Wednesday Hodgepodge #241…

I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.  I’ve lost all track of time since Sunday.  Being in a hospital has a way of doing that to ya’, and that’s where we’ve been.  In fact, Ed and I have only been home from the hospital for a couple of hours as I’m writing this.  I’m grateful we made it home in time to participate in The Hodgepodge, so I didn’t have to miss out!  Thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping this fun meme going.


1. Are you comfortable with silence? If you’re home alone, do you like silence or do you need regular background noise? Do you seek out times and places to be silent? What’s your favorite place to find silence/be silent?

Yes, I’m comfortable with silence.  In fact, I grew to prefer silence over noise after spending so many years working in an elementary school–a place where silence is quite rare.

2. October 28th is National Chocolate Day. Can’t let that go by without a mention now, can we? Will you celebrate? How? Let’s say you can have one of the following right this very minute… a cup of hot chocolate, a strawberry dipped in chocolate, a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream, or a slice of chocolate pie…what’s your pleasure?

I’d pick a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream over the other choices, but I’d be mighty tempted by a slice of chocolate pie, too.

3. How do you feel about blue jeans? Favorite thing in the world to wear or nope, don’t own a single pair? How often do you wear blue jeans in a typical week? Do you own a blue jean jacket?

I don’t own a pair of blue jeans. For me, jeans are very uncomfortable to wear.  In fact, I haven’t worn jeans since the 1970’s, and I’ve never owned a blue jean jacket.

4. Are you superstitious? If so, in what way?

No, I’m not really superstitious. Sometimes I’ll say “knock on wood” though.

5. If you had to come up with a costume using only things you have on hand right now, what could you come up with?

I’m not sure what I’d end up with, but it would  probably be crafted from a cardboard box, since we have some of those readily available.

6. What scares you a little? What do you do when you feel scared?

Contemplating getting old and helpless scares me a little, as well as thinking about the possibility of becoming a widow.  When I begin to feel scared, I pray, then try to turn my thoughts to something more pleasant.

7. Perhaps today will be the day I begin learning how to prepare “heart healthy” meals. (see random thought below)


Most of the bloggers who visit me on a regular basis know what a year 2015 has been for my husband, Ed, and me–beginning back in January, with Ed losing his job.  From there we went on to discover termites and mold attacking our house, then on to 6 months worth of ‘back issues’ for me, which culminated with me having back surgery, 7 weeks ago.  Things were finally beginning to get better, when the unthinkable happened this past Sunday night.

I’ll save the entire, very interesting story for another day, but Ed ended up in the emergency room with chest pains and sky  high blood pressure, about 8 p.m..  When all was said and done,  the emergency room staff discovered Ed was having a heart attack!  Ed was quickly transported, by ambulance, to a larger hospital in the city, where he had an emergency heart cath performed, shortly before midnight.  This procedure showed that Ed had a 99% blockage of his left anterior descending branch(LAD), which is commonly referred to as “the widow maker” heart attack.  Many don’t survive a blockage in this particular area.  Ed’s blockage was successfully removed, and a stent was then inserted to hold the artery open.  Ed’s bruised and sore from the procedure he had, but seems to be doing well with his new stent, and on his new regimen of heart medications.  Praise the Lord, Ed survived “the widow maker’!

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