Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Calling on the Hodgepodge

Here we are back on Wednesday and I thought we were still having the weekend. Ha! Shows what I know. I guess it doesn't matter what you do or where you are time just flies but that doesn't mean I'll stop trying to find a way to slow it down. Meanwhile, let's enjoy the Hodgepodge because it's always just right!

From this Side of the Pond

1. They say you learn something new every day. What did you learn yesterday? Funny you should ask. I'm about to start a new weekly post about what I've learned each week. Yesterday? I learned I do have patience in some situations. I also learned yesterday when you do not read the label you might end up with gluten-free shortbread cookies and that is NOT a good thing meaning YUCK.

2. Have you ever had a now or never moment? I'm sure I have. Elaborate. I can't think of specifics but I do know I've said that and I know the situations have been such that I had to make myself do something I was either afraid to do or didn't want to do but knew I should or had to. Does that make sense? I don't think I ever chose the never part. 

3.  April 25th is National Telephone Day. Do you still have a landline or have you gone mobile only? I have it just in case but it is never used. As a matter of fact, there's no phone plugged into the phone jack. The 'house' phone is kept in a drawer because I only answer my cell and only then if I know the number calling unless I do not want to talk in which case I answer nothing. Ha! When you receive a text message do you respond immediately? Most of the time. Last time you turned your phone off? I do this every day for several hours. Disconnecting is a good thing, y'all. In two or three sentences share with us a story/memory/incident from your childhood (or something current if that's too hard) where the telephone is featured. We all still laugh about my granddaddy and telephones. When he was finished talking he just hung up. You could be talking away and he was long gone. And do y'all remember trying to listen in on your siblings' conversations? You had to lift the receiver up ever so slightly and get your finger on that button thingy and then let your finger off ever so slowly and carefully so they couldn't hear that noise that was such a tattle tail and told on you every time you messed up the process? Good times. 

4. Close call, at someone's beck and call, call the shots, call a meeting, call it quits, call in sick, call on the carpet, wake up call...which call have you 'heard' recently? I haven't 'heard' it but I'm living 'at someone's beck and call' right now. Explain. Well, there are two grandbabies and wedding planning going on so...

5. What subject do you wish you'd paid more attention to in school? None. I paid attention. I was nerdish and I loved learning which made choosing one path while in college quite difficult. The only subject I avoided at all costs was math. That stuff gives me a headache and paying more attention made no difference. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. I was thinking how nice it would be if when you thought of something you wanted like a smoothie it would just appear and you wouldn't have to get up and do all the prep work and clean up. Or if you're in the middle of planning a wedding and POOF! it's done. Or your house needed painting or the yard needed work... Wouldn't it?

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Let the Wedding Planning Begin...Again

The wedding planning, that is. This is our third time around with the planning of the weddings and I'm about as much a fan this time as I was the first two times which comes in at about a negative 10. However, I am fully in support of happy daughters so if it's a wedding they want to plan, it's a wedding I shall help them plan.

The first wedding in our family would not have happened without the help of my sweet friend who has more than ample experience in the world of wedding planning and by help I mean she did it all and you can read about that one HERE. It was the craziest thing I've ever done and we did it while the bride-to-be lived 5 hours away but really wanted to get married here at home. Let's just say there was a lot of traveling on her part and she stayed home for over a month as the date closed in. This one wasn't too bad as I was right here and could be hands-on with each step of the process. We don't have that this time but I'm getting ahead of myself.

The second daughter to get married wanted total control of her own day with little to no help which was just fine with me except if you've never planned a wedding before you might not be aware of the little surprises of all sorts that will most likely rear their ugly little heads. My lovely, lovely, sweet, caring. loves us big time because she stepped in again and rescued me friend did her magic. Not that AthleticTrainer Daughter didn't know what she wanted or was doing a terrible job it's just a really big process and you can quite easily get overwhelmed. Y'all can read about that wedding HERE.

