Seventeen years of Treehouse talk

Seventeen years of Treehouse talk

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Grey Days of November (Wednesday Hodgepodge)

From this Side of the Pond
1. Sum up your November in ten words or less. 

My orchid retired, but we bought a holiday bucket tree.

2. Are you hosting any holiday parties this year? Attending any? Party pooper, party animal, or life of the party...where do you land when it comes to parties? 

Our small group at church is going to have a (small) dinner potluck, which will be the first time in however long that we've potlucked with anyone. Perhaps the world is slowly coming back to normal.

3. Do you purchase holiday clothing of any sort (sparkly tops, Christmas jammies, Santa suit, etc). 

I was looking at a sparkly silver turtleneck yesterday at Value Village, but Mr. Fixit thought it might not be something I'd be happy actually wearing, and I figured he was right. But, right nearby, there was a grey J. Crew merino sweatshirt with kangaroo pockets, which does not sound that festive, but I'd rather have a  J. Crew merino sweatshirt than a pair of Santa Claus jammies. Besides, you can always add a scarf.

4. What's your go-to recipe when you're asked to bring an hors d'oeuvre to a party? 

I don't know, I've never been asked to bring an hors d'oeuvre anywhere that I can think of!

But I have taken a bowl of sweet potato hummus to a couple of evening events, so I guess that qualifies. All the links I had to it here on the blog seem to have disappeared, so I hope I have it written down somewhere. Basically, you blend cooked sweet potato with a can of chickpeas, and add a few things like lemon juice, cinnamon/other pumpkin spices, and some sweetener.

5. December 3rd is National Play Outside Day...what might you do to celebrate? 

Take a walk?

I just hope the weather's better than it is today (totally gross).

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

What we're reading to each other during Advent:

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge, Fast Fast Fast

 From this Side of the Pond

1. When did you most recently need to 'think fast'? Elaborate.

Trying to finish this on Wednesday evening, between a couple of loads of laundry and waiting for my husband to come back from doing an errand.

2. The Hodgepodge lands on National Fast Food Day. What was the last fast food you ate? What's your favorite fast food? How often do you grab fast food? 

As opposed to, say, just going out for coffee? That would be last Saturday in Toronto, when we met up with our oldest daughter (the Treehouse Apprentice), toured a pioneer village (pretty quiet, it's the off-season although they're getting ready for some Christmas events), and then got burgers at a nearby McD's.

Fast food isn't so much a "grab" for us; more often it's a stop along the road.

3. Life in the fast lane, get nowhere fast, on the fast track, not so fast...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life in recent days. 

Nowhere fast might apply to the past month: it's been pretty quiet

4. Are you a fast walker? fast talker? fast worker? fall asleep fast? stay fast asleep without too much trouble? 

Most of those.

Also a fast reader, when I want to be.

5. What is one 'hard and fast rule' in your house? 

Coffee.

Besides that?

Look for it used.

Besides that?

Pray about it.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

Too late, he's back and the sheets are done.

But if you want some extra random, here's a list I just made of the books I've read this year.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Books Read So Far in 2022

This Year in Reading

If you went just by numbers, it might look like I spent this year doing little but re-reading mysteries, Grace Livingston Hill, and Mitford books. Actually those were my speed reads, a.k.a. some much-needed macaroni and cheese. 

I don't remember reading any new (or new-to-me) fiction this year that really knocked my socks off.  (I hope to do better on that in 2023). The best books I read were non-fiction,  especially the ones listed under Christian Thought, and some of which took me most of the year to get around to reading (after I finished reading everything I had to on William Morris). But those were almost all astonishingly good, especially Adorning the Dark, Breaking Bread with the Dead, and Lifting the Veil; also Philip Yancey's memoir Where the Light Fell, which had some unexpected parallels to Jan Karon's Home to Holly Springs which I was re-reading at about the same time. So, not always just macaroni and cheese.

The most practical book was The Lazy Genius Way; it's something that could be applied in many different situations.  It's a good complement to Dana K. White's decluttering books.

("R" is my code for re-read.)


