Still November Hodgepodge

Joyce asks the questions, and we provide the answers. See how others answered at From This Side of the Pond.

1. Does anybody really know what day it is? Last week we skipped the Hodgepodge and I just assumed this week would find us in December, but nope. Still November. Do you wear a watch? Use a paper calendar or strictly electronic? What's your favorite hour of the day? Why? 

I realize that's not exactly what Joyce asked, but it's what came to mind! I absolutely have no idea what day it is. I guess that's what retirement will do for you. I wear a semi-smart watch; it's an off-brand and will notify me of texts/calls but I can't answer through the phone. I use it a lot for the timer. 
When I was working I tried to use an electronic calendar but found I needed a paper one. These days it's strictly Google Calendar. 
I don't have a favorite hour of the day, but Gurl Dogg's is the 2:00 or 3:00 hour...that's when she goes for her teetee-poo walk in the park.

2. Tell us something about how you celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The boys and their girlfriends were all here, plus one of my son's friends. It was different without CH being here but we managed to have a good time talking and laughing. 

3. What's a sound you hate to hear? 

The squealing of tires. I always wait for a crash at the end. 

4. Where do you not mind waiting? 

At home. While I'm waiting on packages from Amazon.

5. I really wish____________________________________. 

Well, not to be a Debbie Downer, but I wish I had asked CH some things that I realize we didn't talk about. We talked about a LOT but of course, some things were missed.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

If you've read this far, then you probably have put 2 & 2 together. CH passed away on Veteran's Day from complications from colon cancer. His health declined rapidly over the past couple of months and he was just so tired after almost 3 years of treatments. He prepared us as well as he could have and as I'm doing the paperwork for various things, I'm realizing he's still taking care of me. 

This was taken at the Little Grand Canyon, UT in July. We never imagined that 4 months later he would be gone.


15 comments:

  1. I was singing the song too : ) I'm sure this is all so very hard, no matter how prepared we try to be. Death is such a shock, even when we know it's coming. And I think it's just extra hard this time of year especially. I'm glad you've had the boys there with you. Give yourself time and grace and take life one day at a time. Know you are being lifted up in prayer too. I'm glad to see you on your blog and in the HP today. Sending hugs xo

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I'm definitely living one day at a time!

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  2. Mary, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your husband. Just this past week, my husband asked if he should die suddenly, was I prepared. Of course he meant did I feel confident about running the house and finances. Are we ever fully prepared? I fear not. By the way, we were at that same site as your picture in September. We fell in love with Utah and are planning another trip next fall.

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    1. Thank you, Libby. We just do what we can and hope it's enough to get by.
      It's so cool that you were there in Sept! I thought it was amazing; we were the only ones there but it was over 100 degrees!

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  3. I'm sorry about that; I can't even imagine what holidays without loved ones is like. Hang in there.

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  5. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your husband. I can't imagine. That's a great picture of you two and I'm so glad you two had a chance to do some traveling. Take care my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! He made me promise that I would continue to travel so I'm going to. More adventures to come; it'll just be without him physically with me.

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  6. Hi Mary, my first time to your blog and I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. That is one thing I dread - my husband passing before me. I hope I go before him - but not yet. I'm happy you were surrounded by family at Thanksgiving and I hope the same will be true for Christmas.

    You mentioned "The squealing of tires" and yeah I don't like that sound either. Nice to meet you may God comfort you.

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  7. I'm so sorry to learn of your hubby's passing -- particularly in what's supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year." (I remember when we suddenly lost my father before Christmas and I honestly wanted to slap anyone who asked if I was being 'merry.' lol) There are still things I wish I'd asked both my parents. Someday, I believe everything will make sense.

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  8. Enjoyed reading your answers for #1. How nice that you had the boys and girlfriends for Thanksgiving. You are the first one who said the squeal of tires. Amazon pkg's are fun to wait for. My heart ache for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew about this when it happened but this reminder makes me very sad for all that you are going through. ((HUGS))

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  9. I know that the first holidays after my Mom died were so hard and I can't imagine how difficult they must be if it is your spouse. Bless you! I had 7 Amazon packages today, I was embarressed. :o))

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  10. Aww I'm so sorry about your loss. I agree, that we talk about things, but there are so many things that we probably forget about or don't think are important at the time. I don't like the squeal of tires, or actually the sound of sirens.

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  11. I'm so very sorry about the loss of your husband. I'm sure it was a comfort to have your boys and their girlfriends with you at Thanksgiving. Praying for you as you go into the holidays. By the way, I thought about the Chicago song too!

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