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Summertime 2012 Hodgepodge

I could have sworn it had been summer for a few months now!  I guess that’s what I get for living in Florida, eh?  Well, Joyce is kicking off the “official” start of summer with a summery set of questions.  Play along if you dare!

1.  Summer officially rolls in with the Hodgepodge this week, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere anyway. What song says summer 2012 to you?

Any song by the Beach Boys speaks of summer to me.  That’s why it’s depressing to listen to them in…say…January or so.   heehee

2.  What’s your favorite quintessential summer food?

I’m a creature of habit, not prone to seasonal eating, so honestly, I don’t really know how to answer this question!  I guess, if I had to pick something, I’d say watermelon.  Is this a summertime fruit?  A gardener I am not.  😉

3.  I’ve spent a lot of time traipsing up and down the NJ Turnpike in recent weeks. Did you know the rest areas on the turnpike are named after people who lived or worked in NJ? Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, James Fenimore Cooper, Molly Pitcher, Joyce Kilmer, Thomas Edison, and Gover Clevland just to name a few. Of those I listed, who would you most like to have known and why?

I would have loved to have known Thomas Edison.  The story of how many failures he had before creating a filament for the incandescent light bulb that actually worked…WOW!!  Anyone who has that much fortitude is certain worth knowing better, eh?

4.  At what age did you move out of your parent’s house and what prompted the move?

I moved out when I was nineteen years old.  The reason?  Because I was getting married.  I wish I’d left sooner.  I wasn’t allowed to attend college away from home…an experience I feel like I really missed out on.  But God had other plans for my life, and I don’t think I’d be where I am today had I done things differently way back when.

5.  What’s more satisfying to you-saving time or saving money?

I think that saving money is most satisfying because it’s so practical and a lot more attainable goal.  I don’t know if people legitimately save time.  Sure, you can take a shortcut now and then, but at what cost?  Sometimes it’s good to take time and smell the roses…enjoy the process.

6.  Name something you think brings out the good in people.

I think that adversity brings out the good in people.  I live in Florida, which frequently has to deal with hurricanes.  Watching as neighbors help each other out to prepare for these storms as well as with cleanup afterward will restore your faith in humanity.

7.  This last question comes to you courtesy of Kathy over at Reflections...will you be taking a vacation or a staycation this summer? If so where will you go? If a staycation is on the calendar have you made any special plans to fill the time?

I will not be taking either.  Last year at this time, I was finishing up my educator preparatory classes and preparing to go on an Alaskan cruise.  This year, I’m taking a reading class, participating in several in-service trainings, and thinking about my lesson plans for the next school year.  With my youngest starting college in August and the oldest in her third year, along with paying back my own student loans and other bills, there’s not much time, energy, or money for any kind of vacation.

Truth be told, I really enjoy being home anyhow.  I so rarely have time to clean the house or just veg out.  I’m enjoying myself immensely!

8.  My Random Thought

Yesterday I had dental surgery to graft gum tissue to the receding gum line in front of one of my bottom teeth.

I had a consultation appointment last week, liked the doctor’s gentle ways, and was confident the surgery wouldn’t be a big deal.

Then came the surgery.

I’d forgotten how much I loathe needles…especially those that are inserted into my mouth.


Somewhere along the line, my brain had a blip of memory loss, and I’d sort of forgotten a detail about the surgery…

That the periodontist would be using tissue from my upper palate as the “plug” to fill in the gap in front of my bottom tooth.

I quickly remembered, though, when I tasted salt in my mouth…the point at which he was cutting.


My other clue was when I turned around to see what he was doing after he took a “break” from stitching up my palate.

He was shaping the piece of gum he’d just removed.


And gross.

Here’s what my gum looked like before he began…

Please forgive my ugly fingernail.  I’m giving my nail beds a rest this summer and will get my nails fixed before I go out of town for one of my trainings in July.

See the bottom tooth with the big space between the bone and the gum?  That’s what needed fixing.

The next picture is what my gum looks like with the bandage on it.  I say the term loosely because it’s more like bubble gum that will harden and stay in place for the next few days.  The consistency actually reminded me of the pasty stuff they use when they make orthodontic molds (I’ll never forget the feeling of that stuff as it tried to ooze down my throat when I was a youngster…nasty stuff and bad memory to this day)…

I went by my local health food store on the way home and purchased Vitamin C, which will speed up the healing process.  The owner of the store told me that a person can actually reverse a receding gum by taking a combination of a green health powder and CoEnzyme Q10 (love this stuff, by the way…so good for Fibromyalgia!!).  Sounds nasty.  I’ll tuck this away for later, though, should I need it.

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