Tuesday, September 3, 2013

You are NEVER too old!

The weekly Hodgepodge questions, and my answers. Please feel free to respond here or on Facebook. I'd love to hear your answers too!

1. What's something you are never too young or old to enjoy? 

Music!  Absolutely!   Research shows that babies in vitro respond to music played outside their mommies' wombs... and science also says that hearing is the last thing to go when people are on their death bed.  So, hearing sound, and in particular music, is something that we all get the ability to hear and enjoy ALL our lives!  Music brings people together, it creates moods, it inspires, and comforts. Music makes a moment more impactful and it can lighten a tough situation.  It helps ease boredom.   People don't really have to know much about making music to totally enjoy it. They can still get up and dance wildly (or just tap their toe), they can often relate to the music's lyrics, they can laugh to it,  or cry to music.  Thank God for music!

2.  Share one happy memory from your high school years. 

Almost any of my happy memories include my two best girlfriends in high school, Paula and Terri.  We were known as "The three Muskateers"...because when you saw one of us, you saw all three.  When I look back on yearbook pictures we were standing there together in each club or organization shot.  I suppose one favorite memory is being in the Drama Club together.  We weren't leaders of it (thankfully), but we had bit parts in a couple of plays and of course stayed after to rehearse, work on sets, etc.  My other fun memories include football games on Friday nights.  I went to a high school in rural Ohio - and football was and is IT in small towns there.  I was in the marching band - and we marched through town on the way to the stadium, and then played in the bleachers, put on half-time shows, etc.  Paula was also in band. Terri was a cheerleader.

3.  A nationwide strike of fast food employees took place last week... they're calling for higher wages and the right to unionize.  Your thoughts? 

First, I think anyone working "full time" should be able to make enough in wages to at least support themselves, and if minimum wage can't do it, then the minimum should be raised.   Years ago fast food employees used to be a lot of young people (teenagers) working part-time.  But, in recent years that has changed (for many reasons - and that's a whole 'nother discussion!)   I believe corporate America, which includes large fast food companies, should take care of their employees with good pay and health benefits. It just makes sense to me.  Morally.   And from a business sense... a happy employee will work harder and care about the company more.  There's a fine line that makes people nervous because it can begin to sound like a socialistic system if a govt makes the company decisions. But, I still think it's right.  Anyway... I am not a believer of forming unions.  I understand how needed they were at one time.  But, I think unions often have a bad side,  and they make employees do things they don't want to do,  they allow "slackers" to stay in the system, etc.

4.  September is National Honey Month...what is a favorite dish you make or eat that calls for honey? 

Seriously can't think of one dish... SO, I will bend the question and ask what is my favorite "honey" ?  And the answer: my pug named Miss Honeybee.  Now, I have yet to figure out how to put pictures on my blog so I'm sorry I can't post a pic of her for you to see.  Miss Honeybee - named after the Blake Shelton song "Honeybee" - is adorable!

5.  If you notice someone with a tag sticking out, a button unbuttoned, a shirt on inside-out, or some leftover lunch stuck between their teeth, do you say something or do you keep quiet? 

Most of the time I do not have a problem saying something, kindly and discreetly...unless it's someone I know well, and then I use the situation to "rib" them!! ha!  I mean, come on, we ALL have these moments!

6.  What movies always make you cry?  Or, at least makes you feel like crying? 

It's been a while since I have cried at a movie...but then, it's been awhile since I have seen a good, emotional movie. But, I will definitely get choked up at a movie that has something/anything to do with an unfortunate death, especially if it's a child.  Or, if a love relationship didn't work out.  Seems the movie companies don't make those very much anymore.   I DO NOT cry at action, bomb exploding, or alien sci-fi movies.  Or at dumb, drop bad language for quick raunchy humor movies.   Do they make much else??

7.  "Mary had a little lamb" was written in May of 1830 and published in 'Juvenile Miscellany' in September of that same year. Now for the fun part... create your own four line rhyme using that same tune. 

Marla had a little pug - little pug, little pug.

Marla had a little pug who's nose was smashed in so,

that everywhere the little pug, little pug, little pug

Everywhere the little pug went, she snorted kinda low.

Marla had a little pug -  little pug,  little pug

Marla had a little pug whose snort was how she'd know

No hiding for the little pug, little pug, little pug

Her snort told Marla it was time to "go"!

8. My random thought.

We just spent a lovely Labor Day weekend with some family and friends here at our "riva" cabin.  I always think how quickly summer goes by, so this morning I spent a few minutes scanning through the pictures I had posted on Facebook of our summer get-togethers, and it made me realize it was "full" of people, fun, and memories.  I LOVE Facebook for sharing pics, and capturing events.   Last evening I spent about 20 minutes on Facebook "IMing" with my sister and we said we wished our brother would embrace technology more and be online with us.  I can tell you: It's not going to happen. I guess we all are the in-between generation,  where some love it, some hate it. But, you know,  I just can't imagine our children and grandchildren saying "oh, I'm not going to use social media because I don't believe in it."  What do you think?


  1. You are 'right on' about music, Marla! The Hodge Podge questions are fun to read.

  2. I love Hodgepodge. Watch for my answers tomorrow. I think perhaps we went to the same school, Marla. What part of Ohio did you grow up in? Seriously - your town must be a twin to mine!!

  3. I liked your answer to the honey question : ) And music-definitely! The world would be a sadder place without it.

  4. Yes - music indeed is one thing you are never too young or old for! Cool story - when my daughter was a baby/toddler she was so petite and tiny I used to sing the song "Itty Bitty" by Alan Jackson to her. Then just a few months ago, after not hearing it for years, it came on the radio and she perked up (she is now 11) and said "Hey, I know this song! Why do I know this song?" Tears welled up in my eyes as I remembered singing it to her as a tiny baby! She thought that was really cool too!

    Oh, and in answer to your questions on my blog - my hometown city in CA had a sister city, Newcastle, Australia. So that is how we got invited to go across... and yes, the fundraising was intense and of course I was a self-absorbed teenager so I don't know that I really payed attention to those details... but now as a parent, I start hyperventilating when i think of sending my kids on a trip that large!

  5. I totally agree with your answer to #1! I listen to all sorts of music...I sing to music...and I dance to music! Definitely adds fun to my life!

  6. I am with you on the dancing. My 84 year old mother uses Skype and we love it.

  7. Music-very good for the soul and mind. Have a great rest of the week.