to Wednesday Medley. Maybe after the holidays I'll join in -- it's a wonderful way to get to know bloggers and I loved reading your answers. I'm so with you on the time change -- I'm up way too early and pooping out way too early too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The barn is indeed a thing of are those loaf pans! I homeschooled my youngest 2 sons and I'm so proud of them! My youngest homeschooled his 2 kids too! Enjoy your weekend! Keep making that soap...we all love it!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Wow! That barn is amazing! I had forgotten about Benedict, so I went and looked him up. Recognized by so many churches. I homeschooled my daughter, and this year she is at college.
xoxo Su

Susie said...

Judy, Those cats !! :):) I like your answers. Alligator..I have eaten rattlesnake in Arizona , It was an appetizer. You know how people taste like chicken...well it tasted like a rubber chicken. it was so chewy. LOL. You are so smart to home school. Blessings, xoxo, Susie


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