A “Hello August” Hodgepodge…

 

Finally, I was able to get my act together and participate in today’s Hodgepodge!  Thank you, Joyce, for this brief distraction from all of the craziness that’s going on in our country, today!

1. What’s happening where you live in terms of schools opening? How do you feel about it?

Our teachers have already gone back to work.  Our schools will officially open on Monday, August 10.  There is a choice of attending “in person” or  attending “virtually”.

I feel apprehensive for both teachers and students. Covid 19 is still spreading all over Georgia.  I’m thankful I no longer work in education and I’m thankful all four of our grandchildren are home-schooled.  If I had a school aged child, I don’t think I would send them back to school “in person” at this particular time.

2. What’s something you still do ‘old school’?

Math.  I prefer to use pencil and paper, instead of using a calculator. I also like to figure sale prices in my head.

3. August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Will you/did you celebrate by baking a batch? Eating a batch? Nuts or no nuts? Homemade or store bought? Soft and chewy or do you prefer your cookie to snap when you bite into it?

No, I didn’t celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day at all.  However, I do enjoy baking and eating cookies whenever possible!  I don’t usually put nuts in my chocolate chip cookies, but I don’t mind if somebody else does!  Of course, I prefer for my chocolate chip cookies to be homemade, soft and chewy.  However, since there are just two of us, I’ll often buy the “break and bake” kind of cookies instead of baking a huge batch of homemade ones.

4. What are you starved for?

I was starved for my daughter’s homemade spaghetti and her Coca Cola cake, but she cooked both on Monday night and invited us over for supper.  Both were delicious, and I went home stuffed!  (Thanks, Brandy!)

5. Anything new and interesting on your August calendar? What is one thing you’re looking forward to this month?

New and interesting:  For the first time in two months, Ed and I were able to “physically” attend church last Sunday.  Our church has been having services since the end of May, but they choose not to wear masks or practice much social distancing (which we don’t understand).  As a result, Ed and I chose not to attend the services (along with a few others).  We’ve been watching services via Facebook for a total of five months.  Finally, the church decided to add an extra [early] service, on Sunday morning, where masks are required and social distancing is enforced.

Looking forward to:  Our oldest son, Brett’s, ordination service on August 7th. Brett’s been serving a very small church for the past seven months, and on this Friday, he is officially being ordained.  It’s been a long time coming… (see below)

Random: 

When our oldest son, Brett, was about two and a half years old, he used to sit in the shopping cart and sing “Amazing Grace” while I did my shopping!  As you might imagine, he garnered a lot of attention.  Brett loved wearing his little suit and tie to church on Sundays, and used to tell me, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a preacher!”  I filed away his words in the back of my mind, and surely didn’t think much about them when we were living through Brett’s very rebellious teenage years!

In looking back over our son’s life, now, I can easily see God’s protection and gentle guidance, through those turbulent teen years and beyond, but it was difficult to see back then!  Brett used to be very a self-centered young man, hell bent on doing whatever made him happy, no matter what the cost to himself or others. He’ll tell you that himself, today.

However, God had another plan for our son, and He made things happen.  Of course, we couldn’t see it at the time, but in hindsight, we can easily see God’s hand on Brett’s life.  Slowly maturing him…protecting him from harm…sending the right people into his life, at the right times…changing his heart and his mind…and eventually, molding him into the man God always intended him to be–a preacher.    Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Sweet Kind of Hodgepodge…

 

Y’all, it feels like 110 degrees, outside, ( it’s actually only 96) so I’m relaxing with the Wednesday Hodgepodge, inside, with the air conditioning on the low 70’s!  As they sometimes say here in the south, “My mama didn’t raise a fool!”

With all that being said, in the absence of a pool, I’m going to dive right into today’s Hodgepodge!  Today’s meme is based on the theme of “sweet”.

If you’d like to join in the fun, simply click Joyce’s button at the top of this post!

1. The sweetness of summer…where have you found it recently? If you’re in the Southern hemisphere, feel free to tell us about the sweetness you’re finding in winter.

For the past two Saturdays I’ve found sweetness in spending time with the entire family and getting to see some place different!  Both weekends, our son, Brad, and his wife, Jennifer, graciously offered to host everyone at their home in the country. (It was the first time any of us had been there since they moved in.) 

