A Do Nothing Wednesday Medley

It's just like the Wednesday Hodgepodge, but with a new name and a new "hostess with the mostess"! Much thanks to Terri for continuing our Wednesday Q&A...I'm looking forward to being reacquainted with old friends and meeting new ones.

Wednesday, January 16th, is National Do Nothing Day!! National Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. This day has been observed annually since 1973. Of course, the way to celebrate it is to do nothing! 

1.  To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973!! 

Wow. 1973: I was 9 years old & I have no idea what was going on! At that time, I suppose my 2 oldest sisters had moved out so that left 8 of us living in the house, plus my parents. Other than that, I have no idea what was happening! 

2.  Now that we are thinking back, please tell us what your favorite past time was as a child.

Summers were spent going to the community swimming pool and playing outdoor games (hide & seek, rolly bats, fruit basket turn-over, etc) with the neighborhood kids at night. 

3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day? 

Honestly? Just leave me alone. Definitely, don't keep asking me what's wrong! 

4.  How old were you when you first started dating? Do you remember your first date?

I went on my first date at 15. My parents had 16 as the age to date, but they allowed me to go out with this one guy because his niece went with us. At least she started out the date with us, then went home after a while. I didn't date a whole lot, but in high school I dated a couple of pretty terrific guys. 
I need to clarify the whole "niece" thing: the guy I went out with was a year older than I; his niece was a year younger. We actually met at band camp; he went to a different school & his niece introduced us and set us up. It was a "one and done" kind of thing, which was a good thing because I think he could be considered a "bad boy". 

5.  Today is also National Fig Newton day.  Do you like figs/Fig Newtons?

Here is my weirdness shining through: I like fig newtons the best when they're a little crunchy on the outside. I do like fig newtons, but that's my favorite way to eat them!

6.  Tell us something random about your week.

There's not much going on around here. OS completed a Wilderness Emergency Medical Response Course last week, so he was gone & we watched the granddog for him. He is such a sweet dog. 

I'm looking forward to a long weekend of doing nothing in celebration of "Do Nothing Day"!

Thanks again, Terri, for hosting! Want to get in on the Wednesday Medley? Check her blog Your Friend from Florida on Tuesdays to get the questions, then don't forget to link up on Wednesdays!

A Shocking Wednesday Medley

It's just like the Wednesday Hodgepodge, but with a new name and a new "hostess with the mostess"! Much thanks to Terri for continuing our Wednesday Q&A...I'm looking forward to being reacquainted with old friends and meeting new ones.
1.  It may be a little shocking, but National Static Electricity Day is January 9!!  Do you often get shocked often when you touch metal?  Here are some things to avoid!

How to Avoid the Shock of Static Electricity
  • The drier air of winter months is a better insulator than the more humid air of summer.  To help prevent static electricity, use a humidifier to put moister back into the air in your home during the winter months.
  • Our skin is drier in the winter months, too.  Putting on moisturizer before getting dressed is recommended.
  • Synthetic fabrics are better insulators than natural fibers. Wearing materials made from natural fibers such as cotton will help reduce the amount of static electricity that’s stirred up.
  • While walking around the house, at work or shopping, holding a key or a metal pen in your hand will help discharge the build-up of static electricity painlessly.
  • Switching to leather soled shoes versus rubber-soled shoes will help reduce the amount of static that is built up.
I don't get shocked very often. Another tip is to touch wood before touching metal.

2.  There are actually two "National" days worthy of mention! It is also National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  Our men and women working in many areas of law enforcement put their lives on the line for us daily.  Do you know someone working in law enforcement who you can thank today?

I work in the schools, so we have SROs (School Resource Officers). I also have a friend whose husband is a police officer, and a friend who is one for the small town.

3.  At our house right now it is all about football.  Joe's Philadelphia Eagles barely won their game on Sunday to move forward in the playoffs and another chance to play in the Super Bowl this year.  Do you have a favorite team in the playoffs or does football make you yawn?  Is there a Super Bowl party in your future, no matter the teams playing?

I used to really like football but that's tapered off in past years. I went to bed at the beginning of the 2nd quarter of the College National Championship Game on Monday night; I felt I needed the rest more than watching the game.
I am not a big pro football fan at all. I'll watch the beginning of the Super Bowl and maybe half-time; otherwise, I'm just not interested.

4.  Speaking of parties, there is always lots of food at parties I attend.  Tell us a weird food combination that you really enjoy (or have enjoyed).  It doesn't have to be party food.

I can't think of any at all. I'm just party pooper.

5.  Since we are on games and parties, what game have you spent the most hours playing?

Candy crush...maybe. I've spent a lot of hours playing tennis throughout my life although those days are long gone!

6.  Tell us something random about your week so far.

CH & I went to the movies on Sunday. I can't tell you the last time we actually went to the movies! Instant Family is a must-see, but take your tissues. It is a definite tear-jerker!

Thanks again, Terri, for hosting! Want to get in on the Wednesday Medley? Check her blog Your Friend from Florida on Tuesdays to get the questions, then don't forget to link up on Wednesdays!

A Bust of a Vacation

For the past few years, CH & I have taken a vacation between Christmas & New Year's. This one was a real bust of a vacation.

