Tuesday 4: Spring

Hello and welcome back to Toni Taddeo’s Tuesday 4. Questions are posted here.

1. Spring cleaning is a very old tradition. Some say it began with Passover and removing leaven from the home and the fact that windows begin to be thrown open. What Spring cleaning do you do? My family never observed seasonal anything except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Myra (my 2nd step-mom) would simply clean 🧹🧽 whenever it was needed. The house was always spotless. She was truly amazing. I try to work and live the same way, if it needs done, I do it. No schedule.

2. Does daylight saving time make any difference in your life for good or bad? Bad, bad, bad. I feel doped for about a week after the time is changed. The time change is stuff and nonsense. That’s why I’ve chosen to NOT change our clocks this year. (So far, so good, by the way.) Just call me BraveFart. 😂😂 For the love of all that’s holy, please pick a time and leave it there!!?? I read a study that proved auto accidents, health problems, etc. increase and productivity decreases for days afterwards with the time change.

I rest my case Your Honor. 💥💥boom💥💥

3. Do you have a spring reading/watch list or perhaps a ‘to do’ list? Nah, I’m retired, I don’t do reading or watch lists. In fact, there’s very little scheduling of anything. I read what I want to read or watch whatever I want to watch. Now that we “stream” 📺 all our preferred shows time is really not a problem. And I do try to tell God every day that I’m so super thankful that I have these (and more) choices. All good things come from God. I hope I’ll always give Him the glory.

4. The “peepers” are back here by the water. There are thousands of this itty bitty frogs (the size of a finger nail) peeping like loud birds. What signs of spring are showing up in your neck of the woods and what Spring flower is your favorite to see blooming? It’s been all flowers, bee’s buzzin’, fruit trees, birds, rain, tree frogs, dragonflies, butterflies and warmer temps! There are wildflowers lining our country roads. The butterflies have emerged flitting from flower to flower. Tree frogs sing when it’s fixin’ to rain. 🐸 The trees are covered with bright, shiny leaves. With all this rain the grass is green and lush. Migratory birds like the Ruby throated Hummingbird, Purple Martins, Barn Swallows, Great-crested Flycatchers, and others have returned for their feathered version of a Summer of Love. 😊 All the birds 🐦 are pairing up, singing at the top of their lungs, staking out territories and building nests. It’s like if joy had a face, it would be Spring. Very nice. 😃

On a personal note, today will be busy here at the Red Bird Acres compound. The new pickup truck needs minor warranty work: a recall from Nissan 🛻 for something-or-other and the tailgate still doesn’t lock. Steve will handle all that. Plus, while he’s in town he plans to stop by Hobby Lobby and pick up a few supplies for me. Then stop to pick up my wedding rings that needed resizing. Meanwhile, I need a haircut, also will stop by the local Dollar General, and a few other stops. The fun never ends.

I hope your day is easy, bright and full of wildflowers in bloom. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. 🎕💮🌼💝

This is what the Lord says to me:
    “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place,
like shimmering heat in the sunshine,
    like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone
    and the flower becomes a ripening grape,
he will cut off the shoots with pruning knives,
    and cut down and take away the spreading branches.
Isaiah 18:4-5 NIV

Tuesday 4: Saint Patrick

It’s time once again for Toni Taddeo’s Tuesday 4. Original post here.

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is March 17 it might be nice to talk about it.

1. Do you celebrate the day and is it more secular or religious for you? ☘️ My husband and I go out, or usually do, every March 17th but only because it happens to be our 💚 First Date Anniversary 💚. This one will be our 44th. However, for the first time in 44 years we might stay home for financial reasons. I’m sure that is a common theme in many households these days after the Marxist take overs and the rampant inflation. If we do stay home Steve always does a smashing job with the entree’s and main course. He’s the cook, I’m the cleaner upper. His cooking is 100% better, and cheaper, than anything we can get in a restaurant and certainly better than anything I can do. 💕

