Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge-#232

Welcome to Wednesday Hodgepodge!  I'm joining in with Joyce and the other ladies for the weekly hodgepodge.

1.The first question today was submitted to Joyce by Marla from Marla's Musings.  She asks, "At what age did you feel like a grown-up?  What keeps you young now?
I don't remember a magic moment exactly, but looking back in my life, it was probably when we drove off from the hospital with our firstborn.  I had always babysat from the time I was a young teen and also had a home daycare before we had our own kids, so I was really comfortable and not nervous as most young parents are, BUT I did realize that we were TOTALLY responsible for this little life we were taking home.  I also realized that someone else wasn't going to show up at 5:00 to relieve us.

2.  When did you last buy a vehicle?  Was this by design or because you had no other option?  Was the car/truck purchase for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive?  On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being "pass the Excedrin") how would you rate the experience?
We bought a new to us pick-up just about a month ago and it was a necessity!  My hubby's old truck was having some major problems and it was just better to buy instead of repair.  I hated to see the old truck go though because it was our son's first vehicle!

3.  Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed?  What needs to be served alongside your selection?
I have learned to really like corn bread in the last few years.  Of course, it has to be served with a big ol bowl of pinto beans!  My favorite corn dish though is a shoe-peg corn casserole that I got from my mother-in-law years ago.  It's best with meatloaf or any meat dish.

4.  What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?
This quarter in my Bible Class, I haven't liked the lessons in the curriculum for the most part.  Not so much I don't like them, but I just don't feel like they're age appropriate for my kids.  So, I try to come up with ways to help the kids grasp the meaning of the lesson.  Some weeks are harder than others and I stay up late Saturday nights to try to come up with something!

5.  Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.
There are so many to choose from!  I love Grease though!  John Travolta and Olivia Newton John are just great together.

6.  Reading, writing, and 'rithmetic' are commonly referred to as the three R's.  What are the three R's in your life right now?
Rain-we have an 80% chance of it today and I'm hoping it happens or else my water bill is going to be outrageous.
Road Rage-Driving in Dallas last week was horrible and we have another trip there in a few weeks.  I could never live there...never.  I probably caused more road rage for others than I actually experienced myself! haha
Reminders-I have notes stuck everywhere and alerts on my phone to try to help me with everything I need to be doing.

7.  What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was 'easy as ABC'?
I found a great new recipe for oven-fried chicken and vegetables that is so easy and so good!  It's a one pan meal so it's a very easy clean up too!

8. Random Thought- These guys have arrived!  Not long ago, the weatherman showed a 'cloud' on the radar that was actually a herd (don't grasshoppers travel in herds?) of grasshoppers that were headed our way and now they're here.  It's dangerous to walk through the yard with your mouth open because you may get a mouthful of something you don't really want!

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge-#231

It's ONLY been since October that I've joined in with Joyce and the girls for a Wednesday Hodgepodge, so I'm trying to get myself motivated to blog again by posting this week! 

1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?  We have been in our current home for 30 years!  We are building a log home and hope to be moving in soon.  It's going to be hard though to leave our  current home since there are so many memories of young married life and raising kids.

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.

I seem to cry a lot lately...hormones probably.  What can REALLY turn on the water works for me is videos of soldiers coming home and surprising their families. Oh.  My. Goodness.  Gets me every time.

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?
We eat in the car all the time now.  When our kids were little, there was not a lot of eating and drinking in the car.
When traveling, I like to snack on food that I can eat one at a time to help me stay awake.  Like m&m's! 

4. Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.
I had trouble thinking one and then all of a sudden Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel" came to mind.  I love this song.  It has such a good message I believe.  It seems that so many times, it takes a big jolt to get us to realize or bring back to mind that we really do need Jesus as the driving force in our lives. 

5. What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?
It would have to be Sonic, even though it's not exactly a drive-thru.  I love my Sonic Dr. Peppers!

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?
I am somewhere in-between I think.  If it's an important or serious decision, I'm going to think things through first and not act too hastily.  It just depends on the situation I guess.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?
Several weeks ago, we went to Dallas to take my dad to an appointment.  Downtown Dallas.  We didn't exactly get lost, but we were lost in the sense that we didn't know where we were going and were relying on the gps to get us there.  It was SO STRESSFUL!  I hate Dallas traffic and there is always always always construction going on that just fouls up any plan you might have.  And...we're doing it all over again later this week.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
It is SO hot here in Oklahoma!  We seriously need a break from it all...especially here in SE Oklahoma! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge-volume 195

I'm linking up with Joyce and the ladies this week for Wednesday Hodgepodge!  

