Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Motherhood Hodgepodge Wednesday

Hoping to repeat the family reunion this August
We have two additional family members to join us.

Click on the button below if you'd like to join Joyce and the rest of us for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Share something you appreciate (or something you appreciated as you were growing up) about your mother.

One of my favorite pics of my mom and dad
Both are now with the Lord.

One thing I learned to appreciate about my mom was that she always made good food and made it look so pretty on the table. She also made sure we got to go swimming at the lake after chores, something that I suspect was her idea, rather than my dad's. Although he was a lot of fun and had a great sense of humor, he would probably have been happy to stay home and read - or watch a western on TV.

2.  A quote most commonly ascribed to Plato reads "Necessity is the mother of invention." When did this last play out in your own experience?

I can't tell you how many times this plays out in my life. I have a knack for using things for tasks for which they never were designed. Don't ask me what right now, because I can't think of a single example at the moment, but no kidding.  Sometimes it's just the lazy route. AND, both Mr. Cranberry and I are cursed with the ability to look at almost anything and think, 'Hey! This would make a great...!"

  3. Share one of the earliest memories you have from childhood.

One of my earliest memories is of the dark and stormy night when I woke up from a nap because I heard someone call my name, like a few times in a row. I don't know where my parents or brothers were, probably in the barn, but I've never forgotten that scary moment.   I had already learned about Samuel in the Bible, so I was kinda expecting something more Biblical than simply my brothers coming back to the house and the mysterious moment evaporating.

4. When did you last 'hit the mother lode'? What was it?

I'd say it was recently when Mr. Cranberry brought home a box of dishes he'd found on an abandoned demo site. I'm thinking he should load the mother load into the truck and take it to the landfill. Actually, I did keep a few, but not everything is a treasure, trust me. And it's not like Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is bare!

And I might not be so ungrateful if he'd not tossed three rubber rats at me - that he also found there. Scared me to DEATH!

  5. What is/was your favorite dish mom made? Do you make that dish for your family/friends now that you're all grown up?

My mom made a chicken/broccoli casserole that I loved. And I used to make it a lot too, until I realized that the poison in the cream of chicken or nacho cheese soup was giving me fierce headaches. It had those crunchy fried onion rings in it too. Yummy, yummy poison. OH, and she also made caramel rolls every Saturday morning. I think some people call them 'sticky buns.' They were SO delicious. I definitely had my share. And I'm pretty sure the whole batch was gone by evening, or at least by Sunday evening. With six of us in the house, I don't think they lasted long.

6. Mother May I? was at one time a popular children's game. It required no equipment or parts to play. What was your favorite childhood game where you could just turn up and play-no gear needed?

I'm thinking it was 'starlight moonlight,' which we played at night, obviously. Unless I have this confused with another game, it was like hide and seek, only you played it in the  backyard at night with the yard light pole as 'goal.'

'Starlight, moonlight
First star I see tonight
I wish I may
I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.'

Hmmm. That doesn't sound like a hide and seek game, does it. Oh well. Okay, let's go with 

Red Rover Red Rover Let Judy Come Over

That was a great game. Lots of fun, lots of exercise, very physical, and probably is outlawed today.

7. Which TV mom (past or present) is your favorite, and why?


 Margaretta Scott

I don't think George Gently, Endeavour Morse, Hercule Poirot or Albert Campion ever had a mother, so I'll go with Lord Peter Wimsey's mother. Loved her in that role and also in the role of Mrs. Pomfrey in 'All Creatures Great and Small.' If you don't know her, you need to become acquainted with her movies.  (I couldn't think of any TV moms I liked when I was a kid. I didn't like moms. I liked cowboys.)

  8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Motherhood - it's totally worth it.

But there are moments.


I thank God for our children AND our grandchildren every day.


Have a great Wednesday!



Denise said...

Awwww, such precious family pictures.

Joyce said...

I've seen recipes on Pinterest for making your own cream of ______soups. I try not to eat things that call for cream of anything, since cream comes with a lot of calories : ) Happy Mother's Day to you!

Debbie said...

We'd have loved playing together when we were young, lol. I loved Red Rover (didn't seem like anyone else did, lol) and your other games sounds like Hide and Seek. We played at night too with a light post as "home". Hide and Seek wasn't fun unless it was dark! Enjoy your day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What fun to read the answers to the questions and learn even more about you. I would ask for YOU in Red Rover! heehee! And you have a beautiful family and sweet grands. My family needs to have a reunion! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs!

