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!

Random:

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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A Six More Weeks of Winter Hodgepodge…

The groundhog saw his shadow, last week, but the past two days have been screaming “early spring” here.  I’m sure more winter is on the way, but those 70 degree, sunny days sure have been nice.  Do ya’ know something else that’s nice?  The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  As always, thank you very much to our gracious hostess, Joyce.

Here are this week’s questions along with my answers:

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try?

I’m already in the process of planning for a trip we’re taking in April.  We’re going to visit the replica of Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum, in Kentucky.

Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most?

I’m a huge fan of taking baths!

Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

How about planting garden seeds in little paper cups, then watching them sprout and grow?  This always makes me happy.  The new growth reminds me that spring is just around the corner 🙂  By the way, I’ve already purchased some seeds for planting!

2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

I’m going with one of life’s recent simple pleasures–sitting outside, basking in 70 degree warmness, on a February day, with my hubby, Ed, by my side.  All the while, I was also rubbing a very soft and fluffy cat, named “Baby”.  Gotta’ love and appreciate those simple things–I know “Baby” sure did!

3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

The answer to this question would have to be “taco soup”.  I made some last Wednesday.

4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

Our son-in-law’s leg to properly heal without any problems!  You see, he was helping Ed ‘burn off’ the field in front of our house, on Saturday, when the ‘unthinkable’ happened–a freak accident!  Our son-in-law’s pants leg caught on fire, without him realizing it, until his leg began to actually burn!  He reacted quickly and dropped to the ground, thank goodness.  However, he still has second degree burns on a large area of his left lower leg.  As you can imagine, this has been very painful for him, and we feel just terrible about it.  As I said, we’re cheering (and praying) for a speedy recovery.

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games?

I’ll have to give myself a “1” for these games.  For some reason, I’m just not feeling it this year.

Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

If I watch anything it will be figure skating.  Pairs figure skating has  been my favorite event since the Tai Babilonia/Randy Gardner days.

Random:

For the first time in many years, Ed and I didn’t watch the Superbowl on Sunday night.   We ‘turned off’ the NFL early in the season when some of its players chose to “take a knee” instead of standing for the national anthem.

Speaking of “take a knee”, has anyone else seen this video?  (one bad word, but a very good message)

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Ending January With Another Hodgepodge…

As the first month of 2018 comes to an end, I find it’s time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  Here they are:

1. Speaking of endings….at your wit’s end, at loose ends, a dead end, burn the candle at both ends, all’s well that end’s well, or no end in sight…which ‘end’ phrase might best be applied to your life lately? Explain.

No end in sight because every day is filled with continuous animal chores–no matter what.  Ed and I begin [and end] every day by feeding and caring for the six chickens, nine cats, and a pond full of goldfish who depend on us.  The chicken coop must be cleaned daily, and eggs collected.  The chickens have to be let out, then shut back up at the end of the day.  Twice daily, Ed has to drive a quarter of a mile down the road to feed/care for “Trouble”, the cat.  The fish must be fed, daily, and the pond filter has to be cleaned.   No matter what the weather is, or how bad we may be feeling– these chores have to be done.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it keeps moving and busy, but, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be free of the responsibility for a little while.

2. What was a must have accessory when you were growing up? Did you own one? If so tell us what you remember about it.

I’m going to say “boots” because boots were very popular when I was in high school (along with “mini skirts”, “scooter skirts”, and “hot pants”).  I had two pairs of boots–a white pair of  “go-go” boots and a black pair of “granny boots”.  The “granny boots” were my favorites… and, yes, I also owned a couple of “mini skirts” and some “hot pants”, as well.

3. Something that made you smile yesterday?

Spending some time with old friends, Herman and Diane.  (Diane is recovering from recent foot surgery.)  While visiting, Herman told a couple of very funny stories that made us all laugh–a lot!  Herman is one of those people who always has a funny story to tell.

4. January 30th is National Croissant Day. Do you like croissants? Sweet or savory? We’re having chicken salad for lunch…would you rather have yours served on a croissant, a wrap, a bagel, bread, or a roll of some sort?

I don’t recall ever eating an actual croissant, but I’ll bet I’d like them.  I usually eat chicken salad on bread or crackers.

5. Sum up your January in fifteen words or less.

We had good visits with family & friends, some good times, and enjoyed some beautiful snow!

These snow men lasted almost a week!

Random:

Life has been busy, and time is passing quickly!  Ed and I made two out-of-town trips, last week, and have already made two more out-of-town trips, this week.  Two of those trips involved visits with family and friends, which we really enjoyed.

