Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Thanks to Bev for our Sunday Stealing questions – She stole these questions from Love Me Some Surveys
1. Who was the last attractive person you saw? Really? I
want to say something silly like “myself in the mirror” hahaha! I work in a
church so I’ve seen lots of lovely folks today!
2. Do you have a tattoo? If not, are you going to get one? No, I don’t have any tattoos but I have thought about getting one!
3. Have you smoked a cigarette in the last 24 hours? No, I haven’t smoked . . .both my parents died of cancer so I don’t smoke.
4. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? My first response is yes, everyone deserves a second chance. As a Christian, I believe God’s grace is big enough to give everyone a second chance. I’m not going to lie, though . . .as a human being, I do struggle with giving mass murderers a second chance . . .or pedophiles a second chance. I'm not saying they don't deserve a second chance . . . I'm saying I struggle.
5. What is your favorite number? I don’t think I have a lucky number.
6. What time did you go to sleep last night? I think I went to sleep around 9:30. I get up at 5:00 so we normally go to bed by 10:00.
7. Are you one of those people that always answer their phones? No . . .I don’t always answer. Sometimes I’m in a meeting. Sometimes I just don’t want to talk!!
8. If you died today would your life be complete? I would be sad to not see our granddaughters grow up and there are still things I would like to do, places I would like to see, people I would like to meet.
9. If you are being extremely quiet, what does that mean? Sometimes I need quiet, which means no talking at all and no music and no TV.
10. Do you know what high school your dad went to? My daddy didn’t graduate from high school. He was one of the smartest men I ever knew. He went back and got his GED.
11. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach? I had butterflies in my stomach on the first Sunday in May as I sat down at my dining room table to take my final exam in Sociology.
12. Where is your cell phone? My phone is literally next to my left hand by my keyboard.
13. What is the nearest purple thing to you? I don’t see anything purple around me. Purple is not one of my colors.
14. When did you last step outside? What were you doing? This morning, I went for a walk at 5:15. Let me just tell you, the weather was glorious at 5:15 - the air was cool and pleasant! When I arrived at work, there were signs I had to put outside the building.
15. What is the last thing you watched on TV? My granddaughter watched Puppy Dog Pals yesterday and my son-in-law watched something last night but I didn’t watch either. Mark and I are watching two series and we watched one of each on Friday night – Tehran is one and Hanna is the other.
What about you? What are some of your answers?
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
|Please feel free to copy and paste the|
questions into your own blog and join us
at From This Side of the Pond or
please feel free to answer in the
1. It's National Wine Day (May 25)...do you like wine? Red or white? Dry or sweet? Do you have a favorite? Have you ever been to California wine country? Or any other wine region? What's a dish you make that calls for wine?
We are not wine people. We’ve tried to be wine people but we just aren’t. Mark prefers a darker craft beer or bourbon and I’m mostly a vodka girl who just happens to love a good margarita. I will drink a cold glass of Reisling or if we are at a wedding reception and ALL they have is wine, I can drink a glass of white. I don’t like red at all. We’ve never been to California wine country. Two guys from my small town (and school) in Alabama, have a winery in Georgia. Ray and Rodney are best friends and they even have a blended wine called Best Friends. Check them out here:
2. What's something you've whined about lately? I’ve probably whined about other drivers 😊. I’ve also whined about several other things . . .I’m pretty sure.
3. Last time you were 'wined and dined'? Tell us about it. It has been a while since I was truly “wined and dined.” About 20 years ago, Mark had an auto dealers meeting in Las Vegas. We went to one of Emeril’s restaurants and there was a lot of wine and a lot of food and even a lot of desserts. They weren’t “wining and dining” me but I got to enjoy. Mark was wined and dined a few years ago and I only got to hear about the experience. Manolo Sanchez, former Chairman, President, and CEO of BBVA was in town and Mark and his boss (the owner of the company) were invited to a dinner, hosted by Manolo, at a local country club. The dinner consisted of multiple courses and there was at least one new wine per course. Mark did enjoy the wine and food that night.
