A ‘Rosy’ Little Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Where in the world does the time go?  It’s Wednesday again, so it’s time for a little bit of ‘Hodgepodge’!  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for providing us with another great set of questions.  Just click on the cute little button if you’d like to play along…

1. What question do you often ask yourself?

Daily, I’ll ask myself – Now what in the world did I come in here for? or that ‘age old’ question – What am I going to cook for supper?

2. Do you grow roses? What’s your favorite color of rose? Ever been given a dozen roses? Where was the prettiest rose or rose garden you remember seeing?

I planted an entire rose garden thirty-six years ago, and one-by-one, all of my rose bushes died the following year!  I never tried having a rose garden again.  These days, I have one small (pink) miniature rose-bush growing out in the yard.  It must be a tough little bush because it often gets neglected, and it’s been there for several years.

As for my favorite color of roses, I like pastel pink best, but yellow comes in a close second.

My neighbor (across the field from us) has one of the prettiest rose gardens around here.  She loves doing yard work, and apparently has a green thumb!

My sweet husband, Ed, usually surprises me with a dozen roses a couple of times a year, but I actually bought myself this dozen rainbow rose assortment, at Easter time–because they were on sale and I liked them!  Bright orange roses complimented the pink and yellow ones, and made a very colorful bouquet.


3. Do you read the freshness dates on grocery store products? Will you use eggs past their ‘use by’ date? Take medication that’s expired? Buy a dented can?

Yes, I do read the freshness dates on grocery items, and I won’t buy items if they are close to expiration. I will use eggs past their ‘use by date’, as long as it’s within just a few days.  I’ll also take medication if it’s recently expired, but I don’t really like dented cans…  Go figure!

4. Should athletes be role models?

In most cases, NO!  With the exception of a rare few.  Tim Tebow is one of the rare ones who comes to mind…

5. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first explorers to reach the top of Mt. Everest on this date (May 29) back in 1953. What’s something you hope to achieve in your lifetime?

I doubt I will ever accomplish this in what’s left of my lifetime, but I’d love to learn how to play some kind of musical instrument–like a piano or a guitar.   I probably should be more realistic and just strive to get all my photos into scrapbooks!

6. What would you do if you had twenty acres of land and the money to develop it any way you choose?

What an interesting thought!  If I had twenty acres of land (ocean front, of course!), and plenty of money, I’d build some condos, keeping an apartment for myself, as a summer get-away.  I’d rent or sell the other units for a source of retirement income!

7. If I invite you to a party with a 7 PM start time, what time will I actually see you there?

That’s a tough one.  I hate to be late, but I don’t like to be the first one to arrive to a party either!  I’d probably show up around 7:10–and feel guilty for being late!


Once again, I’m behind with posting and visiting on-line friends.  I’m sorry, but it’s been busy here in our neck of the woods!

In addition to painting the front porch, I’ve picked, shelled, blanched, and frozen several packages of garden peas in the past few days.

It’s dry here, so I’m also dragging 150 feet of water hose around the garden, and moving around 300 feet of soaker hoses, at least once a day.  No rain in sight.  I’ve lost two more pounds since I began gardening last month!  Who needs a gym membership?!

Our family had an old-fashioned Memorial Day cookout on Monday–and we ate outside, too!  Fun times with family.  Jennifer’s pregnancy is beginning to show a bit.  Sixteen weeks and counting…  Soon we’ll know the gender of grandbaby #4.

I broke a tooth over the three-day weekend, and had to visit the dentist on Tuesday. Not a fun time, but thankful for my dentist and the fact that he could fix my tooth!  I’ve been having tooth issues for over a month.  It turned out the cracked tooth was also causing the tooth below it to throb (before the cracked tooth actually broke)!

I picked a 160 ft. row of green beans, then snapped them by myself–before I went to the dentist on Tuesday.  I came back from the dentist, then had to ‘can’ all those beans, cook supper, and water the garden.  More fun times!

