5 Things You Would Learn About Me If You Walked Through My House

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012

I got an email today from Trisha over at MomDot.com that got me chuckling, and a bit panicked because she was asking her bloggin’ buddies to let readers take a walk through their house.  PLEASE don’t walk through my house this morning!   My living room rug seems to be growing cat hair and I think I left my breakfast stuff on the counter.

Well, there you have it.  I guess you would learn something about me right off the bat if you walked through my house this morning;  I am a cat person and I am NOT a morning person.

With that said, don’t walk through my house until after 2 or 3 in the afternoon unless you want to see me in my pajamas.  Okay, I’ve flossed and brushed, taken a shower, and combed my hair, but I’m still really not dressed.  But, I’ve got my robe on so come on in!

1) My Hubby and I can’t come home from anywhere without a mug.  It’s not easy to find a place to display them, but we did.  Kind of nuts, right?

2)  After perfecting my gumbo recipe for years, I have achieved Gumbo Greatness, or at least have my family convinced.  My sister honored me with this towel.  What you wouldn’t know from seeing this cute little towel is how I came to learn how to make gumbo.  When we moved to the Gulf Coast almost 10 years ago, I was watching a local chef on TV showing how to make the roux and then the gumbo.  I copied down everything he said and that is how I learned to make gumbo.  You see, there’s not a lot of gumbo-making going on in my home state of Wisconsin.
3)  I drink a lot of green tea and water every day.  This is the cup I carry around all day with my green tea in it.  It’s plain, steeped, no sugar at all, green tea.  I drink two of these cups every day.  Now, this cup holds 750 ml of liquid.  In other words, I drink around 1 and 1/2 quarts of green tea every day.  I guess you would learn that I am hooked on green tea and should be pretty hydrated.

4) I love ‘stuff made from other stuff’ especially when it means something special.  This is an angel (which I love to collect anyway) made out of an old plate from my family growing up.  My sister took it to a shop and had angels made for all of us siblings after our Mom passed away.  I’m a real softy for that kind of stuff.

5)  Aside from the softy side of me, you would learn that my humor tends to lean to the ironic.  For whatever reason, irony just makes me laugh.  This picture of my Dad in his hunting gear was the perfect spot to prop up my granddaughter’s delightful little Christmas decoration.  This may not tickle everyone’s funny bone, but it definitely tells you something about me.  And I think the deer’s crossed eyes just add to the fun.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your trip through my house.  Stop by again… just make sure it’s not too early.  Bye!

 

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52 Responses to
“5 Things You Would Learn About Me If You Walked Through My House”

  • Sara Phillips says: August 6th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love your mug display!!

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you, Sara! That makes me happy! 😀 It’s so silly, but what are you going to do with them? Thanks again!

  • tess kann says: August 6th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I wouldn’t want anyone in my house without an embossed invitation. I must prepare for such interludes with people. And yes, you just find me in my pajamas too.

    It was nice visiting your house. Give the kitty an extra pat on the head from me.

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks, Tess for stopping by… virtually, that is. Yeah, I figure if I’m at least dressed by the time I open my wine I’m doing good. BWHAHAHAHA! And, yeah, I always tell my Hubby we’ve got enough cat hair around to make another cat. I’ll give our kitties a pat on the head as soon as they appear for their evening meal. They’re not morning ‘people’ either. I expect they’ll crawl out of hiding around sundown. Thanks again, Tess!

  • Beeb Ashcroft says: August 6th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    LOL I love the touches of irony! I want to try your gumbo, too.

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you, Beeb. I’m glad you liked my little bit of humor, sick and twisted as it may be. I just find that stuff silly. And, I’ll see if I can ship some gumbo out to you the next time I make it. 😉 Thanks for dropping by the virtual tour! It was fun!

  • Lisa @ljenator says: August 6th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    It’s pretty neat that you drink so much green tea! I like it, but apparently not as much as you do! 🙂

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Too funny, Lisa! You know how I got hooked? I quit drinking Diet Coke. I HAD to have something to replace it with. I found the green tea did it. I make it in the morning – 4 teabags steeped in a 2 quart pot of boiling water. Then pour it in a pitcher and top it off with more water and put it in the refrigerator. The first mug I drink is hot out of the pot, then the rest is cold. I’ll usually add a bit of water each time I fill my cup so I get extra water. So between the tea and the water I probably drink a gallon of liquid a day. It’s the only way I could get off the Diet Coke. Majorly addicted to the stuff. So glad I’m done with it. So, yeah… green tea. Go figure. Thanks again, Lisa, for stopping by. This has been fun. 😉

  • Patti Stafford says: August 6th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Love it! I have strange and eclectic collections too. We’re just cool like that, eh?

    Thanks for sharing. 😉

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hey there, Patti! You like the mugs? Once we started, we just couldn’t stop. I didn’t take pictures of our apron collection, sea shell collection, angel collection, or (Heaven help me) flamingo collection. Oh dear. Maybe I need to do a blog party about just collections. That could be weird, and fun, eh?! And, yes, we are cool like that! Thanks again, Patti, for stopping by!

