The Day After Valentine’s Day Hodgepodge…

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day.  Ed and I celebrated quietly at home by exchanging cards and gifts.  Then  I baked Ed’s heart-shaped German Chocolate cake, while he planted some daffodils in the yard for me.  I’ll always treasure those daffodils because they came from my late mother-in-law’s yard and were planted [for me] on Valentine’s Day.  Good stuff!

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 planting Valentine’s flowers that will last a lifetime

All of that being said, it’s time to move on with The Hodgepodge.  I look forward to mid-week because of it, and I’m so thankful to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping things running smoothly. Here are today’s questions along with my answers:

1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it’s something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you’re a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

I called both of my grandparents “Grandma” and “Granddaddy”.  In those days, I don’t recall anyone being called by anything else.

These days, our four grandchildren refer to me as “Mimi” while they call my husband, Ed, “E”. There’s a couple of reasons for this.  First of all,  before becoming a grandma, I used to babysit a set of twin baby girls, and one of them began calling me “Mimi” while she was learning to talk.  The name just sort of stuck.  

Ed’s moniker came about as sort of a joke.  Our son-in-law used to call his grandmother “E-ma” because her first name was Eloise.  While our daughter was expecting, we jokingly told Ed he could be called “E-pa”.  After our granddaughter was born, we started calling Ed “E-pa”, but only the “E” part stuck.  Now, everybody calls him “E”, not just the grands.

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what’s one attraction you’d have on your must-see list?

Nope, I haven’t taken a road trip along the California Coast, nor do I have any desire to do so.  We live on the opposite side of the country!  

3. What are three things you don’t know how to do?

I don’t know how to water ski, I don’t know how to drive a motorcycle, and I don’t know how to scuba dive, nor do I have any desire to learn how to do any of those things.

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, ‘Celebrate what you want to see more of.’ If that’s true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?

I’d like to see more peace and harmony among the people–of our country and of our world. There’s entirely too much hate these days!  I think I might celebrate by drinking a coke, being kind to everyone, and listening to this old song:


5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What’s something you make that calls for almonds?

Yes, I like almonds, but they’re not my favorite nuts.  I like cashews best.  I would prefer an Almond Joy over a macaroon, but you know what?  I don’t have a single recipe that calls for almonds.

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?

Because we’re retired, Saturday morning looks just like any other day at our house, and wee like it that way.  We get up, feed our animals, have our Bible study, then cook and eat breakfast.  The rest of the day is open for whatever we feel like doing.  Lately, Ed has been helping our son-in-law put in their new kitchen cabinets on Saturdays.  I’m happy to report that, after four long months, our daughter now has running water in her kitchen, again!

7. Share with us a favorite book you’ve read this winter.

I loved reading “The Magnolia Story” by Chip and Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame).  I love watching the show “Fixer Upper”, and Chip and Joanna have quite an interesting story to tell about how they met, and how they ended up doing the show “Fixer Upper”.  Next on my reading list is “This Life I Live” by Rory Feek (formerly of the country duo Joey + Rory)  This book was released on Valentine’s Day, the day Joey and Rory had their first date.

Random:

I had my eye surgery performed last Thursday morning, and all went well.  I was given anesthesia while the ophthalmologist removed the chalazion from underneath my eyelid.  Afterward, they told me my surgery lasted 3 whole minutes!

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My vision has already improved dramatically–from 20/40 to 20/20, in that eye, and it’s still improving.  I’ve had no eye pain or discomfort whatsoever, and it’s great to be able to see again!!!

An interesting note here:

The nurse who put in my IV and took care of me prior to the surgery, also put in my IV and took care of me during labor/delivery of my last baby–over thirty-one years ago!  (My labor was 21 hours long, then the baby turned out to weigh 10 lbs., 9 oz. and briefly got stuck in the birth canal, making it quite a memorable birth!)  Julie and I had a good time remembering that day, as well as other good times.  (Julie and Ed worked together for many years at the local hospital.)  I’m so thankful Julie turned out to be my nurse, and that she hasn’t lost her ability to put in a painless IV!

