Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"'15 Minutes Late, means... I'm Early' Hodgpodge"

1. What have you 'fallen for' recently?

Old jokes. I listen attentively and laugh... but they are SO OLD!  Kindergarteners ... gotta love em!

2. What's something you're 'squirreling away' for later?

Books.  Liz Curtis Higgs will rescue me this winter and so will Suzanne Woods Fisher

3. How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What's your favorite variety?

I like my apples cold, crisp and sweet/tart.  I'll eat them daily if my digestive tract would allow... whole, sliced, cinnamon sugared, peanut buttered, cidered, baked into a pie, cobbler, crisp or 'pudding.'   Favorite? Oooooo.h...  Mom's Apple Crisp.  so simple. Slice a bunch of them (at least 4 big ones), add dots of butter, cinnamon, sugar and 1 C water. Topping is  1/4 C hard butter, 1 C flour  1/2 C white sugar all cut up together and sprinkled on top. Bake for about 45 min to an hour at 350.  Change the proportions as you wish but don't use too much butter....

4. According to Fodor's the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen ColoradoThe Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?

I grew up in the Catskills. My husband grew up near the Berkshires. We went to Vermont by motorcycle a few years ago. We've been to the Great Smoky Mts in October.  I guess this makes me privileged! I'd like to do them all gain and add Glacier National Park in Montana!

5. The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let's wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalize marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?

Let the pharmaceutical companies market it as medicine and have it prescribed by doctors.  Recreational? NO WAY!  We have enough problems with it as an illegal drug. More people will fee it is their choice to drive while under the influence just like they do know with alcohol.  At least for the moment, most people don't want to risk getting caught driving while high...

6. Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress or do you need to always see it from the beginning? How about jumping into a TV series somewhere in the middle? Is that okay?

Ehhhh...  Some movies are easier to get into than others but lately, I haven't seen any that I'd care to watch.  Middle of a series... maybe... if there hasn't been too much elapsed time.   Middle might be too far for me.

7. Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most? 

Too many exclamation points in one paragraph!  HAHA!   It bugs me when people misuse the apostrophe in possessives or in plurals when that is simply not appropriate to begin with!  Ooops!  Sorry! (Gosh, I did it again!) 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

How I hate covering the pool for winter... I wish I could keep it open all year; but then we would need ice skates  :-(      HOWEVER, next year, we are getting an in-ground pool so I will put on a happy face  and be content to wait 7 long months... 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hodgepodge Late, as usual!

1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American,  feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?
 A friend's funeral is this afternoon .. she is FREE, now :-)  Praise the Lord!  We also have a concert and dinner to attend this evening. I believe it is Steak Night.  Howeer, as a family, we like eating hamburgers, hot dogs, mac and potato salads, baked beans... and eat ice cream! Favorite thing about the day... remembering why we have the holiday to begin with.  Our country declaring their independence. May we always be free and remember the cost.  I love a good fireworks display and usually have 3 to choose from in our area but we missed last night, can't go tonight, so we hope for tomorrow night!.  

2. What's something you recently got for free?

Buy one, get one free....   I think it was pasta.....  

3.  The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why? 

I've seen the Statue of Liberty from a distance, and have also been on the grounds of the Washington Monument.  I would like to visit the others and even more.  Favorite monument? It's actually a memorial.. the one for WW2 in Washington, D.C.

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?
I watch or listen to the news each day so I have an idea of what's going on in the world. If I miss it.. no biggie. I pay attention to ISIS in that I pray for those whom they persecute. Such an awful blight on our civilization... but God is not surprised.

5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.
Chocolate...plain and simple  *love*

6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?, 
A folk rendering of "Star Light, Star Bright" ... Peter, Paul and Mary, I think

7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic

Joy in having a birthday
Un-ending cool weather *sigh*
Now for REAL summer
Everybody into the pool!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Where I spend my mornings

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hodgepodging My Way Through June

1. June 23rd is National Pink Day. What's your favorite something pink?  

Peonies.  Sadly, I did not have ONE peony this year! Out of 7 bushes, NONE!  Two looked somewhat promising in early June, but they blackened and fell off.  I'm so sad. 

