Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I'm not sure how Joyce can manage the Hodgepodge, the A-Z Challenge and the building of a house all at the same time.  But, we all know she is super woman so it's likely not all that big of a deal to her.  So, off to this week's questions for my weekly brain exercise.

1. What does retirement mean to you? Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it?
Retirement is laying aside the day to day responsibility of reporting to a job. Hopefully it means enjoying some years of doing what you may not have had time to do.  It has been 39 years since I worked outside the home so I will not be retiring in that sense.  I do have some responsibility in the financial record keeping, bill paying department of Hubby's business and guess I won't retire from that until he decides to hang up his hat.

2. It's International Guitar you play? Does anyone in your family play? What's a song you especially like to hear played on the guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar?

No, I do not play but my oldest brother does and he does it very, very well.  He started taking guitar lessons when he was in his early teens and he was a natural.  He and I began singing together shortly after he learned to play and sang for banquets and such for a couple of years.  That brings lots of sweet memories to mind for me.  One of my favorite songs that he played was "If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot and he sang many others of his as well.  And, he sang many of John Denver's songs.  He still plays to this day and the last time I heard him was when our Daddy was so very sick.  Brian came to see him, brought his guitar and would sit at Daddy's bedside and sing to him. ~precious memories for sure~

3. What's your comfort food?

How funny, I'm not sure I have ever thought about this.  But, the first thing that came to my mind was vanilla ice cream covered in slivered almonds.  I love it!  I usually treat myself to one large scoop 2-3 times a week at night.  I honestly could eat 5 scoops every night with a cup of silvered almonds but I just cannot go there.  My Mom always taught me to, "eat to live and not live to eat."  Besides it takes  a lot of discipline to keep a "girlish" figure and that certainly would not help. ~smile~

4. What's one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate?

Well, procrastination is just not something I have ever enjoyed.  I might not enjoy the task or the upcoming activity at hand either but I'd just as soon get it behind me than to have to think about it.

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Does your local store bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place? Do you like someone packing your groceries?

Oh, that would be me!  Hubby will go pick up an item or two but I can't ever remember him actually buying a list of groceries.  Oh, no, Wal-Mart, where I buy the bulk of our groceries, is totally a do-it-yourself king of place.  I not only bag but I check myself out.  And, the register is constantly fussing at me about not bagging something, drives me insane.  It doesn't seen to understand that some items are too big to bag.  I would thoroughly enjoy someone checking me out and someone bagging my groceries as well, but I've made the adjustment and I do like my way of bagging. It's sort of like someone pumping my gas, guess those days are gone forever. Ugh!

6. What's the coolest thing you've seen in nature?

I cannot think of a thing.  Guess I'm not much of a nature buff and likely not all that observant.
~sorry for such a lame answer~

7. Share a favorite quote about home.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
This time next week I will be in Virginia enjoying some time with an Aunt and several of my cousins.  I have not been in about 3 years and I'm so excited.  These are relatives from my Mom's side of the family and my only Aunt left was the wife of my Mom's brother.  I will be staying with cousins in Williamsburg and then visiting others in the Newport News and Hampton areas.  I was born in Newport News so I'm going back to my birthplace.  I'll have lots to tell when I return.
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 love the Williamsburg/Newport News/Va Beach area. We lived in Richmond for a few years and that was part of hubs territory, so spent some time there. Enjoy visiting with your family and seeing your old home town!

    1. p.s-the double posts are A LOT : ) I will likely take a week off from the Hodgepodge somewhere this month.

  2. Your trip to VA. sounds like fun! I really need to head back to Arkansas to see some of my relatives...many I haven't seen in 15 years. Hope you have a blast!

  3. Lea,

    Luckily, our grocery store (Publix) bags our groceries, and helps take them to our car. I especially like it when my hubby is not shopping with me.

    We just got back from the Richmond, VA/ Washington DC area, yesterday.

    Safe travels.

  4. How fun that we chose the same home quote. I really relate to that one because although we love traveling and being with family for extended visits, we love coming home as well. I hope your trip to VA is so much fun and brings much joy to you and your family. Can't wait to hear about it.

  5. Good morning! That's the third time I've seen that quote this morning! It is such a good one! Your coming trip sounds great. Hope you have a wonderful time!

  6. What a sweet memory of your brother playing and singing to your dad! I love the home quote! That is really so true. Enjoy your family visit next week! I love getting to visit my extended family, which we do quite often. Have a great rest of the week...

  7. Hope you have lots of fun on your trip next week! I'm an ice cream girl, too, but I don't think I would consider it comfort food for me. And I absolutely hate those Walmart self-checker-outter things! Unless I only have a few items, I go through the line every single time.

  8. I liked the questions this time so I joined in. Long time ago I visited the Williamsburg recreated village. I was surprised by the size of the place. Don't remember too much of it but I had good time. Like the commenter above I dislike those self-checker setups.
    Having a family member who can perform a few songs is great thing for family get-togethers. I have in-laws that play the guitar well.

  9. Well, you will be "only" 5 or so hours from me when you go to VA. Should be very lovely. Your brother playing to your dad on his sickbed would make a precious memory.

  10. I never really had a career but have worked different jobs for periods of time. I went ahead and started collecting my unemployment at 62. My husband will retire in a few years. I'll have to try your comfort ice cream dish! I didn't think you would be a procrastinator and I love that about you. Love your home quote. Have a wonderful trip.


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