Wednesday, May 6, 2015

About my Mom, and Nurse's Day

1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?
"Do you have everything?"
Without fail, I have always have and still do forget where I lay my keys down... even when visiting my mother to this day. And now whenever Tom leaves for work I say "keys phone wallet?" without hesitation. And it's always keys. I don't have any children yet but I have a feeling this will be my phrase.

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?
I feel like I'm referencing my mother's baking more than usual lately. The smell of baking bread reminds me of playing underneath the dining room table while they were rising.
How to Make Homemade Bread
Easy Cinnamon Raisin Bread

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?
My mother was raised as one of 13 kids in the 1950s, and was taught to be as sustainable as possible. I remember working with her in the garden, weeding around the vegetables and snapping green beans. Shucking corn and watching her can and freeze the fruits of her labor.
Did I ever show her pantry on here? If we ever need a place to leave when Manhattan gets the plague, we can go here and eat like kings for years. This is just one of the freezers.

I also remember her mending my father's jeans all the time. Working on a farm meant he would return with basically the entire leg ripped to shreds after catching it on machinery. And so she would hand stitch those jeans until they looked like something Frankenstein might wear.

4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you? 
I don't think I'm on board with any of that. I did just buy my first maxi skirt yesterday though in anticipation of a growing belly this summer. And unless I decide to become a mechanic at some point, I will not be in a jumpsuit ever, if I can help it. If I can help it?? Huh. So that's to say that if forced upon threat of life, I might wear one.

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?
My mother is a nurses aide and works incredibly hard at her job. She works in the Skilled Nursing Unit at the hospital and while she loves helping those who need to stay in her care, all the lifting of patients has begun to take a toll on her body. One reason that I never wanted to be any kind of health worker was because of all the strain and stress they are put under, mentally physically and emotionally.

If you are looking for a great gift for any nurses this May 6th, consider sending them out for a massage or to the chiropractor. Or get them some comfy sneaks. Or make them lunch whenever you visit, because they should sit down for once.
6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?
A whole mess of magnets, holding up photos and important documents, a licence plate from Puerto Rico. Drawings from my best friends daughter when she was visiting. Notice that she wrote "Tom loves Allee" and Farin loves Allee". Even our cat Dora loves Allee. Interesting she wrote it in that order :)
7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.
I'm a 3. And it's probably because I'm pregnant that the discussion of baby names is more interesting than anything else floating around on my Facebook feed.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We saw the heartbeat of our baby on Friday and found out that we're due on Christmas Day.
I'm toying with the idea of how I want to record the ups and downs of this pregnancy on here, but in the meantime, know that we were quite relieved to see the heart flicker on the screen!

So tell me...
Are you a nurse or a teacher? I hope you get some appreciation today :)
Have you ever canned or frozen enough food to feed an army?
What exciting news did you get this past week?

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  1. Hi, Farin...lots of thoughts in your post today, and congratulations on seeing the little heart beat. So excited for you. My mother did a lot of canning and freezing when I was a child, and there were four of us kids, so we ate a lot! I have a daughter who is a nurse practitioner, now staying at home to be mom to my grandson.

    1. Thank you Linda, and I'm wondering if preserving food is a dying practice. It seems like such a great idea, but it is so much effort. One which supermarkets are doing a good job at replacing.

  2. Hi! Congratulations on the baby!! What an exciting moment to see the heartbeat. I hope you have a good and uneventful pregnancy. Happy mother's day!

    1. Thanks! And I hope it is incredibly uneventful (in certain ways) as well! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

  3. A Christmas baby! So exciting! My sister's birthday is the day after Christmas and she has never let us get away with any sort of combo celebration : ) That is some freezer!

    1. Yes, we were happy when they told us the due date. The season is already so full of family and excitement, this will add to it! And yes, she is known for her ginormous freezers.

  4. Congratulations on your baby. I'm new to the Hodgepodge so having fun visiting other blogs. I love the smell of fresh bread.

    1. I do as well, and thanks for stopping by Wendy!

  5. So exciting to see the heartbeat!!! Congrats! My mom is a nurse as are many other women in my family and one of my best friends. I've seen firsthand what an incredibly physically and emotionally stressful job it is. Bless their hearts!

    1. Absolutely! And having so many nurses in the family really does open the eyes of anyone near to them on the demands and hours they work for little recognition. Happy Friday!

  6. I am not a nurse or teacher. I am a mother. I have froze many veggies and other foods to eat at a later time. To me it helps with prep time.

    1. Yes, I love meal prep for that reason!

  7. sweet! Congratulations! And a Christmas baby at that...the perfect gift! Of course I would rock any of those 70's fashions, lol! Nope, I don't can, but I love getting canned foods, lol! Stopping by from Christian Women Bloggers Unite.

    1. Thank you Michell, and I agree! On the 70s fashions, some can be pulled off by the more fashionable people (such as yourself). I would just feel out of place, as I typically do for a while until a trend has stuck around for awhile :)


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