Ed’s off again, this Friday, and we are planning to meet my brother and his wife at Simon’s Island for the day.  It’s been nearly a year since we’ve all seen each other, so I’m looking forward to our visit–and the great atmosphere under my favorite oak tree!  The garden will have to wait for a day…

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I’m canning green beans this week, so I’m not sure when I’ll have a chance to post again, but I’ll be back as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I’ll either be in the garden or in the kitchen, with the exception of my one-day trip to the beach.  Fun times!

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 9:29 am  Comments (9)  
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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ On Time


Man’s thoughts concerning time are probably as old as man himself, and more numerable than I could even begin to count.  Right off the top of my head I can think of at least a dozen quotes or song titles concerning time.  For example, Time is of the essence…Time waits for no man…Time is of the utmost importance…Time flies when you’re having fun…Time is passing too quickly...or how about the songs: Time Won’t Let Me…Time In a Bottle…Time Is On My Side…If I Could Turn Back Time…No Time…Time After Time…Time Passages... just to name a few.

Time is something I never seem to have enough of these days, or so it seems.  I don’t know if I’m moving slower or if I  just don’t manage my time as wisely as I should.  Whatever the reason, I go to bed every evening without finishing my ‘to do’ list.  This is beginning to get on my last nerve!

Does anyone else remember when time just seemed to d-r-a-g?  Those boring days in a high school classroom seemed like they’d never end!  When I was a child, the weeks leading up to Christmas seemed to take f-o-r-e-v-e-r!  Don’t even get me started about the six hundred (plus) days Ed was gone overseas…  I nearly used up two entire calendars marking off the days!

These days, it’s Monday every time I turn around, and I find myself thinking there went another week of my life!  Frankly, I’m getting a bit concerned about how quickly these weeks of my life are flying by.  One of my parents passed away at age 70, the other barely made it to age 65.  I’ll be 59 this summer!  Yikes!  I know I’m not my parents, but I do carry their genes…

Having at least two clocks in almost every room of our house only serves to further remind me of how fast time is passing!  I guess you could say we like clocks, since we own thirteen of them!  The only room in our house that’s clock-free is the bathroom.  We’d probably have a clock in the bathroom, too, if wall space allowed it!

The clock and my aging brain tells me I’m not going to gain any speed as I grow older, so I guess my only option is to try to organize my time a little better, and make every minute count.  Come to think of it, my aging brain is telling me I can forget trying to organize better, too…  I’d just better make every minute count!

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  ~Dion Boucicault    (isn’t this the truth?!)

Published in: on May 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm  Comments (5)  

Back Just In Time For The Hodgepodge…

1. It’s National Bike Week…do you own a bicycle? When did you last ride a bike?

Yes, I do own a bicycle.  I received it as a Christmas gift about 3 years ago, but it’s been a little over a year since I was last able to ride it.  When one can barely stand to wear any kind of clothing on the lower half of one’s body, riding a bicycle just isn’t an option!  These days, I can wear clothing again, without being in so much misery.  Perhaps I’ll get to ride my bike again–eventually.

2. What’s something you learned in school that wasn’t part of the curriculum?

I learned – the most popular people in school are not always the most successful in life.

3. What’s a food you’ve never tried, but want to try? What’s a food you’ve tried and will never try again?

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to eating.  Believe it or not, I can’t think of anything new I’d like to try.  I tried my aunt’s three-bean salad once, and I’ll never eat it again–but I lied and told her it was delicious 😦

4. Have you been more demanding on yourself lately or less? Why? Do you think that’s a good trend?

Our garden is forcing me to be pretty demanding on myself lately.  It’s probably a good trend since it forces me to get off my butt and get moving!  There’s no better “workout” than bending and squatting while pulling weeds!  Then there’s the upper body workout I get from using that hula hoe, too 🙂  Most of the time I’m in the garden by 7:30 each morning.

5. Who is your favorite book, movie, or TV show villain?

My current favorite TV show villain is Victoria Grayson on the television show “Revenge”.  The woman is rotten to the core, and will stop at nothing to get what she desires.  When I think of my favorite tv villain of all-time, JR Ewing comes to mind…  Who could forget “Dallas”?!

6. How concerned are you about identity theft?

I’m very concerned about identity theft, who wouldn’t be?  Even in our little tiny town, I know a couple of people who’ve had it happen to them.  I was thrilled when I ordered a new television, back in December, and the credit card company actually called and emailed us to verify the transaction.  It’s nice to know someone is looking out for us.