The first weekend we celebrated the Fourth of July, and the second weekend we celebrated Brad’s thirty-fifth birthday.  Of course, in these days of covid 19, we celebrated outside, socially distanced, with many fans blowing on us, but it was very sweet, none-the-less.  The grand kids all had a great idea, and celebrated with a water sprinkler underneath Evan’s trampoline!  I can’t believe how big they’ve all gotten!

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2. Take your sweet time, sweet tooth, home sweet home, short but sweet, the sweet smell of success, sweet talk…choose a sweet idiom and tell us how it fits your life currently?

I’ll have to say “home sweet home” since that’s where we’ve been for the majority of the past four and one-half months!  I can count, on one hand, the number of “outings” we’ve had!

3. Sweet as honey, sweet as sugar, or sweet as pie, which phrase do you use when a sweet phrase is called for? What’s the last sweet treat you indulged in?

I don’t think I really use any of these phrases, but I’ll choose “sweet as sugar”.

The last sweet treat I indulged in [yesterday] was strawberry shortcake.  I made one, and it was delicious!

4. First thing that comes to mind when you hear the word fidget?

I think of those silly little “fidget spinners” that were all the rage a few years back.  I have a red one that lights up, somewhere…

None of my children were fidgety, but Brad was what I always called “a diddler”.  He was always touching things.  Now Brad has a little “diddler” of his own, now.  Isn’t Evan cute with his two front teeth missing?

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(photo borrowed from Jennifer’s FB page)

5. Share with us one of your favorite childhood travel memories.

Sometimes, during the summer, my parents would let me go to Jacksonville, Florida to spend a week with my brother and his wife, who were nine years older than me.  I think I may have been about ten or eleven when this summer tradition began.  I loved the feeling of “independence” and always enjoyed the activities that my sister-in-law planned for me. (It might have been a trip to the beach, shopping, or something as simple as playing a board game.)  I haven’t thought about those trips in a long time, but I have fond memories of those days!

Random:

As of this week, our vegetable canning season has ended. I can’t tell you how happy I am about that!  I also can’t tell you how horrified we were when one of our freezers broke in the middle of canning season!  Do you realize there are NO new freezers to buy, at this time?  (There are no swimming pools either, but I don’t want one of those anyway.)

Fortunately, we’d kept a very old freezer that had belonged to Ed’s parents.  We plugged it up and it still worked.  A major crisis was averted, at least for now.

In the meantime, we called a repairman to see if our 46 year-old, broken freezer could be repaired since there are no new freezers to buy, at this time.  It turned out to be a simple fix, but not really a cheap one. ($147)  So far, so good, the freezer’s doing its job. Would you believe we’ve been through FOUR new freezers during the life cycle of this little 46 year-old freezer.  Crazy, is it not?  They don’t make stuff like they used to!

 

 

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I’m Still Standing…

Just when I thought I had rejoined the world of blogging–working in the garden plus new health issues caused me to take another hiatus.  I’m happy to say, the garden is now history and, once again, I’m feeling better–or at least I was before I began trying to write this post.  It seems WordPress has changed [more than a few things] during my absence, but I digress…

When Ed planted our garden, this year, I began to pray for God to bless us with a bountiful harvest so we could share it with others.  I’m here to tell you, God hears and answers prayers!  God blessed and we shared our veggies!  I remember one day, in particular, when Ed brought me one-too-many buckets of squash, I stopped him at the door.  I refused to let him bring them into my already crowded kitchen!  The veggie table was full, as was the refrigerator!  Fortunately, just down the road, others were more than happy to take those squash off Ed’s hands. We shared our veggies with family, friends, and with people we didn’t even know.

The vegetable table was always filled with something!

I don’t know why, but my health always seems to pick the worst possible times to go wonky.  About the time we were finishing up with canning green beans, (just before Memorial Day) I began to have an earache.  That stupid earache plagued me the entire summer!  After four trips to three different medical specialists, taking two different rounds of antibiotics, using two different kinds of ear drops, six weeks worth of Sudafed and Flonaise, and a whole lot of miserable days later, I’m finally feeling better!  I haven’t had an earache in three whole days.

