This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Saturday, November 15, 2008

What American accent do you have?

I found this test over at Our Little Monkeys and had fun taking it. You know I love these bloggy tests!

I find accents terribly fascinating. But my husband (darling man, love of my life--so I say this with all the love in the world) is fascinated with accents even more.

My guy has a habit of picking up accents when talking to people with them. And then often having a better version of their accent than they do! He has a knack of being able to identify peoples accents down to cities sometimes--even those of people from other countries. He's kind of weird like that. (It's okay he calls me "spooky" about things, so again he knows I say these things with all the love in the world.)

He also spent summers growing up at the family dairy farm near where Missouri and Arkansas meet so he has a hidden accent that slips out when he is very relaxed. He was also a DJ in a former life so he has a "professional voice" which is very rich and full. He was still occasionally a DJ when I met him so that was the voice I heard a lot at the beginning of our relationship.

Having grown up in the Midwest the test results weren't much of a surprise, and I did have a radio show in college. But in honesty, I have gotten a little lazy after over fifteen years in this vicinity. So sometimes you get some "fer's" instead of "for's" and dropped "g's" and some "git's" instead of "get's." So I think my announcer days are over. Ahhhhh welll...anyway:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South


The Northeast

The Inland North

The West


North Central

What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

So what is your accent?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wandering on Wednesday--A Ramble

I am still trying to get all the chocolate frosting off of this cake topper. We got it for Boo's birthday in August and it was a hit. It has blinking lights and plays "Happy Birthday" The only thing it doesn't do is ice the cake for you. Roo definitely wanted it for his cake this week. My baking creation definitely did not look as lovely as this picture, and I wasn't about to share with you my horrendous "writing with icing skills."

For Roo's first birthday I attempted a Noah's Ark cake. It fell apart and it is a good thing the animals were plastic--they would've drowned in icing otherwise. Since then my sister has always did birthday cakes for the boys--this is the first year we haven't been able to be together for Roo and my niece's birthdays. We miss them for more than the cake! My sister's always been very creative about cake decorating. She inherited that gene from my mother. Me? I'm the buy some model figures and slap them on the cake and call it decorated. She's used the models, too, but then creates a scene or landscape for them to be framed it. An artiste, let me tell you!!

I am reading Ralph Moody's Little Britches (aka Wild Country). Roo read it earlier and really liked it. I would highly recommend it for readers of all ages. This was one of my choices for the Fall into Reading Challenge.

So far, I've finished three of twelve books on my list for the Fall into Reading Challenge, but I've managed to read five other books not on the list! I have a history of getting sidetracked. Reviews are over on my Reviews & Recipes blog.

Sidney, aka the Crabby Cat, apparently is not happy with my husband's selection of food this morning because he's been complaining to me since I opened my eyes. He has been messing with me all morning. He is upset that the weather is changing. He asks to go out and then when he peeks outside he changes his mind.

Reminds me of T.S. Elliot's...

The Rum Tum Tugger

...The Rum Tum Tugger is a terrible bore:
When you let him in he wants to be out;
He's always on the wrong side of every door,
And as soon as he's at home, then he'd like to get about.
He likes to lie in the bureau drawer,
But he makes such a fuss if he can't get out.
Yes the Rum Tum Tugger is a curious cat-
And there isn't any use for you to doubt it;
For he will do As he do do
And there's no doing anything about it!...

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

The YouTube video of the Rum Tum Tugger from Cats is available. A little, ummmm...forward and friendly in the dancing, but certainly a fabulous musical.

Off to find the bottom of the laundry pile which may be as easy as finding the pot at the end of the rainbow.

What are you up to today?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mind Boggling...

That was a groaner of a title, but I just couldn't help it. So what board game are you?

You Are Boggle

You are an incredibly creative and resourceful person.

You're able to dig deep and think outside the box to get things done.

You are a non linear thinker. You don't like following directions

You draw your inspiration from the strangest places sometimes. You're constantly inspired.

Tell me if you play!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Grains of Gratitude

Late in the day Grains of Gratitude. We've been running non-stop for the last few weeks. I'm grateful that gas has gone down. $1.67 today. Wow!

There has been a lot of safe travel this week that I am thankful for--the boys and I downtown and back, and Daddy made it home again after a two week trip. I am thankful for that, so very thankful.

I am thankful for my boys. This week is the "Roo Edition."

Roo is turning eleven.

He is a rule follower. He is an honest worker. He won't try to cut corners. In fact sometimes he makes things more difficult for himself. He dots the "i"s and crosses those "t"s. Sometimes he even tattles on himself. Which is why I trust him a lot.

He has a soft heart. He's shown others forgiveness when I would not have been so forgiving. He cares about me when I'm down or not well. He is empathetic. He loves little children, but is aware of how fragile they can be, so he is very, very gentle with them.

He is a talented piano player and a wonderful dancer. Math has become a joy because I am seeing it through his eyes. I've relearned so many things this year!

Where did my baby go to? He comes up to my chin now.

Brady's Bunch is the home of Grains of Gratitude thanks to Christine!