Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. What have you 'fallen for' recently? Funny you should ask... I am sitting on the bench of decision about whether to"fall' for this or not.... Some of my good friends are busily hoarding food, water, paper products, candles, batteries, etc, because they have fallen for the bad predictions of the coming days.... 

disaster looming right over the horizon... I admit I vacillate on this issue... I hear so much about the crisis from my friends, but I am not compelled to order 6 months of prepacked food or 10 gallon containers of water.. I mean someone said one person uses 90 gallons of water in one month. I know that where I live there is no fresh water supply.... I dont want to be the one left out in the cold and dark,  starving to death... but I dont want to be the one who is putting my trust in my own means and not in the Lord whom I dont think has spoken to me on this yet... When there are specials, I purchase twice the amount of canned food than usual.. I have picked up a few extra gallons of water, but I dont think you can say Ive fallen for the disasters that are said to be coming upon us.

2. What's something you're 'squirreling away' for later?Along with what I mentioned above, I did buy an extra set of AA batteries last week,.. is that" squirrelling away" batteries.... Im not so sure... I saw the infomercial this weekend on having a home generator.. that looks like a really great idea but I'm sure it will be very costly.... We dont really live in an area where disasters usually strike.... what if the banks fail and money is worthless..I just have no idea.... I know this... our generation will not be able to subsist on the land and their own resources like our forebears were able to do...I think it is probably a good idea to have lots of ammunition. Never thought I'd ever see myself typing that sentence.. but then again; why.. to protect my extra cans of corn???I'll be very interested to read how others answer these questions. I do know this... if trouble is heading this way we better have a ton of toilet paper!

And I haven't squirrelled away a bit of that!

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

I love apples... I used to love golden and red delicious but the growers messed them up so badly for longer shelf life... they are hardly an apple to me, anymore.. I like Galas and Granny Smith..When I think of cooking them I love them just stewed in a frying pan with spices and a bit of Oj with cinnamon sticks and maybe a few other friuts and make a compote for Christmas, or my grandmothers apple cake with caramel icing... can't make the icing, so I havent had that cake in decades... so when I'm in the mood for apples, I cut them into eighths and dip the eighths in natural peanut butter for an evening snack! YUM!

4. According to Fodor's the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen Colorado, The 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?

Shame on Fodor's for omitting the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC and VA. very near where I live... I will be visiting both the Catskills and the Berkshires this fall when we go to Boston to see our kids...They are lovely mountains, but hav enever seen thema t their autumnal peak of glory. We were in vermont 3 years ago and arrived one week late to see the maples in their fiery read, and one week early to see the majestic oaks.. sad for me becasue seeing Vermont in autumn was a bucket list item for me... huge let down! SO I think I willjust stay put and enjoy the glory all around me where I live!

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?

Absolutely not... once that camel starts under the tent it wont take long for the whole critter to crash in and the camping trip is ruined. We've seen that happen over and over... there is nothing good about marajuana except perhaps for some major medicinal purposes which then should be carefully dispensed like any other habitual drug...I understand the marajuana of today isnt like that I may have smoked in '69 in college... I did try it once.. wasnt impressed, hated the smell. and never tried it again.
But in today's world you open a pandoras box of legalized drugs and one thing leads to another.

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? 

Im always jumping right in.. I surf the tv trying desparately to find something that appeals to me... when I do find something even if I've seen it 50 times before I'm fine with it... I suppose, I dont really give my full attention to the story anyway.. it is usually more for company that for anything else! Im at an age that there is very little that really grabs me like it once did. I do like Hallmark movies and series.IE A good Jesse Stone... I'll take it anyway I can!

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?

