All Things Monday…

If you’re looking for the Monday Quiz, it’s at the bottom of the post.  I decided to switch things up a bit, and do the weekend recap first.  You know, it’s good to switch up, every now and then to make things more interesting 🙂

First of all, I didn’t blog on Friday because I went out for lunch and some shopping with my daughter and granddaughter. We were celebrating granddaughter, Madison’s, last day of school!  Madison finished up her first year of home school shortly before lunchtime, on Friday.  I’m so proud of Madison, and everything that she’s learned this year.  My daughter did a fantastic job of keeping Madison on task, and making sure things ran smoothly all year. (She even learned a few things herself, too)  Kudos to both of them!  Madison is now an official second grader!

Below are photographs of Madison, taken on the first and last days of school.  Boy, what a difference a year makes!

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By the way, after lunch and shopping, on Friday, we ended our day with a visit to our local Dairy Queen!  I’d been craving a banana split for almost a week, and I gave in and treated myself to one.  I enjoyed every forbidden bite of that sucker, too!

We kicked off our weekend with pizza and a little family time!  Once again, our oldest son, Brett, dug around in our collection of old videos, and came up with some very old footage!  We began by watching Brett’s senior video, class of 2000, then we went even further back in time…  Some of the footage we watched dated all the way back to 1974, when I still had long, straight hair and Ed still had lots of curly, brown hair!  Those were the days 🙂   As we watched footage of our children as babies, it seemed like a lifetime ago–and, you know, it almost was!  Our oldest is now 35, and our youngest will soon turn 29.  My, how the time has flown, as Ed and I are now watching our second generation grow up before our eyes.

In other weekend news, I almost forgot to mention, we also kicked off our weekend by adopting a new kitten on Friday afternoon!  The story of how this adoption came about is too complicated to tell today, so I’ll save it for another day.  Just so you know, this kitten makes cat number thirteen!  I sure hope that number doesn’t turn out to be a bad omen for our sweet new kitty.

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new kitty

Our Saturday was almost like a marathon day!  Here is some of what we did:

Ed and I picked a pail of green beans at 7:00 am.  I washed and snapped the beans while Ed and our son-in-law took a load of scrap metal to be sold.  (They hauled off two old water tanks, four old grills, and an old fire pit, in addition to a few other odds-n-ends.)  Ed returned and harrowed around the garden. (the weeds are almost out of control, thanks to daily showers of rain!)  After Ed finished harrowing up the grass and weeds, he plowed up our potatoes, then we picked them up.  After that,  we babysat our two oldest grandsons while their parents went to see about discarding their old stove, then picking up a newer stove.  After the grands went home, I took a nap, while Ed mowed grass for two hours! Later, I cooked supper while Ed canned the beans we’d picked earlier in the day.  (We’ve canned 20 quarts of beans, so far.)

Almost everything we ate for supper, on Saturday night, was grown in our garden.  We had green beans, new potatoes, fried squash, stewed tomatoes with rice, smoked sausage, and cornbread.  Best of all, I made a fresh blackberry cobbler for dessert! Here’s some of the fresh bounty, collected over the weekend:

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fresh vegetables and eggs

I’d sort of hoped to make a trip back to the beach, on Sunday, but the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was cloudy, rainy, windy and cold!  It was just as well, since Ed and I were kind of tired from our busy day on Saturday!  I actually got up, on Sunday, then went back to bed for a while–something I rarely do.  Ed spent a little more time in his recliner than usual–something he rarely does.

On Sunday afternoon, Ed and I decided to pay a visit to the assisted living facility where Ed’s mom resided for over three years.  Our oldest son, Brett, has recently begun helping conduct church services there, so we decided to attend one of the services.  Most of the residents at the assisted living home are still the same as when Ed’s mom lived there, and boy,  were they happy to see Ed!  Their eyes lit up and each one had to hug Ed’s neck 🙂  One older lady proclaimed to us that “Ed is like my daddy”,  to which I had to smile 🙂

We had a nice visit with all of the ladies, and really enjoyed hearing our son conduct his portion of the service.  (I was only sorry that Ed’s mom wasn’t there to enjoy the services with us.  She would’ve been so pleased!)  I feel sure we’ll be attending more services with our son and the ladies sometime in the near future.

Since the ladies were so happy to see Ed again, he went out and bought them a couple of watermelons to have for their snack!  Isn’t he something?

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Acting Balanced

1. My Mom double dared me to actually post Monday Quiz today after its two-week hiatus… what was the last thing someone dared you to do?

I can’t remember the last thing someone dared me to do, but I probably didn’t do it anyway.  I’m too cautious for that.

2. Today is National Rocky Road Day – are you celebrating?

No, I won’t be celebrating.  I love Rocky Road ice cream, but I just ate a banana split, on Friday, and it’s too soon to be bad again!

