Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrating the end...of August that is!

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?
I would love to get some fishing in. Maybe a picture-taking drive!

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'?
Last Friday, my daughter was at the ER again, and they could not find anything.

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?
Nothing comes to mind right at the moment.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.
I think it depends on what end or means you are talking about.  It is different in different circumstances. 

5. What makes your hair stand on end?
Things that are going on in this world makes my hair stand on end! It is a sad, sad situation!

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?
From the list probably eggs would help my mood, now coconut would do the trick to as long as it has a creme pie attached to it. I think mussels would probably put me in a bad mood because I definitely would have to be forced to eat them.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no endin sight'?
We have a closet in our office that drives me crazy.  No matter how much I organize it does not stay that way.  I have nicknamed it the 'Closet From Hell.'  That is definitely on my project list!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I have been working on a few crafts lately and getting some sewing in.  I love when I have time to do that.  Headed to Arkansas in a week - Grandson's birthday.  Actually it will be a week from Friday.  He will be 14.  

Until next time...nel

Friday, August 21, 2015

Please pray...

Life can be difficult at times, and things happen that we don't understand.  Being a momma is sometimes hard especially when your kids have grown up and are not under your watchful eye.

My baby, (she is 33) is going through a rough time. She has been in a lot of pain, we are talking doubled over crying pain and they cannot find anything wrong.  She has been to the ER twice, her doctor once and her gyn.  She was at the ER again today and all of her tests and blood work came back fine again. They did an abdominal CT and it was fine.  They actually gave her the images so she can get a second opinion.  They sent her home with pain medicine.  Hello people - she cannot live on pain medicine the rest of her life - this is not normal!

Please pray...pray that they will find out what is wrong and fix it!  

I told her to give me their phone numbers, this mamma bear is fixin to start making phone calls...and they sure don't want me to come down there!

until next time...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hodgepodge #232

1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over atMarla's Musings. Thanks Marla! 

She asks-At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?   
I would have to say at 22, that is when I moved out on my own, actually to a different state by myself!  I think my grandkids keep me young, keeping active, keeping the brain going, staying busy.

2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?
3 years ago we bought our Caddy.  We needed a different vehicle, the other was running by prayer, literally!  My hubby never buys new he buys used, and I hate going to the car lot so I looked online and we found one in Kansas City.  Went and looked at it and brought it home.  So I would say our experience was 10. They were a great Christian dealership!

3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?
My absolute favorite is corn on the cob, however I am not supposed to eat that a lot. Love it with just about anything!  Cornbread is a favorite with milk as a snack or for supper.

4. What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?
I love to do crafts and I am always looking at things and figuring out how I can do it.  Or I see something and think how I could use that to make something.

5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.
Does Grease count...that was the first thing that came to mind.

6. Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?
Rest, Relaxation & Reading.

7. What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?

The only thing I can think of is:  A lady at church showed me a headband that she had crocheted. It was really cute. I looked at it closely and she kinda told me what stitch she used and I came home and made it.  So yeah it was easy as ABC!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I have been busy the last few days entering things on the computer.  I first entered 77 items on our Ebay account for sale.  And tonight I posted pictures of 30 items on my NFast Creations page.  I have throw pillows that I have made.  All different designs, made from upholstery material.  I purchased Upholstery samples from a store about a year or so ago and I made throw pillows out of them.  If you would like to check them out they are here on my Facebook page.

until next time...nel

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Moving on over to the Hodgepodge...

1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?
My last relocation was not a total relocation.  I moved some of my stuff but a lot of it stayed at our house in Arkansas.  It was almost nine years ago when we married.  This is good, I love our house and area, but I do miss Arkansas! And if I outlive my hubby that is where I will relocate to close to my family.  I would say the chance of exploring a new area is the best thing about moving.  The hardest thing is when you have to leave memories behind or family.

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.

I would probably say last Sunday morning at church I was wiping tears.  Our pastor and his wife were singing 'How Great Thou Are.'  That song gets to me every time.  What He did for us, dying on that cross, and we are so unworthy!

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

No we eat in our car.  Last thing consumed was probably a Wendy's Frosty.  When we are traveling we like chips, crackers, pretzels or trail mix.

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.
Jesus Take The Wheel - Carrie Underwood

5. What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?
We do not do a lot of drive thru - probably Sonic.

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?

I don't agree with that.  We never make quick decisions usually we will talk about it then decide. I usually like to sleep on it...cause sometimes it looks totally different after you have slept on it.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

I have never considered myself lost.  My Dad always told me you are never lost, you might not know exactly where you are at, but enjoy the ride while you find your way back on track.  That is a lot better than getting stressed!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

It was so nice out this evening.  It was a cooler and it was not humid.  We sat on the patio and enjoyed the hummingbird show.  We have 6 or 7 keeping us entertained.  Also I was enjoying our crepe myrtle.  It looked like it was dead after the winter.  I was afraid we did not get it in the ground soon enough for it to get established, but I just left it this spring.  And oh my gosh it is even blooming.  Thank you Jesus!

until next time...nel