Not Done Yet

George MacDonald, the Best from All His Works

MacDonald, George 


Songs from the Silent Passage: Essays on the Works of Walter Wangerin Jr.

Peterson, Eugene


Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination

Guite, Malcolm 


Disappearing Ink: Poetry at the End of Print Culture

Gioia, Dana


My Utmost for His Highest

Chambers, Oswald 


Ourselves (R)

Mason, Charlotte


The Conscious Closet (R)

Cline, Elizabeth L. 


Cookbooks

Alton Brown's Gear for Your Kitchen

Brown, Alton 


Bare Minimum Dinners: Recipes and Strategies for Doing Less in the Kitchen

Helwig, Jenna 


Saving Dinner (R) (we're currently cooking our way through this book)

Ely, Leanne 


Getting Things Done 

The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done (R)

Adachi, Kendra 


The Folding Lady: Always Solutions, Never Problems: Simple Home Hacks Room by Room to Make Life That Little Bit Easier

Liard, Sophie


Minimalista: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life

Gill, Shira


Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

Fogg, B.J. 


Organizing for the Rest of Us: 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control

White, Dana K. 


Effortless: Make It Easy to Get the Right Things Done

McKeown, Greg 


Shop, Save, and Share (R)

Kay, Ellie


Clothing and Style

Dress Your Best Life: How to Use Fashion Psychology to Take Your Look -- and Your Life -- to the Next Level

Karen, Dawnn 


How to Not Wear Black: Find Your Style and Create Your Forever Wardrobe (R)

Murphy, Anna 


Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+

Robinson, Andrea Q. 


The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas: A Stylish Solution to What Should I Wear? (R)

Lumbatis, Alison 


Education, Homeschooling, and Charlotte Mason Things

School Education: Developing A Curriculum (R)

Mason, Charlotte M. 


The Convivial Homeschool: Gospel Encouragement for Keeping Your Sanity While Living and Learning Alongside Your Kids

Winckler, Mystie 


This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States Volume 1: H. E. Marshall's "This Country of Ours" - Annotated, Expanded, and Updated

Marshall, H.E., and Breckenridge, Donna-Jean 


Christian Thought

A Mind for God (R)

White, James Emery


The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction (could have been under Getting Things Done, but I had to put it somewhere)

Earley, Justin Whitmel 


Downstream from Eden: The Amazing Gift of Water for a Thirsty World

Knight, David L. 


Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning

Pearcey, Nancy R. 


Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making

Peterson, Andrew


Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind

Jacobs, Alan


Lifting the Veil: Imagination and the Kingdom of God

Guite, Malcolm


Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

Evans, Rachel Held 


Biography

On Our Way Rejoicing (R)

Trobisch, Ingrid 


Where the Light Fell

Yancey, Philip 


To A Different Drum (R)

Hamilton, Pauline G 


William Morris / Arts and Crafts books

Peacock & Vine: On William Morris and Mariano Fortuny

Byatt, A.S. 


The Art of William Morris in Cross Stitch

Hammet, Barbara


Living with Arts & Crafts (R) (and a couple of others I can't think of right now)

Shaw, Ros Byam 


At Home with Beatrix Potter: The Creator of Peter Rabbit

Denyer, Susan 


William Morris and Morris Co.

Van der Post, Lucia 


Literary Criticism

The Well-Tempered Critic

Frye, Northrop 


Poetry

Polishing the Petoskey Stone: Selected Poems (R)

Shaw, Luci 


Rivers Among Rocks

Gustafson, Ralph 


General Fiction

Dandelion Wine (R)

Bradbury, Ray 


Piranesi

Clarke, Susanna 


Passage

Willis, Connie 


All the Light We Cannot See (R)

Doerr, Anthony 


C.S. Lewis books

Out of the Silent Planet (The Space Trilogy, #1) (R)

Lewis, C.S. 


Perelandra (The Space Trilogy, #2) (R)

Lewis, C.S. 


That Hideous Strength (The Space Trilogy, #3) (R)

Lewis, C.S. 


The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7) (R)

Lewis, C.S. 


