One Hundred And Fifty Hodgepodges And I’m Still Having Fun…

If you’re reading this post, then I thank you for joining me for the 150th edition of the “Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  I’d, also, like to thank our hostess, Joyce, for providing the questions and hosting this fun meme each week!  Now, let’s get down to business, shall we?  Here are this week’s questions:

1. Describe a typical Sunday from your childhood.

I can’t remember much about Sundays from my earliest childhood, so I’ll concentrate on my t’ween years.  On most Sundays, my parents and I would attend church services, eat lunch, then, later in the afternoon, we’d usually go for a drive in the car.  We’d ride around on some of the country back roads, usually ending up at the cemetery where my granddaddy was buried.  If we happened to stop at the two vending machines, located under a shelter,  just down from the cemetery, it was a very good day 🙂   Our local Dairy Queen  wasn’t built until a few years later.  Once the DQ came to town, sometimes, we’d get ice cream on Sundays.

2. How comfortable are you with uncertainty? Explain.

I’m not comfortable, at all, with uncertainty!  I’m a creature of habit, and I don’t like it when life throws curve balls at me.  The year of 2013 has brought us more than our fair share of uncertainty, and, unfortunately, we’re still caught in the midst of some.

3. What have you accomplished recently that might be described as crafty, as in ‘arts and crafts’ crafty? If crafty doesn’t work for you, how about handy? Or both?

The only thing I’ve created, lately, are a couple of photo books at Shutterfly.com

4. Have you ever worked in a ‘food place’? What did you take away from the experience?

When I was a young teen, I worked a couple of days in my uncle’s restaurant/souvenir shop before I quit.  Following those two days, I realized I’d never have a future working in ‘a food place’!

5. Cold turkey, talk turkey, what a turkey…in recent days, which turkey phrase or idiom best applies to you and why? Click on the word turkey if you need to read more about the meaning behind each phrase.

Due to a certain ‘situation’, I’ve been doing a lot of ‘talking turkey’, lately.  The ‘situation’, which began two weeks ago, still hasn’t been completely resolved.  I’ve been aggravated and stressed, but not nearly as aggravated and stressed as my daughter and her family have been!  Fortunately, we’re a close family, and have our faith to help carry us through until this thing is resolved.

6. If you could have any one guest join your Thanksgiving dinner table, who would it be?

My mother-in-law passed away two months ago, so this will be our first Thanksgiving without her.  If I could, I’d chose to have my mother-in-law join us at our table again.

7. What is one thing you must accomplish today?

Today is a special day for someone in our family who LOVES German Chocolate cake.  Ed always looks forward to one of my cakes on his birthday, so I MUST bake a cake!

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Today is a special day for two members of our family.

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Ed, who’s now the oldest member of our family, turns 64 today.

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Evan, who’s now the youngest member of our family,  turns 2 weeks old today.

Happy Birthday, guys!

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Buster, The Cookie Jar…

10-14-2011 3;22;59 PM20Christmas, 1970 – Ed’s family (and “Buster”) at my parents’ house

After Ed’s mom passed away, Ed asked me if there was anything in her house I would like to have.  Without hesitation, I answered, “Buster”.  Buster is only a cookie jar, but his family ties go way back.

It all began back in 1970, when Ed was in the army, and had been sent overseas for an eighteen month tour of duty.  I was still living at home, with my parents, finishing up my last two years of high school.  Ed and I had recently become engaged just before he left for Okinawa.

By the time Ed and I became engaged, our parents had already become good friends.  Christmas was coming, and my parents wanted to give Ed’s parents a gift.  Sort of as a joke, my parents settled on a cookie jar, in the shape of a semi-bald priest, who happened to be wearing a brown robe.  On the front of the semi-bald priest’s  brown robe were the words, “Thou Shalt Not Steal”!

Ed’s dad had a good sense of humor, and laughed when he opened the cookie jar!  Then Ed’s daddy proclaimed that the priest looked just like Buster Rogers, a member of their church!  From that day forward, the cookie jar became simply known as “Buster”.  (Note: The photo at the top of this post was taken, then sent to Ed, who was in Okinawa.  The large red dog in the photo was my Christmas gift from Ed’s parents, and I loved it!)

Buster quickly took up residence on the counter of Ed’s parent’s kitchen.  His place of honor was in the far-left corner, and for almost forty-three years, Buster never moved!  From his counter perch, Buster ‘watched’ many meals being prepared and served throughout the years.  My parents were present at many of those meals, too.  Each time my parents were present, without fail, somebody would look over at  Buster, sitting on the counter, and laugh about the Christmas when he joined the family!

