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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge 22 March 2017 AND Swan Princess Royally Undercover

The Swan Princess Royally Undercover will be released on DVD on March 28, 2017.

This animated movie is rated G.  When someone is not who he seems to be, two kids and a host of animal friends go undercover to discover the truth.

This movie has some very funny moments along with a lot of action and adventure.

As the two kids work together to find the truth, they are faced with some very difficult situations.  Who can they trust?  How will this adventure end?

This movie is very entertaining and should be a great addition to your family night lineup.


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1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

This is a long story, but I don’t mind telling it.  First of all, as you might recall from our recent posts, February for us was a month from hell.  A friend of ours went out of town and needed us to help his adult children watch after his business.

Well, I swear, his one and only employee has horns and a pointed tail. 

During the month, we had six tornados hit the area.

Some routine maintenance had to be deferred here.  We are still cleaning up from the effects of the tornado along with trying to get back to some sense of normalcy. 

We live in Gulf Coast Texas.  It topped 100 degrees back in February.  Now, our blower motor has gone out on the air conditioner in the car and we need to find the $471 to fix that.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our grand-dogger is still trying to get back used to us being at home most of the time since we were gone many hours each day from the end of January and almost all of February.  So, it is madness here alright.

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

Bobalated.  For Southerners, the term discombobulated means that something is all messed up.  Somewhere along the line we shortened it to bobalated.  This mean the same thing, all messed up.

I like it and it works well for us.

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us?
I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-
clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

There is no spring in Gulf Coast Texas.  We go from hot to hotter.  There is no fall or winter here either.  Just summer.  Be that as it may, we are cleaning constantly trying to get all the stuff that blew down into our yard cleaned up.  It blew into our yard and some of it blew into our house.

We keep finding debris in the strangest of places.  Although it isn’t officially called spring cleaning, it is cleaning and some of you out there are having a spring, so I guess that is it.

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

Exactly how does one go about tackling a window?  Do you grab it around the knees and hold on?  Our youngest daughter was working security when one patron of the establishment would not cease harassing her protected.

She is four foot eleven and the perp is six foot three.  She warned him twice to go on.  He did not heed her warning.  She tackled him and broke two or three of his ribs. The police were called and they told our daughter she was in the right and the only arrest made was of the dude who would not stop when he was told.

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

I got nothing.  We don’t watch many movies.  Most of the ones we watch are
animated like Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Swan PrincessRoyally Undercover.  There is too much trash in most live action movies.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?

I got to walk out of the hospital after having been taken by ambulance.  My blood glucose was 30 and Suzanne called EMS. 

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?

Not ever.  The kids are brats and the food is hideous.  Actually, we did homeschool our kids for part of their time in school.  But teaching other people’s kids, NO!

Teachers today have too many restrictions on them.  You can’t give students the grades they deserve because it might hurt their self-esteem.

Teachers cannot discipline students the way they should be disciplined. Most children today have no idea what respect means.

7.  What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?

Natural flowers smell wonderful.  I do not have a favorite.  When you get too many together they cause the place to smell like a funeral home. I remember once I cleaned out my mother’s car and to be nice I spayed just a spritz of Glade American Beauty Rose air freshener in her car. Big mistake.  As the day got hotter, the smell got stronger. It was days before anyone could get in that car again.

If you use florals like the kind you make out of frosting to decorate a cake, I am all in.  But, if you put it on my plate, it better by golly be edible. 

We don’t drink wines.  What kind of moron would make a wine out of a flower?  I remember once a friend of mine and I were at a wedding rehearsal dinner for one of our riding partners, as we used to call it.

The bride’s extended family and the groom’s extended family were trying to impress one another with their wine knowledge and related issues.  After a while of this, my friend leaned back in his chair, put both feet up on the table in this fancy dining room and said, “I would like some of that Wine in a Box.”  The whole mood changed.  From that point on, the others stopped trying to impress one another and they wanted to hear some redneck insights and stories. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I am glad I get to see another HodgePodge.  It was not at all a sure thing this last Saturday night.  I was editing on a video and started getting sleepy.  I checked my blood glucose and then went to bed.

After a little while, I asked Suzanne to check my blood sugar. It was in the 40s.  She gave me two Three Musketeers Bars and I did not get better.  

A half hour later, she checked it again.  I was in the high 30s.  I ate another candy bar.  This went on until I had eaten four candy bars and was still dropping.  

When it hit 30, she tried to get me to the car to take me to the emergency room. 

Along the way, she decided to call the ambulance.  She followed behind the ambulance to the hospital that is about 35 miles away.  The one in our town closed due to incompetence.

In our town of somewhere near 9,000 people, there are only three EMS ambulances to serve the town and surrounding area.  The first out ambulance was inbound to one hospital that is over 35 miles away. 

I was in the second out ambulance.  We were inbound to the major trauma hospital, which is also over 35 miles away.  This left one ambulance to cover everyone in the town and surrounding area.

The paramedic was monitoring my blood glucose and it started to rise.  It had reached 69 when he had the driver go down to the least emergent code, code one, no reds, no sirens.

Then, the third and last ambulance in the town was dispatched to a man with chest pains.  That meant there was no one minding the store, so to speak.

Had Suzanne been close enough behind us, she would have freaked.  The paramedic had the driver go to code 3, lights, sirens, and Billy-Bob.  If you are not familiar with Billy-Bob, you need to watch a few of our YouTube videos.

If Suzanne had seen the ambulance go from no sirens and no reds to code three, she probably would have thought I had coded or something.  We got to the hospital and my blood sugar was approaching normal. 

Thirty is the lowest I have ever been and I don’t want to go back to that again.

Have a great week.

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  1. Bobalated is a fun word. :) I wish I'd known it when Aunt Vi was alive. I think she would have enjoyed it, too. I love you, my Zing. :)

    1. Yep, she was bobalated alright. And half a bubble off center. I love you, too, my ZIng!

    2. After all these years, I can still hear her laughter.

  2. Wow that sounds awfully scary! I'm so glad you recovered and were able to come home. Hoping 'Spring' is a bit brighter for you this next month. February sounds like it was a handful!

    1. Thanks. It wasn't one of my favorite ways to spend Saturday night, and probably spend several thousand dollars besides. Have a great week.

  3. Glad to hear you're feeling better after your frightening episode.

    1. Thank you. I can think of better ways to spend a Saturday night.

  4. That was a scary Saturday night, glad you are OK now.

  5. Happy to hear that you recovered quickly from the drop in your blood sugar. My mom was diabetic and those really low numbers (as well as high ones) are very scary. Things can plummet or escalate so quickly, as you know.

    Had to laugh about your comment about teaching other kids. There is something special about teaching your own kids (homeschooling) versus teaching a classroom of kids. You're right...there are so many limitations and expectations put on public school teachers these days.

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. Thanks. You are right. We live in a sad world where students can tell teachers what to do and the teacher is powerless to do anything about it. I have a college professor friend who is constantly approached by students and their parents about changing their grades. I was witness to this once. The work presented was not college level work.


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