Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rabbit! Rabbit! Hodgepodge

Com'on along and join the fun at Joyce's place!

1.  Can you believe it's the end of January?  What was the best day of January 2017 for you, and why?

Please turn OFF that fast-forward button!
I can't think of anything in particular; yet DH and I've begun taking in a movie once or twice each month.
Harkins' recliner seats and hot buttered popcorn are the best!

2.  What sounds make up the background noise in your life?

Ringing telephones, fax machines, young folks' giggles and the occasional 'HBO word.' 
... Embracing the soundtrack of a usual workday.

3.  I read on the Power of Positivity website a list of 10 things to drop from your life right now.  They are:  Anger outbursts, people who put you down, regret, negative self talk, being a people pleaser, the notion you need to be perfect, the past (but keep the lessons learned!), gossip and judgment, comparing yourself to others, and the word hate (focus on what you love instead).

Which on the list do you most need to drop?  Are you trying, or will you try?

That's a toss-up between regret and negative self-talk.

No, I'm not consciously trying to drop anything.  I suspect that (regret) prompts me to be a better person in what time I've remaining.   Make sense?

4.  What is sacred to you?

5.  January is National Oatmeal month.  Are you a fan; and if so, how do you like it?

Not ordinarily, no. 
I prefer grinding and gnawing my calories!
On those rare occasions when I'm feeling under the weather, our on-site restaurant makes the best oatmeal with a little pot of warm cream and brown sugar.

6.  What feelings does twilight stir up in you?

I'm prone to melancholy ... 
for no apparent reason!

7.  Something you're looking forward to next month?

DH is turning 75 y/o on February 26th!
I've nothing in mind so far, but want to make his a memorable day.   Suggestions are sure welcome!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

"And then a hero comes along ...."

Y'all may have seen this on the evening news, but for some reason or another, my mind can't let go of the scenario that played out last month near our home in Goodyear.

Like many folks, I've been a gun owner for years.  (I've believe) I've no qualms about using it to defend myself or my loved ones.  Never in my imagination, however, could I conceive of doing what this ordinary soul did.  I've probably asked myself a hundred times, "Could I?  Would I?"

And ladies, imagine if you were this guy's spouse when he returned to their vehicle to retrieve his pistol!  I have to ask myself, would I beg him not to go?  

The DPS is praising this man for saving the trooper's life - and you know there's one wife out there praising God for ordinary heroes.
Every day's a gift!

Hugs from Phoenix!


  1. YAY! I'm your neighbor on the link today! I am not a gun owner and will never own a gun. I just don't feel the need, I guess. My father always had a gun in the house and it wasn't a good thing. But each to their own. I doubt that I could have shot the gunman who was attacking the officer but I am glad that officer got to go home to his family! I totally agree that the 'fast forward' button needs to be turned off!!

    1. Totally understandable, Paula. I, too, praise God that the trooper was spared.

  2. Exactly, time is moving too fast! Enjoyed reading your answers. Hope your having a nice week.

  3. I've asked the same questions about that passerby guy. What a hero but me thinks his wife has seen his good heart all her married life and expected him to do just that. For Tom's celebration I would take that man to a polish restaurant and let him get his fill of pierogies. I could give you my recipe but I can't even make them successfully (not that you couldn't if you try.) Big hugs, Myra! Love ya.

    1. So, I got to researching Polish restaurants this evening! :) Now, if I just LIKED that fare ... (sigh.)

  4. I always love to read your answers. I feel I must be proud of the man who saved the officer's life. I cannot imagine anyone who could standby and see a wounded man beaten to death.

    Anyway, Just hold the big guy close and really wish him a Happy Birthday.

    That negative self-talk can be self projecting, and not stop, Iffn we ain;t careful! It is really stupid for us GREAT folk to talk negative about our selves, ISN'T IT? Sorta like throwing butter pecan ice cream away! ;-)

    1. LOL on the butter pecan! You sure know how to make a point, m'friend!
      I'm gonna try and take your advice to heart.

  5. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge! I had two surprise birthday parties for Joe. One for his 50th and one for his 65th. He hates surprises and told me to please never do that again, so I haven't. He is happiest celebrating special occasions with family and close friends, so that would be my suggestion for your DH's birthday.

    Joe and I both have concealed carry permits. We rarely carry, however. A very good friend of mine is a retired lieutenant with the sheriff's office. She told me to not do it unless I was prepared to actually take a life. If you don't think you can pull the trigger, then you shouldn't be carrying. Tough question, but thank goodness for that hero!

    1. Your friend's advice reminds me of the time I took my weapons classes in Tampa, and how interesting our 2 instructors: One tactical, the other a psychologist.

      BTW I, too, dislike surprises.

  6. Yet another batch of interesting questions and answers!

    My answers to a few:

    #3 I've always been a people-pleaser who will bend over backwards to do something to make someone else happy. I realize it isn't the healthiest way to be, but at this point, I doubt if I'll ever change.

    #5 I do like oatmeal, especially with raisins, but I like your comment about preferring to "grind and gnaw your calories" even better.

    #6 Twilight fills me with peace. Dunno why... it just does.

