Encounter With An Ark (part two)…

Our travel group spent our first night in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but our visit there was brief.  We had to be loaded and ready to roll by 7:30 the following morning, so most of us were having breakfast by 6:30!  The hotel provided a continental breakfast, complete with fresh fruit.  As we usually do, Ed and I each picked up a banana, to save for later in the day.

Soon we were on the road, again, retracing a few of our steps from the day before…

There was the upside down building

 

and King Kong!

and even a car on top of an awning!

Before long, we were on our way out of Tennessee, headed toward Kentucky.  The tour host pointed out several interesting places along the way and told us the interesting history of Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.

As we neared the Kentucky state line, and our next scheduled rest stop, the tour guide made an announcement.  He told us the Department of Agriculture often stops vehicles crossing the state line.  He said they’re really particular about fruit being carried across state lines–in particular, bananas.  My eyes grew large, and my throat grew tight!  What in the world was I going to do?  I had two bananas in my purse!   It turned out that another lady on the bus had bananas in her purse, as well, and her son had put the tour guide up to playing a joke on her!  (Little did the son know his mom wasn’t the only one carrying bananas from the hotel!!!)  Our group is still laughing about this joke, but it sure wasn’t funny [to me] at the time 🙂

As we rolled on through the hills of Kentucky, I quickly discovered I could easily become a “Kentucky Girl”!  I quickly fell in love with the blue grass and rolling hills of Kentucky.  Of course, my view of the landscape was limited to a bus window, flying down the interstate at 75 miles per hour, but I certainly loved what I could see!

Before long, we arrived in Williamstown, Kentucky, and at The Ark Encounter.  It was shortly before eleven, and would soon be lunch time.

 our first glimpse of the ark

 One of my biggest complaints at The Ark Encounter was finding something to eat in a timely manner.  They could definitely use more eating places, since there were only two places to choose from, and both were very crowded!  Ed and I settled on a pulled pork sandwich from the small vendor, but it took us almost thirty minutes to get it!

Once our stomachs were filled, we began exploring the replica of Noah’s Ark.  The ark is the length of one and one-half football fields, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high.  It contained three different decks, which meant a lot of walking, but you can move at your own pace.  There are lots of things to see.

I can’t begin to describe all of the things we saw, but they were interesting!  Since there’s so little information in the Bible, regarding the Ark, most exhibits are designed from pure speculation.  There are many exhibits depicting rooms on the ark (such as living quarters, kitchen area, etc.), as well as models of animals, their cages, and feeding/watering methods that may have been used. Pictures simply do not do it justice, but I’ll share a few of mine anyway:

a glimpse of the ark’s inner construction

living quarters

garden area

the aviary (notice Noah sending out the dove)

animal replicas (in cage)

I enjoyed visiting the ark, but felt like some of the living quarters were a bit over-decorated.  I found it hard to believe that such elaborate furnishings would have existed in Noah’s time, but I could be wrong.

After about five hours of touring the ark, we boarded our bus, again, bound for The Chart House, a restaurant located beside the Ohio River.  We weren’t able to see everything in The Ark Encounter within those five hours, but we hit the high spots.  I believe a person would need an entire day to truly see and enjoy everything available at The Ark Encounter, and  I wished we’d had a little more time there.

It turned out, our tour group was a bit early for our dinner reservations at The Chart House, so the bus driver took us across the Ohio River and into Cincinnati, for a brief tour of the city.  It appeared to be very busy and very crowded, like most large cities.  Our bus soon crossed back over the Ohio River and back into Kentucky, where our evening meal awaited us.  (to be continued)

 

 

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Encounter With An Ark (part one)…

Our journey to the ark began on the day after Easter–early on the day after Easter.  After months of waiting, and weeks of planning, the big day of our trip finally arrived!  Taking a bus tour someplace was something Ed and I had always wanted to do.

packed and ready to ride

Ed and I did our usual morning chores, then loaded the car and headed toward the church about 7:30.  The bus was scheduled to pick us up at 8 a.m.  When we arrived, the bus was there, and already half full! In all, about forty of us would be making the journey to visit The Ark Encounter, in Kentucky.  As the trip progressed, I soon figured out why so many folks had arrived early and filled the front half of the bus.  The front of the bus gets to unload first!

