Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hitting the Hpdgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. What keeps you blogging?
When I had my first blog I started it just for the joy of writing. I wrote about lots of different topics. Some very personal. I joined several groups like this one where we shared something once a week. Then I had some difficulties and was away from blogging for over a year. It is surprising what a difference a year can make. My blog was no longer available. Most of the groups I had joined I could no longer find. Instead of getting an email from a blog I followed they came in a group bundle. I have to say most of these changes I didn't like, and many still don't. However, that doesn't answer the question. Talk about off topic! I keep coming back, because I need to write. I haven't done any individual posts since coming back, but for 2018 that is my goal. To write at least one post a month that isn't one connected to a group.
I don't know why this question is set on being in the middle. I can't seem to fix it either.

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter? 
I have never been to any of those places. I really have no desire to travel to any of them. I don't know anyone in the South. I am not a fan of beaches. I only have to look at sand and water to get a sunburn. I'm sorry, but none appeal to me. 
My time living in North Carolina has caused me to never want to go south again. You guys have bugs bigger than my car!
I realize that there probably aren't any so called beaches in Arizona, but I am hoping to go there in March. That's winter travel right? I have to make arrangements for my husband, but I am at this point optimistic about going. 

3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?
Mostly I can only sing along while hearing a song. I can sing parts of many songs without hearing it, but not a completely. However, having said all of that I can sing most of "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees.  I think I am a bit of both, embarrassed and not. Embarrassed to admit I actually loved The Monkees. And not, because I don't care who knows. LOL

4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?
It has to be doing what I want, when I want, and how I want. None of it is true. There is always someone (an employer) wanting me do those things differently than I do.  If it's not a boss it is a spouse or friend or child or society at large. I'm a rebel at heart and do not like constraints. 

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10
Yesterday morning I woke with a feeling of doom. I was having a pity party and no one but me was invited. I opened my email Verse of the Day, and this was the verse.  As usual He knew what I needed to hear. I immediately felt better. All is not lost. I am not in this alone. I think 2018 is going to bring significant changes to my life.  HUGE changes that I am not quite ready for, and some that are long overdue. This quote will help me through.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

What a difference a month makes. This little girl has been here a bit over a month. She has managed to steal out hearts. She  brightens our days. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pushing through January Hodgepodge

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hodgpoedge Questions-Volume 336

I missed the first Hodgepodge of the new year. I don't know where my brain was. How did that happen? Did I suddenly leave the planet? But, I am here now.

From this Side of the Pond

1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?
When I first found our Lord I did have a mentor, and still do. I mean I knew God, but having Him reach into my soul the way He did I needed some help to wade through all of my emotions. I needed to know what to learn first.  I didn't know what it meant to have the Lord in my life. Strange to look back on it, and asking how did I not know this? My best friend was/is my mentor. I don't know if she even realizes this . She also has kept me accountable. She was/is a very good mentor. One fascinating thing is that now I can answer most of my own questions and even some of hers! I have a difficult time memorizing Scripture. However, I can say and,  do say , "I know it's in there, these aren't the exact words but this is the message." 
I have never really been a mentor. I did try to be with my niece, but her mom got a wild hair and ended it. Shortly after that everyone lost contact with my niece. I have often thought about becoming a mentor in the school. At this time in my life I just don't think it would work out.

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?
I don't know if it can really be called a trend, but as I see it people are becoming much more self involved. Resulting in rudeness, a feeling of superiority, a get out of my way mentality. I don't understand it. I don't like it. It is so much easier to be pleasant, courteous, and helpful. If everyone could be those things just think how much happier the world would be.
3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?
I really like pens. I mean REALLY. I buy new pens all the time. It's like shopping for a purse. I have a lot of purses. My husband grumbles about the quantity that I have. I tell him I am looking for the PERFECT purse, and when I find it I will never need to buy another purse in my life. HAH! I kind am the same way with of pens. I am looking for a pen that will allow me to write for longer than 5 minutes before my hand get tired, and my penmanship goes totally wild and unreadable. I use the new on exclusively until the next new one is purchased. 
Freshly cleaned sheets and cleaning the lint screen are right up there too.
My feet are always cold and often hurt. Even in the summer. I must say my weird thing would be putting on warm socks fresh from the dryer before I do anything else with that load. It feels so good!
4. What's the last good thing you ate?
I'm eating it right now. Peanut butter cookie with chocolate chips. I made them yesterday. Not a traditionally nutritious breakfast but very tasty.
5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.
Tough to do in one sentence. But here it is:
Life in my 20's was a higgly piggly mess.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
A very dear friend died over the weekend. He had had a bad heart for years, and just before Christmas it went into failure. I will miss him more than I thought I would. He was a large man in life and in spirit. He was a gentle giant. He was a charmer. He was a man who quietly gave of himself to others.
I will miss him.
I just deleted some of what I had written. There is so much I want to say about him. I think I will have to do a separate post just for him.
That is something I want to do in 2018. To write posts that are personal to me. I will still enjoy the Hodgepodge, but I want to put more of me out there.

