Twenty-eight Years Ago…

Twenty-eight years ago, I gave birth to my last child.  I was thirty years old at the time, and not prepared for the twenty-one hours of labor that it took to get him here!  Today, that child is a grown, twenty-eight year old married man, who is about to become a parent himself.  My how the years have flown, and times have changed!

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Brad, on Monday afternoon.  He finished work early, and came by here, on his way home, to pick up his social security card.  We spent several hours just talking.  It was so good to have that time together!  It meant a lot to this tired, old mama.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I wanted to do in honor of Brad’s 28th birthday.  I settled on making a birthday montage.  For me, the most difficult part of making a video montage, is choosing the song.  I’ve discovered if I look long enough, and hard enough, I’ll find just the right song–and I did.  I couldn’t have said the words better, if I’d have written them myself.  The title?  “A Mom’s Song”.

Once I put the montage together and watched it,  tears came to this mama’s eyes.  Where did all those years go?  Just like the song says, this mama is very proud of the man her little boy grew up to become.  He’s a wonderful husband, and I have no doubts, he’ll be a fantastic daddy as well.  He’s a pretty darn good son, too!

Happy Birthday, Brad!  Wish you were here 🙂

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The Weekend Recap And Monday Quiz…

It seems like the weekend was just beginning a few hours ago, and here it is Monday again–and I even took a long weekend off from blogging!  You know what they say…time flies when you’re having fun!

My fun weekend began on Friday by having to shop for a new vacuum cleaner after mine broke for the second time last week!  After super gluing the hose connector twice, and attempting to use masking tape to hold it together when the glue refused to hold, I’d had enough!

Now that spring is here, guess who woke up on Saturday morning with a sore throat and stopped up nose???  That would be me!  I’ve spent the entire weekend trying to ignore it and hoping it’ll go away…(it hasn’t)

Saturday brought more fun when Ed and I began painting the front porch!  Nothing like sliding around the porch on your behind for five or six hours!!!  Ed and I discovered we’re not as young and flexible as we once were–but we almost finished painting the porch!  Only a few more of those lovely white spindles left to paint, and I’ll be finished.  Porch spindles are pretty, but they sure are aggravating to paint–and it seems like we end up painting every spring!

Ed also had to do a couple of renovations on the “chicken palace” over the weekend.  He added one more window–because one can never have enough windows!  (Actually, I’m having difficulty getting “the girls” to go inside of their palace, and I thought maybe another window might help!)  He also had to change some of the slide bolt locks because I am having difficulty getting them to lock! (There’s nothing more frustrating than being eaten alive by mosquitoes while chasing six chickens around a pen at dusk, only to discover the locks won’t close once the chickens are tucked safely inside of their “palace”!  I plead guilty to uttering a few ugly words on several occasions!

The busy weekend ended on a somewhat sour note when Ed and I discovered that roots of  my palm trees have invaded our goldfish pond!  We knew we had a problem, we just didn’t know how severe our problem had become!   I had no idea they would become a problem when I planted those tiny palms several years ago, but somewhere along the way they became a big problem!  The tree roots have grown under the pond liner, and are actually pushing the bottom of the liner up on one end…Heed this advice–never plant a Sago Palm close to anything–especially a pond!  I’m not quite sure how this adventure is going to end, but I have a feeling it isn’t going to be good…

Acting Balanced
Let’s switch gears a bit now, and participate in Heather’s  “Monday About Me Quiz”.  I could  some cheering up after the pond discovery!  Here are Heather’s four questions, followed by my question for you!

1. Finish this sentence – I dream of….
taking a trip to the Florida Keys–or going on a cruise one day.

2. If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?
I’d love to have one of the Sunday dinners that Ed’s parents used to cook for us, many years ago!  It might consist of fried chicken, rice and gravy, some fresh peas or butter beans, and one of my father-in-law’s famous “hoe cakes”.  Of course, I’d want one of my mother-in-law’s chocolate cakes for dessert!

3. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I actually had two favorites–my Barbie and Skipper dolls.  I spent many fun hours with Barbie and Skipper, and I still have them both today (in their original swimsuits)!  It’s hard to believe those dolls will be 50 years old in just three more years.

4. What color looks best on you?
I think autumn colors suit me best.  Red is my favorite color, and I usually get compliments whenever I wear it.
My question for you is…
5.  Do you look forward to Mondays, and why or why not?
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Thirty-Five Years Ago Today…

Today was March 17th, the day some people celebrate as St. Patrick’s Day.  March 17th has a more special meaning to Ed and me.  It’s the day we moved back home to Ed’s family farm–35 years ago today.

