Last Wednesday Hodgepodge of 2014!

I had hoped to get my post ready last night, but a late night cookie frosting/decorating session with the kids knocked my train off its tracks. When I awoke I thought I probably wouldn’t participate. But then I went over and read our hostess Joyce’s answers and I got all nostalgic and thought I should do it anyway. And here we are. Special, special thanks to Joyce for herding us cats all year long, but especially this year when she has her daughters WEDDING next week!!! She has a lot going on right now, if she can post, I can post!

1. Share a favorite moment from your Christmas holiday celebration.

It was nice having all of our People under one roof. I know not everyone can say that so I am thankful.

2. What would you say has been the biggest news event during your life so far?

I would say 9/11 because it was the biggest national tragedy I have lived through in my lifetime, but also because the media coverage was so much better than say Pearl Harbor or the Great Depression or the sinking of the Titanic. Can you imagine if all of the first space stuff was on TV now? They would have to have their own channel!

9/11 was so huge and right in our living rooms. We had much more information so much faster than any tragedy in previous years. It changed our country.

3. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. What say you-like or no like? Would I find this color anywhere in your home or wardrobe? Will you add something in this shade to either?

I L.O.V.E. this color!!!!!!! It is well represented in our home AND in my wardrobe. It’s a perfect warm shade and goes so well with the gold, greens, varying shades of browns, the darker brick red color that could be it’s bolder, older sister, and a spicy autumnal pumpkin-y sort of color already featured in the majority of our rooms. It also pairs nicely with black, grey and some favorite blue jeans. It’s a winner.

4. Would you rather meet your ancestors or your great grandchildren? Explain why.

Both sound intriguing, but I am going to go with ancestors because genealogy has always interested me so much. I think it’s because there is nothing known about our heritage on my Mother’s side. My Father’s side was unknown to me when I was younger, though it has now been traced back to the Mennonite folks who first arrived in America. When I was growing up, it seemed people could immediately say where their people were from. Like Honey, his Father is from Belgium, his Mother’s people are directly from Italy. He is half and half, easy peasy. I guess I kind of longed to have a connection to something beyond our southern heritage.

5. Share one life lesson learned in 2014?

I will say it has been relearned. “We could all be 5 minutes from disaster”, to quote Honey many years ago, describing our life changing car accident.

I heard from Jip the Farm Dog that one of the leaders in our Bible study circle lost her husband on Monday. Completely unexpected. She is a lovely, funny, faithful Christian gal, not too much older than we are. Her husband had not yet retired. I could tell by the way she spoke of him that they were very close. That might sound strange because married people are supposed to be close, but some are more in synch. You know the kind, the peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, bread and butter, chai and cream kind.

We are heartbroken for her. I can’t stop thinking about how when we all said our fond goodbyes after the BSF luncheon, she had no idea what she was walking into, how upside down her world was going to become, how her 2015 has started as a nightmare she can’t wake up from.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, she knows she will see him again. It’s the rest of her life here, without her soul mate, that is the really difficult part. The most unimaginable, gut wrenching, unfathomable, heartbreaking part. A life lesson I don’t want to learn. I have been through trials in my life, but WITH Honey. I can’t imagine going through that kind of loss without him

“We could all be 5 minutes from disaster”, live your life accordingly.

6. What was your best or favorite purchase made in 2014?

Well, Honey brought me a NEW COMPUTER for Christmas so WOO TO THE HOOTY HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not hooked up yet, but seeing as I have waited years to replace our ancient nag, a little while longer is doable! Have I mentioned that the Old Grey Mare won’t even allow me to access the blob anymore? Or other blogs, or Amazon? That’s how it rolls, both random and vindictive.

7. What is one thing you’re looking forward to in the new year?

See the above answer Smile

We are going to Florida with the Girls in February, that is exciting to think about since The Mitten just got a little frigid.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Since 2014 is going out on a sad note, I find myself pensive. Just like Mary K was not aware of the fork in her road, we don’t know what our future holds. I am once again reminded that I want to finish strong, where ever my finish line might be. The Lord has given us a blueprint of how to live and I am thankful for the reminder.

Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Happy New Year Friends.

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Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am really late to the party today. My apologies!

We are getting down to the Christmas wire aren’t we?  An extra special thank you to Joyce who has MUCH on her plate, in addition to the Wednesday Hodgepodge AND Christmas, her daughter is getting married right after New Years, it’s getting very hectic I’m sure!

