Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Middle of The Road Hodgepodge

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1. Tell us about a time you found yourself 'in the middle of nowhere'. Was this deliberate?

I once went to a friend's party which was being held at one of her friend's house.  I'd never been there before and I was driving by myself at night.  It felt like it was in the middle of nowhere.  There were no street lights and one lane going each way.  I thought I might drive right off of the island into the ocean if I blinked too long.  I don't think I've ever been so happy to find the Expressway. 

2. What's something you're 'in the middle of' today or this week? 

I'm in the middle of our homeschool week. 

3. At what age do you think 'middle age' begins? What does it mean to be 'middle aged'? 

I used to think it was 50 but now I think it is later.  It means you have lived enough to have wisdom but not old enough to be considered elderly. 

4. Ravioli, stuffed peppers, samosas, deviled eggs, steamed dumplings, pierogis, or a jelly donut...your favorite food (from this list!) with something yummy in the middle. Your favorite not on the list? 

My favorite is stuffed peppers.  My mom made them a lot growing up and I don't make them nearly as often as I should.  I combine ground beef and cooked brown rice.  Then stuff that into a half of a bell pepper and top it with tomato soup.  Yum!  My favorite that is not on the list would be a ham and cheese calzone.  Pizza dough baked with ricotta cheese and thinly sliced ham, haven't had one in years but am craving one now. 

5. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ''In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Would you agree? Have you found this to be true in your own life? Feel free to elaborate. 

Yes, I would agree.  There is always opportunities to learn in difficulties.  Often the opportunity is for us to respond differently than we might initially want to. 

6. What's a song you remember loving from your middle school years? Do you love it still? 

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds.  Yes, I love it still. 

7. May 18th is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate? Which relative would you visit if time, distance, and expense were not considered. 

I do not have plans on visiting any relative, aside from those who live in our house.  I would visit my Aunt Carol in Florida if I could. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I kept thinking of the song "The Middle of The Road" by The Pretenders as I read this week's questions.  The Hodgepodge always seems to put a song in my head :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mother's Day May Hodgepodge

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1. What's something fun you're looking forward to on your May calendar?

Celebrating Mother's Day with my family this Sunday. 

2. What are some images that come to mind when you hear the word mother? 

A smiling woman who puts her children before herself and will do anything for them. 

3. What's something beautiful you own or have seen that's made of glass? 

I have a beautiful glass pitcher that was my Grandmother's.  I have it on top of the china cabinet and use it as a decoration. 

4. Was today typical? If not what made it unusual? 

Yes, today was typical.  Helping my mother-in-law, homeschooling, piano lessons, preparing meals, doing laundry, vacuuming, talking on the phone with family members, sitting down to relax with a cup of tea. 

5. What is a quality you wish you could have more of?

Self-control.  Sometimes I wish I would have kept my mouth shut. 

6. What's the next major purchase you need to make? Will it happen in the month of May? 

Well, I don't need to make a major purchase but hope to buy a new easy set up pool.  Ours had a leak so we threw it out at the end of the season last year.  It wasn't big, but great for sitting in a tube and floating around to keep cool.

7. What responsibility/job/work did you dislike while growing up but has proved helpful to you as an adult?

Cleaning up the dishes, washing and drying them right after a meal was finished.  It really has helped me with keeping a clean, orderly kitchen. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Two more days of my whole30 plan!  It's the little things I miss (although really it isn't that bad) like ketchup, light French dressing, vanilla almond milk with sugar in it, and coconut ice cream ;)  I plan to still eat mostly Paleo since I feel better when I eat that way and still need to lose weight.  Now to continue practicing self-control :) 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hickory Dickory Dock Hodgepodge

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1. This is the last Hodgepodge in April. Share something you learned this month.

Contractor time is different from standard time.  We've had various workers here the past couple of weeks and they all are on their own time schedule. 

2.  It's National Poetry Month, and we all know you can't escape an April Hodgepodge without a little poetry. Keeping the first line as is, change the rest of the wording in this familiar rhyme to make it your own - 'Hickory Dickory Dock...
please let me wake before the clock!
I do not like waking up to an alarm clock, especially when it is an annoying beeping sound.

3. What were one or two rules in the home you grew up in? Growing up, did you feel your parents were strict? Looking back do you still see it that way? 

Clean up after yourself and don't bring food into the house unless you are willing to share.  My parents were not strict.  Yes, looking back I still see it that way.  I am way stricter!

4. Tell us about a kitchen or cooking disaster or mishap you've experienced. Do you have many from which to choose? 

Thankfully, I can't think of too many.  I remember putting the waffle iron in the oven once when unexpected company was on the way.  I forgot I put it there and later turned the oven on.  I caught it in time so the waffle iron wasn't ruined.  That should teach me to not hide things in the oven. 

5. Plant a kiss, plant doubt, plant a tree, plant yourself somewhere...which on the list have you most recently planted? 

Plant doubt.  With many house projects planned it is easy to doubt they will get done. 

6. What's your most worn item of clothing this time of year? Are you tired of it? 

Capris.  I have them in a few different colors and denim and wear them every day that I don't have to be dressed up.  I am not tired of them.  I actually found super comfortable ones at Kohls a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to wear them. 

7. I'm wrapping up the A-Z Blog Challenge this month and our Hodgepodge lands on letter W. What's one word beginning with W that describes you in some way? How about a word to describe your home, also beginning with W?

Warm.  I like to think that I am a warm person and not cold and standoffish.  I would describe my home as welcoming.  I like everyone who enters to feel comfortable and at home.  I try to let everyone who comes over know they are welcome. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

With the arrival of Spring, many birds have been visiting our backyard.  Usually I see bluejays and an occasional cardinal.  The other day I saw this little bright yellow bird in the tree.  It didn't look like a bird you'd see in nature, more of a bird you'd see in a cage as someone's pet.  When our roofer was here he told me it was a finch.  I've seen several since and they are the cutest little birds.  My favorite spot in the Spring is out on the deck listening to the birds and drinking a cup of tea.  If I was better at taking pictures and always having my camera ready I would have a picture, but I'll have to work on that ;)