Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The 100th Hodgepodge

I came late to the Hodgepodge party, but this is the 100th set of questions posted by Joyce. She created these special  Hodgepodge questions, the 100th list, ahead of time knowing she would be busy and frightened by hurricane Sandy.  She's without power now but hopefully she will soon see everyone's answers.

The questions and my answers:

1. What creeps you out?

Snakes.  I have a total fear of them and just can't stand to see them, even in a closed container...and even tho I know they have a purpose, and know some are not poisonous.  There's just something about a snake that "slithers" (that word creeps me out) along. I freak out, and I get shivers up and down my back. Snakes definitely creep me out!

2. What's your least favorite candy?

Candy that is so, so sweet that it makes me pucker...   yuck.  I'm not a lover of Sweet-tarts. 

3. Are you a fan of scary movies? What's the scariest movie you have ever seen?

I am NOT a fan of scary movies - at all.  In fact, I do not understand why people like to be scared, and why they would actually pay money for it.   No thank you.   I can't think of a movie that is the scariest.  It's been years since I have purposely watched a scary movie.   All of those movies that come out each year right before Halloween are not my cup of tea.   Again, no way - not me - I stay away from anything that frightens me.

4.  What part of life confuses you the most?

I have a few answers to this question.  But, mostly, I do not understand why humanity treats each other so badly.   I am confused why people who profess themselves as Christians treats others harshly, or ignore their needs.  Some people chose to live their lives with blinders on, or with thoughts of being better than others, and therefore they don't take an effort to help out.   I am confused why love doesn't conquer all, and why people don't try to live in peace with each other.  

5. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, poppy... what's your favorite seed?

I am not a big seed eater.  But, I certainly love a poppyseed muffin!  so, yep, I've got to go with the poppy seed.

6. Imagine your life ten years from today.  What's changed?

Ten years from now I think I will still be living here in the lowcountry of South Carolina.  I love it here, so I hope I am still here.  I think my husband and I will be enjoying activities together... boating, or golf, going to movies, and watching sports.  We both enjoy all of those things.  I hope to have good health because that will make my life "useful" to others.  I hope to be a grandmother by then....please or please!   ( :   I look forward to what I don't know may happen,.  I mean - think of technology!  We have had so many changes in the past ten years - I can't even comprehend what it will be like in ten years from now.  I want to welcome it. 

7. What do you 1) love the most and 2) like the least about the hodgepodge?

I love to read the responses to the Hodgepodge questions, and to see just how alike we are at times.  Also, when we do differ I love to read how other people think. Sometimes the answers that differ from me make me think of other possiblities, and they also make me think how who we are has so much to do with our history, with our families,and our geographical areas.  But, mostly we ARE alike...we certainly have one thing similiar: we like to blog!

8. My random thought.

At this time next week we will know who will be the President of these United States for the new term starting in January 2013.  Thankfully, the crazy, mean spirited ads will be over. The spin will stop.  The reporters will find other things to talk about. Phew.  At least for awhile.  Whatever the outcome, what do you think?  will your life really change? 

For those wondering (a few have asked) those young men who disappeared on their way to Myrtle Beach about two weeks ago were found 2 days ago.   Sadly their car was spied off a bridge in the Wateree River.  The bodies were inside. Nobody will know what happened except that they lost control and went off the bridge and drown.  There were no skids marks so perhaps the driver fell asleep.  A very sad ending to a massive search in this area.  Our prayers go out to the familes mourning the loss of their sons. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Weather" it's right - or wrong...

As I write this post hurricane Sandy is getting ready to create all kinds of havoc on the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern coastline.  I'm living in South Carolina, an area usually known for it's hurricane scares.  Sandy stayed out to sea and went by us. She gave us a day of rain and some gusts of wind.  It's somewhat ironic that we are saved from the major effects but those in the north will not be.

I lived up in New Jersey for 12 years.   During that time we had our share of Nor'easters, usually big snow and wind events.  Once we had so much snow we needed to pay for a large construction earth mover to come and carry out the snow from our driveway.  Our back sliding door was completely covered to the top with a huge snow drift.  It took a lot of shoveling AND months of sun to melt away the snow from that one storm.  Plowed snow mountains were still visible in parking lots in April.