Today, I plan to pack away the snowmen  who have been decorating the shelves in our living room, and replace them with some Valentine’s Day decor.  Soon it will be time to start planning our spring garden, as well!  In the words of the old Tracy Lawrence song, “Time marches on…”

As January winds down, I’ll leave you with one last snow picture.  This is our youngest grandson, Evan, making his first “snow angel”.  I think it’s safe to say that Evan loved the snow!

 

 

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A Positively Wonderful Wednesday Hodgepodge…

What a difference a week makes, weather-wise.  The past two Wednesdays have seen snow falling here in Georgia, but today looks like a gorgeous spring day!   It’s a great day for The Wednesday Hodgepodge, too, so let’s get started.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce!

Here are her questions for January 24, 2018:

1. January 24th is National Compliment Day. Is it easy or not so easy for you to accept a compliment?

I don’t know, I’ve never thought about it, but I do enjoy getting a compliment every now and then.

Share a recent compliment you’ve given or received.

Nothing specific comes to mind, but it may have been Ed complimenting me on a meal I’ve cooked.

2. Ten little things you are loving right now.

(1)Enjoying warmer days, (2)having the Christmas clutter finally put away, (3)recently spending a fun night with family, (4)the Sunday evening bible study on “the family”,  (5)listening to Pandora on the blue tooth speaker I got for Christmas, (6)watching seasons II of “Victoria” on PBS and “Taken” on NBC (7)spending the second Saturday night of each month with friends at gospel ‘sings’, (8)having Ed at home with me (9)being able to do nothing whenever I feel like it (10)being able to shop on weekdays, instead of Saturdays.

3. Would people describe you as a positive person?

People who don’t know me very well might say I’m a positive person, but those who know me best might not agree.  I’m a worrier.

Do you see yourself that way?   I think of myself as “semi-positive”.

I read here a list/description of eight things positive people do differently-

Positive people find something to look forward to every day, they celebrate the small stuff, they’re kind, they stay busy, accept responsibility for their actions, forgive themselves, know when to move on, and resist comparisons

Which action on the list would you say you do regularly?

I always try to be kind.

Which action could you add to your life to give you a more positive outlook?

That’s a tough one!  I’ll say “know when to move on.”

If you’re a positive person, what’s something you do regularly that’s not on the list?

I start my morning prayers off with a list of things I’m grateful for, and there are many.  Doing this makes me realize how blessed I am!

4. Homemade chicken soup, beef stew, or a bowl of chili…what’s your pleasure on a cold winter’s day?

I like all of the above, but chili is my favorite food on a cold winter’s day.

5. The best part of my day is….  when I crawl into bed at the end of the day.  It feels so good to stretch out and rest my back!

Random:

After Ed and I had been married for twenty years, he bought me an anniversary ring to celebrate the milestone.  I loved that ring and wore it for many years.  Due to arthritis and some weight gain,  my finger eventually outgrew the ring, and it sat in my jewelry box for several years.

This past summer, I decided to have the ring resized so I could wear it again.   Resizing the ring cost about one-third as much as the ring originally cost, but it was worth it to me because I was happy to be able to wear my anniversary ring again.

Then, the ‘unthinkable’ happened on December 29, when I got home from a shopping trip and started taking my jewelry off.  When I went to remove my ring I discovered it wasn’t there!  In thinking back, I remember putting lotion on my hands just before we arrived at our first shopping destination.  Apparently, I must have laid the ring in my lap while applying lotion, and forgot to put it back on.  The ring must have fallen off my lap when I got out of the car.  Of course, it was a very cold day, and it’s possible the ring could’ve slipped off my finger, elsewhere, but I don’t think so.

Needless to say, I was just sick about losing the ring I’d had for so many years!  My daughter called the store to see if a ring had been turned in.  Then, my sweet husband, Ed, got back in our car and drove over thirty miles back to our first shopping destination, just to search around the place where we parked.  No luck.

The strangest thing about the whole incident is this.  When I took the ring out of my jewelry box, that morning, I actually had second thoughts about wearing it.  It was a very cold day and my hands were shriveled and dry, which is why I was applying lotion in the car.  I’d never had second thoughts about wearing jewelry before.  If only I’d listened…  I guess I’ll just have to take a lesson from this experience– on being positive–accept responsibility for my actions, forgive myself, and move on.

 

 

 

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Blogging With The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Happy Hump Day!  I’m a bit late getting this written and posted, but I spent the day in the city, yesterday.  Our daughter had a doctor’s appointment, so Ed and I accompanied her.  Let me tell you–country life is where it’s at!  There’s no way I would go back to city life!  On that note, let’s jump into The Hodgepodge…

1. What keeps you blogging?

Joyce and The Hodgepodge!  Seriously! Originally, I began blogging, about nine years ago, as a way to reflect on, and document, some of the events of my life.  These days, I spend more time living life, rather than writing about it.  If not for The Hodgepodge, I probably wouldn’t blog at all, which reminds me, “Thanks, Joyce!”

