Friday, March 26, 2010

A Fun little something

I know this is the second post of the day and probably my last one till Holy Week (I thought this morning's would be the last, but, "circumstances alter cases" -to quote Father Tim)

BUT, I had something I really wanted to share.....

Zuzu is crawling!!!! Just started today, I had her going a little this morning, and she started really moving up in our room after lunch! Cute little thing. Mama videotaped her, and I'll get it up here after my break. It's funny how she does it, pulling one leg up under her, wobbling on one arm for a second before reaching forward, then moving her whole body towards the arm, wobbling unsteadily then repeating with the other arm and leg. She's still getting her "feet" :P

Mama was saying the other day that she wondered if lil Zu will remember growing up with me, I could be out of the house (married, not college) in the next 4 to 6 years (of course, it could be much later, but who knows?) and that would make her (Zuzu) just 5 or 6. I'm so glad I was there in the room when she was born, it kinda cements the bond that could've been strained, if you know what I mean. :) I love my baby!

Sewing Tip of the Week #4: Two Ways to Gather

I'm sure most of y'all know how to gather the skirt of a dress or a sleeve. The most common way to do it is this:

Loosely baste (lowest tension, longest stitch, don't backstitch at either end) along the edge of the fabric piece you want to gather (presser foot against the edge is an easy way to line it up. You can also do a 1/2 or 5/8 stitch line) leaving a three to four inch "tail" of thread on each end of the stitching line. Then go back and do the same thing again, this time lining up your presser foot with the line you just stitched, creating a two lines side by side. Pull on all four "tails", easing the fabric along the thread until you have it gathered the way you want, then, carefully keeping the gathered fabric in place either with your hand or with some pins, stitch (normal tension, normal stitch length, backstitch at both ends) a 5/8 line along the gathers.

Sometimes I "cheat" a little and forego the second basting line. It's there in case the first one breaks.

There have been times where I have had much trouble gathering heavier fabrics using this method. Last summer, Leia, Titty and I made about 14 doll sundresses and we needed a very quick way to gather. First thought came to mind: good ole Google (not so good now, but that's beside the point :P). The search pulled up a quaint little homesteading site that had a gathering tutorial! Hooray! This is what the tutorial told us to do:

Take a piece of crochet thread that is considerably longer than the piece of fabric you're going to gather. On the machine, zigzag stitch *over* the crochet thread onto your fabric as close to the edge of the fabric as you can (zigzag stitch is sometimes a little hard to control once it "sucks up" the edge of your fabric). Be careful not to get the thread caught in the stitching! The zigzag should sort of make a little tunnel with the thread inside it. You don't need to backstitch this time. Then, pull on the ends of the thread and adjust as you need to. Then do a normal stitch along the top or bottom of the gathers (being careful not to sew over the crochet thread) to hold it in place. You can then pull out the crochet thread and there you go! It's recommended to pull out the zigzag stitches once you're done. They can be unattractive :)

Does that make sense to y'all? If not, please feel free to leave me a comment!

I used the second technique when gathering the back of my Cloud City cape. I was working with a whole mess of fabric it was very helpful.

Also, we've found that you can use pretty much any kind of yarn, not just crochet thread. The crochet thread tends to be woven tighter and therefore much less likely to unravel, but normal knitting/crocheting yarn works well too. Then you can pick a bright color that you can see well :P It won't show up in the project since you'll be pulling it out anyway.

I don't recommend the second method for costumes and outfits that are going to be more delicate. (such as regency gowns, other period costumes and outfits made of lightweight or silky or brocade material) The zigzag stitch does punch holes that take a little time to fill themselves in, and they stand out especially on brocade.



On a blogging note: I'm taking Holy Week off from blogging. See y'all after Resurrection Sunday! (enjoy your week with your families, celebrating Christ's resurrection from the dead!!!!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Completed Costume: The "Star Wars" tunic

I finished Inigo's Star Wars costume the other day. He was thrilled and immediately wanted me to put it on him. :) For a few minutes, he walked around telling everybody that he was "Luke Skywalker" and then came over to me and said, "I'm ready to be in the movie!" :) Funny boy. We had a rather wild photo shoot, GoGo insisted on doing every antic he could for the camera. Also, our random shuffle playlist was playing in the bedroom, so that helped to overall mood :)

So, is Inigo "Luke Skywalker", or an oddly dressed karate kid? :P













p.s. Today's my 15 and five month birthday :P

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Fellas...."

"...I feel this is my lucky day, March 23rd."
"No, your lucky day's the 24th."
"What?"
"It's 1:30 already, it's morning!"
"Yes....and what a lovely mornin'! ♫ Go---od mornin'!"♫


♫"Good mornin'!"
"We've talked the whole night through."
"Good mornin', Good mornin' to you!"♫



Remember to pause the playlist before you start the video! :)







Think I'm weird? I just had to post that today (scheduled at 1:30am of course!) because of the beginning part of it :) I just saw this film for the umpteenth time the other day, and got sorta excited since the beginning part of the story was happening right in this month. My bloggy mind *instantly* said, "Hey, that's a blog post!" :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Legend of Sam Lord

This is a happy, funny post, to lighten everybody who is choosing to be grumpy about yesterday's vote. (note that I said "choosing", since, as Christians, we have hope and do not need to be worried or anxious even when times get bad. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4) And, on the lighter side of that vote, I am very proud to be a citizen of my state, who is leading a group of twenty-one other states to sue the Federal government. :) This could be a dark cloud with a silver lining, who knows?

Anyway, on to the post.

Merriette did a myriad of tags on her blog this past week, and I snagged this one, as I had not done it before. In my opinion, even if you have done this tag before, it can't hurt to do it again, since the answer will always be different :P

The iTunes, iPod Playlist Shuffle Tag:


Rules: Put your iTunes, Playlist or iPod on shuffle. Put the name of each song as it comes up as an answer to the following questions:

If someone says "This is okay." you say: Steel Rails

What would best describe your personality? Red River Valley (but I just moved, so the cowboy doesn't have to worry anymore)

What do you like in a guy/girl? Blow the Man Down (he he! I like 'em stronger than that though :P)

What is your life's purpose? Binks' Waltz (*dances away*)

What is your motto? Take Me Home, Country Roads (Ahhhh...I like my motto)

What do your friends think of you? Pineapple Rag (they all know I love Scott Joplin/ragtime, I guess)

What do you think about very often? All I Ask of You (*sniffs and wipes eyes* what a sweet song....but I don't about it that often...)

What is 2 + 2? On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (*choo-choo* :P )

What do you think of your best friend? Nelly Was A Lady ("...last night she died.." not really :P)

What do you think of a person you like? You Are My Sunshine (*rolls eyes*)

What is your life story? The Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark (honestly, I don't think I'm the man-eating shark type....)

What do you want to be when you grow up? The Phantom of the Opera (*dramatic gasp* I'll bet y'all didn't know that!!!)

What do you think when you see a person you like? Biscuits in the Oven (fee, fie, fo, fum.....)

What do your parents think of you? The Bonnie Blue Flag (It's possible, I guess. I am kind of a W.B. the S. buff)

What will you dance to at your wedding? The Lonely Goatherd (*shouts with laughter*)

What will they play at your funeral? If I Only Had a Brain (that'd be a lament to the manner of my death, I guess. Maybe I died doing something stupid :P)

What is your hobby/interests? A Jew Born Anew (I do like Hebrew/Israeli/Jewish stuff...but I'm not a Jew, born anew or otherwise.)

What is your biggest secret? I Could've Danced All Night (*sighs* ain't that the truth....last night I really felt like it :P)

What do you think of your friends? If I Were a Rich Man (*shrugs*)

What's the worst thing that could happen? Top of the World (actually, according to the song, it'd be a very nice thing :P)

How will you die? The Great Crush Collision March (Youch! Dangerous business with trains and all....FYI: click here to read the Wiki article about why Scott Joplin wrote this piece)

What's the one thing you regret? Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man Who stilled the Waters (now that is the one thing that I will NEVER EVER EVER regret!!!!!!)

What makes you laugh? Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (that is a funny song...)

