Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Surprise! Surprise! I'm back with the HP today.  One day I'm going to be regular as I do love to answer Joyce's questions.  But, life gets in the way sometimes and it seems to get more regular. ~smile~

1. What's one thing you're excited about in the coming month? 

Well, there are a couple of things and they both involve the Grans.

Next weekend we will be going to Lafayette to watch this cute little redhead play ball.  Her All Star team won 1st place in their district, so now they go to state.  It is going to be hotter than hot but we are going prepared with battery operated fans, sun screen, comfortable chairs and a sun umbrella. They are so much fun to watch and I think are really good players considering they are 8-9 years old. And, I can get real excited, as if you even wondered. ~chuckle~ I still have to be a bit careful with getting too excited with my hands and arms as it hurts my neck. But, that won't be for much longer and I don't do well not being able to fully express my excitement.

We will go to Oklahoma the end of July to see these "knuckle heads" show sheep.  It is a Jackpot Show and that means that the siblings of those showing are allowed to show.  The "legal" age for showing is 9 and Coleman is 7 and Case is 3, but they have been around sheep showing their entire lives, so they know the ropes.  I cannot wait to watch them and since you can't get too excited or loud at these shows, I will definitely have to use full control.  The show is actually on my birthday, so what a fun celebration it will be.

2. What was your life like when you were ten years old? 

My Mom and me when I was 10 years old

My Dad entered the ministry when I was 8 years old and his first church was in Alma, Arkansas. We lived there for 4 years so that included my 10th year. We lived in the church parsonage off of a dirt road and Daddy put up a rope swing immediately for my brother and me.  The house was surrounded by woods and we spent countless hours playing outside, building forts, and playing hide and seek.  I have fond memories of being 10 except that I did not care for my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Brown. Funny the things we remember.

3. What's something from your childhood you still enjoy today? 

My paternal Grandmother loved to play games and anytime we were at her house, we played some kind of game.  Now, mind you, there were not that many games available, mainly Dominos and Old Maid.  Those two and Chinese checkers were the main games.  As a result I have always enjoyed game playing.  Growing up our family played monopoly a lot and now I enjoy playing games with the Grans.  The gran girls are generally ready to play anytime and as long as I can keep them from getting too competitive, we do just fine.  

4. What state (that you haven't been to) do you most want to visit? Tell us why. 

To be honest, I am not jumping at the chance to go anywhere right now outside of seeing family.  But, I think going to Wyoming/Montana to see Yellowstone National Park would be quite an experience.  In all of my travels, that is one place we have yet to go.

5. Do you like to drive? Tell us how you learned to drive. 

I don't mind driving, but I'm not  a fan of driving on trips. I do try to drive some on trips to give Hubby a break.

I learned to drive on a Dodge Rambler (pictured above) with a standard transmission.  My Daddy taught me to drive because my Mom was a nervous Nellie at the thought of it.  He took me out on some none busy roads. Now, driving a standard shift car is not the easiest car to learn to drive but that's what most folks had "back in the day."  And, once you learn to drive a standard shift, I'm not sure you ever forget.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Front of pillow

Back of pillow 

I was looking through some items in one of our guest bedroom closets a few months ago.  I pulled down a container and inside it was my Daddy's Navy blues.  They were in mint condition but I had no idea what I or anyone else would ever do with them.  I was telling Bridget about it and she immediately said  that I should have a pillow made out of it for my youngest brother.  Well, I thought that was a genius suggestion, especially since I knew just the gal to do it.  She is the same gal that made me teddy bears out of some of my Daddy's shirts for the 5 Grans.  Anyway, I met with her and told her what I was wanting and she exceeded my expectation.  You can see above how she used the entire top on the front and back of the pillow.  I thought it was about the neatest way possible to preserve his uniform and my brother was very pleased and has it displayed in their home.  You can check out my friends Facebook page under, Peggy's Stitches and yes, she has done work for folks long distance.  Her work is impeccable!

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. Oh the pillow is fabulous! I love that! I learned to drive a stick when I was in college. My parents bought me a car and drove it to Tennessee and my brother took me to the top of a hill to learn. East Tennessee is not flat!! But I agree, once you know you know. Its more fun to drive than an automatic but I haven't driven a stick shift in a few years. Have a wonderful birthday celebration with your family. And enjoy those games! I am like you when it comes to trying to contain my enthusiasm lol.

  2. Even though I failed to publish my blog today at the usual time, our answers are quite similar as you will see. Enjoy your time in Lafayette and in Oklahoma. We are looking forward to a few days of heat reprieve in Indiana next week. It was 104 degrees and felt like 115 here yesterday and that's to last all week. I'm not made for hot summer weather. Love the pillow. What a great idea and I know he will treasure it.

  3. The pillow is awesome. What a great way to preserve the uniform and remember your dad!

  4. Love the pillow how awesome. Love all your sweet answers to the great questions. Have a wonderful rest of the week and Happy 4th. Hugs. Kris

  5. I remember playing Canasta with Grandma! Hours of fun! Love the pillow. May see about my late husbands uniform for this.Saved picture.

  6. Hey Lea, just got your email response to my email when I couldn't see where to leave a comment here on your blog. I really looked hard and could not see it. But now here I am! Maybe something on my end needed to be refreshed. Any way, I wanted you to know the problem is apparently solved.

  7. It sounds like the grandkids are keeping you busy this summer, despite the heat. The pillow is such a unique way to use a keepsake in your it!

  8. Love how that pllow turned out - what a great keepsake! I agree with you about learning to drive with a stick shift - I haven't driven one in many years, but that's what I learned on and drove for the first few years so I'm confident I'd still remember. Have a great week!

  9. That pillow is awesome and such a good idea.

  10. Oh my gosh!! I learned to drive in a Rambler station wagon, too!! Ours was green! Yes, it was standard shift and I agree that it is a good thing to know how to do!! That pillow you had made for your brother is perfection!! Awesome. xo

  11. I didn't learn to drive on a stick, but we had an old Rambler station wagon just about exactly like that. My sister hated riding in it! Good luck to your grands on their upcoming opportunities! I love that pillow and will have to show it to my daughter as her husband is ex-Navy. I'm pretty sure she still has his dress blues.

  12. Sounds like a fun time with the Grands. I love playing games so much!! SOmetimes though it's hard to find people to play with me. I'd love to visit those places too. That pillow is neat.


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