In other news, Ed finally began to clean out his parents’ house back in May, with the help of our daughter. (It’s about time, his mom has been deceased for nearly seven years.)  Our daughter listed the furniture on Facebook and it sold quickly. Only Ed’s old piano, a swivel chair, and six kitchen chairs remain, along with all of the dishes in the kitchen cabinets…  Dishes are “my thing” and I’m not looking forward to going through those cabinets!  I’ll want to bring most of them home with me, and I have no more room!  To solve the dilemma of what to do with “stuff” we can’t bare to part with, we’ve ordered a storage house…  Is anybody else out there guilty of hanging onto “stuff”?

Saying “goodbye” to my old friend “Classy” after 19 years

Speaking of “stuff” we can’t bare to part with, I finally gave Ed permission (for the third time) to sell “Classy”, my 2001 black PT Cruiser.  That car was my all-time favorite vehicle, and I’d had it since March of 2001!  (I wanted that car so bad I actually went to the dealership, alone, to talk with a salesperson about buying it.)  I thought I wanted to keep “Classy” forever, but things change, and reality eventually sets in. We’d had “Classy” up for sale a couple of times during the past year or so, but had always ended up removing the “for sale” sign after a few days.  Somehow, it never felt right to sell her.  I began to pray about this, and God answered my prayer again.  Shortly after Ed put the sign on the car, for the third time, a woman came by ready to buy the car!  Not only was she ready to buy it, she seemed as passionate about the car as I had always been.  We sold the car to her, and I’ve had absolute peace about the sale. In fact, the other day, we saw her driving the car in town and I didn’t even feel bad!

In addition to dealing with a garden, relentless earaches, cleaning out a house, and selling a beloved car, Ed and I have also been trying to survive this era of Covid 19 and all of the craziness that is accompanying it!  Like many, we’ve been mostly housebound for the past four and a half months.

For us, shopping consists of using Wal-mart pickup service or an occasional trip to the neighborhood dollar store for milk or bread. Once or twice we’ve put on our masks and actually shopped for ourselves someplace other than Wal-mart.  It felt so liberating!  Of course, we’ve had to make a few doctor visits during this time, too, which were a bit unusual. (wearing masks, waiting in the car until called, etc.)

Our church closed in March, along with all of the others.  We learned how to enjoy Sunday School using Zoom, and Sunday services via Facebook.  Once our church reopened, after several weeks, we attended services a couple of times.  We discovered we didn’t really feel comfortable attending services with the virus still making the rounds, so we’ve continued watching from home.  We were glad we made that choice when the virus began to hit some of our area churches–ours included!  When will this virus ever end?

Something else I’m ready to see end is the nonsense we’ve been witnessing on the news over the past few weeks… I do believe our country has gone mad!  When did wearing a mask become such a controversial thing? When did it become “acceptable” to deface or destroy public property?  When did only certain lives matter?  These are definitely deeply disturbing times we’re living in…and on that note I’ll end this post!  I hope to write again, soon.

 

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The “It’s All About Forty” Hodgepodge…

Today’s Hodgepodge is about all things forty!  If you’d like to join in the “forty fun” click on Joyce’s button at the top of this post and jump right in…

1. In a single sentence tell us something about your 40’s. If you haven’t reached that milestone yet tell us (in a single sentence) something about whatever decade you’re in now.

Life, as I’d previously known it, changed forever, when rheumatoid arthritis began attacking my body.

2. Life begins at forty. Agree or disagree? Tell us why. And if not at forty, when?

I disagree! (see my answer to #1)  My forties were filled with working a full-time job, raising three children through their middle school/high school years, all while dealing with a multitude of health issues.  Give me the twenties or thirties any day!

3. Share a favorite book, song, or quote with a number featured in it somewhere.

How about the oldie, but goodie, One (is the Loneliest Number)?  It kind of sums of the season of “social distancing” don’t you think?

4. A picture’s worth a thousand words, a stitch in time saves nine, back to square one, catch-22, on cloud nine, my two cents…pick a number phrase and tell us how it applies to your life currently.

“A picture’s worth a thousand words.”  I’ve seen so many crazy things on television during this season of quarantine.  For instance, the picture of those large white circles painted on the grass of a NY park, last weekend, will be forever etched in my brain…  The circles were for sitting in–to remind people to keep distance between them while relaxing in the park…  Really?

