I Love The Hodgepodge…February 15

Welcome to the sixty-sixth edition of Wednesday Hodgepodge!  For those of you new to my blog, and the Hodgepodge, permit me to take a moment to explain.

A little over a year ago, Joyce, myself, and many others were participating in a weekly meme that eventually ended.  Some of us approached Joyce about hosting a similar, but new meme. Fortunately, Joyce is a sweetheart, and agreed to do it!  (Thanks again, Joyce)

For sixty-six weeks Joyce has provided us with seven thought-provoking, but always fun, questions to answer.  In addition, there’s space for a random thought of our own. We answer the questions, link up over at Joyce’s blog, then visit each other to read and compare answers with others. It’s so much fun, and I’ve made some of the most wonderful blog friends while doing this!

Now that you know what the Hodgepodge is, why don’t you just click Joyce’s cute little button at the top of the post, and join us!

This week’s questions:

1. George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-Thomas Jefferson…who would you most like to meet and why?  I would love to meet George Washington because it would be awesome to meet our first president, who also happened to be a man of honesty, courage, and honor–something more recent presidents seem to know a lot less about!

2. What’s your favorite chain restaurant?  I love the Cracker Barrel, so I can combine eating and shopping in one stop!  Country cooking…yum, yum!

3. I spied this question on the Bears at Home blog last week and she gave me permission to steal borrow it-

When you look back on your life, do you imagine you’ll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say: it was good?

I think I will do both–in fact I already do that now.  I regret that I wasn’t able to stay at a job that I loved  (with all of my heart), and happily retire at age 60, but it was not to be. Circumstances were beyond my control, and for me to stay in that classroom situation would have caused me to compromise my principles.  I wasn’t willing to do that, so I left.  Because I stood up for what I know is right,  I can be proud of the fifteen years I spent helping  educate students–and that is a good thing!

4. Grapefruit-take ’em or leave ’em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice?  I love oranges, but can’t stand grapefruit!  It’s too bitter for my taste.  My consumption of oranges and orange juice is about the same, and I don’t have a preference.

5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?  I cleaned out my bedroom closet a few months back, and gave away some old clothing.  I still have some cleaning to do in other closets.  I’m waiting to get inspired again!

6. You get to have lunch with three famous people…who would you like to see round your table?  First of all, I’d choose Glenn Beck.   This man has great insight into what is going on in the world (and the U.S.), and I believe he speaks the truth while others won’t.  Next I would like to have Oprah Winfrey, because she’s interviewed so many interesting people throughout her lifetime.  (Can you imagine the stories she could tell?)  For my last guest, I’d choose Tom Cruise because I used to have such a crush on him way back in the day–before he turned weird!  I’d like to ask him what in the world possessed him make some of those strange movies…

7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?  Oh my!  I’d give myself a 2 because I never really learned how!  Our little town switched to parallel parking years ago, and I nearly had a heart attack!  I will only parallel park if I can find two spaces together.  Otherwise, I’ll park behind the stores and walk .

Random: Today is the birthday of someone special.  She is the wife of our oldest son, and the mother of our two grandsons.  She is also our daughter by marriage.  Happy Birthday, Christina.  Enjoy your special day!

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Published in: on February 15, 2012 at 8:37 am  Comments (11)  
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How Sweet It Is To Be Loved…

Don’t you just love how there is at least one song for every possible situation in life–and you usually don’t have to search long to find it, thanks to Google.  Recently, I was making (another) video montage of our family.  This one in honor of Valentine’s Day!  I didn’t have to think very long before I thought of the perfect theme song for it–which also happens to be the title of this post!

As I was creating my video montage, I began to ponder, Is there anything sweeter in  life than loving and being loved?  I didn’t have to ponder long before I knew my answer…  I wouldn’t trade having all the gold and riches in the world for the honor of loving and being loved!

I still remember how I felt, all those years ago, when Ed and I met and fell in love.  We may be older, with a lot of miles on us, but our love for each other is just as strong and true as it was forty-two years ago!  In addition, the truly amazing thing is, who knew that forty-something years later, we’d be surrounded by so many loved ones who have made our lives so much sweeter over the years?

