A Mid-August Hodgepodge…

It’s hard to believe that August is already half over, and in only twelve more days we’ll be welcoming September!  Time’s flying, and it’s time for another edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge, brought to us by our hostess, Joyce.  Thanks, Joyce, for all you do!

1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question submitted by Marla, who blogs over at Marla’s Musings. Thanks Marla!

She asks-At what age did you feel like a ‘grown-up’? What keeps you young now?

Believe it or not, I felt like a ‘grown-up’, at the ripe old age of 17, when Ed and I got married and moved away to the big city.  Looking back, I realize how young and naive I really was!

As for what keeps me young?  Nothing.  I’ve always felt much older than I really am.  It’s why I ended up marrying someone who is 5 years older than me.  I’ll never be 20 again, so I choose to embrace being 60. Ha!  Senior citizen’s discount, anyone?

2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being ‘pass the Excedrin’) how would you rate the experience?

Trading vehicles…Sigh. It’s a subject that enters my mind from time to time.  We could buy a new vehicle any time, but we are somewhat attached to each of our “nearly antique” vehicles.

Our oldest vehicle is a 1991 Ford pick up truck that belonged to Ed’s dad.  Next in line is the  1997 “Lincoln Town Car”, which belonged to Ed’s mom.  We purchased both of these vehicles from Ed’s mom’s estate, back in 2013/2014 because both were very good vehicles, with low mileage–and we weren’t ready to let them go, just yet.  We still aren’t.

Last, but not least, we have my 2001 PT Cruiser, lovingly referred to as “Classy”.  We purchased her in March of 2001.  Old “Classy” has some age on her, but not a lot of miles, for her age.  I loved this car from the moment I saw it, and still do. “Classy” is small, but due to the way she’s built, we can (and frequently do) haul a lot of cargo in her. If I could, I’d keep her forever. We’ll need to give up at least one of our “antique cars” when purchasing a new car, and neither of us is ready to do that, yet.

It’s been our experience, that vehicle purchasing gives both of us a headache!  I’d rate our purchasing experience, of “Classy”, at about a 7.  That’s because PT Cruisers were in short supply, at the time, so we probably paid a little too much for her.

3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?

Corn bread is one of Ed’s favorite foods, so I make it often.  However, I like cornflakes and corn on the cob just as much as corn bread.  I like corn bread best when it’s served with home made vegetable soup or some type of greens. (Yep, I’m a country girl!)

4. What’s something in your life that regularly requires you to ‘put your thinking cap on’?

These days, almost everything requires me to “put my thinking cap on”.  My mind isn’t as sharp as it once was.  Often, I’ll start one thing, then get side tracked and forget what I was doing.  Just the other night, Ed and I discovered we’d both forgotten the combination to our safe!  Fortunately, I got it right on my second guess.  Then there’s that little problem of trying to remember other people’s names…

5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.

I love, love, love the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus!  I’ve seen it several times, but I still tear  up during the part where Mr. Holland’s former music students perform, as a retirement tribute, for him.

6. Reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic’ are commonly referred to as the three R’s. What are the three R’s in your life right now?

Reading, writing, and retirement!

7. What’s something you’ve learned or tried recently you can say was as ‘easy as ABC’?

Recently, I tried making home-made Krystal Burgers for the first time, and it was as easy as ABC!  They were easy, delicious, and tasted just like Krystal Burgers, too!   Here’s the recipe, if anyone is interested:

Famous Krystal Burgers Copycat Recipe

Ingredients:
1 pound ground hamburger meat
1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup cheddar cheese – shredded
yellow mustard
dill pickle chips
dinner rolls

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Into a deep sided pan brown your hamburger meat. Remove from heat. Drain excess fat.

2. To pan add: onion soup mix, mayonnaise and cheese. Mix to combine.

3. Without tearing the dinner rolls apart, CAREFULLY cut them in half. Remove top portion. Place bottom half of buns onto a sheet of aluminum foil {large enough to cover}

4. Spread meat mixture evenly on top of bread bottoms. {OPTIONAL: If you’d like additional cheese top with American cheese slices at this point} Place a dill pickle chip on top of each bun. Top with a squeeze of yellow mustard. Place tops of buns on top of mixture.

5. Wrap aluminum foil around burgers. Place onto a rimmed cookie sheet and into oven for approximately 5-10 minutes until bread is toasted {and cheese is melted if you’ve added it}

Random:

On our last few visits to St. Simon’s Island, Ed and I discovered an interesting fellow–Mr. Pelican!

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Mr. Pelican spends most of his days sitting on the side of the pier that’s located in The Village.

