A Hot Hot Hodgepodge…

Wow!  It’s HOT outside, here in the deep south!  We’re still in the midst of a June heat wave, with no end in sight.  Our temperature topped 100 degrees, yesterday!  I’m thankful for air conditioning and I’m thankful for the Hodgepodge to keep me occupied while I’m a prisoner in my own house!  Thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for this fun distraction!

1. June is National Great Outdoors Month. Have you spent any time appreciating the great outdoors this month? If so where, and if not do you have any plans to enjoy the great outdoors before the calendar turns?

Lately, I’ve been taking early morning and late afternoon walks each day–until the heat recently made me retreat inside to the treadmill!  During those outside walks, I’ve been admiring the trees, grass, flowers, and an occasional wild rabbit or two, so, yes, I’ve been appreciating the great outdoors.

Ed and I have plans to go sit under our favorite tree on St. Simon’s Island, tomorrow, but we may decide to post pone until this heat wave passes.  Even going to the beach can be miserable when temperatures are near 100 degrees!

2. What’s a current hot button issue for you?

Washington and politics.  I’m so disgusted with it all!

3. What’s a food or treat that ‘disappears like hotcakes’ in your house?

Candy!  Ed and I don’t eat much candy, these days, but our visiting grandchildren (and their parents) sure do, so I try to keep the candy dishes filled with a little something for them.

4. How hot is too hot?

Any temperature above the lower 90’s is too hot.  Our temperatures have been reaching into the high 90’s (and above) since last Saturday.  Enough already!  We don’t usually see temperatures like these until August.

5. Do you have an artistic outlook on life? What does that mean to you?

I’m not sure how to answer this question, but there’s not an artistic bone in my body, so my outlook is probably not very artistic.

6. What’s one question you’d like to ask your father, or one you wish you could ask your father?

My father has been deceased since 1991, so he hasn’t been around for a long, long time.  If I could ask him anything, it would probably be for him to tell me more about his life growing up.  He never really talked much about it, and the few things I know, I learned from mama.

7. Something you learned from your father?

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I learned the basics of how to cook from my father.  I know this may sound strange, but, at the time, he was doing most of the cooking because he got off work before my mama did.

A few months before I married Ed, I’d sit in the kitchen with daddy and take notes while I watched him cook.  I wrote my notes down in a composition book that I still have today.  A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since those days…

Random:

Ed and I will be celebrating 43 years of marriage tomorrow!

Then…

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Ah, just look at us back then!  Two kids,  crazy in love!  We had our whole lives ahead of us… and not a worry in the world!

Now…

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Just look at us now!  Most of our lives are behind us, and we look (and feel) like we are carrying the worries of the world, some days–but we still have each other, and we’re still crazy in love!

Happy anniversary, Ed!  You’re still the one 🙂

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Catching Up…

It’s Monday again, and that can only mean one thing.  It’s time to play ‘catch up’.  Boy, the weekends pass in a hurry, don’t they?!  Ed had another three-day weekend, but, still, the weekend passed in a hurry.

Only two words are needed to describe our weekend–hot and wet!  The temperatures were almost unbearable on Friday and Saturday, with highs reaching the 100 mark!  By 10 a.m., each day, simply walking out on the porch was reason enough to make one sweat! Needless to say, we stayed inside as much as possible!

We originally had a day trip to the beach planned for Friday.  Once I saw the weatherman’s predictions, I knew there was no way I was going to sit outside–even under my favorite oak tree at St. Simon’s Island!  We postponed our trip until Sunday, when the temperatures were predicted to drop.

Ed and I made the best of being ‘shut ins’, by watching lots of television and taking naps.  Both days, late in the afternoon, Ed fired up the grill and cooked supper for us.  Saturday evening, on a whim, we even ate grilled steak, salad, and baked potato by candlelight!  Fun times.

Sunday morning, at the crack of dawn, we were packed and headed toward St. Simon’s.  I should have known it was going to be ‘one of those days’ when I realized that I’d forgotten to bring my shrug.  (I always wear a sundress when going to the beach, but bring a shrug to wear over it when going anywhere other than the beach.)  The sky was overcast on the way, but had cleared by the time we reached the island.  It was shaping up to be a gorgeous day–or so we thought!