Friday, December 22, 2017


MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. I pray yours is filled with love, joy and peace. It is time for Friday Fotos.

I broke from tradition this year with the Christmas decorations. I figured since my family think I am nuts, because of all my flamingos. I would prove them right. The tree is flamingo filled.
 I have other flamingo decorations also. a Santa flamingo for outside. I have new outfit with flamingos on it. And flamingos decal on my nails. There is something about flamingos that just makes me smile.
Last week  I introduced you all to LuLu . You had to have known there would be more photos. I was trying to fold laundry, and she thought she was helping. Right in the basket!
 She likes to play Hide & Seek. I think that is what she was doing. Once again in the basket.
 Snow in the woods is always pretty. I just wish there was more contrast in colors lol. Like colors in the summer.

 Experimenting with filters.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Posted: 18 Dec 2017 09:34 PM PST
Ok, here are the questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop back here tomorrow to share answers with your friends and neighbors.

From this Side of the Pond
Merry Christmas everyone! I pray for peace and joy to each of you. Savor the season filled with love and miracles. Our Savior is about to be born. Sing a song for him.

1. Where have you found unexpected magic or delight this holiday season?
My family think I have gone over the top, because I like all things Flamingo. It's true I do. Maybe, I am over the top, but these silly pink things make me smile. It's important for me to find reasons to smile. This year I brought the flamingos into my Christmas decor.
Yes, my tree is decorated with flamingos. All different sorts. I have pink feathers and tulle around. And for a bit of tradition I have pink poinsettias on the tree too. I have a new outfit. A flamingo dress that I will wear with leggings. Flamingo socks. I have flamingos on my fingernails. I have a pair of fun flamingo glasses to wear. I even have some pink spray for my hair. Am I over the top? Maybe, but I don't care. It makes me smile. It fills me with joy. It makes me anticipation for the events even more so. I can't wait for my family to get here.

2. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering? Will you/have you gathered in your favorite way this month?
My favorite type of gathering is longer possible. I remember all together,  11 of us. There was commotion, laughter, excitement, loud noise, very loud noise. A joyful noise. All but 2 of us are spending Christmas in heaven. However, my joy in Christmas has not diminished. My son and GF are going to Illinois where her family lives. They will be with us on the 30th for Christmas. My cousin is coming here on Christmas Eve. We have a mellow relaxed Christmas now. It's fine. This year though I am going to dig out the karaoke machine and my cousin will sing Christmas songs. The old traditions have passed on, and I need to make new ones. My joy in Christmas is a two part issue. I enjoy all the preparations. The gift buying, the wrapping the tree decorating, and yes, even the house cleaning. My other joy is setting up the Nativity. This makes me take pause and reflect on what Christmas is really all about. Baby Jesus is going to be born to give us life. What a miracle!

