Things Could Have Been Worse…

The weekend began with the closing program of our oldest grandson, Caden.  Friday marked the end of his year in pre-K.  (Where did the time go???)  The closing program was cute, and had a ‘nautical’ theme, which is near and dear to my heart 🙂  Caden knew all of the songs and poems, and recited his memory verse without a hitch.  We are very proud of him, and all that he’s learned, especially the fact that he’s now reading!

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We had no plans for Saturday, which felt nice for a change.  Of course, having no plans didn’t mean that Ed didn’t stay busy!  He hauled dirt (with the scoop of his tractor) to build up and fill in bare spots in our yard.  Our lawn is still a work in progress, following last summer’s tree cutting, but we’re slowly getting there!  After finishing with the dirt, Ed mowed grass for a while.

Meanwhile, I weeded in the garden for a while and delivered small buckets of dirt around the yard, using my garden wagon.  After that, I spent the rest of the day sitting in the lawn swing, under the magnolia tree, watching the hummingbirds dine!

I had ordered myself a new hammock, and it arrived on Friday afternoon.  Ed put it together on Saturday, after mowing grass, so I was able to spend a short amount of time in the hammock, too.  I think the hammock will be an excellent place to enjoy a good book during the milder parts of the summer days!

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me and Bobs, the cat, trying out the new hammock

On Sunday morning, Ed asked me if I’d like to go back to St. Simon’s Island.  Would I?!  I told him that he knew me too well!  I’d been thinking how much I’d love to go back, but wasn’t about to ask him to take me since we were just there on Wednesday.  Ed’s invitation was too good to pass up, so I quickly got ready while Ed put the chairs and cooler in the back of the car!  We were on the road within 45 minutes, and we ate breakfast on the way.

The weather was ‘picture perfect’ and we spent four glorious hours in our favorite spot on St. Simon’s Island.  Many others were there enjoying the island with us, too.  A birthday party was going on in the picnic area, and fishing on the pier was brisk. We sat and watched a parade of sailboats gliding across the water…

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Sunday was a perfectly glorious day…until the ride home.

On the way home, we stopped by Lowes to pick up a few bedding plants.  As we were leaving Lowes, Ed came (literally) within an inch of rear-ending the car ahead of us.  He’d seen the car start to pull off, assumed it was gone, then started to accelerate while he was still looking at the on-coming traffic.  I started making funny noises, and he hit the brakes–just in the nick of time!  We both soothed our frazzled nerves and proceeded home.  Alas, our travel troubles were not over though!

About eleven miles from home, a vehicle pulled out in front of us, then immediately slowed down to turn off.  Things like this make Ed mad, so he punched the gas to go around the vehicle.  Within a minute or so after passing the car, I heard our car alarm ding.  I asked Ed, “What’s that?”, and he replied, “I don’t know.”  About that same time, I noticed our car beginning to slow down, and Ed looking for a place to pull over.  Apparently, the car engine had suddenly shut off!  Ed pulled over to the side of the road, but the car refused to restart, even after repeated attempts.  There we were, eleven miles from home, and stranded by the side of the road!  There was nothing left to do except call one of our children for help.

It took two calls before we were able to find some help.  Ed asked our oldest son, who was home getting ready for evening services at church, to “Please come and get us.  Drive my truck and bring a chain!”  (In the meantime, Ed discovered there was no place on the car to attach a chain.)  As we sat beside the road for 45 minutes, only one car even stopped to offer assistance–a lady traveling alone!  We thanked her for her offer of help, and marveled at her courage and kindness, as she drove away.

Our son arrived, we transferred everything from the car into the truck (including the plants!), and left my poor car sitting beside the road.  (I was more distraught about leaving my car unattended than I was about breaking down.)  We dropped our son off at church, to join his family, and made our way  home shortly after six.  I continued to worry about my car, sitting there beside the road.

