This Hodgepodge Feels Like Home…

This time of the year always brings back memories of moving into our second new home.  We weren’t quite finished with our house, but, on November 9, 2007, Ed and I moved out of our home of 30 years, and into our second home.  It’s hard to believe almost nine years have passed since then.  I can still remember hauling boxes and furniture across the yard…  Yes, we moved right next door!

Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for taking time to host this week’s Hodgepodge, especially since she’s getting ready to move, herself!  I appreciate you, Joyce, and best wishes with the move!

1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most ‘at home’?

I guess that would have to be our daughter’s house, located next door to us, which used to be our house until about nine years ago.  It’s only natural that I’d still feel ‘at home’ there, since Ed and I lived there for over 30 years, and raised our family in that house.

2. When did you last ‘hit a home run’ with something? Explain.

I’m going to say “surviving hurricane Matthew”.  We only lost our power for 21 hours, compared to many neighbors who were without electricity for several days.  Although we lost two large trees, we had no damage to either of the houses on our property.  Nine family members stayed together in our tiny, two bedroom, one bathroom home, for 3 days and 4 nights, and everyone got along well. God is good!

3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is ‘homemade’.

I have a large, ‘homemade’ sign hanging over the refrigerator that says “Kathy’s Diner”, and has a menu written on it.  I had this sign specially made for my kitchen whenever we built this house, and I love it.  It matches my red, white, and black Coca Cola decor.  Look closely, at the picture below, and you can see the sign over the refrigerator.

Coca cola Christmas kitchen...

4. ‘A man’s home is his castle’…which of the world’s ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-

Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateau de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael’s Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow’s Nest (Ukraine)

I’m sure any one of these castles would be captivating, and fun to visit, but I don’t know anything about any of them, so I’ll take a pass on answering this one.

5. What’s a recent or upcoming plan or project that’s required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?

Hurricane Matthew has caused a couple of unplanned projects at our house.  First of all, we had to move two freezers and install a new screen door on our storage house (for ventilation).  Next, was the project of cutting up and removing the two trees that were blown down, which required some repair work to the chain saw. (Ed still has one tree left to cut) Last comes the project of shopping for a generator, so we’ll be prepared for the next big storm that blows our way!

6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?

I think a little reading and math homework is valuable, because there’s not much time for practice during class. However, teachers need to be considerate and assign homework in moderation.

7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.

I remember when ‘Dairy Queen’ first came to our tiny little town.  It was back in the 60’s, and it was a big deal to everyone!  I don’t know which I liked best–the hamburgers and french fries or the soft serve ice cream.  Our original Dairy Queen was a very small, barn-shaped building, with a red roof, and no inside seating.  Over the years, our Dairy Queen’ has been renovated two or three times, and the name has been changed.  These days, it’s a very nice D Q Grill-n-Chill, with inside [or outside] seating, and I still enjoy their hamburgers, french fries, and soft serve ice cream, on rare occasions.


photo courtesy of Google

There’s something else that’s special about our local DQ.  The owner, Zuber Malek is a wonderful person, who cares about, and gives back, to the community.  Local citizens have responded to his kindness and generosity by giving his DQ the honor of being a top fund raiser for The Children’s Miracle Network!  Below is a picture of the sign, showing this year’s grand total:13906971_10153903695795892_7909803460642953741_n


Yesterday, the ‘unthinkable’ happened to our daughter.  She flushed her toilet, then came back a while later to discover a disaster.  The toilet flapper didn’t close after the tank refilled, and, apparently, the drain was sluggish, and couldn’t handle the flow of water.  The two malfunctions became the ‘perfect storm’ for a flood. Water went all into their bedroom, into the dining room, and into the kitchen.  Water even ran out the back door and down the steps.  Did I mention our daughter has laminate flooring?  Laminate flooring and water do not make a good combination.  Within the matter of a few minutes, there was quite a mess to deal with.

By mid-evening, with the help of family, the kitchen and dining room had been disassembled, with cabinets and furniture removed.  All of the soggy laminate had been taken up, as well.  Hopefully, there will be no chance of rain in the forecast, because most of the kitchen cabinets are sitting on the front porch, and will be sitting there for a few days while the floor dries out.  Fun times!




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  1. Oh no! I am so sorry to hear about your daughter’s troubles. My sister-in-law has been dealing with a faulty commode and it has not been a happy experience either.

