“High Five” To the Hodgepodge


Wow! Imagine my surprise when I came here to my blog to participate in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, and discovered everything has changed! The new blogging format is completely foreign to me! I’m too old and tired to learn a lot of new tricks, but I’ll give it a try…Thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for this fun distraction each week.

1. Five years ago this month hubs and I relocated from New Jersey to the Palmetto State. What were you doing five years ago this month?

At first, I had no idea what I was doing five years ago, and then the year 2015 hit me like a ton of bricks! 2015 was the year everything went wrong (or right, depending on how you look at it) for us.

In January Ed lost his job, in April we discovered termites and mold under our house, and my back “went out” for the first time! I had back surgery in September. We bought a new vehicle the first part of October, then Ed had a heart attack late in October. In November my daughter and I both discovered we had skin cancer on our faces, requiring Mohs surgery, followed by plastic surgery! It makes me stressed just thinking about 2015!

In answer to the question, five years ago, at this time, I was a very miserable person, anticipating my upcoming sixty-first birthday, and back surgery!

2. What was the last 9-5 job you worked? Tell us about it.

My last 9-5 job was being the care taker of five month old twin girls. The hours were 7:30 to 5:30. I retired, after two years, to spend more time with family. Those twin girls are now fifteen years old!

3. Plead the fifth, high five, take five, it’s five o’clock somewhere, or the big 5-0…which number five phrase relates to your life in some way currently? Tell us how.

“Take five” currently relates to my life because I often have to “take five” when scrolling through Facebook or watching the evening news. We are living in some trying times.

4. During this season of spending so much time at home, what distractions get in the way of being your most productive? Or have you been extra productive since this whole thing started?

Health issues tend to be my biggest road block to being productive, but it’s also very easy to get distracted by social media–or that 300 piece puzzle sitting beside my chair! (my latest hobby)

5. Give us a list here of your top five anything.

Five of my favorite gospel songs: (in no special order, and it was hard to stop at just five!)

  1. Precious Memories- Alan Jackson
  2. What a Beautiful Day (for the Lord to Come Again)- Brian Free
  3. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)- Matt Redman
  4. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)-Chris Tomlin
  5. Turn Your Back- Gold City


I’ve used a ton of bird seed this spring and summer! We have five different bird feeders, and Ed and I’ve been doing some serious bird watching, while being stuck at home. We have cardinals, blue jays, mocking birds, brown thrashers, and two different kinds of dove that regularly visit our bird feeders. We’ve even had some woodpeckers visit our feeders! We didn’t know woodpeckers ate bird seed!

It’s been rewarding to watch the adults raise their babies in nests and bird houses, located around our yard, then watch the babies growing up into adults as they come to feed daily.

I have a once-in-a-lifetime tale of the rescue and survival of one of these babies… but I think I’ll save the story of “Flutterbee” for another day!


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  1. Hi Kathy. I know what you mean about the blogging changes. It took me a bit to find your post since I use Blogger and you use WordPress. The link brought me to WordPress instead of to your post. I searched for you though and found your post 🙂
    I know and love three of the Gospel sounds you listed. I will have to look up the other two. I have enjoyed watching all the birds in my backyard as well. Yesterday there was the prettiest bright yellow little bird. I don’t know what kind of bird it was but I think I have seen similar ones that were bright green and orange.
    Have a great week 🙂

    • I hope this reply finds its way to you. I don’t know what your blog site is… if you get this comment, please send me your blog link so I can visit. I’d love to be able to see some of those colorful birds you’ve seen in your backyard. I guess different birds hang out in different places. Thanks for stopping by! Kathy (Reflections)

  2. I too had to take a roundabout route to find your post but here I am! Goodness 2015 was not a good year for you. You must bave been very glad to see the back of that one and I think we will all be glad to see the back of this one. We have birdfeeders in our garden but we don’t get the same variety of birds. It is relaxing to watch them. I also like a jigsaw puzzle but we’ll soon be moving house so I haven’t got one on the go right now. Hope you can work out the glithes with the blog changes.

  3. Man 2015 was terrible for you. I remember following along with your blog at that time. 2016 was my bad year.

    Love working a good jigsaw puzzle. I actually finally got a picture of a hummingbird at my feeder last night. Unfortunately it was through the screen on the window and isn’t very good. I went out on the porch and sat down trying to see if he’d come back. Unfortunately, he flitted around and then flew away. Maybe another night I can get it.

    Looking forward to hearing about Flutterbee

  4. We’ve also gone through the bird seed this year. We are on our third batch of baby bluebirds and they are noisy when hungry. You can revert to the old blogger format, at least for now, if you’d prefer. Go to your main blogger page that has your option list and toward the bottom left of the screen there is a link to revert back. I love the Alan Jackson Hymn CD and listen to it often when I’m on the computer.

  5. We have missed you on the Hodgepodge so it was good to see your name in the linkup. 2015 was a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” year for you and I bet there were plenty of days you wanted to just escape to Australia too. It is so good to hear that all that is behind you and you are able to sit and enjoy God’s beautiful world all round you.

  6. Well I’m glad you are past those all of that from 5 years ago. I understand, it’s not easy having heath issues to deal with. I like your list of songs. Sounds like watching the birds has been a nice pleasure and takes you away from the quarantine.

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