Friday Fragments…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

I must say, this week has been relatively calm compared to last week!  No hammering, no sawing, and no unintentional cutting of our electrical wires, since the workmen finished their part of our construction, last Friday.  Thank goodness for the quiet and calm!

Ed and I still have some work to do on the porch before it’s  completely finished.  We have some painting to do, and Ed needs to cut off the new posts of our step railings.  I’m sure we’ll get this stuff accomplished–eventually.  There’s always something to do, and there’s never enough time to get it done!

Speaking of the ‘wire cutting incident’, when Ed put the wires back together, he accidentally traded places with two of our light switches.  As a result, every time I turn on the lights in the living room, I end up turning on the ceiling fan instead (they’re on separate switches)!  I wonder how long it will take to retrain my weary brain to flip the first switch instead of the second one.  Ed offered to switch them back around, but I figured a challenge is good for me!  Eight days and counting…  I still haven’t retrained my brain!

We bought a new charcoal grill, a couple of weeks ago.  Ed finally got around to putting it together yesterday.  Our plan is to grill on Easter Sunday.  It will be something we haven’t done before.  Somehow, the thought of slaving over a ham or a turkey just didn’t seem appealing, this year.  Oops, is my age showing?

We had a mini storm on Monday afternoon.  The wind blew in from the west, which is never a good thing, because we still have lots of tall pine trees on that side of our house.  Ed and I watched in horror as the tops of those pines twisted and twirled in the wind!  Some good-sized limbs fell near the chicken house, and nearly gave ‘the girls’ a heart attack!  We later learned that a tornado had touched down just a few miles away.

Some of our garden has sprouted!  Most of the seeds that we planted last Tuesday have now come up.  It sure looks good to look down the rows and see those little green vegetable plants!  Unfortunately, weeds will soon follow.  I guess I’d better get ready to hoe!  One more thing to add to our ‘to do’ list.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying watching the birds around the yard.  They’ve been enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine.  Our daughter has a couple of bluebirds nesting in a bird house in her yard.  Apparently, they have babies because I watched them taking food into the bird house, on Saturday.  Some mockingbirds have a nest in the cedar tree, as usual.  Ed and I, also, have a cardinal couple who regularly come to pick up the stray food from around our chicken’s pen.  We have a bird feeder, but this couple seems to enjoy stealing the scratch food.

I’ve spent a great deal of this week trying to finish and upload the last of my video montages from One True Media over to YouTube, since One True Media is going out of business next month.  I only have six weeks left before all of my videos will be deleted, unless they’re published on YouTube.  Unfortunately, lots of other customers must be doing the same thing because it’s taking FOREVER to get a video to process!  I spent two days waiting for the video, below, to process!  Believe it or not, I’ve posted 77 video montages to YouTube, over the past three years.

Here is a montage of our tree cutting experience, last summer.  It’s worth watching, especially if you’ve never seen anyone walk up, tie off, then cut down some VERY TALL pine trees (which happen to have been located VERY CLOSE to our house)!  It amazed me to learn that the tree climber had once fallen from a tree, landed on a concrete picnic table, and shattered one side of his entire body!  He wasn’t even expected to survive, yet there he was, climbing trees again, believe it or not!

Thanks to Mrs. 4-4-4-4 at Half-Past Kissin’ Time  for hosting Friday Fragments each week.  It’s always fun to link up and see what everyone else is ‘fragging’ about, and she’s, also, having a celebration all month! You should check it out!

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Have a great weekend, everybody!  I’ll see you on Monday 🙂

 

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Rolling Into Another Hodgepodge…

Once again, Wednesday has rolled around, which means The Hodgepodge has rolled around, too.  This is the 170th edition, and I’m still lovin’ it!  Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for all of her effort in keeping this fun meme rolling along.  Without further delay, why don’t we roll into today’s questions…

1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last ‘shower’ attention on someone or have attention ‘showered’ on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?

Around here, most of the ‘showering of attention’ centers around birthday time.  The last time I remember ‘showering attention’  one anyone was in October, when I hosted a small family birthday party for our daughter, Brandy.  I prefer to do the ‘showering’, rather than being the one who’s ‘showered’, but I have to admit,  it feels good to be ‘showered’ every now and then 🙂

2. Share a favorite ‘spring break’ memory. Not talking about just the ‘college spring break’ thing, but any favorite spring break memory you’d like to share. Keep it family friendly please!

