May I Introduce You To The Hodgepodge?

Hello May!  Hello Wednesday!  Hello Hodgepodge!  Hello visitors!  I’m so glad you stopped by.  Below you will find Joyce’s questions, along with my answers for this week.  Don’t forget to click Joyce’s button at the top of this post if you’d like to join in the mid-week fun!

1. When the children of today grow up, what do you think they’ll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?

I think a lot about my grandchildren and this period of time they are growing up in.  Things are not heading in a positive direction, and it worries me a lot–especially for my grandchildren.

I’m sure today’s children will remember technology.  They’ll have fond memories of all of the gadgets and games they grew up with.  Perhaps they will remember the corruption of politics, their loss of freedom,  and the decline of morals within society, too.

As for what I hope today’s children will remember?  I hope they’ll always remember faith and family.  These two things will carry them through life, no matter what is going on in the world around them.

2. National Teacher’s Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th…share how a particular teacher positively impacted you.

Although it’s kind of sad, I can only think of one teacher who positively impacted me.  I was the shy kid, who just wanted to get lost in the crowd.  As a result, I didn’t receive a lot of special attention from the majority of my teachers.

When I was in the sixth grade, my teacher happened to be a former neighbor of my parents.  I didn’t really know him that well, but he was extra nice to me, and the time spent in his classroom is among my favorite school memories.

3. What’s a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood?

Egg custard pie!  Mama was noted for making the best egg custard pies.  I have her recipe, but the ones I make just aren’t the same as mama’s.

4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing up…no pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?

Mother May I, Simon Says, and I Spy are the games that come to mind.

5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?

My maternal grandmother greatly influenced me while I was growing up.  She was a wonderful lady, and I always wanted to grow up to be just like her.  Because of her, I wanted to learn how to cook, sew, embroider, and crochet–and be a good wife and mother, of course!

6. Mamma Mia! What’s the best play or musical you’ve ever seen?

The best play I’ve ever seen was a version of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Savannah Civic Center.  My favorite musical (on film) is “Grease”.  I’ve never seen a live musical.

7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?

*The smell of a live Christmas tree.

*The smell of fresh coffee brewing.

*The smell of the ocean.

Random:

Last week I wrote a post entitled Trouble and the Man With the Can.  Today I have an epilogue to the story.

Trouble, the cat, has since moved again!  As of last week, she’s moved to our oldest son’s house.  Trouble is a bit of a loner, and I think the three kittens may have proved to be too much for her!

My husband, Ed,  now feeds the cats at his mom’s house, then stops by our son’s house and gives Trouble her share of the food, too.  She’s waiting on the steps for him every day.  Now there’s a man with a heart of gold–and I didn’t ask him to do this either!

P.S.  We had to treat for fleas at Ed’s mom’s house, last weekend.  This cat saga never ends…

Published in: on May 8, 2013 at 8:00 am  Comments (8)  
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A Special Day For A Special Lady…

Yesterday I mentioned that May is a busy month for our family due to several birthdays and an anniversary.  One of those birthdays belongs to my mother-in-law, Vivian.  She turned ninety-one on May 5.

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Vivian is more than a mother-in-law to me–she’s been like a second mother to me.  I met Ed at the ripe old age of fifteen, and not long after, I met his mom.  While Ed was serving in the army and I was still living at home finishing high school,  I spent many weekends with his parents at their house.  They felt like family to me long before we actually became family.  Their home was like a second home to me, and we’ve celebrated some great times in that house– holidays, birthdays, showers, even a family wedding!

Ed and I debated about how to celebrate his mom’s birthday.  She’s been living in an assisted living facility for almost three years.  We’ve noticed that she seems to have gotten more fragile during this past year.  I would have liked to have thrown a party in her honor, but wasn’t sure it would be in her best interest.  Crowds seem to confuse her somewhat.  Ed and I decided to take Vivian out to eat–and to take her to see her house.  It had been quite a long time since Vivian had been inside of her house, and Ed recently had a new roof put on it, which she hadn’t seen.

We decided to celebrate Vivian’s birthday one day early, so she would be available at the living facility, for visitors, on her actual birthday.  We also knew the local restaurants wouldn’t be as crowded on Saturday.  I knew we’d made a good decision to go on Saturday, when we arrived at the restaurant and Vivian commented about how noisy it was!  The Saturday crowd was tiny compared to what Sunday’s would be.