Mitford Books

A New Song (Mitford Years, #5) (R) (I think I might have re-read #4, Out to Canaan, as well)

Karon, Jan 


Home to Holly Springs (Mitford Years, #10) (R)

Karon, Jan 


Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #13) (R)

Karon, Jan 


To Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #14) (R)

Karon, Jan 


Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series

Karon, Jan 


A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration, Collected by Father Tim (R)

Karon, Jan 


Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader (R)

Karon, Jan 


Mysteries of all Sorts

The Cluttered Corpse (R)

Maffini, Mary Jane 


Death Plans a Perfect Trip

Maffini, Mary Jane 


The Four False Weapons (Henri Bencolin, #5) (R)

Carr, John Dickson 


At Bertram's Hotel (R)

Christie, Agatha 


Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot, #32) (R)

Christie, Agatha 


A Presumption of Death (Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane, #2) (R)

Walsh, Jill Paton 


Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Lord Peter Wimsey #5) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #5) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


The Five Red Herrings (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey #8) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, #9) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


Busman's Honeymoon (Lord Peter Wimsey, #13) (R)

Sayers, Dorothy L. 


St. Peter's Fair (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #4) (R)

Peters, Ellis 


The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #5) (R)

Peters, Ellis 


The Rose Rent (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #13) (R)


Peters, Ellis 


The Hermit of Eyton Forest (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #14) (R)

Peters, Ellis 


The Potter's Field (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #17) (R)

Peters, Ellis 


The Grass Widow's Tale (The Felse Investigations #7)

Peters, Ellis 


The House of Green Turf (Felse, #8)

Peters, Ellis 


Somewhat Corny Christian Fiction (including a strange way to spell Esther)

Rose Galbraith

Hill, Grace Livingston 


Where Two Ways Met

Hill, Grace Livingston 


Marigold

Hill, Grace Livingston 


More Than Conqueror

Hill, Grace Livingston 


Partners (R)

Hill, Grace Livingston


Amorelle

Hill, Grace Livingston 


The Christmas Bride

Hill, Grace Livingston 


Kerry

Hill, Grace Livingston 


Matched Pearls

Hill, Grace Livingston 


Ariel Custer

Hill, Grace Livingston


Ester Ried's Namesake

Pansy 


Ester Ried Yet Speaking

Pansy 


The King's Daughter

Pansy 


Echoing and Re-echoing (The Ester Ried Series Book 5)

Huntington, Faye 


Wise and Otherwise

Alden, Isabella MacDonald 


Children’s Books

The King's Shadow

Alder, Elizabeth 


I Saw Three Ships (R)

Goudge, Elizabeth


Miss Twiggley's Tree (R)

Fox, Dorothea Warren 


Wolves

Gravett, Emily 


A Place to Hang the Moon

Albus, Kate 


Christmas Farm

Ray, Mary Lyn 


Truly Miscellaneous

Crissy Doll and Her Friends: Guide for Collectors (R)

Gunther, Beth


Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds: A 50-Year Treasury of Art and Design

Nicholas, Stephen

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Rugs and Roses (Early Winter Clothes)

I have two clothes goals right now. One is to make better use of basic/neutral things--to remember to wear them. The other is to wear more of my favourite colours, like the shades of our vintage Namda rug, and this detail from a William Morris tapestry. Too hard to do at the same time? Here goes. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge: In Season and Out

From this Side of the Pond

1. In two or three sentences describe yourself to someone who has never met you. 

Squirrels collect and store whatever they find, sometimes to their own detriment. I do collect some physical things, but I'm more likely to run around collecting up words and ideas. 

When my little backpack is full, I try to put them back together and give others something to chew on. Metaphorically speaking.

2. Will you celebrate Halloween this year, and if so tell us how? Let's play this or that-chocolate candy or fruity candy? pumpkin seeds or pumpkin pie? Halloween party or scary movie? hay ride or corn maze? carve a pumpkin or paint a pumpkin?

It's not a big deal for us, and we hardly ever get trick-or-treaters. 

We might watch a semi-scary movie and eat some of the little chocolate bars that we bought with the full knowledge that we might get, like, one kid knocking on the door.. 

