A Stereotypical Hodgepodge…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Us, riding Ed’s 750 Honda

 

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

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

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

Random:

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

Ed working in the garden

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

digging the potatoes, a family affair

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

 

 

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Hodgepodge # 307…

 

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

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

Now, here are today’s questions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random:

A “Trouble” and the Man With the Can update

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

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

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

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

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

 

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A Pre-Mother’s Day Hodgepodge…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where do you normally sit to blog?

I sit in my favorite chair.

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

Random:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘May I’ Interest You In A Wednesday Hodgepodge?

Wow, it’s a new week and a new month!  Can you believe it?  It’s also time for The Hodgepodge, again.  As always, thanks to Joyce for providing another great set of questions. Time’s a wastin’, so let’s get started:

1. Can you tell I’m embracing a Cinco de Mayo theme here this week? Yes, I can 🙂

Do you like Mexican food?  I can take it or leave it.  I usually choose to leave it.

What’s your favorite dish? Tacos

How about on the side-black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, rice?  I don’t really care for any of them.  I’ll eat pinto beans or black beans, but only in taco soup.  I don’t eat refried beans at all.

What about heat-mild, medium, hot?  Mild.

Will you celebrate with Mexican food and drink on May 5th aka Cinco de Mayo?  No.

2. Ever been to Mexico?  No.

For work or holiday? Neither

Love it or no?  Don’t know.

If you haven’t been is this a place you’d like to visit?  No, I don’t care to visit, even though the beaches do look beautiful in pictures.

Can you speak Spanish? I can only remember a few words that I learned in high school.

3. What’s one thing you may accomplish this month?

Hopefully, we’ll be canning green beans by the end of May.

4. If you were mayor of your village, city, or town, what’s one thing you’d like to see changed, done away with, revamped, or accomplished?  I’d really like to see a store like Wal-mart come to our little town! There’s nowhere to shop here, other than a couple of small dollar stores.  Other random stores (and there aren’t many of those) charge ‘an arm and a leg’ for anything they sell.  Ed and I travel 35 miles, one way, to do our shopping every week!

Is serving in public office something you’ve ever seriously considered? Um, no.

5. What’s something that may be popular, but that you just don’t get?  This may not still be popular, but I’m going to say the “whip and nae nae” song and dance.  To me, it’s just ridiculous!

6. Can’t let this week slip by without mentioning Thursday May 4th is Star Wars Day. As in ‘May the 4th be with you’ ahem. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series?   I watched all of the original movies, but never considered myself a die-hard fan.  I waited until the movies were released on video before watching them.

Exactly how much of a fan are you? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being ‘I’ve seen every film, own the action figures, might have dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween one year’, and 1 being, ‘what’s a Vader?’ -where do you land?  I’d say I’m a 3/4. I enjoyed the movies, and remember the original characters, but that’s about as far as my interest goes.  I don’t have any desire to watch the newer versions of Star Wars.

7. Scroll back through your blog posts and in three sentences or less tell us the general theme of your fourth blog post.  My fourth blog post was entitled Did I Tell You? and it was a collection of tales of incidents that happened to me when I was a teenager.  Tales I hadn’t previously mentioned in the first three posts I’d written, and what I learned.  In the beginning, the underlying theme of my blog was “If only I’d known, then, what I know now”.

Does it still ring true today?  No, not so much.  Eventually, I ran out of past stories to write about.  I’ve been blogging for eight years.

Is it a topic you re-visit on your blog from time to time?  Perhaps I will revisit this theme, at some point.  As I mentioned, I’ve been blogging since April of 2009.  Perhaps I should reflect a bit, and discover what I’ve learned from life during the past eight years.  A lot of things have certainly changed–I became a grandmother three more times, we learned how to grow a garden, Ed retired, Ed had a heart attack and recovered, I had back surgery and recovered (sort of), we changed churches three times…  I could go on and on!

