The First Day Of Winter Hodgepodge…

T’was the first day of winter, and all through the house…the gifts were all wrapped…Christmas candy was finished… and the last thing on the list was more cooking and cleaning!  But that will have to wait until another day, because today is Wednesday, and that means it’s time to join in The Hodgepodge!  Thank you to our hostess, Joyce, for providing another great set of questions that didn’t require a lot of deep thinking 🙂  My brain is weary this time of the year.

Here are today’s questions:

1. What’s left to be done on your Christmas to-do list?

We just need to hold our decorations together until Christmas, and begin preparations for the Christmas meal.  By “holding the decorations together”, I’m referring to keeping the outdoor decorations in place and working.  We’ve already had to replace one outdoor timer, plus we’ve been having to help our inflatables up each night, due to the rain we’ve been getting, lately.  Excessive rain and outdoor Christmas decorations usually make a poor combination.

2. The Hodgepodge lands on the first day of winter this year. What’s your favorite thing about winter?

I was tempted to say “Not having to deal with gnats or mosquitoes”, but my real favorite thing about winter is Christmas.  I love all things Christmas!

3. In what area of your life are you immature? Feel free to elaborate or not.

I’m immature in the spiritual area of my life, but I’m working on that.  To borrow a quote from Joyce Meyer, “I’m not where I want to be, but, praise the Lord, I’m not where I used to be!”

4. What was the most (or one of the most) important lessons you learned in 2016?

Sometimes, the search for a new church home can be long and hard, but there can be joy in the journey.

5. It’s Fried Shrimp Day…are you a fan? What’s your favorite way to eat shrimp? Will there be shrimp somewhere in your holiday feastings?

Yes, I love fried shrimp…that’s my favorite way to eat them.  There won’t be any shrimp in our holiday feasts, but I sure would like to have some.

6. What sound lulls you to sleep?

The sound of the television turned down very low, so I just can hear the voices, but can’t really understand what’s being said.  I set the timer on the television for about 90 minutes, most nights.  Gaither gospel music videos and Hallmark movies are among my favorite shows to fall asleep to.  Going to sleep [or staying asleep] is a problem for me.

7. What one word best describes your 2016?

“Better”.  Although 2016 presented its fair share of problems for Ed and me, I’ll have to say it was A LOT BETTER than 2015 was.

Random:  

Some special wishes from me to you…

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Dear blog friends,

Over the years, I’ve come to know each you through your blogs, and every one of you has a special place in my heart.  When you’re happy, I rejoice for you.  When you’re going through life’s trials, I pray for you.  I care about you.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for taking the time to visit my blog, leave comments, and thank you, especially, for sending up prayers on my behalf, during hard times.  It means more than you’ll ever know.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to  wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year!  Take care, and enjoy your holidays.

Love,

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Hodgepodge…

I can’t believe it’s only a week and a half until Christmas!  I still haven’t finished wrapping gifts, nor have I done the first bit of holiday baking, but all of that can wait, ’cause it’s time for The Hodgepodge!  As always, thanks to our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce, for everything she does.

1. Are you more task oriented or people oriented? Elaborate.

I’m not sure, but I think I’m more ‘people oriented’.  If I’m not, I’d like to be.  A Google search resulted in the following explanation of ‘people oriented’.
What is the definition of people oriented?
The phrase “people-oriented” is generally used to convey something vaguely like a company where everyone is friends. They all get along, are pleasant and happy and smile at each other when they pass in the halls.

2. December 15 is National Wear Your Pearls Day…do you own/wear pearls? If you’re a man answering the question, does your sweetheart own or wear pearls? Everyone share a ‘pearl of wisdom’ with us here today.

I don’t own a strand of pearls, but I do have a pearl [single black pearl on a chain] necklace that Ed sent me from Okinawa while he was stationed there, forty-something years ago.  Since I rarely wear jewelry, it’s been tucked away in my jewelry box for a long, long time.  While Ed was in Okinawa, he also sent his mama a strand of white pearls, but we don’t know what ever happened to them.  After she passed away, we searched the house high and low, but failed to find her precious pearls. (She wanted our daughter to have them after she died.) My ‘pearl of wisdom’, for today, is this:  If you want to give someone a prized possession, perhaps it’s best to do it while you’re still living.

3. Speaking of pearls…oysters? Are you a fan or not a fan? If you answered yes, tell us your favorite way to eat oysters? If you said no, be honest-have you ever tried one or does just the idea of eating an oyster make you gag a little?