1. Time magazine has selected The Ebola Fighters as their person of the year for 2014. Do you agree, and if so who would you say is a close second? If you disagree with their choice, who do you think should have been chosen?

Why is it when asked these type of questions I cannot remember a single thing that happened the entire previous year? I will read some of the other Hodpodge answers and say, oh yes, they were great, but for the moment it’s a big old …blank.

I can’t fault the winners here. They give an extraordinary effort in a seriously dangerous situation. The front lines, as we began to see, were not in a safe place directing the show. It was in the trenches, caring for the sick and dying in sometimes primitive conditions while wearing a lot of life saving protective gear.

When most ran from the death, they remained and tried to help, sometimes at great cost to themselves.

I watched several interviews by the American doctors and nurses who risked their lives for the people of these countries. Talk about loving your neighbor as yourself! They deserve to be the People of the Year.

2. This question comes to you courtesy of Susan who blogs over at Stew Mama Says. She knows we have a wedding happening any minute now, and she asks, ‘What’s your favorite-something old? something new? something borrowed? something blue in your home?  Be sure you hop over and say hi to Susan today!

My favorite something old would be HONEY! HA! Ok, I will say I am liking having my Mother’s china. I have used it 2 or 3 times since I brought it home the summer before last.

New. I am enjoying the new purse I bought this summer in South Haven with the gals from Caregroup. I love the color and it usually goes well with the majority of my clothing. What I was thinking, as I shopped a goodish amount yesterday, is that it is SO light!! Didn’t weigh me down at all.

Borrowed. Just yesterday I had the thought to give my brother Beeve the set of the DVR Blueray Indiana Jones series for Christmas. I texted my SIL Stacey to see if he already had them, because our children borrowed their Uncle Beeve’s boxed set of VCR tapes several decades ago and wore them SLAP OUT. Unfortunately, he already had them, except for the last Crystal Skull one (which was not so good in my opinion) and the store didn’t have that one. Of course. So the Indiana Jones VCR trilogy was favoritely borrowed.

Blue. This color is severely under represented in our home. Besides the obvious blue jeans, the only thing I could find as I perused the house was this painting by the Ab-Cat in 1996 when she was 7. I love it.

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3. Fudge-yay or nay? Your favorite flavor? Do you make it yourself? With nuts or without? 

YAY!!! I have a great recipe for peanut butter fudge that my friend Shari Erdmann gave me years ago. I do make it and have given a lot away over the years. You can go either way with the nuts, but I think I usually do add some pecans.

4. December 17th is Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  How old were you when you made your first flight? Do you like to fly? Have you ever been to Kitty Hawk or other parts of the North Carolina Outer Banks?

There is a certificate in my baby book that says Welcome to the Sky Cradle Club! I was born in September and I am guessing my parents flew from California to Michigan for Christmas to introduce me to the family. I remember my Mother always telling me that I was only a couple months old the first time I flew.

I don’t mind flying, I feel I have gotten it down to a science. I know the rules and have only been tripped up once, years ago.

I haven’t been to those parts of North Carolina. Just to see Mrs. Schmenkman when she lived in Greensboro, many years ago.

5. Do the people in your family tend to follow a particular career path, and if so what’s the path?

No, we are equal opportunity career folk. I will say that my Father was a barber before entering the police force. So I guess I did follow there, but he didn’t barber in my lifetime. I have cut his hair, he gave me a thumbs up.
6. What is one thing you absolutely, positively must accomplish today?

There is not one thing that HAS to be done today. I would like to start the thing I am making and today seems the likely day. Would like to do a little more wrapping, it helps me see where I might need to fill in a little. I REALLY need to get my hair colored but today is Mousey’s  long day guarding lives, so that’s not happening. Might go pick up the turkey.  I am flexible.
7. This Christmas I hope___________________________________.

…I can show the love of God’s Son Jesus to whomever I interact with, loved one and stranger alike.

I also hope these dang cats can begin to like/love/accept each other. Smile

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Little Sy got an early Christmas present from his new adopted Mama. His very own cat tree, or aka, his very own naughty spot!!!!!

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He wasted no time making himself at home.

Since we won’t be Hodgepodging next week because of the holidays, have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you accomplish that one thing on your list that you MUST accomplish today!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, long time no see!!! I have missed hanging around with you all!

