Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Purple, Grateful Hodgepodge

Tis the season to be busy, happy, and with family.  We attended our youngest granddaughter's play, Elf Jr. last weekend and had a bit of family time as well.  She was adorable and all the kids did such a good job.  I will do another post with more pics later, but these will do for now.  She played the part of Michael, Elf's younger brother.

Joining Joyce for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge
From this Side of the Pond

1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?

I started thinking about what to give a little earlier this year, and also planned to be very simple with gift-giving.  With eight Grands and all of them adults except one, we are giving money.  I've personalized each a bit, but this way no one has to return anything or act pleased when they can't stand what I thought they would love.

As I've said before, since we spend Christmas with our son and his family in Northern Indiana, I don't fret about my own decorations.  We don't attend a lot of Christmas parties, so finding that just-right outfit isn't an issue either.

Keeping our focus on the true meaning of Christmas is the key, I think.  It's all about Him!

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?

The only thing that is required maintenance wise around our house is cutting off the sprinkler system.  Dick takes care of that with a simple tool and it takes all of a minute.  We do turn off the water fountain in a back flower bed before we leave for our Christmas trip.  That too is a very simple task.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?

We already try to eat pretty healthy, but since Dick's scare last week and a resulting stent being placed into a blocked bypass vessel, we are even more determined.  We have drunk non-dairy Almond Milk for several years and can't imagine going back to dairy milk.  Dick drinks an apple cider vinegar/tumeric/cayenne/lemon juice concoction every morning.  AWFUL!   We don't eat the sprouted foods so maybe will look into that.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' 

Let me just say, if this runway sampling is an example of the future of 2018, heaven help us all.

What say you? Do you like the color purple? 

Yes, I do like purple and have a few items that I like to wear in this color.  Am thinking seriously of adding this outfit to my summer wardrobe.

Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?
Is purple a color you wear often?

Not really, but plan to change that this summer. 

Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.

Will a picture do?

If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

5. Favorite book read this year?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Thank you to those of you who expressed concern for my husband's recent heart cath.  He did very well and now with his new stent, should do well for a long time.

Our nephew who is a physician, told Dick that he was given another ten years.  To which Dick replied, "Does God know that?"

Nephew replied, "If He believes in science, He does!"

So, we are Hoping, Faithing, and Trusting that we have at least another ten years together.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?

"Faith, Hope & Trust"

2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?

To answer the last first, No, I would not want to.  Could I?  Probably for a day or two.
We most often heat pre-cooked bacon, oatmeal, frozen rice, and bags of steamable veggies.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?

"Angels, from the Realms of Glory"
This hymn encompasses the whole story and life of our Lord and Saviour from the glorious appearance of the angels announcing His birth, to His Second Coming and reigning forever in His temple. 

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.

The most beautiful would have to be Hwy 1 along the coast of California.  The most amazing would be the ride toward Jerusalem.

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)

I don't have a list as there is really nothing I want or need.  But, this song sung by Amy Grant would be as close to one as I could come.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

As you read this, Dick will have already had his heart cath scheduled for today, Tuesday.
He had a triple by-pass 17 years ago and this is the first issue he has had in all that time.  His doc told him he wishes all his heart patients had his record.  But, it is time to see what's going on and do something about it.

Thus the title for my life.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Final Sports Tribute to Jackson

This post should wound up our early November trip to Indiana.

As you know, if you have been reading my blogs for any length of time, our Indiana family has been pretty wrapped up into sports.  At least with two of the three kids any way.

Jackson received a full-ride scholarship to play for the Western Michigan University Broncos football team that broke all sorts of records last year.  It was indeed a great way to close out his fourth and final year as a football player.

However, he had another year of school before finishing his double major in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management.  So, how might he spend that year other than attending class and making outstanding grades?

He joined the Rugby team!

While we were there, we saw the WMU Rugby team play and defeat Notre Dame and then our last weekend we were privileged to be able to see them play in the MAC Conference playoffs in Cincinnati.

This post will include a ton of pictures that show how tough the game is, how big and tough he is, but also what a handsome guy is my only grandson.

The first game on Saturday was against a tough Louisville, KY team, and we won.

Jackson made two tries (touchdowns) and almost a third.  Actually, we thought he made it, but what do we know.

In football, Jackson played left guard on the offensive line, so he never touched the ball.  One reason he enjoys Rugby so much besides the sheer toughness of the game, is that he gets to carry the ball a lot.  Who would want to take him down?

This formation is called a "SCRUM", and that is about all I know about it.  It occurs evidently when one of the teams has a penalty?  Any way, Jackson seen in the middle here is the anchor and really uses those massively strong hips, legs and upper body as they push against each other to move the ball beneath them.

He is a scrapper!

And soooo cute!

The final game on Sunday was against the #1 team, Bowling Green.  We lost but we didn't give it away by any means.

I was able to capture this sign of affection between him and his dad.  Since high school, before Jackson took the field, he would always make eye contact with John and they would point to each other.  I have no idea what goes through their minds when they do this, except I have a feeling there is more love and confidence communicated between those fingers than words might could express.  I am so glad I was able to get this picture at the last game I will ever see him play.

This is another formation that occurs when a ball has gone out of bounds, I think.  Any way, Jackson is the only one on any team we've watched who does this all by himself and as you can see lifts the guy over his head.  I love the way the boy on the right is looking up as if he can't believe what he's seeing.

This is a perfect example of the brutality of the game called Rugby.  Thankfully neither was hurt seriously.

 I love this picture because it shows that although Jackson is tough and plays with every thing he has, he still has fun.

And he is a good sport and supports his team.