Random:

Ed and I both had our six month check ups, yesterday.  I’m happy to report that we both got good reports.  Both of us had been dreading the day, fearing our test results might show something amiss.  I also received my coveted letter, this week, telling me my mammogram results are normal.  If you’ve ever had a “questionable” mammogram, then you understand how excruciating the wait for results can be. Praise the Lord for all of the good news!

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This-N-That On Monday…

I’ve missed blogging, so I’ll make an attempt to do a little catching up today.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get inspired to start back blogging on a more regular basis, one of these days.  We’ll see.

Our weekends have been very busy for the past couple of months.  Ed’s been helping our son-in-law put our daughter’s kitchen back together after their flooding mishap, back in October of 2016.  They finally finished the kitchen project a week or so ago.  Their new kitchen looks great, so all’s well that ends well.

Gardening season has begun in earnest, and we have twenty rows planted.  That’s a lot of rows to pick and hoe!  I hope Ed’s up to the task.  Everything seems to be growing, in spite of our ridiculously hot and dry weather, thanks to our trusty water sprinkler.  We should be eating fresh potatoes, soon, and the squash are just about to start blooming.

In other news, we lost one of our younger hens a couple of weeks ago.  She’d been sick for a while.  Even though I’d isolated her and treated her with medication, she didn’t improve.  Now there are eight…but those eight hens still keep us in more eggs than we can use, so we share with family and friends.

Ed and I, along with our daughter and granddaughter, managed to take another little trip to St. Simon’s Island, last week.  I needed to return some things to J C Penny, and there’s one located in Brunswick.  We decided to combine business with pleasure, once again.  However, once we got to St. Simon’s, the wind was blowing so hard, sitting outside wasn’t really enjoyable.  We toughed it out for a while, then went shopping, instead.

Ed and I threw caution to the wind and went to play Bingo, on Friday night.  Let me tell you, there are some serious Bingo players out there!  We joined about twenty other folks for an evening of Bingo, a church program that helps keep their food pantry filled. (must bring canned food [for the pantry] and a wrapped prize [for Bingo], in order to play) We played two cards at once, and the caller went fast!  Ed won two games, and I won one.  Let me tell you, I was tired, afterward, but we had fun–and I liked the prizes Ed won!

I can’t believe it’s May 1.  Time just keeps rolling on by.  I still have Easter decorations all over the house, but I suppose it’s  about time to put those away.  Did I mention that we’re still finding missing eggs out in the yard?  We’ve found them all except for one.

Our local elementary school had a little mishap, on Friday, when one of their air conditioning units caught on fire.  There were no injuries, and everyone made it out, safely, but I’m sure that was a scary time.  I never liked the practice fire drills when I worked there, so I can only imagine what it was like during the real thing.  The school is closed today, so smoke damage can be addressed.

Satan was busy at work, yesterday.  Ed and I went to church, only to discover there was no pastor for the service.  The deacon in charge of lining up ‘supply pastors’ mistakenly thought he had somebody lined up to preach, when he didn’t.  Things didn’t go a whole lot better for the evening service, which was supposed to be a 5th Sunday night ‘sing’.  One of the musicians got sick, immediately before the sing began, and another one never showed up at all.  However, the show went on, as planned.  One elderly lady, in a wheelchair, just blew us away with her gospel tunes on the harmonica!  Another elderly gentleman, blew us away again playing “How Great Thou Art” on the piano.  Several other folks sang, and it was an enjoyable evening, in spite of the ‘snafu’.

As I mentioned, earlier, time is rolling on by, so I guess I’ll get up out of this chair and do some laundry, or some other equally exciting household task 😦  Until next time…


 

 

 

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Saying Good-bye To April With A Hodgepodge…

What in the world happened to the month of April?  It went by in a blur, or at least that’s how it seems to me.  Never-the-less, it’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means.  It’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  Thank you, once again, to our wonderful hostess, Joyce, for continuing to host this fun meme.  Now, let the fun begin…

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers?

We haven’t had many April showers in our neck of the woods, other than the kind that flows from our water sprinkler.  It’s been extremely dry here!  That’s why we were absolutely thrilled when it finally rained on Sunday evening!  We are very grateful for the inch of rain we received.

Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it?  I often carry an umbrella, but, sometimes, I’ll just make a run for it.  A little water never hurt anyone.

Besides rain, what else has filled your April?  

April has mostly been filled with planting and taking care of our garden.  Gardening is quite time-consuming (especially for poor Ed)! Due to my back issues, I do more watching and watering than anything else.  You can’t tell from this photo, but there are 20 rows of vegetables planted in this garden!

2.  What’s something you could give a 30-minute presentation on, at a moment’s notice, with zero preparation? I could easily give a presentation on these creatures:

I can’t believe how little I actually knew about chickens when I brought those first baby chicks home, five years ago, but experience is a great teacher!  These ‘girls’ think they rule–and they pretty much do.  The two red hens are from the original flock of five years ago, and they still lay eggs!  The other six members of the flock (one missed being photographed) will celebrate their 3rd birthday in September. We’ve almost reached a milestone of 4, 400 eggs from these chickens (plus the five members of the flock who are now deceased).

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

I remember my maternal grandmother having some awesome family dinners at her house!  There’d be all kinds of foods, but, strangely, the thing I looked forward to the most was the large plate of pineapple or pimento cheese sandwiches!  They always tasted so good!  Grandma also made the most delicious ‘bread pudding’ I’ve ever eaten.  For those who may not  know, ‘bread pudding’ is made with ‘left-over’ bread, eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon, then baked.  I sure wish I had grandma’s recipe.

4. What’s a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

I don’t have a particular song in mind, but, prior to Google, I didn’t know the correct lyrics to most of the songs by Credence Clearwater Revival or Elton John…  Come to think of it, can anyone sing the correct lyrics to Benny and the Jets?

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston).

How many of these have you seen in person?

Sadly, none of them.  I’m not well-traveled.  I have been to Disneyworld, in Florida, but I went before Epcot was completed.

Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care?  Yes and no.

Tell us about a place (not on the list) you’ve visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

Elvis’ former home, Graceland might fall into that category.  His home, seemingly frozen in time, is still open for tours, as far as I know.  The house is still decorated as it was back in the late 60’s or early 70’s, but I enjoyed touring it, since I remember the 70’s so well.  I’m sure everything in the home was ‘state of the art’ back in Elvis’ day, but everything looks rather antiquated now.  Check out that television!

photo via Google

6. Your signature clothing item?

Crocs! I wear them all the time.  Here’s a photo of my first pair of Crocs.  I wore this pair for about ten years before finally throwing them away!  Sadly, the newer Crocs aren’t made to be quite as durable.


7. What’s an experience you’ve had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

A “close call”.  My husband, Ed, had a heart attack 18 months ago. Fortunately, he survived his  “widow maker”, and is doing well. While going through the experience was extremely scary and stressful, it made us both realize just how precious (and short) our time [here] really is.  We can be taken in the blink of an eye!  We thank God, every day, for this ‘extra’ time we’ve been given together.

Random:
While in Brunswick on other business, we had the opportunity to briefly visit St. Simon’s Island, last week, our first visit since last September.

I was pleased not to see much damage from last fall’s hurricane Matthew.  Everything seemed pretty much unchanged.  The ‘walking man’ was still making his rounds…

and folks were still taking pictures beside the strange-looking tree on the island… which I can’t seem to find a photo of!  The island was actually pretty crowded, for a Thursday.

We only stayed long enough to grab a bar-b-que sandwich from Southern Soul, then ate it while sitting in a park beside the beautiful water.  I hope to go back, soon!

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Flying High With Another Hodgepodge…

 

I promised myself that I would write a blog post, last week, while The Hodgepodge was on hiatus, but guess what?  I didn’t.  I guess it’s a good thing our gracious hostess, Joyce, only took one week off.  Anyway, Joyce is back, The Hodgepodge is back, and so am I!  Here are today’s questions:

1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were ‘flying by the seat of your pants’.

Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is taking care of our first baby, right after she was born.  I knew nothing about babies, and frankly, I was scared to death!  Scared to hold her, to feed her, to dress her, even to be left alone with her.  Thankfully, babies are resilient and new mommies learn quickly!  Things went much smoother with my next two babies.

2. When or where would you most like to be ‘a fly on the wall’?

I think I’d like to be a fly on the wall when our grandchildren are playing together.  They’re getting to the age where they talk among themselves more, and some of what they say is probably pretty funny.  If it isn’t, it soon will be!

3. ‘Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.’-Henry David Thoreau

Would you agree? Why or why not?

I agree.  It’s always been my experience when you concentrate on one particular thing, and it’s not happening, time seems to d-r-a-g.  For instance, waiting for Ed to complete his [20 month] tour of duty in Okinawa, trying to get pregnant the first time, or even trying to get a new job after being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years.  It seemed that just turning my focus to other things always seemed to work for me. Before I knew it, happiness had arrived, in some form or another.

4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it’s title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.

I love Albert E. Brumley’s gospel song, I’ll Fly Away.  There are many versions of this song on YouTube, but the one below is a really good one, and it’s set to footage from the movie “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?” (I love that movie, too!)

5. What is one task or chore you tend to do ‘on the fly’? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?

Cleaning the bathroom!  I don’t really have scheduled cleaning days for the bathroom.  It’s done on an “as needed” basis–usually twice a week, more if needed.

6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud, ‘Wow, time flies when you’re having fun’, and you meant it.

I say that phrase a lot, now that Ed and I are both retired, and I really mean it!

7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What’s your favorite dish made with garlic?

No, garlic isn’t one of my favorite things.  A little garlic goes a long way, as far as I’m concerned.  My favorite thing seasoned with garlic is bread or toast.

Random:

Ed and I celebrated Easter #44 with our family, this past weekend. The celebration began with everyone gathering at our daughter’s house, on Saturday afternoon, with all of our grandchildren dying eggs together.

cousins getting ready to dye eggs

The children had a great time dying eggs, but I think the children (and some adults) had almost as much fun playing together, afterward!

Jennifer, exhibits her skills with a hula hoop

The day ended with a delicious meal of chili, hot dogs, Easter cake and cookies.  I’m very grateful to our daughter for hosting this event for our family.

Somehow, Ed and I managed to find time to hide 353 plastic eggs in our yard, and cook our portion of the noon meal before 10 am on Easter morning. We were determined to make it to church, this year!  It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.

on the way to church

At 11 am, Ed and I attended services at a local church, where our oldest son delivered the morning message.  (He did an awesome job, too.) After church, everyone met at our house for Easter lunch, followed by our traditional egg hunt.

Of course, before the egg hunt could begin, we had to take our annual Easter family photo…

No blooms left on our azaleas, this year

And then the fun began…

Evan, the youngest, leading the hunt

At the end of the day, 350 of 353 eggs were found, after almost two hours of hunting!  The grandchildren ended up with a ton of candy, and a total of twenty dollars in prize money.  I think everyone had a great time, I know I did.

 

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No Foolin’, It’s Time For The Hodgepodge…

Lately, it’s been busy here in our neck of the woods, but it’s time to take a break and settle down a while with The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I always look forward to Wednesdays!  Thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for this little bit of mid-week fun:)  Please join us if you can!

1. April is Lawn and Garden Month. On a scale of 1-10 what’s the current state of your lawn and/or garden. (10=a showpiece, 1=send in the professionals). Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month.

Well, Joyce, I’m so glad you asked, since we’ve been busy working on both!  At the moment, our lawn is about a 6.  Even though Ed’s treated it for weeds, and fertilized it, we haven’t had enough rain to make it lush and green, yet.  We’re getting there, though.

As for our garden, Phase 1 (potatoes, garden peas, onions) has been planted for over a month.  So far, I’d rate it about a 6, too, due to the strange weather we’ve been having. ( cold nights, hot days, no rain) 

Phase 2 (green beans, squash, cucumbers, peas, butter beans) has been planted about a week, and is just beginning to sprout.  So far, so good.  The tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and peppers seem to be doing okay, we’ll see how everything tolerates the 43 degree temps, wind, rain, and possible hail that’s headed our way, now.

