Saturday, April 30, 2022

"As Time Goes By" Saturday 9

Saturday 9: As Time Goes By (1958)

A lot of time has gone by since I participated in the Saturday 9 blog post community.  And, can you believe how fast time is going by these days?  Geez, we are already in May!  But, to the subject at hand, this happens to be one of my favorite old songs and I love the heading of this album cover - "songs for the lovely lady."

In 1958, as an 8th grader, I so wanted to be lovely, but alas.

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song begins with, "You must remember this." Do you often write things down to help you remember?
I mostly put reminders in the 'Note' app on my phone.

2) The lyrics tell us that moonlight and love songs are never out of date. Tell us about something else that seems timeless.

Flowers, a firm handshake, looking into someone's eyes while speaking, hugs, smiles, saying 'I love you!'

3) Originally written in 1931, "As Time Goes By" is best known as the love theme from the 1942 film, Casablanca. According to the American Film Institute, there's only one song from a movie soundtrack that's more expressly identified with the film: "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz. What song reminds you of your favorite movie?

Actually, this same song, "As Time Goes By" but sung by Jimmy Durante in my favorite movie, "Sleepless in Seattle."
4) This version is from The George Sanders Touch, an LP recorded by an Oscar-winning character actor. There is scant evidence that it sold well. Tell us about something you thought was a good idea at the time, but looking back, would have done differently.
Spending the summer of 2020 walking over 5 miles every morning.

5) This album was really something of a consolation prize for George. He worked with a vocal coach, hoping to win the romantic lead in the film version of South Pacific, but alas, the role went to a younger man. He had fun making this record instead. Have you recently taken lemons and made lemonade? 

Thankfully there haven't been many lemons in my life lately, but I do try to learn from things that weren't necessarily pleasant at the time and not repeat them.  This doesn't always work so maybe that is my lemon.

6) He usually played suave but unsympathetic characters. That's why he gave his autobiography the self-aware title, Memoirs of a Professional Cad. What would you call your life story?
One saved by God's grace!

7) The night he won his Oscar, George Sanders accepted the statuette, bowed deeply and then, safely behind the curtain and away from cameras, surprised onlookers by crying. Have you ever cried tears of joy?

I do think I may have shed a joyful tear or two when we first saw and held our great grandson, Landon three weeks ago.
8) George Sanders wed perennial talk show guest and occasional actress Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1949. Sixteen years after their divorce, he married Zsa Zsa's less famous but also glamorous sister, Magda. After a month, George and Magda thought better of it and had the union annulled. Sam thinks this is one of the oddest romantic tales she's ever stumbled upon while researching Saturday 9. Have you ever known anyone who divorced one sibling and then married another? (Hallmark movies don't count.)

No, I can't say that I have, but that doesn't mean there weren't some from whom my parents protected me.

9) Random question: You're in a line of 25 people at the post office. How many of those other 24 are more patient at waiting than you are?

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Value of Values

Welcome to this week's Hodgepodge thanks to our hostess with the mostess questions involving the letter "V", Joyce.

1.  What does the word values mean to you personally?

I believe one's personal values define who that person really is inside; therefore, generally one's behavior on the outside as well.  What one deems of importance, where and how one spends their time and money, with whom and how they exist, what principles govern their lives, are all evidences of where one places their values.

Where did your values come from?

My value system was taught by example from my Christian parents.  It was reinforced on a daily basis.  As an adult Christian, my values continue to be based on the teachings of the Messiah and the Word of God.  My values are based on a Biblical worldview.

What are some of the values that have guided you throughout your life?

Respect for others, honesty, the value of all human life, wisdom, sanctity of marriage, being grounded in my faith, dependability, integrity, etc.

2.  Your favorite vanilla flavored something?

I'm not a vanilla flavored lover of anything actually; however, if Vanilla Blue Bell Ice Cream has a flavor, then I'm going with that.

3.  What's something you've seen/done recently that you found to be very difficult, very confusing, very helpful, very interesting, or very special.  Elaborate.

I bet you are expecting me to say 'very special' and talk about a great grandson.

I will not disappoint!

'Very helpful' also applies to a session we recently attended at our church on estate planning.  We have learned that our Louisiana wills do not meet all the requirements for Texas.  We have an appointment with a new lawyer next month and in the meantime, I am trying to organize all the information, documents, etc. in one location that our children will need in the event of our deaths.  And that part can be 'very confusing.'

4.  Something you own and love that is violet in color?

Violet is not a color I wear and the only thing I have in my house that is that color is a recent painting.  It is hanging in my guest bedroom for the spring and summer.

5.  Do you have vacation plans on the calendar this summer?  Tell us more.

Our vacation plans revolve around the birth of our 2nd great grandson, expected early July, in Northern Indiana.  So far, that is all we have on our calendar, and I think it may be enough.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of which, Baby Jax's mommy had her first shower this past weekend.  The paternal grandparents hosted the party and evidently McKenna received so many perfect things for this already Big Boy.