7. I saw this last question on Dawn’s blog a couple of week’s ago and asked if I could share. Everybody hop over and say hi, but first answer this…would you rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place or an extraordinary home in an ordinary place?

At first, I couldn’t decide on an answer for this question, so I asked my husband his opinion.  He quickly answered, “I’d rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place, so, hopefully, I could sell it and get my money back!”  That’s my Ed!  After giving the question some thought, I decided I’d rather have an ordinary home in an extraordinary place, too, and I believe I already have that.  There’s no place I’d rather live than where I am today–surrounded by family!


Allow me to present to you, “my garden cat”.  This cat is under my feet every step I take while working in our garden every single day!  No matter how hard I try to sneak away into the garden without him, he always finds me!  He’s shown here, resting beside my container garden.  He looks tired, doesn’t he?  Being a “garden cat” is hard work!  Being the owner of a “garden cat” is sometimes exasperating…


Published in: on May 22, 2013 at 7:44 am  Comments (6)  
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Seems Like Monday To Me…

It’s already Tuesday, and I really should be doing other things, but nothing that needs to be done is as much fun as blogging.  Besides, I need the rest!  Trying to keep up with Ed has just about done me in.  We’ve spent the past four days on a vacation–sort of.  It was actually more like a little marathon of activities we needed and wanted to do!

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hoeing and weeding never ends…

Most of Friday was spent in the garden–pulling weeds, hoeing, and spraying for pests.  There’s no doubt in my mind, Ed and I got our daily workout on Friday!  We gave it a valiant effort, but, unfortunately, we didn’t finish with the weeding and hoeing.  We did manage to finish painting the back porch though!

On Saturday, Ed and I ran some errands.  Among them, returning a recently purchased weed eater.  Ed’s been having bad luck with weed eaters lately.  This is the second one we’ve had die in less than a year!  We decided to try a different brand.  After finishing our errands, Ed and I took some time to enjoy a delicious lunch together, at one of our favorite little restaurants.

At four o’clock, on Saturday, our two little grandsons arrived at our house.  I’d promised to babysit the boys while their parents went out for an early dinner, in celebration of their recent anniversary.  Meanwhile, our daughter picked up some pizza (for all of us) for dinner, while she and her family were out shopping.  Our daughter and her family joined us for dinner and babysitting, so granddaughter, Madison, could play with her cousins!  We had a busy evening of pizza, playing, and baths for all three grandchildren!  I gave the moms a break and took over bath and hair washing duties for the evening.  I’d forgotten how busy the evenings can be whenever children are involved, but it was fun for a change.


enjoying some fun in the sun…

On Sunday, I finally got some beach time.  By then, Ed and I needed some rest and relaxation!  It rained early Sunday morning, but had stopped by the time we got ready to leave  We arrived at the beach around mid-morning, and were surprised to find the ocean breeze a bit on the cool side.  However, by lunchtime, this was no longer the case!  Ed and I had our usual picnic under the trees along the shore, and had an enjoyable time.  After we left the beach, we incorporated a little shopping on the trip back home, too!

All too soon, it was Monday, and the last day of our ‘vacation of sorts’.  I woke up not feeling well, so I didn’t accomplish a  lot on Monday.  I spent most of my day on the couch, while Ed finished hoeing the last of the garden–just in time to start all over again!

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our little graduate…

Speaking of finishing–our oldest grandchild, Madison, graduated from Kindergarten on Monday evening!  Ed and I ended our ‘vacation of sorts’ by attending her graduation.   Madison has learned so much this year, and we’re so proud of her.  Wow, I can’t believe we’ve attended the first graduation of our second generation, already!  Time’s passing too quickly.  Suddenly I feel very old…

I’ll be making my way around to catch up with everyone as soon as possible!   I’ve missed you all, and can’t wait to see what’s been going on with everybody 🙂  For now, I need to do a little laundry, vacuum the house, and shell some garden peas for dinner!

