Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. What are your plans for Easter? Are you cooking a big lunch or dinner?  Dyeing eggs? Attending a sun rise service?  Eating too much chocolate?

I will be cooking Easter dinner.  Of course, I haven't planned a menu as of yet.  I can't get in the mood-we are closed today in my school system due to SNOW!  UGH!

2.  What is something you feel too young to do?

Are we ever too young to do anything?  Can't wait to read other answers!

3.  "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs..."  

Of the characteristics mentioned in the biblical definition of love which do you find most difficult to live out and why?
It is not easily angered and it keeps no record of wrongs-I chose two!  I get angry at parents today with their mistreatment of their children and I have a hard time forgiving or forgetting these wrong doings.  Asking God to help me with this issue right now.

4. What's a springtime flower you associate with your childhood?
A rose.  I remember rose bushes all over my parent's yard when growing up and gosh always pricking my finger on them.

5.  Ever sung karaoke? If so, what's your go-to song? If not and you're given the opportunity, would you? 
Can't say I have and definitely would not-not a singing voice.

6. What is something you keep in a basket?
The remote control to the television set.

7.  When was the last time you felt foolish?
Probably last week-trying to do one of my zumba moves.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Come on spring!  This is what I am looking at right now.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snow Day

Where is spring?

The calendar says spring and so does my body so where is it?

I can not get going to do anything today.  I must say I need the sunshine and warmer tempertures.  Usually, I am so excited around Easter with all new life budding out but not this year.  The weather is not cooperating with the calendar.  I just knew for certain that since March came in like a lion it would leave like a lamb.  Not true-March came in like a lion and it is leaving roaring! 
My school system was closed again today due to weather.  This is what it looks like now outside-

As you can see, I thought spring was coming so I went ahead last weekend and sat out the patio furniture.

Oh well, spring will come!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. March 20th is the first day of she a lion or a lamb in your part of the world? 
Lion-the 'ole'saying isn't holding true.  March came in like a lion, and I do believe March is going to leave like a lion.  The weather forecast is calling for cool temperatures the next week with a little wintery mix.

2. What's the most dreaded task on your spring clean to-do list?  Do you have a 'plan of attack'?
Most dreaded-windows/blinds plus high to reach shelves where I have some of my grandmother's and hub's grandmother's dishes.
Right now-I am thinking like Winnie the Pooh-Why bother?

3. 'em or hate 'em?  What's a favorite dish you make using peas?

Peas-Like'em-my favorite dish to make is a pea salad.

4.  Do you feel under appreciated?
Not so much under appreciated as taken for granted or assuming this is what I should do.  Hub does appreciate all that I do and very often tells me so :)  On the other hand, many people-not going to mention who-have said to me, "I just assume you would do it."  or have made the comment-that is what you are supposed to do.  Not all but many young teens and young adults do not appreciate what you do for them-they look at it as a privilege you get for doing it for them-does this make sense?

5. Have you been using Google Reader?  If so, what are you switching to now that GR has announced retirement?  If not, how do you read your favorite blogs? 
Oh No-where have I been.  Yes, I use Google Reader-so what am I to do y'all??  Any suggestions?

6. Anne Bradstreet is credited with the following quote~

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." 

Agree or Disagree?  Why?

Agree- Without winter, would one appreciate the birth of spring-flowers, birds singing, grass getting greener-I probably wouldn't.  Also without having hardships (which no one wants but all experience) would we appreciate prosperity?  I think not,

7.  When did you last 'spring for something'?  What was it?
The other morning-my alarm clock.

8.  Insert your own random thought here?

I had a visitor at school yesterday.  Grandson loves Angry Birds so I had to get his picture next to the bulletin board with: Angry Verbs

Monday, March 18, 2013


On Saturday, family had a birthday party to attend for a cousin who was turning two.  As it usually seems, we rush out the door at the last minute.

At the back of our house, we built a little 'mud room' .  Now it is mainly a toy room for grandson but we still have our snow shoes out there-about 7 pairs to be exact with two pairs of flip-flops that belong to daughters.  When we returned home, from the birthday party-in unison daughters and I said-"Somebody has been here!"  All of the shoes were tied together and in the middle of the floor.  A broom and the snow shovel was beside the door.  Daughters and I just stood there staring at the shoes in the middle of the floor.  Hub walks up and says what happened here?  "We don't know" was our reply,  We unlock the main door and go inside the house.  We all then began thinking who would pull this prank, and we knew it had to be someone who knew we were gone for a while-it did take a while to tie the shoes together. After much discussion we knew the culprit so we called the person.  Wrong this person was in Roanoke.  Oh well, was our thought.

The weather was a little chilly-cool breeze for a light jacket-so went went outside-just to walk around the yard.  As we headed out the door, this strange car pulls up-who is that?  Out walked a friend I haven't seen in over two years!!  He was laughing and smiling.  Yep, he pulled the prank. He was just passing through and remembered where I lived and wanted to visit for a while,  :)

I can surely handle this kinda prank.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. Do you play games of luck/chance for money? Have you ever played bingo for money? Visited a casino?  Placed a bet on a horse? Bought a lottery ticket?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, and Yes!!  Have I ever won!  NO!  I just get a thrill on doing this-but I limit myself and after I spend my limit I quit!

2.  Will you be preparing and/or dining on the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal this St. Patrick's Day? Mashed-baked-hash browned-french fried...your favorite way to have potatoes?
Probably not having the traditional meal,
As far as potatoes go-anyway is fine with me.

3. What's the last thing you felt 'green with envy' over?
Having some time to enjoy the 'small stuff' and not feel guilty about it.