What makes you cry? Only You (*sniff* a really beautiful song by Cradle Warrior, who also happen to be good friends of ours)

Will you ever get married? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (I guess that means yes :P)

What scares you the most? You've Got a Friend (Oh. Interesting....)

Does anyone like you? Down to the River to Pray (talk about random)

If you could go back in time, what would you change? Kumbaya (not quite sure what that's supposed to mean...)

What hurts right now? Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You Medley (They're both sorta wistful songs, but I'm not in their predicament, and therefore not hurting)

What do you most often exclaim? The Battle of New Orleans! (*good grief!*)

Where is paradise? A Spoonful of Sugar (yum!)

What did you first say as a baby? Forever and Ever, Amen (Ah, a hopeless romantic from the cradle :P)

If you had a pet, what would you name it? Happy Land (Cute name. For some reason, a cocker spaniel just came to mind...)

What is your favorite sight to see? Mrs. Robinson (In a couseling center? Let's hope not!)

What makes you gag? Revenge (hit the nail on the head there! Even though the rest of the music/story/scenes from The Princess Bride are lovely.....)

What are you best at? Sixteen Going on Seventeen (how 'bout 15 going on 16?)

If you wrote a book, what would you call it? To Everyone in All the World (Hey, that'd appeal to all genres!)

What did you wish for last? Edelweiss

What would your superhero name be? Turkey in the Straw (Now that would be a superhero to meet!!!!)

How soon will this be over? Wait on the Lord (ha ha!)

Where are you sitting? The Music of the Night (ahh....another beautiful song from The Phantom of the Opera)

What do you most hate dislike? Morning Ride (Wait, I LOVE that song!)

What do you most love? O What a Beautiful Morning (*contended sigh*)

What do you not care about? Green Beans in the Garden (*gulp* I hope Jas, CeCe and Hannah don't see this :P)

What is your secret name? I Will Never Love Again (So, does that mean I *have* loved....you know, there've quite a few Princess Bride soundtrack tunes in here)

What will you post this as? The Legend of Sam Lord (*I love calypso!*)



That was a really funny tag! I'm surprised at how many of these made some kind of sense, even though it's strictly random!

Okay, I tag:

Stephanie
Nana
Celine
Julia (please do it in the comment section! Or, have Chris do it!)
India (I know you listen to a lot of music)
Marina & Olivia (you two can do it the comment section as well, either together or separately)

If you haven't done this tag before and want to, you may take it. Just let me know in the comment section.

Have a lovely day! And remember (in regards to that bill) the song that goes...
"Don't worry....about a thing....every little thing....'s going to be alright...."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Never Against Virginia

Never Against Virginia by John Paul Strain
www.johnpaulstrain.com

Isn't this a beautiful, noble painting? (you can click to enlarge it)

Folks, today, an important bill is *trying* be passed in the House. It's a bill that is detrimental to the rights and freedom of our country. The Lord is in control, we need to be praying today!

The direction our country is traveling would've appalled men like Robert E. Lee (in the picture above). In the 1860s, he felt that the US government was threatening his state and region, and, rather than support that movement, he chose to fight for the Confederacy. He could "never fight against Virginia."

The question now is not one of state/region against government, but Liberal vs. Conservative. It's a much more difficult subject than a state line, since there are some of both in every state. Today we need to keep mind that we should never go against the *founding beliefs* of our country. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness; freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms, etc. 

Moments like this in our country should wake us up to the fact that our freedom should NEVER be taken for granted.

Today is important.....PRAY!!!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Wave: March

I'm not doing a sewing tip today, because I thought of something else that I really wanted to post up. :)


If y'all remember, I did a post a little while back called "The Wave" about growing up. :) Well, I decided I would do a post each month with a little something about each of my friends who are turning sixteen that month, plus anything that I learn during the month (life lessons, practical experiences, etc.) that contribute to who I am growing up to be. This should be fun and interesting. (I'll be posting these on Fridays, once a month, on all the other Fridays the Sewing Tip of the Week will continue as normal)

March Birthday(s):
Happy Birthday Peyton! It was splendid seeing you in December, and I hope we'll be able to y'all again soon! I've enjoyed all the time we've spent together at your house in TN, and thanks a bunch for teaching me how to drive the four-wheeler around :P
September 2008, when we both put on basically the same outfit without realizing it :)

Something I've Learned this month: Overlooking an Offense. This is nothing "new" per say, Dad's been teaching it to us for as long as I can remember. But I learned a new way to implement it. I have a particular sibling who is struggling with controlling their tongue right now. It's not easy for all parties involved, but I've found that rather than losing my temper or responding back when they say something not-so-nice that it's much better just to ignore it. Of course, not doing it rudely (like whirling around with you back to them, smiling annoyingly at them or stopping up your ears), but just going on with what you were doing without acknowledging the slight. After a few minutes, seeing no reaction from me, they normally stop. Once they've calmed down, a kind word often turns their mood around completely. It's worth trying! 

Oh, while I'm at on the whole birthday thing, Happy ** Birthday Mrs. FTR!!! (Since you are out of college, married, have a job, and are quite grown-up, I will refrain from mentioning your age -unless you volunteer it :P-) I love ya and *hope* you and Mr. FTR can get off of work some weekend soon and scoot on down here to see us :) How 'bout for the party this Sunday? (Your birthday's in March, isn't it?) and then I could play Mr. FTR again :P Think about it.....

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Movie Quotes Quiz #5 Answers!

*Drumroll*......The ANSWERS ARE IN!!! Great work everybody, y'all did great!

FYI: the asterisk (*) beside a person's name means that they correctly guessed both the film and the character(s) who spoke the line, therefore earning them 2 points for that particular quote.

1. "Gentlemen, we are dealing with a conflict here that is inherently American, like, apple pie or baseball. In the world of cinema, was *is* the American icon?"
"Cute little kids?"
"Puppies?"
"The Boston Tea Party?"
"Cars?"
"Apple pie?"
....."BASEBALL!"
John, Gator and Cameron in The Widow's Might
People who got it right: Merriette*, Rachel and Sarah*

2. "Come on rooky, park that thing!"
Mission Control staff member (under his breath, talking to/about Jack) in Apollo 13
People who got it right: Julia

3. ".....we can live there quite happily for some time, so whenever you feel like dying, feel free to visit."
Westley (to Humperdinck) in The Princess Bride
People who got it right: Stephanie*, Merriette*

4. "...so what I told you was true, from a certain point of view."
"A certain point of view?!"
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in The Return of the Jedi
People who got it right: Anna*, Stephanie

5. "Mr. Rudolph."
Caleb in Fireproof
People who got it right: Merriette*, Rachel and Sarah*, Hannah Jane, Nana*

6. "He said just to mention his name."
"Start mentioning names, rodent."
Roquefort to one of the alley cats in The Aristocats
People who got it right: Rachel and Sarah*

7. "[name ommitted] do something! Call me a cab!"
"Okay, you're a cab."
"Thanks a lot!"
Don and Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain
People who got it right: Olivia*, Nana*, Julia

8. "I'm just trying to be realistic."
"No, you're trying to be smart, as usual."
Susan and Peter in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
People who got it right: Merriette*, Stephanie*, Rachel and Sarah*, Sara Maria*, Hannah Jane*, Molly*

9. "Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!"
"Uh, uh, uh, Happy Birthday!"
"No, no, no!"
Jaq and Gus-Gus in Cinderella
People who got it right: Stephanie*, Rachel and Sarah*, Carrie, Nana*


10. "Hallelu--u--u-yah! Are ya saved?"
(shakes head)
"We have to do it again! Hallelu--u--u-yah! Are ya saved?"
"Uh-huh."
Lloyd Sherman (Shirley Temple), Mary Lou and Henry Clay in The Little Colonel
People who got it right: Merriette*, Rachel and Sarah*, Sara Maria* (and yes, you did spell it right :P)

11. "I think the men look beautiful."
"How would you know?"
Gretl and Louisa in The Sound of Music
People who got it right: Anna*, Merriette*, Stephanie*, Rachel and Sarah*, Sara Maria*, Carrie, Hannah Jane*, Olivia*-,

12. "Don't stop now, Baggy, you're doin' great! There's more, lots more!"
Baloo in The Jungle Book
People who got it right: Rachel and Sarah*, Julia*


The winner(s) is/are......RACHEL AND SARAH!!!!! Great work gals! 16 points for y'all!