Yes, I know bad storms can hit other parts of the country. Of course, Florida has had it's share of hurricanes.  And we will never forget what Katrina did to the gulf region. 

But, I do find it interesting that the northeast gets so many various types of bad weather.   Blizzards, freezing rain, tornados, and hurricanes!

I am so happy to be away from all of that. 

This morning, I walked my doggie and had to "bundle up" because we are feeling the remnants of Sandy as she moved north.  It's breezy out.  And its too chilly for my liking.  The high only around 60 degrees today.  

But, all in all, it's a pretty good place to live. 

Be safe all you northerners!   I'd say "come on down", but it's too late this time.   And, I
 don't know...sometimes I just enjoy MY little piece of the world here and don't want it over-run and over-populated..  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Beer? Buses? Debates? Songs? Hodgepodge time!

I joined Joyce's weekly Hodgepodge recently, but this is her 99th set of questions.  (I will be very interested in seeing the 100th edition.  Perhaps all questions that have the number 100 in them?  Just a suggestion.)   Joyce mentioned the song "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" which we all know was a youthful pastime on long road trips, etc.   I'm wondering is it politically incorrect to teach the song to our youth these days? 

Here are the questions, and my answers.

1.  So, do you like beer?

The only time I really enjoy a nice, cold beer is on a hot day.  If I drink a beer I prefer a "light" beer or one with a slight flavor like lime.  I LOVE wine instead! I am a chardonnay person, but occasionally will have a good red with dinner.  No sweet wines please.  The drier the better. 

2. What's your least favorite repetitive task?

I have mentioned this before - it's going food shopping.  I consider it a necessary evil.  I'm not adventurous in the kitchen and therefore I do not linger in the grocery store. I go in with my usual list of basic needs that keep our household going, and I get in - and get out.  Every week - the same items...   boring.

3. When was the last time you rode a bus?  Where was it headed?

Wow.  It's been awhile.   I'm drawing a blank on a specific time.  I rode the bus on many field trips when my daughters were in school.  I often volunteered as a parent chaperone.   We were living in New Jersey then and we took the bus on band competition trips and then on to Dorney Park Amusement Park.  We also took buses on our county youth orchestra trips into NYC, and when we went to Europe.  Good times!  I've always enjoyed bus trips because you are with others, can sightsee, but don't have the stress of driving.

4. What song from your childhood or from your children's childhood could make a parent's nerves stand on end?

When my older daughter was a toddler I took her to Gymboree fun/exercise classes.  She loved Gymbo, the clown, and as any good, loving mother would do, I got the video tape AND audio tape of the Gymboree songs.  I think if I heard that music even now, some 20 years later, I might cringe.  The other song (which I mentioned in an earlier blog):  "It's a Small World"....over and over....   and over.

5. The US presidential election cycle is drawing to a close (can I get an AMEN?) and the 3rd and final debate was held last night...what was the last thing you 'debated about'?

I don't consider myself a debater.  I have my beliefs but I have a hard time verbalizing why I believe the way I do.  Sometimes it's a gut feeling instead.  Or, it's my religious faith telling me what is right vs. wrong.    And, I think I have learned over the years that debating is a lost art and it's nearly impossible to change anyone's mind anyway. 

6. Can a person make too much money?  How much is too much?

So, Joyce, did this question come from sitting in the pew on Sunday?  I know this past Sunday's Bible lessons at my church dealt with stewardship and "happy giving".   It's that time of year when we approve the budget for the new year and the congregation pledges to meet the needs.   You ask "can a person make too much money?"   I suppose the answer is no...the big question is WHAT does a person DO with the money earned.  I know athletes and top CEO's, and Hollywood types and musicians make incredible money.  But, so does Bill Gates - and look what he does with his earnings.  I forget the exact saying, but for one who is given alot, one is expected to give back alot.  If a person remembers all things come from God and that we are stewards of His world, then the act of giving is a gift of thanks back to God. 

7. Pop - soda - coke - something else....   what's it called where you live? 

I have lived in various geographical areas in the US and most places have called a soft drink a soda.  Except, that is, my birthplace: Ohio.   I haven't lived there since I was a kid but I have most of my family members there, so when I visit I hear them say pop.  It sounds strange to me.  I've been away from there too long.

