Winding Down August With The Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe August is almost over!  What better way to wind it down, than by participating in “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Take a look at Joyce’s questions, and my answers, then, please share your own thoughts with me in the comment section!  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  She never disappoints!

1. Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching…what’s something you’ve labored over this year?

Our vegetable garden–and what a garden it was!!!

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I spent many hours–planting, hoeing, watering, and harvesting –before the devastating rains came.

2. What is one word to describe your ‘job’ or career?

‘Over’ since I’m no longer working outside of the home.

3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?

My least favorite job was working for my uncle in his small store/restaurant.  I hated it because I had to be the waitress, the cook, and the dish washer–all at the same time.  I was about 15, at the time, and I lasted about two whole days!

4. How do you measure contentment?

I don’t know that I do actually measure contentment!  I’m usually pretty content with life, but if I feel discontentment creeping in, I tend to look at others whose circumstances are less fortunate than mine.  Doing this reminds me of how truly blessed I am.

5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins…what’s your favorite kind of pickle?

I like dill pickles, but I only eat them with hamburgers or bar-b-que sandwiches.  I don’t like sweet pickles, but will eat sweet pickle relish on hot dogs.  Go figure!

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?

I love living out in the country, close to the woods, because I like privacy.  I also enjoy being close to nature.

7. What is one thing on your ‘want-to-do’ list before summer draws to an official close?

I want to make one more trip to St. Simon’s Island.

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If all goes well, I’ll be doing that on Friday.

Random:  

Life is getting back to normal this week, and it’s nice, especially after the craziness of last week.  Of course, everything can not be calm for long, can it?  Ed got his new replacement lawnmower on Monday, but my washing machine has decided to go on the blink!  After talking with the repairman, yesterday, it looks like we will soon be in the market for a new washer.  The parts and labor needed to repair the old one would be rather costly.  I wasn’t expecting this news,  especially since my washer is only seven years old.  Sigh.

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Published in: on August 28, 2013 at 8:29 am  Comments (10)  
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Ed and Kathy’s Excellent Surgical Adventure…

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Several years ago, while building our current house, Ed got a piece of trash in one of his eyes.  His injury required a visit to the eye doctor.  While there, Ed learned he had cataracts which would need to be removed–a piece of information he tactfully neglected to share with me!  That happened over seven years ago.

Over the past couple of years, I began to notice a decline in Ed’s eyesight.  He no longer noticed things beside the road, the way he once did, and he began to wear his reading glasses for things other than reading.  Ed eventually  told me he had cataracts.

Getting Ed to a doctor, is somewhat like pulling teeth, but Ed finally scheduled an appointment with an ophthalmologist about a month ago–right before the doctor was leaving for an extended vacation!  Cataract surgery, for the worst of the two eyes, was scheduled for the doctor’s first week back from vacation.  The day finally arrived, last Thursday, August 22.

Ed works at a small, local hospital, and elected to have his surgery performed at the hospital where he works.  There’s nothing like having a little surgery among friends!  Ed knows everyone, so we felt right at home.

Ed and I were required to arrive for the surgery at 8:30 in the morning (I was required to drive him home afterward).  Of course, the OR was hopping when we arrived!  One lady was already being wheeled into the OR, while another man was being prepped to follow her.  Ed and I took a seat in the waiting room, but we didn’t stay there long.

Soon it was Ed’s turn, and they led us back to the little ‘prep room’.  Ed’s nurse, Sandra, happens to be an old acquaintance of ours.  In fact, her dad was once our pastor.  Like I said, there’s nothing like having surgery among friends.  Sandra began putting all kinds of drops into Ed’s eye.  Some of the drops burned, and she referred to those drops as “fire water”.  Then, with a black Sharpie, she wrote the word, “Yes” over the eye that was to be operated on.  Ed and I had a big laugh over that!  Soon, Sandra also brought Ed some Valium to take.

Ed never takes any kind of medication, except his required blood pressure & cholesterol medications, so within twenty minutes, it became obvious that Ed was ‘under the influence’!  From the prep room, we were moved to the ‘holding room’, to wait for Ed’s surgery.  By this time, Ed’s eye was completely dilated and he looked quite strange–with one blue eye, one black eye, and the word “yes” written on his forehead!  His speech was definitely slurred.

