Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday and that means the HP and even though Joyce is in the Pacific Northwest enjoying time with one of her daughters, she still managed to come up with questions.  She never lets us down!

1. What's something fun you're looking forward to on your May calendar? 

We have some dear friends coming for a visit next week.  We have not seen them in about 2 years and we look forward to having them in our new home.  They are the kind of folks that you just pick up right where you left off the last time we saw them.

2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother?
Reserved, humble and prayerful.  These all describe my precious Mother and I'm so thankful the Lord blessed me with her.  Mother's Day has never been the same since her death 8 years ago. It still holds a certain sadness to me.
3. What's something beautiful you own or have seen that's made of glass? 

After my Mom's death my Dad gave me a beautiful cut glass pedestal candy dish that once belonged to his Mother.  She had given it to my Mom and Daddy wanted me to have it after Mom died.  I can just see it sitting somewhere in her house with hard candy in it.  Remember the unwrapped hard candy that was always stuck together and we just reached in with both hands, pulled it apart and ate it.  Perish the thought that we would do that today. ~too many germs~

4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual? 

Well, I am doing this Tuesday night and there was nothing typical about today.  It started out with the news that the Dad of two dear friends had passed away early this morning.  He would have been 90 today and was very sick but, nonetheless, we are never ready to let go.  I got on the phone to help get food lined out for the families and went to the grocery to get some items for the food that I am going to prepare.  I just seemed to have been in high gear all day.

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?
Be a little more "fly by the seat of your pants."  I'm all about a schedule and a plan for the most part and think it's definitely the more productive way.  But, there are times that no schedule and no plans are the way to go.

6. What's the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May? 

Oh, my goodness, paying for a new house last year should take care of major purchases for the rest of my life.  Can't think of anything that qualifies as a major purchase coming down the pike.  Well, on second thought, our landscaping should start in the next week or so.  We've been saying that for over a month now but the weather keeps preventing it.  Anyway, it definitely will qualify as a "major purchase" and I hope that's in the month of May. 

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?
I had a LOT of responsibility from a very young age and I can't say that I really disliked any of it.  I was looking for ways to earn money at the age of 13 by babysitting, doing ironing, cleaning houses, etc.  At 15 I got a job as a cashier at a local grocery.  I did all these things and still managed to enjoy some fun time.  It required that I be a very good manager of my time and I'm pretty sure that's why I'm still fairly good with time management and organization.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I don't know if you have heard of Feeln but if you haven't you need to know about it.  Feeln is an app and has the BEST movies!  I saw someone mention it on FB a few months back and decided to check it out.  I think it's around $1.99 a month and it is worth every penny of it.  I watch movies from the app every morning while I walk on the treadmill.  I like it better than Netflix or Amazon Prime, but, as far as I know it is only available through an app. 

NOTE: I will likely not be back to my regular blogging until Monday, too much going on the rest of this week.  But, will have lots to share then, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's been a couple of weeks since I've done the HP.  I was gone one week and last week was Spring Break for the HP.  So, it's good to be back answering a few questions.
1. This is the last Hodgepodge in April. Share something you learned this month. 

This is so silly but it's all that I can think of that I learned this month.  I have always thought the tops that exposed a part of a woman's shoulder and arm were so cute.  I decided that I wanted to get one and see if I liked it.  I went to the Nordstrom website and I had no idea what to put in the search box.  So, I finally came up with, "tops that expose a woman's shoulder."  Well, it worked!  It took me to what is known as "cold shoulder tops."  Who would have thought?  So, now I know and I can't say that I'm terribly fond of that name but at least I now know what to call them. 

2.  It's National Poetry Month, and we all know you can't escape an April Hodgepodge without a little poetry. Keeping the first line as is, change the rest of the wording in this familiar rhyme to make it your own - 'Hickory Dickory Dock...
Lea is always looking at the clock
~Pretty pitiful but it does rhyme~  

3. What were one or two rules in the home you grew up in? Growing up, did you feel your parents were strict? Looking back do you still see it that way? 
 We were to never slam the door, any door,  and that meant not letting the screen door slam behind us either.  If we did then we had to open it back up and softly close it.  And, to this day, I do not slam doors, nor can I stand for anyone else to slam doors. 
We had a lot of rules but I do not ever remember feeling like my parents were too strict, they were strict, but it was just a way of life for me because I never knew any other way.  I'm sure there were those observing that probably thought they were too strict, but, that was their issue, not mine.

