A Moving Hodgepodge…

After a week’s hiatus, for our hostess, Joyce, to do some traveling and get moved, The Hodgepodge is back.  Today’s theme is all about moving.  As you will soon see, moving is not a subject that is near and dear to my heart!  Without further delay, let’s get right to today’s questions:

1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?

The last time Ed and I moved was in November of 2007, when we moved [next door] into our current house.  You may (or may not) recall that we renovated (and added onto) a game house Ed had previously built, then we moved into it, leaving our old home vacant. We did all of the moving ourselves, along with some help from our family.  Have I mentioned how much I hate moving?

Prior to the move, in 2007, we had lived in the same place [next door] for thirty years! Our old home place needed extensive repairs, so we eventually planned to tear it down sometime after we moved.  Our daughter couldn’t stand the thought of us tearing down the home she grew up in, and asked if she and her husband could move into the house, and renovate it.  We agreed, and she and her husband had all of the needed repairs done, over the course of a couple of years.  It’s been their home since 2008, and I’m so glad we didn’t end up tearing it down.  Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to visit “home” again.

I’d like to say I’ll never move again, but I don’t know what lies in the future.  If I had my wish, I’d live in this house until my death, but we don’t always get our wish, do we?

The best part about moving to a new place (house or town) is the change of scenery, and getting a fresh start.  This is also the worst part, for me, since I don’t especially like change.  Then, of course, there’s the unpacking and figuring out where to put everything…

2. When were you last ‘moved to tears’? Explain.

I finally got around to watching the movie, Dolphin Tale, a few weeks ago.  Any story about a creature in trouble gets to me every time.

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car…any forbidden foods? What’s the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

When our children were small, we never ate in our cars.  As they grew older, we occasionally ate in our cars, but the seats were always covered with towels. These days, our kids are grown, and our vehicles are older, so we’re not as strict with the eating rules as we used to be. All of that will probably change when we purchase a new car.

The last thing consumed in my car was probably a Wendy’s frosty.  Our “go-to” snack, when traveling, used to be red hots.  We don’t travel far enough to worry about snacks, these days.

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.

Eddie Rabbit’s “oldie but goodie”, Drivin’ My Life Away, comes to mind, and I’d like to dedicate it to all of the commuters in our family.  Three members of our family actually drive 60-100 miles, round trip, to work, each day, while the fourth member of our family actually drives a truck for a living, and racks up way more miles than I can count.


5. What’s your most frequently visited drive-thru…Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

Our most frequently visited drive-thru is either our bank or Wendy’s (to buy a Frosty).

6. “He who hesitates is lost”…would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the ‘lost’ category?

I don’t agree in all circumstances, but in many circumstances I do.  Ed and I don’t like to “act quickly” concerning things, but prefer to “think things over.”  Many times this works in our favor, but sometimes it doesn’t.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

We sort of got lost in Brunswick, several weeks ago.  Ed’s always taking alternative routes, and looking for short cuts.  We didn’t get too far into our “alternative route” when we realized we’d tried this “short cut” before, and it didn’t work out for us.  We found a place to turn around, and, fortunately, didn’t go too many miles out of the way.


I have plans for the day, so it will be late when I make my rounds to visit everyone. Thanks for understanding. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with another photo of the view from my favorite spot.


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A ‘Taxing’ Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Happy Tax Day!  Ha!  Gotta’ love it–not!  What I do love, though, is participating in The Wednesday Hodgepodge, so let’s jump right in, shall we?  As always, thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for the, sometimes ‘taxing’ questions. Ha!

1. Speaking of April 15th…what’s the most ‘taxing’ thing you’ve done recently?

You could say, just getting through the last seven days of life has been ‘taxing’.  Dealing with government agencies, termites, mold under the house, and a pinched nerve in my back tends to create stressful living conditions.

2. When did you last take a taxi somewhere and where was that somewhere?

Believe it or not, I’ve never ridden in a taxi!

3. What’s something you can do today that you couldn’t do a year ago?

I can now spend 24 hours a day/7 days a week with my husband, Ed.  I couldn’t do this a year ago, when he was working.  Retirement has been an adjustment, but we’re glad to have the extra time together.

4. How often is chicken (in some form or fashion) on your menu at home? Which of the following would you most like to see on your table tonight…a chicken salad sandwich, your mom’s fried chicken, a Chick-fil-A meal, Cracker Barrel’s chicken n’ dumplings, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, or ‘hold the chicken, I’m a vegetarian‘…?

Chicken is on the menu about once or twice a week, at our house.  Eggs are on the menu pretty much daily since they’re so plentiful here.

This isn’t one of the choices listed, but I’d most like to see a plate of my late father-in-law’s fried chicken on my table.  He made the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten, and oh, how I do miss it!

