Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Driving Into the Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
1. Last time you drove more than 100 miles from your home? Where did you go? 

Last December, I drove to see an ole friend from college.  I spent New Year's Eve with her and New Year's Day.  She lives in Roanoke and is a nurse.  We had gotten in touch with each other over the summer, she came to my house in October, and we made plans for me to spend New Year's Eve with her.  

2. Something that drives you batty? 

People who live in a fake  world....and people who share their dirty laundry.  I have Facebook , and I do look at Facebook and post some things.  But so many people paint this wonderful picture on facebook and live in this make believe world, but it isn't true. Maybe this is the only one people can cope with what is really going on in their lives.  Then you have people who air out their dirty laundry...oh my drives me batty.  BUT then again, I have to choice to look at Facebook or not and so it is my fault this drives me batty.

3. Do you feel like you're 'on track'? For what? 

No!!  I had planned to do so much around the house over the summer and Nope haven't accomplished much and school starts in TWO weeks!  No way am I on track.

4. Your favorite car snack(s)? 

When youngest daughter played college basketball, there was a lot of traveling.  I always took apples, almonds, and carrots.  Something about the crunch was satisfying to me.  Hub would always pull into a fast food place and grab a burger and fries; I just couldn't eat all that grease, sit in a car for hours, and then have to sit and watch a basketball game.  Of course, at the game, I always got popcorn and candy.

5. Something you've done recently 'on the fly'? 

Only thing that comes to my mind is letting daughter cut my hair.  I haven't been able to make a hair appointment and my hair was getting on my nerves.  Last  Thursday, as a matter of fact, daughter asks if I want her to cut my hair which I quickly replied, "Sure." I had forgotten all about it till she came Friday to pick up the boys with her scissors and other stuff.  Now, my daughter is a DPT not a hairdresser!!!  I let her cut my hair and I must admit she did a good job!  She said she watched a lot of videos on You Tube and learned.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I have been freezing a lot of squash, zucchini, and zucchini bread...I am so glad I put out a little garden.  I have enjoyed working in my garden this summer maybe that is why I haven't accomplished my inside house projects.

My daughter has had some female problems and goes for more tests this morning.  Please whisper a prayer all will be okay. Thanks

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you like the beach? How far do you have to drive to get to the nearest beach? Your least favorite thing about the beach? Last beach trip you took? 

I like going to the beach; there is something with the ocean that makes me calm and at peace.  The closest beach is about 8 hrs away.  My least favorite is when the wind is blowing hard and the sand stings you.  Last year I went to the beach.

2. Are you known for making waves or are you more of a 'go along to get along' kind of person? Explain.

I am more of a 'go along to get along'.  When it comes to certain conversation topics, I usually keep quiet or just nod my head in agreement.  Same goes when with a group and trying to decide what to do or where to eat.

3. A favorite song that in some way references the beach? A favorite book and/or movie with a beach-y setting? 

Favorite song..."Under the Boardwalk" this song always reminds me of the beach. Book ..The Beach House  favorite movie...."Blue Lagoon".

4.Tuesday is National Simplicity Day...what's a simple pleasure you've enjoyed this week? What's something you could eliminate from your life to make things simpler? 

Getting harvest from my small garden!  Chasing and getting rid of groundhogs would make my life simpler.

5. What's something you love to do? Do you do it often? Why or why not? 

Love to read and travel.  I read often just about every day.  I don't get to travel as much as I would like because I don't like traveling solo.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Here lately, I feel like I am living in a rainforest.  It has rained for the past 7 days and trying to take care of my garden and lawn has been playing dodgeball with the rain/storms.

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day...are you a fan? Do you make your own or have a favorite place to buy from? Do you own chickens? If not chicken what's your favorite fried food?

A fan of fried chicken!!  I have never made my own fried chicken.  

I do not own any chickens, but a lot of my friends do.

2.  What's something you're too chicken to try?

I am too chicken to go to a restaurant and eat dinner by myself.  Going Solo....I just don't know.

