It’s Beginning To Look Like A Hodgepodge…

Greetings everybody!  I can’t believe another week has passed since I last blogged.  I’ve been as busy as a bee, getting ready for Christmas, but I’m finished, so today is the perfect time to relax with The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our wonderful hostess, Joyce, for providing us with this day of fun and relaxation!

1. Let’s talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What’s your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

Oh, my goodness!  Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m almost a “10” on the scale of holiday decorating!  Every year I go overboard, and it takes well over a week to put it all up, and another week to put it all away.  My favorite room to decorate is the living room, because that’s where the majority of my decorations are displayed, and yes, the living room is finished.  In fact, I ‘officially’ finished decorating, yesterday morning–ending with a total of four Christmas trees inside the house,  two Christmas trees on the front porch…and a reindeer head cover on top of the toilet lid!

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some of the decorations I’ve collected over the years

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it’s special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it’s Christmas!

Yes, there is a nativity scene among my decorations.  It’s the fourth nativity scene I’ve owned during our forty-four years of marriage.  I found this particular nativity scene in a thrift store, two years ago, and added it to my collection.  Unfortunately, my favorite nativity scene is packed away.  It’s a three-piece, light up, Bethlehem village scene, that I didn’t have a place to display, this year.

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my ‘thrift store’ nativity scene, along with my two angel music boxes

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

We live in the country, so I’m not sure you could say we have a ‘neighborhood’.  However, our neighbors, on three sides of us are family, so, of course, we’re social.  It’s very comforting to have neighbors you can count on in good times or in bad.

4.  As the saying goes, ‘there’s no time like the present‘. How does that ring true in your life right now?

Time seems to be going by faster and faster, these days, and more and more people we know are dying.  I’m thinking, ‘there’s no time like the present’ for doing whatever it is we want (or need)) t0 to do!

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

 No,  I don’t dread Mondays.  Now that Ed and I are both retired, there’s no reason to dread Mondays anymore.

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

I love Poinsettias, but I’ve never been good at keeping them alive, so I feel guilty about buying them. I do have an artificial Poinsettia on display, but I’ll deliver it to the cemetery in just a few more days.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”  from the movie, A Christmas Story.  I love the line, and the movie.

 

Random:

I mentioned, the other day, how my eyesight has gotten a lot worse, especially in one eye.  Last week, I went for an eye appointment, and my optometrist told me she can no longer improve my vision with glasses.  Apparently, the cataract that’s been growing on my left eye is ready for removal.  My right eye will have to wait a while.  I’ll be meeting with the surgeon in January about having this procedure done.  Ed’s already had both of his eyes done, so at least I already know the scenario.

In other news, here are a few more pics of the  Christmas decorations we’ve been working on…

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the tree in our living room ( with the new throw pillows I crocheted)

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the kitchen tree (excuse Ed’s bucket, please)

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outside decorations (next to the woods)

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more outside decorations (next to the house)

Published in: on December 7, 2016 at 9:03 am  Comments (5)  

Goodbye November, Hello Hodgepodge…

Goodbye November. I will miss you, but the weather doesn’t feel like November, it feels more like September, ’cause it’s hot!  There’s nothing quite like decorating a Christmas tree while sweating profusely!  All  of that being said, it’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  It’s time to take a break from my holiday decorating and have some fun.  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for keeping The Hodgepodge alive.

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving).

Thrilled (as in I was thrilled to have all of our family around the dinner table, again.)

Filled (as in our stomachs were filled as we consumed the Thanksgiving Day feast.)

Chilled (as in the weather was so warm, so I had to turn the thermostat down to 72 to keep us cool.)

2. When did you last say, ‘the more the merrier’? Did you mean it?

I don’t remember the last time I said “the more the merrier”, but it was probably the last time we had unexpected company.   Ed’s parents said that phrase a lot.  It was quite common for them to have extra folks seated around their dinner table, at any given time, and Ed’s daddy was a genius when it came to stretching food!

3. What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is your same age?

Cherish each day you’re given, and don’t take anything for granted.  If you have good health, praise the Lord for it, daily.

4. You’re ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

Peas, green beans, corn, and sweet potatoes–preferably out of our garden.

5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

I did not shop till I dropped over the Thanksgiving weekend.  In fact, I didn’t go shopping at all, except on-line!  However, in years gone by,  I have  shopped until I dropped, many times, with my late mother-in-law.  She was a champion shopper, back in her day!  I will do a little shopping between now and Christmas, but not much.  I hate the crowds.

