19 July 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

YES! I was close to all of my grandparents.  My paternal grandparents were not living together, but I don’t know if they were ever divorced or not. I called them “Granny” and “Papa”.  My maternal grandparents were together for 54 years when my grandpa died. I called them “Grandma” and “Grandpa”.  All of my grandparents lived the last half of their lives in Anderson County, South Carolina, the county where I was born and spent the first 39 years of my own life.

I remember that my Papa was a skinny little guy with false teeth. He died the year that I turned 15. He liked to flick his false teeth out at us grand-kids. I thought it was hilarious!

My granny was a feisty little woman. She told it like it was. I was scared of Granny when I was a little girl. As I got older and knew more of her story, I was able to understand who she really was under that tough, gruff exterior. She was really a lovable teddy bear. She was a hurting woman in protection mode. I’ve been there myself.

My grandpa was a wayyyyyyy tall man. When he was a young man, he had either a Model A or a Model T Ford; I can’t remember which. He spent time in a tuberculosis asylum.  When he got to be a older man, he was very concerned about germs, which was understandable as he had cancer.

My grandma was a sweet, gentle soul. She was little like me. I’m a mini-me of her and our daughter Maggie (her namesake) is a mini-me of her, too. Grandma was probably one of the most beautiful women that I know, both inside and out. She stood up for me when others were picking on me. She endured so much over the course of her life that I won't get into here, same as my granny.

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I was very attached to a blue teddy bear pantsuit that I had. What happened to it? My little sister happened to it.  I had grown out of it and my mama gave it to my little sister.  I wanted to keep it and was very upset about my little sister getting to have it.

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

I guess I see both because we have a yard full of trees and each one is unique. It is great except when the flowers that I want to grow require full sun.

I see both figuratively, too.  I can see both details AND the bigger picture. I can see potential, where it could go or what it could be.

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?

I do not generally like sour candies or fruity candies of any type.  

I love cherries and buttermilk, too. While I like lemons, I have to severely limit my exposure to them due to citrus fruit allergies of varying intensities. I have never, ever liked grapefruit and that’s okay, because it doesn’t like me either. Any time I have had it, it has made a hasty retreat from my body by the same route in went in. ICK!

I don’t know if I’ve ever had a kumquat or not.

5. July 1st marked the midpoint of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.

My year is going by in a chaotic, got-to-get-it-done-right-now pace. Yes, I’m counting that hyphenated thing as one word!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

My random thought for today is an ear-worm that I’ve had for days, since the last time we were in Walmart:

“You don’t know a thing about me.”



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14 comments:

  1. Your grandparents were great people. I never met your papa but I sure met Granny. I met her before I met you. She was a sweetie. I love you. Zing! Zing!

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    1. They loved you, too. You were family to them same as if you were blood kin. Thank you for your kind words about Granny. She was one in a million. I love you, too, my Zing.

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  2. Love that song! I'm always envious of people who knew their grandparents, and who have such great memories.

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    1. I think it is an interesting song. I figure if I play it through, maybe the ear worm will stop. We'll see how that goes. :)

      I'm sorry that you didn't get to have your grandparents in your life growing up. That is so sad.

      Have a blessed day.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the memories of your grandparents. I'm so enjoying what everyone has had to say. It's so interesting to hear bits of how that generation lived and you are so blessed to have had two strong women as examples! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. :) My grandma and granny were very much alike, but also very different. They both had strong love, strong sense of family, and would do anything for their children/grand-children. One was just a wee bit more blunt and to the point about things and one was on the quiet side. :) I feel very blessed to have had them in my life as long as I did.

      Have a blessed day.

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  4. I have a Maggie named after my great-grandma and hubs grandma. It was extra nice having the name on both sides of our family : ) My kids have had wonderful relationships with their grandparents and it's so special. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Maggie is a great name. I am glad it is a part of your life, too. :) It features on both sides of my family and in David's as well. My grandma was Maggie and her grandma was Maggie. My granny's grandma was named Maggie as was one of her aunts. After David's original Great-grandma Roberts died (in her early 20s), his great-grandpa remarried and her name was Maggie, too.

      I am glad that your children have great relationships with their grandparents. I was very blessed with mine. I just wish it could have worked out the same for my children. Family drama wrecks a lot of things, but we have to move on and work with what we have left.

      I hope that you have a great week. :)

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  5. How blessed you are to have known and been close to all your grandparents.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen. Did you get to know yours? I sure hope so.

      Have a blessed day. :)

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  6. I keep meaning to buy cherries; everyone tells me they're in season right now.

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    1. I don't know when cherries are in season down here, but I sure do love them. Maybe you'll remember them the next time you're at the store. You sure don't want to let the season pass you by. :)

      Have a blessed day!

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  7. I loved what you shared about your grandparents! I hope I can touch the heart of a grandchild someday. I enjoyed the Kelly Clarkson song, thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you, Debby. I love my grandparents so much and miss them something fierce. I wish they could have lived forever. My grandma would have had her 100th birthday this year. I have that same hope, for both of us. :)

      You're welcome. I enjoyed that song, too, once I got to hear all of it. I can only hear bits and pieces of the songs as they are playing in the Walmart, which is probably why this one became an ear-worm.

      Have a blessed day!

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