Miscellaneous Monday…

Here we are, in our eleventh day without sunshine, with no end in sight.  Thankfully, we are not flooded, like many places, just damp and in dire need of some sun.  I know the sun will eventually shine again, in due time.  In the meantime, I’ll try to wait patiently.

All of the days have been pretty much the same around here.  We eat, we sleep, we watch some of the new fall shows on television.  Ed vacuums the house, while I dust.  Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?  Fortunately, all of last week wasn’t like that.

On Thursday, Ed and I broke our usual routine by taking our daughter and granddaughter out for lunch.  It was our daughter’s birthday, and we thought it would be nice to do something special with her.  We all enjoyed our lunch, and the shopping that followed.  Unfortunately, a thunderstorm blew up during the shopping part of the trip, and we got stranded in Kmart for a while.  Ed and I walked over to the furniture section and made ourselves comfortable until the registers were back up and running.  I tell you, older folks know how to adapt!  Ha!

On Friday night, our entire family gathered at the house to visit and celebrate our daughter, Brandy’s, birthday.  Ed grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for all.  My daughter-in-law  bought birthday decorations, and decorated the kitchen for me, since I’m still not feeling 100%.  She also took down the decorations after the party, and I was very appreciative of her help.

We did a little something different at Brandy’s birthday celebration, this year.  While sitting around the kitchen table, we took turns offering up praises to Brandy for the things we appreciate about her.  It turned out to be a special time, consisting of some laughter and a few tears.  We shouldn’t wait so long to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us!

In addition to Brandy’s birthday, our youngest son, Brad, was celebrating the official sale and closing of their house in the city, on Friday.  It’s been a long 5 months since he and his wife first put their home on the market.  They’ve been living with Jennifer’s dad and step mom for four of those five months.  As of last week, Brad, Jennifer, and Evan are living on their own, once again. Perhaps life is finally returning to normal for them.

By the end of Friday evening, I was feeling a bit frazzled and worn out.  It was the first time we’ve had all of the family (twelve of us) gathered together since my surgery.  Four grandchildren, ages 8 thru 2,  all playing with six pink balloons in the living room, may have been a bit much for this grandma!  I may have been guilty of shooing them all into the kitchen to play where one of them decided to ‘pop’ a family sized bag of potato chips during the course of the evening…

Saturday evening brought us an overnight guest.  Granddaughter, Madison, was finally able to spend the night with us.  She’s been begging to stay with us for ages, but we put her off because I wasn’t feeling well.  An opportunity presented itself, and it finally seemed like a good time to let her stay over.  Ed and I ordered pizza, letting Madison choose her favorite kind.  Later, we all watched movies until 11:30 that night, like a bunch of kids!

Today makes three weeks since I had my back surgery.  Sigh.  When people ask me how I’m doing, I answer, “I’m better than I was, but not as good as I’d like to be.”  I don’t know why, but, lately, early mornings have been difficult.  When I first rise out of bed, I can barely walk down the hall.  I have pain in the left hip/groin area, similar to sciatica, but it doesn’t radiate all the way down my leg like before. It stays confined to the thigh area.  After a couple of hours, the pain subsides, and I can walk again.  It’s very strange.  Many of the strange leg ‘sensations’ I was experiencing, at first, have subsided, so I’m hoping and praying this will, too.

Ed and I are expecting more guests today.  Our two oldest grandsons are coming for an afternoon visit, while their mom goes to an appointment.  We’ve invited Madison to come over and join them.  This grandma has placed those pink balloons in the trash can.   As for my potato chips?  They’re out of sight, too…

Have a great Monday!







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The Last Wednesday Hodgepodge Of September…

Goodbye September, Hello Hodgepodge!  I can’t say that I’m sad to see September go, but I sure am glad to see The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  Thank you to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for keeping this fun meme going 🙂

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

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?

Birthdays!  Our family will celebrate three of them during the month of October. One of the birthdays belongs to our daughter, while the other two birthdays belong to our oldest and youngest grandchildren.  Fun times!

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul…which camp are you in? Tell us why.