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A Love-ly Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Hello and welcome to my little corner of blog land.  I haven’t been here much, lately, but I make it a point to drop in on Wednesdays for The Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for hosting, coming up with fun questions each week, and for helping me get ‘linked’ whenever my computer fails me.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. What’s the last thing you did that someone else thought was super?

Recently, as a school project, our oldest grandson wrote a “thank you” letter to Ed and me, thanking us for the Christmas gift we gave him.  In turn, I mailed him a “grandson” post card.  I haven’t talked with him about it because they’ve all been sick, but most kids love to get mail, so I hope he thought it was “super”.

2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb?

Those steaks Ed cooked on the grill, last week!  I don’t think they could’ve been any better.

3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial…pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently.

Every day Ed asks me the same question, “Do you have anything you want me to do, today?”  This makes me feel a bit like a supervisor, whether I want to be or not.

4. Do you love easily? If you’re comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is.

Yes, I do love easily, but it’s showing my love that I’ve often had difficulty with.  I think this goes back to my childhood and the way I was raised (two parents with lots of problems, doesn’t always equal a loving environment).  I’ve always admired people who kiss, hug, and just show their love for each other so easily.  A couple of things have happened, in recent years, that have helped me in this department, so I’m better than I used to be, but not as good as I’d like to be at showing my love.

5. Valentine’s Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you’re celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend?

Yes, we will celebrate the day in some way, but I’m not sure how, yet.  Usually, I bake Ed a heart-shaped German Chocolate cake, and he gives me a gift of some sort. Sometimes flowers, sometimes candy, or sometimes it’s something I’ve been wanting.  I doubt we’ll be eating out over the weekend or on Valentine’s Day, depending on how my face looks following Thursday’s eye surgery.

6. What’s something you are loving right now?

These warm, sunny days with temperatures in the 70’s are hard not to love!

7 Write a three word (or less) phrase you’d like to see on a Valentine candy heart.

Love is kind. (the world could use a little more kindness, right about now)

Random:

My mind is blank, today.  All I can think about is getting tomorrow’s eye surgery behind me, and moving on to better things. I have to report at 10:45.  Your prayers would certainly be appreciated.

 

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Feeling Like February And A Little Hodgepodge…

Hello February, and hello Hodgepodge!  It’s time, once again, for a little mid-week fun, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce.  Miracles never cease, and, once again, I can finally see the “Linky” for the Hodgepodge, again.  Yay for finally being able to see who’s playing along!  Here are today’s questions:

1. Can you believe it’s the end of January? What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?

January came and went in a blur (literally and figuratively) to me.  It seems like I’d just put out  my snowmen decor, and it was already time to pack it all away.  It is frightening how fast time is passing.

There’s no doubt, the best day of January 2017, for us, was January 16, when we got the news that Ed’s biopsy results were negative!  Hallelujah!

2. What sounds make up the background noise in your life?

Our home is quiet, most of the time, so you’ll most likely hear the ticking sounds of our clocks, along with the musical chimes playing [every half hour] on the Seiko clock in the bedroom. Then, of course, there’s our very noisy ice maker in the kitchen.  Outside, during the day, you’ll hear our hens making their ‘chicken noises’ as they make their way around our yard.  (They get particularly noisy around 12 and 4, when they are used to being fed.)  When a hen lays an egg, she will cackle, too).  In the distance, we can usually hear some traffic from the nearby highway, especially the big trucks.

3. I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of ten things to drop from your life right now. They are-

anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead)

Which thing on the list do you most need to drop? Are you trying or will you try?

I’m not sure.  This is tough because I don’t really dwell on many of these things, at this point in my life.  I’m going to say. dropping “the word hate and focusing on what I love”.  I’ve disconnected myself from the negative political news on tv and awful rantings on Facebook.

4. What is sacred to you?

God and family.  Without them, nothing else matters.

