Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hodgepodge Number 305

It's that time of week for some Hodgepodge fun. I am thankful to be joining in.

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 305

From this Side of the Pond

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April? 
Are we talking weather showers or showers in our lives? In Minnesota,  April is usually a wet month. It could be rain or snow. At this moment it is raining, but it is supposed to mix with snow later today. I have an umbrella I keep  in the car. Problem is I forget to use it. I don't mind if I get a bit wet. I am sweet, but not made of sugar.  I won't melt.
2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation? Lyme's Disease. My husband got it back in 1990 when most doctors didn't believe in it. I had to do my own research. In 1998 I did a research paper presentation on it for a college class. With Lyme's so prevalent here and having a husband with it I needed to know all I could learn. Periodically I still look for new information on it. Want to know about Lyme's? I can tell you.

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.
Gosh, there are so many! I got one. We were having a holiday dinner. Twenty or so relatives sitting at the table. Some of us were fun loving jokesters. Others were much more serious. My mom's dining room table with all the leaves was 10 feet long. On one side very close to the end was a cousin. He yelled to my mom, "Aunt Marge throw me a bun." And she did! She was at the head of the table on the opposite end as him. Surprised us all. But, mostly the more serious relatives. Ever after that we knew not to ask my mom to throw us anything.
4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong? 
The first one I can think of is Kenny Rogers' "Lucille" , I thought he was singing 400 children (which made no sense) when actually he was singing 4 hungry children.

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.
I have never been to any of the places listed.
Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco. As we walked along the streets you knew the shops and what not were set up for tourists. Tchotchke everywhere. I truly did love it. S.F. was and still is on my list of places to visit. I could not see everything I wanted to in 1 trip. I did get to Haight-Ashbury. That was a must. It is not a tourist trap I didn't think. There are a few  people who haven't moved on since the 60's and others who are new, but have adapted that kind of lifestyle. It was peaceful. So far my favorite place in the world. And for sure the tenderloin is not a tourist trap. That is a sad and lonely and desperate area of S.F.

6. Your signature clothing item?
Birkenstocks. I wear them all year. They make shoes so my feet won't get snow covered. Sandals in winter just don't work. I have 2 pair for winter. And, 11 different styles and colors for summer. It is much more fun to dress in the summer.

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why? 
Everyone should, and needs to experience God's saving grace. I remember the first time I felt it. It was my cousin's funeral.  I didn't know how I would get through life without him. The bun catching cousin from above. I was heartbroken and was feeling all alone. In church I suddenly felt such warmth, such peace, so much love, and knew God had wrapped his arms around me. He has been with me ever since.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
For Christmas this year my son gave me a ticket to see Neal Diamond in concert. One for me, one for him. He is my date that night. On May 23 I am going to the city, and on the 24th there is Neal. I am so excited. My son said I was giddy. Maybe I am. The only music I listen to right now are his songs so I can re-learn them all. That I might be able to sing with the rest of the audience. It is still a few weeks away, but I am already trying to decide what to wear. Part of the giddiness is because of my son. Neal isn't his kind of music, but he knows how much I like it. He is making a special night for his mom. He even got reserved parking. This is him giving me the look of I can't believe you are my mom. I am always doing or saying something to get this look from him. And I really and truly enjoy doing it.


  1. How sweet of your son to take you to see Neil Diamond! (great singer) I'd be excited, too :)
    Ed once took me to see Alan Jackson, whom I love dearly. We were able to get 2nd row seats. What an experience that was!!! I hope ya'll have a fantastic time, and will share your experience.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  2. We don't have second row seats, but he did make sure we weren't up too high, because I am very very afraid of heights. I think we are first tier. I will most definitely. share.