A Better Late Than Never Hodgepodge…

It has been a crazier than usual week, and I’ve been kicking myself for not being able to join in today’s Hodgepodge this morning.  Then, suddenly, my husband reminded me that it’s still Wednesday for another two hours and forty-five minutes!  Better late than never, right?  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for the great questions! Here goes…

1. Did you do anything ‘memorable’ this past weekend? We had a family cookout at our daughter’s house. We officially kicked off summer with watermelon, boiled peanuts, plus grilled ribs and chicken–oh, and a swim in the pool for the cousins! 100_5084 (2) 2. Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying- “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Your thoughts? Do you somehow acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms you enjoy? Did your upbringing contribute to that sense of appreciation? If you’re a parent, are there specific things you do to pass on this sense of responsibility and appreciation to your own children in regard to the freedoms they enjoy? I agree with the quote, and I do acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms we have–now more than ever–in these turbulent times.  I also appreciate the men and women who served, fought, or died to protect these freedoms. I’m proud to say that several of our family members are among those who have served.

3. Loudest noise you’ve ever heard? The music coming from the very large speakers at an outdoor Michael Bolton concert!  Our seats were very close to the stage, and were located directly in front of the speakers.  I had to stuff bits of a napkin into my ears to be able to stand it 😦  I don’t think my hearing has been the same since.

4. What was the last thing you ate that might be considered ‘junk food’? Did you enjoy it? A heavenly hash ice cream cone?  Yes, I enjoyed it very much 🙂

5. When was the last time you were somewhere the crowd felt ‘packed in like sardines’? I’m going to say July 4, 2010 when we made the mistake of going to St. Simon’s Island on a holiday!  It was awful.  It’s a tiny island, and there was literally standing room only on the beach! July 4, 2010 St.Simon's Is 030 6. Are you organized when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you make a list weeks in advance or toss items in last minute? Are you a carry-on only sort of packer or do you need an entire suitcase for your shoes? Yes, I’m very organized when it comes to packing.  I make a list weeks in advance, if possible.  I’m somewhere in between a “carry-on packer” and “needing an entire suitcase for shoes”.  I always bring a little extra, but not too much (in my opinion).

7. What was the last sporting event you attended in person? Did your team win? Did you care? I don’t know if this counts, but the last sporting event I attended was one of our grandson’s T-ball games, a couple of years ago.  The teams just took turns hitting the ball and running the bases, instead of playing to win.  It was entertaining to watch four-year-olds learning how to run the bases. 413097_10150660073921428_500191427_9606500_650024856_o t-ball 2 Random: Like I said, it’s been a crazier than usual week here.  Our garden vegetables are getting ready to pick, so that’s how we’ve been starting our days.  This morning Ed picked almost a bushel of green beans before eight o’clock!  My back still won’t tolerate much bending, so I can only help a little.  However, I  snapped all of the beans.  Ed and I ‘canned’ seven quarts of beans, this afternoon, and will do the other seven in the morning. The garden peas need picking, again, and so do the blackberries.  The refrigerator is filled with fresh squash, cucumbers, and carrots that we’ve gathered, this week. I made a fresh blackberry cobbler, this week, too. 100_5098 This afternoon, I also babysat two of our grandsons while their mother attended an out-of-town funeral. Our granddaughter came over to visit, as well.  Having three children running around, while canning green beans, makes for a busy afternoon.  Did I mention that Ed and I also met with our financial planner and bought groceries, this morning (after picking beans, but before the children arrived)?  What a week it’s turning out to be!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by for another edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  Here are Joyce’s questions for the last week of May.  (Thanks Joyce! ) Can you believe it’s already the last week of May???  Me either!

1. What can the average citizen do to honor a military veteran and/or those currently serving?

Show some respect when members of our military come by in a parade!  Also, the simplest kind act of saying “thank you for your service” to a vet or active military person would probably mean a lot.  Sending cards, letters, or even care packages to our deployed military people is another way of honoring them, showing our support, and saying “thanks”.  I especially like “The Wounded Warrior Project”, an organization which provides help and support to soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty.

2. Besides a flag what is something you own that is red, white and blue?  
I own a  red, white, and blue t-shirt, and I also have lots of red, white, and blue patriotic decorations scattered around the living room–in honor of Memorial Day and Independence Day.
3. Does love really conquer all?
I’m not really sure that “love does conquer all” in every situation, but I sure like to believe that it can, since I’m a romantic at heart.
4. Strawberry shortcake or blueberry pie?
Strawberry shortcake, please!
5. Do you share personal stuff with your hairdresser?
Sometimes I do share some personal stuff with my hairdresser, but not any really personal stuff.  I tend to stick with a hair dresser until she either quits or moves on, so we usually get to know each other pretty well.  I hate changing hairdressers!
6. Does money lead to selfishness?
Yes, I think money does lead to selfishness sometimes.  It’s just our human nature to be “greedy”–and when money is involved one’s “true colors” often tend to come shining through.  The words  “death” and “inheritance” come to mind whenever I think of the words “money” and “selfishness”.
7. What piece of furniture in your home most needs replacing or refinishing?
That would have to be the chest of drawers in Ed’s room.  It’s very old because it used to belong to my parents.  The drawers tend to stick, the finish is bad, and a couple of the handles have recently broken!  Of course, it could also be the “cedar wardrobe” in Ed’s room that once belonged to my paternal grandmother.  (Ed wanted it after my parents died.)  The wardrobe has a bad finish as well, and one of the doors won’t stay closed, but Ed likes it anyway.  Have I ever mentioned that Ed loves “old things”?
Random:
I decided to set some of my favorite family beach photos (from trips we’ve taken over the past 4 years) to what I consider the “perfect beach song”–“Knee Deep In Paradise”.  Such fun times!  Watching this video sure makes me want to go to the beach again–sometime soon!  How about you?  Have you been knee deep in paradise lately?
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So How Was Your Weekend?