Vee said...

Very enjoyable read. Lovely, lovely poison, eh? LOL What a wonderful batch of grands you have!

Hootin' Anni said...

Love, love LOVE your random!!!!

And for the fact that your dear Mr. Cranberry tossed rubber rats at you...I'd still be kicking him to kingdom come. AND---want revenge. Somehow, some way. lol

April said...

No doubt about it, you have been very blessed with such a beautiful family! Motherhood is just the best, isn't it? Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Debby said...

Hi Judy. First I want to say thanks for the lovely mug and homemade soap and other goodies. This is a fun swap. I am mailing mine today. It's a mug with a fairy garden kit.
Your family is so nice. The brands are so cute. Motherhood and Grandmother hood is just the best. Come visit me. Thanks.

Zoanna said...

I was raised on cream of everything. Midwest and Southern cooking at its finest. Lol . I vaguely remember starlight moonlight. I grew up in the country that was pitch black so we played flashlight tag.

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

What a great HP post! Oh, I have such memories of Red Rover too and many other mindless games but oh, such fun! Kids today are definitely missing out.:o))

Sweet pic of your parents!

TexWisGirl said...

i like the creativity and interactions between you and mr. cranberry. :)

Ruth Kelly said...

Without motherhood, we would not have the many many blessings in our lives.

Unknown said...

I love the photos! My parents used to watch those British shows too, especially Poriot. i actually haven't heard of that mom you chose. It seems like we all chose different ones. Have a great weekend!!

Terri D said...

Beautiful grandchildren!! We played Red Rover, too, both in the neighborhood, and during recess at school. Do they even still have recess? I'm sure Red Rover is not a game they would sanction on the playground today! I so enjoyed seeing the photo of your folks.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I love Lord Peter's mother, both in the books and in the episodes. And Margaretta Scott is wonderful, we have loved her in anything we have seen her in.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Sweet photo of your parents :-)

Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

Lovely grandchildren!
I agree, motherhood is TOTALLY worth it!

Anonymous said...

Bringing home a box of dishes sounds exactly like something my husband would do, too! He's always finding 'treasures' to bring home. (throwing the rubber rats sounds like my hubby, too)

I love the picture of your mom and dad. It's beautiful, and I know you treasure it!

Yes, the 'grands' totally make the demands of parenting very worthwhile :)

Anonymous said...

Bringing home a box of dishes sounds exactly like something my husband would do, too! He's always finding 'treasures' to bring home. (throwing the rubber rats sounds like my hubby, too)

I love the picture of your mom and dad. It's beautiful, and I know you treasure it!

Yes, the 'grands' totally make the demands of parenting very worthwhile :)

Suzan said...

You have a beautiful Family and adorable grandbabies of all ages!! A very Happy Mother's Day to you Judy!!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Beautiful memories and a lovely family! Families are so much fun - rubber rats would need a rubber spider under the pillow. Just sayin'.....xo Karen

Romi said...

I enjoyed reading your fascinating stories.
I love the pictures of your parents, children and grandchildren.
Blessings to you and your loved ones.

collettakay said...

What beautiful grandchildren! How sweet of the hubby to bring you dishes home!

I hope you can stop by and visit:


Valerie said...

Love that photo of your parents. What sweet folks! Enjoyed so much reading your post. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

Sue said...

What a great read for me, I had to smile about the mother load, I can't tell how many times my dh has brought home discarded boxes and like you some were worth keeping, and few weren't .
I loved playing games at night with my siblings and friends in the neighborhood, afterwards many times we laid on the ground at night and counted stars.
I have enjoyed learning more about you, thank you for sharing.

Carla from The River said...

Very nice post Judy. I know about Lucy ~ but missed the 2nd addition to the family. :-)
I love your photo collage of the GRANDS! :-)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's always fun to read the Hodgepodge answers! I remember Red Rover, that was fun and so was Hide and Seek at night. Do kids even play these games anymore? I don't have grandchildren yet, so I don't know. lol! You have a beautiful family and sweet grands!

Roan said...

Enjoyed reading yoru answers. The Grands are the best!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your family is beautiful....Happy Mother's Day to you!

Judy S. said...

Loved your GK photo and fun post! And hope you had a great day!

Chatty Crone said...

How I love the story about your mom!


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