5. What was your favorite television program when you were a kid? What characters do you remember the most?

My [earliest] favorite show, as a child, was Captain Kangaroo.  I used to watch it every morning.  I most remember the Captain, Mr. Green Jeans, and Bunny Rabbit.  Bunny Rabbit was a rabbit puppet, who wore glasses, and was always grabbing carrots with his ‘paws’.  I remember Grandfather Clock, too, but he looked a little bit creepy when his eyes moved back and forth!


The cast of characters from Captain Kangaroo, lt. to rt. : Dancing Bear, Bunny Rabbit, The Captain, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose, and Mr. Green Jeans.

6. What was the last piece of ‘art’ you made?

I made some ornaments for Valentine’s Day and Easter, to hang on my ‘year round’ tree.

7. What frustrates you most about the Internet?

I used to get really frustrated when we had ‘Wild Blue’ satellite internet.  Every time it rained, we’d lose our internet service, which was pretty often.  A few years back, we finally got DSL in our neck of the woods!  Yay!  Not much frustrates me about the Internet, these days, unless it’s those folks who post every little thing they do on Facebook, or those who leave really nasty comments about someone.


If you read Monday’s post, then you  know Ed and I are dealing with several issues, at this time.  Nothing has been resolved, concerning our house issues, and my back and leg are continuing to give me trouble.  I’m pretty much stuck in a chair or on the couch all day.  Yes, you could say we’re experiencing some very ‘taxing days’… In addition to trying to take care of business matters (regarding Medicare, health insurance, termites, and mold), poor Ed is pulling ‘double duty’ now that I’m out of commission. He’s seeing about the house, the chickens, the garden, and anything else that arises. Taxing days, indeed.

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What A Week That Turned Out To Be!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA from the blogging world, again, but after I finish explaining the week we’ve just experienced, I’m sure you’ll understand.  Blogging has been about the last thing on my mind, lately.

Last week began with a doctor’s appointment for me, and one for Ed, as well–together.  As in, we shared an exam room together.  This was our second experience of sharing an exam room and the doctor at the same time.  I’m not really sure I like it, but I went along with it since it was Ed’s idea.  Whenever we share the doctor and exam room, it seems like we should get a discount or something, don’t you think?

Anyway, Ed and I both had fairly good checkups, but when we went to pay our bills, we discovered Medicare had neglected to send Ed a new card showing that he has part A and B on it.  Oops!  Ed wasn’t able to use the card he had.  Next, when Ed decided to try getting his prescriptions filled through mail order, there was a glitch with that, too.

Tuesday, after making several phone calls trying to get Ed’s Medicare and mail order pharmacy business in order, we decided to plant the rest of our garden.  It took us most of the day, but we got everything planted–by hand, with the exception of Ed’s row of peanuts.  And we said we were going to plant less this year…but that didn’t happen, of course.

Let me stop here and mention the fact that I’ve been experiencing some back stiffness, off and on, for several weeks, especially after sitting for a while.  Stooping over to plant all those garden seeds hasn’t helped the stiffness any. Then, I stepped into a shallow hole in the yard, on Tuesday afternoon, which jarred me just a bit, but I didn’t think much about it at the time.  Perhaps I should have.

On Wednesday, I woke up to a weird sensation in my left leg.  My leg felt tingly, like it was asleep, and it continued feeling that way the entire day.  Ed and I needed to do some work in the flowerbed, next to the house, so I ignored the feeling and went about my business.  A girl’s gotta’ do what she’s gotta’ do–or so  I thought.

Do you know how one job sometimes leads to another job?  Well, that’s what happened to us, on Wednesday?  When we started getting ready to plant some new plants, we decided we needed to put a  new coat of paint on the lattice underpinning surrounding the bottom of our house.  We spent most of Wednesday and Thursday painting and repairing that lattice!

By Thursday morning, my leg was feeling worse.  The numbness I’d been feeling had been replaced by what felt like occasional muscle spasms.  By then, I was pretty sure I was experiencing the symptoms of a ‘pinched nerve’, since I’ve had one in my neck before.  Oh, but that wasn’t the worst part of the day!  While removing and painting the lattice underpinning, that day, we discovered evidence of termites!  Not actual termites, just where they’d been dining on some of the lattice.  Then, later,  when Ed removed the dirt from a barrel planter, sitting beside our house, he discovered termites had eaten the bottom completely out of the barrel–and were still dining on the sides of it! There was nothing left to do but call an exterminator!

On Friday, I decided I’d rest my back (and leg) and see if it made any difference.  I spent most of the day on the couch, but I couldn’t tell that it made much difference.  As long as I sat still my leg felt fine, but whenever I walked any distance (like across the room) my leg began to have spasms that hurt like hell.  (Pardon my language.)