Six years after our marriage, Ed and I were blessed with a new love–in the form of an eight pound baby daughter.  We loved her and nurtured her, and she in turn, loved us back.  Over the next seven years, Ed and I were blessed with two more bundles of love, otherwise known as our sons.  With those three wonderful additions, Ed and I became so much more than just husband and wife–we became a family!

We all lived happily together in our little circle of family  love, until one day Ed and I blinked our eyes, and discovered that our children had grown up!  Before long, Ed was walking our daughter down the aisle, and giving her away to another man.  But we didn’t lose our daughter, we gained another son, in the form of a “son-in-law”.

With that wedding, we learned how to open our family circle of love, and include others.  Over the next ten years, Ed would make two more trips down the aisle, to serve as Best Man at both of our son’s weddings.  Twice more, our family circle opened wider to include new daughters.

For a long time, Ed and I had no idea that the sweetest additions were yet to arrive in our family.  You know, those little bundles of joy that you can love, spoil rotten, then send home with their parents–otherwise known as grandchildren!  We opened our family circle just a little bit wider, and it didn’t take us long to figure out that we loved being grandparents!  Our first grandchild arrived just over five years ago, with two more following!

For now, our circle of love has been enlarged by three  precious grandchildren–one girl, and two little boys.  Just the same as it was so many years ago when Ed and I were raising our little family!  Each addition to our family has been a blessing, and we treasure them all, whether they married into or were born into our family.

How sweet it is to love and be loved!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Published in: on February 14, 2012 at 12:03 am  Comments (11)  
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Imagine My Surprise…

Last Friday morning began pretty much just like any other day.  I got out of bed, took my Synthroid (thyroid medication), and turned on my computer.  As usual, I didn’t have a blog post prepared, so I sat down in front of the computer and began to write. I decided to write about some of my Valentine’s Day memories.  I titled the post, “Valentine’s Day Revisited”.  I finished my post within a couple of hours, hit the publish button, then left the computer to do other things.  I was away from my computer for quite a while…

Imagine my surprise when I returned to my computer later in the day and found comments from people–lots and lots of people!  I was still trying to figure out how all of these people found my blog, when I finally read a comment which said “Congratulations on being freshly pressed!”

I quickly clicked over to wordpress.com, and sure enough–there was my Friday morning blog post, featured on their “Freshly Pressed” page, under the heading which read, “The best of 470,540 bloggers, 771, 857 new posts, 909,777 comments, and 144,741,224 words posted today on Word Press.com” !  I couldn’t believe my eyes!

I quickly grabbed my camera and took a picture!  I wanted to capture my 30 seconds of fame!  (Of course, later in the evening my son reminded me that I could just save the screen shot, and we did!)  Silly me!  I’m going to show you my picture anyway.  My post is the one in red with the box of Valentine’s Day candy.

After taking about a dozen pictures of my computer screen, I immediately sat down and emailed my husband with the news.  I just had to share my exciting news with someone!  Ed rarely reads my blog, but I knew he would be excited for me, and he was.

Imagine my surprise, as I discovered several interesting things happen when your blog gets featured on the Word Press home page!  First of all, your blog gets visited–a lot!

I still  remember starting my little blog about three years ago, and being absolutely thrilled when I finally had twelve visitors in one day!  I’m still thrilled with my twelve visitors, plus a few more, so you can imagine my surprise when I looked at my stats and saw this–

I know the image isn’t very big, but if you look close, you can barely see those very low columns across the bottom of the graph, followed by three  tall columns at the right of the graph. Those low columns represent my usual visitor stats of around 100 per day, while the tall columns represent my visitor stats for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. My little blog had a total of over 6,200 visitors over the weekend!  All I could say was, “Wow”!

Imagine my surprise, when I noticed the huge increase in comments, too!  I normally average getting five or six comments per post. I have received over 100 comments on that featured post!  All of the comments were very sweet.  A few of the comments were odd– but still sweet.  Every comment is very much appreciated, and thanks to all who took the time to leave one!

