The Hodgepodge and I have been absent from blog land for a couple of weeks, but we’re back today! I needed a blogging break, and I think our hostess, Joyce, may have needed one, too. It feels good to be back, and, as always, I thank Joyce for all that she does for us.
1. What’s changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?
Since I just celebrated a birthday on August 30, not a lot has changed since then. I’ve begun to decorate the house and yard for fall, but I’m not finished, yet. Below is a picture of what we’ve done outside, so far. The bird house was a birthday gift. I decided to decorate it, and make it part of my fall decor.
Speaking of my birthday, before I move on, I have to share a picture of the cake Ed got for my birthday:
It says, “Happy Birthday Hunny Bunny”. I loved it!
2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what’s a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer?
I do, occasionally, listen to classical music because I find it relaxing. I don’t know if I have a favorite piece, but I love all of the music from The Nutcracker, and sometimes I fall asleep listening to it.
3. Besides The Bible, what’s a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so?
I don’t know of a book, other than the Bible, that has really changed my life, relationships, career, etc. (I prefer reading fiction or autobiographies over self-help.) Some years ago, I did actually buy one self-help book by Dr. Phil McGraw. When our oldest son saw the book on the table, he told me the only “self-help” book anybody needs is the Bible. I’ve never forgotten that.
4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you smarter…play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively
Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?
I’ve tried to learn a musical instrument, once, (keyboard), and , unfortunately, I wasn’t very good at it. These days, my ability to exercise is limited due to back issues. I don’t care much for cooking or traveling anymore, either.
I read magazines and books. I enjoy writing my feelings down, so I blog and occasionally keep a journal for more private thoughts. I’ll give my brain a ‘workout’ with jigsaw or word puzzles, every now and then, but I probably need to do more of that.
5. What sports traditions does your family have?
Ed and I are not really ‘into’ sports, so we don’t really have any sports traditions. We’ll usually watch the Georgia/Florida football game, or perhaps another Georgia game or two, but that’s about it.
6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.
I find the ‘protesters’ behavior disgraceful, disgusting, and shameful. Enough said.
7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?
I have a lot more patience than I used to have, as far as waiting for an event to happen or a package to come in the mail. The days seem to pass so quickly, now. I tend to lose patience on extremely long waits at the doctor’s office. Two hours is too long to wait. I quickly get aggravated with loud, obnoxious people, too.
I have been absent from blogging for two weeks. When I found time to blog, I lacked the energy, and when I had energy I was busy doing other things. Here’s a quick recap:
I celebrated another birthday, and things really don’t feel any different, except for the anticipation of receiving another retirement check. I’ll have to wait until next month for that, but remember, I’m a patient person.
Ed and I were able to make two trips to St. Simon’s Island during the past two weeks. I’m looking forward to making [at least] one more trip before we end our 2016 beach season. The crowds are all gone, and the weather is wonderful.
Ed and I attended a little end of the summer ‘social’ a couple of weeks ago. Some of the folks we used to attend church with got together, made some ice cream, cooked some boiled peanuts, and invited all of the “displaced” church folks over. We had a great time! We’ve gotten to know the former pastor and his wife better, lately. We visited with them at their home, recently, and they were at the ‘social’ as well.
Ed and I spent a day visiting with some long-time friends (as in, since our high school days) who live in another town. For lunch, they treated us to some of the best “low country boil” I’ve ever eaten. We had a great day visiting with them, and even ended up buying their recliner chair before we left. I’m pleased to say, the recliner fit perfectly in the back of our van, and we didn’t even have to fold down the middle row of seats. (now that’s a roomy vehicle!) Ed and I now have matching ‘his-n-hers’ recliners.
“Grandparent’s Day” came and went, last weekend, and Ed and I were honored with visits and gifts from each of our four grandchildren. (I didn’t even realize it was “Grandparent’s Day”) The living room shelves are now lined with new fall portraits of each of the “grands”, in addition to several other nice gifts they gave us. We treasure the gifts, but we loved the visits most of all. It was a good weekend.
Ed and I attended a different church this past Sunday. It’s a church that is currently without a pastor, but they do have a new pastor coming, next month. It turns out, our former pastor had been scheduled to “fill in” at this church, a couple of months ago, while he was still pastoring the old church, and it was his Sunday to preach. Several other displaced church folks, and us, attended both services. It was good to worship with our new friends, again, and to see some old friends who are members of the church we were visiting.
I’ll be late making the blog rounds today. I have a dermatologist appointment this morning, but I’ll do my visiting when I return. Sadly, I’m not able to see ‘the linky’ again today 😦