10 August 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 10 August 2016

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1. Are you watching the Olympics? Your favorite summer Olympic event? I read recently a list of the most iconic Olympic moments in history...what stands out in your mind as a great moment from some past summer Olympic games?

I have never really gotten into the Olympic games. I used to love to watch the figure skating, but am just not into any of it anymore.

2. Have you ever been to Rio? How about the place that started it all-Greece? Have you ever been to any of the Olympic Games in person? Is that something you'd like to do? Have you ever met an Olympian in person?

No, I have never been to Rio or to Greece. When my Uncle Earl was in the US Navy, he was stationed in Greece and he, my Aunt Carolyn, and my cousins lived there. I thought it sounded like a wonderful adventure as a child. But now that I am older and understand better what the real deal was there, I find it very scary. They lived with tanks in the streets. Once, the children were removed from the schools and sent to another country and the civilian parents were sent elsewhere. Can you imagine your young children (elementary ages) being off in another country and you not being there with them? Total strangers being with them instead? Terrifying!

I have never been to any of the games in person.  I would not want to go because 1. I don't like crowds of people and, 2. I would spend most of the time in the bathroom. Why pay the ticket price to use a strange bathroom and miss the main event?  No, I have never met an Olympian that I know of.

3. The ball's in their court (tennis), cross the finish line (track and field), on target (archery), make a splash (diving), on a roll (gymnastics), out of one's depth (swimming)...which Olympic-related idiom best applies to your life right now? Explain.

I guess it would be "the ball's in their court". I've expressed my views. It is their choice whether they take them to heart or not, and their choice to live with the consequences, be they good or bad.

4. What have you earned a 'gold medal' in recently?

Nothing at all, except maybe annoying people. Oh, I take that back! I have mastered sweating like a pig in this heat, so I'm probably a gold medalist in that event!

5. What is it (or who is it) that motivates you to eat right, exercise, and do what you can to be healthy?

I have COPD. That is allegedly incurable and progressive. I am literally fighting the clock and my own body here. I know that, although I will lose lung capacity over time, if I can lose the excess weight, I will be more comfortable and able to breathe better right now and, hopefully, slow down the progression somewhat.  I need to be as healthy as possible and here to take care of David.

6. Are you young at heart or an old soul? Explain.

I think I am mostly an old soul. I don't really know how to explain it other than most of the time I feel like I was meant for another point in time, like I don't belong here. I don't see things the way most people do.

But, some days I could be tempted to be 19 again!

7. It's National S'mores Day (August 10th)...are you a fan? Will you celebrate with a s'more today?

I love S'mores and would be more than willing to have them today or any other day, for that matter. But, we don’t have the supplies to make them here today. Maybe soon.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My first random thought isn't so random: "Turn off summer heat already, please!"

My second random thought is, "I don't know what to write here today."

My third one….this quote might actually discourage someone from being grateful if they are living in a hot place like we are!

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. "~Celia Thaxter

I don't want eternal summer! I want winter time here, now, on my desk. What about you?

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  1. Summer heat is miserable! Hope you get relief from it soon.

    1. Thank you. Me, too!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful day. :)

  2. We have a family member with COPD so I know that's a tough one. The heat makes it especially hard. Your story about relatives in Greece made me think of the families in England who had to send their children out of the cities to live with strangers. We take so much for granted in 2016! Hope you have a great day!

    1. I am sorry that your family member has COPD, too. My daddy and granny had it as well. My daddy was a smoker. I am not. I tried one cigarette when I was a teenager and my cousin made sure that I never did it again. She told me to inhale and I nearly puked my lungs out. First time/last time. I have lived with a lot of second-hand smoke my entire life and am paying for all of it now.

      How very scary for the English folks, too. I would go absolutely nuts not knowing where my babies were or what was happening to them....pretty much how I am now in regards to Davey, and the girls when they aren't here.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a great day, too. :)

  3. I am looking forward to cooler weather myself. My husband has COPD also and his breathing is worrisome to me, too. We are in Texas so I get it with the heat. Ugh! But at least it hasn't gone over 102 ... yet!

    1. I hope we both get relief from this heat very soon. It got to 113 degrees here yesterday and that was regular temps, not just the heat index. I can only imagine what that heat index was. OY!

      I am sorry that your husband has COPD, too. How long has he had it? I was diagnosed in 2010.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope that you have a wonderful day!

  4. This has been one of the hottest summers I can recall. I'm ready for fall...winter, not so much.

    1. I can't remember a hotter summer, either. Winter is my favorite season in regards to temps. Fall has it beat colorwise, at least back home in SC. Not so much here in this part of Texas.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful day!

  5. I'm over the heat too...come on Fall!
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

    1. Yes! And right now would be great. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a blessed weekend!


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