Thank you, Word Press, for featuring my little Valentine’s Day post on your “Freshly Pressed” page! I don’t know how or why I was chosen, but I’m honored and absolutely thrilled to have been featured!  One thing’s for sure, I’ll never forget this early Valentine’s Day surprise!

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 12:16 am  Comments (16)  
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Valentine’s Days Revisited…

It’s almost here, folks–that over-commercialized holiday called, Valentine’s Day!  I knew it was “officially” almost here when I began seeing the commercials for “Hoodie Footies” and “Vermont Teddy Bears”…  I wonder how many women will receive those pajamas with a hood and feet?!  How unromantic!  I personally overheard Jennifer telling Brad that he better never buy her any of those!  

 

As for me, I could go for that HUGE Vermont Teddy Bear, but I already have a HUGE one sitting in the bedroom.  He takes up an entire chair, or half of the bed–depending on where he is sitting!  It wasn’t a gift from Ed, but from myself, one Valentine’s Day.  Yes, I actually bought myself a teddy bear–because I loved him when I saw him…I’m funny like that sometimes.  I came home with it riding in the back of my PT Cruiser, about five years ago!

I still remember Valentine’s Day as a child.  I loved addressing those cards, and I loved opening the envelopes containing the funny little valentines.  Back in my day, valentines actually still came with little white envelopes!  I don’t like these new valentines that fold and have a sticker holding them closed.  Has anybody else noticed that the stickers DON”T STAY STUCK?

Ed and I were married before we ever got to spend a Valentine’s Day together.  It never worked out for him to be around on that particular day.  I don’t remember my first Valentine’s Day gift from him, but it was probably a box of candy, because that was what people gave in those days–before Valentine’s Day became so commercialized.

My daddy always gave mama a box of candy, and Ed’s daddy gave his wife the same.   I remember Ed’s mama’s was always one of the lacy, frilly boxes of candy.  Now that I’m thinking back, I think I remember Ed’s parents buying me a box of candy one Valentine’s Day while he was overseas.  They did a lot of sweet things like that.

I remember getting my first flowers from Ed, for Valentine’s Day in 1974.  Ed didn’t like to spend money on flowers, and had never bought me any before.  That year, I strongly hinted that I would love to receive a bouquet of flowers…  Ed and I were both working at the same hospital, in the radiology department, at the time, and he had the flowers delivered to the little office where I worked.  I was absolutely thrilled!

I remember Valentine’s Days with each of our three children, while they were growing up.  Sitting there at the table with them while they addressed their valentines for school…then later, sitting and watching them enjoying the valentines they’d received!  Of course,  I enjoyed giving them little Valentine’s Day surprises from Ed and me, too…(sorry no photos handy)

Flash forward many years, past the raising of our three children, and I was working at school–in the first grade.  Valentine’s Day is a BIG DEAL to first graders!  We would spend days making Valentine’s Day decorations for the classroom, then finally we decorated those little white Valentine’s Day bags to hold our (yes, I had one, too) valentines.  A day or two before Valentine’s Day, the students would bring their cards to school, then carefully drop them in to each other’s bags.  It was so much fun to watch!  On Valentine’s Day the students could hardly wait to tear into those cards, and the level of excitement equaled that of Christmas time!  As for me, I always came home with a bag full of sweet valentines, and usually a few gifts, too.

It was while I was working at school that I realized just how commercialized Valentine’s Day had become!  I can’t begin to tell you how many “gifts” are delivered to school for the students for Valentine’s Day!  It’s way past the point of ridiculous.  It’s more than enough to keep several adults rolling several carts filled with flowers and stuffed animals, and making deliveries ALL DAY LONG!

What ever happened to exchanging sweet cards and giving boxes of chocolates–and just enjoying the simple pleasures of life?  Everything has gotten way too complicated, don’t you think?  Wishing everyone an uncomplicated weekend, filled with life’s many sweet simple pleasures!

