Hello Again, Monday…

I don’t know how we managed to be so blessed, here in Gooseneck, but we have experienced two beautiful weekends in a row–during the month of February, no less!  That’s practically unheard of, but we’ve enjoyed both weekends–a lot!  Sunny skies and mild temperatures were ours for the taking, so we took advantage of both.

Ed and I kick-started the weekend, on Friday, with a visit to the hospital where Ed used to be employed, only because it was time for my yearly mammogram.  Actually, it was three months past time for my exam, but I had other problems to deal with back in December, such as basal cell carcinoma and Moh’s surgery.

Anyway, Ed visited with some of his former coworkers, at the hospital, while I went to  the torture chamber  have my mammogram done.  I always get a bit uneasy at mammogram time, because of my past experiences with them. I’ve had to go back and have spot magnification films done two different years, and was even sent to a surgeon for a consultation a few years back. Apparently, I have a tendency to have something called “calcifications”, which sometimes require a closer look.

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While we were out and about, on Friday, Ed and I decided we’d go ahead and vote early for Tuesday’s primary.  Sadly, I can’t say there’s any candidate I feel 100% confident about electing to lead our country, but I voted for the person I think is the best [of what’s available].  Sigh.

After voting, Ed and I drove out to the cemetery and picked up the Christmas arrangements from our parents’ graves.  Yes, I’m sad to say, Christmas arrangements were still on the graves of our loved ones, at the end of February, but we replaced them with new spring arrangements, I made myself!


P1010397While visiting the cemetery, Ed and I marveled about his parents being buried right in the middle of a bunch of family and friends.  Seriously, there’s family or close friends buried all around them.  We wonder if this was a planned thing, or just coincidence.  My family is buried a good distance away from Ed’s family, but in the same cemetery.

Our oldest son, and his family came over on Friday night, as well as our daughter and her family. Due to sickness, we hadn’t seen our oldest son in two whole weeks!  It was good to catch up with everyone again.  The grandchildren had a good time playing together, and even made some awesome castles/towers out of building blocks.  It’s always great to see kids being kids.  There’s a picture of one, below, but it really doesn’t show the great details.


Ed spent most of the weekend working on a new project.  He bought me three [real] gourd birdhouses, as one of my Christmas gifts, because I like gourd birdhouses.  However, after Christmas, we discovered we needed more than three gourd houses to start a “purple martin community”.  I wasn’t able to find anymore reasonably priced ‘real’ gourd birdhouses, so I bought six plastic gourds from eBay.  We decided to make a pole [for the gourds] out of an old clothesline post that used to belong to Ed’s mama.  It turned out to be a lot of work!


Ed built the dwelling, the question is, “Will any purple martins come?” (those are decoys on top of the pole) I’m skeptical, because of where we had to locate our pole (near our pear tree), but I’m thinking some kind of little bird will take advantage of these “high rise” dwellings.  My ‘real’ gourds still remain in the Christmas bag.  I’m not sure what we’ll do with those, yet.


About three-fourths of the garden seeds we planted, last weekend, have sprouted.  It’s SO exciting to see something growing again!  Our plans, for this week, are to try to get some potatoes and garden peas planted.  Our onions look rather lonely, growing in the garden, all by themselves.


Our chickens have gone crazy laying eggs again.  We’ve been getting five or six eggs daily.  Some days we even get seven.  Our chickens have also gone crazy in other ways, too…

I wish I had a picture of what I saw, on Sunday afternoon!  I’d left the baby gate down, and when I came around the house, and up the steps to the front porch…there sat a large red hen, stretched out, sunning herself on the rug right in front of our door!  It was such a funny sight to see!  I did manage to find a picture [courtesy of Google] of a rooster sunning himself in the yard, just so you could get an idea of what I saw…Chicken2

I’ll leave you with that image in your head!  We have some strange happenings around our house, sometimes!  Have a great Monday, everyone!



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Celebrating 100 Editions of Wednesday Hodgepodge!

Congratulations to Joyce for providing us with 100 great editions of Wednesday Hodgepodge–even through the hectic preparations and impending arrival of a giant storm!  Wow, Joyce, my hat is off to you–and I hope and pray that you and yours are doing well in the aftermath of “Sandy”.

If you haven’t joined us for The Hodgepodge, you’re missing out on a lot of fun.  Speaking of fun, here is our 100th set of questions:

1. What creeps you out?

Here are just a few things – rats or mice, snakes, roaches, maggots, the sight and smell of vomit,  diapers filled with runny “poo”, compound fractures, and severed body parts.  That’s quite a varied list, huh?

2. What’s your least favorite candy?

Twizzlers.  I’ve tried to like them, but I just can’t.

3. Are you a fan of scary movies? What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

I used to like scary movies, but most of them became so weird and gory, I stopped watching years ago.  I don’t actually remember what the scariest movie I’ve ever seen was, but Stephen King movies always made my hair stand on end!

4. What part of life confuses you the most?

The difficult times we are now living in–and wondering what the future holds.

5. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy…what’s your favorite seed?

I’m not a big “seed” person, but I like sesame seeds on top of my buns or bread.

6. Imagine your life ten years from today…what’s changed?

Things will have changed a lot–and most of it will probably not for the better.  Ed will be retired, and I’ll finally be drawing a small retirement check from my former job, but our standard of living will certainly have to change from what it is today.

Hopefully, we’ll both be on Social Security and Medicare–assuming either of these programs are still in existence.

We’ll both have aged ten more years, which is never a good thing, health-wise, but hopefully we’ll both be living.

7. What do you a) love the most and b) like the least about the Hodgepodge?

(A) I love all of the wonderful people that I have met through participating in the Hodgepodge.  I also love how some of the questions make me examine my inner-self, and give me a place to record my thoughts.

(B) I sometimes get frustrated while trying to figure out my thoughts and how to put those thoughts into words.


Ed and I participated in early voting yesterday.  It felt good to cast our ballots and let our voices be heard.  There was no line, and the process went quickly.  We’re continuing to pray for our nation’s future.

I’m also continuing to pray for all of those affected by the recent storm.  There’s so much damage and devastation!  My heart goes out to all, especially those who lost everything.

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