Well, as a blogger, I usually type as fast as I talk and I make tons of boo-boos..and I ,too often, do not go back and closely correct myself. Sometimes I find errors a week later and do go back to correct for posterity. I do know how to spell and write, but my fingers dont always cooperate. I have given up on some punctuation. I seldom use apostrophes and sometimes I find "...." does much to move my writing along...... rather than having to consider, is it a : or a ;? When my hubby comes in and glances over my shoulder he can not abide the spacing between words. He points it out to me all the time... I am not aware that I am doing that..I think it just comes up on the screen. I really do't care about spacing... Have I become a slouch in my writing? Goodness I graded enough papers for 30 years.. Let's not talk grammar's a new era in my life. Hope my typing doesnt bother readers too much... 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
The last couple of years have been probably the worst years of my life... as an only child I was soully responsible for the care of my aging 90+ year old parents. They were married for over 70 years.

T he last Christmas before they moved out of their home ... after mom fell and broke her back.
We were all so very close.. But as they aged and became so feeble and unable to contend with property and their own care, I was exceptionally grateful when their doctor suggested it was time to move into a facility... And that was what it took to get them to agree to it... But after over a year in assisted living it became apparent to me that I had to separate them and put them in 2 different facilities... My mom's demands on my 93 year old dad were killing him. It was the hardest thing I ever did, but for his well being I had to and when an opening came up at the Veteran's Care Center... (wonderful) btw! We jumped on it and mom moved into a nursing home. I, then, had two places to tend to over another 2 years. It was hard .. I struggled... I dont have any guilt over it.. I did the very best that I could under the circumstances. Dad passed Christmas of 2013. Momma was so happy that Christmas to get to hold her great granddaughter.. that was the day of daddy's funeral.

Mom passed Christmas 2014... and it was so much of a relief in one way, and so much a a grief in another.... the hardest thing I ever did was watch momma fail to thrive.. she went from 175 pound to 75. Then when she somehow slid out of the bed one night last December and struggled on her own to try to get up when no one came after several minutes, she broke her arm with a compound fracture that would never heal... to imagine her in the floor like she was struggling... it is a nightmare to me. ... to see her bandages leaking red evey day was horrible and only through stronger and stronger pain medication did mother linger in a semi conscious state for a couple of weeks... After all was said and done.. it is now 9 months later and I am just coming out of a funk that I guess was my grieving process... I can finally pick up a book and read it and enjoy what Im reading.....or watch a full length film and enjoy that... or pick up my life purposes in church.. where I had had to step away from earlier this year... for me processing grief included illness... IBS, stress, depression, esophageal problems, and it took most of those 9 months to get things under control. I dont really know why Im randomly unloading this, but perhaps, someone else is out there to whom this makes some sense... I consider myself a strong, mature christian and I know God allows us to endure pain and suffering in all forms to teach us...and grow us... interestingly I have just been asked to lead one of the small groups in Priscilla Shirer's Bible Study on spiritual warfare... and that is exactly what I have been contending with.... God is so good,. He is turning my ashes to beauty in being able to apply what I've experienced and how I've overcome it through His comfort, His mercy love, and His powerful Word and the love of others.... and my own personal battles using the weapons of my warfare!
And God is a giver of gifts. This Christmas our second grand daughter will be born! So very dear that God is restoring the glory of the season of Jesus birth back to our family! Amen!


  1. I'm a little bit like you in terms of preparedness. We did learn during Hurricaine Sandy that we must have cash locked up somewhere we can access. Banks were closed, ATMS were not working, and gas was rationed, but you needed cash to pay for it because the stations couldn't operate their computer systems. I think it's always a good idea to keep water on hand, tp, cash, and batteries. When bad weather is predicted, or some weather phenomenon, batteries are almost impossible to find. I don't obesses about it, but I can't say I never think about it either.

  2. Oh my goodness, I agree - I love the Blue Ridge Parkway! what a beautiful part of America! And I love the apple photo. What a perfect fruit. Um, I don't hoard toilet paper, but it would surely be an unhappy day when we didn't have it. I don't even get Sears catalogs anymore, so we can't rely on that! LOL

  3. Apple cake sounds delightful. I hope you enjoy your trip to see your kids!


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