Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. When the children of today grow up, what do you think they'll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?
They will probably say that it was the best time of their lives.  Only because they don't know how it was before 9/11, or before social media.

2. National Teacher's Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th...share how a particular teacher positively impacted you. 
Mrs. Hammack was my sophomore English teacher, as well as my Spanish Teacher.  She was beautiful, funny, and such a nice person.

3. What's a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood?                                                                         
Oh, gosh.  Maybe Tuna Casserole, but not really in a good way?

4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?
When I was growing up, kick the can was a very popular game with the kids in the neighborhood.  We'd also play hide and seek and fruit basket turn-over.  I can't forget Rolly Bats, either!
After reading April's question, I thought I should probably explain the rules of Rolly Bats:
Rolly bats:  someone pitches a ball to the batter.  The batter hits the ball, and everybody runs to get it (except the batter).  The person that gets it runs toward the batter until he/she puts the bat down.  At that point, the one with the ball has to stop running.  The batter lays the bat on the ground and the ball person tries to roll the ball over the bat.  If the ball goes over the bat, that person gets to be the batter.  If the ball misses, you go another round with the same batter.  PERFECT game when you have a sloping front yard!

5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?
My Aunt Catherine.  Even though I only saw her every other year, she was such an influence.  Here's an excerpt of what I had written about her in earlier posts:
When we went to Tx., we always stayed with my mom's  sister, C.  This woman was a saint.  I loved her with all my heart.  She took Grandma into her house and cared for her when Grandma could no longer live by herself.  (Grandma made her kids promise that they would never put her in a nursing home.)  My grandmother was bedridden for many, many years.  Aunt C. fed her, changed her, and kept her company.  When her son died at the age of 19, my grandma said that it should've been her; she was ready to go.  About 3 years later, my grandma passed away.  Then, if that wasn't enough, a few years later Aunt C.'s husband  was diagnosed with cancer.  She nursed him until his death.  In my eyes, Aunt C. is a saint.
 Aunt Catherine passed away a few years ago, but I know that she's definitely in heaven still looking out for us!

6. Mamma Mia! What's the best play or musical you've ever seen? 
I've only seen 1 Broadway Musical, and it was "Cats".  No way would I say that was the best musical I've ever seen! I have seen some pretty good local plays.  The last one I saw was Anne of Green Gables.  They did a pretty good job.

7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?
Pickles (they make me think of Aunt Catherine's house...she would often put up pickles when we were there!)
Taffy (it reminds me the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in Gatlinburg and how we used to stand and watch the taffy making machine for what seemed like hours)
Bus fumes (they remind me of high school band trips)

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I saw the saddest thing this morning.  I drove by the duck pond, and saw something in the road.  I was paying attention to it, deciding if I should straddle it or go around it, and then I had to put my brakes on in a hurry.  It turns out it was a Mallard, and another goose (I would assume its mate) appeared to have gone out in the road to it, and was walking back to the grass.  I just about cried, thinking about how the one had been hit by a car, and its mate not knowing what happened.  When I drove back by after school, the Mallard was still in the road.  


  1. Your Aunt Catherine sounds like an incredibly selfless person! Wow.

  2. You didn't care for Cats? I LOVED it...and I can, literally, sing every song from it by heart! What in the world is Rolly Bats? That's definitely a new one on me! Your Aunt Catherine does sound like one-in-a-million.

  3. I did like Cats, but it's not my favourite. I think it would take a lot to beat the wonders of Les Mis or Miss Saigon.

    Your Aunt Catherine - wow. I know that I wouldn't be able to have done what she did. Truly humbled hearing of her selflessness and strength.

  4. I did like Cats, but it's not my favourite. I think it would take a lot to beat the wonders of Les Mis or Miss Saigon.

    Your Aunt Catherine - wow. I know that I wouldn't be able to have done what she did. Truly humbled hearing of her selflessness and strength.

  5. Aunt Catherine must have been an amazing person!

  6. Oh the poor little creatures, lost without its mate.

    Taffy makes me think of summer trips to the shore, ss it is called in NJ : ) We always got salt water taffy...I still have to buy taffy when we go to 'the shore'.

  7. Jax, loved to play jax with my mother, sitting on the front stoop. I guess there were sorta pieces parts...the ball and the jax...but no batteries, or plugs. That and jump rope. I can't even remember the last time I saw a kid jumping rope. And think of the good exercise we got playing things without plugs and batteries...we were actually moving around. Heck even in jax you were moving your arm up and down and flexing you fingers and hands to scoop up those jax...not sitting in front of a game boy or smart phone.
    Oozing Out My Ears

  8. I picked Kick the Can also-a great memory of your aunt-one in a million.

  9. I've never heard of Rolly Bats, but it sounds like fun!

    Your aunt sounds like a very special lady.

  10. I agree with you about Cats; I love the music but hated the show. A a cat lover I really wanted to like the show too!

    So sad about the goose. We had a similar tragedy at our post office a couple years ago. The pair nested in the landscaping outside of the building and after the babies hatched volunteers were going to move the family to a nature preserve. (stupid idea) When they approached the babies, the mama goose freaked and flew right into an oncoming car in the parking lot. It was so sad; they had become community "pets."

  11. Your Aunt Catherine sounds wonderful. It is good to have those wonderful memories. Will our kids have something like that?

  12. My mom made tuna casserole with peas and potato chips and I never really cared for it. I've never heard of Rolly Bats. Yes your Aunt C is definitely a saint. God Bless her. Your random is so sad, I hate seeing things like that. I'm always praying for the animals I see.

  13. "tuna noodle casserole but not in a good way" HA! Same here! I am not a fan of tuna! So sad about the duck in the road. It totally would have made me cry!


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