our bus for the next four days

Ed and I added our suitcases to the pile, then headed for a seat toward the back of the bus.  One of our favorite couples from church took the seat right behind ours, so we knew this was going to be a fun trip!  Soon our bus was rolling and headed for Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Everyone was excited, as the open highway lay before us.  We chatted and joked among ourselves.  Before long, the tour guide popped the first [of several] movies into the dvd player, and everyone settled down to watch Courageous.  About an hour into this movie, I began to realize that I might have a problem–motion sickness!  I’d never watched a movie on a bus, therefore, it never occurred to me this might happen!  Sitting in the back of the bus probably didn’t help either.

Fortunately, my daughter had suggested packing some Dramamine, which I promptly took at the next rest stop.  However, once motion sickness occurs, it’s difficult to shake as long as you’re still in motion.  Sadly, I spent a good portion of Monday’s trip riding with my eyes closed!

We stopped at a large mall, about four hours from where we live, and ate lunch at their food court.  I was able to eat, and actually began feeling better while we were stopped.  Unfortunately, the queasy feeling kept coming and going for much of the trip, that first day, even though I didn’t watch any more movies.

Thank goodness, I was finally feeling almost normal by the time we reached Pigeon Forge–nearly nine hours after leaving our church!  THAT WAS SOME BUS RIDE!!!

Our bus pulled up at the “Dolly Stampede” (formerly known as the “Dixie Stampede”) about 5:45 p.m.  The dinner show was scheduled to begin at 6:00, so we were cutting it close!  The guide quickly took a group photo, then herded us into the building to be seated. (I apologize for the quality of the few photos that I took. It was dark in there.)

a glimpse of the show at Stampede

Ed and I had never been to the “Dolly Stampede”, so we didn’t know much about it, other than they put on a show for you while you eat dinner.  We didn’t know they don’t furnish you with eating utensils or that they bring your meal one item at a time!  Imagine our surprise when they brought our soup to us, and we didn’t have a spoon!  However,  we quickly figured out why that handle was on the side of the bowl 🙂

The show soon began, with an assortment of horses, riders, cattle, covered wagons, and even some buffalo!  There was a story line behind the show, of course, and even a little friendly audience competition.  At one point in the show, they solicited volunteers, from the audience,  to participate in part of the show.  We soon discovered that our pastor and his wife had been selected to be participants!  (This was actually their second time going to “The Stampede” and being chosen as participants!)  How exciting that they participated in the bucket relay race, and won a medal!

our pastor and his wife participating in the bucket relay

While the entertainment in front of us played out, the servers continued to bring food to us–one piece at a time!  Following the soup and biscuit, a Cornish hen was served, again with no eating utensils!

 What?  No fork and knife?!

This was later followed by a slice of pork, one half of a baked potato, an ear of corn, and an apple turn over!  To say our stomachs were stuffed and our hands were very messy would be an understatement!  Fortunately, they did provide us with a warm, wet towel at the end of the meal, but I’d much have preferred a fork, knife, and spoon!

After our meal was over, we exited through the Stampede gift shop and boarded our bus which took us to our hotel for the evening.  Ed and I got separated in the gift shop, and lost from each other for a bit, but that’s another whole story!

Once we made the short journey to our hotel for the evening, we exited the bus as they called our names and presented us with our room keys. Happily, mine and Ed’s names were the first two called!

upper view of  our hotel lobby in Pigeon Forge

Imagine our surprise when our room key didn’t work!  In fact, nobody’s room key worked!  It turned out our keys hadn’t been activated, but within a matter of minutes, everyone was finally able to enter their rooms.

I’m told some folks soon went to the pool, but the only place Ed and I went was to find the place where breakfast would be held the following morning, then off to bed we went!  We were exhausted! (to be continued)

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A ‘Restful’ Kind Of Hodgepodge…

I’ve entitled today’s post “A Restful Kind of Hodgepodge” because rest is what I need most, right now!  Ed and I have just completed two very busy weeks, and this blogger is worn out– but in a good sort of way.  As I write this,  I’ve just returned from a six hour ordeal of having my yearly exam at the gynecologist’s office (3 hours of travel, 3 hours of wait time), but, for now, I’ll press on a while longer, with today’s Hodgepodge.  I’ve missed the last two weeks, and hate to let another week pass.  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for everything that she does!