Published in: on February 10, 2012 at 11:00 am  Comments (145)  
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Thursdays Thoughts…Aprons

Apron–an outer protective garment that covers primarily the front of the body, according to Wikipedia.  It can be worn for hygienic reasons, as well as in order to protect clothing from wear and tear.  It’s also a garment that you don’t see much of anymore–according to me.

I grew up around lots of aprons.  First of all, my grandmother wore one every day.  She just wasn’t dressed if she didn’t have her apron on!  She always wore a dress, covered by a full apron.  These aprons she made herself on her Singer peddle-type sewing machine!  Believe it or not,  I don’t have a single picture of grandma wearing an apron.  I guess she always removed it at picture time!

Grandma used her apron primarily to protect her dress, but I remember watching her use it for a variety of other uses as well.  I’ve seen her use it to hold peas as she picked them in the garden, or to hold eggs as she gathered them from the hen-house.  An apron can be a handy thing to have around–but you don’t see many in use these days!

When I was growing up, I also had an aunt who worked as a waitress.  In those days, waitresses wore very thin, lacy-looking aprons in lots of pretty colors–I remember my aunt had lots of pastels in her collection.  Anyway, sometimes she’d let me try one on, and I thought I was really something!

The image above is similar to the kinds of aprons my aunt used to wear– way back in the early sixties!

I have a drawer full of various aprons that I’ve acquired over the years. Of course, I have several Christmas aprons in my collection! It just doesn’t seem like Christmas if I don’t wear an apron to bake in!

Lately, I’ve become more aware of trying to protect my clothing in the kitchen. It must have something to do with growing older… Call me old or call me wiser, but I’ve been wearing an apron around the kitchen more and more while I cook supper–to protect my clothes.

Two of my favorite aprons in the drawer are very old. I have no idea where one of my favorite aprons came from. It’s possible that it was a gift from my mother, but I don’t know for sure.

I like it because it reminds me of my grandma, and it also covers the entire front of my body. Unfortunately, it also tends to give me a headache from being around my neck, so I usually end up folding the bib part under and just tying it around my waist.

My second favorite apron was a gift from my sister-in-law (my brother’s wife) many years ago.  I remember at that time Kay had just learned to sew, and she made my little daughter, Brandy, and me,  matching aprons for Christmas that year.  Brandy eventually out-grew her apron, and I’m not sure what ever happened to it, but I still wear my apron today!  I always think of Kay whenever I wear it.

Speaking of sewing aprons, I once had to make an apron in Home Economics class, and I was scared to death of that sewing machine!  I finally conquered my fears, and made my first garment for the class–an apron.  I still remember that apron to this day–it was bright green, and had white flowers with bright orange centers sprinkled all over it.  It looked just like an apron from the seventies!   Sure wish I’d kept that apron…

Speaking of school and aprons, brings me to my last memory.  Many of you may know that I used to work as a paraprofessional at school.  Well, the teacher that I worked with was always wearing an apron in class!  She wore very nice clothes, and I suppose she wanted to keep them looking nice.  Whenever we did a cooking project or an art project in class–on went the apron!  I didn’t follow her example, and had some paint marks on some of my clothing to prove it!

Eventually, the teacher stopped teaching in a regular classroom, and moved into a higher position at the school.   As she was packing up her classroom things, she presented me with one of her aprons!  I still have it among my collection in the drawer.  Did I mention that I have a drawer dedicated to aprons?

How about you, do you have a special apron, an apron memory–or do you even wear an apron?  Who knows, after writing this post, I just might get inspired to drag out the sewing machine and stitch myself up another apron!   Have a great day y’all…

Published in: on February 9, 2012 at 10:40 am  Comments (8)  
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Wednesday Hodgepodge…February 8

1. What is something you are loving right now?  Not being a slave to a job eight hours a day!

2. Paris, Venice, New York, and Rome are considered four of the most romantic cities in the world. Which one would you most like to visit?   Since I’ve never had any desire to travel abroad, I guess my answer would have to be New York.

3. Are you a romantic?  Yes, and I’ve lived my dream for nearly 40 years…

4. What’s your favorite love story made for the Big Screen?  I have a lot of favorites, but the first one that comes to mind is “Pretty Woman”, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  Now there’s a love story with a happy ending!