  • Karen says: August 6th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Love the mugs, but I really love the Gumbo towel. I just made home made gumbo yesterday. DElicious!

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Karen! The Gumbo towel was really a sweet surprise from my sister. Growing up in Wisconsin, none of us really got to make gumbo. Not a lot of shrimp up north. 😉 We knew about it because an Aunt and Uncle lived in Louisiana, but it was nothing we had or made on a regular basis. But, I must say, once we moved down south, I was on a mission. I make a mighty mean gumbo now and when I go to Wisconsin to visit, or family comes here, I always treat them to my (as my family says) “world famous gumbo.” tee hee! We’ll have to swap recipes! Thanks for stopping by to visit and comment. Wasn’t this fun?!

  • Katie says: August 6th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    mmm gumbo!

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks, Katie. Yeah… mmmmm…. 😉

  • trisha says: August 6th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I think its pretty cool that you put up the mugs!!

    trisha

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks, Trisha. Boy, when you drag stuff home from trips, you’ve got to find SOMEPLACE to put them. We actually have quite a few more in the cupboards. sheesh! Ya gotta laugh! 😉

  • Nolie says: August 6th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Now I want to start collecting mugs.

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Save yourself, Nolie! Don’t do it! You’ll never be able to stop! 😉 Just kidding. It’s actually a nice thing to bring home from vacations. You actually can use them… although we’ll never have 50 people over for coffee. BWHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Lindsay says: August 6th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    You have an awful lot of Christmas stuff out LOL! I will admit, that angel is a wonderful idea to pay homage to someone who has passed away. What a sweet way to remember her!

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Funny! Thanks, Lindsay. I have 10 siblings so when Mom passed away, dividing up the stuff became somewhat of a challenge. There were items that we all cherished. So, how do you decide who gets what? Just find someone who will break it up and make angels out of it! A Judgement of Solomon, so to speak. It worked for us. Thanks again, Lindsay.

  • Kenda says: August 6th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I absolutely love your hanging coffee cups. I have an entire cabinet full of them – I need to do something creative like that!

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks, Kenda. That little space between the cupboards and ceiling is a goldmine for collectors. 😉 When you find a place to display your collection be sure to post a picture so we can see them. Thanks again, Kenda, for coming by to visit!

  • Mandi says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    My husband wants to start a shot glass collection from the different places we visit… guess we should traveling more, huh? lol

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Mandi. Yeah, shot glasses are fun. Just start watching for them any time you travel. You’ll be amazed how FAST a collection can grow. So, word of warning – have a place to put them BEFORE you start bringing them home. 😉

  • Ivette Muller says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Awe…I LOVE recycled crafts! I collect water bottles and travel coffee mugs…they are even harder to display and store without a handle!

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, Ivette. Isn’t this fun? It’s been great getting to visit with all of you. Yes, recycled/reclaimed stuff is so fun. I imagine mugs without handles are a bit harder to hang. 😉 Thanks again, Ivette, for coming by to see me!

  • Grace Hodgin says: August 6th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I have a coffee cup fetish and love your collection. I’m always on the look out for that perfect cup that reflects my personality. I collect key chains everywhere I go because we have a two room cabin so the storage is limited. 🙂 I enjoyed my visit and getting to know you.

  • Patti says: August 6th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you, Grace. It’s been great fun getting to know everyone. So the mug collection numbers around 50. (The pic just shows a section that are hanging, and then we have a cupboard with quite a few.) I don’t have the heart to get rid of any of them. Each one was from somewhere my Hubby and I visited (or we visited with other family members.) It was crazy to get started with this, but now I love it. Thanks again, Grace, for visiting, and I look forward to getting to know you, too.

  • Shell Fruscione says: August 7th, 2012 at 2:35 am

    That mug display is genius! I love using vertical space. and; That angel? SO sweet, and I love the story behind it, even though it’s obviously a sad one. It’s very sweet, too. <3

  • Patti says: August 7th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Thank you, Shell! I’ll tell my Hubby you called him a genius. He’ll like that! 😉 The truth is he surprised me with that mug display when I came back from a trip. He got help from a friend to measure it up, then he screwed in the hooks and voila! Now when we take a trip and come home with a new mug, we have to figure out which one gets the boot so the new one can hang on the display. It’s great fun! And, yes, the angel makes me smile, and get a bit weepy, too. Like I was telling Deb, I actually have two more angels from special plates (our birthday plate and our parent’s wedding cake plate.) My sister found the perfect solution for dividing up our keepsakes. Also a genius idea. Thank you again, Shell, for reading and especially for commenting.

  • deb says: August 7th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I love recycled art as well..the angel is adorable.

  • Patti says: August 7th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Thank you, Deb. We all couldn’t have the special plate, so now we all have a special piece of it. I actually have two more angels made out of two other special plates, but only took a picture of the one. We had a ‘birthday plate’ and a ‘wedding plate’ that we grew up with, too, each now turned into angels. It was such a wonderful thing my sister did for us. Thank you for reading, Deb, and especially for taking the time to comment. I sure appreciate it.

