My Blog List

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


     Yesterday we experienced a "Northeaster." That is not unusual at this time of year. What was unusual is that we did not get the 10-18 inches of snow that usually accompanies them. I'm not complaining mind you. We did get sleet and freezing rain which made the roads treacherous. SWMBO and I stayed home for the duration out of an abundance of caution.
    Today, being Wednesday, we have another Hodgepodge of questions from our Hodgepodge Mistress, Joyce Daley. Enjoy this week's edition...
1. "The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently? 
     I don't know. I am reluctant to accept assertions that contain words like "Everything," "Always," "Anything," and so forth. I believe that there are usually exceptions to such statements. I think Isak's statement might be mostly true but I don't believe it's true in every instance.
     None of the listed choices have cured me most recently. What does cure me is the devoted love of my beloved SWMBO and the support of some very dear friends.

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all? 
     There are a few foods that I can't eat without salt...raw tomatoes, some pasta dishes and of course, popcorn. If I use salt I use a little.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 
      "Sands of time" best applies to something in my life right now. My beloved and I have been devoting huge chunks of our time fighting cancer. Our life is made up of "Which doctor do we see this week?" "What medical test(s) do we need to have done this week?" We have been fighting this battle since Spring 2012. A week from today, God willing, SWMBO will enter the hospital for a stem cell transplant. They will be giving her stem cells that they harvested from her back in 2014. So for us it has been a "What's next?" kind of existence over the past five years. Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives.
4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme? 
     I'm going with "Castaway" starring Wilson and some guy named Tom Hanks. 

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so? 
     Yesterday (Monday) we ran our day. We dropped the Littles (our two small dogs) off at daycare. Then we went out for coffee. After that, SWMBO wanted to go to a couple of craft supply stores to use some gift cards. After that, we went grocery shopping. After arriving home and getting the groceries put away, it was time to pick up the Littles. It was a full day.

6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran? 
     Depending on the day, all of the above. 

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?
     On a secular level we take our God given liberty for granted. On a spiritual level we take the grace and patience of God for granted.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
     My beloved New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. They will be facing the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, February 5th. It bodes to be a magnificent game. Both teams have earned their way to the Super Bowl and it's even money as to who is going to win. It could go either way. 
    The NFL Commissioner showed himself to be a coward by declining to go to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game. He went to the Atlanta Stadium for the second week in a row. 
     I hope the Patriots win the Super Bowl because I am a die hard Patriots fan. I also want to see the look on the NFL Commissioner's face when he has to hand the Lombardi Trophy to the Patriots owner. Sweeter still would be if he has to hand the Most Valuable Player Trophy to Tom Brady, ...that is if he has the courage to even show up.  Have a great rest of the week.


  1. I don't feel invested in the Super Bowl this year as those aren't my teams. I was hoping Green Bay would beat Atlanta but I guess there's always next year. I have you both in my prayers as you embark on this next phase of treatment. Take care.

  2. I add my prayers to Joyce for the both of you! And I was hoping the Seahawks or Dallas would be playing next week but... I like to root for the underdog so I'll be cheering for Atlanta but hope it's a good game however it plays out. :)

  3. Joe and I are not interested in the Super Bowl this year. We were cheering for the Packers. Sorry to say we aren't Patriot fans, but for you...I'll hope your team wins! Keeping your wife in my prayers (and you too).

  4. It makes for a great game. I hope it's not a blow out. My niece and her husband are huge Patriot fans. Our church always has a fabulous Super bowl Sunday with 2 pastors going head to head for 4 quarters. They will each don a team uniform from the Patriots and the Falcons. Fun. I'm a Seahawks fan but wish your team the best! I enjoyed your answers and agree with #7. Blessings.

  5. Very interesting answers! Will keep you and your beloved in my prayers and hope that the stem cell transplant has the intended effect.