Other scores:
Merriette (12 points)
Stephanie (8.5 points)
Nana (8 points) 
Sara Maria (6 points) Thanks for entering this one Sam! I hope you'll be back for the next one.....
Hannah Jane (5 points)
Julia (4 points) Yes, I entered you, even though you didn't enter yourself :P That's what comes of telling the manager of the quiz the quotes you knew on it....especially if that manager is your cousin :P :P
Anna (4 points)
Olivia (3.5 points)
Molly (2 points)
Carrie (2 points)

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!! That was really fun :)

Any of y'all reading this now who didn't enter this quiz, please please please enter into the next one :) There's a quotes quiz over here on this blog every 10th or 11th of the month (depending on what's convenient for me) and there's seven days (that's one week) of time allowed for submitting answers. 
To my *real life* friends and family members: If y'all don't have a Blogger account, but you'd still like to comment and enter, select the "Name/URL" option in the comment form and just type your name in the "Name" spot. (URL is optional) If you don't feel comfortable using your real name, just type in something that I'd recognize as you. :) (like a nickname of yours that I know, etc.)

Next Quiz: April 11, 2010 (I'm going to a piano event and a wedding on the 10th, so I won't be available then)

Oh, I almost *forgot*:

Rachel and Sarah, here's y'all's award:

And for everyone else who participated (sorry I didn't do this last month):


TTFN, Ta-Ta For Now!

~Jo


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

One Sunday in March

One family, one pastor, one church family....

Many yummy sandwiches and bagels...
Grandparents...




One Beautiful Cake...

Friends...

More cousins....


Still more family members :)....

One cute and slighty overwhelmed little girl, wearing a dress that was made for her great-great uncle over one hundred years ago (looking at Julia)...


60-odd guests that spanned several denominations (including some non-believers)...

For once, all under one roof....


Under one LORD....

One Faith....

For One Baptism.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dear Mr. Chopin,

As a music student, I have learned to appreciate pieces that are expressive or inspiring, well-thought out and pleasing to the ear. I'm happy to say that your compositions fit into that mold.


However, if you plan to do a "second edition" of your complete works, could you please remove all the accidentals, double sharps and E♯'s from the pieces? It would be much appreciated.


Sincerely,

Miss Josephine March

Friday, March 12, 2010

Sewing Tip of the Week #3 and a Sewing Update!!!!


EDIT: The desktop is back from the shop and I'm on it right now!!!

I was racking my brains this morning while folding clothes, trying to think of a sewing tip to post up today. Hmmm....So I asked Leia (who was folding with me) what I should post about. She started rattling off all sorts of stuff, and Titty (who was ironing) jumped in too and so here's Leia and Titty's sewing tips for y'all (I hope they make you smile. All these things have happened to us at one point or another):



Three Sewing Tips that you might think are funny but are actually important things to remember (by Leia and Titty):



  • If the sewing machine doesn't seem to be working, check to make sure it is plugged in and/or turned on
  • Remember that interfacing is interfacing and meant to be used ONLY as interfacing NOT as bias tape
  • When applying iron-on interfacing, be sure to iron it onto the WRONG side of the fabric


Now for the sewing update:

I'm starting a new regency gown!!!!!!!! I'm hoping to get it finished by our piano recital in May. I purchased the fabric in town yesterday and washed it last night.

This is pattern I'm using:
 Misses Costumes

I've made the view to the left once before already last spring. (come to think of it, Nana, you asked me to post pictures of that up a while ago. Shame on me for not remembering!)

ANOTHER EDIT: My friend Stephanie is having her own quotes quiz right now! Check it out here: http://thekingsbookworm.blogspot.com/2010/03/movie-quotes-quiz.html

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Movie Quotes Quiz #5


I can't believe this is the 5th one of these that I've done! This month's banner is sort of different looking because I still don't have all my files on the desktop, so I had to copy the image from a previous quiz and edit it here on Dad's laptop. It was kinda fun :)

Last month's was a little *too* difficult, since I was trying to make it hard for my sisters as well, but they have agreed to be "testers" for this quiz, hence making this one a little less difficult for y'all :) (BTW, they passed it)

The Rules:

1. Don't look any of the quotes up on the internet, or any other "looking-up" device
2. Submit your answers in the comment section of this post. You may post as many comments as you need to, depending on when you remember the different quotes.
3. You score one point for every correct answer you submit (that's telling me what movie the quote is from) and you can also earn an extra point by telling me who said the quote!
4. You MAY ask immediate family members (parents, siblings, pets, etc.) for help, and you MAY watch a movie again to see if one of the quotes is in it (of course, that'd probably be a waste of time, but whatever :P)


Alrighty.....

1. "Gentlemen, we are dealing with a conflict here that is inherently America, like, apple pie or baseball. In the world of cinema, was *is* the American icon?"
"Cute little kids?"
"Puppies?"
"The Boston Tea Party?"
"Cars?"
"Apple pie?"
....."BASEBALL!"

2. "Come on rooky, park that thing!"

3. ".....we can live there quite happily for some time, so whenever you feel like dying, feel free to visit."

4. "...so what I told you was true, from a certain point of view."
"A certain point of view?!"

5. "Mr. Rudolph."

6. "He said just to mention his name."
"Well then, start mentioning names, rodent."

7. "[name ommitted] do something! Call me a cab!"
"Okay, you're a cab."
"Thanks a lot!"

8. "I'm just trying to be realistic."
"No, you're trying to be smart, as usual."

9. "Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!"
"Uh, uh, uh, Happy Birthday!"
"No, no, no!"

10. "Hallelu--u--u-yah! Are ya saved?"
(shakes head)
"We got to do it again! Hallelu--u--u-yah! Are ya saved?"
"Uh-huh."

11. "I think the men look beautiful."
"How would you know?"

12. "Don't stop now, Baggy, you're doin' great! There's more, lots more!"


Off you go! All answer must be in by morning on MARCH 18, 2010!!!!!! Good luck everyone! Can't wait to see the answers roll in....

If you've entered, here's what I've taken to calling "the promo button", and you can put it in your sidebar (linking it to this post) to encourage others to join in the fun!



P.S. I'm sorry I haven't responded to any comments lately. Nothing personal, it's just that I'm having trouble maneuvering with Dad's touchpad instead of a mouse so I'm not clicking anymore than I absolutely have to :P

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"SURPRISE!!! Cake and candlesticks..........

...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Blow out the candles *blowing* YAY!!!!!!!"

(that's a little rhyme thingy that Peter and Marie made up several years ago and do every birthday)

Today is Marie's 9th birthday!

According to March family tradition, she was left to sleep in and take a very long bath till 8:15 this morning after which she ran through her toilet-papered doorway to go downstairs to a gargantuan breakfast of her choice :) She requested:

  • Hashbrowns (the shredded kind)
  • Bacon
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Biscuits (Lottie Greer's Country Biscuits, from the Mitford cookbook, her favorite!)
It was quite a meal, kept us busy working and eating for a good long time :)

Lunch was shell noodles with Alfredo sauce (from Lorrie Flem's "What's For Dinner, Mom?" cookbook) and supper is going to be...*growls* I can't remember. 

We made an ice cream cake this afternoon to have after supper. Marie chose to have the two flavors be chocolate chip cookie dough and cookies 'n' cream with crushed oreos (and plenty of chocolate syrup!). I am looking forward to tonight!

