Answers to the Quote Quiz!

Okay, this is it.. the moment of truth. The moment of choice, of desicion. This is when we "...choose one of YOU." (The Polar Express)

Here are the answers to the Quote Quiz Contest!!

"I'll stop a car, and I won't use my thumb!...It's a system all my own."

         Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night
 Who got it right: Hope, Kathleen, Nana, Diann

"Ask her who she is, and what she's doing here!"
"Ah, yes. What are you, and who are you doing here? "

          Grumpy and Doc in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  Who got it right:  Kope, Kathleen, Nana, Emma, Diann

"What's this room? I've forgotten my compass."
"I'd say, south-by-southwest parlor-by-living-room."
                Liz and Mike in The Philidelphia Story

Who got it right: Hope, Kathleen, Diann

"Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people!"

Man on Porch in It's a Wonderful Life

Who got it right: Hope, Kathleen, Nana, Diann, Jo, Emma

"We were expecting someone, you know, taller!"
" You're one to talk."

Reepicheep and Trumpkin in Narnia: Prince Caspian

Who got it right: Nana, Emma, Kathleen, Diann

"We read five times that you were killed, in five different places."
" As you can see, it was true every single time."

Berger and Lazlo in Casablanca

Who got it right:  NO-ONE!

"A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven."

Baron St. Fontanel in the original Sabrina

Who got it right:Hope, Kathleen, Diann

"I washed my face and hands before I come, I did."

Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady

Who got it right: Hope, Kathleen, Emma, Nana, Jo, Diann

"No more rhymes. I MEAN IT!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"

Vezzini and Fezznik in The Princess Bride

Who got it right: Kathleen, Emma, Jo

"The French don't care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly. "

Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady

Who got it right: Hope, Kathleen, Jo, Diann

"That's not flying-that's falling with style!"

Woody to Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story
Who got it right: Hope, Kathleen, Jo, Diann

"Did that bird just "psst" us?"
Susan Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Who got it right: Nana, Jo, Emma

OK: Here it is the final scores

The winner is...
 (120 possible points)
Kathleen (Chili Pepper) @ Arts Chili Pepper-90 points!
               Way to Go MOM!!!(Of course... we had to get it somewhere!)
Diann @ Baby Button-85 points (Go Aunt Di!)
Hope -who doesn't have a blog-80 points (Yahoo!!!)
Nana @ By the Way- 60 points (That's my sister!)
Jo @ Scraps From My Workbasket-50 points (You Rule Quote Queen!)
Emma -who doesn't have a blog just yet-40 points (That's my other sister!)
Thanks so much for all those who participated for 1: your fun spirit and 2- your patience for me to put this up while my computer was being fixed.
Thanks again,


Globe Trotter Award

I created this award for a certain blogger we all know and love, and have missed for so long. That's right... Art's Chili! She back in town and I will give her this special award.

Here are the requirements of receiving this award:
1) Nominate one world traveler- it doesn't have to be recent.
2) You must post your favorite picture of yourself in that place.
3) You must name at least 2 things you learned about the culture, THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE YOU WENT.
To start this award off, I'll present it to:
Art's Chili and Jo March!


A Little Bit More...

When I wrote my post receiving the Gorgeous Blogger Award, some of my readers felt they had been gypped by already know 3 or more of the 6 things I wrote. So here are some more tid-bits about myself.
  1. I took Jesus as my Saviour on October 28, 1999. I was almost 9 years old.
  2. My favorite actor is Cary Grant and my favorite actress is Audrey Hepburn.
  3. My favorite Broadway song is "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls.
  4. My favorite Holiday is Christmas; when my Saviour made the decision to come to earth as a man...to be born to die.

So there you have it. 4 things I don't believe too many people knew about me... otherwise, can they wait til I'm tagged again?


You gotta see this!