8. My random thought.

I have lived long enough to stop at times and think..."mere coincidence"?   Or instead, is it a "sign from God"?   There's a great country music song out now called "Cowboys and Angels" by Dustin Lynch and it has a line about something being an "accident or grand design?"  What do you think?  I find as I age, and grow in my faith, that life is NOT an accident.  That often things happen for a reason.  Big and small.  We don't know WHY when it happens but it gets clearer looking back.  Hindsight is 20/20.  

PS:  2 young men (ages 18 and 17) left a party in NC over a week ago and on a whim decided to drive down here to the SC beach to see the sunrise - but they never arrived.  Since then, each day, their frantic parents and families, friends, and the police, and volunteers, have exhaustively searched the roads.  So far there has been NO sign of them or their car.  No skid marks on the road, nothing unusual has been found anywhere.  They have just disappeared.  Both boys were good kids and those who know them do not suspect that they purposely are in hiding.  Foul play is not suspected either.   Did the driver fall asleep and run off the road into a river?  Or under a heavily forested area?  Even helicopters have searched.   I pray each day that they are found to end the anquish of not knowing.  I pray for young lives perhaps gone, and families who will miss them forever.   Amen.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's the weekly Hodgepodge. Jump in - if you dare!?!

It's Hodgepodge time.  Jump in!

1. Noah Webster was born this week back in 1758...besides the online version, do you own a dictionary?  Do you ever use the hardback copy or is your hunt for a definition strictly online these days?

We own several hardback dictionaries.  Since hubby and I have liked to play Scrabble over the years we have kept them around to use as the definitive answer to whether a word put down on the board is real. Hubby once gave me a dictionary as a gift (pre-computers.) I also love to do crosswords so I have a specially designed dictionary for crosswords.  But, I must say it's been a long time since any hardback copies have been cracked open.  I rely on the online dictionaries these days more than not.

2. Should public schools ban Halloween celebrations?  What about other holiday celebrations currently under fire?

Some people love Halloween, but me...not so much.  I have never liked the eerie, spooky part of the holiday. I don't like zombies, and bloody walking dead, and all the really creepy costumes.  As for schools, I think for the elementary level it's important to teach children about all holidays: why we have them and how people traditionally celebrate each.  I still remember my grade school classroom bulletin board decorated each month with a calendar that highlighted the holidays.  When my daughters were young and in elementary school they had a Halloween parade outside on the playground.  The children and teachers dressed up and walked around while parents took pictures.  I don't recall any teachers in ghoulish costumes. I don't know if that was mandated.   In today's world I suppose I can see this as an optional "after school" activity.  

3.  What's your favorite 'dog' movie?

It's got to be "Turner and Hooch" with Tom Hanks!  It's so funny and endearing - and slobbery! 

4. When were you last somewhere you'd describe as "too quiet"?

First, I must say I enjoy the quiet.  I do not get lonely often in a quiet situation.  I enjoy sitting in the quiet and reading (if I don't fall asleep! ha)  The last time I recall it being "too quiet" was on a weekend here at home.  Many of you know my hubby travels for business during the week so I'm used to quiet Monday through Friday.  In fact at times I like it a lot!  But, on a rare weekend when he can't get home due to business, then the house seems "too quiet".  It's more my state of mind because  he's not home and we aren't doing things together. 

5.  Are you a neat cook?  In other words do you clean as you go or make a big mess and then deal with it later?

Cook?   What???   ha!   As I have said before I am not a lover of cooking...but I do cook sometimes. Yes, I do - and when I do (I sound like the man on the commerical) I always clean as I go. 

6. Did you hear about Felix Baumgartner, the skydiver who broke the sound barrier via parachute?  Was your first thought COOL! or was it CRAZY! ?  Are you adventurous?