Here are today’s questions:

1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don’t have an actual list that’s fine, pretend you do.

#1-Plant another garden (done), #2- go on a bus tour to Kentucky (done), #3- have yearly exam done at gynecologist (done)

2. Where do you find rest?  Are you speaking literally? If so, then  in my bed, at night, or stretched out on the couch, during the day.

What restores your soul? Reading my Bible, meeting with like-minded believers, singing hymns, listening to a good preacher, and, sometimes, just sitting under those oak trees on St. Simon’s Island!

When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?    Last week, our church had revival, on Wednesday through Sunday, so I did lots of everything listed above, with the exception of visiting St. Simon’s Island.  It was a great week, and I’m feeling revived and restored!

3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew?  Not me!

Do you like celery?  Not very much.

What’s your favorite dish made with celery? Cornbread stuffing, or what we folks in “Gooseneck” like to call “dressing”.

On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes? 

I’d probably go for the carrot sticks first, especially if there’s dip.

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you’re having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you’re thankful for and one what’s weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing?  Usually, the only thing on the list that I do before 8 a.m. is drink a glass of water (while taking my morning medication) I do my “chicken chores” and take a walk from 7:30 until 8.  Afterward,  I read my Bible,  then read/write in my prayer journal,  eat breakfast, get dressed, then start a load of laundry–usually in that order. (And for those who may be wondering– we live in the country, so I often do my chores and take a walk wearing my pajamas and a coat.)

Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?  I’d probably look a little better if I got dressed first!

5. Describe the view from your window.

From my chair, I can see Ed’s little red tractor (parked under the little shelter he built).  Next to that, I see the large Sycamore tree that Ed planted for me, years ago, (against his wishes), and the little Mimosa tree he dug up from some nearby woods, and planted for me on our last (45th) anniversary (also against his wishes).  Both trees are thriving.  I’m thinking my Ed is a mighty good man!

Random:

The day after Easter, Ed and I left on our four-day trip to Kentucky to visit The Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum.  We had a wonderful time, and saw many interesting places!

The replica of the ark is very large and very interesting.  I loved The Creation Museum, as well.  I highly recommend visiting both places, if you’re ever in Kentucky.  It will be even more fun if you’ll travel with a group of church folks on a tour bus, like we did!  Fun times!

in front of the replica of Noah’s Ark

in front of The Creation Museum

In case you can’t tell by the looks of my hair, it was windy in Kentucky!  It turned cold, overnight, and we even saw some snow flurries while at The Creation Museum!  This was quite a change from the 80 degree temperatures we left behind in Georgia!

I’m planning to blog more about our trip as soon as I rest up a bit more.  It’s been non-stop, here, since before Easter!  Calgon, take me away…

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An “Egg-stra” Special Hodgepodge…

 

As usual, another week has flown by.  Can you believe it’s almost time to celebrate Easter?  Actually, we’ve already been doing some early celebrating, but I’m getting ahead of myself!

As always, thanks to Joyce, for another great Hodgepodge.  Here are this week’s questions:

1. What’s a word that describes your life?  In a nutshell, I’m retired!

A word you wish described your life?  Younger, but I guess you can’t be retired and young at the same time, or can you?

2. Back in my day we had a lot less, but we appreciated whatever we had a whole lot more!

3. When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food?  I’ll say Italian because sometimes we order pizza.

Does a typical week at your house include takeout?  Sometimes, but not always.

4. Think about the people you most respect. What is it about them that earned your respect?  Their dependability.

5. What’s something your friends might see and say is ‘so you’?  That’s a tough one, but I’ll say “a black PT Cruiser” because I’ve had mine for seventeen years, and I still love it!  I think I’m the only one in town who [still] owns one.

Random:

Ed and I will be leaving on our trip [to visit the replica of Noah’s Ark] bright and early, the day after Easter.  Because of this, our family got together to do a little early celebrating, last weekend.  The weather was ‘picture perfect’ and we were able to spend the entire afternoon outside!  The grandchildren played, dyed eggs, then made an attempt to find 350 plastic eggs.  As usual, they didn’t find them all! (Would you believe, a few days ago, Ed just found an egg from last year?)

