A Six More Weeks of Winter Hodgepodge…

The groundhog saw his shadow, last week, but the past two days have been screaming “early spring” here.  I’m sure more winter is on the way, but those 70 degree, sunny days sure have been nice.  Do ya’ know something else that’s nice?  The Wednesday Hodgepodge!  As always, thank you very much to our gracious hostess, Joyce.

Here are this week’s questions along with my answers:

1. February can be a little bit tricky given the weather and the winter and the whatnot. I read a list (here) of things you can do to make your February brighter which included-start planning your next trip, take more baths, make your own chocolate covered strawberries, and exercise in preparation for swimsuit season. Anything on the list you might try?

I’m already in the process of planning for a trip we’re taking in April.  We’re going to visit the replica of Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum, in Kentucky.

Which suggestion on the list appeals to you most?

I’m a huge fan of taking baths!

Tell us something not on the list that helps make your February brighter.

How about planting garden seeds in little paper cups, then watching them sprout and grow?  This always makes me happy.  The new growth reminds me that spring is just around the corner 🙂  By the way, I’ve already purchased some seeds for planting!

2. Tell us about something you’ve seen or done recently that you’d say was ‘super’?

I’m going with one of life’s recent simple pleasures–sitting outside, basking in 70 degree warmness, on a February day, with my hubby, Ed, by my side.  All the while, I was also rubbing a very soft and fluffy cat, named “Baby”.  Gotta’ love and appreciate those simple things–I know “Baby” sure did!

3. Best thing you ate in a ‘bowl’ last week?

The answer to this question would have to be “taco soup”.  I made some last Wednesday.

4. Something you’re ‘cheering’ for right now?

Our son-in-law’s leg to properly heal without any problems!  You see, he was helping Ed ‘burn off’ the field in front of our house, on Saturday, when the ‘unthinkable’ happened–a freak accident!  Our son-in-law’s pants leg caught on fire, without him realizing it, until his leg began to actually burn!  He reacted quickly and dropped to the ground, thank goodness.  However, he still has second degree burns on a large area of his left lower leg.  As you can imagine, this has been very painful for him, and we feel just terrible about it.  As I said, we’re cheering (and praying) for a speedy recovery.

5. The Winter Olympics begin Friday, February 9th in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being all in and 1 being no interest whatsoever) how interested are you in the games?

I’ll have to give myself a “1” for these games.  For some reason, I’m just not feeling it this year.

Which event do you most want to see (you’ll find a list here).

If I watch anything it will be figure skating.  Pairs figure skating has  been my favorite event since the Tai Babilonia/Randy Gardner days.


For the first time in many years, Ed and I didn’t watch the Superbowl on Sunday night.   We ‘turned off’ the NFL early in the season when some of its players chose to “take a knee” instead of standing for the national anthem.

Speaking of “take a knee”, has anyone else seen this video?  (one bad word, but a very good message)

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Beginning The Week With A Quiz…

Acting Balanced

Hello there!   As usual, I’m beginning my week with ‘The Monday Quiz’, over at Acting Balanced. Who doesn’t love a quiz, first thing on Monday morning, right?  At least we should know the correct answers to this quiz, since this quiz is all about us!

1. Happy February! It’s Canned Food Month… who knew? Do you can your own foods? Do you eat canned foods?

So far, I’ve learned how to ‘can’ tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, pears, and beef stew in Mason jars, and I enjoy doing it.  For now, I usually put the rest of our ‘canned’ vegetables in our freezer.  Since we began growing our own garden, again, I’ve been doing some ‘canning’ during the summers.  We do have some actual cans of food in the pantry, as well.  Pork & beans, tuna, mixed vegetables, and fruit cocktail are a few of the canned foods I buy and use on a regular basis.

2. February 3rd is also the day the music died – Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959. – what other great musicians would you like to honor today?

Well, if we’re talking great musicians who have passed away, I’d add Roy Orbison to my list, and, of course, Elvis.  I liked Jim Croce, as well.  All three men had a unique sound.

3. Do you listen to the radio? Internet radio?

Occasionally, I’ll listen to the radio in my car, along with all of the commercials and talking, but when I’m at home, I listen to satellite music via Dish Network because it’s nice not to have to listen to all of the talking!

4. Both Wiarton Willie (Canada) and Puxotawny Phil (US) saw their shadows and predict six more weeks of winter – do you agree?

Of course, I agree!  Who am I to disagree with Puxotawny Phil?  I don’t know how everyone else feels, but spring can’t get here soon enough, this year!

The weekend recap:

Friday morning began as another cold and cloudy day, but by lunchtime, the sun found its way through the clouds and the afternoon warmed up nicely.  I spent part of the afternoon at the dentist, getting my teeth cleaned, but, thankfully, I didn’t have any dental problems!  Ed came home from work and jumped on his tractor.  We thought we were over the cold, gloomy weather for a while.

Imagine our surprise, when we woke up to rain on Saturday!  For the third weekend in a row, Ed didn’t get to burn the field off.  He wasn’t a happy camper!

Our Saturday got even more gloomy when we received a call telling us that Micah, the son of Ed’s former co-worker, had lost his battle with lymphoma.  A little over a year ago, Angie, had given up her position as a Nuclear Medicine tech, to devote all of her time to her son, after learning that son, Micah, had a rare, and aggressive form of lymphoma.  Cancer is always bad, and death is always sad, but it’s always the worst whenever it involves a child.  Micah recently celebrated only his seventh birthday. Our hearts go out to Micah’s family.

On Sunday, Ed and I decided to venture into the city to see our son, Brad, who was home babysitting Evan while Jennifer pulled a weekend shift at work.  It had been two weeks since we’d seen Evan, and boy had he grown and changed a lot during that time!   It took Evan a few minutes to warm up to us, but once he did, he cooed and smiled a lot, and of course, I enjoyed every minute of it!


Go Team Bacon!

I am so proud of Brad.  He’s a ‘hands on’ dad, who can bathe, feed, and diaper little Evan like a pro!  (Brad reminds me so much of the way Ed was, when our babies were small.)  Evan’s a lucky little fellow, to have Brad for his dad.  I’ve discovered that one of the best rewards of growing older (besides grandchildren) is getting to watch my three children grow up and become good parents.  Ed and I have been triple blessed!

Ed and I stopped by Wal-mart, Home Depot, Little Caesar’s, and the Dollar Store, on the way home from Brad’s house.  Wal-mart was absolutely CRAZY, and we couldn’t out of there fast enough!  Enough said about that.

We noticed Home Depot had just gotten in a new shipment of trees, so we decided to stop and check them out.  I found an Eastern Red bud tree, so Ed bought it for me, to replace ours, which died late last summer.  Ed said the tree could be my early Valentine’s Day gift, and I suppose that’s appropriate since its leaves are heart-shaped!  It was a rather large tree, and just barely fit into my car, which made for an interesting ride home!  There’s nothing quite like riding home with the top of a tree stuck in between the front bucket seats!

After we got back home, Ed planted the ‘Valentine’s Day tree’, then we ended the weekend by dusting ‘the girls’ (aka the hens) for mites again, along with eating pizza and watching the Superbowl game. Unfortunately, we enjoyed the game about as much as ‘the girls’ enjoyed being dusted for mites 😦    

The Superbowl game was definitely not an enjoyable one!   The commercials were only ‘so-so’ and I think they saved most of the best ones for last.  My favorites were Budweiser’s ‘Best Buds’ commercial (the puppy and the Clydesdales), and the Doritos commercial (with the little cowgirl riding the dog).  I liked nothing about the game, especially the score.

Well, that’s my weekend.  So how was yours?

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