Special thanks to our hostess Joyce for giving us something to talk about TWO HUNDRED TIMES!!! Happy Anniversary Joyce!

1. What is something in your life right now that feels a little ‘hodgepodge’?

I had to Goggle that. It said

a mixture of different things, a jumble

Nothing is coming to mind. Oh wait, there it is MY MIND is always a hodgepodge!
2. What does ‘peace on earth, goodwill to men‘ mean to you?
Hmmmm, peace on earth. I think that will only be the Lord’s doing. We are a fractious bunch. It’s probably our work to extend goodwill to our fellow man. I do think that if people pondered the real meaning of Christmas there would be more of both. It seems like Christmas brings out the best and worst of us.

A lot of people make a conscious effort to think of others less fortunate and are extremely generous in the name of Jesus, whose birth we are celebrating. Then others are crabby and stressed out because of their mile long things to do list and have no patience or kindness to be found. Like the guy in front of me at Marshalls who was grumbling under his breath LOUDLY that the cashiers should just stop TALKING and the line would go quicker! They were just being pleasant and he was a grump-a-saurus.

3. Which edible treat you are most looking forward to sampling this December?

I consider myself an equal opportunity dessert eater, so much is scrumtrulescent! I am going to say fudge because I don’t have fudge any other time of the year.
4. It’s that most wonderful time of the year…do you agree, and if so why is it so wonderful?  If not, what would you say is the most wonderful time of the year?

I have never spent any time thinking about what I thought was the the best time of the year. I love Christmas, as I love Thanksgiving, as I love vacation, as I love get togethers. I used to always tell Honey that Saturday lunch with the kids was the best time of the week. Nothing special happened, the kids and I sat around talking and laughing and playing desert island.

Christmas IS wonderful. Celebrating the birth of Jesus, anticipation, the beauty, the”goodwill to men”, the pleasure of being with loved ones and who doesn’t like presents? But I think Christmas can turn into something NOT wonderful very quickly. I know when the kids were small it was much more hectic, but I try and not let myself get out of hand. A little hustle and bustle is fun but I don’t want to spend the whole season chasing my tail.  I have been fairly successful the last decade or so, and it has made the season way more wonderful!
5. What was the last word you looked up in a dictionary (actual or online) and why?

Consecration, for my Bible study. FYI it means: to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity.

6. Besides a Christmas tree, what is your favorite thing to decorate this time of year?

I like to decorate our mantle, it’s not up yet!
7. Share one thing you’ve learned (about yourself, people, or anything at all) in the Wednesday Hodgepodge, or through blogging in general.

I have found that I like someone giving me a list of things to discuss!!! Thank you Joyce!

I love blogging and I am thankful for so many of the women who write the blogs I read. The Lord has used them to make me laugh, think and even to convict me of areas in my life that need some attention.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We have been having problems being good citizens over here this week. Seymour, the svelte, almost year old kitty on left side of bed, wants nothing more than to be friends and join the pride. He is eager and bouncy and INTHEIRFACE!!!!! Just like Tigger! Let’s just say our girls have been poor hosts.

It has been an adjustment for our three portly ladies. To say the least.

Honey called me in the bedroom last night. At first I didn’t even see the stealth kitty, but then I saw him!! He is going to make friends or die trying!

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Here’s to a peaceful week.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! It feels like I have been gone for a long time! Thank you to Joyce for giving us something to chat about every week!

1. What’s something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

I get aggravated with my body. The headaches, backaches, and other pains, the way it has kicked me to the curb a few times in years past, but when I really think about it I am truly grateful for what I’ve got. I can walk, breathe deeply without pain and I have platelets, that’s more than some of my loved ones have right now.
2. The color brown-love it or no? What’s your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

I love brown, to wear and to decorate with. Most browns are good and they look especially nice with rusts, golds and greens, autumns colors. I will say this is my favorite brown thing in our home.

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There has been a lot of life around that table. Eating, talking, visiting, games and laughter! And a lot of folded laundry.
3. What’s something you’re looking forward to today?

