An After The Storm Kind Of Hodgepodge…

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

Yes, I believe a picture is worth a thousand words, at least for me it is.    I think these pictures describe the way our yard looked [after tropical storm Irma] much better than my words can.

 

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway?  No.  I’ve never been to that part of the country.

If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?  I know we’ll never do it, but I’m sure it would be a memorable trip!

3. How do the changing seasons affect you?  Spring makes me hopeful, happy, and filled with more energy!  I love the sight of tiny new buds on the trees and the first blooms of the spring flowers.  It’s a season of new beginnings.

I enjoy the cooler temperatures of fall, but I tend to get a bit sad watching the trees shed their leaves, and the flowers growing straggly as their growing season ends.  It’s a season of endings.

I don’t really care for summer because of the pesky gnats and mosquitoes, plus the intense sun/heat/humidity where we live. I only go outside when I have to.

Winter is special to me because of Christmas, but after that, winter tends to make me depressed.  Everything outside looks dead.  Blah.  Here we only get rain, none of that beautiful snow.

As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward?  Spring causes me look forward, fall tends to make me more reflective.

Which season-season transition bothers you most?  I think summer to fall bothers me most.   Why do you suppose that is?  I don’t enjoy seeing everything die or go into a dormant state.

4. It’s your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having?  I’m not really picky. Food is food to me.  This year we had grilled hot dogs on my birthday, and that was fine with me.  Do you ever lie about your age?  No.  I lied about my age once, when I was a young teen, but not since then.

5. What’s a life lesson you’ve learned recently?  I didn’t just learn this, but it was recently reiterated to me:  “Be prepared.”

A few years ago, Ed and I decided we needed to be more prepared, in case of emergencies.  Since 2012 we always make sure we have plenty of canned goods, bottled water, fuel, medications, cash, etc., in case of hard times.  The one area we didn’t have covered was an emergency power source, but we’ve got that covered, now, too.  Thanks to our son Brad’s diligence and a tip from a lady at church, we now have two generators!  Thankfully, we were very blessed and didn’t need either one of them.

Random:

Sunday and Monday were stressful days here in southeastern Georgia!  Some of our little family gathered at our house, and we kept a watchful eye on hurricane Irma.  We tried to get ready for her visit, the best we knew how.  We have family and friends in Florida, which further added to the stress of the situation.

Thankfully, by the time Irma reached us she had been down-graded to a tropical storm, but she still packed a good punch!  I can’t even begin to imagine the wallop the Florida Keys, Naples, and other places must have felt!

When all was said and done, we were very, very fortunate.  We only lost tree limbs, not entire trees. (Neighbors weren’t so fortunate.)  A few of our trees now have a new ‘sway’, but they’re still standing–even if they are a bit crooked.  We received about nine inches of rain, so we’re a bit soggy, but we’ll dry out.  We were blessed not to lose power, while some in our area are still without power.

As for our family in Florida, my brother and his family are fine, praise the Lord!  However, like much of the state, they don’t have electricity. Fortunately, they have generators and know how to use them!  They tell me the gas shortage is causing some problems, but I hope that will soon be resolved.  I pray they get their power restored sooner than later, too!

After seeing the footage of so many other places, who were hit hard by Irma, I feel SO blessed.  Thank you, Lord, for protecting our family.  I will definitely be praying for those who have lost so much.

Here’s one last “after the storm” picture:

Almost every pear blew off our trees, but at least the trees are still standing!  Our pecan trees look pretty much the same.  Nuts will be in short supply for holiday baking…

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Wednesday Hodgepodge #320…

Hello again!  I hope this first Wednesday of September finds you doing well, and ready for another Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for this mid-week bit of fun!

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most?

When I think about the future I think about getting older, and how life is eventually going to change from the way Ed and I know it now.  In fact, at ages 65 and 68, the change is already well into motion.  I fear  us growing older, weaker, and one of us having to say goodbye to the other, eventually.  Most of all, I fear being the one left alone.  What depressing thoughts… Let’s change the subject, shall we?