    It was interesting reading about your Hurricane Matthew experience. So much work to set things right again. All the best with it. You must have a good and loving family to all get along in cramped quarters for several days.

    Lastly, if one had to move, I think a move “next door” sounds good. Perhaps a little easier.

  2. Ooh, I didn’t think about the Hurricane. We lost power for 3 days from the storm that hit in September but I think our plan of putting perishables in a cooler and heading west was a home run because we didn’t have to sit in the heat!

  3. Oh your poor daughter, what a disaster to try to clean up! I love your kitchen colors. I miss my white cabinets. I have similar curtains and would love black appliances. Right now we have almond colored ones which I did not pick 😉 Still thankful for a kitchen to cook in 🙂 DQ is one of the places we look for when we travel. I didn’t think we had any here but my husband just mentioned the other day he saw one not too far away. We’ll have to make an outing soon. Have a great week.

  4. Good for your DQ!!! But your Random pretty much overshadows everything else, except probably for Hurricane Matthew. But what a mess. We have friends who went away for the weekend to return to a house full of water and wallpaper falling off. A pipe had burst. It was winter and the heat was on, so it was like a sauna in there. I’m so sorry for you all and this horrid experience.

  5. Oh goodness, your poor daughter! I am still a fan of the DQ vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. We have one not far from here that we’ve been to a few times this past summer. I don’t think there’s a DQ at the lake which is probably a good thing : )

  6. OH NO! We had water damage our floors when a refrigerator leaked. It was from the ice maker and it went on for over a month. When the floor buckled in the bedroom that backs up to the kitchen, we knew there was a problem. I did get new floors out of it though! But it was a pain! So sorry that happened to your daughter. LOVE Dairy Queen. We stop when we’re on the road and see one. There isn’t one here. But that’s a good thing if you know what I mean. LOL

  7. Your poor daughter, my heart goes out to her. As for the castles, the only one I ever visited is Hampton Court which was built by King Henry VIII. You’d love it for its huge maze made entirely of tall perfectly groomed hedges, It actually got scary when we had trouble finding our way out. We kept meeting the same fellow wanderers no matter which route we took, and they all told us a dead end was up ahead. Obviously we finally succeeded..

  8. Oh! What a disaster! I am dealing with a wet floor in the laundry room…but not as bad! I feel for you and your daughter.

  9. UGH! Water disasters are the worst! So glad your daughter had you and your family to back her up with this overwhelming project. I love DQ! I worked there during high school and still crave a dipped cone on a weekly basis…my guilty pleasure for 40+ years. 🙂
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  10. It is really good for you and your family to have each other. You have always been there for each other. It makes me smile to feel the love you all share.

  11. I’m sorry to hear of your daughter’s potty troubles. How frustrating. I hope that things dry out soon and that storms stay away until everything can come back into the house.

    I love your kitchen. We had black and white tile in our kitchen back in South Carolina, too. 🙂

    When I was a little girl, we moved from 507 Wellington Street to 508 Wellington Street. They were across the street from each other. I don’t know how long we had lived at 507, but we lived at 508 for approximately 7 years. Then we moved to our home in the woods when daddy was able to buy some land. It wasn’t too far from the old neighborhood, just the other side of a main highway. We were allowed to ride our bikes over to the old neighborhood. It was great. 🙂

    I always enjoy reading your posts. Have a blessed day!

  12. It seems like there is always something going on. The first day we moved into this house, we had a flood. It flooded the entire house. We are lucky though. We have mostly vinyl flooring on a concrete slab. This is typical for Gulf Coast Texas. Hope she gets dried out soon.
    Have a great week.

  13. Love the sign in your kitchen. DQ, what an awesome place to have in your town!!! I am so sorry to hear about the toilet overflowing. What a mess. I have a friend whose washing machine never stopped filling. She got beautiful flooring out of that disaster. Best of luck to you daughter.

  14. Oh my to that water disaster! One of my coworkers just got through re-doing their house after a similar accident that also caused a huge mold problem. Joe and I chose to use vinyl that looks like wood, rather than install laminate. My co-worker and her husband installed ceramic tile that looks like wood so they won’t have that trouble again either. So sorry for your daughter!! I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge answers!! We bought a generator after the three hurricanes when through in 2004. Haven’t had to use it since, so it has been excellent insurance!! 🙂

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