Saying Farewell [To May] With A Hodgepodge…

So much to say, so little time!  It’s been seven whole days since I last blogged, but it’s Wednesday which means it’s time to dust off the old computer, and get busy with The Hodgepodge!  Thanks to Joyce, for faithfully hosting, and continuing to come up with some great questions!  Speaking of questions, here they are:

1. How should success be measured? Using that as your standard, who is the most successful person you know? (Or one of the most successful?)

Well, Joyce, why don’t you start off with a tough question?!  I’m not really sure how success should be measured, but, in my opinion, it shouldn’t be measured by the amount of education, money, or fame you have!  I think success could be measured by the amount of happiness/contentment one has with life,  the hardships one has overcome, the positive way in which one chooses to live their life, and even what people say about you after you’re gone.  

I think my late father-in-law was a very successful person.  He came from a large family, and his mother died when he was very young.  (His father later remarried, and I’m not sure how ‘good’ the step mother was to his children.)  Later, when he served in WWII, he sent money home, every month, to help support his family.  He fought in the war for a long time, over-coming the odds by surviving when many of his fellow soldiers didn’t.  Then he met and married the love of his life,  with whom he happily shared over fifty years.  Over the years, the couple had a total of five sons.  Two of the five sons got sick, and died at young ages.  My FIL always worked hard, and provided for his family.   My late father-in-law was never all that rich in money, but he was rich in so many other ways!  He was healthy and happy, and rarely complained.  His health didn’t even begin to falter until he was in his late seventies.  He never met a stranger, or turned away anyone who asked for his help.  He was always willing to share anything he had.  He tried to see to best in everyone, and, in turn, was loved by all.  After he passed away, the most common comment we heard was “He was a good man.”  

2. Have you ever been to a hot air balloon launch/fest/party? No, but I’ll bet it would be fun.

Ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? No.

Is that on your bucket list? No, I’m afraid of heights.

According to Frommers the ten best hot air balloon adventures in the world are-

Loire Valley (France), the Serengeti (Tanzania), Napa Valley (California), Lake Champlain (Vermont), Cappadocia (Turkey), Istria (Croatia), Gstaad (Switzerland), Yarra Valley (Australia), Muelle (Costa Rica), and Albuquerque (New Mexico).

Which one on the list would you most like to experience?  Really, none of the above, but if I have to choose one I’ll say Napa Valley.

3. May 25th is National Brown-Bag It Day. Did you/will you pack a lunch today? When did you last pack a lunch for someone and what are your go-to ingredients for a brown bag lunch?

No, I didn’t  pack a lunch for today, nor will I.   Ed and I usually pack a lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, baked chips, and a couple of cookies whenever we go on our weekly ‘road trips’.  That’s healthier than eating ‘fast food’ and saves us money, too. (We also enjoy the challenge of trying to find a shady place to eat our picnic lunch!)  We do treat ourselves to eating out about once a month.  The last time we packed a lunch was last Friday.

4. What’s one of your favorite dance scenes from a movie or television show?

I like the final dance scene from the movie “Dirty Dancing”.  I also like the final dance scene from the original [Kevin Bacon] movie, “Foot Loose”.

5. John F. Kennedy made famous the line, ‘…Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” So what can you do for your country?

I don’t know what I can do, but what I’d like to do is vote out all incumbents and begin with a clean slate!  I’m so sick of career politicians.  In fact, I’m pretty much tired of politicians in general.

6. Weekends are made for doing whatever makes you happy!

7. On this last Wednesday of the month, bid farewell to the month of May in seven words or less.

Busy month, went by in a hurry!


It’s been a busy time around here.  In the past seven days, Ed and I have picked and canned over 28 quarts of green beans!  We’ve also picked and frozen over 6 gallons of squash!  However, life can’t be all work and no play, so here’s a picture of me giving some “lap time” to one of my hens 🙂   Notice the cats in the background, who are waiting for their turn?

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Here’s also a picture of our little grandson who completed K-3, last week.  He also received  the “Christian character” award from his teachers. Way to go, Chase!  You’re well on your way to being successful, in this Mimi’s eyes.



Published in: on May 25, 2016 at 8:31 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. Sweet picture of your grandson. I’ll take a couple jars of those green beans : ) Hope you have a great long weekend!

  2. That is so funny to me to see a hen in your lap! I don’t like heights either. Green beans and squash fresh from the garden sound delicious. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. Your grandson sure is a cutie pie! My granny used to can all the time…sure wish I’d learn that skill from her. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  4. The p hoto of your grandson is precious but I’d have to vote the one of you and all your critters radiates such peace and love. I’m sure it could “go viral” but then that would ruin its spirit, wouldn’t it? Kudos to Ed or whoever took it.

  5. Hopping over from Joyce’s…enjoyed your Hodgepodge.

  6. I know, that was a tough first question. Your father in law sounds like a wonderful man and I would consider him a successful person. Two great movie choices for dancing!!! Great answer on voting out incumbents. Way to go on all that canning a freezing. You guys are awesome, wish I could do that. Congrats to Chase and he is so grown up already!

  7. Congratulations Chase! What a fine looking young man! Grandchildren enrich our lives in so many special ways. Here’s hoping that you and Ed have an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend.

  8. Lovely answers and great dance choice!

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