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Monday, April 30, 2012

Field Trip to Sonic

There are 6 states in the New England Area they are: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. There is 1 Sonic Drive In in all of the New England States.   Just 1!  I'll give you a hint, it's not in New Hampshire. It's in Mass about an hour away from our home.
Which, as it turns out is a good thing...

Because if it was closer, I would go visit more often.

We had heard a fair amount about Sonic and wanted to try it out so one day we packed up the dogs, filled the gas tank and headed south. We have a good time in the car, hubby and me. We tell stories, remember times gone by, sing along with the radio and look at the GPS on my cell phone.

If you are not familiar with Sonic, you pull your car up to a station and park, then order off the menu calling in your food order and then pay right there. Soon someone comes up to the driver's window on roller skates with your food and you eat in your car.  It's more about the experience than the food.  I had gone on Facebook asking for recommendations and ended up getting these:

Top is cheesy tater tots, bottom chili cheese tater tots.

Watermelon Slush and Caramel/Mocha Java

Grilled Chicken sandwich

Double Cheese burger

Cheddar Peppers Poppers

It was all pretty good but if you're thirsty, don't get the java drink because it should come with a spoon instead of a straw.  It's darn thick!!!  I saved my carbs for 2 days so that I could enjoy this meal.  It was worth it. 

100 Days of Dance
On the 100 Days of Dance, I managed to do 6 days of 30 minutes. Sometimes dancing to the country TV station, sometimes belly dancing, sometime stepper dancing.  In all I'm up to 21 days, so I'm right on target!! How are you doing??

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to get Perfect Bacon

Don't you hate it when you go out to eat, order bacon and eggs and the bacon is all curled up, burnt and just not very appetizing. It's even worst when you cook it at home and end up with the same thing. Food is so expensive that is upsets me when it get ruined.   Well a few months ago my son-in-law Doug told me the secret to perfect bacon.

We had gone to our daughter and son-in-law house and they had cooked us breakfast. It was delicious! They are such good cooks!!!

Our son-in-law always was a great cook but out daughter.....well let's just say that growing up with her cooking, we always made sure that the fire extinguisher was fully charged and everyone in the house hold knew how to use it.  Yes, she was that bad!!!

Any how here is the secret.  Bake the Bacon!!  Did you know this already? I didn't. Why didn't I know this secret?

Line a baking dish with tin foil (not necessary but makes clan up so much easier) and they lay your bacon in a single layer.

Set your oven at 450 degrees (since it just Hubby and I we use the toaster oven)
Watch it!!!  The thinner the bacon the faster it will bake. I use Think Sliced Bacon and it took about 15 minutes to get to what I like.

And voila I had the Perfect Bacon!  I've been cooking bacon this way ever since our smarty pants son-in-law told me about this.

How do you like your bacon?  Extra crispy? Think sliced? How do you cook it?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Straight From My State to Yours

Thank you Joyce one again for the great questions.  Come on everyone - join in!

1. William Shakespeare's birthday is celebrated on April 23rd...when did you last read Shakespeare? What's your favorite Shakespeare play?
WOW I cannot remember the last time I read anything from William Shakespeare but I have a few favorites.  In the  Tragedy category Othello is my favorite. In the Comedy category Comedy of Errors and  The Taming of the Shrew.

2. What food(s) would you recommend a foreign visitor try when they visit your home country?

I grew up drinking Moxie and was always told that it's a New England Drink. I've never seen it in stores anyplace but I have seen it on eBay so I know that anyone can get it.  It's taste has been compared to Root Beer with an Attitude!  It fits.  So that is what I would like to offer a foreign visitor to my home state.

3. What's a lie you often tell yourself?
I'm a mistake, a Oops.   I was told this a lot when I was little.  I grew up believing it.  It took a long time to believe that God knew me before I was born and He knew me and had a plan for me.  You just don't have a plan for a mistake so it must not be true.  I am loved by Hubby, by our children, by our grandchildren and I am loved by God.

4. What's something you're good at that might surprise us? Remember this is a family friendly blog!
I am very good at loosing things. I often walk around the house looking for my keys, my shoes, my phone.  I seem to do too many things at once so I forget where I put down something. Then I have to walk around looking for it.  Nothing is safe - one time while Hubby was gone, I lost the remote to the TV. It was a new TV and couldn't figure out how to not only change channel but also how to turn it off!!!