Since this is her birthday, I think it is only right to share a few things about this fun little lady with you:

  • Marie LOVES to write! She is the author of a three book series which she sells to family members
  • Reading and writing come hand in hand, and Marie loves to do both! Right now, she, Leia and Titty are reading through ALL 28 Elsie Dinsmore books AGAIN...even though they think they are weird and don't really like them very much :) She also reads Little House on the Praire, Little Women, Andrew Lang's Fairy books, Elizabeth Goudge books (a girl after my own heart!) and anything we give her :) Sometimes, if she's not supposed to read something, I have to put it on a shelf above her eye level or else she'll pick up and read it through!
  • Marie enjoys directing plays (normally starring Peter, sometimes Luke) and hanging out with her brothers. Even when games don't end well, she always comes back to play with them again :) They are quite a trio, I can tell you that much! 
  • She wants to learn to use the sewing machine ASAP, right now she contents herself with hand sewing. Her current projects are a purse and her Ruby doll family (from Doorposts)
  • Today she got her first email address! :) I know, 9 is a little young, but she won't be on enough for it to really matter, and that's when all the rest of us girls got ours (and we only started really using them two years ago) and to see that smile that stretched from one ear to other as she clicked all over her account, sent an email to Mama and another to Daddy was so precious!
Happy Birthday Marie!!!!

A little blogging note: the computer is still in the shop, so I am making do and will have the Quiz out tomorrow morning pronto (I'm scheduling it today)! It's going to be less of mind-racker this time, so do try your hand it if you haven't before!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What a Wonderful World....

Today was just "one of those days", and not in a bad sense :) It was one of those wonderful days in March where everyone thinks spring is finally here....while ignoring the weather forecast for the rest of the week :P
It's been an absolutely gorgeous four days! The sun's been out, a cool breeze blowing, cold mornings warming up to lovely 50 or 60 degree days, warm enough to run around barefoot and to wade in our creek, to wear short sleeve shirts and shorts (for the boys) and light weight skirts (for the girls), no sweat pants underneath to insulate ya! :) LOVELY!!!!!!

I was on the phone with my aunt this afternoon, and after discussing the lovely weather I said, "Well, our dentist said this morning that, according to the Farmer's Almanac..." but my aunt cut me off saying, "Don't even mention it!" :) We're livin' in the moment this week peoples, who cares if there's another gargantuan snow storm in store for the end of March. :)

Life is lovely out here too. We've been outside, loving our wonderful 10 acres!, we went into town to the dentist this morning (six of us all at once, we keep two hygienists busy for an hour!) and I read Gentian Hill all over again *sniff* it's such a sweet book, Zuzu is being baptized into the Lord's covenant family this coming Sunday (The FTR's might be coming down for it!!!!), someone's birthday is tomorrow (saving that for later...), our wonderful real-life in-town friends just came back from Ethiopia with their two adorable new children this weekend (what an answer to prayer!!), our dogs *survived* their um..."fixing" surgery on Monday are as chipper as ever (y'all won't believe how much they've grown since the post I did on them back last November, pictures coming as soon as the computer's back from the shop) and we got the tent set up, in preparation for an upcoming camping trip later this month.

Do you know how many verses the Bible has on creation and joy? The answer is: LOTS! Here are just a few off the top of my head.....

"The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork."


"I will look up to the hills, from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1


"Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all the earth!....Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea resound and all that is in them. Let the fields be jubilant and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy." Psalm 96


I am happy tonight. *contented sigh* It's been a wonderful day in a wonderful world, and I have a wonderful God and a wonderful family and a wonderful life!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Forced Fast :)

On Wednesday night, an anonymous member of the family made an honest mistake that landed our computer in the repair shop. We don't get it back until Tuesday. Just so happens that Dad left for a trip to Colorado on Thursday (laptop and iPhone in tow) and came back just this morning. So we have *enjoyed* (mostly enjoyed :P) a weekend with no access to the outside world except for the home telephone (which can't tell you the weather or how many emails are in your inbox :P) I'm typing this on Dad's laptop right now.

Long or short of it is: we all had a forced fast and enjoyed the weekend without a computer! :) However, it's possible that this month's Quote Quiz is going to be postponed until the 11th, possibly the 12th. I'm sorry that I missed doing this week's Sewing Tip, but things happen :)

How's your weekend been? I was glad to see some long-time-no-see posts up on a few friends' blogs :) I've got a lot of catching up to do....

Toodles,
~Jo

P.S. The answer to the poll in the sidebar:
The Confederate general whose nickname (actually, just one of many nicknames) was "Old Bluelight" was General Thomas Jonathan Jackson (better known as "Stonewall" Jackson)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hipy Papy Bthuthdth Thuthda Bthuthdy

Don't worry! I'm perfectly sane. :) Those are *actual words* written by the scholarly Owl. Owl wrote these words when his friend Winnie-the-Pooh came to him for help. Pooh needed a happy birthday written on the pot he was going to give to Eeyore for his birthday, but he couldn't write...

"So Owl wrote...and this is what he wrote:
'HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY.'
Pooh looked on admiringly.
'I'm just saying "A Happy Birthday", said Owl carelessly.
'It's a nice long one,' said Pooh, very much impressed by it.
'Well, actually, of course, I'm saying "A Very Happy Birthday with love from Pooh." Naturally it takes a good deal of pencil to say a long thing like that.'
'Oh, I see,' said Pooh."
 Around our house, this fun phrase is usually pronounced like this:

"Hypie pape-y bu-thu-thu-tha thuff-da bu-thuff-dy"

So, today we say:

"DADDY: HIPY PAPY BTHUTHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY!!!!!!!!!!" (with love from all of us, naturally) "WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!" (or, in more proper form)

"MANY  HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY, DAD!!!!"



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Come on Over!

This post is just to get y'all over to my blog, since for some weird reason the post I put up three hours ago still isn't showing up in any feeds. Odd, but since you've been waiting for that 100th post for a while, I thought you might want to know that it's up :) ~Jo

The Longest Blog Post Ever Written.

That is the gospel truth! I personally have never done anything this big. According to Pages (a word processing application) this post (excluding this intro part) is 7,395 words long, 39,414 characters (with spaces) and 32,403 (without)!!!!!!!!!!!


Some folks asked their questions in separated segments, others did not. I have all questions grouped in the order they came in by who submitted them. They are also subdivided according to topic. 


If you a question you want to respond to (comment on), the easiest way to do it would probably be to open the comment form beside this window as you read so you don't have to scroll up and down and be sure to mention the question number in your comment!!!!




~Merriette~
1. Why did you start blogging? I wanted a place to write about the things I enjoy and where I could "talk" to my heart's content :)
2. Did you have any followers from the beginning? Yes, three: Livi, Eldarwen and Eruanna (and myself, I started following the next day :P)
3. What do you like best about blogging? Being able to share special things about my life with like-minded people
4. Have you made any close-as-real-life friends? Yes!!! I have been so blessed!
5. Have you met any blogging friends? Unfortunately no, but I am out to change that!
6. Did you ask your parents before you started blogging? Course! What'd you take me for?? :)
7. How much time do you spend on blogger a day, approximently? Close to an hour...maybe a little more. On weekends, up to two hours.
8. What percentage of that time is on your blog and how much time is browsing other people's blogs? About 50/50, sometimes I set aside one day for checking blogs (browsing) then one day for blog maintenance (posting and working on sidebar and background stuff)
9. How would you describe your posts in general? Me! Seriously, my posts are written like the way I talk. Anyone who knows me well could tell you that. That also means that even the most serious posts have a slightly humorous side.
10. How often do you comment on other people's blogs? Not as often as I should, but normally every other post for most of my friends....