Ed and I followed Saturday’s festivities with two wonderful [Palm Sunday] services at church, on Sunday.  I almost feel like Easter is already over, but, thankfully, it’s not!  I’m looking forward to Sunday’s Easter services, followed by a fantastic meal at our oldest son’s house, followed by a four-day church trip!

Here are a few pictures from last Saturday:

 dying eggs 

hunting eggs

finding eggs

Easter 2018

From our family to yours: Have a happy and blessed Easter, everyone!

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‘Springing’ Into Another Hodgepodge…

 

Welcome spring, and welcome Wednesday Hodgepodge!  I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday again, and I can’t believe it’s spring!  As always, thank you to our hostess, Joyce, for hosting this fun meme for us.  Here are today’s questions:

1. On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you’re looking forward to in this season of the year.

Spring is my favorite time of the year, so I’m looking forward to several things (besides the weather).  First of all, I’m looking forward to our annual egg coloring/egg hunting Saturday with our grandchildren.  Then, of course, there’s the Easter Sunday services followed by the delicious meal.  After Easter, I’m looking forward to hopping on a chartered bus and heading to Kentucky [along with Ed and many of our fellow church members] to see the replica of Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum.  Last, but certainly least, I’m looking forward to spending some time under my favorite oak tree at St. Simon’s Island, again.

2. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards?  I’d rather wash baseboards.

Clean out closets or clean out the garage?  I’d rather clean out closets.

Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases?  I’d rather dust bookcases.

Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside?  Neither one, but if I have to choose one I’ll wipe down patio furniture.

Any of these tasks recently completed?  No, but I’m working on a couple of them.

3. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese?  Chocolate Delight

Sour cream?  Pound cake

Whipped cream?  Strawberry Pie

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation? I’ve been guilty of adding an extra “i” at the ending of mischievous.  However, my youngest son might tell you I misprounce the word “Pontiac”.

5. What’s a song you love with the word ‘rain’ in the title or lyrics?  I’m still partial to “Rainy Night in Georgia” by Brook Benton.  Hearing that song can take me right back to Ed’s days of army basic training, and the special times we spent together.  Ah, young love…

Random:

The sun was a little bright in this picture, but, as you can see, the azaleas are in full bloom!  Happy Spring!

Spring 2018

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A ‘Lucky’ Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Last week there wasn’t a Hodgepodge, and I thought I’d write a post anyway.  I did write the post, but never got around to publishing it!  That’s terrible, isn’t it?  Anyway, I’m joining in the fun, today, and I’d like to thank our hostess, Joyce, for another set of great questions.  Here they are:

1. Best place you’ve been lately?

I’m always saying there’s no place like home, but next to home, I’ll say church is the best place to go.  I was there last night, for a ladies circle meeting.

2. What’s something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

I should say “yes” to watching my diet and getting more exercise.  I’m thinking I’m going to need more salads and more walking to shed this ‘winter weight’.

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how.

There’s a big parade and all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day festivities in nearby Savannah, Georgia, but we never participate in any of that.  (Too many intoxicated people.)  Sometimes, if I think about it, I’ll wear green though.

St. Patrick’s Day is special to Ed and me for an entirely different reason.  It’s the day, forty-one years ago, when we moved onto our “little slice of heaven”   here on Ed’s family’s farm.  It was one of the best decisions we ever made!  Happy “moving day” anniversary to us on March 17th!

In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘green’?  When I hear the word ‘green’ I think of money!

4. What’s a product or service you love so much you’d happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

I can’t think of a single product or service that I love enough to be their spokesperson!  However, Amazon Prime is a pretty good service for $99 per year.  I can usually find whatever I’m looking for on Amazon, and receive it [with free shipping] within two days.  Then, of course, there’s free books, magazines and movies/shows I can read/watch, too.  Oh, and there’s free music to listen to, as well.

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills?

My math skills are a bit rusty, thanks to my age and relying on calculators too much.

What’s the last thing you did that required math of any kind?

