Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Simplicity and the Hodgepodge

How does Wednesday always come around so quickly? It seems we were just here a minute ago. And Baby M? She's going to be a one-year-old in less than 2 months. Weren't we just awaiting her arrival last week? That's ok. She's just the absolute BEST and even though time is flying by once again, she's is my heart for sure. I cannot wait for Joyce to enter the Grandmother Club! Make sure you have tissues Joyce. Everything they do is so precious, you can't help but tear up. Good News! These are joyful, thankful tears. 

Bet y'all thought you'd get by without a picture of Baby M today. Not going to happen. LOL I can't keep that much cuteness to myself. Besides, grandmothers are supposed to share pictures of their grandchildren. It's the law. 


Ok, enough of the grandma going on and on. It's time for the Hodgepodge! Get the questions at Joyce's and answer them on your blog! Go!  

From this Side of the Pond

1. May 17th is National Pack Rat Day. Sidebar-should we be celebrating this? Ha! Probably not. Hmmm...

Are you a pack rat? NO. Even if you're not a full fledged pack rat, most people have one thing or another they struggle to part with. Tell us what's yours. Ok, this used to me but not so much anymore. The older I get the more I lean toward simplicity. I've even been working on the attic that hasn't been emptied in 28 years for the last couple months. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, y'all. I guess my trouble things would be anything from my grandparents and photographs. Thankfully, I have most of the last many, many decades on an external hard drive now and the things I have of my grandparents are small and few as my aunt still holds everything in my grandparents home. I wrote a little post about cleaning out/up right here if you missed it. 

2. What are two things you know you should know how to do, but you don't? I even put my daughters on this one and we just could not think of anything. There are things I don't know how to do but they aren't things I SHOULD know. So, we took to Google. 


Do I know how to survive a bear attack? hahahaha

Me: I don't think I need to know that here in the city. Besides, the schools of thought on this are polar opposites.
Lovely 1: No, no. I saw a documentary and it depends on the type of bear it is. 
The conversation then turned to us asking a bear, in our best British voices, what type he is.
"Excuse me Mr. Bear but might I inquire as to your type before this progresses further?" 

This family is nuts and I love it. :)

How about I don't know how to speak two languages fluently?
3. Do you crave sugar? Goodness, yes. Do you add sugar to your coffee and/or tea? Just a smidge. Do you use artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes? No. When dining out is dessert a given? No. Are you someone who has slain the sugar dragon, and if so tell us how you did it. I've been trying to slay that dragon for years now. I see success and a holiday or chocolate bar crosses my path and BOOM! I'm off the wagon. I even have a tab here on Empty Nest talking about my last attempt. Which also failed. I will say that I have tamed my sugar addiction. But it's still very much alive. I mean, just get somewhat close to me with a candy bar and see what happens. 

4. What's a trend it took a while for you to come round to, but now you can't imagine living without? I can't think of one single trendy thing I cannot live without. I'm not usually a trendy train type person except when it comes to certain technology. I do love my Smart phone but it didn't take me any time to come around to it. Same with laptops. I never hop on the fashion trend train. Maybe some of your thoughts will help me with this one. 

5. What's a song that reminds you of a specific incident in your life? Neil Young's, Harvest Moon. Please elaborate. But, since I'm not sharing that story, anything Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, etc... reminds me of my wonderful childhood and my parents and grandparents. :)  There are numerous songs that, when I hear them take me right back to a specific incident in my life. My family was not musical (I mean I could kill it on the clarinet but did not stick with it) but we LOVED (and still do) music and it was always playing or being sung in my house and in my grandparents home. That exposure is one of the things for which I am most grateful to this very day. Three of the lovelies play at least one instrument and one has the voice like an angel and her dancing (classical ballet) was like watching poetry in motion. Every single one of them loves just about every genre of music out there including the 'old' stuff. Can you tell music is of great importance in our family? :)

6. Insert your own random thought here. Speaking of music, guess who's coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in September? John Prine. Guess whose going? ME! Guess why? Because Nashville daughter sent me 2 tickets for Mother's Day! Who wants to go with me? :)


Lovely 2 and DrummerBoy on the front porch of their new house in Nashville.


