Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

This is Joyce's 438th Hodgepodge and if I have multiplied correctly, that means she has come up with 2628 questions for us to answer since she started the HP (and I can't remember the year she started it).  Hats off to Joyce!

1. Do you (or did you used to) watch talk shows? Which are or were your favorite? 

I have wracked my brain trying to remember if I have ever watched a talk show and unless, The Faulkner Focus and Outnumbered count as talk shows, then I have not and still do not watch talk shows.  Daytime TV is not really my gig.  I generally prefer some kind of good music playing over the noise of a TV.

2. Would you describe yourself as resilient? If so what do you think makes you that way? If you answered no explain why? 

I would describe myself as resilient.  Until I married, I moved many times. I attended 7 different schools from 1st thru 12th grade.  That always meant adjustments, making new friends and the whole deal.  I always handled it well and never missed a beat. I call that being resilient.

As an adult I have faced some difficult situations.........We found out our son was a Juvenile Diabetic when he was 7 years old.  I knew I had no choice but to make the very best of it and to teach him to do the same.  We are sooooo thankful for all the strides that have been made in the treatment of diabetes these past 38 years.

And, of course, I consider myself a "certified" overseer of care for the elderly.  I have been overseeing the care of a family member for the past 30 years, both of my paternal Grandparents, my mother in law and now my Daddy.  Resilience, as far as I'm concerned, is a MUST to survive overseeing the care of someone.

3. What parts of life have surprised you the most? Explain. 

Hummm......lots of life has surprised me. ~chuckle~ I guess I'll pick one and go with it. Aging has surprised me.  I have a very hard time believing that I am now 69 years old, will be 70 next summer.  I well remember being in my 30's and thinking anyone my age was "elderly."  It seems that I got here in the "blink of an eye."  I am so thankful for my good health, and rarely an ache or pain.  I do NOT take that for granted and realize it could change in a few minutes or days.  I look at my days so differently as I have certainly lived the majority of my life. It's more important than ever that I make every day count and be a difference maker.  The surprise has been how quickly these 69 years have passed.  Wheeeeeee!!!!!!

4. Why do you live where you live? 

Two simple words - my husband.  He started an insurance agency 47 years ago and came back to his hometown to do so.  He was starting a scratch agency with State Farm and it only made sense to do that where he had grown up his entire life and was well known.  The rest is history, it's been a fantastic ride with some of the dearest folks on the earth.

5. A memory from this week that made you smile? 

We were in Oklahoma last week with Bridget and family and Clancy had just had his 13th birthday.  I've spent so much time thinking about these past 13 years and how quickly they have flown by.  Above, he is about 5 days old and I'm a brand new CiCi without a clue of how much love my heart could hold for him and the other Grans to come. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I am doing the Bible study, Elijah by Priscilla Shirer with a group of women at our church. I've been in church ALL of my 69 years and my Daddy is a retired minister.  But, I have gleaned sooooo much from this study and my eyes have been opened to so many truths that I desperately needed reminding of for sure.  Oh, that I will one day have the FAITH and FIRE of Elijah!  If you or a group you are a part of are looking for a Bible study then I highly recommend this one.  I'm a big fan of Priscilla's and she definitely hit a "homerun" with this study. 

I'm going to keep telling myself this over and over................

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. Do you remember when Joyce thought up 9 questions each week? I'm glad we went to six a years back. Looks like we had the same thought about several of these questions this week. I will be 77 in a couple weeks so that means only 3 years from 80!!! Yes, it has all happened so quickly. I am in a SS Lady's BS and we're studying Pricilla's Gideon. She really is an amazing Bible teacher. Have a great rest of your week.

  2. I love that idea of "you're not too old and it's not too late". I try to remind myself of that when I get panicky that I haven't accomplished some things yet.

  3. Time definitely flies, and you are definitely ONE resilient lady! I didn't know that about your son. I'm sure that has been a tough journey. Hope you have a good week.

  4. I didn't think of time flying by as a surprise but it certainly is. We are doing a study on 1st and 2nd Kings that is excellent, Trustworthy by Lysa Terkeurst. Happy Hodgepodge to you.

  5. Time doesn't stand still? Does it? I remember thinking how slowly time passed when much younger than I am now AND now it is like please time slow down. I am a fan of Priscilla Shirer, also.

  6. I am a bit older than you, Lea. I hit that bit 70 in December. Yikes. Like you, I can't imagine how fast 70 got here. In a blink, indeed! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers today and always enjoy my visits here! xo

  7. OOOh...thank you for doing the math. I might work this into a future post. I published my first HP questions with answers on November 10, 2010. Time is crazy, isn't it? That seems to be a common theme in everyone's answers today. And look at that little punkin so tiny and new and now he's a sheep farmer! Rancher? Enjoy your week!

  8. Times does fly by. When I was younger time seems to take forever. Yes, diabetes has come a long way. I take meds for my diabetes type 2. You look fabulous.

  9. I love the picture of you with your grandson! Time does go by so quickly. Our first grandchild will be 18 next week. So hard to believe. I saw the Bible study, Elijah at Mardel today and wondered if it were good. I may go back and get it tomorrow! So fun reading all of your answers! :)

  10. Congrats on the new grandbaby. So fun.

  11. really enjoyed your answers this week! My husband is 5 years older than I (he is 68) and yesterday he kept talking about a wasted day. Reading your post made his words make more sense to me!

  12. "...not too old and not too late." That's a day-brightener.

    Resilient - like you, I attended many schools as a child and that does help to make one to come back better from the punches of life. But with that said, the resilience I had has truly been put to the test this past year.

    It's an excellent quality to have because to be otherwise is the death of us.

  13. Lea, you certainly don’t look your age. I will turn 68 at the end of this month, time does fly. Life does present challenges, but you have handled them with God’s Grace. Happy Weekend!

  14. The aging thing I totally get! I hope I can be as beautiful and outgoing as you are when I'm 69! Thanks for sharing this bible study.

  15. You should see me smiling as I read this post, Lea, So wonderfully written as you open up about your thoughts, I have the same attitude about aging, and you are certainly ageless!
    Such an enjoyable read as I enjoy my coffee this morning!

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