One year, while our children were still in elementary school, we took a family camping trip during Easter break.  We pulled our camper to Florida, to my brother’s house.  After we left there, we camped at Ft. Clinch, on Amelia Island, Fla., too.  While we were there, we learned that Ft. Clinch would soon be having a ‘war reenactment’, so we ended up returning a short time later, to experience that, as well.  Ladies, in period dress, actually cooked over open fires, while men in uniform pretended to go about the business of war.  I still remember one ‘soldier’, in the infirmary, screaming at the top of his lungs because his leg was supposedly being amputated.  The look on our children’s faces, during this, was priceless!

3. It’s National Pecan Month…are you a fan? If so, what’s your favorite dish that calls for pecans?

Yes, I’m a fan of pecans!  I  enjoy growing them, but what I enjoy most is selling them!  Pecans usually bring a good price, and the extra money comes in handy at tax time!   My favorite dish, using pecans, is pecan pie.  Unfortunately, it’s very high in sugar, so I don’t eat much of it anymore.

4. ‘Put all your eggs in one basket’, ‘egg on your face’, ‘rotten egg’, ‘walk on eggshells’, or ‘a good egg’…which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?

I’m going to say I’ve been putting all of my eggs in one basket, simply because ‘my girls’ have started laying eggs again, and I have to gather eggs every day.  I know that’s probably not what Joyce meant, but that’s how it rolls around here.

5. In my experience–the older I get, the faster time seems to go! Whatever happened to the days when time seemed to d-r-a-g?

6. What’s a favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?

I have two favorites.  The first one is “Rainy Night In Georgia” by Brook Benton, and the other is “Rainy Days and Mondays” by the Carpenters.  Both are old songs from the 70’s, and tend to put me in a melancholy mood whenever I hear them.  “Rainy Night In Georgia” was popular when Ed was in army basic training.  We missed each other so much during that time, and have since shared how the song made us both sad whenever we heard it on the radio back then.  “Rainy Days and Mondays” makes me remember Karen Carpenter, and how she left this earth at such a young age.  There will never be another voice quite like Karen’s.

7. What does the word hope mean to you?

Well, sometimes I’m not very good expressing myself with words, so I’m afraid I had to turn to Wikipedia for help with this one!   It said, ” Hope is the “feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” or the act of “look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence” or “feel[ing] that something desired may happen”.   In other words, hope is the light at the end of the tunnel!

Random:

Since next weekend is Easter, but we’re not having ‘The Hodgepodge’ that week, here’s a little something to put you in a festive mood.  It’s a montage of my favorite family Easter memories–so far.

 

I’m so excited to have another new grandson, who will be celebrating his first Easter, this year!  Guess I’ll have to make a new Easter montage, before too much longer!  The only problem is, ‘One True Media’, the company I normally use to make montages, is going out of business, next month. Bummer!

 

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Listening To That Still, Quiet Voice…

A few weeks back, I mentioned that I couldn’t wait to get some new baby chicks, when spring came.  Little did I know that baby chicks would go on sale in February–when the outside temperatures were hovering around freezing!

The first time Ed and I encountered baby chicks, at Tractor Supply, it caught me quite off guard.  I wasn’t expecting to see chicks for about another month!  I stood and admired the great selection of fuzzy babies, then we left.  An hour or so later, we made our way back to the store to buy some chicks!  (I tend to do things like that, sometimes.)  I went back because I remembered what a fiasco I’d had the last time I decided I wanted to raise chickens, then couldn’t find any baby chicks for sale.   Anyway, by the time we got back to Tractor Supply, most of the pullets (female chicks) had already been sold, and only a few ‘runts’ remained.  I decided to wait for the next shipment of pullets.

The following week, I tried, repeatedly, to catch a new shipment of pullets whenever they came in at Tractor Supply, but I wasn’t successful.  Either the shipment of chicks hadn’t come in, or the pullets would have sold out whenever I called.  I never could get my timing just right.