5. Last time you drove more than 40 miles from home?  It’s been quite some time since I “drove” more than 40 miles. (I rarely drive since Ed retired.)  However, Ed and I went to the dermatologist’s office together in February.

More than 400 miles from home?  At the end of February.

Where were you going? Ed and I went to Florida to visit family.

Was it before or after this current season of social distancing? It was just before covid 19 burst onto the scene with a vengeance.

6. It’s harvest time here in our neck of the woods!  If you look closely at the picture, you will see us picking our green beans.  (Our daughter snapped the picture without our knowledge)  We’ve canned 35 quarts of green beans in two days and we are tired!  It’s raining today, so we’re resting.

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A Cinco de Mayo Kind of Hodgepodge…

 

I wasn’t feeling well, so I missed last week’s Hodgepodge.  Fortunately, I’m feeling better and am able to participate in the fun today!  If you need a fun little distraction from the gloom and doom of the news, feel free to click Joyce’s button at the top of this post, and jump right in!

1. Question day this week lands on Cinco de Mayo. Are/were tacos on your Tuesday night menu? Hard shell, soft shell or just gimme all the tacos? Are you even a fan of Mexican food? Do you like your salsa mild, spicy, or somewhere in between? Margaritas-Frozen, on the rocks, or no thank you? Have you ever been to Mexico?

Tacos were not on my menu, last night, but left-over bar-b-que was.  We’ve learned to embrace left-overs in this house, and it’s a good thing with things headed in the direction they’re going.  A dollar won’t buy much food, these days, but $1.67 will buy a gallon of gas!

Whenever I do eat tacos, I prefer a hard shell, and I like my salsa on the mild side.  I’m not really a fan of Mexican food, but occasionally I’ll make tacos for something different.

You know, I’ve actually never tried a Margarita, or been to Mexico, and I don’t have any plans to do either.

2. What’s something you may do this month?

I “may” cook lunch for my family on Mother’s Day.  We’ve been “social distancing” for well over nine weeks, and only visiting with family while sitting outside spaced  several feet apart.  The last time our family shared a meal together was the first weekend of March.  So, if the weather permits, we’ll be eating a home-cooked meal [outside] on Sunday. (still trying to social distance, but to a lesser degree)  Sunday is also our oldest son’s 38th birthday. (He was my “Mother’s Day baby)

3. Tell us what’s happening in your state or town as far as restaurants/salons/parks/beaches/businesses opening up. How do you feel about it? Are you out and about or hunkered down? Do you wear a mask?

As most of you know, the state of Georgia led the way in opening back up.  Restaurants, salons, gyms, tattoo parlors, etc. have been open for over a week–with many restrictions.  Many restaurants and other businesses are open [with restrictions] as well.  Personally, I think our state opened too early, but only time will tell.  Our local number of cases haven’t changed, yet.  Our county stands at nine.

I’m still hunkered down! I’ve only been out three times, in over nine weeks, and two of those was for “Walmart Pickup”.  I broke the ‘hunkered down’ tradition for the third time, and went to get my hair cut, yesterday!  My stylist wore a mask, and so did I.  I had my temperature taken upon entering the door, answered a questionnaire, she sanitized before I was allowed to enter…  If I happen to catch the corona virus after all of that, I’ll look better and die a happy woman with a new hair cut!

4. Mother nature, everybody and their mother, mom jeans, like mother like daughter, soccer mom, mother hen, mother lode, necessity is the mother of invention, stay-at-home mom…pick one and tell us how it fits into your life right now.

“Like mother, like daughter” fits my life quite well, and has for a long time.  My daughter and I look alike, think alike, and often act alike.  We both have autoimmune diseases and are frequently suffer with the same symptoms, but usually at different times, thank goodness.  We jokingly say when one of us is “up” the other is often “down”.  Because we share the same kinds of symptoms, we understand just how crappy autoimmune disease can make you feel, and we try to help each other out when we can.

5. April showers bring May flowers…what’s blooming in your yard or garden today?

In the yard – the gardenia bush is blooming in all its glory, as well as our huge magnolia tree.  Such sweet smells! Then we have a few hibiscus bushes beginning to bloom (the yellow is my favorite), as well as some assorted pots and hanging baskets filled with petunias, gerbera daisies, lantana, begonias, geraniums  and impatience.