I’m in the ‘music for the soul’ camp.  I’ll choose listening to good music over eating good food any day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat, but I love listening to music more, especially live music.  Music can transport me away, to another place, another time, especially music from the 60’s and 70’s.

3. What are two or three things you’ve learned recently as the result of an online search?

I learned how to pickle peppers and I discovered a new chili recipe.  I also watched a video of an actual foraminotomy–before I had mine done.  (I wanted to know what to expect!)  Have I mentioned you can find just about anything through Google?

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.

The only thing that comes to mind is the new chili recipe I recently found, courtesy of Food.com. I tried it out last weekend, and it was a hit with the family.

Here it is:

 Award Winning Chili


  1. Cook ground meat with onions and peppers in dutch oven.
  2. Drain excess grease and add tomatoes, seasonings, and water, bring to a boil.
  3. Add beans, cover and simmer 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve with toppings.

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?

Due to recent surgery, I don’t have a perfect morning routine, at this time. However, a normal morning would usually go like this: (1) Feed and clean up after the chickens (while Ed feeds the cats) (2) Take a morning walk down the road and back (3) Listen to the audio Bible for about fifteen minutes (4) Have breakfast (5) Wash my hair and begin the day’s activities.

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

I noticed that our daylight hours are getting shorter, and because of this we are now getting fewer eggs from our hens.  This is normal.

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

September was “all about” back surgery.


Tomorrow will be our daughter’s birthday.  Thirty-seven years ago, today, Ed and I put my suitcase in the car and headed to the hospital, not sure if I was in labor or not.  Our baby was already 10 days overdue, and we’d already made one trip due to “false labor”.

It turned out I wasn’t actually in labor, but the amniotic fluid had begun to leak out, so they kept me and induced labor.  After eight long hours and one difficult delivery, our daughter, Brandy, was born on October 1, at 5:20 in the morning. She was precious, and our lives were changed forever.

9-3-2010 5;11;28 PM Brandy 5 wks

Brandy at 5 weeks old

Here we are, 37 years later, and our daughter is still precious to us.  She’s grown into a strong young woman with a family of her own.  She makes us proud. Best of all, she’s our next-door neighbor, so we can see her on a daily basis!  We’re SO blessed that God chose us to be her parents.

Happy Birthday, Brandy!

Brandy and her daughter, Madison, who will also be celebrating a birthday in about 3 weeks

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Hello October, Hello Hodgepodge…

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means around here–

1. Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall? Will you have to rake when it’s all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe?

Yes, some of the leaves have turned colors, and begun to fall, but not many.  Where we live, there are lots and lots of pine trees, so we don’t get to experience the rainbow of fall colors like some folks do.  We’ll have a small amount of raking to do in our yard, but not much, since we don’t have many trees in our actual yard. (We have woods on two sides of us though)  As for raking, I really don’t mind, as long as I don’t have to do a lot of it 🙂

2. When did you last shake like a leaf?

The last time I ‘shook like a leaf’ was back in the summer, when Ed and I got caught up in a rain storm on St. Simon’s Island.  I had on a sundress, and had forgotten to bring my shrug along.  I got a bit wet during the storm, and I was cold.

3. After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon. Jeter has been described even by opponents as a ‘class act’, both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job description? What responsibility do the organizations these athletes work for have when it comes to dealing with off the field behavior? Discuss.

I don’t really think athletes should be used for role models because so many of them seem to have social and moral issues, these days. Of course, there are always a few exceptions, which is good.  I think anyone who is in the public eye should strive to be on their best behavior at all times.  Actually, everyone should strive to be on their best behavior, at all times, but we know that’s not going to happen!

I’m not sure how I really feel when it comes to organizations dealing with ‘off field behavior’. I can see how the handling of ‘off field behavior’ could become a ‘slippery slope’, when deciding where to ‘draw the line’.  If they deal with off field behavior, where would they draw the line?

4. What season of the year is toughest for you in terms of your health? Why?

I think summer is the toughest season for me.  In addition to dealing with other long term health issues, I’ve also had to deal with a chronic yeast condition for the past two years.  Ladies, you know this isn’t fun!  Extreme heat seems to make this condition worse, so I usually end up wearing loose-fitting dresses, and trying to stay indoors when it’s extremely hot outside.