    #8 That story brought tears to my eyes. I can see why it's staying in your mind. My hubby and I have had gun permits for many years, too, but I don't know if I could do what that man did. I'd like to think I could, but I don't know. I once told my husband that I believed I could pull the trigger to protect another person, but that I'd have a more difficult time protecting myself. Let's just say that ticked him off.

    Anyhow, great answers. I hope you made your way over to the Really Real Housewives blog. I think you might get a kick out of my smart-ass posts running MWF this week.

    1. I love it when my commenters answer along ... thanks, Susan!
      Really Real Housewives is a hoot!

  7. My brother turned 60 this past year (remember, I'm the youngest, LOL, always have to say that). Anyway, his wife emailed all his friends/family and asked them to write something about him that they liked, a special memory, how he had touched their lives, etc. She gathered all the emails back and compiled them into a book (how I don't know). But I guess it was a big hit. Something similar for Tom?

    Hubby would probably have done the thing that that Good Samaritan had done and I would have been in the car praying the whole time!

    That's neat you guys are going out to the movies; it is good to change up the routine!

    loving this weather!


    1. Oh, your brother had to have been so touched by that outpouring!
      Great idea, Betty ... thanks!

  8. When my hubby had a milestone birthday I got him a gold compass. You will be happy to know I celebrated January Oatmeal month with a bowl from McDonalds this first day in Feb. Better late than never. Right?

    1. A gold compass sounds so intriguing! I'd love hearing more, Taryterre.

  9. Every day is a gift for sure ! The present we receive each day!

  10. Jilda make oatmeal with raisins. I sweeten it with honey. We usually have bacon on the side. I actually love it.
    Also. I don't do handguns but I respect the right to do so.

    1. That sounds like a nourishing - and delicious way to greet the day!

  11. I am so with you on the fast-forward button it seems like each day that I get older the faster that button goes. I like oatmeal but don't love it. You could always get what I give Bob for all his milestones and nothing. Of course he gives me nothing either we don't do gifts to each other we just both by whatever we want when we want it

    1. LOL ... this sounds just like my son and DIL!

  12. Yes time is flying by! I am looking forward to a less busy February. Hope you had a great weekend!

  13. I was just catching up on your blog when I had to do a double take. Actually, I had to back up and check out the photo of your DIL Lois twice. Thought she should know she has a clone in my family. I would swear that was my niece Leslie in your photo.

  14. I'm behind commenting everywhere I want to! So here is a tohught for Tom's birthday, when I turned 60 my kids got a hold of lots of folks who knew me and they all wrote me a letter or sent me a card. It was so heartwarming! You and Tom have lots to be thankful for, with his health getting back on track! That alone is a HUGE blessing. Do all his favorite things. It is funny what little things can make us happy. Time, what time? Oh my goodness, where does it go? My hubby and kids have handguns. I just got one so I need to learn to use it properly. I don't like rights being taken away from us. I am having an awful day! I knew I should never have made that doctor appt. Argh.....grrrrr.....doctors today herd us through like cattle, seeing only dollar signs. I worked for 32 years in health care and can count on one hand the number of doctors that actually care about their patients. My biggest gripe, politicians invading health care. Unless you all step off your high and mighty pedestal leave our health care alone. Our world is going mad and it is making me sad! I try not to lose kindness because I know everywhere I go someone is needing that smile or kind word. life is cruel, if mom were here she would tell me "Pray harder". Take care and know how much I love knowing you even if it's just here blogging about our lives. Hugs to you and Tom tpday and always. xo

  15. excuse my errors! That doctor appt. riled me up! So I am typing too quickly. But I do sincerely apologize. Thanks for being a friend. xo

  16. Hello again, it's me! You were asking about carpet vs. hardwood. Our floors are older but we love them just the same. There are cool options for pet owners today with hardwood floors. Also we have carpet downstairs (YUCK) and in the bedrooms upstairs. I would go for the hardwood floors all the way but that is me! Good luck on your new flooring. So many options! someone at FB was asking this very question, the results and comments were fun to read. Most cold state people prefer their carpet. I like the area rugs myself so easy to keep clean. we were at 80 degrees yesterday today 60ish but rain and snow on the way! Oh YaY! HaHaHa! Heading to Harrison's birthday party at five tonight. Hugs

  17. Just to let you know I'm still around (better late than never) and loved your answers.
    I can really identify with #3:
    angry outbursts, people who put you down, regrets, negative self talk, being a people pleaser.....
    it's not easy to dump these negatives.

  18. My final comment for today. I meant to talk about the Stag Vets Program. Wow! What an incredible program. Nicely done. If only someone would recognize our Vets instead of giving hot cocoa and therapy dogs to spoiled college brats who can not think for themselves! Insulting! My nieces always tell me, they know their daddy suffered something terrible from the Vietnam War. He was a young kid. He died so young and so tragically and suffered alcoholism all those years. We watched the movie Hacksaw Ridge. All I can say is Oh My Goodness.I know you are such a sweet gem and I love when you stop by the blog at my place. Thank you. I try to post and end up doing it three times a week for the most part. SO much else going on. I love how you write. You have a nice following of faithful friends! Take care and keep in touch . xo


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