3. When did you last find yourself running around like a 'chicken with its head cut off'?

Here lately, it is been about every day. Just on example:  a couple of weeks ago I decided to buy the grandsons their own beds for my house.  Problem was all my bedrooms have beds (duh)!!  My cousin came over and said for me to sell the King Size bed (this was on a Tuesday) I haven't slept in that bed since my late hub died.  My cousin posted it on FB and by that evening it had sold! My daughter had found a bunk bed with twin beds.  Early Wednesday morning, the person came to get my King Size bed (shew!! tearing it down was a nightmare).  After he left, I went to daughter's house and we went to get the bedroom suit for my grandsons. Plus all the other stuff...bedding, pillows, rugs, etc.  Well, the bedroom suit wouldn't fit in her van.  We get to her lake house, I unloaded all the other stuff from her van, and loaded my car with it.  I was headed home when Keith (my late daughter's husband) called and he had found 7 totes of stuff that was mine.  He was bringing it to my house.  I got home unloaded the vehicle and my  had put full size stuff in the buggy and I needed twin size.  Keith came and I helped him unload his truck with my totes (SEVEN).  I asked Keith if he would mind taking me to the place where we had purchased the beds and I was going to return the bedding for the proper size.  He agreed and I am so glad no one was around because the bed stuff was long and I was in the back of his truck trying to make it fit!  We headed home and we opened the box and was carrying the pieces in; it was so heavy.  Finally, Kenneth (daughter's hub) came from work and we all began assembling the bed. I turn around and here is Emily with the three boys.  Well, you know how excited they were.  But, even though you read the directions stuff is hard to put together.  We ordered pizza for dinner and the boys wanted to spend the night in their new bed.  Another problem..I had no PJ's but I had undershirts but no night time diapers for the twins.  By this time it is almost 10pm. Now in my small town the only place that is open this late is a grocery store and it closes at 11pm. I rush to the store and buy night time diapers!!!  I was so was one thing after the other that day, but in the end it all turned out perfect.


4. Something you've done recently that makes you think 'I'm no spring chicken'

Tending to my garden, mowing, weed eating, baking 6 loaves of zucchini bread to freeze and cleaning windows in the same day....NEVER again...I was pooped!  My mind said I could, but my body felt the tiredness.

5. 'Winner winner chicken dinner'...tell us about something good that's happened in your life lately. 

I celebrated another trip around the sun on Sunday.  Everyday is a blessing.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Having all 3 boys spend the night was a blessing

I don't mind sharing my veggies with my neighbor but the groundhogs have got to go...caught 3

My birthday cake the boys got me.

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. Something you learned from your father? 

To always help a person in need, to always be kind and respectful.

2. Do you like onions? Raw or cooked? How about onion rings? What's something you love to eat that calls for onions? 

I liked both cooked and raw onions.  Onion rings (those greasy kind) are great dipped in mustard.  I like a big juicy hamburger with a slab of onion.

3. It's officially summer (in the Northern hemisphere)...your favorite and least favorite things about the season?

My favorite part of summer is the beautiful sunsets and the longer daylight hours.  Here lately, the heat and humidity will take your breath when stepping outside.

4. When you think about the summers of your childhood what are two or three things that come to mind? 

Sitting on a blanket and playing barbies under a shade trade, breaking beans under the shade with family, and the huge carnival that come to town and my allowance was $2.oo which lasted all night.

5.  A hot mess, the heat of the moment, beat the heat, if you can't stand the heat, catch heat, in a dead heat...choose a 'hot 'phrase and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

  We have had a couple of nice days, but the temps and humidity is suppose to return today.  I try to work in my garden in the wee hours of the morning to beat the heat.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We had VBS last week and such a fun time.  It was only for 3 days and 2 hours each day.

Grandsons has a great time!

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge

"From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Elaborate.  

Sometimes...when I am around my close friends, I show my true emotions.  When around friends, who are just friends, I do no wear my heart on my sleeve.  I think it is okay to show your true emotions to close friends that is why you are close friends with someone.  I see nothing wrong with this. 

2. A favorite love song? 

"Always and Forever"

3. Do you consider yourself a trusting person? Explain. 

Yes, I consider myself a trusting person, and I like to be around people who are authentic. We all have bad days, but I try to be kind, compassionate, and I have integrity (thanks to my dad for this trait).

4. June 14th is National New Mexico Day...have you ever been to New Mexico (aka The Land of Enchantment)? Any desire to visit the state? Some of the top rated tourist attractions there are- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Park, The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Bandelier National Monument, The Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe Plaza, and the Petroglyph National Monument. Of the attractions listed which would be tops on your list? 

No, I have never been to New Mexico and I haven't thought about visiting this state. If I was to visit the state, I would chose to see The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival; I think this would be a beautiful sight to see all the different colors and shapes of the balloons.

5. What's something you've found enchanting recently? 

Last night the moon was breathtaking, and my pic does not do it justice

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Last Saturday, I attended my 45th high school reunion.  I think someone calculated it wrong (haha)

All who attended had a great time, but it was sad to learn of so many classmates who have passed away. Such great memories and a fun evening.

The night of the reunion also marked the anniversary of Relay for Life.  It was exactly 5 years ago that...

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. "A daughter's a daughter all her life, but a son's a son til he takes a wife." What say you? Elaborate.

I had two daughers but my hub had avery close relationship to his mother (way more than I was with my mom..ahem) and his mother was involved in our daughter's lives.  My hub was still a son when he and I was married. I personally don't know any man that has quit being a son or a daughter quit being a daughter because of marriage. 