Then, I began thinking about how much work goes into raising baby chicks, and I began thinking about having to keep those chicks inside of my house, for six long weeks, with all of the dust and mess it entails.  I, also, began thinking about having to enlarge our current chicken run, to accommodate the new flock. (I‘d planned to temporarily use our dog kennel to house the new flock, but, in the meantime, our daughter began using the kennel to house her dog.)  Then, to top things off,  Ed received the news about his pay cut!  I began to seriously wonder if the Lord was trying to tell me something.

About the same time all of these things were happening, our current hens began to ramp up their egg production again!  After several months of molting and resting, ‘the girls’ were back in the egg laying business!  All of the sudden, I had three dozen eggs in the refrigerator again!  Finally, I came to the conclusion that the Lord really was trying to tell me something, and, this time, I was going to listen!  I decided there wouldn’t be any new baby chicks at our house, this year.

You know, it’s kind of funny, but I went back to Tractor Supply, a couple of weeks ago, and guess what they had gotten in?!  More baby chicks!  Guess what two things they had left?  Pullets and ducklings–the hardest kinds of birds to find!  Do you think the Lord could have been testing me?  It was hard, but I came home empty-handed.

However, I did purchase some new baby chicks, the other day, and here they are:

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 They’re not nearly as warm, fuzzy, and fun as the real thing, but they’ll have to do–for now:)

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Miscellaneous Monday…

Wow!  The weekend is over, once again, and it’s time to begin another week.  I won’t take much time to write about our busy weekend, except to say that it went by in a hurry and included lots of work!   I’ll spare you the details, but just know that Ed and I were very tired and very dirty on Saturday night–and I went to bed with some sunburn!

We had planned on having a Sunday visit from our son, Brad, and his family, but things didn’t work out.  Just as I was dragging out the pots and pans to cook, Brad called to say sickness had struck their family–again, and they wouldn’t be coming.  Note to Brad & family here:  Country living is healthier for you than city living 🙂  Anyway, I put the post and pans away, and Ed and I went shopping, instead–all day–because it was raining!  Believe it or not, I went to Lowe’s and actually shopped in their garden center, while using an umbrella–and I wasn’t the only one doing it!!!  Gotta’ love that!

Our summer-like temperatures have temporarily left us,  and cool, rainy days have taken their place.  Thankfully, the workmen were able to get the tin on our porch roof before the rain got here 🙂  Hopefully, the ‘April Showers’ will make our newly planted garden grow because these cold, dreary days really suck!

Speaking of the garden, did you know it’s “Garden Week”?   On that note, let’s hop right into today’s questions of ‘The Monday Quiz’, shall we?  Thanks to Heather and Wayne for furnishing the questions and hosting.  Feel free to join us, if you can, by clicking the button below:

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1. This week is “Garden Week” – do you garden and what progress have you made on this year’s garden… Wayne also wants to know what May Flowers you want these April Showers to bring?

Last week, Ed and I spent three different days working on this year’s garden.  We currently have ten (140 feet long) rows of vegetables and one row of flowers planted in our garden.  Ed plans to plant a row of peanuts and a row of watermelons, then we’ll be finished!  Since I planted zinnias and sunflowers in the garden, on Saturday, I hope ‘April Showers’ will cause them to bloom sometime in June!  I use the ‘garden flowers’ to make bouquets for the house, plus they make the vegetable garden look pretty!  See-

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Sunflowers in last year’s garden

2. Monday is No Housework Day – will you celebrate?

Yes, I think I will celebrate!  I have several other chores that I need to do, today, and none of them involve housework 🙂  I don’t like to do housework when it rains, anyway.

3. Wednesday is Name Yourself Day – would you change your name if you could? and if so, to what? If not, why not?

If someone would’ve asked me this question forty-five years ago, I probably would’ve answered “Yes, I’d like to change my name”, because I didn’t like my name back then.  I’ve always been glad that my mother spelled my name with a ‘K’ instead of a ‘C’, but I used to wish that she’d ended it with an “i” or an “ie”.  However, now that I’ve had my name for almost sixty years, it’s kind of grown on me!   These days, I’m happy being plain, old Kathy–with a “y”.

4. Friday is 8 Track Tape day – do you remember them? Did you have one? What 8 track song will you sing in honor of this day?