One, little-known fact about “Buster” was that he never held any cookies inside of him!  Ed’s daddy used Buster for collecting pennies.  At the time of Ed’s daddy’s death,  Buster, the cookie jar, was over-flowing with pennies!  Twelve and one-half years later, those pennies were still inside of Buster on the day Ed brought him to live at our house.

Ed and I are the last remaining family members who lived through ‘the Buster era’.  All of our parents are gone now, and “Buster’s” namesake passed many years ago, as well.  Buster is still able to bring a smile to my face when I remember all of the good times he ‘saw’, but sometimes “Buster” makes me a bit sad, too.  It was very sad having to remove him from his former home.

“Buster’s” sort of like me.  He’s not young and vibrant like he once was.  His paint has become old and dark, over time.  He probably could use a real good scrubbing, but we don’t dare, out of fear of messing up his paint!  I love Buster anyway, and gave him a new place of honor, on the top of my curio cabinet.  There, he sits way up high, safe from any harm.

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These days, Buster continues to watch over a new generation of family gatherings from his new perch.  He, also, continues to watch over most the ‘stash’ that Ed’s daddy put inside of him, so many years ago!  Because Buster was filled to overflowing, we had to remove some of the pennies, but we still have them.

Welcome to your new home, “Buster”!  I hope someone else in our family will give you a new home, one day,whenever the time comes, but I hope that won’t be for a long, long time.

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This-n-That On Monday…

I always worry that nobody cares about what I’ve been doing, whenever I write this kind of ‘catch-up post’, but, the truth is, I write mostly for me, so I can record what’s been happening with my family.  As time goes by, I tend to forget much more than I can remember!  By Monday, I have to struggle to remember what happened on Friday, but here goes…

Our neck of the woods was filled with a whirl of activities the entire weekend!  Our little granddaughter, Madison, was one of the flower girls in her Aunt Sarah’s wedding.  This made Madison’s fourth time being a flower girl!  This is what happens when you’re the only little girl in both sides of the family 🙂

I didn’t attend the wedding, but I asked my daughter to take a picture for me.  Seeing how ‘grown’ Madison looks makes my heart a little bit sad.  All too soon, she’ll be the bride instead of the flower girl!

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Ed and I had lots of visitors throughout the weekend, beginning on Friday night,  when our oldest son and his family came for a visit. They brought me a new addition for my portrait shelf, too.  I love it!  I love family portraits, and seeing this one brought back lots of memories…

Twenty-five years ago, this could have been Ed and me! Those were some fun times dressing up the little ones for church directory portraits–not!    I think my daughter-in-law, Christina, handles family portraits better than I did, though.  Before this portrait was taken, Brett and his family had spent the majority of the day, outside, at Madison’s 7th (carnival-themed) birthday party!  In fact, Christina, even arrived two hours before the party, to help Brandy decorate!  You’d never guess all that by looking at this family portrait, would you?  You’d never guess that they attended another fall festival after this portrait was taken, either, would you?!

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On Saturday, Ed and I had more visitors, when  the newest member of our family came for his first visit to “Mimi” and “E’s” house!  It had been a week since we’d seen the little guy, and of course, he’d already grown some.

Baby Evan and his parents spent Saturday night and most of Sunday with us, while the rest of our family trickled in and out, to visit, whenever they could.  We didn’t take a lot of pictures, but one of the best ones that we took was this picture of our oldest grandchild, Madison,holding our youngest grandchild, Evan.  (Evan’s wrapped in Madison’s old baby blanket!)

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It was great to have Brad and Jennifer back in ‘Gooseneck’ again, since it had been a while since they’d been able to visit. Ed and I had been to their house for the past 3 weekends!

Evan spent most of the time in somebody’s arms, since people were always dying to hold him.  We may have him a bit spoiled, soon!  As always, the hours passed quickly, and all too soon, it was time for little Evan and his family to go home.  Sigh.  Evan was a bit fussy, as they were leaving.  Hope their trip home was okay!

On a happier note, everyone will be back, this coming weekend, to celebrate Ed’s birthday, which happens to be coming up, later this week!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be Monday, unless I participated in the ‘Monday Quiz’, so I will.  Thanks to ActingBalanced for hosting this Monday meme!  Here are the questions, along with my answers:

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1. It is Veteran’s Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada – are you participating in any special events or doing anything to honor those who served?

No, I won’t be participating in any special events, but I do honor those who served.  I have several veterans among the members of my family:  my brother, my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my nephew, and of course, Ed.  I’m proud of each one of them, and I am thankful for the service they provided for our country.  I’m only sorry that Ed has never had Veteran’s Day off!  He never gets to enjoy a holiday that’s held in his honor.  Sigh.