5. Everyone loves Pooh bear and friends…which character are you most like and why? Click here for help in answering this question.   I love all things Winnie the Pooh!  My favorite character is Eeyore, but I took the quiz and it said I’m most like Kanga.  This is a good thing, since I’d rather be “motherly” than “depressed”!

6. What’s the best chocolate something you’ve ever eaten?  Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake ranks right up there at the top of my list!   My mouth is watering just looking at the photograph…

7. Share a favorite quote about love.  

My favorite quote concerning love comes from the Bible– 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-8 and verse 13.  Here’s the NIV , abbreviated version of what the Bible says concerning love:

Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (NIV)

Random: Since this is the last Hodgepodge before Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my Valentine’s Day tree, and a few of the ornaments that I made to go on it.


That’s it for me today. Now, let’s hop on over to Joyce’s place and visit a few more “Hodgepodgers”! As always, special thanks to Joyce for these questions, and for hosting…

Published in: on February 8, 2012 at 9:25 am  Comments (12)  
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Living Frugally…

Whenever I think of “living frugally”, I always think of my grandmother.  In her days, people didn’t waste anything.  There weren’t any yard sales or Goodwill Stores in those days, simply  because people used their things until they were worn out!  I still remember my grandmother cutting the buttons off  worn out clothing and saving the buttons so she could use them again!  (Oh how I loved that jar of buttons)

In grandma’s day, flour came packaged in printed, cotton “sacks”.  The sacks were fairly large, and grandma washed the flour sacks , took them apart, then used the cloth to make aprons, curtains, quilts, or other things.  If you think about it, doesn’t that make good sense?

Back in those days, boxes of “Breeze” laundry detergent came with bath towels packed inside– a little reward for buying their product.  I remember the towels were either blue, pink, or yellow striped–and they were paper-thin! ( Of course, they’d have to be thin to fit inside of a box of laundry detergent!)  I also remember the smaller boxes of detergent had wash cloths in them, to match the towels.   Grandma would let me open the little boxes that came packed inside of the detergent, and it was so exciting to see what color towel was inside!

My granddaddy was a farmer, and I remember my grandmother spending many long, hot, summers canning and freezing vegetables and fruit of all kinds.  Nothing was wasted.  Preserves were even made from watermelon rinds, which I, personally, always thought were gross.  What did grandma use to can her fruits and vegetables in?  Recycled mayonnaise jars, and reusable freezer containers, of course!

The other night my husband happened to mention that he could still remember when his parents got their first roll of paper towels.  I don’t remember that, but I do remember our parents using old paper grocery bags to put under fried foods to soak up the excess grease, especially during a fish fry!  I also remember Ed’s parents saving used aluminum foil…

I proudly recycled my first piece of aluminum foil the other evening!  Ed’s been trying to get me to do this for years ( like his parents did), but I always scoffed at the idea in the past.  With the price of aluminum foil getting so ridiculous, I’ve recently begun to rethink that decision!  I’m not to the point of wiping food off used foil (yet), but if the foil is clean when removed from a bowl, I’ll fold and save it for future use.

Times are changing…  I’m hanging onto things I once would’ve discarded without a thought, in days gone by.  You never know when something just might come in handy!   Prices on merchandise certainly aren’t getting any cheaper!  Recently, I’ve heard commercials on the radio from Goodwill Stores, begging people to donate.  Apparently, I’m not the only person hanging on to my stuff!

I’ve also begun to rethink my decision to stop canning and freezing in recent years.  Canning had gotten to be such a hassle in the past few years, I’d all but stopped canning or freezing anything other than a few peas each year.  I even threw out all of my Mason jars, and got rid of my canning pot!   With food shortages on the rise, as well as higher prices at the grocery stores, putting more food in the freezer or jars is sounding like a wise decision!

How about you, does the economy have you living more frugal yet?

