Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge is back after a nice Spring Break last week.  Not sure how Joyce always manages to come up with good questions in spite of having a lot on her plate.  I think she might be "super woman."  Off to today's questions and my answers........

1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?
Oh, this is so easy.........but there are two that immediately came to my mind and they come to my mind almost daily.  First one, "this too shall pass."  Second one, "let it happen, don't make it happen." Oh, and there was a third, "eat to live, don't live to eat." 
~a wise woman, she was~

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?

Chanel #5 perfume.  My Dad would splurge when we really didn't have the money for splurging, and buy Mom Chanel #5 perfume for special occasions.  I remember thinking that was a big deal!!

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?

Mom and I spent a lot of time at the piano when I was young.  She desired far greater than I did that I become an accomplished pianist.  I did learn to play because of her constant encouragement and begging but certainly never became accomplished.  Many years later, after I was married, we became great shopping partners.  Momma had a hard time making decisions and she loved for me to pick out her clothes and I did for many years.  I miss those times.
4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you?
I currently have a few maxi dresses and a couple of jumpsuits and I love them all.  The maxi dresses I have are a bit on the dressier side and I think they are very feminine.  The one thing I do not like about the jumpsuits is the issue of going to the bathroom.  Oh, my goodness! ~need I say more~

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?

As long as I have a functioning brain I will always remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Wilma Morton.  She was such a dear and had such a way of making me feel so, so special.  She was the reason that my parents took me to the eye Dr. and found out that I was legally blind.  Mrs. Morton told my parents that I got terribly frustrated when she wrote anything on the board and it did not help when she moved me to the front row.  I was a "changed child" when I got glasses and suddenly realized that trees had leaves.
 ~ no joke~

6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?

I have family pictures, pictures of missionaries that we pray for, cute magnets and artwork by the Grans.  I'm a  tad bit sad that when we move I will not be able to have anything hanging on my refrigerator unless I use tape. ~and that's pretty tacky~   Magnets will not work on stainless steel. I may have to hang a bulletin board at our back entrance.

7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.

I sat down to the computer at some point on Sat. and saw on Fox News website that the baby had been born.  I had no idea she was even due at this time and for all I knew she could have been born 2 months ago.  AND, when I saw the picture of Kate leaving the hospital 10 hours after giving birth, looking like she just stepped out of Saks Fifth Avenue, I just shook my head and felt sorry for her.  I mean, there was no doubt in my mind that she had to absolutely put on a front and grin and bear it. ~how crazy~

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

 Meet Bella!  Bella is our Granddog.  Our son and family were gone this past weekend and they asked us if we would go over and let Bella out a few times while they were gone.  We said we'd just let her stay over here.  They were rather shocked as they know that we are NOT inside dog folks.  Bella is a toy poodle and a good dog, as dogs go. ~smile~  We did have fun with her and she was good but it just reaffirmed that we are NOT inside dog folks.  But, isn't she the cutest perched on the back of our sofa. 

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. Looks like Bella feels right at home at your house!! Sounds like your Mom was a wonderful lady! Have a wonderful week, Lea!

  2. What wonderful and wise sayings from your mother. I believe they had their full effect on her daughter!

  3. Oh my goodness Lea this post could have been written by me! lol From things I remember my mom saying (this too shall pass!) to Channel #5 being "her" scent, to sitting at the piano with her with her SOO eager for me to learn, getting glasses as a little girl and realizing there were leaves on trees (no lie!) similar fronts of our fridges, and not having much a clue about the royal birth AND seeing that first picture of them and having that very same thought...."poor girl has to appear as if she didn't just give birth!". And guess I might as well finish it off by admitting that I am NOT an indoor dog kind of person....(neither was my mom!) but since hubby is we have had Elvis for the last 13 years! But trust me once he moves on so to speak, that will be that! lol. How funny....Enjoy your day!

  4. My fridge doors aren't magnetic but the sides are, so I have a little space to hang things. It's a catch-22 though; it can look cluttered, but it is oh-so-handy of a place for constant reminders of important or feel-good artwork. I sometimes wish my mom and I had been shopping partners but she has never been a clothes horse. I love to shop (not for clothes) but she saved her pennies for books to enrich her mind. Bookstores have always her retail go-to places. Can't believe you let ANY dog on your furniture. Did you have a fever?? LOL

  5. Well there are a lot of really cute bulletin board options now : ) When I left the hospital after my 2nd I was pale as a ghost and super anemic. Definitely not world wide photo worthy! She does have a team to help her, but I'm not sure even a team of professionals could have made me look that good. So excited for you and your house...we're just getting started. Trying to buckle in for the long haul and all the decisions to be made. Happy Mother's Day!

  6. Yes, so many of us have wonderful memories of our precious moms and especially think about them at this time of year. Your mom always had the sweetest facial expression and was dressed to the nines. So you did well there. I'm going to have to talk to you about the Maxie's this week. I think they would be fun and comfortable now that I've tried one. Looking forward to Friday.

  7. Enjoyed reading your Momma memories, so sweet to think on right?


  8. Enjoyed your post today. Legally blind?!! My goodness, you are such an overcomer!!

  9. Those are great things your mother said and definitely a wise woman! You have some beautiful memories with your mother. Since we moved 8 years ago I can no longer put magnet's on the frig. I can put a few next to the built in microwave and a few on the oven. I miss that so much. I have a large collection. I say get a metal board mad or paint something with the magnetic paint. Kate did look amazing and it must be hard to have to look perfect all the time. She is one amazing lady and does honor to her position.

  10. What a cute dog and it sounds as if you will definitely need to get a bulletin board. Lovely post.

  11. Hi Lea, I loved reading your answers; it is always so fun to learn something new about a friend. Also, have to say that I really wanted a black miniature poodle, but the Lord brought us Hunter and I'm so glad. I love Bichon's and Poodles because they don't shed. Last night we visited with some friends that were dog sitting their daughter's family German Shepherd. She was huge and excited to be in their home. Made me realize I won't get a big dog again-too hard to control.
    Have a great evening.
    Hugs, Noreen

  12. You were brave to have the granddog for a visit...especially since you're not inside dog people! At least it's a dog that doesn't shed! :)

  13. I too was "changed" when I got my first pair of glasses - in 2nd grade. I can remember having them on as Dad drove me home from the eye doctor's office and seeing the world clearly for the first time! I could read signs and was in awe with what was out there! Unfortunately, they were blue rimmed and not very fashionable - but I didn't care!!


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