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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In Our Neck Of The Woods (Part 2)…

I’m sorry it’s taken me three and a half weeks to get around to posting part two of my original post, but life has been busy!  I only thought the month of May was busy, with all of its celebrations. Then came the month of June, with Father’s Day, an anniversary, and our garden kicked into high gear. I’m here to tell you, things got a little bit crazy in our neck of the woods!

Before going forward any further, let me back up a bit to the month of May and show you one of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts.  My daughter-in-law has a good sense of humor, don’t you think?


I’ve named this little lady “Bertha Big Butt” and we’ve gotten quite a bit of enjoyment out of her, so far…  For the first few days, everyone thought “Bertha” was me–bent over and tending to my flowers 🙂 Actually, I do have a polka-dotted dress…but it’s blue.

Come to think of it, “Bertha” reminds me of a story [our former pastor once told] about the lady who came walking into church, one day, with the her dress accidentally tucked into [the back of] her girdle!  Heaven forbid!  The other day, I was actually headed out the door, to church, when Ed told me to turn around and look in the mirror.  Yep, you guessed it–my dress was tucked inside the back of my undies 😦  Thank goodness for observant husbands!

Let me back up a little bit further and show you one of the cute little wrist corsages the children [of the church we’ve been attending] made for the mothers of the church, for Mother’s Day.  I thought they turned out nice.


I was invited to help with this project, and I enjoyed having lunch with the ladies, getting to know them, and helping the children create these corsages.

Now, fast forward to the month of June, and the week before Father’s Day and our 45th wedding anniversary.  I felt lousy almost the entire week, but on Thursday I finally rallied…just in time to take a beach trip!

On the spur of the moment Ed and I threw our beach chairs into the back of the van and headed for St. Simon’s Island–totally unplanned.  We had a great time, celebrating our anniversary a few days early.  We ate bar-b-que sandwiches for lunch, and spent the afternoon relaxing under the shade of our favorite oak tree.  I didn’t take a single picture, but the view was still the same.

Ed and I celebrated our 45th anniversary (and Father’s Day) in church, on Sunday, June 18.  Without God’s mercy, Ed wouldn’t even be here to celebrate with me, so there was no better place for us to be than in church.  We drove to the nearest Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, after church was over, and enjoyed our traditional anniversary meal together.  Later, we drove home and celebrated Father’s Day, too.  It was a busy day!

Suddenly, the day after Father’s Day all of our garden was ready to harvested!  We’ve never had this happen before, but our corn, butter beans, tomatoes, and peas were all ready to be picked and canned at the same time!  Ed and I worked several twelve to fourteen hour days in a row.  At night we fell into bed, exhausted, and this is what my kitchen has looked like for over a week:

this table has been totally filled, twice, with rippening tomatoes

Day one – ( 2 of the 7 buckets of corn we picked)


day four – some of the 3 bushels of butter beans we picked and shelled

more butter beans and the first of the peas

We’re well into week number two, and we’re still picking and shelling peas, as well as canning tomatoes as they ripen!  Our green beans and some of the tomatoes may have drowned, but the rest of the garden not only survived, it has produced beyond our expectations. I promised God if He blessed us with a good harvest, we’d share the bounty, and we have.

We’re so grateful to our daughter and our granddaughter for their help in shelling all of these peas and beans.  One day, the four of us sat and shelled beans for six straight hours!  We all went to bed with sore thumbs.

Things are now winding down with gardening and canning, so the end is in sight!  A few more days and the spring gardening season of 2017 will be history.  Did you notice I said “spring gardening season”?  The fall gardening season is already underway.

Ed already has two rows of sweet potatoes planted!  We’ll be adding a few more things to the fall garden as the summer goes on.  Oh, and our grapes will be ripe around the last of August!  It’ll be time to break out the jars and make a little grape jelly. The fun never seems to end in our neck of the woods 🙂

 

 

 

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A Summertime Hodgepodge…

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you’d put on your list of quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

I’m not sure I can list ten things, but here are my favorite summer activities: (1) sitting under my favorite oak tree at St. Simon’s Island while admiring the view (of course!), (2) buying a new beach ornament for my ‘year round tree’, (3) having a family cookout, (4) picking blackberries and making jelly, (5) watching the hummingbirds feed, (6) making/eating a BLT made with home-grown tomatoes, (7) making fresh flower arrangements with zinnias/sunflowers from our garden, (8) picking, cooking, and canning a variety of vegetables from our garden and (9) celebrating our wedding anniversary.  (I almost thought of ten!)