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2020 garden (after ten inches of rain within a week)

In the garden – our squash bushes are blooming, as well as our garden peas and green beans.  So far, it’s been a tough gardening year, between the cooler than normal nights and the over-abundance of rain, but I think it’ll be okay.  If all goes well, we should be eating fresh squash in just a few more days!

Random:  Today is our oldest son’s wedding anniversary.

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(picture taken at our neighbor’s strawberry farm)

He and his wife have been married for fourteen years, and have two boys, ages eleven and eight.  Happy anniversary you two.  May you have many more happy anniversaries!

 

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Another Wednesday Hodgepodge…

From this Side of the Pond

It’s Wednesday, and, for now, that means joining Joyce for another edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  If you’d like to join, too, simply click on Joyce’s button at the top of this post, copy, paste, answer the questions, and link up!

1. What’s something you resolved to do this year? Have you done it?

2019 was a horrible year for me.  I was plagued by various health issues the entire year.  Dental woes (including two surgical extractions and dry socket, twice),  a thyroid imbalance issue, TMJ (caused by those dental procedures) another nasal skin cancer & plastic surgery, and more neck/ back issues occurred consecutively, and sometimes simultaneously!  I literally spent the majority of the year sprawled out in a zero gravity chair in the middle of our living room floor!  I often felt as if life was passing me by, and it was.  Finally, toward the end of 2019, my health began to slowly improve.

I was resolved to have a better year in 2020, and so far, I have been able to do that, praise the Lord!  My back still causes pain, at times, but nothing I can’t handle, so far.  There’s another back surgery looming somewhere in my future, but other than that, the other health issues have been resolved.

2. Where do you go to find quietude?

The best place for me to find “quietude” is in the bathroom, soaking in a bathtub full of hot water.  It’s my favorite time of the day.

3. A friend asked this question on her Facebook page and said I could borrow it for the Hodgepodge…you’re only allowed to buy 5 things at the grocery store, and all must start with the first letter of your first name. Whatcha’ buying?

Since my first name begins with a “K”, I wouldn’t be buying much!  Perhaps I could buy some “ketchup”, or some “Kellogg’s” cereal.  Oh, and maybe some kettle corn!

4. The television show Survivor, the Gloria Gaynor song ‘I Will Survive’, survival mode, survival of the fittest…pick one and discuss.

Ed and I have been fans of the show “Survivor” since its beginning.  We don’t enjoy the show as much as we used to, but still feel compelled to watch.  The earlier shows were much more interesting, and so were the competitors.  I guess we’re not alone in this opinion, since this season’s show has brought back some of the best competitors, from past seasons, to compete against each other.

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about strength.

Here’s one of my favorites:  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  Phillipians 4:13 KJV     I’ve relied heavily on this bible verse to help me when I was forced to do things out of my comfort zone.

6. Random:

Our governor has decided to allow our salons, nail parlors, tattoo parlors, gyms, and bowling alleys to reopen this Friday, followed by movies, restaurants, churches, etc., on Monday.  Really?  Our cases of covid 19 are still on the rise, so it will be interesting to see how this decision works out.  As of last night, Georgia has 20,166 cases, with 818 deaths–and rising.

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The Wednesday After Easter Hodgepodge…

 

A very unusual Easter has come and gone, but the corona virus is still in full swing!  A few tornadoes even blew through, on Monday morning!  It’s an unusual time in our lives, but life  goes on, doesn’t it?

One pleasant bit of normalcy that remains is Joyce’s Wednesday Hodgepodge, which she had to post from her phone due to a loss of power.  Those storms I mentioned earlier?  Well, they traveled Joyce’s way, too…

1. In Monday’s post I mentioned I would incorporate the word I was given for letter K into this week’s questions. That word was karaoke. On a scale of 1-10 how excited would you be to find out there was karaoke happening at your next gathering/outing with friends? 10=gimme that microphone!, and 1=I suddenly remembered there’s somewhere else I need to be. Have you ever actually done karaoke? If you had to perform karaoke what would be your ‘go-to’song?

Let me begin by saying, I can not sing!  Therefore, I would quickly find something else I needed to do while any karaoke was happening!  I’ve never performed karaoke or watched anyone else perform, so I have no idea what a good “go-to song” might be.

2. How do you listen to music these days? Favorite app or do you listen the old fashioned way? Do you have music playing often in your home? Is there still a CD player in your car?

