An ‘Inspiring’ Wednesday Hodgepodge…

I didn’t make it to last week’s Hodgepodge.  Lately, life just keeps getting in the way, with Valentine’s Day and all, but I’m joining today!  As always, many thanks to our great hostess, Joyce, for keeping things going.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. Where do you go when you need some inspiration?

Hmm… that would depend on the kind of inspiration I’m looking for.  If I’m looking spiritual inspiration, I’ll go to the Lord through prayer or bible reading.  If I’m looking for creative inspiration I’ll probably go to a book, magazine, or Google.  For most other kinds of inspiration, I prefer sitting and thinking [in my lawn chair] under the oak trees of St. Simon’s Island!

2. What’s under your bed?

Trust me, you really don’t want to know!  You might find everything from my mother’s antique mirror to plastic container filled with [Chatty Cathy] doll clothes.  You will even find a Pyrex dish & carrier still in its original box, because I don’t have any place else to store the thing.

3. Thursday, February 22nd is National Chili Day, National Margarita Day, and National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Of the three which would you most like to celebrate? Is that likely?

I’d be most likely to celebrate National Chili Day, but I probably won’t because it’s 80 degrees here and it’s simply too hot to cook or eat chili!

4. What are you ‘snowed under’ with right now?

I’m not really ‘snowed under’ with much of anything, but Ed’s been ‘snowed under’ with lots of outside chores.  He’s been as busy as a bee– planting bulbs, cleaning up the yard, mowing grass, and getting our garden ready for planting.

5. Tell us three to five things that make you feel balanced?

Let’s see… (1) my relationship with the Lord, (2) my relationship with my husband, Ed, and (3) my relationship with our kids & their families make me feel balanced.  If any one of these things gets off track, I’m out of balance!  I could also add a good meal and a good night’s sleep to make me feel even more balanced!


Life goes on here in our neck of the woods…

Valentine’s Day came and went.  Ed and I celebrated by attending a couple’s “Date Night” at church.  It was fun, and Ed and I had the distinction of being married six years longer than any other couple there! (didn’t take a single picture)  We’ve gone from being one of the youngest couples of our former church to being one of the oldest couples of our new  church– and it truly is our church, because we officially joined just over a week ago!

Then we had a dual Valentine’s Day/birthday celebration, with family, two days after Valentine’s Day.  (It was our daughter-in-law’s birthday.) We ate lasagna, ice cream cake, and red velvet cupcakes!  Yum!  We also played a few Valentine’s Day themed games, which everyone seemed to enjoy.

the birthday girl and her family

You may recall our son-in-law was injured when his pants accidentally caught fire while helping Ed burn off a field.  It’s been 2 and 1/2 weeks since the accident, but he still has a lot of healing to do. Ed’s been helping him with his daily wound care.  So far, so good–no sign of infection.  Folks, it takes a long time to recover from a severe burn!  Our son may or may not have earned himself the nickname of “Smokey”.

In other news, Ed planted two rows of onions in our garden, last week.  The 80 degree days have been tough on them, but, hopefully, the onions will rally. (Onions prefer cold weather) We also planted about 100 seed cups, which have been busily sprouting.  80 degree weather makes seeds sprout quickly!  I moved two trays of the sprouts out to the greenhouse, today.  I’m dying to plant something else in the garden, but I know it’s still too early.  I’ll have to be patient.

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  1. We missed you last week, Kathy. Glad to have you back. Your poor SIL. I hope that he heals quickly!

  2. That fire makes me shudder. And so easy to get an infection. Praise God your son seems to be avoiding that and is healing. Under my bed is probably the only place there isn’t something! Sitting under oaks in St. Simon’s sounds wonderful. Already 80 degrees sounds scary for what lies ahead. I’ll quit complaining about Wisconsin!!

  3. I can’t imagine 80 degrees in February! Unheard of in Minnesota. I missed the post about your son-in-law’s burns. It must just be horrific for you all. I’ll be sending prayers your way for a speedy, healthy recovery.

  4. Have you ever started seeds in ice cream cones? I saw that idea online recently and thought it was clever. You can put the whole thing right in the ground. Hope your son continues to heal without issue.

  5. So glad to hear your son is recuperating. Too funny about the nickname. lol I can’t believe you’re already planting. It’s way too early here in Ohio. What I wouldn’t give to sit under those trees on St. Simon’s also. Have a great day.

  6. Glad you’re back but it sounds like you had fun celebrating Valentine’s Day. I’m glad you’re SIL is healing well – burns can be tricky things and sooo painful.

  7. I love hearing about your amazing garden. I remember how much work is involved though from my younger years. Those fresh veggies are wonderful, but it takes blood, sweat, and tears to get them on the shelf or in the freezer! This was a fun Hodgepodge.

  8. Believe it or not, it was 78 degrees here in NY. That’s what my car thermometer said at 4 PM so it may very well have been warmer early on. Although it’s far from time to start a garden, I did hang out a load of wash and it all dried. First time since last October!

  9. I thought that St. Simon’s Island would be your answer! I like the things that keep you balanced. I’m happy you joined the church. Glad your son is healing well. I look forward to your garden this year.

  10. I am happy to read that your son in law continues to heal from the serious butn. Kudos to Ed for helping with the wound care and thank God for no infection.
    Ed has been busy indeed. We are in an inconsistent mild and frigid temperature swing. SWMBO has covered a few containers with plastic to warm up the soil and get a head start in planting. She continues to improve bit by bit. Baby steps are the rule of the day.
    Thank you for your visit and for your kind words.

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