Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. What is an adult problem nobody prepared you for? 

Losing loved ones.  

2. Without mentioning any tech, what's your most prized possession? 

My picture albums I have stored in totes.

3. It's National Peach Ice Cream Day (July 17th). Will you be celebrating? Do you like peaches? Given a choice would you prefer peach ice cream, peach pie, peach cobbler, or just hand me a peach? Do you own anything that is peach in color? 

I won't be celebrating , but I will never pass up peach cobbler.  I have a few peach color tops.

4. What makes a friendship successful? 

Being able to say what you feel and not being judged.  When getting together after a long time (years) you can just pick back up where you left off.

5. Let's give our brains a rest and do a little summertime this or that...beach or pool? ice cream or snowcone? amusement park or camping? burger or hot dog? watermelon or strawberries? get up early or sleep in late? sunrise or sunset? 

Beach, snow cone, amusement park, hot dog, watermelon, get up early, sunset.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My garden is pitiful and I mean PITIFUL!!!  We DESPERATELY needed rain!  I do water my garden daily, but it is not the same as a good rain and the hot temperatures....SHEW!!

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you feel older or younger than your age? Elaborate. 

It depends....  After I have the grandkids, and they leave BELIEVE ME I feel MY AGE!!!  I enjoy having them but SHEW!! with it being only me, I am tired (a good tired).  Now, I know why you should have kids when you are young.

When I am out with my friends, I feel young.  Maybe it is because we just sit around and talk and enjoy one another's company.  

2. What's one thing you should toss right now, but just can't? 

Clothes that I think I can fit in (hum) again!!  

3. Have you visited many of the 63 National Parks in the US of A? You'll fia list here. Do you have a favorite? What National Park that you haven't seen do you most want to see? 

I have visited the Hawaii Volcanoes, Haleakala, Great Smokey Mountains, and Shenandoah I would love to travel to California and see the National Parks there especially the Redwood.

4. How often do you get take out? What's your favorite? 

I very seldom order take out.  When I do, it is usually Mexican or our famous Dip Dogs! Dip dogs are like corn a corn dog, but completely different batter, and I usually get extra mustard (which is a special sauce).

5. Do you have many (or any) subscriptions? Not necessarily magazines, but thinking more along the lines of boxes or products that companies offer, and you can sign up to receive on a regular basis. Could be weekly, monthly, quarterly, even daily. Tell us about them. 

I don't have any subscriptions.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I need to brag on the Children's Library Program in my town.  This year's theme was Adventures Begins at Your Library.  Today was the last program (next week the kids shop (money provided by library) for vegetables).  This year has been one of the best programs,  from looking through telescopes, going on a nature hike, to gardening and trying new foods.

On another note, it is HOT!!! and we DESPERATELY NEED RAIN!!

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. It's a big week in the US of A as we celebrate Independence Day. Do you have any special plans? How will you mark the day? BBQ? pool-lake-beach time? fireworks? homemade ice cream? If you're not an American you can tell us what's happening in your corner of the world on Thursday. 

I will be by myself.  I will probably try to find a place that is having fireworks.  Before hub passed away, we always had a huge cookout.  Hub wasn't a fan of BBQ, so it was usually hamburgers (with all the fixings) and chicken grilled out, plus many side dishes.  My oldest daughter, who passed away, would always bake and decorate a cake.

Afterwards, we all headed to watch the fireworks.

2. What's your favorite 'All-American' dessert? 

I don't know if  this is an 'All-American' dessert, but my favorite is carrot cake or cheese cake.

3. Does that patriotic feeling come easily to you, or are you having to work for it more these days? What's something that makes you proud to be a citizen of your country?  

It depends on what is happening in our world if I am having to work on my patriotic feeling.  Here lately, I am having to work on my patriotic feeling. 

Something that makes me proud to be a citizen of America, is I still have a choice in some things...I can still say the Pledge of Allegiance, stand for the National Anthem, attend the church of my choice, etc .

4. Your favorite 'patriotic' movie? Favorite patriotic song?  

Movie--I have two  Saving Private Ryan and  Hacksaw Ridge.  Song "God Bless the USA' by Lee Greenwood.

5. One simple pleasure on your July 'bucket list'? 

It isn't a pleasure, but I have been out of school for 27 days and have kept my THREE grandsons 17 of those days!!  I really need to get some deep cleaning done...teachers go back July 30th!!