I always look forward to seeing the ladies at BSF. We manage to get a lot of visiting in when we gather to study God’s Word!
4. The word ‘feminism’ is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you’re a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

When I was a child growing up in the 70s  the word feminist conjured up a militant, in your face, man bashing woman.  I don’t really consider myself a feminist, but I am aware that the women’s rights movement has facilitated the changes in our country that allow me to vote and to have many of the opportunities that I am able to enjoy.
5. What’s something you personally can’t eat without making a mess?

Ribs get on your hands. I don’t like that.
6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

This is my darling friend Dorothy! When we see each other at BSF she says “there’s my Kelly!” and I say “there’s my Dorothy!”. For no reason at all Dorothy gave me the beautimous scarf I am wearing here! I love her.

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7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The Ab-Cat and I are driving to Chicago tomorrow to pick up The Boy, The Dane and the Grandcat, who are coming home for the week of Thanksgiving. The Grandcat is coming to live with us because his parents are moving back into on campus student housing. Did you catch that? The Grandcat is coming to LIVE WITH US!!!!!!! WOO HOO!

Now I will be posting the Weekly Sy so THEY can see HIM!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, glad you stopped by! If you would like to join us, click the button below to head over to Joyce’s to play along.

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, ‘Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

I don’t think I left anything undone to do it, as a matter of fact I multitasked. I did most of my leaf watching while walking and driving. It has been spectacular this year!
2. Since we’re talking turning…what’s one thing you feel you’re doing ‘every time you turn around‘?

I feel like every time I turn around it’s CHRISTMAS! Seriously, I just took those dang decorations DOWN.
3. How hard is it for you to ‘turn the other cheek?’

I goggled it to see what the internet said that meant.

Refrain from retaliating when one has been attacked or insulted.

I know from experience that I can turn the other cheek, but I find that I am wary and that can take a long time to resolve. Just because I don’t retaliate doesn’t mean I have forgotten. I pray about that because I don’t want to hold a grudge.
4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

A couple weeks ago I was making some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and I could not find the beaters for the hand mixer! I took quite a bit of stuff out of the drawer and they were not there! I have always put them in the same place. I finally gave up and called The Ab-Cat and told her SHE had to find them because she puts the dishes away and I was done looking for them. She did find them and I suspect it’s because she accidently put them in another drawer!
5. ‘One good turn deserves another‘…were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

I was on the receiving end just last night!

Mousey and I were at the store the other day and I was looking for the eyeliner I normally use. I have been having the hardest time finding it in the espresso color I have bought for years! That same day she let me try her new lipstick, and I liked it very well. Last night she brought me the eyeliner, the lipstick and a lip gloss she picked up for me at Ulta! What a big old hunk of honey!
6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

I have been eating bananas lately in the form of the mashed banana with 2 eggs pancake  so I will pick that. Other than that I tend to be a red fruit eater; strawberry, raspberry, cherry, apple and such.
7. The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween…which ‘October‘ film is your favorite?

The Hunt for Red October, although I haven’t seen it in YEARS.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Everywhere I turn these days I am hearing about essential oils!  It’s literally and figuratively in the air. Does anyone have any first hand experience with them? I sat next to a gal at Bible study who was a fan,  I read about them on a blog, they are all over Pinterest and this week Heifer Lynn was pinning them like it was her J.O.B., and lastly a good friend came to get her hair done and we chatted about them extensively. There are so many different brands and smells and ways to use them. It seems confusing, yet intriguing, with a pinch of voodoo thrown in! What do you know? Spill it.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by and special thanks to Joyce for hosting the Hodgepodge, week after week after week….. It might feel like that sometimes!

1. What’s your favorite time of day? Why?
I like my morning routine when I don’t have to be up and out the door in a hurry. It’s nice to get up, feed the cats, have a cup of chai, read some blogs and catch up on the on line news. I am a creature of habit.

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender…which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?
Our toaster can be cranky, it has been going for a few years now! It’s current decision is uneven toasting. Just a matter of time.

3. It’s National Grouch Day (October 15)…what’s something that makes you feel grouchy?

Hmmm. There are things to be said about me but I don’t think grouchy is one of them. I guess I will say I get grouchy when I am overly hungry. We usually call it “hangry”.
4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you’d like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?I

I have been to Canada! As a matter of fact I used to live there with my Canadian husband!!

I have been to Toronto and Niagara Falls before, so they are off my list. I think I would say Halifax, because I am a little bit of a Titanic nerd and I hear they have a maritime museum there with quite a bit of information about the unsinkable ship.

