Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

1. What's one thing you learned at the ripe old age of whatever age you are now?
I've known for a long time that I truly have NO control over so much but this whole Covid mess has really taught me how little control I have.  I mean, all the fretting and stewing over the way things are will not change them and some days I feel so powerless.  This is especially true when it comes to my precious Daddy who lives in an assisted living facility.  I have had to ask the Lord for calmness and patience more times than I care to admit. And, I know HE is in control and who better to be?

2. I read here a list of foods that can help you look younger-

extra virgin olive oil, green tea, fatty fish, dark chocolate, vegetables, flaxseeds, pomegranates, avocados, tomatoes, spices, bone broth

How many of the foods listed have you tried? How many do you eat regularly? Your favorite from the list?
I have used olive oil in cooking but not regularly, I do love dark chocolate, especially with an almond included, I eat most vegetables and I like most spices.  I regularly eat dark chocolate and vegetables and I use various spices on a regular basis and their generally on the "hot" side of spicy. I mean, we live in Louisiana and that means "hot and spicy."

3. Something you miss from the 'good old days'? When were the good old days anyway?
I think my growing up years were 'good old days."  There were few to no interruptions, great TV shows that were so family friendly and we didn't have the need to be in constant communication with each other.  Life was slower and a bit sweeter.  I do love my life as it is now but it is such a contrast to my early years.  I often wonder what it would be like to go back to that slower and calmer lifestyle.  And, one where the Sabbath was truly a "day of rest." 

4. What are two or three of the most rewarding things to be found in growing older?
Wisdom - I have certainly gotten wiser with each passing year.  Now, I certainly have a whole lot more to gain and I imagine as long as we are living that is the case. 
Realizing I don't always have to say yes - It was such a freeing time in my life when I realized that I had the freedom to say no to things either I did not want to do or did not have the time to do and did not have to give an explaination for either. 

5. What's your favorite part of your life right now?
Good health and a life that's fairly balanced with pleasure and those things over which I have responsibility.  I thoroughly enjoy the phase of life I am in and hope it will continue for many more years.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Last week I took my annual trip to the woods with Hubby.  I always go once a year when he is getting his deer stands prepared for hunting season, putting out feed and sitting up his camera.  If the truth be known, at this point in his life, he enjoys this far more than hunting.  He has been hunting for 60+ years and has killed about all the deer he ever cares to kill, had the thrills and isn't all that fond of the early morning hunts and the cold, cold weather.  It was a bit of a cooler morning when we went and once we sprayed ourselves with OFF, the mosquitos left us alone.  It was an enjoyable time sharing the great outdoors with my favorite fella.  

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. Knowing Tommy, I bet he has all the conveniences of home inside that blind. This is truly a good time of life in which to live, although the new daily aches and pains remind me that I'm older than I was yesterday, but also wiser. Thankfully!

  2. I loved all of your answers today.
    Have a great Wednesday my friend.

  3. Love Tommy's tree stand. We enjoy hunting as you know but even we are to the point that we mainly just enjoy spending time with our families in the woods. But I do enjoy sitting in a tree stand and spending time with the Lord. Some of our best talks has been in the neck of the deep woods. Happy September dear Lea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. My son went to get his spot ready for hunting season a couple weekends ago. He always loves to go hunting with his Dad, uncles and Pawpaw. I enjoy going to the lease to for the weekend, thankful we have the camper to make it more comfortable for me! I'm not sure what hunting season will look like this year with Caleb playing football, the season will mostly be over by then but there is some overlap.

    For my answer to #1 I considered putting I am not in control. That is definitely something I have learned this year as well.

    Have a nice day!

  5. Good morning, dear Lea... I am on the same page as you when it comes to this awful covid thing. Every morning I wake up and thank God that I have no symptoms and then I pray for patience. Have a great week Lea.

  6. I agree about thinking back to the good ole days. I do enjoy all the modern conveniences and connectedness, but there's something to be said for a once-a-week long distance call, 3 channels on tv, and lots of time playing outside. Hope you have a great week.

  7. Being retired really is the best! I remember how great I felt when I actually said "No" the first time. So freeing!! Now, I rarely say yes! This was an interesting and fun Hodgepodge for those of us who are more mature!

  8. Praying for patience daily is definitely a must! This COVID is so hard and I know ten times harder on the ones living in assisted living places and having no visitors allowed.

  9. Ah yes, the old, family-friendly TV shows. I do miss them. TV is a different animal now than it was when we were kids.

    And like you, it's good to be at the stage of life where we can say "no" without going on a guilt trip about it. With age we understand our limits and want to make the most of who we are.

  10. I too have had to do a lot of praying about having patience and lack of control during this awful time. Never in my life would I have thought we would be going all that we are going through these days. Some days my sadness and fear really take hold, but I keep telling myself no matter what God is in control. We haven't seen my MIL in months since she lives in a nursing home and she refuses to answer her phone!!!! Thankfully my mother (92) still lives at home (alone) and is doing fairly well. My childhood was not great so I don't care to go back to it but I do wish my grandchildren could live in a safer, calmer, sweeter time when life was so much simpler and people cared so much more about each other. I am finding that growing older is getting a little more difficult but it is nice to know I don't have to answer to an alarm...and I only have to choose to do those things that I want to do...mostly:)

  11. Times were sweeter back in the day, as the kids say. I loved playing kick the can, roller skates with keys, walked to get ice cream at the ice cream store.

    Covid has taught us all that we aren't in charge!! Much to my chagrin. I like being on schedule, having a routine. This business of every day looking different is for the birds. But, I guess, it is keeping me on my toes.

    Glad you and your favorite beau enjoyed some time outdoors together.

  12. This is such a difficult time for anyone with family members in nursing or assisted living homes. I hope that you are able to talk to your father on the phone or video chat. So many seniors have discovered Zoom and FaceTime and other means of communicating in the absence of face to face contact. Praying for peace and comfort for you.

  13. Yes, I love being retired. I actually get out in nature more than I did before.
    Like you, I hope these years last a long long time.

  14. I feel for those in facilities right now, and for their families especially. Trying to picture you in the woods...hmmm. When I picture you I imagine a lovely table set for lunch with women gathered around : )

  15. I enjoyed reading your hodgepodge this week. I agree with your answer to question number 3. I wish I had a time machine...

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