Growing Old Gracefully With The Hodgepodge…

Today marks the 190th edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I can hardly believe it!  That’s a lot of questions, a lot of answers, and a lot of visiting back and forth, but it’s still fun!  I don’t know about you, but I think The Hodgepodge is aging with dignity!

Apparently, our hostess, Joyce, is celebrating a birthday, this week.  Happy Birthday, Joyce, and thanks so much for all you do!  May this next year of your life be the best one yet!

Here are today’s questions, along with my answers:

1. I’m celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, ‘You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” Would you agree? If not why not?

I have no idea whether I agree with this [very long] quote or not!  It’s all just too much for my aging brain to comprehend, today.  I recently turned 60, you know 🙂

I will say this, as time goes by,  we’re all going to age, but some people are able to do it more gracefully than others.  Health and life style play a big part in the aging process, as well as genetics–but sometimes it’s just the ‘luck of the draw’.  (For instance, I’ve dealt with health issues for the past 20 years, while my brother, who’s 9 years my senior, has always been as healthy as a horse!)

The bottom line is, if we live long enough, every one of us will be ‘old’, in the end, some bodies just seem to handle the process better than others.  My goal is to grow old as gracefully as I can, take care of myself, and make the best of the body I’ve been given.

2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birth year, just the same date/same month.

Thanks to Google, I found several interesting tidbits, that captured my attention!  They are:

8-30-54 (my actual DOB) Hurricane Carol kills 68 people on the US East Coast.

8-30-76 –  Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of The Today Show

8-30-79 – President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga. (Ha!  How’s that for an interesting piece of trivia?)

3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to ‘have your cake and eat it too.

The circumstance that comes to mind took place last October 30, when I wanted (and needed) to be in two places at the same time.  Our youngest (and last) grandson, Evan, had literally just been born, when we got an emergency call from our daughter, concerning our oldest grandchild. It pains me, even now, to remember that day.  Tearfully, we left our newest grandson, without ever even getting to hold him, and returned home where we knew we were needed the most.

4. What’s something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?

The last thing I did that made me feel young was to go out to eat, at a local restaurant, on ‘Senior Citizen’s Night’.  Ed and I were some of the youngest patrons in the place.

The last thing I did that made me feel old was watch my grandchildren use modern technology with such ease.

5. When did you last do something that was ‘a piece of cake’?

The only thing that comes to mind was our family get-together, last Friday night.  Brett, our oldest son, picked up some pizza for supper,  and Brandy, our daughter, hosted everyone at her house.  All I had to do was walk across the yard and enjoy the meal along with everyone’s company.  No hosting, no cooking, no clean up–a ‘piece of cake’!

6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What’s something else you’d add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage) 

I think babies improve with age!  They’re precious, but so tiny and helpless when they’re first born.  Then, as they grow, they begin to smile, coo, walk, talk and do all those other cute little things that melt our hearts, and make us love them so!

7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we’ll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.

Perhaps, a small gift box (think shoe box size) filled with a few favorite holiday things ( ideas: decorative note pad, small decorative towel,  scented soap, small candle, perhaps an ornament–a Hodgepodge, if you will!) Or perhaps, some kind of gift card would be better? (Amazon sells a Hodgepodge of things!)  Some Hodgepodge participants might even be willing to donate toward the cause. (I would)


Here’s my ‘year round’ tree, decorated in honor of back-to-school!



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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ The Summertime Tree…

Many years ago, when I used to work in a classroom, as a paraprofessional, one of my duties was to change the bulletin boards in the classroom each month.  Each month’s bulletin board always had a different theme.  I always enjoyed finding and celebrating something special about each month, and, one day, decorating all of those bulletin boards gave me an idea!

I got the idea to begin the tradition of decorating a ‘year round’ tree, at home. I bought a tall, skinny, artificial tree and started collecting things to decorate it with.  At first, my family thought I’d lost my mind (keeping a tree up all year?), but, now, I think they enjoy seeing the different decorations on the tree, each month, almost as much as I do.

I decided, each month, my tree would have a different theme.  I’ll have to admit, it took me a while to figure out what some of the themes would be, but, eventually, I settled on a theme for every month.  For instance, January is snowmen, February is Valentine’s Day, March is St. Patrick’s Day, etc.  The summer months proved to be the toughest to choose themes for, with the exception of July, which is patriotic themed.

For the month of August, my theme is ‘summertime’–and nothing says ‘summertime’ more to me than the beach.


My summertime tree decorations are among my favorites because they remind me of the beach. Most of the ornaments came from little shops at various beaches, particularly St. Simon’s Island, since we visit there most often.


I’ve decorated the tree with sand castle ornaments, actual sea shells, and even a miniature replica of a shrimp boat!  The little girl sitting in the lawn chair is one of my newest (and most expensive) ornaments.  The glass ball filled with sand and shells came from Tybee Island.  It’s a souvenir of one of the beach trips I’ve taken with my friend, Diane.


This ‘gone to the beach’ ornament is one of my older ones, and is among my favorites.  Of course, it came from St. Simon’s Island!  The sea-horse ornament, to the right of it, came from Amelia Island. I bought it on one of mine and Ed’s anniversary trips there.


Of course, nothing says ‘beach’ like flip-flops, and I have a few pairs of those for ornaments, as well. The mermaid came from eBay, and the white sea shells at the top of the picture were found on Fernandina Beach.  Did you notice the little maracas to the far right?


Here’s a view of one of the sand castle ornaments, along with one of my fish ornaments.  I have several different kinds of fish ornaments scattered about the tree.  There’s a tiny surf board to the left of the sand castle, as well.


Of course, my tree wouldn’t be complete without a light house, so I have a couple of different kinds of those, too.  The one shown in this picture came from Amelia Island.  Speaking of ‘light’, the little green and blue fish lights up!

I enjoy looking at my ‘summertime’ tree decorations each day.  Whenever I feel the need to go to the beach, I just look at the summertime tree and dream!


 The sign on this little ornament says it all…  my heart is always at the beach!

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