6. What’s your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

There are only two places in my house where I can sit, comfortably, due to back issues.  One is a small glider rocker, that sits great, but matches nothing in our house because it only came in one color.  The other is my ‘zero gravity’ lawn chair that I unfold at night, when I’m ready to watch television.  It’s all about comfort, ya’ know?

7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

This memory isn’t necessarily from early in my life, since I was 29, but it’s a profound one.  Back in 1984, Ed and I  had the experience of helping organize a new church, from the ground up, when a guest pastor, who organized new churches as a ministry, visited the church we were members of.  I asked him, after the service, if he’d ever considered starting a ‘new work’ in our town.  He said, “No”, but later changed his mind, and contacted me.  I think there may have been about a dozen or so of us charter members.  We rented an old building, formerly a fast food restaurant, then spent many hours scrubbing all of the grease off the floor and walls.  Yuk!  Brother Gus was able to secure us an old piano, a few old church pews,  a podium, and some song books.  Before long, we were holding services at Trinity Baptist Church.  As fate would have it, after about a year and a half, I had a Divine revelation and realized I actually don’t believe the doctrine the church was teaching.  Having to tell Brother Gus we were leaving the church was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  Trinity Church closed its doors a couple of years after we left. Ed and I ended up at the church of his childhood, and were re-baptized into the faith.  And now, some 29 years later, we’re searching for another new church home…

Random:

Oh, my goodness!  So far, decorating for Christmas has been challenging, this year.  We’ve been dealing with lights that won’t burn,  strong winds blowing outside decorations over, and a missing box of colored lights for the Christmas tree.  On Monday, I felt a bit over-whelmed and asked myself, “Where’s the joy in all of this?”  Thankfully, Ed is a patient and talented man, so he was able to fix most of our light issues.  He also was able to piece back together several broken outside decorations, and anchor them down.  Tuesday went a little smoother, and more progress was made.  Hopefully, by Friday, we’ll be packing away all of these boxes, and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

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Thankful For The Hodgepodge…

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Let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I count my blog friends as special blessings, and treasure each and everyone of you.  I’m thankful for The Hodgepodge and all of the people I’ve ‘met’ through it.  I’m especially thankful for our hostess, Joyce, and the great job she does keeping The Hodgepodge up and running.  She is amazing.

All of that being said, here are this week’s questions:

1. What’s something you might say runs in your family?

I think I’ll say “a stubborn streak”.  Some of us are more stubborn than others, but we all have our moments, from time to time.

2. I read here a list of ten things you should do before 2017 arrives (in less than six weeks!)…which tasks on the list might you do? What would you add to your own ‘before the year ends’ list?

visit your Dr. or dentist, deep clean your home, donate unwanted items to charity, look someone in the eye and tell them you love them, write an honest letter to yourself, clean up your inbox-desktop-photos, travel to a place you haven’t been, compliment a stranger, watch the sunrise, think ahead to your goals/plans for the new year

I’ve already been to the doctor, donated some unwanted items to charity, complimented a stranger, and looked loved ones in the eye and told them I love them.  However, I really need to clean up my inbox (there are almost 5000 emails in there), and do more deep cleaning in my home!  I can’t think of anything I’d like to add to the list.

3. What’s something other generations (not your own) misunderstand about your generation?

Since our parents grew up and lived through the ‘depression era’, and us ‘baby boomers’ grew up and lived during times of plenty, I don’t think they ever quite understood our “lack of thriftiness”.  Sometimes, I find myself thinking the same thing about this current generation.

4. Sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing-which would you miss the most if it weren’t on the holiday dinner menu?

Cornbread dressing.  A turkey dinner wouldn’t seem right turkey without cornbread dressing!

5. What are you overthinking right now?

I’m overthinking the Thanksgiving Day menu, and how I’m going to get everything ready.  I’ve been preparing, off and on, for about five days.  It’s not that I’m cooking that much food, it’s that I’m moving slower, these days.

6. Your favorite slang word lately?

I don’t use any of the recent terms I found on the internet, so I’ll just go with LOL.

7. Write an acrostic for the word grateful.

Grateful to God, from whom all blessings flow

Really should do more to show Him my appreciation

Always seem to receive more than what’s given

Trying to do better, but I can’t out give God

Every day I will go to Him in prayer

Forever in His debt for all He’s done for me

Ultimate sacrifice was made so my sins could be forgiven

Living my life in a closer walk with Him

Random:

For two and one half years, our oldest son has been going to a local assisted living home, every Sunday afternoon, to preach to the residents who live there. All of the residents living in this particular home are suffering with varying stages of Alzheimer’s.

