‘May I’ Share My Hodgepodge?

Whew!  I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in the Hodgepodge this week, but somehow I managed to work it in! Yesterday, I was off relaxing at Tybee Island with a friend instead of preparing my post, as usual.  Imagine that!  Beach time trumps blog time any day, but I managed to fit both in.

Today I’m off to the hair dresser for color and a cut, but I promise to make the rounds and visit all of you, as soon as I return!  As always, thanks to Joyce for hosting the Hodgepodge 🙂

Here are today’s questions and my answers:

1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.

I appreciate that my mother worked hard to help earn extra income for our family.  When I was ten she took a job working in a sewing factory, which is very hard work.  She used some of the money she earned to help buy school clothes and other things for me, that I probably wouldn’t have had, otherwise.

2. A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When did this last play out in your own experience?

This quote could very well have applied to Ed and me when we were [literally] building our house, seven years ago.  We designed and built the home ourselves, so we had to invent solutions for difficult situations often!  Needless to say, we have several ‘unique’ things in our home–but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.

One of my earliest memories from childhood is the time I stuck a bobby pin in an electrical outlet under the car port!  What a ‘shocking’ experience that was!  Another early (but still vivid) childhood memory is the time my brother’s gun accidentally went off inside the car while we were all riding home from a hunting trip!  It caused  a hole in the car door, nearly scared us all to death, and caused my mother to cuss like a sailor!  Fortunately, nobody was hurt–but our ears rang for a while.

4. When did you last ‘hit the mother lode’? What was it?

The only thing that comes to mind is green beans!  For the past two years, Ed and I ‘hit the mother lode’ of green beans in the garden!  We canned SEVERAL QUARTS ( 30 or more) of beans for ourselves, plus shared with our children, as well.

5. What is/was your favorite dish mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you’re all grown up?

My favorite dish that my mama used to make was egg custard pie.  I know how to make it, but I don’t make it very often, since I’m the only one in my family who likes it.   My egg custard pie doesn’t taste quite as good as mama’s did, but it sure brings back fond memories.

6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children’s game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play-no gear needed?

I enjoyed playing Simon Says–still do!

7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite, and why?

The first TV mom that comes to my mind is Ruth Martin (played by actress June Lockhart) who was Timmy’s mother on the show ‘Lassie’.  She impressed me because she was so loving and compassionate.


So, does anybody else out there watch the television show ‘Nashville’?  The show is just about to wrap up its second season.  I enjoy the story lines, but what really keeps me watching are the actors, musicians, and the music!  The show just released its fourth soundtrack yesterday!  Over seventy-five songs are available for purchase on iTunes, and I’ve purchased the majority of them.  There’s really not  a bad one in the bunch.

Two of my favorite actor/musicians on the show are Lennon and Maisy Stella, real life sisters, who play sisters on the show.  I just love to hear them harmonize!  So much talent at such a young age!  Here’s a peak at one of their performances at last year’s CMA Music Fest:


Published in: on May 7, 2014 at 7:14 am  Comments (8)  
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Monday After Mother’s Day…

Acting Balanced

The weekend is history, and it’s time to start the week anew.  It was a busy time in our neck of the woods, this past weekend.  In addition to celebrating Mother’s Day, we hosted a cookout, attended the Sweet Onion Parade, and did some shopping!  I’m tired, but not too tired to join the “Monday Quiz”!  Here are today’s questions:

1. What did you do for Mother’s Day?

I volunteered to cook lunch!  It’s been a while since I cooked on Mother’s Day, but I decided to cook this year.  Two of my children and their families joined us for lunch, along with Ed’s mom.  Our youngest son and his wife spent the day with her family, but came by later in the afternoon.

Everyone coordinated their efforts and came up with one of the best Mother’s Day gifts I’ve ever received!  They did a photo session together and presented me with some beautiful framed family photos and a wonderful photo book filled with pictures from the session. The story behind these gifts was almost as priceless as the gifts themselves!  Apparently, it was quite an ordeal for all to get together to have the pictures taken, then another ordeal to actually get the pictures and book made.   I’ll treasure these gifts always!    I also received some flowers, a gift basket, and a new bird bath, all of which I loved, too.  I had a blessed Mother’s Day.

2. What was the best advice your mother (or a mother figure) gave you?

Pick your battles.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Let the little things go…
3. Are you gardening this year? What have you/will you plant

Boy are we ever gardening this year! We are growing lettuce, cabbage, carrots, radishes, several kinds of peas and beans, tomatoes, corn, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, and peanuts.  We’re eating radishes, cabbage, lettuce, and squash, so far.
4. What is the first song that comes to mind today?

I love the music from the television show “Nashville”!  Each week the show introduces a different song during the story line.  I love all of the music, and have purchased most of it from iTunes. “Nashville” has several talented actor/singers, on the show, including a couple of very young ones.  If you haven’t seen Nashville, you’re missing a great show!  Check out this clip of these young sisters singing “Ho Hey”.  This song has been stuck in my head lately.

Published in: on May 13, 2013 at 8:12 am  Comments (7)  
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