The stores are full of pumpkins right now, so I bought a small one and turned it into pumpkin bars yesterday.

3. What's something that scared you when you were young? Are you still afraid? 

Ferris wheels...ski lifts...escalators. And yes.

4. Your favorite soothing drink? 

I suppose coffee is disqualified?

Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea, a.k.a. caffeine-free chai. Drinking it reminds me of past poetry teatimes with our kids.

5. Are you thinking about Christmas yet? Does this make you feel happy or stressed? 

How 'bout we keep that one for another hodgepodge.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

How is it that fall doesn't technically end until the winter solstice? I think we should have extra seasons, like they do in Japan; because right now we're getting near the end of orange-leaves-on-the-trees, heading into I'm-not-sure-what-season-November-is-but-it's-cold, and looking towards get-out-the-boots.

In keeping with not being sure what season we're in, yesterday I thrifted a sleeveless linen-blend dress, more or less for next summer. (And did I have a hard time photographing a black dress on a dull day? Eventually I gave up and hung it on the bathroom door. Not elegant, but at least you can see it.)

But we can always layer up until then, right?

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

A Weekend of Good Cheer (Overnight Travel Wardrobe)

Her favourite clothes site, The Vivienne Files, has done lots of posts on Tote Bag Travel. And this weekend she's getting her opportunity. She's been asked to address a group of educators at an overnight retreat; and her topic is William Morris, of all things. William Morris was not a teacher, but he was an observer, and a thinker, and a maker, and a learner. He cared about history, he cared about nature, and he cared about people living with beautiful things around them. So there's lots to say about him.

She has a list of extra things to take along, like art books to display; so she wants to keep her own luggage  to a minimum. She figures out what she wants to wear on the drive there and for the first evening: black jeans, a grey top, and a vintage cardigan, along with her Allbirds Mizzles because the weather's been wet and there have even been a few flakes of snow. 

She has a warm jacket, hat and gloves along as well, although they may be a bit much in the car.

She decides to take a satchel instead of a smaller purse, because she's going to be carrying things around like notes, her tablet, and a re-useable coffee mug. Also a pair of scissors, because the participants have been told they're going to be doing something crafty. William Morris would surely approve.

Here's the tote bag she's using for clothes. 

What's inside?

A pink turtleneck, a scarf, a black moto jacket, and a pair of burgundy lace-up shoes.

Plus nightwear, socks, a toothbrush, and those sorts of things. That's really all she needs.

Well, and a favourite pair of earrings.

Bracelets and a watch. She might not wear the bracelets (too clunky when she's doing her talk), but she's going to slip them in just in case.

Her daughter just gave her a bottle of Sinful Colors nail polish in a sparkly shade called Hush Money. Odd name, nice colour. (She'll do that before she leaves.)

So, rain and cold be darned: it's going to be a cheerful weekend with good friends.

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Squash those annoying thoughts

From this Side of the Pond
1. What's something you wish you'd figured out sooner? 

You don't have to put everything you own in your suitcase. The things you don't take will still be there when you come home.

That sounds like I spent my childhood as a refugee or something, but really it was more about being completely clueless as to what one might actually need for a weekend away vs. what might be stuffed into one's vintage hard-sided junior suitcase. Like a week's worth of library books, vs. an extra pair of shoes.
Book I thrifted yesterday

2. Something from childhood you still enjoy today? 

Complete transparency here. Over the last while we've been able to buy those variety packs of small boxes of cereal at the local supermarket. The kind that we used to break open on the lines and eat right out of the box. We don't do that anymore (I think they took the lines out years ago). But, while I would not be buying an entire box of Frosty Frooklers or Frooty Flippies, an occasional single serving does break up the "usual" of Semi-Healthy Oaty Circles or Shredded Shrickles.

3. Are you a fidgeter? What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word fidget? 

Fidget the Bat in The Great Mouse Detective.

You did ask...

When we feel fidgety  we go to the flea market.

4. Your favorite fall vegetable? How do you like it prepared? 

Butternut squash, I guess. It's the least loathsome of the tribe.