3. June is Aquarium Month – have you visited an Aquarium lately?

No, I haven’t visited an aquarium lately.  The last time I visited an aquarium (the one in Charleston, SC, actually) was almost seven years ago.  I’d love to go again, though!

4. Have you had a yummy new food or tried a new recipe lately?

I made a fresh blackberry cobbler on Saturday night.  I hadn’t made a blackberry cobbler in years, and it reminded me of my mother because I used her recipe.

My question for you:

How did you spend your weekend?

Thanks to Heather and Wayne for hosting the Monday Quiz!

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Just Me On Monday (again)…

I’m sitting here blogging, as I watch the sun beginning to rise in the eastern sky. I feel blessed to begin my week in such a relaxing way. For the moment, life is good.

This past weekend was like so many others, lately. Saturday began with rain–again! Since Ed couldn’t get outside to do anything else, he spent the morning preparing and filing our income taxes. Joy, joy! For the first time, ever, I convinced Ed to file electronically.  He wasn’t so sure about that! The rain finally subsided, around lunch time, and we were able to spend a couple of hours outside, in the sunshine, before dark.

On Friday afternoon, I’d gone back to town and purchased two small trees for our yard.  Ed planted those trees for me on Saturday afternoon.  Lately, nothing seems to come easy, so of course, the original spot I’d picked out for the first tree, had a stump in the middle of it! (the top of the stump had been ground off, so we couldn’t see it anymore)  Finally, after a couple of hours of searching and thinking, Ed and I settled on two different spots for our new trees and got them planted!  After all of that, I sure hope our trees survive.

Sunday was devoted to family.  I put on my ‘big girl panties’ and got in the kitchen and cooked lunch for the entire family!  I don’t do this often, anymore, so it was an adventure to pull it all together!  As always, it was good to have everyone (all twelve of us) together under our roof, once again.  As time goes on, these moments are becoming rarer, therefore, they are becoming even more treasured.

We were all reminded of just how fragile life is on Friday, when the husband of one of Ed’s cousins drove up to the pumps of our community gas station, exited his truck, then collapsed on the concrete.  He suffered a massive stroke, and died a short time later.  You just never know…  Live for today, people, ’cause there may not be a tomorrow!

On that somber note, I’ll switch to “The Monday Quiz”, hosted by Wayne and Heather over at Acting Balanced.  As always, thanks to them for hosting this fun Monday meme.

Here are the questions, along with my answers:

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1. February 10th is Clean Out Your Computer Day! It’s a day to logically review, and delete old files and programs. Will you be taking part?

No.  Rarely do I ever delete anything.  That’s why I always choose a computer with a huge hard drive.

2. February is also National Grapefruit Month – are you a grapefruit lover? Recipes?

No grapefruit for me!  I can’t stand the stuff.

3. Are you watching the Olympics? What events hold your interest or are you just ignoring the whole thing?

Yes, I have been watching some of the Olympics, but not all of them.  The figure skating is my favorite event (in all categories), but I’ve enjoyed watching some of the snowboarding and skiing, as well.  As usual, I don’t always agree with some of the Olympic judges’ scores 😦

4. Valentine’s Day is Friday – are you planning to celebrate?

I’ll bake Ed a heart-shaped German Chocolate cake, and have it ready when he gets home from work.  Other than that, we don’t have any plans, at the moment.  We’ll probably just relax and spend the evening at home.  That’s what we do best 🙂

Epilogue:  I’m a bit late in finishing and posting this. After five days of looking,  I never did find my eyeglasses, so I had to stop blogging and make a trip to my optometrist’s office.  New frames have been picked out, glasses ordered.  I nearly died when I found out the price!  Let’s just say, I’ll need a ‘tracking device’ attached to them, ’cause I certainly can’t afford to lose another pair!

My question:  Have you ever lost anything valuable?

Have a great Monday!

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Six Word Saturday…October 1

Happy Birthday to a wonderful daughter!

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The Need For Speed…

The car in the photo was one of my hubby’s all-time favorite vehicles. It was a retired police cruiser that Ed won by placing the best sealed bid in a county auction. I believe he paid around two thousand dollars for it. He used it as a work car for several years, then sold it for the same amount of money that he paid for it.

Since the car was a former police cruiser, I don’t suppose I have to tell you that this car was built for speed.  I’m pretty sure it may have sprouted wings a time or two while Ed was driving…but there was a reason for this.  Ed used to be “on call” for the hospital–every third day, and every third weekend.  When someone came through the Emergency Room and needed stat x-rays after regular working hours, Ed had to get there in a hurry! 

