Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day Hodgepodge

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1. In two or three sentences tell us what Veteran's Day means to you?

For me Veteran's Day is about honoring and giving respect to those who have served and our serving our country.  It is about taking the time to think about the many sacrifices made by many to protect and serve so that we can live in the land of the free and home of the brave.

2. What's your favorite film with a patriotic theme woven into the storyline?

Top Gun.  Tom Cruise is a great actor and I don't get tired of watching this movie no matter how many times it is played on TV.

3. Flu shot-yes or no? If you answered no, do you plan to get a flu shot? If not, why not? Have you ever had the flu?

No, I have never had one and I do not plan on getting one.  I do not trust them nor want those chemicals injected into my body.  Plus they make the vaccine guessing what strain of flu will hit and it isn't always accurate.  So I use the risk vs. benefit question to make my choice.  Yes, I've had the flu although it's been some time.  I stick with the old prescription of homemade chicken soup, ginger ale, crackers and lots of rest.
4. I've seen lots of people posting pictures of their Christmas trees up and decorated. Many stores have had Christmas on display since well before Halloween. Red cups are back at Starbucks, sans the holiday decor, and that has some people up in arms. What are your thoughts on all the holiday ruckus this second week of November?

I think it is too early.  I want to be excited for Thanksgiving first.  A couple of weeks ago I went to the craft store and there were only a few shelves of fall stuff left and it was already on clearance!  Everything seems too rushed for my liking.  I love Christmas and the whole season, but for me it starts the Monday after Thanksgiving and lasts until the second week of January.  As for leaving out Merry Christmas....I do not like that one bit!

5. What 'critter' are you most afraid of encountering unexpectedly? Why that one?

Yuck, I do not like any critter but I guess I'd have to say a mouse.  They gross me out and the thought of one gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.

6. Do you like building things? What's the last thing you 'built'?

No, I don't.  It is not one of my strengths.  I do terrible with anything that comes and needs to be assembled with directions.  Thankfully my husband and son love that kind of thing so I just ask them.  The last thing I built was probably a tower of blocks when my children were small.

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude...what are you most grateful for that brings beauty to your daily life?

My children.  I am so thankful I get to teach them at home and for the beauty they bring to my life.  Other things that bring beauty to my daily life right now are candles glowing and the beautiful colors of fall.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Happy Veterans Day Quotes 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Flying Fall Hodgepodge

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1. What's something that has recently 'tried your patience'?

Our move.  I am one who likes everything done decently and in order and of course ahead of time.  Well, that isn't how this move has gone.  There are many jobs that need to be done and unfortunately I do not have the skill to do them so I must wait.  I try to help but it seems the best I can do to help is to work on making the house our home.  So I unpack, organize, move things around and work on creating a warm, cozy, inviting home.

2. Do you think patience comes to us naturally or is it something you have to learn as you grow? On a scale of 1-10 generally how patient are you? (1=I blow up at the drop of a hat and 10=I've got all the time in the world).

I do not think patience comes naturally.  I think it takes discipline to apply patience and you can only get more patience through practice.  It's funny but I am very patient with certain things and really impatient with others.  I've been told I have the patience of a saint when it comes to helping children, the elderly or those with disabilities.  However, put me in a line at the store that isn't moving and I feel like a monster!

3. Share about a time when you felt like you could fly. Or a time you wished you could fly. Or a time you felt like you were flying.

Well I'm sure this question refers to flying as a good feeling but I think of when I had vertigo and felt like I was flying or drifting through the air and I did not like that feeling at all.  The thought of flying gives my stomach a sick feeling.

4. Your favorite song with the word fly in the title or lyrics, or your favorite song that relates to flying in some way?

"Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra.  My mother-in-law often has this one playing and it just makes me happy.

5. What's in your fall picnic basket and where are we picnicking in your neck of the woods this time of year?

Hot tea, cookies and apples.  We are picnicking at the beach.  I love the beach off season.  When I need to clear my mind and calm down the beach is my favorite place to be.  Sunday evening was one of those times.  I made a hot thermos of tea, threw some snacks in a bag and grabbed a blanket.  The kids played while I gazed at the clear blue fall sky and calm water while digging my toes in the sand.  It doesn't matter what the weather is like, if I'm at the beach I want my feet in the sand (well maybe not if there is snow on the ground).  Yes, I love the beach when it snows too :)

6.  Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping...which skill would you most like to possess and how would you put that skill to use today?

Electrical although live wires scare me.  I would redo the breaker box and update all the outlets in our new home.  I think I'll stick with changing the plate covers and leave the rest for an expert.

7. What's something you think is too expensive to justify buying lately?

A new couch and loveseat.  We do plan on buying new ones but I am watching the sales and waiting for the right time.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I've missed the Hodgepodge while I was busy packing, moving and settling in.  Joyce has a way bigger job with her move than I do.  I don't know how she manages to keep the Hodgepodge going but thankful she does!  So today I'm Hodgepodging from our new back deck, listening to the trees blow in the breeze and watching blue jays fly.  It's a beautiful fall day :)


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ABCs and Three Rs Hodgepodge

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1. Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over at Marla's Musings. Thanks Marla! 

She asks-At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?   

I think I felt like a grown-up when I graduated high school.  I had my driver's license, a job, and I went to college.  I had many responsibilities and handled them well.  Well despite what society says, we are all aging.  I feel young when I play with my kids and laugh a lot.

2. When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?

Last summer we bought a vehicle.  We needed a reliable second vehicle that got good gas mileage.  It was bought mainly for my husband to drive but we chose something that would be comfortable for me to drive with the kids as well.  I would rate the experience a 7.

3. Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?

I'd say corn bread.  I like it alongside chili, bbq chicken or with a turkey dinner.

4. What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?

Lately it has been deciding what's for dinner.  It is hot and I'm busy packing and cleaning out stuff so I'm not much in the mood to cook.

5. Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.

The Breakfast Club is one of my favorites. I think everyone can relate to one of the characters in some way. Lean on Me with Morgan Freeman is another good one.  It inspired me as a teacher.

6. Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?

Relist, reheat and reorganize.  I've been trying to sell things on Craig's List and ebay and when they don't sell I relist them.  I've been reheating leftovers a lot.  We are getting ready to move and that involves a lot of reorganizing.

7. What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?

I can't think of anything I've learned recently that was easy, but I did go to the bank for a new debit card and that was easy as ABC.  I was dreading it but everything went quickly and smoothly and the lady who helped me was very pleasant.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We still have a few more weeks of summer vacation before school starts here.  Hoping to get some summer fun in before we are back to the books.  I saw some beautiful fall decorations in the store last night and resisted buying them.  I love fall but want to focus on enjoying the rest of the summer :)