A while back, Ed and I began to join our son for these services. Sometimes, Ed makes an attempt to play the piano, but the three of us always make an attempt to sing a couple of hymns before the message, with or without music.  We usually average about six (not counting the three of us) in attendance.

Even though all residents are afflicted with this terrible disease, they are some of the sweetest folks I know.  Some can still carry on conversations, but others cannot.  Some wander around aimlessly, as if looking for something.  The thing about Alzheimer’s is you never know how it’s going to affect a person from day to day.  There are good days, there are bad days, and there are interesting days.  Last Sunday turned out to be one of those interesting days.

During the middle of the sermon, one of the male residents, whom I’ll call Mr. B, was restless and began wandering around the room during the message. (Mr. B happens to be someone we’ve known most of our lives)  In the middle of the sermon, Mr. B wandered over to where I was sitting in a chair, with my legs crossed. Suddenly, he bent over in front of me, and began trying to untie my shoe!  He tried so hard to get my shoe off, meanwhile our son never missed a beat of his message!  After Mr. B failed to get my shoe off, he became interested in my knee hose.  I sat there, with great interest, as Mr. Billy rubbed the hose, covering my lower leg. using both of his hands.  He must have really liked the texture of my hose!  Meanwhile, our son just kept on preaching.  Afterward, I laughed and told our son this was the first time I’d ever had someone try to steal my shoe or rub my leg during a sermon–all done with the sweet innocence of a curious child…

 

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Happy Happy Hodgepodge…

I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I’m tickled pink to have The Wednesday Hodgepodge back on-line!  Happy, happy, happy ! Our gracious hostess, Joyce, has been busy moving into her new house, but is taking a break to host The Hodgepodge, again.  Thanks, Joyce!

Here are the questions for this week:

1. Let’s all think happy thoughts…share one of yours here.

My happy thoughts always center around family.  One of my favorite happy memories [this time of the year] is all of us sitting around the Thanksgiving Day table,  listening to each other share what we are most thankful for.  This is a fairly new tradition for us, and it’s a good one.

2. There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “If you want happiness for an hour take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing….” What say you? If you want happiness for a day… go to St. Simon’s Island! (It always works for me.)

 3. Where do you go to decompress from the world around you?

Sometimes I’ll just go to my bedroom for a while, but if I get the chance, I’ll head for St. Simon’s Island.

4. What song never fails to make you happy?

There are too many to count, but this is one of the many:

5. Wednesday is National Fast Food Day. Should that be a thing? Apparently it is, so tell us what’s the last ‘fast food’ you consumed? If you were putting together your own version of a ‘happy meal’ what would you include?

The last ‘fast food’ I consumed was a Whopper, fries, and a coke from Burger King.  We rarely eat there, so I thoroughly enjoy it whenever we do.  My version of a ‘happy meal’ would probably be some Kentucky Fried Chicken, with mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and a biscuit.  I love it, but, again, we don’t eat it very often anymore.

6. In a few sentences tell us why you blog.

I began my blog as a way to record some of the past stories of my life.  In the process I began  meeting many interesting bloggers through ‘blog hops’.  In fact, I met our hostess, Joyce, through a blog hop, about eight years ago.  I really enjoy the interaction with other bloggers, and  I’ve learned so much, and ‘met’ some very nice people through blogging. I’ll be celebrating my 9th ‘blogiversary’ in April.

7. List seven things you’re feeling especially grateful for today.

(1) I’m grateful to be a Christian, and thankful my relationship with God is growing stronger. (2) I’m grateful God sent me a kind and loving husband, and has given us 44 happy years together.  (3) I’m grateful for three healthy children who’ve grown into productive adults that I’m very proud of.  (4) I’m grateful for four healthy, happy grandchildren, who have two loving parents in their homes. (6) I’m grateful for our home, that’s paid for. (7) I’m grateful for improved health, this year.  I’m currently off two [of four] prescription meds, and doing okay.

Random:

Below is a short video clip of Ed’s recent birthday celebration.  Three-year-old grandson, Evan, is leading the singing of “Happy Birthday”.  Notice how Evan tries to blow out the candles with his nose.  So funny!

Published in: on November 16, 2016 at 8:36 am  Comments (12)  
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Doing A Little Catching Up…

I feel like this blog is as dusty as some of the rooms of our house.  It’s been unattended for quite a while, and, for that, I feel guilty.  The fact is, I’ve been on the computer very little these past few weeks, for much of anything.