I have 5 beautiful grandsons...THREE are my daughters and TWO (I never get to see) are from my step-son. The idea that my daughter will have to give her sons away when they marry is not the case, but my daughter will have to realize her sons have a change of focus now.

2. Something you've seen recently that was 'cuter than a June bug'

3. 'You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that's pretty much the same thing.' Agree or disagree? Last time you had a serving of happiness ice cream?  Dish-cone-milkshake-sundae...which one do you choose? 

Money can't buy happiness, and ice cream can make one happy, and money can buy ice cream!

It has been awhile since I had ice cream; I believe it was last year while in Tybee.  I am not a huge ice cream fan,but I prefer mint chocolate chip in a waffle cone.

4. What is one way/area in which you're currently 'swimming against the tide'? 

Groundhogs!!!  I planted a garden this year; the first time in many, many years.  The groundhogs have eaten my lettuce and hot pepper plants!!  I have called the game warden....NOTHING!!  AND I was told I couln't shoot them since I live in the town limits.  A friend is bringing me a trap this afternoon, so we will see.  They are baby groundhogs so the mother must have left.  I was afraid to put poison out since I have a cat.

5. Three things you're looking forward to this summer?

1. Spending time with grandsons and boat rides.

2. Reading

3. Maybe a trip...who knows...

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. What's something that makes you feel stressed? How do you cope? 

Giving these SOL Test for the state of Virginia!!!  For the students who get read aloud as an accommodation, we have to read orally to each one because the test all different.  For example, if they miss an easy question it bumps them back to easier passages and if they are doing great answering the questions, the test bumps them to more higher level questions...hence is why tested individually and read orally.  I am recorded reading the test and the recording is sent to the Department of Education.  SHEW!!!  After so long I begin to cough, take a drink of water, and then become strangled!!!  Double SHEW!!!

I am coping because I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.

2. What's a food you eat that evokes a memory? Explain. 

Watermelon   We had a farm when I was growing up.  My dad didn't want to live on the farm so we didn't.  The farm was about 20 minutes away from our house.  On a hot evening we would have to bale such think as the rolled bales now.  I had to wear long sleeves and long pants to protect myself from the hay scratching me as I would pick up a hay bale and throw it on the tractor.  This was usually started around 4 0'clock.  You talk about sweating....not a dry spot on me.  After we finished, which was usually around 9pm,  we headed home to sit on our porch and eat ice-cold watermelon.  Nothing tasted so cool and refreshing as this watermelon.  

3. This week's Hodgepodge lands on National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate by visiting a relative? If so is travel involved? Geographically, who is your nearest relative (not counting those living in your own house)?

I will be visiting relatives on Thursday for a high school graduation.  Only takes about 30 minutes to get there.  My nearest relative is my mom...5 minutes away.

4. What's your most frequently used emoji? Do you make more phone calls, send more emails, or mainly text to communicate with friends and family? 

My most frequently used emoji here lately has been the praying hands.  So much has happened to my little community unexpectedly.

I make phone calls to my mom and my aunt.  Maily text friends unless we schedule a face time call.

5. Tell us the story behind a favorite piece of furniture. 

I don't have a piece of furniture with a story.  I do however have some dishes that belonged to my late hub's grandmother.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

A  couple of weeks ago we had a small tornado touch down!  I was getting ready to go back to school to chaperone a dance and my cousin called and told me to get down to the basement.  I ashed her, "What for?"  I had not been listening to the news, my phone was in the kitchen, and my music was blaring.  She explained to me a tornado was heading my way.  Quickly, I called my mom and told her I was coming after her.  I had just gotten mom into the basement, when it became pitch black, the wind was howling, it was hailing so hard I thought my windows were breaking, when the electricity went off.  I was scared!!!  When it had all settled down, we went back upstairs.  There was so much hail on my porch, it was unbelievable.  My garden was ruined and I was mad until I heard about all the damage that had been done only 2-3 minutes away from me. Then I felt guilty and prayed thanking God for keeping me safe.

A scary time and I never want to experience that again.

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Saturday, April 30, 2022

A - Z Challenge...the letter 'Z'


Yay!!  I made it!!



You, besties, are zappy.  You all (me too) might not be as fast or as energetic as we use to be...but that is due to us getting a little older (ahem).  But you are all so matter where we are, you all seem to be the life of the party.

I love traveling with you all for there is never a dull moment.  Even in a restaurant, you get the party going, I won't mention the singing one!!

Again....You all are more that my besties,  More like family.  How lucky I am to find such amazing human beings is beyond me, BUT I did and it is WONDERFUL!

Not a day goes by that I am not thankful we travel the cosmos together!!