“Mother, May I” Present Another Hodgepodge…

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Another week has passed, and with it another new month has dawned.  The month of May brings all sorts of things to mind–May Day, Mother’s Day, and our little town’s “Sweet Onion Festival”.  Then, of course, there’s The Hodgepodge!  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for hosting–even while traveling.

1. What’s something fun you’re looking forward to on your May calendar?

May is a busy month for our family!  Our oldest son and his wife will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary (May 6), our oldest son will also be celebrating his 34th birthday (on May 10), and one of our grandsons has a pre-school closing program (May 16).  Then, of course, we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day on May 8th, too.

2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother?

Several images come to mind, but this picture of our DIL, Jennifer, and our youngest grandson, Evan, is one of the all-time favorites of my collection.

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Other images that come to mind are “sleepless nights” and “proud moments”.  First there are the 2 a.m. feedings and the infant milestones, later there are teenage worries and scholastic accomplishments.  Finally, there is “wedded bliss” and trying to silently watch your grown children find their own way through this, sometimes complicated, life.

3. What’s something beautiful you own or have seen that’s made of glass?

The first thing that comes to mind is a glass dinner bell that my parents gave me for my birthday, many years ago.  Others may not find it particularly beautiful, but it is to me.  I keep it on the top shelf of my curio cabinet, in addition to many other treasured items.

4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual?

Today (Wednesday) is sort of typical, but not totally.  I’m helping my daughter with something, this morning, and Ed has a dental appointment.

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?

The ability to convey kindness better. I have a kind heart, but I don’t always know how to show it.  Sometimes, my words come out sounding unintentionally harsh.  It’s an inherited family trait.

6. What’s the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May?

Ed says he’s going to replace the front section of tin, on the roof of our home.  When he put the first section of our roof on, eleven years ago, he put it on incorrectly.  As a result, we’ve been plagued with some pesky leaks, lately.  I’m not exactly sure when this purchase is going to take place, but it will probably be sometime soon.

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?

I know this isn’t what Joyce had in mind, but Business Math is one of the most useful things I learned while growing up.  It taught me how to balance my check book, and how to figure percentages, which comes in handy when shopping sales 🙂  I can figure the sale price in my head, or keep a running total [in my head] for the items in my shopping cart.

Random:

I apologize for my absence in the blog world, lately.  A lot of things have been going on.  The most noteworthy of which was our first trip (of 2016) to St. Simon’s Island, last Friday!  Our daughter and her family joined us on the day trip, and we all had a great time!  However, it wasn’t quite the same, since I now have to wear sunscreen and cover up my face with a bonnet– even while sitting in the shade of our favorite oak tree.  Oh, well…

Here’s an example of our view for the day:

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It never gets old!

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Good-bye May, Hello Hodgepodge…

We’re about to bid the month of May adieu, but before that happens let’s take time for one more Hodgepodge.  The questions really make me stop and think about things, and in the process, sometimes, I learn a few things about myself that I didn’t know!  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for continuing to host the Hodgepodge 🙂

Here are this week’s questions:

1. What news story are you following right now?

I’m not currently following any news stories.  Sometimes the news can get to be a bit overwhelming to me, so I’ve stepped back and taken a break from it for the past month.  It’s actually been kind of nice, for a change!

2. What’s the last thing you wanted but didn’t get?

The last thing I really wanted, but haven’t gotten (so far), is for somebody in the family to buy Ed’s parents’ home place.  At the moment, the house sits empty and forlorn, right smack in the middle of the family farm–and nobody in the family wants to live there. Sigh.

3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day…when did you last have a hamburger? Other than your own kitchen or BBQ grill, where is your favorite place to go for a hamburger? And for all you non-meat eaters out there…when you’re invited to a cookout what is the one side dish you hope is on the menu?

Ed grilled burgers for lunch, on Sunday, while Brad and Jennifer were visiting.

My favorite place to go out for a  hamburger is one particular Burger King, located in Vidalia, Georgia.  They make great burgers! (this isn’t true of all Burger Kings)

4. How have your priorities changed over time?

My priorities have changed, according to whatever phase of life I happened to be in.  At first, my priority was to graduate from high school, then get married to Ed.  As a young newlywed, my priority was learning to be a good wife, while making a home for us. Then I played the role of a working wife for a while. Once children began entering our lives, for many years, my main priority was raising our family.  These days, since the family nest has been empty for several years,  I’m focused on getting our affairs in order for the ‘golden years’.

5. What’s a favorite memory with your grandparents?

Actually, I have two favorite memories.  The first is playing with my maternal grandmother’s button jar.  Grandma used to cut the buttons off of old clothing, and store the buttons in a jar, for future reuse.  I remember sitting at her dining room table and playing with all of those pretty colored buttons.  I’d slip the buttons onto toothpicks to make ‘button dolls’.  One button on the bottom would make the doll stand, another button around the middle of the toothpick would make a tutu.

My second favorite memory is of playing ‘house’, outside, in grandma’s backyard.  Grandma would give me empty snuff cans and lids from old coffee cans to use for my glasses and plates.  I’d use sticks and leaves for my pretend food.  I spent many happy hours playing ‘house’ at grandmas.

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being fantastic!), how good are you at multitasking? Share an example.

I’d give myself about a 5 because multitasking has never been one of my strong points.  However, I’m a pretty decent cook, and cooking requires a few multitasking skills, don’t you think?

7. How would you summarize your highs and lows for the month of May?

For me, the month of May has been filled with highs and lows, temperature-wise, as well as emotional-wise.  Our May temperatures have ranged from the 40’s up to the 90’s, which certainly has kept things interesting! Crazy weather!

We celebrated Mother’s Day, and it was our daughter-in-law, Jennifer’s, first Mother’s Day. ( Oh, happy day!) It was also our first Mother’s Day without Ed’s mom, which was not so happy.

May is the birth month of my mama, as well as Ed’s mom.  It’s sad not having them around to celebrate their birthdays anymore, but our oldest son turned 32, on May 10, and we were able to celebrate with him!

Last, but not least, after ten years with us, our old hound, Ethan, passed away this month, too. He’s sorely missed.

Random:

Ed continues to deal with his mom’s estate.  This past weekend, his two younger brothers made a second trip through the old home place to see what other things they might like to have before we begin to sell some of the stuff.  Neither chose several things we were sure they might like to have.  Among the things not chosen, the American flags presented at their parents’ military funerals, and a large, framed photograph of the home place, taken from an airplane, over thirty years ago.  It’s funny, you just never know what’s important to people–but that’s a post for tomorrow!  No need to worry, the flags and photograph of the farm found a home with us!

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