Fortunately, we called our insurance company, once we arrived home, and they were able to arrange tow service for my car. (We had no idea our insurance company would do this, until our son mentioned it.) It was shortly before dark when the tow truck arrived, an hour and a half later. (Ed had to go all the way back to the car, to meet the driver with the car key.)  We had the car towed 23 miles, and dropped off at a car repair place we normally use.  Ed followed the driver to the repair place (which was closed, of course), so he could get the car keys back until morning.

So, our exciting and eventful beach day finally ended at 9:30 Sunday night.  Ed and I went to bed, slightly sun burned, very tired, and wondering what in the heck happened to the car!  However, we, also, went to bed grateful that we made it safely home, and were able to get my car off of the side of the road. (because people are so mean, these days)  Things could always have been worse!  I hope we’ll still be able to say this when we get the repair bill for the car!

Have a great Monday!

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A Few Friday Fragments…

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This old blog is probably feeling a bit neglected this week, but then again, so is my house.  Lately, I seem to be spinning my wheels and not getting a whole lot accomplished.  It could have something to do with me not feeling well…  Perhaps, next week will be better!  Anyway, I’m ending the week with a few fragments of what’s been going on around here, and linking up with Mrs. 4-4-4-4.

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Ed and I picked our garden peas on Monday.  I put three packages of them in the freezer, and we’re saving the rest for seed.  I’m not much of a fan of garden peas, but these are so good!  We’ll have some fresh squash to eat by next week, and should have some green beans in a couple more weeks.  The sweet onions are almost ready, too!  I love having garden-fresh vegetables to eat!

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I’ve begun letting my remaining four hens ‘free range’ a little bit.  Sometimes, in the afternoons, I’ve been letting them out of the coop for short periods of time.  They enjoy roaming, very much, but if let unattended, they always find their way to places they don’t need to be–like my flower beds and such!  Chickens are much like children, they always want to play where they shouldn’t 🙂

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We finally got over two inches of rain, this week.  We didn’t see any leaks from the roof, so I think it’s safe to say Ed has our leak fixed, once again.  It rained almost all day yesterday, and our grass and our garden is grateful!  I guess Ed will do some grass cutting and hoeing time this weekend.  I may do some hoeing, as well, but I don’t mow grass!

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Ed and I ended up going to St. Simon’s Island on his mandatory day off on Wednesday.  It was our first beach trip of the season, together (I’ve been twice without him).  The island wasn’t crowded at all, but by 1:30 we had to pack up and leave because it started raining!  It was okay, though, we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping in Brunswick, another favorite past-time of mine.

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Our oldest grandson, Caden, will be finishing up Pre-K today.  Ed and I will be attending his closing program, this evening.  It seems like just yesterday when he was born,  and now he’s getting ready to enter Kindergarten!  Our grandbabies are growing up too fast.  Sniff, sniff…

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There’s a lot of truth to the Kenny Chesney song, Don’t Blink, don’t you think?  We need to savor every moment of life that we can! Go out and make it a great weekend 🙂  See ya’ back here on Monday.

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Springing Into Another Hodgepodge…

Even though our current temperatures (32 degrees!) don’t show it, this morning, we’re ‘officially’ a week into spring! With that thought in mind, let’s all think warm thoughts as we spring into this week’s questions.  Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for providing the questions and a place for us to link up with others!  Don’t forget to visit others, and leave a few comments along the way 🙂

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far…’throw caution to the wind’, ‘three sheets to the wind’, ‘run like the wind’, or ‘see which way the wind blows’?

‘See which way the wind blows’ would aptly describe my March.  It’s been a month of several  twists and turns–including the deaths of several people we know (six, so far!), a salary cut for Ed, and a hospital visit for our grand baby, Evan.  Whew, I hope April will be calmer!

2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?

I don’t know why, but ‘Watergate Salad’ (also known as pistachio salad) was the first thing that came to my mind when I read this question.  You know, it’s the salad that’s made with pistachio pudding, cool whip, pineapple, pecans, and mini marshmallows…  so I’ll choose ‘Watergate Salad’ for my answer.  Now I’m hungry!