5. Who is your favorite animal character from a book?
Sorry, I guess I don't have a favorite animal character as nothing comes to mind. I can't wait to read what others put down.

6. April showers bring May flowers...do you have a green thumb?
I do have a green thumb. I like to toil in the dirt and watch things grow. The problem is I don't have the time that I once had to work in the soil. I miss it. I do believe that one day I will get back out there. But for now, this season in my life, I have others that need me to care for them and they are so much important.

7. Speaking of rainy days...which one of the following activities would you most want to spend time doing on a rainy day-

sort photos and create albums
bake cookies
read a good book
hold an all-day movie marathon
organize closets, cupboards, or bookshelves
try a new recipe
fix something that needs fixing

It's a toss up between hold an all-day movie marathon and organize closets, cupboards or bookshelves.  It will all depend on what the movie marathon ends up becoming.  I do have a hard time staying put so staying put for a movie marathon is hard but if I am tired, and the movie choice is good- it may just win out (after I finish organizing that closet, cupboard or book shelve)

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Our West Coasters are back home. The vacation is over. My heart is both sad and happy.  I enjoyed a week of toys scattered all over the house, hearing little kids laugh, tickles every few minutes, hearing "Grannie I love you." or "Grannie, I want to sit next to you"  Seeing all 4 kids attack Pepere at once. Food every where! Sleep overs and dogs who put up with a lot!  It was a great vacation and a chance to see our children parent their children.  It filled our hearts with pride to see the adults they have become.  Our children enjoyed each others company and got along as if there were no miles between them. The cousins laughed, ran, ate, shared (mostly) and had a blast together.  I feel blessed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Becke the Wonder Dog

Becke is just over 12 years old and she can still work her "magic".  As a therapy and reading dog she is use to being with people who are afraid.  Sometimes they are afraid because they are in the hospital and they don't feel well and all those doctor's and machines make them afraid. Sometimes they are afraid because they don't read very well and are afraid some one will laugh at them. Sometimes they are afraid of the dog. Becke is use to all of this and so when our oldest grandson told us he was willing to work on his fear of dogs, and with his parents close by, Becke went to work, working her magic.  

Allowing Ben the choice to end his time with Becke put him in control and that made a HUGE difference. Becke, stayed calm and allowed Ben to just pat her back by her tail. Teaching him how to pat a dog was easy and he followed directions perfectly.  After a few minutes Ben backed up and
 Becke walked away. She returned a few seconds later and Ben started patting her again.  Within a few minutes Ben was sitting on the floor with Becke and rubbing her side, then her tummy. He never wanted to pat her face or her head which I was told him was just fine with me and Becke. After all he was in control!  Then he went and sat with his parents. Again Becke walked away - but then the most precious moment happened.

Ben moved a toy that was between him and Becke, then sat on the floor. Becke sat on the floor a few feet away.  Ben got down on his stomach facing Becke, Becke laid down facing Ben. Ben crawled toward Becke, Becke crawled Ben. They met in the middle and Ben patted Becke's head.

It all took less than 30 minutes and Ben was seeking out Becke to sit with her and pat her. How brave of Ben to take on Becke!  She is 62 pounds and is a big dog after all. Yet Ben wanted to try and he did great!

When it came time for all of them to return to the hotel, Ben told his parents he wanted to stay with us so he could have some Becke time.  By 9:30 it was bed time and here is Ben.

Between Ben's bravery and Becke's magic, he did spend the night with both dogs on the bed with him. And he did great!  He was up at 5:30 with them as well!!! 

See why I call my Becke the Wonder Dog?  She just has magic (or is it that she IS magic?)

Monday, April 23, 2012

East Meets West Vacation

Grandsons Noah (brunette) and Ben (Blond)

I am having a blast with these two boys of ours. Noah is 4 and Ben will be 8 in May!! Where does the time go?  These two are so different that it makes me laugh. 

Ben, the oldest is a thinker, it is not uncommon to ask him a question and his answer is "I'll think about that and get right back to you OK?" He is a reader and read the second Harry Potter book in one week! As well as doing school and being a boy having fun.  He is quiet most of the time but then again, he hasn't been back this way in a very long time!!!

Noah, on the other hand doesn't know the meaning of quiet!  He is loud most of the time, doesn't sit still long, and is usually into something.  He was in New Hampshire less than 30 minutes when he discovered the escalator. He held on and began the ride up (on the outside of the escalator).  Once his feet left the floor he was afraid to let go, apparently he didn't know that the handrail of it moved as well.  Good thing Uncle Doug was there to rescue him.  

