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.


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!

Published in: on January 17, 2018 at 11:15 am  Comments (11)  
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Tuesday Tidbits…

It’s 8 am, and I am sitting here, like a zombie, my body still struggling to get used to daylight savings time!  Last week, I would’ve had an hour’s worth of activity behind me by now…  Why oh why, can’t we leave time alone–or at least leave it one way or the other?

My daughter and her family are still struggling with sickness.  At least one person in their household has been sick ever since January!  Yesterday brought more doctor appointments and more trips to the pharmacy for my daughter and granddaughter.  At one point, all three people in the family were taking antibiotics!  I hope and pray they will soon be well!  Sickness struck my oldest son’s household, too, but everyone there seems to be recovering quickly.

My brother called yesterday to tell me that his computer had died…I am sad because I feel like I’ve lost a “life line”.  I enjoy emailing my sister-in-law, and receiving her emails, as well.  He says he will get it fixed or get another one, but not right now.  Sigh

Last week, I discovered what a good “work out” gardening and yard work can be!   I raked and burned pine straw and leaves for TWO DAYS!  Ed joined me on Friday, and the process went along much faster.  We’re not quite finished, but things are looking much better.  Strong winds prohibited any burning on Saturday.

Ed and I also planted two rows of vegetables in our garden over the weekend.  So far, we have planted carrots, radishes, garden peas, and green beans.  This year, we’re learning as we go–or should I say learning as we grow?!   Two weeks ago, Ed and Clint, our son-in-law, planted irish potatoes, some of which are now trying to break through the ground.  I plan to write a gardening post soon.

I’ve adjusted pretty well to my new dosages of thyroid medication, and  HRT, and I am feeling much better overall.  I feel better and have more energy than I’ve had in a long, long time!  It was well worth the struggle to get to this point, and I sure hope it lasts!  Before, I could barely hold out to vacuum the floor, now I”m raking the yards!

It’s funny, whenever I blog,  I write about whatever is on my mind, not always thinking about who might read it.  Yesterday I posted about our Agri Supply store, and my experience there.  This morning I woke up to find a comment from an employee of Agri Supply’s corporate office!  She thanked me for my kind words about their store.  Who knew, that any  Agri Supply corporate office  personnel would find and read my blog?!

That’s about it for my random Tuesday tidbits.  My daughter just walked in, from next door,  eating a bowl of jello–for breakfast!  They always feed you jello in the hospital, perhaps it’ll make her feel better…

Have a great Tuesday!


Published in: on March 13, 2012 at 8:45 am  Comments (6)  
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A Friend, Her Book, and A Surprise In My Mailbox…

One of the most wonderful things about blogging is getting to meet nice people from all over the place!  I’ve met so many nice people, and learned so many new things during my years of blogging.  Both are “perks” that I never expected when I began this blog..

One of the nicest, and most interesting people I’ve met is named Doreen.  I met Doreen through a blog hop many, many months ago.  A sentence at the top of Doreen’s blog caught my attention.  It said, “They say everyone has a story.  This is mine.”  I was hooked, so I had to read on…

At the time, Doreen was still healing from the tragic death of her younger brother, David.  She was also in the process of writing a book entitled Bristol Boyz Stomp.   Her book is about the senseless, brutal attack on her brother, which ultimately led to his death. It’s also about the events that followed as the family sought justice for David.

Doreen shared parts of the book on her blog, and I always knew it was going to be an interesting read.  Through Doreen’s blog, I was able to follow along as she shared the progression of her book.  Along the way, Doreen held some contests, and I entered one of the contests.

A few weeks ago, I was notified that I had been selected as one of Doreen’s contest winners, but I  had no idea what my prize would be.  Imagine my surprise when a copy of Doreen’s book arrived in the mail a couple of Saturdays ago!  I squealed with delight!

I was knee-deep in fall activities when the book arrived, so I had to put it aside until things calmed down a bit.  I recently began reading the book, and it’s difficult to put down!  Doreen’s book is riveting, and it’s also a story written from the heart.  I feel as if I am in the story with Doreen.  I can feel her pain and frustration as I read her words.  I find myself wondering how in the world would I cope with a situation such as this…

I’ve wanted to post about this book, and how proud I am of Doreen and her accomplishments.  When I discovered that Bristol Boyz Stomp was being released on Tuesday, November 8, now seemed like the perfect time!

Check out Doreen’s book below.  If you click the picture of Doreen’s book,  it will give you a brief synopsis of the book, plus details of how to order, in case you’re interested.

Bristol boyz Stomp
The Night that Divided a Town
by Doreen M. McGettigan

***Congratulations on the release of your book, Doreen!  It’s a winner!  

It’s Tuesday, which means I’m joining the Tuesday Train blog hop.  Click the train if you’d like to learn how to ride along…


Published in: on November 8, 2011 at 12:16 am  Comments (7)  
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