Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hodgepodge Wednesday

It's Wednesday and that means "questions from Joyce."  Not sure how she does it because she's a busy, busy lady, but we're sure glad that she keeps showing up for us.
  1. What's the best thing about growing older?
You become so much wiser and finally realize what really matters.
~well, at least sometimes~

2. When did you first feel like a grown up?
I think it would be the day I became a Mother at the age of 24.  When the nurse laid our son in my arms for the first time I have never felt such a sense of responsibility in my life.  But, might I add, I had always been mature beyond my years.  I had a lot of responsibility as a young girl growing up and I always felt more grown up than most any of my friends.

3. Chocolate cake with white icing or white cake with chocolate icing?
Well, I don't really like chocolate cake or icing, but if given a choice, I'd take the white cake and chocolate icing. There's more cake than icing and I'd just scrape the icing off and eat the cake. 
 ~it works~

4. What's the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
It was probably about 4-5 years ago.......I had a terrible cold and cough. It was the dead of winter and I was in the pharmacy area of Wal-Mart looking at the various cold remedies.  I was coughing and literally sounded as though death might be a good option.  A precious, elderly black lady heard me coughing, came over and ask me if she could pray for me.  She placed her winkled hand on mine and prayed the most precious prayer of healing over me.  Needless to say, I was completely speechless but managed to thank her for her kindness and gave her a hug.  I had never seen the woman before and have never seen her since.  I have thought about that experience many times since.  I doubt things like that happen in Wal-Mart very often, in fact, I doubt they happen anywhere.

5.  What's something you learned from your grandparents?
I had the biggest contrast in Grandparents.  My Mom's Dad had died when she was a child, so I never knew him and her Mom was a quiet, very straight-laced woman.  I loved her dearly but she was not what you would call a "fun" Grandmother.  On the other hand, my Dad's parents were quite colorful, especially his Mom.  I absolutely enjoyed every minute I was with her.  The world stopped when we were with her, it was all fun and games.  She was an absolutely horrible housekeeper because you only cleaned house if there wasn't something better to do. ~ugh~ They were of meager means but my Grandmother would rather give  than eat when she was hungry and I, too, take the biggest joy in giving and credit her with a lot of why I have that desire. FYI - I oversaw the care of my paternal Grandparents the last 7 years of my Grandfather's life and the last 14 of my Grandmother's life.  They moved here and went into a nursing home.  I could absolutely write a "best seller" on what those 14 years entailed. 
My paternal grandparents in their room at one of our local nursing facilities. This pic was taken in the early 90's.

6. Wednesday marks a sad day in the history of planet earth-9/11...what's something you do (or can do) to bring peace to your little corner of the world?
Give out a whole lot of love and go to all lengths to get along with my fellow man.

7.  Share a favorite quote, scripture, or song containing the word peace.  
"Peace begins with a smile." Mother Theresa

  8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

 Folks, it's Alligator Season in the Bayou State!  And, these two were caught in the pond of some of our friends.  Yep, that's right!  Thank goodness their house is quite a ways from the pond.  Do you not agree that these are some ugly creatures???  But, their hides will sure make some gorgeous shoes and pretty purses. Don't you think? ~big grin~
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. You and I had essentially the same answers to #2 and #3. How precious that she stopped her shopping to pray for you ... what a blessing that had to be. Ugh - alligators. What was God thinking when He created alligators? ;-)

  2. Good morning! I loved your story about the woman praying for you! How that must have blessed you. I honestly can't imagine living near alligators...soo scary. I am with Kathy, whatever was God thinking, haha. Enjoy your day!

  3. Happy Wednesday, my friend. Loved your answer about the stranger. She was your own personal angel. How sweet. I don't remember your grandparents being in Bastrop. How did I miss that?

  4. Your grandparents remind me so much of my maternal grandparents. They lived in a tiny house with no heat or A/C and gathered water from a well. Yikes...I can't imagine having gators nearby. And I thought cottonmouths were bad enough!

  5. Good morning, dear Lea! I'm doing a little blogger catch-up now that life has slowed down just a tad ;-)

    What a sweet story about the stranger in Walmart!

    Blessings to you ~

  6. Love your story about the woman praying for you...
    Your # 5 is my blog today :-)
    I think you will like it.
    Grandparents, special folks. The can teach with out speaking a word.


  7. Our grandparents sound much the fun grandma and one not so fun i had a third grandma who was an OCD housekeeper that i never relaxed around her. Those alligators are indeed ugly. Reminds me of the story of the man who was visiting an aquarium. He saw one species with bulbous eyes, huge spikes, , no color, pale lips, sharp teeth. He said to God, "those are such ugly fish!" God replied, "i didn't make them for you."

  8. The woman who prayed over you at Walmart was such a kind thing to do! I believe in kindness for all animals but alligators scare me to death so they can make purses and shoes with them as far as I'm concerned.

  9. Your friends never swim in that pond do they? : ) I'm loving all the sweet sweet stranger stories today.

  10. How lovely that a stranger prayed with you when you were so ill! I would love to think that that kind of thing happens all the time but I'm afraid it doesn't, which is a pity.

  11. Lea, I enjoyed your responses to the Wednesday Hodgepodge today. Regarding the cake, when you get your piece, let's sit next to each other and you can scrape your chocolate frosting onto my plate! OK?!

    Love the photo of your grandparents and your description of your grandmother. Wish I was as fun as she was.

    Great story, too, of the woman praying for you in Walmart! Isn't that just the way we are supposed to be?!!

  12. Post Script.... regarding Kathy...aka Nana. I, too, sort of wonder what the deal was with creating alligators and mosquitos.

  13. Yikes on the gators....not sure I would be too happy living close to them. Loved the story about the praying lady at Walmart

  14. Such a sweet post, Lea, but yours always are, and are usually very uplifting to me. (Yes I do read but don't always comment :(
    Love the wal mart story!! I do believe in Angels. I just don't know about this gator stuff. It has been all over our local news about some guys catching a huge one in a local lake. Yes, a local lake, and I didn't even know that we had them here in Ms!!


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