Though all of those places sound nice, we would most likely go off list and head right across the pond to Windsor and visit with Honey’s sister Rachel, her husband Kenny, their kids and grandkids. That sounds like fun!!!
5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

I used to always request spaghetti or homemade macaroni and cheese for my birthday dinner, but they would not be my favorites now. I like them, but there are things I would rather have.
6. Do you cry easily?

Not really, although The Boy did tell me recently that I tear up more than I ever used to. It still wouldn’t be considered easily. The Boy, Honey and Mousey are the softies over here. Honey calls me Hard Hearted Hannah.
7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?

I actually do have a couple stocking stuffers purchased and that is unusual for me!!! Honey and I have discussed a couple things. I usually don’t get into Christmas high gear until after Thanksgiving. That’s probably when I get the lists from everyone too.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The Boy and The Dane are coming in from Chicago this afternoon on the Megabus. They will be here for almost a week and I have a GOAL. I would like to get our family Christmas card picture taken, in a fall-ish setting if possible. There are a few details to work out. No one is going to prison if it doesn’t happen. Wish us luck.

Have a good fall day, it’s peaking up here in The Mitten!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Happy fall Y’All! Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Joyce for keeping us going! If you would like to join, click on the button below, it’s a friendly group!

1. Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall? Will you have to rake when it’s all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe? They are and it is delicious! I was just saying to Keelyody on our walk yesterday that I am going to have to bring my camera next time. Today we were noticing all of the different colors on a single tree! I have seen some leaves on the ground but it’s not quite time for that yet.

Honey, Mousey and I usually designate a family rake day at the end of the season. I never want to do it, but I don’t mind it with those two, they are fun. We have discovered a new system in recent years that makes the job easier.
2. When did you last shake like a leaf?

Hmmm, nothing is coming to mind.
3. After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon. Jeter has been described even by opponents as a ‘class act’, both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job description? What responsibility do the organizations these athletes work for have when it comes to dealing with off the field behavior? Discuss.
Well, maybe some of the athletes are not comfortable being active role models, but we should at least expect them not to be criminals! I have to believe the organizations these players are working for must be partially responsible. They set the tone and expectation for how their teams are run, they have the ability to turn a blind eye to poor behavior or come down hard on them like an anvil. Whether it involves setting the bar higher in terms of acceptable behavior, or anger management classes, I don’t know.

I realize there is personal responsibility problem here, and that is a whole other conversation, but if they have players acting poorly and they allow it, then they are part of the problem. I sure don’t think they should be given a pass because of their pro status.

I feel I must mention the fact that I do not care about sports like others do. Because I don’t value most sports, I don’t know much about the players. The ones I have heard of are either exceptional or are jerks. Maybe they should taker a harder line with the jerks.  With that said, I’m sure there are a lot of normal nice guys on teams, just happy to have the opportunity to play the game they love and get paid for it.

4. What season of the year is toughest for you in terms of your health? Why?

I never used to have problems with any of them. I feel like in the past couple of years there has been something in the air during fall. Something causing some weird coughing and sneezing for no good reason. I have no known allergies but there’s….something.

5. The top six healthy food trends of 2014 according to Eating Well are-

clean eating
(more veg, less meat, less sodium, limit alcohol and processed foods)
trash fish (you know those fish that get caught in fishermen nets and are thrown back? It seems chefs are finding creative ways to make them more appetizing)
cauliflower (this year’s IT vegetable)
kaniwa (essentially baby quinoa, so like quinoa only smaller)
fermentation (think pickling except with twists on flavor we’re not accustomed to)
community supported food (farms operating with community support/membership).
Okay-so how many of the hot healthy food trends for 2014 have you experienced, encountered, enjoyed? Any you’ve tried and said ewwww? Any on the list you’d like to try before year’s end?
Cauliflower is big in the low carb community and I am a fan. I really like mashed cauliflower, like potatoes, but my family is vehemently against it. I sometimes make it for myself and eat it with lunch.

I will say I would like to try the kaniwa. I would also like to try it’s older sibling, quinoa. I have been pinning recipes featuring it on Pinterest 🙂

6. In seven words or less, bid September adieu.

September went way too fast this year!!!
7. What’s something on your October calendar that makes you happy just thinking about it?