Mr. Pelican sits and watches the folks on the pier while they fish or crab.

Every now and then, someone will throw Mr. Pelican a piece of bait, so I guess that’s why he keeps coming back.  That’s one smart bird!

Ed snapped this picture of Mr. Pelican, on Sunday.  Several other people were taking pictures of him, as well, and he seems to be ‘striking a pose’.  If only he could figure out how to charge for having his picture taken 🙂

 

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Old Vehicles Never Die, They Come Live At Our House!

Ten years ago, if someone had told me that we’d own three vehicles, thirteen years and older, I’d have told them they were crazy!  Yet, here we are, with three old vehicles–two of them well-past the age of thirteen.  Ya’ know, Ed and I really didn’t plan for this to happen, it just sorta’ did!

First, I bought ‘Classy’, my litte PT Cruiser–w-a-a-a-y back in 2001, right after Cruisers first came out.  It was love at first sight for me,  and I just had to have her!  She was sitting on a used car lot, with only 2000 miles on her, and the factory plastic was still on the seats, believe it or not! Once I got her, I remember telling Ed,  “This is a car I’d like to keep forever…”  Little did I know I might get my wish!

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‘Classy’ and me

My little PT Cruiser has been my favorite vehicle of any that I’ve ever owned.  It’s little, but so versatile.  It works like a small mini van, with seats that fold down, then up and slide forward.  It’s, also, easy to spot in the parking lot, because it’s different ( there aren’t very many of them on the road anymore).  Best of all, I haven’t had a car payment since 2006!  I never go anywhere (except St. Simon’s Island) so I’ve only recently racked up 100,000 miles on the old girl.  I think “Classy’ still has a lot of miles left in her, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Next came the 1991 Ford truck that belonged to Ed’s daddy.  After my FIL passed away, in 2002, Ed’s mama insisted that Ed drive the truck, sometimes, to keep it in good running condition.  Eventually, we ended up keeping the truck at our house, even though it still belonged to Ed’s mama.  We mostly used the truck for taking the trash off because the truck has always gotten terrible gas mileage, and the a/c no longer works.  It began needing repairs, but we put them off because nobody really needed it for anything, other than hauling the weekly trash to the cans up by the highway.

About the time Ed’s mama passed away, my washing machine died.  We then discovered how important it is to have a truck!  Everybody wanted at least sixty dollars to deliver a washer/dryer,  just seven miles!  Ed decided to sell his little Dodge Neon and buy his daddy’s truck from the estate.  We purchased new tires for it, as well as replaced the brakes and exhaust system.  We’ve been owners of the truck for almost a year now–an antique truck!  However,  that old truck is our last reminder of Ed’s daddy.  He loved that truck, and, in my mind, I can still picture him driving it.

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Ed’s daddy with his truck (cir. 2001)

Back in 1997, Ed’s daddy’s health was beginning to fail.  He wanted to buy his wife the car of her dreams, and he did.  He bought her a  white 1997 Lincoln Towncar, with all of the ‘bells and whistles’, and she absolutely loved it, right up until the day she died!

Ed’s mama was crazy about her Lincoln Towncar, and always made sure everything stayed in perfect condition.  She didn’t drive much after Ed’s daddy passed away, in 2002, but if she had to go anywhere, she always said, “Let’s take my car!”  We never once drove off in the Lincoln that she didn’t say (and I quote), “This is a fine car, ain’t it?!”  Vivian always looked forward to riding in her Lincoln.

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Ed’s mom’s beloved Lincoln

The months passed, following Ed’s mom’s death, and Vivian’s beloved Lincoln sat under the carport of her former home.  Ed cranked it weekly, and occasionally we’d drive it somewhere.  Nobody in the family seemed interested in buying it, and we just couldn’t stand the thought of selling it to a stranger.  So, guess what?  Ed eventually bought the Lincoln from the estate!  Now we have an antique car to go along with our antique truck.

So that’s how three old vehicles came to live at our house, at least for now.  Fortunately, neither of Ed’s parents’ vehicles have many miles on them; both have less than 100,000 miles, even though they’re up in years.  Ed drives the Lincoln to work every day, but we keep the truck parked at Ed’s parents’ house unless we need a truck for hauling something.  (Yes, Ed’s parents’ home still sits, unoccupied, except for ‘Trouble’ the cat, but that’s a story for another day…)

I suppose it’s good to have several vehicles to choose from, in case of car trouble.  We’ve already had to depend on those ‘antique vehicles’ twice this summer, when my ‘Classy’ decided to act up, out of the blue.  Maybe older is better…  Who knows?  Only time will tell.

 

 

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