Ed was asked to lie down on a strange-looking bed, and an IV was started.  The top part of the bed was narrow–just barely large enough to hold a small pillow.  I suppose this was to allow the doctor better access to Ed’s eye.  For surgery, Ed wasn’t required to remove any clothing, except his shoes.  He was required to wear one of those funny surgical hats though.  The hat just added further to Ed’s strange look!

After a while, two guys came for Ed.  They put more drops in his eye, then quickly followed the drops with some salve.  They explained that both of these medications were to numb his eye for the surgery.   Both Ed and I were relieved to learn that the paralyzing shot in the eye is no longer required before cataract surgery!  Thank goodness! 🙂    They don’t even put patients to sleep for cataract surgery, instead they give them some medication which makes them drowsy, but leaves them awake.  The patient has to be able to follow the doctor’s instructions during surgery.

We learned the surgery is performed under a microscope.  The doctor makes a small incision to remove the old lens.  After breaking the lens into pieces , the doctor removes the lens through the tiny incision.  A new lens, folded to make it fit through the small incision, is then inserted.  Once in place, the lens unfolds, and, over a few weeks, will eventually grow to the eye.

Meanwhile, I was told to stay and wait in the ‘holding room’ while Ed went to have his surgery.  I sat on the couch, read a book, and kept a watchful eye on the clock.  Ed was only gone a total of eighteen minutes!  I barely had time to read one chapter of  my book, before Ed was back from surgery!

About fifteen minutes later, the IV was removed and Ed was released into my care–sporting a large, brand new pair of dark sunglasses!  Let me just stop here and say–at this point, Ed was feeling absolutely no pain!  I don’t think he was feeling much of anything at all!  By the time we left, we’d only been at the hospital just over two hours.  Many doctor appointments last longer than that!

At home, Ed had a funny little ‘swagger’ to his walk, as he exited the car, and he still had a slow slur to his speech. Following a very late breakfast, Ed retired to his favorite recliner and ‘went out like a light’!   It was much later in the day before the drugs finally wore off.  Ed has absolutely no recollection of anything that took place during surgery, or immediately after.  He says the last thing he remembers is having his eye washed out, then the next thing he remembers is riding out of the hospital in a wheelchair, on his way to the car!

Ed’s had virtually no pain since his surgery.  On the day after the surgery, he said his eye just felt irritated, like it had something in it.  Those must be some good drops used to dilate the eye for surgery, because they didn’t wear off until forty-eight hours later!  Once the pupil closed, Ed discovered how wonderful it is to be able to see clearly again!

Ed has to put drops in his eye for three weeks, and avoid certain activities that might cause extra pressure in his eye.  (Excessive lifting and bending could cause the lens implant to pop out of place.)  After three weeks, the new lens will have grown to the eye, and Ed can resume normal activities.  By then, it will be time to remove Ed’s second cataract, and part two of Ed & Kathy’s Excellent Surgical Adventure will begin!

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Monday As Usual…

Life is getting somewhat back to normal today. It’s Ed’s first day back to work since having his cataract surgery on Thursday morning. Thank goodness, Ed’s been doing quite well since having the surgery! Ed’s eye was still dilated on Friday, and he felt tired from the drugs they gave him for the surgery, but by Saturday he was feeling fine, and couldn’t believe how much better he can see now!

Ed’s shingles, or whatever the rash was, is finally going away.  Fortunately, he’s had no pain, whatsoever, just some intermittent itching and the rash.  Once the second doctor gave Ed a prescription for some antibiotics, to go along with the anti-viral meds, the rash really began to improve.  The rash should be completely gone by the end of this week.

I was somewhat relieved when Ed decided not to ride his new lawnmower on Saturday, even though he had the doctor’s permission. There was no chance of dust blowing, due to recent excessive rain, but I did worry about some trash blowing in his eye! At one point, Ed actually walked over to the mower and started to get on it, then noticed the gas tank was almost empty, and changed his mind.