Published in: on May 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm  Comments (6)  
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Excuse My Absence, Please…

I hated to just disappear without a word, in case you might be wondering what happened to me.  Ed has a four-day weekend off from work.  We’ll be spending some of our time time here:

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but I’m also hoping to spend a little bit of our time here:


I’ll be back  online after Ed goes back to work!

Published in: on May 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm  Comments (4)  

There’s No Place Like The Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe this is the 125th edition of The Hodgepodge, but it is!  I don’t know how she does it, but our hostess, Joyce, continues to have an endless supply of thought-provoking and informative questions at her disposal.  Did you know that May is National Blood Pressure Month?  Me either!

Joyce’s questions are printed below, along with my answers.  Don’t forget to hop around a visit a few friends after you read my answers.  You can do this by clicking on Joyce’s button at the top of this post.

1. May is National Blood Pressure Month…what sends yours soaring, either literally or figuratively? What calms you down? When did you last have your bp checked?

Thinking about the rapid decline of our nation (the out-of-control government spending, declining morals of people, loss of personal freedoms– not to mention all of the lying and deception from our top-ranking government officials) is a sure-fire way to make my blood pressure rise!  Other contributing factors would be unexpected doctor/dentist visits or any kind of discord within my family.

When I feel like I just can’t take anymore, I’ll distance myself from the news.  Other relaxation techniques include relaxing in a candlelight bubble bath while my favorite music plays in the background, or my all-time favorite–spending a relaxing day at the beach!  Troubles just seem to melt away whenever I’m beside the ocean.

I purchased a blood pressure monitor around Christmas, so I can check my own pressure on  regular basis. Thanks to a loss of 25 pounds, my blood pressure is now lower.

2. You just found $1-what do you spend it on? How about 10$ 100?

It’s funny that Joyce should ask this question.  I actually found a dollar in the trash can outside of a store just the other day! I put it in my purse, and have no idea what I spent it on.  Last weekend, Ed found ten dollars on the floor of a store, and gave it to me, although I tried to get him to keep it.  I bought a new garden sprayer with it yesterday.  I don’t know what I’d buy if I found $100.

3. Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food has been proposed, but not enacted in the US. How much attention do you give food labels before you buy? Are you in favor of labeling if it means an increase in food prices? Is this an issue you’ve been following and feel strongly about, or is this the first you’ve heard of the controversy?

I am aware of the genetically engineered foods, due to my on-going battle with candida albicans.  I never was a label reader before I became ill with this condition, but I am an avid label reader now!  As I’ve become more educated about candida albicans, I’ve become much more aware of what NOT to put inside of my body.  GE foods are not a good thing to put inside of our bodies–and neither is sugar!  Since what I eat directly affects my health, I’m in in favor of labeling, so I’ll know what to avoid.

4. May 15th marks the birthdate of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. At this point in time, are you more in need of brains, courage, heart, or a trip back home? Explain.

At this point in time, I am in need of more brains.  The brain I have seems to be malfunctioning more and more often!  Sometimes I can’t remember names or details, and if I don’t perform a task on a regular basis, sometimes I may forget how to do it!  For instance, I stopped drinking sweet iced tea six months ago.  Ed makes the tea now because he’s the only one who drinks it.  Last night, I was going to make the tea because Ed was outside.  I quickly discovered that I’d forgotten how many tea bags and how much sugar to use!

5. “There’s no place like home” is an oft repeated line from Baum’s book. When was the last time you felt the truth of that statement?

I’ve never felt the truth of that statement more than I do at this point in my life!  The older I get, the more I prefer to be at home, especially at bedtime!  I remember Ed’s parents becoming like that, as they grew older, and I couldn’t understand why they didn’t like to spend the night away from home anymore.  Now I understand.  No other bed sleeps as good as my own, and I like the familiarity of my own home versus a strange place.

6. Steak…yes please or no thank you? What cut do you prefer and how do you like yours cooked? Sauce or no sauce? Besides your own kitchen, where’s a place you like to go to get a great steak?

Yes, please!  Steak is one of my favorite foods.  I prefer a Delmonico or a New York Strip, but will eat anything, as long as it’s well-done.  Of course, I have to have my steak covered in steak sauce or ketchup, too!  My favorite steak place is Longhorn’s Steak House, but we rarely go there.