Most of the time, I listen to music [in my home] on a Kindle, usually played through the blue tooth speaker Ed gave me for Christmas.  I listen to Pandora, and usually listen to Southern Gospel music.

I also have a subscription to Sirius XM for the van, and we recently started to stream Sirius through the ROKU in our home, too.  I prefer to listen to music of the 60’s and 70’s on Sirius.  We do have a CD player in the van [and in our home], and, occasionally, I’ll play some CD’s, too.

3. The HP lands on US tax day this year. Or what used to be tax day before everything including filing your taxes was cancelled, delayed, postponed or extended. FYI- filing your taxes has not been cancelled, only delayed for a bit.

Besides staying away from anyone and everyone, what have you found taxing lately?

It’s been ‘taxing’, at times, just trying to find some of the items we need!  Fortunately, I had plenty of paper products on hand when the virus and craziness hit, but finding items like eggs, bread, rice krispies, and iceberg lettuce has been challenging, at times!  What’s up with the lettuce shortage?

For five weeks, we’ve stayed home and relied on our son-in-law or Walmart’s grocery pickup service for all of our needs.  However, Ed finally had to don his mask and brave the elements for some gardening supplies, last week.  We desperately needed fertilizer and fire ant killer!

By the way, you know that delay we’ve been given to file our taxes?  Ed and I had just filed [and paid] our taxes before the tax deadline was extended, so we missed out on that!

4. You’re without power so no oven, and you can’t open your frig or freezer in order to keep what’s in there from spoiling. And you don’t have access to take out. What will you make us for dinner?

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always our ‘go to’ in a situation like this!  They’re pretty good, too!  It’s hard to beat a PB&J sandwich made with homemade blackberry jelly and Skippy peanut butter.

5. I’ve seen this exercise going around Facebook and thought it would be a good one to include in the HP…what are five things everybody seems to love and go crazy for that you personally don’t care for?

(1) memes and games on Facebook  (2) sports  (3)  dining in restaurants  (4) reunions of any kind  (5) bridal/baby showers  Yeah, I sound like a “stick in the mud” don’t I?

Random:  As I stated in the beginning of this post, it was an unusual [but happy] Easter for us.

The day before Easter, I was able to color some eggs with my daughter and granddaughter on the front porch of their house. (We kept a proper distance) At least we were able to carry on that tradition, although we were missing three grandchildren.

On Easter morning, Ed and I were able to our church’s “drive inn” sunrise services, and their eleven o’clock service via Facebook. We’re rarely able to attend both.

My daughter, Brandy, and I shared the Easter cooking chores, then sent 1/2 of our food over to each other’s houses.  Ed and I ate lunch, alone, at a table so quiet we could hear my pet crickets chirping, but we were thankful to have each other.  The food was great!

After lunch, I packed up some food, and Ed took it to our ‘eighty-plus’ friend who’s currently caring for his sixty-plus, disabled son.  It felt good to [hopefully] help someone have a little better day.

The weather grew progressively worse as Easter wore on, and Ed and I went to bed not knowing what kind of storms the early morning hours might bring.  Fortunately, we were spared anything worse than strong winds and lots of rain.  Some of our neighboring counties didn’t fare as well.  When all was said and done, it was a blessed and happy Easter, after all.

 

 

 

Published in: on April 15, 2020 at 8:21 am  Comments (6)  

A Faith Filled Hodgepodge…

 

Happy Wednesday, y’all!  It’s week five of staying home, for us, how about you?  Today, I’m joining Joyce for another edition of The Hodgepodge.  If you’d like to join in, too, just click Joyce’s button at the top of this post.

1. How will you celebrate Easter this year?

It will be a different kind of Easter for us.  For the first time, ever, our family will not gather together.  Our state (Georgia) is experiencing a big surge in cases of covid 19, this week!  We’re still under a “shelter in place” order, and still practicing social distancing.  It wouldn’t be wise to put twelve people together to share a meal at this time.  So, Ed and I will watch Easter services on Facebook, then eat our Easter lunch, alone, for the first time in our forty-seven years of marriage.

2. Is it easier for you to receive grace offered or extend grace to another? Explain.

I’m ashamed to admit that it’s easier for me to receive grace offered than it is to extend grace to another, most of the time.  I’ve been working on my sinful nature for the past few years, and, with God’s help, I’m making progress in this area.  In the words of the old song, He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be.