Enter the latest lovely to plan a wedding, NashvilleDaughter. Do we all live in Nashville? Nope. We're about a 9-hour drive away from Nashville so this is going to be fun. The good news is NashvilleDaughter is the one who jumps in in full-steam-ahead mode and makes things happen. She's a planner, she loves social events, she's so excited to be planning her wedding and this makes life so easy for everyone else until she hits that stress wall that pops up without warning but in truth, she even handles that rather gracefully. So far, I've simply been available as a sounding board and giving my asked-for two cents and yes she asks because this girl loves to run everything past her mama and I don't mind that one little bit.

Tips for helping your daughter wedding plan long distance:

  • Make sure you have a way to video chat. If you don't know how, get your kids, neighbor, friend or whomever to show you.
  • Check your email frequently to answer her questions as some of them need a decision immediately.
  • Same with text messages.
  • Remind her to breathe and constantly remind her she's got this
  • Get there as often as possible but choose carefully. If you can't be there for every. single. thing. discuss with your daughter which visits/tours/events she feels she would need your help doing. 
  • Send a card or little sursy in the mail every so often so she knows you're thinking of her.
  • Keep reminding her it is their wedding and they can do it their way no matter what anyone else has to say and let her know that you've got her back if need be.
  • Help her pay attention to detail and go over contracts with her before anyone signs anything.
  • If there's a planner, make sure she includes you in all communication. 
  • Know her closest friends so when you feel that meltdown coming, you can let them know. Her friends may or may not already see it but it's nice to know someone she trusts is right there to lend an ear or a shoulder. 
  • Give support any way you can.
  • Keep all communication upbeat and positive even when a problem arises. 
I'm sure there are a million other tips that I've not thought of so if Y'all have any, please share them in the comments. This is our first time planning when the bride is this far away from mom and I'd love to hear your experiences!

This is PART 1 of a series on long distance wedding planning. 

Next up, the ceremony and reception venue or 2 sisters and a toddler travel all the way to Nashville to lend a hand. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Looking Out on the Hodgepodge

Hey! Winter showed up! Not the bitter cold and snow some of y'all might have but it's been quite chilly here and I'm loving it while I can. There's also wedding planning going on and grandkiddos running around so life is full right now but it's never too full to stop me from enjoying the Hodgepodge! Jump in, Y'all! 

From this Side of the Pond

1. Three things on your spring bucket list? I don't even have a regular bucket list. If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do. Ok, ok. Get to Nashville (we've got a wedding to plan); have an outdoor tea party with the grandkiddos; start Whole30 with TeacherDaughter. How's that? 

2. Where do you find rest? In my alone time. What restores your soul? That same alone time. When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here? These days it seems nearly impossible to get that alone time because even when I have it, someone, somewhere throws in that wrench and BOOM! there goes the alone time. My alone time allows meditation, reflection, restoration...without it, people need to watch out.  

3. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Not I. Do you like celery? I don't hate it but it's not something I seek out regularly. What's your favorite dish made with celery? Bloody Mary's. Oh, grandmother's chicken pot pie which no one learned how to make so, chicken salad or the dressing we make on Thanksgiving. On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes? I go for the carrot sticks and cucumber first.

4. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day

How many of these are you currently doing? Four- laundry, water, Bible, get dressed. Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine? There are a few other things on that list so adding another one might overwhelm me which could quite possibly result in nothing getting done before 8 AM. 

5. Describe the view from your window. The view from where I blog is out of the French doors where I see the deck where I put bird seed (feeding the birds is another thing on that 8 AM list) and where I often get lost just enjoying my feathered visitors. Tucker likes it too because the squirrels are also out there daily. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. We're at the beginning of wedding planning and I think she's settled on a venue which is the most difficult here in Charleston since everyone wants to get married here. Apparently, it's the same deal in Nashville where they will be tying the knot so we've been moving pretty quickly. The tour is this weekend so FINGERS CROSSED she likes it in person because I don't want to start all over because seriously looking for a venue reminds me of a race to the death. 
I am not a fan of wedding planning but I am a fan of happy daughters and and so we plan and we enjoy every moment of it because it doesn't really matter what it is you're doing when you get to do it with your daughter. 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Jazzing up the Hodgepodge

Not really. The Hodgepodge is jazzy enough all by itself but I have the worse time coming up with clever titles. Obviously. So good to be back after a week off not that I would have gotten around to it last week as I had this cutie every day for spring break which y'all can read about HERE where you'll discover what she can now do that takes another 10 years off my life: 

She's the absolute BEST! Y'all can see our Easter right HERE. Check out the Easter dress with the cowboy boots that apparently she refused to leave in the store so...