I’m not a fan of oysters, no way, no how.  Just the sight of an oyster makes me want to gag, I can’t imagine eating one!

4. Time Magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year. Let’s take presidents and presidential candidates out of the mix for a minute. If a political figure had not been chosen who would you name Man or Woman of the Year for 2016?

I don’t know which famous person would make the best candidate for Man or Woman of the year, but, as far as I’m concerned, my husband, Ed, is “Man of the Year”.  After all, he puts up with me 365 days of the year!

5. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 has been announced, and it’s a vibrant green aptly named-greenery. Your thoughts? Is this a color currently in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade for the new year? Click here to see the color.

Green is one of my least favorite colors, so this color definitely won’t make it into my home, and probably not in my wardrobe either.  All of that being said, this IS one of the prettier shades of green that I’ve seen.

6. Today I’ve had too much ‘bad food’.  Today, I ate a cinnamon raisin bagel for breakfast, followed by a hamburger and french fries for lunch.  I did try to redeem myself by eating a salad for supper, though. (I’m answering these questions on Tuesday night)

7. Share a favorite lyric from a favorite Christmas carol.

I love Let It Be Christmas.  Nobody can write a song quite like Alan Jackson.

 

Let It Be Christmas
Let it be Christmas everywhere
In the hearts of all people both near and a far
Christmas everywhere
Feel the love of the season wherever you are
On the small country roads lined with green mistletoe
Big city streets where a thousand lights glow
Let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let every heart sing let every bell ring
The story of hope and joy and peace
And let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let anger and fear and hate disappear
Let there be love that lasts through the year
Let it be Christmas
Christmas everywhere
Let it be Christmas everywhere
With the gold and silver, the green and the red
Christmas everywhere
In the smiles of all children asleep in their beds
In the
Random:
This week, I brought out my two most annoying Christmas decorations.  First there’s the crazy snowman Christmas clock who requires a little help (a push-pin works) to hang straight on the wall.  He plays a few Christmas songs, but only when the notion strikes him!  This isn’t a bad thing since he plays that dreadful electronic music of yesteryear.  Mr. Snowman Clock must be a night owl, because he seems to play more often in the wee hours…  His other quirk is that he plays his music at five minutes after the hour!  Gotta’ love him.
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My other annoying decoration is my bathroom snowman, Jolly Johnny, who holds a plunger and sits on a shelf behind the toilet.
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 He’s there to startle and greet everyone with his little song:  Ho, Ho, Ho.  Who’s Gotta’ Go?  Ho, Ho, Ho.  Who’s Gotta’ Go?   I’m in the bathroom, don’t mind me.  I’m here to keep you company!   Johnny does his job of keeping us company very well!  In fact he does it so well,  he gets banished to the laundry room at night 🙂
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Dear Blog…

Dear Blog,

Lately I’ve been unfaithful to you.  I’ve neglected you while I’ve been busy doing other things–or busy just doing nothing.  Today I am feeling a bit guilty, so I’ve come to spend some time with you.  By the way, I’m sitting here in my pajamas, at 11 o’clock in the morning, doing absolutely nothing–and it feels wonderful!  The past few days have been sort of busy for us, so it feels good to just relax.

Then, of course, there’s the little problem of my failing eyesight.  The cataract in my left eye has gotten so bothersome, most days I see two of everything.  It’s hard to do a lot of blogging when you’re seeing double and everything seems to be out of focus.  January can’t get here fast enough, so I can meet with the Ophthalmologist about surgery.

Last week, Ed and I spent a couple of evenings with some of our grandchildren.  ‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, and we were the designated babysitters.  While we enjoyed being with our grandchildren, it made us realize why people have their children when they’re young.  We were tired by the end of the evening!  Of course, these days, Ed and I wake up tired…a lot.

On Friday night, Ed and I joined the ranks of the ‘party goers’ and attended a party, ourselves.  I can’t remember how long it had been since we’d attended a party, other than a family one, but we had a great time!  The home of the host and hostess was the best decorated I’ve ever seen.  I consider myself  near a ’10’ when it comes to Christmas  decorating, but this home was over the top!  There were Christmas comforters on all of the beds, trees in every room,  and beautiful village and nativity scenes displayed in multiple places.  I was in heaven!  Not only were the decorations fantastic, so was the food.  We ended up having a ‘white elephant’ gift exchange which turned out to be the highlight of the evening.  I don’t remember when I’ve laughed so much!