This girl is really terrific! Enjoy!
This special award was created with some of my special bloggy friends in mind. To recieve this award, you must
  1. post a picture of yourself (or whomever the costume was made for) in the costume.
  2. tell what book/movie inspired the costume and what character wore it and
  3. award at least 2 others (with these requirements)

I will award:


I Award...

MyPa @ "Herding cats" has put up with a lot from everyone here at the Wachter abode while Mom's away.
So I created this award.
In order to receive it, you must:
  1. Name your 3 favorite things you ever did in parenting
  2. Name the silliest parenting moment
  3. Name 5 things you appreciate about your spouse
  4. You must award this to at least 1 other parent you know who has perfected the "art" (excuse the pun) of herding cats!!

Thanks Pa!




ABC's of Me this time for real!

I learned, right after I posted it, that my ABC's of me post from a few weeks ago, was actually just a let your readers get to know you better tag. But... I was tagged by Aunt Diann for the REAL ABC's of Me tag!

So...here goes!

A - Age: barely 18

B - Bed size: twin

C - Chore you hate: ironing

D - Dog's name: N/A, but if I did have a dog, it would be a white poodle and would be named FiFi;)

E - Essential start your day item: toothbrush, hairbrush, alarm clock to get me out of bed in the first place

F - Favorite color: pink. except for when it's green. or blue. Or purple, orange red maroon, periwinkle, mauve, taupe...

G - Gold or Silver: it depends on the stone. warm colors, orange, red, yellow, look better with gold. cool colors, greens, blues, silver, white gold or platinum

H - Height: 4' 11 3/4" and don't you DARE shy me my 3/4". ;)

I - I am: A drama queen, extovert, and generally eccentric...

J - Job: family babysitter, idea woman, doll fashion design, sewing, self-proclaimed stain blaster extroidinaire

K - Kids:

I also have a bitty baby and a set of bitty twins (not pictured)

L - Living arrangements: I"ve shard a room with Brianna for 10 years, we live in a Happy Yellow House. It's a small country rancher. An old house, and we all love it!

M - Mom's name: Kathleen, same as my grandmother and great-grandmother

N - Nicknames: Too many to list here. Some favorite would include: Susan, KK

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: I was born premature and spent almost a month in a hospital after my birth. Other than that, not that I can recall...

P - Pet Peeve: whining, crocodile tears

Q - Quote from a movie: "Insanity runs in my family: it practically gallops!"-Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace"

R - Right or left handed: Right, but both my maternal grandparents are left handed...

S - Siblings: "Yes, they are all mine. And believe me,it's NO picnic!"-Frank Gilbreth

T - Time you wake up: 6:30-7:00 on a good day

U - Underwear: Unmentionables is a nicer word...but of course I wear underwear!!!! doesn't everybody?! O.K. so I realize my cat is exempt...

V - Vegetable you dislike: If I didn't like a vegetable, house rules would make me eat it until I liked it or at least got really good at acting like I did!!!! Disliking veggies that the good Lord made is ungrateful and sinful!

W - Ways you run late: not waking up on time, taking too long on chores or make-up, abduction by "real small furry creatures from Alpha-Centuri."(Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

X - X-rays you've had: None. As of Yet. If I'm lucky.;)

Y - Yummy food you make: I really like to make and eat a recepie called cranberry cake in vanilla butter hot sauce. super simple. super tasty.

Z - Zoo favorite: Zebras are cool. but of course, so are penquins... they're really cool if they're from Antarctica. I'll just sit back and let that really BAD pun soak in...

TO keep the fun stuff comin' and goin' around... I'll tag Lucie Manette and Jo March! Have fun Ladies!!!


A Quiz For You!