I’ve been experiencing a few issues with my eyesight.  A while back I got a sty on my left eye, and afterward, I noticed some blurring of my vision in that eye.  I kept waiting for my vision to clear, after the sty, but it hasn’t.  The computer makes my eyes tired, so I don’t spend as much time on it, these days.  I have an appointment for an eye exam next week, and, hopefully,  some new glasses will help my tired, blurry eyes.

Meanwhile, life keeps rolling along, here in our neck of the woods.  Halloween came and went, then the month of November showed up in its place.  Along with the month of November came the dreaded “time change” to which I’m still trying to adjust.  I’m tired!

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cousins, on Halloween, after trick-or-treating was over

Our youngest grandson turned three on October 30, but didn’t have his birthday party until the first weekend of November.  His birthday party was held outside, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for an outside party.  Evan and his guests had a great time playing on the super slide and bouncy house. The theme of Evan’s party was “Paw Patrol”, and he had a unique, three-tiered, three flavored birthday cake that was delicious.

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Evan and his cake

November also means it’s birthday time for Ed, and he celebrated his 67th birthday, on Sunday. Family gathered to help him celebrate a little early, on Saturday night.  I’m so grateful he’s still here to celebrate another year of life!  Praise the Lord!  Ed and I spent the majority of his actual birthday in church, but I can’t think of a better place to celebrate life.

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Evan, Ed, and Ed’s cake

Our daughter and family have moved back home, after being gone nearly three weeks.  You may recall their house flooded when their toilet ran over.  Everything is dried out, but, until now, they’ve been unable to find anyone to do the work of replacing the flooring or kitchen cabinets.  In the meantime, they’re “making do” with no kitchen sink and bare floors.  One day they’ll look back and laugh about all this, but I don’t think it’ll be anytime soon.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’m trying to get prepared.  I’ve already purchased the turkey, and plan to make the stuffing ahead of time.  Our family actually discussed purchasing a Thanksgiving Day meal, already prepared, but I couldn’t quite give into that just yet.  I know the time is coming, but not this year.

The weather has cooled off, and we’ve been enjoying some nice fall weather, especially in the evenings.  Unfortunately, the cooler weather hasn’t gotten rid of the mosquito population, yet.  We may still be wearing insect repellent at Christmas!  Last night’s view of the Super Moon was awesome, in spite of the mosquitoes.

We haven’t had any rain since hurricane Matthew brought us seven or eight inches.  It’s getting pretty dry here, and I’m beginning to worry about wildfires.  There’s so much debris all around, from the downed trees, a fire would be disastrous.  I hope we get some rain soon.

I’ll be losing my Humana healthcare at the end of this year, so we’ve been trying to look for new healthcare coverage for me.  What a headache!  None of the plans offered (that I can afford) have all of my doctors on their provider list, nor do they cover all of my prescriptions.  It looks like 2017 may be a challenging year.

Ed and I went for our six month checkups, last week.  Ed’s cholesterol was up, so the doctor changed his medication.  My cholesterol is ‘borderline’, for which he prescribed “exercise and fiber”.  The dreaded word “colonoscopy” also came up in the conversation with me.  Oh, the joys of growing older!  And on that note, I think I’ll end this post🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook Post…

For Today… November 1, 2016

I can’t believe it’s November already!!!  It seems like just yesterday was the first day of October. Only three more weeks until Thanksgiving, too.

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Looking out my window… I can see some fog, and lots of damage to our lawn, caused by another infestation of moles AND an armadillo!  Our yard looks Ed’s been using the tiller in it!  We’ve tried everything to get rid of these critters, and nothing works (except killing them).

I am thinking… it’s kind of sad that our granddaughter is growing up.  Time slow down!  This Halloween, she chose to give out candy, instead of going trick-or-treating.  No more “tooth fairy”, “Santa”, or “Easter Bunny”  for her either.

I am thankful… that my health has been better, lately.  I’ve actually had enough energy to tackle a couple of home projects.  I spent one day working in my kitchen, and another in my bedroom.

One of my favorite things… has always been having our grandchildren stop by our house to go “trick-or-treating”.  I always look forward to seeing what kind of costumes they’ll be wearing.  We live in the country, so they are the only “trick-or-treaters” we get to see.

I am wearing… a pair of pajama pants, with ducks on them, and a yellow t-shirt.

I am going… to ‘early vote’, today.  We’re trying to avoid the long lines of election day!  We are also going to the doctor, on Wednesday, and we have an appointment to have our car serviced, later this week.  We’ll be doing a lot of “going”.