Oh, yeah!  I remember 8 track tapes and 8 track tape players (of the 70’s) very well!  Ed had one in his car, and I had one in my bedroom, back when  we were dating.  In fact, Ed actually bought my 8 track  player for me, cause he was nice like that.  (He, also, left all of his 8 track tapes with me while he was off serving in the military.)

One of the tapes I remember us listening to a lot, back then, was ‘The Supremes Greatest Hits’. “Baby Love” was one of my favorite songs on the tape, and hearing it, now, takes me right back to those nights of riding around in Ed’s 1961 Pink Mercury–without a care in the world–except what time I had to be home! With that happy thought, I’ll end this post and say “Happy Monday, y’all!”

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I Can Hardly Drag, But It’s Time To Frag…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

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Whew!  What a week it has been!  My brain and body are toast, but it’s Friday, and everything’s gonna’ be alright!  Friday means two things around here–the weekend’s here, and it’s time for Friday Fragments.  First things first, let’s get to the ‘Fragments’.  Thanks to Mrs. 4-4-4-4 for hosting!

Speaking of Mrs. 4-4-4-4, this month, she’s having a ‘Fraggin Fantastic Tercentennial Celebration’ (and give away) over at HalfPastKissintime!   Soon she will be posting her 300th edition of Friday Fragments.   The celebration will last through May 9, so be sure to check it out!

I’ve been on an early schedule this week, due to having workmen at our house each day by 8 o’clock.  I’ve had to feed all of the animals and tend to the chickens before the workmen arrived at eight, because the noise from the construction disturbs my pets.  Today was the one day I could have slept in, but, no, my eyes popped open at six!  Wouldn’t ya’ know?!

Construction on the porch cover is almost complete.  The tin for the roof hasn’t come in, yet, so there will be a slight delay.  Hopefully, the tin should arrive sometime today.  As soon as it does, they’ll be back to finish the job.  For now, our porch has a ceiling, but no top!  This worries me a bit, and I’m sure hoping it doesn’t rain.

We’ve gone straight from winter to summer!  Yesterday, our temperatures were in the upper eighties!  Wow, what happened to spring?  I saw frost on the roof, on Monday, now it’s nearing 90 degrees.  Crazy!

We have seven rows of our garden planted, with 5 rows still waiting to be planted.  (Keep in mind, these rows are over 100 feet long!)  We’ve downsized from last year’s 17 rows, thank goodness!  The main thing we have yet to plant is corn.  The next good planting day is supposed to be Monday, if it doesn’t rain.  I’m thinking we might go against the Farmer’s Almanac and plant a row or two of something tomorrow!

I attempted to sign up for my retirement from TRS (teachers retirement system), earlier this week, but wasn’t successful.  I still have a few months before I’m sixty, but I’m glad I started the process early.  I have to wait for a packet of materials to arrive in the mail, which could take up to 30 days! No need to get in a hurry, huh?

Ed has begun to explore Medicare options, since he’ll turn 65 in November.  It seems surreal to be talking about Medicare!  I remember thinking we’d be young for a long, long time, and wouldn’t have to worry about such things!  Ha!  Time has a way of slipping up on us.

Speaking of time slipping up on us, Ed and I have begun making a few decisions concerning our future.  Some of those plans include death-related issues.  Several years ago, I made the decision that I’d like to be cremated.  Ed has since decided he will be cremated, as well.  When I first revealed my wishes to our children, they didn’t take the news very well.  (Cremation still isn’t a popular option where we live.)  This week, I saw something on Facebook, concerning cremation, that amused me, so permit me to share:

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Now I have another excuse for being cremated! Ha Ha

On that note, I’ll say “Have a great weekend!’

 

 

 

 

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It’s Time For The Hodgepodge, No Foolin’…

 

No foolin’, it’s the first Wednesday, in April, and it’s time for another Hodgepodge!  Hostess, Joyce, has graciously provided us with some ‘no real thinking required’ questions, this week, and my weary brain is grateful!   (See #7 and random for  explanation.)  Are you ready?  Here we go:

1. Since these questions are posting on the first day of April it seems only right to ask-when was the last time you did something foolish? If you can’t answer that one, try this one-when was the last time someone fooled you?