Yes, I heard about him and have seen some of the video of the jump/fall to earth.  My first thought:  CRAZY!!!!!!   My second thought:  why???    I don't understand people's needs to be first or to do something wacky like that.   Am I adventuous?  People who know me will say that I am not.  And, I agree...I am cautious. I have always been that way and became even more so when I became a mother.   Now that I am a bit "older" I'm trying to be a bit more adventurous...but not in a physical, do stunts way.  I do not get enjoyment from doing something that will give me an adrenaline rush (aka: scare the "you know what" out of me.)  I am trying to be OPEN to new things or ways though.  I do not want to grow old and be stuck in my old ways.  I want to live each day as an adventure! 

7. What's not a word that should be?

Joyce, this question makes me think of playing Words With Friends!  I still can't believe that the word "ade" is not accepted.  I keep trying it! ha! It keeps getting rejected! 

8. My random thought.

I always type my answers on Tuesday...  so tonight is the 2nd Presidential Debate, with a town hall meeting format.  I'm looking forward to it more than the others. There will be the usual rattling off of numbers skewed to each other's side (lies??), and meaness, but perhaps there will be some light-hearted moments too.  I think I will pay attention to which candidate actually answers the question asked by the audience member.  Candidates have a way of steering answers to issues THEY want to talk about - and double-talking - and saying lots of words without giving a simple answer.  So, that's what I plan to focus on tonight.    PS: I hope Facebook friends are not as mean-spirited in their comments after the debate as they were last time.  Remember what your mom taught you: "If you can't say anything good, then don't say anything at all!"

Monday, October 15, 2012

The good and the bad of a State fair.

On Saturday I spent about half the day at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.  It had been a long time since I had gone to any state fair, and I had never been to NC's before.  Here are my thoughts:

THE GOOD:   The North Carolina Fair still had the traditional agricultural displays and livestock judging.  I really enjoyed seeing the largest (and heaviest) pumpkin and watermelon!  The winners were over 900 pounds! Crazy.  You know they could not have tasted good though.  We saw lots of potatoes, squash, pumpkins, nuts, some baked goods, honey, etc.  I also really enjoyed watching the young people (4 H - ers) show their prized cows and sheep.  It was quite amusing to watch them try and keep the animals under control...some animals being MUCH bigger than the kids.  Since it was Saturday it was "youth day" so  the children and teenagers were spotlighted.   I took a few pictures which are on my Facebook page.

I saw some really cute little baby piglets all smooshed together sleeping by their very LARGE mama!  And, I saw baby goats and calves too.  A few donkeys, chicks, more LARGE cows and steer... and sheep.

The fair was reasonably priced to get in - and the night-time concert was just an additional $10.  We saw country singer Jake Owen.  He's definitely easy on the eyes and has some great songs!!
I think 5 or so songs have been pretty big country radio hits.  The biggest hit so far is "Barefoot Bluejean Night."  Love it!  Instead of "like lighters at a rock show" (words in the song) the hall filled up with cellphone lights for a very cool effect.  Jake filled the rest of the show with some lesser known songs off  his albums, and then ended the night with his song "8 Second Ride" and the Van Halen classic "Jump"!   A good, high energy song that everyone knows and loves!   I've seen Jake Owen five times now and he's always great to see perform!   As we were leaving the fairgrounds we caught a really nice fireworks display!

THE BAD:  As I said it was my first time at the NC State Fair and I was there on a very busy Saturday - but I really felt the walkways between all the food booths and trailors were too tight, dangerously so.   There were times we were shoulder to shoulder with people just moving en masse.  I felt sorry for families there with kids in strollers.  I'm not sure how they got around, and there were a few times I almost fell right over on one!  At one point I wondered why strollers were even allowed. It was frustrating!  Also, I was surprised by the number of motorized scooters for people with health problems.   The fair is pretty dirty.   It doesn't seem like the place to go with medical limitations.  But, yes, it's a free world...   and there were hand washing stations outside the livestock exhibition halls.

We realized after the night was through that we missed about 1/3 of the things to see there.  I felt the fair layout was rather disorganized and places were not well marked.   A few general signs were posted occasionally but it wsn't clear to us.  We got stuck in the food area too long.  If Americans wonder why we have a weight problem go to a state fair!   Fried everything!!   

I was going to put the smells of the fair under "the bad" category, and although the smells were strong - especially in the pig and hog building  - eeeee-yoooo!  - it IS part of what the fair is all about! Right?   Fair odors are a unique mix of livestock in stalls, and queasy food being cooked.   