My very first game of Lazor Tag was lots of fun and I didn't do too bad. In fact, I had a really good time with our son, Gerry  and wonderful Daughter-in-law Tiffany.

We get to enjoy them for 2 more days so even though it is raining, we don't care because when you get 4 grand kids together and 2 set of parents with one set of grand parents you can't help but to have fun.

Oh, I almost forgot the 100 days of Dance.  How are you doing?  I did a total of 9-30 minutes sessions. So I'm up to 15 sessions!  

Friday, April 20, 2012

East Meets West!

The East Coasters met the West Coasters at the Air Port here in NH.  The West Coasters are from San Diego. Have you ever seen the air port out there!! It's HUGE with moving sidewalks and golf carts to rent so that you can get from point A to point B.  The Airport here in our little state has no such things and so they had to walk from the gate all the way to the baggage - a total of 75 feet!  Our youngest grand son did get to ride an escalator --from the outside!  Thankfully, Uncle Doug was there to grab him before he got too far away!  Boys!! Gotta  love them.

Anyhow, we are busy catching up on stories, watching cousins play, laughing, taking pictures (if I get the OK to post faces I will, for now feet will have to do) and trying to get Noah (the youngest grand son) to eat ice cream instead of wearing it.  Boys!! Gotta love them.

Have a greet weekend everyone and stay in the moment for as long as you can. It's pure joy!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge:

Thank you Joyce for this weeks questions. Play along everyone, let's have some fun.

1. Spring is in the air (at least in my neck of the woods) and the birds are singing...what's your favorite bird?
The Purple finch
Can anything say spring like a purple bird?  I don't think so.  

2. Speaking of birds...do you tweet? If so tell us your screen name and we'll come flocking to your Twitter site. Even if you don't let's all pretend here that we do-in 140 characters or less, sum up your week so far.
Yes, I do tweet. I am know as "Grannieofmore".  I would love to have others following me and I love to talk in 140 characters or less.  You can find me in the side bar and follow me from there. To sum up my week so far:  2 days of work and now vacation - cleaning house and meeting son and family later at airport!

3. Its been reported recently that employers are not only viewing the facebook pages of potential hires but they're also requesting your facebook password to have a look at what you've kept from public view. What say you?
I have heard about this new practice and I am not for it at all. What I do after work, and where, and with whom is my business and no ones else.  It is still the USA and I still have rights.  If a potential boss does not trust the interview, then he should not hire me. If he does trust the interview, then what I do after work should not matter.

4. It's April and you know what that means-Major League Baseball is back in action. What's your favorite baseball movie? If that's too hard, what's your favorite sports themed movie?
I have two
A League of Their Own

Angels in the Outfield

5. Something else this season brings-asparagus. Yes please or no thanks? If it's yes please what's your favorite way to have it prepared?

I like  asparagus.  Doesn't really matter how they are cooked (except boiled to death). I guess my favorite way would be baked in olive oil, see salt and lemon juice.

6. What drives you? (Don't you love how I sandwiched that one in between asparagus and jugglers???)
Love drives me.  Because I love my kids, I made choices that were not always wise (except in my own eyes). Because of love I choose to honor my husband and our vows. Because of love I follow the One who loved me first.

7. April 18th is International Jugglers Day...can you juggle?
No, not at all

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am on vacation and our grand sons from the west coast are coming in to spend time here.  Of course they are minors so they are bringing their parents who will of course pay for the trip.  Hubby and I are excited to see them all.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Hubby

I think we have been married long enough to let you in on something -   I am older than Hubby.

By 21 days and 3 hours!

Saying that use to hurt but it doesn't anymore. I guess I've come to terms to loving younger men!
Its my fault you know, that I married a man younger than me.

Because God does have a sense of humor!

When I was younger I wanted to be taller. I wanted to be 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall but since both of my parents were 5'4" that was going to be stretch!
I wanted to be a better speller - but I'm not, instead I'm dyslexic.
I get lost in the mall and we have a saying that I keep driving until I hit an ocean or run out of gas. Oh how I long to able to read a map or not get lost on my way to a dog food aisle.
But God knew before I was born that I would be like this so he provided for me. He created my Hubby.

He is 6'3", the perfect speller, great at finding his way and he got me a GPS for when we are not together.