3. Do you say grace before meals? If so do you have a standard dinnertime grace or is it more ‘off the cuff’ ? Do you say grace when dining out? Do you have a favorite grace? Any special memory associated with ‘saying grace’?

Yes, we ask a blessing before every meal.  For years, we said the standard “God is Great” blessing, but in the past few years Ed began actually praying before each meal.  Yes, now we pray when dining out, too, but for many years we didn’t.  Praise the Lord for spiritual maturity!

When I was a little girl I learned a sweet blessing that I still remember.  It goes like this:  Please keep us close together/ And help us to be good/ And always love each other/ the way a family should/ And when our life is over/ Please let us meet again/ So we can be a family/ up in heaven, Lord, Amen!  

4. What are some challenges you think the next generation will face? (Generation Alpha-born between 2011 and 2025)

Judging from the direction our country seems to be heading,  they may face the challenge of living under socialism.  I pray not!  It looks like they will also face the challenge of living in a country that’s hopelessly in debt.  The age of social media has made it harder for people to talk face to face, so there’s that challenge.  Then there’s this epidemic of “entitlement” that has permeated society…

5. Share a favorite quote or lyric featuring the word faith.

I love this hymn, which sort of features the word faith, and it’s a good one to remember in times like these:

Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me

Random:

Easter has always been a two-day celebration at our house.  On the day before Easter, the grandchildren and their families would get together, late in the afternoon, to dye eggs.  After the eggs were colored, we’d all share a meal. The next day, after church, we’d meet up at our house, again, for the noon meal.  Then, there would be a huge egg hunt, consisting of over 300 plastic eggs, with slips of paper hidden inside.  The slips of paper would soon be traded for lots of candy and prizes.

As stated earlier, it will be a different kind of Easter, this year, so I’d like to share a few picture memories from the past.  There’s lots of good Easter memories in these pictures, and memories will just have to do, for now.

 

 

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Sheltering In Place With A Hodgepodge…

 

After well over a month of hearing about covid-19 on the news, and three weeks of sheltering in place, I’m ready for a little distraction known as “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  If you’d like to join in the fun,  just click the button at the top of this post, which will take you to our hostess, Joyce’s blog!

1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world?   

Yes, spring has definitely sprung here in Georgia!  How can you tell?  Our temperatures have been in the high 80’s for a while. (However, we’re experiencing a brief cold snap, today, with a low of 49 this morning)  For the first time I can remember, our azaleas actually bloomed in January!  Our winter was unusually mild.  Did March come in like a lion where you live?  Yes, it did!  At times, the wind has been almost unbearable for the entire month. Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious?  Not much relief in sight, yet.  The wind blew fiercely during the night, and we were under a tornado watch yesterday .

2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet?

The last significant thing that made me spring to my feet was our daughter running over to our house yelling “Call 911, your shed’s on fire!” It was lunchtime and Ed and I were sitting at our kitchen table, about to have lunch.  I’ll never forget that day!

3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list?  Yes, well sort of.  Actually, my list is a “to do” for Ed, who usually washes or paints our porches, cleans the outdoor fountains, weeds the flowerbeds, and takes the plants out of the greenhouse.  I usually supervise because my back won’t allow me to do much else. (Yes, I’m having back issues again.) What’s one chore on the list you’ve already managed to accomplish?  Ed’s finished everything on his list except cleaning the porches.  We don’t call him “Fast Eddie” for nothing. What spring clean chore do you most dread? Painting.  Ed feels the same way.

4. Tell us something you’ve learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis.  I’ve learned that I am a rule follower, but, apparently many people are not!  I am appalled by the amount of people who are stubbornly refusing to stay home or social distance!  I’ve never seen such blatant disregard for authority or for other people’s health as I have during this virus crisis!  Stay at home people!

5. Something you love that’s the color pink?  I love the pink azaleas growing in front of our house. Sadly, they’ve already shed their blooms for this year.