 

2. Do you collect seashells when you’re at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What’s your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these ‘best beaches for hunting seashells’ have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?  Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey’s Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

I used to collect seashells from the beach, and display them in a pretty jar, at home.  I don’t collect them anymore, though.  I still display a few of my favorite seashells in a bowl and I hang some on my ‘year round’ tree, during the months of July/August, when it’s decorated in a beach theme.

I think the beaches of Florida have the prettiest shells of anywhere I’ve been.  I haven’t visited any of the ‘best beaches’, but I’d love to go to Sanibel Island (in Florida) or Shipwreck Beach (in Hawaii).

3. At a snail’s pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up…which ‘shell’ phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

“At a snail’s pace” describes the way I move every morning when I first get out of bed.  I’m not currently taking Nsaids for my Rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s much harder for me to get up and get moving in the mornings. (Nsaids are very hard on the digestive system, and I’m trying to give mine a break) The struggle is real, folks.

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

Here in the south, the temperatures hover in the high 90’s for most of the summer.  We also have these annoying insects called gnats and mosquitoes.  Therefore, I dislike any activity that requires my presence outside after 9 a.m. or before 7 p.m. unless it’s in a place where there are no gnats or mosquitoes.

5. What’s something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

A lot of things crossed my mind, but I’m going to say correct spelling and grammar!  Yes, it bothers me very much!  It’s downright painful to read some of the posts I see on Facebook.

Random:

This summer, there’s a new phenomenon happening in our little neck of the woods, and it’s called “Tattnall County Rocks”.  It all started with one woman and a Facebook page.  One very talented lady decided to paint a few rocks, hide the rocks all over the county, then post clues on her official “Tattnall County Rocks” Facebook page giving hints about where the rocks were hidden.  This activity has become very popular, very quickly, and people of all ages are now painting, hiding, and finding rocks!

Whoever finds a hidden rock, posts where they found it, and usually takes a picture of the rock. Then they either hide the rock somewhere else, or hide another painted rock to replace the one they decide to keep.  Then they post a clue concerning where their rock has been hidden.

It’s an activity designed to get children and their parents outside and moving–together.  It also challenges them to see what kind of rocks they can create.  What a neat idea, and it sounds like fun to me!

Our granddaughter and her mom went out and joined the fun, last week.  They found three rocks using the clues they’d read on Facebook.  They are currently in the process of painting more rocks to replace the ones they found, since granddaughter, Madison, wanted to keep the rocks she found.

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A Flag/Father’s Day Hodgepodge…

 

Happy Wednesday!  It’s been a couple of weeks since the last Hodgepodge, but it’s back, and I’m glad!  As always, I’m thankful to our gracious hostess, Joyce, who keeps The Hodgepodge up and running.  Here are today’s questions:

1. The Hodgepodge lands on June 14th this week, Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country’s flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House? Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)

We don’t fly a traditional American flag, but I have two patriotic garden flags that I fly around Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.  Does that count?  I’ve never been to Philadelphia or Baltimore.  I’ve spent all of my life here in the deep south.

2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.

Recently, I’ve encountered both.  Let’s just say someone else waved the red flag, and I waved the white flag, and let’s leave it at that.

3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?

Yes, I’ll stay in the car and listen to the end of a song, if it’s one of my old favorites I haven’t heard in a while.  I’m not sure what kind of person that makes me.  Sentimental, perhaps?

4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad?

In my opinion, a good dad should be “hands on” from the start.  In other words, one who’s not afraid to change a diaper, give a bottle, or rock a crying baby.  He should be patient, nurturing, loving, and unselfish with his time, but he should also be willing to discipline, when necessary.