While I was resting, Ed called the exterminator, who came to check out our house for termites on Friday afternoon. Upon his initial inspection, the exterminator told us we had an even larger problem than termites! (he didn’t actually see any visible termites under the house)  He informed us we have mold growing under our house, which if left untreated, will soften the wood and eventually cause the floor of our house to go bad!  (Say it ain’t so!  That’s exactly what happened to the floor in our old house!)  Then the exterminator explained to Ed that his company is in the business of treating and preventing mold, in addition to treating for termites.  He explained the three-day process, then gave Ed an estimate for the cost of the services of treating for mold and for termites.  Ouch!  Let’s just say, it’s going to take two full months of Ed’s former pay to fund this project!  Ed told the exterminator we’d take the weekend and decide what we’re going to do, but as we see it, we really don’t have a choice.  We know how the story ends if we do nothing.

For now, I’m still laid up with this ‘pinched nerve’ thing which doesn’t really seem to be getting better.  I’m going to give it a few more days [of rest] before I give in and go to the doctor, because I already know, from experience, what seeing a doctor will entail, and I really don’t want to go there! I’m going to increase my dosage of Nsaids, continue resting for a few more days, and hope and pray for the best.

One funny thing has come out of this ‘pinched nerve’ situation, though.  Ed went to his mom’s house and got her four-legged cane for me.  He said if I’d use the cane whenever I walk, it will take the pressure off of my bad leg, therefore, helping with the pain.  Well, I must be the most uncoordinated person in the world because we’ve gotten more than a few good laughs over me trying to learn to walk with that cane! When I am able to use it correctly, Ed’s right, it helps.  The problem is using it correctly.  For me, it’s like patting my head and rubbing my stomach at the same time 🙂  I just don’t seem to be able to do it! Ha!

Have a great Monday!  As for me, I’ll be resting my back and trying to get the hang of this stupid cane–until Ed returns to his mom’s house and brings back her walker…








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Memory Monday ~ My First Home…

Retired Not Tired Memory Monday

Today, I’m doing something a little different and joining a new meme, entitled Memory Monday, started by blog friend, Judy, from Retired Not Tired.  Each week Judy will furnish a new prompt, then we’ll write our memoirs from her prompt.  You can join in or read other posts by clicking on Judy’s button at the top of this post!

 Today’s prompt is My First Home.


The residence I consider to be “my first home” was the 12′ x 52′ mobile home that Ed and I purchased, shortly before our marriage in 1972.  (We were about to get married and move away from our hometown, and into the big city!)  I remember the total purchase price of  that mobile home, like it was yesterday.  Ed and I paid $4468.09 for our first home!

You may be wondering what prompted us to purchase a mobile home.  The main answer to that question is– the high cost of rent in the city!  We looked at several affordable (for us) rental locations, and most of them were quite awful!  We finally decided we’d be investing our money more wisely by purchasing a mobile home, plus everything would be clean and new.  Neither of us have ever regretted making that decision.

Our little mobile home was small, but big enough for two, and it was decorated in a ‘Spanish Theme’, which happened to be popular back in the early 70’s.  Everything in our home was either red, black, or white. It had lots of windows, which we loved, and best of all, it belonged to us!

100_0195our home, while located in Plantation Estates

After purchasing our mobile home, we decided to rent a space in a mobile home park, located just down the road from the dealership where we’d bought the home.  The name of the park was ‘Plantation Estates’.  Sounds southern, doesn’t it?  Trust me, it was no ‘plantation’ or ‘estate’, but we enjoyed our time there, and called the park our home for almost six years.

After nearly six years of living in Plantation Estates, Ed and I decided to move our little mobile home to his family’s farm, located about sixty miles away.  We felt the need to get out of the city and return to our roots because we were about ready to start a family.  Neither of us had any desire to raise a child in the city.

We boxed up and secured our belongings inside of our home, then followed along as the huge truck towed our mobile home to the family farm.  The date of our move ‘back home’ was March 17, 1977.  We came home, where the air was fresh and we had no neighbors!

Old Photos 1976 and 7744our home, after it was moved to the family farm

Ed’s daddy had given us a beautiful piece of property to park our home on.  The only catch was we had to wait three long weeks to get electricity!  The power company had to special order a power-reducing transformer for our property, since we were the first customers to run electricity from the main lines.  We didn’t learn about this information, until after we’d set up our moving date, so we had to stay with Ed’s parents during the three week wait for our transformer.

Within a year of moving to the family farm, I’d become pregnant with our first child, and we’d built the first addition to our mobile home.  We more than doubled our living space with our first addition! (Ed built all the way down one side, and out sixteen feet.)

Five years later we’d had our second child, and we built a second addition, which added another large bedroom and carport, plus enclosed, and roofed over, the entire mobile home. By now, we’d gone from two bedrooms to four, added a huge living room, turned our previous living room into a dining room, added a laundry room/future bathroom, plus a carport!

