Monday, April 29, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
1. April showers bring May flowers...what have you been showered with this month?
Ponderings, lots of ponderings..........I think it is possibly an age thing. I've always done a lot of pondering but since I turned 60 last July, I've been pondering overtime and this month I've really done a lot. My ponderings are varied, so at least I keep them interesting. ~big laugh~ I'm not sure what April ponderings bring, guess I'll find out.
2. What is the nature of compassion? Is it learned or innate? Can compassion be learned? If you're a parent is this something you've purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?
Compassion is to show concern or pity for the suffering or misfortune of others. I think it can be both learned and innate. Both my husband and I are compassionate people and both of our children are and I feel they saw it lived out in our lives and it definitely "rubbed off" on them. Example is the best teacher for sure!
3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama...or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?
I'll take romantic comedy and two of my favorites are: Legally Blonde staring Reese Witherspoon and Maid in Manhatten staring Jennifer Lopez.
4. It's April which means baseball season is officially upon us here in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." Agree or Disagree?
Oh, I so disagree! I have never and will never eat a hot dog at the ballpark. I am so picky about hotdogs and pretty much will not eat one, except at home with my own homemade chili. I know, picky, picky, but I don't think I'm going to change at this point. ~smile~ I'll take roast beef at The Ritz any day!
5. What's something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?
Well, there are several things.......Our dear city lost it's largest tax base, International Paper, almost 5 years ago and we've been on a downward spiral ever since. Our population has dwindled and small businesses have suffered and some have closed. We are hoping we can survive and are constantly looking for ways to fix and improve the situation.
6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.
Recently a friend told me about the PBS series, Call the Midwife. She knew that I have so enjoyed the Downton Abbey series and thought I would likely enjoy this series as well. Well, she was right! I'm addicted! So,if you are looking for another series, give it a try. This is just season 2, so you can easily catch up at this point. I've about decided that PBS is the best kept secret on TV.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Hubby and I left on Saturday morning, April 6th headed to Savannah, Georgia. We had never been and decided that we needed to go and I ordered the Frommer's guide and began planning back in January.
Our first evening there we met Tim who was a driver for Royal Bike Taxi. We hired him to take us around and "introduce" us to Savannah. Tim is a native of Savannah and knew everything there was to know about the city and shared it with us while showing us the landmarks of the city. We enjoyed Tim so much and liked that way of seeing the sights, so we arranged to spend another 4 hours with him on Tuesday. It was so much fun talking with Tim and we found out very quickly that he was a Christian with a testimony that would bring tears to your eyes. I can't recommend Tim enough either!
We ate at the famous Lady and Sons, Vinnie's Pizza , Fiddlers, and the Gooseberry Patch, to name a few. We saw beautiful old homes, the School of Art and Design (better known as SCAD), several parks, the river walk and lots and lots of candy companies. On Monday we traveled over to Hilton Head to check out the beach and we were surprised at how many families were there. It was obvious that many schools were still enjoying Spring Break that week.
One of the high lites of our time in Savannah was touring the beautiful St. John the Baptist Cathedral in downtown. We have been to many cathedrals, churches and such over the years and this one would rate right at the top for sure.
We had originally planned to be in Savannah until Thursday morning but decided on Tuesday that we'd just about done all there was to do and decided to go on to Gainsville, Ga. to visit Hubby's sister and her husband a day earlier than we had planned.
They are such gracious hostesses and always succeed at making our time together most enjoyable.
The high lite of our time with them was going to the gorgeous Gibbs Gardens, located in Ball Ground, GA (about 45 minutes from Gainsville). Jim Gibbs is the founder of Gibbs Gardens and it started out as a 300 acre private family estate in 1980. Gibbs had a dream of creating a world class public garden. He worked on it for 30 years, creating 220 acres of landscaped gardens, streams, ponds and lakes, surrounded by hillsides covered with woodlands. As you can tell from the above photos, it is like walking through a little piece of paradise. It is often referred to as, Georgia's Secret Garden. And, I highly recommend it as well.
It was a fun 8 days but as we always say, there is no place like home.
This scripture brings such comfort after the week of tragedy and turmoil that so many have faced this week. Blessings my friends!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Well, in case you are wondering, I did NOT fall off the face of the earth.~aren't you glad???~ It has been two weeks since I blogged and I am having major withdrawal for sure! Hubby and I have been traveling and I'm anxious to share it with you, but for today, it's Joyce and the Hodgepodge. Thanks Joyce for always showing up for us!
1. April 15th is the deadline for Americans to file their state and federal income tax returns. What's a job you do on a regular basis that could be described as 'taxing'?
