Wednesday, May 31, 2023

An AI Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, yipee! It's Hodgepodge time and Joyce posts the questions and we give our answers.  It's always fun and hopefully enjoyable for you, my readers.

1. Do you know much about (or understand) Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Does it worry or excite you? 

I know very little but enough to know that it definitely doesn't excite me, especially for my Grans generation.  I mean, for a computer to be able to replace humans in tasks, decision making, visual perception, etc is very scary. VERY!

2. What was the last song you listened to? Your favorite movie soundtrack? What song always puts you in a good mood?  

It was one of the old hymns but I can't remember which one.  I listen to the old hymns by John Troutman on my Alexa almost every morning.  They are so soothing and inspiring for me and a great way to begin my day.

I have many favorites but GREASE was the first one that popped into my mind. I can probably still sing along with every word of every song.

Outside of the old hymns, any song by Lionel Richie can lift my spirits and bring a smile to my face.

3. What were you doing ten years ago? 

Well, this was fun. I looked back through my photos from May 2013 to see what I was up to.  It appears that was when I tried my hand at chalk painting.  I had 2-3 items that I tried it on and it proved to me that I AM NOT A FAN.  I did enjoy doing the items but they were all left at our old house and were a part of the estate sale that happened after we moved.  I'm pretty sure chalk painted furniture is still a very popular thing but I am just way too traditional and LOVE all my mahogany, walnut and cherry furniture.  It almost grieves me to think that one day every piece of it will likely be chalk painted by someone after I'm gone to my heavenly home.  Oh, well, at that time it will not matter a bit!

4. Your favorite no-bake summer dessert?

Millionaire Pie

2/3 c sugar
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 small tub of Cool Whip
1/2 c coconut
1/2 c pecans
1 can crushed pineapple, drained (8 oz)
1 graham cracker pie crust
Mix softened cream cheese with Cool Whip (I use a whisk but you can use a mixer). Add the other
ingredients and mix well by hand.  Put in crust, top with additional Cool Whip if desired
(it gives it a smoother look). Refrigerate and serve.  You can also add chopped
maraschino cherries if you desire.
I served it a couple of weeks ago to my study club and it was a big hit!

5. Something you're looking forward to in June? 

I'm hoping that June will bring total relief to the muscle spasms between my shoulder blades caused by my recent neck surgery.  I have done so well but these spasms are NO joke. Thankfully they are getting better and my Dr. assures me that they are just a part of the healing process and will go away.  I am 5 weeks post op tomorrow so I'm probably expecting too much too soon.  I do have medication to take and when they are really bothering me I do take it. I'm just trying to keep my eye on the prize and am more than just a little thankful that I can go on about my day to day activities.  I still modify the way I do some of them, but oh, it could be so much worse. 

6. Insert your own random thought here

I mentioned in my HP post a couple of weeks ago that our daughter was coming to see us ALL BY HERSELF.  It was so nice to have her undivided attention without constant interruption.  We enjoyed our time with her so much and I'm pretty sure it was just as good for her.  She never heard the the word "Momma" or heard the yah, yah that can come from 3 children.  It was a special, special visit and we so appreciate her making it happen.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

You know the drill, Joyce asks the questions and we answer them. Always so interesting to read all the varied answers. Hope you enjoy!

1. What surprises you the most about people? 
Oh, my, there are many but one would be what some folks will share on social media.  Good grief, they air their dirty laundry for all the world to hear and, the world doesn't want to hear it and most importantly, doesn't need to hear it. 

2. Would you rather have a chauffeur, nanny, gardener, maid, personal shopper or cook? Tell us why that one? 

No bones about it, a cook!  I LOVE to bake, but regular cooking, not so much. And, I've gotten worse the older I've gotten.  Now, I can get real motivated when it comes to soups, stews, chili, gumbo, etc and I don't mind that kind of cooking at all.  But, to do a regular meal, I'm a slacker.  If we are entertaining I must say, I can come up with a really enjoyable meal, but on a day to day basis, I'd love to have a cook.

3. May 18th is National Notebook Day. No idea what that means but let's run with it anyway. What's something you currently keep in a notebook? Have you seen the movie The Notebook? On a scale of 1-5 how does it rate? (5=a favorite, can watch and re-watch and re-watch again) 

I use a notebook for my prayer journal and have for years and years.  I don't generally care for the formats of designated prayer journals.  I always seem to find a cute one (like cuteness matters) and my current one is so thick that I'm on my 4th year of using it.  I love looking back through them and seeing the way the Lord has answered the many requests.

Oh, my goodness, a chick flick for sure but one I loved.  Such an involved story with so many twists and turns and such a tear jerker ending. I would give it a 4 rating.

4. Do you like mushrooms? Last dish you made or ate that had mushrooms on the ingredient list? Your favorite dish that calls for mushrooms? 

I love mushrooms and my favorite dish is stuffed mushrooms. I had the best I've ever had while we were visiting our daughter and her family in April.  We went out to eat (and I cannot remember the name of the restaurant) and I ordered stuffed mushrooms and a salad.  They were TOPS!!!

5. What would you say is the most annoying thing people do in public? 

Talking on their cell phone for all the world to hear.  Have mercy! I've heard it in waiting rooms, grocery stores, bathrooms, etc.  I think we have to remind ourselves that there was a time when cell phones did NOT exist and we all survived. But, I suppose the youth of today have no recollection of those times. And, don't get me wrong, I do love my cell phone but I do try to be respectful of where I am when talking on it.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We are looking forward to this coming Friday.  This sassy gal, our daughter, is coming to visit us by herself.  Yes, that's right, it will be her first visit alone since having children 14 years ago.  She called a couple of weeks ago to tell us that she wanted to do this and while we were shocked, we are so excited.  It will be very unusual to have her to ourselves,  and to enjoy uninterrupted conversation.  I remember going to visit my parents 2-3 times without our children and they were such great visits that I still cherish.  Our SIL's parents will keep the two youngest and Clancy will stay home with his Daddy.  Everyone will be enjoying themselves while we make some sweet memories with our "favorite" daughter.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

A Kingly Hodgepodge


And, the HP moves right along.  This is issue #503. I'm always glad to be a participant as I enjoy answering the questions and find it so interesting to read everyone's answers.  
Hope you enjoy!

