Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thinking about Fall fashions and food...

Welcome blogging friends!  Here are this week's Hodgepodge questions, including one Joyce got from me! I was at the mall last week and saw chevron prints everywhere! (They are the bold zigzag stripes.)  So, I wondered about them on my Facebook page, and Joyce wondered the same thing! ha    Anyway, read on...

Joyce's questions; my answers.

1.  My daughter earned her Master's Degree this past weekend... what's something you've 'mastered' in recent weeks or months? 

First, congrats to Joyce's daughter & her family! I know Joyce is very proud of both of her daughters!

 A tough question right off the bat!  I don't think I have mastered much of anything in life, let alone the past few weeks or months.  I can list what I have NOT mastered:  golf, the flute, cooking, gardening, and even blogging.  I'm a work in progress!

2.  What song most reminds you of your childhood? 

I can't answer with just one song title.  The first song I ever memorized the words to was "Build Me Up Buttercup".  Don't ask me why!! ha  I also remember trying to learn words to other songs and getting lines messed up.  We didn't have Google to quickly pull up song lyrics which I do now.

The other songs would be some church hymns from my youth that I would hear my mother sing.  I especially remember "This is my Father's World" and "Beautiful Savior."

3.  What do you think about single gender groups and/or events?  Should every group/event be open to both genders?  If not, what sort of exceptions do you think are appropriate?  

So, this is one of the things where being "politically correct" has gone too far in my eyes. I see nothing wrong with having single gender groups/events...i.e.  sports teams, book clubs and Bible study groups,  scouting groups, garden clubs, and on and on.   I do NOT think every group should be open to both genders - BUT I think both genders should have every right to start their own group/event.   The only place this issue can get sticky is in a business environment when someone might be left out due to gender, and that is not right because all employees should be treated equally and be given the same opportunities.

4.  What's your favorite spice? Your favorite dish containing your favorite spice?

Well, this question has made me realize that I am not into spices!  I do not have a favorite.  I suppose I like cinnamon and other spices used in pumpkin pies and autumn foods.  Warm, "comforting" smelling spices are my favorites.

5.  Chevron patterns are everywhere!  Do you like it or think it's just a little too much?   Do you own anything chevron?

When I saw the first person wearing chevron I liked it.  But, wooooo...  it's overboard now!  I have this dream (nightmare) of attending a gathering this fall and all the ladies are wearing chevron prints in various colors and pattern sizes - and my eyes going completely crazy!   It's like watching an old TV pattern moving...     ouch!

6. What's something you disliked as a child, but can fully appreciate now? 

To stay with the fashion theme:  how about elastic?  ha!    Seriously tho, I think I was a normal child in that I didn't like church activities (and as a pastor's kid I was dragged to them all), but now I realize the strength and love in a church community.

7.  What can irritate you very quickly? 

Oh my!  I suppose I get irritated when people are out in public and are very rude and self-centered.   I mean, what's the sense?  Why be that way? I have to tell myself that I do not walk in their shoes and don't know their past - but I get scared because I think if they are that rude in public then how are they in private?

8.  My random thought. 

Last Hodgepodge I was anticipating my best girlfriend's visit here.  She arrived and we had 4 wonderful days together - hanging out, talking, sharing our lives, etc.  She is one person who knows just about everything about me (besides my family) and I know about her.  We have gone through ups and downs, single life and marriage, jobs, etc - and now aging.   We don't see each other often but it doesn't matter because we "get each other" and pick right up where we left off.    Isn't it a blessing to have such a relationship?  I think so!

Almost mid-August already!   Crazy!   I don't have little ones anymore and I miss the excitement of "back to school" shopping - getting new school supplies and a new 'first day' outfit!   I think "Back to School" sales are second to Christmas and I feel left out!  ) :


  1. Elastic-ha : ) I know what you mean about the back-to-school stuff...kinda makes me a little nostalgic. I'm enjoying buying for my daughter's room this year, and that's been fun.

    Glad you had a good visit with your friend!

  2. My daughter says half the fun of teaching is getting her room set up and buying back to school supplies. (She's a first grade teacher.) Since i have a middler, I still get in on that excitement first-hand. Your chevron nightmare cracked me up . Yes I agree it's gone overboard and really should not be worn but busty or hippy ladies. I agree on the pastor's kid perspective, having been one:)

  3. I love "Build Me Up Buttercup". Chevron print makes my eyes go a bit crazy too ;) Friends like that are a treasure; I'm glad you were able to spend time with your treasured friend. Have a great week :)

  4. I still get excited (after 31 yrs. of teaching) buying back to school stuff. Glad you had a great visit with your friend.

  5. I love all your answers....6 and 7 especially! I will be glad once back to school shopping is no longer apart of my life even though my daughter is starting her sophomore year of college she is draining my bank account daily with supplies! Happy Wednesday!

  6. Thanks for visiting my page! I enjoyed reading your answers to the hodgepodge questions. I want to start following you!!