7. When was the last time you were in a genuine hurry?

The last time I remember being in a genuine hurry was when our oldest grandson was about to be born, four years ago.  Our daughter-in-law went for her routine check-up, and ended up getting sent to the hospital for a c-section.  I was in the middle of hosting a Christmas dinner for Ed’s employees, but I had to make a hasty exit and head for the hospital!


Here are a few of the photographs included in the wonderful book I received for Mother’s Day:

My grown children


The grandchildren (including #4 who’s not born yet)


A family portrait of all

There’s no doubt, I’m one blessed mother and grandmother!

Published in: on May 15, 2013 at 7:22 am  Comments (10)  
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Spending Time In The Garden…

Lately, Ed and I have been spending plenty of time in the garden!  In fact, it’s become our ‘home away from home’!  My DVR is now full thanks to all of the time we’ve been spending in the garden.  These days there is no time for television!

One day last week, we had a deer visitor in the garden.  We couldn’t see where she’d eaten anything, just saw her tracks.  We know the deer was a doe because we saw her, at the edge of the woods, heading for the garden, on the same evening we discovered the tracks!

Once we saw the deer tracks, I put my “garden patrol” doll out in the garden.  Here’s a picture of the doll in our garden, last year.  (Boy, in looking at this picture, I realize how much better our garden looks this year, than it did last year!)

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I also added some dog hair that I’d clipped from our very shaggy dog, Morris, and a few other things around the perimeter of the garden that will emit our human scent.  (I learned a few deer repelling tricks via the internet!)  So far, we haven’t seen anymore deer tracks.

The unseasonable weather has kept garden pests down to a minimum, so far.  I’m sure that will change as soon as the cool nights leave us for good (if they ever do!).  I’m on the constant lookout for squash bugs, this year, after the buggers wiped out last years crop!  So far, I’ve spotted two.  I’m keeping the squash bushes and cucumber vines coated with garden dust, and inspecting the bushes twice a day!

Our squash are now getting ready, so I cooked enough for the entire family on Mother’s Day.  I will end up giving away squash, this week, because there’s no way we can eat them all!  The beautiful part about making a bountiful crop is sharing.  The cabbage and lettuce plants are ready for harvesting, too, and we’ve been gathering those on a regular basis.

Our garden peas are blooming and there are some pea pods on some of the bushes.  (We recently had to run string to support them.)  The green beans are blooming, too.  There are tomatoes on the vines, but they are still loaded with blossoms.  (I love Miracle Grow!)  Some of the tomato vines are getting so tall, we may have to run a third row of string to support them.

Ed’s had a steady job running string this year!  I’ve lost count of how many balls of twine we’ve used.  Interesting note here:  The sticks that we are using for stakes in our garden once belonged to Ed’s daddy.  They were used for stringing and hanging tobacco so it could be cured in a barn–well over fifty years ago.  We have antique stakes in our garden!


a picture of the garden, taken last week

The far side of the garden (in the right of the photo) is coming along nicely, too.  There are several rows of peas, beans,  and corn, plus some watermelons, okra, and peanuts planted over there.  It’s a never-ending job trying to keep the weeds and grass under control, but we keep trying!

I planted a row of sunflowers/zinnias in the garden, and they’re coming along nicely, too.  I love having a row of blooming flowers out in the garden since I can’t have any in my yard because it’s too shady.  The zinnias are planted in memory of my grandmother, who always planted them in her garden.

That’s about it for today’s gardening update.  If I disappear from time to time, and don’t blog for a day or so, you’ll know where I am– spending time in the garden, probably with a hoe in my hand!

Published in: on May 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Monday After Mother’s Day…

Acting Balanced

The weekend is history, and it’s time to start the week anew.  It was a busy time in our neck of the woods, this past weekend.  In addition to celebrating Mother’s Day, we hosted a cookout, attended the Sweet Onion Parade, and did some shopping!  I’m tired, but not too tired to join the “Monday Quiz”!  Here are today’s questions:

1. What did you do for Mother’s Day?

I volunteered to cook lunch!  It’s been a while since I cooked on Mother’s Day, but I decided to cook this year.  Two of my children and their families joined us for lunch, along with Ed’s mom.  Our youngest son and his wife spent the day with her family, but came by later in the afternoon.