I am creating… nothing, yet, but I’m about to try my hand at crocheting a couple of Christmas throw pillow covers.  Wish me luck, because I haven’t crocheted in a very long time!!!

I am reading… a couple of devotional books that I recently purchased.  My favorite one is entitled Wisdom for Each Day  written by Billy Graham.

I am watching… the shows Designated Survivor, Bull, The Black List, and Survivor on television.

I am listening… to Bradley Walker’s new cd, Call Me Old Fashioned.  Bradley Walker is a budding country music artist, with a nice voice. Bradley also has muscular dystrophy, but he hasn’t let it hold him back. Bradley is friends with Rory Feek (formerly of the country duo, Joey & Rory) and was friends with Joey, as well.  After Joey passed away, earlier this year, Rory got busy producing this album for Bradley.  I like it!  Here’s the title cut from the cd:

I am hoping… these blasted mosquitoes will hurry up and die!  It’s 86 degrees, and we’re having to wear long sleeves and slacks, outside, to keep from being eaten alive.  The little ‘buggers’ just seem to scoff at our insect repellent.

I am learning… to trust and rely on God.  I’ve always been a born worrier, when things get a little crazy, but I’m trying to change my ways, and give it to God.

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In my kitchen… I made a pot of homemade chili for supper, last night, even though it was 86 degrees outside!  October 31 just seemed like a good time for chili, so I turned on the second a/c unit and made some.  It was good.

In my garden… some carrots, radishes, cabbage, mustard greens, and turnip greens are growing.  So far, only the radishes are ready for consumption.  We ate a few in our grilled chicken salad, on Sunday.

Shared Quote:  Be the wind, O Lord, that blows away all troubles from my path, and clears the way for me as I walk.  Be the sun, O Lord, that warms me when life’s storms surround me.  Be the light, O Lord, that guides my way when all around me the fog of doubt hangs low and thick.  Be the stars, O Lord, that keep me looking upward in hope, joy, and expectation of a better tomorrow.  ( From the book entitled This Too Shall Pass. Author unknown)

A moment from my day:  

Last year’s trick-or-treaters:

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This year’s trick-or-treaters:

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The boys’ interests change from year to year. Last year they wanted to dress up like old wrestlers (Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior).  This year they wanted to be old NBA stars. (Larry Byrd & Michael Jordan)  Their mom always does a great job of making their costumes.  This year, we missed having Madison in our Halloween picture (she was giving out candy in town).

Closing Notes:

As you may know, our daughter’s house flooded, last Tuesday.  It’s all dried out, now, but the place is in shambles.  The kitchen cabinets have been removed, as well as the floor covering in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and part of the bedroom.  They’re waiting on estimates and ‘red tape’ before they can proceed with putting their home back together again. They’ve been staying with our daughter’s in-laws.

I’m in the process of trying to sort out some issues concerning my health care insurance for 2017.  Unfortunately, my previous carrier, Humana, won’t be participating in the “Healthcare Marketplace”, next year.  Since Ed and I are on a fixed income, I have to rely on “The Marketplace” for affordable insurance.  Unfortunately, only Blue Cross/Blue Shield still remains in ‘The Marketplace’, and two of my [four] physicians are not providers in their network.  I’m not  sure my prescriptions will be covered, either.  It’s one of those problems I’m trying to give to God.

Many thanks to Peggy Hostetler for hosing The Simple Woman’s Daybook!

 

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This Hodgepodge Feels Like Home…

This time of the year always brings back memories of moving into our second new home.  We weren’t quite finished with our house, but, on November 9, 2007, Ed and I moved out of our home of 30 years, and into our second home.  It’s hard to believe almost nine years have passed since then.  I can still remember hauling boxes and furniture across the yard…  Yes, we moved right next door!

Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for taking time to host this week’s Hodgepodge, especially since she’s getting ready to move, herself!  I appreciate you, Joyce, and best wishes with the move!

1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most ‘at home’?

I guess that would have to be our daughter’s house, located next door to us, which used to be our house until about nine years ago.  It’s only natural that I’d still feel ‘at home’ there, since Ed and I lived there for over 30 years, and raised our family in that house.

2. When did you last ‘hit a home run’ with something? Explain.

I’m going to say “surviving hurricane Matthew”.  We only lost our power for 21 hours, compared to many neighbors who were without electricity for several days.  Although we lost two large trees, we had no damage to either of the houses on our property.  Nine family members stayed together in our tiny, two bedroom, one bathroom home, for 3 days and 4 nights, and everyone got along well. God is good!

