Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. It's often said we should be grateful for small blessings. What is one small blessing you are feeling especially grateful for today?

Knowing I made it through the day!

2. How do you feel about leftovers, not just on Thanksgiving but after any meal? Favorite thing to make/eat using your Thanksgiving leftovers? 

I live off of leftovers!  AND some things taste better that has been in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

My favorite to make/eat using my Thanksgiving leftovers is a Turkey Sandwich!

3. Sherwin Williams unveiled it's 2022 Color of the Year-Evergreen Fog. Are you a fan? Would I find this mid-tone gray green shade anywhere in your house? Does your house need painting? Inside or out? What one space is most in need of a paint job? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire a professional? 

Would not find this evergreen shade in my house, but I like the color.  My house could use some indoor painting, some rooms and doors.  I would say, the most needed room painting would be my bathrooms.  Oh, definitely hire a professional.

4. What is one aspect of the way you were parented that you are grateful for today? 

To always help others who need help.  I remember on Christmas, in fact it was the first Christmas hub and I were married.  I was completing my student teaching and hub was working, so money was kinda tight.  My dad came to the house and gave me a, sizes of clothing, sizes of shoes, and everyday hygiene items to buy.  He didn't ask BUT told me to buy these things.  There was a family he knew whose house had burnt down and I was to buy for this family...2 children and 1 adult.  Now, money was tight, but I found a way to purchase all the items on the list.  I didn't know this family, but my dad did!  Today, I always try my best to help whenever I know someone who needs assistance with anything.  So grateful for Dad!

5. Write an acrostic for the word-thankful

Trusting friends


Attending church


Knowing God


United States 

Live stream (see answer below)

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Last evening, I went to my son-in-law's house to watch our local high school team compete in the Semi-finals in Volleyball.  Tickets were sold on-line and sold out.  The game was being played in Chilhowie and our gym is small.  Keith and I had decided to watch the game on his TV--live stream.  Which is a great idea.  I knew the gym would be packed, I would be hot (our gym is AKA the HOT BOX), and wearing a mask would add to the hotness.   Our girls lost, but they never gave up.  A great season for Chilhowie Volleyball.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
Thank-you Joyce for re-starting the HP!

1. How did you name your blog and do you now wish you had thought about it maybe another five minutes before hitting publish? Would you change your blog title if it were not a huge pain in the derriere? 

I must have been really enjoying life...back in the day!  To Enjoy Life means to be happy from within and to be happy/thankful for what you have.  Some circumstances that happens to us can't be avoided (I KNOW!) and these circumstances make it hard to enjoy life.  But God gives us life to Enjoy Life.  I use to have a terrible habit of worrying about the yesterdays or the tomorrows and missed out on enjoying the present.

So Enjoy Life now!  I don't think I would change the title of my blog.

2. What bill do you least like to pay? 

The electric bill.

3. What is your favorite word? Okay okay, calm down. How about one of your favorite words? 

Faith which also means trust.
I have this acronym:

4. Is the glass half full or half empty? Elaborate. 

Half-full--really trying to be more optimistic and when a negative thought enters I quickly get it out of my head.  When we see the world with rose-tinted glasses, the world does have a softer appearance.  

5. Were you here for that very first Hodgepodge post? If so, were your answers then similar to what they are today? Tell us what was happening in your life in November of 2010? 

I honestly, don't think I was here for the very first Hodgepodge.

November 2010, I was teaching full time, had one daughter in pharmacy school and the other daughter was playing college basketball.  Probably staying very busy!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Planning a surprise birthday for my aunt this weekend. Her birthday was this past Sunday,but she was sick with a head cold so moving the celebration to this weekend.

I am really enjoying this weather...great temps in the 70s.

I got this in the mail this week

I am good for another 10 years!

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Three things you're grateful for this first week of November? 

My family, friends, and my church

2. Is Daylight Savings Time a thing where you live? Do you think we should continue setting the clocks forward and back? Why or why not? If you could add an extra hour to your day would you want it added morning-noon-night? Do you think it likely you'd be more productive or more likely that you'd just waste more time? 