Have a great rest of the week, y'all!




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20 comments:

  1. Well that conversation about bears sounded a lot like our conversations and the love of music (not to mention the sugar thing). Enjoy the concert. Who will be going with you? You can't take Tucker. :-)

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    1. It makes me happy to know that we are in good company! I can't wait for the concert! I would take the husband as he loves Prine, too but he's so dang grumpy. The girls decided Molly should go this time since Reni went with me to see Keillor but my best friend from college LOVES John Prine so I may take her. We'll behave. I promise. Sort of. LOL Thanks, Judy!

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  2. That's such a great idea to put old photos on hard drive. I have many photos from my parents (some of which were passed down from their parents). Haven't known what to do with them until I read your post this morning.

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    1. I'm so glad this helped! I did it a while back with all the pictures I took of the girls and the ones from my grandmother's house which were of my great-grandparents, grandparents, mother and aunt as babies, children, all the way to adults. Now, they're at my fingertips! I think you'll like it when it's all done. :)

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  3. I love John Prine. I didn't know he was still performing. As far as the tissues go, well I'm already easily sent to tears. Last Sunday in church there was a baby dedication and I got all weepy just thinking about the baby boy about to join our family. Third trimester so we're getting close now! Enjoy your day!

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    1. Claudia's boyfriend's (DrummerBoy) SIL is Prine's wife's best friend so we've been keeping up with his health issues, sort of. I'm glad he's feeling like touring. I'm thrilled to be going but still jealous that Claudia and Ben have hung out with him at a couple of bars where the SIL was performing. That girl is living the life. But I'm living the grandma life so... :) I'm too excited for you! Is your sweet girl still feeling good? I can't believe we'll both have boys in our families this summer. Goodness. Since you'll get there first, you'll have to tell me how it is. :) Have a great day!

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  4. My son recently gave mean external hard drive for my photos. I take many photos on any given day. I never thought to use it to save old photos. Great idea. Do you scan them into the computer?

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    1. I have scanned some and others I took pictures of the photos and put them in that way. Scanning is easier because getting everything just right to take a picture of a picture is harder than I thought. :)

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  5. That first pic is positively precious. I'm with you on the bear and the languages. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you! We had such fun with the bear conversation. :) Thanks, you too!

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  6. best British voices - what are bears British?
    I do think some people find it easier to talk to animals especially pets than talking to other humans. Another cute pic of the baby!

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    1. We always break into our best British voices when we make fun of ourselves. My dog is my absolute favorite living thing to talk to. He's smarter than the other male in this house. LOL Thanks! She's a doll for sure!

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  7. Your daughter and her hubby look right at home on their porch in Nashville :)
    Also, that picture of baby M is an overload of cuteness!
    Kathy (Reflections)

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    1. Aren't they cute? They've been in there for a month now and they love it! I do too except it's there and not here. :) Aw, thanks! I think so too but I'm Grandma. :)

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  8. What a fun post. I bet you all are the only ones who talked about bears on this Hodgepodge. lol

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    1. Hahaha! I bet you're right. LOL Thanks!

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  9. I've been talking about simplicity for years. Someday I will accomplish that! I think that holiday chocolate bar is okay. Those are great singers and a nice memory. We love Neil Young.

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    1. I have, too. No one was listening until recently. I like a chocolate bar any time of the year. Day. Hour. LOL Neil is the best!

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  10. I'm late getting around to blogs but still enjoyed your answers AND all the great photos. Baby M's hair is getting longer and longer! So darn cute.

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    1. I'm usually late because Marcy is here all day on Wednesdays. It's nearly impossible to get anything done other than play with her on those days. :) I hope you get to meet her one day!

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