Hello Hodgepodgers! With all the sadness in the world right now (especially the wars in the Middle East, and the shocking news of Robin Williams death), it's good to take a few moments to lighten up the mood. The Hodgepodge is just that… a chance to keep our head above water and to consider all the possibilities of this life we lead.
So, on with it….
1. The best part of waking up is _____________.
You know I have to say "Folgers in your cup"! ha. But, really for me I love to wake up early as long as I have had a good night's sleep - and walk outside with my doggies, grab the newspaper on the driveway, stand there and hear the birds singing. Then I go in and feed the dogs and cats - and make myself a cup of International Coffee's Cafe Francais. Aaaahhhh.
2. Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience - a swim with the dolphins at one of the several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten minutes from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventura Wildlife Society helping to track California condors?
My hubby and daughter have done the dolphin swim - and they got the pictures of the dolphin kissing them. It certainly looks fun and "harmless". No way, no how, would I enjoy a lion encounter! And I have been to Big Sur, but not up into the wilds in the mountains. I could take a day of that, but not overnight.
So - my answer is the swim with the dolphins.
3. What is something you fear about old age? What is something you look forward to?
Oh my! I like to think I'm still "middle aged" but I am seeing the writing on the wall….or should I say, in the mirror. What I fear? Dementia. Cancer. Any other debilitating disease. On a more vain note, I fear continued loss of physical looks and freedom. I can still walk where I want, and do what I want, without more than an ache or a pain. The mirror is not my friend anymore. I don't like what the years are doing.
BUT… I am blessed to be here. I realize that. So, as I look forward to old age I look forward to continued time with my hubby and with my daughters - and their lives. Maybe one day grandchildren. That would be awesome!! I look forward to continued time to help others in need (as long as my health allows.) I look forward to continued relationships with those I love (and like) and laughs and…I look forward to music. Each day brings joy!
4. Hot sauce…are you a fan? On a scale of 1 - 10 how hot is too hot?
I'm not a fan. On that scale I think I'm only about a 2. No thanks. I have a sensitive stomach when it comes to hot and spicy foods.
True story: once when my family was having dinner at my sister & brother-in-law's home years ago he made a dish that was quite hot (in my mind anyway.) I can't remember the dish - but I DO remember the burning afterwards. Both my mother and I snuck to the refrigerator after dinner and downed a glass of milk! We didn't want to hurt his feelings - but our sensitive stomachs were churning! lol
5. It's been said children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?
Unconditional love. For them - and for everyone who comes through our door.
6. What's your favorite movie with a number in it's title?
Off the top of my head I'm thinking about "Sixteen Candles." Funny, sweet, goofy, romantic, coming of age - all wrapped up in one movie.
7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell a Joke Day… share one here.
I am a TERRIBLE joke teller. Seriously. And… I don't ever remember them either. (Dementia?) So, I'm passing on this one but I look forward to reading other blogger's jokes.
8. My random thought.
So, when I started out the venture as the Mother of the Bride a couple of months ago I thought "no, I don't need a wedding planner." Now, as I am deep into the planning and prepping I realize that the week of the wedding and on the wedding day I will definitely NEED someone to take control and make sure everything is done right and on time. So, yes, I have an appointment this afternoon to meet with a "wedding planner." No, it's a woman - so it's not Frau-nnk (from "Father of the Bride")!