If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's time again for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I'm so glad Joyce does this every week.  It helps me to at least keep my foot in the door of the blogging world.  So thank you, Joyce.

If you would like to play along, please just use the Hodgepodge Button and have some fun.  But I hope you'll read my answers and comment here first.

1. I'm (Joyce) celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, 'You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not?
I've never heard this saying, but it sounds pretty accurate to me. Fear, doubt, and despair can make you feel pretty old.

2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month.
August 4th 1892 - Lizzie Borden was arrested, 1956-Elvis Presley released the song "Hound Dog", 1900-The Queen Mother was born, and 1901-Louis Armstrong was born.

3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too.'
Don't we pretty much always "want" that, but we have to realize that it's usually not possible.

4. What's something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?
Doing something athletic makes me feel old, because I realize I can't do what I used to do.  Going to Disney World makes me feel young, because I am so carefree there and don't mind acting like a kid no matter what anyone else may think.

5. When did you last do something that was 'a piece of cake'?
Can't think of anything specific.  Maybe one of my crafts?

6. Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage)
Hopefully, the older I get, I'm improving with age.  Maybe not in physical abilities, but in spiritual and emotional ways.

7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we'll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.
How about some kind of a Christmas ornament or decoration?

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fragments

Half-Past Kissin' Time

It's that time again. In fact, I'm running rather late. Here are a few fragments of my week. Click above to get the rules and then click her home button to get to this week's posts. Hope you'll play with us.

Miss Lucy was groomed.  Let me tell you, she really needed it.  She was full of little knots.  I am just not good with keeping up with a long haired dog at the best of times and this past month has been rather a nightmare.  So needless to say, this haircut is much better for us all right now.

It looks like my mom may be facing 2 more surgeries.  We're not sure yet.  They still have a few more tests to run first.  But she seems to be feeling pretty good and is in pretty good spirits.  Thank you so much for all your prayers.  I know God is answering and moving.

My baby turns 20 tomorrow.  I can't even believe it!  Where in the world has all the time gone.  We're taking her and Charlie to lunch and then going to the Aquarium.  We got them an Annual Pass for Christmas and this is the first time all 4 of us can go together.  So looking forward to it, plus it's down on the river and the weather is going to be so nice!.  I'll try to post some pics on Monday.

That's about all I have right now.  Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Thank you Joyce for providing us with these questions every week.  Click the button if you'd like to play along with us.  There are some very wonderful people who like to Hodgepodge every Wednesday.

1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?
I have nothing planned.

2. Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?
I still listen to a radio in my car and we also use a radio as an alarm to wake up too.  Once in a while we watch a videotape, but evidently hubby has it unhooked right now.  I don't use a phone book, in fact as soon as we a get a new one, I throw it away.  We still have an atlas that we use, but not very often. Yes, we use an alarm clock most every morning.

3. Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?
Now see, when you say ever...that's a really long time.  So, I'd have to say, it may be sometimes ok, but most times probably not.

4. What's a dish you haven't eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?
Chili - but October is probably more when I start craving it.  No we haven't made it yet, but I'm sure it will be coming soon.

5. What's something you know nothing about?
If I know nothing about it, how would I know what the something is?

6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what's your favorite piece?
Clair de Lune by Claude DeBussy and Pachelbel's Canon in D Major are two of my favorites. I found these videos on YouTube if you'd like to take a listen. 

7. What's the oldest thing you own?
I'm not sure.  I have some old furniture and a few antique dishes, but I'm really not sure how old they are.  I also have a teapot that was my grandmother's, but again I don't know how old it is, but I'd say at least 60-70 years.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Mom was admitted back into the hospital again yesterday.  They are trying to get some of her medication regulated.  Continued prayers would be appreciated.

Monday, September 8, 2014


I think life is starting to get back to normal (or at least a new normal).  Mom is doing pretty well and her and dad are now staying at home alone.  We're stopping in and checking on them, but they are doing fairly well alone.  We just need to make sure they take the medicine and eat.  God has been good and mom has very little pain.  She just needs to build her energy back up.  We actually take her this week for a follow-up with her surgeon and heart doctor.  I'm looking forward to hearing what they have to say.  Thank you all for all your prayers.  We really appreciate them and know it was only because of God's grace that she has done as well as she has.

Kelli seems to be pretty well settled in in her apartment with her friends in Florida.  We talked the other night via Google Hangout.  It was fun seeing her and getting to see her bedroom.  She didn't take us around the rest of the place this time.  She seems happy.

Kerri is still all about her wedding...and seems to be getting it all planned out.  She's having so much fun with it all.  I'm happy for her and Charlie.  They do really well together and I think they'll do really well as a married couple.