Dear Blogger friends, Jo March had a movie quote contest just for fun. I decided to make my own. Winner gets 2 weeks of bragging rights! (that one's for you Aunt Di)
"I'll stop a car, and I won't use my thumb!...It's a system all my own."
"Ask her who she is, and what she's doing here!"
"Ah, yes. What are you, and who are you doing here? "
"What's this room? I've forgotten my compass."
"I'd say, south-by-southwest parlor-by-living-room."
"Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people!"
"We were expecting someone, you know, taller!"
" You're one to talk."
"We read five times that you were killed, in five different places."
" As you can see, it was true every single time."
"A woman happily in love, she burns the souffle. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven."
"I washed my face and hands before I come, I did."
"No more rhymes. I MEAN IT!"
"Anybody want a peanut?"
"The French don't care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly. "
"That's not flying-that's falling with style!"
"Did that bird just "psst" us?"
If you can guess the movie or character(s): 5 points/question
If you can guess movie and character(s): 10 points/question
Have fun and may the best movie buff win!


Gorgeous Blogger Award

Blogworld: I have an announcement to make... Brianna has given me the Gorgeous Blogger Award!

Yes... O.K. ...you can...wait, please... STOP CLAPPING!!!! Thank you.

Love to all my adoring fans!

Now. The requirement for recieving this award was that I had to tell you all 6 things about myself that you don't already know. Wow. This will be harder than I thought!!

1.Though I LOVE C.S.Lewis's books, I don't like the way he made Susan a traitor to Narnia. So I'm writing a book of how Susan turns back to Narnia, but mostly to Aslan.

2. My favorite color of roses is salmon pink.

3. I love and collect hats.

4. I love old music... especially swing and old-time jazz. And Broadway classics, not that new junk.

5. I took piano lessons for 12 years. I now teach 2 of my siblings.

6. I took ballet and tap classes for 9 years... and now can barely dance a step!

I pass this award on to Miss Hope and Josephine March!

Thanks for reading and being patient while I work out my sidebar issue.




Fab Family Friday!

Today's Fab Family Friday subject is Granny.
my paternal grandmother
a true country girl
a great baker
a wonderful cook
a sense of humor like no other!!


Who will YOU be?

You can take these online quiz to see what old-time actor and/or actress you would be. Click on your choice of quiz to take them.
actor My result on what classic actress I would be: Carole Lombard
I scored 21% grit, 10% wit, 43% flair, and 38% class!

You're a little bit of a fruitcake, but you always act out in style. You have a good sense of humor, are game for almost anything, but you like to have nice things about you and are attracted to the high life. You're stylish and modern, but you've got a few rough edges that keep you from attaining true sophistication. Your leading men include William Powell, Fredric March, and Clark Gable. Watch out for small planes. My result for the classic actor quiz: Cary Grant I scored 24% Tough, 10% Roguish, 33% Friendly, and 33% Charming!

You are the epitome of charm and style, the smooth operator who steals the show with your sophisticated wit, quiet confidence and flirty sense of humor. You are able to catch any woman you want just by flashing that disarming smile, even if you're flashing it at a kindly aunt or engaging child at the time. When you walk into a room, women are instantly intrigued and even the men are impressed, but you're too nice a guy to steal anyone else's girl...unless the guy deserves it. You're stylish, yes, but you can also be a little bit nutty. However, you're primarily seen as dashing, suave and romantic. Your co-stars include Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly, stylish women with a sense of fun.

Report: Day 3 of Operation: Survive While Mom's Away

Alright. We are halfway done day four and need report to Mama about what's happened here at Fort Wachter. (You blogger friends are just along for the ride :} ) Mama, Pa said since he wasn't here, but rather in VA for day 3, that I would have to write about it. I must say... it was the first time I'd been commanded to blog :].
We all devoured your note before even eating our breakfast and little faces lit up in the excitement of new stickers! Note the too-cute expression on Ellie's face... she loved hers, too.
Here is everyone with their daily countdown til you come home bags:
(Brianna figured out how to use the self timer on my camera)
Today we had a day of fun and no more than the typical chaos. Ellie wasn't quite sure what to make of a full day without either parent... but she was alright when she saw Poppop! She liked her apple for breakfast,
and was excited to have her twizzler of the day from her candy-countdown-til-momma-comes-home-bag.
After breakfast and circle time, we had playtime. Due to rain outside, we held it downstairs. Brianna lead with football drills and our modified "death crawl".
Nathaniel: Quarterback
(I accidentally rotated this picture the wrong way-doesn't it look like he's walking up the wall?)
Line-Backer Aedan
Emma, Kicker/defencive linewoman (is that a real word?)
The Team
Ellie found amusement during afternoon school time and before the boys were awake...