2. How far are you willing to drive before it becomes better to fly?

I prefer to limit my car trips to six or eight hours, but I’ve never flown.  Can you tell I don’t travel far from home very much?

3. Fresh cranberries are back in stores – Wayne is happy because I’m making crisps again, do you cook/bake with fresh cranberries? Recipes?

Nope, I’m not a real fan of cranberries, although, I’ve eaten cranberry bread before, and liked it okay.

4. We turned on our heat for the first time this week here in SC… how long has the heat been on at your house? What temperature do you set your furnace at?

We’ve had our furnace on since about mid-October.  During the day it gets hot, but sometimes the nights tend to get a little cold.  Ed and I could’ve toughed the nights out, but we have a parakeet who’s very old, so I turned the heat on, at night,  for “Tweety Bird”.

We keep our thermostat set on 75 degrees, during the day, and 71 degrees, at night.

My question:

5.  What’s your favorite thing about cold weather?

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The House That Love Built…

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http://southbreezefarm.blogspot.com/2010/10/2010-giving-thanks-challenge.html
11/7/13 – Today is our 6th anniversary of living in ‘the house that love built’.  In honor of this, I’m re-blogging the original story of how our house came to be…  I still love our house, and I still love the man who built it for us–and I’m still thankful for both of them!
P.S.  In case you’re wondering what ever became of our old home, with the bad floors, our daughter and her husband took on the task of renovating the house, and are now our next-door neighbors.
 

In honor of this special day, # 7 on my “thankful list” is…our home. 

A lot of people have homes…some people don’t.  Some people own their home, while others don’t.  There are all kinds of homes.  Big homes, little homes, fancy homes, simple homes.  My home is a small, and simple home, but it’s a special home because it was built with…

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Time For The Hodgepodge…

What a week it’s turned out to be since the last Wednesday Hodgepodge!  It’s been a week of highs and lows.  The ‘situation’ I mentioned on Monday’s post, still hasn’t been completely resolved, and has taken a toll on all of us.  Just when we think the problem is solved, something else comes up!  On the other hand, baby Evan and his parents seem to be doing great, following his birth! (see random)

Thank goodness for Joyce and the  Hodgepodge!  Joyce, you gave my weary mind some distraction with your questions:

1.What’s one way you’re like your siblings? If you don’t have siblings how are you like your lifelong best friend or cousin?

My brother and I have both been known to have a few “Jack Attacks” every now and then–and we both hate cigarette smoke!  Also, both of us are going through some tough family times, at the moment.  Oops!  That’s more than one, isn’t it?

2. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of yourself at age eighteen?

Being young, married, and very much in love!

3. Sculptor-actor-painter-dancer…if you could excel in one of these arts, which would you choose and why?

I’d love to be able to dance, because I have always felt like I have two left feet 🙂

4. What’s a scent that takes you back in time, and where does it take you?

The scent of burning wood takes me back…  to the days when Ed and I were a young couple, heating our home with a Buck Stove… to Christmas at my ‘in-laws’ house, where there was a roaring fire in their fireplace…and to lots of good (family) times around our son-in-law’s fire pit.

5. November is for Peanut Butter Lovers (National Peanut Butter Lovers Month). Are you a lover or a hater? What’s your favorite dish/recipe that calls for peanut butter?

I’m neither one.  I can live with or without peanut butter, but I do eat it on a sandwich, occasionally.  My favorite recipe for using peanut butter is one for a candy known as ‘Buckeyes’.  Buckeyes taste like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

6. What do people thank you personally for most often?

The first thing that comes to mind is ‘my cooking’.

7. What event, this year, are you most thankful for?

I’m most thankful for the recent birth of our newest grandson, Evan William!  He’s the baby his parents were told they might never have!  So glad the doctors were wrong!

Random:  I borrowed this photo from Facebook…  Baby Evan and his dad, our son, Brad.

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Two Teardrops…

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Yesterday, as I was going about the business of catching up on my daily chores, I was playing some music.  Eventually, a song played that I hadn’t heard in a very long time.  It was one of my favorites back when it was popular, and it’s still among my favorites today.

As I listened to the words of “Two Teardrops”, I couldn’t help but think about last Wednesday, when our grandson, Evan, was born. One moment my eyes were filled with tears of pleasure, then, (following a phone call from another of my children), my eyes were suddenly filled with tears of pain.  Life is strange sometimes, and that’s portrayed well in Steve Wariner’s song.

