The Day After Valentine’s Day Hodgepodge…

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day.  Ed and I celebrated quietly at home by exchanging cards and gifts.  Then  I baked Ed’s heart-shaped German Chocolate cake, while he planted some daffodils in the yard for me.  I’ll always treasure those daffodils because they came from my late mother-in-law’s yard and were planted [for me] on Valentine’s Day.  Good stuff!


 planting Valentine’s flowers that will last a lifetime

All of that being said, it’s time to move on with The Hodgepodge.  I look forward to mid-week because of it, and I’m so thankful to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping things running smoothly. Here are today’s questions along with my answers:

1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it’s something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you’re a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

I called both of my grandparents “Grandma” and “Granddaddy”.  In those days, I don’t recall anyone being called by anything else.

These days, our four grandchildren refer to me as “Mimi” while they call my husband, Ed, “E”. There’s a couple of reasons for this.  First of all,  before becoming a grandma, I used to babysit a set of twin baby girls, and one of them began calling me “Mimi” while she was learning to talk.  The name just sort of stuck.  

Ed’s moniker came about as sort of a joke.  Our son-in-law used to call his grandmother “E-ma” because her first name was Eloise.  While our daughter was expecting, we jokingly told Ed he could be called “E-pa”.  After our granddaughter was born, we started calling Ed “E-pa”, but only the “E” part stuck.  Now, everybody calls him “E”, not just the grands.

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what’s one attraction you’d have on your must-see list?

Nope, I haven’t taken a road trip along the California Coast, nor do I have any desire to do so.  We live on the opposite side of the country!  

3. What are three things you don’t know how to do?

I don’t know how to water ski, I don’t know how to drive a motorcycle, and I don’t know how to scuba dive, nor do I have any desire to learn how to do any of those things.

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, ‘Celebrate what you want to see more of.’ If that’s true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?

I’d like to see more peace and harmony among the people–of our country and of our world. There’s entirely too much hate these days!  I think I might celebrate by drinking a coke, being kind to everyone, and listening to this old song:

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What’s something you make that calls for almonds?

Yes, I like almonds, but they’re not my favorite nuts.  I like cashews best.  I would prefer an Almond Joy over a macaroon, but you know what?  I don’t have a single recipe that calls for almonds.

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?

Because we’re retired, Saturday morning looks just like any other day at our house, and wee like it that way.  We get up, feed our animals, have our Bible study, then cook and eat breakfast.  The rest of the day is open for whatever we feel like doing.  Lately, Ed has been helping our son-in-law put in their new kitchen cabinets on Saturdays.  I’m happy to report that, after four long months, our daughter now has running water in her kitchen, again!

7. Share with us a favorite book you’ve read this winter.

I loved reading “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame).  I love watching the show “Fixer Upper”, and Chip and Joanna have quite an interesting story to tell about how they met, and how they ended up doing the show “Fixer Upper”.  Next on my reading list is “This Life I Live” by Rory Feek (formerly of the country duo Joey + Rory)  This book was released on Valentine’s Day, the day Joey and Rory had their first date.


I had my eye surgery performed last Thursday morning, and all went well.  I was given anesthesia while the ophthalmologist removed the chalazion from underneath my eyelid.  Afterward, they told me my surgery lasted 3 whole minutes!

100_6258 I looked worse than I felt!

My vision has already improved dramatically–from 20/40 to 20/20, in that eye, and it’s still improving.  I’ve had no eye pain or discomfort whatsoever, and it’s great to be able to see again!!!

An interesting note here:

The nurse who put in my IV and took care of me prior to the surgery, also put in my IV and took care of me during labor/delivery of my last baby–over thirty-one years ago!  (My labor was 21 hours long, then the baby turned out to weigh 10 lbs., 9 oz. and briefly got stuck in the birth canal, making it quite a memorable birth!)  Julie and I had a good time remembering that day, as well as other good times.  (Julie and Ed worked together for many years at the local hospital.)  I’m so thankful Julie turned out to be my nurse, and that she hasn’t lost her ability to put in a painless IV!

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  1. So glad your eye surgery is behind you. enjoy those daffodils!

  2. I have the Magnolia book, but haven’t read it yet. I’m sure the one you are reading now will be a good one, too. I followed their story while she was sick. I’m sure the book will be very inspiring. What a story they have. I’m glad you are doing much better with your eye and how amazing to have the same nurse! Have a great day, today!

  3. So glad your eye surgery went well. I was praying. What a special gift to have the same nurse, I bet this eye surgery was a walk in the park compared to your delivery 😉

  4. I’m so glad all we t well with your surgery. I enjoyed your post and hope you have a great day.

  5. So glad your eye surgery was so successful! LOVE the tale about the nurse. I have a funny story about us trying to come up with what we want Baby M to call us but it’s long. Maybe I’ll post it one day. I could have easy starts to the day if Tucker didn’t insist on me getting up before the sun to take him for a walk. 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  6. I love the picture of your husband planting the flowers – that is true love!!

  7. Love the story on how Ed got his grandfather name. We all refer to my dad now as GG for great grandfather. Love your answer on peace and harmony for our country. So glad to hear that your eye surgery went so well and that your vision has improved. Very interesting not on your nurse!!

  8. Hope you’re all better. Take care! And what a charming idea of the daffodils!

  9. Glad your surgery went well – how neat to run into Julie again. I’ve heard The Magnolia Story is a good read.

  10. So glad your surgery went well, and I think you look great to have just experienced surgery even if it did take only 3 minutes. And how fun to visit with this long-time and experienced nurse. They make the best ones, I think. So enjoyed the “E” story. I think those names that evolve make the most interesting and treasured ones.

  11. So many interesting things in your blog today. So sweet that you baked the cake for your E man 😉 and that he planted daffodils for you. And I love that they came from your mother in law’s garden. I like the story behind your husband’s grandpa name. Very simple for the kids. I’m glad your eye surgery went well and how pleased you are and how neat that your nurse and you had shared that experience so long ago.

  12. Three whole minutes! Good grief! I’m so glad it went so well and so fast! What a relief, huh! I love the story of ‘E.’ That is the cutest thing.

  13. Just visiting your blog and others from the Hodge Podge bloglist.

  14. Happy to hear your surgery went well and was successful! I also loved the Magnolia Story!

  15. I’m so glad that your eye surgery went so well! I passed on your well wishes to SWMBO. She sends her gratitude in return. By way of update, things are proceeding pretty much as the doctor said that they would. It’s not pleasant but the hospital staff have been very diligent in mitigating any discomfort. She is scheduled to receive her stay cells tomorrow (Friday). Thank you for your kind words of support.

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