A ‘Moving’ Hodgepodge…

It’s a ‘different’ kind of week at our house.  We’re still trying to settle down from the past few days of dealing with hurricane Matthew, and its after effects.  Thankfully,  our power and internet have been restored so I can participate in today’s Hodgepodge!  As always, many thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for hosting.

1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?

The best thing about moving is getting a fresh start in a new place.  The worst thing about moving is packing, unpacking, and figuring out where everything should go.  I hate moving!

2. What’s moved you recently?

Hearing our two oldest grandsons pray.  I’m very moved by how well the two of them can already pray, even at ages four and seven.

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?

Life is definitely moving forward, because time is passing at a break-neck speed!  In less than tw0 weeks Ed will, hopefully, be celebrating the year anniversary of his heart attack.  I’ll also receive my first social security check.  (When did I get that old?!)  Last, but not least, our youngest grandchild will also be turning three in about three weeks!  No more babies in our family 😦

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it’s your move, or bust a move…which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.

For the past five days, it’s been “get a move on” around here.  You see, although we live about 80 miles from the Georgia coast, we happen to live in an area that was greatly affected by hurricane Matthew.  First we had to prepare for the storm, then we had to survive the storm, now we’re cleaning up the mess caused by the storm. (I’ll give more details below.)

5. What song makes you want to get up and move?

These days, there’s not much that makes me want to get up and move, but back in my teen years I loved to dance to this song…

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you’re ‘on the move’?

I don’t really have a favorite snack to grab ‘on the move’, but I’ll say a banana or a pack of crackers because I can eat those while driving.

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?

I can’t think of any single accessory that makes our house feel like home, but wall decor is very important to me.  Our new house didn’t feel like a home, to me, until we hung pictures or other kinds of wall decor.


As I mentioned, earlier, hurricane Matthew sure packed a punch in our area!  I’ve never heard such wind or seen as many downed trees and power lines in our area.  Friday night was definitely a night to remember!  Ed and I lost two large pecan trees, but, fortunately suffered no other property damage.  Our oldest son suffered some mild damage to his home and to their children’s trampoline, but nothing too serious.  Actually, Ed and I were some of the very fortunate few who were able to keep electricity throughout the storm!  What a blessing!


some of our neighbor’s downed pecan trees

Both of our sons and their families stayed with us during the storm, then both sons lost power at their houses.  When all was said and done, nine of us ended up staying together in our two bedroom, one bathroom house for several days and nights.  We not only survived, but actually had some good times together while doing it!

On the day after the storm, we had to unload and move two freezers, plus the food, to our house because the house where the freezers were kept lost power. We also moved the food from our son’s freezer into our freezer to keep it from thawing.  Our youngest son was able to put his frozen food in our daughter’s freezer because she still had power. We did a lot of food moving, then the unthinkable happened.

Two days after the storm, on Sunday, Ed and I (and our daughter) lost power, too!  Some of the linemen accidentally burned up our transformer while doing some repairs down the line, then had to get a new transformer from Atlanta.  The nine of us were actually sitting around the table having supper when the power went out, so we ended up dining by candlelight!

Things got a little more complicated with nine of us living in a house without power or running water, but we made it! (We have a well/pump, so no power equals no running water, either)  Well, we not only survived, I think we grew closer together.  In hard times, we pulled together–and improvised.  Have you tried PBJ and water for breakfast, lately?  I have!

Fortunately, for us, on Monday morning,  a friend of our DIL’s, who’d already gotten their power restored, was giving away some ice they no longer needed.  When our DIL said we’d like to have the ice, they offered use of their generator, as well.  What a Godsend that turned out to be!  (Ed was about to make an eight hour drive to purchase one.)  We were able to save all of the food we’d worked so hard to grow, pick and store, while many people lost all of their frozen food.  Again, we were so blessed!

100_6099our former pastor’s home

Thankfully, our power was restored, late Monday afternoon, less than twenty-four hours after we lost it.  Our youngest son’s power was restored about nine o’clock Monday night, so they went home.  Our oldest son’s power was restored sometime after bedtime, on Monday night, so they went home yesterday.