The last time I used math was to either balance the checkbook or check the total of my receipt at a store.

And most importantly do you like pie?

Oh, yes, I love pie!

What’s your favorite kind?

I hate to choose a favorite kind of pie because I like so many, but I’ll choose pecan as my favorite because Ed makes such a great pecan pie.

With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

Sometimes I like ice cream on top of my apple pie, but other than that, I say “hold the cream.”

Random:

Lately, Ed’s been in the process of building a garden table–for those times when our backs will no longer permit us to garden the regular way!  It’s rather large–5′ x 12′.  For now, we’ll be using the table to grow tomatoes and peppers.  Later on, I guess we can plant a little of whatever we feel like growing–the key words being “a little”.  We’re trying to scale back [a little] on our gardening, but it’s not working, so far.

Ed and I have started walking [for exercise] every morning.  We’re trying to get in better shape before our upcoming trip.  We walk the quarter of a mile trek down to our son’s house to feed “Trouble”, the cat [of The Man With the Can stories].  On most mornings “Trouble” is anxiously awaiting our arrival, and actually meets us part of the way!  (She’s learned that I’ll pick her up and rub her all the way back.)  I’m happy that “Trouble’s” hip/pelvis has healed well enough that she can walk again. There were days when I wondered if she would. However, “Trouble” has not learned a single thing from being ‘run over’, and continues to get up under our son’s car. May God continue to watch over her is my prayer!

 

 

 

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Goodbye February, Hello Hodgepodge…

 

It’s time to say goodbye to another month, and there’s no better way to say goodbye than with a Wednesday Hodgepodge!  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for her fun questions and dedication.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. Are you currently operating at 100% capacity? If not, what % are you? What’s keeping you there?

No. I’m currently operating at 60%-70% capacity.  As for what’s keeping me there–it’s dealing with chronic illness and getting old.  It now takes me twice as long to do half as much!

2. Have you done your taxes?  They’re currently being prepared at the accountant’s office.

Planned/booked a summer holiday? We haven’t planned a summer holiday, but we’re taking a spring trip, in April.

Thought about or started your ‘spring cleaning’?  Yes, I’m slowly working on it.

Besides what’s listed here, tell us one task that needs doing before spring rolls around.

We need to get some potatoes planted, in the garden, next week.  They’re an early crop.

3. What’s a favorite food from your part of the country?

Southern fried chicken, but shhh don’t tell “the girls” (my hens) that I said that!

4. This isn’t a leap year, but let’s run with it anyway…look before you leap, a leap of faith, grow by leaps and bounds, leap to conclusions, leap at the opportunity…which phrase might best be applied to your life currently (or recently)? Explain.

I’ll say “a leap of faith”  since we recently joined a new church.

5. As the month draws to a close list five fun and/or fabulous things (large or small) you noticed or experienced in February.

(1) Unusually warm, sunny days, (2) the return of the robins and blue birds, (3)  blossoms on our fruit trees, (4) early morning walks with my hubby, (5) watching our newly planted seeds sprouting in cups.

Random:

I never cease to be amazed by my sweet husband.  Last February, at my request, Ed transplanted some daffodil bulbs from his parents’ vacant ‘home place’ to our yard.  Ed’s mama loved her yellow daffodils, and I wanted some of them to remember her by.  I’m happy to report the transplanted daffodils are healthy and doing great, but not yet blooming.  This brings me to the next part of my story…

Baby, hiding among the daffodils…

Many years ago, while I was still in high school, I once worked with a lady named “Miss Edith”.  “Miss Edith” and her husband died a long, long time ago, but, recently, their old home was removed from the spot where it sat for as long as I can remember.  It made me a bit sad to see the empty lot where their house had once stood. Then I looked and saw some clusters of white daffodils still blooming in the yard.

I mentioned to Ed how I’d love to have a few of “Miss Edith’s” daffodils to remember her by, then promptly forgot all about it.  Ed, however, did not!

Ed asked around, and found out who owns the property, now.  Then he called and asked “Miss Edith’s” son if he’d mind sharing a few of the daffodils! Last week, Ed drove over to the property, brought home some of “Miss Edith’s” daffodils, then planted them for me.  Thanks to my loving and thoughtful husband, now I have some little reminders of “Miss Edith” growing in our yard.  Thank you, Lord, for Your many blessings, like pretty daffodils growing in the yard, and the thoughtful, loving man who planted them there for me.

