The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Even though it has been “one of those weeks” at our house, I’m still joining Joyce and friends for The Hodgepodge.  I’m hoping to be able to link up before Ed and I leave for the hospital to have his procedure done.  Your prayers would be appreciated today.  Ed did really well with his prep, I hope his colonoscopy goes well, too.  I haven’t slept a wink all night!

As for me, I got a good report at the doctor’s office, except for the fact that my thyroid levels are very low.  I suffer from an underactive thyroid, and have to take daily medication.  For some unexplained reason, my levels have dropped extremely low all of the sudden.  This explains why I’ve been feeling so tired lately!  I thought perhaps it was because of my diet!  Hopefully, an increase in my thyroid medication will have me feeling more energetic soon.  On the positive side, my cholesterol and triglyceride levels were the best they’ve been in years!  I’ve also lost a total of 25 pounds.  Yay, for giving up sugar!

1. April showers bring May flowers…what have you been showered with this month?

Unseasonable weather!   From the look of everyone else’s blogs, I don’t think I’m alone in this.  One day I’m wearing shorts, the next day it’s back to sweaters.  What the heck?!  Then there’s the unusual amount of wind we’ve been having…it seems more like March than April.  I won’t even comment on the ridiculous amount of rainfall…

2. What is the nature of compassion? Is it learned or innate? Can compassion be learned? If you’re a parent is this something you’ve purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?

Boy, Joyce, this one is deep…For me, compassion is an emotion, and it’s felt in my heart.   A certain amount of compassion is innate, but I believe some of it is taught, as well.  For example, very young children have to be taught not to hurt each other, or to respect nature and animals.  I believe a person’s personality also dictates how compassionate they are.  Some people are born with a kind, compassionate spirit, while others seem to be more self-centered and less caring.   Ed and I always tried to lead our children by example.  I ‘m proud of all three of our off-spring, so we must done something right.

3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama…or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?

I prefer to watch a romantic drama, with some comedy thrown in for good measure!  Pretty Woman and Steel Magnolias are two of my all-time favorites.

4. It’s April which means baseball season is officially upon us here in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” Agree or Disagree?

I agree.  I’m more of a ‘hot dog at the ballgame’ kind of girl.  I’d be like a ‘fish out of water’ eating roast beef at the Ritz!

5. What’s something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?

Our ‘main street’ business area desperately needs improving.  For almost a year, the city has been busy replacing the sidewalks and adding new street lights on main street.  The problem is, there are very few businesses located on main street anymore.  There’s NO PLACE TO SHOP THERE!   Most of the downtown buildings are old, and in bad need of repair, too.  Our downtown area consists merely of a bank, a gas station, a Christian preschool, two drugstores, a Chinese restaurant, two barber shops, two beauty salons,  a couple of insurance offices, and two thrift stores.

6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.

“Kiss From A Rose” by Seal.

7. April 22nd is Earth Day…do you believe there’s life on other planets? That wasn’t the question you were expecting was it?

No, that wasn’t quite the question I was expecting, Joyce 🙂  I’ve never really given much thought about  life on other planets, so I’ll say “no”.


I’m so proud of how much our grandchildren are learning these days!  Their mothers spend a lot of time working with them, and their little minds are like sponges soaking up the knowledge they’re exposed to!  Our four-year-old grandson, Caden, counted to 100 for me yesterday! Our granddaughter, Madison, age six, has  been learning the books of the Bible.  I don’t have a video of Caden counting, but  here’s a little video of Madison naming the books of the New Testament:

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  1. What a cute video! I’ll be praying for ya’ll at the hospital today!

  2. I LOVE Pretty Woman. “Welcome to Hollywood”. Oh and Richard Gere. Ya, baby!!!

    You’ll be in my thoughts today.

  3. We’ve been getting some flooding amounts of rain too, yet they are still in drought conditions in Texas. Wish there was a way we could share it!

  4. “Kiss by a Rose” by Seal is one of my hubby’s favorite songs. We ask for it at every dance we go to. Thoughts are with Ed. I am sure everything will be just fine.

  5. I can watch both those movies over and over and over. 😉 Praying for you both today.

  6. Way to go, Madison, for a job well done! That’s so awesome and no easy task! Finally, I’ve come across another fan of romantic dramas…I was starting to think I was the only one! 🙂

  7. I’m enjoying reading everybody’s “flower songs”! There aren’t too many repeats out there!

  8. Cute video! Here in East Alabama it has been cool for most of the Spring. I kind of like it because I ate the hot Summers!

  9. Hope your husband’s procedure went well today. Congratulations on the weight loss, that is great!
    I forgot about that song but it is a good one.

  10. Hope all went well for your hubs today. I think the prep is worse than the procedure-ugh! This has been an interesting hodgepodge to read this week. Cute little video-I’m glad I learned them as a kid…it would be much harder now : )

  11. I think more is expected for kids to learn at an earlier age, and your little ones are certainly meeting expectations!

    Hooray for your working so hard to follow those diet guidelines.

    Hope good news for Ed, too.

  12. My husband takes thyroid medication. Hope your get your energy back soon. I haven’t had any issues with my cholesterol and triglyceride levels until now and I’ve done low carb for the last year. It’s crazy and it should not have happened. Low carb diets always lower those levels in people. My doctor is stumped!

    I think it is very important to teach children compassion. I was always pleased with the way Princess Diana showed her boys compassion. Two excellent movies….there are so many I love! Sweet video of your granddaughter. I still have trouble with the Bible verses.

  13. Hope you feel better soon and have your energy back. Hope Eds tests go well. We have both had a Colonoscopy done here too. The prep, was the WORST part for us. Next time we are asking for a different prep. I LOVE the video of Madison, she is precious and very smart. Have a great evening. Love you.

  14. Wow! She did really good!

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