I never asked for an older man so he's not. See God's humor?

But he is perfect! When we hug, I fit right under is chin. I'm an early bird, he's the night owl.
I'm a righty, he's a lefty.
And today is his birthday. We get to go out to eat someplace tonight and celebrate how lucky I am to have him in my life.

And to thank God for his good sense to put us together and laugh at His sense of humor.
Happy Birthday my love.
No Where.....No Time.....No One.....But You. 
We just mailed our taxes last night. He is a procrastinator! I so love him!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend Review: 100 Days of Dance

100 Days of Dance
So how did your weekend go?  How did you do on your 100 Days of Dance.  I have a great iPhone App: TraxitAll. I keeps track of how often I danced and to what music.  I'm up to 6 days!

Saturday was a beautiful day! I took both dogs for a walk. Becke walks perfectly but August still pulls and often barks are whatever.  I have been working on that and Saturday he walked without barking at all (which I rewarded often). It even included the house we walked by where the dog is loose is in the front yard with a sign saying "Dog Contained by Electric Fence". He runs right up the "Line" and barks while his owners sit by the house and yell at him to stop barking and to come back to them. They even threaten to bring out the Bark Collar.  We move to the other side of the street and walk faster.  Saturday, August looked at the other dog, looked at me and sat down!  I gave him a cookie and walked on. He is still pulling so we are still walking but I was so proud of him.  

After walking the dogs, I left them home and went for a walk alone just me and the songs on my phone. I set the timer and when I got back I had walked for 60 minutes.  Since music was involved I counted it as 2 dancing sessions as I tend to walk to the beat of whatever I'm listening to.  

OK it was not "Technically" Dancing, but if you saw me dancing, you would say that was not technically dancing either. Anyhow, I was moving to music - so it counts! My Challenge - My Rules! 

Turned out to be a good thing because Sunday I woke up to a Migraine!  I do believe this one was caused by stress. You see, August was up no less than 5 times to go "Out". He would then curl up in bed and get so close to me that I could feel his breath and hear him breathing.  He was not the same all day. Going out every few hours, sleeping in between. I put him on a fast and he didn't care. He wasn't hungry.  

Hubby's coffee helped the head ache as did some quite time and over the counter migraine meds.  By afternoon when the grand girls came I was feeling a lot better.  We played, we laughed and we had fun. It was nice to be outside playing. Becke joined us, August went into his x-pen and slept for some of the visit, and helped the girls dig a hole for some of the visit. Poor thing. Didn't eat at all! Not even interested. The plan is to have him on baby food for Monday and hopefully by Tuesday he will be on rice and hamburger.  He is staying home from day care and keeping daddy company.

Other than house cleaning, that was my weekend. How was yours?

Friday, April 13, 2012

I Ask for Your Prayers - For New Hampshire

As many of you know my Hubby is a retired police officer.  I am thrilled to wake up every morning and see his sleeping face.  I am excited every afternoon to come home and either see him or read a note that he is out and about doing something fun.  I've waited 30 years for him to come back to me. He has given every up holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, BB Q's, church functions, family time, blizzards, rain storms, and so many other times when I wanted him home, he went to work.

Because he was needed-
By others-

"The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few, or the one".  Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Last night, in a small New Hampshire town called Greenland, a drug bust went very bad. 5 police officers were shot.  2 were treated and sent home. 2 are in ICU with shots to the chest, 1 is dead.

Police Chief Michael Maloney,  48 years old, was killed in the line of duty. He was set to retire next Friday April 20th. He was coming home to his family. He would now be able to take care of them. He would now be part of all those moments in family time. Instead, the family is planing his funeral.

I ask that you join me in prayer for the family of fallen Police Chief Maloney and for the others who are home recovering and in ICU.  Pray for the families of police men and woman everywhere. In every town, in every state all across America there are brave men and woman running towards bullets.
We have a niece who is married to a small town cop. I pray for Nicholas - go home after every shift. Go home and let your family enjoy you. Wear your vest and may God protect you.

I plan to hug a retired cop today, often. And pray for others.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Better Late than Never, Right?

Yesterday I told you that I have been getting head aches. Not the usual kind that goes with seasonal allergies. No, not those.  Those are mild compared to what my head has been going through.

The verdict is still out if they are Migraine or Tension head aches and I'm still trying to figure out the trigger as this is new to me. I need more information before my doctor will add another prescriptin med to my pile.  But in both cases Exercise is suppose to be "helpful".