2. Americans eat corned beef and cabbage but it’s not traditional in Ireland at all.   In my  house its Colcannon and Beef Stew or Cottage pie (shepherds pie made with beef instead of lamb) which is more realistic and far less salty.  Do you make special meals for holidays?  What will you make for St. Patrick’s Day? ☘️ We usually don’t make any special meals except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think that’s the only ones. I have so much brain fade lately. 🤣🤣

3.  Do you have much green in your wardrobe? Does the color look good on you? ☘️ Green is one of my favorite colors. Our house is Hunter Green (trim) and a peach color (body). Those two colors compliment each other. Surprisingly, I have very little clothing that is green. To me, the green doesn’t go well with my pale skin and blonde now graying hair. I seem to have acquired a lot of white and blue color combos. Dark colors look better with my skin tone, in my opinion.

4. In school we put up giant green shamrocks and Leprechauns. We made green paper chains to decorate our classrooms.  What do you do to decorate? ☘️ No extra decorating, for me thank you. I only put special items up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve even quit decorating for Halloween. It’s too much work otherwise.

That was fun. Thanks dear readers for stopping by. 😀

Tuesday 4: Time

Time flies and weeks just seem to fall by the way side faster and faster.  We all have time on our hands at some point and we all find that time gets away from us at other times.  It takes a lot of work to manage your time because it seems to be at odds with freedom and creativity in some ways.  

Perhaps we might talk about time.

1.  Early to bed, early to rise?  Do you have usual times to go to bed and get up in the morning? How do they work out for you? When it comes to waking and bedtime, I lean towards regimental. After many years of active employment, I learned that it helps me sleep better if I’m not constantly changing my times around. I’m of the mind to not participate in the nonsense of “time change” (Spring ahead, Fall back) anymore. I am retired, so, other than doctor appointments and going to Church, they’re the only two where time will be essential. I can do that mentally.

2. Ecclesiastes says “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

How much time is devoted to work, housework, hobbies? What about religious pursuits like study, prayer, services? In other words,  how is your time apportioned? As stated above, I am retired. I take care of whatever must be done at that moment. Our house is small which makes housework easy. No special times are set aside for it except for devotionals. Early in the day, middle of the day, and around supper time, I spend in prayer, devotion and reading His Holy Word. Not because I’m “holy” but because I need His wisdom, protection, and grace. I want to pray for others ’cause one never knows what awful thing my friends may be experiencing. Plus, I’m praying for the eternal salvation or removal of many of the wicked that are in the news.

3. Do you think you manage your time well or would you like to improve? How would you improve? If I thought hard enough, I’m sure I’ve got room for improvement and not just in time management. I will add any time spent in devotion to God is not wasted unless it renders me ineffectual in other aspects. Moderation in everything is always the key to a balanced life, mind and relationships, amen?

4. Do you think time travel is possible? Why or why not? Although it is amusing to contemplate such a thing, I would say that is absolutely not possible. God would not permit it. He is time. He created it (in Him all things where created). However, I am of the mind that there are different dimensions. Just my opinion not based on Scripture.

Thanks Annie at Tuesday 4.

Tuesday 4: Thanksgiving Time

Welcome to Tuesday 4 begun by Toni Taddeo and kept up in her memory.

Here is an old one from Toni’s blog from 2019 about Thanksgiving time:

1.   What is your favorite Thanksgiving show/animated show?: There are so many! This is about the time I start watching Christmas shows and listening to Christmas music, though, if that counts.

2.   What is there about Thanksgiving you like the best: The food, the smells, the decorations, the weather … well, everything! I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The day after, I begin decorating for Christmas.

3.   Favorite Thanksgiving/holiday song?: For me it’s We Gather Together. It’s always best to thank the good Lord above for all His blessings.

4.   If you have an all holiday music radio station when do you start listening to it?: I like anything traditional, except Little Drummer Boy. That’s the only one I don’t care for. Back when we had satellite TV and radio, I would tune it to listen to Christmas songs about then. We cut the cord about 3 years ago. Now everything is streamed from YouTube or other sites.

Thank you Anne for keeping this alive every week. If anyone has suggestions for more Tuesday 4’s, please leave a comment on the link here.