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Published in: on February 7, 2012 at 11:20 am  Comments (9)  
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Another Beautiful (Super Bowl) Weekend…

We couldn’t have asked for a more “picture-perfect” weekend around here!  The sun was shining and the temperatures were in the mid to high 70’s.  Definitely not our typical February weather!  Unfortunately, today is cloudy, and there is a slight cooling trend on the way, but after all, it is only February!

Ed and I began our Saturday by shopping for a few new trees.  We needed to replace a few of last year’s pecan trees, and we decided to plant a few fruit trees, as well.  I got a bit carried away–and we ended up buying ten pecan trees!  I kept thinking about how our “pecan money” comes in so handy–and just before tax time, too!  We also bought a grape-vine, a new blueberry bush, two peach trees, and two plum trees.  Ed spent the rest of the weekend digging lots of holes!  Now if we can only get some rain, perhaps in a few years we’ll have our own supply of fruit!

In addition to those trees, we have two garden spots almost ready for planting.  I hope we have better luck than we did with our last gardening attempt.  Our son-in-law, Clint, has a green thumb, so perhaps Ed and I can buy the seeds and fertilizer, then convince Clint to “pamper” the plants!   We’ll see how it goes, it’s almost time to plant potatoes!

We had lots of wonderful family time over the weekend, including a “Super Bowl Party” over at our daughter’s house.  I’m not much of a football fan, but I do enjoy a family get-together with lots of good food, and  those Super Bowl commercials!  It’s the only time I know of, when everybody gets quiet to watch the commercials!  I don’t know about everyone else, but I loved the Doritos commercials–especially the one where the dog buried the cat, and uses Doritos for “hush money”.   We all laughed out loud at that one!

The food was delicious.  The Super Bowl is always a good excuse to pull out the football dishes and have lots of snack foods!  We had chili and hot dogs, wings, and lots of other delicious snack foods.  We even had a cheese ball that looked like a football!

I’ve never been much of a  Madonna fan, but I did enjoy the Super Bowl half-time show!  It had a little something for everybody.  We couldn’t help but wonder if Madonna would be “sore and stiff” on Monday following all of her half-time activities–after all, she is over 50!  How about the guy who looked like Richard Simmons, but was dressed like Cupid?  (Was he the  guy who was wearing winged, glittery shoes, or was that someone else?)   He was quite entertaining with his tricks on the wire!

After last night’s game, I’m sure there are lots of hang overs and headaches today!  My sons informed us that today is the “most popular” Monday for calling in sick.  Who knew?  I’m glad I don’t have a headache or a hang over, however, I do have plenty of housework demanding my attention…I think I’d like to “call in sick”, but instead I guess I’ll get busy!  Have a great Monday, everyone.

Published in: on February 6, 2012 at 10:39 am  Comments (8)  
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The Week That Was…

I woke up thinking about a line from an old television show that went like this “and that was the week that was.”  I think it may have come from Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh In”, but I’m not sure.  Does anybody else remember that line?  Anyway, here’s a recap of “the week that was” in my neck of the woods…

My week started off crazy, and I knew I was in for a bit of a rough ride, when I received a call from my doctor’s office.  You know, they never call with “good news”, do they?  It seems my Thyroid has been on the blink again, so I got a call telling me to increase my dosage of Synthroid.  I wasn’t surprised, because I’d felt like crap during the months of November and December.    The bad part about increasing Synthroid, for me anyway, is the hormonal imbalance that it creates in my body!

My week didn’t get any better when I got a second call from the compounding pharmacy, on Monday afternoon, explaining that my gynecologist had changed my HRT prescription, too!   Heaven help me!  (Neither doctor knew the other was changing the other’s medications.)  Anyway, I’ve decided to tackle increasing one medication at the time, so I’m not touching the new HRT prescription until next month!

Poor Ed, say a prayer for him as I struggle to get adjusted to all of these new hormones during the next few weeks…  Oh!  There is one more thing, the new HRT prescription cost will now be $211.00 for a three-month supply–and our insurance doesn’t cover the cost because it’s from a compounding pharmacy!  This cost, added to the $66.00  a month co-pay for my Prevacid, makes me an expensive woman to keep around!