2013 has been a year filled with ups and downs for this family.  It began with the joyous news of Jennifer’s pregnancy, but was quickly followed by the news that both she and Brad are carriers of the disease, Cystic Fibrosis.  Then, after several excruciating weeks of testing and waiting, the results showed the baby was perfectly normal and healthy!  In fact, Evan’s not even a carrier of this horrible disease.  As our son, Brad, so eloquently put it, ” [Our family history of] this disease stops with Evan!”

This year, Ed’s mom came near to death, during early summer, but beat the odds and managed to get better.  Three months later, she quickly became ill again, dying in the fall.  We’re still dealing with the aftermath of her passing.

Jennifer began having pre-term labor about two months before Evan’s due date, and had to be hospitalized.   The outcome could have been disastrous, but, thankfully, labor was stopped, and Jennifer went on to carry her baby to term.

Ed, who never gets sick or goes to a doctor, has had three medical procedures performed within the last six months, and is getting ready to have a fourth one.  Thankfully, all of Ed’s medical procedures, so far, have been successful and without complications.

Yes, 2013 has been quite a memorable year for our family.  A lot of tears, of pain and joy, have been shed, but we’re hanging in there!  Despite some troubles, God has been good to us!

By the way, if you’ve never heard “Two Teardrops”, you should take a moment and listen to the words. It’s really a beautiful song.

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Catching Up On Monday…

It seems like forever since I’ve had the time or peace of mind to blog, when, actually, it’s only been five days.  So much has happened in those five days!  It’s been the best of times and the worst of times…

On Wednesday, Ed and I arrived at the hospital in plenty of time for our grandson, Evan’s, birth, even though morning traffic was horrible.  In fact, due to an emergency, we had to wait for a couple of hours before Jennifer was able to have her c-section done.  A total of thirteen people waited for Evan to be born, that morning, including his parents.  Finally, at 11:20 in the morning, baby Evan arrived, and he was absolutely perfect!

Shortly after Evan’s birth, Ed and I were standing at the nursery window, admiring our new grandson from afar,  when my cell phone rang.  Another one of our children was on the other end of line, and they were frantic–with good cause!  In that single moment, everything in our lives totally changed. Ed and I had to quickly leave the hospital, and we didn’t even get a chance to meet the newest member of our family.  One of the best moments of our lives quickly turned into one of the worst.

I can’t blog about the situation at home, but, trust me when I tell you that it was something nobody would ever want to experience!  In the end, it turned out that ‘ the situation’ was all caused by someone’s mistake!  Thankfully, after two of the longest days of our family’s lives, things appear to be getting resolved.  It’s one of those situations where someone really should be held accountable for the error, but probably never will.  It also makes me want to hire a lawyer to sue for pain and suffering, for our family!

The day after Evan’s birth, Halloween came and went.  Our family went through the motions of Trick-or-treating, but it definitely wasn’t one of our best years.  We’ll need to have twice as much fun next year, to make up for what we missed this year!

I took a picture of the grandchildren when they stopped by for their candy, and

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Jennifer dressed baby Evan up for Halloween, too.  His outfit even glowed in the dark!

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Finally, on Saturday, Ed and I were able to go back and meet our newest grandson!  By then, Evan and his family were already home.   I spent a couple of hours just holding the little fellow–and I enjoyed every minute of it!  There’s nothing sweeter than a newborn baby.  Just look at that little face…

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(Evan pics were borrowed from his mom’s Facebook page)

After our visit with Evan and his family, the rest of our weekend was spent doing a few errands, packing up Halloween decorations, and trying to adjust to the time change.  I don’t know why someone insists on changing the time twice a year!  It takes me an entire month just to adjust!

Speaking of time, since it’s Monday, it’s time for the Monday Quiz over at ActingBalanced so here goes:

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1. November is Peanut Butter Lover’s Month – are you a peanut butter lover? Do you have a favorite brand? favorite peanut butter recipe?
I like peanut butter, but I don’t love it.  I usually buy Peter Pan peanut butter.  My favorite peanut butter recipe is for candy called ‘Buckeyes’, which taste sort of like home-made Reese Cups.
 
2. Do you wear white after Labour Day?
Yes, sometimes I continue to wear my white shorts after Labor Day!  Occasionally, I’ve been known to wear white shoes in September, too 🙂
 
3. Do you use non-English phrases in your everyday speech?  What do you tend to use often?
I can’t think of any non-English phrases that I use in my everyday speech.  I rarely use non-English phrases.
 
4. How was your Halloween?  Did you dress up?
Our Halloween was filled with anxiety and turmoil, thanks to ‘the situation’ which I referred to earlier.  I didn’t dress up, but I did wear my orange Halloween t-shirt, in a effort to regain some sense of normalcy.
My question for you:
5.  What are you most thankful for, this year?
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