Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Wednesday's Peaceful Hodgepodge


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1. How do you define peace? 

An inner calmness that isn't dependent on outside circumstances.

2. November 3rd is Election Day in the US of A, but did you know it's also National Sandwich Day? Let's vote, shall we? egg salad or tuna salad? chicken salad or grilled chicken on a bun? peanut butter and jelly or a bagel with cream cheese? turkey and swiss or ham and cheddar? grilled cheese or pimento cheese? roast beef-corned beef-or make mine veggie? 

Tuna salad (mine made with Hellmann's vegan mayo because I avoid eggs)

Grilled chicken on a bun

Bagel with cream cheese (I love pbj too)

Turkey and swiss but I'd prefer ham and swiss

Grilled cheese (with bacon and tomato)

Roast beef (I like hot pastrami on rye better) 

Katz's Deli, NYC 

3. When did you last say (or feel) 'no rest for the weary'

On Monday.  It was one of those days where there seemed to be so much catching up on things.  I was extra tired for some reason, maybe the time change.  It felt like I kept going all day and night.  

4. This time last year, where were you? 

Same place as this year.  

5. Share a favorite song, verse, or quote featuring the word 'peace'. 

"You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You."

Isaiah 26:3

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My peaceful place.  Hope to get there today.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday's Chocolate Day Hodgepodge

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1. Boo, boo-hoo, make a boo-boo, boo(ze)...pick one and tell us how it relates to life lately. 

Boo-hoo has become a funny saying in my home lately.  It usually follows something said that sounds like a big deal at the moment but really isn't.  

2. Do you like the color orange? Would we find this color in your home? Your wardrobe? Peach-pumpkin-tangeringe...your favorite shade of the three listed? 

I love orange leaves in Autumn.  I have fall decorations in my home that have orange in them.  I do not have anything orange in my wardrobe.  Tangerine orange is my favorite.

3. October 28th is National Chocolate Day. What's the last chocolate something you tasted? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being out of this world delicious, how would you rate it? 

Diet friendly brownies I made the other day.  I froze them so I can take one out when I want a treat.  It is made from a box of brownie mix and a can of pumpkin.  I would rate it a 6.  It isn't cakey which is how I prefer my brownies, but more chewy.  I enjoy having one with some frozen blueberries and light whipped cream on top. 

4. Life is like a box of chocolates or so says Forrest Gump's mama. Would you agree? Aside from the pandemic fallout tell us one way this saying has played out in your life. 

While we don't know all the details of life ahead of time we can trust the One who does.  

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths."  
Proverbs 3:5-6

5. As October winds down tell us three things you loved about the month we're bidding adieu. 

1. Cooler temperatures
2. Leaves changing colors
3. Being able to wear comfy jeans

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Congratulations Justice Amy Coney Barrett!


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Wednesday's Traveling Fall Hodgepodge

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1. Just your weekly mid-week reminder that it's fall y'all and it's my favorite. I love nearly all the flavors of fall but let's weigh in with an either or today...pumpkin or cranberry? hot apple cider or pumpkin spice latte? cinnamon or maple? apple or pear? ginger or sage? carrot or butternut squash? Yes you have to choose. What's a favorite dish made with one of the flavors listed here? 

Fall is my favorite too!  Joyce is making this question hard, I like most of these.  Since I have to pick...pumpkin over cranberry but I love cranberry sauce.  Pumpkin spice latte over hot apple cider but I wouldn't say no to a hot cider.  Maple is one of my favorite flavors so I'd pick that over cinnamon but I use cinnamon pretty much all year long.  Apple over pear.  Ginger over sage.  Carrot over butternut squash but I like both.  I love pumpkin bread, apple pie and maple walnut balls which are a cookie that I make at Christmas time.  

2. Do you miss traveling? In this season of almost no travel do you think you've grown anxious or fearful about traveling again? Or has all this staying home not going anywhere made you restless to get out and see the world? What book have you read or what movie have you watched that has inspired you to travel? 

No I do not miss traveling.  Sadly I am not much of a traveler anymore.  Yes Covid definitely has made me more anxious and fearful about traveling.  Not so much about the virus but more about restrictions on travel, quarantine rules, etc.  Can't think of a recent book or movie that has inspired me to travel. 

3. A time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'? Explain. 

I think it was my first teaching job.  In retrospect I should not have taken the job.  It was a Hebrew Preschool that provided Special Education services.  I am not Jewish and a very limited understanding of the Orthodox community.  I had a class of twelve little ones, ages 18 months to 4 years old with various needs.  I wasn't given a curriculum or really any direction.  Many of the children had to be carried, some were deaf, some had various health needs.  In my opinion they should not have been grouped together like that.  It was very difficult to meet all of their needs.  I was so relieved to leave half way through the year and found a much more suitable teaching position for me.  Looking back I don't know how I did it except by flying by the seat of my pants.  I don't like knowing I didn't do my best :(  

4. Do you struggle with road rage or are you more of a 'Sunday driver'? Do you like to be 'in the driver's seat (literally and/or figuratively speaking) ?

I do not have road rage although I can be tempted to get annoyed at other drivers at times.  Actually just the other day I was in the passenger seat and my daughter was driving.  A car turned out and it appeared he was unaware of oncoming traffic.  My daughter swerved slightly.  I reacted and in retrospect should have been calmer.  My daughter reminded me of that ;)  I am not a 'Sunday driver'.  Yes I like to be in the driver's seat figuratively speaking but I prefer for my husband to drive most of the time.  

5. Something you've recently 'put the brakes on'? 

Late night snacking.

6. Insert your own random thought here.