Randomly Hodgepodging

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?
Now that the boys are gone (or almost gone), I really enjoy the late afternoon. The time of day when I'm at the house by myself.
In the summer, I would say early morning. Especially this past summer, when I walked every morning at 6:00. (Yep, that's a.m.)

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? 
I noticed my blender has a crack in it, so I would say that. It doesn't get much use, though.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?
Not getting enough sleep.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?
I've never been, but want to go. Any of those places would be wonderful to go to, so I don't have a preference!

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?
Chocolate. Yes, it still is!

6. Do you cry easily?
I used to when I was younger, but now...not so much. Unless it's some stupid commercial or something very sentimental. Then the waterworks come on.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?
The only thing I've bought so far is a little something for my SIL. I suppose I'll start thinking about right around Thanksgiving.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
The bad thing about having a week off for Fall Break is getting back into the swing of things. To see what I did over Break, click here.


Fall Break Breakdown

Back to the ol' grind. At least we had a Professional Development Day yesterday, and "Parent Conferences" (if we have at least 6 hours of parent contact, we don't have to actually be at school) on Friday, so it's a short week! Here's the breakdown of last week:
(Don't forget to click on the pictures to make them larger!)
Books: 2
(I was actually half through with this book. I got it as a freebie. Pretty good book.)
Product Details
(I grabbed this off of my nightstand--where it had been for over 2 years--right before we left. I was glad I did! Excellent book!)
Product Details
Campgrounds: 2
 Mt. Pisgah (recommended to us by our neighbors in James Island):
You can read my review of James Island here.
Beaches: 3
Folly Beach:
 Isle of Palms:

Laika Playing in the Ocean:

Dinners made at the campsite: 5
Day 1: Brats (no picture!)
Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo & bread:
And steak (no picture)
County Parks Visited: 6
James Island:
 Mt. Pleasant:
Old Towne (This is actually a future park, but the county owns it):
Isle of Palms (see above)
Folly Beach (see above)
Kiawah Beachwalker Park (see above)
Selfies: 4
Angel Tree
 Folly Beach:
 Isle of Palms

Amazing nature:
Blue Ridge Parkway
Mt. Pisgah

Wildlife (a little too closely: 7+
1 squirrel who came within a couple of feet while I was reading at the campsite
1 raccoon that I caught out of the corner of my eye as he was walking through our campsite.
2 raccoons that walked around the edge of our neighbors' site
2 more raccoons that shimmied down a tree behind of our neighbor's back and peeked around the trunk before coming the rest of the way down
Many toads
1 tree frog that visited CH as he was inside reading
Water views:
Charlestonian Gates:

Charleston Houses:
Pure Charleston:
Lowcountry Houses:
Fall scenes:

It was a pretty awesome week!


Memory Monday: My First Home

Retired Not Tired Memory Monday
Retired Not Tired started this meme after her mother encouraged her to write her memoirs. She'll give a different prompt every week to help you record your own memories!
This week:  My First Home
The house that my family lived in when I was born, is actually on a street just around the corner from the street where I now live. It is a very small house that the plant built when they developed the Small Town. By small, I mean a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom house with a small living room & kitchen. What's the big deal about that? I am the 8th child. In fact, I was the 8th child in 9 years. I just can't imagine having 8 children living in a house that small. 
I don't remember much about that first home; my parents moved to their present home when I was 9 months old. I've heard a story about one of my sisters running in the kitchen after cutting her leg. This was right after my mama mopped the floor. My sister was met at the door by mama telling her to stay outside because the floor had just been mopped. 
This picture would have been taken the Christmas before I was born. Mama would have been 6 months pregnant with me:
This would have been a month or 2 before I was born:
(That is the sister who cut her leg!)
This picture was taken in the backyard. Mama is holding me:
I'm sure my older siblings have wonderful memories of living in that house. Our next-door-neighbor took good care of my mom, who was a thousand miles away from her parents & siblings, and must have been terribly homesick at times.
Visit Retired Not Tired and see what the others remember about their first home.