14 weeks to go!

One more thing.

Our granddaughter, Ava Grace performed in the school musical, "The Music Man" this past weekend.  She and all the cast did an amazing job.  Oh my the talent in Prestonwood Academy.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Baby Landon on the Hodgepodge

I missed last week's Hodgepodge so it is good to be back.  Yes, I do have pictures to share of our great grandson.

Thank you, Joyce for keeping us going.
1.  What's something you wish you had spent more time doing when you were younger?  Explain.

I wish I had spent more time asking my parents questions and encouraging them to record their memories and experiences.  There are so many things I wonder about now and wish I had been more attentive to while they were still living.  I wish I had appreciated and loved on them more.  Time is so short and we take it so for granted.

2.  Who inspires you to be better.  Tell us how.

Reading the scripture daily inspires me to be better.  Who?  The Holy Spirit's nudging, reminding, convicting also keeps my path straight.  The legacy I want to leave behind to my children, grandchildren and greats, also inspires me to be all that God desires me to be.

3.  Share a money saving tip with us.

Know where your money goes.  The beginning of this year, when inflation and the increased costs of things began to really hit, I started keeping a spreadsheet of everything we spent other than the regular bills every month.  Although we are normally frugal and conscientious about our money, it has been enlightening to see how much we spend on incidentals.

4.  It's National Garlic Day...are you a fan?  Your favorite dish that includes garlic?

Oh yes, I am a huge fan of garlic in recipes.  I really don't know that I have a favorite because I use it in so many things.  We do have a favorite Lemon Garlic Chicken that we love.  I also use it rather heavily on salmon.

5.  Would you describe yourself as decisive or indecisive.  Elaborate.

I am pretty decisive!  Being a first-born, strong-willed female, perhaps gives me an advantage here.  Or perhaps some see it as disadvantage?  I tend to get very impatient when someone doesn't come up with an immediate answer to a question or situation.  Then again, there are times I find it a lot easier to let someone else make the decisions.  D says he gets to decide whether we go to war or not, but it's really not that bad.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Our baby Landon was born three weeks ago today.  His mother had the smoothest delivery I have ever known of, for which we are so grateful.  He weighed 7.9 and was 19 in. long, and perfect.

One week later he had gained 10 ounces, so is thriving.

We are so in love with this precious baby boy.

Easter was a day to celebrate our Risen Lord and His faithfulness to our family.

We celebrated long-distance with our Indiana family and all are looking forward to the upcoming July birth of their first grandbaby and our 2nd great grandson, Jax.

So stay tuned, there's more to come.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Today is the BIG DAY!

As you read this, our oldest grandchild will be giving birth to our first great-grandchild, a boy named Landon Vincent.  April 6!  Two days before her 29th birthday.  God is so good and faithful!

Now, welcome to this momentous Wednesday Hodgepodge

1.  What puts a spring in your step these days?

At the risk of you tiring of my obsession - it has to be the anticipation of watching our daughter experience the joy of being a grandmother; being part of witnessing the greatest love of a new mom being lavished on her new baby; meeting and spending time with our first great grand.

2.  April 2nd was National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.  Did you celebrate?  Do you like PB and J?  If so how do you like yours?  What's your favorite kind of jelly?

No, I didn't celebrate, but let it be known it was not because I'm not a PB & J lover.  I like my PB & grape jelly mixed together and piled spread between two slices of bread.  My favorite jelly(s) would be peach and homemade fig preserves.

3.  What's a memory you associate with spring flowers?

A trip to Mackinac Island.  We happened to be there for the Lilac Festival, but all the spring flowers that abound on that amazing island were absolutely spectacular.

4.  Three things on your spring bucket list?  Do have a spring bucket list?  If not pretend you do.

I do not have a spring bucket list, but we are looking forward to our son and daughter-in-love visiting us the first week of May.  I know, I shocked you on that one because you were expecting me to say rocking and loving on a particular baby boy.

5.  One place you will travel this spring?  (It might be Europe or it might be the grocery store)

The second week of May, we will be making a trip back to South Louisiana to see friends and family.  Who knows what else we may decide to do while there.  I'll let you know when we get back.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Chandler posted these gorgeous pre-birth pictures and this post on Tuesday morning, which was her last day in the classroom. She can't wait be a full-time mom from here on.

Spending this stormy night reminiscing on all the ways that I have grown throughout this pregnancy as I prepare to be induced tomorrow. Physically, my body has grown to be stretched and pulled in many new and different ways.. but mentally, I have been challenging my mindset to think the best of myself and how I can be the mom I’ve always dreamed of being. Pregnancy is really hard, but the reward of finally being Landon’s mom is worth it a million times over. I’m feeling nervous, overwhelmed, excited, expectant, and just so so grateful. Thank you Jesus for trusting me with this gift!
I can’t wait to see your face, Landon

You can look forward to a Hodgepodge dedicated to Baby Landon next week.