The half day was enough.  Perhaps had it not been so, so crowded - and dirty - I could have enjoyed it longer.  But, I think it's safe to say, I've pretty much had my share of state fair "fun" for awhile!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I have been thinking the past few days about a particular girlfriend of mine (her birthday is tomorrow) and how we have lost track the past few years.  We were "tight" in our younger years.  We spent a lot of time together back then and had some pretty great times.

I know I'm to blame for not staying in better contact with her.  It's hard as years and miles separate us - and lifestyles, and interests too.  I still really care for her - and love her - and wish her the absolute best life offers!

I know it's not unusual to have friends go in and out of life.  It's still sad though.  How many of us still stay in touch with friends from our school years?  Unless you never move away from your hometown it's bound to happen.  Remember high school girlfriends? I had two that were my best, best friends and we called ourselves the Three Muskateers.   Thankfully, I am still in communication with one, although it's not on a regular basis. 

I went to two universities.  Unfortunately, I lost touch with all of my dorm girlfriends from the first college, except for annual Christmas cards from a few. It was at my second school that I met Sue, and if you have read my earlier posts you know she and I have maintained a close friendship even tho we live in different states and live different lives.   Our bond is unbreakable.

Once I married, girlfriends came and went with the places we lived.   I worked with some really nice ladies in Virginia, Maryland, and in California, but for the life of me, I can't even remember all of their names.

Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that throughout my life I have been blessed with meeting some very wonderful,  smart, fun ladies - and I considered them my FRIENDS!   I wish I could find out what they are doing now. I have reconnected with a few through Facebook.  I am one person that loves using Facebook as a tool for staying in touch with friends...

Here are a few names I wish I heard from more:   Karen, Pam, Paulette, Michelle, and Terri.  

Email me:  mfabiansc@hotmail,  or look me up on Facebook. 

I know friends are like flowers that make life beautiful in different seasons!  Still,  I miss you girls!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"It's the most wonderful time of the year"? (not)

It's time for the weekly Hodgepodge questions.  Thank you Joyce for keeping my brain active! 

1. In what way do you indulge yourself?

I indulge myself many ways.  I admit it.  Each day I take a bit of time and read, even though I know there are other things I could be doing.  I get my nails done - which is something I never did when I was a young person, and a young mother.  I have "relit" my love of live concerts and indulge myself with tickets to some of my favorite singers when they come around. 

2. Have you ever taken a cooking class?  Any interest?  What type of class would you most like to try?

Hahahaha!  Sorry, but this question makes me laugh!  No, I have never taken a cooking class and I think anyone who has eaten my food can attest to it!  I was born without the cooking gene...it doesn't come natural and I don't enjoy cooking.  I have learned over the years to "get by" and can whip up a few things but I don't enjoy doing it.  Here's part of the problem:  I don't find grocery shopping fun either.  I consider a trip to the food store a necessity and I usually run through the same store, pick up the same things, and then get out. I do NOT read labels, I do not picture possible meals in my brain, I don't get excited by what's on special that week.   Thankfully I have a husband who did not want a good cook - I have "other" good qualities!  ha!   I'm laughing again!

3. What does it mean to be a good citizen?

I think a good citizen RESPECTS the land they live in,  follows the laws, and works towards living in community together. 

4. Tis the season of the politcal advert...do these ads influence your vote?

First, let me say I feel sorry for anyone who lives in a "swing state" during the campaign season!  I do not, but some of my family live in Ohio, which is a state bombarded with political advertisements.  I think I would have to DVR everything and skip all commercial breaks if I lived there.   This is what amazes me:  statistics show that all the negative adverts work!   Really?  Who are these people who actually watch them and BELIEVE them??  People:  those ads are all one-sided and are not truthful! They are mean spirited, and in my opinion, a huge waste of money!  So, do these ads influence me?  Yes. I will NOT vote for any person who runs ads that belittles their opponent. I will not vote for a candidate who spends money on being mean.  Thus my problem!  Who's left to vote for??