2. What did you enjoy most about gym class when you were in school? How about the least?  

I actually liked gym class, though I was never very good at most sports. I liked softball, gymnastics (except for backward rolls) and basketball. I hated running for the sake of running.  Too jarring on my knees, even as a teenager. 

3. What memory is brought to mind by the smell of roses?
Our home when I was a girl.  We had rose bushes right outside one of our doors and they were VERY fragrant. I cut them all and used them, fern and some daisies as church flowers in our wedding 41 years ago (today!)  

4. Do you prefer to read or write?
I prefer to read. Writing is fine but I'll pick up a book much faster than my computer or pen. 

5. Sam Keen is quoted as saying, 'Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.' Would you agree? Is laziness ever respectable? How will you be lazy this summer?
I understand what he means...but I prefer to call it relaxing or reflecting... sometimes it is just too hot or too humid to work hard and a rest on the front porch or the back deck with a glass of ice water (for me) and eyes shut to think about nothing.. or everything is the perfect way to recharge the batteries. 

6. The Florida Keys, Disney World, or a resort somewhere on the Gulf Coast...which Florida destination would you choose (and why) if the trip were today?
Florida? In June?  NO WAY! Three other seasons, the Gulf Coast, but NEVER in the SUMMER!

7. What question do you hate to answer?
Most questions on any application. Not sure why.  Perhaps they are just too time consuming.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Summer is ready and waiting! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Late! Late! Late!

1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?

I love you :-)    Yes, I do!

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?
Lots of them... starting with her home-made crullers, bread, zest soap, clothes hung outside on the line, and her perfumes:  Evening in Paris, Windsong, Topaz, Chantilly Lace. 

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?
We walked a lot... sometimes into the woods and down to the brook for a picnic or through fields looking for strawberries. We also walked the 3 miles to my dad's diner... just in time for a quick bite to eat and then he would drive us home.

4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you?

Uh, no... I'm not a trend setter nor a trend follower. I find a style that fits and stick with it for YEARS!  Maxi Dress?  I don't think I remember them from the 70's.. but they sound comfortable and conservative, so maybe I would look into them...   and my man is NOT wearing any of the above men's fashions!

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?

I work with many first rate teachers... but thinking back on my childhood, one of them stands out above all the others and that would be Miss Spaulding, my 4th grade teacher.  She had such fun projects and I learned more about nature from her than my own mom and that 's doing some!  She came to my graduation, too :-)

6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?

Lots of magnets...some with pictures and LOTS of those little words that you can make sentences with.

7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.

Oh, about a 5.  She is a darling baby and I love her name.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My mom and me making pop corn. I miss her very much. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

About Time for Hodgepodge!

It's been since November... my, how time flies! 

1. Have you ever had to wear a uniform? If yes, tell us more. Did you love it or hate it?

When I was in highschool and college, I was a cheerleader and loved our uniforms! This was back in the day when cheerleaders actually "led" the crowd in cheers and their uniforms covered their bodies... my how times have changed.  I also worked at my Dad's diner...I didn't mind wearing the uniform but I absolutely despised waitressing!  Sometimes for choir we are asked to wear our robes. I don't really care for them...not sure if they qualify for "uniforms."  I love my "uniform" for being a retired wife, mother and grandmother:  jeans and a T-Shirt :-)  

2. April 22nd is Earth Day. What is one thing you do personally to be a good steward of planet Earth?

If I can't find a garbage or recycle bin, I carry my "garbage" home with me.  Littering is rude, disrespectful and unnecessary. 

3. Brown rice, quinoa, or couscous...your healthy grain of choice? How often are one of the three on your menu at home?  Given a choice between white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and fried rice which would you go for? 

I've had all three grains, most recently some quinoa we bought just to try. I've also had quinoa chips that were very good! Brown rice is my favorite at the moment. I also enjoy wild and white rice. Fried rice is just ok.  We have one form of rice or another quite often.

