Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's one thing that's still the same about you as when you were young?
My poor eyesight!!  I am still blind as a bat.

2. What's more important-history or science? Why?

Science-just because of all the knowledge and  inventions from our famous inventors- Benjamin Franklin to Henry David Thoreau science helps us move forward.  However, with history, one should learn from their mistakes, right? and history helps one learn from the past.

3. Lima, kidney, string, garbanzo, black or pinto-your favorite bean?
Pinto beans.  A favorite dish-pinto beans, cornbread, garden green onions, and a can of tomatoes.  Yummy!

4. What's something people come to your town to do?

This weekend is Chilhowie's Apple Festival.  The festivities started last weekend-Kick-Off Event with a concert in town and beauty pageants.  Friday, the vendors set up on the 'green' for three days, Saturday will be the parade and band competitions, and Sunday will be gospel singing.  The Apple Festival use to be HUGE; Chilhowie was booming with all the apple orchards and many people came from all over.  Now there are no longer any apple orchards-housing development took over but the town still celebrates.

5. When was the last time you were in a meeting? Sum it up for us in five words or less.

Massive amounts of paperwork-Government

6. What special event would you like a VIP pass to attend?
I would like to sit down to dinner with many First Ladies--just to name a few-Hillary Clinton,

7. What's one piece of advice you'd give a writer?

Be able to show your readers-not just tell.  Prove to me it is a good day by using specific words,  be able to capture my attention in the first couple of paragraphs-I need a hook, and please don't spoon food me-let me make up my own mind -just don't tell me the ending all of the time.  Uh-Oh-that's was more than one.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Something I have thought about lately-be kind to one another for one doesn't know the news that person has just received or what that person is going through.  All it may take is just a simple "hello" or a smile.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. When did you last sing happy birthday to someone? When were you last sung to? Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day?

Couple of weeks ago, sung Happy Birthday to my neighbor's son.  I can't remember when someone sung Happy Birthday to me.  Absolutely NOT--like being the center of attention on my birthday!!

2.  Name a famous or 'infamous' person (living or deceased) who shares your birth day and month. Is that someone you'd like to meet in person if it were possible?

Had to google this--Tom Cruise and I share the same birthday-duh-Yeah, would love to meet him!  Others who share my birthday month: Huey Lewis, Toby Keith, Ringo Star, George Bush, Bill Cosby.

3. Someone hands you a box tied up in a lovely bow...what are you hoping to find inside?

Airline Tickets to somewhere!  I want to travel, but hub doesn't.

4. What can you guarantee about yourself?

That I am a loyal friend and will be there for you. I

5. Talking art and beautiful cities here...'The Last Supper' in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey in Milan Italy or 'The Mona Lisa' in The Louvre, Paris...which would you most like to see up close and in person?  Why?

I would like to see The Last Supper' in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey, so I can also tour the church.

6. Your favorite dessert?

Gosh-I really don't have a what you call favorite dessert.  I like many, many desserts-from cobblers to



I will admit, I am not much into pies.

7. This coming weekend marks the official start of autumn (in the Northern hemisphere)...what is something you do to get ready for fall? What is one thing you're looking forward to on your fall calendar? Spring or fall-which do you prefer?

Decorate my yard (thanks-need reminding-it is this weekend).  I love fall because the weather is perfect, the sky is a beautiful blue, and God paints our world beautiful.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Still making trips back and forth to hospital to see MIL.  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This has been a busy weekend and also a weekend to reflect on life.

Hub and I have had grandson to keep since Thursday.  Friday after school, we took him to a birthday party one of his friends was having.  Saturday, I attended a baby shower and had a few errands to run.

This weekend has also been filled with hospital visits.  My brother-in-law and daughter took my mother-in-law to the emergency room Wednesday.  Hub and I went down later that night.  MIL has not been taking her heart medication for two weeks and the doctor seemed to think this was the main problem.  They kept her over night just to regulate the meds and hopefully she would be discharged Thursday.  MIL is 78 years old and weighs probably 80 pounds.  She was not discharged and has taken a turn for the worse.  The nurses have told us she probably will not make it home.  Hub and I talked last night and realized MIL hasn't been the same in a long time-especially since father-in-law passed away 4 years ago.  MIL has always been happy, but here lately hasn't been.  Through our tears last night, hub and I shared many stories of earlier years.  This is what we all hold on to, right?  The good memories and stories.  I pray for comfort for my MIL and her sons as they deal with death knocking on our door.
MIL middle name is Grace so..