 

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An ‘Inspiring’ Wednesday Hodgepodge…

I didn’t make it to last week’s Hodgepodge.  Lately, life just keeps getting in the way, with Valentine’s Day and all, but I’m joining today!  As always, many thanks to our great hostess, Joyce, for keeping things going.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

Hmm… that would depend on the kind of inspiration I’m looking for.  If I’m looking spiritual inspiration, I’ll go to the Lord through prayer or bible reading.  If I’m looking for creative inspiration I’ll probably go to a book, magazine, or Google.  For most other kinds of inspiration, I prefer sitting and thinking [in my lawn chair] under the oak trees of St. Simon’s Island!

2. What’s under your bed?

Trust me, you really don’t want to know!  You might find everything from my mother’s antique mirror to plastic container filled with [Chatty Cathy] doll clothes.  You will even find a Pyrex dish & carrier still in its original box, because I don’t have any place else to store the thing.

3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?

I’d be most likely to celebrate National Chili Day, but I probably won’t because it’s 80 degrees here and it’s simply too hot to cook or eat chili!

4. What are you ‘snowed under’ with right now?

I’m not really ‘snowed under’ with much of anything, but Ed’s been ‘snowed under’ with lots of outside chores.  He’s been as busy as a bee– planting bulbs, cleaning up the yard, mowing grass, and getting our garden ready for planting.

5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?

Let’s see… (1) my relationship with the Lord, (2) my relationship with my husband, Ed, and (3) my relationship with our kids & their families make me feel balanced.  If any one of these things gets off track, I’m out of balance!  I could also add a good meal and a good night’s sleep to make me feel even more balanced!

Random:

Life goes on here in our neck of the woods…

Valentine’s Day came and went.  Ed and I celebrated by attending a couple’s “Date Night” at church.  It was fun, and Ed and I had the distinction of being married six years longer than any other couple there! (didn’t take a single picture)  We’ve gone from being one of the youngest couples of our former church to being one of the oldest couples of our new  church– and it truly is our church, because we officially joined just over a week ago!

Then we had a dual Valentine’s Day/birthday celebration, with family, two days after Valentine’s Day.  (It was our daughter-in-law’s birthday.) We ate lasagna, ice cream cake, and red velvet cupcakes!  Yum!  We also played a few Valentine’s Day themed games, which everyone seemed to enjoy.

the birthday girl and her family

You may recall our son-in-law was injured when his pants accidentally caught fire while helping Ed burn off a field.  It’s been 2 and 1/2 weeks since the accident, but he still has a lot of healing to do. Ed’s been helping him with his daily wound care.  So far, so good–no sign of infection.  Folks, it takes a long time to recover from a severe burn!  Our son may or may not have earned himself the nickname of “Smokey”.

In other news, Ed planted two rows of onions in our garden, last week.  The 80 degree days have been tough on them, but, hopefully, the onions will rally. (Onions prefer cold weather) We also planted about 100 seed cups, which have been busily sprouting.  80 degree weather makes seeds sprout quickly!  I moved two trays of the sprouts out to the greenhouse, today.  I’m dying to plant something else in the garden, but I know it’s still too early.  I’ll have to be patient.

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A Six More Weeks of Winter Hodgepodge…

The groundhog saw his shadow, last week, but the past two days have been screaming “early spring” here.  I’m sure more winter is on the way, but those 70 degree, sunny days sure have been nice.  Do ya’ know something else that’s nice?  The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  As always, thank you very much to our gracious hostess, Joyce.

Here are this week’s questions along with my answers:

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try?

I’m already in the process of planning for a trip we’re taking in April.  We’re going to visit the replica of Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum, in Kentucky.

Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most?

I’m a huge fan of taking baths!

Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

How about planting garden seeds in little paper cups, then watching them sprout and grow?  This always makes me happy.  The new growth reminds me that spring is just around the corner 🙂  By the way, I’ve already purchased some seeds for planting!