4. Three cheers for all the graduates! Hip! Hip! Hooray!
5. This will be the last Hodgepodge in the month of May. Somehow next Wednesday the calendar rolls into June. Before we go though, sum up your May in twelve words or less. May has been filled with friends, family, food, work, and planning for our trip! Well . . .14 words will do, right?
6. Insert your own random thought here. As an adult (since marriage), I have never been on a girl’s beach trip. For some ridiculous reason, that has been bugging me lately! I have recently talked with two of my friends about going away for a weekend (or weekdays). We’ve been to the beach with lots of family and we’ve been to the beach with other couples but I’ve never experienced a girl’s beach weekend!
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
How many of you suffer from motion sickness? I'm raising my hand higher than everyone else! Cars, trains, boats, airplanes - all of them . . . yet, I can ride roller coasters (I haven't in years but I used to be able to do so??). So, I've tried various things over the years. Sitting in the front seat usually helps but I've actually felt sick a few times EVEN WHEN I WAS DRIVING. I kid you not. I do not kid about throwing up!
Back when our kids were in high school, I chaperoned all of their youth choir tours. We drove across the country to Colorado one year . . .on a bus . . .30+ hours. We had to change drivers somewhere in the middle because one driver wasn't allowed to drive that long. Before that trip, I was telling my ENT about my motion sickness and he prescribed a "motion sick cocktail." It was to take dramamine the night before traveling and then take a dramamine and an ativan about 30 minutes before leaving. I could take more dramamine and more ativan at the prescribed times if needed. I've been using this for years.
Fast forward to 2016. Mark and I had flown to St. Martin and Naussau. I had been on a cruise (lots of dramamine) back when I was young and had been to San Juan and some of the other islands but I had never flown 12 + hours. I went on my first trip to Israel and we flew to Houston and then to New York and from New York, we flew to Tel Aviv. That New York to Tel Aviv portion takes about 12 hours. It is a long flight. I did it again in 2018 except we flew from Birmingham to Chicago to New York to Tel Aviv. 2020 came along and we did Chicago to New York to Frankfurt Germany to Tel Aviv. That did shorten the long flight to two shorter segments. In October, Mark and I flew to Philadelphia and from Philadelphia we flew right into Dublin. In just a few weeks, we will fly to Rome and then we fly to Milan and we will be on a bus driving through maybe the Alps? I need to go look at the itinerary again. I've managed on all of the other trips by taking lots of medicine (motion sick cocktail) and by wearing the accupressure wrist bands and by chewing ginger gum, etc. I hate having to take so many drugs because it makes me drowsy and feeling loopy at times.
Enter my friend, Joe. He, too, suffers from motion sickness and he and his wife traveled with us to Israel and are traveling with us to Italy. He has found a new gizmo and he and I have both ordered one. I'm telling y'all about it now and will review it after the trip. We ordered them from Amazon. Here it is:
It is a Reliefband. It emits electronic pulses which somehow sends signals to the brain and supposedly really helps with motion sickness (or even morning sickness, etc.). Most all of the reviews are very positive.
Joe has tried his out in their car and it worked for him. We had to go to the funeral and other errands this past weekend and I did wear mine in the car while Mark drove. It could be psychosomatic or it could really work. I'll do a review in July!!
p.s. Amazon has no idea who I am other than someone who orders from them several times a month - I haven't received any compensation from them nor do they know I just wrote about them!
Sunday, May 22, 2022
I'm linking up with Bev for Sunday Stealing! Join us?
Fewer than 5000 questions
1. Who do you take for granted? I’ve been working on not taking anyone for granted. I’m sure we all do take people for granted at various times. I’m sure I have done so with Mark over the 38 years of marriage. Last October, one of our Sunday School friends tripped over the dog during the night and then died a few hours later in the hospital. It is amazing that things could be wonderful one evening and totally different the next day.
2. Short, knee, or ankle skirts? I prefer skirts to be a
little above the knee and I can’t wait to see how Plastic Mancunian answers this question!
3. Do you wear a hat? I look horrible in hats. I actually had this discussion with someone last Sunday and she said I just need to go to a hat store and try on everyone until I find one that works.