I slice it up, cook it in a little water, then add butter, sage, pepper, and brown sugar.

Fall table things (pumpkin candles are vegetables?)

5. What's something you find mildly annoying, but not annoying enough to actually do anything about? Might you now?

Life is short. If it's mildly annoying, it can stay mildly annoying.

Mildly annoying: hands with wrinkles.

On the other hand, I did clean out my baking cupboard because I was tired of having the same spatula always fall out when I opened the door. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

After much summer same and September standard, it's time for October Out of the Ordinary. Having long graduated out of the junior hard-sided and tossed my '80's parachute luggage, I've worked my way through a series of thrifted and scrounged backpacks and carry-ons, and...I still haven't found what I'm looking for. But I have figured out how to stuff a duffel for an overnight Charlotte Mason homeschooling retreat, which is what I'll be doing this weekend.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Breaking Records with the Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. Volume 478. Sounds like a lot. Where were you in 1978? If you weren't born where were you in 2008? 

1978? The first half of the year, I would have been in sixth grade, the end of elementary school. The little kids of just the year before were suddenly listening to News of the World and banging out "We Will Rock You" on their desks. Wearing polyester school clothes from Sears was bad; The Incredible Hulk, Charlie's Angels, and Mork and Mindy were cool (i.e. on your lunchbox). Playing truth or dare at a sleepover was cool, bringing your Barbies or your Nancy Drew books, not so much...although the Hardy Boys were an in-thing, especially Shaun Cassidy. Going to see Grease as many times as your parents would let you was cool. Buying the double album and knowing all the words to the songs, very cool. But most of us were still "good kids," still attached to our families in spite of rattier clothes, more makeup, and louder music. (Mine wasn't much louder. I had Andy Gibb's Flowing Rivers and John Travolta's solo album.)

And then the summer was over and we moved into middle school, with lockers and split gym classes and all the drama. I felt like I had been thrown into a blender with a pile of Judy Blume novels (and maybe a frog or two as well). So typical, I guess, but there's always enough seventh grade angst to go around.

2. Raise your hand if you remember records playing at a speed of 78 rpm? What's a topic that when it comes up you 'sound like a broken record'? 

Oh, sure, I had a pile of 45's and little '78's. Popeye the Sailor Man and all the rest of them.

What am I a broken record on? Probably everything since 1978.

3. What's the last thing you recorded in some way? 

Verbally? Besides a voice mail to somebody? I guess that would count. Maybe a couple of podcasts I spoke on.

Pendelfin bunny and book from an antiques market

4. Thursday is the first day of fall (in the northern hemisphere). How do you feel about the changing seasons? Something you're looking forward to this fall? 

Although things seem to be getting back to "normal" in most ways, the sense of time being kind of mushy over the past two-plus years hasn't entirely gone away, and sometimes the seasons scoot past too quickly, waving from their 1978 roller skates. Fall is good, pumpkins and leaves and blue October skies are nice, but snow comes behind all that.

Thrifted scarf, flea-market necklace found last weekend

5. In what way (or ways) are you like the apple that didn't 'fall far from the tree'? 

Not sure right now.

But here's a poem by Denise Levertov that seems to fit the question.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My bread sometimes turns out somewhat random-looking, but it tastes all right.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A Fetching Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond
1. Something you've labored over recently? 

A book revision!

2. How will you rest on Labor Day? 

That sounds funny! But no special plans yet.

3. Margaret Mead is quoted as saying, "I learned the value of hard work by working hard." Would you agree? Where and how did you learn the value of hard work? 

All the adults I grew up with worked hard, and if you were working with them they expected you to do the same, even if it was just fetching and carrying. But that didn't mean I never tried to get away with last-minute school projects.

4. It's National Eat Outside Day (August 31st). Will you? Do you enjoy dining 'al fresco' or prefer indoor seating? 

Indoor. Less fetching and carrying.

5. Somehow it's the end of August. What was the best day of the month for you and tell us what made it so? 

I'm not really sure! Mostly it was the little things that made it a good month, rather than any big one. Going to the Kitchener (Ontario) Blues Festival one night was a lot of fun.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The year goes by, the clock ticks, the pages are filling up. How am I going to finish that 2022 reading list I made almost a year ago?

