Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hodgepodge Day is here.

I have been blogging a few times in the past few days, and once again - I'm back!

This time it's for the weekly Hodgepodge questions - with my answers.  
As usual, our leader Joyce comes up with the questions, and we all take a turn at answering them.  I enjoy thinking back, remembering, coming up with my answers... and perhaps it helps keep my brain working a bit better.  I can use all the help I can get!!    Feel free to play along.

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving). 

feast   -  we had lots of food.
peace  - everyone got along.
east  - we stayed home.  We didn't travel.        

2. When did you last say, 'the more the merrier'? Did you mean it?

Ha!  You know I won't say that I didn't actually mean it!?!  (Ya' just never know who is reading this!)    But, I know for sure the last time I said it was just a few days before Thanksgiving when inviting a few others to join us.   

3. What's one piece of advice you'd give someone who is your same age?

I guess I would say to continue to 'think young'  and to do your best to stay current with what's going on in the world.  And, don't let a number stop you from doing something fun.  I keep a little wooden  sign by my bathroom mirror that says "Forget your age. Live your life"  as a reminder.    I try to do that every day.  

4. You're ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, corn

5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

 I have never shopped til I dropped - and I do not intend to this year.  I am not a last minute shopper, and I don't like feeling that kind of stress when out shopping.  So, I try to have some ideas for gifts in mind before even heading out, and I certainly do not wait until the last minute to go purchase them.  I prefer to have everything bought and wrapped, ready to go, at least a good week or more before Christmas.  

6. What's your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

I am sitting in my favorite spot right now.  It's not a chair - but an end of the couch. This spot is directly in front of the tv, by an end table where I keep my laptop, and the table has a lamp. It also has room for my glass of wine!  Yes, it's my favorite place to 'take a load off' and chill.  My comfort spot.

I have a chaise lounge-style chair on our "Carolina Room" which is my favorite place for quiet and reading.  I love it too.

7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

Some of my earliest memories come from when we went to Hope Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  My dad was the pastor there.  As a PK (pastor's kid) I was there a lot and I remember being with my best friend at that time, Karen.  We went to Sunday School together...sat together...and sang in the children's choir together.  When we had to wait for our parents, we would go into an empty classroom and draw on the chalkboard.   She and I did not live in the same school district but we were best friends through church, and often on Sundays we would go to one or the others' house for lunch and to play for the afternoon. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Hubby and I went on a trip to Pigeon's Forge and Gaitlinburg just this past May. Seeing the incredible video of the wildfires there is breaking my heart.  We drove through the quaint old town, and we went into the Smokies and hiked.  I can't believe so much has been destroyed.    I pray for those who have lost property.  I pray for all the firefighters and for those who have had to flee.  So very sad.


  1. The fires in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area are so devastating. Prayers for all involved in fighting the fires. My heart is so sad.

  2. My other favorite spot in on the end of our couch too. That is usually where I sit at night. Praying for all those affected by the fires.

  3. Good advice on #3!! And your Thanksgiving sounds nice. I would hate to be part of a family who couldn't get along, who couldn't let love of family triumph over politics. Have a wonderful week.

  4. I agree...what has happened in the Smokies has been just awful. We have close friends who moved just outside of Gatlinburg a month ago to a newly built cabin. They said it's been scary, but they're OK...thank the Good Lord. Prayers for all.

  5. Marla, I too am a PK and there are so many memories, lessons and experiences that we could share, I'm sure. Hubby and I spent three days in Gatlinburg in early Sept. It breaks our heart to see the devastation and loss of life in that area.

  6. I love your advice. I try to live it, but often find myself stuck. I think I will put up a sign like you have.

  7. The fires are just awful. Hubs brother and sister both have cabins in the mountains, but so far are not in an area in danger. So scary though! I'm a little behind in Christmas shopping this year, but hate being out in the crowds and doing a lot of last minute. Hopefully next week I can get it in gear. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

  8. Love your advice in #3, I try not to think about my age, I look younger than I am due to good genes from my grandmother. Folks are usually surprised when my age is revealed. I don't dwell on the number and I'm sure that helps with the allusion too. Have a good week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  9. Gatlinburg is one of my favorite places to visit. I can't wrap my head around someone purposely setting fire to anything much less the beauty of the mountains. It makes no sense. All that nature- the trees, the wildlife...so very sad.

  10. I forgot my favourite chair also has a table by it for resting the glass of wine! lol Sounds very similar to yours. The fires haven't made the news here but I hope they can get it under control. Difficult to deal with fires on that scale. Good advice in #3.

  11. Great rhyme. I like your veggie choices. Like you story on Faith. I always wonder what it would be like to be a pastors child. Yes the fires are so tragic and I am keeping everyone in my prayers.