3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!

Once I locked myself out of my car, but even worse, I locked the twin babies I was caring for inside of the car!  (It was one of my all-time scariest moments, ever!)  My car was parked in the shade, in front of the twins house, so the babies were never in any real danger, but by the time I finally got a locksmith to come and help me get into my car, an hour later, I was a total basket case!  The twins were fine.

4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)…of the green characters listed, which one’s your favorite and why?

My favorite green character is Shrek, simply because I enjoyed the Shrek movies.  I loved that crazy donkey and those hilarious fairy-tale characters!

5. “The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.”~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not?

Yes, I agree because it would be very difficult to lead anyone anywhere, or to do anything, without a glimmer of hope.

6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in its title.

Since I just finished reading the autobiography of  the late Jim Croce,  his music is still in the forefront of my mind.  I love almost all of Jim’s songs, but one of my favorites is “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”.  Now that I know the story behind the song, it’s even more special!

The story goes something like this:  Early in Jim and wife, Ingrid’s marriage, Ingrid went to Mexico, to study art, I think.  Soon after she arrived, she was raped, by a casual acquaintance.  A short time later, when Jim joined his wife in Mexico, Ingrid confided in Jim that she’d been raped.  Jim became angry at Ingrid, feeling that she’d somehow brought the rape on herself’.  For a long time, he couldn’t get over Ingrid’s rape, and this caused  problems in their marriage.  One night, after a huge fight with Ingrid, Jim stayed up, and wrote “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” for his wife– over forty years ago!

The video, below, contains some old images of Jim and Ingrid, together, along with images of Jim’s hand-written lyrics and the sheet music to the song.  Jim is singing “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”  in the background.

7. What’s a road trip you’d like to take?

Now that the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming, I’m feeling the need to take a road trip to the beach!  I can hear the sand and surf calling my name!

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Random:

One day, last week, our oldest grandson, Caden rode his bicycle down to play with our granddaughter, Madison, who lives next door to us.  About that same time, Ed and I decided to plant our lettuce and cabbage plants in the garden.  When Caden saw Ed raking the dirt off the top of the garden row, he quickly abandoned playing with Madison, and started “helping” Ed work in the garden!  As it turned out, I dug the holes, Ed set the plants, then Caden watered them for us.

 A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

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“Gardening Buddies”

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The Welcome Back Wednesday Hodgepodge…

After a brief hiatus last week, the Hodgepodge is back!  It’s time to join Joyce and friends for some mid-week fun, so here are the questions:

1. Have you ever played golf? Any interest in playing? Do you have a significant other who loves to play? Did you watch The Masters this past weekend?

My answer to all of the above questions is no.  The only type of golf I’ve ever played is Putt Putt, when I hit the ball way out in the parking lot on my first try!

2. Hats are back in fashion this spring…how do you feel about wearing a hat? (fyi-I’m not talking baseball caps) When was the last time you wore one?

I don’t care much for hats since I can’t stand having anything on top of my head!  I can’t really remember the last time I wore any kind of hat, perhaps it was at the beach–years ago!

3. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 meaning proficient and 1 meaning “I’d starve”, how adept are you at using chopsticks?

I’ve never tried using chopsticks, so I’ll give myself a 1.  Why would I want to struggle with those tiny wooden sticks when I have a fork?

4. Has technology taken over?

Yes, I believe it has, and I feel very much “overwhelmed” by all of it.  Even our television is complicated these days!

5. In the course of a day how often do you look in a mirror?

I usually look at myself once, while I’m styling my hair.  Believe it or not, most days I don’t look in the mirror again all day!  I don’t much care for the tired-looking, older image of me, that reflects from my mirror these days…

6. Tulip or Daffodil?

I love tulips!

7. I am proud of myself for starting two blogs–and sticking with it for three years! (April is my blogiversary month)  875 posts on one blog, and 521 on the other…that’s a lot of writing!