Hope for the most?

I hope to have the longest, healthiest life possible, with Ed and the rest of the family by my side.  I hope to see our grandchildren grow into adults, and maybe even see them have children of their own.  I hope to always have joy in my heart, in spite of growing older and the changes it will bring.

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house?

Chicken is on the menu at least twice a week, but don’t tell any of “my girls”, they wouldn’t like that!

“Dixie Chick”

What’s a favorite dish made with chicken?

Fried chicken is my favorite dish made with chicken, but we try not to have that very often.  My next favorite dish is chicken casserole or barbequed chicken.

What’s something you’re a ‘chicken’ about doing or trying?

Flying in an airplane.

3. What are three things you don’t own but wish you did?

At the moment, the only thing that’s crossing my mind is a generator!  We swore we were going to buy one after hurricane Matthew, but we never did.  Now we’re watching hurricane Irma, and wondering where she is going to go (we live in southeastern GA).  I also wouldn’t mind having a condo at the beach–but not during hurricane season!  Other than that, I’m good.

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate. If you answered one, which one?

I’d rather be a jack of all trades, like my husband, Ed.  He can do a little of everything, which has come in very handy over the years!  He’s saved us a ton of money on repairs and building projects.  Me?  Not so much.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

I prefer ketchup over mustard.  I like ketchup on chicken tenders, hamburgers, fries, and steak, among other things.  I like mustard on hot dogs (along with ketchup), and that’s about it.

Random:

Ed, lighting the candles on my cake

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday, last week, with cards, gifts, flowers, cake/ice cream, and cupcakes…right up until Friday night’s family celebration…when I tripped on a cord and fell head first into our bathtub!  It’s a long story, but I was walking through the bathroom, headed for the laundry room.  I had a dutch oven (pot) in one hand and a large plastic tub in the other.  My foot got caught up in a cord dangling on the floor and down I went!  My right cheek hit the side of the pot, which landed in the bathtub first.  The front of my face and glasses then hit the back end of the bathtub, while my right thigh hit the side of the tub as I fell.  Thankfully, nothing was broken, (not even my glasses, although they got bent as they pressed hard into my nose) but I’ve been very sore and bruised for the past few days.  The dutch oven (pot) went from being round  to being oval, after I did my face plant on it, but I feel very blessed not to have been hurt worse than I was.  I guess you could say…my 63rd year has started with a bang!

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Laboring Over The Hodgepodge…

The weeks are rolling right along, aren’t  they?  It’s Wednesday, again, which means it’s time for another Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, who keeps the Hodgepodge rolling right along with us…  Speaking of time rolling by, today, I’m celebrating another birthday!

Here are today’s questions:

1. Can you believe we’re rolling in to the Labor Day weekend?  No, I can’t believe it!  I think this was the quickest summer ever.

What’s a project you’ll labor over this fall?  I’m not really sure…  We still need to do some painting on our porches, and the house needs scrubbing down, but Ed will probably take care of that. I’ll probably just be content with decorating the yard and house for fall.

2. Tell us about the best perks you ever had in a job?  Whenever I worked for the school system, I enjoyed having the summers off, plus lots of holidays throughout the school year.  We worked a 190 days per year, and our pay was pro-rated so we received a paycheck year-round.

3. August 31st is National South Carolina Day. Have you ever been to SC?  Yes, I’ve been there a few times–to Hilton Head Island, Isle of Palms, and to Charleston.

Any desire to go (back)?  Yes, I’d love to go back to South Carolina again.

According to Southern Living, these are the top ten things to do in South Carolina…

Explore Charleston, bike, golf or relax on Hilton Head Island, see the beach and the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, visit the state museum in the capital city Columbia, observe the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ace Basin, take a walk or hop on a trolley and check out Greenville’s charming main street, visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, stroll through Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville leaving time to check out The Button Museum, also in Bishopville, see Morgan Island (also known as Monkey Island)-home to nearly 4000 Rhesus monkeys.

