Friday, January 29, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?
We were anxiously awaiting the birth of our 3rd Grandchild, our little Andi Kate. And, we were knee deep and rising in the building of this new house. Both of those were big subjects over at CiCi's Corner this time last year.
3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.'
Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?
I definitely see more potential because I see each new year as a clean slate of new beginnings and second chances. Yes, I have done some intentional things this month and that is something I desire to do more of, intentional acts. My word for the year is intentional. Yes, the new year, for me, truly does begin on January 1st.
4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?
Well, since the Super Bowl is upon us and Peyton Manning is a Louisiana boy, and he seems like such a super guy, I'll go with him. And, he seems so humble and while I'm not really a big football fan, I'll be pulling for the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl.
5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?
Oh, yes, love cream in my coffee, but it has to be the powdered kind so it won't cool off my coffee. I'll take my pumpkin pie with whipped cream or without but probably prefer without. And, yes to cream cheese on my bagel. No to sour cream on my baked potato, I prefer Ranch Dressing. I'd take a bowl of Cream of Wheat any morning but it's been a very long time since I've had it. Love scones but have never had one with clotted cream and I don't really like the sound of that. Well, since I'm battling a nasty cold and sore throat, a bowl of Cream of Wheat sounds really, really good right now.
6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?
I took my Daddy to an eye specialist last fall and we waited 2 1/2 hours to see the Doctor. My 86 year old Daddy was fit to be tied and I was about to blow a gasket. I even went up to the receptionist and ask her if we had been forgotten. She assured me we had not and I then said that they had obviously overbooked and she said that "they" required her to schedule appointments every 15 minutes but that some appointments take much longer than 15 minutes. Duh, ya think????
7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.
It's been a great start to 2016!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I rarely ever mention politics on my blog but I must say that I have been a bit bothered the past couple of days by a couple of endorsements for Donald Trump. The first was Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. Dr. Jeffress was in DesMoines this past week giving his endorsement to "the Donald." Then, Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, a conservative Christian university, endorsed Trump also. I'm just a bit surprised that these two would endorse a man that has shown no strong Christian or moral conviction and no real leadership skills. ~just a bunch of ranting and raving~ There are at least two in the running that not only show strong Christian and moral convictions but strong leadership skills. Okay, I'll hush but as I said, it has bothered me.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
1. Speaking of skating...when did you last 'skate on thin ice', 'skate over the details', 'encounter a cheapskate', or just plain skate?
Oh, I have "skated over the details" of all the booklets, instruction manuals and such that came our way with all the appliances, a/c and heat, water softening system and on and on. I just hate to read instructions and would rather just try to figure it all out by myself. I wasn't able to skate over all of them but some of them skating over the details was just enough.
Hummm......facing the reality that we are getting older and along with that comes some things that we would just as soon not have to deal with. We have to be more careful, we have a few more aches and pains, our skin bruises for no reason at all, we don't bounce back quite as quickly and on the list goes. We are realizing that aging is definitely not for sissies!
3. What's your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?
In general, jewelry is my very favorite accessory, not any particular piece, just jewelry. And, I wear necklace, earrings and bracelets 90% of the time. I do not feel dressed without jewelry on. Regardless of what I wear, super casual or otherwise, I still like to have on jewelry. Most of my jewelry is fashion jewelry and there's just so much out there to choose from. Decisions, decisions!
4. January 20th is National Cheese Lover's Day. Are you a lover of cheese? What's your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese?
Oh, that's easy since I just did that yesterday. When I see a girl or woman wearing leggings like a pair of pants. Have mercy, leggings need a tunic length top! And, the bigger one is the longer that tunic needs to be. ~just sayin'~
The Mitford Series by Jan Karon - I got so wrapped up in this series that the characters became like family and I would even catch myself praying for them. I mean, really!!!
From the time I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was be a wife and mother and that wish was fulfilled for me. But, if I had it to do over I would definitely have finished my education and probably worked outside the home at least part time. But, I am thankful that I was "chief cook and bottle washer" of our household.
All our bags are just about packed and we'll be heading out tomorrow morning for Oklahoma via Dallas. Our little Clancy man will be baptized Sunday morning and we just cannot miss it, so we'll endure the 8+ hour drive. His parents thought it would be fun if our coming was a surprise, so we will be at their house when he gets in from school Friday and he will have no idea. It's going to be a very special weekend for sure. I'll have plenty to share upon our return.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
1. Share one thing that really makes your day.
Just one??? There's so many.......but a big one is when I live to see it. ~big smile~
2. Lots of these kinds of lists out there, but one found here says the fifteen most colorful places on earth are:
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy~Burano, Italy~Havana, Cuba~Rio de Janiero, Brazil~Chefchaouen, Morocco~Balat, Istanbul, Turkey~Menton, France~Jodhpur, India~La Baca, Buenos Aires, Argentina~Guanajuato, Mexico~Capetown, South Africa~Valparaiso, Chile~Wroclaw, Poland~San Francisco, California~and Pelourhino, Salvador, Brazil.
Of those listed which would you most like to see up close and in person? Of all the places you've seen or traveled in your own life, what would you say was one of the most colorful?
