Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge

First, let me say a big thank you to all of you who missed my not posting on Monday.  You know sometimes life just gets in the way and that's what happened.  I have been very consumed with caring for my Daddy and just could not get the "creative juices" to flow for a post on Monday.  But, you made me feel so good by telling me that you missed my posting. know how to make a gal feel special.

Now, let me get on with the Hodgepodge and Joyce's great weekly questions. 

 1. When did you last sing happy birthday to someone? When were you last sung to? Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day?
Around mid July a dear friend celebrated her 65th birthday and her children had a surprise party for her.  As she walked in we all joined in singing to her surprised face. 

 I think our daughter sang to me via the phone on my birthday, July 29th.  No, it does not embarrass me at all, it is the only day of the year that it is "all about me" and I try to enjoy it.

2.  Name a famous or 'infamous' person (living or deceased) who shares your birth day and month. Is that someone you'd like to meet in person if it were possible?
Martina McBride shares my birthday (July 29th) and I would love to meet her in person or at least attend one of her concerts.  She is definitely one of my very favorite country artist and she's such a "cutie pie."

3. Someone hands you a box tied up in a lovely bow...what are you hoping to find inside?
Oh, my goodness, I have no idea but you know real or faux bling is always a fun gift. ~big smile~

4. What can you guarantee about yourself?
If you ask me to do something, or take care of something and I tell you that I will, you will not need to wonder or worry about my doing it.  I take care of things and when someone tells me they will do something, I expect the same from them.  But, unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way.  Some folks require staying on top of and if that's the case, I'd just as soon do it myself.  End.of.discussion!

5. Talking art and beautiful cities here...'The Last Supper' in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey in Milan Italy or 'The Mona Lisa' in The Louvre, Paris...which would you most like to see up close and in person?  Why?

Definitely The Last Supper because of its relation to our lives as Christians.

6. Your favorite dessert?
Hummmm.....I would have to say Bread Pudding but whoever thought that they needed to add raisens to it should have thought again.  I get so tired of picking them out, but it's so worth it because of the yummy taste.  Add some rum sauce and it's doubly yummy.  Cheesecake is running a close 2nd.

7. This coming weekend marks the official start of autumn (in the Northern hemisphere)...what is something you do to get ready for fall? What is one thing you're looking forward to on your fall calendar? Spring or fall-which do you prefer?

I always enjoy changing out the inside and outside decor for each season.  My "good fairy" came this past Monday and helped me with the front door and porch (picture above).  I was super pleased and definitely think that it "screams" fall.  
Our fall calendar doesn't have anything big on it as of yet, but Hubby will enjoy the start of hunting season and I will just enjoy the cooler temps and the cooking of soups and stews. 
I can't say that I like Fall or Spring any better than the other.  They are both my favorites when they roll around.  I'm thinking I might just enjoy skipping Summer and Winter and extend Fall and Summer. ~dream on~

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Daddy update:  As most of you know my Dad has been dealing with extreme back pain for 3 weeks and last week we finally found out that he had a compression fracture in his spine.  His Dr. referred us to a Pain Management Clinic and fortunately we were able to see one of the Drs. yesterday.  After a very long and tiring wait we finally saw the Dr. and he is almost certain that Dad is a candidate for the Kyphoplasty (cementing the joint back together).  He can only be certain after an MRI is done and that will be done tomorrow.  We are hopeful that he can have it done around Oct. 1st.  Of course, nothing is simple, he has to have chest x-rays and blood work done beforehand and just getting it all scheduled and done is challenging.  But, right now, we are  hopeful that he is indeed a candidate and your prayers for that would be much appreciated.
Hubby and I are leaving this morning headed for Dallas and then on to Dodge City on Friday.  I'm so grateful for wonderful sitters that will be staying with my Dad a part of every day that I am away.  These two ladies are absolutely "god sends."  They have been with me since Daddy first got sick in June,2011 and I do not know what I would do without them.  They worked regularly for over a year and now are on a "as needed" basis.  It makes my leaving a whole lot easier for sure. And, the folks at the assisted living facility where he resides are very good to him. So, he's in good hands.
I plan to enjoy the next few days and especially when we get to see our little Clancy man and celebrate his 5th birthday this weekend.  This CiCi needs a big hug from her little Prince.
I will "see" you sometime next week! ~I'm outta here!~
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'm so sorry for your dad. He's really had a rough go of it in recent times. I do hope the surgery provides relief, and that you can enjoy the time with your daughter and her family knowing he is in good hands. Happy birthday to your grandson!

  2. So sorry for this diagnosis for your dad but am grateful to finally have a diagnosis. Now to pray that it can be treated and he will be out of so much pain. So glad you are able to continue with your trip plans. Enjoy every minute of your time away and especially time with your family. Will miss you Sunday.

  3. I will pray that your dad will be well taken care of during your trip to Dallas. Enjoy! I have to tell you that several years ago I got to attend a Martina McBride concert. I was invited by some friends and we got to sit in box seats. It was such fun and she was sooo good.

    Blessings and love,

  4. I will pray for sure that your dad can benefit from this surgery. Poor thing...And that you have a wonderful. fun filled trip. How happy I am for you that you have good people you trust to take good care of your dad while you are away. Makes all the difference. Your front door is gorgeous btw, the fairy did a great job! Oh, and Martina McBride is definitely one of my fav's too...beautiful voice!

  5. Will be praying for your dad, wonderful that you have people you can depend on to help when you are not enjoy your trip.

  6. Awe, you are special, I just don't often comment anywhere anymore. I am going to try and do better since things should be slowing down here on the farm. Anyhoo, so sorry about your dad's health issues. I know it is hard, but on a lighter note, I LOVE the front door! Fall is my favorite season!!

  7. Safe travels, praying for Daddy and have a wonderful trip:-)

    Hugs! goodness the door decor is beautiful!!!!

  8. I like Martina McBride as well. :)

  9. Your dad definitely has my prayers, Lea. So sorry that he's been suffering. Your front door looks gorgeous! Wish I had a "fairy" like you! Enjoy spending time with your little grandson...hope he has a HAPPY DAY! :)

  10. Enjoy your time away! Happy birthday to your little Prince. Hugs and kisses from us as well.

  11. I'm glad you get to leave town for this trip. Little breaks like this can help you with the stresses of caring for your dad. It sounds like you are a really good advocate to have on board when a person is helpless to do for themselves! Bless you!

  12. Praying all goes well with your dad's procedure, and strength for the journey he is on, as well as for you too.
    A fantastic job on your front entrance, I am so looking forward to fall.
    Birthday wishes to your grandson, and having his grandparents there to help celebrate is probably the nicest present of all.
    As always enjoyed reading your Wednesday Hodgepodge.

  13. the mona lisa is not an attractive picture to me. I don't get it!

  14. When a daughter has a dad that is hurting, it is so difficult to accept. Wishing him relief from his pain in whatever form that takes.

    I enjoyed reading more about you and at times I had to smile. I must admit, if I had time to eat dessert with you, I would gladly accept everyone of the raisins from your bread pudding:)

    Hope your trip goes well for you.


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