Wednesday Hodgepodge # 333…

There are only twelve more days until Christmas!  Can you believe it?!  Me either.  I’m NOT ready…  but I don’t suppose a few more hours of procrastinating is going to make much difference, so I’m participating in The Hodgepodge–or at least I’m going to try.  Last week, the ‘Linky’ mysteriously disappeared after a few hours, so I wasn’t able to read everyone’s posts:(  Hopefully, this week will go better!  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for everything she does.  Here we go:

1. ‘Hurry less, worry less’…what’s your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How’s it going so far?

“Hurry less, worry less” is my strategy, this year, along with making it a point to always keep in mind the real reason for the season.  For the most part, it’s going good.  This year, I’ve hurried and worried less than usual, and I’m trying hard to stay focused on Jesus rather than Santa.

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season?  We don’t make a list, but there are a few things we do.

What are some of the jobs on your list?  The outside faucets need wrapping and the flowers need protecting, so the greenhouse has to be put back up.  We also drain/cover our large fountain, and cover the plants [at night] that won’t fit inside of the greenhouse.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?  Ed takes care of everything, thankfully, and spent most of last Saturday doing just that!

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc). What’s the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list?  My first thought was “YUK”.

Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? None of the above.

Also, can milk really be dairy free?  Not to me!  I hate almond milk, and won’t even try soy milk.

Is it still milk?  Again, no, not as far as I’m concerned.  Give me the real thing, please!

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site ‘Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.’ What say you?  I say, it doesn’t communicate those things to me.

Do you like the color purple?  No, I’m not really a fan of it.

Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Yes, I watched the movie twice.

Is purple a color you wear often?  No, it isn’t.

Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  It’s knee-length and has a jacket that goes with it.  I’ve had it for over a year and only worn it once.  I’m not sure what I was thinking when I bought it.

If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?  I’d select candy apple red!

5. Favorite book read this year?  I’m going to say the devotional entitled,  Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley.  I received this book as a gift, last Christmas, and it’s been such a blessing to me all year.

Random:

Yesterday was our oldest grandson, Caden’s, birthday.  He turned nine!

It scares me to death when I think about nine being half-way to eighteen!!!  Oh, be still my heart, where is time going?!  Wasn’t it just yesterday when he was getting a bath in the kitchen sink?

Apparently not!   And wasn’t it only a week or two ago when we celebrated his third birthday in my kitchen?

I guess not.  Time has a way of slipping by…

Happy Birthday, again, Caden.  I hope the next nine years don’t pass as quickly as the first ones did–and I hope Mimi and E are here to experience every one of them with you.

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Making My Way Back To The Hodgepodge…

After a two month hiatus, I’ve finally made my way back to blogging!  Sometimes, a person needs to just take a step back, so that’s what I did.  Before I knew it, one week had turned into two, then a month, and so forth. I’m back blogging, for now, and there’s no place I’d rather start than with The Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping this fun meme going!

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?

One Day At A Time

Just like the title of that old song I love.  The lyrics of this song seem to fit my life, these days.

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what’s the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?

The things I use my microwave most often for are baking potatoes or defrosting ground beef.  Yes, I could get along without it, and I did for many years, but a microwave sure makes life [in the kitchen] easier.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

I’m going to choose Sleigh Ride.

I’ve never been on an actual sleigh ride, but it looks like so much fun in those Hallmark movies!  I imagine myself snuggled under a blanket, holding Ed’s hand, while a horse (or two) pulls us through the snow in a sleigh…  There’s a scene like that near the end of one of my favorite Hallmark movies entitled The Christmas Card.  Has anybody else seen it?

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken.

The most beautiful drive I’ve ever taken was through the Great Smokey Mountains.  It was beautiful, but also a little bit scary, with its steep mountains and sharp curves!

5. What’s something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

I’ve been so blessed, I can’t  think of a thing that I truly want or need, this Christmas.  Our family drew names, this year, and I had a hard time even thinking of some “hints” to put on my list.  So…

The main thing on my Christmas list, this year, is going to be staying focused on the real reason for the season–celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  It’s easy to get caught up in all the ‘hoopla’ of Christmas, and forget what’s really important.  I don’t want to be guilty of that!

Random:

Ed and I haven’t been idle during my blogging hiatus.

As of November 5, we changed churches (again).  Sadly, it became painfully apparent that things weren’t going to work out in the church we’d been attending for the past nine months.  We had to leave some great new friends behind, but ended up going back to worship with some great old friends at a previous church we’d attended.  I hope and pray this will be our last move!

Ed celebrated his 68th birthday on November 13, with family and a birthday cake.  I didn’t bake his German Chocolate cake until the day before Thanksgiving, though.  It took us that long to finish off his birthday cake!

