The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

It’s another cold, rainy day here, and the Hodgepodge is a welcomed ‘bright spot’ to my day!  Our hostess, Joyce, has a brand new set of questions, this week, which I’ve answered below.  If you’d like to join in the fun, just click on the button at the top of this post!  I hope you’ll leave a comment!

1. What is something you’ll never forget about the age you are right now?

About this age…

Ed and I are almost at a crossroads in our lives.  Retirement is in his future–somewhere around the corner.

We’ve raised our three children, watched them all marry and make families of their own, and that feels good!

We’ve, also, spent a portion of the past twenty years taking care of, and ultimately burying, each one of our parents.

Now it’s just the two of us, again, but we’re, also, painfully aware that several of our friends have already lost their spouses.

In looking down the road, at the not-so-distant future– it looks a bit scary down there…

2. What’s a household chore you’ve never done? How have you managed that???

I can’t think of a chore inside of the house that I haven’t done, but I’ve only tried mowing the grass once or twice.  I didn’t have a good experience–the steering wheel of the lawn mower came off, which promptly ended my grass mowing efforts!

3. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture? Explain?

Yes, nature shapes our personalities, to a great extent. I believe the majority of our personality is determined by our heredity, but a portion of it is influenced by our surroundings and our upbringing.  At least, this is what I’ve found to be true in our family.

4. Friday (February 28th) is ‘Something on a Stick Day’…funny because Zoanna over at A Penchant for Pens recently sent me an idea for a question relating to this topic. What’s your favorite food eaten on a stick?

My favorite ‘food on a stick’ is ice cream!  Of course, cotton candy ranks high on my list, too.

5. Which of your five senses do you treasure most, and why?

That’s a tough question, but I’m going to say I treasure my hearing most.  The reason for my choice comes from watching the change in little Alex’s (the deaf child my daughter used to keep) life, once he got his cochlear implants, and was able to hear.  Before the surgery, Alex was unemotional and withdrawn.  Afterward, when he was able to hear sounds and voices,  Alex became a happy, active little boy.

I, also, watched my MIL suddenly lose her ability to hear, due to a stroke, we think.  She was so frustrated and confused–and unable to carry on a conversation with anyone, until she got hearing aids.  It was awful.

Of course, it would be tough being blind, too…

6. What’s the best music, theater, or sporting venue you’ve been to? What made it great?

I’m going to say an Alan Jackson concert, at the Savannah Civic Center, because we had second row seats!  It’s the closest I’ve ever been to a stage.

7. It’s the last week of the month…in five words or less bid adieu to your February.

Good riddance, winter.  Hello, spring!

Most recent pics-Spring '13 166

last year’s spring garden


Yesterday our temperatures reached near eighty degrees.  Today, the predicted high is in the mid-fifties.  Is that crazy or what?  My laundry will contain long-sleeves and shorts–all in one load!

Meanwhile, I’m dragging 75 various seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cabbage) in and out of the house, until it gets warm enough to plant them in our garden.  Spring, please hurry!

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  1. We’ve had warm weather here lately, too…the high today will be near 45. SO ready for spring to get here!

  2. We are back in the polar vortex. Yesterday was the warmest day of the week and it was -6 degrees C with a wind chill of -12. It is supposed to get to a wind chill of -40 by the end of the week. Losing one’s hearing and sight as we get older is tough.

  3. I love Alan Jackson. He doesn’t tour much anymore. We agree on our favorite thing on a stick! Ice cream!!! yum!

  4. I love hearing about and seeing pictures of your garden. Almost makes me want to plant one…not quite, but almost. hahaha

  5. I heard this morning there’s a storm on tap for Sunday-Monday that may dump a foot of snow here so still no gardening for a while : ) I almost said cotton candy-definitely something I love too!

  6. I love cotton candy too. My friend gave me an Alan Jackson CD to copy into my car and I love it. Before that I never heard of him.

  7. I would love temps in the 50’s, we have been in the 20’s with wind chills into the teens – low teens!! I’ll take 50 at any time.
    I forgot about cotton candy! I do like that as well.

  8. I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge! Wow, those 5 words could have been mine too. So tired of winter. The thought of seedlings makes me smile. Spring can’t be far away. And yeah, I loved cotton candy when I was a kid!!!

  9. Wow…that’s a big garden! It’s 40 here at 3:00pm.Haven’t had much of a fire the last few days, but the stove is cranked up now!! 🙂 We’ve lost our parents, too and the kids are grown. Hubby is retired and I will probably quit work in a couple of years. Sounds like we have a lot in common!

  10. Looking down the road is very scary. Sometimes I get so mad at Mark and then the next day I hear about a friend whose husbands organs are shutting down and I realize how lucky I am and how I need to appreciate what I have. Beautiful answer for number #5 and what little Alex showed you. I can’t wait to see your garden this year!

  11. Number 5 just melted my heart and soul!! Wow, what a happy ending…and beautiful that you shared this with us.

    As for the steering wheel falling off the mower, that would put an end to my lawn mowing too!! OMGoodness.

    Then, retirement………..Bud bought out his retirement and retired at 55…I decided to quit right along with him…and I never looked back. Sure it’s scary, but well worth having time to do anything/everything you want. And money isn’t an issue…I could be poor as a church mouse and still enjoy having no work schedule/boss/stress.

  12. Our weather is crazy, too! 80s for several days and back into the low 60s the next two days. Just nuts!

  13. #5 was hard. Losing any of our senses would be difficult, but a 2011 stroke left me with little to no feeling in my left arm, hand, torso, leg and foot.

    I never realized or appreciated how complex the sense of touch is and how its loss affects balance and even the ability to know where you body parts are in space and in relationship to one another.

    I depend on sight to know where my left arm and hand are, or if my foot is coming down straight or rolled over. It has been an education!

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