Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Talking turkey and more in the Hodgepodge

This week's Hodgepodge questions hit home with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming quickly.  Thanks Joyce for reminding me to "get er done"...but first I'll answer your questions.

1. Describe a typical Sunday from your childhood. 

Since I am the daughter of a Lutheran pastor my Sunday morning always started with getting up and ready for Sunday School and church.  We would get home from church around noon and have a light lunch.  I remember occasionally getting a fast food hamburger which was a big deal back then because we rarely ate out. Since Sunday was a working morning for Dad, he would prefer to come home and chill afterwards - and watch sports on TV.   So, that's what I did too.  And I did homework... nothing very exciting.

2.  How comfortable are you with uncertainty?  Explain. 

I am NOT comfortable with uncertainty, and I also do not like waiting to the last minute to make plans.  I find my life is less stressful, and therefore I am happier, when I have a plan, or have things on a calendar. I do not always do well with "a change of plans" but I am working on it.

3. What have you accomplished recently that might be described as craft, as in 'arts and crafts' crafty? 

I am helping with an event coming up at my church in two weeks, called the "Apple Dumpling Festival" which will raise money for a few local charities.  I'm not a kitchen person so I am not helping with the dumplings, but we also sell some crafts and holiday items.  So, I have been TRYING to come up with something nice, quick, and sellable!  My first thought was to make Advent Calendars, until I 'pinterested' and realized it was too difficult and time consuming.  Now I am working on making felt ornaments...but my hearts not into them. And, they really don't look that great,  Anybody have a wonderful, quick craft idea?   I could use it.

4. Have you ever worked in a 'food place"?  What did you take away from the experience? 

Yes, I worked part-time at both Burger King and Ponderosa when I was in high school.  I enjoyed the experiences, and I enjoyed my first go-round at working and earning a paycheck!  I also enjoyed the free food! ha!  What did I take away from the experiences?  Those jobs are thank-less and it seems these days there are not many teens working fast food anymore.  It's impossible for an adult to make enough to support themselves - so I understand why some have been striking, asking for decent wages.  We all love to occasionally eat at a fast food place but we don't want to consider the needs of the employees.  Sorry - I'm getting off on a tangent.  It just doesn't seem right that the food company owners (or shareholders) are making millions while their employees can't support themselves.

5.  Cold turkey, talk turkey, what a turkey... in recent days, which turkey phrase or idiom best applies to you and why?

Hmmmm, I guess I will go with "cold turkey" only because I have been sick the last few days - and so I had to go "cold turkey" on my plans.  I'm not one to get sick often, and I usually  keep myself busy, so when I get a bug all plans have to be stopped for a day or two.  Saturday I had a migraine when I was  up in Raleigh helping my daughter move... that had to come to a stop on my part. I found a piece of carpet in a corner and put a dark jacket over my head.  Then the night before last I got the creepy crud and was up all night.  So, yesterday I was zapped of energy and lay in bed.  I hated missing out on a beautiful day...and doing things I like to do.  But, yesterday I had to go "cold turkey."

6.  If you could have one guest join in at your Thanksgiving dinner table, who would it be? 

If you are including the deceased, then it would have to be my mother.

7.  What is one thing you must accomplish today? 

Perfect question since I'm getting over bring sick.  I have a few things on my calendar today.  I must get to my hair appointment!! We women know how important that is!!!  It's time for "restoring" the color, and actually I'm going to get a bit more of a hombre color put in it.  Last time I had my stylist test it out a bit on my ends, but this time I think I want more of an impact.   I also have Bible Study today - and Flute practice, followed by community band rehearsal today.  I hope I make it through the day!

8.  My random thought.

I saw on Facebook this morning that some snow fell up in northern NJ, where I used to live.  I think it was just a dusting - but enough that a few of my girlfriends commened on it.  More power to you up in the cold and snowy lands!  It's not for me.  I hope you enjoy it though...  


  1. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have our moms join us for Thanksgiving dinner? Oh, if it were only that easy! Sure sounds like you have a busy day ahead! Don't overdo it with just getting over being sick...take it a little easy. Have a great day, Marla!

  2. You could make some simmering pot packets that Joyce made! :) Hope you are feeling better! I agree with April, don't overdo it. I always try to do to much and end up prolonging my cold because of it.

  3. I think your body is telling you that you need to go 'cold turkey' more often. :)
    But definitely get your hair done! ha

  4. I would love to have my mom with us for Thanksgiving again....but so many others, too.

  5. For your holiday craft items, I know it's not "crafty" per say, but an easy thing to do and make a lot of quickly is to make spiced nuts (you can make them in the crockpot easily) and put them in either mason jars or cellophane baggies tied with cute ribbon. Also in mason jars, you could make salt scrubs, bath oils, etc. That's what pinterest is good for! Good luck!

  6. Moving can certainly bring on the migraines : ) Hope you're feeling better!

  7. I'm sorry that you haven't been feeling well. Migraines are the pits! Oh, I like Sally's idea about making spiced nuts or something like that for your craft fair. I like the name of it and it sounds like a fun craft fair to go to. I plan on going to one this weekend around here!