Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Love, love, love - it's the Hodgepodge!

It's time for another Hodgepodge set of questions. This week it's all about love because Valentine's Day is just a few days away.  I love that Joyce does the Hodgepodge each week and I love answering the questions.  I invite you to join in.  

1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you're unsure what an acrostic is click here. 

Letting go
Out in the open
Voicing myself


Leave all behind
Open a new door.
Venture out and give it a try!
Enjoy what life has to offer.

2. Does love really conquer all? Why or why not?

I think it can.  At least I want to think it can.   I think having love for others can conquer much of the world's ills.  If we have "agape" love for our fellowman then we would realize we are all here together, and that we should work for a happy, peaceful time on earth.   (Love for oneself is important too, but it's "ego" driven at times. I know we have to love ourself...  but, giving love away is best!)

"Make love, not war."  "Love makes the world go 'round."  "Love lifts us Higher!"   "Love your neighbor as yourself."   

"The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."  - Moulin Rouge (one of my favorite movies about love! - See Question 4 below.)

3. Tell us about a time recently, where you really put your heart into something.

I have written about this project before, but I really put my heart into the baby layette baskets I put together and deliver to our local hospital.  For me, it is truly a "labor of love" (play on words... baskets for the young mothers who have just labored! ha)  I so enjoy collecting the items, and washing the clothes, and then organizing and decorating the baskets.  I add a personal note, and I deliver the baskets.

If you have any items you might like to donate, send me an email.  I am always looking for new/nearly new onesies, newborn outfits, receiving blankets, bibs, booties, etc.  I also include baby wipes, diapers, etc.  I need small stuffed toys/animals too.

4. What's your favorite fictional love story?

Immediately I thought of "Wuthering Heights!"   I have always loved the story of Cathy and Heathcliff!  I love the book, but I also love the various movie versions.   Timothy Dalton played a wonderful Heathcliff... if you haven't seen him in the role, rent that version of "Wuthering Heights"!  Ahh....  the love among the Moors!

5. Do you generally wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your cards close to the vest?

I tend to be a "what you see is what you get" type.  I don't hide feelings well.  But, saying that, I am  not overly demonstrative and I am not "gushy" with expressing love.  I am not 'over the top.' (I think my hubby will concur.)  But, as I have aged I have learned it's good to hear when you are loved, and it is certainly nice to express it too!

6. What food says love to you? Why?

Well, when my hubby suggests we go out for a Mexican meal I know he loves me!  It's not his "food of choice" at all, but I simply love tacos, nachos, and all things covered with quacamole and sour cream!  So, when he goes with me out to eat at a Mexican restaurant he goes truly because he loves me!  Isn't he sweet?  

7. When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.

I was 'tickled pink' from a couple of unexpected Christmas gifts that were bought because they were given from people who know me so well.   My one daughter got me earrings made from flute keys!    My other daughter often finds and gives me things to do with pugs... and I always love them!!   The Christmas before last my hubby got me a little garden sculpture of two frogs sitting on a bench...one is talking on his cellphone, the other is reading a book and enjoying wine.   I was "tickled pink" over the way they were just like us!   Thoughtful.  Cute.   That's what I like! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Since this post, and this week is all about love...  I will continue the theme.  Well, in a way!  Do you watch "The Bachelor?"  What do you think?  Will Ben find love??   I don't know but the ladies seem pretty crazy!  And what's with swimming with the pigs?  That was REALLY WEIRD!!  Has anybody done that when visiting the Bahamas?  I never heard of it before.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!


  1. Presents that truly represent you-how that action shows love. I don't think swimming with pigs is something I would want to do!

  2. Swimming with pgs??!! Weird!

    I'm trying to give the classics a chance. I've never read Wuthering Heights , but it's on my list.

  3. I have been watching "The Bachelor" and many of those girls are coo coo! I thought the whole swimming with the pigs was insane...couldn't talk me into that!

  4. I love a really thoughtful gift too, one that says the person really took the time to think about you as a person. My daughter and I were discussing the pig swim, and apparently it's a huge thing. I've been to the Bahamas many times, and never heard of it, but she said if you look on Instagram there are gobs of pictures of people enjoying this activity. She says mostly in those photos the pigs are cute and tiny, not big and charging like on the show : )

  5. I think what you do for the women in the hospital having babies is just wonderful! I am sure they are very blessed by it. A truly thoughtful gift is ALWAYS the best kind.

  6. No, not watching the Bachelor, but from everything I've read and heard, the guy would be better off going home and letting Mama pick out his woman. I was in the Bahamas for Christmas and heard absolutely nothing about swimming with pigs. Dolphins at the Atlantis, yes, but not pigs.

  7. I'm watching the Bachelor because my daughter's roomie was on it. What a crazy show but I can't stop watching it!!Love both of your acrostics!! Have a great week.

  8. I always enjoy your posts. That's a great thing you do with the baby baskets. I suspect though that your mumber of deliveries must be small compared to where I am. Here you would never keep up with demand lol

  9. Love what you did with the acrostics. Your layette baskets are such a generous gift. Those sound like awesome gift you have received that tickled you pink!