I've gotten lazy about exercise as of late but after spending a afternoon and evening praying for my head to stop pounding and my eyes to stop tearing and burning, I got my "Scottish Up" and decided to fight back. I sure don't want this to continue!!!

Kristie Alley started "100 Days Of Dance" to promote a fun way to get into shape.  Her 100 days are done but since there are still 100 days left in 2012 I'm jumping on board!  I started with music from my iPhone and a stepper and set the timer for 30 minutes.  That's the joy of this challenge. It's dancing for 30 minutes every day. Any kind of dance!  I have some dancing DVD's that go in the Wii, some music on the iPhone, a Zumba video and even a belly dancing DVD and a hip scarf to go with it.

So for the next 100 days, I'm dancing.  The idea is to re leash some endorphins that promote health.  I'm willing to try it. Anyone want to join me?

Do the twist, how about Disco, remember the Hustle?  I will list the dances I do on Monday for the week past. Want to join? I've even put a ticker on the side bar to show my progress. Come on now - no one has to see, I'm not taking a video or anything, but lets get moving. Get your Scottish Up!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge is Back!!!

1. Have you ever played golf? Any interest in playing? Do you have a significant other who loves to play? Did you watch The Masters this past weekend?
I use to caddie for my dad who did play golf a lot. I have a great memory of one day when it started to rain really hard.  My dad took the umbrella out and placed it over the clubs.  I looked at him very upset, after all I was his "Peanut", his baby girl, his youngest child, the apple of his eye and I was getting wet.  He saw how upset I was and without missing a beat and in his Scottish accent said "They rust, you don't" and he walked away to the next hole.  I had to admit, he was right.   I would love to be able to play but really don't like the practice and where are the bathrooms on the gold course??

 I didn't watch but was very glad that Bubba won. Imagine, he never took any lessons!! How amazing. 

2. Hats are back in fashion this spring...how do you feel about wearing a hat? (fyi-I'm not talking baseball caps) When was the last time you wore one?
I love hats, however I don't look good in hats. I do wear visors because of the sun.

3. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 meaning proficient and 1 meaning "I'd starve", how adept are you at using chopsticks?
1-I'd starve.

4. Has technology taken over?
Look at how many people drive and text, walk and text, eat and text then I would say YES.  We've gone to restaurants and seen couples sitting across from each other texting to each other!!! Hay come on, enough is enough.  I've even seen people in church texting.  Really!!?

5. In the course of a day how often do you look in a mirror?
I'm not a bit a mirror person. I look in it in the morning when I'm getting ready for work, again at night getting ready for bed and maybe once or twice more when I go to the ladies room and wash my hands after.

6. Tulip or Daffodil?
Daffodils. I love how they just glow at me and tulips are eaten by deer. We have deer here. We have all sorts of things here that eat tulips so daffodils it is!

7. I am proud of myself for __________________.
Not giving up and plugging along.  There are times when being Scottish means getting my "Scottish Up" and getting something done.  Once I make up my mind - I follow through.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
In the last couple of weeks I have been plagued with headaches. Not the usual allergy headache. I mean turn off the lights, put on sunglasses, close the blinds, curl up into the fetal position and cover my head kind of headache.  That is one reason why I've not blogged every day.  I'm still not sure if they are Migraines or Tension related but one of the suggestions for both was "Exercise" . Last year I did the 400 mile challenge and ended up doing 24000 miles instead so I'm not shy about doing exercise but I will admit that I've gotten lazy about it. So, I "Got my Scottish Up" and I have started a new challenge.  More on that tomorrow.

OK now your turn.  Put your answers here and lets share.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Weekend Review - SNOW!!!

Congratulations to our friend Debbie who lives in Anchorage Alaska. Anchorage has broken the 1954-1955 record of the most snow in winter. They have received so far 134.5 inches of snow & it's still coming down.  Congratulations Debbie, I'm really glad you like snow!!!  It's wonderful hearing her stories on Face Book about the snow count and the daylight amount.  Sunday, it was 14 hours, 6 minutes and 47 seconds. Yes folks, in Anchorage seconds count.  I'm glad I don't live there. 
Debbie and Hubby and I all went to High school together (in fact hubby had a crush on Debbie) so it's nice that we still keep in touch.  Way to go Debbie!!! Enjoy shoveling. Keep posting the weather and day light times coming. It really is a very different life up there.

