Wednesday Hodgepodge #320…

Hello again!  I hope this first Wednesday of September finds you doing well, and ready for another Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for this mid-week bit of fun!

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most?

When I think about the future I think about getting older, and how life is eventually going to change from the way Ed and I know it now.  In fact, at ages 65 and 68, the change is already well into motion.  I fear  us growing older, weaker, and one of us having to say goodbye to the other, eventually.  Most of all, I fear being the one left alone.  What depressing thoughts… Let’s change the subject, shall we?

Hope for the most?

I hope to have the longest, healthiest life possible, with Ed and the rest of the family by my side.  I hope to see our grandchildren grow into adults, and maybe even see them have children of their own.  I hope to always have joy in my heart, in spite of growing older and the changes it will bring.

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house?

Chicken is on the menu at least twice a week, but don’t tell any of “my girls”, they wouldn’t like that!

“Dixie Chick”

What’s a favorite dish made with chicken?

Fried chicken is my favorite dish made with chicken, but we try not to have that very often.  My next favorite dish is chicken casserole or barbequed chicken.

What’s something you’re a ‘chicken’ about doing or trying?

Flying in an airplane.

3. What are three things you don’t own but wish you did?

At the moment, the only thing that’s crossing my mind is a generator!  We swore we were going to buy one after hurricane Matthew, but we never did.  Now we’re watching hurricane Irma, and wondering where she is going to go (we live in southeastern GA).  I also wouldn’t mind having a condo at the beach–but not during hurricane season!  Other than that, I’m good.

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate. If you answered one, which one?

I’d rather be a jack of all trades, like my husband, Ed.  He can do a little of everything, which has come in very handy over the years!  He’s saved us a ton of money on repairs and building projects.  Me?  Not so much.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

I prefer ketchup over mustard.  I like ketchup on chicken tenders, hamburgers, fries, and steak, among other things.  I like mustard on hot dogs (along with ketchup), and that’s about it.

Random:

Ed, lighting the candles on my cake

I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday, last week, with cards, gifts, flowers, cake/ice cream, and cupcakes…right up until Friday night’s family celebration…when I tripped on a cord and fell head first into our bathtub!  It’s a long story, but I was walking through the bathroom, headed for the laundry room.  I had a dutch oven (pot) in one hand and a large plastic tub in the other.  My foot got caught up in a cord dangling on the floor and down I went!  My right cheek hit the side of the pot, which landed in the bathtub first.  The front of my face and glasses then hit the back end of the bathtub, while my right thigh hit the side of the tub as I fell.  Thankfully, nothing was broken, (not even my glasses, although they got bent as they pressed hard into my nose) but I’ve been very sore and bruised for the past few days.  The dutch oven (pot) went from being round  to being oval, after I did my face plant on it, but I feel very blessed not to have been hurt worse than I was.  I guess you could say…my 63rd year has started with a bang!

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Published in: on September 6, 2017 at 7:06 am  Comments (9)  
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Laboring Over The Hodgepodge…

The weeks are rolling right along, aren’t  they?  It’s Wednesday, again, which means it’s time for another Hodgepodge.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, who keeps the Hodgepodge rolling right along with us…  Speaking of time rolling by, today, I’m celebrating another birthday!

Here are today’s questions:

1. Can you believe we’re rolling in to the Labor Day weekend?  No, I can’t believe it!  I think this was the quickest summer ever.

What’s a project you’ll labor over this fall?  I’m not really sure…  We still need to do some painting on our porches, and the house needs scrubbing down, but Ed will probably take care of that. I’ll probably just be content with decorating the yard and house for fall.

2. Tell us about the best perks you ever had in a job?  Whenever I worked for the school system, I enjoyed having the summers off, plus lots of holidays throughout the school year.  We worked a 190 days per year, and our pay was pro-rated so we received a paycheck year-round.

3. August 31st is National South Carolina Day. Have you ever been to SC?  Yes, I’ve been there a few times–to Hilton Head Island, Isle of Palms, and to Charleston.

Any desire to go (back)?  Yes, I’d love to go back to South Carolina again.

According to Southern Living, these are the top ten things to do in South Carolina…

Explore Charleston, bike, golf or relax on Hilton Head Island, see the beach and the boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, visit the state museum in the capital city Columbia, observe the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ace Basin, take a walk or hop on a trolley and check out Greenville’s charming main street, visit Fort Sumter where the Civil War began, stroll through Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden in Bishopville leaving time to check out The Button Museum, also in Bishopville, see Morgan Island (also known as Monkey Island)-home to nearly 4000 Rhesus monkeys.

Which is most appealing to you today? I’d love to visit Myrtle Beach, and I wouldn’t mind visiting Charleston again, either.

If you’re a SC native, resident, or frequent visitor what would you add to the list?  I don’t know.

4. Beef, pork, country-style, barbecued, baby back, spare or short…your favorite kind of rib? What’s a dish you enjoy that really ‘sticks to your ribs’?  My favorite is barbecued pork spareribs.  A simple baked potato really ‘sticks to my ribs’, and we often have them with our barbecued ribs.