Everyone coordinated their efforts and came up with one of the best Mother’s Day gifts I’ve ever received!  They did a photo session together and presented me with some beautiful framed family photos and a wonderful photo book filled with pictures from the session. The story behind these gifts was almost as priceless as the gifts themselves!  Apparently, it was quite an ordeal for all to get together to have the pictures taken, then another ordeal to actually get the pictures and book made.   I’ll treasure these gifts always!    I also received some flowers, a gift basket, and a new bird bath, all of which I loved, too.  I had a blessed Mother’s Day.

2. What was the best advice your mother (or a mother figure) gave you?

Pick your battles.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Let the little things go…
3. Are you gardening this year? What have you/will you plant

Boy are we ever gardening this year! We are growing lettuce, cabbage, carrots, radishes, several kinds of peas and beans, tomatoes, corn, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, and peanuts.  We’re eating radishes, cabbage, lettuce, and squash, so far.
4. What is the first song that comes to mind today?

I love the music from the television show “Nashville”!  Each week the show introduces a different song during the story line.  I love all of the music, and have purchased most of it from iTunes. “Nashville” has several talented actor/singers, on the show, including a couple of very young ones.  If you haven’t seen Nashville, you’re missing a great show!  Check out this clip of these young sisters singing “Ho Hey”.  This song has been stuck in my head lately.

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It’s Been Quite A Journey…

Thirty-one years ago, God blessed our family with the birth of a second child, a son.  Appropriately enough, I went to the hospital on Mother’s Day, but didn’t actually give birth until 4:07 the next morning.

Brett was a good baby.  He was usually smiling and happy.  Brett was an active baby, and actually began rolling over at the age of six weeks old!  However, Brett didn’t walk until after he turned a year old.  None of my babies did.

Some of my fondest memories of Brett are from when he was a small child. When he was about three, he learned how to sing “Amazing Grace”.  Occasionally, he would sing this song while we were out shopping.  This always caught people’s attention.  When he was little, he loved wearing suits to church, and used to say that he was going to be a preacher when he grew up.

As a young child, Brett learned the books of the Bible, along with the Lord’s Prayer. I was his Sunday School teacher when he requested to be baptized at age seven.  I was afraid Brett didn’t understand the meaning of what he was asking to do, but after he was questioned at length by his dad, we both agreed that Brett understood.  Brett was baptized soon afterward.  Our pastor, Brother John, used to find great delight in calling on Brett to say the Lord’s Prayer in church!

Brett is a very smart person and always did well in school, with minimal effort.  He rarely brought home any books, much to my dismay, but was always able to maintain very good grades.  One of Brett’s teachers once commented, “If I’ve ever seen a gifted child, Brett is one.”  Brett made perfect scores in reading and math on the standardized tests that year.

Time passed quickly, and before we knew it, Brett became a teenager. He lived and breathed to play basketball! All of his hard work and determination paid off when he was voted “most improved” during his sophomore year, and became a starter the following year.  For reasons I still don’t understand, Brett chose not to play ball his senior year.

Oh, what turbulent years Brett’s late teen years turned out to be!  He graduated high school with honors, and even won a full tuition scholarship for that first year of college, but some difficult times lay ahead.

Some of Brett’s friends, since childhood, had chosen the wrong path of life. Brett seemed to want to follow along.  Brett dropped out of college after his first year.  He wouldn’t hold a job.  His life seemed to be spiraling downward.  Brett became a head-strong, and at times, very disrespectful young man.  At our lowest point, I asked Brett to move out of the house, and he did.  After a few weeks, Brett briefly moved back home, but eventually asked to move in with his grandmother, who’d recently become a widow.

Brett always seemed to walk a fine line, teetering and tottering but never completely falling into deep trouble, like some of his friends.  There were many sleepless nights at our house, until Brett made his way through that dark place, and into the light on the other side.  In retrospect, I know that God was always watching over Brett.

In time, Brett took control of his life, and got back on the right path.  He credits his grandmother, with helping him, by giving him a soft place to land, while he made the transition from a boy to a man.

