Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 1.What's something you're dealing with that might be described as tricky?

Opening up a new business-a lot to deal with right now especially starting from scratch.

2.  What's your treat of choice?

Resse's  Cups

3. Did you/will you carve a jack-o-lantern this month? Which real (living or dead) or fictional 'Jack' would you most like to meet in person? Why?

Hub and I carved a jack-o-lantern this weekend.
I would have liked to have met Jack Kennedy.

4.  In your opinion, what's the grossest sounding word in the English language?

The first thing that came to my mind was 'burp'.  I think that is because I am with middle school students.

5. When did your heart last skip a beat?

It would have to be when hub has his oncologist appointment.  Daughter will be having her cardiologist appointment next week-so I am sure heart will skip a beat then, too.

6. Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Picket, Michael Jackson's ThrillerWerewolves of London by Warren Zevon, or Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters...your favorite 'scary' tune?

Monster Mash

7.   It was a dark and stormy night when my headache would not stop!!  Can we tell my head has hurt for days now.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Have a save Halloween!  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

 1. When it comes to good manners, what two top your list of most important?

Respect-I use to play the song ' R-E-S-P-E-C-T' years ago on the first day of school. With all the changes and all, I don't do this anymore.    Not only do most students not have respect, many young adults (late 20's-30's) are lacking in  this area.

Common Courtesies-saying thank-you, holding the door open for someone-letting someone go ahead of you in line

2. Let's open a proverbial can of worms...Common Core.  Are you familiar with the term (talking education reform in the USA)?  If so, care to share your thoughts? In your opinion, what is one of the biggest issues schools (in your home country) face today?

Testing, testing, testing, and testing.  Absolutely test students way too much.  Much of basic life skills a person will use everyday is by the wayside-examples: how to balance a checkbook, figuring the best cost of an item, etc.  Getting back to teaching the basics will also help with manners and being respectful that is slowly but leaving our society's youth.

3. Name a celebrity whose fashion sense you admire and share why.
Kate Middleton-a celebrity to me-adore her fashion sense.

4. How are you affected by the changing seasons?

Have always been the kind of person where seasons don't bother me emotionally.  Fall is gorgeous-not affected by allergies (yeah for me), with my hot flashes, winter is okay, spring gets me all excited for I see the end of school, and summer is just care free and I do try to accomplish some much needed projects around the house.  What bothers me about the changing seasons is the time changes--I loathe when we fall back-I can't stand it when it gets dark by 5:30 and then when I get use to this time-BAM-we spring forward and it takes me awhile to get back the hour of sleep I lost.

5. Scariest book you've ever read?

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!  I am not into scary books.

6. What time of day are you most hungry? What's your go-to snack?

How about around 9 or 10p.m.  I can go all day without eating or being hungry but the minute I sit down to read or watch television I have to eat.  My go-to-snacks vary-apples with peanut butter, rice cakes with peanut butter, potato chips, nuts (any kind), cookies, or if I happen to have a candy bar in the house I will eat that first.

7. Do you lean more towards being too needy or too independent? Which do you find harder to deal with in others?

Independent-As a matter of fact, hub complains because I am more independent than needy.  Daughters on the other hand are very needy-calling constantly over the smallest detail-hub loves this-not me.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
oops-published when I meant to hit save!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Weekend Rewind

Weekend Rewind

Beautiful weekend in my neck of the woods.  The color of the trees is breathtaking and the sky is gorgeous.  But I forgot to take pictures (ahem) and tonight I thought to myself how dingy I was for not taking any.

Daughter #2 opened up her pharmacy on Thursday.  Can I get a big Hooray!!!  There was an article in our local paper about her.

I am very proud of her!  She is putting in long hours and always has a smile on her face.  On Saturday, she allowed the Humane Society to come and set up in the parking lot adjacent to the building. Did I mention she is also an animal lover??

My calendar for the upcoming week is jammed packed!  Whew! I get a headache just thinking about all I need to do.  

Have a great week-I am going to try and get a jump start on the upcoming week!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday hodgepodge

1. What was your biggest worry five years ago?  Is it still a worry? 

Five years ago, father-in-law was very ill and he was like a father to me (my father passed away 3 years after hub and I married).  I was worried about father-in -law and daughters. Father-in-law passed away 4 years ago.  Today, I am worried about daughters-I think a mother never stops worrying-and I also worry  about hubs health.

