Welcome Back Hodgepodge…

Welcome back Hodgepodge!  It’s great to have you back after last week’s ‘snow day’!  Our Hodgepodge Hostess, Joyce, has prepared another great set of questions, so let’s get right to them, shall we?

1. Summertime is a season of reunions, weddings, and other family celebrations and gatherings…are any of the above on your calendar in the next two months?

The only family celebration we have during the next two months is our daughter and son-in-law’s 12th wedding anniversary on July 7th.  Our youngest son & his wife just celebrated their 2nd anniversary yesterday!  There’s an interesting post about their journey, located HERE.

As for July 4th, we don’t have any plans, yet, but I hope they will include a cookout.

2. June is National Iced Tea Month…are you an iced tea drinker? If so, how do you like yours (sweet, flavored, etc)?

I love sweet iced tea very much, but I’ve had to give it up for health reasons. 😦

3. When were you last nervous? Looking back, was the ‘event’ actually nerve-worthy?

I was nervous last weekend when Ed and I experienced some car trouble on our way home from the beach.  It was ‘nerve-worthy’ because it turned out that my car’s brakes desperately needed replacing and we didn’t even know!  Four hundred and twenty-five dollars later, the brakes are as good as new!

4. The bristle toothbrush was invented in China on June 26, 1498…not sure how that date was pinned down so precisely but, on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being sick to your stomach and 1 being not at all, how nervous do you feel when you’re headed to the dentist? Do you see your dentist twice a year?

I think I rate “5” on the nervousness scale when it comes to a dental visit.  It’s not my favorite thing to do, but it’s not the scariest of things for me either.  The thing I dread most is  “the shots” before any dental work can be done.  Of course, I’m always happy to get shots versus feeling the pain of the procedure!  And yes, I do see my dentist twice a year, without fail.

5. What’s making news in your town this week?

Apparently, not very much!  Our most recent newspaper was only 12 pages long and these are the actual headlines from the front page:  Reidsville All-Stars Win Tournament, Libbie  (last name withheld) Retires From Teaching, Garden Club Members Spruce Up Welcome Signs, and Hydrangeas Galore!  I guess it was a slow news week.

6. Curtains, drapes, blinds…your window treatment of choice? Are there any bare windows in your house? Is that by choice or because you haven’t gotten around to covering them?

I don’t really have a preference, so we have a mixture of all of the above in our home–drapes in the living room,  cafe curtains in the bath, and valances in the bedrooms and kitchen.  All of the windows have mini blinds on them, as well.  Yes, we do have two bare “picture windows” in our house–one in the kitchen and one in the pool room, and yes, it’s by choice.

7. Summertime is officially here (in the Northern hemisphere anyway)…what one song is a must-have on your summer playlist?

My summertime theme song is “Knee Deep” by the Zac Brown Band.

Here is why:


The flowers in our vegetable garden are in full bloom.  See what I mean?

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Lovin’ The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

1. This week marks the beginning of Lent…will you be giving something up or adding anything to your life during this season of the year?

Our religion doesn’t observe Lent, but the good Lord knows I’ve given up plenty during the course of this diet I’m on, and I’d sure like to be able to add some of it back in the future!

2. The day before Lent is Shrove Tuesday… tradition states you eat pancakes on this day. In some parts of the world Shrove Tuesday is actually known as ‘pancake day’. How do you like your pancakes? Or don’t you?

Pancakes are okay, but I don’t eat them often.  I actually prefer waffles.    If I do eat pancakes, which won’t be anytime soon,  I’d prefer them plain, with a little butter and syrup.

3. I’m sure there are many, but what’s one love song you really love?

You are right, Joyce, I have lots of favorite love songs, but a timeless favorite is My Endless Love sung by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

I  like this video version of it on YouTube.  It’s quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day.

4. What are some things you do to let others know you love them?

The usual things– family dinners, meaningful talks, a hug, a kiss, a phone call, an email, a visit, a gift, or some other random act of kindness.  Then, of course, there’s this blog–a lasting record of my innermost thoughts and memories.

5. Roses…red, pink, or do you prefer another color? Can you recall the last time someone gave you flowers? Given your choice would you like to open the door and see a dozen red roses, a dozen purple tulips, or a dozen pink peonies?

I like pink, but I’m not really choosy when it comes to roses.  The last time I received flowers was for my birthday back in August– a dozen red roses from Ed.005

As for my choice between a dozen red roses, purple tulips or pink peonies, I’d choose the red roses.

6. President’s Day will be celebrated in America next Monday. Does US Presidential history and trivia interest you? Many Presidential homes are open to the public and offer guided tours…Monticello (Jefferson’s home), Mount Vernon (Washington’s home), Montpelier (James Madison’s home), Hyde Park (FD Roosevelt’s home) and The White House (home to the sitting President) to name just a few. Of those listed which would you be most interested in touring? Why?

No, Presidential history and trivia doesn’t really interest me, and never has.  Of all of the places listed, I suppose I’d most like to tour The White House because I’m most familiar with it.

7. Are you good at keeping secrets?

Yes, I can keep a secret, but I’m glad to be able to say that I’m a horrible liar.


I went to visit my mother-in-law at the personal care home yesterday.  I arrived just in time to sit with her and watch the residents play several games of Bingo.  Those Bingo games were courtesy of two kind ladies who come each week and volunteer their time.  Bingo winners are awarded prizes from a small basket of goodies furnished by the ladies.  After Bingo, the volunteer ladies also entertained with a few hymns on the piano.  Thank God for volunteers who give freely of their time and talents, so others can have a brighter day!

Ed, also, went by to see his mom after work yesterday.  She told him that I’d been to visit, and we sat around and played cards!   I can only imagine the look on his face, since he knows I don’t like to play cards!  He couldn’t wait to get home to ask me if this was true!

One other note before I go, we are entering our third straight day of rain today!  We’ve received SEVERAL inches of rain, over 4 inches yesterday alone, and it continued to rain hard all through the night!  It will take a month of Sundays before all of this water dries up.  I’m going to have to borrow Ed’s rubber boots while I go outside to feed the animals this morning!

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