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter?

No, I don’t care much for the beach in winter. It’s usually too windy and cold.  We frequently visit the beach from April thru September, but never go in the winter.

According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)?

Finally, I get to answer “yes” to a travel question!!!  I’ve been to Hilton Head Island and, as you know, we visit St. Simon’s Island often!  We came close to visiting Folly Beach, once, but ended up visiting Isle of Palms, SC, instead.

Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I’d choose Duck Key, in Florida, because it’s probably warmer there than it is here.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

I’ll say “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett.  I probably should be embarrassed, because of the messages some of his songs convey, but I like Jimmy Buffet’s songs.

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?

How about “being an adult”?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to be an adult and I enjoy it, but it’s also produced a lot of tough situations I never dreamed of (as a child)–such as dealing with colicky babies, raising wayward teenagers, uncomfortable job situations, and taking care of aging parents.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

“By regularly spending time in God’s Word, you develop a biblical filter through which all new information passes.  That filter in your mind enables you to distinguish between what’s false and what’s true.  If that is firmly established in your mind and heart, you’ll be able to identify God’s truth.”  Charles Stanley

Note from me:  With so many “untruths” being taught, today, this advice is important!  I’ll be making my third journey through the Bible in 2018.

Random:

Ed and I have done the “unthinkable” (for us) and booked ourselves on a trip with the church we’re now attending.  We’ll be traveling with them, by bus, to visit the “Ark Encounter” and the “Creation Museum” [in Kentucky], this spring.  I’m excited and apprehensive all at the same time!  It’s been almost eight years since we’ve taken a vacation–and we’ve never been to Kentucky!

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A January Kind Of Hodgepodge…

I don’t know about the rest of you, but January came ferociously roaring into our neck of the woods, last week!  Our temperatures dipped into the low 20’s for several nights in a row and, on January 3, over three inches of snow fell in our yard!  The snow’s all gone (as of Monday) and our temperatures are nearing 70 again.  Life is getting back to normal here in the deep south.

Speaking of normal, it’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for The Hodgepodge!  As always, thanks to Joyce for hosting this fun, mid-week distraction.

Here are this week’s questions:

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

I don’t think I’ve ever had an actual mentor.

I guess you could say I mentored a few insecure first graders through some rough times, during my years of working as a paraprofessional.  And once, I briefly mentored another paraprofessional.  I found the experiences gratifying.  It’s always good to help someone.

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

I know this is an older trend, but, personally, I’ll never understand the desire to color one’s hair pink, purple, or blue.  In the words of Heather Land, “I ain’t doin’ it.”

3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few ‘weird’ things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the ‘weird’ things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more ‘weird’ thing you’d add to the list?

The only thing on the list that makes me happy is freshly cleaned sheets.  I love clean sheets!  If I could add something to the list, I’d say “soaking in the bathtub.”  By the way, I HATE cleaning the dryer lint screen!

4. What’s the last good thing you ate?

The last really good thing I ate was the last piece of a pound cake that I baked.  (You may recall, it only took me 45 years to learn how to make a good pound cake!)

5. Describe life in your 20’s in one sentence.

Life in my 20’s was filled with changes, challenges, and lots of happiness, (and I wouldn’t change a minute of it)!

Random:  I’d like to write more about the rare and beautiful snow we experienced, last week, but I’ll save it for a future post.  I will share one picture, though.  I think our Christmas decorations were quite appropriate for the snowy setting, don’t you?  The last time we saw this much snow was in 1989!

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Another ‘Delightful’ Hodgepodge…

 

With only five more days until Christmas, I’d say the holiday season is well upon us!  I have a few more things to do, in preparation, but first things first, so let’s answer some more Hodgepodge questions.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for everything she does!

1. Where have you found unexpected magic or delight this holiday season?

I don’t know that about “unexpected magic or delight”, but I’ve found delight, this Christmas, in the usual things–our rotating Christmas tree, with its beautiful lights and ornaments, a Christmas Parade of lights, the children’s Christmas play at church, just to name a few.

2. What’s your favorite type of holiday gathering?  I like the informal kind of gathering, with family/friends, finger foods, and perhaps a fun game or two for fun.

Will you/have you gathered in your favorite way this month?  No, we haven’t, but we did gather last Saturday to celebrate a couple of December birthdays.