3. Time has named 'The Silence Breakers' (women who came forward with stories of harassment)  'person of the year' for 2017. Would you agree? If not, who do you think deserves the title?
What an ever blanking shame! Soap box time? Just a little so bear with me. If these women were so traumatized by their so called harassment why did they wait years and years to come forward? Wouldn't they have reported it to someone immediately? How dare they use the excuse of a powerful man made them afraid to report it.. I say, so what? Report him, expose him for the lech, slime ball, pervert he must be. Don't wait! Do it now! Stop him from doing it to anyone else!
 Their waiting tells me they only want their 10 minutes of fame. Shame on them! And yet the worst perpetrator sits seemingly unfazed by any of this in MY white house. 
I am not saying these things didn't happen. They might have. All I am trying to get across is that it wasn't as horrifying to the women as they are now saying. Again Shame on them!
How insignificant a woman who was truly terrified by such an encounter and came forward right afterward must feel. She isn't looking for the headlines. She isn't looking for a paycheck from the tabloids. All she wants is to be acknowledged and understood. She handled it the way these things should always be handled. Immediately! Not years later, NOT!!
I speak from personal experience. A top executive in the company I worked for always managed to find a way to touch me whenever we happened to see each other. I repeatedly asked him not to touch me. Being respectful of his position. Eventually, I told him if he EVER touched me again I would report him. Well, he touched me again. We were in a very public area of the building when it happened for that last time. He touched me, I yelled at him with my loudest voice, "I told you not to ever touch me. Now you have, and I will have your job" I may have had a  few uncomplimentary names thrown in there. The president of the company came out of his office to see what the noise was about, the salesmen from downstairs came running up to help.  And, while he was not fired he did lose his VP job and was demoted to something with no power. Anything to keep it out of court. I was vindicated.  I am almost sure he will never make that mistake again. 
Power does not make this alright.  The power lays within the woman when she reports it. And that is why these women are full of cr**!
(I don't think I have used so many exclamation marks ever before. Can you tell this makes me hot under my collar?)

4. How did you spend your time this year? Are you happy about that? Elaborate
I did a lot of downsizing. I got rid of approximately 35 cookbooks. Five huge lawn bags filled with clothing. I got rid of books that won't be read again. I packed up glassware, kitchen items, DVDs, Cds, sheets, and towels. My house is still too crowded, but I am not finished yet.
5. Bid farewell to 2017 in ten words or less.
You weren't a bad year all things considered. Thank you.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
In October I visiting a local gift store. They were having a drawing to celebrate their 1 year in business anniversary. On December 1st they called to tell me I had won the grand prize! It is the Willow tree Nativity scene. I have loved this Nativity for many years. It feels me with peace every time I would look at it in the store. Knowing I would never be able to afford it. Their call, oh my, it made me cry. Tears of disbelief and joy.
Here it is:
Do you add Jesus on Christmas Day or when you first set your Nativity up? When do you put the Kings out? Immediately, or wait til until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Foto Friends #109

A mishmash of photos today. Just because I have been gone for a few weeks.

In October I filled out a card for a drawing. A local gift shop was going to be celebrating their one year anniversary, and was giving away gifts. I won! The 1st prize! The complete Nativity from Willow Tree. I almost fainted when they called to tell me. I have always wanted this  Nativity Set, but it was beyond my limitations.

 A sunrise. I was actually a bit too early for the full color. It's pretty anyway.

I love the way the pinks are just sort of hovering.

 We have a new addition to our house. Her name is LuLu. She is a speed demon. Up and down the hallway, over the top of chairs. Many,many times. Then she drops and takes a nap.

Merry Christmas everyone! I pray that with this Oh so special season you find hope and peace, and happiness.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An Almost Christmas Hodgepodge #333

From this Side of the Pond

1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?
I don't hurry, and I don't worry. Anymore. What gets done gets done and the rest can just wait. I learned a long time ago it just isn't worth it. To avoid those pitfalls I start my shopping in the spring. I listen all year to hints that people might drop and not even know they are doing it. By September I am finished with the larger gifts and can then concentrate on smaller fun things. I also start making Christmas lists in September. I do this so I can make plans, and budget out over the paydays, and not have everything trying to come out all at once. I rarely try a new recipe for Christmas Day, but will for Christmas Eve. Right now all I have left to do is wrap gifts, and grocery shop. No hurry, no worry.
2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?
We do have things to to prepare for winter. We have to cover the a/c. I put up reflector sticks so when the snow gets deep we know where NOT to drive. There is a ditch on either side of the driveway entrance. Snow can and will cover the edges of the driveway so these are invaluable. It also helps the guy who does our winter plowing. Before I started doing this he drove off the edge. He had to call a tow truck to pull him out. In the fall we make sure the heat tape is still working. I tidy and organize under the kitchen sink. Weird right as a prep for winter? However, if the pipes are going freeze that is where they will. Cleaning beforehand makes it easier for me to deal with it when it happens. Oh! I also put dryer sheets all over the inside of my car and places in the engine. It keeps the mice from moving in.  The mice can do hundreds of dollars worth of damage. 
3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?
My first thought.... How do they know? We already eat bean sprouts with some regularity. We have used sprouted bread for years. Ezekial bread. We eat lentils. Maybe we eat healthier than I thought. LOL. How can milk be dairy free,  and still be called milk. I get the whole soy, almond thing, but maybe milk isn't what it should be called.
4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?
I do like purple. It's not my favorite color, but I do wear it occasionally. I have never read the book OR seen the movie. What's wrong with me?
I collect old/antique Amethist Glass. The older glass was made with some gold put into the process to achieve the deep color. I have several pitchers, some glasses, a couple of ashtrays, and bottles. For some reason the bottles have ended up as decoration in the bathroom. The only thing in the bathroom of that color, but it works.
If I were in charge of such things the color would be YELLOW . The color of the sun. Without the sun nothing can live. We need the sun. We need Yellow.