Which is most appealing to you today? I’d love to visit Myrtle Beach, and I wouldn’t mind visiting Charleston again, either.

If you’re a SC native, resident, or frequent visitor what would you add to the list?  I don’t know.

4. Beef, pork, country-style, barbecued, baby back, spare or short…your favorite kind of rib? What’s a dish you enjoy that really ‘sticks to your ribs’?  My favorite is barbecued pork spareribs.  A simple baked potato really ‘sticks to my ribs’, and we often have them with our barbecued ribs.

5. What’s one important skill you think every person should have? Why?  I think everyone needs to know how to drive a car and have a driver’s license.  I say this because I was a 3rd generation ‘non-driver’ for the first 26 years of my life.  My maternal grandmother and my mother had to depend on someone to give them a ride, everywhere they went, their entire lives.  I, too, depended on someone else for twenty-six years.  I can’t begin to tell you how WONDERFUL it felt when I was finally able to jump in a car and drive wherever I wanted or needed to go!!!  Yes, I know you’re probably scratching your heads and wondering what the heck?  Chalk it up to a manual transmission (in the floor, no less!), and my lack of confidence.  However, better late than never!!! On the day I FINALLY got my license, I remarked, “I’m ten years late, but I’ve finally got a driver’s license!” (By then we had a car with an automatic transmission, too!)

Random #1:

Thank you to all who prayed for me, last week, concerning my eye.  When I saw the doctor, he decided not to bother the chalazion, at this time.  He told me to continue using the eye drops I’d been prescribed, to continue using warm, moist compresses, and to also massage my eyelid three times a day.  I’ll go back in two more weeks for a recheck.  Please continue to remember me in your prayers.  The chalazion is smaller, but it’s still there.

Random#2:

Since it’s my birthday, I can’t resist sharing another look at the first 58 years of my life.  This video is a bit outdated–by about 5 years.  I’ll let you do the math 🙂 (more…)

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An ‘Eclipsing’ Hodgepodge…

1. Did you watch the solar eclipse?  

We had to settle for watching the eclipse via the television–on antenna television, no less, because the rain we were getting during the time of the eclipse knocked out Dish network!

Your thoughts?

Our personal eclipse experience was somewhat disappointing since it was cloudy and raining where we live.  We couldn’t see a thing, and it didn’t get as dark as I’d expected either.  I thought our hens might go to roost, but they totally ignored the whole thing!

Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar…what’s your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

I like Moon Pies best, especially with an ice-cold bottle of coke or an old-fashioned RC Cola.  Does anybody else remember those days?

2. What are you ‘over the moon’ about these days?

I can’t think of a thing that I’m ‘over the moon’ about, but I’m always grateful for each new day I get to spend with Ed.

What’s something you enjoy doing every ‘once in a blue moon’?

Every ‘once in a blue moon’ I enjoy getting together with our long-time friends from high school, Herman and Diane.  We always have a great time when we all get together.

Earlier in the summer we all got together to celebrate Diane’s birthday, and we had a great time.  We spent some time on the beach at Tybee Island, then we all stopped at one of our favorite restaurants [on the way home] to eat.  Diane didn’t have anything to wear except her bathing suit and a cover up, so I loaned her the sundress I happened to have with me. This was hilarious because Diane probably wears an extra-small, while I wear an extra-large!  You can imagine what we all looked like after a day on the beach, as well.  The waitress sat us at a corner table, and Herman joked with her that she must be trying to hide us 🙂  Fun times!

Diane, wearing my dress

3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

I enjoy watching the tadpoles in our fishpond morph into frogs.  I also enjoy feeding and watching our hummingbirds.  The past several years we’ve only had a couple of hummingbirds, but, this year, we have a lot more.  They’ve kept us quite busy keeping our two feeders filled!