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's something you're never too young or too old to enjoy?

Games-hide-and-seek, ring around the rosie, volleyball, basketball or just a fun game of corn hole.  Sometimes my body says I am not as young as I use to be, but my mind says -oh go ahead.  To me, I am never too old (ahem)

2. Share one happy memory from your high school years.

Attending my first 'sock hop' -getting ready, being nervous, and hoping the boy of my dreams would ask me to dance and having so much fun being in the high school band!

3. A nationwide strike of fast food employees took place in the U. S. last week...they're calling for higher wages and the right to unionize? Your thoughts?

I have to admit I didn't know about the strike-My thoughts most employees are teenagers who are living with their parents, college students wanting extra spending money, or retired employees wanting extra money.  We all feel at one time or another that we are overworked and underpaid. If this results in higher wages, would one also expect higher food prices, etc?

4. September is National Honey Month...what's a favorite dish you make or eat that calls for honey?

Don't know one; however, I do put honey in coffee sometimes.  Since you mentioned honey, did ya'll know that honey is great for you.  Eat one teaspoon of honey (must be local-in a 10 mile radius) and you will be amazed at the way you begin to feel.

5.  If you notice someone with a tag sticking out, a button unbuttoned, a shirt on inside-out, or some leftover lunch stuck between their teeth do you say something or do you keep quiet?

When comes to clothing and I am close friends with that person, I will usually fix the collar or tag and tell the person that he/she has missed a button.  I can't tell someone they have food in their teeth unless I am asked that question then I tell. 

6. What movie always makes you cry?  Or at least makes you feel like crying?

Oh Gosh!  Most romance movies make me cry-heck I cry watching Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

7.   'Mary Had a Little Lamb' was written in May of 1830, and published inJuvenile Miscellany in September of that same year.  Now for the fun part...create your own four line rhyme using that same tune.

Tammy had two daughters,( da-au ters)
daughters, daughters,
Tammy had two daughters
Whose Mom was very proud!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We opened up the coffee shop after the ballgame Friday night.  Pleased with the turnout.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Weekend Rewind

Weekend Rewind....

Not official, but we opened!!

Friday evening after the first home football game, hub and I decided to open our coffee shop.  Daughter, Amanda, had done a trial run with coffee on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday-bringing free coffee to teachers and bus drivers in Chilhowie-(great idea, right?)  and she told all we were going to have the coffee shop open after the game on Friday.  Friday was so hot that our school district decided to dismiss two hours earlier-heat and coffee-hum...  Friday was the 'big game' school rivalry football game.  We rolled the dice and just decided to open.-our open sign has not arrived but..what the heck was my thinking.  Truly surprised be the turnout-especially since the football game went in overtime.  Many were amazed at the work we had done on the building and were impressed.  Coffee and cake were a hit!  Me, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole night-the conversation, taking orders, fixing coffee, and even cleaning up!!

Saturday was a fun-filled day. First was our annual Shaker Reunion-always nice.  The weather cooperated-not to hot.  Later that evening was our church's Back to School Bash.  This event is filled with games for the little ones, cheap food (hot dogs only 25 cents, and a drink for a 50 cents-can't beat that price.  We also give school supplies away-great news for parents.  (Have you had to purchase school supplies lately-takes a chuck out of a paycheck now days)  Our church had the SOAR Team from Liberty University come.  This is a group of Christian athletes who do many, many amazing tricks with a basketball.  This group was phenomenal.

Please excuse the picture taken-that would be me-but I hope you can see how amazing these young men were.

I have written before about my little Wee Worship (ages 3-4) group I teach on Sunday mornings.  We finished our study on the Armor of God and I just had to post some pictures.

Truly and blessed by these little ones every Sunday.

After church, despite the rain, I attended the Fourth Annual Muck Dam Kids Reunion.

We all grew up on the Muck Dam-formally know as Perryville.  Our houses were all torn down because of Olin polluting the water.  Each year (past 4) we have a reunion thanks to a very special person for organizing the event-Thanks-Tuffy!  Many have moved away but all come home for this special day.  Great food, friendship, laughter, and memories.  I can't think of a better way to end the summer.

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