Speaking of that new lawnmower, with the almost empty gas tank,  it will be going back to the store today, after a replacement is delivered.  A few days ago, Ed discovered that the ‘hour meter’ on the new mower doesn’t work.  He called the company, and rather than repairing the meter, they decided to send us a new replacement mower.  Hopefully, the replacement mower will be problem-free, and soon Ed can happily get back to mowing grass.

On Friday and Saturday, Ed and I just hung around the house and did a lot of relaxing.  We grilled some hot dogs with our (neighboring) children and their families, and relaxed outside on the deck for a while. Family time is always good!  On Saturday night Ed and I watched “Dances With Wolves”( again), and I couldn’t help but remember how much I enjoyed the movie when I originally saw it at the theater.   The cinematography and musical score are superb–and, of course, I’m a Kevin Costner fan, too.  They don’t make movies like that often enough!

By Sunday, Ed and I were beginning to go a bit stir crazy, so we headed back to St. Simon’s Island for a little  more R-N-R under our favorite oak tree.  Ed drove the car, for the first time since his surgery, and commented how good it is to be able to read the signs again! ( Imagine how much better he’ll feel after having the second eye done!)  The wind at St. Simon’s Island was brisk on Sunday, and a hint of autumn was already in the air.  Our beach trips will be winding down soon, and I’m sure gonna’ miss them.

One interesting, and unusual, thing Ed and I did on this beach trip, was to visit a couple of new car lots on the way home.  We both suffered major “sticker shock”!!!  It’s been over twelve years since we’ve looked at any new cars, so you can just imagine our surprise!  And to think, our first brand new vehicle cost $5,400, back in 1975…  Sigh.  Ed and I both agree, there won’t be a new car in our future, only a slightly pre-owned one, when the time comes to trade.

Anyway, it’s Monday, and that means I’m going to join Heather & Wayne @ActingBalanced for “The Monday Quiz”…

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1. Yesterday (August 25th) was Kiss and Make Up Day… when was the last time you had to kiss and make up?

Ed’s such a patient person, I can almost count on one hand the number of times he’s gotten really mad with me in 43 years.   I, on the other hand, sometimes can fly hot in a New York minute.  I think the last time we “had words” was about a month ago.

2. Are you doing anything special for Labor Day weekend?

Ed’s taking off Friday, which is my birthday, so he’s going to work Labor Day Monday for being off for my birthday, on Friday.  He’s doing this swap so we can spend my ‘actual birthday’ at the beach (and I didn’t even ask him to do this!)  Our youngest son, Brad, and his wife, Jennifer, are coming for a weekend visit, and we’ll do some dual birthday celebrating because Jennifer’s birthday is just two days before mine.

3. If you could go back to school, what would you major in?

If I were twenty years younger, I’d definitely major in early childhood education.  I know, without a doubt, that I missed my ‘true calling’ by not becoming a teacher.  I worked as a first grade paraprofessional for nearly fifteen years, and I loved and enjoyed my job.

4. How much rain did you have this summer?

The summer of 2013 has been the wettest summer ever!  Our total rainfall for the months of June, July, and August (so far) is 16.74 inches!   Believe me, that’s a LOT of water!  The total amount of precipitation for the entire year is 32.95 inches–and nearly one-half of that total amount fell during the summer months!

My question for you is:

5.  Have you ever had a “bad food experience”?  (Finding a hair, a bug, trash etc. in your food )  If so, do tell!

Published in: on August 26, 2013 at 8:15 am  Comments (7)  
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A Few Friday Fragments…

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Yesterday, Ed had the cataract removed from his right eye.  His surgery went well, and we both survived 🙂  One eye done, one more to go, in about another month.  The whole experience was an interesting one, but it’s one I’ll share it in another post.

The toughest part of the surgery, so far, has been keeping Ed relatively inactive.  He’s not one to sit around much, but he can’t bend or lift anything very heavy right now.  He was thrilled, this morning, when, at his post-op check-up, the doctor cleared him to ride his new lawn mower tomorrow!  Me?  I’m not so thrilled with that idea!

Guess what?!  We are continuing to get rain!  It rained another inch yesterday, and, once again, our yard is underwater.  However, after watching the local news the other night, I’m not going to complain anymore!  Some people, in nearby towns, actually had their homes and cars flooded, this week.  Thankfully, we’ve avoided that catastrophe, so far.  Suddenly it doesn’t matter so much that our yard looks like a pond or that we have to wear rain boots to walk outside!  At least it’s still dry inside!

