Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Hodgepodge.... if you dare!

This week it's all about things I love, and about things that scare me! It's this week's Hodgepodge questions.  Are you easily frightened?   If not, read on!  lol

Happy Halloween!

1.  Are you comfortable with silence? If you are home alone do you like silence or do you need background noise?   Do you seek out times and places to be silent?  What's your favorite place to find silence/be silent? 

I am completely comfortable with silence, and some times I really crave it!  I try to have a bit of it in each and every day.  Of course there are outside noises, but some I really enjoy - like the birds singing, and owls hooting.  I hear the rain falling right now.  I get tired of hearing neighbors' leaf blowers, mowers, etc. and that's when I often turn on my music at home.  I also like music on while I'm cleaning.  I sing while I clean!  And actually I hum a lot - without even realizing it sometimes.    I'm definitely not a daytime TV person anymore. 

I also do not like to have just "background noise" going while I am at home or driving...  even music.  If I turn music on I have the volume up high enough to really hear it and to "listen"to the music and lyrics.  My car is my special alone place to really enjoy my music!

My favorite place for silence?  It's got to be on my back deck.  I can sit there every day - as long as the weather allows...I enjoy the quiet and I read a book, or I check messages on my phone.  It's very relaxing.

2.  October 28th is National Chocolate Day.  Will you celebrate?  How?  Let's say you can have one of the following right this very minute...  a cup of hot chocolate, a strawberry dipped in chocolate, a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream, or a slice of chocolate pie...  what's your pleasure? 

I will not intentionally celebrate this day.  Oh yes...I like chocolate and when I order a dessert I tend to pick something chocolate-y.   But, I rarely eat it anymore.  I'm not even buying Trick or Treat candy this year because we never have kids come to the door - plus, hubby and I will be at a costume party that evening.      But, if I magically had something chocolate placed in front of me right this minute I would like to have a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream. 

3.  How do you feel about blue jeans?  Favorite thing in the world or nope, don't own a single pair??   How often do you wear blue jeans in a single week?  Do you own a blue jeans jackets? 

I LOVE blue jeans!   It's part of my basic wardrobe!  Not only do I have many pairs of blue jeans (pants), I have a pair of blue jeans shorts, and I have a blue jeans skirt.  I have two blue jeans jackets (different colors of blue, and different lengths).    I don't know what I would do without jeans!!  In the summer I wear the shorts and skirt, and during cold weather I really rely on my jeans pants for most days when I'm just kicking around.  

Styles come and go.   Now it seems the trend is for leggings again... and boots.  But, I  still love my jeans and I pair them with just about any top or sweater.

4.  Are you superstitious?   If so, in what way? 

No I am not.  I looked up the definition...  it's having an excessive, unfounded belief or reverence for the supernatural.      I believe in God, I believe in having free will, and I believe in prayer.  I suppose some people call it superstition when they "will" something to go a certain way and then it happens...  but I don't.

5.  If you had to come up with a costume using only things you have on hand right now, what could you come up with? 

Actually, hubby and I are doing this.  Well, actually I am.  Hubby ordered a black cowboy hat and he  is going to the Halloween dinner party on Saturday dressed as Tim McGraw.  He's going to wear black jeans, boots, and tight t-shirt!  I'm going to draw on his arms the same tattoos that Tim has on his arms.   Me? I am going as a crazy Tim fan!  It's not a stretch - at all! ha.  I have several Tim t-shirts... and a have old tickets I plan to pin on me... and other Tim paraphenalia I have collected over the years. Yes, I'm in his fan club - so I have stuff.  (Don't judge me!!)   My "costume" will be totally of items I have already.    I'll be swooning over Tim/my hubby all night long!

6.  What scares you a little?   What do you do when you feel scared?  

Flying scares me.   I shut my eyes and say the Lord's Prayer over and over during the assent.   Then I try to keep busy with a book, or I just close my eyes and try and take a nap.     Heights scare me in general.  I try not to go up high - outdoors, on a ledge, that sort of thing.   No thank you.  

Confrontations scare me.  I do not like seeing people mad and out of control.  So, I try to stay away from places where that can happen.  If I am there...I flee.   I know I should stay and try to calm down the people, or at least separate them... but in this day and age, it's too dangerous.  You never know who is carrying a gun.

Guns scare me a lot!

7.  Perhaps today will be the day I _________________.    

It's raining here so I plan on changing out my clothes in the closet.  I will put away summer-y skirts, and tops.  I will pull out some of my sweaters I have put into plastic bins up on the top shelves.   This is depressing. 

I hope to make a Salvation Army pile too.   What's the rule?  If you haven't worn it in 3 years then toss it?    Here goes!

8.  My random thought. 

I am now in two book clubs.  One is in my neighborhood and one is at my church.  If you have some suggestions for a great book or two for a club to read and then discuss, I'd love to hear them.   Thanks!   

Have a great week - and safe Halloween!    



  1. Your Halloween costumes soun great! For a book club book, I'd highly recommend Bringing The Church To The World by N.T. Wright. Excellent book and a great writer!

  2. I sing when I clean too! Makes the time go by faster! The costumes sound GREAT. Good luck with drawing the tattoos ;)

  3. I LOVE your Halloween costume ideas! Hope you'll post some pics! One of my favorite books is "The God Box" by Mary Lou Qunnlan and another one is "The Gift of An Ordinary Day" by Katrina Kennison. Guess where I'm headed next weekend...the The Citadel for hubby's 30th college reunion. Hoping T-Rav shows up! :)

  4. The Heart of the Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an excellent book and would be a great one for a church book club.

  5. I love your Halloween costume! Be sure to post some pics. I think your hubs should get a pair of white jeans. Tim in his white jeans and white T with that black hat. Swoon : )

  6. Sounds you and Hubs will be hits at the party this weekend. Very clever! I can relate to the seeking silence out doors. I love sitting in my sun room, but I also love sitting outside and reading and thinking and praying.

  7. I am so afraid of flying that I haven't done it in over 15 years or more!
    And I too do not like confrontations. I try my best to avoid them!
    I'm not really superstition per se - but I do certain things...so maybe I am! LOL!

    Linda in VA

  8. I find myself driving often without any music on and I like it! Your costumes sound like fun, have a great time. I've never changed out clothes, even when we lived in Illinois. Happy Halloween!