5. January is National Oatmeal month. Are you a fan, and if so how do you like it?

I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal, but I will eat instant oatmeal if it’s banana nut or cinnamon flavored. I add water, then cook it in the microwave.

6. What feelings does twilight stir up in you?

Because of where we live, nestled next to trees on the western side of us, we don’t really get to experience twilight.  We can’t watch the sun setting in the evenings, like most people can. Therefore, twilight doesn’t really stir any feelings, other than asking myself, “Are the hens closed up for the evening?”  If I have to choose a feeling, I’d say it makes me feel melancholy, because, after all, another day [of living] is over.

7. Something you’re looking forward to next month?

I’m looking forward to getting my eye surgery behind me, celebrating Valentine’s Day, and planting seed cups for the spring garden.

Random:

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Get well, soon, everybody!

Sickness is all around us.  Three of our four grandchildren are [or have been] sick, along with their parents.  My sister-in-law, in Florida, has been very sick for well over a week, and needed iv fluids, twice, last week.  She’s still recovering.  My great-niece (granddaughter of the sick SIL) is also very sick, and has been admitted to the hospital with a temp of 105.  In addition I’ve been experiencing new eye problems, as I await my surgery date.  Prayers for all those mentioned would sure be appreciated.

 

 

 

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A Salty/Sandy Kind Of Hodgepodge…

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again!  And the month of January is almost gone, too!  Where is time going???  It’ll be spring before we know it.

As always, I’m participating in The Wednesday Hodgepodge, and, as always, I’m grateful to our hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions. She does such a great job of hosting.

Here we go:

1. “The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea.” (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has ‘cured’ you most recently?

I agree.  There’s absolutely nothing like a day beside the sea to make me feel better.  It’s been a while since I’ve spent time beside the ocean (over four months), but that’s the last time I felt ‘cured’.

2. What’s something you can’t eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all?

I can’t eat cooked vegetables without salting them, they’re nasty without it.  I consider myself a fairly light salt eater.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand…which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now?

“Sands of time” best applies to me because time is passing so quickly during this phase of my life.  I’m constantly aware that, one of these days, before I realize it, my hourglass will become empty.

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?

I love the song “Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band.  Several years ago, I made a video montage to the song, using family beach photos.  I’ve shared it on my blog before, but I think today’s a good time to share it again.

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

Yesterday ran me.  I had an appointment with the optometrist to have a retinal scan done.  I received some good news and some bad news.  The good news is my retinas are fine.  The bad news is he’s going to have to remove the ‘lump’ on my eyelid.  The doctor says that’s what’s impairing my vision. The good news is the doctor is going to let me have the procedure done at the eye surgery center, under anesthesia. (I’m glad since he will have to turn my eyelid inside out to do this).  The bad news is the procedure will cost a lot more than if he’d done it in his office, without anesthesia.  It looks like I’ll be meeting my insurance deductible early, this year.  My surgery date is set for February 9.

6. You’re on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

You’d find me parked in a beach chair [under some kind of shade].  However, I would take a short break for a little shopping, too.

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?

Good health!  Having spent a fair amount of time in doctor’s offices, lately, it’s been very enlightening to see and listen to other people’s situations.  Anywhere, on any given day. there are  people dealing with serious health issues.  If you are healthy, or if your health issues are not life-threatening, you are truly blessed!!!

Random:

Ed and I live in a part of the country where storms wreaked havoc all last weekend.  The weather here was very unstable, and we were under constant tornado watches all weekend.  Thankfully, no tornadoes touched down in our immediate area, but others, nearby, received a lot of damage.  What we did receive was rain–and lots of it!  I’m not sure of the ‘official’ amount of rainfall, but it was A LOT.  It’s very wet here, but we feel very blessed to  have escaped any damage.  Praise the Lord!

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A Mid-Winter Hodgepodge…

1. ASAP typically stands for ‘as soon as possible’. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

A Simple Answered Prayer. (see random)

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

It depends on who else is in that group. If family members are in the group, there’s a good chance I might be one of the first to speak up or have an idea.  Otherwise, not so much.  Family is more important to me than anything in the world, so I’d likely speak up, if I thought I could help.