5. What's something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?

Oh my! I can't think of anything.  I know I look back on my childhood with rose-colored glasses, but I can't think of anything today that I wish was around when I was a kid.  Ok, maybe the computer...because it sure would have helped with research work while I was in school and I would not have had to type out term papers on my old Selectric typewriter. 

6. What's your least favorite cliche?

I was pondering this question while reading other material and came across "boys will be boys."  I don't like that cliche.  I think it's said as an excuse for bad behavior.  I think it gives boys permission to do things outside of proper limits or without manners.  Parents of boys sometimes use it instead of teaching them how to control themselves.  (Yes, I'm the mother of two girls...so, maybe if I had had to raise a boy I would have used it too. Ha)

7. What percentage of your Christmas shopping has been completed?  how does this make you feel?

5%.  The past couple of weeks I have picked up a few stocking stuffers, and that's all I have done to this point.  But, I will "kick in" to shopping in early November.  I do my best to get most of it done by early December to  stay out of the stores when they get crowded, and to reduce stress during December.  Can I say: I wish Advent and Christmas were all about the preparation and celebration of the birth of Jesus?  I know people think I'm a Scrooge when it comes to pre-Christmas, but I really dislike all the commercialism and the PRESSURE put on us by society, and ourselves.  I admit I relax and breathe a big sigh of relief on December 26th. 

8. My random thought:

I think I'm "debbie downer" with my answers this week. Sorry.  And, as my random thought I was going to write about how chilly it was this morning when I walked Miss Honeybee.  Brrr.  Damp and chilly. I don't like it.  (Woops, I just typed it.)  So, blogger friends, my favorite time of the year - summer with the warmth, and the easy-breezy days - is over. The days are shorter, and the pressure of the holidays is upon me.  I mean, Joyce already asked a Christmas question!   Raise me up!!  Buoy my attitude!   Help me focus on God, and love, and family and friends.  Oh - and college football.  Thank god for that!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

For Stan: A birthday homage

Today is my hubby's birthday!  Over the years that we have been together I have given him many gifts, and once I wrote a "love letter" for him (I know, just one? ha). I put together a scrapbook about "us" another time, and  have sent him flowers and balloons.

But, now, I have this blog where I can share my feelings and I can give him, and the world, a look into what a great person he is.  It seems the perfect place to tell a bit of his history and to look into what makes him so good.

Let's start at the beginning.  Hubby was born in the capital of the old south, Richmond, Virginia. He didn't live there all of his youth, but he was always in the south, and he was raised by a mother who instilled in him southern manners and language.  At times growing up he went through some rough challenges, but it only pushed him to pursue his education and to make a better life for himself and for the people he loved.  When I first met him those were attributes I found very charming!

Yes, by the time I met him he was an "up and coming" young businessman, willing to work hard and work long hours, due to a devotion to the business and a drive to move upward.   He never lived a boring life!  He worked hard, yes, but he PLAYED hard too!   Hubby was (and still is) an energetic, fun guy, great to have at any party.  He can talk to anyone.

We got married in 1984 and we traveled all the way across country for a new job opportunity; just two young people on an adventure together.  Our life in California was great because it became us together against a whole new world.  We both had new jobs, lived in a new area, etc.  Baby #1 came quickly and only 2 years later came baby #2.  My hubby was such an attentive Dad to these baby girls... and loved spending time with them.  He was "hands on" with them, and a proud papa all the way!

Years went by... moving, changing jobs, climbing the corporate ladder, and doing what was best for him and his family.  Hubby always balanced the work life and home life.  He made sure to be involved in raising the daughters - and he loved being a giving Daddy.  (I had the job of keeping the girls grounded.) 

As years have gone by, hubby has become a giving person where ever he sees there is need.  "To one given a lot, one is expected to give back a lot."   He's generous... without regrets, or without expectations.

 He's at a point in his life now,I think age-wise it's a pivotal time for a man, when he asks himself what he wants to do the rest of his life.  He has some ideas.  But changes will be coming, and for a man celebrating a birthday it's a bit scary as to what comes next.   Hubby has worked hard, played hard, and now needs to figure out what is next - and as equally satisfying. 