The last time I did something foolish was about two months ago, when I lost my eye glasses!  I ended up having to buy a new pair, because I still haven’t found my old ones.  One minute I had them, the next they were gone–and I was at home when they disappeared!

2. What’s the last biography or non-fiction book you’ve read? Was it any good?

I’m currently reading Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg by Kathie Lee Gifford, and I’m enjoying it very much.  It’s a collection of short stories (or essays, as Kathie Lee calls them), about some of her life experiences.  It reminds me of reading a blog, and some of Kathie Lee’s stories are quite entertaining!  I haven’t read Kathie Lee’s first book, I Can’t Believe I Said That, but I’m planning to read it next.

3. Garlic-friend or foe? What’s your favorite dish made with garlic?

I don’t care much for garlic, but, occasionally, I’ll eat garlic bread sticks with spaghetti.

4. Several Spring flower festivals happen in the US during the month of April. Of those listed, which would you most like to see in person…The Skagit Tulip Festival in Skagit Washington, The Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville Tennessee, The North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington North Carolina or the Daffodil Festival Weekend on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts?

I love tulips, so I’m going to say The Skagit Tulip Festival, in Skagit Washington.  We have dogwoods, azaleas, and daffodils, in Georgia, but no tulips where I live–except at the florist!

5. How do you choose which blogs to read? What is something that will make you stop and read every time? Something that makes you say, ‘eh, think I’ll skip this one and move on to the next’?

I usually find new blogs by participating in blog hops or memes.  I don’t really know how I choose which blogs to read and follow, but some people’s blogs just seem to ‘speak’ to me, while others don’t. Most of the blogs that I follow (but not all) are written by women who are fairly close to my age, and have similar interests.  I always enjoy someone who can tell a good story, someone who can make me laugh, and someone who writes from the heart.  I don’t really care for a lot of bragging, ranting, or product reviews.

6. April is National Mathematics Education Month so tell us, when did you last use math?

I used math, last Friday, when I filled out the bank deposit slip.  No wait!  On second thought,  we used math, yesterday, when figuring out how to plant our garden!  At one point, we were using a tape measure to space our tomato plants!

7. In honor of the A-Z challenge kicking off on April 1…choose one word beginning with the letter A to describe your yesterday.

Active would best describe my yesterday!  Ed had the day off from work, so he and I worked in our garden all day long!  We planted cucumbers, squash, green beans, butter beans, tomatoes, and peas.  Today, we have the tired, aching bodies to prove it, but we’re not finished planting yet!

Random:

The last time I posted, on Monday, three workmen had showed up to begin construction on the roof of our porch.  What a day that turned out to be!  All day long, I listened to their hammering and sawing, thinking, any minute, that something was going to fall off of the walls–and then came the dreaded knock on my door, about 3 p.m.   Rex, the foreman, says to me, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?”  The good news was they successfully cut a hole in the front of our house (for a vent/crawl space entrance).  The bad news was, in the process, they cut through some of our electrical wiring in the attic!   One of the guys spliced the cut wires back together, but didn’t get the right ones hooked together.  Not realizing this, the men left for the day.

Ed came home from work, and found me at my wit’s end.  He, then, spent the next four hours crawling up and down the ladder, and running back and forth to our breaker box (which happens to be located in a difficult to reach space).   During all of this activity, I heard a loud noise on the porch, and wondered if Ed had let the ladder throw him.  It turns out, the ladder did slide out from under him, but, fortunately, Ed was able to catch himself on a rafter!   (Thank goodness Ed still has some of his quick reflexes left!)  Did I mention how the ladder barely missed hitting our glass door?

As if all of this activity wasn’t enough, during Ed’s trips to the breaker box, he left the ladder unattended.  Drake, one of our older cats, crawled up the ladder and started wandering around in our attic crawl space!  We didn’t know this– until we started hearing movement in the attic, and noticed the ceiling beginning to flex!

Eventually, Ed was able to get all of the wires hooked up correctly, and catch the ‘curious cat’, and safely put him back on the ground where he belonged!  To say Monday was a stressful afternoon would be an understatement!   Tuesday was relatively uneventful, thank goodness.

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