4. Who's your favorite cartoon character? I have ALWAYS loved the Pink Panther.
|borrowed from the internet|
5. Does break dancing impress you? I have seen some pretty amazing break dancing videos over the years. Do people still break dance?
6. Are you a miracle? I think all life is a miracle – how in the heck could one sperm and one egg meet in the way they do . . .and make a baby! (I don’t need a scientific explanation – I actually do know)
7. Have you ever eaten tofu? I’ve eaten tofu in Hot and Sour Soup and love it. I’ve eaten it once or twice in other ways and liked it ok. I’ve only purchased it from the grocery store one time and I’m not sure I even cooked it.
8. Does the moon have an effect on your mood? I sometimes feel like everyone (including me) is affected by a full moon!
9. Many people will say that the Harry Potter books are pure fluff with no literary value. Do you agree? I’ve only read the first two (this last year!) and I really enjoyed them. I need to get the rest from the library or my daughter-in-law and read those.
10. What are you doing next Wednesday? My next semester class starts on Wednesday (online). I’ll be working during the day and then trying to figure out a new syllabus that night.
11. Why do so many people think Elvis is still alive? I have no idea. We did go to a funeral yesterday and the opening song was by Elvis!
12. Are your hands cold? My hands are not cold at the moment. After I teach our large adult Sunday School class (which still makes me nervous after 30 years), my hands are usually cold!
13. Have you ever given blood? Yes, I’ve given 3 times – 2 times were during the heat of the pandemic. The first time I was young and it was at work . . .and I passed out while sitting at the cookie table. I was mortified. They have a VERY hard time getting into my veins (I’m talking 3 employees last time which means multiple sticks). Here I am at one of the ones during the pandemic. That is my boss in the front of the picture and me waving from behind.
14. What SCI-fi books do you read? I’ve only read one or two sci-fi books in my life. Does The Noise by James Patterson count as Sci-Fi? How about Quantum by Patricia Cornwell or Spin (the second in that series by Patricia Cornwell)??
15. Have you ever belonged to a sorority or a fraternity? I did not when I took classes the first time around and this time, I imagine I’m too old hahaha! My husband was a Beta Theta Pi at Auburn and our daughter was a Zeta at Auburn.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
I realized that I haven't shared about life lately and since I hope that our kids will read these some day, I'm going to do a little catch up with a lot of photos.
We've been riding the golf cart around the neighborhood in the evenings and we've fed the fish in the neighborhood pond, and we've watched a daddy and little daughter fly a kite in the park in front of our house.
We spend time every week with Mark's momma, but this was on her deck on Mother's Day.
|This is my husband's identical twin|
brother, their mother, and our
Last weekend, we went to our supper club and our hostess was making a Mexican casserole for dinner. Mark suggested that I go to Mi Pueblo, our local hispanic grocery store, to purchase fresh pastries. I meant to take a before picture but this is after everyone had already been eating. They were huge so I cut them in smaller pieces so everyone could try all of them.
The next morning, I drove to our daughter's house to help with granddaughter #2 for several hours. Our daughter was training to be one of the handlers for the comfort dog they now have at their school!
|She loves being outside but it was|
|We spent some time in her|
|On the way home, I65 North came|
to a total stop - wreck ahead.
Waze took me the backroads
and I saw some pretty
|My boss, who happens to|
be the Senior Minister, was
coming to get us so he
wasn't in the picture!
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
1. What's something that makes you feel stressed? How do you cope? As much as I love to travel and would really love to go all over the world . . .long airplane rides stress make me stressed . . . and I'm thankful for good drugs!
2. What's a food you eat that evokes a memory? Explain. Homemade Vegetable Beef soup and cornbread would be the meal. As a kid, I loved to crumble my cornbread into my soup. We were also able to walk home for lunch when we were in high school and we had a bowl of Campbell's soup (different varieties . . . sometimes more than one kind mixed together) and a sandwich. We had to listen to Paul Harvey while we ate lunch IF my daddy was home. When I eat Campbell's soup now, it reminds me of those days.