This year for our annual Christmas-New Year’s getaway, we decided to try something different and go somewhere we’ve never been. Last year’s vacation to St. Andrews State Park (Fl.) was cold and rainy, so we decided to go a little further south. That turned out to be a good plan because St. Andrews was hit hard by Hurricane Michael and is, for all purposes, non-existent at the moment. One of the volunteers we met either last year or the year before mentioned Manatee Springs State Park so that was our choice for this year.
We arrived about 3 ½ hours later than we expected because…Atlanta. Going through Atlanta was fine, the problem was just south where we ran into traffic being at a standstill. Google was a champ, re-routing us around the traffic a couple of times.
I called the campground that morning since I already knew we would be arriving after sundown when the gate is locked. I was told that the code was not given out until after 4:00, so I called again that afternoon and received the number to get into the campground. When we arrived at our site (#75) we were greeted by a couple of deer who were bedding down just behind our site. They ended up moving as we quickly set up the camper so we could crawl into bed after our 8.5 hour turned 12 hour trip.
Campsite #75 ended up being a good choice; 74 has a trail leading to the springs right behind it so people were intermittently walking to get to the springs to see the manatees. Unfortunately, the area had quite a bit of rain; swimming was not allowed due to “brown-out” conditions of the spring. We were able to see the manatee coming up when they took breaths, but the water was too murky to see them otherwise. I heard people commenting that usually the water is crystal clear. The springs feed into the Suwannee River, so when Georgia has a lot of rain the water backs up into the spring.
The first morning there we saw a family of manatees, at least we saw the family come up for breaths. That afternoon I saw a mama and her baby, along with a couple of other manatees. There was also an egret hanging around as well as some cormorants.  Vultures were roosting around the springs and there were a lot of them! I heard an owl and some woodpeckers, and the little gray squirrels were all over the place. Then there was the water moccasin I saw laying on top of a bush in the water.

Mama coming up for air
Baby coming up for air

The park is next to the small town of Chiefland. Not a big town, but there is a Wal-Mart, Winn Dixie, and the ever needed Dollar General. There are also plenty of places to eat.
OS surprised us by coming home on Christmas Eve; when I got home from Midnight Mass his car was in the driveway. For some reason I had a sneaky suspicion he was coming home. He also brought the flu with him, so he spent most of Christmas Day sleeping. He offered to stay and take care of the dogs while we were gone, so that saved us from the hassle of taking them to the vet.
CH ended up with the yuckies while we were gone, so I spent the day just relaxing and reading. That was fine, because there’s not much to do around Chiefland anyway. We decided to cut our vacation short and come home that Saturday. The plan was to drive until CH felt he couldn't drive any longer, then we would get a hotel room and drive the rest of the way in the next morning. CH ended up able to drive the whole way. There were some snags around Atlanta, but we just listened to Google Maps and managed to miss most of it. It was rather nice to be at home for New Year's, especially since I had to be at work on Wed.
We aren't sure what we're doing for next year. The couple who was next to us gave us the names of some parks they were going to so I may check those out online and see what's up with those. I really missed being in The Keys this year, but we'll see what we end up doing!
It's hard to believe this was 5 years ago in The Keys!

Ringing in the New Year with the Wednesday Medley

It's just like the Wednesday Hodgepodge, but with a new name and a new "hostess with the mostess"! Much thanks to Terri for continuing our Wednesday Q&A...I'm looking forward to being reacquainted with old friends and meeting new ones.


National Science Fiction Day is celebrated annually on January 2nd by millions of science fiction fans across the United States.  The date of January 2 was chosen for National Science Fiction Day as it corresponds with the birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.   National Science Fiction Day is recognized by the Hallmark Channel and the Scholastic Corporation. 
Watch some classic science fiction t.v. shows or movies.  Start reading a science fiction novel. Use #ScienceFictionDay to post on social media.

1.  Will you observe National Science Fiction Day as recommended above?  Do you even like science fiction?
I'm not a fan of science fiction so I won't be observing it. I'm going to tuck this piece of information away for next year & do a week's worth of lessons on Isaac Asimov, though!
2.  Have you chosen a "word" for 2019?  Many people do. THIS QUIZ might help you find your word!!
For the past few years, I have used the Saint's Name Generator to choose a saint. 2019 Saint: 
 There was also a link for a Word of the Year so I did it...just out of curiosity:
3.  Did you stay up to see the new year in?  Are you happy or sad to see 2018 go?
I was in bed around 9:30 and yet the new year still came in without me being awake!
Eh, I'm pretty indifferent about seeing 2018 go. Thank goodness it was a pretty uneventful year. We brought in 2018 in windy, cold Panama City, Fl. and sent it out at home.
4.  I really enjoy the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's Day but rarely get to sit and enjoy the entire parade because I am cooking.  Did you watch the parade?  Did you cook/eat the traditional foods (pork, black-eyed peas, kraut, greens...) to begin the new year?
No parade watching for me. The networks don't do parades like they used to...too much talking, not enough band coverage. 
We are going to have pork and a recipe for Hoppin' John that I found. No collard greens for this girl (she says with a shudder) and my black-eyed peas have to be in a recipe...not a stand-alone dish. 
5.  I have to ask... Resolutions.  Did you make any or set some new goals for 2019?  Or do you even think about it?
I don't even think about it. 
6.  Tell us something random about your week.
OS surprised us by coming home on Christmas Eve and he brought a guest...it was either the flu or some nasty virus. We didn't see him much on Christmas Day, but it was really nice to have all 3 boys at home. I wanted a picture but it took a while for CH to get his phone set up and OS thought he was going to get sick, so I said to just skip it. I did get this one though:
Our traditional picture following the opening of the Christmas Crackers & donning of the crowns.
I was awarded with "the most annoying toy to come out of the Crackers":

We left the day after Christmas for our annual New Year's trip. This year's destination was Manatee Springs State Park, Fl. and it was a bust. We ended up coming home on the 29th. Look for a post in the next couple of days all about it.
Thanks again, Terri, for hosting! Want to get in on the Wednesday Medley? Check her blog Your Friend from Florida on Tuesdays to get the questions, then don't forget to link up on Wednesdays!
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