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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Terroir, Terruno, Terre

 ~ tiny little signs of spring ~
The French word for sense of place is terroir and the Spanish word terruno means native land or homeland and the English word terre means land. Thank you to those who read my blog with any amount of frequency so you know my sense of place is deeply rooted in Thistle Cove Farm, here in these southern Appalachian Mountains settled by my kin so many generations ago. I've been doing a massive amount of holding down the porch furniture this week and it's likely to continue through next week. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I've been given the gift of time and I've used it to due advantage by catching up on my reading, magazines and books, as well as skimming through the i-universe. Just take some free advice...never, ever say "I'd love a week in bed so I could sleep" or any such silly thing. You just might get it but at what cost?

I have been crocheting some chair pads and have started on a rag, circular rug. Monday, I'll do a tutorial, God willing and the creek don't rise as I used to hear.

Some things of, possible, interest and fun include ---

True-Value Paint has a quiz, What's Your Color? and what does it mean about you. It appears yellow is my color and "you are quite the powerful thinker. It's this talent that allows you to overcome a plethora of great obstacles. Luckily, this doesn't affect your ego and you give off a pretty easy-going appearance. You enjoy the finer things in life and also have an attraction to art. If you can help it, you try not to rock the boat. But you also can't stop yourself from searching for new ideas, methods or styles."  Okay, this is, for the most part, true except for the boat rocking part. I don't hesitate to rock the boat especially when the boat is full of folks who want to take the easy way out, are timid about making decisions, would rather stand in place or, worse, stagnate. Remember the Gen. Patton quote from Sunday? Yeah, he nailed it!

Benjamin Moore Paint has released their 2011 Color Trends in four categories: The Farm, Order, Escape and Tribe. Design Hole says it best so look there and see if you like and/or agree.

Career Path gives career advice based upon color choice.I haven't a clue what career advice they gave me because it took forbloddyever to download and I finally hit the close button.

What's your type? No, really...what's your type? Mine is...hmmmm. Again with the download problems so haven't a clue. Let me know if it works for you.

OHMYGOSH! Look at this but not with a hot drink in your hand nor while drinking alcohol nor while on a piece of exercise equipment. You Are Warned - Be Careful.

What's your Interior Style? Mine is Sleek New Earth, "you love the outdoors and bring them into your living environment. You consider the technological side of your space. You bring trends that compliment your lifestyle into your home." Um, not so much, no. Unless you mean the wretched puppies bringing tree branches into the house to use as chew toys or the cats bringing mice into the house as gifties for Mom. Or, the wretched puppies completely trashing my chaise lounge on the back porch. Although, it was funny when, after they totally ripped out the entire seat cushion, they went to lie down and fell on the porch. The nasty little beggers had the gall to look at me like I'd done something! Anyway, there's really nothing sleek nor new about this ole farmhouse and that's just the way I like it, uh huh, uh huh.

How About Orange? is a great blog and is where I found the above time wasters stuff.

You know I like Sew, Mama, Sew and have spent some quality time perusing their site.

Posy Gets Cozy is a, dare I say it...cozy site and I always leave feeling I've visited a friend I've not yet met. 

KC Willis is a fabulous artist; I look forward to meeting her one day. One of my favorite posts is entitled Jonah Days about being in the belly of the whale. This past week I was in the belly of the beast because I had to have surgery. Not a nice feeling, frightening actually, and it seems to me the more anyone says something, the less likely it is to be true. As in, "we care about your health". Okay, so how about less talk, more action, please but not the kind of action where you gave me the exact meds that give me allergic reactions.

I hear ning is going to start charging for their on-line groups or communities. Bummer.

Blog Frog is, I think, similar to ning but without the price tag; at least, not yet. I found it via Tip Junkie, another fun site but there's a lot of stuff to peruse so, usually, I skim. Actually, now that I'm reading a trifle more deeply, Blog Frog is centered around your blog so it seems it's similar to a, new, marketing tool for your blog...? Whatever. The meds are kicking in so it's difficult for me to care much right now.

So, there you have it. A bunch of stuff. Some useful, some fun, some a sheer waste of time. Spring, it's sprung. About time, I'd say.

Blessings - home again, home again ~ i-universe~- flowers ~ my sense of place ~ home ~

Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm,


  1. Some view! Wow! Hugs from me to you!

  2. Cute post! I love a little of this and little of that kinda info!
    Hope you are resting...I know you are always hoppin from one project to another!
    Have a good Sunday. We are expecting frost!

    xo, misha

  3. I checked out many of the links you posted, and am always amazed at how the sites themselves work! Not sure I agree with the conclusions of some of the sites, but then, maybe I gave the wrong answers, or maybe even the computer techies can't buttonhole humankind!

    I hope you're recovering in a relaxing sort of way! I was intrigued by your last post and wonder if there are any mineral baths close to me, couldn't hurt and worth a try. Happy, blessed, and restorative Sabbath to you Sandra, and your beloved husband Dave!

  4. only one I did right now was the type - and my type supposedly is only 2.9% of those who have done the testing. Hmmm - I don't think my type would be all that unusual but it isn't exactly a scientific test - just fun.
    Is it your knee requiring the week of recuperating? Will pray for you and yes - certain places definitely hold our hearts - I walk outside sometimes and praise the Lord for letting me live here for however long His will allows.
    Take care and keep having internet fun.

  5. Hi Annesphamily - it is a great view, I never tire of it.

    Hi Misha - I am resting; apparently it takes a long time for the anesthesia to leave the body. ugh.

    Hi KathyB - oh, I think the sites are strictly for fun; not an ounce of reality in them -grin-. The northwest has lots of mineral baths, probably some in your state.

    Hi LindaSue - silly tests! No, not the knee and am waiting for the pathology report on Tuesday. Expecting good news, please God.

  6. Wow...this is like a potluck post...a little bit of everything. Looks like you have had quite a bit of time to explore the I-Universe. hehe!

    I hope you are ok, though?
    And at least you are doing some enjoyable things while you are 'laid up'....

    Take good care of yourself, k?


  7. Sandra,

    Hope you're recuperating nicely and that all tests come back with only the best results. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jules etc.

  8. I hope you are well and that your test results are ok.

  9. Love your blog and find your posts refreshing and fun, or interesting and thoughtful, or ... well you get the picture! It turns out that I am a YELLOW too - but I am not surprised. When my son's dad moved out one of the first things I did was paint the dark kitchen cabinets white and the blue walls yellow! Then I ripped out the carpets and linoleum and...


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