11. What are your household chores? Feeding the dogs, cleaning out their sleeping place, feeding the cat and cleaning out her litter box (all on assigned days of the week, alternating with my siblings) as well as washing the dishes after each meal and folding clothes. There are lots of other things too, but these are the most consistent ones that I do every day.
12. Do you have any outdoor chores? Any dog chores are outside, and I help in the garden in the spring, summer and fall.
13. What is your least favorite household chores? Hmmm.......probably cleaning out the "barn" (that's where the dogs sleep at night).....kinda smelly in there :?
14. Do you keep your room clean? Ha! Ask Leia.....
15. Who shares your room? Leia, Titty and Marie (Zuzu someday, when she's old enough to leave Mama and Daddy's room)
16. What do you most often forget to do around the house? Put away the folded laundry. I'm real good at folding, it's the standing up to put away stuff that I *forget*
17. What are a few of your household rules? No hitting or punching siblings :), no talking back to parents, do your chores without being asked, no hard language
18. How many floors does your house have? It has two floors and an unfinished basement
19. How many rooms? Never counted! Let's see....the basement is all one big room pretty much, with an enclosed area for a bathroom so 2 down there....7 on the main floor....6 upstairs...15 total!
20. How big is your yard and what is in it? We have a 10 acre yard, and there is lots of stuff in it :) Mostly trees, mud and snow right now, plus our two vehicles, two very dirty dogs and a pair of Zuzu's socks that we found buried under the snow :P



21. How many siblings do you have and what are their blogger names (ages would be nice as well)? Okay. Leia is 13, Titty is 11, Marie will 9 in two weeks (so she's 8 right now), Peter is 7, Luke is 6, Inigo (GoGo) is 3 and Zuzu is 7 months.
22. Have you always been homeschooled? I went to preschool at a church, and then kindergarten at another church, and then I've been homeschool from 1st grade on up!
23. How did your parents meet? They met on The Lawn at UVA. Both were in their last year of college there. It's really sweet :)
24. Do you have family devotions every day? We try! Sometimes we can't, but almost always have some kind of Bible reading together. On *normal* days, Dad reads the Proverb of the day to us at breakfast, we have devotions (singing, praying, bible story, bible memory) with Mama around 11:00 or so, then family devotions with everyone after supper (we're reading through Romans).
25. Does your family eat together every meal? No....Dad usually eats breakfast with us while Mama has her devotions and quiet time upstairs, she has lunch with us while Dad's working, and then we're all together at supper.
26. What do you think makes your family special?
27. Is there any other family life you sometimes wonder what it'd be like (like being an only child)? Well....there's a family we know with 11 kiddos, and they have a girl my age, and she's 6th in line with 5 older brothers. Many times I wish I had an older brother(s).
28. Is there a unique trait your entire family possesses? Fun question :) Yes, actually. We all share the same Spanish last name (in real life) and none of us can speak the language :P We're studying it, and Dad knows more than he'll admit, but we need to get better at it, so we can answer those obnoxious tele-marketers that call us and say, "You speakie Spanish?"
29. What two specific (not "wonderful" or something like that) words would you use to describe your parents? Discerning (Daddy) and Incredibly Coordinated (Mama)
30. What is one area you believe your family still needs to grow in? We seriously need to improve on the way we communicate with each other. Our words are not as kind as they should be.


31. When did you first start sewing? I've been handsewing since I was seven or eight, machine sewing since I was 10.
32. Who taught you how to sew? Mama
33. What was your first complete sewing project? Funny you should ask. I just got him out yesterday :) It was a little flat cat, just two pieces of fabric with batting in-between, like a sandwich. I named him "Patterson" (don't ask why, I have honestly no idea!)
34. What is your favorite thing to sew? Costumes :)
35. Why do you sew? Because it makes me feel productive, and I can make something practical that I can use over and over again
36. Do you do anything else along the same lines (such as embroidery or crocheting?) I knit quite a bit, crochet a little, and do crosstitch once in a blue moon
37. Do you like anything like those?
38. Do any of your siblings sew? Yes, Leia and Titty can use the sewing machine, and Marie can hand sew
39. What is your favorite thing you've sewn? Probably my regency gown
40. What is the weirdest thing you've sewn? :) My plaid tam :)



41. What types of blogs are you naturally attracted to? Blogs written by girls who have similar views to myself on purity, family and life.
42. Do you like blogs to have playlists? Yes! I almost always listen to the playlists on blogs (unless I'm supposed to be quiet, like on a Saturday morning when no one else is up) I think they reflect the person more than even words ever can.
43. What is your favorite blog? Hard to answer that one....probably Jasmine Baucham's blog "Joyfully Home"
44. Why do you like the blogs you like? Because the girls who write them have a great sense of humor and love the Lord! :)
45. Do you follow anyone just because they follow you? One or two I think.....
46. Are you more likely to follow a blog if it has 10 followers or 100? Both actually. If a blog has 10 followers, then chances are they've just started blogging, and could use a little support. If a blog has 100 followers, then that means that *most of the time* it's really good!
47. Do you ever go blog-hopping? Is that when you click on profiles and check out new stuff from one blog to the next? If so, then the answers is sometimes.
48. Do people's profile pictures affect your opinion of them? Definitely! I click on anyone with a LOTR or Narnia pic :P also those who have "classic" artwork for their pictures. Or if they're wearing a cowboy hat....
49. What is the first thing you notice when visiting a new blog? Background, header, sidebar, punctuation and music all in a glance. 
50. What do you dislike in blogs? Bad punctuation! A well written blog is wonderful.