3. What do you remember best about being 12?

I remember feeling more independent at age 12, because I was in the seventh grade, which meant I was now attending classes at the local high school.  It was also the year I discovered boys.  I experienced several ‘crushes’ when I was 12, including one on the guy who would eventually become my husband. 🙂  The thing I remember most about being 12 was the absolute horror of experiencing the start of my first “monthly cycle”, during my 7th grade math class! Think of it this way: a personal crisis, a mean teacher, and me being afraid to ask permission to leave class.  Fortunately, I finally got up my nerve to ask to go to the  bathroom, and she said yes.  Thank God for those “little machines” in girls’ restrooms and for a pair of shorts I had in my locker.

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you’re stumped go here for inspiration.

I’m often like Eeyore,  who’s a bit on the slow-moving, pessimistic side, while Ed tends to be more like Tigger, who’s eager and usually happy. I guess we balance each other out, who knows?

5. What’s an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?

I don’t use any apps.  And, yes, I’m still living in the dark ages.

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)…you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

I’d choose Sanibel because it’s in Florida, and it’s also located along the Gulf of Mexico.  What more can I say?  Also, it wouldn’t be too far to travel, and, perhaps, I’d get a chance to see my brother and sister-in-law, too. (They live in Florida)

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?

I always feel nostalgic (and sad) when I hear the song “Rainy Night In Georgia” (by Brook Benton) which was popular while Ed was in army basic training. Hearing this song takes me right back to the fall of 1969, and I still recall those feelings from long ago…

Ed and I were young, in love, and we were separated.  The song is sort of sad, which is how we both felt about being apart.  I think the words of the last verse accurately describe our feelings at the time:

Late at night when it’s hard to rest
I hold your picture to my chest
And I’m all right
A rainy night in Georgia
A rainy night in Georgia
I believe it’s rainin’ all over the world
Random:
Earlier in the week, I wrote a post entitled Always Expect the Unexpected, about some of the things have been going on in our lives, lately, and how we never know what’s around the bend.
On Monday, Ed and I were just about to get in the car to drive to a doctor’s appointment.  We were supposed to consult with the doctor about some recent biopsy results.  The phone rang, and, believe it or not, it was the doctor, himself, calling.  He called to let us know that the biopsy results were negative, and there was no need to make that trip to his office.  There is no sign of cancer, at this time.  Thank you, God, for answered prayers!
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Goodbye November, Hello Hodgepodge…

Goodbye November. I will miss you, but the weather doesn’t feel like November, it feels more like September, ’cause it’s hot!  There’s nothing quite like decorating a Christmas tree while sweating profusely!  All  of that being said, it’s time for The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  It’s time to take a break from my holiday decorating and have some fun.  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for keeping The Hodgepodge alive.

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving).

Thrilled (as in I was thrilled to have all of our family around the dinner table, again.)

Filled (as in our stomachs were filled as we consumed the Thanksgiving Day feast.)

Chilled (as in the weather was so warm, so I had to turn the thermostat down to 72 to keep us cool.)

2. When did you last say, ‘the more the merrier’? Did you mean it?

I don’t remember the last time I said “the more the merrier”, but it was probably the last time we had unexpected company.   Ed’s parents said that phrase a lot.  It was quite common for them to have extra folks seated around their dinner table, at any given time, and Ed’s daddy was a genius when it came to stretching food!

3. What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is your same age?

Cherish each day you’re given, and don’t take anything for granted.  If you have good health, praise the Lord for it, daily.

4. You’re ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

Peas, green beans, corn, and sweet potatoes–preferably out of our garden.

5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

I did not shop till I dropped over the Thanksgiving weekend.  In fact, I didn’t go shopping at all, except on-line!  However, in years gone by,  I have  shopped until I dropped, many times, with my late mother-in-law.  She was a champion shopper, back in her day!  I will do a little shopping between now and Christmas, but not much.  I hate the crowds.