under the ever-watchful eye of Nana of course!! Nana, not my sister, but the one dubbed "Mrs. Poppop", by Pa, came over about 2 o'clock to help, bearing salad, oreos, and apple cider. The kids show off their school awards to Nana.

Ellie liked the oreos. We limited everyone to 3.

"KK, more yummmm pleeeeeese, please!!"

The roses Pa gave you last Thursday are blooming beautifully!


Sneak preview to Sherwood's newest movie...sort of

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_IYTtCLGk0 Visit link to see the preview..or something like it...:)

It's Pajama Time!!

The moon is up- it's gettin late.
Let's get ready to celebrate!
It's Pajama time.
Ooooh, yes!
It's Pajama time!

Some are pink and some are green.

Some are the ugliest you've ever seen!

They might be stripey or polka-dot...

But we can all pyjammy in whatever we got!!!

It's pajamma time.

Pyjammy to the left...Pyjammy to the right....

Jamma, jamma, jamma, PJ!

Everybody's wearin them on Saturday night!

Jamma,jamma, jamma, PJ

Now all around the room in one big line

Wearin our pajamas and lookin so fine!


Poem by Sandra Boynton


ABC's of Me

Brianna tagged me, so here it is!

Do you like to write?

Yes. I mostly like writing poetry. But I also like writing fiction, though what I have is NOT of printing quality.

Favorite books?

Narnia, Bible, Fairy Tales (Grimm's, Hans Christian Andersson), old mysteries (Poirot, sherlock holmes) Anne of Green Gables, anything by Louisa May Alcott.

Do you compose music/write songs?

I've written many song lyrics. As for music, I have, but not since I was 9...

Do you like poetry?

YES, YES, YES!!!! I especially like Rudyard Kipling and, sorry Aunt Di, Robert Frost. A Midsummer Night's Dream is really good, too.

Love someone so much who made you cry?

I don't think I quite understand this question. Any ideas? Please leave me a comment...

Broken a bone?

Nope, fortunately, I escaped that one!!!

Been in a police car?

You heard about the time I was put in jail for armed robbery, didn't you ;)- it was there I learned how to lose at spades...;)

Been on a boat?

Let's see... 3 close family members in the U.S.Navy, plus 3 trips to Disney with at least 2 ferry trips each, plus a trip to Seaport in CA, plus a trip to a Navy base in Norfolk, VA...

Fallen asleep in school?

Never, shame on me if I had!!!

Did you sing today?

An easier question for me would be when am I NOT singing!!! I am always singing! Even when I'm not, I usually have a song in my head. And, thanks to God and His amazing Grace, I always have a song in my heart! My cousin said he believed I had a song for every situation!!

KFC, Popeyes, or Church's?

Never had Church's, and I can't stand KFC. Popeye's holds a special place in family tradition, though. When we moved into a townhome (when I was 5) though we had no furniture, we celebrated our first meal in our new house with Popeyes chicken and biscuts, mac and cheese and a bottle of sparkling apple cider. When I was 11, we moved into our current home (a rancher) and repeated this tradition.

Chick-fil-a or What-a-burger?

I've never had What-a-burger, But the whole family LOVES Chick-fil-a. If you haven't ever had their Honey Roasted BBQ than you, my friend, are seriously missing out!!!

Starbucks of McCafe?

According to Dr.Kent Hovind, "If you drink coffee, your children will be born naked and illiterate!"

What's your favorite time of year?

Spring: because life is new Summer: with it's bright sun light Fall: with frost and morning dew Winter: because of snowy-white!

Do you ever talk to yourself?

