26 October 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 26 October 2016


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1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'?

I feel most at home in a cemetery. Maybe that sounds creepy, but it is true. There is one cemetery especially back home in South Carolina that is much like walking into a familial hug when I have visited there. It is the cemetery of the Sharon United Methodist Church. According to findagrave.com, it is in Pendleton, South Carolina. I thought it was in Central, but I am sure they know better than me. My maternal grandmother's paternal-paternal great-grandfather is buried there along with his two wives and several of their children and many other family members. It is like going home to grandma's house and walking right into the best hug you can get. I can feel it so strongly when there.

2. When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain.

I don't know that I've ever hit a home run with anything, most especially not ever with baseball or softball. Well, unless causing a boy to get conked in the head with the bat counts, that is.

I assume it to mean that I did great at something and I can't think of anything that I have ever done great at, other than making beautiful babies.

A quilt made by Granny Gunter. Photo by Suz.
3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade'.

I love the quilts that my Granny Gunter made for me and some of our children. Our youngest two children came into this world after Granny could no longer quilt, so they do not have one made by her.

4. 'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-

Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateu de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael's Mount (England), Leeds Castle (England), and Swallow's Nest (Ukraine)

Of the ones listed, I would love to visit the Scottish castles. There are several castles in our family history and I can't remember all of the names at the moment. The one that I do remember is Stirling Castle. I would love to go to Scotland and visit them all, old family castles or not!

5. What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?

The only thing that comes to mind is having to do a little homework on some upcoming blog posts and trying to get in gear for the 2017 A to Z Challenge. I have had a zillion ideas for the theme come to mind, but can't seem to settle on one. I know it will be genealogy related, however. At least, that is the plan at the moment.

6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?

Personally, I think that all of the school work should be done at school and home time should be family time. It isn't fair for a family to have to be tied to the house all week and weekend because teachers decide to load a child down with a ton of homework every day and load them up Friday afternoon with stuff to do all weekend. Learning is important, true, but a child needs room to breathe and a family needs to have some fun time together, too.

7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.

I always enjoyed going to visit my older relatives. I also really enjoyed the Christmas parades (except for the clowns!). You know, way back in the time when Christmas parades actually happened AFTER Thanksgiving, not before! Anderson, South Carolina's Christmas Parade is December 4. Guess when it is for the Texas town that we live in now? November 22!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I won't go into details, but I'm about ready to explode! Things keep hammering away and it is starting to feel like nails being hammered into a coffin because there is just no escaping the hammer. Meanwhile, the ones wielding it get to live their merry little lives, not even caring the problems they are causing anybody else. So, if I'm not here next week, you'll know there's a big mess from the explosion here in Texas.


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15 comments:

  1. I remember way back when. Back when we used to get through one holiday before we started on another.

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    1. Things are just too much of a rush these days.

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  2. Oh that sounds ominous. Hope that it goes better than you expect. I like cemeteries, too, and get the sense of peace that you experience visiting one. For that reason, it does not surprise me that you enjoy genealogy.

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    1. It is just a very annoying, health-destroying situation that I can do absolutely nothing about. I have COPD (though I have never been a smoker) and neighbors that smoke like dragons. They know that I have trouble breathing, yet they keep doing it, non-stop, day and night. If I have to go outside for anything, I am coughing my head off for an hour afterwards. Ok, so they don't care that they are sending their neighbor to her grave fast, but their own babies? They have two itty bitty ones (a newborn and one almost 2) and 3 school-aged kids that have to endure this at an even closer range than I do. As much smoking as goes on over there, I'll be surprised if those kids make it to 30 without having to be on oxygen, which I don't have the luxury of getting. It is just making me very cranky.

      Cemeteries are great. There are lots of really cool little ones hiding in the various woods, off the beaten paths, around here. Do you enjoy genealogy, too?

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

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  3. It is awful to feel like things are pounding you down. Mr BC and I are fond of cemeteries as well.

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    1. Yes, it really is. It is making me very cranky. I feel trapped, with no way out. I know I sound like I'm on a pity party and I don't mean to sound that way.

      What has been the coolest cemetery that you and Mr. BC have been to?

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

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  4. Wow you're doing good to be thinking about your A-Z posts. I'm not there yet : ) Hope you have a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Joyce. The funny thing is that I was all gung-ho to get everything written and scheduled at the end of this last one. I started the Word file and everything. Then, nothing. Nada. Zilch. If it works out like every year before (except 2016), I'll be propping open my eyeballs trying to come up with a post at the last minute each day. haha

      I look forward to seeing what your theme will be. Have a great week!

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    2. Joyce, I also meant to say thank you for hosting the Hodgepodge and for stopping by and commenting. :)

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  5. I am impressed that you are planning your A-Z challenge already. I will pray you don't have an explosion.XO

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    1. Thanks, Ellen. :) Do you have any thoughts on what your theme will be for the challenge?

      In regards to the potential explosion, if something doesn't change, it is inevitable. So, maybe something good will happen and things will change. Thanks for the prayers. I do believe in miracles. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great week!

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  6. I'm not sure I feel at home at a cemetery but I do love exploring them. How wonderful to have those quilts. I agree with you on the homework. We haven't lived in a hometown per say since we moved to CA 27 years ago. I miss that a lot.

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    1. Cemeteries are lots of fun to explore, but sad, too. I like to read the stones and think of the stories of the lives represented by them. On some, I've been able to find out how they lived their - (dash). On others, I just have to imagine and wonder.

      The quilts are very much treasures to me. :)

      I'm glad I'm not the only one to feel this way about homework. I wondered if I should answer that question or not with so many of my friends and family members being school teachers. I wasn't sure what the response would be.

      Do you ever think you'll be back somewhere that feels like a hometown to you?

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

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  7. I do love walking through the cemetery - in the daytime! Enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge today - better late than never! Have a great weekend! - Jessica

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    1. I prefer it in the daytime myself. David and I were once in a cemetery after dark and vowed them not to do that again! A little too much Night of the Living Dead here for that. :)

      Thank you. No time worries here. :) Have a blessed weekend!

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