Saying Goodbye To May With Another Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe the month of May has come and almost gone.  It seems like just yesterday this month was beginning!  All that being said, it’s the last day of May, it’s Wednesday, and it’s time for another Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for keeping the fun alive.

1. What makes you feel accomplished? Explain.

My family–all eleven of them!

While growing up, all I ever really wanted to do was become a good wife and mother.  I pray I’ve been successful in both endeavors. Ed and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage, next month.

Together, we’ve raised three children, who have grown up to be adults we are very proud of, and enjoy spending time with.  They, in turn, are doing a great job of taking care of their spouses, and raising children of their own.  At the end of each day, I feel accomplished and very blessed.

2. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Tell us why.

I honestly have no idea who the last two guests might be, but my first choice would be Dr. Charles Stanley.  This man has a wealth of Christian knowledge and experience, and I’d love to talk with him about it at length.

3. Do you have a great burger recipe? What’s in it? What do you like on a hamburger and where is your favorite spot to order one out?

My usual burger recipe consists of ground beef, bread crumbs, an egg, salt, and pepper.  However, recently, we’ve discovered these great beef/pork mix hamburger patties in the meat section of Wal-mart. To these patties we just add some Grill Mates hamburger seasoning, and we grill them.  They are fantastic!

I like ketchup, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and pickles on my burgers, and my favorite burger place is Burger King.

4. What’s the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis?

Taking care of these chickens–and trying to keep them off the front porch and out of my flowers!  But it’s okay, I love them anyway 🙂

5. This is the last Hodgepodge of May. Tell us about your summer plans.

Ed and I have no big summer plans.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to finish harvesting what’s left of our garden, make some jelly, and simply enjoy each other’s company.  Of course, we’ll also spend some time with family, and, hopefully, we’ll take a few day trips to St. Simon’s Island. When our harvesting is through, I’d also like to go for an overnight visit to see my brother, in Florida.


When I posted, last Wednesday, we were in the middle of a downpour of rain.  When all was said and done, we received over 9 inches of rain within two days.  Sadly, all of our green bean bushes and an entire row of tomatoes [in our garden] drowned as a result of the downpour.

the green beans

The bushes were loaded with  beans, and the tomato vines were loaded with tomatoes.  It is a sickening sight to see our hard work ruined.

 row of drowned tomatoes

However, all was not lost!  We were able to salvage 13 quarts of beans off the dying bushes, and a kind man from church gave us 18 tomato plants to replace the ones we lost.  Our second row of our tomatoes is still trying to hang on, as are the beans, peas, and our corn…but more rain is in the forecast for this week.  If this happens, I’m not sure the rest of the garden will survive.  For once, I hope the weather man turns out to be WRONG!

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  1. I hope you were able to salvage the tomatoes from those vines and bring them in to ripen….it was getting pretty dry here before the rain and we got 3 more inches after last Wednesday…it was in stages over several days so it was good for the land..
    we don’t usually plan any vacation days during the hottest part of summer…it isn’t much fun outside…we have a tour of New England scheduled the first week in October.
    Mama Bear

  2. Lots of happy faces in that family picture and being a good mother and wife is the best accomplishment as far as I am concerned. Our world has gotten this so mixed up! I am so very sorry about your garden. I know that is sickening, but how kind of your friend to give you the plants. Your summer sounds good to me. Just enjoying each other. I like it!

  3. Looking at that picture of everyone I can see clearly that you were quite successful in your endeavors! That’s one good looking, happy family! I love Dr. Stanley. Besides possessing all that knowledge, he seems such a kind hearted man. I’d love to visit with him, too. Sorry about the garden losses. That rain was much needed but maybe not THAT much all at once. You need our weather dude. He’s always wrong. LOL I hope the rest of the garden survives!

  4. So sorry about your garden and the fact that your chickens bring you anxiety. That was a lot of rain you got!

  5. It breaks my heart to see your poor plants. I know the feeling. I get it when I come ho me or wake up to see the ground hog has gorged himself on my vegetable plants. But I’m glad you managed to harvest so much and that that kind soul gave you more tomato plants.

  6. So sorry about the losses in your garden! I sure hope one of those trips to St. Simons will include a meeting with us!! If not before I retire, you can count on seeing us in August or September!! We’re going to do it!! You have such a beautiful family and you are blessed to have them all close enough for frequent get-togethers.

  7. Love that picture of your whole family. You are truly blessed.

    I hope the rain stops so more of your crops aren’t destroyed. I also hope you get several trips to St Simons. I would live to see the pictures.

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