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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  1. Oh my…it’s always something isn’t it? Hope you can get a good deal on the new washer you want.

    Have fun on St. Simon’s Friday!

  2. ugh-appliances just do not last like they used to. My bottom oven just died. The top one is working still, but I need to get it sorted before Thanksgiving rolls around and I really need two ovens. Course it quit on Monday when I had a houseful of people here, and we were trying to heat food. Hope you get back to St. Simons! My daughter went to a wedding there this summer and said it was so pretty!

  3. I know just what you mean about the cost of repairs…on ANYthing!!! Once when the transmission went out in one of our vehicles, I ’bout had a heart attack when the estimation was MORE than a down payment of a NEW car. Lordy. You got me going on that now, I’ll be ranting all day. LOL

    As for the island trip for the weekend…beautiful!! I can see why you want to be there. I love the water [like you with relish vs. sweet pickles, I can’t swim but I LOVE being near the ocean.]

    And privacy, you and me both.

  4. I thought getting back to normal, at least it seems that way to us, is something else needing repair or replacement! And you left out one other impressive garden-related activity in your answer to #1: preserving the harvest.

    Excessive pride is a sin, but I don’t think that applies to how proud I am of your gardening efforts from planting to dinner plate!

  5. Nothing lasts as long as it once did…….the washer I have now replaced one I’d had for 20+ years and is only the 3rd in 46 years of marriage while my Daughter has had 4 in half that time………we had refrigerant put into the AC in June and he was back out on Monday…..verdict: we have a leak in the coil of the unit in the house. It is about 10 years old so they recommend replacement…..like you, I didn’t want to hear that but we’ll be alright. Seems we never use our extra money for fun, we always have to use it for something else….Had a letter this week from a lawyer settling the estate of Honey Bear’s Aunt. They are selling her land and will divide the proceeds. We’ll get a 24th share. Hope its enough to pay for the new unit. Ha!
    Have a great weekend at the beach.
    Mama Bear

  6. I love living in the country! Glad things are normal, even if only for a little bit now. Hate it when the repair is more costly than just getting a new one. Plus I hate shopping.

  7. My dryer died in the spring, and knowing the washer would be following I didn’t get a new one but hung my clothes outside instead. Sure enough last month the washer went as well. But I can’t complain. They came with the house, when I bought it and that was 14 years ago. The seller said he wouldn’t guarantee hos long they’d work since they’d been here when he bought the house too!

  8. Oh boy! When it rains it pours in your life right now huh? Oh course I mean that both literally and figuratively! 😉

  9. Oh my, what a summer you all are having. {{hug}} Glad you’re going to get in that trip to SSI!

  10. I love seeing pictures of your garden, it is so big and beautiful! Our washing machine was only 5 years old when it needed major repairs. I wish we would have gotten a new one for what we paid for the repair. That was about two years ago and it’s running fine. It’s always something isn’t it?


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