I can't say that I'm interested in any of the above. I've seen San Francisco up close and personal and love it but as to the rest, I'm just not too interested.
Hubby and I have traveled a good bit and been to a lot of great places but one of my most favorite would have to be Prince Edward Island. It was a part of our Canadian Cruise 5 years ago this summer.
3."Everything you want is on the other side of fear." Jack Canfield In general, would you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?
Yes, I do agree. So many things that we desire to do take us out of our comfort zone and often will keep us from ever achieving our desire. Anything outside the familiar can be fearful but it's often these things that can have the biggest impact in our lives.
4. Imagine you're stranded on a desert island and dessert appears...what do you hope it is? Do you ever struggle to remember which spelling is desert and which is dessert?
I have difficulty with spelling some words but not desert or dessert.
5. What song almost always makes you cry?
Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzy
I heard this song not long after my Mom died 7 years ago and fell in love with it at that time and cried my heart out as I listened to it and I still cry anytime I hear it.
6. January is National Soup Month. Everything from soup to nuts, in the soup, thick as pea soup, souped up...which saying most recently applies to your life in some way? Explain.
I don't think any of these apply to my life recently but while we were building our new house "everything from soup to nuts" would have applied. I was maintaining my normal busy routine, making daily decisions regarding selections for the new house and busily packing up the old house. Yep! it was definitely "everything from soup to nuts."
7. Write a two word note to your younger self. What does it say?
8. Insert your own random thought here
Monday, January 11, 2016
This past week book #2 of our house construction process arrived. I started the day we bought the land this house is sitting on documenting every phase of the building process. These books represent a whole lot of hours and I don't know that anyone will ever enjoy them outside of Tommy and I. But, we enjoy looking back through them. I had hoped I could get all the pictures in one book but Shutterfly has a page limit of about 75 pages and I needed double that amount, so I had to go with two. Thankfully I got them when there was a 40% off sale going on.
This happy little fella went to the Dr. last week for his 4 month checkup and the first of his shots. ~poor baby~ Here he is as happy as can be with a smile as big as life and then that all changed when he got his shots. But, guess they are necessary evils. He weighed in at an even 13 pounds. I'd say he is a thriving baby boy for sure!
Friday, January 8, 2016
One of my favorite days is Valentine's. I love hearts, pink and red and it's just an overall happy day to me. I always put a couple of touches of Valentine decor out after Christmas to remind me of the upcoming day.
So, that's my favorites for this Friday.
Monday, January 4, 2016
I think a part of the feeling of boredom was that for the last 18 months to 2 years there has hardly been any time to even come up for air. We were up to our eyeballs with the building of our new house, then moving and settling in after 35 years of living in the same house. I think this past week was the first week in a long, long time that something wasn't vying for my attention and I hardly knew how to handle it. But, I heard the Lord saying to me more than once, "Be still and know." Oh, what powerful words! I'm not a person that comes by being still naturally. I like and enjoy being busy or having something to do. Now, I do not do well with being too busy and really guard against that. But, I like having something to do.
And, because I was unusually "still" last week it caused me to spend a lot of time reminiscing. I thought a lot about my Mom that I still miss terribly, who died 7 years ago this past Dec. 1st. I thought of our daughter and how I wish she was still just 3 hours up the road. I wasn't particularly sad, but longing for both of them. But, it's a new week and a new year and I am ready to meet them head on!
To add insult to injury last week, it was a week of things breaking.
We had an awful storm a week ago last night and the winds blew like crazy here on the hill. And, the above picture is what I found on our front porch when I got up Monday morning. Yep, one of my pretty pots was blown to pieces. ~beyond repair~ But, thankfully I was able to order another one and Hubby is going to fill them completely with sand and we're hopeful they can withstand the strong winds, should they occur again. They were only filled partially and obviously partially is not enough.
On Wednesday I was getting ready to close the dishwasher door to do a load of dishes and the door refused to close. After close inspection I found that the gasket on one side was not in proper placement and prevented the door from closing. Hubby took a look and realized it wasn't something he could fix, so I called a GE Service Provider. They only come to our area on Wednesdays, so guess what? I've been reaquainted with washing dishes by hand and will be until Wednesday when hopefully our dishwasher will be back in working order.
Then Thursday my desktop computer started acting very squirrely and then just completely stopped working. I contacted my trusty computer guy and in short order he informed me that the hard drive had gone out and I would need to replace it. Thankfully, the new hard drive will be delivered tomorrow ~thanks to Amazon Prime~ and my computer guy says he'll have me back in working order in no time.
So, in the midst of my boredom last week I was kept busy by cleaning up the mess of the broken pot, and calling repairmen.
And, this little guy turned 4 months old on Thursday.
I mean, does this not make you want to reach up there and pinch those precious fat rolls! He may have come into the world a tiny, tiny little thing, but he's wasted no time in getting fluffy. He goes to the Dr. on Thursday and we cannot wait to see what he weighs.
And, in closing, I have not made New Year resolutions in many years but I do spend time pondering needed changes in my life with each new year. I have had words for the year in the past and in the past few weeks the word INTENTIONAL has kept coming to my mind. I want to be more intentional this new year. I'm praying it will cause me to accomplishment a lot more in areas where I need improvement.
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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