Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Friendly Hodgepodge Post

 I've been thinking that this week I should participate in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Why the desire this specific week when I haven't been very regular to this party? Because last Friday I had lunch with Joyce, the author of this weekly fun! Joyce and I now live in the same community and we just needed to have lunch and finally meet in person! Let me tell you, fellow Hodgepodgers, Joyce is a delight! We enjoyed a yummy lunch and lots of conversation. It was fun to meet in person and cool that we already knew quite a bit about each others lives. 

Okay, on with the questions...

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?
I can't think of anything I want to accomplish before summer ends. Since we don't have any kids in school of any kind any more, I don't see summer ending as an "end" to anything. It's just a change of seasons to me now. Also, since we don't live in the Frozen Tundra up north any more, I am not feeling like months and months and months of forces hibernation are looming in the near future. Can I get an Amen?

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'?
Late Sunday night as I was getting ready for bed, I couldn't find anywhere in the bathroom a pair of tweezers. I know this sounds trivial, but I really like those tweezers (have never found another pair like them) and I have had that particular pair of tweezers for 40 years. I looked every where and then had a sinking realization that I must have absentmindedly thrown them away. I know your thinking no big deal...just dig into the waste basket and pull them out! Only problem is Hubby had collected the trash and put it in the garbage can at the curb for pick-up Monday morning. I laid in bed for a ridiculous amount of time (at my wit's end) trying to figure out how or if I would be able to retrieve the tweezers. (Does this just have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering how it turns out??) I hoped I woke up in the morning before the garbage truck came, but I'm not positive what time it tends to come by. Luckily, I woke up at 5:30 (never thought I would write that!), and Hubby was still home (yes, he goes into work super early). So I stumbled out to the kitchen and explained my plight to Hubby and asked if he knew how deep that bag of trash was in the garbage can, and he said it was right on top. So sweet Hubby retrieved said bag of trash, I sorted through it and found my tweezers!!! Hooray!

Oh boy, that was quite a story. About lost tweezers. (I am laughing pretty hard at myself right now...)

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?
Since I can't think of a time when I was thrown into something I wasn't prepared to handle, it must have been a very long time ago.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.
I believe it is important to live my life with integrity.  So, no, I do not think that the end justifies the means.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?
I tend to have a pretty vivid imagination, so I can imagine any number of things to scare me. I'm working on that. This verse is a big help:    
2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, Swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, Greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? 
Chocolate. Duh.

Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?
I like all of those foods, except mussels. So, probably being forccd to eat mussels would put me in a bad mood.
(When we lived in Singapore, I didn't eat much beef because it was from Australia and it was grass-fed. This Iowa-raised girl, did not like the flavor of it verses the corn-fed beef I grew up eating. Interestingly, grass-fed beef now is all the craze. I'm still not sure what I think of it.)

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no end in sight'?
Finishing "settling" into this house. Whatever that means. It seems as though that does not have an end. Ever.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
My daughter sent me a video last night of my five and a half month old granddaughter crawling! I am so thankful for technology that enables me to see that! (I think she's going to walk before she's a year old.)


  1. I'm with you on the grass fed. Corn fed is so much better tasting, but not so available anymore. It was a fun Friday! Enjoy time with your granddaughter this weekend. And your daughter too of course : )

  2. How neat that you got to meet up with Joyce. And how awesome that you got to see your granddaughter crawling. Yay for technology! There are so many who bad-mouth technology, but I say hooray for technology!

  3. My tweezers often disappear too! But there are two teenagers living here and often one of them is the culprit. How exciting to actually get to meet Joyce in person! Have a nice week!

  4. I had to chuckle about the tweezers story too. Isn't it wonderful though that losing a pair of tweezers (even if they are heirloom quality) is the worst thing you could think of happening to you? God is good! And yes, I do believe He reveals things to us because He even cares about the little things. I think you may have made a few of us Hodgepodgers a bit jealous having spent time with our hostess. She has to be a delight to be around, and I'm sure she enjoyed your company as well. Glad you joined us today.