I suppose I could be called the CFO of my husband's insurance agency. ~big laugh~ I take care of all bill paying and until a few months ago I took care of payroll. I retired from payroll last June and it has been glorious! So, my job has definitely been lessened, but it can still be very taxing at times. Everything is done through Quickbooks and then "whizzed" to our financial folks, so that is really cool. I balance the bank accounts and the credit card accounts too. As I said, it can be taxing and it seems to roll around with such regularity. ~blah~
2. I'm participating in the April A-Z blog challenge, and the Hodgepodge happens to fall on Day O this week. In keeping with that theme...olives, onions, oysters, okra...of the foods mentioned, what's your favorite O food?
Oh, I'll take all of the above mentioned except for oysters and, I'll take them just about any way you can fix them. I've never tried oysters and won't. They just remind me too much of eyeballs. ~sorry, I just had to say it~
3. What is something memorable you experienced as a child that your own children (or future children/nieces/nephews) will not get to experience?
Primitive camping. Yep! times were hard when I was growing up and one summer in order for us to go and see my Mom's family in Virginia, we had to camp along the way. And, I do mean camp! It was at primitive camp grounds because they were about $1 a night and we pitched a canvas tent, grabbed a sleeping bag and that was that. It is definitely not among my fond memories but it sure makes me appreciate a fine hotel now.
4. Term limits for our elected officials...your thoughts?
Hummmm.........my first response was YES, for sure. That way if you get someone that is not "fit" for the job, you are not stuck with them forever. But, on the other hand, if you get a "goodie," it might be nice to have them hang around a while.
5. On April 18th, 1775, Paul Revere made his famous 'midnight ride'...when did you last make a midnight ride? Perhaps the fate of a nation wasn't hanging in the balance, but tell us where you were headed anyway.
Well, I guess this is pitiful but I cannot remember the last time that I was headed somewhere at midnight, unless it was a medical emergency. That's about the only thing that gets Hubby and I out that late. We're pretty much of the opinion that the best place to be at that time is at home, in.the.bed! ~laugh~
6. What would freak you out more...a mouse running across your floor or a big fat hairy spider?
Oh, there is no thinking on this one, it is a mouse. I am literally scared too death of anything that scurries across the floor faster than I can run, and can get into places that I can hardly see. I can kill a spider because I'm definitely quicker than they are. I get chills just thinking about a mouse. ~horrors~
7. I love it when people ask me________________________?
Any question that shows they are interested in me and mine. I think it is so thoughtful when someone is truly interested in you and asks questions pertaining to you and your family. I'm afraid we are seeing less and less of this and more about "me, me, me." I am amazed at how many conversations are never truly engaging but rather centered around the one who began the conversation with no thought of the other(s).
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Some of you may remember that my Aunt Wanda was diagnosed with Bile Duct Cancer last June. The above picture was taken May, 2012 at her 90th birthday celebration in Virginia. She went to be with the Lord last Friday morning with her four boys at her side. She was the oldest of my Mom's siblings and the only one living, so an era has ended and it makes me very sad. She was always so dear to me and I am so thankful for my last visit with her in Sept. We both knew that would likely be our last time together on earth and we had some precious conversations. Heaven definitely gained another Saint and she had a life well lived.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
*I'm a "preacher's kid." My Dad entered the ministry when I was 7 years old and I was excited beyond words and pretty much always felt very honored that my Dad was a minister.
*I am the oldest child and the only girl. I have two younger brothers.
*Both of our children have B names - Brandon and Bridget. At one time when they were small, we had a dog named Bengal and a cat named Baxter. We had the B's going on........
*When I was very young I recall hearing my Dad pray that the Lord would provide for us because we had little to no food and little to no money to buy any. The Lord always provided and I have never forgotten that.
*I am well qualified at being an advocate for the elderly. For the past 20 years I have been overseeing the care of someone. It started with my paternal Grandparents, for 14 years, then my MIL for a couple of years and now my Dad for the past 2 years. Don't even get me started on what all this entails and don't even mess with me if you (those providing the care) do not provide the care that they need or try to take advantage of them. I become a "force to be reckoned with." I pray that one day, should I need an advocate, that there will be one for me. ~and I ain't jokin'~
*I can't help but wonder how different my children's random things about themselves would be when they are 60 years old.
~quite different for sure~
Well, I imagine that you now know more than you ever cared to know about me, but remember, it was your choice to read this. ~and I so thank you and so appreciate you~
I leave you with this and I couldn't agree with it more........
Monday, April 1, 2013
An indoor hunt.........
Mother Nature caused us to have to change our egg hunt to the inside on Sat. I was not happy about it, but there was not a thing that could be done. So, I went about hiding eggs inside the house before the Princess and her parents arrived. I'm not sure she could have had any more fun outside. She was so excited about each egg and could hardly wait to open them up and see what prizes the bunny had left in each one. It ended up being a fun time in spite of the weather. You know, sometimes you just have to make lemonade out of lemons. ~grin~
Can you believe this is the same man that walked right up to death almost two years ago? I can't. For the past couple of months he has done extremely well and we are so thankful. He is truly a miracle. This picture was taken Saturday while he was over enjoying our Easter celebration with us. Yes, God is good!
I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!
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