Random:  I visited Facebook where I found this adorable photograph…It’s my grandson, Caden, playing in his first t-ball game!  It’s moments like these that make a Mimi’s heart proud…

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The Best Things In Life…

our grandchildren, Madison and Caden

For those of you whose children have grown up, flown from the nest, and left you feeling sort of “at odds”, let me assure you that the best things in life are yet to come!  “The best things” come in the form of little people called “grandchildren“!

I don’t often write about our grandchildren on this blog because they are so special they deserve a blog all to themselves–and they have one!  I write about their adventures and accomplishments over at MiMi’s Mini Tales.  However, today I’m going to make an exception, because  I want to address the topic of being a grandparent.

I wanted to be a grandparent from the time our daughter got married in 2001.  By then, our youngest had turned sixteen, and I was already beginning to feel the “empty nest” beginning to come on.  Holidays were sort of boring without children, and I was missing the pitter patter of little feet. 

It was five long years, and three months before my dream of being a grandparent came true!  Finally, in October of 2006, our daughter gave birth to our first grandchild, Madison Elizabeth.  It took over a year of trying, a round of fertility meds,  and over six months of bed rest before get our first little miracle arrived.

By that time, I’d taken a position as a nanny for twin infant girls, belonging to my daughter’s best friend.  I was knee-deep in poop and spit up by the time I officially became a grandma!  I stuck with babysitting the twins for another nine  months, then gave it up to come home and be with “my girls”.  It was where I wanted and needed to be.

Then life got a whole lot more exciting when our oldest son and his wife blessed us with  little grandson, Caden Wesley, two years after our daughter gave birth to Madison.  Wow, suddenly we had the best of both worlds!  But wait–it’s going to get just a little bit better at the end of this coming December, when Caden welcomes a new baby brother!!!

Now, let me tell you, being a grandparent is a lot more fun than being a parent!  Everything is a lot more fun when you aren’t the one in charge!  No more fussing about bedtime, tooth brushing, or homework!  Love it!    It’s fun to shop for little ones because you want to–not because you have to!  It’s fun to love them, then send them home! It’s also fun to experience the world again through their eyes, without having to feel the weight of their responsibility resting on your shoulders.  Who knew it could be like this?

We are blessed to live “a stone’s throw” away from both of our grandchildren.  Our little granddaughter, Madison, lives just across the yard, while little Caden lives a few yards down the road.  When the weeds are mowed down in the field, we can see him playing in his yard.  We can actually see Madison inside of her house–she’s that close.

Our family usually gets together at some point during the week or definitely on the weekends.  Maddie and Cade enjoy meeting up at MiMi and E’s house.  Yes, that’s what they call us.  I chose the name “MiMi”, but the name “E-pa” chose Ed.  It started out as a joke–and it stuck.  “E-pa” eventually got shortened down to just plain “E”(for Ed).  One thing’s for sure, there are no grandpa shirts with “E” on them!

Our granddaughter, Madison, and my husband, Ed, have had a special bond ever since she became a toddler.  Up until that point, she was  “MiMi’s girl”, but eventually I got the shaft!  These days I have to share my man!  Madison refers to E as “her friend”.  She always expects him to drop whatever he’s doing, and play–and he usually does. 

Maddie and E have been inseparable for over three years–except when Ed is wearing his white lab coat from work!  Madison doesn’t like him much when he’s wearing that coat.  I believe she thinks he looks too much like the folks at her pediatrician’s office!

Caden has recently become more attached to E, too, although he seems to prefer the company of Madison to either of us. He loves E’s tools, as well as his tractor, and his lawnmower.  Caden’s been known to hitch a ride on the tractor every time he hears E coming down the road.  He also begs to see E’s tools nearly every time he visits.  Nothing thrills Caden like browsing through E’s tool shed!  Folks, I tell you– the little things mean the most!

In honor of Maddie and E’s special three year friendship, I have put together a little video for them.  So sweet…and kind of funny!

There is life after raising your children–it’s called grandchildren–and it’s simply the best!

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