I enjoy seeing my veggies start to come in.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

The grandkids were at the beach last week and I had some friends come and spend a few days with me.  We went antique shopping, went to play Trivia at a local restaurant, played board games ( my favorite is Frackle) and cards.

Thoroughly enjoyed their company!

Tomorrow is my big 65th Birthday.  I was almost a firecracker!!  Hub use to say I was a firecracker.

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. June 12 is National Simplicity Day. In what way is your life simple? What's one way that it's not? 

The only way my life is simple right now is I don't have a lot of laundry to do.

I do not like being by myself and having to see if people are trying to scam me...for example, I need a tree trimmed.  I called the company and they wanted half of the money up front and a guy was stopping by my house to get it.  I thought this was strange...I don't mind paying BUT I was not paying upfront when no equipment or anything like that was coming till the following day.  I cancelled and now have a guy coming Tuesday to look at the tree and give me a price. It is things like this that bother me.

2. Something you remember from a 'simpler time'? 

I remember not so fast pace world, people were kind, neighbors looked out for one another.  Today we have many gadgets that make life simpler BUT we have no time to do the things we love???

3. Do you like squash? If so what's your favorite variety? What's a favorite way to prepare squash? 

Yes, and I have planted some this year.  I like summer squash but also winter squash.  I usually just fry some squash up or make a casserole.  Mainly just roast winter squash; I think it tastes like a sweet potato.

4. Do you shop the warehouse stores (such as Costco, Sam's B.J's, etc)? If so how often do you go, and what's something you always buy in this type of store? 

I belong to Sam's Club, but haven't been there in a few years.  When I did go, I usually stocked up on paper products.

5. Father's Day is this coming Sunday. Any plans to make the day special? Tell us something about your own father, or something about your hubs as a father, or about someone who stepped into your life and acted as a father if yours was not a part of your life. 

No plans to make this day father will be dead 50 years this August (died when he was only 47) and hub is passed, also.

My father was easy going type of person but when he told you to do something, you did it. He believed in helping others no matter what. He loved his family and God.  I still miss him a lot.

Hubs was easy going.  It has been said many times that if it wasn't for me, my daughters would be in prison!!  Hub was very lenient UNTIL both started dating!

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

I took advantage of the cool day Monday and yesterday (finally no rain) and was able to get in my garden and work!!  The rain did a number on the weeds!!  I did enjoy the cool mornings (50s) and the cool days (70s) BUT that is going to change.  The temps this weekend is going to be in the high 80s to 90s. 

Bible School was last week and I had the grandsons from Thursday -Sunday.  Daughter had to go to some type of medical conference.  Sunday night, I think I died from exhaustion.  Having Bible School and keeping three boys by myself took a toll on me!!  But I enjoyed every minute of it...we stayed up late, ate snacks, played cards, played games, and took short walks.

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. What impresses you?

I am impressed by personality traits:  kindness, honesty, empathy, etc.

2.  Where are you in your family birth order? Do you fit the stereotype of that particular slot? In what way?

I am the first born in my family.  I fit the stereotype in that I am conscientious, caretaker, responsible and bossy,

3. What motivates you more-a reward or a consequence? Elaborate. 

When I was younger, a consequence motivated me more.  There was no way I wanted a consequence from my parents.

Now, a reward motivates me more.  Wearing jeans to school because of great test scores, or having cupcakes/cookies because of hard work!  Also, I reward myself by enjoying a carefree weekend with a glass of wine after a project is complete!

4. May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. Who thinks biscuits deserve their own day? Do you like biscuits? Make your own? Grab one for breakfast at a drive-through now and then? Which drive-through makes the one you like best? What do you like to put on a biscuit? What's your favorite food or dish that calls for buttermilk? 

I ate a buttermilk biscuit yesterday at school; they are the best!  Monday evening I was able to till my garden before the rain started AGAIN!!  It was close to 9pm when I finished.  After taking a shower, I was starving and to tired to fix anything.  I ate some watermelon and went to bed.  I woke up Tuesday morning dying of hunger so as soon as I got to school, I went straight to the cafeteria and got a sausage biscuit with grape jelly. 

My favorite drive-through biscuit is Hardees.  I make cornbread with buttermilk.

5. Are there any weddings on your summer calendar? What's your favorite part of a wedding/wedding reception? 

I think this is the first year there isn't a wedding on my summer calendar!!  My favorite part of the wedding reception is seeing the bride and groom dance to their favorite song.  Watching them dance and seeing how they gaze into each other's eyes is beautiful.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

I swear, if it doesn't quit raining!!!  Out of 7 days, it has rained 6!!!  