Brett eventually enrolled in school again, and sailed through, this time, with flying colors!  Brett impressed his instructor so much, he helped Brett get a good job after Brett finished school! While working at this job, Brett  met a young woman, who was instrumental in helping him to become the man I always knew he could be.  Brett worked hard, and when an even better job became available, the former instructor helped Brett, once again.

The past ten years have been a time continued time of growing and changing for Brett.  The change has been slow, and steady, but it’s been remarkable! It’s evident that God has been working in Brett’s life, and continues to do so.

Brett treats the people in his life with love and respect, and he’s a joy to have around!  He’s a devoted husband, and a patient, loving father to his two adorable little boys.  Brett is also a dedicated, hard-working employee, who continues to further his education, when I’m sure he’d rather be doing something else!  He’s an active Christian, who constantly strives to teach others about Jesus.

Yes, these last thirty-one years of life have taken Brett on quite a journey. I can’t wait to see what the next thirty years will bring.  I’m blessed to have been chosen to be his mom…

Happy Birthday, Brett!

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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ Ten Years…

This week’s breaking news story about the three young women (and a child) who were rescued after being kidnapped and held captive for over ten years was a shocker!  I can’t begin to imagine the years of torture and anguish these women must have endured!  As far as I’m concerned, the individual responsible for stealing ten years of these women’s lives doesn’t deserve to live.  Life in prison is too easy of a price to pay, but I’m getting a bit off subject here…

Today I want to talk about ten years, and what a difference ten years can make in one’s life.

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Our family in 1991

Thinking about the plight of these women started me thinking about the years of my life, and how much I’d have missed if ten years were suddenly snatched away.  A lot can, and usually does, happen in ten years.  For instance, let’s look at the last ten years.

Ten years ago I was 48 years old.  48 sounds so much younger than 58–and it is!  I had much more energy and stamina back then.  I was still working at my job as a paraprofessional, and loving it.  I was volunteering at the local animal shelter after work and on weekends, too!  I was busy, busy, busy.  These days, it’s all I can do to keep my house cleaned and tend to our garden.  What a difference ten years makes!

Ten years ago, Ed was working at a hospital 55 miles from home and holding down a second job, too!  He was also building a game house on the weekends!  Talk about energy and stamina, Ed had it going on back then!  Oh, and that game house Ed was building?  Neither of us ever dreamed that ten years later, we’d be living in it!

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Our family cir. 2001

Ten years ago our  youngest was just about to graduate from high school, and our oldest was basically still a newlywed, having been married less than two years.  Our middle child had been trying to find his way in this world, and giving his parents lots of gray hairs in the process.  Thankfully, he would soon meet his wife-to-be and begin the process of growing up and settling down.

Ten years ago there were no grandchildren!  Holidays and family gatherings were a lot more quiet, but a lot less exciting.  I never dreamed, back then, that we’d have three grandchildren here, and another on the way, within ten years!

As I switch gears and begin to look forward, it’s a sobering thought what the next ten years will bring.  Ed and I are now entering the phase of life that we still vividly remember watching our parents go through.  We’re acutely aware that our time here on earth is even more precious and limited.

I know Ed and I will have aged ten more years, and our energy and stamina will have declined even more.  Health problems will most likely be more of an issue.

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Our family in 2013

Here’s what I hope will be happening in ten years:  I hope Ed and I will still be alive and in reasonably good health!  I hope Ed will have been retired for several years!  I hope to be drawing a small retirement check from my job at the school.  I hope Ed and I will be able to draw some of the Social Security we spent over forty years paying into!  I hope our gardening endeavors will be on a much smaller basis by then–perhaps a little container gardening in the yard.

We’ll probably be exiting the “raising chickens phase” of life because our chicken coop will need to be replaced by then.  I love cats, so I’ll probably still have one–but only one, instead of a dozen!  Pet food is too expensive.

Our grandchildren will be ages 16, 14, almost 12, and their parents will be struggling to survive those “teen years”!  The grandchild we’re expecting now will be almost 10.  Will there be other “grands”?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Wow!  Looking at the pictures in this post really hits close to home.  Ten years sure does make a lot of difference, doesn’t it?!

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