6. What’s your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

There are only two places in my house where I can sit, comfortably, due to back issues.  One is a small glider rocker, that sits great, but matches nothing in our house because it only came in one color.  The other is my ‘zero gravity’ lawn chair that I unfold at night, when I’m ready to watch television.  It’s all about comfort, ya’ know?

7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

This memory isn’t necessarily from early in my life, since I was 29, but it’s a profound one.  Back in 1984, Ed and I  had the experience of helping organize a new church, from the ground up, when a guest pastor, who organized new churches as a ministry, visited the church we were members of.  I asked him, after the service, if he’d ever considered starting a ‘new work’ in our town.  He said, “No”, but later changed his mind, and contacted me.  I think there may have been about a dozen or so of us charter members.  We rented an old building, formerly a fast food restaurant, then spent many hours scrubbing all of the grease off the floor and walls.  Yuk!  Brother Gus was able to secure us an old piano, a few old church pews,  a podium, and some song books.  Before long, we were holding services at Trinity Baptist Church.  As fate would have it, after about a year and a half, I had a Divine revelation and realized I actually don’t believe the doctrine the church was teaching.  Having to tell Brother Gus we were leaving the church was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  Trinity Church closed its doors a couple of years after we left. Ed and I ended up at the church of his childhood, and were re-baptized into the faith.  And now, some 29 years later, we’re searching for another new church home…

Random:

Oh, my goodness!  So far, decorating for Christmas has been challenging, this year.  We’ve been dealing with lights that won’t burn,  strong winds blowing outside decorations over, and a missing box of colored lights for the Christmas tree.  On Monday, I felt a bit over-whelmed and asked myself, “Where’s the joy in all of this?”  Thankfully, Ed is a patient and talented man, so he was able to fix most of our light issues.  He also was able to piece back together several broken outside decorations, and anchor them down.  Tuesday went a little smoother, and more progress was made.  Hopefully, by Friday, we’ll be packing away all of these boxes, and enjoying the fruits of our labor.

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Thankful For The Hodgepodge…

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Let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I count my blog friends as special blessings, and treasure each and everyone of you.  I’m thankful for The Hodgepodge and all of the people I’ve ‘met’ through it.  I’m especially thankful for our hostess, Joyce, and the great job she does keeping The Hodgepodge up and running.  She is amazing.

All of that being said, here are this week’s questions:

1. What’s something you might say runs in your family?

I think I’ll say “a stubborn streak”.  Some of us are more stubborn than others, but we all have our moments, from time to time.

2. I read here a list of ten things you should do before 2017 arrives (in less than six weeks!)…which tasks on the list might you do? What would you add to your own ‘before the year ends’ list?

visit your Dr. or dentist, deep clean your home, donate unwanted items to charity, look someone in the eye and tell them you love them, write an honest letter to yourself, clean up your inbox-desktop-photos, travel to a place you haven’t been, compliment a stranger, watch the sunrise, think ahead to your goals/plans for the new year

I’ve already been to the doctor, donated some unwanted items to charity, complimented a stranger, and looked loved ones in the eye and told them I love them.  However, I really need to clean up my inbox (there are almost 5000 emails in there), and do more deep cleaning in my home!  I can’t think of anything I’d like to add to the list.

3. What’s something other generations (not your own) misunderstand about your generation?

Since our parents grew up and lived through the ‘depression era’, and us ‘baby boomers’ grew up and lived during times of plenty, I don’t think they ever quite understood our “lack of thriftiness”.  Sometimes, I find myself thinking the same thing about this current generation.

4. Sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing-which would you miss the most if it weren’t on the holiday dinner menu?

Cornbread dressing.  A turkey dinner wouldn’t seem right turkey without cornbread dressing!

5. What are you overthinking right now?

I’m overthinking the Thanksgiving Day menu, and how I’m going to get everything ready.  I’ve been preparing, off and on, for about five days.  It’s not that I’m cooking that much food, it’s that I’m moving slower, these days.