51. How does one go to Heaven? By believing in the promises of the Lord
52. What is the purpose of baptism? An outward sign of the Lord's covenant
53. What is the significance of communion? It's a command of Christ, and the way we "proclaim the Lord's death until He comes"
54. Which is more important: Witnessing or Discipleship? I would have to say Discipleship. Better 10 strong Christians who are training their families to be the same than 100 weak Christians who have been "converted" and then fall away
55. Why do we go to church? Because we need to be in fellowship with other believers. "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them."
56. How do I know I'm saved? I'm trusting in the promises of the Lord, and He said that whoever believes in Him will live with Him forever in Heaven
57. What is eternal life and when does it begin? Never really thought about it, but I would say it begins when we die.
58. What is the Bible good for? Exhortation, correction,  encouragement and can be applied to every thing in life
59. How does one show the love of Christ and condemn sin at the same time? By living in the world but not being of the world
60. How do you know the answers to the above questions? From talking with my dad, reading the Bible and studying
61. What was your introduction to Narnia? Mama read aloud all the books to my siblings and I a long time ago, and she's read them aloud every few years as more and more of the little ones get old enough to understand it.
62. Why do you like Narnia? It's adventure! (with a great underlying message)
63. What is the best thing about Narnia to you? How human the children are. They aren't Super Kids, just normal children who happen to...find themselves in another world :P
64. Which Narnian character do you most relate to? Hmm...honestly probably a cross between Edmund and Lucy. (Leia says I'm Susan. Ha!)
65. Is there anything you don't like about Narnia? Well...if Susan had stayed a friend of Narnia all the way to the end that would've been nice.
66. What is your favorite country in the Chronicles other than Narnia? The land of the Dufflepuds, or Archenland.
67. What is your favorite Narnian quote? "That's the trouble with girls, they never carry a map around in their heads."
"That's because our heads have something inside of them."
Edmund and Lucy in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
68. What makes Narnia different from other fiction?
69. Have you really delved into the Narnia books? If that means I read them all the time and they're my favorite books ever, then no. I like them, but not that much.
70. Have you read any other books by Lewis and, if so, which ones and did you like them? I've read the Screwtape Letters, quite thought provoking. I liked them a whole lot.
71. Have you watched the BBC adaptations of Narnia and if you have what do you think of them? No, I have not.
72. What are your thoughts in general of the Walden LWW? A splendid adaption! I really enjoyed it.
73. Do you like the changes made from the book? I do, actually. One of my favorite scenes is the frozen waterfall, and that's not in the book. I really didn't mind the changes.
74. What do you think of the romance in the Walden PC? Well, I haven't seen much of PC, so I can't exactly say, but I've heard enough of it to dislike it very very much :/
75. What do you think of Peter in the Walden PC? Not worth mentioning. Too arrogant in Narnia, although I totally understood the reason why he fought with those other fellas in England.
76. What do you think of the rest of Walden PC? Really haven't seen enough to tell you. (not even seen half of it)
77. Is Walden PC a terrible movie all round, a terrible adaptation but tolorable movie, a bad adaptation but good movie, or a wonderful movie all round? I would most likely say a bad adaption but a good movie, since I enjoyed parts of it. But remember, I haven't even seen half of it so I can't exactly say.
78. Did you watch the Walden Narnia movies in the theatre? No.
79. What are your expectations for VDT? I really really hope they do much better with it than PC, since VDT is my favorite book. I'm looking forward to watching it! I'm especially looking forward to seeing how Eustace, Edmund, Caspian and Lucy all interact with each other.
80. Why do you expect the above? Just because....
81. Do you like my blog? Yes!
82. What do you like about my blog? It's wholesome and pretty and I like your playlist.
83. What do you think could improve my blog? Maybe if the text colors in the sidebar were all the same....
84. Do you like my playlist? Oh, I already answered that, didn't I? Yes I do like your playlist!
85. Do you like me putting up polls? Polls are the greatest!
86. What do you dislike about my blog? Nothing really
87. Do you like tags, or more serious posts? More serious posts, but a tag or two are always welcome :)
88. What impression does my blog give? That you are a creative person
89. What did you notice first about my blog? Your header!
90. Did I find you or you find me? I'm pretty sure you found me...
91. What was your first impression of me? Neato! She got a lot of siblings :P
92. What do you think of me now? What a lovely, Christian young lady. :)
93. Do you like getting comments from me? Love it!
94. Are these personalized questions okay? Sure!
95. Do you like all these questions I've asked? They're very interesting
96. Are you like me in that you like talking about yourself? Well, I don't like boasting or bragging about what I've done, but I do like talking about myself sometimes
97. Did you actually expect me to ask you 100 questions? No way!
98. Do you think I could easily come up with another hundred? I don't know...you've done pretty well so far!
99. Are you going to answer them all? Yup.
100. Can you believe I've actually finished? Wow!!!
~God's Country Girl~
101. What is your dream job/future job you would want? Well, I've never really wanted to have a job, I've always wanted to be a mama, but if I had to have a job....I'd probably want to work at Jo-Ann Fabrics :) But I wouldn't ever want to be an astronaut.
~Rachel (and Sarah)~
102. Is Jo March your real name? No. It's the name I chose for myself.
103. Do you sew? Heaps and heaps!
104. If so, what is the biggest project you've done? A quilt I made for my baby sister before she was born.
105. Can you make bread? Yes...I think so. I have once or twice before and I'm pretty sure I could do it again. Mama's our main bread maker though.
106. How did you get so many followers? :) You actually think I'd reveal my follower-attracting secret!?!?! :) Actually, I don't know. :)
107. Do you like to dance? Love it! Square dancing, ball room dancing, line dancing, Hebraic dancing, all of it!
~Molly~
108. What do you want to be when you "grow up"? Not an astronaut! But definitely a stay-at-home mama :)
109. Where do you want to live and raise a family; if that's God's plan for you? Out in the country on a big farm would be ideal, but I've always thought that traveling around the world with a husband in the military would be exciting :) (like Polly and Oliver) But not in space since I don't ever want to be an astronaut.
110. What's your favorite Bible verse that first pops to mind? "I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13   
111. Do you ever wish you/family could adopt? Yes
112. How many kids do you want to have? as many as the Lord sees fit to bless me with! But 5 or more would be nice...
113. How old do you want to live? Oooh, maybe a 100!
114. What's your favorite memory of any of your family members that you will tell your grandchildren? That's hard, there are so many good ones. Maybe the time when Titty was two and she covered her face and hands with Desitin before we realized what she was doing :)  
115. When will you do another sister post? Knew you were going to ask that! Sometime, m'dear. I've been a mite busy with dis here post...
~Abby~
116. Do you LOVE to write (stories, blog posts, reports, ect.)? Yes I do! I have soooo many stories I've written and not finished that I want to finish, and you can probably already tell I love to write blog posts!
~Nana~
117. What's your favorite subject in school? History!!! We are studying the most interesting subject EVER: The War Between the States!
118. I know you play the piano, but have you did you (or do you want to) play any other instrument? Yes, I have a fiddle but I've never had lessons. It's not too hard to figure out on my own though.
119. Have you ever planted your own garden, flower, veggie, window box, of otherwise? Yes! In 2008 we had a beautiful square foot garden and planted lots and lots of things. We also had a square foot garden in 2009, but we weren't able to do as much with it since we were trying to sell the house. We've actually had some kind of garden since 2002, but nothing serious until 2008. This year will be our biggest year yet, because we have sooo much more space!
120. How old were you when you started sewing and what was your first sewing project? I've been sewing since 2nd grade, and I'm pretty sure my first project was some kind of pocket book thingy...
121. How did you get an idea to first start a blog? I've known about blogs for while, but after I started reading Jo-with-it's-Portfolio and Lucie Land, I really wanted one for myself :)
122. For your title, "Scraps From My Workbasket", did you think of it right away or did you ponder over titles and in a creative moment thought of it? It was something that I thought of right away, and then decided to use because of its underlying significance. (That's a whole 'nother blog post right there....)
~Olivia~
123. If your family had another baby, what would you wish for? A Girl, boy, twins, etc.? Probably twins, a boy and girl! Or maybe two boys would be fun :)
~Anna~
124. What is your favorite Bible verse? "Once I was young, and now I'm old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread."
125. Who is your favorite patriarch? Joseph. We're reading through the Bible in a year as a family, and we've just wrapped up Joseph. What an amazing life!!!!
126. Who is your favorite matriarch? Ruth, what girl doesn't love that wonderful story!?!?!
127. What it your favorite Bible story? Jacob and Leah and Rachel
128. What person from the Bible would you most like to meet? Probably Ruth, to interview her would be great :)
~Leia~
129. What are your favorite girl names? I like a lot of girl names, some unusual ones and some more classic ones. Let's see....I like Lucy, Grace, Claire, Amelia, Madison, Leah, Victoria, Virginia and Elizabeth
130. What are your favorite boy names? Same sort of idea as above....Edward, Edmund, Richard, Tyler, Isaac, David, Tavernor, Jackson, Bedford
131. If/When you are married, do you want a girl. boy or twins first? I don't know, I've always wanted an older brother so it would be nice to start with boys so my girls would have older brothers :) But then again, girls would be very helpful to have first, then they could help you with your crop of wild boys :P
132. How many children do you want to have? See question #112
133. What is your favorite pair of shoes? My cowboy boots!!!!
134. What color/pattern is your favorite skirt? Darkish green paisley tiered skirt that I *think* I got at Goodwill...maybe it was the Salvation Army. Anyway, something like that.
135. What does your favorite outfit look like? My short sleeved blue shirt over my white long sleeved mock turtle neck with my aforementioned favorite skirt, cowboy boots and my hat (with and without the beads :P)
136. Do you like to wear socks? In the winter yes, in the summer: never!
137. Do you like sweatshirts? I prefer hoodies, but it really depends on the sweat shirt.
138. What is your favorite food to make? Shortbread or chicken pot pie
139. What flavor of tea do you like best? Spiced Chai
140. What is your favorite candy bar? Butterfinger :)
141. What type of cheese do you prefer? Really good goat cheeses, or white cheddar
142. If you had to drink one thing only (besides water) what would it be? Sweet tea forever and ever amen.
143. What do you enjoy most about your life? How quiet it is out here in the country, how *not busy* we are, and how much fun our family has together
~Nana (again)~
144. Anchovies? Good or bad? Blech. I prefer sardines.
145. Which one of your sibling do you see your self (personality wise) most in? Definitely the most in Marie, but some in Titty and Peter
146. Which one of your siblings do you see yourself most in looks wise? Probably Zuzu actually
147. Favorite breakfast cereal? homemade granola!
148. What is your favorite thing about blogging? Meeting wonderful people like you :)
149. Farthest place (from home) that you have ever been? I visited Germany with my Mom and two sisters, or maybe it was Romania when I was a baby. 
150. First time you rode in a airplane? A very long time ago, probably to Romania when I was two. 
151. Where were you going? See question #150 :)
152. How old were you when you were "saved"? I would probably say when I was 9. I "prayed a prayer" when was 4, but I think I really began seeing my sin and my need for a Savior and was really saved when I was 9.
153. About how often do you write a actual letter (not email)? Not as often as I'd like, probably once every two weeks or so. I'm actually writing one right now.
154. What do you think of drawing? It's fun, but not my strong talent. Piano is more in my line.
155. Do you knit? Yep-i-doodle!
156. If so what have you made? Lots o' stuff. Mostly little blankets, but I've done purses, working on a sweater, and a few dolls.
157. Are you a person who plans ahead or waits till the last moment? Last minute definitely!
158. Are you impulsive? *sheepish grin*
159. Do you think your personality is anything like Alcott's Jo March? In some ways yes, in other ways no. Mostly yes.
160. What made you use "Jo March" for your blog name? Because I remind myself of her, and even though she didn't have brothers (unless you count Laurie), her family was very similar to ours.
161. What was your first comment? 
"Hey!
This is great. I was hoping you would a blog so I could see all your stuff! Be assured I'll be a faithful reader, but a faithful commenter (like yourself).....I'll do my best!
~Joanna"
162. Who was it from? Joanna Webber from Jo-with-it's-Portfolio
163. When you first started blogging did you think you would post as consistently as you do? Yes, I had a feeling I'd be a post-nearly-every-day kinda blogger, although I've definitely cut back. That first month (November) I was churning out a new blog post every day! Good grief.
164. What made you choose blogger over wordpress or some other bloging web site? Well, I'd done some stuff for Dad with Wordpress before, and I much prefered Blogger. Also, it can be affiliated with a Google account (same password and all) and the community here is much bigger and better.