2. “Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.”~Thomas Fuller What does this quote mean to you?

First, I’m going to take this quote literally, because Ed and I have all kinds of grass and weeds sprouting in our garden and we didn’t plant any of it!  I can also take this quote figuratively, in remembering the difficult days of trying to raise children.  You love them, nurture them, and teach them all the right things, but, sometimes negative actions and behaviors spring forth from them, just like weeds in a garden.

3. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?

Love/redemption/forgiveness/obedience.

4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous?

I’d probably fidget a bit, and not have very much to say, at first.  I don’t usually initiate  much conversation, but I’ll follow along if you’ll start it.

5. Do you like the color yellow? Would I find any in your home or wardrobe? Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black-eyed susan…which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?

Yellow is good, but it’s not among my favorite colors, except in flowers!  I can’t choose a favorite flower because I love daffodils, yellow roses, and sunflowers!  In fact, I grow sunflowers in the garden every year, see:


I do have a couple of yellow items in my wardrobe, but I don’t wear them often.  There’s no yellow in my home, unless you count the ceramic chicks sitting on the shelves in the living room.

6. Flip flops or bare feet?

Inside-bare feet.  Outside-flip flops or crocs.  I never go bare footed outside–we have free ranging chickens and crab grass!

7. Tell us about any Easter plans, celebrations, or traditions you’ll carry out this month.

Usually, I have all of the grandchildren over to color eggs on the Saturday evening before Easter.  This year, our daughter is planning to take over this tradition, and let the cousins color eggs at her house.

Ed and I will still be hosting the usual family Easter lunch and an egg hunt for the grandchildren, afterward, but this year will be different.  Usually, on Easter, Ed and I stay home to cook the meal and hide the eggs while everyone else is at church.

This year we will hide the eggs and cook the meal ahead of time, so we can attend Easter services, like everyone else does.  Our oldest son will be bringing the Easter message at his church, this year.  How special is that?!  I’m looking forward to being there.

Random:

Easter memories…

The other day, when I saw some little boys’ three-piece suits hanging in a store, I couldn’t help but remember Easters when our children were small!

It doesn’t seem that long ago when they were small,  but now our children are all grown up, with children of their own.  Our daughter has a daughter, and both sons have sons.

cir. 1987

In fact, three of our four grandchildren are now about the same ages  our children were in this old photo.
 cir. 1989

Last Easter it rained, so we didn’t get to take a family photo, but here’s a 2015 Easter picture of our crew, all grown up, with their families.  The thing I notice most about this photo is how much Ed and I look like the grandparents.  Oh, my!

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A Beautiful Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Hello, it’s me.  It’s hard to  believe another week has passed since I blogged.  Time seems to be passing at warp speed, these days.  At any rate, it’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time to participate in The Wednesday Hodgepodge, and it’s time to thank Joyce for being such a gracious hostess. Thanks, Joyce–for everything you do!

1. ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ What’s something you’ve seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

I think springtime blossoms [of all kinds] are beautiful.  Our azalea blossoms froze in mid-bloom, but there are still plenty of other kinds of blossoms all around–and pollen, too.  Oh, my goodness, pollen is horrible, this year!

I couldn’t mention spring blossoms without posting a picture–even if it’s off of the internet.  Isn’t this a pretty picture?

image via Google

2. Our culture and beauty…your thoughts?

I think many people tend to put too much emphasis on the way a person looks.  There seems to be more pressure to look”perfect”, these days, than when I was growing up.  As a result,  the orthodontist, dermatologist, cosmetologist, and plastic surgeon’s businesses are all booming.

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep…which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

I’m going to say “beauty sleep” because I’m always striving for a good night’s sleep, which often proves to be elusive.  A good night’s sleep may not do much for my looks, but it sure makes me feel better the next day!

4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-

alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider.