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

I remember getting new shoes and having to break them in, usually some kind of loafer or a pair of saddle oxfords.  I also remember being nervous about my new teacher and who was in my class.  I’m not a fan of change, so the beginning of each new school year was always hard for me.

5. I’ve seen several versions of this around the net so let’s make one of our own…share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

Let me begin by saying…this was hard!  I wasn’t quite sure what to do and it was hard to pick just five words, but I tried.

LOVE- because my life would not have been nearly as awesome as it has been, without the love of the good man I married, or the three children I gave birth to!  I am a blessed woman.

MARRIAGE- because God blessed me with such an awesome partner, our marriage has been the best part of my life.  45 years and counting…

FAMILY-because there comes a time, in most marriages, when it begins to feel a bit like something (or someone) might be missing…  So thankful God blessed us with three babies to make our family complete.

FAITH-because I’m saved by grace through faith.  I’m a believer!

PRAYER-because it’s the life-line to my heavenly Father.  He’s a great listener, and he’s always available.  He hears and answers my prayers.

Random:

I may not get around to making many visits today.

Unfortunately, another stye came on my eye, three weeks ago, and it’s turned into another chalazion cyst.  I’ve been using eye drops and hot compresses, but it still persists.

I’ll be seeing my ophthalmologist, today, about having it removed.  I can’t believe I just had a chalazion removed [on the other eye] in February, and now I have another one!  I was put to sleep for the first removal, but he may want to remove this one in the office.  Your prayers would be appreciated.

 

 

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Wednesday Hodgepodge # 317…

Hello again!  It’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thank you to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for keeping this fun meme going.  This is edition 317, and that’s a lot of Hodgepodge!  Here are this week’s questions:

1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

Yes, I think they do, for the most part.  I think everyone, at one time or another, has said they’d do something that just didn’t pan out for some reason, but I always give it my best shot.

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it’s a dog’s life, every dog has it’s day, can’t teach an old dog new tricks…now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

I’m going to say “dog days of summer”!  It’s dreadfully hot and humid here, plus there’s an over-abundance of mosquitoes and gnats making it nearly impossible to spend any time outside.  It’s miserable, and the ground is so wet my shepherd’s hooks keep falling over, leaving my hanging baskets on the ground!

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Marley & Me.  Actually, I’m cheating a bit, because I own the book, but haven’t actually read it, yet.  However, I’ve seen the movie twice, and loved it–except for the ending.  It’s a classic tale of a young married couple who adopt a puppy to be their “first child”.

4. What’s something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Maybe I’ll fly in a helicopter or an airplane, who knows?  There’s always parasailing, too, but I’ll still die a happy woman if I never do any of these things.

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

A child psychologist had twin boys—one was an optimist; the other, a pessimist. Just to see what would happen, on Christmas Day he loaded the pessimist’s room with toys and games. In the optimist’s room, he dumped a pile of horse droppings.

That night, the father found the pessimist surrounded by his gifts, crying.

“What’s wrong?” the father asked.

“I have a ton of game manuals to read … I need batteries … and my toys will all eventually get broken!” sobbed the pessimist.

Passing the optimist’s room, the father found him dancing for joy around the pile of manure. “Why are you so happy?” he asked.

The optimist shouted, “There’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!”

Random:

Last week, I forgot to post about our little grandson’s  recent mishap.

Chase fell off the end of a basketball arcade game, and broke his left arm–on the Friday of weekend church camp.  He broke both of the bones in the lower arm.

Thankfully, Chase has had very little pain with his broken arm.  He even managed to attend camp for a few hours, on Saturday, and, thanks to some plastic bags, was even able to get into the pool a little bit.

The following Tuesday, Chase was also able to get a  neon cast, in the colors of his favorite wrestler, The Ultimate Warrior!  Just look at that smile!

Chase even managed to get his awesome cast autographed by one of our area newsmen, Dal Cannady, last Friday, while taking a tour of “The Storm Chaser” (weather lab on wheels).