Ed with two of our grandchildren

In November, I bought a Christmas comforter set, and wanted some window treatments to match.  So, what did I do?  I bought a couple of matching shower curtains and turned them into valances!  I even made a matching throw pillow for the bed, and a pair of curtains for the bathroom, too!

Christmas comforter and matching valances

Thanksgiving came and went.  Our family spent Thanksgiving at our daughter’s house, this year, which was nice for a change, plus it gave me a break.  The only glitch was our grandson, Evan, got sick, so he and his family weren’t able to be with us for Thanksgiving.  After lunch, the girls did some browsing on the internet while the guys watched football.

On the day after Thanksgiving Ed and I pulled out the boxes of Christmas decorations!  We’ve been decorating, outside and inside, ever since.  As of Monday evening we are ‘officially’ finished and all boxes are put away…and it only took eleven days!!!  Whew, this task gets more difficult every year!

a not-so-great picture of our living room tree

Would you believe, after almost six years of raising chickens, we’ve suddenly been plagued by several visits from two different chicken hawks?!  I’d often wondered if a chicken hawk could actually kill a grown chicken, and I recently learned they can–they start with the head.  We’re now down to seven very nervous hens, who are wondering who’s next.

“Trouble”, the cat, is still living at Ed’s parents’ house.  I swear this cat has nine lives…  Ed feeds her twice daily and still closes her up in the freezer room at the end of each day.  Since the time change, we have to time our outings so we can be home by 4, to put the cat to bed each evening!  I tell you, it’s like having children again.

It will be late this evening or tomorrow, before I get around to visiting everyone’s blogs.  Ed and I will be accompanying our daughter into the city, today.  She has a doctor’s appointment and we’re planning to do a little Christmas shopping, as well.  See y’all when we get back!

 

 

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Finding My Way Through The Hodgepodge…

I’m a little late in joining this party, but, as someone once said, “Better late than never.”  I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, and wasn’t up to answering the questions, before now.  As always, thanks to our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can’t find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I’ve been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

I have a terrible sense of direction!  I’d give myself a 2, and that’s being generous.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don’t count!)

It’s probably been twenty years since I’ve used/looked at an actual map, back in the days when we actually traveled on a regular basis.

back east, down south, out west, up north

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.

I’ll choose “down south” because that’s where my brother lives (in Florida), and I’d love to visit him again, one of these days.

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

Yesterday, I probably did more listening, but typically I do more of the talking.  One word to describe my yesterday was “restful”.  As I mentioned, earlier, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, so I’ve been resting a lot.

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity…which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

Without a doubt, “time” is the thing I’m most guilty of wasting, but I learned a long time ago, not to worry about it.  I have chronic health issues and I’m retired.  Enough said.

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.

No, my family didn’t take regular vacations when I was growing up.  We did make some road trips to visit family, in the neighboring state of Georgia, but I don’t remember many of those because I was young.  I remember my family and I did take one trip to Jekyll Island, with an aunt, uncle, and my favorite cousin, when I was about thirteen.  My family and I had moved to Georgia by then.  We only stayed a night or two at the beach, but I still remember how much fun we had.

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?

A money tree!  Ha Ha  Seriously, I can’t think of a thing I’d like to grow that we haven’t already grown, except maybe some  pumpkins.  We’ve planted them before, but had no luck growing them.

Random:

Speaking of pumpkins, the Pumpkin Patch in a neighboring town is now open, and all four of our grandchildren have visited within the past week!  The temperatures around here are still in the high eighties, so it doesn’t feel much like autumn, but it looks like autumn at the Pumpkin Patch!   Below is a picture of three of our “grands”.  That’s one BIG rocking chair!

 

 

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The First October Hodgepodge…

October is always a busy month for our family, and things are already underway!  One birthday celebration down, two more to go.  Of course, there’s always time for The Hodgepodge, so here I am.  As always, thanks so much to our gracious hostess, Joyce.

1. Have you ever spent time on a farm?  Yes, I’ve spent a lot of time on a farm.  In fact, we live on [ part of] what used to be Ed’s family’s farm.

Tell us a little bit about it.  When I was a child, my maternal grandfather was a farmer, and I lived with my grandparents for quite a while.  Grandaddy grew cotton, tobacco, and pecans for the market, plus he grew vegetables for eating and canning.  He also raised cows, hogs, and chickens.  I loved farm life, except when it came time to send the animals to market.  That part of farming made me sad!  I’ve picked some cotton, and taken cured tobacco off the sticks, after it had been removed from the barn.  I always wanted to string green tobacco, for curing, but wasn’t old enough, at the time.  By the way, picking cotton, by hand, is hard, back-breaking, work that’s also tough on your hands.

