Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Hodgepodge time again and I'm sure Joyce must be glad that the A-Z blog challenge is about to end.  She has written some of the most profound posts this month and I have enjoyed them immensely. And, she's managed to come up with questions each Wed. for us. I'd say she's brilliant!!  Off to answer this week's questions........

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Are you blooming where you're planted as we begin the month of May?
I am sure trying very hard to "bloom where I am planted."  Just in the past couple of years I have been trying very hard to live  intentionally, keeping a healthy balance in my life, keep a positive outlook,be an encourager, and not worry over the things I cannot change. In other words, "bloom where I am planted." 

2. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being no big deal, and 10 being full scale panic, rank your fear of spiders.

Unless it is a tarantula (and we don't have any in our area of the country) then I'd say about a 5.  I don't like spiders and I will kill them quickly but they do not scare me too death.

3. May is National Salad Month (who knew???)...besides lettuce, what are two must-have ingredients in your favorite salad?

Bacon pieces/bits, grated cheese and dripping in Ranch dressing.

4. I mentioned on my blog last week that my Daughter1 will be moving to Washington State after she is married. Of the following sites in the Northwest, which would you most like to see in person-Crater Lake (Oregon), Seattle (Washington), Vancouver (British Columbia), San Juan Islands (Washington),  Mt. Rainer (Washington) Oregon Coast (Oregon), Mt. St. Helens (Washington), or Olympic National Park (Washington)

 I'm fortunate that I have been to Seattle, Vancouver, and have seen Olympic National Park and we stayed in a beach front house last summer near Seattle that looked out to Mt. Rainer.  So, of the ones left, I think I would like to see the San Juan Islands. I have a SIL and a BIL that live in Tacoma and they absolutely love living there.

 
5. This coming weekend marks the 140th running of the 

Kentucky Derby...when did you last race (literally or figuratively) to cross a finish line?
Humm......I do not like to have to get in a hurry and try to stay one step ahead of the game to prevent having to get in a hurry.  So,l can't think of the last time I had to race to cross the finish line.  It's been a while.
 
6. What is something little you love?

Lipstick!!! Yes siree, I gotta have my lipstick.  I consider it my "finishing touch" and do not feel dressed without it.  I have told my husband and children that when I pass from this life that they had better make sure I have lipstick on.  ~so silly~  It's the only makeup that I reapply during the day. ~I'm sure you cared~ 

7. Would you say you are more of a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner? Elaborate.

I would be a visual learner.  I'm the one that would be making flash cards to help me learn or memorize something and of course, they would be color coded. ~smile~ I like charts and pictures too.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I had a precious opportunity while I was in Wal-Mart yesterday. I saw a sweet elderly lady from our church muddling along with her grocery cart.  She is in her mid-80's and dealing with some very serious health issues that have greatly affected her ability to even enjoy life.  I was shocked to see her in WM alone but we had the sweetest visit.  She has been very dear to me for many years and I told her how I pray for her regularly and she said to me," please pray that the Lord will take me quickly."  Oh, me, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to contain myself but I did.  I thought to myself, isn't that what we all wish when our time comes, that HE will choose to take us quickly.  This lady was a "mover and a shaker" in her day, and now her life is coming to a close and she is more than ready and has certainly lived an inspiring life and I'm the better one for having the privilege of knowing her. I pray my words to her were as encouraging to her as hers were to me.

10 comments:

Jhona O. said...

There is an elderly couple in our church that I love to talk to and glean wisdom from. Just watching them sit side by side with their white heads leaning in towards each other can bring tears to my eyes for whatever reason. They are a beautiful example to me of love and joy in the Lord. I enjoyed reading about your visit with your friend in the grocery store. We need to remember to value(and let our elders know how much they are valued) and to make time to do so. Thanks for the reminder!

April said...

Your random thought put a lump in my throat. Chris and I often talk that when we reach an age and time when we're ill and can't live life as we'd like, our prayer is that God will call us home so that we won't have to suffer and neither will our loved ones. I totally forgot about lipstick! Gotta have it!

Debbie said...

Oh I loved your random thought story. There is just something about those precious older ones living out what are sure to be their last days that just gets to you. Especially when they have the heart and attitude of your friend. There is a sweet woman at church every Sunday who can hardly walk in on her walker, but she is still there. How I love to speak with her as she truly does have so much wisdom. She told me recently a very similar thing. They are such a blessing to us. Enjoy your day!

A Joyful Chaos said...

I would love to see all those western places!

Loved your random thought.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm working on my blooming but haven't gotten there yet but I am hopeful! Bacon bits and cheese are awesome on a salad. It seems like everyone's two items are items I love to fill my salad with. Love your lipstick share, too cute! Love your encounter with the lady from church in WM. I do agree, it would be nice to feel at peace and to be ready to go.

retired not tired said...

My Mom and Dad are in their 80's as well. My mother says she really doesn't want to see 100. My mother always feels better when she puts on her lipstick. I thinks has at least 25 different colors. Growing up we always gave her Estee Lauder.

bp said...

What a sweet visit you had in Walmart, thanks for sharing that story.

I want my ranch dressing as well! I don't try others on salad.

Tami said...

I use chap stick or lip gloss. My Nanny always wore lipstick. I remember her make up drawer filled with all kinds of colors. =)
I love your random story. I bet you made her day too!

Just a little something from Judy said...

On your random thought, I wish there were more people like this in the world. "Kindness always gives birth to kindness". Thank you for sharing these nuggets about you.

Maryann said...

I loved the random thought you shared, I have always had a heart for elderly, they have so much to share, sadly I think our society too often casts them aside. I 'm sure you were a blessing to your friend that day as much as she was to you.