We’ve also been having some random lightning strikes, along with our evening showers.  This week, a football player at a nearby university was struck by lightning during football practice!  Fortunately, he survived the strike, but the incident served as a bold reminder of just how dangerous lightning can be.

We had another interesting encounter with a Dish Network technician, this week.  Our service went out on Monday night, and Ed called to report it.  The representative blamed our signal interruption on the rain, and said she couldn’t do anything to help us until the weather cleared.  The problem is, it wasn’t raining here at the time!

So, I called and reported the problem to a different representative.  He, also, tried to tell me it was due to the weather, but I told him it was not raining here at the moment!   I then proceeded to tell him that we had a spliced cable that had been taped together with electrical tape–and then buried!  The rep finally agreed that we needed a service tech, but said he didn’t have an available appointment until two days later!

When the service tech arrived, two days later, he informed me that he had a “quick fix” for me–moving the satellite dish to my flower bed!  I.think.not!  The tech was not a happy camper when I declined his “quick fix”, but he smoked another cigarette, then remorsefully dug a long trench and buried a new piece of cable.  We’re back in service again.

Sorry about that last fragment, it was a long one, but that’s it for this week’s edition!  I’ll be linking my fragments with others, over at halfpastkissintime.

Have a great weekend!

Published in: on August 23, 2013 at 11:09 am  Comments (8)  
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Another August Hodgepodge…

As I’m winding my way through the wet and sultry month of August, suddenly I’ve found myself in the middle of another week !  It’s time for “The Wednesday Hodgepodge” again!  As always, here are Joyce’s questions, along with my answers:

1. What’s your worst food memory? How about one of your best?

My worst food memories are from my past days of working at our local elementary school!  Picture a warm, smelly cafeteria filled with hundreds of noisy kids eating…  I’ve witnessed more than my fair share of  children vomiting–sometimes while I was trying to eat my lunch, too!  

My best food memories have always been our family dinners, when the entire family is together.  It doesn’t matter what we’re eating, it’s always better when we’re all together!

2. Do you appreciate people telling it like it is, or would you rather a speaker temper his/her words and maybe beat around the bush a little? How about when you’re the one communicating…which type are you?

That would depend on the situation.  Sometimes I prefer hearing the cold, hard truth, other times not so much.  As for me, I’m often guilty of calling things the way I see them.  Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s not.  With age, I’ve been trying to learn when to temper my speech.

3. What’s your favorite place to hang out?

There’s no place like home, but the beach comes in a close second:)

4. When do you most feel like you’re a slave to time?

I used to feel like a slave to time whenever I worked (especially while raising our children!).  I lived by the clock, and there was never enough time to get everything done!  After I quit working, I stopped feeling like a slave–to the job and to the clock.  It’s a great feeling, and now it doesn’t matter so much if everything gets done!

5. What was the last concert you attended? Who’d you go with? Was it any good?

It’s been close to twenty years since I attended any kind of concert.  Ed took me to see Alan Jackson in the mid-nineties.  We had second row, center seats, and the show was great!

6. Reality TV…harmful or harmless? What’s your guilty pleasure when it comes to reality TV?

I don’t know the answer to this question.  I guess whether ‘reality tv’ is harmful depends on the show and who’s watching it.  I’ve seen previews for some really ‘trashy-looking’  reality shows, and I definitely wouldn’t want my grandchildren watching those!  Some send out awful messages to young people.   Ed and I are currently watching this season of “Big Brother”.  I guess that’s my guilty pleasure, this summer, but even it’s not appropriate for children.

7. What’s something you think is overrated?

Smart phones!  I know I’m in the minority on this one, but for the life of me, I can’t understand everyone’s fascination with smart phones.

Random:

Tomorrow is the highly anticipated day!  Ed will be having the first of his cataract surgeries in the morning.  Your prayers (for both of us) would be very much appreciated!  I’ll bet Ed’s stomach will be tied up in knots, and I know mine will be.