4. Tell us about a kitchen or cooking disaster or mishap you've experienced. Do you have many from which to choose? 
Thankfully I have had very few, what I would call, kitchen disasters or mishaps.  I do remember about 10 years ago burning a pot of soup that I was preparing to serve to a group of ladies.  Thankfully, I did it early enough that I had time to start over and get it ready before they arrived.  I didn't just burn it, I charred it and thankfully I smelled it before it burnt the entire kitchen down.  The second problem was trying to get the burnt smell out of the house before the ladies arrived.  

5. Plant a kiss, plant doubt, plant a tree, plant yourself somewhere...which on the list have you most recently planted? 
Well, I haven't planted doubt, a tree or myself but I have planted a few kisses lately between Hubby and the Grans. ~chuckle~

6. What's your most worn item of clothing this time of year? Are you tired of it? 
Cuffed denim capris and no, I love them.  They are perfect this time of year.

7. I'm wrapping up the A-Z Blog Challenge this month and our Hodgepodge lands on letter W. What's one word beginning with W that describes you in some way? How about a word to describe your home, also beginning with W?
For myself - warm hearted.........I have a big heart for people and especially those less fortunate or  going through hard times.  I enjoy reaching out and loving on folks.
For my home - welcoming.......I have been told that my home has a most welcoming feel and there's not greater compliment (for a home)  as far as I'm concerned.  I have always worked hard to create that feel and it's most important to me.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Hubby and I are in route to Atlanta.  We decided to leave today and go 2-3 hours down the road.  This will enable us to get through Atlanta tomorrow before the heavy afternoon traffic starts.  We are NOT fans of heavy traffic, especially 6 lanes of it. ~grin~  Thankfully we have never lived where we had to deal with heavy traffic on a regular basis.  Sometimes the "main drag" of our small town will be extra busy and we find ourselves getting aggravated with that.  I guess it's all in what you get use to.  See ya when I return!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday's Musings

We have just enjoyed the most gorgeous weekend that anyone could ask for.  The weather was picture perfect, spring in all it's glory for sure!  
Since my brother was visiting I had the kids come over and join us Friday evening for dinner and some outside fun.  Having the big patio is wonderful, especially when the ground is still very saturated from all the recent rain.  Now, if the weather will just stay like this, our landscaper might be able to get the yard done.  
We have a new Granddog as of this past weekend.  Meet Wrangler!  Oh, my goodness, Wrangler will make the 3rd Corgi for our daughter and her family.  I'm assuming one must not be enough. ~laugh~ I guess if 1 is good, then 3 must be better.  But, thankfully, it's not my worry and they do breed and sell them and their male and female are getting older so Wrangler will step in when he gets older and I'm assuming they will likely be getting another female in the not so distant future. I'm just so glad it's them getting to enjoy all this fun and not me. ~chuckle~ But, I do have to admit, Wrangler is a cute, cute puppy, but puppies always grow up. ~what a shame~
I am a member of a study club and we meet monthly, September thru May.  It is a fun, fun group of ladies and each month we have a program.  This past week we met and our program was done by our local Pediatrician, whose wife just happens to be in our club.  His hobby is magic, so he did a program on magic.  He is  full of personality and so entertaining and the program was so interesting.
He involved the club members and his wife was his very able assistant.  He gave us some of the history behind magic and he also told and showed us how his tricks were done.  As he said, folks enjoy the "how" of magic as much as the actual magic, but I've never had a magician share the "how" so that was most enjoyable.
 We always end our meeting time with a delicious lunch and time of fellowship.  It's something that I look forward to every month.  Anytime a group of women get together, whatever the reason, there's generally a lot of laughter, talking and overall fun.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pure Randomness...........

I bet that title grabbed your attention and that's exactly what this post is, just a whole lot of randomness........

Last week. some of Dad's dear friends brought their Blue Tick Hound by to pay him a visit.  Dad's words to describe Molly were, "she's something else."  There's just nothing like a little pet therapy to do the heart good. Thanks Dottie!

Good grief, what is this world coming to?  Why on earth did Target, a favorite store of many, have to jump on the bandwagon of allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice. I know why, because Satan is alive and well and we as Christians had better take a stand, QUICK!