Friday night also turned out to be the coldest night we’ve had, so far.  Our temperatures dipped down into the 20’s which meant Ed and I spent a large portion of Friday afternoon relocating and protecting outside plants.  On Saturday morning, we woke up to find our bird bath was frozen over!  The cold snap was short-lived, and it’s already back into the high 60’s today.

Ed and I have attended three Christmas parades during the past two weekends,  with two of them being on the same day.  I love a good Christmas parade, especially the ones held at night!  Fortunately, the weather was fairly mild for the night parade, but it was rather chilly for the last day parade we attended.  I used to take my camera along and take pictures, but I’ve learned it’s better to just relax and enjoy the parade.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Ed’s been dealing with a toothache, off and on, for the past two weeks.  He’s been to the dentist twice, so far.  He has another appointment with a different dentist, this week, for a second opinion.  The first dentist can’t really determine, for sure, what’s causing the problem, so he’s referred Ed for another opinion and possible root canal.  Sounds like fun, huh?  Merry Christmas to Ed.

Ed recently purchased himself a used electronic keyboard/stand.  For the first time, in many, many years, the sound of piano music is filling the air of our home, again, and you know what?  It’s kind of nice!  Ed has some more practicing to do, but every day he gets better and better.  His previous piano was a monster of an antique, which took up a ton of space and never really sounded that great. (It’s currently sitting in his parents’ house.)  I love, love, love this keyboard.  It’s portable, sounds great, and has a volume control.  What more could you ask for?

Our daughter and her family are still without floor covering in three rooms of their home, and are still without a kitchen sink or base cabinet. (their home was flooded by an over-flowing toilet)  They’ve been ‘making do’ for almost two months.  I hope the New Year will find their house back in order, once again.  Two months are a L-O-N-G time to ‘make do’, but it can be done.

Today is our oldest grandson, Caden’s, birthday. He is now eight.  I still remember the day of his birth like it was yesterday!  I was in the middle of hosting a Christmas luncheon for Ed’s employees when the call came saying the doctor was going to do an unscheduled c-section!  Man, talk about bad timing!  But I was able to make it to the hospital in plenty of time.  The rest is history.  Ah, they grow up too fast, don’t they?!

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Happy 8th birthday, Caden

You know, I haven’t wrapped a single present to go underneath the Christmas tree, so I suppose I really should get off this computer and get busy. I know, for sure, they’re not going to wrap themselves, and it’s only 12 more days until Christmas.  Wow, where is the time going?

Until next time… Happy Monday!


 

 

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It’s Beginning To Look Like A Hodgepodge…

Greetings everybody!  I can’t believe another week has passed since I last blogged.  I’ve been as busy as a bee, getting ready for Christmas, but I’m finished, so today is the perfect time to relax with The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our wonderful hostess, Joyce, for providing us with this day of fun and relaxation!

1. Let’s talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What’s your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

Oh, my goodness!  Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m almost a “10” on the scale of holiday decorating!  Every year I go overboard, and it takes well over a week to put it all up, and another week to put it all away.  My favorite room to decorate is the living room, because that’s where the majority of my decorations are displayed, and yes, the living room is finished.  In fact, I ‘officially’ finished decorating, yesterday morning–ending with a total of four Christmas trees inside the house,  two Christmas trees on the front porch…and a reindeer head cover on top of the toilet lid!

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some of the decorations I’ve collected over the years

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it’s special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it’s Christmas!

Yes, there is a nativity scene among my decorations.  It’s the fourth nativity scene I’ve owned during our forty-four years of marriage.  I found this particular nativity scene in a thrift store, two years ago, and added it to my collection.  Unfortunately, my favorite nativity scene is packed away.  It’s a three-piece, light up, Bethlehem village scene, that I didn’t have a place to display, this year.

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my ‘thrift store’ nativity scene, along with my two angel music boxes

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

We live in the country, so I’m not sure you could say we have a ‘neighborhood’.  However, our neighbors, on three sides of us are family, so, of course, we’re social.  It’s very comforting to have neighbors you can count on in good times or in bad.

4.  As the saying goes, ‘there’s no time like the present‘. How does that ring true in your life right now?

Time seems to be going by faster and faster, these days, and more and more people we know are dying.  I’m thinking, ‘there’s no time like the present’ for doing whatever it is we want (or need)) t0 to do!

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

 No,  I don’t dread Mondays.  Now that Ed and I are both retired, there’s no reason to dread Mondays anymore.

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

I love Poinsettias, but I’ve never been good at keeping them alive, so I feel guilty about buying them. I do have an artificial Poinsettia on display, but I’ll deliver it to the cemetery in just a few more days.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”  from the movie, A Christmas Story.  I love the line, and the movie.

