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Childhood Ruminations on the Hodgepodge

I took a two-week hiatus from the Hodgepodge to mourn the loss of my sweet fur baby, Molly.  I’m turning a corner in the grief and am getting back to my routine now, which includes Hodgepodging.  So, without further ado, let’s get to the questions!

1.  Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

I was not close to my grandparents while I was growing up because they lived in Canada and France.  I did get to visit them one summer, and they came to visit us once.  I remember that my maternal grandfather was a silly man.  He made a lot of fun of himself.  My maternal grandmother was more serious.  They had divorced a number of years prior to my seeing them, and my grandfather had a live-in girlfriend, which probably made him happy.  My grandmother was bitter until her death.  My paternal grandparents were interesting.  My grandmother loved her wine and sweets.  My grandfather was very serious.  He was harder to get to know.

2.  What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I was attached to my books.  I have a few from when I was younger but not many.  I didn’t take much with me when I got married and moved out of my house.

3.  When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Literally, I see trees.  I live across from a small pond that has trees that separate it from the road outside of my neighborhood.  As far as figuratively, I am doing my best to keep my eyes on the forest despite the trees.  Life continues to be chaotic with random, hard things hitting.  I’m trusting God, though, for His grand plan while trying not to feel overwhelmed by all of the unexpected happenings that are popping up every time I turn around.

4.  Do you like sour candies? Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?

I do like sour candies.  Sour Patch Kids are one of my favorite types, but I also like the tart cherries you can buy at convenience stores.  As far as sour foods, I’d say that tart cherries are among my favorite.  I also like grapefruit.  I’ve never eaten a kumquat.  I just can’t bring myself to do so.  A favorite dish I made a few weeks ago was A Couple Cooks Veggie Burger with Tart Cherry Salsa.  It was delicious!  I’ve never made salsa before, so for my first go, what a great pick!  I found the cherries at Walmart.

 5.  July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Imagine the world’s highest roller coaster with harrowing twists and turns.

6.  My Random Thought

The Mr. and I went to Bonefish Grill the other night.  We used to go every couple of weeks; however, we had not been since January.  I remember that the last time we were there, I was still in my boot and on crutches.  Then, he got sick at the end of that month, and we pretty much didn’t go anywhere for weeks.

It was so much fun to order a martini and indulge in my favorite dishes . . . edamame and the house salad (no meat).

Life’s been so hard these past two weeks; the sadness so heavy to bear.  Going out and being around people, in small doses, is proving to be a balm to my tender heart.

9 Responses

  1. I’m glad you are learning to cope with your loss. It will take time. Your grandparents sound interesting. I only really knew one set (maternal) but my paternal grandparents also split up and my grandfather took up with another woman. Everyone thought they had married but in fact he and my grandmother were never divorced so he only remarried after my grandmother died. We’re talking late 1930’s/1940s then so it was not the done thing.

  2. When I came over here for a ‘catch up’ visit, I had no idea you’d recently lost one of your fur babies. I’m SO sorry!!! I cried as I read the account of the night she passed. I could feel your pain.

    I’m glad your grief is subsiding a little, and how blessed you are to have so many pictures and videos of your time together. I hope each day will get easier for you.

    Take care,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  3. So glad you are beginning to move past your grief. Bless your heart, these fur babies can get so attached and become like members of our family. Wishing you even better days ahead!

  4. I’m not sure what all has been going on in your life but your description of this year as the world’s highest roller coaster with harrowing twists and turns tells me it’s been stressful, if nothing else. I am glad you and your husband were able to get out and enjoy yourselves for a while.

    I saved quite a few of my books, but they are still in my mom’s attic. Now that I have grandchildren I may have to go find them.

  5. so very sorry for your loss … those furry babies are definitely like family. Also, you reminded me that one of my favorite childhood things were books too!! Now why didn’t I think of that. I still have several in my attic!

  6. I’m really out of the blog reading loop, but am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet pet. They fill such a space in our hearts and homes, and their absence is felt so keenly. Mine has been gone for 2 years now, but I still sometimes walk in the house expecting to see her. Hugs to you xo

  7. Wow, your grandparents did live far away! I didn’t read much as a child, I wish I had. Sounds like a lovely view. Yes we must put our trust in God at all times. I’m planning on picking up some Sour Patch Kids today, I love them. I love your 15 words or less, I feel that same way! So glad you had a nice dinner out. Hope you can continue doing that. For me with everything going on I haven’t been going to the show. I’ve only seen three movies at the theater this year and normally I see at least one a week.

  8. Were you from either of the places your grandparents lived? You are a new friend on the Hodgepodge for me and I look forward to getting to know you more. So sorry for the ups and downs and hard times you have been experiencing, but putting them all in the Lord’s hands and care is the best possible thing. Praying for answers, comfort, strength and resolutions for you.

  9. I loved reading and my grandmother and mother helped promote that love with books they would get me I could spend hours reading.

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