Answers: Favorites

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thanks to all who asked so many interesting questions! I've had lots of fun answering them.  Here's my first batch of answers--on my favorite things.
Linda asked: What is your favourite season...and why?
My favorite seasons are spring, summer and fall. Basically I'm happy as long as I'm warm and there are clear roads, blooming flowers, singing birds and green grass.

Cheryl asked: Who is your favorite singing group?
The Carson Family Singers: that's the only singing group I'm invited to sing with!
The Johnson Strings, the Piano Guys, Statler Brothers, Johnny Cash and Andy Williams are all pretty good though. Usually I only listen to music if someone else turns it on, but I do have my own playlist for emergencies! And yes, I apparently do like movie music.

Linda asked: What is/are your favourite television channels/networks?
There's only one show I regularly watch on television: American Ninja Warrior. I did watch the Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge as well this year. But I find all my other news, movies, and shows online. I particularly enjoy the Studio C Youtube channel. 

Linda asked: Besides the state you live in, what is your favourite state in the U.S.?
I don't really have a favorite state besides Iowa. I love it here, and haven't spent enough time anywhere else in the recent past to develop an affinity for another state. I will say that I have fond memories of Kansas, but don't think I'd like to live there.

Martha asked: What is your least favourite smell?
Living skunks and decaying mice are up there on the list.

Linda asked: Do you have any favourite flower(s)? If so, which one(s)?
I love the pink cone flowers (echinacea) I grow in my garden every year. Pansies are another favorite going back to the days when I pressed flowers. Roses are pretty nice too, but I don't like to grow them, just photograph them. (And as a child, I ate them. Lately I've resisted the urge.)

Martha asked: What is your favourite family tradition?
Thanksgiving dinner. I also liked our tradition of having a cake and party every time each one of my siblings and I finished a book of the Bible on our first time reading it through. That meant each one of us had 66 parties when we were five and six years old. Since there are four of us, that was a total of 264 parties. My parents know how to make life fun!

Martha  asked: If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Is Thanksgiving dinner "a" food? I think I could eat that year round without dying of malnutrition.
Linda asked: Do you prefer tea or coffee?
Neither. I'm a devoted water drinker. I think tea tastes better than coffee, so I'll choose tea. I still have this beautiful tea cup from Alena handy! But if I have to occasionally drink coffee to stay awake (maybe a couple times a year), I do.

Ashley asked: What books do you like reading the most? What are your top 10 favorite books?
The Bible is my #1 favorite. The Law by Frederic Bastiat is #2. I don't know what the other eight favorites would be for a top 10 list--so here's a random list of some books I enjoyed: 

The Road to Serfdom by Hayek
Omnipotent Government  by Ludwig Von Mises
Economic Sophisms by Frederic Bastiat
The Holy War by John Bunyan
Paris Underground by Etta Schriber
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Memoirs of the Second World War (Abridged) by Winston Churchill.
Chess books by Jeremy Silman, such as the Complete Endgame Course and Reassess Your Chess.

Gloria asked: What do you love best about blogging?
I love the camaraderie of fellow bloggers, but I also really enjoy the convenience of a great place to document some of my memories--and where I can easily look up facts, my opinions, and recipes when I need them.

Ashley asked: What are your favorite blogs to read?
To be honest, I probably visit Martha's blogs, Miniaturopolis and  Plowing Through Life the most. I don't always comment, but sometimes I just like to stop by for a quick smile.
When it comes to favorite blogs though, there are too many good ones to list!

Linda : What is your favourite story or verse in the Bible?
One favorite is the story of how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in the town of Bethany. My other favorite is the story of Deborah because she was a strong woman who was unafraid to judge Israel and work with God to liberate her people.

Favorite verses come from Psalm 23, Psalm 91, John 11, and John 14-17.

Ashley: Who's your favorite character in the Bible? 
Ashley: What's your favorite book of the Bible and why? 
The Gospel of John is filled with comforting words that remind us of the love and peace only Jesus can give.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except you abide in me." --John 15:4


  1. These were fun to read, Bethany! I enjoy learning about my blogging friends. I'm with you on those three seasons. Winter ranks dead last on my list.

    Thanks for mentioning my blogs! That is very kind and I appreciate it. I to try to make both my blogs a relaxing and welcoming place for everyone. And fun, too. We all need a little of that. I've been very busy this year with our home, so I haven't been posting as often on my main blog, but once we're caught up around here, I'd like to pick up the pace again.

    264 parties! And cake with all of them. Oh my goodness, you know how to have a good time :)

    1. As long as you keep the Chuckles and chortles posted, I'm a happy reader, Martha! Thanks for making your blogs such a cheery place to visit!

  2. Great fun reading your answers. I see you aren't a fan of "winter" either.

  3. You have some enjoyable answers Bethany.

  4. Wow! That's a ton of parties! Haha. But each one had a good excuse. ;-) Also, I just think you are biased to favorite that Bible story set in the town of BETHANY. I am quite fond of the Angel GABRIEL appearing to Mary story. ;-) Just kidding! All kidding aside, your blog is my fave.

    1. Thanks Gabriela! :D How could I, of all people, be biased?!
      I do love good excuses for parties!

  5. This was great! I love that your parents had a party every time you read a book of the Bible. That sounds like fun!

  6. Bethany, from the photo I realized it was an irrigated plantation. We here in our state suffer greatly from the drought, that is, from prolonged drought. We have good land for palantio only need parameters and ideas from other places. Could you tell me how low-cost irrigation is in your state and your city?
    Marcos André

    1. Actually that photo is from Nebraska when we were on a road trip. No one irrigates around where I live in Iowa, so I really don't know much about irrigation.

  7. So fun to read your answers! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  8. This was so fun and interesting! It is always a joy to get to know fellow bloggers better! Thanks for answering my question about your favorite music group. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

  9. Awesome! So neat to read all your answers. :)

  10. lovely answers!
    i too love almost all seasons as each has it's own unique beauty

    1. Every one does have something special about it--even winter, which I somewhat dislike.

  11. Dearest Bethany, I enjoyed reading your responses, and I commend you on drinking water! This is the best thing to drink for all of us!