3. This week's Hodgepodge lands on National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate by visiting a relative? If so is travel involved? Geographically, who is your nearest relative (not counting those living in your own house)? Every Wednesday night, my husband spends the evening and night with his mother. So he will be participating in Visit Your Relatives Day and won't even know it. I saw Mark at 5:40 this morning as he left for his weekly men's group and I won't see any other relatives today. We have several of Mark's family members here in town - all about a 20 minute drive from us. I have two first cousins here in town, also about 20 minutes away and I only see them every few years. Our son and his family live about 35 minutes away and our daughter and her family live about an hour and a half away. Neither of my sisters lives in town.
4. What's your most frequently used emoji? Do you make more phone calls, send more emails, or mainly text to communicate with friends and family? I use the thumbs up emoji and the heart emoji a good bit and I also like the sideways laugh until you are crying emoji. I talk to my sisters on the phone and I facetime with our daughter but I send LOTS of text messages - both for work, family, and friends.
5. Tell us the story behind a favorite piece of furniture. We have a Barrister's bookshelf at the top of our steps and I love that piece of furniture. We bought it at an estate sale when we were dating (I guess technically Mark bought it). It was in Mark's office for over 30 years until he retired and brought it home. I also love a little half moon table that we bought at another (or maybe the same) estate sale. It sat in our entry hall for 22 years. It didn't work in the house where we are now and our daughter has it in her entry hall.
6. Insert your own random thought here. A week or so ago, we invited our friends who live across the park to come over for charcuterie and conversation. I thought I would share a few pics of the food and fire.
|I love that little glass mug|
of German mustard!
|Mark loves Wickles Okra!|
|Do you see those round crackers|
in the middle back of the photo?
They were soooo good! They
were savory but sort of had the
texture of a cookie!
|Since this was dinner, I tried to have a wide|
variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and
even carrots and hummus.
|It was actually chilly that night and|
we enjoyed sitting outside
with a fire!
Sunday, May 15, 2022
I've been participating in a blog link up for quite a few years -- every Wednesday (yes, I know today is Sunday), Joyce writes the questions and we link up.
On Saturday night, I always copy and paste the questions from Sunday Stealing . . .and I was so surprised that this week's questions were written by Joyce!
So Sunday Stealing this week is from Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you want to link up, copy and paste the questions into your own blog and link up here. If you don't want to do that, please answer a few questions in the comment section!
Stolen from From This Side of the Pond
1. Where do you get your news these days? I don’t watch the news. I read a couple of NPR articles and a New York Times article most every day.
2. Do you like crab meat? What makes you crabby? I’m not particularly fond of crab meat. My best friend’s husband does make some wonderful crab cakes, though, and I will eat those.
Lack of sleep makes me crabby . . .and I don’t require that
3. Does freedom mean more choices? Have you ever felt there were too many choices? Elaborate. I remember answering this one from Joyce’s original post – The Cheesecake Factory has TOO many choices on their menu.
4. Barbara Millicent Roberts was introduced to the world on March 9, 1959...that's Barbie to most of us. Did you have Barbies as a kid, or did you let your own children play with Barbies? What well known Barbara (living or not) would you most like to meet? We love Barbies at Gran and Pop’s house!
5. What are three things you value most in another person? I should go back and see if I’m still saying the same three things 😊 – The first two that come to mind are honesty and integrity. The third thing that comes to mind is a great sense of humor.
6. How would you define “old.” At what age is a person old? I’m 63 and I USED to think that was old! My mother-in-law will be 97 in July and she is old.
7. A place you’ve been that’s “old.” Tell us something about your visit there. In Israel, there are some caves that are reported to be the caves where King David hid. What is so amazing to me is that there has been life on our planet for far longer than David in the Old Testament!
8. Something you miss about the “good old days.” When were they? I really need to go back and read my answers from before . . .I’m thinking that the “good old days” are right now. These are good days. I am thankful.
9. In what way are you a 'chip off the old block'? Or if you'd rather, in what way is your child a 'chip off the old block'? When I was a young adult, I looked so much like my mother so I guess I was a chip off the old block. Our kids are very much like us, too, so they are chips off the old block.
