Wednesday, April 19, 2023

A Golden Hodgepodge

Hats off to Joyce!  I do believe that if this is the 500th edition of the HP that means Joyce has come up with 3000 questions for us.  Good grief, that's a w-h-o-l-e lotta questions.  Thanks Joyce, for always showing up.  You are the bomb!

1. Last time you drove/flew 500 miles (ish)? What's a place you'd like to visit that lies approximately 500 miles from your current location? 

Well, just last week we traveled to Oklahoma to see our daughter and her family.  It's about an 8 1/2 hour drive and we so wish that it was only about 3 hours.  8 1/2 is just about further than we care to drive in one day anymore.  We generally break up the trip going but coming home, we suck it up, and drive on in.  Something about getting home that spurs us on. ~chuckle~

Humm......not sure about a place that is 500 miles from us that we'd like to visit. I'm betting there are several, but just don't have time to check that out right now.

2. Tell us about a time recently it felt like you were 'racing against the clock'. 

Well, once again, I'm sure I have, but I cannot think of a time recently.  I cannot stand to be rushed and do all in my power to prevent it.  I have never been one to let "grass grow under my feet" and I think that helps considerably with 'racing against the clock."

3. Have you ever attended any really large sporting events? What was your impression of the experience?  

I have not attended any large sporting events in a while and likely won't.  Our daughter graduated from Louisiana State University and during her time there we went to several football games at Tiger Stadium.  The last one we attended was over 20 years ago and that has not bothered me one bit.  I am not a fan of huge crowds and would much rather be in the comfort of our home enjoying the event.  I know, that's not most folks preference, but it is mine. ~smile~

The Superbowl, The Kentucky Derby, The World Series, FIFA World Cup, The Indianapolis 500, The Daytona 500, The Olympics, The Masters, Wimbledon, The Boston Marathon, March Madness, Tour de France, Monaco's Grand Prix, The Open (golf), The Ryder Cup, The Stanley Cup Finals..of the events listed which would you most like to attend in person? Or maybe one that's not listed? 

Now, after saying that, I do believe I could get into attending the Kentucky Derby. I've always said that I was going to host a Kentucky Derby party one year.  But, that hasn't happened yet. I love all the ladies hats and it seems like such a fun event.

But, if you want to know my favorite sporting event, it is watching this little "go getter" play softball.  Andi Kate is "in the zone" when she is out in that field and is quite the ball player.  The above picture was taken when she was coming into homebase after hitting a home run last week.  This CiCi can get quite excited at these games.

4. Are you an iced tea drinker? If so, do you drink it year round, or only in the spring and summer months? Do you make your own or buy it bottled? Sweet or unsweet? Flavored? Lemon or no lemon? How about a Long Island Iced Tea? 

I do drink iced tea with my dinner but I do not drink it any other time.  I make ours with decaf bags and a tad of sugar.  Unlike most Southerners, we do not like syrupy sweet tea. And, we do not care for lemon.  I have no idea about a Long Island Iced Tea.

What I do enjoy and make one pretty much every morning is a nutritional tea (minus the liftoff).  I mix strawberry, cherry, pineapple and grape flavors with raspberry tea mix and enjoy. It's my drink of choice after my morning coffee.

5. April 20th is Volunteer Recognition you volunteer in some way? Tell us about it. If not, tell us about a volunteer you appreciate. 

I do not volunteer in any organization at this time.  I have a deep appreciation for those that do and perhaps one day I will be a part of volunteering.  Right now, I feel like the time I would likely use for volunteering goes to the overseeing of my sweet Daddy's care.  That's not an excuse, it's the simple truth.  And, a lot of you likely know this responsibility.  It can be so demanding at times and at others, we rock along fairy smoothly.  I have been overseeing the care of a family member since 1987 so it is as natural as breathing for me.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Folks, I can't even!  This is our daughter replacing a sensor in their suburban.  No joke! She watched a YouTube video and decided it would be much simpler than trying to get the vehicle in the shop, plus save a bunch of money.  So, Friday while the two of us were at the house by ourselves, she decided to tackle it.  And, while she did encounter a couple of hiccups, she was successful in her endeavor.  She was so proud of herself and I was pretty impressed.  She wears so many hats, balances so much and does it all quite well.

