These retirement days just keep on flying by! In another week, Ed will have been retired for 3 months already! And I thought time was flying before…
It’s Wednesday in our neck of the woods, so that means it’s time for The Hodgepodge! As always, (maybe even a little more since her husband’s recent retirement), I thank our gracious hostess, Joyce, for hosting this wonderful meme! I tell you, folks, it’s tough to fit blogging in with newly retired husbands! (It’s 10 pm Tuesday night, and I’m still working on this!)
1. Besides left over Easter goodies, what’s something currently kept in a basket at your house?
I’m currently storing magazines in one basket, and Evan’s toys in another. The toys are in a larger rectangular wicker basket with wooden wheels on it, so we can roll it.
2. ‘The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ ~Michelangelo Buonarroti
So which one are you…the one who aims too high, or the one who aims too low? Have you ever seen The Sistine Chapel? Did you know Michelangelo’s surname prior to answering this question?
I’m definitely the one who aims too low, out of a fear of not succeeding. After all, I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 26 because I was afraid to take the test… and I didn’t give college a try until I was almost 50!
No, I haven’t seen the Sistine Chapel, and I didn’t know Michelangelo’s surname prior to reading this question. Yay, for learning something new, huh?!
3. April 7th is National Beer Day. Hmmm…wonder how that’s celebrated? Do you like beer? Have a favorite? If you’re not a beer drinker do you have any recipes you enjoy cooking that call for beer?
No, I don’t like beer. It stinks and tastes even worse than it smells.
Years ago, my hubby, Ed, used to enjoy drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Do they even make that brand any more?
Since I can’t stand the smell or taste of beer, I don’t have any recipes that call for it (that I know of).
4. When did you last travel somewhere new? Tell us where? How’d it go?
It’s been several years since we traveled any place new. These days, we don’t travel much, and, when we do, we usually stick to familiar territory. I think the last new place we went was Charleston, SC, and I loved it! We made a return trip a couple of years after our first one. Here’s one of my favorite pics from our first trip:
5. The value of ____money____is greatly overrated. I say this because money sure doesn’t go very far, these days! A twenty dollar bill doesn’t even come close to buying what it used to. It now takes a fifty to buy what twenty used to buy.
6. What’s a pet peeve of yours when it comes to restaurant dining?
I have two of them. The first one is loud or annoying children in a restaurant. The second is loud people who talk on their cell phones during the meal. Either one of those situations drives me crazy.
7. It’s Poetry Month…share a favorite poem, either the title, a few lines you find meaningful, or the whole kit and caboodle.
A few weeks ago, I discovered a poem in the newspaper that I really liked. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to share, and here it is! The poem is a little long, so I chose only my favorite verses to share:
I Remember (submitted to our paper by Arvid Lawless)
A little house with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street
A mower that you had to push, to make the grass look neat.
In the kitchen on the wall, we only had one phone
And no need for recording things, someone was always home!
We only had a living room, where we would congregate
Unless it was at mealtime, in the kitchen were we ate.
We only had one TV set, and channels maybe two
But always there was one of them with something worth the view.
For snacks we had potato chips, that tasted like a chip
And it you wanted flavor, there was Lipton’s onion dip!
Remember when the doctor used to be a family friend
And didn’t need insurance, or a lawyer to defend?
The way that he took care of you, or what he had to do
Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you!
Remember going to the store, and shopping casually
and when you went to pay for it, you used your own money?
Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount
And remember when the cashier person had to really count?
There was a time when just one glance was all it would take
And you would know the kind of car, the model and the make.
They didn’t look like turtles, trying to squeeze out every mile
They were streamlined, white walls, fins–and really had some style!
One time the music that you played whenever you would jive
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record, called a forty-five!
The record player had a post, to keep them all in line
And then the records would drop down, and play one at a time!
This life seemed so much easier, slower in some ways.
I love the new technology, but I sure do miss those days!
So time moves on, and so do we, and nothing stays the same
But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane!
You may have seen this commercial on television, but I hadn’t seen it until our daughter sent it to me in an email.
She said it made her think of me.
I laughed when I watched it because it made me think of my three old red hens, aka ‘the girls’. They are allowed to free-range, these days, and they think they are family members! It’s not uncommon for one of them to hop up on our laps while we’re relaxing in the yard. They follow us all around the yard, too. in search of a treat! One hen has even learned how to slip past the baby gate we use to keep them off of our front porch! Often, we’ll find her waiting for us on the porch–along with about four of our cats! I could totally see this hen traveling like the hen in the commercial 🙂