A ‘Grand’ Old Hodgepodge…

Wow, has another week flown by already?  The days are zooming by! Wednesday means it’s time for another Hodgepodge, so here I am checking into blog land.  Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping The Hodgepodge going, thus making sure I blog at least once a week.  These days, I need all the help I can get!  Here are today’s questions:

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.
There were a couple of times, growing up, when I lived with my maternal grandparents for several  months.  You can’t get much closer than that!   I loved my grandma very much, and wanted to be just like her.  My granddaddy passed away when I was fourteen.

Grandma on her 77th birthday in 1980

The things I most remember about grandma were:  (1) She never had idle hands.  While sitting, if she wasn’t sewing or crocheting (which she loved to do), she’d usually have a tissue in her hands, folding or playing with it. (I tend to do this, as well) (2) Grandma also liked to dip snuff. (I chose not do that!)

2. What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I think my Barbie and Skipper dolls were my favorite toys.  I was already ten or eleven when I got them, but I still spent many happy hours playing with them.  As for what happened to those dolls?  Why, I still have them, of course, along with lots of their friends that I’ve collected since becoming an adult!  (I collected those dolls I’d always wanted as a child, plus a few more)

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Looking out of my window, I can see the forest and the trees…  I see the large sycamore tree that’s growing in my daughter’s backyard–the yard that used to be my backyard, until 10 years ago when we moved next door–and I remember how Ed fussed when I bought that sycamore tree…  I also see the tiny mimosa tree Ed recently dug up and planted in our current yard, even though he hates mimosa trees.  I also see the large magnolia tree that’s planted between our house and our daughter’s house, and I remember what a little twig it was when we planted it almost 40 years ago. Beyond all of that, I can see the “woods” (southern slang for forest) that surround our property on two sides.  Lots and lots of pine trees!

4. Do you like sour candies?  I used to like sour stuff, but I don’t care much for sour candies anymore.  It’s funny how your taste can change.

Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?  
(grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats) 

Lemons are about the only thing I like that’s on the list.

 Have you ever eaten a kumquat?  Yes, I’ve tasted a kumquat, but I don’t like them.  Ed’s parents used to have a kumquat tree growing in their yard, so they ate them all the time, in season.
What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?  Lemon pie, of course!

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Our July has been filled with lots of rain, gnats, and mosquitoes, as usual.

Random:

Our youngest son, Brad, celebrated his 32nd birthday, on Tuesday of last week.  How can this be?  Time slow down!

Anyway, our family all got together to celebrate with him, last Friday. Here’s one of my favorite photos of the evening:

father and son~sharing a moment together

It’s the little things in life that mean the most, like the father/son moment captured in this picture.  One day, when Brad’s son, Evan, turns 32, he’ll look back at this picture and wonder where the years went, too.

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  1. Your Grandma must have been a hoot! She sounds like fun.
    The photo of your son and his son is precious. Happy Birthday to him.

  2. My other grandma dipped snuff, too. I never could understand why anybody would do that. I love the photo of your son with his boy. So sweet and yes, his day will come to wonder about the passing of time. You should frame that pic.

  3. Yes I agree with those little things ion life…. my little things with my daughter and her tots come around so irregularly… I really have to cherish those times.

  4. That’s a really sweet picture of your grandson and his dad! Happy birthday to him!

  5. What a sweet picture of your son! I still cannot believe that I’ve been an empty nester for over a year, that my son is married, and that both of my kids have fulfilling careers. I think I’m getting younger the older they get. Ha!

  6. That’s exactly what I said about Wednesday Hodgepodge! I just went back and added a photo of my grandparents. Don’t know why I didn’t think of it yesterday when I worked on W-H. So sweet seeing your grandmother. I love your doll collection. I love lemon too, I use it in my water everyday and of course desserts are always awesome when they are lemon flavored. Sweet birthday photo.

  7. My grandmother’s hands were never idle either but she didn’t dip snuff. Aunt Gertie did, though. Or Aunt Eva… Maybe it was both of them. Ha! My step-mother collects dolls. She’s got so many, goodness. And she loves them all! I used to love sour candies too but I’m like you, not so much anymore. It’s sad though, I bought some lemon drops not too far back thinking they’d help me with my throat and they were awful. Did nothing for my throat either.

  8. That is just the best birthday photo ever! You are right that it will be a treasure as the years pass. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge today Kathy! Reading about grandparents and childhood treasures has been fun!

  9. Happy Birthday to your son. That’s a great picture.


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