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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 2017 .... a life changer and it is the Hodgepodge


It is Wednesday!
It is time for the Hodgepodge!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.






 1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Yes, weather wise, Wisconsin has seen its share of showers this April. Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? I have a fun blue rain coat.  

 Besides rain, what else has filled your April? 


 Our oldest son, enjoyed a Happy 17th Birthday!

 

 My dad had a heart attack on April 11th. 
If you follow The River you know my parents are  Wisconsin Dairy Farmers. My parents had a plan if anything should happen to my dad. My mom had to sell the herd the afternoon of my dad's heart attack. A life changer in many ways. 
I am happy to report my dad is recovering. He will be starting his Cardio Rehab today.
He is taking his time heading down to visit the barn. We all told him  that is alright. When he is ready to face that empty barn, we will all be at his side.
  The cows were my dad's favorite part of farming. 

 2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

Gardening Tips

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

My mom made and still does make the best No Bake Cookies!
Yummy!

 4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

Home on the Range

my version goes like this


Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where someone is heard and there is not a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day. 


the correct lyrics 
 
Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.   

 5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? I have visited Times Square (NYC)  and Quincy Market (Boston) Did you feel like a tourist? I did feel like a tourist, but I was one! Did you care? No, I did not care that I was a tourist. I  enjoyed visiting both Times Square and Quincy Market. Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

Duluth, Minnesota

 6. Your signature clothing item?

I like my blue jeans.

 7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

 During my stay at the hospital with my dad and family, we were blessed by so many strangers. Some had family in ICU and they too were waiting news on their loved ones.

Why do I say, I think everyone should be blessed by a stranger? Because this world is not as BIG AND UGLY as the Media makes it out. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I wish I would have thought of these jeans.
Golly, my garden jeans are worth $$$$!!!


 

Jeans made to look like you Work Hard so you don’t have to

article by

Mike Rowe

 


23 comments:

  1. Sorry for your Dad's ill health, but maybe it will prolong his life in the long run. My mother-in-law had a blocked artery two years ago and died twice on the way to the hospital, but they revived her. She had a stint put in and they induced a coma for 5 days. Within months she got back on her feet and is in the best health now. She's no spring chicken, but at 91 she's enjoying life more than ever. Hope this happens for your father!

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  2. I'm glad to hear your dad is recovering and starting his cardio rehab. That is sad about selling the herd but best for his health. It's good they had a plan! Happy 17th birthday to your oldest! Where does the time go? I like your version of Home on The Range!

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  3. Wonderful that your dad is recovering and beginning cardio rehab. It is great that your parents had a plan, though I'm sure it was still extremely difficult to sell the herd.

    Is that a doughnut with a candle in it? Happy Birthday to your son!

    Maybe you could sell your gardening jeans on Etsy or eBay and make a lot of money from them!

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  4. I'm so glad your dad is doing better! And Happy Birthday to your eldest :)

    Those jeans... what in the world are they thinking?! lol

    xo,
    rue

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  5. You certainly had an eventful April, Carla. I love your answer to #7. That is so very true! Americans are kind and generous, for the most part. But it's the nasties that get all the press. And Nordstrom's jeans. Isn't that a hoot! I saw a pic of a model wearing those $425 jeans with stark white sneakers. Now if that wasn't a dead giveaway. LOL I didn't realize there was any virtue in looking filthy. Who knew!

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  6. Ah, I like my blue jeans too, my friend :)

    What a lovely post and may I say Happy Birthday to your oldest son!

    Praise the Lord that your dad is recovering! What a blessing. Hugs to you!

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, but am so glad he's recovering well. I'm sure it has been a challenging time, and I pray he continues to improve and adjust to the changes on the farm. Good luck with your garden test!

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  8. For real? Jeans made to look dirty? Now you know how to make some extra money!

    I am so sorry to hear that your father had to go through this. I hope that his recuperation goes well. I know he is blessed to have the family surrounding him with love that he has and you are blessed to have him.

    Happy birthday to your son! And a happy nearly May to you, Carla because I know you're looking forward to the flowers that April rain will bring, with your help!

    Dewena

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  9. For real? Jeans made to look dirty? Now you know how to make some extra money!

    I am so sorry to hear that your father had to go through this. I hope that his recuperation goes well. I know he is blessed to have the family surrounding him with love that he has and you are blessed to have him.

    Happy birthday to your son! And a happy nearly May to you, Carla because I know you're looking forward to the flowers that April rain will bring, with your help!

    Dewena

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  10. I cannot believe they charge over $400.00 for dirt on jeans!! This is a perfect blog fact, and I did not know it! I guess they are for lazy rich people! My heart goes out to your Dad when he visits the barn. Farming really is in the blood. I hope he has some other interests and hobbies? Or maybe can develop some? I have never been to any of these tourist places! I guess my most well known visit trip is Natural Bridge, we live almost on it's doorstep, so to speak. Love your daffodil picture! I wear jeans all the time and nothing else.

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  11. I've been to all those tourist attractions, except for the space needle and EPCOT. I guess Disneyland could be considered a tourist trap, but I loved visiting there. I admire your parents for having a plan like that. I bet it was hard for your mom to carry it out, though. xo

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  12. DD3 and I were just talking this morning about how stupid those jeans with dirt on them are. And people are going to buy them. So stupid. So sorry your dad is having to face all of this but am so glad he's still here. Tourist attractions are not my favorite things to visit. Too crowded. :)

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  13. "Because this world is not as BIG AND UGLY as the Media makes it out."

    Amen! Agree totally.

    Those jeans are hilarious! I have to think someone suggested that as a joke and they just went with it.

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  14. Oh- The cows. Those were my father's favorite part of farming, too. They all had names and he knew just how much milk each one gave and could read their 'moods'. That is going to be a hard day for your dad when he walks in that barn for the first time.

    Loved your answers. Carla. xo Diana

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  15. My son tried to bleach some black jeans when he was in H.S. and sadly they turned a mustard yellow instead of gray. But all his friends wanted to know where they could buy some. LOL

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  16. I certainly wouldn't pay to get jeans that look like that. I have only seen Disney land in the USA, but on my on day list is: The Grand Canyon, Big Sur, NYC, and maybe somewhere that has a spectacular autumn leaf display.

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  17. Oh, I know--those jeans have been making the rounds on gardening social media posts. I think we all have many pairs like that, and we didn't have to spend hundreds of dollars on them! I'm glad your dad is recovering well, and I hope the adjustment to a new lifestyle won't be too difficult.

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  18. So neat to read that you were blessed by strangers at the hospital. That is so wonderful :)
    I saw those jeans yesterday and thought Cliff could make a fortune selling his!
    Snowing here this morning. How about up your way?

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  19. So happy to hear about your dad recovering so nicely. Have a great rest of the week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  20. Glad to hear about your dad's recovery! I know that barn is going to be a tough place to see, but you have so much great family to support him, he will find new adventures, I am sure. And those jeans are ridiculous. I heard about them and laughed. My husband's work jeans look like that, too. ;)

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  21. So very glad to hear that your dad is recovering, Carla, must be such a difficult time for you. A big big hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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  22. Garden jeans! What a riot! I would love for you to share your moms no bake cookie recipe sometime! Thinking of you my friend! ❤️

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  23. I'm glad to hear your dad is recovering and starting his cardio rehab.
    Happy 17th birthday wishes to your son.

    Continuing good thoughts and prayers for you, your dad and family.

    All the best Jan

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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