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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

It is time to have another chat with Patrice today. I think I would like to go and visit with her, she said she can feel fall. That would be so nice. A nice cool breeze would be perfect. If you get a chance stop by say hi to all of the nice people who are there today.


 1.   What was your biggest fear as a child?
When I was 10 there was a girl at out school who was in junior high, her mother passed away at the start of the school year. I would stare at her and I was terrified to think of that ever happening to me. My Mom wasn't even sick at that point, and I would think about what would I do. Then that summer my Mom got sick and she was gone, she was sick 3 months. I started school in sixth grade almost like that other girl. I have always wondered about it, was it a premonition or an early warning.

2.     Who taught you to cook?
When my Mom died, I was the lady of the house. So I taught myself to cook. I remember thinking it can't be that hard, and I can read so I started with a cake mix and went on from there. Now meal planning was something different, but I can't remember not knowing how to cook, nor can I remember not liking to do it. I have always read cookbooks.

3.     Do you have a lot of books in your home?
Oh yes, way to many books. I have to say my first love has always been books. I think it is the legacy passed down to me from my great greats and further back. In my family there wasn't much money but what they have passed down has been books. One of the fun things now is passing them on to my children.

4.     Do you like carrot cake? Patrice says frosting is good on top. If you like that cake, what kind of frosting do you like best? On top? Hmm. I guess you wear it like a hat.

I can't think of carrot cake without cream cheese frosting. After my Dad remarried, life changed for us. My birth Mom was a very frugal, careful woman. When he remarried, we had a house keeper and a cook. The lady who cooked for us made this wonderful carrot cake with cream cheese frosting but she would put poppy seeds in the frosting. I always think of her because of that. Now that I am older, I know God blessed my Dad like he did and sent those lovely women to us and they made our very crazy life a haven.

5.     What's did the last funny t-shirt you read say? (It doesn't have to reflect your personal feeling about the topic, just be funny and family friendly.)

I don't think I can think of any off hand right now.

Thank you Patrice for this weeks questions.

Everyday Ruralty


  1. What a sad story about you loosing your Mom. I think it probably was a premonition cause I think God gives us those to prepare us for things to come!!! Love all your flowers!!! HOPE you have a great day!

  2. I was always afraid of losing my mother when I was little too. Carrot cake is such a wonderful dessert. I love to eat it in the fall with a cup of coffee and in front of the fireplace.

  3. oh kim, i had so many fears as a child. i am lucky to still have my mom and she taught me to cook.

  4. This was a sad, but thoughtful, piece. It sure makes me treasure time spent with my mom!

  5. Oh Kim I didn't realize you lost your mother at such a young age...how hard that must have been. It was my biggest fear as a kid growing up too. I think it is probably pretty common. So much of our security and identity etc., is tied up with our moms when we are young.

    I am with you. I can't ever think of a carrot cake without cream cheese frosting. They just belong together. I LOVE it.

    Definitely share your love of books btw. I had sooo many before we moved here and I was forced to get rid of many. I gave several different collections of them to my kids. Some I kept. Some I donated. You know I was thinking the other day there will soon be a whole generation of people who grew up with Kindle's and Nooks and won't know this love. Kind of sad really.

    Hope you have a good day!

  6. I worry about what might happen to my munchkins if I got sick and died. What mother doesn't? Something about this awful heat really makes you contemplate mortality.

  7. I taught myself to cook with Betty Crocker's help. Love that lady.

    BOOKS!! I love them, one of my greatest pleasures in life.

  8. I was so scared of my mom passing in the night I used to get up and check on her and cry myself to sleep. I can only imagine how you felt at such a tender age, so sorry.
    Books are a wonderful legacy to pass on.

  9. My Mother lost her Mother at the age of 3. She has shared how sad that was in her life. But like you, she did overcome. We do share a love of books and I enjoyed all your pictures! Have a wonderful day.

  10. I get sad anytime I think of a young girl losing her mother. I'm sad that you did, but it was good that God blessed you with a woman to love your family. Cookbooks are a great way to learn. We not only have a lot of books, but Sonlight keeps sending ore. The quality of the books they choose is amazing. Carrot cake goes so well with cream cheese frosting, but my caramel frosting is a good second choice. Have a good week, my friend!

  11. Yes, I love books, too. But my space is limited so I only keep the ones I really love and want to pass down...the others go to the used book store!

  12. Kim
    I had a premonition once in my life too, nothing as drastic as yours though.
    I'm glad you were blessed with those special ladies in your life. I'll definitely have to add a bit of poppyseed to my frostong now, just to try.

  13. Thank you for sharing about your mom, Kim. You were the oldest? You had to do all the jobs?
    Did you keep a journal when you were in the sixth grade?
    (I know, I always have so many questions!)
    Funny t-shirt (you may have seen it on Pinterest)
    Introverts Unite


  14. It always makes me sad when you talk about your Mom. That was a lot for a little girl to deal with, but you came out of it stronger.

  15. My parents passed on a love of reading. But we never owned many books (I still don't actually ... except for free books I can find for my Kindle). I don't remember when I got my first library card ... it feels like I've had one for forever! I can remember walking clear across town to the library and coming home with so many books that it was a wonder that I could carry them all. ;-)

    Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is my favorite dessert.

  16. I can't imagine how a child's life is turned upside down when losing a parent, especially a mom. It's no wonder the Bible says true religion is caring for orphans and widows. Losing someone that close must be so difficult. I'm thankful you came out of this stronger.

    Have a blessed rest of your week!

  17. Even though my mom is a total control freak, opinionated and we never knew what kind of mood she was going to be in, I still can't imagine not having her growing up. Then again, maybe I wouldn't have been so rebellious. I am in awe of how you take what life gives you and conquer it. You are something else!

  18. Kim, I never realized that you lost your mum at such a young age, how very difficult that must have been. It there any other frosting for carrot cake than cream cheese? I too love books, some books are such dear old friends, I read over and over again. I hope to pass my love of reading onto little Travis, I have many favorite children's book to share with him. he laughs at my rendition of Blueberries for Sal! Have a lovely weekend, Julie.


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