Some folks in our area are still without power (four days/nights and counting), because so many trees are down in our area. Many roads are still blocked by fallen trees, so school has been cancelled for the week.  A lot of people sustained damage to their homes or vehicles, but it could have been so much worse.  In most cases, the majority of trees fell away from homes.  What a blessing!

Speaking of blessings, the two people in the picture, below, ‘tied the knot’, fifty-three years ago, today, when they were really just ‘babes’.  Today, they’re still together, and going strong!  I’d like to send special wishes to my brother and his wife (who’s always been like a sister to me).

Happy Anniversary guys! I love y’all and hope you have a great day!

53 years and counting…


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  1. Wow! What a story of survival … and with love. I’m glad you all are all right. Congratulations to your brother and sil. That’s quite an accomplishment. Hearing our grandchildren pray is truly a blessing and I love that, too. But I still think of a 3 year old as “babyish” to some extent and they still like to be held and cuddled. But I know what you mean. Our youngest is 5.

  2. I’m glad you came through Matthew safe and sound. I really hate it when I lose power because like you I have a well pump and that means not only no running water, but no flusHing toilet!
    I saw San Simon Island mentioned in a news report .I guess they were under water for a large portion of the storm.

  3. So many of our hodgepodgers impacted by the hurricane. So glad everyone is safe.

  4. So glad you all were safe and enjoyed the unexpected blessing of togetherness. Congratulations to your brother and sister-in-law! My inlaws celebrate their 60th this year. Long marriages should definitely be celebrated!!

  5. So glad you all are safe! And truly inspiring that you folks see the best even in a terribly difficult situation! Also, Best wishes to your brother and SIL.

  6. Matthew did some real damage. Glad you all made it through okay. We purchased a generator a few years ago, after we were without power from a hurricane we thought it would be wise to have one. We also may lose power from blizzards but so far haven’t used it. It is fun to bunk down together with no power for a short time 😉

  7. Oh my gosh, I’m sorry you had such a time during the storm. Our kids in Brunswick had no damage and I don’t think they lost power. It’s crazy how those bands span out and hit just here and there. Back in 2004, when Charlie, Francis and Jean went through, nearly back-to-back down here, we were without power for three days. A month or so later, we bought a generator and (thankfully) haven’t had to use it yet. Joe calls it our insurance. Glad no one was hurt and that you didn’t lose all your food!!

  8. Taking Care of Business. That was the motto that Elvis had on lots of his things, TCB with a lightning bolt. It was on his plane, bus, and other places. That is a great song.

    It sounds like you had quite an adventure. It is amazing how much we rely on power for just the basics. It is also amazing what people crave just after a hurricane. After Hurricane Ike, the convenience store Suzanne and I were managing still had power. Suzanne made hundreds of pots of coffee and we sold anything that even looked like it was sweet. We sold 2 18 wheeler loads of ice.

    One guy at another store wanted to charge someone $20 for a gas can. People beat him up and he was arrested for price gouging.

    Glad to hear things are looking up. Have a great week.

  9. I love to hear the sweet prayers of the little ones. 🙂

    I am glad that your power and Internet have been restored and that you all made ti through the storm. What an adventure you all had with the musical freezer game! I’m glad the food wasn’t lost and am very sorry for those who did suffer losses. How cool that the trees fell away from the homes!

    Happy anniversary to your brother and his wife. Have a blessed day!

  10. Wow you certainly had a hectic time and playing musical freezers must have been a nightmare. But great that you could bring all your family together and get through it together. Glad you didn’t have too much damage as well.

  11. I wondered how y’all did during the storm. Sounds like you made lemonade out of those storm lemons. 🙂 I’m so glad you didn’t have damage other than the trees. We didn’t either except that I have noticed two areas on the living room ceiling where water leaked in. Husband says he didn’t have time to put something around the chimney and it probably came in that way. I hope he has way more time now to repair the ceiling. Haha!

  12. So glad tp know you and yours–and all those veggies you and Ed slaved over–made it through Matthew. Our oldest son was on his way home from storm duty in Savannah to “get the lights back on.” He had been there since several days before landfall. He was ready to reunite with his wife and four kids.

  13. That must be so wonderful to hear your grandson’s pray. What a blessing. I had no idea your were affected by Matthew. Glad your okay and that God was watching over you and your family.

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