Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

So glad for another Wednesday and another Hodgepodge.  These questions provoked a good bit of thought on my part and that's a good thing.  It's called "exercising the brain."  Enjoy!

1. The month of July was named for Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. He's quoted as saying, 'Experience is the teacher of all things." So what has experience taught you lately?

That the best things in life really are FREE, such as time with family making memories, enjoying peace and quiet and being still. Society has us thinking if we are not busy, busy then something is wrong and also gives us the feeling that money does buy happiness.  

2. Where did you last 'roam'?

Humm....I guess we roamed to our daughter's in Mt. Pleasant, Texas two weeks ago.  It was our first visit and we weren't exactly sure where we were going, so guess we roamed until we found their home.  Yes, we did use our navigation but believe it or not it does not pick up where they live due to some road construction in their area. Road construction tends to play havoc with GPS systems.

3. Speaking of 'Rome', pasta, can only pick one, which would you choose?

Well, if I can only choose one then it would have to be pizza and I'd hope it was brick oven style.  Although, homemade pizza is one of my specialities (if I have a speciality) and I seldom eat any that is any better. ~no brag, just fact~ 
4. 'Rome wasn't built in a day', 'All roads lead to Rome', 'When in Rome...' which 'Roman' idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

I suppose since we are in the process of building a new house that I will have to remind myself often that "Rome wasn't built in a day" and neither will our house.  But, thankfully, we are in no rush and it doesn't really matter how long it takes.

5. What's a movie you've seen or a book you've read, that makes you want to book a trip to Italy?

"Room With A View" was filmed in Florence and I watched it a few months ago and the scenery was awesome.  And, I have several friends that have been to Italy and they have all given "rave reviews" of their time there.  But, I'm not much into overseas travel so it's doubtful that I'll ever go.  I'll just enjoy hearing about it.

6.  Walt's original Disneyland opened almost sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955  Have you ever been to the California park? How about any of the other Disney parks around the world? What's your favorite amusement park ride or attraction?

Yes, I have been to Disneyland and  have been to Disney World in Orlando several times.  I love the "It's A Small, Small World" attraction in The Magic Kingdom.  The music is so, so cute and all the animation of the different people around the world is amazing.

7. It's that time of year...when were you last bitten or stung?

Here in our neck of the woods we are overrun with mosquitoes and
and most anytime we are outside in the evening I feel the little "fella" gnawing on my ankles.  I think my last bite was probably this past Saturday but thankfully they do not cause me a lot of issues. Now, my little Princess, when she gets a bite, it is awful!

  8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
 As most of you know I've had shoulder/neck issues for the past several months.  I first saw a shoulder specialist and after two visits, he informed me that he thought that my shoulder issues were likely neck issues.  I saw a highly regarded  Neurologist in Shreveport a couple of weeks ago and he surmised from my MRI that I had a bone spur pinching a nerve.  He referred me to a Pain Clinic in Monroe for Cervical Epidural injections.  I had the first one today (under conscious sedation) and so far, I'm not really feeling any relief.  But, the Dr. did say that it could take 48 hours, so I'm hopeful.  Thankfully my discomfort is not unbearable and is more just aggravating than anything.  My main issue is sleeping and laying on my left side and that is generally not possible and I LOVE sleeping on my left side.  Time will tell. *Added note: I wrote the above part last night and it is this morning and I was able to sleep on my left side last night without any discomfort at all.  So, perhaps we are making progress and I'm sure encouraged.

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 do hope you get some relief! I used to make my own pizza, but haven't in years. We don't eat a lot of pizza these days, but I do love it. Probably one of my favorite foods.

  2. Believe it ir not, Lea, I have an orthopedist appointment in an hour for the same problem! Been through physical therapy with no result (except nice LOOKing shoulders from all the exercises, lol) possible bine spur was mentioned after an exray on Monday.I'm glad you're feeling better and hope it's a lasting solution!

  3. You're SO right, the best things in life ARE free! I needed that reminder this morning. And I would definitely have to choose pasta, although pizza is a REALLY close second. What a sad life that would be if we had to choose just one! I'm looking forward to seeing your house...can't wait to get pictures as it's built! You'll have to share with us :)

  4. I hope this new treatment works for you. We have discovered a lot of "free" things especially since we retired.

  5. Ditto to your answer in #1! It is the truth! Glad you are resting better and feeling less pain.

  6. Oh I do hope that epidural injection will give you some lasting relief. I'm scheduled to get one in my spine on Friday. Nice to hear that someone had one and survived. AND so good to hear that you're able to sleep on your left side again. After my hip replacement, I wasn't able to sleep on my left side for probably a couple months. It was horrid. Hope your day is better today.

  7. Lea, I had the same issues spring of last year. My orthopedic dr sent me to Shows Therapy in West Monroe. They do the McKenzie method of therapy. Google it. They really helped me. I have little to no pain now, and when I do have a flare up, I have the knowledge to help myself. It's been wonderful. The injections are only a temporary fix..McKenzie method reaches you how to fix it yourself. Message me if you want to know more. Btw, I always enjoy your blog so much!

  8. Lea, I so hope you get some relief with the injections. Mine were never successful, but we have different issues completely. But nerve pain is never fun. The Rhizotomy I had a few months back has given me much needed pain relief, but it too is temporary. Take it easy for a day or two.

  9. So happy to hear that you have noticed improvement!
    Agreed, the best things in life don't involve money....


  10. Glad to hear you're feeling the effects now. I hope you only improve from here on out.

    By the way, if I haven't told you that I love your new blog template, I do! In fact, when I looked at it again today, I see that it's almost exactly the same pattern as I chose on Saturday for the border for my friend's chemo quilt. It's a gorgeous greyish teal in that design. Love it!

  11. Glad to hear you're feeling the effects now. I hope you only improve from here on out.

    By the way, if I haven't told you that I love your new blog template, I do! In fact, when I looked at it again today, I see that it's almost exactly the same pattern as I chose on Saturday for the border for my friend's chemo quilt. It's a gorgeous greyish teal in that design. Love it!

  12. I'm with you. I'd rather just stay in the USA. There is so much here to see.

    So glad your neck is starting to feel better.

  13. Good luck with the pain shots. I've heard they do wonders.

  14. Hi CiCi! You are so right...the best things in life are FREE!

    Technology can be good when at times
    Nothing like `roaming` with a GPS.

    Out of the three I would pick pizza, also. I like a Taco Pizza I make.

    From what I remember, ~It's A Small, Small World` is beautiful!

    PTL, the shot is working. That is good news!

  15. So glad you got some relief from the neck pain, CiCi. praying for continued healing.
    I so agree the best things in life are free, so many have lost this.
    Enjoyed your hodgepodge so much. When we started our home I thought i would be it would be finished fairly quickly but soon realized it would take time if it was to be done right.
    Like you, pizza is my favorite, would love to have your homemade pizza recipe. ~smile~

  16. Oh Lea... I hope this does the trick for you. It takes so much energy to be in pain. You are in my thoughts.

  17. Great answer for number one! Yes brick oven pizza is very good. It's a small world is always a fun ride and it was my aunt's favorite. Love your update and I hope you continue to feel relief.....

  18. So glad you got some relief . I am such a lover of pizza - a favorite of mine! Feel better…

  19. Agree with your answer on number 1. We've had a bunch of Mosquitos too.


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