It "May"be the Middle of the Month Hodgepodge

1. Tell us about a time you found yourself 'in the middle of nowhere'. Was this deliberate?
 A couple of years ago, we were coming back from The Keys, and the traffic as we hit the Ga. line was horrible. The weather was really weird, too...very foggy and just weird. The GPS took us off the interstate into the middle of nowhere. That was the first time in a very long time that I was a little nervous.

2. What's something you're 'in the middle of' today or this week? 
 This week, I'm in the middle of the last week of school!!!  WHOOP!!!

3. At what age do you think 'middle age' begins? What does it mean to be 'middle aged'? 
 At 54, it's hard for me to imagine myself as "middle age". I suspect I am, but I sure don't feel like it!

4. Ravioli, stuffed peppers, samosas, deviled eggs, steamed dumplings, pierogis, or a jelly donut...your favorite food (from this list!) with something yummy in the middle. Your favorite not on the list? 
 I do love some pierogis!

5. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ''In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.'Would you agree? Have you found this to be true in your own life? Feel free to elaborate. 
 Absolutely. You just have to get through the difficulty to find the opportunity!

6. What's a song you remember loving from your middle school years? Do you love it still? 
 I checked the top 100 songs from when I was in 6th grade; man, there were a lot of good songs back then!  "You're so Vain", "Crocodile Rock", "The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia", "Killing Me Softly With His Song". But, this is the song that I really loved then and still do today:
But, WAIT! I have to pick this one, too:

7. May 18th is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate? Which relative would you visit if time, distance, and expense were not considered. 
 I'll be celebrating, but it will be my anniversary.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
The dove that nested on the wreath on the front porch is gone, and so is the egg. I feel bad that they wasted all that time sitting on it, just to have it not hatch. 


Mother May I Hodgepodge

The Edisto Post still isn't happening, y'all, but I do have some answers for the Hodgepodge!
1. What's something fun you're looking forward to on your May calendar? 
Camping. Hopefully. If we get our butts in gear and make reservations for Memorial Day Weekend.

2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother? 

3. What's something beautiful you own or have seen that's made of glass? 
I don't own anything special that's glass. The last time I was in Copenhagen, we went to this glass exhibit that was in an old cistern. THAT was cool.
I found a blogpost that someone wrote that included some pictures. The thing is, you're not supposed to take pictures! I guess the blog author got away with it, but even if I had taken any, I wouldn't have dared put them on my blog because I for sure would have gotten busted! 
You can see the pictures here if you're interested.

4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual? 
Tuesday was pretty typical. Nothing out of the usual happened. 

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?
Not overeating; especially with sweets.

6. What's the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May? 
I have no earthly idea. I don't have a major purchase planned, so I hope it's not going to happen in May!

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?
When I was little, it was my job to clean the bathroom. To this day, I detest cleaning the bathroom, so I can't say that! I really don't mind hand washing the dishes now, but it wasn't my job.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Just a couple more weeks before Summer Break is here. This year has flown by, but I'll be glad to have a few weeks to get my house back in order, read, and just relax!


Amazing Weekend Wrap-up

Yeah, well...so the Edisto post hasn't happened yet. I started this post last week but never finished it. I had a great weekend a couple of weekends ago to not talk about it!
It all started on Thursday. I went to the local CCW (Council of Catholic Women) Convention that was held about an hour from home. I rubbed elbows with the Bishop, who even put his zucchetto (also known as "Bishop Beanie") on my head for just a few seconds. I told people that it started smoking so he took it off pretty quickly!
Friday, I had the honor of listening to Father Leo Patalinghug. I knew of Father Leo through the Catholic Channel on Sirius Radio. He is the founder of the Grace Before Meals Movement. Even during periods when I wasn’t a regular mass attendee, we always said grace before our suppers as a family.  In this fast-paced world, many families don’t even have supper together, much less say grace.
While Father Leo was cooking, he was doing what he does: preaching. In this election year, people are very nervous about the route our country may be going. Some “words of wisdom” from Father Leo about the subject:
Remember that the U.S.A. is One Nation Under God, and will always be, no matter what. So, don’t get all stressed about the upcoming election; we’re going to be okay.
Some cool facts about Father Leo: He used to break-dance, and he has a couple of black-belts. He also has some nieces & nephews in the music business. They're pretty big in the UK, but haven't hit it big here yet. You can find their website here.
We had a game night Friday night. The games were just so-so, but there was this 90 year old lady who attended the convention. She participated in a game; when she headed back to her seat, she said "I'm a party animal"! She was just too cute.
The last day, Cathy Bonner gave a powerful presentation on domestic violence.  Women Healing the Wounds is a domestic violence prevention resource guide. The guide is free, and includes a page with tear-off tabs for each parish to put information for their local shelter. It is also available in Spanish.  They also have partnered with Verizon to donate used cell phones. If you donate a phone, don’t forget the charger! 

When I got home, there was an airshow going on. We live very close to the airport, and, as it turned out, we knew someone who owns a lot across the street from us. We ended up having a fantastic view. I got home in time to see the Blue Angels. Up until I saw them flying around that Thursday, I didn't see what the big deal was. Oh.My.Goodness! I had chills watching them practice. They really are amazing.

It was incredible how closely they flew to each other. The kids at school talked about it all week long.

It's been rather quiet in the Small Town. Remember when I talked about the daughter of someone I went to school with who passed away in this post? The Bridge was painted, and hadn't been touched since then. Well, until someone thought it would be cute to vandalize the bridge. A local young man took it upon himself to paint over the graffiti and turn it back into something beautiful.
I noticed last week that white paint had been put on the bridge. I'm assuming it's local authorities who do that when something inappropriate has been painted. It's good to know that there are still young people out there who have respect and compassion.

Right before Easter Sunday I decided it was time to take my Christmas wreath down. (No judging!) I took it down and put it on the table. When I picked it up to take it downstairs, I noticed a couple of eggs. I looked at them, and 1 appeared to be cracked; the other was a little smushed where it had landed on the table. I felt horrible. I put them back in the nest and hung the wreath back up. We had some pretty chilly days after that. Last week I was going to go ahead and get rid of the eggs and put the nest up, when I saw this:
There's a pigeon sitting on the nest! I had the chance to check the nest yesterday; there is 1 egg, and it appears to be larger than the 2 I saw earlier, so there's some hope!  The front door doesn't get much traffic; it was a bit of a fluke that I saw her when I did. 

That gets me pretty much all caught up...except for the whole Edisto post! I hope to get that written up before I forget about it!
Until next time...
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