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mobile home entirely enclosed

(Note: the small magnolia tree, to the right, is now a large shade tree in our new front yard)

I’m sure, by now, you’re wondering why didn’t they just build a house instead?  Well, there are a several reasons.  First of all, I was very attached to my first home, and didn’t want to give it up.  It was the first place I was ever able to call ‘mine’. Second, Ed had a dream of building his own house. The third, and best reason of all, was–by building additions instead of an entire new house, we were able to avoid a house payment!

Sadly, ten years later, in 1991, we had to remove the mobile home from the middle of our living area, by tearing it out piece by piece! (We learned that mobile homes are built better than you might think, too!)  The reason for this drastic measure was because our mobile home floors had suddenly become warped during an especially rainy season.  We decided if we had to tear out the floors, we might as well tear everything out and remodel.

It took Ed and a contractor about a week to totally remove all of the mobile home, and ‘dry in’ the new middle section of our home.  Ed continued to work on the inside, every evening after work, and on weekends, until it was finished. During this time, we would cook and take showers in our camper trailer, because we had no bathroom or kitchen in our house!  Our family had grown to include three children, by this time.

Fifteen more years passed, and, by then, all of the children had grown up and moved away.  In 2006,  we faced, once again, more ‘floor issues’. We’d discovered that our home was apparently built too close to the ground, without proper moisture barriers, so excessive moisture easily caused problems with our wood floors during excessive rainy seasons!

Ed and I had a decision to make.  We could either move out and tear out the entire floor of our house, or we could build on an addition to our recently-built game house, next door, and make that our new home.  We chose to add on to the game house, and make a new house! It was a six month long project, with Ed doing almost all of the work.  Through this project, Ed finally fulfilled his dream of building his own home, from the ground up, including plumbing and electrical!

We moved out of our first home, and into our second home on November 7, 2007.  After 35 years of living in our first home, it was quite a change for both of us, but it’s been a good one.

We had no plans for our original home place, but it didn’t go to waste.  Within three months after we moved out, our daughter decided that she and her family would move in.   She and her husband had the floor and roof replaced, as well as the inside and outside of the house painted.  They continue to live there today.  In fact, they’re our next-door neighbors!

my first home, as it looks today

I’ve been enjoying my second home for almost seven years, but I’m glad I can still go over and visit my first home whenever I like.  When we have family gatherings there, sometimes, it feels like ‘coming home’. I do miss the beautiful view out of those sliding glass doors, but other than that, I’m quite content:)


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Wednesday Hodgepodge…September 6

1. What is one piece of advice you would give a ‘just turning’ 21- year old adult? Enjoy your youth and freedom, these are some of the best times of your life,  but please think ahead and put some money aside for your future.  Pay yourself first!  Old age has a way of sneaking up on you, and it will be much more enjoyable if you’re well prepared.

2. Besides cooler weather (or warmer weather, depending on your hemisphere) what is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?  We are planning to have another Halloween Costume Party, and I’m looking forward to this.  Our last one, two years ago, was a lot of fun.  It’s a hoot to see what kinds of crazy costumes our family comes up with.

3. What sound lulls you to sleep?  The sounds of waves crashing on the beach is so relaxing to me, but since I don’t leave near the ocean, I usually rely on soft guitar music or a boring television show.  Soft rain falling on our tin roof works well, too.

4. September is National Preparedness Month…does your family have an emergency ‘kit’ and/or disaster plan in place?  Yes, we do have our emergency supplies ready.  I always keep gas in my car, in case of an emergency, and I have a “safe place” picked out in our house, in case of a tornado.

5. How has your blog changed since you started blogging? Or has it?  When I first began blogging, I blogged a lot more about the past.  I wanted have a record, for my children, of important events from throughout my life.  These days, I blog about present times nearly as much as I blog about the past–maybe even a little more.  My favorite posts are still about events of the past–what I refer to as “the good ole’ days”.

6. What’s something you’ve recently learned to do on the computer?  I’ve learned how to make video montages of my photographs and movies, and I’ve learned how to make photo books at shutterfly.com.  Both are fun and interesting ways to store and view photos.

7. Is a picture worth a thousand words?  Elaborate  Yes, I do believe that a picture is worth a thousand words.  I think great photograph–taken at the right place, at the right time– can capture and share the moment better than any amount of words.  I’m thinking of the images captured during disasters, primarily, but great wedding photographs, or candid shots, come to mind, as well.

Random:  Below is my latest video montage.  It’s a tribute to my husband, Ed, for all of the hard work he’s put into building our house.  He built most of our home, single-handed.  What started out as a game house, built using scraps from a lumbar yard, ended up being our “retirement home”,  in the end.  My video chronicles the house building, renovations, and some of the happy moments our family has shared since moving into our “retirement home.”  I lovingly refer to our home as “the house that love built”.

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