Published in: on August 21, 2013 at 7:15 am  Comments (8)  
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A Simple Woman’s Daybook Post (8/20/13)

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window…

I can see “my girls” and several cats waiting for their breakfast.  I’ll be feeding them in just a few minutes.  I can also see the remnants of last night’s rain shower.

I am thinking… 

I’m probably going to get my feet wet whenever I go outside to feed the animals!  So what else is new?

I am thankful… 

for my husband of 41 years, Ed.  I’m also thankful for the three lovely children that God blessed us to have.  So thankful that each has grown up to be a responsible, kind, and loving person, and that all are happily married.  Thankful for three beautiful grandchildren, and for the fourth, who’s currently on the way.  Also, thankful that our home is now paid for–a real blessing, considering we only built it a few short years ago.

In the kitchen…
there are left-overs of black-eyed peas, yam patties, and salmon croquets.  I’m thinking I’ll make some blueberry cheesecake for Ed.
I am wearing…
a  pink cotton floral night-gown because I always blog early in the mornings before getting dressed for the day.  I’ll change soon.
I am creating…
a mess in the living room as I prepare to re-decorate the ‘year round’ tree!  It’s time to bring out the apples and back-to-school decorations.  They’re currently sitting in a plastic container in the middle of the floor!
I am going…
nowhere today because I don’t have a car!  Ed took mine back to the shop to have the brakes looked at again because the wheels have been making a ‘scrubbing’ sound ever since we had the brakes redone.  Sigh.
I am reading…
“Might As Well Laugh About It Now” by Marie Osmond.  It’s a ‘light-hearted’ look at some of the things that have happened in Marie’s life.  Marie has a good point, we might as well laugh, it sure beats crying!
I am hoping…
 the sun decides to shine later this morning, and that it doesn’t rain today!
I am learning… 
to deal with the unexpected!
Ed’s new, zero-turn lawnmower has some ‘issues’ (the hour meter doesn’t work and something’s a little off with the handles), so he’s being sent a replacement.  It will arrive next Monday.  In the meantime, we can still use the new mower we have, if it ever stops raining!
Also, last night our Dish Network service went out again!  We don’t know for sure, but we think it’s because the technician simply taped the severed cable together instead of running a new piece of cable.  Lots of rain and taped cables underground don’t make a good combination!  This will be our third service call since the tree trimmers cut the cable three weeks ago.  It will be Wednesday before a service technician can come.  Sigh.  Thank goodness Ed put up that antenna:)
Around the house… 
things have been going crazy!  Due to the excessive moisture from all of the rain, some of our floor tiles have started to come unglued.  Ed spent part of the weekend re-gluing them.
My washing machine has been ‘acting up’ lately, too.  Sometimes it spins the clothes dry, other times, not so much.  Over the weekend, the bleach dispenser decided to malfunction, too, leaving white polka dots on most of Ed’s black work socks!
Did I mention that, due to more excessive rain, our well water is clouding back up again?  Sigh.
I am pondering… 
what’s really wrong with Ed!  Yesterday, he got a second opinion from our primary care doctor, who happened to be out-of-town last week.  This doctor doesn’t really seem to think Ed has shingles, but says he doesn’t know what it is!  He told Ed to continue taking the anti-viral medication, prescribed by Doctor #1, but Doctor #2 also gave Ed a round of antibiotics to take!  Good grief!
A favorite quote…
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One of my favorite things…

being outside, and enjoying the crisp feel of autumn in the air–without the presence of any mosquitoes!  I’m looking forward to that 🙂

A few plans:

Ed will be having cataract surgery on Thursday morning, and will be home recuperating the rest of the week.  In about a month, Ed will get to repeat the procedure.  We’ll both be glad when the surgeries are behind us!

My birthday is coming up in about ten more days, too.  Not sure what we’ll do to celebrate, but I know what I’d like to do!  Can you guess what?

A peek into my day…

Since there hasn’t been much sunshine lately, I’ll create my own.  Here’s a photo of one of the sunflowers that grew in our garden, this spring.  We didn’t get to enjoy the sunflowers for very long, due to excessive rain, but they were pretty while they lasted!

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Thanks to Peggy for hosting “The Simple Woman’s Daybook” community.  I’ll be linking up HERE.

