Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch: Musicality

Patrice is hosting another Chat on the farmhouse porch without Wendell. The party a few weeks ago was just too much for him! Patrice was talking about all of the tomatoes she is getting. That made me sad. Our tomatoes were just beginning to ripen when we took off on our trip. Our house sitter is enjoying them! Many of the campers at the last campground we stayed at were permanent, or at least semi-permanent, residents. Several of them had potted tomato plants in front of their campers... with a few almost ripe tomatoes. Do you realize how hard it was not to swing a bit wide and nab a tomato as I walked the dogs past the campers?!

Patrice's questions for this week include:

  1. Do you like to sing? What kind of music are you likely to sing?
  2. Do you watch soap operas (daytime TV), or have you ever?
  3. Do you wear glasses or contacts?
  4. What's your favorite easy meal when the weather is hot?
  5. Tell me something about the past week.
Here are my answers:

1. If my boys were to read this question they would be rolling their eyes right now! I sang all of the time when they were growing up. As we drove down the road, or raked the yard, or tossed balls back and forth, if one of them were to say something that made me think of a song... I'd begin to sing it! As a teen I fell in love with musicals. I think my young adult life became its own musical! Although I'm not tone-deaf, my singing leaves a bit to be desired. Perhaps that was the reason for the rolling of the eyes!

2. Soap operas make me shudder! I watched one when I was in college. It became 'the' thing to do... we'd all race back to watch the show between classes. As I recall, at one point the characters were caught in a snow storm. It took 3 months for them to live 3 days. The slow pace drove me crazy. I have never liked that pace, nor the 'drama' in music and voice.

3. I wear glasses and have worn them since 8th grade. They are progressive bifocals. It's actually a bit strange because with age, my distance vision has improved so that it is almost 20/20. I could actually manage (except for astigmatism) without glasses for anything but reading. But, when I go without glasses I feel like my eyes dry out - so I choose to get the bifocals and wear them all of the time.

4. Hot dogs and pea salad.

5. We are on the road. We left McCall, ID on Sunday and we're now in Oregon. The weather in central Oregon was very, very hot. We were both uncomfortable. We are now enjoying cooler weather in the Columbia River gorge. 

Care to join the chat? Leave responses in comments, or visit Patrice's blog and link up.


  1. I like to sing, but I am awful at at. I love musicals, too! I got lucky that my office mate at work also loves musicals and we often listen to Pandora and sing along.
    Ugh, no soap operas! Yuck!!
    I wear contacts. I am very close to being legally blind and I can barely see without them. I do have glasses that I mostly wear at home.
    Um. . .I don't exactly cook, so I''l eat whatever is made usually.
    Work work work. Nothing new or exciting :(

  2. I really enjoy these chats and would like to join, but I feel I have so much left of my projects. Unfinished stuff that's getting on my nerves as is the hot weather, so maybe later. It is so much fun to learn more about you. Your boys must have had such a happy childhood with all that singing. The energy, I mean. So I take it you are going north from Oregon and not visiting the great state of California?

  3. I love musicals! Oklahoma is one of my favorites. Enjoy your trip, sounds like maybe the weather is looking favorable up north! Have a blessed rest of your week.

  4. Shade is most definitely a wonderful thing in the summer. Sounds like a fun trip, although I can see why you were sad to leave your 'maters (that's a Southernism) behind. As much as I love tomatoes, I doubt I could have withstood the temptation to pilfer as well as you did ;o)

  5. During my senior year in high school, a fellow cheerleader *asked* me NOT to sing the school song, which I interpreted as "DON'T SING ANYTHING". Sooooo, to this day, I only "mouth" the words. (Yes, Vanilla Ice would be proud of me!) My friend Bev and I have laughed about this requested ban; however, I do NOT sing anything.

    No soap operas or daytime talk shows for me as I am too busy watching sports and news. Of course, I've spend lots of time watching Olympic competitions recently.

    After unsuccessfully trying both hard & soft contacts, I settled on glasses, which are NOT my favs and I began to wear in third grade; however, at least I can see. I was told not to get my hopes set on being able to abandon glasses when my aging eyes "improved". My astigmatism can only be corrected with glasses!


  6. I'm so glad you're participating even though you're away. I wish I could share some tomatoes with you. I like musicals too. The music is great to sing. Have a great weekend, and safe travels!

  7. My singing leaves more than a 'bit' to be desired. But it doesn't stop me! :) That's interesting about your eyesight- mine seems to be getting worse with age but I didn't start wearing glasses until I was close to 50. I would prefer contacts but my allergies often interfere with those. Have a wonderful trip!


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