4. In your opinion, who has the best job ever?

I do :-)   I'm a wife, mother and a substitute teacher! I actually count the first two as privileges instead of "jobs" and for most of my marriage I had the extra privilege of not having to have a "job" so I was free to "work" at home.  When the kids got older, I did work for 20 years as a teacher's aide and coupled with my education, when I retired, I was hired to be a substitute teacher/aide/assistant ... whomever is needed and whatever days I choose.  Not a lot of money but I sure do enjoy myself!

5. What's a situation in your life currently requiring patience? 

Substitute teaching!  Imagine that?  Oh, and also the true privilege of caring long distance for elderly parents, but we have a good support system in place. 

6.  Do you live your life around days of the week? Explain.

I didn't realize how much so until I started typing!  Sundays are for church (AM & PM). Monday afternoons are for the after school kids' Bible Club. First Monday of the month I have a deaconess meeting. Wednesday evenings are for prayer meeting and Bible study at "Bill's church" and Thursdays are prayer meeting and choir practice at "our church."  Friday nights are often spent with the youth at "Pink Chicken."

Why do we have two churches?  Well, Bill, as a licensed preacher, was asked to preach at a local church in the absence of their pastor. He was then asked to be their interim pastor while they searched for one. Recently he was asked to BE their pastor, with the understanding that they will be growing and trying to find a full time pastor when the time is right, as they know Bill would only like to work full time for another few years. In the meantime, they understand I have obligations in "our church" and do not expect me to resign from them, so I work my time in for both churches.  

What's "Pink Chicken?"  LOL!!!  Don't eat it...  It's the name of "our church's" regional youth group. Kids from all over come for a short devotional and a good time of food, music, sports, etc.  The church's other "regular" youth group meet on another night and have a more focused agenda. 

7. In a nod to the A to Z challenge happening around town this month, what 'R word' best describes your April? 

"R" is for "rainy."  The snow finally melted but our first full week and our third week seemed to have a lot of rain.  I was SO hoping for  some warm sunshine ... if you missed it last week, I'm sorry. Hoping it will be back next week to finish out the month.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I LOVE springtime!

10 years ago, Erika helped me plant and water some early plantings...

6 years ago, Bella helped sort and choose seeds to plant...  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grateful for Good Weather Hodgepodge

1. What's something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

Good weather! When it's here I take it for granted and when it's missing ... I really miss it... I'm not partial to soaking rains/with wet heavy snow that takes out our power; not even for 10 minutes! I was pretty happy to blow out all the candles and have the lights and heat come back on. Now, good weather 'could' be a snow storm ... but the kind that piles nicely and packs well so we can go out to play :-)

2. The color brown-love it or no? What's your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

Brown is fine; not my favorite but many other colors blend nicely with it so it is in my wardrobe.  I prefer a deep chocolate brown color. In fact, I prefer chocolate :-)   I also have a pair of (chocolate) brown corduroy slacks that are warm and perfect for chilly days. 

3. What's something you're looking forward to today?
Well today is almost over, but this morning I was looking forward to substitute teaching - art class, today.  I have been sick for a few days and this was my first assignment all week. It was lots of fun and the kids were great!  

4. The word 'feminism' is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you're a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

I've never cared for the word "feminist" or "feminism."  I found (and still do) the women involved in organizations like "NOW" and others to be loud, selfish, and self righteous...  perhaps time has helped temper their attitude. There was a time back in the 70's where a man would refuse to open or hold a door for a woman... would ignore normal 'niceties' and thankfully those days are past.  I would rather be considered "feminine" - as in lovely, proper (mostly), and the gentler half of the keeper of our home. 

5. What's something you personally can't eat without making a mess?

I absolutely CAN NOT eat anything like spaghetti, vermicelli, or angel hair pasta without making a mess. Eating it in public is a real embarrassment for me and if given a choice, I will choose penne'. 

6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?  