Published in: on August 20, 2013 at 9:40 am  Comments (4)  
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Meandering Through Another Monday…

Here I sit, at 6:30 in the morning, blogging! Ten years ago, if anyone would have told me I’d be doing this, I’d have said, “You’re crazy!” Who even knew what a blog was, ten years ago? Did blogs even exist back then? They didn’t as far as I was concerned! I barely knew how to turn the computer on and off, but I sure knew how to shop on eBay! 🙂

As expected, Ed and I spent a rainy weekend indoors. We did a little shopping, and two of our three children came over for visits, along with their families. Saturday evening found us all gathered around the kitchen table, each with their own plate of take-out food! Needless to say, not much cooking went on in my kitchen over the weekend! People came and went, and it continued to rain. By Sunday, our yard looked like this–again…

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Lake Gooseneck?

Ed’s been doing pretty good with the shingles. He hasn’t had any pain, so far, just intermittent itching. Ed is now second guessing the doctor’s diagnosis and wondering if he actually has the shingles at all. The rash is still present, on one side of his back, but now Ed wonders if he may have picked up “something” from the ground while he was laying under the house installing the tv antenna or later when he was working on the lawnmower. He may get a second opinion today. In the meantime, he continues to take his anti-viral medication. Ed doesn’t make a good patient, and he grumbles with each pill he has to take!  As far as we know, his cataract surgery is “still on” for this Thursday.  Hey, who wouldn’t want to have their eye cut on while they’re miserable with an itchy back?!

Somehow, in between rain showers, Ed managed to plant a few seeds in our container garden.  It gave him a good excuse to get out of the house!  He planted some squash, cucumbers, and carrots, and I already have a few lettuce and cabbage plants started in trays. This is not what we had planned for our fall garden, but it will have to do. Our large, regular garden plot is currently still underwater!

I’m friends with some of my former first-grade students on Facebook.  By now, some have graduated from high school, while others are currently juniors or seniors.  I’ve enjoyed watching them grow up, and keeping up with them through the magic of Facebook.  One particular student has soared some-what above the rest. She’s a lovely young lady, who comes from a wonderful family. (Her mom is a former co-worker of mine.)  She’s won numerous scholastic awards, is an honor student and a pageant queen.  However, she’s not pretentious, she’s actually very sweet and kind of shy.  This weekend, she also became the mom to a beautiful baby boy.  My heart aches a bit for her, as I’m sure this is not quite how she planned to begin her “senior year” of high school.  I’ll be praying for her and her family, as they welcome the new baby home, and navigate the new challenges which lie ahead of them all.

Speaking of school, I mentioned, on Friday, that our granddaughter, Madison, was about to begin her first year of home-school.  Friday was Madison’s actual first day.  This year’s lessons are being taught by a teacher via dvd’s.  Madison’s school day begins at 8:30 and is over around 1:00.  Madison reports that she had a good first day of school, and she rushed over to show, “E” and me, her cursive “e”!  I’m so pleased that she’s learning to write in cursive, since our public schools no longer feel the need teach this!

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As usual, I’m, also, joining the “Monday Quiz”.  Here are today’s questions:

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1. Apparently today is International Homeless Animal Day.  Have you ever adopted an animal friend for your household?
Oh my goodness, yes!  Over the years, (one year in particular!) we’ve adopted countless cats, dogs, rabbits, parakeets, hamsters, hermit crabs, and fish.  I’m an animal-lover, who spent a year volunteering at our local animal shelter.  Need I say more???

2. How do you adjust to changes in your daily routine?
I don’t usually adjust to changes in my daily routine very well.  I’m a creature of habit, so when life throws changes my way, I usually end up dealing with a headache or a stomachache, in addition to the change!

3. Which social media platform do you like best?  Which one do you like least?
I like Facebook the best, Twitter the least.  Speaking of Twitter, I’ll be glad when the ‘craze’ passes!  Is anyone else annoyed by those annoying tweets being posted while you’re trying to watch a television show?  Who cares what other people are thinking?!

4. How do you decide, ‘what’s for dinner?’
I take inventory of the freezer, refrigerator, and pantry, and see what items  need to used first, or if I’m not feeling energetic, I’ll choose whatever meal is easiest.
 
