The Hodgepodge – A Labor Of Love…

Some weeks it’s a “labor of love” to figure out my answers to some of the Hodgepodge questions, but not this week! I was ready, willing, and able!  After last week’s hiatus, it’s good to have the Hodgepodge back. As always, I’m grateful to Joyce for hosting.  (Remember, if you’d like to join in the fun, just click on the button at the top of this post to find the link)

Here are today’s questions:

1. As August draws to a close, share what’s been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?

My favorite summer weekend would have to be one of the weekends (and there were several) that I spent time on St. Simon’s Island, with my honey 🙂  –and it would definitely have to be one of the beach weekends that didn’t involve any car trouble or rain!

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st. What paying job have you held that you’ve loved the most? Liked the least?

The job I loved most was, without a doubt, working as a first grade paraprofessional.  The pay was lousy, as well as a few of the tasks required, but I really loved and enjoyed my job!  After 14 1/2 wonderful years of employment with the same teacher, I threw in the towel after I was paired with a young teacher who had very little classroom control, and even less work ethic.  Sigh.  I really tried, but I only lasted the first nine weeks of the new school year.  I only regret that my career ended on such a sour note.

As for the job I liked the least, that would definitely be working in the restaurant section of my uncle’s souvenir shop.  I only lasted a couple of days!

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day…your thoughts?

Our students will have attended school for an entire month by the time Labor Day gets here!  For some reason, our system is always one of the first to start back to school each year! Only the local preschool waits until after Labor Day to begin, which is the way I think it should be for all schools!

As for later start times for older students, I think it might be a good idea for teens.  Years ago, our teen-aged sons never liked getting up early, and they were habitually tardy for school, much to my dismay!  A later start time may have been beneficial for them, but I guess we’ll never know!

4. What’s something you’ve worked at recently that could be deemed a ‘labor of love’?

The first thing that comes to mind is tending to my flock of hens!  With ‘my girls’, it seems like it’s always something.  Just last night, Ed and I were in the coop, after dark, with our flashlights…  It was time for a follow up worm treatment, as well as an inspection of their feet.  The girls didn’t appreciate either activity!

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now…’A woman’s work is never done.’, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ ‘Many hands make light work.’

I can actually relate to all three, but at this point in my life, I’ll say ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ For years, I was a working wife and mother, always busy, doing something for others.  These days, I’m retired and can finally do whatever I want, whenever I want to 🙂 I can only stand so much vacuuming, mopping and dusting, without taking some time to do something enjoyable!  Hooray for play time!

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?

Believe it or not, I’ve never tried lobster!  I only like crab if it’s deviled, and, even then, I’ll only eat a small amount of it.  Shrimp is basically the only seafood that I really care for.

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, ‘Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.’ Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own ‘rules of work’.

Well, it’s hard for me to find simplicity (or anything else) from clutter, and I don’t handle discord very well, so I guess that leaves ‘in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity’.  Using a computer came to mind when I read this quote!  Every time I encounter a computer problem, I tell myself to consider it an opportunity to learn something new! (I’m still trying to convince myself!)  Thank goodness for two sons who can usually help me with any computer-related difficulty that may arise!

As for my own rule of work:  Be on time, and always do your best!

Random:  Life never ceases to amaze me.

Twelve years ago I was working as a first grade paraprofessional, and loving it. We had several adorable students in our class, but one little girl was exceptionally smart and very sweet.  This student was one of my all-time favorites, and would often drop by the room to see me, even after she’d moved on to higher grades.  Years later, she even invited me to become her friend on Facebook!

Flash forward eleven years, and this student was now a high school junior, who had continued to excel in school.  You know, sometimes things happen, and in the middle of her junior year, she found herself pregnant.  When I first heard this news, my heart sank.  I feared that her life was going to be ruined.

I needn’t have worried, she’s done fine.  She had a beautiful baby boy, last August, at the beginning of her senior year.  She recovered, took care of her baby and attended school, and still managed to graduate third in her class!  I am so proud of all that she’s been able to accomplish, so far.  Thankfully, she’s blessed with a loving, and very supportive Christian family.  They’ve been beside her every step of the way, unlike the boyfriend who eventually went away.

Recently, this student won a scholarship to a university, located two hours away from our town.  She had to make the difficult decision to leave her adorable baby in the care of her family, in order to use the scholarship.  Her family is rising to the challenge of caring for her son while she attends college, in order to help her have the best chance at success.  I wish them all well, I’m sure the challenge isn’t easy for anyone, but here’s the final ‘kicker’ to my story.