Saturday I got my wedding rings back.  I was so glad when they called telling me they were ready.  Sized down to 3 3/4 and all fixed I'm very happy with the result.  If you are in need in ring work being done, then Bellman's is the place!  The people were wonderful and even told me to hold on to the recept because if I need them made bigger, they will do so for free!  

Easter was wonderful. The usual ham, sweet potatoes, and veggies were followed by eclaires.  Easter candy and cards were exchanged and of course the Sunday Morning Worship message and Bible study made the day special, and perfect.

The dogs got to have some sweet potatoes (before we added the brown sugar of course) and a small amount of ham. It was August's first time eating this and he declared Easter the best ever!!!  Then he went outside to play fetch.  Ever see a Chinese Crested Retriever?  It's so fun to see him try to bark with a ball in his mouth, or see him put the ball down and place his paw on it.  Becke held down the couch because you never know when it might try to move all by itself!!

How about you? How was your Easter?

Friday, April 6, 2012

He Is Risen!!

When people ask you why God doesn't do anything anymore. Why God allows good people to die and allows bad things to happen to good people and why won't God do something! This weekend you have an answer. We celebrate what God did. He Rose from the dead.  
For those of us who believe in God, we know that because of Jesus we too can raise from the dead into a perfect world. That all tears will be dried, all pain will be gone.

Happy Easter to you all and remember, it's not about the bunny, it's about Jesus!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

English Muffin - Low Carb

Flowers I got for my birthday last week from Hubby

Don't you love finding a recipe that you can adapt to your needs? I sure do!  For the past few days I've been on a bread kick but since I live low carb and I don't have any low carb bread in the house, the hunt was on trying to find something that I could make.

Low and Behold Ginny's Low Carb Kitchen!  She has this wonderful bread recipe that I adapted to meet my wants. You can find her recipe at the link above.  I didn't change it much at all since it was so good. I did change out butter for "coconut oil" and heavy cream for the "water--or kefir, or coconut milk". And I did cook it a little different.
For starters, I dug out this microwave safe muffin pan. Remember those?  It came from a time when full meals were cooked in microwaves and there were all sorts of pans to help you cook in the microwave. 

I gave it good spray with cooking spray so that nothing would stick.

I then put the batter in each cup. I put 3 teaspoons of batter in each cup, and I know that doesn't sound like much but remember the entire recipe only makes 1 big slice of bread.  I cooked it in the microwave for 2 full minutes 

They came out small  but is OK because I wasn't done with them. And at 2 net carbs for the whole batch, this is a good start!

Then I cooked a sausage patty and an egg. Who else had a sausage, egg, and "English muffin"  breakfast for 1.6 carbs?  Me that's who (and I packed one for lunch as well)

With so much help out there in blog land, this low carb living is easy. Where do you find recipes?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

One of these things is not like the other! One of these things is just not the same.

In fact 2 things are not the same. Can you tell what it is?  Well, it's Wednesday and there is no Hodgepodge. Joyce from This Side of the Pond has a very busy week and did not have time to create the Hodgepodge. Joyce, the fact that you have been doing this for over a year, and this is your first week off, well, you deserve the rest.
Here is the second thing:

No, there is no problem in the marriage here! There is a problem with the rings!  After almost 40 years of marriage ( July is our Anniversary), the rings need some work done on them.  The prongs are worn, the settings are weak, the rings are too big.  I feel really naked without them.  I have not taken them off except to get them cleaned in all this time.  I even had surgery with them on! There was hospital tape over them to keep them on my finger and the hand stayed elevated to combat swelling.  In the old days, when you had surgery all jewelry had to come off. I kept them on.

My rings are a symbol of our promise to each other. 

The engagement ring is a promise to be his wife and to stand by him. 
The wedding ring is a continuation of that promise, in sickness and in health, for better and for worst, for richer and poorer, from this day forwarded, unto death do us part. 

The ruby wrap has 2 rubies (the month we were married) and then little diamonds around the bigger diamond. 
All 3 together mean Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. A symbol of us. It's when our story began. I love my rings.  I miss my rings.  I hope to have them back Saturday.  They promise to take good care of them. They better!!!!

On a different topic, my heart goes out to all those in Texas who have been caught in the tornadoes that took place yesterday. The videos and pictures that have been all over the news show such destruction. My prayers are with you all.