Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

The time is drawing neigh for Joyce to head to the PNW to celebrate the arrival of her first Gran, a baby boy.  But, she stopped long enough from all that she has going on to throw out some questions for us today.  I can hardly wait to hear what her Grandmother name is going to be, she hasn't asked for our suggestions so guess she probably didn't need  our help. ~giggle~  Meanwhile, here's today's questions.............

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.
Until I was in the 4th grade we lived very near my Dad's parents and I did love them dearly.  Now, my Dad's Mom was quite the character.  She was an only child and quite spoiled and a bit self centered but she made anything we did fun.  She never learned to drive but they lived only about 4 blocks from a little tiny local grocery and they had a candy counter to "beat the band."  We would walk there and she would give me .50 to spend and I would walk away with a bag full of candy.  It was such a treat for me and I remember it like it was yesterday.  Then she taught me how to play all the games that you merely played with pencil and paper.  Games like TicTacToe, Going to the Mill, etc.  She taught me how to do neat tricks with a tied piece of string, such as Jacob's Ladder.  Now if you are under 45 then you likely have no earthly idea what I am talking about.  But, those were days when there were no gadgets, it was all about plain and simple fun.

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?
The only item I was remotely attached to was about a 6 foot piece of hemp rope.  Yes, that's right, I wagged that crazy rope everywhere, and for a brief time and I told my Mom that a dog named Rusty was attached to the end of it.  I had quite the imagination and Rusty was a figment of my imagination as were several of my childhood friends.  And, yes, I did talk to them.  I have no idea what happened to that piece of rope but as I said, I only had an attachment to it for a brief time.  And, I'm sure my parents never even thought that I probably should NOT be playing with a rope. ~grin~

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

When I look out our back windows I literally see trees around the pond.  Figuratively, I can often miss seeing the forest because the trees get so thick.  But, that's only when I get too involved with the details of the issue I'm facing and fail to look at the whole situation.  Now, did that make sense? 😊

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?
grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 
I'm not a big fan of sour candy but if I were, my favorite would be lemon.
Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?  I have never eaten a kumquat and my favorite lemon dish is Four Layer Delight .  It is absolutely delicious!

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.
It's been rather smooth with just a few medical issues for Hubby and myself.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

These 3 will hit the road early tomorrow morning headed from their home in Oklahoma to our home here in Louisiana.  It is an 8 hour trip for us and with the two kiddos it will be more like a 9 hour drive for them.  I choose not to worry but rather cover her with prayer and for God's safety over them as they travel.  But, that's a whole lot easier said than done.  I'm so proud that Bridget has never shied away from driving by herself,  even though it is a huge responsibility with one as young as Coleman.  But, thankfully, he is a good traveler.  Hubby and I always breathe a sigh of relief when she arrives here and another sigh when she arrives safely back home. We look forward to their visit!

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. What sweet memories you had with your Grandma. My Grandma was one of my very best friends. She left this world 3 years ago, and I miss her everyday, but I'm so thankful for all the memories I have as well. Enjoy your visit with your family. Sounds like your house is about to get busy. :)

  2. Good morning, sweet Lea! Ah, what a JOY to pop in for a little visit :) Your post was a blessing to read. Oh, the delights of grandmothers! My Grandma Betty was so precious to me and in fact, my blog is dedicated to her since she is my inspiration.

    Have a wonderful day, dear one. Hugs!

  3. I enjoyed your answers, Lea...what fun memories you have of your grandmother! She sounds a lot like my hubby's mother who used to play games with our kids although my mom was more on the serious side, they loved her as well. Have a wonderful visit with your daughter and grands! Blessings!

  4. I just know you're going to enjoy seeing those grand babies! And your daughter, too!

  5. Have a sweet visit with them and i always love learning more about you!

  6. My mom still breathes a sigh of relief when I'm on the road and arrive safely at her home too. I guess we moms never get over that : ) Have a wonderful time with your grandsons and your daughter! I loved the rope story. Times have changed haven't they? I remember playing cat's cradle, etc with a rope. My girls knew the games too but I'm wondering if I remember them now. Probably someone has a youtube video reminding me how-to!

  7. Now I'm 68 and a couple of those games I've not heard of. They sound interesting. I love, love the rope story! Too funny. Both and daughter and dil have never been hesitant to get in the car with the kids and hit the highway. I'm like you. Pray for their safe arrival and return. You will have a wonderful time with then.

  8. Your description of your daughter's trip reminded me of the many, many cross-state drives I made when we lived in Miami and the in-laws lived in north Florida. My trips, with the kids, took about nine hours each way. I'm sure they worried, but I only saw the trips from my perspective. Now that my daughter lives six hours away, I'll admit that I do fret a bit when she's driving back and forth. Perspective, eh? Safe travels to your girl and her precious cargo. <3

  9. Hi Lea, I always like reading the answers to these random questions. Also, your grandsons are adorable; your daughter is brave-the furthest I would drive alone when my girls were growing up was 3 hours and that seemed like it was eternity. Hope you have a great evening.

  10. Have a wonderful visit with Coleman and Clancy. I know they love coming to see you!

  11. It is always good to pay a visit here, whether I have time to comment or not. I enjoyed reading about your grandmother, and the paper games that she taught you. My Grandma Ethel, and my Grandma Ruth were such special parts of my life! I learned so much from them, especially my love of flowers.

    I understand your prayer and worry:) time for your daughter and her children while driving to your home. I do the same, whether the one drives the 3 hours or the one flies the three hours to get here. I love that I can entrust them to our God.

  12. I love your memory about the candy, those were the days! Interesting story about the hemp rope. Yes the tree makes perfect sense, I do that too. Glad the first half of the year has been rather smooth. We can't seem to get away from those medical issues anymore. Enjoy your company.


So glad you stopped by and hope you enjoyed your visit. I love your comments and read each and every one of them and I always try to reply to them. Blessings to you this day!