These pictures speak to the man and person Jackson Day is at heart.  He is like my own dad, his great grandfather, a gentle giant with a heart as big as he is.

 Jackson, it has been our honor and privilege to watch you grow and develop into not only an outstanding athlete, but a man of character and strength.

We continue to pray God's will for your life as you finish your final semester at WMU and go out into the "real" world.  He will use you in a mighty way to bring Glory and Honor to Him.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;
Jeremiah 1:5

We love you Big Boy!
Da and Bibby

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Texas Thanksgiving Recap

This year we had Thanksgiving with our daughter's in-laws in The Colony, north of Dallas.

Our daughter usually hosts this special day but her house was in a bit of an upheaval due to renovations, so Sandra and Charles were happy to take over.

It was a fun day with family as I think the following pictures will attest.

 Big Sis and Bro-in-law giving career advice to the December UT grad.
Chuck & Christy 
 Ava Grace and cousin Preston entertaining themselves

 The whole bunch
 Daughter's girls having fun for the camera
 Our little bunch
 Our gracious hosts
 Daddea, Bibby, Grandma & Grandpa
 A rare contemplative moment for this girl and her buddy Brad.
 Preston and Max
 No Words!
Our Dallas Grands minus one

Needless to say, we are some very grateful grandparents.

God's Word admonishes us to give thanks in all things and I thank Him for you today.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26 
May the Lord continually bless you with heaven’s blessings as well as with human joys. Psalm 128:5 TLB

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Blogging Hodgepodge

This has been a very busy month.  In fact, the busy started back in October, but it's been a good busy.  Dick and I got a few Christmas decorations from the attic last weekend and bedecked our home with a very minimalistic approach.  As we don't spend Christmas at home, we do only what is necessary and no more.  It sure cuts down on the seasonal stress so many are experiencing.

Now, when you have a chance come join Joyce and the other bloggers for

From this Side of the Pond

1.  What's something blogging has taught you about yourself?

That my life isn't nearly as interesting to other people as it is to me.  See #6
That I am consistently inconsistent

2.  Leftovers...are you in the 'reheat and eat' camp or the 'put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them' camp? What's your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?

We are definitely in the 'reheat and eat' camp.  When I cook, I usually prepare enough to pull out again.  I am not about preparing a meal every day from scratch any more.  Been there done that!

Favorite thing to warm up is soup.

Cannot abide leftover green salad, but who does that anyway. 

3. 'Me time'...your thoughts?

A MUST!  When we both retired at the same time, we knew that Dick needs be out of the house and around people as much as I need the opposite.  So, he continued his real estate business and I am so perfectly content doing my thing at home all by myself.  He is coming home earlier these days, but that is perfectly fine with me.  In fact, I've decided we can co-exist quite happily.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

I don't have a lot of that, but it either involves needs with hospitality at church or someone seeking skin care advise.  I happen to be doing that today.

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.

It would be a woodsy smell.  A couple weeks ago my middle sister and I took a ride to where we lived during the early years of our childhood.  As we drove around we remembered building a "Dodge City" among huge tree trunks that had fallen during a hurricane.  We pointed out sections of the woods where we had played and constructed houses out of pine straw.  We laughed as we recalled a day when we ambushed a neighborhood boy to threaten him to stay out of "our woods." It was at that point we saw a shotgun in his hand.  NOTE:  This was in the mid 50's in rural Louisiana when carrying a gun was almost as common as sneaking your dad's cigarettes!  Anyway, we quickly decided we could share the woods from then on.  We also fondly remembered squirrel and armadillo hunting with our dad.  So yes, a woodsy smell would suit me just fine.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I am in the midst of blogging about our recent trip to visit family in northern Indiana.  (Links HERE and HERE)  Again, I am reminded that there are only a very few people who even care what I do, much less take time to read about it.  This is one of the frustrating things about blogging.  If  my blogging were to rely on comments or visits I probably wouldn't do it, but I find that the remembering and recording is important to me.  So, in the end, why do I keep blogging?  It is for me and that will be enough.  For now.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Rugby, Soccer and Family #2

We had one more soccer game before Savannah officially ended her freshman year as a starter and finisher of the 2017 Trine Women's Soccer team.

On Monday, Oct. 30, we traveled up to Holland, Michigan.  Holland is near Lake Michigan and is the home of Hope College.  The famous De Voss family of Amway fame and among the wealthiest families in Michigan are huge supporters of this school. The name Betsy Ve Voss may also ring a bell.

The trip up was the most colorful I have ever seen as we don't really get fall foliage like this in Louisiana.  So enjoy the scenery with me.

Being so near the Lake, there are a lot of rivers and waterways along this northwestern route.

It was getting quite cloudy at this point and I loved the sun shining on the distant tree line.

The cloudy skies were amazing and we could tell the temps were dropping.

Savannah called and warned us that it was sleeting and snow was expected.  Again, I thought about those poor girls and their bare legs.

When we arrived in the neat little town of Holland, we were all feeling the need for something hot to drink.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit the small towns along Lake Michigan, do so.  They are so quaint and fun to visit.

Needless to say, this outdoor sitting area around a blazing fire caught my attention and even though it was beginning to sleet, I had to get closer.

Because of the freezing, rainy, sleeting weather, not to mention gale-force winds, I left the camera in the vehicle in order to hold on to my blanket and slicker suit while sitting in the cold bleachers.  So no pictures to show of this game.

This was the only phone snap I got of these brave girls.  By the way, our team lost, but our girl contained the #2 shooter in the region to a big fat 0.  Way to go Savannah.

If you missed the first one go HERE - All About Rugby, Soccer and Family #1

We will be back to Rugby in Cincinnati next time.