3. Time has named ‘The Silence Breakers’ (women who came forward with stories of harassment) ‘person of the year’ for 2017. Would you agree? If not, who do you think deserves the title?

The choice of ‘The Silence Breakers’ is okay with me.  Perhaps, bringing/keeping the issue of sexual harassment into the spotlight will help this on-going situation for women.  Probably not, but I can always hope.

4. How did you spend your time this year? Are you happy about that? Elaborate

I spent more time reading the Bible, and less time on my computer. I  spent more time in church, and less time elsewhere.  I also began a card ministry (sending cards to sick/bereaved) and, for the first time, in many years, I taught a youth class [at church] on Wednesday evenings.  During late spring and early summer we also ‘canned’ fresh vegetables from our garden and made jelly.  I used my time in better ways, this year, and, yes, I feel good about that.

5. Bid farewell to 2017 in ten words or less.

Farewell 2017, you came and went much too quickly!

Random:

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Wednesday Hodgepodge # 333…

There are only twelve more days until Christmas!  Can you believe it?!  Me either.  I’m NOT ready…  but I don’t suppose a few more hours of procrastinating is going to make much difference, so I’m participating in The Hodgepodge–or at least I’m going to try.  Last week, the ‘Linky’ mysteriously disappeared after a few hours, so I wasn’t able to read everyone’s posts:(  Hopefully, this week will go better!  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for everything she does.  Here we go:

1. ‘Hurry less, worry less’…what’s your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How’s it going so far?

“Hurry less, worry less” is my strategy, this year, along with making it a point to always keep in mind the real reason for the season.  For the most part, it’s going good.  This year, I’ve hurried and worried less than usual, and I’m trying hard to stay focused on Jesus rather than Santa.

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season?  We don’t make a list, but there are a few things we do.

What are some of the jobs on your list?  The outside faucets need wrapping and the flowers need protecting, so the greenhouse has to be put back up.  We also drain/cover our large fountain, and cover the plants [at night] that won’t fit inside of the greenhouse.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?  Ed takes care of everything, thankfully, and spent most of last Saturday doing just that!

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc). What’s the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list?  My first thought was “YUK”.

Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? None of the above.

Also, can milk really be dairy free?  Not to me!  I hate almond milk, and won’t even try soy milk.

Is it still milk?  Again, no, not as far as I’m concerned.  Give me the real thing, please!

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site ‘Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.’ What say you?  I say, it doesn’t communicate those things to me.

Do you like the color purple?  No, I’m not really a fan of it.

Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Yes, I watched the movie twice.

Is purple a color you wear often?  No, it isn’t.

Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  It’s knee-length and has a jacket that goes with it.  I’ve had it for over a year and only worn it once.  I’m not sure what I was thinking when I bought it.

If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?  I’d select candy apple red!

5. Favorite book read this year?  I’m going to say the devotional entitled,  Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley.  I received this book as a gift, last Christmas, and it’s been such a blessing to me all year.

Random:

Yesterday was our oldest grandson, Caden’s, birthday.  He turned nine!

It scares me to death when I think about nine being half-way to eighteen!!!  Oh, be still my heart, where is time going?!  Wasn’t it just yesterday when he was getting a bath in the kitchen sink?

Apparently not!   And wasn’t it only a week or two ago when we celebrated his third birthday in my kitchen?

I guess not.  Time has a way of slipping by…

Happy Birthday, again, Caden.  I hope the next nine years don’t pass as quickly as the first ones did–and I hope Mimi and E are here to experience every one of them with you.

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Making My Way Back To The Hodgepodge…

After a two month hiatus, I’ve finally made my way back to blogging!  Sometimes, a person needs to just take a step back, so that’s what I did.  Before I knew it, one week had turned into two, then a month, and so forth. I’m back blogging, for now, and there’s no place I’d rather start than with The Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping this fun meme going!

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?

One Day At A Time

Just like the title of that old song I love.  The lyrics of this song seem to fit my life, these days.

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what’s the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?

The things I use my microwave most often for are baking potatoes or defrosting ground beef.  Yes, I could get along without it, and I did for many years, but a microwave sure makes life [in the kitchen] easier.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

I’m going to choose Sleigh Ride.

I’ve never been on an actual sleigh ride, but it looks like so much fun in those Hallmark movies!  I imagine myself snuggled under a blanket, holding Ed’s hand, while a horse (or two) pulls us through the snow in a sleigh…  There’s a scene like that near the end of one of my favorite Hallmark movies entitled The Christmas Card.  Has anybody else seen it?

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you’ve ever taken.

The most beautiful drive I’ve ever taken was through the Great Smokey Mountains.  It was beautiful, but also a little bit scary, with its steep mountains and sharp curves!

