On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Yay! It's Hodgepodge time again and we're strumming along about guitars and thoughts of retirement! You can join in the fun right here with Joyce and the others.

1. What does retirement mean to you? Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it?

I'm living it! And have been for the last 6 years. It has been somewhat as expected, along with some surprises along the way. I think we wondered whether we would get on each others' nerves, but that hasn't been a problem at all. We have done some traveling, enjoyed grandkids, dealt with health issues in-between, life being more flexible, less structure, and always wanting to be sure not to waste these precious days. 

2. It's International Guitar Month...do you play? Does anyone in your family play? What's a song you especially like to hear played on the guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar?

I took guitar lessons many years ago when my husband and I had aspirations of becoming the Sonny and Cher of bluegrass. (He was taking banjo lessons.) Big LOL! 

Practicing and outfitted in my
Let's Go to Luckenbach, Texas shirt

It was fun taking lessons, but I never excelled and lesson times transitioned into enjoyable visits with the instructor. Having to cut my long fingernails and having callouses form on my fingers were also a problem. Dolly Parton's ability to play guitar and banjo with her extremely long nails amazes me. My nephew plays guitar and my sister-in-law plays ukulele. Willie Nelson is a personal favorite of mine and I love to watch the guitar players at our church as they so enthusiastically lead in worship. Another favorite is Buddy Greene playing guitar and singing I Don't Belong (Sojourner's Song). 

It's not home 
Where men sell their souls 
And the taste of power is sweet 
Where wrong is right 
And neighbors fight 
While the hungry are dyin' in the streets 
Where kids are abused 
And women are used 
And the weak are crushed by the strong 
Nations gone mad 
Jesus is sad 
And I don't belong 

I don't belong 

And I'm going someday 

Home to my own native land 
I don't belong 
And it seems like I hear 
The sound of a "welcome home" band 
I don't belong 
I'm a foreigner here 
Singing a sojourner's song 
I've always known 
This place ain't home 
And I don't belong 

3. What's your comfort food?

Gimme some beans and cornbread topped with cottage cheese and ketchup, with fried potatoes and onions, and fresh home grown tomatoes on the side. That is truly a messy plate full of delicious!

4. What's one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate?

When I was working, I may have driven some of my co-workers crazy trying to stay ahead of deadlines rather than wait until the last minute. Unfortunately, the people I worked with worked best at the last minute. I am also a stickler about being on time for appointments or commitments so I don't procrastinate about getting ready. 

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Does your local store bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place? Do you like someone packing your groceries?

I do the shopping. DH drops me at the door, waits in the car, and then meets me at the door and helps unload when we get home. I learned a long time ago I am more efficient and only buy what is needed (most of the time, that is.) I shop at Kroger's and they bag the groceries for me. Seldom do I say anything about the way they bag, however, some checkers put more thought into it than others. The other day, a young lady bagging up my groceries informed me that all the glass bottles were in one bag. Really? Please don't do that. 

Does anyone remember the days when the sacker not only bagged your groceries, but also escorted you to your car and loaded the groceries for you, then took back the cart?

6. What's the coolest thing you've seen in nature?

The first thought that comes to me is birth - is there any other miracle like it? Other than that, I think I've seen so much in nature that is amazing, glaciers cracking in Alaska, whales breaching, waterfalls, lightning striking the ground by the lake with flashes of fire rising from it. Nature is full of cool things. Wish I could think of more because I know I've been in awe many times. 

7. Share a favorite quote about home.

Home ... Where you treat your friends like family, 

and your family like friends.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

C. S. Lewis said it: "I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

I belong 
To a kingdom of peace 
Where only love is the law 
Where children lead 
And captives are freed 
And God becomes a baby on the straw 
Where dead men live 
And rich men give 
Their kingdoms to buy back a song 
Where sinners like me 
Become royalty 
And we'll all belong 

Yes I belong 
And I'm going someday 
Home to my own native land 
Where I'll belong 
And it seems like I hear 
The sound of a "welcome home" band 
Yes, I'll belong 
No foreigner there 
Singin' a sojourner's song 
I've always known 
I'm going home 
Where I belong 
Yes I've always known 
This place ain't home 
And I don't belong
-Gloria Gaither and Buddy Greene

"[God] has planted eternity in the human heart, 

but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work 

from beginning to end." 
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT


Wendy said...

Enjoyed reading your post. I thought birth was pretty cool too :)

A Joyful Chaos said...

I like the quote you shared by C.S. Lewis.

April said...

I'd love to go whale watching one day...definitely on my bucket list! I absolutely loved your random thought!

Joyce said...

Cottage cheese with ketchup? Hmmm....The rest of that plate sounds good though : ) Enjoy your day!

maddie/cadesmimi said...

How cool that you took guitar lessons! My husband tried playing, but didn't like it for the same reasons you mentioned.
They still carry your groceries to the car here, if you want them to. We usually do our own.
Kathy (Reflections)

Allstarme79 said...

Your comfort food sounds...interesting. Must be a Texas thing? :)

Theresa said...

I love the picture of you playing the guitar and the typewriter in the background. I remember those! I remember when I was at the grocery store on vacation in Florida, the bagger took my cart out to the car. It felt weird to me. I guess it is a nice thing to do, especially if most of the customers are elderly.


LOVED this post! I think I had that couch at one time. I too play guitar. Stopping in from Wednesday Hodge Podge.

Linda Kay said...

I do remember the grocery baggers of old. I recently had to even load my groceries into my recyclable bags, as they didn't have enough staff to do the bagging!

Susie said...

Nonnie, I loved all the photos and those of your last post too. Hope you still have that guitar. Two of my grandsons play . Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Elizabeth Day said...

I have to ask - beans and cornbread with cottage cheese and ketchup? I am having a hard time picturing that, I'm afraid. Chuckle! Isn't retirement wonderful? Loving every minute of it! Really enjoyed your post today and especially all the music lyrics and quotes. Thanks.

Say What? said...

My husband is probably retiring from the military in 3-4 yrs and I, too, worry we'll drive each other crazy. It's good to hear that you and your guy are enjoying it.

Love the pic of you playing the guitar!

I love beans and cornbread, but as a southerner, we put mayo on ours. Cottage cheese and ketchup? I've never heard of that.

Capri K @ No Whining Allowed said...

Love the C.S. Lewis quote!
I actually had a young man help me put my stuff in the car the last time I was at Sam's! He even took my cart! Of course he was out there collecting the carts ��

WW said...

My grocery store will bag your groceries and take them out to your car for you and take the cart back, so I guess some still do it. I walk and live a block away, and I've had a few of the baggers offer to walk the block with me. I've never taken them up on their offer, I feel that would be a little weird.

shortybear said...

good answers.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy to hear that your retirement is working out for you! You comfort food surprises me yet I do like all the things you listed. Actually they often ask me if I want help to the car and I say no. I must look really old.....LOL! I did list my dog with her puppies but I was actually invited to the birth of one of my bowling buddies daughters being born. Amazing!!!