Honey and I will be heading down to Florida in October and it makes me happy to think about him on vacation! Poor guy needs a break!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

One of my new favorite things to do is sit on the couch with Mousey, she on her laptop, me on my iPad, and send each other pins we think the other would like! We also send pins to The Ab-Cat and I take pictures of things to send to The Boy on iMessage. It’s like a full blown hobby! I am so late to the Pinterest party but I am having a fine time!!!!!

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am happy to greet fall and kiss both its cheeks! The cooler temperatures are quite delicious. We are just seeing some color on the trees up here in The Mitten. A big thank you to our hostess Joyce for gathering us every week to talk about stuff!

1. It’s fall. Y’all. My favorite season of the year! What’s something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it’s officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-‘y’all’?

I do say Y’All!!

Fall is my favorite season also. I feel like that is disloyal to summer, which I also love, but I have to tell the truth. I love the colors, the bright, cool days, wearing some real clothes, the feeling of a new fresh start, even more of a fresh start then the New Year.

I feel like fall is officially here when I put on socks and boots. And jeans. No turning back once you do that.

2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved?

There was some falling last year. I am hoping it is completely resolved.
3. A song you love with the word ‘fall’ in it’s title?

I goggled it and I guess I will say Free Falling by Tom Petty. That song is not my favorite, but I do like Tom Petty. So there you go.
4. What’s something you’ve recently let ‘fall by the wayside?’

We have let a lot fall by the wayside this summer, Honey’s schedule has been a real killjoy. We had big plans to refinish the deck, straighten out our garage, re carpet the ramp out there, can salsa, and many other things that are not coming to mind. Oh well, no one’s going to prison. I still have hope we may accomplish a thing or two. 🙂
5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way?

One of my favorite television shows was on this summer. I love to watch Who Do You Think You Are?, and I loved watching all the episodes. What fell short was the season was so stinking short! There have been 12 episodes in the past and this season there were only 5! That fell far short for me. I’m still not over it. Call me bitter.

6. Describe a time you said or thought, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree."

I think this all the time about our children! You will observe some quality and you know so clearly where they have gotten it!

I think it’s especially funny when the child realizes that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!

I have a way of interacting with people that I know I learned from my Mother, and I see it in each of our children. She might have even learned it from her Mother!

They all three get their love of food, work ethic, and compassion from their Daddy.

Of course, those are some good qualities, I also see some not so good traits they have gotten from our trees. They will remain nameless!

Whether it’s learned behavior or genetic, I cannot say.

7. Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not?

Yes. Monday I worked outside doing manual labor. Tuesday I went to a Bible study at church and did some shopping. No comparison!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The Dane saw on the blob that I was looking for a pair of brown boots. I was trying to duplicate this look that I had seen on Pinterest. Or something along those lines.

teacher talk: outfits You'd have to do leggings not tights. Too see-through for the dress code.

She rallied the troops and they went in together to buy me a pair for my birthday! Wasn’t that thoughtful?

Unfortunately, the cute pair she bought hurt my feet because my feet are a giant pain in the rumpus. I went back to DSW to exchange them for some cute, orthopedic boots and these two were about the only pair that met my criteria, didn’t feel like I was standing on a board, didn’t hurt my big toenails, or didn’t pinch, and were brown.

I brought them home to try on with clothes, because as you know, I need options.

The pair on the left I feel are the best looking. My only complaint, and of course there is one, is the top of the boot hits me in a weird place on my kneecap. Like it gets caught there. I look forward to seeing if jeans can keep the kneecap safe.

The pair on the right are SO COMFORTABLE. My only complaint, and of course there is one, is they look very similar to my beloved black boots that I wore the heck out of all winter last year. This brown pair has a bit more buckle-age.

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If it comes down to kneecap displacement or similar looking boots, I am going to go for the COMFORTABLE look a likes. I guess I know what I like.

Thank you Kids for one of these pair of cute brown boots! And thank you to The Dane for being so stealthy!

Have a wonderful first week of fall.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys, welcome to The Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you would like to join us, click the button below to visit Joyce and link up. And while you are there, wish Joyce a very Happy Birthday Week!!!!!

1. I’m celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, ‘You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not why not?

That is not my favorite quote. Sorry Doug. I think he was trying to be profound. I don’t even want to think about it anymore.

