Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Having Said That, May I Present the Next Hodgepodge?

So I was just saying (post before this) that I had vowed not to reduce my blog to just Wednesday Hodgepodges, but I've not been very wordy about life in this corner.

Oh well, here we go...

1. What news story are you following right now?

The wildfires out West.  I am troubled for family and friends but so far all are safe.

2. What's the last thing you wanted but didn't get?

A cookout with my kids and their spouses to celebrate two birthdays (belatedly) and my DIL's college graduation.  I wanted it to happen--and had tried to make it happen--sometime this past weekend, but
home improvement projects here and at my oldest son's house, plus an MRI and the hangover from the sedative I needed for it, plus some miscommunication and hurt feelings because people are human (most of the time), I didn't get what I wanted. I spent yesterday pretty much feeling sorry for myself.

3. May 28th is National Hamburger Day...when did you last have a hamburger? Other than your own kitchen or BBQ grill, where is your favorite place to go for a hamburger? And for all you non-meat eaters out there...when you're invited to a cookout what is the one side dish you hope is on the menu?

Five Guys makes hamburgers the way I like them--juicy and loaded!

4. How have your priorities changed over time?

     a.  I care less and less about what people think of me. 
     b.  I'd much rather spend time with my family than with friends. 
     c.   My health is more important--and improving it is higher on my priority list.
     d.  Doing more little things now--when I have the opportunity--and doing them with love is more important to me than doing "great things" in the name of serving God. 
     e.   Knowing that God loves me the way he loves His own Son  has changed everything. I really firmly believe that I am cherished that way by Godpp and, oh. what freedom!  I am almost healed from legalism.

5. What's a favorite memory with your grandparents?

My paternal grandparents lived in the small town of Sterling, Kansas for decades.  When I was 8 and 9 years old, we also lived near there. Our 4th of July celebrations with small town parade, turtle races, and the fireworks over the lake just really made me feel a deep sense of belonging. 
I've got a small town soul.

6. On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being fantastic!), how good are you at multitasking? Share an example.

Gonna say a  3.  Might be a stretch at that.   I don't think anyone really "multi-tasks", but some uni-task in rapid succession better than others.  I work well from a list with tasks broken down into smaller tasks and starting with verbs.   (Sometimes I try to make a game of starting all tasks with the same letter. For example,  Dust family room, Declutter mail counter,  Decide on dinner,  Dunk 3 loads of laundry,  Drink 4 glasses of water,  Dab floor cleaner in kitchen.   It somehow seems more fun to say "dunk" than 'wash"   or to say "decide" than to "fix".  Agree?)

7. How would you summarize your highs and lows for the month of May?

To brag on God and not myself, I will say that He has grown me in patience and --how do you say--not feeling the urge to control everything and everyone.  I have not arrived (see answer to number one)  but the bathroom remodel did not stress me out . I was happy to leave the bulk of the decisions and timeline to my husband (which is easy because he has good taste and a work ethic unparalleled).  I only mildly felt jealous of the time he was spending on the project instead of on me (you know how we like to be the Center of our Guy's Universe).  I was happy to be the go-fer to Lowe's and Home Depot even when it was inconvenient (which was every time).  So that's a high --in addition to the beautiful bathroom he created for us.   

The lows--definitely my shoulder pain from my January injury.  I had an MRI (which went very peacefully, thank you for praying, if you did).  On Wednesday afternoon the doctor will give me the results and treatment options.  I sure wish I had started this process a lot sooner; in my optimism I thought I'd be better, not worse.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Should I put our house number on the mailbox or paint it on the bucket?


Mary said...

To answer #8: both? It would look cute on the bucket, but it's more practical to have it on the mailbox!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love your answer to #4. I know what you mean about freedom from legalism. It truly is a trap that so many churches fall into - but Jesus brings true freedom, hope, and JOY!!

Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

I like your priorties!
I would say the mailbox, only because we live in Michigan and you wouldn't even see the bucket in the winter!


Okay, here's what I'd do. I wouldn't paint the house number on the bucket OR the mail box...but I'd go to home depot or lowes and buy the tiles with numbers for your address and either put the tiles in the wrought iron tile holder with a stake...or add it on a stake and place it in the bark/mulch area somewhere. Make it more colorful.

I enjoyed reading your hodgepodge....but especially #5...what a glorious memory.

Sally Henry said...

Turtle races? TURTLE races? Whoa - you'd REALLY have to have a lot of time to kill in order to watch that race! (And yes, having lived in so many small towns over the course of our Air Force career, I have such an appreciation for the laid back small town life... and I miss it.) And I love Hootin Anni's advice for the tiles - cute idea! But other than that, I'd put the numbers on your mailbox, but then paint your last name on the bucket in a fun font. HOpe your MRI results come out ok - I did pray for you!

Denise said...

Enjoyed your answers.

Lea said...

First, I say on the mailbox.

I had an MRI done yesterday of my neck and will see Dr. Friday for consultation and where to from here.

Sorry that things didn't work out for you in some areas of being with those you love. Maybe it will soon!

Happy rest of the week!

Marla said...

Your house number would look cuter on the bucket - but I bet the police/fire dept. prefer it on the mailbox.

Joyce said...

I hope you get a treatment plan for your shoulder, and are feeling better soon. On the mailbox...I think everyone who needs to find your house prefers it there.

Susan Kane said...

Paint your #s on both!

My favorite burger is called the 50/50 here in California. It is made from quality ground beef and ground bacon. I cannot describe it.

Susan Kane said...

Paint your #s on both!

My favorite burger is called the 50/50 here in California. It is made from quality ground beef and ground bacon. I cannot describe it.