I’ve just described my husband, Ed.  He changed our baby’s diapers before I did, and did his fair share of bathing, rocking, and feeding, as well.  This was a tremendous help to me, and helped him build an early bond with our children.  No matter how tired Ed was, he never said no when one of the children asked him to do something.  In fact, I don’t remember him refusing them anything they’ve ever asked of him, even now.  Ed even returned our daughter’s wedding dress, after her wedding was called off.  How’s that for a good dad?

What’s an expression you associate with your father?

I can’t remember any specific expressions, so I’ll just tell a bit about my daddy.  He was very devoted to my mama, and loved her with all his heart. He had a good personality, and got along well with everybody.  He had a tender heart, and cried easily.  He also had a ‘green thumb’ and could grow a beautiful vegetable garden.  One funny thing I do still remember about him was, upon first hearing the term “chicken fingers” (strips of breast meat) he thought they were talking about actual chicken fingers 🙂  Daddy passed away 26 years ago, following a long illness, shortly after his 65th birthday.

5. What’s one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?

I can’t think of a single rule I disagreed with while growing up.  (I’m a ‘rule follower’ at heart.)  My parents actually gave me very few rules to follow. I had to clean up the kitchen every night, take care of my bedroom, and, occasionally, I had to help clean the rest of the house.  That was pretty much it.  Oh, and I had to be home from dates by 11:30–but Ed could stay at my house as long as he liked because our time together was so scarce. (Ed was in the army, and wasn’t around much)

Random:

us, with the pastor who married us

This coming Sunday will be Father’s Day, but Ed and I will also celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary on that day.  Yes, we married on Father’s Day, 45 years ago, just three short weeks after Ed was released from the army and I graduated from high school.  I’m so thankful to God for bringing us together!  We’ll be celebrating with our customary trip to Kentucky Fried Chicken (and the beach).  We’ve been celebrating anniversaries with KFC every since our wedding night–when the store manager gave us our first meal as husband and wife for free.

us, last year, with our complimentary gift bucket from KFC

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In Our Neck Of The Woods (part one)…

It’s been a while since I’ve written an update post, so I thought I’d write about what’s been going on “in our neck of the woods”, so to speak.  There’s a lot to write about, so this will be a two-part post.  In hind sight, I probably should have entitled this post, “The Merry Merry Month of May.”  We did a lot of celebrating!

We started out the month of May with a birthday celebration.  Our oldest son turned thirty-five, on May 10, and we celebrated–twice!  His wife hosted a family party over the weekend, then we gave him a second little party on the following Wednesday night, at church.  Both celebrations involved good food and fellowship.

the birthday boy, flanked by our grandchildren

This year, we celebrated Mother’s Day at our daughter’s house.  She really went above and beyond getting ready for the occasion.  She spent almost a week decorating for the occasion, and everything looked so nice for the occasion.  I really wish I’d taken a few more pictures!

one of several displays  (that’s Ed and me with our moms)

I think our daughter enjoyed having company in her brand new kitchen, and we sure enjoyed eating the delicious food there!  The menu was bar-b-que chicken, with all of the trimmings, and it was a group effort, so everyone contributed.  Here’s a picture of me with my “babies” who aren’t so little anymore!

Mother’s Day 2017

I’ve forgotten the actual day, but somewhere around the middle of May, this little cutie graduated from K-4 at Busy Little Beavers preschool.  In case you couldn’t guess, the program had a western theme 🙂  I was so proud when Chase actually read a book, as a part of the program!  It’s good to start them reading early.

Chase was also awarded the “Busy Little Beaver” award, which is the equivalent of a “Principal’s Award”.  We’re very proud of our little Chase, who’s not-so-little, these days.

Of course, Memorial Day wasn’t far behind Mother’s Day, and, once again, our daughter offered to host the family at her house.  I appreciated this so much, because it gave me a break from hosting duties,  once again.

our hostess with her holiday table

We celebrated Memorial Day, a little early, with another cookout on the Saturday afternoon before the holiday.  The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed being outside.


