Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hodgepodge - and the living is easy!

Welcome to this week's Hodgepodge!   Some week's questions are easier than other weeks.  I scanned the list and thought, oh yes, I can answer these easily.  How about you?   Give it a try!

1.  When is your next big deadline?  What's it for? 

As most know I had two major deadlines just pass.  First, was April 25th, the day of my daughter's wedding.  I had been working on it for a good ten months or so.   The second deadline was our church's annual spring Garage Sale, that I am some-how in charge of each and every year.  You know, once you do it, NOBODY wants to jump in and take leadership away!  But, really... next year:  anyone?  Anyone?? 

I think my next deadline is my annual pilgrimage to Nashville for the CMA Festival.  This year it starts on Thursday, June 11th - and goes through that weekend.   It's my next trip anywhere and I am looking forward to the music experience from morning to night each day!    Summertime only has GOOD deadlines...  dates on the calendar for fun get-togethers and such.   Nothing in my horizon is a "daunting" date - and that makes me happy! 

2.  May is National Barbecue Month. Do you prefer cooking indoors or out?  What's the best thing about a barbecue?  What's the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill? 

Yeah for National Barbecue Month!!  Every month is celebrated barbecuing here!  Actually, my hubby is the grill king so I love that about it.  And, I love the ease of grilling - not much to clean up. I make a salad, or a side or two, and that's that.    The last thing hubby made was this past Sunday evening and it was burgers for our dogs.  Yes, that's right.  We have the most spoiled dogs around!  Hubby buys choice hamburger for them - and grills just for them sometimes!  When I get on the action, it's usually a chicken kabob.

3.  What is one thing on your "never again" list? 

Just one thing??   The first thing that popped into my mind is to ride a roller coaster.  No thanks.  I don't like being scared to death.  And lately I have heard of a few malfunctions with amusement park rides so I really do not EVER intend to ride on them again.    Seriously...  why???    Why do people like to be frightened??  I just don't get it.

4.  What's something that annoys you about people your own age? Something you love about your generation?

Well,  I may tick off a few people saying this, but I don't like hearing about aging and about being too old to do something.  (And I know I have my own moments when I get tired and want to chill. So, yes, I am perhaps a bit two-faced about it.)  But, I have discovered that I actually enjoy hanging out with the younger generation more than my own at times - because they are more fun!   They keep me "tuned in" and excited about life.  I don't want to be around complainers and those who can't get interested in life around them.   

So...now what do I like about my generation?   (Am I hearing "The Who" singing in my head?)   
I like that my generation has more choices about living.   I like that my peers and I have raised our families and have more freedom - to do what we want, to use our days to our liking.   Nobody holds us back really.   

5.  Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy....   your favorite purple flower?

The iris is beautiful - and certainly makes me think of my hubby's mother (Nannie) who loved them so much.   Hyacinth are a "first flower of Spring" so I love seeing them pop out of the ground.    It means winter is gone.     Pansies are long lasting.  Here in the south we even have "winter pansies" that are hardy enough to plant in the fall and make it through the cold weather.    And, lilacs are so fragrant!       I can't pick one favorite!  I love them all!

6.  What's a song that always calms you down?  

Again...do I have to pick just one?   I think not!     Calming songs....  include some hymns, like "Beautiful Savior" and some classical pieces like "Canon in D" by Pachabel.  But I also love "Watch the Wind Blow" and "Let It Go"  sing by Tim McGraw - for the melody and the lyrics.

7.  What's the last thing you donated? 

The last thing would be items I bought to put into the baby layette baskets I put together each week for our local hospital - for new moms that need support.   I get donations from others in my church, but I also buy bags, baby shampoo, wipes, etc to put in.  I'm forever running to the Dollar Tree to pick up items to fill the baskets with - and then I decorate the basket, and put in a note to the new mom.  

Want to help?  I'm always taking donations!    Anything in newborn sizes, and anything to give a new mom a lift and a helping hand her first days at home with her new baby.

8.  My random thought. 

All good things come to an end.  Anybody else out there been an "American Idol" fan like myself all these years?   I will miss it - but I know it has lost viewership, and I think we all have gotten saturated with so many of these talent shows on TV.  When Idol first came on it was new, fresh, exciting!  Stars were made!   I have loved all the various judges, for one reason or another.  And I have loved seeing singers get discovered.   I will miss the show.   But I get that it has run it's course.

Have a great week everyone!!


  1. My mom cooks for one of her dogs every day. She's very picky ( the dog) so mom worries she wont eat and makes rice, cheese sauce, anything for her. HAHA!

  2. Hi Marla...I lost interest in American Idol when The Voice came on the scene. I love Blake and Adam. Hope you have a great week!

  3. Of the first four Hodgepodges I've visited this morning, three of you have mentioned amusement park rides for your 'never again.' LOL It's been so long since I've done that, that it didn't even enter my mind. BUT, I always loved the milder rides, but would never go on a roller coaster. Now some of the new roller coasters are HUGE and way too scary.

  4. Another vote for no more roller coaster rides! I love the sound of the baby layette baskets - a lovely project to work on.

  5. No roller coaster for me, anymore! My families loves them, but not me. I've been talked into riding them far too many times and I detested every second. I haven't been able to get into "American Idol" for a couple of years. I think it's run its course, just like "Survivor", which I can't believe is still on.

  6. So funny we both immediately thought of roller coasters. Why do people always feel the need to try to talk non-riders into riding?? I've enjoyed AI, some seasons more than others, but I think it's run it's course. I like The Voice, but so far their winners haven't seemed to have quite the same amount of success as Idol winners.

  7. We answered the same regarding the Purple Flowers :-) We love them all.
    I liked your answer to number 4.
    Have a great week,

  8. Congrats for making it through two major deadlines and only having FUN ones ahead. That's wonderful! I love kabobs but they are so labor intensive to me. I just wanna slap it on the grill...har har! Happy Hodgepodge!

  9. I am not sure my previous comment was posted or not but i was saying that i haven't watched American Idol in several years, i missed the original judges & the person i always want to win never wins. It just gets a little frustrating after a while. But new talents can find themselves on The Voice, etc!

  10. Good to have only fun deadlines and that's a great thing you're doing for the new mums.

  11. Yes to your song selection, and the roller coaster. Your answer to #4 is quite similar to mine. I'm getting older but never want to be old.

  12. I hadn't realized that American Idol is coming to an end, but then I never paid any attention to it. It's always sad though when one of your favorite shows gets cancelled.