My question for you:
 
Do the schools in your area still teach cursive writing?  If not, how do you feel about it?
 
Thanks to Heather @ Acting Balanced for hosting this fun meme.  Have a great Monday, everyone!

Published in: on August 19, 2013 at 9:08 am  Comments (5)  
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Fragging On Friday…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Today, I woke up to another wet, gray, cloudy day.  Rain has returned to our neck of the woods, yet again!  Thankfully, the rain held off until Monday night so we could have our concrete poured, but it’s rained every day (or night) since then.  Needless to say, we are thoroughly WET again!  At least I don’t have to water the newly planted grass–and hopefully it won’t drown.  My main concern is the newly poured concrete, and how well it’s able to dry out in all of this rain.  My other concern is mud–and we have lots of that, believe me!

This week, it turned out that Ed and I have other concerns besides the rain.  Poor Ed has come down with a case of the shingles!  His back was itching on Sunday, then on Tuesday night, the rash appeared.  Fortunately, early on Wednesday morning, he was able to see a doctor and get a prescription for some  anti-viral medication that seems to be helping.  He hasn’t gotten into the really painful stage yet, and I’m hoping he’ll avoid some of it since he was able to start the anti-viral meds so quickly.  We’re not sure how this will affect next Thursday’s cataract surgery plans, for Ed, since the ophthalmologist is currently on vacation.  Ed’s hoping to be able to go ahead and get the surgery over with.

I spent yesterday morning with our two grandsons, our granddaughter, our daughter, and Alex, the little boy she babysits.  It was a grand old time in my house with four little ones (ranging in age from 19 mos. to almost seven) running around!  Madison was the only girl, but she is able to hold her own with all of those little boys!  Little Alex was right in the middle of the action, too.  Alex has become quite an active little boy since he got his cochlear implants–and, this summer, he’s learned how to use the potty!  Chase, the youngest of the crew, is more than able to hold his own, too.  On several occasions, I witnessed him tackling his older brother, Cade!

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Madison reading to Cade and Alex, while Chase listens from the floor

I had planned to plant a small fall garden this weekend.  Now the ground is too wet again, and more rain is in the forecast.  I guess I’m going to have to settle for doing my fall gardening in containers, this year.  This year’s weather really makes me a lot more appreciative of all of the good growing seasons that we’ve had in the past!

This week, our daughter officially began home-schooling with her daughter.  It’s a new adventure for both of them, and I’m hoping and praying they have a good year!  The two of them attended their first home school co-op classes on Tuesday, for PE, History, and Bible, and today they are officially having their first day of regular lessons at home.  Home schooling is something our daughter and granddaughter have been wanting to try, so I’m excited for them.   I hope both have a smooth first day of First Grade.

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Their classroom is ready and waiting…

Ed and I have no real plans for the weekend.  It sounds like it’s going to be a good time to read or nap, since more rain is in our forecast! The temperatures are predicted to be somewhat cooler than they were earlier in the week, so I’m thankful for that!  Did I mention I’m about ready to see fall arrive?  I’ve really been missing my shade trees!

Today I’ll be linking up with other ‘Friday Fraggers’ over at Half-past Kissin’ Time.  Feel free to add your own Friday Fragments, or just hop over and read the fragments of others 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Published in: on August 16, 2013 at 9:23 am  Comments (5)  
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Mastering The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Welcome to another edition of the “Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Hostess, Joyce, furnishes the questions, and we supply answers, then hop around to see how our answers compare with those of others.  It’s fun, so let’s get started, shall we?

Here are Joyce’s questions:

1. My daughter earned her Master’s Degree this past weekend…what’s something you’ve ‘mastered’ in recent weeks or months?

I’m not sure I can officially say I’ve ‘mastered’ it, but in recent months, Ed and I have learned how to grow all kinds of vegetables.  Let me tell you,  the taste of home-grown vegetables beats the taste of store-bought vegetables, any day of the week!

2. What song most reminds you of your childhood?

The first song that comes to mind is ” The Chipmunks’ song’-Christmas Don’t Be Late'”, but I also remember listening to “Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”, and Chubby Checkers’ singing “The Twist”.  Boy, now I feel really old!