 

Random:

I mentioned, the other day, how my eyesight has gotten a lot worse, especially in one eye.  Last week, I went for an eye appointment, and my optometrist told me she can no longer improve my vision with glasses.  Apparently, the cataract that’s been growing on my left eye is ready for removal.  My right eye will have to wait a while.  I’ll be meeting with the surgeon in January about having this procedure done.  Ed’s already had both of his eyes done, so at least I already know the scenario.

In other news, here are a few more pics of the  Christmas decorations we’ve been working on…

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the tree in our living room ( with the new throw pillows I crocheted)

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the kitchen tree (excuse Ed’s bucket, please)

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outside decorations (next to the woods)

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more outside decorations (next to the house)

Published in: on December 7, 2016 at 9:03 am  Comments (10)  

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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Doing A Little Catching Up…

I feel like this blog is as dusty as some of the rooms of our house.  It’s been unattended for quite a while, and, for that, I feel guilty.  The fact is, I’ve been on the computer very little these past few weeks, for much of anything.

I’ve been experiencing a few issues with my eyesight.  A while back I got a sty on my left eye, and afterward, I noticed some blurring of my vision in that eye.  I kept waiting for my vision to clear, after the sty, but it hasn’t.  The computer makes my eyes tired, so I don’t spend as much time on it, these days.  I have an appointment for an eye exam next week, and, hopefully,  some new glasses will help my tired, blurry eyes.

Meanwhile, life keeps rolling along, here in our neck of the woods.  Halloween came and went, then the month of November showed up in its place.  Along with the month of November came the dreaded “time change” to which I’m still trying to adjust.  I’m tired!

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cousins, on Halloween, after trick-or-treating was over

Our youngest grandson turned three on October 30, but didn’t have his birthday party until the first weekend of November.  His birthday party was held outside, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for an outside party.  Evan and his guests had a great time playing on the super slide and bouncy house. The theme of Evan’s party was “Paw Patrol”, and he had a unique, three-tiered, three flavored birthday cake that was delicious.

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Evan and his cake

November also means it’s birthday time for Ed, and he celebrated his 67th birthday, on Sunday. Family gathered to help him celebrate a little early, on Saturday night.  I’m so grateful he’s still here to celebrate another year of life!  Praise the Lord!  Ed and I spent the majority of his actual birthday in church, but I can’t think of a better place to celebrate life.

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Evan, Ed, and Ed’s cake

Our daughter and family have moved back home, after being gone nearly three weeks.  You may recall their house flooded when their toilet ran over.  Everything is dried out, but, until now, they’ve been unable to find anyone to do the work of replacing the flooring or kitchen cabinets.  In the meantime, they’re “making do” with no kitchen sink and bare floors.  One day they’ll look back and laugh about all this, but I don’t think it’ll be anytime soon.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I’m trying to get prepared.  I’ve already purchased the turkey, and plan to make the stuffing ahead of time.  Our family actually discussed purchasing a Thanksgiving Day meal, already prepared, but I couldn’t quite give into that just yet.  I know the time is coming, but not this year.

The weather has cooled off, and we’ve been enjoying some nice fall weather, especially in the evenings.  Unfortunately, the cooler weather hasn’t gotten rid of the mosquito population, yet.  We may still be wearing insect repellent at Christmas!  Last night’s view of the Super Moon was awesome, in spite of the mosquitoes.

We haven’t had any rain since hurricane Matthew brought us seven or eight inches.  It’s getting pretty dry here, and I’m beginning to worry about wildfires.  There’s so much debris all around, from the downed trees, a fire would be disastrous.  I hope we get some rain soon.

I’ll be losing my Humana healthcare at the end of this year, so we’ve been trying to look for new healthcare coverage for me.  What a headache!  None of the plans offered (that I can afford) have all of my doctors on their provider list, nor do they cover all of my prescriptions.  It looks like 2017 may be a challenging year.

Ed and I went for our six month checkups, last week.  Ed’s cholesterol was up, so the doctor changed his medication.  My cholesterol is ‘borderline’, for which he prescribed “exercise and fiber”.  The dreaded word “colonoscopy” also came up in the conversation with me.  Oh, the joys of growing older!  And on that note, I think I’ll end this post 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook Post…

For Today… November 1, 2016

I can’t believe it’s November already!!!  It seems like just yesterday was the first day of October. Only three more weeks until Thanksgiving, too.