Hard one... let me think. A little gift... a friend of mine let me borrow a series of books and on the very top, she had a lovely brass bookmark. She said she had several just like them and wanted me to have one.  I thought that was very thoughtful of her! I made an apple pudding for my son, daughter-in-love and granddaughter just because I love them.  

7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.   "For the Beauty of the Earth"

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Frozen rain from a few years ago on our Christmas trees in our back yard.  Amazes me each time! Of course, they have to thaw and dry out a bit before we can cut and sell them, but in the meantime...  :-)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's Been Awhile Hodgepodge

1. My hubs spent last weekend pheasant hunting. Are there hunters in your family? If so, what do they hunt? Which of the following have you tasted-pheasant, rabbit, venison, duck, goose? Which of those would you most like to taste, or be most willing to taste?
Vegetarians keep calm and Hodgepodge on.

I've tasted them all, though not all hunted by my husband.  He does hunt - pheasant, turkey, deer but not often.  Venison is my favorite.

2. What high spot have you visited that gave you a wonderful 'bird's eye view' of something below?
Living near mountains gives us the pleasure of seeing things from above - probably my favorite is the view of the Hudson Valley from the Catskill Mountains.  I loved hiking along the trail that leads from North Lake to North Point along Artist's Rock and Newman's Ledge. Awesome view!

3.  Do you have any birds in your home? These could be either real live pets or decorative, as in bird prints, knickknacks, fabric or pottery.

No birds inside. I much rather enjoy them outside at the feeder.

4. Tell about a time you 'killed two birds with one stone'?

I guess it must be the hour because I can't think of anything clever...  This summer I was hot and thirsty so I cooled off with a nice glass of ice water and quenched my thirst as well.  Wow! That was exciting!

5. Your favorite song with a bird in it's title?

I just knew this one was coming...  When I was a child I loved to hear and sing, "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin Along" 

6. What most recently gave you goose bumps?
The weather. It got cold too quickly one afternoon...and then I turned the heat on for the first time this fall. 

7. Halloween is this Friday...any plans? Did you trick or treat as a child? Carve pumpkins? Share your most memorable costume.

As a child we carved pumpkins, dressed up, and with our friends, went through the neighborhood trick or treating, never worrying about whose house we went to. It was fun and seemed so innocent.  As an older teen, I started dressing as a witch to answer the door and kids started coming from miles around to see the witch at Halloween. However, as I grew into adulthood, Halloween became sinister with more teenagers and young adults "tricking" and as a Christian, decided that Halloween really was not an innocent holiday for kids and with such emphasis on witches and ghosts, felt that it was not honoring the Lord and was no longer for me. Once married, our our children did not "celebrate" it.  We even took them out of school if they were going to spend most of the day doing Halloween activities. They attended church parties and helped us hand out candy to other kids, and of course, they always got our leftover candy, which there was always plenty!  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  

The last of my blooms from about a week ago (along with some marigolds) -  Pink roses are still blooming but they will be gone after the big frost hits later this week  :-(  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wild Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. July is National Anti-Boredom Month. When was the last time you were bored? What's your go-to cure for boredom?

Tough one - I don't think I'm ever bored. Maybe sitting in the car waiting for someone...  I most always have a book to read.

2. What's the last thing you made a reservation for?

Dinner but I can't remember where.  I also remember NOT making reservations and not being able to eat in the restaurant of our choice while on vacation :-(   Good news, though; 2nd choice place was delicious!   No, wait! I made reservations for the B & B and hotel for the item in my Bucket List (#3) !

3. What's one thing on your summer 'bucket list'? Any plans to make it happen?

Taking our oldest granddaughter to Maine!  I've wanted the whole family to join us but we've never been able to do that so this is our treat for her birthday :-)

4. What's your favorite summertime sip?

Chocolate milkshake!  But on a daily basis, I'l drink just plain water.

5. What do you find is the best way to handle another person's hostility and hopefully ease the tension?

If it doesn't involve me, I'll walk away
. If it involves me, I'll just listen and won't give advice unless I'm asked.