10. Old fashioned, Old Testament, old timer, same old same old, old glory, good old boy, old wives tale...choose an 'old' phrase that relates to something in your life or the wider world currently and explain. I guess I'll go with Old Timer -- I have a birthday coming up in June and I'll be 64. I don't feel like an Old Timer!!
11. July 5th is National Hawaii Day...have you ever been to Hawaii? Any desire to visit or make a return trip? Pineapple, mango, or guava...what's your pleasure? I have been to Hawaii many years ago and it was beautiful. I love pineapple but sometimes it makes the inside of my mouth hurt (if I eat too much). Does anyone else have that problem?
12. Last time you were 'thrown in at the deep end'? Explain. I signed up for Ancestry.com and it is a giant hole! I’m trying to limit my time but oh my goodness. It is fascinating. I think I’ve found my great great grandmother and she immigrated from Ireland. One of Mark’s relatives seems to be Choctaw!
13. Sun, sea, sand, salt...your favorite when it comes to summer? I love the sun (too much, actually) and I love the sea! I enjoy making sand castles but I hate how the sand gets all over everything. I love salt . . .especially on the rim of a margarita glass hahahaha!
14. Bury your head in the sand, the sands of time, draw a line in the sand, pound sand, shifting sands...pick one and tell us how the phrase currently relates to your life in some way. I guess it would be the sands of time. I drove to our daughter’s house today to keep our almost 3 year old granddaughter for a few hours. We saw them Easter weekend so not that long ago but in just a short time, she has stopped being a toddler and is now a little girl!!! The sands of time are moving along!
15. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = make your own rules and 10=like a warden), how strict were your parents? If you're a parent where on the scale do you land? I’m a rule follower (now). I wasn’t when I was younger. My parents were pretty strict, but I was the baby so by the time I came along . . .they were probably more relaxed. Mark and I were strict parents (I think) but we had two pretty amazing kids who have grown into wonderful adults. I’m not sure how much of that is because of our parenting, though!
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
1. What do you never get tired of? baby giggles and children laughing . . .actually, I never get tired of laughing either!
2. My mother made the best homemade vegetable soup. Of course, I have a story! I was probably in junior high and I came home and my mom's pressure cooker had exploded WHILE she was making vegetable beef soup. Just let me say that there were bits and pieces of things ON THE CEILING! No major damage was done that I recall.
3. What machine or appliance in your home aggravates you the most? Why? I tend to be really tough on washing machines. Our washer makes a few odd noises! It is NOT old. I try not to overload it.
4. What are three things that brighten up your day when they happen? 1. Sunshine! 2. A sincere compliment from someone (this also embarrasses me) 3. The feeling that I've accomplished something
I know you just asked for 3 but also good times with family and friends have to be included!!
5. Thursday (May 12) is National Limerick Day...write a limerick about relating to spring weather, spring blooms, or a spring event (five lines, the first two lines rhyme with the fifth line, the third and fourth lines rhyme together)
I googled spring limericks – I just don’t have it in me! I’m giving credit where credit is due. It was written by Reason A. Poteet and the title is Spring Chicken. Our son has chickens and our daughter’s school has chickens so this made me think of them. (disclaimer regarding my google search – the limerick right below this one was a tad off color 😊)
There was a spring chicken named Brewster.
He was the school’s number one booster,
but this spring he forward-sprang
from the girls’ room overhang.
Now he’s called - the naughty old rooster.
6. Insert your own random thought here. For my Mother’s Day present to myself, I signed up for Ancestry.com. I followed several blogs during the April A to Z Blogging Challenge who wrote about their ancestry. I have my 23 and me results but wanted a little bit more! Let me just tell you that I could go down some deep rabbit holes. I am FASCINATED by what I am finding. My parents and grandparents have been dead so long and looking at the record of their marriage license and the census records makes them come alive again for just a few moments.
Sunday, May 8, 2022
First of all, happy Mother’s day to all those who have mothered anyone or any critter.
Thanks to Bev for the questions which are from Pinterest. You can copy and paste the questions and answer on your own blog and link up here. If you don’t want to do that, you can answer in the comments section or you can just comment 😊.
1. Do you like your handwriting? I do! As a matter of fact, if we need to hand address envelopes at work, I will often volunteer. I fill out the baptism certificates each week and try to make them look extra special, too.