Which ‘beast’ on the list scares you the most? What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

The thought of encountering bed bugs actually scares me the most because I’ve heard they are so hard to get rid of!  I hope and pray I never find out!  I actually acquired my fear of bed bugs after an exterminator shared [with us] how often people get them, and how difficult they are to exterminate.

As for the other animals listed, I’ve had encounters with almost everything on the list, except black bears and alligators.  I’ve only seen those in exhibits.  Of all of my encounters, the one with a rattle snake was the scariest.  It was just a few feet away from  me, in the edge of our yard.

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

I suppose I was working at school [12 years ago] the last time I heard a bell ring. I don’t remember our elementary school having  actual timed bells (although they may have), but I do remember the teachers all had hand bells of various kinds which they rang at the end of recess or if the class was getting too loud during class.

6. What’s your favorite carb? How’s that for random?

How about a delicious slice of ten layered yellow cake with chocolate fudge icing between every layer and on top?!  Now that’s what I call carbs!

image via Google

7. Let’s wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

M-multiple trips to the dentist

A- a lot of time spent at church

R- ready to plant the rest of our garden

C- cats and grandchildren enjoying nice weather

H- hens laying eggs like crazy

Random:

I’ve decorated for Easter–inside and outside.  Here’s some of what I’ve done:  (PS If you look close in the second picture, you can still see the brown blossoms clinging to the azaleas.  So sad!)


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Marching Through Another Hodgepodge…

After a brief hiatus, The Hodgepodge is back.  Lately, I haven’t been able to see ‘the linky’, at times, but I’m playing along, even if I can’t always see my name on the list.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for everything she does to keep The Hodgepodge going!

1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title ‘March Madness’?

The main thing that comes to mind is the work that’s been going on in our daughter’s kitchen, next door to us.  Ed and our SIL have been installing new kitchen cabinets over there, and there’s been a bit of ‘March Madness’ going on–like dealing with an unlevel floor, discovering one of the new cabinets was broken when they pulled it out of the box, and having to move two kitchen light fixtures and an electrical outlet.  Fun times!  All troubles aside, her kitchen is looking great, though.

2. What’s a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children’s childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there’s a story behind the origin please share.

The only made up words [that I can think of] from my or my children’s childhoods were their nicknames.  My daughter would probably kill me if I told hers, so I’ll just keep mum.  Ed still calls her by that nickname, occasionally, and it usually brings laughter.

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don’t get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen ‘quick’ tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

Yes, we’ll be doing a little spring cleaning at our house, but most of it will be on the outside of the house.  Of the fifteen tasks listed, cleaning windows and cleaning out drawers would be on the top of my list to be done.

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

I think I’ll choose a favorite movie set in New York.  I love ‘Scent of a Woman’ (Al Pacino & Chris O’Donnell), with ‘Working Girl’ (Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, & Sigourney Weaver) coming in a close second.

5. What’s put a spring in your step this month?

I love all of the blooming flowers and trees.  Unfortunately, last week’s untimely freeze killed most of the azaleas.

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

Yes, once I became a paraprofessional, way back in 1991, it didn’t take me long to discover my love of teaching.  I loved being with the first grade children, and I loved watching them learn.  I worked with small reading and math groups, and loved watching each student’s progress, knowing I’d been a small part of their accomplishments.  I worked as a paraprofessional for almost fourteen years, and loved every year except the last one, which explains why I quit in mid-year.  The last group I taught will graduate from high school this year.

7. What’s your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

I don’t have a favorite floral scent, but I like roses, magnolias, and gardenias.  Lately, I’ve had a couple of baskets of petunias growing in my greenhouse, and they’ve been smelling pretty awesome, too!

I often use floral scented ‘wallflowers’ in the bathroom.  I don’t really care about florals in my food, and I’m not a wine drinker.

Random:

These azaleas belonged to Ed’s parents, and used to grow beside their house before they were transplanted to the back of what’s now our daughter’s yard.  These azaleas are well-over fifty years old, and…

they make a great background for spring pictures…

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