5. Favorite book read this year?
Oh my! I read at least 2 books a week. Mostly fiction. Mostly mysteries. Mostly, but not all. This year I made an effort to branch out into other genres. I don't like his politics, but Bill O'Rielly's series "The killing of..." Is very good. But, still not my favorite book.  I have read Churchill's books leading up to and into WWII. But, again not my favorite. My favorite would be last year's Jan Karon Father Tim book "Come Rain or Come Shine" I have the newest one on the shelf, but not on the Kindle. If you have never read a Father Tim book, all I can say is where have you been? The series is truly a masterpiece. I love the characters, and feel like I actually know them.

6.  Insert your own random thought here, but.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that my kitty Boo  had crossed over the bridge. And while my heart still aches for her we have a new member of our family. My other cat Ozzy who is 17 missed Boo so much I was afraid she was actually going to die from a broken heart. She went through the house crying for Boo. Looking for her. I went to the local shelter and brought home what I thought would be a good match for OZ. Unfortunately,  I was wrong. Oz doesn't really care for the new kitty. I am trying to be patient. I am still hoping they will become friends. Photos of the new girl to follow. He name is LuLu. She was born in August, and is just a little bit of a thing. It is hard to get clear non blurry photos of her. She is always on the move.

Tuesday, December    12, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hodge Podge Time

From this Side of the Pond

1. What title would you give this current chapter of your life?
The title of my chapter would have to be "Making Time for Yourself." I try to get out of the house every couple of weeks for a few hours. I need to. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. I know it is important, but....
2. December 6 is National Microwave Oven Day. Who knew? Besides popcorn and coffee reheats, what's the most common thing you microwave? Could you get along without a microwave?
I make my oatmeal in it. Quicker than the stove. I use it to cook our vegetable we're having with dinner. I use it to melt chocolate. We have very bad electrical in the kitchen. One plug! My microwave was too big to go where the plug was. I went a couple of years without one, and hated being without a microwave. . Finally I bought a small one for very cheap. I am happy, ecstatic really to have one again. Oh, and I never reheat coffee.

3. If you could insert yourself into any Christmas carol and experience the lyrics in real life, which Christmas carol lyric would you choose and why?
My carol would be "Do You Hear What I Hear."  I love this carol, because I would be experiencing the birth of our Lord and Savior.  The child shivers in the cold. I would need to give him a blanket. The last verse..."Pray for peace everywhere", is more true today than 2017 years ago. But, the last line brings comfort and hope..."He will bring us goodness and light." Peace everywhere, plus goodness and light? What more could I ask for?

4. Describe the most beautiful drive you've ever taken.
Lombard St, San Francisco is a marvel. Twisty turny. No speed demo there. I was fortunate that all the flowers were in bloom while I was there.Not very good quality photos, but there is no stopping along the street.

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 The drive to Napa is also beautiful. I loved seeing the grape vines.
This is also a big crop of Napa Valley. Kiwi!

There are many beautiful places to drive in Minnesota, but I love SF.

5. What's something on your Christmas list this year? (an actual list or figuratively speaking, either one)
Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike (Black Cherry)This is what I want. My balance is horrible, but with three wheels I could manage bike riding for exercise.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I mentioned that one of my cats had crossed over the bridge, My other cat, Ozzy, cried all the time. Loudly. She was looking for Boo. There was no sleep, because her cries didn't stop just because it was bedtime. She stopped eating. I mean how could she eat? She was crying. Last week, being sleep deprived, I made the decision to bring her a new friend. Ozzy hates the new one! But, she quit crying.

I am pleased to introduce Lulu. Ozzy might not care for her, but we think she is great fun. It's been a long time since we had a kitten in the house.