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge: No Schooling Around

From this Side of the Pond

1. August is National Back To School Month...how does that make you feel? Share a back-to-school memory. 

Why is it Back to School Month when, where I live, nobody ever went back to school until September? I know some places in the U.S. start in August, though. Or is that just a "National Go Buy Your Back to School Supplies" thing?

First days of school were sometimes strange. In the third grade I started a new school, and since I had almost the same name as another girl in my class, the teacher assumed we were the same person and hadn't set up a desk or a name card or any of those things that are important when you're a kid. When I started middle school, I somehow got into the wrong homeroom the first day and nobody knew who I was or where I was supposed to be. I decided that I must have a special "Who are you again?" goblin following me around. It was actually nice to reach high school and have a little photo card I could whip out if anyone ever doubted my existence.

2. Something you've learned in 'the school of life'? 

Someone tried to scam me over the phone today. Names and places have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.

I had just hung up on the usual sort of telemarketer, when the phone rang again, this time showing a number from another part of the province. I picked it up, assuming that it was the same spam company as before, and a deep voice addressed me as "Grandma." I don't have grandchildren, other than the grand-doggies, who aren't too likely to be phoning me. I said, "Who did you think you were calling?" He said, "Ha ha, I was just joking--this is your oldest nephew." Now, I do have a nephew, but I haven't talked to him for several years. "Is this Billy?" I said. "Yes, it's Billy. You wouldn't recognize the number," he said, "because I'm in -- City. One of my buddies is getting married, and I had some time off, so I thought, why not go."

You don't need to know personal details about my nephew, but basically I doubted very much that he would have travelled that far at his age and alone to go to a "buddy's" wedding. Or that he'd even have any "buddies" who were getting married yet.

"Look," I said, "I just need to make sure that I'm really talking to the person you say I'm talking to. Where do you live when you're not in -- City?"

Silence. Bzzzzzzz. I guess he figured, "Oops--busted by Billy's Aunt."

I've had those scam emails before ("This is your friend Mary. I'm travelling and I need gift cards"), but that's the first time someone's been bold enough to try it over the phone. So, whoever you are, stop schooling around with me. You might think some of us are old enough to get taken in by fake grandchildren and nephews, but it's the opposite: we're old enough not to get conned by this nonsense, so stop wasting all of our time.

3. Three words to describe your current mood.

Besides having a few words I'd like to say to people who try to prey on grandmas and aunties?

"Slow down, summer." Good weather is too short here. I do like fall, but it's not summer.

4. A summer food you've eaten too much of/are tired of? A summer food you haven't had enough of?

I haven't had much summer fruit, for various reasons, and that does make me feel like I've missed something. Summer feels like it should be peaches that squish, cherries that endanger your clothes, and too much messy watermelon.

We had one, maybe two good tomatoes and a couple of peppers from our back-deck plants, but that's all. We also have a yellow bean plant in a pot, but the beans we've had from it are tough no matter which way we cook them.

Also, the corn on the cob that we've bought has been disappointing.. 

So no, I can't think of anything we've o.d.'d on.

However, on the subject of things growing on the back deck, we have a surprise Peace Lily that suddenly popped up. It belongs to a couple of plants from a gift basket given to us last winter, that we moved to an outside pot when the weather warmed up. I didn't know what the plant was--it had shiny leaves, but no flowers. Apparently it likes the climate on our deck so much that it decided to send up a blossom. Someone told me that it's technically not a blossom, but you know what I mean. It's very pretty, anyway, and it seems to be doing much better than the tomato plants.

5. What small stuff do you sweat that you know you shouldn't?

If I wrote about it, I'd start sweating about it, so I won't.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Did you know it's National Thrift Shop/Store Day? Here's a mostly-thrifted outfit (except for the boots). The jacket (found yesterday) was a dollar, and the jeans were a dollar. You can see more of my thrifted stuff on the fall clothes post, here.

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.