6. Your favorite film set in summer?

Goodbye Miss 4th of July - a Disney for TV movie that may be on DVD -based on a true story about a Greek family coming to live here to avoid the fighting in Greece and the challenges they face being "foreigners" in the south and how their daughter seeks to help those who have become sick during an influenza epidemic

7. What word are you using too much lately?

One word? Maybe the word "ache" because something usually does every morning when I wake up

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Ooooh! I love these random thoughts! It's where I never get political but usually post a picture so here goes:

This is sweaty 'me' and my garden near the end of June - as you can see, the corn was already knee high and it wasn't even the 4th of July! It was looking really good and had doubled in size by this past Monday, then the hail and wind hit --- though the corn had not yet tasseled and tomatoes, beans and peas had not yet set on and everything else grows underground, the leaves were shredded so, for memory's sake, we'll just stick with this picture!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge #180

Joyce at "From This Side of the Pond" brings us Wednesday Hodgepode faithfully every week and this week marks her #180! Thanks, Joyce - we have a lot of fun doing this!

1.  Speaking of 180...when was the last time you 'did a 180' on something?

Literally: Well, Walmart moved from their "old" place to their "new" place now making me turn left at the end of my driveway instead of my usual right - except I've turned right just a few times, necessitating a 180 at the intersection up the road ...

Figuratively... I can't remember!

2. It's Independence Week in the US of A! What's your favorite thing about America right this very minute? Favorites only! Let's hear what you love about America.

Freedoms many other countries do not enjoy; seeing the ocean, plain, and mountain in the same day; Family Dairy Farms - especially early cornfields (before they tassel) in the morning when the dew is still clinging to the leaves of the stalks - it shimmers and catches my eye each time! 

If you're playing along today, and you're not an American but have been to America, what do/did you like best about this country? If you've never been to America, do you have any desire to visit? What's the number one thing you'd like to see?

3. Stars or stripes? Red, white, or blue? Watermelon, homemade vanilla ice cream, or blueberry pie?

Stars; Blue; Definitely homemade vanilla ice cream - with chocolate syrup and whipped cream :-)

4. When did you last see stars, figuratively speaking?

It was probably last summer when I had my sun glasses on top of my head and when I tried to get into the car, drove those things right into the top of my head - hurt for days

5.  'Clear as a bell', 'with bells on',  'lots of bells and whistles', 'saved by the bell'...which phrase 'rings' truest for you lately?  Have you ever seen The Liberty Bell?

I have never seen the Liberty Bell.  My decision to apply for Social Security at age 62 instead of 65 was 'clear as a bell' and I can't wait to see that first check in August!  (I still work part-time and volunteer all summer but I don't HAVE to if I don't want to...but I want to!)

6. Are you caught up in World Cup fever? Have you watched a lot or a little or none at all?

I've only seen a few highlights here and there. I'm not  a soccer fan.

7. Bid farewell to June in 10 words or less.

"You were lovely but too short. See you next year!"

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on June 29th with a quick getaway to Chincoteague Island, VA - it was awesome and way too short!  Here is a picture of my anniversary "card" at sunrise at Assateague National Seashore :-)  It says  H A P P   for Happy Anniversary Peggy Pitcher.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge - by golly, I didn't forget!

1. What news story are you following right now?

Hmmm! I haven't had the news on all day...but ongoing situations involving US citizens overseas, being held as prisoners because of their Christian faith have held my attention and my prayers for a while, now.  My husband told me tonight that Meriam, living in the Sudan, has had her baby and can nurse her for 2  years, and THEN they will execute her for being a Christian

2. What's the last thing you wanted but didn't get?

I'm spoiled!  I get everything I want (usually). Well, maybe a cruise to Alaska - we've talked about it but we never seem to be getting any closer to going :-(

3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day...when did you last have a hamburger? Other than your own kitchen or BBQ grill, where is your favorite place to go for a hamburger? And for all you non-meat eaters out there...when you're invited to a cookout what is the one side dish you hope is on the menu?