165. Do you prefer historical fiction over fiction or no fiction? Historical fiction is often more interesting than normal fiction, but I like both equally. I'm definitely more of a fiction kind of gal :)
166. Are you a determined driven sorta person? That's me!
167. Amazing thing God has done for you recently? Given me contentment where I did not have it, and showed me how blessed I really am.
168. First impression of Star Wars? Not great actually. One of the first things you see is Darth Vader killing that guy (whether by strangling or breaking his neck I don't know) and that kind of got me off on the wrong foot. I'm glad I kept watching though! :)
169. For your last birthday what kinda cake did you have? Um....you know, I don't remember!
170. What meals did you pick? IDR (I don't remember)
171. Where did the Marches get the idea of "toilet papering" the birthday persons door? (btw, I think that is a great tradition) Dad told us about it, and I don't know where he got it from.
172. What piece of music are you working on learning? A Chopin waltz for the "Chopin Birthday Party" my teacher is getting up in March.
173. How's it coming?  It's not easy to learn a challenging song like that in three weeks, but it's comin' along!
174. Crazy socks or plain? ACAP (as crazy as possible)
175. Craziest pair of sock you own or have owned? The pink and black cheetah socks with a little cheetah head do-hicky on the  part that comes up your leg :P
176. Any improvements you think blogger should make? Maybe a three column feature that allows you to change from two to three columns without having to fiddle with the HTML
177. Your favorite blogger feature? Widgets!
178. Staying home or going out? I love going out to eat on dates with Mama or Daddy or my aunt!
179. Do you enjoy babysitting (your siblings or other peoples kids)? Yes!
180. When you look at the stars what is the first thought that crosses your mind? Incredible! So beautiful and so well designed! (but I still don't ever want to be an astronaut)
181. Are you one of those people who is really good at spotting constellations? Unfortunately no.
182. Technology is good or not worth all the trouble it is? Definitely good!
183. Looking forward to driving in the next few years or could really not care less? YES!!!!!!!!
184. Just add water or off the cocoa tin hot cocoa? Off the cocoa tin!
185. Red or green apples? Red
186. Red or green grapes? Red
187. Pineapple or mango? Mango
188. Too many food questions? Never!
189. Black and white are good together or too washed out? Classy lookin', I like it :)
190. Pink and purple good together? 'Course!
191. What's your computer wallpaper set at? A really odd picture. Leia picked it out a while ago. It's actually kinda pretty.
192. pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or pre-Armageddon rapture? I don't know enough about the different rapture theories to answer this.
193. Something you are really excited about? The Chopin Birthday party! (can you tell I like piano?)
194. Speaking of being excited are you a person who like being excited almost better then what you are excited about? Yes, I get excited about so many things. But I do like to have them happen :)
195. Other then Anne, who is your favorite Anne Of Green Gables character? *another sheepish grin* Gilbert
196. Why? I'm not quite sure, but he's such a down-to-earth kind of guy, a really good balance for Anne.
197. Space exploration is fundamental to the future of Science or a waste of time? Space exploration is very interesting and important to understanding our universe but I COULD NEVER BE AN ASTRONAUT!
198. Was that last question too weird and random? Nope
199. Would you rather read about something, or actually do it? *sheepish grin* (how many of those have I done already??) Depends on what it is...I'd much rather read about First Manassas than go fight it, but I'd much rather change a baby's diaper than read about it :P
200. Mechanical or No. 2 pencils? Mechanical
201. Pencil or pen? Pencil
202. Markers or colored pencils? Colored pencils
203. Favorite Jane Austen book? Persuasion!
204. How many Jane Austen books have you read? All of 'em!
205. Favorite Jane Austen character? Either Anne Elliott (Persuasion), Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) or Emma (Emma)
206. Ever been skiing? Sure have!
207. Skating? One a long time ago.
208. Competitive swimming? For a long time I did, was one of the best in my age group, but then we stopped several years ago and I'm glad I never wanted to be a professional. I love to watch competitive swimming, especially in the Olympics, or a normal meet when people I know are swimming.
209. Want to do any of the above? Maybe more skiiing....
210. Are you a competitive person? Surprisingly no.
211. Glad there are only 25 more questions left? :)
212. What are you planning on doing once you are finished here? Whenever I finish....
213. Books you are currently reading? Sherlock Holmes Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hard Times by Charles Dickens, The Heart of Midlothian by Sir Walter Scott, These High Green Hills (a Mitford book) by Jan Karon
214. Enjoying them? Totally!!!
215. Would you recommend them? All of them! Especially Holmes and Mitford
216. Skirts vs Dresses? Skirts probably, depends on the dress
217. Flats vs heels? Low heels
218. What is your current sewing project? A quilted bag and GoGo's still uncompleted Star Wars tunic
219. How's it going? Fine, fine
220. Favorite internet browser? Chrome or Safari
221. Why? They're fast and clean
222. Would you rather have little snacks all day or three big meals? Three square meals!
223. Read the newspaper at all? Yes, we get a quaint little country paper out here that I read. I learn nothing, but it's still fun. There's a crossword puzzle every week, a weekly horoscope :P and famous birthdays. I found out that I *almost* share a birthday with Cary Elwes :P (that'd be "Westley" from The Princess Bride) His is the day after mine.
224. If so what is your favorite section? What I just told you about :)
225. If you don't read the newspaper do you keep up with current event at all, or do you find them too depressing? Dad tells us world news, and sometimes we watch videos (like Obama's State of the Union speech) and I find them quite depressing. :/
226. What is your short term goal? To finish all these questions!!!
227. Long term goal? Maybe the answer above should be here too :P My long term goal is to finish that Chopin before the party
228. Do you wear a watch? Used too...
229. Been to a zoo? Lots and lots of times!
230. Jungle, desert, or mountains? Mountains!
231. What do you love about the time of year that your birthday is in? Fall leaves are so beautiful and the weather is normally perfect!
232. What do you dislike about that time of year? Occasional cold fronts and rain
233. Love the country,state, county, city your living in? I love my state, my country, and my little country town (in that order)
234. Been to Disney World? Nope.
235. We are called to be witnesses for Christ. What are you praying your testimony is? That those who see me will say, "There is a girl who loves the Lord and her family" and will know me by the way I dress and act.
236. When your family prays before meals, do you hold hand in a circle or fold your hand? Fold hands normally, although sometimes we hold hands.
~Molly (again)~
237. Who's your favorite/most admired martyr? Never really thought about it. Probably Paul.
~Abigail (again)~
238. Do you LOVE to write (stories, blog posts, reports, ect.)? See question #116
239. What state do you live in? Hmm...should I say....you can probably already guess by the places we take day trips to.....Here: I live in the state where most of the prominent Confederate generals were from. :)
240. Where have you always dreamed of living? I like where we are.
241. Ever dreamed of living in a fairy tale country? Narnia :)
242. Do you like pizza? Love it!!!
243. What do you like on your pizza (just cheese, anchovies, olives, spinach, ect,)? The works :)
243. How has God worked in your life in the past month? Yes He has, in ways too numerous to mention!
244. What kind of church do you go to? Presbyterian mostly (we're members there), occasionally Episcopal (it's right down the road) or Baptist.
245. Do you like shopping? Depends
246. What’s your favorite store to shop at? Jo-Ann's or Belk
247. What’s your favorite thing to buy for yourself? Anything Lands' End!
248. What’s your favorite family tradition? Sunday Sundaes
249. Do you like family traditions, or do you just go along with them because you have to? I love our family traditions!
250. How far away do your grandparents live from you? One set lives thirty minutes away (in the town where we just moved from) and my mama's mom lives in SC
251. Do you like living on a farm? I love it!
252. Do you have horses? No :(
253. Cows? Nope 
254. Chickens? Coming soon....
255. A pond? Not a pond, but a creek on the property and a quarry nearby
256. Dogs? Two Great Pyrs!
257. Cats? One black cat who has a mind of her own :)
258. How many do you have of each of the following animals? Well, we have three animals total right now, and hoping to get chickens and possibly a few goats in the next year or so. We're still pretty new to all this.
259. Do you ever wish you didn’t live on a farm? Not yet!
260. If so, why? 
261. Do you like home-schooling? I love it!
262. What’s your favorite part about home-schooling? Jumping grades! Actually, learning the true story about things like the War Between the States. (just to clarify, the only grade I "skipped" was 8th, and that was because I did 7th and 8th in one year. So I actually haven't skipped anything)
263. When you get older, will you sell stuff you sew? Clothes for myself and my children
264. What’s your favorite thing to sew? See #34
265. If you were told you had 2 days to sew three aprons, would you do it happily? Yes! Aprons are fun and easy :)
267. Would you do it at all? Yes!
268. Would you beg for more time? Nah, I like challenges.
269. Is it impossible for somebody to sew three aprons in 2 days (for you)? No.
270. Do you love sewing? LOVE IT!!!
271. On a scale of 1 to 10, what would you rank sewing? Probably a 9
272. Do you think my questions are dumb, pointless, or annoying? Some are a little pointless, but I don't mind answering them.
273. Are you going to have a giveaway for your 1000th commenter? How does one know when you have 1000 comments?
274. Do you like giveaways? I'm actually not allowed to enter them, since Dad doesn't want our address given out.
275. Do you like people asking you questions about your life? No. I like to talk :)
276. Do you like getting mail? It's better than e-mail!
277. Who’s your best friend? Other than siblings, probably my friend Polly.
278. Do you have an e-mail? Yes!
279. Do you give out your e-mail to people over the internet? I actually made an email to use for blogging stuff that isn't associated with my real name so I can give it out to some people over the net.
280. Do you like the song ‘Pirates Who Don’t do Anything’? "..and I've never thrown a mashed potato up against the wall..." Who doesn't?!??!
281. Why did you pick the songs you did to put on your playlist? 'Cause I'm a very funny person and I like fun songs :) All the songs are one I like. 
282. Do you only listen to Christian music? My playlist can tell you that. I like Christian music a whole lot, but I do listen to other things.
283. Who’s your favorite song artist? Cradle Warrior (a band of siblings who are dear friends of ours)
284. Favorite song? Hard one...of the Christian songs it would probably be "You are my Hiding Place" or "All in All", of non Christian songs it would probably be "Beautiful Dreamer" or "The Bonnie Blue Flag"
285. Why is it your favorite song? The lyrics of the Christian songs are wonderful, and Beautiful Dreamer has a beautiful tune and sweet lyrics and The Bonnie Blue Flag is inspiring and just all around the best song ever!!!!
286. What do you think Brandon Heath’s song ‘Give Me Your Eyes’ means? Never heard it.
287. Do you like Brandon Heath? Haven't heard anything by him before in my life.
288. Do you like Francesca Battisteli? I've never heard of her either
289. If so, what’s your favorite song by her? See #288
290. What’s your favorite blog? See #43
291. Do you check people’s blogs on a daily basis? Yes, most days I do check other's blogs.
292. What kind of books do you like to read? A wide range: fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, etc.
293. Who’s your favorite book author? Jan Karon!
294. Do you like Jane Austen? Love her books
295. Do you like E.B White? Forgot about him. Yes, I do like his books very much, but his illustrations better :)
296. Do you like Sarah Mally? Yes!!!
297. Have you ever read a book by Sarah Mally? Yes
298. If so, what book(s)? parts of Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends, and I hope to get Before You Meet Prince Charming soon.
299. What’s your favorite book? Other than the Bible, Little Women, the Mitford books and Gentian Hill come pretty close in a row. I also enjoy Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen books and many others.
300. Who’s it by? Little Women is by Lousia May Alcott, The Mitford Years are written by Jan Karon and Gentian Hill is by Elizabeth Goudge.
301. How many times have you read it? Little Women: countless times, Mitford Years: Each book several times, and there are quite a few books!, Gentian Hill: thrice
302. Can you name ten people who wrote the Bible? (Well, we know that God wrote the Bible, He told the people what to write.) Moses (debatable), Paul, Micah, Malachi, Isaiah, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Joel
303. What’s your favorite book of the Bible? Genesis or Ruth
304. What’s your favorite Bible verse? See #124
305. Who’s your favorite person in the Bible, besides God? Hmm....Joseph, David, Rachel, Rebekah, Ruth, Abraham....
306. Who, besides God, inspired you the most in the Bible? Daddy
307. If you were in David’s position, would you have enough courage to slay Goliath? Honestly, I don't know. David probably had his personal worries (why'd he take "five smooth stones" and not just one?) but he received strength from God. I would count on the same source :)
308. Have you every read my blog? Not yet :)
309. If so, do you like my blog? Heading over there soon
310. Since you’ve had a blog, what your favorite comment ever? 
"Ohmygosh, Jo - those pictures bring back memories! And Mr. FTR got a kick out of seeing some of them that he had never seen before! ;)