4.  What's at the end of your rainbow?
A pot of Gold! 

5. March 12th marks the anniversary of the death of Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-March, 1945).  Anne's diary detailing her time spent hiding from the Nazi's during the war ranks as one of the best selling books of all time.  Besides your blog, do you keep any sort of diary or journal?  Was this a habit you developed as a child or is journaling something new for you?

I began keeping a journal for my grandson. Writing down the 'little milestones' and special happenings that goes on in his life. Grandson is 4 and one day I hope he appreciates this.

6. What's an item in your home or closet that contains every color of the rainbow?
Bath towels.  I don't have a color scheme now-so all  towels are a different color.  If you would have told me this a few years ago, I would have cringed.  Before we bought this older house and remodeled -my 5 baths had a color scheme-not now.

7.  Write a limerick with you as the subject.  You can do it!!  Just remember this is a family friendly blog...don't make me get out my wooden spoon.

There is a woman named Tammy
Who came home from Zumba all clammy
To class she went on Monday
To melt the fat away
Way to go for you-Gammy

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Relay for Life meeting last night.  Whew! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Weekend Rewind

Weekend Rewind

This weekend was an experience few and far between for me.  Hub and I always keep grandson (Nate)every weekend-especially on Saturday and take him to church with us on Sunday.  Then he usually spends all day with us on Sunday.  This weekend was different.

We had previously checked the weather forecast and knew bright, sunny skies were predicted.  We  -all  of the family (daughters and their boyfriends) wanted to take grandson to Chuck E Cheese and then to the playground. Nate's dad was going golfing and his other Mamow was coming in from North Carolina.  When his other Mamow comes in, we still keep Nate on Saturday and Sunday. So our weekend was planned.  Even the best of plans don't go according to plan.  Friday evening after school both daughters were crying and upset.  Nate's other Mamow had decided to keep Nate on Saturday, which I need to reiterate was a first.  Explaining to my daughters that this was not in our control and it would be alright, was a hard task.  After much discussion on this topic and all was settled, we did the next best thing--Eat and make other plans-well daughters made other plans with their boyfriends.  Food does make one feel better.

Saturday-#2 daughter and her boyfriend headed to Roanoke, and #1 daughter and her boyfriend had plans to cook dinner and watch a movie.  I looked at hub and said-let's go somewhere-just start driving and see where we want to go.  We ended up at the mall and just did some simple window looking.  Later we headed over to hub's brother's house,  Hub's brother has a farm and is known for taking in all animals-truthfully!  Baby goats had just been born that morning and hub's brother was so excited.  I walked down to look at them and they were so cute-how adorable. A sign of spring for me.

After our little farm journey, hub and I decided to go out and eat.
 When our food arrived, we sat and asked each other how long had it been since it was just the two of us out for dinner.  Neither of us could remember.  We talked, laughed, and ate.  Gosh, both of us had missed these days-just the two of us enjoying each other's company.

Sunday after church, we all went to eat-very seldom happens after church.  For many years, daughters were either leaving to return to college, we were too exhausted from traveling, and we had grandson-who didn't really want to go.  So, we enjoyed a nice Sunday lunch after church.

We have purchased a building to hopefully turn into a business-coffee shop and later a pharmacy.  Hub and I went to look around the building, and I wanted to take pictures since the remodeling will start tomorrow-I want to remember how the building originally looked before we began with the remodeling.  I am excited about this project.

This evening, we all realized that we made it through the weekend.  Both daughters did say that I must have gained many pounds-since hub and I went out to eat very often.  Yes, food is comforting.

Looking forward to Monday and seeing little man, though.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

wednesday hodgepodge

1. My real life friends came through with another question this week so thank you real life friends. When you've eaten in a restaurant do you complete their comment card? Do you take online surveys highlighted at the bottom of store receipts?

No, I never do either one of these.

2. The (US) ban on women in combat was lifted at the end of January. It will probably be next year before specifics are worked out, but its been reported over 200,000 front line positions will eventually open up to women. Your thoughts?

Personally I am don't think women should be on the combat front-HOWEVER--my daughter has a close friend who is in the military.  Her friend is a tiny, little thing and she is sooo willing to be on the combat lines.  I admire this young girl and her parents as well.

3. In looking back at all the blog posts you've written, what's your favorite post title?

Don't really have one.  I enjoy my Christmas blog posts the best.

4. What's worse-overly permissive parents or overly protective parents? Did your own parents lean more to the permissive or the protective category? If you're a parent where do you fall?
I am going to answer BOTH!
Overly permissive parents allow children/teenagers to be adults way before they should be. 
Overly protective parents do not allow children/teenagers to grow-up.
Parenting is the hardest job ever!  A job that makes one learn where to draw the line, letting go of the little battles, and always saying a prayer to God for your child's safety.
My parents were neither -overly permissive or overly protective.  I knew the boundaries and the consequences I would face, if I crossed the boundaries.  I also knew my parents would not always come to my rescue, and I had to face the consequences when I made the wrong choices.
I believe we need a Parenting Class to be taught in High School.  Your thoughts?

5. Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city...which one's your favorite?

Firelight for me-reason being it brings a calmness over me.

6. Dr. Seuss's birthday was celebrated on Saturday. What's a favorite book you remember (Seuss or otherwise) from your own childhood? Did books play an important role in your growing up years? Explain.

I can't remember having many books read to me when I was growing up. I do remember in high school loving to read.  As a parent, books have been a part of my daughters and now my grandson's life.  I loved reading to my girls and now reading to grandson.

7. To quote Dr. Seuss...

"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere."
from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Share something funny you've recently read, seen or heard.

This just dawned on me-after the President's State of the Union-I recall the newsman saying he was going to interpret his message for me.  Why?  Is he insinuating I can't interpret the message.  Funny, how I just thought of this.  Leave this to Joyce to jog my memory--LOL 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Rain, rain, go AWAY!!

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