Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')

We moved last week!!!  So I am still in the process of 'waffling over' where to put all my furniture....when down sizing one must get rid of furniture, right?  Not happened here....

2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you? I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s'mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

I think we rush the season.  I am ready for cooler temps and by cooler I mean 70's, but I am not ready for fall.  I still want to enjoy sitting outside to the wee hours of the morning and grilling out.  Heck the other day I saw halloween 'stuff' out in the department stores!!

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?
Will try to squeeze in a last minute summer getaway is on my list.

3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?

Beautiful sunsets.

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying 'We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.' Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?

I guess I sometimes define myself on my intentions but then it I evaluate myself (critically) by not getting doing what I intended to do.
I judge others by their actions and I am working hard to try to not do this so harshly anymore.  All of us have a story and not one of us really knows the other person's story entirely.

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.

Nope....I panic.

6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?

I haven't really had a go-t0-dish-mainly just fruit and junk food.

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

I attended a coloring book party a few months ago.  Did I find this relaxing????  I kept thinking about all the other 'stuff' I needed to get done and here I sat coloring!
The big thing going on now is having a Pearl Party and opening up oysters and seeing the pearl you have gotten.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Like I mentioned earlier, finally moved.  However, still have a lot of the little things to move and unpack.  Shew!  It is the little things that take sooo much time.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Some Happenings

Some happenings this past few days.

First stop:

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Daughter attended a trade show and I went with her for the weekend.  I do not know much about the pharmacy business, but the Mutual Drug Company treats everyone like family.  I must admit, I am so proud of daughter's accomplishments because it warms my heart to hear people brag about her and what a fine job she is doing.  

Second stop:

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

After returning home on Sunday evening, hub and I took grandson to Pigeon Forge on Tuesday.  First I need to say it was hot!!!  

We played Mini Golf
Glad I took picture before playing if not we all three would have looked like we had just come out of a sauna!
Rode bumper cars

Hub and grandson rode go karts.  Grandson is still not tall enough to ride by himself so I volunteered hub to ride with him! Watching them ride I am glad I volunteered hub because some of the adults take go kart riding too seriously for me.

Played games in the arcade

Yep, the big winner.  Grandson put four tokens in and won 1,000 tickets on the first try!!  

Third stop:

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We spent two days at Dollywood Theme Park

So many rides to ride.
So happy he could ride by himself.
I like going to some of the shows,but with a young boy excited to get on rides, it is hard to do it all.

The picture is blurry---I am blaming it on my sweaty palms but I paid this nice young fellow to win a basketball for grandson.  Hub had tried winning....but just couldn't.  When grandson was on a ride, I was watching this young man shoot basketball. The boy couldn't miss!!  I walked over and asked him (he was standing with his mom) if he would shoot the basketball for my grandson.  I paid him and told him No Pressue!! yeah right?  The first shot he took the ball went in.  After grandson got through riding the boy presented the ball to him.  Both boys were happy!

Love this picture.

One of hub's favorite places to eat is the Blue Moose.  It is just a simple hamburger and wings place.  Grandson and hub gets to watch television-sports I need to add and enjoy a simple meal.

Our short trip ended on Friday.  We headed home this being the fastest four days ever!  Grandson was leaving on Friday heading to Destine, Florida with his dad and younger brother.

Saturday, I planned on packing up a few things...we are moving but I just wasn't in the mood.  I think one has to be in the mood to pack, don't you?  I have now told hub that I would start packing up a few things this Saturday (August 14th).  School begins Wednesday in my county and I have been asked to sub the first few days so I need to rest Monday and Tuesday to get ready for Wednesday!  Summer seems to go by faster and faster.

Until next time....Enjoy Life.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why?
(1=eh and 10=best summer ever)

A  5 -this not certainly being the best one ever-not very close.  A lot of unforseen circumstances creeping up.  On the other hand, not the worst one. 