My former student’s college classes began last week.  Believe it or not, one of the requirements of a class was to begin and maintain a blog!  She posted about this assignment on Facebook, along with the link to her new blog.  I was the first one to leave a comment on her first blog post!  I must say, she’s come a long way since writing those ‘young author’ stories in first grade, and I have no doubts that she will be successful in whatever she decides to do in life.  By the way, I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog posts, too 🙂

Winding Down August With The Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe August is almost over!  What better way to wind it down, than by participating in “The Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Take a look at Joyce’s questions, and my answers, then, please share your own thoughts with me in the comment section!  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  She never disappoints!

1. Labor Day weekend (in the US of A) is approaching…what’s something you’ve labored over this year?

Our vegetable garden–and what a garden it was!!!

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I spent many hours–planting, hoeing, watering, and harvesting –before the devastating rains came.

2. What is one word to describe your ‘job’ or career?

‘Over’ since I’m no longer working outside of the home.

3. What was your worst or least favorite job ever? Why?

My least favorite job was working for my uncle in his small store/restaurant.  I hated it because I had to be the waitress, the cook, and the dish washer–all at the same time.  I was about 15, at the time, and I lasted about two whole days!

4. How do you measure contentment?

I don’t know that I do actually measure contentment!  I’m usually pretty content with life, but if I feel discontentment creeping in, I tend to look at others whose circumstances are less fortunate than mine.  Doing this reminds me of how truly blessed I am.

5. Pickles-like or dislike? What is something you eat that requires a pickle? Dill, bread and butter, sweet gherkins…what’s your favorite kind of pickle?

I like dill pickles, but I only eat them with hamburgers or bar-b-que sandwiches.  I don’t like sweet pickles, but will eat sweet pickle relish on hot dogs.  Go figure!

6. In your current house-town-state, what is it you like living close to?

I love living out in the country, close to the woods, because I like privacy.  I also enjoy being close to nature.

7. What is one thing on your ‘want-to-do’ list before summer draws to an official close?

I want to make one more trip to St. Simon’s Island.


If all goes well, I’ll be doing that on Friday.


Life is getting back to normal this week, and it’s nice, especially after the craziness of last week.  Of course, everything can not be calm for long, can it?  Ed got his new replacement lawnmower on Monday, but my washing machine has decided to go on the blink!  After talking with the repairman, yesterday, it looks like we will soon be in the market for a new washer.  The parts and labor needed to repair the old one would be rather costly.  I wasn’t expecting this news,  especially since my washer is only seven years old.  Sigh.

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Laboring Over The Hodgepodge…

Can you believe it?  It’s time for the final Hodgepodge of the month!  Time to labor over  answer the thought-provoking questions that our hostess, Joyce, has so graciously provided, then hop around and see how others have answered.  Come on, won’t you join us?

1. Americans will celebrate Labor Day this coming weekend. Do you know what we’re actually celebrating? (without consulting your friends Google or wikipedia, ahem) What’s a project you’re currently ‘laboring’ over?

I’m not certain what we’re celebrating, but since it’s called “Labor Day”, I’ll assume it has something to do with “work”.  That’s what I’ve always thought, anyway.  I’ve been laboring over the same project for well over a year–scanning and organizing old family photographs.  I also have a couple of unfinished scrapbooks waiting.

2. Labor Day also signals the unofficial end of summer for most of us…what summer food will you miss the most? If you’re in the southern hemisphere feel free to substitute winter for summer.

This answer is a toss up for me.  It’s between boiled peanuts and watermelon.

3. A well known proverb states, ‘It’s easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission.’ Your thoughts?

These days, I think more people than ever , are making the choice to do as they please, then suffering the consequences later–rather than asking for permission or seeking God’s will.  I’m guilty of doing this, at times, and there’s always a price to be paid.

4. Food critic, film critic, book critic, art critic….which hat would you most like to wear?

Once upon a time I would have loved being a film critic, but these days I’d prefer to be a book critic.  Books are so much better than movies!

5. When you were a kid, who (besides your parents) was your favorite adult?

While growing up, my favorite adult was my maternal grandmother.  She was a dear, sweet lady.

6. The astronaut, Neil Armstrong, passed away last week. He was regarded as a hero by many generations of people all around the world. Do we still have modern day heroes? What makes someone a hero?

Yes, we still have some modern day heroes.  Occasionally, we hear about them on the news– people who go out of their way to help others in some way,  without regard to their own safety.    Every time I hear about one of these stories, it restores a little bit of my faith in mankind.

7. I never get tired of--going to the beach.  Feeling those gentle ocean breezes, listening to some music, and having Ed resting in a chair beside me.  Love it!


Tomorrow is my birthday, and it looks like I’ll be spending at least part of my birthday at the gynecologist’s office, instead of at the beach.  What a way to celebrate:(   After two whole months of discomfort,  two previous trips to the doctor, and purchasing over two hundred dollars worth of medications, not covered by insurance, I’m still having problems!  Ugh!  I am so ready for some relief!

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