Ed and me, relaxing

watching the “grands” in the kiddie pool


watching some volley ball fun

Unfortunately, the Memorial Day weekend ended on a bit of a sour note when our son-in-law came down with the stomach virus!  Our daughter-in-law has been the only other family casualty of the virus, so far.  We’re all still holding our breath!

Meanwhile, I went to the dentist, on the day after Memorial Day due to a mild, but persistent, toothache.  He couldn’t find anything wrong with the tooth, but he prescribed a round of powerful antibiotics, just in case it was too early to spot an abscess (on x-ray) or in case a sinus infection could be causing the problem.  Within two days my tooth felt better, but Oh. My. Word, the side effects of the antibiotics have been awful!!!  I’ve been nauseated for five days.  Thank the Lord, today is the last day of taking them.   Now, if I can just avoid the deluge of yeast that usually follows antibiotics!  I’ve been faithfully taking  good probiotics, so we shall see.  I’m also hoping my toothache will become a permanent, fading memory, otherwise, a root canal could be in my future 😦

There’s also been lots of activity in and around the garden, this month, but that’s a post I’ll save for another day.  Until next time…

Have a great Monday!

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Saying Goodbye To May With Another Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe the month of May has come and almost gone.  It seems like just yesterday this month was beginning!  All that being said, it’s the last day of May, it’s Wednesday, and it’s time for another Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for keeping the fun alive.

1. What makes you feel accomplished? Explain.

My family–all eleven of them!

While growing up, all I ever really wanted to do was become a good wife and mother.  I pray I’ve been successful in both endeavors. Ed and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage, next month.

Together, we’ve raised three children, who have grown up to be adults we are very proud of, and enjoy spending time with.  They, in turn, are doing a great job of taking care of their spouses, and raising children of their own.  At the end of each day, I feel accomplished and very blessed.

2. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Tell us why.

I honestly have no idea who the last two guests might be, but my first choice would be Dr. Charles Stanley.  This man has a wealth of Christian knowledge and experience, and I’d love to talk with him about it at length.

3. Do you have a great burger recipe? What’s in it? What do you like on a hamburger and where is your favorite spot to order one out?

My usual burger recipe consists of ground beef, bread crumbs, an egg, salt, and pepper.  However, recently, we’ve discovered these great beef/pork mix hamburger patties in the meat section of Wal-mart. To these patties we just add some Grill Mates hamburger seasoning, and we grill them.  They are fantastic!

I like ketchup, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickles on my burgers, and my favorite burger place is Burger King.

4. What’s the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis?

Taking care of these chickens–and trying to keep them off the front porch and out of my flowers!  But it’s okay, I love them anyway 🙂

5. This is the last Hodgepodge of May. Tell us about your summer plans.

Ed and I have no big summer plans.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to finish harvesting what’s left of our garden, make some jelly, and simply enjoy each other’s company.  Of course, we’ll also spend some time with family, and, hopefully, we’ll take a few day trips to St. Simon’s Island. When our harvesting is through, I’d also like to go for an overnight visit to see my brother, in Florida.

Random:

When I posted, last Wednesday, we were in the middle of a downpour of rain.  When all was said and done, we received over 9 inches of rain within two days.  Sadly, all of our green bean bushes and an entire row of tomatoes [in our garden] drowned as a result of the downpour.

the green beans

The bushes were loaded with  beans, and the tomato vines were loaded with tomatoes.  It is a sickening sight to see our hard work ruined.

 row of drowned tomatoes

However, all was not lost!  We were able to salvage 13 quarts of beans off the dying bushes, and a kind man from church gave us 18 tomato plants to replace the ones we lost.  Our second row of our tomatoes is still trying to hang on, as are the beans, peas, and our corn…but more rain is in the forecast for this week.  If this happens, I’m not sure the rest of the garden will survive.  For once, I hope the weather man turns out to be WRONG!

