Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hodge Podge Kind of Summer



1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

I think it was two days ago. We were comparing (complaining) about our inground pools...  I may like mine later this summer, but being a salt water pool, keeping the salt number where it belongs has been a pain. They replaced the board in the computer... it was new... it's better but not right. 

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?
I'm definitely an ocean. Deep in thought and a wide expanse... never mind. 

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?
Delaware is nice...love the ocean. Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island (I think is another area... great food.)  I'm from the Empire State of NY. It makes sense. I wouldn't change it. 

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?
I can't remember... I think it was in the spring. It was probably a chicken dish, or maybe Rice Krispie Treats... hahaha!!! That's a joke for some of you readers... 

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?
Never wake a sleeping baby.  If they're asleep, you should be, too! 

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Usually I insert a picture but I'm so late this time around...about 6 months late... I think I'll go with a thought:  I'm thinking.... some advice, maybe...   Here goes:

Always leave 2 eggs in the refrigerator!  Instruct your family to NEVER take the last 2 eggs... someone may desperately need them for baking ... cookies, for instance!  IF you find only 2 eggs in the refrigerator, go to the store and buy more or at least tell the one who does the shopping!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

You Better Not be Fooling Me!

"You better not be fooling me!" she said into the telephone at 3AM one Sunday morning.  Really!  "Mom, I don't play April Fool jokes at 3AM!" This was part of an early morning conversation I had with my Mom 38 years ago.  I had just delivered my  baby boy (#2) and just couldn't wait to call her! It's what daughters do :-)  Actually, I was surprised she was awake enough to even realize it was April Fool's Day!

It was an exceptional time. Just a few days earlier, Thursday, in fact, we were battling a frozen water line under the driveway that separated our home from my in-laws. It had been 6 weeks! Everything else had thawed, but that plastic line was stubborn. We left the faucets in the "on" position, why I don't know. The drain in the kitchen somehow managed to plug itself but the water line managed to thaw while we were away for a few hours, and we came home to 2 inches of water on our floors!  That was ok, though ...it was a mobile home and there were no carpets from the kitchen, down the hall and to the back bedroom. There was a slight tilt to the back, anyway, so it was just a matter of soaking it up and wringing it out. What a mess, though ... just what a 9 months prego woman does NOT need!

Our home put back to order, and water running freely again, I caught up on 'almost' all of the laundry. Priority was given to baby clothes, of course! We were all set to have a baby, most likely by C-section according to the Dr. but, I was ok with that if it meant a safe delivery this time around.  Cleaned house on Friday. Grocery shopped on Saturday...

Saturday was  a beautiful, early spring day and my husband did not have to work! He took me grocery shopping at Shoprite in Hudson so we could stock up on some frozen dinners. That way I would have quick meals for our 3 year old and myself while he was working. Now, we had been given orders days earlier by Bill's parents, "Do NOT go into labor on Saturday! We have tickets to hear Victor Borge down in Rhinebeck!"  Sure, no problem! They were getting a rare chance to have some fun out of town with our neighbors.  I didn't have the heart to tell them Saturday morning that I felt 'funny'.  I had a pretty good idea while we were shopping and by the time we got home and they left for the concert. I was sure!  Just before they left, some friends stopped by their house to ask about puppies for sale,  who looked at me and said, "Oh, when are you due?" ... I just smiled and looked at my watch to which my mother-in-law cried, "That's not very funny!"  I laughed. She had no idea.

Just as soon as they left, we called Bill's cousin to make sure she was available that evening, 'just in case'. She wasn't home.  We called again an hour later, and left a message with her parents to call us when she got in.  They were going to be out of town that night as well...   By 9:00 o'clock, we were frantic... the neighbor who went with Bill's parents had a daughter who baby sat for us, but she was spending the night with friends; the neighbor on the north side of us was not home. Dear friends from church were not home ... we were about to pack up our 3 year old and take him with us, when our cousin called and came over as quickly as she could! We headed out for the hospital which was about 35 minutes away arriving at 11:30... just enough time for Bill to scrub, don a gown, and hear the nurse on the phone with the doctor, saying, "We just checked her and we don't think she needs a pelvimetry (xray). She needs her doctor to deliver her baby!"  .. since I was the only one in labor... I suddenly realized there would be no C-section!

