I promised myself that I would write a blog post, last week, while The Hodgepodge was on hiatus, but guess what? I didn’t. I guess it’s a good thing our gracious hostess, Joyce, only took one week off. Anyway, Joyce is back, The Hodgepodge is back, and so am I! Here are today’s questions:
1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were ‘flying by the seat of your pants’.
Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is taking care of our first baby, right after she was born. I knew nothing about babies, and frankly, I was scared to death! Scared to hold her, to feed her, to dress her, even to be left alone with her. Thankfully, babies are resilient and new mommies learn quickly! Things went much smoother with my next two babies.
2. When or where would you most like to be ‘a fly on the wall’?
I think I’d like to be a fly on the wall when our grandchildren are playing together. They’re getting to the age where they talk among themselves more, and some of what they say is probably pretty funny. If it isn’t, it soon will be!
3. ‘Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.’-Henry David Thoreau
Would you agree? Why or why not?
I agree. It’s always been my experience when you concentrate on one particular thing, and it’s not happening, time seems to d-r-a-g. For instance, waiting for Ed to complete his [20 month] tour of duty in Okinawa, trying to get pregnant the first time, or even trying to get a new job after being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. It seemed that just turning my focus to other things always seemed to work for me. Before I knew it, happiness had arrived, in some form or another.
4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it’s title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.
I love Albert E. Brumley’s gospel song, I’ll Fly Away. There are many versions of this song on YouTube, but the one below is a really good one, and it’s set to footage from the movie “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?” (I love that movie, too!)
5. What is one task or chore you tend to do ‘on the fly’? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?
Cleaning the bathroom! I don’t really have scheduled cleaning days for the bathroom. It’s done on an “as needed” basis–usually twice a week, more if needed.
6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud, ‘Wow, time flies when you’re having fun’, and you meant it.
I say that phrase a lot, now that Ed and I are both retired, and I really mean it!
7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What’s your favorite dish made with garlic?
No, garlic isn’t one of my favorite things. A little garlic goes a long way, as far as I’m concerned. My favorite thing seasoned with garlic is bread or toast.
Ed and I celebrated Easter #44 with our family, this past weekend. The celebration began with everyone gathering at our daughter’s house, on Saturday afternoon, with all of our grandchildren dying eggs together.
cousins getting ready to dye eggs
The children had a great time dying eggs, but I think the children (and some adults) had almost as much fun playing together, afterward!
Jennifer, exhibits her skills with a hula hoop
The day ended with a delicious meal of chili, hot dogs, Easter cake and cookies. I’m very grateful to our daughter for hosting this event for our family.
Somehow, Ed and I managed to find time to hide 353 plastic eggs in our yard, and cook our portion of the noon meal before 10 am on Easter morning. We were determined to make it to church, this year! It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.
on the way to church
At 11 am, Ed and I attended services at a local church, where our oldest son delivered the morning message. (He did an awesome job, too.) After church, everyone met at our house for Easter lunch, followed by our traditional egg hunt.
Of course, before the egg hunt could begin, we had to take our annual Easter family photo…
No blooms left on our azaleas, this year
And then the fun began…
Evan, the youngest, leading the hunt
At the end of the day, 350 of 353 eggs were found, after almost two hours of hunting! The grandchildren ended up with a ton of candy, and a total of twenty dollars in prize money. I think everyone had a great time, I know I did.