3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is ‘homemade’.

I have a large, ‘homemade’ sign hanging over the refrigerator that says “Kathy’s Diner”, and has a menu written on it.  I had this sign specially made for my kitchen whenever we built this house, and I love it.  It matches my red, white, and black Coca Cola decor.  Look closely, at the picture below, and you can see the sign over the refrigerator.

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4. ‘A man’s home is his castle’…which of the world’s ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-

Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateau de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael’s Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow’s Nest (Ukraine)

I’m sure any one of these castles would be captivating, and fun to visit, but I don’t know anything about any of them, so I’ll take a pass on answering this one.

5. What’s a recent or upcoming plan or project that’s required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?

Hurricane Matthew has caused a couple of unplanned projects at our house.  First of all, we had to move two freezers and install a new screen door on our storage house (for ventilation).  Next, was the project of cutting up and removing the two trees that were blown down, which required some repair work to the chain saw. (Ed still has one tree left to cut) Last comes the project of shopping for a generator, so we’ll be prepared for the next big storm that blows our way!

6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?

I think a little reading and math homework is valuable, because there’s not much time for practice during class. However, teachers need to be considerate and assign homework in moderation.

7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.

I remember when ‘Dairy Queen’ first came to our tiny little town.  It was back in the 60’s, and it was a big deal to everyone!  I don’t know which I liked best–the hamburgers and french fries or the soft serve ice cream.  Our original Dairy Queen was a very small, barn-shaped building, with a red roof, and no inside seating.  Over the years, our Dairy Queen’ has been renovated two or three times, and the name has been changed.  These days, it’s a very nice D Q Grill-n-Chill, with inside [or outside] seating, and I still enjoy their hamburgers, french fries, and soft serve ice cream, on rare occasions.

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photo courtesy of Google

There’s something else that’s special about our local DQ.  The owner, Zuber Malek is a wonderful person, who cares about, and gives back, to the community.  Local citizens have responded to his kindness and generosity by giving his DQ the honor of being a top fund raiser for The Children’s Miracle Network!  Below is a picture of the sign, showing this year’s grand total:13906971_10153903695795892_7909803460642953741_n

Random:

Yesterday, the ‘unthinkable’ happened to our daughter.  She flushed her toilet, then came back a while later to discover a disaster.  The toilet flapper didn’t close after the tank refilled, and, apparently, the drain was sluggish, and couldn’t handle the flow of water.  The two malfunctions became the ‘perfect storm’ for a flood. Water went all into their bedroom, into the dining room, and into the kitchen.  Water even ran out the back door and down the steps.  Did I mention our daughter has laminate flooring?  Laminate flooring and water do not make a good combination.  Within the matter of a few minutes, there was quite a mess to deal with.

By mid-evening, with the help of family, the kitchen and dining room had been disassembled, with cabinets and furniture removed.  All of the soggy laminate had been taken up, as well.  Hopefully, there will be no chance of rain in the forecast, because most of the kitchen cabinets are sitting on the front porch, and will be sitting there for a few days while the floor dries out.  Fun times!

 

 

 

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Miscellaneous Monday…

When I last blogged, last week,  it was the day after Ed and I visited a neighboring county’s fair.  It had been YEARS since just the two of us had been to a fair, and we really enjoyed ourselves.  We ate a pancake/sausage supper, watched some pigs race, admired various breeds of poultry on exhibit, visited the old farm equipment exhibit, toured a very old log house, filled with antiques, and even watched syrup making and cornmeal grinding in progress.  It was a nostalgic look back at a much simpler time.  I think, if the truth be told, those were much happier times, too.

Ed and I were in the process of trying to take each other’s picture, at the fair, when a sweet student nurse stopped and offered to take this picture of us together.p1010523Bless her heart, it’s good to know there are still kind people among us.  The picture is a little blurry, but, at least, she captured the memory.

Ed and I were able to literally experience God’s protecting hand upon us on the way home from the fair.  We were about three miles, or so, from our home, when we noticed something odd in the road just ahead of us.  Apparently a car accident had just happened, and before we could even process what was going on, and slow down properly, suddenly there was an entire wheel (suspension still attached, but no car) looming in the lane in front of us, while the wrecked was car in the lane beside us.  Thanks to Ed’s quick reaction,  we were able to swerve off the edge of the road, without losing control, and avoid hitting the wheel.  I shudder to think what might have happened if our little PT Cruiser had hit that large wheel in the road!  I’m so thankful we were not involved in the first accident, or in a second accident caused by the debris of the first accident. Praise the Lord!  The whole incident shook us up pretty good, though.  You just never know…  After the fair trip, the rest of our week was ‘fairly’ uneventful (pun intended!).

