Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hodgepodging Across the USA

Sweet little Lucy, learning a game from Grandpa
She can't quite get the hang of how to hold her hands. :-)





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1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your summer so far? Why?
(1=eh and 10=best summer ever)
If anyone from Wisconsin ever rates summer an 'eh,' they need to be ashamed of themselves. Our summers are so short compared to our beastly long and cold winters, that I couldn't rate the worst of one anything lower than a 3. So, I'd say this summer has been somewhere between a 6 and 7. I've been out and about exactly twice, but have enjoyed our porch, the screened room, the wonderful views and glorious breezes. Okay, let's make that a 7. I'm hoping for a great August, September, and October, and most likely they will be rated a 10+.  Stay tuned for an update on that.
 Cute daughter and cute son-in-law
I put this on Instagram with the caption, 
'Green Acres is the place for me...'
In reality, they both love living in the city.
Driving our old Ford while here on the Fourth.


2. July 26th is National Aunts and Uncles Day. Did you have many aunts and uncles growing up? Were you especially close to any one or maybe all of them? Are you an aunt? (or uncle for the men who join here on Wednesdays) Share a favorite memory relating to one of your own aunts or uncles or relating to a niece or nephew who call you Aunt (or Uncle).
I have lots of fun memories of my aunts and uncles. My dad was one of eight children and my mom was one of five. My dad's siblings all had a fine-tuned sense of humor and I loved being around them. There was one exception, and that was when, at my high school graduation party, I opened a lovely box to find a pair of panties with the name Orlando Cepeda written on them (you'd have to be old and have been a baseball fan to remember him).. I never forgave Aunt Elaine for that. ;-) Actually, I loved all those aunts and uncles. They loved silly jokes, puns, saw the funny side of life, and laughed easily.


3. What's your favorite food dipped in chocolate? What's your favorite food dipped in cheese?
For chocolate, I'd say first of all that it *must* be dark chocolate, the darker the better, and dipped in almonds or Brazil nuts is quite wonderful. PLEASE do not get any cheese soft enough to dip anything in. That is a horrid thought. I like hard cheese, please. If I'm going to harden my arteries, I want to get it done fast!  I'll admit that when I was a kid, I did like Velveeta on rye with sliced green olives on top. Now I'll just take the olives (green, black, or kalamata) and a slice of Dubliner or Stilton.
My favorite sandwich when I was a kid.
Better when accompanied by a cherry phosphate.
Kinda nauseating, isn't it.



4. When were you last astonished by something? Explain.
I am astonished at how fast the body heals, when given half a chance. What a wonderful Creator, who thought up all the systems in our bodies and then how to make all those systems do what they do in order to cause healing. Just think of the last time you had even a paper cut. It hurt like crazy. And yet a couple days later, it had all but disappeared. All healed. Praise God! I mean, REALLY!

 Jazzie on the front porch


5. Surf board, paddle board, ironing board, Pinterest board, score board, clip board, bulletin board...which board have you most recently encountered?
None of the above. But maybe Jazzie looks 'bored' in the photo above. Really, she was enjoying being outdoors and observing her domain. I took this photo late afternoon on Monday, when that golden light was coming into the screened-in area of the porch. (The porch is L shaped.) I love that time of afternoon/evening. 
Speaking of bored, that's what comes to mind when watching the political conventions. It's the same old same old. I told a friend that I was writing in his name for President. I'm sure he thought I was kidding.
Cheery daisy

6. What's your favorite story from scripture? Why that story?
Hmmm. Well, when I was much younger, I think my favorite was the account of Jael and Sisera, where she drove a stake through his head while he was sleeping, pinning him to the ground (like never to awaken again). But that might have been when I was mad at Mr. C. about something.
Maybe the account I like best is of Rahab the harlot. Why? Because it shows that God is not playing favorites, but has his arms open to all who will put their trust in him, regardless of what they've done or not done in their past. And because 'he knows our frame, that we are but dust,' it's not like he's counting on us being shining examples of virtue even when we do choose to follow him. But what he does do is put his Spirit in us, that will cause us to recognize God in his grace and mercy and want to respond to him in praise, out of gratitude. And over time, miraculously, we want more to love people and less to drive stakes through their head(s). God is in the business of forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, and making us more like his Son.

