Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Down Home Hodgepodge

Joyce has put together another group of wonderful questions for us to answer this week.
Here are the questions along with my answers to them. 

1.     Noah Webster was born this week back in 1758....besides the online version, do you own a dictionary? Do you ever use the hardback copy or is your hunt for a definition strictly online these days?
        I do indeed own a dictionary, actually a few of them at home and at the office. My husband uses them quite often, saying it is easier to look up a word in the dictionary than to find it online, especially if you are having trouble spelling the word. I, on the other hand, use the computer most of the time.

2.    Should public schools ban Halloween celebrations? What about other holiday celebrations currently under fire?

NO!!! Children love and enjoy these things why on earth would anyone want to take them away. Besides kids need some time to interact with each other and have something to look forward to. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

(My Son & My Daughter)

3.     What's your favorite 'dog' movie?

         Well this one is a hard one because I have seen several movies about or with dogs in them.  Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Fox and the Hound, Homeward Bound and Marley and Me are all Great "dog" movies that I have seen several times and enjoyed but I think my favorite dog movie would have to be "Where The Red Fern Grows"!!

4.     When were you last somewhere you'd describe as 'too quiet'?

         I can't say that I have been anywhere that has been quiet. 

5.     Are you a neat cook or a messy cook? In other words do you clean as you go or make a big mess and then deal with it later?

        Oh I am most definitely a Neat cook!! I clean as I go along and try to have the pots and pans washed before I sit down to eat. My husband is a messy cook he cleans nothing before or after he cooks. He would leave dishes sitting with food in them for weeks and not be bothered by it at all. DRIVES ME INSANE!!! This is a very touchy subject in my house!

6.     Did you hear about Felix Baumgartner, the skydiver who broke the sound barrier via parachute? Was your first thought COOL! or was your first thought CRAZY! Are you adventurous?

        I did hear about it and my first thought was CRAZY!!  As my kids tell me all the time, I am a worrier and worry about all the possibilities of something going wrong. I am not very adventurous. I will leave that to my Daughter, she is the adventurous one, I have the gray hair to prove it too! (Well under the hair color that is)  

7.     What's not a word but should be?

        Growing up in a small country community, I can think of several words that we used whether they are actual words or not. For instance:

modockin - moving at a fast pace, especially while driving. 
He was modockin down the road in that car. 

gom - big mess.
Don't be in my kitchen making a gom. 

dreckly - soon
We will be going to the store dreckly so don't get your clothes dirty. 

swanee - swear
Well I swanee that baby has grown two foot since I've seen him. 
(foot used deliberately instead of feet for this sentence)

8.     Insert your own random thought here.

Well answering number 7 has brought back a lot of wonderful memories from my youth and early adulthood. At the same time it has made me realize just how much my life has changed and how different my childhood was from that of my husband's. 
(My Dad, Mom, Brother and Me)

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  1. I read your comment on my blog before I read your post. Gom is a good word : )

  2. I can't remember ever seeing the movie of Where the Red Fern Grows, but I do remember reading the book. And I remember it made me cry and I was like 8 or 9 when I read it.

    Oh and I love "dreckly". Awesome word!

  3. Love the photo from your childhood and parents!!! Oh my gosh, I forgot about Where the Red Fern Grows....and it was a tearjerker like the one I remembered when I answered the question...tissue time for both our choices!!! LOL on the cooking/cleaning answer of yours. Hey? When my daughter was about 2 and learning to talk more, she used the word "Gom"....Gom From...meaning come from!! Ironic you'd have it as a word.

    1. ps....forgot to mention your halloween tricksters....love Mr. Potato Head.

  4. I agree with you completely about celebrations. People these days just don't know how to have fun!

  5. Loved the pics of your kiddos! We generally don't do "scary" costumes - but your daughter's pic reminded me of a couple of years ago when I was going to a costume party, and I dressed up as a "Fairy Goth-Mother" - it was awesome! So much fun. Sometimes we try to protect our kids so much that we take the fun out of things.

  6. Never saw the movie but the book "Where the Red Fern Grows" was a tearjerker. Loved the pictures :)

  7. Oh, yes...Where the Red Fern Grows...I completely forgot about that one! Great movie and book! I do agree with you on #2, but so many people get offended these days. Seems like it's often easier just to avoid confrontation altogether, but I do think it's a fun time for kids to be able to dress up.

  8. Definitely agree with your answer to #2.

  9. Love all your definitions of made up words!!! I actually use a couple myself... old 'country' language has a LOT of words made up :)

  10. I don't think I've heard any of your words. So interesting that we live in the same country, both speak English and yet there are difference in 'slang'.
    Neat cooks UNITE! ;-)

    1. I forgot to mention that I love the name of your blog! I sing that song in my in-home preschool/day care, along with Deep and Wide and Zacchaeus. I also made one up: God made the sun, God made the trees, God made you and God made me.

  11. I agree, Halloween and other parties need to stay. I also clean as I go along. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  12. Where The Red Fern Grows... was my favorite book we were required to read in school! good choice.

  13. I thoroughly enjoyed your post! I really enjoyed the words you posted and found myself saying them out loud so I could hear how they sounded. Fascinating! I hope you have a great rest of the week!


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