6. Your favorite slang word lately?

I don’t use any of the recent terms I found on the internet, so I’ll just go with LOL.

7. Write an acrostic for the word grateful.

Grateful to God, from whom all blessings flow

Really should do more to show Him my appreciation

Always seem to receive more than what’s given

Trying to do better, but I can’t out give God

Every day I will go to Him in prayer

Forever in His debt for all He’s done for me

Ultimate sacrifice was made so my sins could be forgiven

Living my life in a closer walk with Him

Random:

For two and one half years, our oldest son has been going to a local assisted living home, every Sunday afternoon, to preach to the residents who live there. All of the residents living in this particular home are suffering with varying stages of Alzheimer’s.

A while back, Ed and I began to join our son for these services. Sometimes, Ed makes an attempt to play the piano, but the three of us always make an attempt to sing a couple of hymns before the message, with or without music.  We usually average about six (not counting the three of us) in attendance.

Even though all residents are afflicted with this terrible disease, they are some of the sweetest folks I know.  Some can still carry on conversations, but others cannot.  Some wander around aimlessly, as if looking for something.  The thing about Alzheimer’s is you never know how it’s going to affect a person from day to day.  There are good days, there are bad days, and there are interesting days.  Last Sunday turned out to be one of those interesting days.

During the middle of the sermon, one of the male residents, whom I’ll call Mr. B, was restless and began wandering around the room during the message. (Mr. B happens to be someone we’ve known most of our lives)  In the middle of the sermon, Mr. B wandered over to where I was sitting in a chair, with my legs crossed. Suddenly, he bent over in front of me, and began trying to untie my shoe!  He tried so hard to get my shoe off, meanwhile our son never missed a beat of his message!  After Mr. B failed to get my shoe off, he became interested in my knee hose.  I sat there, with great interest, as Mr. Billy rubbed the hose, covering my lower leg. using both of his hands.  He must have really liked the texture of my hose!  Meanwhile, our son just kept on preaching.  Afterward, I laughed and told our son this was the first time I’d ever had someone try to steal my shoe or rub my leg during a sermon–all done with the sweet innocence of a curious child…

 

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Happy Happy Hodgepodge…

I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I’m tickled pink to have The Wednesday Hodgepodge back on-line!  Happy, happy, happy ! Our gracious hostess, Joyce, has been busy moving into her new house, but is taking a break to host The Hodgepodge, again.  Thanks, Joyce!

Here are the questions for this week:

1. Let’s all think happy thoughts…share one of yours here.

My happy thoughts always center around family.  One of my favorite happy memories [this time of the year] is all of us sitting around the Thanksgiving Day table,  listening to each other share what we are most thankful for.  This is a fairly new tradition for us, and it’s a good one.

2. There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “If you want happiness for an hour take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing….” What say you? If you want happiness for a day… go to St. Simon’s Island! (It always works for me.)

 3. Where do you go to decompress from the world around you?

Sometimes I’ll just go to my bedroom for a while, but if I get the chance, I’ll head for St. Simon’s Island.

4. What song never fails to make you happy?

There are too many to count, but this is one of the many:

5. Wednesday is National Fast Food Day. Should that be a thing? Apparently it is, so tell us what’s the last ‘fast food’ you consumed? If you were putting together your own version of a ‘happy meal’ what would you include?

The last ‘fast food’ I consumed was a Whopper, fries, and a coke from Burger King.  We rarely eat there, so I thoroughly enjoy it whenever we do.  My version of a ‘happy meal’ would probably be some Kentucky Fried Chicken, with mashed potatoes, cole slaw, and a biscuit.  I love it, but, again, we don’t eat it very often anymore.

6. In a few sentences tell us why you blog.

I began my blog as a way to record some of the past stories of my life.  In the process I began  meeting many interesting bloggers through ‘blog hops’.  In fact, I met our hostess, Joyce, through a blog hop, about eight years ago.  I really enjoy the interaction with other bloggers, and  I’ve learned so much, and ‘met’ some very nice people through blogging. I’ll be celebrating my 9th ‘blogiversary’ in April.