The old police cruiser was also comfortable to ride in, and got pretty decent gas mileage.  For years, Ed had a second job, which required some traveling.  He enjoyed getting aound via his cruiser. (FYI:  For those who may be wondering, before the cars are auctioned, all of the extra hardware is removed–like the bars behind the front seat and the lights on top!)

A few weekends ago, while both of our sons were visiting, the subject of speeding came up in conversation. I looked over at my hubby, who was sprawled out in his favorite chair, and I asked, “What’s the fastest that you’ve ever been in a car?” Without missing a beat, he quickly answered “A hundred and forty miles an hour.” I nearly passed out! I quickly asked him which car he’d traveled so fast in, thinking he might say our old red Corvette or the police cruiser. Instead he calmly replied, “Mama’s  ’69 blue Mercury.” I replied, “I’m sure your mama would be thrilled to know about that!”

It was about this time that our boys confessed to going around 140 miles per hour in Brett’s red Firebird way back in the day! Oh my goodness! Say it ain’t so! I suddenly felt sick,  just thinking about my two teenaged sons flying down the highway at such a high rate of speed!  Mercy!  There are just some things a mother doesn’t need to know.

I was barely recovered from hearing the news about the boys “speed testing” the Firebird when they sprang the biggest surprise of all on me.  Apparently, Brett had tried out Ed’s police cruiser, too!  I don’t even remember him ever driving Ed’s car!  Brett apparently has tied his daddy’s record of 140 miles per hour–in his daddy’s car!  (The phrase, “Like father, Like Son” comes to mind…) 

Sometimes ignorance is bliss!   Thank you, God,  for watching over my big boys and keeping them safe–all three of them!

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Weekend Wrap Up At Our House…

On Friday evening, we kicked off our weekend by having a family dinner at our oldest son’s home.  Daughter-in-law, Christina,  fed us a meal of baked spaghetti and Italian bread, plus cheese cake and cookies for dessert.  The meal was delicious, and I really enjoyed letting someone else do the cooking!  I especially appreciate Christina doing the hosting since it’s hot, and she’s pregnant!  Summertime is twice as hot when you’re pregnant, don’t you think?

the grandchildren playing in Christina's kitchen

Saturday morning I woke up, and oddly enough, I wasn’t in the mood to blog.  Turning on my computer is usually the second thing I do in the mornings, but on Saturday I passed the computer by.  It’s a good thing–because I found out later, from my daughter, that the internet wasn’t working!  We had a storm on Friday evening, perhaps that had something to do with our loss of service.  It was well into the afternoon before our service was restored, so I didn’t spend much time on the internet yesterday.  However, I did spend some time on the computer though–tagging and organizing photographs!  Will I ever get all of those photographs finished?  Only seven thousand more to go! 

Ed spent most of Saturday over at our daughter’s house–working in her bathroom.  He was reconstructing a bathroom wall that he de-constructed when we moved from there four years ago. 

It’s a long story, but when we were building our new house, we needed spindles for a wall to close in the end of the bathtub in our new house.  At the time we couldn’t find any spindles like we needed, so we took the ones from our old bathroom–and left a hole in the wall where the spindles once were.  I hated leaving the hole in the wall, but I was sort of happy that we were taking a piece of our former home with us–actually it was seven pieces, in the form of spindles! 

the partial wall that we made with spindles taken from our old house

 As of yesterday afternoon, our daughter’s house has the wall repaired–with new white spindles.  (Her wall looks similar to mine)  If you’re wondering why a wall would stay unrepaired for nearly four years, it’s because nobody used that part of the house until recently, when our granddaughter, Madison, moved in the bedroom next to that bathroom.

I baked frozen pizza for supper last night.  Exciting, huh?  It was the second time that I used my oven this week, and for the second time, the food came out undercooked…Hmmm, I’m thinking I might  be having oven problems! ( Darn, after I just wrote a post about my stove, too!) Now I’ll have to bake something else, just to be sure if the oven’s working right…dang it!  My hubby remarked at supper, “It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jimmy, the repairman”, to which I answered, “Not long enough!”

Later in the evening,  I actually sat down and watched a movie on television.  It was entitled How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon.  It was the first movie I’d watched in several months, and I found myself saying, “I’d be mad if I’d paid good money to see this!”  It wasn’t a really bad movie, it just wasn’t good enough to make me want to pay twenty dollars (ticket plus popcorn and coke)  to see it!   Call me old, but that’s my opinion of most movies these days.

Today, hubby is outside changing the oil in my car, and rotating the tires.  Doesn’t that sound like a barrel of fun?!  I’m grateful that he’s a “do it yourself” kind of guy, at least we can save some money on car maintenance.  We can use the money saved…to pay the appliance repairman!  Enjoy what’s left of the weekend…see ya’ tomorrow!

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