Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall birthdays

This week's Hodgepodge has a lot to do with birthdays in autumn.  Our blog hostess Joyce is celebrating hers this week...and earlier this month both my Dad and my brother had birthdays.  Tomorrow is my cousin Kay's big day too.  So "happy birthday" to all!

1.  When did you last sing "Happy Birthday" to someone?  When were you last sung to?  Does that embarrass you or do you enjoy being the center of attention on your special day? 

I last sang it two weeks ago when one of the members of our Tuesday "Good News at Noon"  Bible Study had a birthday. We all sang to him.   When was I last sung to?  I'm pretty sure it was my last birthday, this past December 15th.  My sis-in-law usually sings it for every birthday on our answering machine!  I went out to dinner with my family - but I don't recall them singing it to me at the restaurant this year.  That's ok.  I mean it's alright to have it sung to me, even if I get a little embarrassed, because it's nice to be given a bit of special treatment on that day.

2.  Name a famous or 'infamous' person, living or deceased, who shares your birth day and month.  Is that someone you'd like to meet in person if it were possible? 

Well, I had to google my birthday to find out who else shares it with me.   Many names I didn't recognize but of them all, I particularly like that I share it with the comedian/actor Tim Conway - and with Gustoave Eiffel, the civil engineer who built the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.   I think I'd enjoy having a birthday drink with Tim Conway!  I loved him on the Carol Burnett Show, and in other comic skits and TV shows.

3. Someone hands you a box tied in a lovely bow... what are you hoping to find inside? 

I would definitely enjoy a couple of concert tickets!

4.  What can you guarantee about yourself? 

I guarantee to tell the truth. I just can't lie.  I will stay quiet before purposely saying an untruth to someone. I just can't live with myself if I lie...so you won't hear one come from my lips.

5.  Talking art and beautiful cities here...   "The Last Supper" in the Santa Maria della Grazie Abbey in Milan, or the "Mona Lisa" in the Lourve in Paris...  which would you like to see? 

I have been to the Lourve and have seen the "Mona Lisa" so I have to answer that I would like to see "The Last Supper."  I have heard it is painted on a wall with a door frame partly in it, and it is fading, so I would probably be surprised at it's condition.  But, I'd still love to see it.  I think it's got to be one of the most copied works of art anywhere.  

6.  Your favorite dessert? 

A warm chocolate brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some chocolate syrup on top - please!

7.  This coming weekend marks the official start of Autumn...  what is something you do to get ready for fall?  What is one thing you're looking forward to on your fall calendar?   Spring or fall - which do you prefer? 

I can't think of anything I "do" to get ready for fall.  I try to stay in denial about it coming.  I love warm weather, and long sunny days.   But, I will say I am looking forward to going with my hubby and meeting my daughters in Columbia, SC for a Gamecocks football game in early October!  We plan to tailgate...then go to the game (they play Kentucky & it 'should' be an easy win), and then we will have dinner together afterwards to celebrate hubby's birthday.    I definitely prefer spring over fall because it's the start of warmer days, and beautiful flowers, and outdoor activities.

8. My random thought. 

Continuing my thought from the question above.  I might prefer fall more if I didn't start to worry about the holidays, and expectations, and everything that goes with that time of year.  I know I put it on myself but I feel pressure on making the holidays right.  Don't get me wrong - I too love the traditions and the family togetherness. And, I try to keep the real meaning of the holidays in my forefront --- Thanksgiving is for giving thanks and Christ is to celebrate Christ!   I wish there would be a way to get rid of the stressful parts, and of the busy schedules, and the other "stuff" that comes with it.  Anybody got any ideas???  I'd love to hear em!  ( :


  1. I think Tim Conway would make a fun dinner party guest. He's on my list. Hubs and I sometimes talk about an imaginary list of who we'd love to have at a dinner party. Tim Conway and Jerry Stiller both make the list. Tim Conway is one of those people I can just look at and laugh.

    I understand your desire to put the focus where it belongs. It's challenging, particularly at Christmas time. I think thats why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Last year I tried to do one random act of kindness every day in December, and that seemed to help keep my head in a good place.

  2. It is hard to keep a lot of traditions going because our family is spread out and growing. Just getting together is the best part of the holidays. I follow the KISS method of entertaining. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)

  3. Tim Conway was a hoot on Carol Burnett's show. He always made me laugh.
    I'm with you on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every year I resolve to keep things simple and wish everybody else would ... then it gets crazy. I just want to enjoy the story, the sharing, the warm glow, the kids, and the wonderful Christmas songs which I never tire of hearing.

  4. Oh man, that's exactly why I hate the holidays... the stress & expectations that are on them :( If you get some good ideas, send 'em my way!

  5. Concert tickets to see Tim McGraw, I presume? I loved Tim Conway! I could watch Carol Burnett reruns and never tire of his antics!

  6. You're the second person that's mentioned brownies. Y'all are killin' me here. OMG I needed a brownie. lol