5. What’s one important skill you think every person should have? Why?  I think everyone needs to know how to drive a car and have a driver’s license.  I say this because I was a 3rd generation ‘non-driver’ for the first 26 years of my life.  My maternal grandmother and my mother had to depend on someone to give them a ride, everywhere they went, their entire lives.  I, too, depended on someone else for twenty-six years.  I can’t begin to tell you how WONDERFUL it felt when I was finally able to jump in a car and drive wherever I wanted or needed to go!!!  Yes, I know you’re probably scratching your heads and wondering what the heck?  Chalk it up to a manual transmission (in the floor, no less!), and my lack of confidence.  However, better late than never!!! On the day I FINALLY got my license, I remarked, “I’m ten years late, but I’ve finally got a driver’s license!” (By then we had a car with an automatic transmission, too!)

Random #1:

Thank you to all who prayed for me, last week, concerning my eye.  When I saw the doctor, he decided not to bother the chalazion, at this time.  He told me to continue using the eye drops I’d been prescribed, to continue using warm, moist compresses, and to also massage my eyelid three times a day.  I’ll go back in two more weeks for a recheck.  Please continue to remember me in your prayers.  The chalazion is smaller, but it’s still there.

Random#2:

Since it’s my birthday, I can’t resist sharing another look at the first 58 years of my life.  This video is a bit outdated–by about 5 years.  I’ll let you do the math 🙂 (more…)

Published in: on August 30, 2017 at 7:12 am  Comments (7)  
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Gone, But, Hopefully Not Forgotten, Hodgepodge…

The Hodgepodge and I have been absent from blog land for a couple of weeks, but we’re back today!  I needed a blogging break, and I think our hostess, Joyce, may have needed one, too.  It feels good to be back, and, as always, I thank Joyce for all that she does for us.

1. What’s changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?

Since I just celebrated a birthday on August 30, not a lot has changed since then.  I’ve begun to decorate the house and yard for fall, but I’m not finished, yet.  Below is a picture of what we’ve done outside, so far.  The bird house was a birthday gift.  I decided to decorate it, and make it part of my fall decor.

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Speaking of  my birthday, before I move on, I have to share a picture of the cake Ed got for my birthday:

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It says, “Happy Birthday Hunny Bunny”.  I loved it!

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what’s a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer?

I do, occasionally, listen to classical music because I find it relaxing.  I don’t know if I have a favorite piece, but I love all of the music from The Nutcracker, and sometimes I fall asleep listening to it.

3. Besides The Bible, what’s a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so?

I don’t know of a book, other than the Bible, that has really changed my life, relationships, career, etc.  (I prefer reading fiction or autobiographies over self-help.) Some years ago, I did actually buy one self-help book by Dr. Phil McGraw.  When our oldest son saw the book on the table, he told me the only “self-help” book anybody needs is the Bible.  I’ve never forgotten that.

4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you smarter…play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively

Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?

I’ve tried to learn a musical instrument, once, (keyboard), and , unfortunately, I wasn’t very good at it. These days, my ability to exercise is limited due to back issues.  I don’t care much for cooking or traveling anymore, either.

I read magazines and books. I enjoy writing my feelings down, so I blog and occasionally keep a journal for more private thoughts.  I’ll give my brain a ‘workout’ with jigsaw or word puzzles, every now and then, but I probably need to do more of that.

5. What sports traditions does your family have?

Ed and I are not really ‘into’ sports, so we don’t really have any sports traditions. We’ll usually watch the Georgia/Florida football game, or perhaps another Georgia game or two, but that’s about it.

6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.

I find the ‘protesters’  behavior disgraceful, disgusting, and shameful.  Enough said.

7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?

I have a lot more patience than I used to have, as far as waiting for an event to happen or a package to come in the mail.  The days seem to pass so quickly, now. I tend to lose patience on extremely long waits at the doctor’s office.  Two hours is too long to wait.  I quickly get aggravated with loud, obnoxious people, too.

Random:

I have been absent from blogging for two weeks.  When I found time to blog, I lacked the energy, and when I had energy I was busy doing other things. Here’s a quick recap:

I celebrated another birthday, and things really don’t feel any different, except for the anticipation of receiving another retirement check.  I’ll have to wait until next month for that, but remember,  I’m a patient person.

Ed and I were able to make two trips to St. Simon’s Island during the past two weeks.  I’m looking forward to making [at least] one more trip before we end our 2016 beach season.  The crowds are all gone, and the weather is wonderful.

Ed and I attended a little end of the summer ‘social’ a couple of weeks ago.  Some of the folks we used to attend church with got together,  made some ice cream, cooked some boiled peanuts, and invited all of the “displaced” church folks over.  We had a great time!  We’ve gotten to know  the former pastor and his wife better, lately.  We visited with them at their home, recently, and they were at the ‘social’ as well.