  • Nina Knox says: August 7th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Hi Patti, I love your house! That’s the kind of house that is a home! I’m also a huge collector of stuff. I have a tea cup collection, and I have no more room for tea cups but I keep buying them anyway. So now I make pincushions out of them. I also display a lot of my grandmothers’ things and my mother in laws’ things. I love the reminders of them.
    My daughter in law calls me an organized hoarder and I’m very proud of the title!

  • Patti says: August 7th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Thanks, Nina! I love all my collections, but, like you, I’m definitely running out of room. I’ve seen your tea cup pincushions and they are adorable! And, yes, it would be hard for me not to have my Gram’s and Mom’s stuff around me. I know it’s important to declutter for our sanity, but when it comes to clutter, I get rid of my new stuff before I touch anything old. I even have one of my Mom’s mixing bowls that I remember her using for whipping frosting. Did I need another mixing bowl? No. But I wanted it so I just got rid of some of my own to make room. I use the mixing bowl now most often to make an ice bath for my hard boiled eggs. So I smile every time I make eggs. And that’s what this stuff is all about, right? I don’t think my daughter would ever refer to me as ‘organized’… hoarder, yes… organized, no. But, that’s okay. I just love my stuff! Thanks again, Nina, for your comment. I sure appreciate you!

  • OSS says: August 7th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I know just the place to pick us up a Puyallup mug…. 🙂

  • Patti says: August 7th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Hey there OSS! Too funny. Can’t wait. I know I’ll proudly display that mug! Love ya!

  • leah says: August 7th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I buy a snow globe everywhere we go. My husband and I can look all around our house and see a snow globe and immediately know where we got it, what we were celebrating, etc.

  • Patti says: August 8th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Hi Leah. I love snow globes! That’s a neat way to reminisce. I have a really pretty little snow globe with flamingos in it that my Hubby got me for my birthday when we moved to Florida.

    On a side note, I have had a chuckle or two at the signs in the airports now that snow globes aren’t allowed in your carry on. Snow globes. Just seems like such an odd thing to single out.

    Thanks for stopping by, Leah, and sharing your thoughts. 😉

  • Ashley - Embracing Beauty says: August 8th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I love your angel, that is so sweet!

  • Patti says: August 8th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Thank you, Ashley. She is one of three angels made from keepsake plates. They are so precious to me. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. It means a lot to me that you took the time.

  • Amanda says: August 8th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Great post Patti! I had no idea you were a gumbo champ, that towel is so cute. I want to do a post like this on my blog now! Maybe more kitchen focused since it is a food blog. Do you mind? I’ll be sure to mention that your post inspired me!

  • Patti says: August 8th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thanks, Amanda! Do I mind?! Not at all! Have fun and thanks for the Link-LUV! And for sure, when you do the post let me know and I’ll do another post about “What’s in my Kitchen?” and link back to you. Great fun! (Of course, I’ll have to clean up my kitchen a bit! tee hee!) Thanks again, Amanda, for stopping by and commenting. Looking forward to joining in your kitchen-focused fun! It really means a lot to me that you have taken time out of your busy day to read and comment. Thanks again!

  • Jessica says: August 8th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Love the gumbo towel and I would love to try some. YUM!!

  • Patti says: August 8th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks, Jessica! I must say, I’ve turned out some pretty yummy batches of gumbo. It’s fun because it’s never exactly the same. Maybe we need to have a gumbo party, eh? Thanks again, Jessica, for taking time out to come visit me here.

  • Henrietta says: August 8th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I really love that your sister had angels made for all of you, that is so sweet and such a neat treasure to keep! I love the irony of the deer too 🙂

  • Patti says: August 8th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you, Henrietta! It was sweet, wasn’t it. 😀

    I’m also glad you enjoyed the deer humor. I just couldn’t resist.

    Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I sure appreciate it.

  • Sharon says: August 8th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hello-I feel like I know you better. You seem like a person who loves life.
    Sharon

  • Patti says: August 9th, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Hi Sharon. Thanks! It is true – I do love life. And I surely do appreciate you and all the fine folks who stopped by to visit me on our virtual tour. It is a fun way to get to know each other better, isn’t it. Thanks again!

  • Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo says: August 10th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    love the very unique mix of things that make up who you are!

  • Patti says: August 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Thank you, Melinda! This has been a lot of fun, hasn’t it. I sure appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  • natasha says: August 11th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Love that you hang your coffee mugs up – that is an excellent idea – I always buy mugs because I love them…but running out of room in the cabinets!

  • Patti says: August 12th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks, Natasha. Yes, our collection got out of hand and we were just putting them in boxes. My Hubby surprised me with that arrangement when I returned home from a trip one time. I just love being able to see them all… or most of them. We still have to put a few in the cupboard. Thanks for stopping by, Natasha, and for taking the time to comment.

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