2. Do you like roller coasters? Yes, I love roller coasters. I haven’t ridden one in several years but would hop on board right now.
3. Do you like scary movies? I love to READ thrillers and mysteries but I don’t really like to watch scary movies.
4. Do you like shopping? If online shopping counts, then yes. I don’t enjoy shopping in brick and mortar stores very much.
5. Do you like to talk on the phone? No, I don’t really enjoy talking on the phone. I do talk to both of my sisters and our kids and grandkids on the phone, or facetime, but I prefer a text or email with most folks.
6. Do you sleep with the lights on or off? I prefer for the lights to be off when I’m sleeping.
7. Do you use headphones or earphones? My boss gave me some airpods a few years ago and I love them.
8. Do you have tattoos? Do you want any? I do not have any tattoos. The other day . . .I did think . . .if I got a tatoo, what would it be?
9. Do you wear glasses? I used to wear glasses all of the time. I had Lasik surgery when our kids were in middle school (20+ years ago). I now wear reading glasses and I always try to buy cute ones.
10. What is your strangest talent? I can’t think of anything!
11. Have you ever been in the hospital? I’ve been in the hospital 3 times. The first time was to have my wisdom teeth cut out! Can you believe they did it in the hospital – I actually think I stayed two nights! I had a C-section when our kids were born and we stayed a few nights. I had a hysterectomy and stayed a couple of nights.
12. What color mostly dominates your wardrobe? For years, you would find lots of black and red in my closet. Now, I have some bright blues, greens, and pinks.
13. What’s your most expensive piece of clothing? I don’t think I have any really expensive items. I have several dresses from Talbots. I know!! My mother of the bride dress for Laura’s wedding is probably my most expensive item.
14. Have you ever had braces? I have not but my husband had braces and both our kids had braces. Laura actually had braces twice PLUS they broke her jaw and reset it.
15. Have you ever been on TV? One time, many years ago, I was at the mall at Christmas time and a reporter stopped and asked me a question about the Angel Tree located in the mall. Another time, probably 40 years ago, I was in a local bar/disco and my picture was also on the news. I can’t remember why they were filming in that location.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Today is Wednesday so it must be time for a hodgepodge! Thanks to Joyce for sending the questions every week. Feel free to copy and paste the questions into your blog and link up here or please feel free to answer in the comments.
1. May Day! May Day!...last time you shouted for help? Or maybe just asked? I hate asking for help. Really. I enjoy doing things for others but have such a hard time asking. I think it is fear of rejection. Our cleaning lady had major knee surgery about 6 weeks ago and I've had to depend on my hubby to clean our house (which is sort of asking for help). I'm still working full time plus I was taking a class this semester and I really needed his help. He has tried really hard!!
2. What's something you may do this month? We may invite friends over!
3. 'April showers bring May flowers'...is this true where you live? What's blooming? What's your favorite springtime blossom? We live in Alabama and EVERYTHING is so green! We do have some azaleas blooming in our courtyard. Our hibiscus plants have amazing blooms. I hope we will have hydrangea blooms soon!
|Azaleas in the courtyard|
|Sunday afternoon porch sitting |
with lots of flowers
|hibiscus on the porch|
|hydrangea from last year|
4. What's something you learned at your mother's knee? My mom died when I was 15 so I don't remember a lot of things. When I read the phrase "at your mother's knee" . . .I do remember on Saturday nights sitting between my mother's prickly legs while she rolled my hair on sponge rollers. While I was sitting there, she and my daddy were watching Lawrence Welk. Oh my goodness! I hadn't thought of that memory in a long time!
5. Share a thought about motherhood. Motherhood is one of the hardest things I've ever done. I have friends who seem to be natural born mothers and I always thought they were probably doing everything right and I was doing it wrong. I think my daughter is an incredible mother and I'm so proud of her. Our daughter-in-law is a good mom, too. I think they are both much better moms that I was.
6. Insert your own random thought here. This was in front of me on the way to work on Tuesday. First, he would rest his head there. Then he would turn around and his tail would hang over the edge. It was quite entertaining!