Talk?! I've been known to hold full conversations with myself! Strange, I know... but tell me what else is new! Hey, I've never been accused of being normal! ;)

Do you have a favorite treat you like to buy on occasion?

Ghiridelli caramel squares.

Do you believe the Bible is the literal Word of God and is infallible?

No doubt in my mind WHATSOEVER!!! I believe that God did tell men what to write without changing their personal writing styles.ex: Peter, an un-educated fisherman, wrote God's Word in simple, everyday words and grammar, while Paul, an extendedly and in-depthly (is that a word?) educated Pharisee (Master on Moses and the Prophets) wrote in a far more advanced style. I believe God's Word is from eternity past to eternity future and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. World without end, Amen and Amen.

What's your favorite sport?

Baseball- because it's the only one I understand!!!

What color is your ipod?

Light blue and I keep in in a lime green leather case. I have a third generation nano (the silver-backed square ones).

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Anywhere and everywhere, but especially Europe. And Israel.

If you could go to any fictional place, where would you go?

Narnia, Telmar, Colorman, the 7 Isles, the Lone Islands, All the way to Ramandu's Island, Aslan's country. (Only those who have read Narnia will understand any of this!!!)

Do you love to write or do you just like writing? Or do you write at all?

I just like writing, but I love writing poems.

What do you want to be when you’re a grown up?

Whatever God has planned...

Favorite animal?

Cats, all cats any cats, from domestic to a Begal Tiger!

Favorite song?

See the question "Did you sing today"

Do you like school?

"Oh, I'm ALL about this." Guess the movie this quote is from to win brownie points!! Mom and nana- you don't count...:)

Are you a people person because I’m getting the idea that you are?


Do you like to talk?

I've been told so, yes.

Favorite food?

I'll eat anything but snails, neck and organs. Oh, and blood sausage!


Narnia, poetry, reading, sewing, piano.

Favorite author?

C.S.Lewis, Agatha Christie, God, Kipling, L.M.Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott

Favorite weapon?

Bow and arrows. these can be strong and feminine. And I don't only like them because Susan has one. They remind me of the verse in the Bible (it escapes me just now where it is: I think Proverbs?.) it says, and I am paraphrasing here, that children are like arrows in the hand of a strong man. Blessed and happy is he who has his quiver full.

Is this a fun tag or are you getting bored?

Fun. (yawn) ;)
Do you like Hannah Montana and all those girly people and movies like Highschool Musical?

Absolutely NO. I am opposed to any so-called role model who dresses like a, please forgive my language, a harlot. I am sorry if you do like those people; but I believe as a Christian it is my duty to speak out against evil symbols being raised up for our little ones to follow.

What are you scared of?

Failure, but not much else. Oh, and spiders, but only big ones.

Favorite flower?

Irises or tulips or sedums.

What is the expression on your face?

Normal "I'm staring at my computer" blank expression.

Color of your eyes?

I've had people call them blue and others say that they were green. I'll leave it up to you to decide.

In order to keep the fun going, I'll tag: Lizzie and Jo!

Fab Family Saturday?

Yesterday was a bit busy, Mom having the flu and all.
But today's Fab Family Saturday subject is Pappy!
My Paternal Grandfather,
hard working,
willing to help out,
a role model of labor and working the earth.
(behind him are his many apple trees)
You are welcome to join me in my Fab Family Friday!


Fab Family Friday!

Today's Fab Family Friday Subject is Poppop!



lover of music and old movies,

a man of many memories,




golf, baseball, basketball and football fan,

a great rough houser!!


Back in Blogland!!