5. What’s something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

I’ve been so blessed, I can’t  think of a thing that I truly want or need, this Christmas.  Our family drew names, this year, and I had a hard time even thinking of some “hints” to put on my list.  So…

The main thing on my Christmas list, this year, is going to be staying focused on the real reason for the season–celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  It’s easy to get caught up in all the ‘hoopla’ of Christmas, and forget what’s really important.  I don’t want to be guilty of that!

Random:

Ed and I haven’t been idle during my blogging hiatus.

As of November 5, we changed churches (again).  Sadly, it became painfully apparent that things weren’t going to work out in the church we’d been attending for the past nine months.  We had to leave some great new friends behind, but ended up going back to worship with some great old friends at a previous church we’d attended.  I hope and pray this will be our last move!

Ed celebrated his 68th birthday on November 13, with family and a birthday cake.  I didn’t bake his German Chocolate cake until the day before Thanksgiving, though.  It took us that long to finish off his birthday cake!

Ed with two of our grandchildren

In November, I bought a Christmas comforter set, and wanted some window treatments to match.  So, what did I do?  I bought a couple of matching shower curtains and turned them into valances!  I even made a matching throw pillow for the bed, and a pair of curtains for the bathroom, too!

Christmas comforter and matching valances

Thanksgiving came and went.  Our family spent Thanksgiving at our daughter’s house, this year, which was nice for a change, plus it gave me a break.  The only glitch was our grandson, Evan, got sick, so he and his family weren’t able to be with us for Thanksgiving.  After lunch, the girls did some browsing on the internet while the guys watched football.

On the day after Thanksgiving Ed and I pulled out the boxes of Christmas decorations!  We’ve been decorating, outside and inside, ever since.  As of Monday evening we are ‘officially’ finished and all boxes are put away…and it only took eleven days!!!  Whew, this task gets more difficult every year!

a not-so-great picture of our living room tree

Would you believe, after almost six years of raising chickens, we’ve suddenly been plagued by several visits from two different chicken hawks?!  I’d often wondered if a chicken hawk could actually kill a grown chicken, and I recently learned they can–they start with the head.  We’re now down to seven very nervous hens, who are wondering who’s next.

“Trouble”, the cat, is still living at Ed’s parents’ house.  I swear this cat has nine lives…  Ed feeds her twice daily and still closes her up in the freezer room at the end of each day.  Since the time change, we have to time our outings so we can be home by 4, to put the cat to bed each evening!  I tell you, it’s like having children again.

It will be late this evening or tomorrow, before I get around to visiting everyone’s blogs.  Ed and I will be accompanying our daughter into the city, today.  She has a doctor’s appointment and we’re planning to do a little Christmas shopping, as well.  See y’all when we get back!

 

 

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Finding My Way Through The Hodgepodge…

I’m a little late in joining this party, but, as someone once said, “Better late than never.”  I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, and wasn’t up to answering the questions, before now.  As always, thanks to our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can’t find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I’ve been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

I have a terrible sense of direction!  I’d give myself a 2, and that’s being generous.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don’t count!)

It’s probably been twenty years since I’ve used/looked at an actual map, back in the days when we actually traveled on a regular basis.

back east, down south, out west, up north

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.

I’ll choose “down south” because that’s where my brother lives (in Florida), and I’d love to visit him again, one of these days.

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

Yesterday, I probably did more listening, but typically I do more of the talking.  One word to describe my yesterday was “restful”.  As I mentioned, earlier, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, so I’ve been resting a lot.

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity…which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

Without a doubt, “time” is the thing I’m most guilty of wasting, but I learned a long time ago, not to worry about it.  I have chronic health issues and I’m retired.  Enough said.

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.

No, my family didn’t take regular vacations when I was growing up.  We did make some road trips to visit family, in the neighboring state of Georgia, but I don’t remember many of those because I was young.  I remember my family and I did take one trip to Jekyll Island, with an aunt, uncle, and my favorite cousin, when I was about thirteen.  My family and I had moved to Georgia by then.  We only stayed a night or two at the beach, but I still remember how much fun we had.

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?

A money tree!  Ha Ha  Seriously, I can’t think of a thing I’d like to grow that we haven’t already grown, except maybe some  pumpkins.  We’ve planted them before, but had no luck growing them.

Random:

Speaking of pumpkins, the Pumpkin Patch in a neighboring town is now open, and all four of our grandchildren have visited within the past week!  The temperatures around here are still in the high eighties, so it doesn’t feel much like autumn, but it looks like autumn at the Pumpkin Patch!   Below is a picture of three of our “grands”.  That’s one BIG rocking chair!

 

 

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