MY youngest brother is here for a visit from Iowa.  I usually refer to him as my "baby" brother but since he is 51 years old now, I think youngest probably sounds best.  He comes 2-3 times a year for a long weekend and spends a lot of time with our Dad, which is a special time for the both of them.

When we moved into our new house I bought myself a new mixer.  I debated about getting a Kitchen Aid and just could not get excited about it.  It weighs a ton!  I've always been a fan of Bosch products and ran across the Bosch Compact Mixer on the internet and decided it was just what I needed.  I did not get the many attachments that are available, all I wanted was for it to mix cakes and such.  I love it!!!  As you can see from the picture, it has a completely different shape than a conventional mixer.  I doubt it weighs 5 pounds and takes up a small amount of space.  So, if you are in the market for a new mixer, you might want to check it out.

I read this on a sign or elsewhere recently: "What if Christians had their Bible in their hand as much as they had their cell phones in their hands?" Ouch! I might need to ponder this a while and then I might need to act upon it.  ~I'm not joking~ How 'bout you?

Hubby and I are headed to Georgia the middle of next week to see one of his sister's  and her husband.  We always have alot fun with them and they are always such a great host and hostess.  And, they live in an area where there is never a lack of something fun to do.

 Oh, my goodness, I have read and heard about both of these stores but have never had the privilege of going to them until last week while I was in Williamsburg.  Oh, my goodness! I'm in love with both but regretfully, there are none even close to me. Bah!  I was as excited as I am in a ladies boutique when I went in Trader Joe's. ~ laugh~  It takes buying groceries to a whole new level!  And, HomeGoods, well, what can I say, they just have way too much gorgeous home decor and very good prices.

Until next time..................

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Monday's Musings

I spent a delightful time in Williamsburg and the surrounding areas of Virginia last week.  I went to see my cousins on my Mom's side of the family.  Mom and all of her siblings are now deceased so it is just their children left.  And, I saw one of my most favorite Aunts that was married to one of my Mom's brothers.

 My cousin, Micky and his sweet wife, Eileen (pictured above), were the most gracious host and hostess to me.  I used their home as my headquarters.  And, Mr. Carson (on the left) and Teddy (on the right) helped to make me feel welcome as well.  These cats are so pretty and it took them most of the week to figure out what this strange lady was doing in their territory. ~smile~
 I spent one day just hanging out with these two fun ladies.  This is my Aunt Mary and her daughter Lisa.  They are just too much fun and we hashed over a lot of sweet memories and made some new ones.

Two of my other cousins stopped by to visit and it was so good to catch up with them.  Phyllis, on the right with me, and I enjoyed a nice quiet dinner together.  I don't know the last time we had a visit like that.  She is such a sweetheart!

I spent a couple of the days just hanging out with my Aunt Wanda's boys and their wives.  She had 4 boys and I got to see and spend time with all but 1 of them.  Three of the boys live in the area and the other in Alabama.  Can I just say that my Aunt Wanda had a crown of double jewels awaiting her when she entered heaven's gates.  These four boys were a force to be reckoned with for sure! ~wink~ But, she was so proud of "her boys."

As we know, when the parents are both gone then it falls on the siblings and cousins to stay in touch.  It isn't always easy or convenient but if it's important enough to you, then you can generally "make it happen."  I'm so glad that I had this special time with these.
Talk about cuteness!  Here my girlies are all dressed to match.  Their Mom works hard to find matching outfits and accessories.  It's the Southern way and they make my heart smile for sure!

And, this big boy is getting closer and closer to figuring out how to crawl.  Look at the rolls on those chubby arms.  A bundle of love for sure! He has no idea what a miracle he is but one day we'll have the privilege of telling him.
And, I leave you with this........ 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday's Musings

Well, this morning was a VERY early one for me.  I had to arise at 3:00AM to catch a 5:55AM flight headed to Virginia.  My goodness, I'm an early riser but for goodness sake, 3:00AM is entirely too early.  But, one has to do what they have to do and I do like the fact that I will be arriving at my destination before noon.  Meanwhile, here's what's been happening...............

