Showing posts from September, 2011

fall...hum...feels like summer still.....

1. It is officially fall here in North America...I realize not everyone who participates in the Hodgepodge lives in North America but if you do, what's your favorite memory of Summer 2011? If you're not in North America, what's your favorite memory of the season just ending on your side of the world?
I can't just pick one favorite memory---so many memories from seeing ole college friends, to cookouts, to seeing ole friends from high school,to visiting New York,  to playing with grandson and all the library visits.  However, my most relaxing moment--when Charlie and I went for a few days to Pigeon Forge--just the two of us.  No one to wake us up, no one to tell us they were hungry, no one to tell us what they wanted to do.....very relaxing few days and very enjoyable.  Sometimes we all need to just get away for a few days.

2. Your favorite nut? You know I mean the edible kind, right?

3. What activity puts your sense of balance to the test?
Turning off the alar…

Apple Festival......

This weekend was Apple Festival Weekend in Chilhowie, Virginia.  Chilhowie was known as the Apple Capital in Southwest Virginia.  Now the apple orchards are no longer here--subdivisions have replaced them.  However, Chilhowie still celebrates the Apple Festival every year in September.  This year was the 59th year.
The community still decorates and people still get geared up for this event.  Many vendors come with all kinds of crafts, a parade is held, beauty pageants, and a band competition.
  Both daughters were coming home-YIPPEE!!  Daughter #1 thought some ( no number was specified) pharmacy students might come and do a little of community service while here.  They needed a tent set up and were going of offer free medical advice to anyone.  Okay--no problem will have a tent set up-close to the library.  #2 Daughter was bringing her roommate with her.
Charlie had told the community we were fixing ham biscuits for anyone who wanted on.  So on the way to the parade-stop by and get a bis…

Hot/Spicy Hodgepodge

1. Do you like chili? Red or white? Beans or no beans? Spice or no spice? Toppings?

Red chili--I actually make!! The hotter the chili the better.  I add red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.  Chili and beans-sometimes and when I do it is prepared this way---first layer beans, seond layer chili topped with onions (preferably green onions), cheese (taco) and jalapeno peppers.  I call this concoction a 'poor boy's dinner'.  A real, yummy treat on a cool, fall evening; it will definitely warm you up.

2. Red~Orange~Gold...your favorite fall color?
My favorite color would have to be gold. 

3. Who did you idolize when you were growing up?

Lucille Ball and her humor.

4. When was the last time you did something 'arts and craftsy'? Share please.

Artsy/craftsy--would have had to been this summer-in Children's Church with 3-5 year olds.  I do believe we made a firecracker out of a paper towel holder. 

5. What's a place that makes you really nervous?


Oh What A Feeling!

Fall is in the air.  With temperatures dropping, fall is just around the corner at my house.  I have begun decorations for the Apple Festival which is this weekend. (another blog about this later).

#2 Daughter called and wanted us to come to the football game on Saturday.  A chance to see one of my girls--a no brainer. It was going to be a big game and her basketball team was having to work concessions.  Emily working concessions--Right????? I had kept grandson and of course I had to dress him in MY favorite outfit. Go Vols!!!  Even though his dad is a huge Michigan fan.  Nate is telling his dad-give him six!
The game was between UVA-Wise and Emory/Henry.  The two colleges use to play one another and last year was the first time they had played each other in many years.  A huge rivalry between the schools. Charlie and I knew we better leave early.  Trying to find a parking place was going to be tough let alone find our seats.  The stadium was packed.  Many fans tailgating and playing corn …

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What do you do at the first sign of a cold? Will you get a flu shot this year?

Take Airborne--this was created by a teacher and I swear by this.  When stomach virus, flu, etc. is raging, I take this as a precaution--it works.  My daughter (#1) who is in pharmacy school, says it doesn't work, but that it is all in my head.  This is okay with me!!!!

Yes, I will definitely take the flu shot.

2. What advice can you give about how to conquer fear?

The only person who can conquer fear is you.  A person has to recognize his/her fear and then take the necessary steps to defeating it.  To this day, I am SCARED!!!  of water.  As a young child (my dad said I was 11 yrs. old at the time), I went swimming.  I was swimming underwater and I got stepped on and fainted in the water.  The lifeguard on duty saved me, but I still have nightmares about this. Both my daughters are fantastic swimmers, and I am the one who is a nervous wreck while watching them in the water. 
I still haven't got…

questions & answers

1. What is one piece of advice you would give a 'just turning' 21- year old adult?
As you begin your career, or getting close to beginning your career, INVEST and do it wisely, don't see the world through rose-colored glasses, and never forget your values and morals-or where you came from as you climb the ladder to success.

2. Besides cooler weather (or warmer weather, depending on your hemisphere) what is one thing you are looking forward to this fall?

The Chilhowie Apple Festival!!!  This is held the last weekend of September with a parade, crafts, and band competitions. Charlie and I decorate our yard, and we cook ham biscuits for all going to the parade because it seems like everyone walks by our house to the parade route.  I am looking forward to this; I only hope it doesn't rain like it has for the past 4 yrs.
This was done a couple of years ago.

3. What sound lulls you to sleep?

Listening to soft, pitter, patter, rain.

4. September is National Preparedness Mo…

Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out.


What a great end to summer.  The last 'official' weekend of summer was spent attending two reunions.   The first reunion was 'Shaker Nation Reunion'.  My ole high school no longer exists in my mind.  My high school consolidated years after I graduated.  The name, colors, and mascot is no longer there.  I attended R.B. Worthy High School in Saltville, Va.  Our colors were maroon and gray and a salt shaker was our mascot.  Probably know from the town-Saltville-we were famous for the salt-especially during the Confederacy Army.  Many years later, Olin came to town and Saltville became a booming little town. In the 70's Olin was shut down-EPA came to town-much mercury, etc. Many people from Saltville relocated to find jobs and the town grew smaller and smaller. The school was consolidated and it is now Northwood High School-blue and white , and has a panther as a mascot.   It didn't take long hooking up with ole friends and reminiscing about the days w…

Tattoo-for me....

I don't know if I am going through a mid-life crisis but......I have been thinking about getting a tattoo. I don't want one that is huge or very noticeable-just a small one. My husband thinks I am crazy.  He may have a point because I am totally scared of needles.  How I managed to have children is beyond me with all the prodding and poking I had to go through.
Back to the tattoo. I tried to explain...I think they are cute.  When I bring the subject up,  I always see someone with a HUMONGOUS ONE-and...hub and I just look at each other-but hub has a look in his eye that says...see this is what people will be thinking about you when you get your tattoo. My youngest daughter was seeing a fellow who had a tattoo on his shoulder extending down to his arm.  I kept staring  and staring and staring.  Finally, I gave up and had to ask him what his tattoo represented.  I was expecting a story but all he responded was I don't know-I just wanted this.  No wonder I couldn't figure out …