2. What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birthyear, just the same date/same month.

Apparently, ] On September 18, 1793, first President George Washington, along with eight other Freemasons dressed in masonic regalia, laid the cornerstone of the Capital Building, which was made by silversmith Caleb Bentley.

Look at that Joyce, we have such a historical birth date!!
3. Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to ‘have your cake and eat it too.

I am always reminded of this idiom when I am weighing the decision to eat something I should not. I want to try and control my weight, but I also don’t want to miss out on something yummy. I want it both ways! I literally want to have and eat my cake, without gaining an ounce!!!
4. What’s something you do that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?

It makes me feel young to sing along to songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. I don’t know how I can store all those words in my brain, especially when I can’t even remember what we had for dinner 2 nights ago.

I feel old when I can hardly get out of bed after doing something strenuous, like yardwork!! What is going to become of me when I am in my 60s??!!
5. When did you last do something that was ‘a piece of cake’?

I had to go to the Secretary of State yesterday to renew my drivers license. I guess it was time for a new picture, otherwise I am not sure why I couldn’t renew by mail like I always do. Anyway, I had been dreading going because the line at the Secretary of State can be a beast of a thing. On my way over I was lamenting that I had forgotten to bring a book. When I pulled into the parking lot it was so empty I thought they might have been closed. I went inside, NO LINE! It was my lucky day!!!!! In and out in less than 5 minutes! And I think my picture turned out pretty decent! Piece of cake!
6.  Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What’s something else you’d add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage)

I think faith improves with age. I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and was taken to church regularly. I had an intellectual understanding of God, faith and salvation, but I had no practical experience. The Lord has spent the last 30 years growing and refining that faith. As I have learned through my years in BSF, head knowledge is good, but you have to download it into your heart. I can be a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and information, but if I don’t apply it to my life, I haven’t learned much. Application is key, and that takes time.
7. If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we’ll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.  
I am fairly certain you have some thoughts on your handy dandy list already! I have no ideas, I will wait to be surprised!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I bought FIVE Christmas presents yesterday! Stocking type things, but HEY! I feel so accomplished, so early!!!!!

Way Back When-sday Wednesday Hodgepodge

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1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

We usually watch some of the programs that remember the day. The inspiring human stories, any new information that they have discovered. I feel it was a line of demarcation in the history of our country. I will always remember sitting on the couch with Rae Babe watching those towers falling down all day long, just praying for some good news. Our country will never be the same.
2. Do you ever/still…listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?

Honey listens to the ballgame in the car.

We watch the occasional videotape! Goomba likes to rummage around down the basement in our movie closet and he often brings up an oldie but a goodie. When Abby babysits him she always introduces him to one of her favorites. Most recently? Titan A.E. , The Prince of Egypt and Mary Kate and Ashley, How The West Was Fun. He liked them all!

No, I don’t use a phonebook or paper map anymore.

I do use an alarm clock! I rarely need one, it’s more for the extremely rare occasion that I don’t wake up by myself.
3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t know?

I’m sure it could be done but you would have to tread very cautiously. I would certainly be praying for God to be with my words! Politics would not typically be my first or fifth line of conversation, but if someone brought it up, and I felt they were genuinely interested in having a real conversation not just spouting off, I would probably participate.

I think I naturally talk about my faith in conversation. Whether they acknowledge it would be up to them.
4. What’s a dish you haven’t eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

SOUP!!! Not yet, still too warm up here in The Mitten.
5. What’s something you know nothing about?

Ahh, there are so many somethings! Mechanics, hockey, electrical and plumbing, basketball and golf, architecture, The Kardashian’s and the Jersey Shore people, and I’d like to keep it that way, thanks.
6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what’s your favorite piece?

I don’t mind it but I don’t seek it out.
7. What’s the oldest thing you own?

This is one of them. It was in my closet. My Grandmother Georgia gave it to me the year my brother Beeve was born. I was 4 years old.

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I looked at this so many times! I loved the illustrations of the bears doing all sorts of family activities. Having a new baby, this was one of my favorite pages.

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I had a pool like that!

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Now days this is my favorite part, my Grandma’s handwriting.
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8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today is my Mother’s birthday. She has been gone for 4 years now, but this will always be her birthday. I am thankful that I think of her every day, sometimes more.

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I hear her words and her laughter, running through my mind. I remember her wisdom and joy in life. Happy Birthday Mom, you are right here in my heart.

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