The highlight of the day came when we drove up to Vivian’s house and helped her go inside.  It was like watching a child on Christmas morning!  Although she had to pause and rest in between, she went into every room in her house!  She opened closets, cabinets, drawers, and the refrigerator.  She inspected pictures on the walls.  She tried to play her piano.  It was a sight to behold!  She didn’t seem to notice that the house has become a bit run-down or that Brad and Jennifer still have several boxes of their junk on the kitchen table waiting to be moved.  She only saw home!

We sat and talked, and yes, we even cried a bit.  We talked about the good times we’ve had in that old house, and we talked about how sad it is that she’s no longer able to live there.  Growing old is tough, and there aren’t always easy answers.  We just try to do the best that we can in our given situation.  Although it was bittersweet when we had to leave the house, at the end of the day, Ed and I knew we’d given Vivian the best birthday gift we could possibly have given her–a trip back home, even if it was only for a while.

Published in: on May 7, 2013 at 8:53 am  Comments (3)  
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A Very Special Monday…

May is a busy month in our neck of the woods!  There’s Mother’s Day, along with a couple of birthdays and an anniversary to be celebrated!  Ed and I spent a part of this past weekend doing just that–celebrating!  I won’t take the time to blog about the birthday celebrations today. Instead, I’d like to wish a special couple in our family  “Happy Anniversary”.

Seven years ago, today, our oldest son and his wife took the walk down the aisle to say “I Do”!  It hardly seems possible that seven years have already passed, but it’s true!

These days, the happy couple has grown into a happy family of four.  With two little boys now in their house, life is anything but quiet and dull! I can’t help but watch them and remember the days when Ed and I had our own two little boys (and a daughter) in the house! Where does the time go???

Over the years, I have enjoyed watching Brett and Christina grow from a young, inexperienced couple into a more mature, grounded family. In fact, they’ve taught me a few things during their journey!  I guess watching your children grow older does have a few advantages…

Last week, I raided my picture library, as well as Christina’s Facebook albums. The end result of my labor was the video stroll below. Happy 7th Anniversary, Brett and Christina!  I wish the two of you many, many more happy years together!

Published in: on May 6, 2013 at 9:14 am  Comments (5)  
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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ About The Garden…

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endless rows of vegetables continue to grow

The vegetable is continuing to grow, in spite of the crazy weather we’ve been having!  It’s hot one day, and cool the next.  The nights have been a little on the cool side, for this late in the year, but the good thing is–the cool weather has helped keep the garden pests to a minimum!  However, the cool weather hasn’t seemed to affect the growth of the grass and weeds, so Ed and I have been busy using our hula hoes!  (In case you’re wondering about all of those sticks in our garden, they’re for tomatoes, and running peas/beans.)

Speaking of hoeing, yesterday afternoon, I asked Ed to run another row of string around our tomato plants, then to spray the plants for pests.  Two hours later he came in and said, “I’ve finished hoeing the row of tomatoes!”  I said, “You weren’t supposed to be hoeing!”  While Ed was running the string around the tomatoes, he noticed they needed a little hoeing, but he completely forgot about spraying!  I tell you, Ed has hoeing ingrained on his brain.

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the not-so-scary owl

In a recent effort to scare away the birds from our fruit trees, berry bushes, and the garden, we purchased a fake owl.  I’m tired of the birds stealing our berries!  Ed mounted the fake owl on top of a post.  I’d been wondering if the owl was working, then the other day I found out.  Imagine my surprise, when I walked out toward the garden, and discovered a mockingbird sitting right on top of my fake owl’s head!  I guess I’ll have to come up with Plan B, won’t I?

Mr. Big, the cross-eyed one...

Mr. Big, the cross-eyed one…

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I have “a garden cat”!  One particular cat thinks he must accompany me to the garden every time I go.  His name is Mr. Bigelsworth.  He’s a white cat, who has beautiful–but very crossed– blue eyes.  No matter what I’m doing in the garden, Mr. Big  is right there under my feet.  I don’t mind his company, except when he decides to lay down on the plants, which he did yesterday!   I forgave him, since I’m finding comfort in his presence, due to my daughter’s recent snake sightings!