All’s well that ends well, right?  Five more weeks and Chase’s arm should be as good as new!

**all photos belong to Chase’s mom

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Welcoming August With A Hodgepodge…

From this Side of the Pond

After a week off, it feels good to be back joining The Wednesday Hodgepodge again!  Many thanks to brand new “Nana”, Joyce, for taking the time to host this fun meme.  If not for Joyce, I’d probably have stopped blogging altogether, by now!  She keeps me disciplined–at least on Wednesdays 🙂

1. Do you try to set rules for yourself about how you use your time? Explain.

No rules!  I’m retired, remember?  I try to keep a schedule for eating and sleeping, but that’s about it.

2. Monday was National Lighthouse Day. Have you ever visited a lighthouse?

Yes, I’ve visited the lighthouse on St. Simon’s Island. (imagine that!)  The climb up was torturous (I had to stop and rest more than once), but the view from the top was awesome!  Let me also add, enjoying the view was a bit scary, since I’m afraid of heights, and I’ll never climb another lighthouse!

St. Simon’s Island Lighthouse

If not, do you have any desire to see one up close? Of the 10 Most Beautiful that made this list which would you most like to see in person-

Lindau Lighthouse (Germany), Fanad Lighthouse (Ireland), Portland Head Light (Maine), Yaquina Bay Light (Oregon) The St. Augustine Light (Florida), Peggys Point Lighthouse (Canada), Start Point Lighthouse (England), Tower of Hercules (Spain), Bass Harbor Head Station (Maine), and White Shoal Light (Michigan)

I’d most likely visit The St. Augustine Light since it’s the closest  lighthouse to me, but Bass Harbor Head Station in Maine sounds interesting, too.

When you’ve been away, what’s your ‘lighthouse’ telling you you’re on the right road home?

It’s the little green road signs that say “Gooseneck Community”, about a mile or two from our home.  There are two of them, one south of us, and another to the north.

3. What have you unintentionally stopped doing?

Blogging on a regular basis.

Is this something you need to pick back up and begin again, or is it something you need to let go of for now (or even permanently)?

I’d like to get back to blogging on a more regular schedule, but I’m not sure when that’s going to happen.

4. We’ve had a full week of August. Share a GRAND moment from your month so far.

Ed and I had the privilege of helping out with our church’s weekend youth camp, August 4-6.  It was a ‘first’ for both of us and we enjoyed it very much.

5. Tell us one song you love with the word ‘baby’ in the title.

I’m going to show my age by saying this:  “Baby Love”.  That song sure brings back some old memories!!!

Random:

I’ve never been able to bake a decent pound cake.  I’ve tried and tried.  Most  of my pound cakes found their way into the trash can, hardly touched.  All that changed a couple of weeks ago when I made a “Whipping Cream Pound Cake”!

I found the recipe on the back of the Swans Down Cake Flour box, and it’s a winner!  If I can make it turn out good, anybody can make it!

Interesting note:  I found a similar recipe, on-line, listed as Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake.  All I know is Elvis had great taste in cake 🙂

Here’s the link for the recipe if  anyone is interested: http://www.swansdown.com/recipes?id=246

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook…

For Today…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Looking out my window…

I’m looking at the ‘chicken planter’ on the walkway, which is now holding sunflowers for the month of August.  (I change the flowers every month or two)  I’m also noticing “the girls” (our hens) who are walking around in the yard.  I can hear the hum of Ed’s tractor outside, as well.

I am thinking…

this year is going by really fast!  In about four more weeks, I’ll have another birthday.  How is it possible that I’m almost 63 years old?!  My birthday will quickly be followed by Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Before I know it, 2017 will be history–and so will I, eventually.

I am thankful…

for the many blessings God has given me in my lifetime!  Forty-five years of marriage to a wonderful man, three grown children who make us proud, the three loving spouses of those grown children, four precious grandchildren (who are growing up too quickly!) a home that’s paid for, comfortable & reliable transportation, plenty of food to eat, enough money to meet our needs, and, last, but not least, a new church family.  God is good!