I dread Daylight Savings Time!!  I wish they would leave the time alone.  It gets dark by 5 o'clock , and I definitely need my daylight.  More daylight to my evenings/night and I would be more productive.  Now, starting Monday, it is a little dark when I leave and almost dark when I get home.

3. Who is  your favorite author? Your favorite book by your favorite author? 

Kristin Hannah---I haven't read a book she hasn't written that I don't love, so I can't pick a favorite book!!

4. It's National Sandwich Day...will you celebrate? How often do you eat a sandwich? What's your favorite? 

I might eat a sandwich today; it is a cool, rainy day which might call for soup and a sandwich.  Rarely, do I eat a sandwich.  My favorite is a homegrown tomato sandwich with mayonnaise.

5. Have you started your Christmas shopping? If so when did you start? If not when will you start? Do you give more or fewer gifts than you did five years ago? 

Yes, only because daughter texted me pics of what she wanted me to get the boys.  I usually don't start Christmas shopping till after Thanksgiving.  I want to enjoy Thanksgiving.  I give fewer gifts than I did five years ago because my family has gotten smaller.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Went to visit a friend in Bristol this past weekend.  A celebration of TWO birthdays.  There were lots and lots of food.


Love these friends!
Have a great rest of the week!


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


From this Side of the Pond

1. Is Halloween a big deal in your neighborhood? Was it something you celebrated as a child? With your own children? Do you like candy corn? 

Halloween use to be a big deal in my neighborhood.  It was so fun seeing all the little ones dressed up and trying to scare me.  As a child, my neighborhood was close, houses on top of houses so it was a big deal.  And we got a lot of candy!!!   My daughters experienced a different type of Halloween because we have moved to the country, but they still have fun running from house to house.

Most churches in my town do a Trunk or Treat and that has cut down on the kids going from house to house.  Last year, with COVID, we still had hundreds and hundreds of kids coming through but all was inside a vehicle.  

Not a fan of candy corn at all!!!!!

2. Are you a scaredy cat? About what? 

Sometimes....when it is completely dark and I hear a noise then I get a little scared.  Also, when coming home and it is dark (I dread the time change), I get scared.  I have my pepper spray out!!!

3. Last time you were somewhere that should have been busy but felt like a 'ghost town'? 

I can't remember...

4. Do you like chili and if so how do you like it? Beans or no beans? Meat or no meat? Beef or chicken? Spice or no spice? Favorite toppings? 

I love chili with beans or without beans.  Definitely need beef in my chili (even though I can eat white chili).  Spicy chili with onions, cheese, and green onions.

5. Would you describe yourself as a night owl? What time of night qualifies? What are you doing while everyone else is asleep? Do you then 'sleep in'? Define 'sleeping in'. 

I use to be a night owl awake till 3 in the morning.  Most of the time I would eat and try to watch shows.  I have never slept in...I am up before 7 every morning.  Now, I have been going to bed by 11.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

This week has been BUSY!!! and it is only Wednesday!  I have not stopped.  I enjoy staying busy but I am kinda tired.

Have a great rest of the week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. Do you (or did you used to) watch talk shows? Which are or were your favorite? 

 The Tonight Show (is that a talk show?). I liked Jay Leno and one episode I remember (about broke my heart) was when he was talking about his dad that he had just lost.  I remember him actually crying.

2. Would you describe yourself as resilient? If so what do you think makes you that way? If you answered no explain why? 

Somewhat resilient.  There are some things you just can't bounce back from, but life goes on.

Calling my friends when having a bad day really helps me.

3. What parts of life have surprised you the most? Explain. 

What has surprised me the most is when life throws you a double header curveball that you NEVER EVER thought about.

4. Why do you live where you live? 

I live where I do now because this is hub grew up.

5. A memory from this week that made you smile? 

These three precious boys were at our high school football game last night.  The twins first football game and surprisingly they sat still (well for the most part and probably because of food).

