Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wait a Cotton Pickin' Minute!: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

Blue Bell's new Pink Camo 'n Cream Ice Cream.  This isn't your standard Neapolitan (which is good in it's own right).  It's strawberry ice cream, milk chocolate ice cream, and white cheesecake ice cream swirled into pink camouflage.  I tried it this weekend, and it's yummy.  It was worth the splurge.  Don't worry, I won't be splurging again on something like that until at least November.

What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

Speaking of food:  Food service worker.  I worked in fast food one summer and that was enough for me.  I can't imagine myself putting up with what I see waiters and waitresses go through.  Here's a hint, if you get a really good server at a restaurant, tip them well.  And don't eat anywhere that you know pools the servers' tips; that's just asking for mediocre service.   Do you realize how little they are paid for so much work?  Forget getting out your calculator for the exact "politically correct" percentage.  The best advice I ever heard about tipping was from one of my favorite ministers, Kenneth Copeland.  He said, "Sometimes it's a tip, sometimes it's an offering."

When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

The last bad fall I took was probably two or three years ago in the Winn Dixie parking lot.  I'd just gotten out of church and needed to pick up something for lunch.  It had just rained and I was wearing very old shoes (that I promptly threw away after this episode).  I slid in this newly paved, very slick parking lot and landed hard on my hands and knees (mostly my knees).  Like any other self preserving human, I was hoping no one saw me.  They did.  Two gentlemen walked over and asked if I was OK.  I popped straight up and said (through gritted teeth), "Yeah, I'm good." and proceeded to hobble my way through the store.  Oh man, my knees were on fire!  I'm walking through the store thinking, Just act normal.  Yes, I know you're most likely bleeding and you've probably broken something, don't embarrass yourself.  When I got home, I assessed the damage.  Yes, I was bleeding.  No, I'm pretty sure I didn't break anything, but I did have to wear a knee brace I borrowed from someone for a couple of weeks to cut down on the pain and swelling of the "one" knee. 

Do y'all have that "one" knee?  The one that takes the brunt of every mishap?  The one you bang into EVERYTHING!?   The one every toddler you meet headbutts in greeting?  Or the "one" toe that finds EVERY coffee table or bedpost on the planet?  Yeah, me too.  Bless my heart.

Can't really think of anything I've "fallen for."

According to the Travel Channel here are some of America's best fall festivals-National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM).  Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed?  Nope.    Which one appeals to you most? The Apple Harvest Festival in PA sounds the most appealing to me.  Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

Back home, there are several, but I've never attended any (I usually learned about them after the fact).  However, in my new home, there are bookoodles of festivals and fairs.  One that caught my eye is the local Punkin Chunkin' Festival in Aurora, CO.  Along with music, arts and crafts, and food vendors and other festival activities, there is a pumpkin chunking contest where teams are asked to be inventive with their pumpkin launching apparatuses and are judged on distance and accuracy.  This sounds like so much fun.  It's in October, so hopefully I'll be settled into a new job and schedule so I can enjoy the festivities.

What is your goodbye message to summer?

See you next go round.  Hopefully, next year, we can play together a lot more.

Insert your own random thought(s) here.
  • Anybody who gets offended by raw cotton in a vase or as fall decoration needs to have their attention got...repeatedly...with a two-by-four...or an aluminum folding chair.  If that kind of dumb was put in a pill, it would be called "Extra Strength Stupid."  Just as with the asinine decision by ESPN not to allow a sportscaster named Robert Lee (who is ASIAN btw) to commentate on a southern school's ball game for fear of offence, we need to apologize to every doorknob we've called dumb.  If you know what I'm talking about, fine.  If not, don't worry about it.   It's not even worth Googling it.
  • I've been called in for final interviews for one of the jobs I've been vying for.  Pray saints.
  • The Auntie mobile is dead.  That's the bad news.  The good news is 1) it died in the church parking lot, not on the highway, 2) I just so happened God miraculously set it up for me to have struck up a conversation having NOTHING to do with my car with (unbeknownst to me) the wife of a mechanic who took great care of me once she saw I was having car issues, C) that most likely by the time you read this, the problem will be assessed and repaired, and #) my car trouble was most likely not related to the cheap gas I bought.  I filled up with good gas over the weekend, and the thing still died.
  • OK, so I've been here a month.  I won't say I'm a little homesick, but I did just watch every episode of Sh%t Southern Women Say on YouTube.  All better now.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Minute Friday: "Support"

Support Hose
Support Bra
"Thank you for your support." - Bartles and Jaymes commercials
"Support the Fort" - slogan to try to stop the closure of Fort McClellan, AL in the 90's.  Unfortunately, it didn't work.
Love and Support
Support beams
Support group
Support system

James 5:16 - (AMP) Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

The word support best sums up all that has happened the past few months.  In preparation for my trip out west, many of my friends supported me with gifts, money, prayers, and words of encouragement.  Their support continued as a made my way from state to state, sending and receiving text messages and Facebook posts all along the way.

Now, I have been in Colorado exactly one month and my support system holds firmly.  As I enter into the next phase--employment, moving, and setting up my new digs, I will still need help and support from others.  Whether it's a helping hand to lift or put together furniture, or advice, encouragement, and prayers, my support team will still be a loving part of my life.  I look forward to seeing what God will do.
Prompts provided by Mrs. Kate over at Five Minute Friday.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Gas Treatment: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

Depends on the picture, doesn't it?  Pictures without context can say so many things with the interpretation in the eye of the beholder.  Giving some context would help a viewer understand the message behind the picture.

Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?

No, I haven't.  I would enjoy seeing the Pacific Coast, however, I'm not interested in any more long drives for a while.  I wouldn't mind flying into San Francisco and letting someone else drive the tour.

How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is?

I've done a lot better about finding the beauty and joy of each season and not letting the change bring me down.  I look forward to fall and to Christmas.  The only transition that concerns me is winter.  This will be my first winter in Colorado.  I know when it snows it will be beautiful, but y'all know we Southerners don't drive well in snow--we don't get enough experience.  My friends have told me that it's a drier snow, that the whole town won't shut down, and that the city is more than prepared to deal with it.  Still, I hope to find housing near enough to my job so that if I don't want to drive, I can just walk.

It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age?

Appetizer:  Spinach dip, veggies and chips
Main Course:  Voodoo Pasta from Effina's in Jacksonville
Dessert - Red Velvet cake and Butter Pecan ice cream.
Post meal beverage - Welch's Red Sparkling grape juice.

No, I don't lie about my age.  Getting older doesn't bother me.  Like my mom, I don't look my age and I try never to act my age.  #BlackDontCrack

What's a life lesson you've learned recently?

I learned that the lowest grade of gasoline is not 87 octane like at home.  It's 85, which I'd never heard of until I got to Colorado.  I also learned the hard way that my car does NOT like 85 octane.  I'm trying to burn up a tank of cheap gas I bought when I first got here.  My poor car sounds like a lawn mower with a chest cold.  I've used gas treatment and cleaners to help the Auntie Mobile, so she's running roughly, but still running.  Hopefully a tank of good 87 octane will set her right again.  God has to hold all this together until I can get something newer.

Insert your own random thought here.

Y'all, I'm on the verge of gainful employment!  Please agree with me that God will give me a clear path and answer to what job to choose.

Another of God's blessings is the church community He's sent me to.  The three worship services I've attended have been great.  I'm already involved in a ladies' Bible study until I start work.  This weekend, the church is having a community day where they go to different areas of the city and church to help others with building projects, cleaning projects, and yard work.  We'll see how I can help.