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?  I can't think of a thing!  I'm a procrastinator so I leave lots of things undone until the last minute! 

2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?  Cleaning the litter box!  With three cats in the house, one of them is always in the bathroom.

3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'  It's not hard at all!  I'm not a confrontational person at all so I tend to just take whatever is dished out.  I may not always 'like' turning the other cheek, but I rarely will confront someone in a negative way.

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it? I'm always on the hunt for something it seems!  A few nights ago, I ransacked a drawer where I keep a key to the neighbors house.  Their house alarm had gone off and I wasn't sure if they were home or not, so I was getting the key ready for when the cops/firemen came!  I found the key and luckily everything was fine at their house.

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?   I was on the receiving end!  One of our church friends has been making a lot of wood projects.  Sunday he brought me a coffin!  It's really cute but it did sound kind of funny when I said, "Thank you for my coffin."   And, he filled it with candy!

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.  Out of those three colors, I would choose yellow.  Bananas and pineapples are delish!

7. The Hunt for Red OctoberOctober SkyHalloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?  I LOVED all scary movies back in high school.  Friends and I would go to 'the show' as we called it, in Paris.  We would get so scared and just KNEW something was going to get us as we crossed the river to come back home.  Now,  I can't stand the suspense, but especially the gore, that's in the newer scary movies.  Out of those mentioned, October Sky was great!

8. Insert your own random thought here.  I was SO happy to have my girl home this weekend!  We went to a "Frozen" birthday party for a darling little girl.  Then, she helped me in my Bible Class on Sunday and the kids always like having her there.  She taught them the cutest little song!
Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Movie Night

A few weeks ago, our Bible Class got together to have a movie night.  When the movie "God Is Not Dead" came out, we were going to try to go see it as a group, but it never worked out for us to go.  So, Lee Ann bought the movie and planned a fun night for us at their house.  
We had an assortment of finger foods-ribs, tortilla roll-ups, chips and spinach dip along with fruit and dip and THIS-
As we were sort of planning what we were going to bring, one of the girls, Tonee, said, "You can bring that peanut butter cup cheesecake!"  So, I did.  It was great, and so was everything else we had.
We ate and then got the movie started.  We all liked it even though we didn't agree with a lot of the religious ideas portrayed in it.  What we did take from it, was that we, as Christians, should be bold in our stand on things and be prepared to give an answer about what we believe.  All in all, it was a great night!
These are special friends that I'm so fortunate to have in my life!  And then there are the guys...
Trying to get them to all cooperate at the same time for a picture, is like herding cats!  It's almost impossible!  But, I love them anyway!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Summer Recap 3-August Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to us!  Allan & I have birthdays a day apart and we always celebrate our special days together. 
 Our church has a really good group that go out to a restaurant of the birthday girl/boy's choice.  Allan & I have not ever announced our days and done this but we go to other's parties all the time.  This year, we decided to do it for ourselves.  We had so much fun!
We had 24 friends show up to party with us.  I made my Paula Deen brownies and fancied them up with extra chocolate drizzle and whip cream on top. 
Susie is our preacher's wife and it was her birthday weekend too, so we celebrated with her at the same time.
I just love these girls from our Bible class!  They're very special friends.
I love these folks!
For Allan's birthday, I made this most decadent cheesecake that I've ever made-Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake!  Oh. My. Goodness!  It was not only beautiful but it was delicious.  
There are really no words to describe how good it is.  I was going to take this to the party with the church folks, but I didn't think it was big enough to feed that large of a crowd.  And, anyways...we really didn't want to share it at all!  
Also, on our birthday weekend, we had a surprise visit from Allan's brother, sister-in-law, and one of their kids.  They had been camping in the area and came through here on their way home.  We met them out at the new house and visited there a bit before going out for Mexican food.
Toward the end of the month, we had another church birthday party to go to at the Fish Fry.  Dear, sweet Ellen turned 89!  She is one of the most amazing people I know.  I love her so much! I'm always telling her that I want to be HER when I grow up!   I made cupcakes to take for her party and I have to say they were not only yummy but pretty also! (I would love to have a little cupcake shop some day!)
So, August was a pretty fun month...except for the adding a year to my age part!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Summer Recap 2-July