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When we arrived at The Village, I noticed there was an arts and crafts festival being held in the park.  It was the first festival we’d been able to attend all year, so we headed over before unpacking our beach chairs.  I enjoy browsing the exhibits, even though I rarely buy anything. Sunday was no exception.

Before long, Ed and I were settled in our chairs, underneath our favorite oak tree.  A stiff breeze was blowing, and I noticed the water was a bit choppier than usual, but it felt so good to be outdoors!  Before long, I looked to my right, and spotted this…

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I’ll bet you can guess what happened next!  Within the next hour, the rain began to fall!  Ed and I quickly grabbed our chairs and headed for the car, where we sat and waited to see if the cloud would pass.  The longer we sat, the darker the skies became, and the more it rained.  It didn’t just rain, it poured!  We’d been on the island just over an hour…  After another hour of waiting, and watching the downpour, we gave up and left the island.

We didn’t go straight home, though.  Instead we did a little shopping, in nearby Brunswick.  I was disappointed about missing my ‘island time’, and felt naked without a shrug to cover my skimpy sundress, but we made the best of a bad situation, and still had a nice time.  In the end, that’s what really counts.

Before long, summer 2014 will be winding down, but there are still enough days left to get in a little more ‘island time’!  Ed has a four-day weekend coming up, and it’s my birthday weekend.  Guess where I’m hoping to be, at least one of those four days?  The ocean and the oak tree are calling my name…

Happy Monday!

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The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

It doesn’t matter if you are stuck in our part of the country, being plagued by daily downpours of rain, or in another part of the country, suffering from extreme temperatures and drought, the Wednesday Hodgepodge is the perfect ‘escape’ for you!  Turn off the television, with all of its post-trial discussions and protests, and join in our fun!  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce 🙂

Here are today’s questions:

1. Picture postcards were first printed back in the mid-1800’s and deltiology is the official name for postcard collecting. When did you last send a postcard? Receive one? Do you save postcards sent to you? Do you collect and/or send postcards when you travel?

It’s been years since I sent or received a post card!  Once upon a time, I used to collect post cards while on vacation, but it’s been years since I’ve done that, too.  I still enjoy looking on the post card racks at souvenir shops though!

2. What treat do you most like to indulge in while on vacation?

One of my favorite places to visit, while on vacation, used to be the candy shops.  I love chocolate fudge!  Sadly, fudge is not on my diet anymore.  Sigh.  I need to find a new favorite place to visit–and a new favorite treat!

3. Are you good at hiding your feelings?

No, not at all!  Unfortunately, my face is quite transparent.

4. Does your town/city/county still deliver telephone books to your home? Do you check the yellow pages when searching for a local business number or has the internet replaced the phone book in your home?

Yes, we still get phone books delivered every year.  In fact, we get several phone books every year!  Ed and I are still a bit old-fashioned, and most of the time we still depend on our phone book–and our land line, at least for now.

5. Would you rather be first or last?

I’d rather be last, almost always.  I hate being first for anything!

6. July is National Park and Recreation Month (in America, but everyone can still play along)…where and when were you last in a park? Did you participate in any recreational activities while you were there?

In May, I went to our local recreational park to watch our grandson play t-ball.  Does that count?  Other than that, I guess the last time I went to a park was in 2010, while visiting Helen, GA.

7. What was one of your worst ideas?

Rescuing so many animals from our local animal shelter, but I don’t regret it.  My heart was in the right place, I just didn’t use my head!  So many hungry mouths to feed–and pet food has become ridiculously expensive over the past nine years!  During 2004/2005, I adopted 21 cats, 5 dogs, a rabbit, and a parakeet–and paid to have every cat and dog spayed and neutered!  It’s now nine years later, and we’re still buying food for 12 cats, 2 dogs, and the parakeet!  That’s not counting the four cats that we feed at my MIL’s house!

Random:

I’m praying that today will be a dry and sunny day!  We haven’t had one of those in QUITE A WHILE!  (Yesterday we stayed dry until about 4:30)  I’m also praying that these tall pine trees, especially those leaning in toward our house, do not decide to fall over.  The ground is so saturated, any kind of stiff winds could be disastrous for us.  We’re also buying our drinking water, and I can’t wash clothes either.  Fun times!

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