7. If you were to travel from the east coast to the west coast in your own country, which five cities would you most want to see?
Boston, MA; Beaver Falls, PA; Great Falls, MT; Flagstaff, AZ; San Francisco, CA.


The Mighty Mississippi River on a gray day in June


8. Insert your own random thought here.
 Jazzie is back for a visit while her family is on vacation.
She's enjoying being here, I think.
Note Mr. C's fashionable neon yellow construction shirt.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TIME for the Hodgepodge




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1. Pokemon Go...your thoughts? Are you playing? Do you even know what it is?

Pokemon Go Find a Job.  Really, the more I hear about this, the more I wonder why people don't have anything else to do. There are people actually crashing cars into trees because they're busy playing this game? Kinda like texting and driving. Anyway, no, you'll not find me playing.



2. What was something you collected as a child? Do you still have that collection? If you're a parent what's something your own children collected? Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a 'collectible'?

I collected baseball cards. Lots of them. The ones my mom pitched when I left for Bolivia. But really, it doesn't matter. Besides, who even knows who these guys are anyway: Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Stan Musial, Bobby Richardson, Hank Aaron, Sandy Colfax...
(PS It's okay, Mom. I really don't care. None of them ever saved *my* picture anyway.) 



3. "Collect moments, not things"...tell us about a moment you've added to your collection this summer.
My favorite moments have been with the kids  here for July Fourth weekend. But I've lots of other great moments too, when people have stopped by for a visit, when I've had breakfast with Mr. C. out on the porch, when I realized two days ago that I'm already in Week Seven of my Eight Week Exile.



4.  What's something collecting dust in your home right now? Any plans to do something about it?

Are you kidding? Absolutely everything is collecting dust. When the granddaughters were here over the Fourth, I enlisted them to dust the furniture, since it hadn't been dusted for a month at that point. Bless their hearts, they did a fine job. Unfortunately, they went home. But without the dog here, we at least don't have dog hair piling up on the rugs.(That is soon to come to an end, for sweet Jazzie is coming to stay with us on Saturday!)



5. A favorite song relating to time?
It's Howdy Doody Time!  Okay, not really. Probably Time in a Bottle, but I mostly like the sound of it.

Eric's lanai
We miss you, Eric

6. What's been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife?
My most frightening, horrifying encounter with wildlife was when a mouse crawled up inside my pant leg. I am not kidding. It is a wonder I lived through that experience. And I'm not kidding about that either. In fact, it was the topic of one of my very first blog posts.

 Mickey Mouse
This was not the one who climbed up my pant leg.


7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon. If you could travel to the moon would you go? Why or why not?
I have no idea why anyone would want to go to the moon. From what I've seen of the scenery there, I'll be happy to stick with Wisconsin's woodlands, rivers, lakes, and green, rolling hills. Besides, where would I get dark chocolate? And coffee? I'll stay right here, thanks.

 Moon landscape

Landscape I see from my porch
(October)


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Is anyone else watching the Republican National Convention? Last night the PBS/NPR hosts couldn't keep quiet long enough for us to hear the speakers. The camera was mostly on the panel and they were constantly talking over the speakers. At least tonight (Tuesday, as I write this) we actually heard Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Donald Trump Jr., Ben Carson, etc. We must not have been the only ones who complained to PBS. 

And yes, we'll be watching the Democratic National Convention too and be expecting PBS/NPR to let us hear the speeches there too. As ridiculous as both campaigns have been this time, we really can't afford to turn a blind eye and wish it would go away. After all, politics does matter. It affects us all.

UPDATE:

We received a response to our complaint to PBS.  Read and remember that it takes us speaking up:


Thank you for contacting NPR.
We appreciate the opportunity to hear your feedback about NPR’s coverage of the 2016 election. We’re grateful for your input, and your thoughts have been shared with NPR’s newsroom.

We’ve heard from a number of listeners, like you, who were disappointed with the amount of commentary included during live speeches. We agree that the format was not ideal. NPR’s newsroom has been made aware of listeners’ concerns and is working on improvements for future coverage.

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