Monday, June 26, 2017

And Now for Something A Little Different

I tried something new I ran across and I decided to put it up and get some honest opinions. It's pretty fun. You make a video out of your blog posts.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Does Slow and Steady Win the Race?

Steady. The word makes me think solid, stable, safe. But it also makes me think regular, routine, boring. I suppose it depends on what you pair it with. For example, if I pair the word steady with things like a secure home, a dependable provider (whether it's me or someone else), an available partner, a full bank account, good health, and the like then I think solid, safe, stable, etc. However, if I pair steady with things such as chores, daily grind, meal prep, laundry, work, any obligatory act that has to be done daily or weekly I think more regular, routine, dull, boring, get-it-over-with.

But then I look at how those things are connected- being a dependable provider means working every day and having good health requires the right foods and a regular routine of some form of exercise. Why is it the dull, boring things make the stable, safe things possible? It's all in our perspective.

If we want safe, stable, and solid we're going to have to work for it and that's that. So, how do we do this with a more positive attitude? I thought about this and I recall a few things my grandmother did as she moved through her days in a positive way.

  1. Sing. Yep, or hum, or put some music on. No matter what I'm doing music makes it better even if I already love the activity. My grandmother was always humming and singing as she made her way through her daily chores. She always sang hymns, all of which are still my favorites. 
  2. Change the way you think about what you're doing and take your time doing it. Grandmother never dreaded doing the dishes or dusting the furniture because she thought of it more as being grateful to have dishes to wash and furniture to dust. My granddaddy owned the local dry cleaners and every Tuesday was the day he took their linens and such down to be laundered. Grandmother did not dread Tuesdays. She was grateful not to have to wash them herself. Grandmother never rushed through a task to get it over with. She took her time and did it right. 
  3. Save your favorite things for later. Grandmother always got the chores completed first and saved going out and meetings (Garden Club and Circle) or watching her 'stories' for the afternoon. Maybe that's why it was so easy for her to sing her way through the chores. 
  4. Don't wait for someone else to help you, just do what needs to be done. And don't judge them for not stepping in and helping. Grandmother did what needed to be done without the expectation that anyone else would either help her or do it for her. When I was there, I did help her and she appreciated it but never expected it. 
  5. Don't waste your time on futile exploits. Everything had a purpose with Grandmother or it was a waste of time. Even sitting and visiting with a friend meant something important to her. 
  6. Take that annual vacation. We all went to the beach for a week's vacation every summer. We stayed at the same beach house and had the most wonderful time every year. On the weekends, we might just ride up to the mountains for the day or a weekend. Regardless, Grandmother and Granddaddy took the time to get away and relax and they took us with them.
  7. Pamper yourself. Grandmother's idea of pampering herself was having her hair done weekly. It was the one thing she did for herself and it made her feel good. They also went out to eat every Saturday night to the fish camp and took us with them. Such simple little things but they made such a difference.
  8. Don't concern yourself with material things. Grandmother did not concern herself with material things but she did take care of what she had. Not that she didn't appreciate or have nice things but she would have been fine without them. Material possessions were not even close to her focus. She did take great care of what she had. Such care that they never had to replace anything until it was worn out.  
  9. Take nothing for granted. Grandmother took nothing for granted. She appreciated everything she had, took care of her home and her family, and took time to spend with others. 
  10. Reach out to others. Grandmother always took the time to lift up others and encourage them but she took no crap from anyone. She stuck up for herself but she'd stick up for you, too. She also stood up for what was right. She'd give you anything you needed without expectation of return and she'd always tell you how valuable you were as a person. No need to wonder when you were around Grandmother. 
Ok, my time ran out waaaaay back there somewhere before I started the list. Oops. I had no idea where the word, steady was going to take. Now, I do. Ha! 

This post is linked to Five Minute Friday where we write for five minutes about the prompt without stopping.

The prompt this week is STEADY.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shelling Out the Hodgepodge

Hello, Wednesday. Do you remember when I looked forward to you each week because of your alias, Hump Day? I do. But I don't love you because of that anymore. I only love you because you bring around the Hodgepodge. Ah, well, at least I do still love you. :)

Speaking of love, I am not loving this hot weather but y'all knew that already. I am, however, enjoying the rain we're getting. There's nothing better than a rainy day. Unless it's a cold rainy day and that tops them all. Anyway...

Here we go, y'all! If you haven't joined in the fun before, why not make today the day? It's fun and you don't have to go out in the heat to participate. 
From this Side of the Pond

1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? I wrote a POST all about this a couple weeks ago. If you missed it, it's right HERE.  Will you try to manage all ten this summer? I covered that in the POST, too. LOL

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? I do not. What do you do with them once you get them home? My favorite thing to do is leave them at the beach. When the beach is 3.1 miles from your back door, you tend to get inundated with shells if you're not careful. Especially if you have 4 daughters. What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? Even if we go out to Capers or other islands accessible only by boat, I leave the shells there. There are creatures who will make homes of those shells. How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Ocracoke and the Bahamas. Which one would you most like to visit? None. I basically live at the beach so, no need. :) 

Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Several of them, actually. But I'll go with, at a snail's pace. 
Explain. That's how we move down here during the oppressive summers. 