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I was so hungry a few nights ago.  I had been rushing around trying to get things done...housework, laundry, yardwork,etc. that I had forgotten to eat lunch.  So I was pretty hungry.  

So I put this in the microwave

didn't read the directions and this was a first for me.  

I had to throw it away

I didn't add the water!!!  I was so mad at myself but so hungry!!  Potato chips to the rescue!

Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge


1. What obligation do you believe you have to your country? 

Respect---respect the flag, celebrate holidays, and use social media appropriately AND obey the laws.

2. October 12 is National Farmers Day? Do you know any farmers? What do they farm/grow/raise? Are there any farm stands where you live? Do you shop there? 

My dad was a farmer.  We owned a farm as I was growing up and even in my college years BUT we never lived on this farm.  We grew tobacco (this was hard work) hay (which was also hard and sweating hard work), and my dad had beef cattle.  

Dad would never use roll hay bales....had to be square.

There are a couple of Farmer Markets close by.  There is one in Abingdon, Va. and it is fantastic.  They are open on Saturday mornings till around 11 and you must get there early. I have often shopped there.

3. What's a skill you think everyone should have? Tell us why? 

Communication skills--allows others to understand you.  Poor communication skills lead to a lot of misunderstanding and frustration.

Another skill I think everyone should have is empathy.  Empathy is important in almost every aspect of daily life.

Communication and empathy skills should me taught at home and in school.

4. Favorite thing you've purchased this year? 

My car.  In May, I purchased a 2021 a Honda.

5. What's your favorite place to visit in the fall? 

Great Smokey Mountains.  I miss those trips hub and I would take to the Smokey Mountains.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

College friends (one I just found who lives in Roanoke) and other friends are getting together to celebrate two special friends who will be having Birthdays this Saturday.  I am looking forward to seeing all and having a great time.

Have a great day and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Thanks Joyce. 

1. Do you think intuition is as valuable as rational thinking? Explain why or why not. 

I think intuition is just as valuable as rational thinking.  There are many factors which determine my decision.  I do rationalize-follow steps BUT sometimes my thinking comes from my 'gut'.  My 'gut' just knows.  Truly having both intuition and rational thinking is a good thing.

2. In the grand scheme of things____________________________. 

It is the NON-MATERIAL things that are important.  Moments of enjoying  the small things in life is what really matters.  In the grand scheme of things I take it one day at a time...and Release the toxin.

3. Last place you went that felt like 'Grand Central Station'? Have you ever actually been to Grand Central Station (and by Grand Central Station I mean Grand Central Terminal)

This summer in Savannah, but I enjoyed the trip.  I have never been to Grand Central Station.

4. October 6 is National Noodle Day. What's your favorite dish made with noodles and have you made/eaten this dish lately? 

Scallion is so easy and I love scallions.  I haven't made this dish in a few years.

5. A time recently you had to really 'use your noodle'? Elaborate. 

A few weeks ago, I was mowing.  I have a riding mower (I haven't quite got the hang of it yet) but I use a push mower a lot.  I was mowing and all of a sudden I hear this strange noise and the mower stopped.  I tried starting the mower, but even though I was making every effort to start the dang thing, it wouldn't.  So I pushed it over to my building and kept thinking what on earth did I hit.  I know, for a fact, there wasn't any tree limbs laying around (I had picked them all up).  I used my noodle....With all my strength I turned the mower over.  There was a slinky on the blade!  My next door neighbor watches children and I knew this is where the slinky came from.  After removing the slinking, the mower started right up and I was back to mowing.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Last Sunday, my Sunday School Class had a get together at a friend's house.  I haven't been anywhere like this since my husband passed away.  I was just feeling like a third wheel.  I decided to go and rode with a couple.  Such a fun time and so glad I went and finally pulled the trigger to begin socializing again.

I took some yummy desserts...didn't bake them myself, but ordered them.

Vanilla Strawberry and Chocolate Salted Caramel...YUMMY!

It was raining so I left my purse in the car along with my phone, which was a mistake because the view was spectacular!

A friend sent me these pictures.

Have a great rest of the week!

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