2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

I’m going with one of life’s recent simple pleasures–sitting outside, basking in 70 degree warmness, on a February day, with my hubby, Ed, by my side.  All the while, I was also rubbing a very soft and fluffy cat, named “Baby”.  Gotta’ love and appreciate those simple things–I know “Baby” sure did!

3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

The answer to this question would have to be “taco soup”.  I made some last Wednesday.

4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

Our son-in-law’s leg to properly heal without any problems!  You see, he was helping Ed ‘burn off’ the field in front of our house, on Saturday, when the ‘unthinkable’ happened–a freak accident!  Our son-in-law’s pants leg caught on fire, without him realizing it, until his leg began to actually burn!  He reacted quickly and dropped to the ground, thank goodness.  However, he still has second degree burns on a large area of his left lower leg.  As you can imagine, this has been very painful for him, and we feel just terrible about it.  As I said, we’re cheering (and praying) for a speedy recovery.

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games?

I’ll have to give myself a “1” for these games.  For some reason, I’m just not feeling it this year.

Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

If I watch anything it will be figure skating.  Pairs figure skating has  been my favorite event since the Tai Babilonia/Randy Gardner days.

Random:

For the first time in many years, Ed and I didn’t watch the Superbowl on Sunday night.   We ‘turned off’ the NFL early in the season when some of its players chose to “take a knee” instead of standing for the national anthem.

Speaking of “take a knee”, has anyone else seen this video?  (one bad word, but a very good message)

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Ending January With Another Hodgepodge…

As the first month of 2018 comes to an end, I find it’s time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  Here they are:

1. Speaking of endings….at your wit’s end, at loose ends, a dead end, burn the candle at both ends, all’s well that end’s well, or no end in sight…which ‘end’ phrase might best be applied to your life lately? Explain.

No end in sight because every day is filled with continuous animal chores–no matter what.  Ed and I begin [and end] every day by feeding and caring for the six chickens, nine cats, and a pond full of goldfish who depend on us.  The chicken coop must be cleaned daily, and eggs collected.  The chickens have to be let out, then shut back up at the end of the day.  Twice daily, Ed has to drive a quarter of a mile down the road to feed/care for “Trouble”, the cat.  The fish must be fed, daily, and the pond filter has to be cleaned.   No matter what the weather is, or how bad we may be feeling– these chores have to be done.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it keeps moving and busy, but, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be free of the responsibility for a little while.

2. What was a must have accessory when you were growing up? Did you own one? If so tell us what you remember about it.

I’m going to say “boots” because boots were very popular when I was in high school (along with “mini skirts”, “scooter skirts”, and “hot pants”).  I had two pairs of boots–a white pair of  “go-go” boots and a black pair of “granny boots”.  The “granny boots” were my favorites… and, yes, I also owned a couple of “mini skirts” and some “hot pants”, as well.

3. Something that made you smile yesterday?

Spending some time with old friends, Herman and Diane.  (Diane is recovering from recent foot surgery.)  While visiting, Herman told a couple of very funny stories that made us all laugh–a lot!  Herman is one of those people who always has a funny story to tell.

4. January 30th is National Croissant Day. Do you like croissants? Sweet or savory? We’re having chicken salad for lunch…would you rather have yours served on a croissant, a wrap, a bagel, bread, or a roll of some sort?

I don’t recall ever eating an actual croissant, but I’ll bet I’d like them.  I usually eat chicken salad on bread or crackers.

5. Sum up your January in fifteen words or less.

We had good visits with family & friends, some good times, and enjoyed some beautiful snow!

These snow men lasted almost a week!

Random:

Life has been busy, and time is passing quickly!  Ed and I made two out-of-town trips, last week, and have already made two more out-of-town trips, this week.  Two of those trips involved visits with family and friends, which we really enjoyed.

Today, I plan to pack away the snowmen  who have been decorating the shelves in our living room, and replace them with some Valentine’s Day decor.  Soon it will be time to start planning our spring garden, as well!  In the words of the old Tracy Lawrence song, “Time marches on…”

As January winds down, I’ll leave you with one last snow picture.  This is our youngest grandson, Evan, making his first “snow angel”.  I think it’s safe to say that Evan loved the snow!

 

 

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