Ed began the tedious work of cutting up one of the pecan trees we lost in hurricane Matthew.  It was a good-sized tree, so it’s been a pretty good job for one person.  It hasn’t helped matters that our chain saw isn’t being agreeable. He’s almost finished with tree #1, but a second tree is still awaiting his attention.  The chain saw is still acting up.

My poor hens are still molting, and they still look awful.  Egg production has stopped, and their appetite is small, these days.  I actually had to buy a dozen eggs, last week!  I certainly can’t complain, though, because this little flock of nine hens has laid over 3,000 eggs!   I’ve decided to keep ‘the girls’ penned up and give them some medication for a few days, in hopes it will help them get back to normal.  They’ll [eventually] continue to lay more eggs, but their best laying days are behind them, since their ages range from 4 1/2 to 2 years old.

In other news, our oldest grandchild, and only granddaughter, celebrated her tenth birthday, over the weekend.  She’s grown up so much this year!  She’s growing into quite a lovely young lady, and we’re so proud of her.  Her family celebrated with a party, on Saturday, which all of the guests enjoyed.

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Speaking of celebrating, tonight will mark the one-year anniversary of Ed’s heart attack.  I’m SO thankful he’s alive and well to celebrate!  It’s been a very special year, and we’ve treasured every day of it.  A good friend, and former co-worker of mine, buried her husband, just yesterday.  But for the grace of God, I could be celebrating the one-year anniversary of Ed’s death, today.

Speaking of God, Ed and I traveled to a different church, yesterday, to hear our son speak, there, for the first time.  It was about a thirty minute drive to this little church, located on a little country road at the other end of our county.  The church building was simple, the congregation was small, but the service was so sweet.  It took me back in time, to the little country churches of my youth.  Ed and I both agree, we enjoyed visiting there.

The Sunday evening service took us back to a church we had visited last Sunday evening.  It turned out they were having a special prayer service for the upcoming election.  Again, it was another sweet service.  They invited us to join them, next week, for their 5th Sunday night sing.

I’m running a bit behind with getting this blog post written and posted, so I should stop right here, for today.  Ed and I began today by having blood work done, and getting our yearly flu shot.  What a way to start the week, but it’s a way of life, at our age!  I’m just thankful we’ve lived to see another day, together.  Amen!

Have a happy Monday!

 

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Hodgepodge # 284

You’ve gotta’ love and appreciate the tenacity and determination of our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce.  She’s only days away from moving into her new home, but she still managed to plan and host The Hodgepodge!  Thanks, Joyce, my hat is off to you.

Here are today’s questions:

1. What would you say is your strongest sense?

That’s a good question!  My eyesight and hearing sure aren’t what they used to be.  Working with stain and polyurethane, in an enclosed area, has dulled my sense of smell, too.  I have neuropathy in my feet, so my sense of ‘touch’ isn’t what it used to be either.  I still enjoy eating, so I guess I’ll say my sense of ‘taste’ is my strongest sense🙂

2. Do you believe in the idea of a ‘sixth sense’? Why or why not?

Yes, I do believe in a ‘sixth sense’.  Sometimes, I’ll get a particular ‘feeling’ about something (or someone) that I just can’t explain.  I refer to this ‘feeling’ as my sixth sense.

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.

Now that Ed and I are both retired, the time I feel most like a “slave to time” is on Sundays.  We  watch the clock closely, all day, so we won’t be late for church.

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?

When I was a teenager I worked in the restaurant part of my uncle’s gift shop/restaurant.  I hated everything about it, and only lasted a couple of days.  I’d rate the experience zero stars, and I’d never own a restaurant of any kind, period!

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.

I’ve never traced my family tree beyond my grandparents, but my paternal grandparents lost two of their children, early in life.  Their only daughter fell, as a child, hit her head and died.  One of their six sons died from a ruptured appendix while still a young man. Oh, I also thought it was interesting that both of my parents had sisters named “Georgia Belle”!

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?

I had several different bedrooms, while growing up.  The bedroom I remember most ( from ages 12-17) was located on the front corner of the house, so it had two windows facing two different directions.  (I could sit on my bed and watch the teenagers riding from one end of town to the other!)  As a young teen, I painted the walls of my room blue.  The paint job wasn’t perfect, but I was proud of myself.  The furniture in my bed room was older, and had been painted white.  I had a poster of Peter Fonda (as Easy Rider) on my wall, and a stereo in one corner.