Our darling boy was born at 1:16 AM and in my arms until I shook so badly they had to give him to his Daddy! Actually, they didn't need to "give" him to Daddy, 'cause I heard him say, "Here, I'll take him and you can take care of her!"  My honey scooped his son up into his big, strong hands and settled into a chair right where I could see them both and it's a memory that I pray never fades; Daddy and son bonding time! They left us alone in that birthing room with our baby, who settled down to sweet sleep. Bill went  home at 3AM and I lay awake, unable to sleep ... but that was OK. The recovery ward for moms had only me and eventually one other girl. Things were different back then, and when the nurse came in to give me a bath in bed ... I was kind of stunned!  She laughed and promised she would be quick and that when it was over, I would be clean and comfortable. She was quick and she was right! She ended my 'bed bath' by putting first one foot in her basin of water and then the other.  She laughed when I said "Ahhhhhh!" and said, "That's what all the girls say when their feet hit the warm water!"  Then, I slept.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wild and Windy Hodgepodge




1. Share one favorite moment/memory from your Christmas holiday. 

Watching the faces of the children in the youth choir at church on Christmas Eve. They had so much fun! 

2. What was the best thing you ate over the holidays? Was it homemade or store bought? If it was homemade did you make it?

The best?  Tough one! So much was good...  I'm sure it was a homemade cookie... not made by me. 

3. What was one of the most beautiful things you saw over the holidays?

A whole bunch of little angels all in costume, waiting patiently for the program to start.  All colors, all races. Love my church!

4. What does fresh start mean to you?

Waking up each morning. 

5. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being very positive and 1 being not so great) how would you rate 2016 in terms of personal achievement and well being? Explain. 

Actually, a 10.  We had some tough days, but God is always faithful and even though patience is not one of my traits, He knows how to deal with me.  2016 ended quietly and on a positive note. 

6. Every January 1st since 1976 Lake Superior University has published a list of words they'd like to see banished from the Queen's English. Words may be banished due to misuse, overuse, or just general uselessness. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen or, if you're like me, to find out what in the world the word or phrase even means or the context in which it's used. There were quite a few on this year's list I'd never heard before.

Here's the 2017 list of banished words-

You, Sir-focus-Bete Noire-Town Hall Meeting-Post Truth-guesstimate-831-historic-manicured-echo chamber-on fleek-bigly-ghost-Dadbod-listicle-get your dander up-selfie drone-frankenfruit-disruption

Which word on the list would you most like to see banished in 2017? What word or phrase would you add to the list?

To keep in what appears to be a bit of humor, I would say "bigly" should be banished and never should have showed up to begin with!   I would add "enjoy" as in when we are seated for dinner and the waiter/waitress bring our entre', saying simply, "Enjoy."   What? Can't you complete the sentence?  "Enjoy your dinner."   and this ties with the phrase:  "Have a good one."    One?  Do you mean, "Day?" "Experience with what I just purchased?  OK, I know I'm getting carried away, but it's my blog. HAHA!  And you read it this far...   :-)
7. Large or small, light or deep, share with us one goal you have for the new year. 

I haven't really made any new ones. Keeping some old ones, like losing weight, slowly. Eating a bit healthier, but not too much. Reading my Bible a little more regularly and studying, too. Finishing books I've started. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The campaign for US President is over. One candidate lost, the other won.  We need to be praying (if you pray) for our country, our new president and his family and the choices that are made for his cabinet... just like we prayed 4 years ago, 4 years before that, etc.  Just because some of you/us did not get our way  does not give license to be disrespectful to the office he will be holding.  There is too much at stake to be whine babies over something that has already been decided.  Let's get on with living and learning.   And this is the LAST political speech I make!