2. July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).

Growing up I would go back to Baltimore and spend the summer with my grandmother, my aunt and my uncle.  I have a special aunt and uncle...While spending the summer with both of them I have so many fond memories....baking candy to sent my uncle who was in Vietnam, going to work with my aunt (secretary at the VA Hospital in Fort Howard, Maryland).  I can remember not wanting to go come back home to Virginia.  My aunt now lives in Ohio and has lung cancer.  My uncle passed away a year ago...he named his second daughter after me..Tamara.  I wish I could turn back time some days.

3. What's your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What's your favorite food dipped in cheese?

No shaking heads please...but I don''t have a favorite food dipped in chocolate or cheese.  I just love a plain ole chocolate candy bar and maybe just a plain ole' cheese dip for chips.

4. When were you last astonished by something? Explain.

I was astonished Sunday!!  not a good situation but sometimes one has to overlook people's actions.

5. Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board...which board have you most recently encountered?

Last week ironed a few shirts--wrinkles bother me.

6. What's your favorite story from scripture? Why that story?

I don't think I could choose just one....Right now, my favorite would be when Jesus Heals the paralyzed man. My oldest daughter is facing a third open-heart surgery and I know Jesus can intervene and heal her.  My thoughts on this story is I bet the paralyzed man did a little dance on the way home.
The one that I hold dear to my heart always is the resurrection of Jesus-without this, how can one have hope.

7. If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?
St.Louis-The Gateway Arch, New Orleans-French Quarter, Omaha-just to see this place. Flagstaff-want to see the Grand Canyon, Los Angelos-Hollywood walk of Fame

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We started some moving on Monday and still have a long way to go.  I have been asked to sub the first day of school which will be August 10th this year. I don't think we can be moved by then.

But had a great weekend--some corn hole playing, go cart riding, and a picnic.  
 Daughter taking a stroll.
Daughter relaxing after her stroll.
Hub was champion of corn hole.
Even though it was a scorching hot day, the trees provided us with a cool shade.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you find yourself influencing your world, or is it more the other way around?

I most definitely try to influence my 'little corner of the world.'  I guess this is sometimes good and sometimes bad but I speak the 'truth' at least that is what I tell people who don't have the same values or morals as me.

2. July 14th is National Tape Measure Day...the device was patented on this date in 1868. When did you last use a tape measure? Do you always know where to find one in your house? Tell us one way in which you feel blessed 'beyond measure'.

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Used a tape measure yesterday---hub and I are moving AGAIN!!  We have been in the process of remodeling AGAIN (hub loves this kinda thing)!  Yes, we are downsizing AGAIN!!  Moving less than a mile away AGAIN!!  Yesterday, I used a tape measure to measure the space. I have for a washer/dryer.
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Everyday I am blessed 'beyond measure' just having faith and knowing that God is in control

3.The Plaza Hotel (Eloise), The Land of Oz (The Wizard of Oz), Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia), The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh), Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), or Never Never Land (Peter Pan)...which storybook land (on this list!) would you most like to visit and why?

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Right now, this is my place to visit because being a child one sees the world so much differently than an adult.  

4. Where and when do you get your best ideas?

My best ideas come in the early morning hours when I am walking.

5.  So what have you been watching on TV this summer? Anything good?

I must say, I haven't been watching much TV.  I do try to watch the news, how sad and in such a chaos is our world today.

6. 'Don't swim for an hour after you eat', 'Dog days of summer', 'Knee high by the Fourth of July'...choose a summer saying from the list or share one of your own, then tell us what image or memory comes to mind when you hear it spoken.

'Dog days of summer'-I remember my parents saying this, especially my dad.  This meant how hot and dry the weather was.  I remember sitting on the front porch with Dad, after him working 2nd shift-him eating a snack, just listening to the stillness of the night.

7. In a single sentence, sum up one life lesson you've learned.

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Quit trying to control things, God is in control and let Him handle all your problems and worries today.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

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Yep moving AGAIN!  Well, I haven't actually started the packing process.