I know he will never be one to sit back and do nothing.  He will find something to fulfill him, and to make a difference to others.  He will continue to push, push, push...and make old age a valuable time.

So, I celebrate his birthday!  I'm glad I was the one he pursued at that time in our lives when we were ready to settle down. I thank God for putting us together, and giving us a solid foundation.  We have always looked forward in the same direction.  And, we have laughed when we needed it, and rarely cried, except tears of joy over major family events and when watching our daughters turn into amazing, loving, and happy adults.

Happy birthday hubby!  You are a good man - a role model for how to be a wonderful husband, father, friend, and boss!  I love you!   Enjoy YOUR birth - day!!! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hello October!

Welcome to October and this week's Hodgepodge questions and my answers. As always, I love to know your thoughts too.  Feel free to respond via my blog, on Facebook, or send a note to my e-mail address. 

1. It's a brand new month...share one thing you're looking forward to in October.

I am looking forward to spending a day & night with my daughter & her boyfriend, and my niece, at the NC State Fair and going to see Jake Owen in concert that night.   I'm driving there in a couple weeks.  Of course, I look forward to spending the time with the people, but I am also looking forward to going to a state fair.  I haven't been to a state fair since I lived in Maryland and worked in radio. We always set up our 98 ROCK van there and had announcer appearances, and gave away bumperstickers, etc.  They were long, hot days.  This time I will enjoy myself!  I have seen Jake Owen a 4 or 5 times in concert already but he never disappoints!   I love his energy, his music - and he's not hard to look at either. 

2. Is chivalry dead?  Explain.

I looked up the word to make sure I understood it before responding.  Chivalry was owning the qualities of a knight: courtesy, generosity, valor, honor.   Even in war.  It was a male term.   So, is it dead?   No.  I think most of our soldiers today display chivalry.   Because it's an old term. it's often thought as how a man defends a woman.  In that way it's probably dead thanks to women's lib and equality in the workplace.

3. On October 2, 1050 the Peanuts comic strip made it's debut.  Which character is your favorite?  Which character is most like you? (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Shroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, or PigPen. )

First, let me say, I LOVE Peanuts! Thank you Charles Schultz for wholesome, adorable kids (and dog) that make us laugh and cry...that really touch our hearts!  My favorite?  It's got to be Charlie Brown.  Where would the comic be without him? I love his eternal hope.  He gets knocked down a lot, and disappointed ("good grief!") but he keeps going.  He tries again.   Who am I like?   I hope I am NOT like Lucy.  ha!  I hope I'm like Linus who is still "child-like" in his ways but he always gets the big picture!  Come on, he's the one that told everyone the real meaning of Christmas! 

4. What's something you're competitive about?

I thought on this awhile.  I'm not a competitive person -  on purpose.  It's easier, and less stressful, to live without trying to be better than someone or something.   If I have to come up with an answer I guess I'm competitive about  South Carolina Gamecocks football.  I want to see them play a good game and win!  Goooooooo Gamecocks!!

5. October is National Popcorn Popping month.  Are you a fan?  How do you like your popcorn? 

I don't crave popcorn. I never make it at home.  I do like it at the movies, but I don't even get it there very often.   But, if I do buy some popcorn at the movies - it's just a small bag, with a little butter on it. 

6. When did you first realize the world is small?

Oh thanks Joyce.  Now I have the song "It's A Small World After All" going through my head.  If you have ever gone on the "It's A Small World" ride at Disney you know that song!  Once our little boat got stuck in the "It's a Small World" ride and we heard that song over and over...and over...and over... for what seemed like an eternity!   oh my!     My serious answer is:  I remember sitting alone in my living room watching TV when the first Gulf War attack happened and Pres. Bush #1 came on TV and told us, and then I watched the nighttime raids, the SCUD missles, etc.  It felt like it was happening in my backyard.  It seemed close, and it was frightful. 

7. My random thought.

I think we all have enjoyed a bit of a quiet the past few weeks during the whole political circus pre-election arena.  That will change Wednesday when the 1st presidential debate happens.   I wish we as a country could limit (by law) the length of campaigning and the amount of money spent on it.  Just think how happier we would all be - and how that money could be used for better, needed projects.  Hang on -  it's about to get wild again!