It feels soooo good to be home!!!!
Vacation was, as usual, a piece of heaven so it will be hard to get used to a regular schedule again. we're heading back out the door to visit a dear friend in Ohio tomorrow. And when we get back we will begin school, then Mom leaves for Italy! When mom returns, we'll have two days until Thanksgiving and then comes Christmas, New Year's and Pa's and Nathaniel's Birthdays!!!!!! After all that, the time will thin out a bit. So, thanks for reading I'll see you all in March!! ;) Just kidding, I may be able to fit in some blogging in early November, right before Mom leave and after we get back from Ohio and settled. Maybe mind you... :) :) :)
I had a nice surprise waiting when we came home. My costume won a 2nd place ribbon at our county fair!
Now, I have question to ask my readers, merely out of curiosity. I'm going to place here a picture of a painting that hangs in our vacation rental house. Please go to my sidebar and tell me what you thinkvia a vote. I won't disclose what I think of it until the time for voting has ended.
Here is the picture:


"Meet me in St Louie, Louie, Meet me at the FAIR.."

Welcome to the Great Blogger Fair (GBF)!!!!!!!!
Here is my entry:
A Susan Pevensie Costume!!
(The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian)
Here is the whole dress

Here is the over-bodice (also called a cuirass)
Cuirass trim detail Scallop on bottom of cuirass detail
lacing on back of cuirass
sleeve trim detail
(this also shows the fabric texture well)
back of dress lacing detail

Dare to Compare!!!

Okay, so mine isn't EXACTLY like hers, but I like it.!!!


Fab Family Friday!

Today I'll talk about my grandmother, Judy. Sweet as can be, Loves the sunshine, Always thinking of others, Loves God, Student of His Word, Promoter of education, A spirit of Love.


One thing I did this week was... LAST WEEK!

One thing I did this week was sorted through old pictures and found an old TIN-TYPE! Here is a picture of it. And a closer view of her face and bodice. This tin-type we guessed to be from around 1850. We also had to guess at who it was. Our educated deductions lead us to believe that this is my Great-Great-Grandmother, Anna Beatrice O'Brian, after marriage, she tagged on her husband's name, Leonard. Isn't she so beautiful? I love studying my family's heritage! It's just so facinating to learn about all the history. Who did what, who married who, who gave birth to who, and my favorite, so, how are they related to us? :) I'll try to post more old pictures as I come to them!

Not Me Monday

Usually, I don't do the Not me Mondays. But, over time I have NOT comprise a list of things that I did not do. I did not drink out of the same cup as the baby, after she'd been eating slices of bread. And I did not point out to mom that little pieces of bread and crumbs were not floating in the water. And I didn't say that it would be all right, as long as I rinsed it out first. I most positively would not pick up my brother, in his play clothes and toss him into the above ground swimming pool. I certainly did not laugh when he surfaced and realized I had not put in the ladder so he couldn't get out without asking me. and I did not see the whole family gathered round. Some were not watching at the windows and some were not standing next to me. And they were not laughing, too. We wouldn't be very nice to do that, would we? Nope Not Me!


Fab Family Friday!

Today's Fab Family Friday subject is Miss Ellie!
Ellie is:
Simple and Sweet;
A Lover of music and dancing;
(this is our "iBaby")
Bling loving,
pretty, perfect, princess,
and just plain lovely!
(Ellie with Ella, daughter of Susan who writes"It's What's Happenin'")


What do they think?

I've thought about this... do the actors of Narnia really get what they are representing? I like the way Lucie Manette put it in this post: Read it here!

In comment to her post, did they realize that all reigning equally under Aslan pictures when we will all rule equally under Christ in the Millennial reign. Also, we as children of God are royalty-after all He is the King of kings and LORD of lords!

Furthermore, did they realize that each of them represent a different kind of Christian Life?

Peter The Magnificent represents the victorious christian.

Susan the Gentle represents the sometimes doubtful, always"safe" one who falls away in time of trouble or doubt.

Edmund the Just represents the one who was forgiven much and so loves much, and is always after faithful.
Lucy the Valiant represents (As Lucie pointed out) the ever faithful one with childlike faith, the faith we all are to have and so many times fail so utterly.

Lastly, did the director, Andrew Adamson, realize all he was telling them to do? He so vibrantly captures so much and yet is CLUELESS!

Sad, but true...