Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's an all St. Patty's - all green Hodgepodge!

Top of the mornin' to ya all!  The Hodgepodge this week is all about St. Patrick's Day, one way or another.

1.  Do you play games of luck/chance for money?  Have you ever played bingo for money?  Visited a casino?  Placed a bet on a horse?  Bought a lottery ticket?

I rarely play any sort of games of chance.  I'm wondering...do you all have the "Sweepstakes Gamerooms" popping up in shopping centers like we do here in South Carolina?   It's strange.  Yes, I have played Bingo, but only at company work events and winners got prizes that had been donated, not money.  As many know, I just went to Las Vegas this past December to go to the Tim McGraw - Faith Hill "Soul To Soul" concert.  We were there for a weekend, and I realized I had not played any game or slot machine the entire time there, so at the airport waitng for my flight home I quickly lost $10 in the Poker machines there.   I've never bought a lottery ticket.

2. Will you be preparing and/or dining on the traditional Corned beef and Cabbage meal this St. Patrick's Day?  Mashed - baked - hash browned - french fried...your favorite way to have potatoes?

I will not have the traditional meal.  I'm not a fan.   As for my favorite potatoes, that's a tougher answer.  I'm a potato lover!  I love a baked potato and sometimes make a meal out of it, of course adding some cheese & sour cream on top!  Really, I like all the styles of potatoes in the question PLUS I like scalloped potatoes and potato salad too!

3. What's the last thing you felt 'green with envy' over?

It's been so long I can't remember.  Thankfully!   I have been blessed to have MORE than I certainly need, or even really want....  so even though I have green eyes, I am not the jealous type.

4.  What's at the end of your rainbow?

Ah, lads and lassies, the Lepracauns found a pot of gold... but my rainbow is beautiful as it is.  I am not searching for anything more.

5.  March 12th marks the anniversary of the death of Anne Frank (June 6, 1929 - March 12, 1945).  Anne's diary detailing her time spent hiding from the Nazi's during the war ranks as one of the best selling books of all time.  Besides your blog, do you keep any sort of diary or journal?

First, let me say, that I love Anne Frank's book...and I think EVERYONE should read it! I know it's required reading in many schools.   When I was a teenager I went to a high school production of it and it still stays with me all these years later.  What an amazingly scary time - but the story is one about family love and helping your neighbor.  Anne's diary tells of her hopes and dreams that never came to be, but yet, she lives on in her beautiful descriptions and writing.  Ok, now that I'm saying this,  I think I want to read it again!    As for myself, I do not keep a diary or journal. I am happy that I blog though!

6. What's an item in your home or closet that contains every color of the rainbow?

I don't think Joyce is asking our sexual preference here - but it's the first thing I thought about when I read the question! ha!!   I can't think of anything I have that has the full colors of the rainbow. Not that I'm identifying my sexuality! HA!!!

7. Write a limerick with you as the subject. You can do it!

There once was a girl from Ohio
who traveled the country through time.
She lived east, and west, and in the cold north
and settled the best in the south.

This girl loved her family,
she loved her pets and home.
She married the man of her dreams.
With dear friends and bloggers
she never felt alone.

So now, she likes to celebrate good times
and music makes her smile,
the lass is as happy as can be.
So she toasts to days fine
and lifts high a glass
not beer, but of chardonnay wine!

8. My random thought.

A serious moment about March 17th.  It is also the birth date of my mother.  She passed on almost 10 years ago which is really hard to believe! The years continue to go by.  I'm sad she is not here but she suffered for many, many years with Parkinsons and with colon cancer.  She was a sweet and kind woman - and a great mother to me.   Even though our heritage is German, on St. Patty's Day, her birthday,  I will raise a glass (of wine) to toast her! 


  1. We have the same answer for #2. No corned beef and cabbage for me, but I'll be happy to eat potatoes with you! Have a great Wednesday!

  2. Good morning! I had the same thought when I read the question about Anne Frank...I want to read that again. Soo good. Glad you have such sweet memories of your mom. Enjoy your day!

  3. The birthday anniversary of a lost loved one, that must be so hard. As for Anne Frank, one of the most moving places I've ever visited was the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. That photo of her on the beach, beaming with joy made my heart hurt so bad knowing what awaited her so shortly after...

  4. Hi! I am sorry about your mom. March isn't a happy month for me either, my grandfather died 9 years ago. It doesn't feel like it has been that long!
    Anyway what I meant by public affection was hand holding and hugging but i feel like when people are kissing and making out in public is frowned upon. They need to save that for the bedroom!

  5. My mother's birthday was March 10th. She passed away three years ago, and I've not usually had a problem, but for some reason this year I miss her more than I have in quite a while. :)

  6. Hi Marla!
    I totally understand about missing your mom. My mom's birthday is coming up on April 16th...she passed away in 2000 from complications of breast cancer treatment. I miss her every single day. You just feel robbed that they're no longer here, though you know we'll see them, again!

  7. Celebrate the good times you had with your Mom. Get out the picture albums and share them with you family.

  8. The corned beef and cabbage questions has inspired me to go out and get the fixings to make some in the crock pot on Sunday! I also love Anne Franks story. Can't even imagine living through that. So true about the rainbow! Great limerick, you really worked hard on that one. My mom passed away right around St.Patrick's Day 31 years ago. I don't know where the time has gone. ((HUGS))

  9. Your mom sounds wonderful. My mother has Parkinson's, so I know the pain and frustration and hard times that it brings. I always feel a small connection to someone when I know they've experienced it too. :) Great limerick by the way!

  10. Ahh - I'll raise a toast to your momma too

    Look at you taking limericks to a new level making a whole poem!!

  11. My dad's birthday was the 12th. One of the things I've enjoyed about my blog is writing about my dad. It has been a good place to record memories that might have been forgotten. I don't think we ever stop missing our parents.