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Looking out my window… I can see some fog, and lots of damage to our lawn, caused by another infestation of moles AND an armadillo!  Our yard looks Ed’s been using the tiller in it!  We’ve tried everything to get rid of these critters, and nothing works (except killing them).

I am thinking… it’s kind of sad that our granddaughter is growing up.  Time slow down!  This Halloween, she chose to give out candy, instead of going trick-or-treating.  No more “tooth fairy”, “Santa”, or “Easter Bunny”  for her either.

I am thankful… that my health has been better, lately.  I’ve actually had enough energy to tackle a couple of home projects.  I spent one day working in my kitchen, and another in my bedroom.

One of my favorite things… has always been having our grandchildren stop by our house to go “trick-or-treating”.  I always look forward to seeing what kind of costumes they’ll be wearing.  We live in the country, so they are the only “trick-or-treaters” we get to see.

I am wearing… a pair of pajama pants, with ducks on them, and a yellow t-shirt.

I am going… to ‘early vote’, today.  We’re trying to avoid the long lines of election day!  We are also going to the doctor, on Wednesday, and we have an appointment to have our car serviced, later this week.  We’ll be doing a lot of “going”.

I am creating… nothing, yet, but I’m about to try my hand at crocheting a couple of Christmas throw pillow covers.  Wish me luck, because I haven’t crocheted in a very long time!!!

I am reading… a couple of devotional books that I recently purchased.  My favorite one is entitled Wisdom for Each Day  written by Billy Graham.

I am watching… the shows Designated Survivor, Bull, The Black List, and Survivor on television.

I am listening… to Bradley Walker’s new cd, Call Me Old Fashioned.  Bradley Walker is a budding country music artist, with a nice voice. Bradley also has muscular dystrophy, but he hasn’t let it hold him back. Bradley is friends with Rory Feek (formerly of the country duo, Joey & Rory) and was friends with Joey, as well.  After Joey passed away, earlier this year, Rory got busy producing this album for Bradley.  I like it!  Here’s the title cut from the cd:

I am hoping… these blasted mosquitoes will hurry up and die!  It’s 86 degrees, and we’re having to wear long sleeves and slacks, outside, to keep from being eaten alive.  The little ‘buggers’ just seem to scoff at our insect repellent.

I am learning… to trust and rely on God.  I’ve always been a born worrier, when things get a little crazy, but I’m trying to change my ways, and give it to God.

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In my kitchen… I made a pot of homemade chili for supper, last night, even though it was 86 degrees outside!  October 31 just seemed like a good time for chili, so I turned on the second a/c unit and made some.  It was good.

In my garden… some carrots, radishes, cabbage, mustard greens, and turnip greens are growing.  So far, only the radishes are ready for consumption.  We ate a few in our grilled chicken salad, on Sunday.

Shared Quote:  Be the wind, O Lord, that blows away all troubles from my path, and clears the way for me as I walk.  Be the sun, O Lord, that warms me when life’s storms surround me.  Be the light, O Lord, that guides my way when all around me the fog of doubt hangs low and thick.  Be the stars, O Lord, that keep me looking upward in hope, joy, and expectation of a better tomorrow.  ( From the book entitled This Too Shall Pass. Author unknown)

A moment from my day:  

Last year’s trick-or-treaters:

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This year’s trick-or-treaters:

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The boys’ interests change from year to year. Last year they wanted to dress up like old wrestlers (Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior).  This year they wanted to be old NBA stars. (Larry Byrd & Michael Jordan)  Their mom always does a great job of making their costumes.  This year, we missed having Madison in our Halloween picture (she was giving out candy in town).

Closing Notes:

As you may know, our daughter’s house flooded, last Tuesday.  It’s all dried out, now, but the place is in shambles.  The kitchen cabinets have been removed, as well as the floor covering in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and part of the bedroom.  They’re waiting on estimates and ‘red tape’ before they can proceed with putting their home back together again. They’ve been staying with our daughter’s in-laws.

I’m in the process of trying to sort out some issues concerning my health care insurance for 2017.  Unfortunately, my previous carrier, Humana, won’t be participating in the “Healthcare Marketplace”, next year.  Since Ed and I are on a fixed income, I have to rely on “The Marketplace” for affordable insurance.  Unfortunately, only Blue Cross/Blue Shield still remains in ‘The Marketplace’, and two of my [four] physicians are not providers in their network.  I’m not  sure my prescriptions will be covered, either.  It’s one of those problems I’m trying to give to God.

Many thanks to Peggy Hostetler for hosing The Simple Woman’s Daybook!

 

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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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