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Our weekend here began with a light shower of rain on Friday evening.  Saturday began as an overcast day, but by lunch the sun had come out, and the rest of the weekend was perfect!

I don’t know when we’ve had a more relaxing weekend.  We didn’t go anywhere, unless you count a quick trip to Wal-mart on Saturday.  We bought lots of good food, then spent the rest of the weekend eating and relaxing!

we spent time cooking...

I boiled the first pot of peanuts of the season, and Brandy bought a watermelon.  We had barbecued ribs, grilled chicken, pork chops, baked beans, potato salad, hamburgers, hotdogs….strawberry shortcake, brownie pie, smores….just to name a few things.

My son-in-law and my husband had their grills going on both Saturday and Monday evenings.  The weather cooperated with us by providing enough breeze to keep the south Georgia gnats at bay most of the time.  We also had a couple of fans blowing under Brandy’s car port.  We were able to eat both meals outside, and actually enjoy it!

we spent time eating...

We took the time to build a fire in the fire pit three nights in a row–and sit around it!  Is there anything more relaxing than sitting around an evening fire?  Fortunately, there wasn’t a mosquito in sight!  All three nights were perfect for being outside, but by Monday evening, I was exhausted and came in a little early.  I missed the making of the smores…Sometimes, relaxing and having fun can be exhausting!

Here I sit today, still tired.  Not so much from the weekend, but from a lack of  anti-inflamatory (arthritis) medication.  I’ve had to temporarily stop taking my Nsaids due to the issue of stomach irritation.  (Nsaids work wonderfully for arthritis, but the are rough on the stomach.)  As a result of being without Nsaids, I’m beginning to feel tired, stiff, and I move a lot like a ninety year old woman!  Last night I resorted to rubbing my feet down in “Bio Freeze”!  This is not a good way to begin the summer!

I managed to rally enough this morning to keep the grandkids for a couple of hours this morning so their moms could help Jennifer make some favors for the wedding.  The girls made birdseed bags while the kids and I played with trains, dolls, tractors, and tools.  The grandkids didn’t seem to mind that MiMi moved a little slow…and life goes on.

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It Was The Best Of Times…

It’s always nice to get the entire family together, but getting the entire family together for an afternoon of fun and sun beside the ocean is about as good as it gets.  That’s exactly what we did on Saturday of the long Memorial Day weekend.

We are so fortunate to live fairly close to the ocean.  We can travel in two different directions and be at the beach in about ninety minutes.  We are located equally close to Tybee Island, St. Simon’s Island, and Jekyll Island.  On Saturday we chose to visit St. Simon’s Island.

beautiful St. Simon's Island

 On St. Simon’s Island, in the middle of the village, is a wonderful picnic area beside the ocean.  It’s located under two very large, and very old,  live oak trees.  The area under the trees is paved with patio stones so the area is neat and clean. There are about 20 picnic tables, and several grills located among the picnic tables.  Public restrooms are located nearby.

picnic by the beautiful ocean

Located to the right of the picnic area is a wonderful children’s playground, a public swimming pool, a water park, and the St. Simon’s lighthouse.  Located on the left side of the picnic area is a public fishing pier, and the village area with numerous shops and eating places.  In addition to all of the regular activities, there was  also an antiques/arts and crafts show going on.  In other words, there was plenty to do on the island!

We met up at the picnic area, grilled some hotdogs, and ate lunch.  After lunch we strolled down to the beach area.  In this particular part of the beach there is no sand at high tide.  Luckily, the tide was going out and we were able to walk down to the water.  Some of the family tried out the water, but said it was still cold.

the braver ones got in the ocean

After a while, we walked over to check out the antique show, and the arts and crafts.  I’m not very interested in antiques, but I did see some very old coca cola bottles–for thirty dollars each!  No, I did not buy one…too rich for my pocketbook!  My daughter, Brandy, bought a cute hand-made baby doll, and daughter-in-law Christina bought a cigar plant for her yard.

Brandy and her family were actually spending the weekend at a friend’s condo about thirty minutes from the beach, so eventually all of us left the beach and followed them back to the condo where some of the younger folks swam in the pool.  Some of us ended the day by visiting the Outlet Mall on the way back home.

Two moments of the entire day especially stand out in my mind…the first was when Brad’s girlfriend, “Jenn”, revealed to us that she has a tatoo.  Apparently, she had been dreading that moment since she’d heard me make a negative remark about tattoos…  When she took her shirt off, I didn’t mean to, but I exclaimed “Oh, it’s huge!” (I’m notorious for saying what is on my mind)  My daughter-in-law, “Nina”,  who also has a tatoo, immediately put her fist in the air, pulled her arm down, then exclaimed “Yes!”  I don’t know for sure, but I think “Nina” is happy to not be the only one with a tatoo anymore…

The other funny moment was when a tiny little crab crawled through the hole in the side of my croc.  I was busy watching the grandchildren playing on the   beach.  Suddenly I looked down just in time to see that little crab slide through the hole in the side of my shoe!  I screamed and immediately began to get my foot out of that shoe!  I’m sure I drew a lot of attention to myself… 

It was a fun and relaxing day.  I feel blessed that we live close to such a wonderful place to visit, and I feel blessed that everyone was willing to make the trip and spend the day together.  It was the most fun and memorable Memorial Day weekend I’ve ever had.

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