Welcoming June With A Hodgepodge…

1. Tell us about one fun thing on your June calendar.

God willing, Ed and I will be celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary on June 18!  We usually celebrate the day, together, near a beach somewhere, followed by our traditional early evening meal of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  KFC isn’t on our ‘approved’ diet anymore, since Ed’s heart attack, but we’ll make an exception on our anniversary.  We’ve eaten KFC on the past 43 anniversaries, beginning on our wedding night, when we were given our meal free, as a complimentary wedding gift.

2. How careful are you in the sun? Do you tan or burn? Do you make it a point to see the dermatologist every year?

For the first 40 years of my life I never paid a lot of attention to the sun.  I never burned or peeled like so many people do, I just turned brown.  Because of this, I rarely wore any kind of suntan lotion or sunscreen.

At age 41,  I had to begin taking drugs [to control rheumatoid arthritis] which made me sensitive to the sun, so I really had to limit my sun exposure or I’d burn/ break out in a rash.

In December of 2015, much to my surprise, I was diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells on the bridge of my nose and basal cell carcinoma beside my nose!  I had to have my entire nose ‘frozen’ to remove the pre-cancerous cells, followed by Moh’s surgery to remove the skin cancer beside my nose, followed by plastic surgery to close the ugly hole left by the surgery.  Neither experience was fun, and my face will never be the same.

I’ll have to be followed by a dermatologist for the rest of my life because there is a 50% chance of skin cancer recurrence.  These days, I can’t stress how important it is to protect yourself from the sun!  Heed the warning.

3. Describe a time when you wanted to ‘throw in the towel’?

Lately, there have been many times when I’ve wanted to throw in the towel while trying to get our garden harvested and canned!  Sometimes, God gives us a ‘bumper crop’ of things, and, this year, it was green beans.  Ed and I have picked and canned so many green beans we’ve lost count of the jars!!!  One day, we spent twelve solid hours picking and processing green beans!

4. What’s a song you love that has a day of the week in the title or lyrics?

It’s an old song, but I love “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and Papas.  I also like “Pleasant Valley Sunday” by the Monkees.

5. Are you a fan of berries? Which one’s your favorite? What’s the most recent berry dish you’ve eaten? Which blueberry breakfast food appeals to you most-blueberry pancakes, blueberry yogurt, or a blueberry muffin?

Yes, I am a fan of berries.  My favorites are strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, in that order.

The most recent “berry dish” I’ve eaten is home-made blackberry jelly.  Before that, it was blackberry cobbler. Can you tell our berries are getting ripe?

I prefer blueberry pancakes for breakfast, but I’m a huge fan of blueberry muffins, as well. We usually eat them as our bread with a regular meal.

6. What’s something you want to do before your next birthday?

There is nothing special on my ‘bucket list’.  I just want to enjoy each and every day, to the fullest, and, hopefully, get to spend each one of them with my husband, Ed.  I do need to make a visit to the Social Security office to talk with them, though.

7. June 1st is National Say Something Nice Day, so let’s all say something nice here.

First of all, I’d like to say how thankful I am for our hostess, Joyce, and for “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  I met our hostess, Joyce, through a similar meme, a few years back, and immediately liked her.  Joyce is warm and gracious, and has such a way with words!  When the other meme ran its course, I thought Joyce would be an excellent meme hostess, and was thrilled when she decided to begin “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Kudos to Joyce, who has exceeded my expectations of a great hostess!  In addition to all of the fun I’ve had while participating in The Hodgepodge, I’ve met some great people along the way.  Thank y’all for being my friends, and I apologize for my absence in blog land, lately.


Ed and I have been eating many “garden fresh” meals, lately.  Last week, we had a grilled chicken salad, and all veggies in the salad were from the garden (lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, radishes), with the exception of tomatoes, which aren’t ripe yet.  Last night, everything on our plate was from the garden except for the meat and bread. (squash, green beans, potatoes, cabbage)

I haven’t made jelly in many years, but, this year, I decided to give it another try.  We attempted the first batch of blackberry jelly over the Memorial Day weekend.  It turned out pretty good, but we need a little more practice, so we’ll be making a second batch soon.  Homemade jelly is delicious!



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  1. I love blackberry jam. I’ll take a jar of that with my green beans : ) Congratulations on reaching 44! I love that you always have KFC to mark the occasion. Wishing you many more happy years together!

  2. Your garden certainly keeps you busy. It’s scary how skin cancer can creep up on you. I tend to keep to the shade when it’s hot and sunny. Happy anniversary. That’s a lovely tradition. Great song choice too!

  3. As usual, I’m jealous of your garden, but after finally finishing starting mine yesterday, I’m not envious of the work you and Ed put into it.

  4. Your garden sounds wonderful and all the food you fixed for dinner. Happy anniversary. I love your KFC tradition. Your tribute to Joyce was excellent. I also feel the same way. You expressed it much better.

  5. Gardens are a lot of work, but that fresh produce canned or frozen will sure be good going forward. My mom canned and canned until we got a big chest freezer, then everything got frozen. No more jars to wash. I do think canned stays nice longer. Enjoyed your HP!

  6. That is so sweet that you and your husband eat KFC every anniversary. You were married the same year I was born 🙂 Your salads sound delicious and so does your jelly. I agree about Joyce too.

  7. Hi…I saw you linked your post. Just fyi I linked you too-you are #15 and 38 : )

  8. It sounds like you need a 101 Green Bean Recipe Cookbook. Pleasant Valley Sunday is a great song. Congratulations on 44 years of wedded bliss. That’s quite the accomplishment in this day and age. SWMBO and I also celebrate 44 years this July. Have a blessed week.

  9. Happy anniversary wishes a little early. And may the blessings of your life together continue. My face, too, will likely never be the same either after my stroke. But even though it is different, I can still smile, which is a good thing because i have so much to smile about. Kudos on your and Ed’s persistence and stamina in harvesting, eating fresh and preserving.

  10. That’s right we got married in 1972 also in June. (Of course we are missing six years.) Congratulations!!! I love your tradition of KFC. I of course picked Monday, Monday too and it brings back such great memories. I can’t think of anything better than eating your fresh veggies from your garden.

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