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Anything that involves going outside. Why? Did I mention we have oppressive heat around here? AC is my BFF in the summertime. I will go take Baby M to outdoor places as long as shade is available and the breeze off the water is still coolish and not just blowing heat all around us. Just last week we took her over to Waterfront Park (the Mount Pleasant one not the downtown one).

Here we are under one of the covered spots. They have a bunch of big porch swings for people to sit on and relax under shade frames. The day was HOT but the breeze off the water was cool and the shade was nice. The pier is less than a quarter of a mile long but it's nice. We were partially under the Ravenel Bridge. You can see part of one of the triangles on the right side of the picture, kind of in the middle. Baby M loved being out there and pointed to everything saying, "That. That. That." Seriously, you could hardly get out of your mouth what 'that' was before she had changed directions and saying, "That." again.  I love being around a little one who is learning everything. Their excitement and interest is fabulous. 
5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Maps? Landlines? Payphones? CDs? Manners? Boundaries?  Does that bother you? Yes. I'm mostly bothered by the lack of manners and boundaries. Seriously, WTH is wrong with people? 

6. Insert your own random thought here. We had a family gathering Sunday but, shamefully, I have not taken the pictures off the camera yet. Just call me a summer slacker. Or, one who appreciates the slow, lazy pace of a hot summer. Yeah, that's better. HA! It's less than two weeks before Nashville Daughter comes home! We hope to see DrummerBoy too but the band might be in the studio at that time. They've been writing new songs so it's about time to get them recorded. Plus, the guys have been busy- DrummerBoy and Nashville Daughter bought a new house and three of the members had or are soon having BABIES! Two are already here and there's one due in August. Actually, that one is due the same day our little one is due so we're all excited! 


Our grandbaby boy, Baby R, is due the week after Joyce's grandbaby boy is due. 

I have a feeling it's going to be baby central around here soon! 

For your listening pleasure, here's one of Nashville Daughter's favorite tunes from the second album (isn't the drummer adorable?):

Hope y'all are enjoying your summer! 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

It's All in the Books

I go to the old cookbooks to this day when I need a recipe. That's where I find the best ones. If I search online, I type in the recipe but I add 'grandmother's' to the search-- grandmother's mac and cheese, grandmother's coconut cake, grandmother's lemonade...

My favorite oldies are the Better Homes and Garden red check, the church cookbooks, and good 'ol Betty Crocker. Of course, getting my hands on Grandmother's hand written recipes are better than anything else. I put together a family cookbook years ago and gave them out at the family reunion. That book has recipes spanning back from my great-grandmother to more recent favorites of everyone in the family.

People today are going for the healthy options and changing all their recipes to fit the mold or going all the way and throwing out the old recipes. Not in this house. The old recipes are my favorites and the tips are timeless. The old recipes were just fine but, because the ingredients were better back then I simply buy the purer, organic ingredients and keep the recipes as they are.

I have several older books- readers and novels. I like having old books around the house. They remind me that a simpler, more honest time did exist. And I'm not just talking about childhood but a time when people were easier and kind. A time when you could take someone at their word. A time when life was a little slower because people took the time to do things right and well. They took time to talk face-to-face with their neighbors and people they passed on the street. They spent time with one another sitting around the table instead of yelling at traffic while rushing from one activity to another.

I'm looking forward to the time I will spend in the kitchen with the grands. I even have a couple cookbooks for kids. I think they'll enjoy looking through the books and comparing them. One is a Betty Crocker from the 950s, one is an American Girl book Baby M's mommy used, and one is a more recent book I picked up at a school sale.

I was surprised at all the illustrations of boys in this one. I thought for sure it would be filled with girls. The boys were not just on the pages featuring foods like hotdogs either. This one has great tips and instructions, too. The color pictures do nothing to make the food look appealing, however. 

How much fun we will have comparing the drawings and finding similar recipes to compare.

This is my favorite cookbook for kids. I definitely expected the pictures to be all girls because, American Girl. Duh. The pictures are fantastic in this one and so are the tips, instructions, and definitions. Y'all see that banana split up there? I want that. NOW. 
They may as well learn early the things they can't help but love because of being in this family- cooking, music, reading, football, and humor. Being crazy is in there too but we don't always mention that one. Ha!

This one is kooky and has crazy cartoon characters in it instead of boys and/or girls. There are some awesome looking snacks in there but I am not fond of the presentations. It does look like something kids would enjoy, though. 
One of the things I love most about the Betty Crocker and the American Girl books are the baking/cooking tips and definitions. Sometimes I forget when I'm explaining things that I understand already but the ones listening do not. The tips and definitions in these books are fabulous.

Please notice the page in the middle, left square. It's Kitchen Manners. Very cool.These books outline utensils, pots, and pans. They define simple terms we know but kids don't like, bake. They cover safety, too.  
Once Baby M and Baby R become Kid M and Kid R, we'll be in the kitchen. We'll try some of the recipes in these kids' cookbooks but we'll also learn the same way I did. The way my grandmother taught me. These kiddos are going to be some good cooks when grandma gets finished with them.

What's your favorite thing to cook with your grandkids or kids?

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