04 February 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 3 February 2016

1. Describe love using all five senses.

Love feels like…a cool breeze or sunshine on my skin.
Love smells like…strawberries
Love looks like…a chess board with 7,000 miles or so and 15 hours between players.
Love tastes like…dark chocolate.
Love sounds like…a whisper.

2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

I love sliced pineapples and rutabagas. The only way that I've ever had rutabagas is from a can.

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

I don't remember going to any of these places in my pjs, but if I did, I know I didn't get out of the car!

I agree that there should be a parental dress code just as there is for the children. If there isn't, what is to keep someone from doing the school run in their VS or FoH nightie rather than the toddler suit variety of pajamas? There has to be a limit somewhere and there is always someone out there bent on pushing it.

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

I am too claustrophobic for turtle necks. I think they are pretty, but I just cannot tolerate anything close to my neck. Most of my necklines are scoops, but not low enough to be immodest.

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails.

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

Yes; we are guilty of eating way too close to bedtime. By eating just before we go to bed, we hope to avoid David having an insulin reaction as he sleeps. I need to work on the fact that I don't need to eat something just because David is. It is just hard not to!

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

I don't know that I loved any one of them more than the other, but the level of pride was different. The last place that I lived with my parents was the first and only property they have ever owned.

The place that I probably had the most fun and made the most memories was at 508 Wellington Street, Anderson, South Carolina. As I recall, I was about 5 years old when we moved into that house and we moved to our own place the year that I turned 13. It was a rental house in a mill village and we were the Kool-Aid house. Everybody came to our house to play. The boys in that neighborhood also learned that girls were stronger than boys in that yard.:-) I can still hear the sound of that bat cracking his head 40 years later!

Another cool thing about this mill house was that you could run around it in a circle from one room to the next. The foyer opened into the living room, which opened into the kitchen, which opened into the hallway, which opened into the children's' bedroom, which opened into the foyer. It was great! It was also in this house that I found the Santa stash closet. :-)

Although the Wellington Street house was a rental, my daddy made some modifications to it. All four of us children (two girls, two boys) were technically sleeping in the same bedroom. To fix this problem, my daddy built a partition which divided this big room in half. He painted one side a shade of blue for my brothers and one side pink for me and my sister. The boys had the half nearest the front of the house, and the girls had the side nearest our parents' room (which also was closest to the bathroom!).

This house, along with all of those of my childhood, no longer exists. It was burned. The home that I last lived in with my parents was blown away by a tornado with my daddy in it at the time. Thankfully, he survived that tornado. Unfortunately, he didn't live too much longer afterwards.  

7. Your favorite movie based on a true story? 

I saw a Jesse James movie once, supposedly based on a true story. I'll pick that one because #1, it is the only one that I can think of and, #2 he's family.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

"But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God." Psalm 31:14 KJV

27 January 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 27 January 2016

1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.

My daddy worked at Owens-Corning Fiberglas for most of my childhood. However, sometimes the plant would have down times and lay people off. One year during the layoff season, Daddy was a trucker. He had to go to Oklahoma and got snowbound there. He was there for about six weeks (at least it felt like six weeks to this little girl!). He wasn't home for Christmas. That was one of the saddest Christmases in my life at that time. I had never had Christmas without my daddy at least being in town until then.

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?

Last year at this time, I had only posted once and that was the "Happy New Year!" post and I didn't post again until sometime in August. For most of last year I was in a major battle with depression. While that hasn't changed, I have posted more so far this year.

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.'

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?

I see a great many flaws in my life, but I also know that once some obstacles are overcome, there is a lot of potential, too. I have started to address the potential that has the most promise. We'll see where it goes.
I don't know that any particular day feels like a fresh start to me, but I guess that spring would be the time frame that makes me feel most hopeful. The wildflowers start to bloom and there are all sorts of pretties around to photograph. New life is everywhere then.

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?

I am not really into sports, so I can't give an answer for this one.

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?

I don't drink coffee, but I love to smell it. I like whipped cream/Cool Whip on most any dessert. I don't like bagels, but I do like cream cheese. I like sour cream on a baked potato and a few other things. I used to hate sour cream. I have never had a scone that I remember, and I have not had clotted cream. It sounds icky! Cream of Wheat IS icky!!! Blech!! Of the foods mentioned, sour cream on a baked potato sounds most appealing to me at the moment.

6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?

This often happens where I work. The owner says when he'll be back to change the shift so that I can leave, and then rarely ever makes it back at the appointed time. If he says 1pm, then don't bother looking for him until 2pm, or even later. If I tell him that I have an appointment at 1pm, in the city (2 hours away), he says "I'll be back at 1pm."…setting me up to be late from the get-go.

7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.

Farewell. Sorry for the wasted moments.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." ~Albert Einstein

Quote Source : http://www.coolnsmart.com/trust_quotes/

22 January 2016

Family Friday - Catherine Montgomery Calhoun

One of my favorite things to study is family history. I have always found history itself to be a fascinating subject. This week hasn't let me down on either one.

Members of my family were in this country long before the United States was officially the United States, long before it was even a British colony. I come from a multi-ethnic background, with Irish being the most represented, but the Native Americans are strongly represented as well. This brings us to today's story.

Catherine Montgomery Calhoun was my eighth great-grandmother. She was born in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1684. She was married to James Patrick Calhoun. They were the grandparents of future vice-president John C. Calhoun and also the grand-parents of my sixth great-grandmother Rebecca, who was married to General Andrew Pickens.

Back to Catherine: She was living in South Carolina during a time when there were lots of skirmishes with the Native Americans, specifically the Cherokees. Because of increased land disputes with the Cherokee, the Scots-Irish settlers decided to leave South Carolina and head towards Fort Moore near Augusta, Georgia.
According to some of the articles that I have read, the wagons bogged down and they were ambushed by the Cherokee. At least 23 settlers were killed and about the same number of Cherokee. One of these settlers brutally massacred was Catherine. One of her sons returned after the massacre to bury the dead.

While I will never understand the murder of the children, I do understand that the Native Americans were doing what they could do to defend land that was legally and morally theirs. I also understand that the Scots-Irish were just looking for a better life after leaving the oppression suffered in Ireland.

Both sides were my family.

I look forward to learning more about these people in my family and their part in the early history of South Carolina and the founding of this country.

For more information on the massacre, as well as pictures of the site, please visit: Long Cane Massacre.

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