Goodbye April, Hello Hodgepodge…

Can you believe this is already the last Hodgepodge of April?  It’s crazy how quickly time is flying by!  I don’t believe time passed this quickly when I was younger.  I KNOW it didn’t pass this quickly when Ed was serving his overseas tour of duty, back in the early 70’s, but that was then, and this is now…

How about we get on with The Wednesday Hodgepodge, before any more time slips away?  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for the fantastic questions she provides!

1. They say you learn something new every day. What did you learn yesterday?
I learned that being cooped, up in the house, with Ed, while trying to change out the seasonal decor is stressful for both of us!  Ed usually ‘flies the coop’ when I drag out those plastic storage boxes, but he was trapped inside, yesterday, because of rain.
2. Have you ever had a now or never moment? Elaborate.

I’m going to say it was when Ed and I finally decided to start our family.  We’d been married for almost six years, when we began trying, and people had already stopped asking us when we were going to have a baby.  Boy were some folks surprised when we ended up having three babies within the next seven and a half years!

3.  April 25th is National Telephone Day. Do you still have a land line or have you gone mobile only?

We actually still have our land line.  Ed and I both have cell phones, but rarely turn them on when we’re at home.  I use my cell to make any long distance calls, since I’ve dropped that service from our land line, but that’s about the only time I use my cell phone, unless I call Ed in Wal-mart to find out where [in the store] he is!

When you receive a text message do you respond immediately?

I don’t text at all, and Ed texts only on rare occasions.

Last time you turned your phone off?

My phone stays turned off most of the time.  I refuse to be “tied” to a telephone. (see memory below)

 In two or three sentences share with us a story/memory/incident from your childhood (or something current if that’s too hard) where the telephone is featured.

My phone memories are not from my childhood, but from my days of being married and raising a family.  For many years, my husband, Ed, worked as a radiology technician for a very small, rural hospital, which meant he had to be “on call” every 3rd night and every 3rd weekend.  On those days (and nights), our lives revolved around the telephone.  In the early years, Ed didn’t  have a beeper, so we had to literally stay beside the telephone!  At one point, we even had a bell installed on the outside of our house, so Ed could go outside and still be able hear the phone. (this was before the days of cordless phones)  This was also before the era of “call waiting”, so we had to keep the phone line free in case the hospital tried to call Ed.  Try explaining this to teens!  On more than one occasion, our family had their phone conversations rudely interrupted by the operator!  We laugh about these memories (sometimes).  I can’t begin to tell you how many hot meals Ed had to get up and leave or how many nights of sleep he had interrupted (often more than once) because of the telephone.  Ed was “on call” for twenty years of our marriage!

4. Close call, at someone’s beck and call, call the shots, call a meeting, call it quits, call in sick, call on the carpet, wake up call…which call have you ‘heard’ recently? Explain.

Since we recently went on a four-day/three-night bus tour, I’m going to say “wake up call”.  Ed and I had to set our alarm clock every night, so we’d be ready to board the bus bright and early the next morning!

5. What subject do you wish you’d paid more attention to in school?

I don’t know… perhaps history.  I never liked history, and had a hard time paying attention in that class.  It didn’t help that the teacher was boring, either!

Random: 

Gardening season 2018 has proven to be a bit of a challenge for us, so far.  Lack of rainfall, in addition to unseasonably cold temperatures sure is keeping us on our toes!  For the first time, we’re having to replant a few things.  Here’s what we have growing, so far:

left to right: tomatoes, several rows of beans, (a black cat!), lettuce/cabbage, potatoes, garden peas, onions, radishes, and carrots

Also, I’m slowly writing a series about our recent trip to Kentucky.  If anyone’s interested in what I’ve shared on my blog, so far, you can find it HERE and HERE.

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  1. We’re just the opposite, we are having tons of rain. If I could, I’d be happy to send you some of ours. I love “watching” your garden grow every year. Hope you’ll get just what you need weather-wise so you’ll have lots of fresh veggies.

    I quite frequently have to call my hubby in Walmart too. lol

    Hope you have a great day!

  2. We had rain all day Monday and I think they said more was coming tomorrow. I do love rainy days. I haven’t tried a garden in a few years. My lack of success is too frustrating plus I just don’t have the time right now. I was thinking of trying my hand at flowers which don’t seem to need quite as much care. I don’t like being tied to my phone either and have started turning it off every night. I am loving tales of party lines this week. 🙂

  3. What a gorgeous garden you have! Its raining here today – I will try to send you some. Have a wonderful week!!

  4. I’ve feel like we’ve had the opposite problem. So much rain here! Pretty today but supposed to rain again tomorrow, and Monday-Tuesday it poured buckets. Oh well, I guess the grass will be nice and green. My hubs and I text often. We flirt via text : )

  5. Your garden looks amazing to me! I enjoyed your Kentucky trip posts, seeing the Ark and I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers today! Modern technology does make being on call a little easier than in days of old.

  6. We were married that long too before we started to try to have a baby. I love my landline. I do not like talking on a cell phone. I said history too! Your garden is looking great.

  7. Greetings from NH.We are thawing out at last. I laughed at you using your cellphone to call Ed in the store. SWMBO and I do that all the time. We’ll be walking in a store together and the next thing I know she is no where to be found.
    Also, I must say that you do NOT have a garden. You have a farming operation. I have a garden, 10′ x 10’…that’s a garden. I do so admire you guys for your agricultural élan.
    Have a great week.


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