When I met Ed, my future husband, I discovered his parents lived on a farm, too.  Ed’s daddy raised goats, cows, and, occasionally, chickens.  He still grew vegetables for eating/canning, but, by then, he’d begun to lease out the bulk of his farm land to a neighbor.  The neighbor farmer grew corn, soybeans, or cotton on the family farm until Ed’s mama passed away about four years ago.  Ed and I grow a garden every year.

Me, in the last field of cotton grown on the farm

Have you ever grown your own pumpkin?  Ed and I have tried to grow pumpkins in our garden on a couple of different occasions.  We weren’t successful.  The vines grew, but the pumpkins did not!

Been on a hayride?  Yes, a few times, usually with a grandchild. Driven a tractor?  Yes, a few times.  (I have a very old picture of myself on my father-in-law’s tractor, but it hasn’t been scanned to the computer yet.) Milked a cow? I tried, but wasn’t successful.

2. What’s something younger you would like about you now?  I think she’d like the fact that I’ve been able to live the life she used to dream about while growing up.  That dream was all about becoming a good wife and mother, having a stable, uncomplicated family life, and always being able to keep the bills paid on time.  Thanks to the good Lord and a good husband, my dream came true!

3. What are three things you’d like to do more often? Three things you’d like to do less often?  I’d like to be able travel a little more often, visit with friends/family more often, and have the energy to deep clean my house.  I wish I’d get sick/tired less often, have to go to the dentist/doctor less often, and I wish I’d get hungry a little less often!

4. What’s on your nachos?

Sometimes, only cheese.  Other times, I’ll make a taco salad on top of them or cover them with taco soup.

5. What’s the most random thing in your purse or wallet?   The most random thing in my purse is probably a miniature screwdriver.

Does it need to stay there?  Yes, it does need to stay there in case one of the legs of my glasses gets loose or falls off.

Random:

I’m trying to rest and get over a very busy weekend.  Ed and I went to play Bingo  on Friday night, along with some of our family.

 3 generations, playing Bingo together

Then on Saturday morning we helped with our church’s “Feed the Sheep” ministry, went on a brief out-of-time shopping trip, afterward, then celebrated our daughter’s 39th birthday with family, on Saturday evening.

our birthday girl  

Sunday morning we went back to church for a fellowship breakfast before the morning worship service, and back to church on Sunday night for evening services.

On Monday we went out-of-town, again, to visit our long-time friends, Herman and Diane.  Herman will be having the second of two neck surgeries, this morning.  The recovery process of the first surgery has been very difficult for him.  I’m praying this second one will be easier.

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A Non-Adventurous Hodgepodge…

 

Folks, can you believe it’s Wednesday, again?  Me either!  I’m struggling to get these questions answered, while watching for the stray salamander who’s playing peek-a-boo from under my couch!  I really hate those things, and have no idea how he got into the house.  If Ed doesn’t catch him, soon, I may hurt myself!  In the meantime, on with the Hodgepodge… and thanks to Joyce for hosting!

1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.

We had three dogs and a cat, that I can remember.  I’m partial to cats over dogs, so of course, I was most attached to the cat.  She was a crazy Siamese, that my older brother jokingly dubbed as “Cleopatra Fontane”, but we just called her “Cleo”.  We never knew where “Cleo” came from.  She just showed up one day, and never left.

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

I absolutely must get my hair trimmed, this morning, then I must cook supper for our Wednesday night Bible Study group, this afternoon, or we’ll all be hungry!  Chili and hot dogs are on tonight’s menu–and I’m looking forward to that haircut, by the way!

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?

Ten years ago, we were still living in our former house, next door, while trying to finish building the house we currently live in, now.  We were about a month away from being able to move in, so I was probably taking stuff to the consignment shop, on a regular basis.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in this new home almost ten years.

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate?  No, I didn’t celebrate.

Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi…which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice?  I’m going to go with chicken and dumplings because I’ve never tried any of the others.

Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?  No, it’s too easy to use the pre-made, frozen brands, which actually taste pretty good, too!

5. ‘There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don’t.’ William Trogdon

So which kind are you?  I’d be one of those who go secretly hoping I didn’t find an adventure.  I’m not an adventurous person!

Random:

Oh, so many random thoughts, so little time… 

For some strange reason, the Hodgepodge ‘linky’ suddenly disappears from my computer, sometime after lunch.  This makes it hard to visit because I can’t see who’s linked up anymore.  I hope this glitch clears up, soon.

Three doctor visits and two bottles of eye drops, and I’m still dealing with the chalazion on my eyelid.  It has gotten smaller, so the doctor says give it three more weeks to see if it will completely go away (it’s already been 8 weeks).  I’m growing a bit weary of hot compresses, eye drops, and $100 doctor visits.

My toe is still sore from last week’s incident when I stubbed it and fell onto the bed.  I even had to wear flip-flops to church, on Sunday.  I’m hoping to be able to wear actual shoes, this Sunday.