I'm having trouble remembering things from July since I don't have many pics that document whatever it was that we did!  Anyway, we had a very low-key 4th of July this year.  In fact we missed the big fireworks display that the Choctaws put on every year because they had it A DAY EARLY!  What's up with that??  So, on the 4th we just planned a little cookout with my mom and dad.
Allan has inherited the grilling job it seems and he always does a good job!  If I remember right, he grilled steaks, hamburgers, and smoked sausage.
Me and Mom just had to sample the brownies while Allan was outside cooking.  It was a necessary thing to do...really, it was.
I think this is one of the few 4th's that we haven't had a crowd here to celebrate with us.
It's also one of the very few times that we haven't watched fireworks or shot them off ourselves.  Maybe next year we'll be back to our big celebration.

Allan has continued to work on our house and he's made a lot of progress this summer!  I'm really proud that he is such a hard worker.
We have some beautiful wildflowers on our property.  Nearly every time I go, I walk around taking pics.
Luckily we've had a very mild summer for this part of the country...lots of rain and not too many hot, hot days! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Summer Recap 1-June

I'm trying to do a bit of bloggy catch up this week.  We've had a pretty busy summer around here.  This is what was going on in June:
Colby's birthday was in early June and we celebrated a week early with him.
We met up with the kids at our usual halfway place after church on Sunday.  I always make the strawberry cake that he's requested for years.  We had a great time even if it was just for a short time.  I'm so proud of the man Colby has grown up to be.  Wow...that's so weird calling him a man! He'll always be my boy!  It was so funny that one of the waitresses here at Chair Crushers...yes, that's the name of this joint...remembered us.  The last time we were there was in February for Ashley's birthday and I had taken her special brownie chocolate chip cheesecake that we shared with the waitress.  She happened to walk by us, stopped and pointed, and said,  "Chocolate cheesecake!"  Cracked us up.  So, of course we sent a few pieces of Colby's cake to the back for them to share.

Next was our annual Homecoming and Rodeo.  I just love a parade so I'm always there on the church steps to watch with other church members.  This time one of my little church friends didn't have a family member to bring her, so she came with me.  She said we were Parade Partners! Too cute!  My favorite little boy was there too.  I so love these kids!
There were lots to see in the parade...Rodeo clowns, old cars, politicians, law enforcement, and of course, Rodeo Royalty and the American flag.
There's always horse drawn buggies, mule drawn wagons and church friends on horses.   There's lots of horses but these just happen to be our church friends!
And...of course what most of the children come to parades for nowadays-CANDY!  It's so funny to see young AND old both coming to parades with Wal-Mart sacks to gather up candy.  Sometimes the kids are dodging floats and horses in order to get a tootsie roll or a dum-dum sucker!
Father's Day was the next event in the month.  We made a cute craft in Bible Class for the kids' daddies so I made one for my Daddy too!  We ate at our usual Sunday restaurant.  Colby was on his way back from a wedding in Florida so he made a quick stop to visit with us and wish Allan a Happy Father's Day.
Vacation Bible School was next.  Our theme this year was "A Blue Ribbon Life" with a county fair type decor.  Our teachers outdid themselves with all of the effort put in the class decorations.  I didn't teach this year since I'm needed in the office, but I did play a part in the puppet skits each day.  That's always so much fun!
Kids love cookies and punch from the snack ladies!  Our church ladies are always so generous with the amount of cookies they make for VBS.  We always have way more than we need which means that some of the extras always end up in my office.  Funny how that always happens!
Toward the end of the month, we went to the community theater play in Paris.  This play was "Little Miss Firecracker".  I have to say that this was our least favorite out of all the ones we've gone to.  It was just the story line wasn't good or else we missed something key to the story at the beginning.  The actors did a great job but the story was just blah.  We do look forward to the next season which begins soon.  
Well, as you can see, June was a pretty busy month.  We're still working on our new house and by we, I mean Allan, as I haven't been too much help in a while.  He's working hard and it's slowly coming along!