Hope you are wonderful.

Love, Mrs. FTR"
311. Who’s the comment by? My absolutely fantastic older married cousin!
312. Why is it your favorite comment? 'Cause I'm glad I made her smile :)
313. Are you surprised that I am almost to 100 questions? Quite surprised, surprised that y'all took me literally and three of you have come up with 100 :)
314. How many people reached 100 questions? Three
315. Who are those people? Merriette, Nana, Abigail
316. In total, how many questions did you get for your 100th post? Not sure yet, they keep comin' and comin', right now there are 337!
317. Are you grateful for every comment you get? Yes!
318. Do you want to have more followers? I'm not courting followers, I'd rather have ten faithful ones than a million not, but I love new followers!
319. If I had a Google Account, do you think I would follow your blog? That is totally up to you.
320. Do you always try to post encouraging things to your blog readers? Yes.
321. Do you have a PenPal? Over the internet yes, and by mail.
322. If so, who? Over the net: Nana, Over mail: Polly and Jane
323. If you don’t have one, do you want one? I've got 'em!
324. What is your goal in life? Be a godly example, to get married, be a help meet to my husband, have children and NOT be an astronaut.
325. Do you think you will continue to blog until you die (or are older)? I hope! Wouldn't it be great to look back on posts like this one when I'm old and see what I thought as a 15 year old.
326. Do you like to take pictures of yourself? Yep :)
327. Do you have twin? No :(
328. Are any of your siblings twins? No twins here!
329. Do you want a twin? IDK, I sort of like being the only oldest.
330. Do you always want to be close to your family (relationship wise)? OF COURSE!!!
331. Are you going to jump for joy when you’re done answering all these questions? Probably, since there are so many!
332. Are you surprised at how many people reached 100 questions? Yes I am.
333. Did you think more people would have reached 100 questions or less? Probably, but I honestly didn't want everyone to come up with 100 questions!!!
334. Are you happy that there are only 3 more questions left? :)
335. Do you think I could come up with another 100 questions for you? Not now!!! :?
336. Do you think someone could come up with 1000 questions for you? If they did, I wouldn't do them all :P
337. Are you glad this is the last question? *sigh* Yes. :)




THE END!!!!


You could probably tell I got a little burned out at the end :) (Remember I'd been working for over an hour on it!) That was TERRIFIC fun!!!!!!!! Thanks for all the questions!