One of my favorite things…

is enjoying the quietness and freshness of an early morning.  It’s my favorite part of the day, even though it involves cleaning out the chicken coops!

I am creating…
some crafts to do with the children at church.  I’ve been helping some with the Wednesday night children’s class.  It’s been many years since I’ve done anything like that!  So far we’ve done sand art and made a ‘colors of faith’ key chain.

I am wearing…

a blue flowered ‘house dress’.  I prefer wearing comfortable dresses when I’m relaxing at home.  I suppose that makes me ‘officially’ an old woman, but who cares?

I am reading…

Charles Stanley’s Life Principles Daily Bible and Twelve Challenges Churches Face by Mark Dever.  I highly recommend the Life Principles Daily Bible.  I’ve learned so much through reading this bible and Dr. Stanley’s commentaries.

Watching…

Big Brother, Outdaughtered, Counting On, Bull, and Fixer Upper on television. Last night we watched an old movie, Problem Child, starring John Ritter.  They don’t make movies like that anymore.  I laughed until my sides hurt.

Listening to…

a couple of new cds by a local Christian artist named John Wingate.  John sang at our church on Sunday night, and he’s quite talented!

I am hoping…

to spend another day at St. Simon’s Island before too long.  We haven’t spent much time there this summer.

I am learning…

how to make a pound cake!  In about three weeks our church will be selling bar-b-que dinners, and the ladies of the church will be asked to make pound cakes (among other things) for this event.

In my kitchen…
I’ve been baking pound cakes!  I’ve never been able to make a good pound cake.  I’ve tried several recipes, and the cake always tasted bland or the texture wasn’t right.  Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe for Whipping Cream Pound Cake on the back of a Swans Down cake flour box.  The first time I used the recipe I had instant success!  A few days later, I baked a second cake, and it turned out great, too.  If you’re looking for a good pound cake recipe, try this one!   I recently learned how to make ham & cheese sliders, as well.

In the school room…
the grandchildren will be gearing up to start home-school in about 3 more weeks.  Public school is already beginning in some places.

In my garden…
we have  peanuts, some sweet potatoes, one row of butter beans, and three rows of peas growing for a fall harvest.

Post Script…

This has been the year of the rattlesnake, which bothers me because we are surrounded by woods on three sides.  Almost every week somebody in our area is killing a snake  Take a look at what our neighbor killed a couple of weeks ago:

photo via Facebook

Shared Quote…
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Psalms 3: 5-6

A moment from my day…

Last weekend our youngest son rented a giant water slide, and put it in our yard.  All four of the grandchildren had a blast playing on that thing.  If only I had the energy to climb and slide as many times as they did…  Oh to be young again!

Thanks to Peggy Hostetler for hosting this fun meme @ The Simple Woman’s Daybook

 

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Wednesday Hodgepodge # 315

1. We’ve reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what’s your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?

Yesterday, at 3:15, I was shopping at Wal-mart, and no, that’s not typical for a Tuesday.  It’s our turn to cook for tonight’s “Soup for the Soul” at church, so I had to go shopping for that. FYI: It’s too hot for soup, so Ed’s grilling hamburgers, instead.  Usually, I’m still taking a nap at 3:15 each day, because my energy level dwindles down to zero about 2:00 every day!

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball…which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.

My daughter hosted a ‘Mother’s Day’ get together [for all mothers in the family] at her house, back in May, so that’s my answer.

3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.

First of all, I need more ENERGY.  I’m having a lot of chronic fatigue, lately.  Second, I need some MOTIVATION.  Even when I’m not tired, it’s hard to get motivated.  Third,  I need more SLEEP.  I feel like I can never get enough sleep.  I go to bed tired, and I wake up tired.