1. Did you watch the coronation of King Charles III? Share some of your thoughts about that, or about the royal family in general. 

I turned it on about 2 hours into it and kept it on but never just sat down and watched it. I find all of it so fascinating and I do love the pageantry, just beautiful.  I cannot even imagine the work that goes into something of this magnitude nor the money.  I will say that I found myself thinking how absolutely stunning Diana would have been by Charles side. ~just sayin'"~

I wish the royal family was in one accord but they are not and that was pretty obvious.  And, I cannot even imagine living in such a spot light every waking minute of my life. I'll hush by saying, The Queen left some mighty big shoes for Charles to fill.

2. What are you the uncrowned queen of? 

I'm pretty sure if you asked anyone that has known me any time at all would say that I am an organizational enthusiast.  I was raised by two very organized parents so I came by it very naturally, it's just like breathing for me. For me, an organized life is a happy life. ~chuckle~

I might also be referred to as "the Queen of Cookie Baking."  I've always loved baking, cookies being a favorite.  But, while we were housebound in 2020, cookie baking took over my life.  It served as therapy for me and I happily shared with family, neighbors and friends to brighten their day.  Just yesterday I made two batches, Almond Joy Cookies and Chocolate Chip with walnuts.  

3. In a box of chocolates which one do you usually go for? 

I love the boxes of chocolates that have each chocolate identified in the lid of the box. That way I don't have to "hope" I get one with a caramel or an almond, or both. I'm not much on the others.

4. Something learned at your mother's knee? 

The importance of being a homemaker.  She valued that role and did such a great job and set a wonderful example for me, her only daughter.

This was the last picture ever taken of my Mom and me.  This was in Oct. of 2008 and she suffered a massive stroke on Dec. 1st, just 6 weeks later and entered heaven's gates.  As a precious lady said to me, "you will get through losing your Mom, but you will never get over it." So, so true!

5. 'Like mother, like daughter' what way is this saying true for you? 

                                                                     Taken in 2011

While I am like my Mother in many ways, for me, 'like Father, like daughter' would be more fitting.  Mom would often talk about how much alike we were. I have two brothers and the oldest would be the most like our Mom. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I can't believe I just posted this picture of myself from two weeks ago tomorrow evening.  I'm pleased to report that I have done really well from my neck surgery.  I only wore the neck collar for the ride home from the hospital and haven't used it since.  The Dr. told me it was for my comfort only and I found that my neck pillow served the purpose better when my neck got tired the first week.  I have about a 2-3 incision in the front of my neck that is hardly noticeable now.  He glued it together and it is all so amazing.  I mean, gluing skin, how do you do that?  I have very few restrictions, lifting no more than 8 pounds, leaning my head backwards and leaning my head forward when I pick something up.  I've learned to accomadate these restrictions and I've done very well.  I have very little discomfort at this point and in 3-4 more weeks I should be "good to go." full steam ahead.  My Neuro Surgeon told me that it was the easiest of all neck surgeries and I believe he was right. I had a fusion of C5/6 and 6/7 and the removal of bone spurs.  I've dealt with it in some fashion for about 12 years so I thought it was time to "get er' done."



Monday, May 1, 2023

April Prime Purchases

Here's this month's Prime Purchases............


I got a couple of these to put in our guest bedrooms and also got myself one for traveling. I do not want to have to pick up my phone to see the time.  I want to merely turn over and glance over and see the time.  This is small but does the job very well and is very quiet.



I may have mentioned these before but they deserve to be mentioned again.  These are the best face washcloths I have ever owned.  They are so soft and feel so good on the skin.  They only come in the gray color. 


I love to have a couple of  nice looking very casual jogger suits, pants and jacket.  This is perfect for the weather we are having here in NE Louisiana right now.  They are lightweight fabric (rayon, polyester and spandex) that holds its shape extremely well. They are very comfortable too.  I must say I ordered this not really expecting it to "meet my standards."  But, I was wrong, it exceeded my expectations so much that I ordered another one.  I have it in both black and navy.


This cotton/polyester top looks so cute with the above jogging suit.  I love stripes and it is really cute under the jacket but I'll wear it otherwise as well.  And, it comes in several colors.


Folks, these bags are dandy!  If you are like me, you probably have items that you could store in these.  I recently put our flannel sheets in one and put them in the closet until next winter.  And, the great thing is that you can easily see what is in them.  They are very sturdy, very big and have nice carrying handles.  They would be great for blankets and quilts as well.  


A friend told me about this a few weeks ago and I ordered one immediately.  No more open flame lighters for this gal.  This is rechargable, small and works like a charm.  And, it would make a great gift as well.  I needed one more charger to add to our charger basket. ~ chuckle~

SIDE NOTE:  We have so many chargers that I had to make labels for them.  No joke, we have so many items that are rechargable that I got a cute basket to keep them all in so we could just keep them all in one place.  We may have to hunt for the one we need but we only have to hunt in that basket, not all over the house.

Well, this Prime Purchase slipped upon me.  I had neck surgery this past Thursday and am just now getting back on track.  I completely forgot today was PP day.  But, thankfully, I had prepared it before my surgery so all I had to do was post it.

Have a great new week and don't forget to smile and be kind.