Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Birthdays, Aging Things and Fall

Volume 190?  My goodness Joyce, how in the world have you come up with 1,330 questions?  You are one creative lady.  Thank you for doing this week after week, especially when you could be spending your time on more important things such as a wedding.

To read Joyce's answers to her own questions and the answers of many others, pop over to

1. I'm celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, 'You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not?

Yes, I agree with this, but I would also add this addendum with a smile:  "You are as young as your joints allow you move."

2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month.

November 1
"All Saints Day"
Painting by Fra Angelico
I had to look this up and found so many interesting things that took place on Nov. 1.  Here are only a few I especially liked:

 835 - All Saints Day made compulsory by Pope Gregory IV throughout Frankish Kingdom

1512 - Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy 1st exhibited

1848 - 1st US woman's medical school opens (Boston)

1913 - Notre Dame upsets Army 35-13, 1st to use forward pass effectively
(I liked this one because I'm in Notre Dame country right now)

1966 - NFL awards New Orleans its 16th franchise (All Saints Day)  Geaux N. O. Saints!

Of course, in November we celebrate Thanksgiving; also, our mother's birthday and our parent's anniversary (24th) and our middle sister's birthday (26th).

3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too.'

Daily.  I think any time I feel rebellious I am wanting to 'have your cake and eat it too.I want to sin without any consequences.  This may be complicating an otherwise simple question.

4. What's something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?

Interesting that many of the things that make me feel young also tend to make me feel old.  For instance, doing things with my grands can make me feel both young and old when in comparison to them or what I used to be able to do.

I can feel young at the gym when I'm accomplishing more than someone older or in poorer shape than me.  Then, there will be always be someone to come along who makes me feel very old and inadequate.

Comparison is not always a good thing!!!

5. When did you last do something that was 'a piece of cake'?

Last week I added a few fall touches to my DIL's house.  I love doing that and find it pretty easy to do.  See pictures below.

6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage) 

Treasured relationships!

7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we'll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.

A compilation of some of your writings during these 200 Hodgepodges.

8.  Insert your own random thought here

I added a few additional touches to what I featured last week.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fun Times With Three of Our Grands

Just as promised, today is about my grands.

Last Thursday Hubby and I drove up to Kalamazoo, Michigan to have lunch with our Big Boy Jackson.
 Then on Saturday night we were able to watch his team play Idaho online.  We did get a few views of #65 which is always so exciting.  And they won!

Sunday after church, the girls allowed me to play with my camera.  As you can tell, we had a great time.
Now how fun was that!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Two Week Trip Wrap-up

Thank you for journeying with us on this dream trip of ours.  I trust you have enjoyed sharing some of the highlights along with us.

On Tuesday morning we left Niagara and journeyed south to the top of Lake Erie then went west along Hwy 3 which runs right above the Lake, toward our destination in Leamington, Ontario.
This is a very rural, agricultural area but an interesting drive.
There were so many little fruit and vegetable stands along the way that looked so tempting.  We couldn't resist stopping at this one.

Once we reached Leamington, the lady at the little motel - yes, you read that right, MOTEL with rooms opening off an enclosed parking area right out of the 1950's - couldn't imagine why we would choose Leamington.  There really wasn't much there except this beautiful Lake Erie marina and a great restaurant.  That was reason enough for us.
 This happened to be Hubby's birthday and I think he enjoyed his special day.
In 1962, Hubby and three other college buddies attended a Circle K convention in Toronto.  On the way back to Louisiana they made a quick stop at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

I have heard about this place for 49 years and this seemed the perfect time for him to return and share it with me.  Although much has changed since then, some of the things he wanted to see again were still there.
The Henry Ford is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and a National Historic Landmark.
 The founder, the noted automobile industrialist Henry Ford, completed this amazing place in 1927.  Based on his desire to preserve items of historical significance and portray the Industrial Revolution, the museum houses a vast array of exhibits, collections and Americana.

One of the things Hubby remembered seeing was the rocking chair President Abraham Lincoln was sitting in during the production of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and a fragment of Mary's dress.
 Another historical collection contains an original George Washington Camp Bed
This is an authentic reproduction of the Wright Brother's Flyer
 I did find a 1951 Studebaker like one my family once had.
There were planes,locomotives, steam engines, civil rights historical items including the bus Rosa Parks rode.
There was a room of nothing but early pieces of pewter and sterling silver.
There was more than we could possibly see in a day's time.

Thursday, we went back and spent the day in the Greenfield Village.
The whole complex covers 80 acres and I think we walked all of it.
These are just a few highlights.
Henry Ford's childhood home
The Wright Brother's Cycle Shop
This is the actual room behind the shop where the pieces for their flyer were made.
Wright Brother's Family Home
Thomas Edison's workshop
Noel Webster's Home
Home of Robert Frost 
The Martha-Mary Chapel Henry had built and named for his mother and mother-in-law.
We particularly enjoyed the craft section of the village.
I was captivated by the glass blowing exhibition
Cleaning the wool and weaving
Art of making Tin items
The early printing press
This artisan was engraving a design on a soft clay pot before firing.
I loved the old covered bridge
I saw my first fall leaf.
And this is exactly how we felt at the end of the day.
It was our anniversary and we celebrated by ordering pizza delivered to our hotel room.  You can't say we don't live on the edge!

This was a great two days and Hubby thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this amazing place.

Friday morning, we excitedly headed southwest to Granger, Indiana where we will spend the next two weeks with our son and his family.

This concludes our two weeks of doing exactly what we wanted to do.

We visited with wonderful friends who in only a few short hours enriched our lives immeasurably.
We shared in the most perfect wedding and union of two of God's most precious people.
We viewed some of the most beautiful scenery and worshiped as we praised God for His creation.
We marveled at how God enabled man to excel beyond one's wildest dreams.
And now, we are reveling in the joy of time spent with family.

Thank you God for your untold blessings!