Answer Me This Mountains Movies and Dolls

This time Haley asked questions for Kendra`s Answer Me This series. Here are my answers:)
1. Beach or Mountains? Where would you rather be?

 Most of the time I`d rather go to mountains.  There are no mountains in Estonia, only hills but hills are great for me, too. I`ve only been to real mountains once in my life, in Crete, and that was unforgettable. I will go back there some day.

Pictures from my visit to Milia Mountain Village in Crete a few years ago:

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I love small winding paths that lead to new places to discover. And driving up those thin lines was very therapeutic to my fear of heights. I learned that people don`t die in car accidents while moving with the speed of a snail on small winding mountain roads, they die speeding on wide straight highways. I guess that applies in all areas of life.

Occasionally I enjoy being at a beach, too. But in general I much prefer brooks and forest lakes without a clear beach. There are beaches in Estonia but years can go by without me going there. I wouldn`t function well if I had to spend a week without a walk in the woods or at least a decent natural wooded area in town.

2. Which is more fun: Christmas Eve, or Christmas morning?
In my family we didn`t have a special Christmas morning tradition. So currently I would go with Christmas Eve. For my own family in the future I`d love to have morning traditions, too.
3. What’s the most embarrassing childhood outfit you remember wearing?
I once went to school wearing a nightgown over long trousers.
4. Your house is quiet, you don’t have to do work (housework included). What do you do?
Read or knit. Or crochet. Sometimes I listen to audiobooks or podcasts while knitting. I feel uncomfortable just sitting and doing nothing while listening or talking so I carry handicrafts around with me. I have become better at just sitting and having a conversation without something for hands to do over the last few months, now that I don`t have schoolwork handicrafts to do anymore. But I still love it. Sometimes I even knit or read while walking in the woods.
Uma Pido 2013
Knitting mittens at a song festival
5. What movie do you want to watch when you’re feeling under the weather?
Something that is warm, funny and light. Usually a family movie. When I need to be uplifted I watch Enchanted or Little House on the Prairie 2005 series. Sometimes I just let Enchanted play on the background and listen to the songs without watching. When I can handle something a bit more serious that probably involves some crying, I watch something that has a message and is still warm and hopefully funny in places. Best finds that I have watched while ill and needing to think about something else have been:
The Magic of Ordinary Days – should be obligatory watching for every new (or old) couple on how to live harmoniously in a not always harmonious world
Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell movies and mini-series are also great for such days.
6. Did you have an American Girl doll when you were little? If so, which one?
When I was little I knew nothing about American girl dolls and still don`t. I have seen the movies, I think last year. When I was a child I had a pen-friend in America and we exchanged paper letters that took approximately 2-4 weeks to travel. That was the only American girl I knew. My first and only Barbie was sent as a gift from distant relatives but I don`t remember if they were in US or Canada. I tend to think the latter. Having a Barbie was a huge thing then. Almost no-one else in my village had it. When I was in early teens I bought from a special foreign things shop a doll that was probably related to Barbie but had a different name and had a tiny baby that went in her belly. The belly could be opened and closed. Which seemed really odd because babies are not normally born that way.   Mainly I played with big dolls the size of a real baby and with faces of older girls. One such doll was the perfect size to wear a wool dress I wore when I was about 1 year old.

Liebster questions



Kendra at nominated everyone who wanted to take part in the Liebster Award chain letter and I thought it would be fun:)

You can read more about the Liebster Award here and here.




Here are my answers to Kendra`s questions:


1. Where do you live? And why do you live there?

I live in Estonia. I was born here and I love it. If you`d like to listen to some of my favorite Estonian music, you can do that here. From the music videos you can also see Estonian nature. Connection to land is very important to many people here.  Frances Mayes writes in “Under the Tuscan Sun” that for southerners where you are is as important or even more important than who you are. The same applies to Estonians. I believe we are one of the few nations that have an endless supply of songs about the land. Most of the songs in the list linked are also about the land.

2. What are you currently watching and/or reading?

I started reading Gay Hendricks “The Big Leap” yesterday and a few days ago I started a book on raw food by Sille Poola. As usual, I`m in the middle of many books at once. Currently I`m not watching anything. I have periods of watching movies and then others completely without it. I rarely watch TV though I have watched it enough to last for several lifetimes in the past.

3. What kind of Catholic are you: cradle, or convert? (Or considering?)

I was babtized as a child and then grew up in a non-spiritual environment. I re-discovered it a bit less than year ago.

4. Can you point to one moment or experience that made you a practicing Catholic? (Or want to be?)

It was rather a culmination of things gathering for a long time with an increasing speed towards the end. I had been communicating with the Catholic part of my family for about 12-13 years, viewing their strange ways, meeting people and reading their books. I`m a hopeless bookworm and can`t keep myself away from other people`s bookcases when visiting so that had a part in it. I started noticing that most of the blogs I like to follow are from Christian bloggers (with a few exceptions) and I started gravitating towards the Catholic blogs. Also, it was a time of active discussions in society here on several subjects that are covered in the social teachings of Catholicism and I found that the teachings are in concord with my natural beliefs. While I had read books by Catholics before on different subjects, I had not actually read about specific teachings. So I read encyclicals and thought them to be mostly reasonable. My favorite is Humanae Vitae. I wrote a very long post in Estonian on how I decided to become Catholic. Google translate will not help you make much sense of it but most links in the text refer to English places so you can click through those. I decided some time in June and this post was written in August.
5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

6 pairs. None of them with high heels.

6. Are you a good dancer?


7. Who usually drives, you or your husband?

I haven`t met my husband, yet. When I do, he will likely be doing the driving:) So far I have preferred using public transport.

8. What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

I have two favorite holidays: Christmas and Mid-Summer Day. I celebrate both with family.

9. Which is correct? Left or right?

I prefer left.

10. Do you have any scars?

Yes. One on my forehead from a sandbox accident, one on my chin from falling and one on my knee from leaning on a piece of glass under snow while making a snowman. All three are small.

11. What’s the most famous thing you’ve ever done?

I have published articles in newspapers and an e-book and organized home education conferences and gatherings, all in Estonia.


I nominate keepers of beautiful blogs about home and family:

1. Posy Gets Cozy

2. Amongst Lovely Things

3. Deep Roots at Home

4. Stories of an Unschooling Family

5. On Bradstreet

6. And everyone else who wants to participate:)


My questions to you:

1. What is your favorite book on anything related to homemaking?

2. What is your quickest and tastiest recipe?

3. What is the most important principle you have built your family life on?

4. Who has been your inspiration regarding creating a home and family?

5. Do you have a morning routine? If yes, what is it?

6. Do you come from a large or small family? Did you like it that way?

7. Is there a gadget you can`t imagine your life without? What is it?

8. Do you have a favorite craft?

9. What is your dream travel destination?

10. If you could, would you change something in your past?

11. What is the one thing you would most like to achieve in this life?


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