4. Do you think you’re strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?

Yes, I know I’m strong!  I’ve already been put to the test, on more than one occasion.  The first time God put me to the test was when both of my parents were in the hospital  (12o miles away, round trip)–both at the same time–for four long months!!!   I didn’t know how to drive in a large city, but I had to learn  how in just one day.  I put 60,000 miles on a new mini van, making those trips back and forth every day!  At one point, daddy was in ICU and mama was in CCU, and two of my three children even came down with the chicken pox, too!  Did I mention my children were ages 10, 6, and 3 when all of this was going on?

More recently, I was tested during the year 2015, when everything around here seemed to go “to hell in a hand basket”.  Ed lost his job (on Jan. 16), then we discovered we had termites and mold under our house (April), I ended up having to have back surgery (Sept), and Ed rounded out the year by having a heart attack (Oct)!  I give all credit for my strength to the good Lord above, and thanks to Him, all of those situations had good endings.

5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction?  Nope.

What’s your favorite book set sometime in the past?  Gone With the Wind.

Random:

Since I’ve already mentioned faith and church in this post, I think it’s only appropriate that I post an update regarding these two subjects.

After a thirty year membership in our previous church, and a fourteen month journey visiting other churches, Ed and I ‘officially’ settled into our new church home on June 25, 2017.

For a while we had our sights set on a different church, but God soon steered us elsewhere.  After many prayers for His guidance, we soon began to sense that this was the church God wanted us to be a part of.  This one just feels like “home”.

The church is small, most of the congregation is elderly, and, like so many churches, today, it’s struggling to survive.  However, it’s a loving church, and the Holy Spirit is still there.  The church lost its pastor, back in November, so we have no pastor at the moment. However, I have faith that God will send us the man of His choosing, in His perfect timing.  In the meantime, we’ll persevere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A ‘Grand’ Old Hodgepodge…

Wow, has another week flown by already?  The days are zooming by! Wednesday means it’s time for another Hodgepodge, so here I am checking into blog land.  Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping The Hodgepodge going, thus making sure I blog at least once a week.  These days, I need all the help I can get!  Here are today’s questions:

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.
There were a couple of times, growing up, when I lived with my maternal grandparents for several  months.  You can’t get much closer than that!   I loved my grandma very much, and wanted to be just like her.  My granddaddy passed away when I was fourteen.

Grandma on her 77th birthday in 1980

The things I most remember about grandma were:  (1) She never had idle hands.  While sitting, if she wasn’t sewing or crocheting (which she loved to do), she’d usually have a tissue in her hands, folding or playing with it. (I tend to do this, as well) (2) Grandma also liked to dip snuff. (I chose not do that!)

2. What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I think my Barbie and Skipper dolls were my favorite toys.  I was already ten or eleven when I got them, but I still spent many happy hours playing with them.  As for what happened to those dolls?  Why, I still have them, of course, along with lots of their friends that I’ve collected since becoming an adult!  (I collected those dolls I’d always wanted as a child, plus a few more)

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Looking out of my window, I can see the forest and the trees…  I see the large sycamore tree that’s growing in my daughter’s backyard–the yard that used to be my backyard, until 10 years ago when we moved next door–and I remember how Ed fussed when I bought that sycamore tree…  I also see the tiny mimosa tree Ed recently dug up and planted in our current yard, even though he hates mimosa trees.  I also see the large magnolia tree that’s planted between our house and our daughter’s house, and I remember what a little twig it was when we planted it almost 40 years ago. Beyond all of that, I can see the “woods” (southern slang for forest) that surround our property on two sides.  Lots and lots of pine trees!

4. Do you like sour candies?  I used to like sour stuff, but I don’t care much for sour candies anymore.  It’s funny how your taste can change.

Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?  
(grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats) 

Lemons are about the only thing I like that’s on the list.

 Have you ever eaten a kumquat?  Yes, I’ve tasted a kumquat, but I don’t like them.  Ed’s parents used to have a kumquat tree growing in their yard, so they ate them all the time, in season.
What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?  Lemon pie, of course!