Thanks again Joyce for 500 editions of HP!  Here's to many more!

Monday, April 3, 2023

April Prime Purchases

And, 2023 is marching right along.  Here we are in the 4th month! 
Here's to April's Prime Purchases!


I always put seasonal pillows on the benches on our front porch.  I think they give such a welcoming look and I thought these "screamed" spring.  I love all the colors and they are sunbrella fabric and so well made.  I bought 4, two for each bench.


You folks know that I am an AVID cookie baker.  So, when I saw this recipe book for nothing but cookies, I had to order it.  I saw it on another website but I was sure Amazon would have it and they did.  There's any kind of cookie you can imagine in it.  I have several marked to get started on shortly.  It is almost 2 inches thick so that tells you it has a whole lot of cookie recipes.


I saw this neat gadget on another blog and had to have it.  It holds grapes, tiny tomatoes and the such for slicing.  You place the grapes, tomatoes or whatever in the bottom, place the top piece over them and then run a knife blade through them and EUREKA, it's done.  Sure beats slicing each one individually.  Gotta love a gadget such as this!


Gals, these are the BEST capri leggings!  I have 4 pair.  I put them on after my shower every morning with a tee shirt and keep them on until I'm ready to get dressed for the day.  They are plenty nice, especially this black leopard pair, to wear out and about.  They are very thick, have the phone pocket (which I love) and come in "bazoodles" of colors.


Now, if you are looking for some nice joggers, look no further!  They are a wonderful polyester/spandex blend that not only looks great but is so comfortable.  I wear mine all the time with cute tops that dress them up a bit.  I wish so much I had found these before my Israel trip because they would have been my uniform while I was there.  They come in several colors as well.


I know plastic straws are not good for the landfills, but............ I love straws and these longer ones fit my tea and water tumblers perfectly.  I do not like the hard" molded plastic straws that generally come with the tumblers.  And, these come in such "happy" colors. ~chuckle~


This is the dandiest item! I wear my Ipods pretty much all the time I'm at home and I need to have my phone on my person in case I get to far from where it is located.  I don't always have on clothes that have a pocket to slip my phone in so this sleeve works great.  It's also great if I'm outside and need a place to keep my phone.  And, it comes a lot of prints and patterns.


I've been a big fan of Volatile shoes for several years.  I have a narrow foot and their shoes seem to always run a bit on the narrow side, so I can wear them.  These are a cute wedge sandal and while I don't wear them for long periods of time, they are perfect for short outings.  And, they are real cute and come in several colors.


I was recently in a conversation about satin sheets.  I've always "heard" that they are the "bees knees" but I've never had any. I have used satin pillowcases for years.  Well, after this recent conversation I decided I would check them out on Amazon and see the cost as I had also "heard" that they are VERY expensive.  Well, Amazon had plenty to pick from and the price on these was more than reasonable, I mean under $40.  They are just beautiful, have a 4 1/2 star rating and had excellent reviews.  I washed them immediately and they came out beautifully.  We use flannel sheets on our bed in the winter and it's about time to put those up until next winter.  So, this week when I change the sheets, the satin sheets will go on.  I have a feeling we are going to love them.  I also "hear" they are real cool, so I'm excited to give them a try.  They come in several beautiful colors too.  If you've been wanting to give satin sheets a try, without spending a small fortune,  these might be a good start.


I'm always looking for cute packaging either for gifts or for my cookies.  I mean presentation is everything!  These are so cute, on the small side but will definitely work for my uses for them.  They could even be decorated if you are "artsy."  Mine will likely remain plain except for one of my cute cookie labels as I am in no way "artsy."  I'm pretty sure I will think of a lot of uses for these.

And, there you have it, another month of Prime Purchases.