Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch: I've Got a Secret!

How would you answer these questions? You can respond in comments, or you can participate in Patrice's "Chats on the Farmhouse Porch". It's a fun way to get to know friends in cyberspace. Oh, and speaking of fun - Wendell has chimed in with his answers. It is interesting to see things from a horse's perspective.

Wendell... can you get to San Francisco on Oct. 29? My son is getting married! You are the first 'person' in blogland that I've told that to! Shhhh! It's a secret! Don't tell! I think it would be great fun to have you in his wedding party!!

1. Please tell me a fond autumn memory. Or tell me something interesting you're doing now that fall is here.
I used to ride to the hounds. Fox hunting takes place in the fall when the mornings are cool and dew covers everything (we even had lots of dew on the grass out here this morning). Morning mist would hang in the woods and the sun would filter through what leaves remained on the trees as we waited for the hounds to pick up the scent of a fox. There was something magical about the anticipation of a good run, the rustle of the leaves as horses waited impatiently stirring up the earthy odor. Too-to-too-to-toot! Tally-ho! We're off!

Here's a not-so-great picture of the 
Genessee Valley Hunt - many years ago.
I'm in that mass of horses and people.... somewhere!

2. What's your favorite kind of cheese?
I'm with Patrice.... just about any cheese is my favorite. But I guess, if you put a selection out for me, I'd take baked Brie over anything else! Yummy!

3. Have you ever been in a wedding, other than your own (if applicable)?
I have never been in anyone's wedding... but, as I mentioned above. Son 1 is getting married! Woohoo! I guess I won't really be 'in' his wedding - but I think it will be tons better than dressing in a Bride's maid's dress. My heart will be so full! (My eyes, probably, too!)

4. Did you ever do anything as a child to earn money? (Lemon aid stand, crafts, mother's helper, chores, etc.)
We lived near a golf course tee and would sell lemonade on occasion. My brother would also scour the golf course for lost balls and would sell them as well. Several times golfers would find balls they had lost on previous outings. They would laugh and gladly pay my brother the small bit of change he was asking for the golf balls.

5. Do you wear a watch?
I haven't worn a watch for years. I probably quit using one about the turn of the century (doesn't that sound odd?!) when I realized that just about anywhere I was, I could see a clock: on the microwave, in my car, on my computer, on my cell phone, etc. But, I do have a lovely watch that my brother sent to me. It belonged to my mother. We think it was given to her by my dad on the occasion of their wedding. My brother had the works redone and the watched cleaned professionally. I treasure it - even though I have never worn it.

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  1. There is such a romantic nostalgia for fox hunting!! Have you considered being involved with the Los Altos Hounds? I would love to be, and I know they do a Marin County event once or twice a year... just need to find my new horse first!

    1. Although there is a hunt fairly near me, the cost to join is beyond my pocketbook. I would also need to find that safe hunter... like the one I had as a teen!

  2. Congrats to your son. Yes, you will definitely be weepy. There is something special about watching your children looking deeply into the eyes of that special someone on their special day.

  3. I really like these chats -- it is fun to get to know you and now Wendell too.

  4. Oh, congrats to the family! What exciting news...sorry...I overheard you tell Wendell. I agree, he would be awesome in the wedding! ;)

  5. Congratulations! That's great news!

  6. I will defer my comment to the big horse guy. Here's Wendell: Hi, Dreaming. Thank you for inviting me to the wedding. If I start out now, I might get there by then. That is a long ride. Patrice will have to follow behind me with her truck so I can take a few lunches. I look dashing in a tux, so the groom might have to take the backseat when the bride sees me! I hate to break her heart, but I'm only eleven. I can't live in N.California unless Patrice went too. I can certainly be the best horse for the event. Then I can come home and blog about it. I hope there will be dancing at the reception. I'm hot on the dance floor! Luv, Wen

  7. Mother of the Groom totally counts as being in the wedding!

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