7. List seven things you’re feeling especially grateful for today.

(1) I’m grateful to be a Christian, and thankful my relationship with God is growing stronger. (2) I’m grateful God sent me a kind and loving husband, and has given us 44 happy years together.  (3) I’m grateful for three healthy children who’ve grown into productive adults that I’m very proud of.  (4) I’m grateful for four healthy, happy grandchildren, who have two loving parents in their homes. (6) I’m grateful for our home, that’s paid for. (7) I’m grateful for improved health, this year.  I’m currently off two [of four] prescription meds, and doing okay.

Random:

Below is a short video clip of Ed’s recent birthday celebration.  Three-year-old grandson, Evan, is leading the singing of “Happy Birthday”.  Notice how Evan tries to blow out the candles with his nose.  So funny!

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This Hodgepodge Feels Like Home…

This time of the year always brings back memories of moving into our second new home.  We weren’t quite finished with our house, but, on November 9, 2007, Ed and I moved out of our home of 30 years, and into our second home.  It’s hard to believe almost nine years have passed since then.  I can still remember hauling boxes and furniture across the yard…  Yes, we moved right next door!

Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for taking time to host this week’s Hodgepodge, especially since she’s getting ready to move, herself!  I appreciate you, Joyce, and best wishes with the move!

1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most ‘at home’?

I guess that would have to be our daughter’s house, located next door to us, which used to be our house until about nine years ago.  It’s only natural that I’d still feel ‘at home’ there, since Ed and I lived there for over 30 years, and raised our family in that house.

2. When did you last ‘hit a home run’ with something? Explain.

I’m going to say “surviving hurricane Matthew”.  We only lost our power for 21 hours, compared to many neighbors who were without electricity for several days.  Although we lost two large trees, we had no damage to either of the houses on our property.  Nine family members stayed together in our tiny, two bedroom, one bathroom home, for 3 days and 4 nights, and everyone got along well. God is good!

3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is ‘homemade’.

I have a large, ‘homemade’ sign hanging over the refrigerator that says “Kathy’s Diner”, and has a menu written on it.  I had this sign specially made for my kitchen whenever we built this house, and I love it.  It matches my red, white, and black Coca Cola decor.  Look closely, at the picture below, and you can see the sign over the refrigerator.

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4. ‘A man’s home is his castle’…which of the world’s ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-

Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateau de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael’s Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow’s Nest (Ukraine)

I’m sure any one of these castles would be captivating, and fun to visit, but I don’t know anything about any of them, so I’ll take a pass on answering this one.

5. What’s a recent or upcoming plan or project that’s required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?

Hurricane Matthew has caused a couple of unplanned projects at our house.  First of all, we had to move two freezers and install a new screen door on our storage house (for ventilation).  Next, was the project of cutting up and removing the two trees that were blown down, which required some repair work to the chain saw. (Ed still has one tree left to cut) Last comes the project of shopping for a generator, so we’ll be prepared for the next big storm that blows our way!

6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?

I think a little reading and math homework is valuable, because there’s not much time for practice during class. However, teachers need to be considerate and assign homework in moderation.

7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.

I remember when ‘Dairy Queen’ first came to our tiny little town.  It was back in the 60’s, and it was a big deal to everyone!  I don’t know which I liked best–the hamburgers and french fries or the soft serve ice cream.  Our original Dairy Queen was a very small, barn-shaped building, with a red roof, and no inside seating.  Over the years, our Dairy Queen’ has been renovated two or three times, and the name has been changed.  These days, it’s a very nice D Q Grill-n-Chill, with inside [or outside] seating, and I still enjoy their hamburgers, french fries, and soft serve ice cream, on rare occasions.