Ed and I spent a day visiting with some long-time friends (as in, since our high school days) who live in another town.  For lunch, they treated us to some of the best “low country boil” I’ve ever eaten.  We had a great day visiting with them, and even ended up buying their recliner chair before we left.  I’m pleased to say, the recliner fit perfectly in the back of our van, and we didn’t even have to fold down the middle row of seats. (now that’s a roomy vehicle!)  Ed and I now have matching ‘his-n-hers’ recliners.

“Grandparent’s Day” came and went, last weekend, and Ed and I were honored with visits and gifts from each of our four grandchildren.  (I didn’t even realize it was “Grandparent’s Day”)  The living room shelves are now lined with new fall portraits of each of the “grands”, in addition to several other nice gifts they gave us.  We treasure the gifts, but we loved the visits most of all.  It was a good weekend.

Ed and I attended a different church this past Sunday.  It’s a church that is currently without a pastor, but they do have a new pastor coming, next month.  It turns out, our former pastor had been scheduled to “fill in” at this church, a couple of months ago, while he was still pastoring the old church, and it was his Sunday to preach.  Several other displaced church folks, and us, attended both services.  It was good to worship with our new friends, again, and to see some old friends who are members of the church we were visiting.

I’ll be late making the blog rounds today.  I have a dermatologist appointment this morning, but I’ll do my visiting when I return.  Sadly, I’m not able to see ‘the linky’ again today 😦

 

 

 

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Reflecting On Sixty-One Years Of Life…

Tomorrow will be my birthday, and I will turn sixty-two.  As I sit here in my glider/recliner chair, I’m feeling many things, but none of them are the kinds of things I want to share.  Instead, I think I’ll take a little stroll down memory lane.

I remember…being a young girl, of fourteen, and meeting the love of my life on a blind date, only, at the time, I didn’t realize he was the love of my life.

I remember…saying “goodbye” to the love of my life, at a bus station, just three short months later, as he left for army basic training.  By then, I knew he was the love of my life.

I remember…many lonely days and nights…marking days off of a calendar…waiting for a letter to arrive in the mail, or a special weekend phone call, all while attending my last two years of high school.  This was my life, for nearly three years, while Ed was in the army.

I remember…an unexpected call saying Ed was at the airport…home from Okinawa, discharged from the army.

I remember…us planning a wedding in just three weeks…getting married, and moving away from everyone we knew.

I remember…a honeymoon phase that lasted almost six years..getting to know each other…riding our motorcycle…having fun with our boat..working together at the hospital.

I remember…being pregnant for the first time…morning, noon, and night sickness for a while…building onto our home during the pregnancy.

I remember…lots of 2 a.m. feedings, and six months of colic…being very insecure as a parent.

I remember…changing cloth diapers and making baby food from scratch.  There’s nothing like having someone accidentally flush a [soaking] cloth diaper down the toilet…money was tight.

I remember…two more babies arriving within the next seven years…breast feeding…getting Pampers at a reduced price through the hospital where Ed worked…free baby formula, too.

I remember…our children growing up…leaving them at school for the first time…that nervous feeling when each one of our children drove the car to high school for the first time…sleeping lightly, waiting for the sound of each teenager to arrive home from a Saturday night date.

I remember…the apprehension I felt as each child graduated from high school, trying to find their path in life…the agony felt when each stumbled and fell along the way…the relief I felt when each one eventually found their way.

I remember…the heartache felt for each one of my children when they experienced a failed relationship, but also the joy felt when each finally found their true love…the madness of wedding planning, which I never liked.

I remember…“the empty nest syndrome”, learning how to connect with my husband again, after so many years of raising children…loving not having to be responsible for anyone else, after all of those years.

I remember…dealing with each of our aging parents and their needs, as time quickly passed and they grew old.  Watching them grow older, knowing they were slowly slipping out of our lives…saying “goodbye” to them as  each passed away…dealing with the aftermath of losing a parent, while helping the remaining parent deal with their own grief.

I remember…dealing with unexpected health issues…a hysterectomy for me, a thyroid problem for Ed…two more surgeries for me, along with rheumatoid arthritis…then a heart attack for Ed…both having to pack pill organizers each week–just like our parents.

I remember…being present for the births of each of our grandchildren…Marveling at each new, tiny little miracle…being a little sad at how quickly I know they’ll grow up.

I remember…giving unsolicited advice, to our grown children, too many times, then, finally, realizing they have to learn by making their own mistakes, just like we did…and learn they will.

I remember…watching our parents navigate this thing called “retirement” while living on a “fixed income”, knowing how quickly the years will pass.

Now it’s our turn to navigate this thing called retirement, and live on a fixed income.  It’s not always “sunshine and roses”, but it’s a very welcome change from running in “the rat race”.  I just wish time would slow down so I could savor these retirement moments a little longer!

Tomorrow, I’ll celebrate my 62nd birthday with gladness! I’ll walk ‘sideways’ with my ‘bad back’.  I’ll get a stronger prescription for my failing eyesight.  I’ll even wear these wrinkles, surgery scars, and graying hair with pride!  After all, they’re my “battle scars of life”…and, believe me,  I’ve earned every one of them!

Life, bring it on– let’s take another trip around the sun!

 

 

 

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