Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Well, I really do NOT have time to be doing this post, but the withdrawal is so bad that I had to! ~grin~   I'll explain more about the past week's events in #8 but for now, I'll go forth with my answers to this week's Hodgepodge.  And, as always, a big thank you to Joyce who, no matter how busy she is, comes up with the best questions each week.

1. What question do you often ask yourself?
Am I using my time as wisely as I could and should?  I am a highly organized individual and lead a very structured life, but that does NOT mean that I always use my time as wisely as I should by any means.  There are so many things vying for our time and I think that balancing the things of real importance and  eternal value with those of less importance is key.

2. Do you grow roses? What's your favorite color of rose?  Ever been given a dozen roses?  Where was the prettiest rose or rose garden you remember seeing?
No, I do not grow roses, but my husband has Fairy Roses in our back flower beds.  He is about to add some Knockout Roses to the mix.  They are so pretty and will be a lovely addition to our yard.

Yes, I have been given a dozen roses several times and yellow roses with reddish tips are my favorite.

3. Do you read the freshness dates on grocery store products?  Will you use eggs past their 'use by' date?  Take medication that's expired? Buy a dented can?
I do read the freshness dates and am amazed at how often the date has passed and the goods are still on the grocery shelf.  Aggravates me too death!  I have, in a pinch, used eggs past their date, but generally I do not.  Again, in a pinch, I have used medication that has expired.  NO, I do not buy dented cans, not even in a pinch!

4. Should athletes be role models?
I think anyone can be a role model if they are deserving of it.  But, the interpretation of "deserving" would differ greatly among individuals.   I'll just leave it at that for now.

5. Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal became the first explorers to reach the top of Mt. Everest on this date (May 29) back in 1953. What's something you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
WOW! I've thought so much about that since my big 60th birthday last July.  I want to enter heaven's gates at the end of my life and hear the Lord say, "well done thy good and faithful servant."  I'm afraid that I have often failed miserably in this area but thankfully,  I serve a God that has not finished with me yet.  As long as I have the breath of life in me, I can continue to strive to serve Him more faithfully. Of course, being a Godly wife, mother, Grandmother and daughter and a Christian witness all enter into serving Him faithfully and I desire for that to be my greatest achievement. Hopefully I will continue to make strides in this area.

6. What would you do if you had twenty acres of land and the money to develop it any way you choose?
I think a lot about Hubby and I downsizing both in house and land and I would love for our town to have a subdivision with nothing but patio/garden homes.  So, I would develop a "top notch" subdivision for this type of house.  And, it could be for anyone, young and older.  I do not care anything about ever living in an area that is confined to all one age group.  I enjoy having all ages as neighbors. I can just see it now, gorgeous smaller Southern homes!

  7. If I invite you to a party with a 7 PM start time, what time will I actually see you there?
I would arrive between 6:50 and 6:55PM, anything later would be late as far as I'm concerned. ~big grin~ I don't want to miss any part of any event that I attend.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
The Grans enjoying picking some flowers
 Hubby and I left a week ago yesterday on a trip to Branson, Mo. and Northern Arkansas.  We got home this past Sunday afternoon.  Just as we pulled in the driveway our daughter and grandson pulled in the driveway behind us.  To say I was surprised would be an understatement!!!!  Hubby did know this (Bridget called him a couple of days beforehand and told him)  but he did not tell me as he knew that it would stress me out and I would likely not enjoy the rest of our trip. ~or would demand to come home immediately~  And, might I add, he would be exactly right. ~smile~

Bridget was at her husband's family reunion in Oklahoma last weekend and was over half way here, so she decided to  come on and visit a few days.

Can I just say that for this "planner woman" it has been a wild ride the past few days.  But, we have had a wonderful time and the best part is seeing my two precious grans enjoy spending time together.

I'll be posting about our trip and our time with our daughter when the dust settles and things get back to some kind of normalcy. ~whatever that is~   For now, I'm busy making memories!

Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. 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!


  1. I think your husband is very wise : ) I get that-I would have been fretting the whole time thinking I should be at home, getting ready. Instead you had a fun surprise, and our kids just want time with their parents (and in your case, grandparents)...enjoy!!

  2. Good morning! I enjoyed this, and I think we would have answered almost everything exactly the same way, especially numbers 1 and 5. After having moved into a senior living area at 55 I can tell you I regretted that almost right away. I love seniors, don't get me wrong, but I love the sound of kids playing and others of all ages enjoying life. I will NOT retire in this house if I can help it. I think your husband was wise, and mine would have tried to do a very similar thing. It really was a fun surprise. Enjoy every little minute!

  3. I love your answers to #5 and #6. I especially agree with you on #6 - if DH and I do move somewhere warmer, it will NOT be to a senior living development. ;-)

    I'm like you - if I knew that I was going to have company as soon as we returned from a trip, I would have immediately demanded that we go home so I could get things ready (not sure what that would involve, since I give the house a pretty thorough cleaning/tidying up before we leave on our trips - it should certainly be ready for guests).

    Enjoy your time making memories!

  4. Your answer to question #5 is beautiful! What a nice surprise for your daughter & family to come visit, but I suppose I'd want to know ahead of time - to grocery shop & clean the house!

  5. This is the second post I'm seeing 'knock out roses'. I need to look those up! I'm glad you had a nice visit with your daughter and grandson. Have fun making memories :)

  6. So glad you had such a wonderful surprise.

  7. A very wise husband indeed what a nice surprise. Love your answer to number 5.

  8. I can't understand how expired items remain on grocery shelves. Slacking is probably a good term. I've worked in retail and veterinary offices and if it's expired, it's outta there. It was all closely monitored.

  9. Love reading this post, CiCI. I especially relate to the first question since this past summer when the little girl I provided child care for entered kindergarten. Never really dwelt on this before, now I think about it all the time and not sure of the answer. Always very busy but still I wonder.

    So many very dear blogging friends, and although we haven't known each other for long, I sure do relate to much that you share :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

  10. Fun post and I too want Him to say, "well done good and faithful servant"
    Sounds like a wonderful time with glad you have enjoyed the grands.
    Oh me, downsize..I want the land to just walk on! upkeep, well that is another story!

  11. I love the housing plan you propose. I, too, would want homes where any age could live, but i would want final say in who could own in my development . No noisy people, no rude dogs, no lawnmowers on before 9 am, no hokey decorations out front, and so on. As for your surprise visitors, I am sure they loved dropping in on you . I think I would want a couple whole daysto recover after a long trip before hosting guests, but then again, these are not just any guests! Yay for a wise hubby who knows you AND wants to see his lovies any time!

  12. I'm with you on having all ages where I live. We lived briefly in Sun City and did not like it at all. It actually wasn't a choice and we were grateful to live in the house but glad we're no longer there.

    Have fun with your daughter and her family.

    Blessings and love,


So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!