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photo courtesy of Google

There’s something else that’s special about our local DQ.  The owner, Zuber Malek is a wonderful person, who cares about, and gives back, to the community.  Local citizens have responded to his kindness and generosity by giving his DQ the honor of being a top fund raiser for The Children’s Miracle Network!  Below is a picture of the sign, showing this year’s grand total:13906971_10153903695795892_7909803460642953741_n

Random:

Yesterday, the ‘unthinkable’ happened to our daughter.  She flushed her toilet, then came back a while later to discover a disaster.  The toilet flapper didn’t close after the tank refilled, and, apparently, the drain was sluggish, and couldn’t handle the flow of water.  The two malfunctions became the ‘perfect storm’ for a flood. Water went all into their bedroom, into the dining room, and into the kitchen.  Water even ran out the back door and down the steps.  Did I mention our daughter has laminate flooring?  Laminate flooring and water do not make a good combination.  Within the matter of a few minutes, there was quite a mess to deal with.

By mid-evening, with the help of family, the kitchen and dining room had been disassembled, with cabinets and furniture removed.  All of the soggy laminate had been taken up, as well.  Hopefully, there will be no chance of rain in the forecast, because most of the kitchen cabinets are sitting on the front porch, and will be sitting there for a few days while the floor dries out.  Fun times!

 

 

 

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Hodgepodge # 284

You’ve gotta’ love and appreciate the tenacity and determination of our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce.  She’s only days away from moving into her new home, but she still managed to plan and host The Hodgepodge!  Thanks, Joyce, my hat is off to you.

Here are today’s questions:

1. What would you say is your strongest sense?

That’s a good question!  My eyesight and hearing sure aren’t what they used to be.  Working with stain and polyurethane, in an enclosed area, has dulled my sense of smell, too.  I have neuropathy in my feet, so my sense of ‘touch’ isn’t what it used to be either.  I still enjoy eating, so I guess I’ll say my sense of ‘taste’ is my strongest sense 🙂

2. Do you believe in the idea of a ‘sixth sense’? Why or why not?

Yes, I do believe in a ‘sixth sense’.  Sometimes, I’ll get a particular ‘feeling’ about something (or someone) that I just can’t explain.  I refer to this ‘feeling’ as my sixth sense.

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.

Now that Ed and I are both retired, the time I feel most like a “slave to time” is on Sundays.  We  watch the clock closely, all day, so we won’t be late for church.

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?

When I was a teenager I worked in the restaurant part of my uncle’s gift shop/restaurant.  I hated everything about it, and only lasted a couple of days.  I’d rate the experience zero stars, and I’d never own a restaurant of any kind, period!

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.

I’ve never traced my family tree beyond my grandparents, but my paternal grandparents lost two of their children, early in life.  Their only daughter fell, as a child, hit her head and died.  One of their six sons died from a ruptured appendix while still a young man. Oh, I also thought it was interesting that both of my parents had sisters named “Georgia Belle”!

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?

I had several different bedrooms, while growing up.  The bedroom I remember most ( from ages 12-17) was located on the front corner of the house, so it had two windows facing two different directions.  (I could sit on my bed and watch the teenagers riding from one end of town to the other!)  As a young teen, I painted the walls of my room blue.  The paint job wasn’t perfect, but I was proud of myself.  The furniture in my bed room was older, and had been painted white.  I had a poster of Peter Fonda (as Easy Rider) on my wall, and a stereo in one corner.

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love decorating for special occasions.  

I love to decorate my living room (and sometimes kitchen) for all special occasions, not just Christmas. (although Christmas is my favorite.)  I have a ‘year round’ tree in the living room, and change the decorations, every month, to reflect whatever occasion falls within that month. The shelves in our living room are decorated with matching curios, as well.

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Left:  Year round tree decorated for Easter

Right:  Year round tree decorated for Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

Random:

Ed and I did something, last night, we hadn’t done in years. We went to a county fair, alone! In years past, we’ve always gone to the fair with family, but, this year, we went solo, and you know what? We had a great time!  It was the first time I ever remember going to the fair, on a week night,  not having to worry about how late it was getting.  Yay for retirement 🙂

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