Ed and I spent nearly the first five years of our marriage, living in a mobile home park in Savannah, Georgia.  We had neighbors on each side of us.  Some lived so close we could hear the conversations going on inside their homes, and I’m sure they could  hear ours, as well.  Finally, we decided that we’d had enough of big city life.  Ed’s daddy offered us a piece of land on the farm–our choice.  How could we say no?

We chose a secluded spot on the back of the property, and on March 17, 1977, we moved our home from the city to the country.  It was the best choice we ever made.  Because of that choice, our children grew up breathing fresh country air, spending lots of time with both sets of grandparents, and living in a town where everybody knew your name.

We’ve been able to have many pets of all kinds, and we’ve experienced encounters with all kinds of wildlife.  We’ve routinely been visited by deer, rabbits, squirrels, foxes, opposums, raccoons, owls, and even a skunk or two!  Granted, some of these encounters we could have lived happily without, but such is country living!

Ed and I no longer live in the original spot that we picked out so many years ago.  Four years ago, we built a new home next-door to it.  Our daughter and her family live in our original home place.  These days, from next-door, Ed and I watch our grandchildren playing in the shade of the trees that we planted in our old yard, so many years ago.  Our children played under those same trees, only the trees were much smaller back then!

Today, our 35th anniversary of living here,  found Ed and I happily working in our new garden, marveling over all of the seeds that are now beginning to sprout up out of the soil.  Seeds that are sprouting and growing in the same ground that Ed’s daddy farmed over sixty years ago.  It feels so good to be growing something!  Ed’s daddy’s been gone for nearly ten years, but I can’t help but think that he’d be proud!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge…February 22

As always, I’m joining Joyce and friends for a little mid-weekly dose of “The Hodgepodge”.  You can play along too, by clicking the button at the top of this post.  Here are this week’s questions/answers:

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day…what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?

My family makes me proud–and they keep me humble, as well.  By “my family” I mean–my husband, our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren.  About the humble part…nobody can “humble” a person better than their kids–whether they are grown or not–they tend to “tell it like it is”!

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

The main “catch-all” in our house is Ed’s pool room.  It’s a “hodgepodge” in there!   A treadmill, crafting supplies, toys, there’s even a vacuum cleaner in there at the moment…As for the “little stuff”, it ends up on the kitchen counters, or on the end tables in the living room.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What’s your favorite?

Years ago, while our children were growing up, we visited State Parks on a regular basis.  We did a lot of camping in those days, but Ed and I haven’t visited a State Park since our trip to Helen, Georgia, two years ago.  My favorite park is a local one, known as The Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park, mainly because our family made a lot of good memories there, over the years. Camping, fishing, family picnics, campfires, ghost stories, fun memories–and we didn’t have to travel far from home!  Sometimes both sets of grandparents would even get in on the fun, as pictured below.

a family picnic at the park--almost 25 years ago

4. How would you define honor?

I’m getting a headache thinking about how to describe it!!!  I know what it is, just not how to put it into words.  Honor  is very similar to integrity–doing the right thing, being a good person, having a good name–that sort of thing.

5. Angel’s food or Devil’s food-which cake do you prefer?

I’m a chocolate lover, so it’s Devil’s food–hands down!

6. What’s the most recent road trip you’ve taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

The last “real” road trip that Ed and I took was over two years ago, when we traveled to Helen.  It’s about a six-hour trip–and it took us over eight hours to get there.  Does this answer your question about whether we stop leisurely?  We never “zoom” anywhere.  I like to take “shopping breaks” along the way!  One of our snacks of choice is “red hots” candy.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana. You can read the story here. Your thoughts?

The lunch sounded fine to me–but I don’t think it’s anybody’s business to judge.  I worked in an elementary school for 15 years.  I’ve seen all kinds of things packed in lunch boxes over the years!   During those 15 years of working at school, we were served french fries AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK, and pizza was a choice on the serving line EVERY SINGLE DAY…Does this sound more nutritious to you?

Random:  I bought myself a bread maker a couple of weeks ago.  I decided I was going to learn how to make bread.  I finally tried the bread maker out yesterday, and my bread came out like a huge, hard biscuit, in the shape of a rectangle!  It tasted like what we (in the south) refer to as a “hoe cake”  I think I need some “bread-making” lessons…

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