I have 6 1/2 days of school left and the calendar is jammed packed.  

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you watch the Kentucky Derby this past weekend? Have you ever been to a horse race? Ever ridden a horse? Did you enjoy it? Have you ever been to Kentucky? Do you like Bourbon? 

I watched the Kentucky Derby but have never been to a horse race.  When I was growing up, I had a horse named Honeycomb and I use to ride him. Youngest daughter played college basketball, and there were a few games in Kentucky.  It always fascinated me to see the finest horse stables!  I am not a Bourbon fan unless I have a cold and then I make me a hot toddy.

2.  What's something you wish you'd placed in a time capsule fifteen years ago? 

You are making my brain think!! lol

The type of technology I was a flip phone!  

3. Are you adventurous? Elaborate. 

Somewhat adventurous. I think being adventurous adds excitement to life. I use to take hub by the wing and say lets go.  But there are times when I need to plan out every detail.

4. Something you want to make this year? It can be a new recipe, craft, diy project, a milestone you've set for yourself...anything at all. 

A milestone I have set for myself is to be able to get in more walking.  I was at 5,000 steps a day and now I want to have 10,000 steps.

5. Cinco de Mayo was also celebrated this past you like Mexican food? If so what's your favorite dish? Have you ever been to Mexico?  Margarita-yes or no?

I am a fan of Mexican food.  I really don't have a favorite. I like spicy foods.  Never been to Mexico and I have no desire to go.  Margarita--Definitely YES!!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I don't know if it is related to allergies or what but this nasty crud has gotten hold of me and just won't let go.  I have been taking OTC meds without much relief.  The doctor said is was a virus and there is nothing for me to take.  Boy, I sure am ready for it to hurry up and move out of my body!!

Have a great rest of the week and ENJOY LIFE!

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. Mayday! Mayday!...when was the last time (or a recent time) you literally or figuratively needed to call for help? Elaborate. 

Two weeks ago, the weather was nice, and I was getting my back deck in shape.  I had cleaned the tables, chairs, and other stuff sitting around.  Finally, I decided to get my sun setter in shape.  I hit the button and nothing, so I tried again and still nothing!!  The remote needed a battery.  After figuring out how to remove the cover for a battery, I had no idea what kind of battery I was needing.  It was a round thing-a-ma-jig.  I was amazed at this kind of battery because I had never seen on like this before.  I called my neighbor for help.  Of course, he knew exactly what kind of battery this was and where I needed to go and buy one.   After I purchased the battery, he helped me put it in the remote.  My late hub took care of all of this is new to me.

After the battery was put in, I went to let out the sun setter...NOTHING.  I kept trying and still NOTHING!   My neighbor asked where the power was coming from AND that's where I noticed I had not plugged it in!!  DUH on my part!!  We both had a good laugh at my expense.

2. May Day...when was the last time you danced? Do you have a lot of baskets? What's something you keep in a basket? What's your favorite purple flower? 

Before hub passed away, he and I were talking dance lessons.  It was so fun.  The last time I danced was 6 years ago.

I have a lot of baskets that is partially full of junk..cords, sticky notes, sunglasses, etc.

Favorite purple flower is the hydrangea.

3. What's something you may do this month? 

I may just sit on my porch for a few days and relax.  The last day of school is May 24th

4. Do you like eggplant? Quick topic changes lol? If you said yes in answer to the eggplant question how do you like yours prepared? Of the following purple foods, which one is your favorite...plums, purple carrots, purple asparagus, eggplant, acai berries, blackberries, purple cauliflower, elderberries, purple potatoes, or passion fruit? 

I love eggplant.  Hub was the cook in the family so I don't know how it was really prepared...crunchy and soft.  

Blackberries would have to be my favorite.

5. The calendar turns on Hodgepodge Day...

"Then you have to remember to be thankful; but in May one simply can't help being thankful that they are alive, if for nothing else."-L.M. Montgomery

Tell us one thing you're thankful for today. 

I am thankful that I have a loving, forgiving God who forgives my sins daily.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We have started a small women's group (about 6 or 7 young ladies) which I truly enjoy going.  Having women who share each other's burdens.  Women are so similar and I am so glad others feel the way I do.  I just enjoy this group so much!!

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. What is an adult problem nobody prepared you for?  Losing loved ones.   2. Without mentioning any tech, what's your most prized pos...