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6. Random:  Ed and I are adjusting to our “new normal” since this virus crisis began. Our days haven’t really changed all that much since we’re both retired.  However, we’ve recently learned how to use Walmart’s grocery pickup service instead of doing our own shopping.  We’re now enjoying weekly church services via Facebook instead of in person, too.  All four of our grandchildren are home-schooled, so closing the schools hasn’t affected them, which makes us happy.  The weather here has been wonderful, so, lately, we’ve been spending lots of time outside visiting with family, a few at a time.  Social distancing, while sitting outside in lawn chairs, isn’t so bad!

However, on the flip side, I’m shocked as I watch the numbers of sick and dead continuing to skyrocket, daily!  I tear up as I listen to the pleas of overwhelmed healthcare workers.  I’m horrified when I see people lying on hospital floors and bodies being loaded into eighteen wheelers parked behind hospitals!  It’s all surreal to me.

My prayers are for the sick, the families of the sick, and those who have lost or will lose loved ones.  My prayers are for all healthcare workers, working on the front lines, battling this contagious virus that we know so little about!  My prayers are for those who are suddenly out of work, as well as those who continue to work, but have to put themselves in harms way to do so.  My prayers are for the elderly who are “sitting ducks” of this virus, but can’t physically visit with their family anymore…and for those who have to die alone.  And last, but certainly not least, my prayers are for our men of God, who spend their days comforting and shepherding their flocks during these perilous times. May God be with them as they continue to preach the Word through any means they can, and comfort us, guide us, and remind us Who is in control when the world seems to be falling apart all around us.  Amen!

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WELCOME BACK TO THE HODGEPODGE…

 

I’m finally back, y’all!  After nine months of not blogging, it only took Joyce reviving The Wednesday Hodgepodge to bring me out of retirement!  I’m ashamed to say, I’d almost forgotten how to post, but it’s all coming back to me, now.  So, here we go…

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It’s kind of fun to be back, isn’t it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that’s happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don’t know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

We had a serious fire at our house back in June of 2019.  Thankfully, the fire didn’t involve our house, but the fire did consume Ed’s lawnmower, his garden shed, and everything in it!  I wrote about it HERE, and that was the last post I’ve written in nine months.  Shame on me!

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on…COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn’t create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won’t only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out
I am immune compromised and Ed has heart issues so we’re a strong 4.  I have not left the house in 13 days!  Ed’s only gone out a time or three.  Once for baby aspirin for himself, once to pick up his prescription refills, and once to pick up oil and a filter for his tractor (it’s gardening time, folks!)  Fortunately, we have family who are willing to shop for us when they are shopping for themselves.  We’re blessed!

 

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it’s all said and done? What’s something delcious you’ve cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

My hand is raised!  I’m already tired of cooking!  It’s been fifteen days since we’re eaten out!  We’re being extra cautious and not eating any kind of take out.  When this pandemic is over, I’m eating out every day for a week!!!

As for something delicious I’ve cooked or eaten–EVERYTHING is delicious, these days!  I think it’s because I appreciate the food we’re eating more than I ever have.  (Food is hard to find and we have to depend on others to get it for us)  I’ll have to say, we especially enjoyed the cupcakes I baked on Tuesday, but Saturday night’s “crock pot bar-b-que” was delicious, too!

4. What’s a television show or movie you’ve seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

I still enjoy watching “The Rookie”, “Chicago Med”, and “Chicago Fire” each week.

5. Share something funny you’ve seen or heard this week.

Since our assisted living facilities are on “lock down”, the activity directors have been using dry erase boards to write messages from the residents to their loved ones.  They take a picture of each resident holding the board with his/her message written on it, and post it on Facebook so their families can see them.  Some of the messages are hilarious!  Here are some of my favorites, so far:  (1) To my family:  I love and miss you.  Send honey buns!  (2) I love and miss you.  I need you to find me a woman!  (3) I miss you and I miss my hair dresser!  Send Mascot Pecans!  (4)  Dear Family, I love and miss you very much. Get me out of here!  

6. Insert your own random thought here

Especially in times like these, isn’t technology wonderful? Like so many others, during this time of ‘sheltering in place’, our church is now streaming services on Facebook.  We also have Sunday morning Bible Study via Zoom, which I’d never heard of.  Zoom is nice because we can actually see and talk with each other during the lesson.  Isn’t it great that we can hear God’s word preached, and stay connected, even while in isolation!

If you’d like to join in The Hodgepodge fun, just click on Joyce’s button at the top of this post!

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