Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Classical, Puzzled, Stand Up Hodgepodge

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1. What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?

Well since my birthday was in July, I'm going to answer in relation to the year before that.  We moved out of our home and into the house my husband grew up in to help his elderly mother.  We actually have more space and it is easier to care for her from upstairs than driving over multiple times a day.  It's been an adjustment but overall it is a win/win situation for everyone involved. 

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer? 

Yes, I like classical music.  I don't know much about pieces and composers but love Pachelbel's Canon in D.  My daughter plays it so beautifully on the piano.  I think it is also a popular choice for wedding processionals. 

3. Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so? 

"The Excellent Wife" by Martha Peace.  I would say it has helped me be a better wife and thus positively changing my relationships.  I attended a women's conference when I was engaged and Martha Peace was the guest speaker.  I've read several of her books.  Another favorite book by her is "Attitudes of a Transformed Heart".  I love to reread both of them. 

4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively

Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try? 

I like to do crossword puzzles.  I read that doing word puzzles is good for your brain and they make me tired so I like to do them before bed.  I pray regularly so I guess that can be considered meditating, meditating on God's Word.  I'd like to be better at that but it is hard to get my mind quiet.  I would be most inclined to cook different kinds of meals. 

5. What sports traditions does your family have? 

I don't think we have many.  We do watch some of the Superbowl and I like to make fun foods like hot wings, nachos, and other hors d'oeuvres.  

6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please. 

It is ridiculous!  I like the policy of some coaches who have stepped up and said if you sit on the bench during the National Anthem, you will sit there the whole game.  I am all for our rights protected by the Constitution, but I think they are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats!  It makes me sad to think of how our veterans must feel to see that. 

7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience? 

I've been told I have loads of patience when it comes to dealing with those with mental or physical disabilities.  I don't think much about it, just have a heart for doing what I can to help out.  I lack patience for selfish people.   

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Congratulations to fellow Long Islander, Mikey Brannigan, who won the Gold in the 1,500 meter race at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio! Mikey is only 19 years old.  I love what his mom, Edie said, "Autistic people can be elite athletes.  They can, because now someone has done it."  Way to go, Mikey!


  1. The games are so good, what amazing athletes! I too lack patience for selfish people. I'm glad things have worked out with your move. Have a great day!

  2. I love it when I read someone else's answers and wonder 'why didn't I think of that'?

  3. Thanks for the book tips, I'm an avid reader and I'm always looking for my next book. I enjoyed getting to know you a little through your hodgepodge answers.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  4. Glad to hear that things are working out at your MIL's house. I love Pachelbel's Canon in D too! That first book sound good, I will have to check it out. I'm a fan of Super Bowl Sunday. The rest don't matter to me but I do watch from time to time with the family. Great answer for #6!

  5. That's great that you can care for your elderly mother in law and have a good space to do it in. I enjoyed reading your answers. Hope the rest of your week goes well.

  6. Moving into a mother in law's house isn't easy. It sounds like God has given you a loving, understanding, and compassionate heart for those less fortunate. I think it's what a Cross-centered life looks like.

  7. Great answers to all of the questions. Good for you, taking care of your mother-in-law. She is a blessed woman.

  8. I agree with Cranberry Morning, you have a very compassionate and loving heart to make the move and take care of your MIL. Good for you!

    I should try the puzzle thing before bed, and see if it will help me sleep...

    Enjoy the rest of your week,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  9. I also agree with Cranberry Morning. XX OO
    I can tell you are a very loving person...also by your random! Thank you for sharing.

    Have a great week!

  10. I like your Random Thought! If somebody does it, that proves it can be done!


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