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A Stereotypical Hodgepodge…

Hello there!  I’m back with another edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I don’t know about where you live, but it’s wet here!  We’ve received over 8 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, and there’s still more rain in the forecast!  Meanwhile, our gracious hostess, Joyce, has prepared another great set of questions for us, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy day, so here I go…

1. What color is prominent in your home? Are you glad about that or wishing you could cover it up or remove it?

All of the walls and ceilings of our home are lightly stained and sealed wood, so I guess that would fall under the color brown.  There was a reason for doing this–we like the ‘all-natural’ look, we were on a tight budget, and we also hate to paint!  Overall, I’ve been fairly happy with the ‘all-natural’ look, even on the ceilings, but the color of our wood is darkening a little, over time, and I’m not especially happy about that!

2. What’s something you’ll NEVER do again?

I will absolutely, positively NEVER jump off of anything again!  Two different times in my life, I’ve jumped off of high things and, both times, I thought my feet and ankles were broken!  I’ve finally figured out that I don’t know how to properly flex my knees upon landing, which helps absorb the impact.

3. Tell us a couple of ways you fit the stereotypes associated with your gender, and a couple of ways you don’t.

(1)I enjoy staying home and taking care of my family and household more than working outside of the home.  (2)I enjoy cooking, sewing, and other crafts, but I’m not mechanical.

(1)I’m the more talkative of the two of us, and will usually speak out before Ed does.  (2) I have a stubborn, independent streak, so being submissive doesn’t come naturally.

4. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Have you ever owned a motorcycle? Ever ridden a motorcycle? If the opportunity presented itself would you hop on a motorcycle and go for a ride?

Ed and I have owned three different motorcycles during our marriage.  We owned the first two during the early years of our marriage, before we had children.

Us, riding Ed’s 750 Honda

 

Yes, I rode with him and it was fun, but never really felt safe or at ease.  I worried too much about us having an accident. Ed bought a third motorcycle when he was in his 50’s, but I never would ride it with him. I declared my motorcycle riding days were over! After a while, he finally sold it, thank goodness.

5. If someone wanted to understand you, what should they read, watch, and listen to?

They should probably read a few Nicholas Sparks novels, or some celebrities’ autobiographies, and the Bible.  They should watch Hallmark movies, or television dramas (crime or medical shows are my favorites).  As far as music, they should listen to the country music of the 90’s, the pop music of the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, and some timeless good ole’ southern gospel.

Random:

To put it mildly, the 2017 gardening season has been challenging!  Our unseasonably warm temperatures, combined with a lack of rainfall has made it difficult.  Ed has moved the sprinkler, around in our garden, at least a couple of hundred times, over the past few weeks.  He has to move the sprinkler at least 12 times in order to water the entire garden, one time.

Ed working in the garden

Finally, early harvesting of our garden began.  Thank goodness, we were able to get our onions and potatoes harvested, along with some garden peas and squash.  Our yield has been below average, but, at least we’ve grown enough to share, so that’s good.

digging the potatoes, a family affair

Then the rain started on Monday night! Eight inches and counting, so far.  I’m not sure what all of this rain will mean for the future of our garden.  Only time will tell.  Like I said, gardening this year has been challenging!

 

 

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Hodgepodge # 307…

 

I hope all of you had a Happy Mother’s Day.  I know I sure did!  This year, my daughter took over the hosting duties, so I was able to sit back and just be a guest at her house.  It was a nice change, and I enjoyed it very much.

Speaking of  nice things, it’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  As always, our hostess, Joyce, has done a great job of providing us with great questions and a place to link up.  Thanks, Joyce, for all you do!

Now, here are today’s questions:

1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Hmmm…

No, we probably shouldn’t be celebrating this. Ha! Ha!

Are you a pack rat? Even if you’re not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what’s yours.

Yes, unfortunately, I’m a pack rat.  I’m not a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like to hang onto my things!  Sometimes, I also like to hang onto other people’s things, too, such as my now grown children’s toys or my late mother-in-law’s dishes.  What can I say?  Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and you can’t get it back, so I think about it for a long time before letting it go…

2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don’t?

I don’t know how to put air in the tires of the car, and I don’t know how to drive our zero turn lawn mower.  I should learn how, but have no interest.

3. Do you crave sugar?  Yes, sometimes I do find myself craving something sweet, usually at night, when I certainly don’t need it!

Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea?  I don’t drink coffee at all, but I do drink diluted sweetened tea. (half tea and half water)

Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes?  I have used them in the past, but I don’t any more.

When dining out is dessert a given?  No. I have to watch my sugar intake, so desserts are usually limited.

Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it.  About four years ago, right before Christmas, I was forced to give up all sugar for several months, due to a chronic yeast problem.  I went “cold turkey” and  it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do!  (Some form of sugar is in almost everything!) I felt lousy (for weeks) and even got a little depressed.  However my yeast problem improved, and I even lost several pounds.  Eventually, when I was able to slowly add some sugar back into my diet, I discovered everything tasted much too sweet, at first.  These days, my yeast problem is much better, but I still have to use moderation regarding sugar.

4. What’s a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can’t imagine living without? I don’t know if it’s a trend anymore,  because it’s more a way of life, these days, but I’ll say using the internet.

5. What’s a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Please elaborate.

  Leaving On a Jet Plane by Peter, Paul and Mary reminds me of when I rode with Ed’s parents to take him to the airport to get on a “jet plane”.  (I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again…Kiss me and smile for me, tell me you’ll wait for me… Oh, babe I hate to go…)

It was August of 1970. I’d just turned 16, Ed was just about to turn 21, and we’d recently become engaged.  Ed was in the army, and was headed to Okinawa for his 18 month tour of duty, which actually turned into a 20 1/2 month tour, after all was said and done.  That trip to the airport was hard, but the trip back home, without Ed, was even worse!  Ed’s mama and I cried most of the way home, while Ed’s daddy tried to cheer us both up.

However,  all’s well that ends well, and it was a different story (and song) 20 1/2 months later when we all went back to that same airport to pick Ed up!  Oh, Happy Day!  Ed and I were married just 3 weeks later, and will soon celebrate our 45th anniversary.

Random:

A “Trouble” and the Man With the Can update

It’s been a while since I’ve written an update about “Trouble”, the cat, and the man with the can, who happens to be my husband, Ed.  For those who may not be familiar with “Trouble”, she’s the cat who’s been living at Ed’s parents’ house, alone, for almost five years.

“Trouble” is no spring chicken, she’s been around quite a while.  You see, we got her [as a kitten] from Ed’s parents when our youngest son was about 15, and he’s about to turn 32.  If you do the math, it comes out to about 17 years!

“Trouble” lived with us until around 2005, when she left  because she didn’t like all of the other cats I’d adopted from the local animal shelter.  She ended up back at Ed’s parents’ home, which is nearby, where she has remained even though the last occupants of the house moved away, around 5 years ago.  All this time, my husband, Ed, has faithfully gone to the house to feed “Trouble” every day–until about two or three weeks ago, when she didn’t show up one day.

It turns out that, after all of this time, “Trouble” has decided to move in with our oldest son and his family, who happen to live nearby, as well! (All of our homes are located on the family farm)  At first we thought “Trouble” had gone to our son’s house because he was borrowing our old car, which is usually  kept parked at Ed’s parents’ house (to discourage intruders).  However, our son returned the car, and “Trouble”  has continued to stay at their house–and I’m glad!  It made me sad to think of her living all alone at Ed’s parents’ house.  It’s good that “Trouble” has a family again–unless she decides to leave, which she’s prone to do.

“Trouble” is really showing her age, now.  Ed, who’s faithful to the end, still goes to our son’s house to feed “Trouble”, every day at five o’clock.  He does this because he knows what kind of food she likes, what time she expects to be fed, and I think he  just likes to check in on her.  The saga of “Trouble” and the man with the can continues…

 

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A Pre-Mother’s Day Hodgepodge…

Happy Hump Day!  The week is half over, and it’s time for another edition of Hodgepodge.  It’s also almost Mother’s Day, so I’m going to take this opportunity to wish all of my blog friends a “Happy Mother’s Day”.  Today happens to be our oldest son, Brett’s birthday, so I’m going to take this opportunity to wish him “Happy Birthday”, as well.  Brett was my Mother’s Day baby, and so he made Mother’s Day of 1982 quite memorable!  He was born 4 hours, 7  minutes after the day had ended at midnight! Happy Birthday, son.  I love you!

1. Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as a mother.

Most of my favorite memories, as a mother, center around holidays or the children’s birthdays.  I always took great joy in planning for their birthdays, Easter, and Christmas.  I’d start planning well in advance, and usually went over-board in the gift giving department, but it was fun!  I wanted my own children to have better childhood memories than I have, and I think they do.  I wasn’t a perfect mother, but I gave it everything I had!

If you’re a mother (or stepmom) tell us how your experience as a mom differs from your own mother’s experience.

For most of my childhood and adult life, my mother wasn’t a very stable person.  I didn’t know it at the time, but she was bipolar, which meant lots of ‘ups and downs’.  She [and my father] struggled with alcohol, as well.  There were some good times, but, as you can imagine, there were a lot of not-so-good ones.

I was bound and determined to give my children the kind of stable, happy home life I never had, and I think Ed and I were successful in that.  We both tried to set good examples for our children, and I hope they have lots of good childhood [and adult] memories.

2. In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both. Most every family has at least one in their midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree.

Ed’s mama worked as an office nurse for many years.  She loved her job very much, and worked long hours!  She was quite dedicated, and worked until she was in her 70’s.  She’s passed away now, but we have another nurse in our family, these days.  Our youngest son, Brad, is married to a nurse!  Our DIL, Jennifer, is currently working for an orthopedist.  She, too, is quite dedicated and works long hours.  Anyone who has ever worked beside Jennifer will quickly tell  you she goes above and beyond duty.  We love and appreciate her for the difficult work she’s chosen to do.

3. Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad…which would you go for if all three were on the menu?  That’s a tough choice because I like all three, but I’ll go with tuna salad.

On bread or a bed of lettuce?  I prefer tuna salad on a bed of lettuce, but we usually just eat it on bread.

If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich? Honey wheat.

4. Do you have a desk?  Yes, we have an old computer desk, but we no longer use it.

Is it organized? No, not really.  It has little spaces for organizing things, but there always seemed to be clutter on top of the desk.

If you don’t have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business?  These days I usually sit in my favorite chair (in the living room) and use the laptop.  Occasionally, if I have a lot of things to take care of at once, I’ll move to the kitchen table.

Where do you normally sit to blog?

I sit in my favorite chair.

5. When I was nine years old…. my parents lived across the street from the elementary school, for a short time.  I walked home for lunch each day, then walked back to school, afterward.  After school, I often walked back over to the school and played on the school playground.  Good memories!

Random:

Those of you who read my blog regularly probably know that Ed and I often visit a local assisted living facility (Alzheimer’s unit), for church services on Sundays.  We’ve had some interesting experiences while there, and last Sunday we had another one.

We’d just finished the song service, and our son was preparing to read some scripture and preach. A new resident, Barbara, who was still holding the song book, suddenly asked what page he was reading from.  He explained to her that he was now reading from the Bible.  She didn’t have a Bible of her own, and there weren’t any available, so I offered Barbara my Bible to follow along with.

Now, before I go any further, let me explain that I’m very attached to my Bible.  It’s a Creative [journaling] Bible that Ed gave me last Christmas.  It’s already filled with all kinds of notes I’ve taken, it has beautiful illustrations for coloring, and I just love it!

Well, things were rolling right along, our son was reading and preaching out of the book of Romans, and I was sharing Ed’s Bible with him…  About that time, the lady with my Bible got up and left the room–and she took my Bible with her!!!  Oh, no, I thought!

I couldn’t decide what to do, without causing a disruption, so I did nothing…and she never came back!  As soon as the service was over, and we’d said our goodbyes to those attending, I took off on a search for my beloved Bible!

As it turned out, during the service, the lady had been summoned for a phone call, but I didn’t realize this.  In fact, she was still talking on the phone when we found her–and there lay my Bible on the dining table.  Whew!  That was a close one!  However, I think I’ll make sure I carry a spare Bible from now on:)

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