Ok, enough of cutie pie because y'all know I could go on shamelessly all day especially when I start throwing in pictures of the boy. 

Let's get on with the Hodgepodge! I bet there will be a similarity or two between a couple of us. (wink, wink) 

1. April is National Jazz Appreciation Month. Are you a fan? YES! If so what's a favorite you'd recommend to someone new to jazz listening? I'm not sure you can recommend jazz to someone. It's something some people have to acquire a taste for and mostly something you either already know you like or don't like. There are so many varieties of jazz available you'd almost have to know what other music someone likes before you make suggestions. Does that even make sense? 

2. Mandolin, ukulele, harp, accordion or banjo...which would you be most interested in learning to play? None. I discovered long ago I lack the dexterity to play a stringed instrument. Or do you already play one of the instruments listed? No, and it's not for lack of trying. 

3. Do you judge a book by it's cover? Do I have to answer this? Because in the figurative sense I often fail to come off looking good at my answer. Elaborate. You may answer in either/both the literal or figurative sense of the word. If I'm looking at a book the cover does not play a part in my decision but the title does and often, the author. Figuratively speaking, I definitely try not to judge people by the way they look but I cannot say I've never done it. Sadly, I've not been wrong when this happened I just try to wait and see because I really, really hate judging others even though I fail at not judging sometimes. 

4. According to a recent study the ten most nutritious foods are-almonds, cherimoya (supposed to taste like a cross between a pineapple/banana), ocean perch, flatfish (such as flounder and halibut), chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, swiss chard, pork fat (shocking! but I don't think they mean bacon), beet greens, and red snapper. Are any of these foods a regular part of your diet? Yes, fresh fish is readily available straight off the docks around here and I LOVE perch and flounder. Any you've never ever tasted? I don't think I've had the cherimoya but I know what they mean about pork fat and while I have had it I don't partake and haven't since childhood. Which would you be most inclined to add to your diet? I seriously want to try that cherimoya. I wonder if it would be yummy in my daily smoothie?

5. Besides a major holiday what is the most recent thing you've celebrated with your people? The engagement of NashvilleDaughter and her DrummerBoy! Tell us how. There was a lot of phone calling and video chatting and jumping up and down and shouts of joy. I'm not sure we're finished celebrating yet, to be honest. But I do know we're in the throws of wedding planning already which is quite interesting when I'm here and she's there but we're doing it! It all happened on April 1st which was Easter, April Fools', and her birthday! Y'all can read about it right HERE

The ring belonged to his grandmother.

6. Insert your own random thought here. We've got wedding brain and that's about the only thing on my mind right now. This is the daughter who likes everything in place right now and so this will be an interesting process for sure. Though let me say when she's on it, it gets done. I mean, we think we have the venue already chosen! Luckily, my bestie knows all about wedding planning and she's helping from this end so that puts me as much at ease as possible when planning a wedding. 

She had had her nails done for her birthday. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring Break Grandma Style

A certain little face has been at my house all week because her school was closed for spring break so I might have tried to get a few pictures. Ha! Y'all know I went crazy. This little girl is all of 21 months old and makes me feel every single one of my own years. Today is our last day of spring break and I shall miss her terribly next week. Once I awaken from my recovery sleep. Ha!

Spring break, 2018

The number one thing I hoped for my grandkiddos was good health. Number two on the list is to be happy. Oh goodness, that childhood happiness is the best, isn't it?

Do y'all remember laughing at the seemingly slightest things with big hilarity?

And the constant jabbering. I usually tune most people out when they talk but when this little cutie talks, I listen because everything she shares is so interesting!

We've been outside a good bit this week having bubble parties, playing soccer, being cute...

Singing songs...

Scaling the fence (yep, she figured out how to get up there and back down all by herself because all by herself is just the way Bug prefers to do things)...

To play with the neighbor's doggies...

This little stinker has been all over the place this week. We've had big fun but this grandma is exhausted. The good kind.

Best. Spring. Break. EVER.

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