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love decorating for special occasions.  

I love to decorate my living room (and sometimes kitchen) for all special occasions, not just Christmas. (although Christmas is my favorite.)  I have a ‘year round’ tree in the living room, and change the decorations, every month, to reflect whatever occasion falls within that month. The shelves in our living room are decorated with matching curios, as well.

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Left:  Year round tree decorated for Easter

Right:  Year round tree decorated for Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

Random:

Ed and I did something, last night, we hadn’t done in years. We went to a county fair, alone! In years past, we’ve always gone to the fair with family, but, this year, we went solo, and you know what? We had a great time!  It was the first time I ever remember going to the fair, on a week night,  not having to worry about how late it was getting.  Yay for retirement🙂

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Random Observations…

I’ve discovered that life goes on in the aftermath of a hurricane.  Now that everyone in the community has had their power restored, life is pretty much back to normal.  I believe the last of our community had their power restored by last Wednesday. The students have all returned to school, and clean up is in progress almost everywhere I look.  Life goes on.

After being able to actually tour the area we live in, and see much of the damage caused by hurricane Matthew, I now realize, more than ever, how blessed most of us really are!  There are many, many trees down, with a lot of them within just a few feet of people’s homes.  Fortunately, most of the trees fell away from most people’s houses–or in between them.  But for the Grace of God, all those homes could have been damaged, including the former home of Ed’s parents.

I’m observing that our little flock of chickens hasn’t been quite the same since hurricane Matthew.  Their chicken coop is located at the edge of our yard, where several tall pines surround it.  The noise from the storm was LOUD from inside our house, so I can only imagine how it must have sounded to the chickens from their coop outside!  Whenever I let the hens out of their pen, the following morning, the poor things pretty much stayed hidden for the first day after the storm.  The fact that some of our hens are in the middle of molting season hasn’t helped matters, either.  Some of the poor things look like they’ve been plucked, so they’re still looking naked and afraid:)  Egg production is now at a standstill.

Have you ever noticed how one project always seems to lead to another one?  During the hurricane, we were forced to move two freezers from the former home of Ed’s parents.  One freezer we put inside of our storage house, the other we placed under our carport, temporarily.  Because there are no windows for ventilation in our storage house, we had to purchase a screened door for the house.  Ed’s in the process of installing the screened door as I write.

Yesterday, I observed, again, how God will help us triumph over whatever stumbling blocks Satan throws in our path.  Yesterday morning, I woke up with a headache, that persisted all day, and threatened to keep me from attending worship.  I determinedly  made it to the first service, but by the end of the day, I came close to giving in to the headache, which had worsened. I was really struggling because our son was guest speaking at a little church, in town, and I really wanted to hear him preach again.  Finally, at the last minute, I got off the couch, put on my clothes and went to church–headache and all.  And do you know what?  Once I got into church and began the worship service my headache almost went away!  Praise the Lord!

You know, good worship services can take place anytime, anywhere.  What could be sweeter than gathering with four elderly Alzheimer patients, in an assisted living home, singing Jesus Loves Me, and hearing their sweet voices all chiming in?  That experience was priceless, and one I’ll always treasure.

There’s nothing quite like decorating for autumn…twice!  I’d just finished putting up the last of our fall decor, when the weatherman began warning us about hurricane Matthew.  Finally, on the day before the storm, I decided I should bring the outside decorations inside.  I’m so glad I did!  Last Friday, Ed and I  finished decorating–for the second time.  Unfortunately, my blow up jack-o-lantern decided to stop working last night.  What’s a girl to do?

My back is feeling much better, these days.  Although I’m still cautious, I can bend without discomfort, once again.  I still feel some minor nerve involvement in my left leg, but I can live with it, and hope, in time, that will continue to improve, as well.  The surgical site on my ‘backside’ is also doing well.  One of these days I might actually get rid of my padded toilet seat🙂

I don’t know why, but I’ve really been struggling with this ‘blogging thing’, lately.  What once came so easily, is now so difficult.  I’m lacking in both motivation and energy.  I hope the situation will improve, with time, and that my blogging friends will not forsake me during this difficult time.  Thank you to those who still come by and comment!  I love and appreciate you.  Thank goodness for The Wednesday Hodgepodge, which guarantees I’ll blog and visit at least once a week, but I’m going to try and to better.  With that thought in mind, I’m outta’ here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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