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Our July has been filled with lots of rain, gnats, and mosquitoes, as usual.

Random:

Our youngest son, Brad, celebrated his 32nd birthday, on Tuesday of last week.  How can this be?  Time slow down!

Anyway, our family all got together to celebrate with him, last Friday. Here’s one of my favorite photos of the evening:

father and son~sharing a moment together

It’s the little things in life that mean the most, like the father/son moment captured in this picture.  One day, when Brad’s son, Evan, turns 32, he’ll look back at this picture and wonder where the years went, too.

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A Neighborly Hodgepodge…

Unfortunately, I was sick last week, and had to miss participating in The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  It was the first Hodgepodge I’ve ever missed, and I was sad about that!   However,  I’m feeling better, this week, and I’m back!  As always, thank you to our wonderful hostess, Joyce, for everything she does.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what?

My closest neighbor happens to be my daughter, and we chat almost every day.  The last time we chatted was on Monday, and we talked  about VBS, an upcoming trip her family is taking, and a recent spend-the-night party our granddaughter attended.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall…which one are you most like and why?

I’m going to say I’m most like the ocean.  I can’t help but think of the  “smooth sailing” and “choppy waters” I’ve encountered along life’s journey.  Besides, I love the ocean!

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called ‘the first state’ because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What’s your state’s nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

No, I’ve never been to Delaware.  I live in the state of Georgia, and it is known as “the peach state”.  Peaches are grown here, so the name makes perfect sense to me, and I wouldn’t change it.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

Our church recently hosted a breakfast to honor veterans.  My contributions were: eggs, blueberry muffins, and cinnamon rolls.  I’m afraid I don’t have a “go-to” recipe for pot luck suppers.  I make and take whatever I’m in the mood to cook!

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Sleep while your baby sleeps!

Random:  A tree, an umbrella, and a couple of cats…

Many years ago, Ed’s mama gave me a mimosa tree.  I planted it so I could see it from inside the house, and I loved that tree!  The tree grew quickly, lived for a few years, then died, as mimosa trees are prone to do.  For a while, little mimosa trees kept springing up from the original tree, but, somehow, Ed always managed to mow them down with his lawnmower.  I suspect he did this “accidentally on purpose”.

A few weeks ago, while on our way to St. Simon’s Island [to celebrate our anniversary] I kept noticing the mimosa trees blooming all along the highway.  I told Ed I would like to find another mimosa tree to plant in our yard.  He didn’t say a word.

Three days later, on our actual 45th anniversary, I found ‘my mimosa’, on the way home from our traditional lunch at KFC!  I spotted a clump of wild mimosa trees growing beside a ditch, just off the main highway.  It’s a miracle I saw them, but I was a woman on a mission!

Now, it’s the wrong time of the year for transplanting trees, but I decided to take a chance anyway.  Three days later, at my request, Ed went back to the ditch, and dug up two of the smallest trees.  He put the smallest tree in a pot, then planted the larger tree in our yard, near the clothesline.  (We’re planning to move the clothesline.)

In an effort to save the mimosa from the hot summer sun, we placed an old beach umbrella over it, using a patio chair to anchor the umbrella.  This is what could be called “redneck ingenuity”!  At first, the tree dropped most of its leaves, and I began to worry, but eventually, the shedding stopped, and new leaves began to sprout.  At that point, we removed the umbrella and chair.

Here are a couple of interesting pictures:

The ‘anniversary tree’ – day two… Kyle, one of our kitties, seems to be enjoying the umbrella that’s shading the mimosa tree!

A few days later… “Baby” seems to like the shade of the umbrella, too.  At this point, only the top of the ‘anniversary tree’ remained!

I’m happy to report that both ‘anniversary trees’ are now doing well, and will be a beautiful reminder of our 45th anniversary, for as long as they [and we] live.

Thanks, Ed.  I really love my trees!  Just be careful with your lawnmower 🙂

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