“Trouble”, the cat, is hanging in there.  Ed lets her outside, all day, but puts her back in the freezer room at night.  She’s eating and getting around okay, but seems to have lost bladder control.  At night she wets her blanket.  Hopefully, this issue will clear up.

As I prepare to end this post, we’re still playing hide-and-seek with that darn salamander!  He’s a sly one, and has now moved all around the living room without being captured. Life is never dull in our neck of the woods 🙂

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Falling Into Another Hodgepodge…

 

It’s been over a week since “Irma” blew through, and we’re still not finished cleaning up her mess!  I think one more day should finish that up.  There is no easy way to clean up leaves, limbs, and debris, especially from three different places!  We’re keeping a watchful eye on “Marie”, and praying hard for the folks who are getting hit again.

On a more pleasant note, it’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  Many thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for providing the questions and a place to link up.  If you’d like to join in, click on the button at the top of this post.

1. What’s something you’d rate a 10/10?  Tell us why.

It doesn’t get any better than stretching out on my bed at the end of a long, tiring day, soaking in a tub filled with hot water, or stretching out in a lawn chair under my favorite oak tree on St. Simon’s Island! All of these things rate a 10/10 in my book.  The reason should be obvious–all are a great way to relax!

Speaking of St. Simon’s Island, it suffered damage from hurricane Irma. Among other things, the beautiful brick walkway that runs beside the ocean has been destroyed–a victim of the storm surge.

2. What job would you be terrible at?  I think I’d make a terrible nurse.

What makes you think so?  Watching anyone have medical procedures makes me squirm– iv’s, injections, stitches, staples all give me the creeps.  I squirm just listening to Ed and Jennifer (our daughter-in-law) talk about certain medical procedures!  I feel ‘sympathetic pain’ for the patient, even if I’m just watching the procedure on television!

3. When did you last take a fall?  Actually, I stubbed my toe on the door facing of my bedroom, on Monday afternoon.  This threw me off-balance and I began falling toward a glass doll case in my bedroom.  Fortunately, I was able to shift my weight over, so I landed on the side of the bed instead of falling into the display case!  My little toe is black & blue and very sore, but it could have been much worse if I’d hit that glass display case!  I still have bruises from the fall into the bathtub, two weeks ago, and I’m beginning to think I need a padded bodysuit!

What’s something your falling for (in a good way) these days?  We haven’t had many of them, yet, but I’m ‘falling for’ the cooler, crisp mornings of September.

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America’s best fall festivals-

National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed?  No.

Which one appeals to you most?  I like the sound of Harvest on the Harbor.

Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

Our hometown doesn’t have any kind of fall celebrations.  However, neighboring towns will have a “Wiregrass Festival”, a “Pumpkin Patch” and a county fair, but we have no plans to attend.

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

“Please don’t forget to take the gnats, mosquitoes, and love bugs with you when you leave.”

Random:  An update on “Trouble”, the cat, and the man with the can.

“Trouble”, in her younger years

Many of you know the story of “Trouble”, the sixteen-year-old cat, and how she’s lived at Ed’s parents’ house, alone, even after the house became unoccupied. This saga has been on-going for well over five years!

A couple of months ago, “Trouble” finally migrated down to our son’s house and began staying there, but Ed continued to feed her every day, as usual.  Occasionally, “Trouble” would go back to Ed’s parents’ home for a day or two, but Ed would track her down.

Unfortunately, “Trouble” has developed a bad habit of sleeping underneath parked vehicles.  Now that she’s older, her hearing isn’t good, and this has created a problem–which finally caught up with her.

On Labor Day, our son, not knowing “Trouble” was under the car, was backing up when he accidentally ran over “Trouble”.  She was able to get up and run off, but we couldn’t find her for almost three days.  I thought she was dead.

By the time “Trouble” showed up at our son’s house, hurricane Irma was upon us, and we were in full-blown hurricane preparation mode.  Our son and family were planning to evacuate.  “Trouble” had a broken hind leg.  She wouldn’t eat, but would drink  small amounts of milk. Ed took her to his parents’ house, left her some milk, food, and water, and put her in the freezer room to ride out the storm, comfortably.

After about a week, “Trouble” began eating any food again.  In the meantime, she’d drink small amounts of milk.  (I think she used up another of her nine lives.)  While she isn’t getting around as well as before,  she’s now able to go where she wants to go.  She’s as cantankerous and independent as ever, and is more than ready to be free of that freezer room!  Ed’s been letting her outside for two hours a day, under his supervision, and she keeps trying to sneak off!  Ed plans to let her go, today.  We wonder where she will go.  Back to our son’s  house?  To the woods?  Or maybe just stay at Ed’s parents’ house?  The saga continues…

 

 

 

 

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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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