3. What do you think about single gender groups and/or events? Should every group/event be open to both genders? If not, what sort of exceptions do you think are appropriate?

I do think there are times when single gender groups/events are appropriate, and should not be open to both genders–for instance, the Ladies’ Circle meeting at church would not be appropriate for men, nor would a Men’s Fellowship Meeting be appropriate for women.

4. What’s your favorite spice? Your favorite dish containing your favorite spice?

I don’t use a lot of spices when I cook.  As far as I’m concerned, nothing beats good old salt and pepper, but I do enjoy the taste of nutmeg in an egg custard pie, or cinnamon in candied yams or apple cobbler.

5. I saw this question on Marla’s facebook page and asked if I could steal borrow it for the Hodgepodge…thanks Marla!

Chevron patterns are everywhere! Do you like it or think its just a little too much? Do you own anything ‘chevron’?

It’s “just a little too much” for me, so I don’t own anything ‘chevron’.  I think my grand dog, Jack, agrees with me, because he ripped his Chevron doggie vest to shreds, not long after my daughter bought it for him 🙂

6. What’s something you disliked as a child, but can fully appreciate now?

Bedtime!  Ha! Ha!

7. What can irritate you very quickly?

Hearing a person brag a lot, tends to irritate me rather quickly, as well as being in the presence of unruly, disrespectful children.  I’m beginning to sound a lot like a ‘grumpy old woman’, aren’t I?

Random:

So, summer has finally hit us hard this week!  Our temps have been in the mid-nineties for several days, and the air conditioner has been working overtime!  It’s amazing how much cooler it was, when our house was located in the shade!  I’ve been missing all of those tall leaning pine trees that we just had cut–except when the wind blows hard, of course.

Speaking of trees, the little Eastern Redbud tree that helps to shade the chicken coop is apparently dying.  It began to wilt not long after the pines were cut, and has been going downhill ever since.

I bought rescued the little redbud tree from our local grocery store, a few years back.  The identification tag was gone, so I didn’t know what kind of tree it was, but I liked its heart-shaped leaves.  It was one of their last remaining trees, and looked like it needed a home, so I gave it one.  After I got home, I ‘Googled’ the leaf and discovered what kind of tree it was.  The “girls” and I will miss our little redbud tree 😦

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Published in: on August 14, 2013 at 8:04 am  Comments (11)  
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The Simple Woman’s Daybook Post (8-13-13)

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window…

the sun is shining, but everything is still wet from last night’s rain shower.

I am thinking…

I’m glad that I won’t have to water the newly planted grass today!

I am thankful…

that Ed’s new lawn mower arrived yesterday, and that he seems to like it.  I am also thankful that our SIL is now the owner of a riding mower, too!

In the kitchen…

a few of last night’s left-overs; some peas, brown rice, and blueberry muffins.  I’m planning to add hamburger steaks with that for tonight’s supper.

I am wearing…

a night-gown–because it’s comfortable and I’m delaying getting dressed!

I am creating…

a nicer looking yard.  Most of my spare time and energy has been spent outside lately.

I am going…

to the bank, to deposit a couple of checks in a little while.

I am reading…

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.  I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m enjoying the novel very much.

I am hoping…

that Ed’s eye surgery, scheduled for next week, will go smoothly.

I am learning…

to have lots of patience and adaptability, this summer.

Around the house…

there have been lots of changes.  Less trees, a new concrete floor under the carport, and Ed’s new lawn mower.

I am pondering…

how long it will take for grass to re-cover our yard because I’m already tired of dealing with sand and dirt inside of the house.

A favorite quote…

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

One of my favorite things…

sitting beside the ocean, and watching the boats out on the water.

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A few plans…

to do some ‘deep cleaning’ inside and outside of the house.  Also, I’d like to plant some fall squash, carrots, cabbages, and lettuce in the garden, eventually.

A peek into my day…

after my trip to town, I plan to do some light house cleaning and continue to rest up from our busy weekend.  Yesterday was a busy day, as well.

Thanks to Peggy for hosting The Simple Woman’s Daybook.

Published in: on August 13, 2013 at 8:41 am  Comments (3)  
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