My last hamburger was actually a cheeseburger (never eat plain hamburgers)  was delicious and just greasy enough to be part of the experience and I can't for the life of me recall where we were for sure ...either "Jumpin' Jacks" in Scotia, NY or "Klippel's Kozy Korner Deli" in Northville, NY.  Favorite place for a hamburger/cheeseburger?  "Jumpin' Jacks" or "Klippel's Kozy Korner Deli!"

4. How have your priorities changed over time?

Wow! I've been around a while so, let see:  My first job took priority over just lazing away the summer, waiting for school to start again :-)  Then there was college which was more important than working for a living :-/  Then there was that first REAL job that was more important than almost anything 'cause I had a car to maintain! Then there was dating but that didn't become a priority until I realized I had found Mr Right :-D  Then our marriage was 1st priority but then the kids came along and they were definitely a priority for many years (stay at home mom for most of them), and sometimes it was tough balancing marriage and child-rearing - fine line, sometimes; then we retired and now a favorite priority is spending time with my husband; But through all of this, top priority never changed and that was my walk with the Lord, serving him and having fellowship with other Christians at church!!

5. What's a favorite memory with your grandparents?

Sadly, both sets of grandparents had already passed on by the time I was born. I didn't really have anyone local who could step in and be a proxy grandparent, either, but my girlfriends grandparents used to invite me to their house sometimes and that was always fun.

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being fantastic!), how good are you at multitasking? Share an example.

Not good. Not at ALL! I would be a "1"  For example, I use a timer for everything important! I was never good at multitasking, so I don't think there 's room for improvement, either.

7. How would you summarize your highs and lows for the month of May?

May was pretty "even Steven" - the weather was a little on the poopie side, but it didn't snow so that was good.  I had lot's of substitute teaching jobs and that's always a good thing! May is going to end on a high note as my friend Kim and I get to attend a women's conference in PA called LYFE: Live Your Faith Every Day!

That's about it - I lead a pretty quiet life (and that's the way -uh huh, uh huh- I like it!)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'll be 62 next month and able to collect Social Security - think I can afford another Cadillac?  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hodgepodge for Lunch

1. April 22nd is Earth Day. Are you inspired by nature? In what way? 

I am inspired by God, our Creator of all things! He has done such marvelous work through nature and it amazes me to watch wildlife and I love to gaze over open fields and watch the wind blow through whatever is growing there. I love the colors that blend and contrast with all that God has created and yes, it does inspire me, sometimes to write poetry, other times to capture something with my camera. Other times it inspires me to slow down and rest.

2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth...which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.

"Down to earth", I think - that pretty much sums up my life here on the Christmas Tree Farm. We are plain and simple  in our everyday lives by the world's standards, and that's the way we like it!

3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.

Don't wait until you "can afford" to get married. If marriage is your plan, then plan to get married! Your wedding day is important but it should reflect who you are and how you live, right now. Lavish, expensive weddings set a standard of living that often can't be met and couples are left wishing they could live the life their wedding day appeared to be instead of celebrating the love that brought them together.

4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?

We only choose reputable people to do work for us and it has been a very long time since we needed work that couldn't be done by us.  However, it was major work in that most of the inside of our house had to be rebuilt because of flooding. We were blessed to have our insurance pay for it and I'm happy to say that we would give our builders a #9 on their work!

5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?

"Small talk" is one of those weird expressions! I pretty much don't engage in it as I either have something to say or I don't. When I find someone to converse with, we talk forever :-)  I guess I'm more of a listener, to start, but then...  :-)

6.  What was the last historic place you visited?

Well, we tried to visit lots of places on our big trip last fall, but the government turned us away all along the coast of North Carolina :-(   We did manage to visit Currituck Light and the restored area on the Outer Banks of NC.  We also got to visit the area where the Wright Brothers made their first flight.

7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.

As a world, turned back to the Lord, placing him at the head of each of our houses and kept Him there.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We love finding interesting stuff wherever we walk and this piece of  'sea creature' was on the beach in Virginia. It kind of looks like a piece of starfish, but I'm not sure and it was the only piece we found. Anyone have any clues?