Tracy and I finally bought a vehicle.  It's a 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew.  We're really happy with it.  It's very comfortable and doesn't look bad either.  lol  I'm just so thrilled the decision is made and we can quit looking for a vehicle now. 

We made our vacation reservations last night and I'm so looking forward to some time in Myrtle Beach in November.  It'll be nice to drive that van.  I told Tracy that now I'll be able to buy anything I want down there because we'll have plenty of room in the van to bring it home.  I'm not really too sure that he's as thrilled about that as I am.  haha

We started early in the summer watching the Harry Potter movies with Kelli.  We'll, we didn't get through all of them while she was here (she's seen all of them anyway).  This weekend Tracy and I watched the last 2.  I really enjoyed them.  I can't believe it took us this long to finally get to the end.  haha  I always seem to be so far behind everyone else.  ha

Well, that's about all for now.  Hoping I'll be able to blog a little more often now.  Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. As August draws to a close, share what's been your favorite weekend of the entire summer?
It would be the weekends that hubby and I traveled along the Ohio River both east and west of Cincinnati.  Just relaxing and stopping where and when we wanted. Saw some beautiful things and we totally just enjoyed being together.

2. Labor Day is marked in the US of A on Monday, September 1st. What paying job have you held that you've loved the most? Liked the least?
Since I've held the job I currently have for almost 38 years (anniversary date is in September), there really isn't anything else much for me to compare it to.  I did have part time jobs while in school and until I got this job a year later.  So I guess it would be my current job.  Some days I like it the least and sometimes the most.  :)

3. Does the new school year start before or after Labor Day where you live? When do you think it should begin? There is much discussion now about older students having later start times to their school day...your thoughts?
School has already started here.  Since my kids are out of school, it doesn't much matter to me.

4. What's something you've worked at recently that could be deemed a 'labor of love'?
Taking care of my mother as she is recovering from open heart surgery.

5.Which of the following work idioms can you most relate to right now...'A woman's work is never done.', 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' 'Many hands make light work.'
"A woman's work is never done."  

6. Crab or lobster or thanks, but no thanks? Favorite way to have your choice prepared?
Crab legs...Yummy!

7. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, 'Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Which of the three do you consider to be the most important? Share one of your own 'rules of work'.
"In the middle of difficuilty lies opportunity."  I'm finding that in this difficult time of helping to care for my parents, that there is great opportunity to show God's love and hopefully witness to others how God sustains us, even when we're worn out.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Lord willing, hubby and I will be in Myrtle Beach in 68 days!  That too, is helping me get through this tough time.

I hope to be seeing sights like this.

Monday, August 18, 2014

One Day

Today is the one day!  Kelli packed up all her stuff this last week and loaded up the car and left for her sister's last night.  She was spending her last night in Ohio with her sister.  She got up early this morning and left for Florida.  She has a friend driving down with her and then spend a few days in Florida and then he will fly back to Ohio.  So it's really real.  Kelli has moved out and is living her dream.

Her daddy and I met for lunch and he asked if I was as down in the dumps as he is.  Of course, I had to be honest and say yes.  I told him we had one day to be depressed and then we have to pick ourselves up and get on with life.  I hope it is just that easy.

Truthfully, I am looking forward to having the house all to ourselves and fixing things the way we want them.  We have a lot of work to do, but that should help the depression pass quickly.

Kelli and I goofing around at Skyline Chili (Kelli's favorite chili place)

Another goofy picture (I can't even believe I'm showing this one).

Dad and I leaving for church and Kelli finishing up packing.  I thought we weren't going to see her again after this, but she showed up at my mom and dad's after church while we were there.  I'm really glad she stopped to see them one more time.

I opened her bedroom door this morning and let Lucy in so she would know that Kelli wasn't there.  Otherwise, she would have spent all morning scratching at her door trying to wake Kelli up.  Lucy walked in and immediately jumped on the bed and laid down like this.  She looks so depressed.  Poor little puppy doesn't understand where her playmate has gone.

Before we can get too far into the remodeling projects, we need to get my mom well.  She is home from her surgery and things are going pretty well.  My sister took some leave from work and is doing the daytime shift.  My sister-in-law and me are taking turns with the night shift.  Someone has to be there 24 hours a day.  It's not easy, with trying to work and everything, but we're doing it so far. I know God will help us to stay the course.  My younger sister is running a lot of the errands and that really helps a lot too.

I can see that mom really is getting a little stronger every day. And that is a really good thing.

So this is my one day to be depressed and I am, but by tomorrow, Lord willing I'll be ready to smile and move on with life.  And hopefully, one day soon, I'll get back to regular blogging.  :)

Have a blessed day everyone!