I spent most of the rest of the week  getting decorated for Valentine’s Day.  Holidays are always a big deal at my house–almost like a miniature version of Christmas.  I packed away the snowman decorations, and got out the heart decorations!   It looks like a Hallmark Store around here!  I added several new decorations to the “year round” tree this year.  I made many of them myself, and I purchased some from Hobby Lobby.  Have  I mentioned how much I love Hobby Lobby?

Yesterday I spent most of the day keeping our oldest grandson, Cade.  He’s such fun to have around these days!  He says the cutest things (he’s 3), and he always makes me laugh.  We spent a large part of the afternoon outside, with granddaughter, Madison,  her mom, and baby Alex.  The weather was beautiful, and we soaked up the sunshine.  It was in the 70’s here!

Speaking of baby Alex, he will turn one next week!  He’s having a birthday party on Saturday.  Alex has settled in nicely at our daughter’s house, and seems to be doing great.  Sometimes eating is still a problem, but he’s crawling everywhere!  He’s also learned to sit down from a standing position.  Brandy’s got him sitting in a high chair for his meals, even though you can hardly see him from behind the tray!  He’s such a little fellow–about the size of a 2-3 month old.

Well, that pretty much sums up “the week that was” for me.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Published in: on February 3, 2012 at 10:57 am  Comments (9)  

Wednesday Hodgepodge…February 1

Happy first day of February!  What better way to start a new month than by participating in Wednesday’s Hodgepodge?!  Here are Joyce’s questions for today, along with my answers:

1. It’s that most wonderful time of the year…tax season! Do you complete your own returns or farm that job out to the professionals?  My husband, Ed, takes care of this duty.  As for me, I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

2. This next question comes from Kansas Bob…he posed it in his response to something I asked in an earlier Wednesday post and I asked him if I could add it to the Hodgepodge some day. Today’s the day….

Which do you think has changed you more-love or pain?  I think life’s pain has changed me more during my lifetime.  It’s always been my experience that I grow and learn more as a person (and as a Christian) during life’s “valleys”.  It’s comforting to know that something good can come out of something bad.

3. Tangerine Tango has been named color of the year for 2012. Your thoughts? Would I find this color anywhere in your house? How about in your closet? If not, will you be adding this color to your life in some way in 2012? If you’re not sure what tangerine tango looks like click here.  My thoughts are…what an ugly color!  I’m not much of an orange fan.  Since those are my thoughts, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be having this color in my house or my closet.  I clicked to see the color, but I was pretty sure I wouldn’t like it when I read its name.

4. Are you a collector? What do you collect and does it get admired, used, and/or dusted regularly?  Oh my!  I am a collector of many things, but dolls rank at the top.  I love to collect dolls, and have an extensive collection of Barbie dolls, Chatty Cathy dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids,  and Ashton Drake babies.  I have a few Madame Alexander dolls, and some others,  too.   I also collect ceramic/resin frogs, and  teddy bears ( both stuffed and ceramic).   I hate to dust, so I put it off longer than I should.  Fortunately, my bedroom doesn’t get very dusty, and the frogs are in a curio cabinet in the living room.

5. February is National Heart Month…besides a green salad what is one tasty heart healthy dish you like to prepare?  Honey Nut Cheerios!  I prepare them often!  Ha Ha

6. When was the last time you had car trouble?  A couple of months ago I had a flat tire, does that count?  The last major car trouble I remember having was back in 2006 when something happened to my radiator, and my car kept running hot.  Eventually, I ended up buying a new radiator for a car that was less than 5 years old.

7. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Is that a good trend? For a while now,  I’ve been less demanding on myself.  I only do what I want to.   Unfortunately, I rarely want to exercise, and that’s not a good trend!

Random:  Since I keep my doll collection in my bedroom, and nobody ever sees it, I thought I’d share some photos…

some of my older Barbie collection

Chatty Cathy collection

some of my original Cabbage Patch dolls

more dolls and bears

assorted baby dolls and Pooh collection on the wall

Can you tell that I love dolls just a wee bit?  I just can’t help myself…I never grew up! Ha Ha

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