Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

Patrice has called us inside for our chat this week because her weather is so cold.  Well Miss Patrice, if you want to escape the cold weather you're more than welcome to come to sunny South Florida where it's currently 67 degrees.  It's a bit humid out today but still pleasant.

This is what we're chatting about this week over at Everyday Ruralty:

This week's questions:

1. Do you make New Years resolutions?
I don't make resolutions.  I find that most people don't even take resolutions seriously, but even those that do don't hold to them past January.  They're quickly forgotten.  I try to set goals that are attainable with the help of the Lord.  These are more about improving my character.  My goal this year is to show more compassion and to be more encouraging.  My daughter has the gift of empathy.  I do not.  Maybe I can learn from her.

2. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
That's a tough question for me, because I don't live my life year to year.  I live day by day.  Each day I hope to live a little more for Christ.  To be a little more like Him.  If I can improve just a fraction of my life in this way, this year will be a victorious one.

3. Tell me about your favorite place to think, create, or just relax.
My home is my sanctuary; I can relax here and feel most comfortable.  An exact spot where I like to think or create?  Hmm.  I'm usually at the kitchen counter when I'm creating blog posts.  Scrapbook pages are created on the dining room table.  I read and think best in one of our comfy recliners.  I guess anywhere in my home is a good place to be creative.

4. Are you a fan of old movies? (Like the ones that were originally black and white.)
Oh yes, very much so!  I think the old movies are romantic without being sexual, scary but not gorey, funny without the need of vulgarity, and so well written they get remade by today's Hollywood all the time.  I would love it if filmmakers took their cues from films of the past.  The story lines were so good they didn't need the shock factors of today to sell tickets.

5. Tell me something that made you happy since our last porch visit. If you're new to the chats, tell me something good that has happened to you lately.
Due to safety issues and concerns of conscience, my daughter had to leave her job at the orphanage, which was a tough decision.  She is still interning at the church, but that's unpaid, and she needs to pay her bills.  Thankfully, God has provided (as He always does) and she got a job at Old Navy.  Working retail is not a dream job, but it will allow her the flexibility to continue her internship at the church and also allow her to take some counseling courses so she can become a certified counselor.  I'm so thankful to God for His provision and guidance.


Debbie Huffaker said...

Really like your answer about old movies. I will be 58 this month and my favorite movies are still the cartoony ones. We watched the second Nannie McPhee and I <3 that movie, too!!! Anything, sweet and with a message is what I like!! Happy 2013 to you!!!

Clairity said...

I'm totally with you about the previous generation of movies which were much more watchable than many of the ones they make these days.

Mrs. O said...

Definitely about the old movies & TV shows. I was watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix (the ones they don't usually show on TV) and I mentioned to E.D. how guys got shot and you didn't see any mark on them, no blood gushing, no head blown off. Such a difference to today's TV shows. It's part of the reason I prefer Netflix to regular TV nowadays.

jen @ grown in southern ground said...

great answers... living day to day is always the best :)

Mary said...

Great answers Arlene. Life is so much better when we dedicate ourselves to God. Wishing you a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Patrice said...

I agree with you about movies, but I think our country is raising kids that need such a high level of mental stimulation, without a need for a significant attention span. Old movies would not be appreciated- even if we think they are great. I would love to see less violence. I think it is desensitizing people, and that is a bad thing.

I'm glad the Lord is watching over your daughter. i hope she can get what she needs to be a counselor.

Your home sounds like a peaceful place.
Happy New Year!

Madonna said...

I agree with you on movies. For the most part they just aren't watching anymore and just so much nastiness and violence you certainly can't watch with the kids.

HeY J said...

love old movies and I was a brat and stepped in and took some very familiar black in white movie characters from the MIL that nailed one more nail in my coffin of him hating me, but SO WHAT i love Laurel & hardy pic on my post.
Love your answers Arlene always do <3

Sherri said...

I agree with you too on the old movies too. It's funny Mrs. O mentioned the Twilight Zone. A few years back I told my then 20 year old nephew about the show, it intrigued him so much he looked them up on the web. He's 23 & so hooked it's not funny. Maybe there is hope for our youth :O) Have a Blessed & Happy New Year

Barb said...

Hi Arlene!

Love your Chats on the Farmhouse Porch!

Sounds like you are starting your New Year off right - the best resolutions are those made with the help of the Savior!

Congratulations to your daughter - jobs are hard to find, and it sounds like she made a good decision. I love it when things work out!