2. Yesterday (October 15th) was National Grouch Day...what makes you grouchy? What cheers you up when you're feeling grouchy?

I am not really grouchy unless you see me first thing in the morning and all I need then is to get a cup of coffee in my stomach.

3.  In one word, how does it feel to be photographed?


4. Besides your parents, who would you say had the greatest influence on you in choosing your life path?  Explain. 

My paternal grandmother.  She was a Christian mother and grandmother.  Remembering back, she would always walk to church and take us with her-even though my grandfather did not become a Christian until he was in his late 70;s, my grandmother still prayed for him.  When hub and I were going through the health issues with #1 daughter, she would call me and have prayer over the phone. While in Boston for daughter's second heart surgery, it was grandmother I called.   My grandmother knew what I was going through because she saw my daddy suffer and had to watch him die  .  Never did she lose faith.  Many times she  told me the hardest thing she ever did was attending my daddy's funeral.  My grandmother was such an encourager  and an inspiration to me.  How I wish I could talk to her now.

5. The crisp days of autumn are here ...what's something you like to eat, but only if it's crisp?

Can only think of a crisp apple.

6. What's the most useless object you own?

No idea on this one.  I think I use most objects.

7.  Share a favorite fall memory.

Growing up, we always had a garden.  Burning the leaves in the garden was fun!   All of the neighbors' children would come over and we had a blast playing in the fire!!  One never thought of raking leaves a chore because we knew what was coming next was going to  be fun.  The smell never bothered us then, but I can't stand to smell leaves burning now. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Charlie (hub) got a good report on Monday from his oncologist.  Praise for this.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Weekend Rewind

Sickness does take a toll on one, doesn't it?

It has been a little over a month since I have written.  Dealing with MIL's sickness has gotten the best of me.  MIL is 78 years old and has been in and out of the hospital for a month.  She is now home and needs constant care/supervision.  I am  mainly the caregiver here-and I am getting really tired-trying to juggle work, helping out at the coffee shop, and being a mother is wearing me out! I love MIL to death, but she is so hateful and contrary.  I have bitten my tongue many times and have taken longer walks with each episode.  Getting her to take her meds is a battle.  Who ever said growing old was great, is not telling me the truth. :( for venting.  I keep repeating this to myself:  God doesn't put anymore on me than I can handle-somewhere I have heard this and this has kept me somewhat sane.

On the bright side....

It was a gorgeous weekend.  The coffee shop was open after the football game on Friday.  

  I do enjoy this even after a hectic week.

Daughter #2 came home Saturday with boyfriend and introduced us to a new family member.

Grandson loved playing with Sadie.

Hub grilled out for all of us.

and I was able to take a breather.

Able to capture some photos on Sunday.

Hub has his oncologist check-up tomorrow.  Prayers appreciated for a good report. I still get nervous every time.

Daughter #1 is opening her pharmacy this Thursday...she is beyond excitement...
of course, hub is just as excited as she is.

Lately, I have thought a lot about God's promises-especially the promise of healing.  I know he still works miracles-Daughter #1 has been healed (I need to write about her heart surgeries). The Bible tells us to pray for whatever we need and that includes healing. I know healing does not always occur.  But the Bible does promise that if we are not healed, there is something greater waiting for us.

My prayer for MIL has not only been one for healing, but also one for comfort.  I know all will be okay-God has a plan.

Have a great week and Enjoy Life.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's one thing you learned in September?

Where did September go?

2. Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash, or blech! hold the squash... what's your favorite squash? What's your favorite way to prepare your favorite squash?

I am not much a fan of squash, but I will chose zucchini squash-prepare-saute this with onion and olive oil and serve immediately.

3. The older I get the_______________________________.

The older I get the more I realized how time goes by faster and faster.

4. What's your favorite television theme song ever?


5. What do you wish you'd spent more time doing five years ago?

Enjoying each day more and spending more time with family and friends.

6. What item do you most need (or want) to add to your wardrobe this fall?

Another pair of boots and a cute coat, hat, and scarf would be okay with me.

7. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts cartoon was introduced to the world. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

The Flintstones

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I have been home from school for two days now  :(-not feeling very well and I have laryngitis. Mother-In-law is still very sick and going back and forth to the hospital has taken its toll on me.  Prayers appreciated right now.

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