 I belong to a group of gals that play Bunco once a month.  What that means is 12 of us gather at one of our homes for a very mindless game and a whole lot of fun and fellowship.  I hosted the group last week and I had such fun preparing for it.  I found the zebra place mats at the Dollar Tree and thought they would be "pizazzy" and cute.  I had planned to just use disposable plates and while in the Dollar Tree I was on the aisle that has the dishes and such and happen to see these "real" black dishes.  Well, they were $1 a piece and I simply could not resist because 12 disposable ones would likely have been half of the cost of these.  So, they came home with me and I accented with the red napkins and red dessert plates.  Yes, the clean up was much more time consuming for sure but it was fun and I'm thinking I'll probably have another excuse to pull all this out and use it again for some other occasion.
It's Spring, my favorite time of the year.  Once I took the Easter decor down then I added just a few touches of spring.  I love this wrought iron piece that can serve as a candle holder or a container.  I've always just used it for a container and I love the lemon and limes for spring.  The added greenery and gerber daises make me smile every time I see them.
 Last Thursday evening was our annual Ladies Spring Event at our church.  This year's theme was "The Bride of Christ."  Our speaker did a drama presentation on we as women being the bride of Christ and how we can never do anything to separate us from His love and acceptance if we have accepted Him as our Savior.  A whole lot of work goes into this event each year.  There were 8 decorated tables and each one decorated as one for a bridal reception.  It's always such fun to see the different creations that ladies come up with.  It was another fun evening of great food, fellowship and inspiration. 
This precious lady is responsible for our church's Women Ministry.  It was probably 15-20 years ago that she took on the reigns of developing the ministry and she has remained a faithful mentor ever since that time.  She is my "idol."  She has been like a second Mom to me and many other women as she has taken us "under her wing" and offered such profound wisdom.  I pray that I can leave half the mark in others lives as she has. ~love her dearly~ 
I'll "see" you when I get back from my beautiful home state of Virginia.  Enjoy this new week and make every day count!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Pet Peeves

I'm always thinking of content for blog posts and thought that sharing some of my pet peeves might be a fun and interesting post.  I mean, we all have them, so why not just put them out there.  Hope you enjoy!
1. It is so aggravating to buy an item and the price sticker is attached like it was applied with super glue.  I mean, can't they apply all price stickers with easy removal adhesive.  And, I've even bought cloth place mats that had price stickers that made the biggest mess and practically ruined the place mat in the process of removing it.  Aggravation!
2. Now, if you are guilty of this, then I do apologize in advance.  But, I do not think Facebook is the appropriate place for an unspoken prayer request.  It is so interesting to me how folks will put on there that they have an IMMEDIATE prayer need but either won't or can't share what it is.  Well, to me, that is the type of prayer request that  needs to be shared with your closest of friends or perhaps no one.  I have had prayer concerns in my life that were never shared with anyone outside of the Lord.  All a post like that does is cause folks to wonder and imagine what in the world the need is and often they conjure up something entirely wrong.  Just my thoughts.........
3. And, speaking of Facebook, why on earth can't we change our profile picture without anyone knowing it and it not be published for everyone to see.  I like to change mine but I HATE that I cannot do it privately.  I think it can appear a bit self proclaiming.  Ugh!
4. I am big on having a ticket for any and all purchases that I make and that includes gas.  But, more times than not when I go to pump my gas the pump is out of paper and as a result I do not get a receipt.  In fact, it's gotten to where I am actually surprised when I do get a receipt.
5. I think there should be a law against automated customer service.  When I call a business, I WANT to talk to an English speaking individual.  I do not want to have to listen to choices and punch the appropriate number.  I applaud any business that still pays an individual to route their calls and on the other end is a helpful person.
6. I am not a speed demon by any stretch of the imagination.  I do go the speed limit most of the time and if I am not I certainly do not drive in the left hand lane.  It is more than aggravating when someone is driving leisurely along in the left hand lane blocking others from passing someone else.  It's their choice to drive under the speed limit for sure but they need to do it in the right hand lane.
7. And, last but not least..........if I am attending a function and it is suppose to start at a given time then I am more than appreciative that it does start at the stated time.  I have been to affairs that started as much as 15+ minutes late with no explanation, which left me thinking that they just weren't conscious of other folks time, nor did they care.    Most everyone's time is precious to them and just as valuable as anyone else's.  Some folks seem to think their time is all that matters.  Nope, that's wrong!

Okay, there you have a few of my pet peeves.  I'm betting I might have hit upon one or two of yours as well.  
NOTE: I may or may not get another blog post done before I fly out to Virginia on Monday.  Just know I'll have all kinds of fodder when I return.

Happy Weekend!!!!