It has been a crazier than usual week, and I’ve been kicking myself for not being able to join in today’s Hodgepodge this morning. Then, suddenly, my husband reminded me that it’s still Wednesday for another two hours and forty-five minutes! Better late than never, right? As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for the great questions! Here goes…
1. Did you do anything ‘memorable’ this past weekend? We had a family cookout at our daughter’s house. We officially kicked off summer with watermelon, boiled peanuts, plus grilled ribs and chicken–oh, and a swim in the pool for the cousins! 2. Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying- “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Your thoughts? Do you somehow acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms you enjoy? Did your upbringing contribute to that sense of appreciation? If you’re a parent, are there specific things you do to pass on this sense of responsibility and appreciation to your own children in regard to the freedoms they enjoy? I agree with the quote, and I do acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms we have–now more than ever–in these turbulent times. I also appreciate the men and women who served, fought, or died to protect these freedoms. I’m proud to say that several of our family members are among those who have served.
3. Loudest noise you’ve ever heard? The music coming from the very large speakers at an outdoor Michael Bolton concert! Our seats were very close to the stage, and were located directly in front of the speakers. I had to stuff bits of a napkin into my ears to be able to stand it 😦 I don’t think my hearing has been the same since.
4. What was the last thing you ate that might be considered ‘junk food’? Did you enjoy it? A heavenly hash ice cream cone? Yes, I enjoyed it very much 🙂
5. When was the last time you were somewhere the crowd felt ‘packed in like sardines’? I’m going to say July 4, 2010 when we made the mistake of going to St. Simon’s Island on a holiday! It was awful. It’s a tiny island, and there was literally standing room only on the beach! 6. Are you organized when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you make a list weeks in advance or toss items in last minute? Are you a carry-on only sort of packer or do you need an entire suitcase for your shoes? Yes, I’m very organized when it comes to packing. I make a list weeks in advance, if possible. I’m somewhere in between a “carry-on packer” and “needing an entire suitcase for shoes”. I always bring a little extra, but not too much (in my opinion).
7. What was the last sporting event you attended in person? Did your team win? Did you care? I don’t know if this counts, but the last sporting event I attended was one of our grandson’s T-ball games, a couple of years ago. The teams just took turns hitting the ball and running the bases, instead of playing to win. It was entertaining to watch four-year-olds learning how to run the bases. Random: Like I said, it’s been a crazier than usual week here. Our garden vegetables are getting ready to pick, so that’s how we’ve been starting our days. This morning Ed picked almost a bushel of green beans before eight o’clock! My back still won’t tolerate much bending, so I can only help a little. However, I snapped all of the beans. Ed and I ‘canned’ seven quarts of beans, this afternoon, and will do the other seven in the morning. The garden peas need picking, again, and so do the blackberries. The refrigerator is filled with fresh squash, cucumbers, and carrots that we’ve gathered, this week. I made a fresh blackberry cobbler, this week, too. This afternoon, I also babysat two of our grandsons while their mother attended an out-of-town funeral. Our granddaughter came over to visit, as well. Having three children running around, while canning green beans, makes for a busy afternoon. Did I mention that Ed and I also met with our financial planner and bought groceries, this morning (after picking beans, but before the children arrived)? What a week it’s turning out to be!