5. The top six healthy food trends of 2014 according to Eating Well are-

clean eating (more veg, less meat, less sodium, limit alcohol and processed foods)
trash fish (you know those fish that get caught in fishermen nets and are thrown back? It seems chefs are finding creative ways to make them more appetizing)
cauliflower (this year’s IT vegetable)
kaniwa (essentially baby quinoa, so like quinoa only smaller)
fermentation (think pickling except with twists on flavor we’re not accustomed to)
community supported food (farms operating with community support/membership).

Okay-so how many of the hot healthy food trends for 2014 have you experienced, encountered, enjoyed? Any you’ve tried and said ewwww? Any on the list you’d like to try before year’s end?

Since I began dealing with the issue of chronic yeast, I’ve been doing more ‘clean eating’. I’ve found that the kinds of foods I eat really make a difference.  I’m constantly making an effort to monitor and reduce my intake of sugar, as well as other ‘bad foods’.

6. In seven words or less, bid September adieu.

Goodbye September.  Sorry to see you go!

7. What’s something on your October calendar that makes you happy just thinking about it?

Our family has three birthday celebrations, this month, and then, of course, there’s Trick-or-Treating for the grandchildren.  I love seeing our grandchildren dressed up for Halloween!


Halloween 2013 –  Madison, Chase, Caden


Speaking of birthday celebrations, today is the birthday of someone very special in our family!


You really are a Daughter
Who fills our home with cheer.
And you grow more beautiful
With each and every year.

We’re lucky you’re our Daughter
And we hope you’ll always know.
That we love you and we’re proud of you
As your Birthdays come and go.

With love on your Birthday and always,

Mama & Daddy


 Brandy and her daughter, Madison, who will be celebrating a birthday, too, in 3 more weeks!

As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for all of her hard work and dedication concerning The Wednesday Hodgepodge!

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Happy Birthday To Our Daughter…

Thirty-five years ago, at 5:22 in the morning, Ed and I welcomed a tiny eight pound bundle of joy into our family!

Brandy in her coming home outfit

She made us smile back then, and she continues to make us smile today!

Here’s a recent photograph of our daughter, who now has a daughter of her own…


You outgrew our laps, but never our hearts

Our love for you can never depart!

On your birthday, we just want you to know

That happiness multiplies for us as you grow!

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Brandy!  We hope you have a great birthday!  We’re looking forward to sharing the last few hours of it with you, later today.

P.S.  It’s official!  You’re ‘middle-aged’ now 🙂

Uh, oh!  That means we’re officially ‘old’!


Mama and Daddy

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Thirty-four Years Ago…

Thirty-four years ago life was very similar to the way it is today.  The house was neat,  quiet, and the only people sharing it were Ed and me.  It makes me smile now to think of how young and naive Ed and I were back in those days!  We had so much to learn about life, but learn we did!

Ed and I’d been married over five years, but the last one of those five years, we’d begun to feel as if “something” was missing.  The first “missing piece” of our family came to us on October 1, 1978 in the form of an eight pound baby girl!  Ed and I had been married  for six years, three and one-half months.

Ed and I named our baby girl Brandy.  We brought her home from the hospital, loved her, took care of her, blinked our eyes ( or so it seemed) and before we knew it, she grew up.  Her childhood seemed to pass almost as quickly as this video of her life does.

Our Brandy has grown into a lovely young woman with a family of her own.  Brandy now has a daughter who looks an awful lot like she did while growing up–and she, too, is growing up quickly.  Some things never change!

To Brandy on her birthday:

My Wish  (by Rascal Flatts)

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow

And each road leads you where you want to go

And if you’re faced with the choice and you have to choose

I hope you choose the one that means the most to you

And if one door opens to another door closed

I hope you keep on walkin’ ‘til you find the window

If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile

But more than anything, more than anything

My wish for you

Is that this life becomes all that you want it to

Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small

You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to

I hope you know somebody loves you

And wants the same things too

Yeah, this is my wish…

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