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the first squash…just before I picked it

Ed and I enjoyed the first ‘fruits of our labor’ in the garden, this week.  I picked our first squash and fried it on Tuesday night.  It was delicious–and yes, one squash fed us both, with some left over!  I’ll be picking and cooking a head of cabbage in another day or two–along with many more squash.  In a while, we’ll be tired of cabbage and squash!

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sweet potato clips rooting in cups

I’m in the process of trying to grow something new.  I’ve been growing sweet potato clips in the kitchen window.  I took a couple of large sweet potatoes and put them in jars of water.  Every time a vine begins to grow out of the potato, I break it off, then put the vine in some water to let it grow some roots.  In a couple more weeks, we’ll plant all of those “clips”, and, hopefully, we’ll have some fresh sweet potatoes in the garden, this fall!

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radishes, mustard, collards, and turnips

On a final note, I’m experimenting with growing various types of ‘greens’ for “the girls” (aka the chickens)  to enjoy.  Growing greens isn’t anything new, but the way I’m growing them is.  I’m trying my luck with a little “container gardening” in the yard.   So far, so good.  On thing’s for sure, “the girls” will certainly enjoy the results of my experiment!  I’ll be feeding the chickens the young plants, as I thin them out, and I just might keep some of the mature ones for myself!

Speaking of “the girls”…1102 eggs and counting.  Wow!

Published in: on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 am  Comments (6)  
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Happy Happy Hodgepodge!

Once again, it’s time to get happy with a few friends by participating in “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Our hostess, Joyce, has graciously provided us with another great set of questions this week, so let’s get started!

1.  This week’s Hodgepodge is Volume 123.  What’s something you’ve done recently that was as easy as 1-2-3?

I fell asleep…and it was wonderful!  On Monday night I was so tired I went to bed at 8:45.  I fell asleep immediately and slept through the entire night.  I never go to bed early, fall asleep quickly or sleep through the entire night, so it was quite a treat!

2.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge also happens to fall on the first day of May …what is something you may do this month?

I may spend an afternoon sitting under my favorite oak tree on St. Simon’s Island, enjoying that wonderful view of the ocean!

3. The Englishman Horace Walpole is credited as saying, “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think”  How do you see it?

I see the world as a tragedy waiting to happen– because too many people aren’t thinking these days!

4.  May is National Hamburger Month…how often do you eat a burger? What are your must-haves when it comes to burgers?  I assume you vegetarians won’t be celebrating so tell us what you’d like instead?

I’ll eat a home-made hamburger about twice a month, but I rarely eat ‘fast food’ burgers anymore.  I love my burgers grilled over charcoal, served on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayo (or Miracle Whip), and ketchup.

5. Pansies, petunias, geraniums, impatiens…of the four mentioned, which is your favorite in a patio pot? Will there be pots on your patio this spring? (Or whenever spring comes to your part of the globe?) Who does the gardening at your house?

I love geraniums in pots–red ones, but this year, the only plants on our porches will be some ivy that I’ve had growing in pots for over three years.  I do have a couple of large barrels filled with coleus and begonias, but they’re sitting out in the yard.  In our family, I do the flower planting, but Ed and I tend the vegetable garden together.

6. When did you last (literally or figuratively) shout “Mayday, Mayday!”

It’s been a while, so I really can’t remember when I last called for help.  However, my daughter, who lives next door, has called “Mayday, Mayday” twice during the past two weeks, due to two different snake sightings in her yard!  We’re watching where we step very carefully these days!

7.  Say farewell to your April in ten words or less.

Goodbye cool, wild, windy, unpredictable weather!

Random:

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Have any of you ever watched the show “Duck Dynasty” on the A&E channel?  It’s about a close family from Louisiana  who makes a very prosperous living by making duck calls.  All of the men in the family are known for their long hair and beards–and for being quite entertaining! We love the Robertson family and their wholesome family values.  Every show ends with the  family praying around the dinner table, while someone reflects on the lessons learned from the day.  It’s one of our family’s favorite shows, and it’s guaranteed to make you smile–or as Phil Robertson would say, “happy, happy!”

 

Published in: on May 1, 2013 at 8:08 am  Comments (8)  
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