Happy Hodgepodge…

After last week’s hiatus, The Hodgepodge is back!  I was a bit over-whelmed, last week, so I didn’t really mind the break, but I’m happy The Hodgepodge is back, this week!  Let’s jump right into Joyce’s questions, shall we?

1. We celebrate Veteran’s Day in the US of A on November 11th. When did you last interact with a member of the armed forces (either currently serving or retired)? Have you ever written a letter to a soldier, bought a meal or coffee for a solider, said an unprompted thank you to a soldier you encountered out and about somewhere? If you’re not in the US, comment on a similar holiday in your own country.

Ed in Okinawa 1970 thru 72 (or just before leaving)pt 230

Ed (cir. 1970) just before leaving for Okinawa

I interact with a former member of the armed forces every day of my life, because I’m married to one.  Ed served in the army from 1969-1972, and my brother is a Vietnam veteran, as well.

Since I’ve had loved ones who have served in the military, letters and ‘care packages’ have been a part of my life.  I still remember mailing home-made pecan pies to my brother, in Vietnam, and wondering how they would taste, once they arrived!  (He says they were good!) While Ed was in the army, he and I spent a small fortune, on postage, over the course of our three-year courtship, sending letters, tapes, and packages to each other!

Also, many years later, while I was working as a parapro, our first grade students once wrote letters, brought in items, and helped make care packages to send overseas.  The fathers of two of our students were deployed, so we sent the packages to them at Christmas, to be shared with fellow soldiers.  I thoroughly enjoyed participating in that worthwhile project, and I think the children did, too.

I’m planning to make a Christmas donation to ‘Operation Gratitude’, this year.  They’ll send cards, letters, and ‘care packages’ to our military.

2. You can have fifty pounds of anything at all (except money)…what would you choose?

Since I can’t choose money,  I’d choose fifty pounds of precious metal–preferably gold or silver!

3. When did you last receive an invitation in the ‘real’ mail? What was it for and did you attend? When it comes to RSVP-ing, are you an ‘early responder’ or a ‘last minute, barely-under-the-wire’ kind of guest?

It’s been quite a while (at least a year) since I received an invitation in the mail!  The last invitation I received, in the mail, was probably a shower invitation.  Regarding RSVPs,  I prefer to be an early responder.

4. What’s something you really don’t like to waste?

Since groceries have become so expensive, I can’t stand to waste food!  In the past, Ed and I never used to eat many ‘left overs’, but, as we’ve grown older, we’ve learned to like them!  No food is ever wasted at our house, if we don’t eat it, a dog, a cat, or a chicken will!

5. Cheers, Friends, MASH, Seinfeld…of the ones listed, your favorite long-running sitcom?

I’ve watched all of the sitcoms listed, but the one I like best is ‘Friends’.

6. What decision are you glad you made?

I’m glad I made the decision to marry Ed.  Forty-two years later, I wouldn’t change a thing!

7. In this month of ‘Thanksgiving’ what is one thing that’s different today than it was a year ago that you’re grateful for?

Our house!  For several years, we had an uncovered porch on the front of our house.  We had lots of trees all around it, so it didn’t really matter that it was uncovered–until we had our trees cut.  This spring, we had a roof built over our front porch, and I’m very grateful for the shade it provides, as well as the protection from rain. (Several of our cats are grateful, too.)


How can it be that every year thousands of non-veterans get Veteran’s Day off from work to celebrate, while thousands of actual veterans have to go to work, as usual?  In forty-two years, Ed has never gotten Veteran’s Day off from work!  This just seems so wrong to me.

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  1. I’m going to make a point to send something to a soldier this holiday season too. I’m glad you got your covered porch. I would love to have a covered front porch with a pretty view. Enjoy your day!

  2. I love all that you’ve done for soldiers…that’s just awesome! I agree, veterans deserve to have Vets Day off from work…they’ve earned it! Enjoy your covered porch!

  3. Your random thought is a great one!!
    I love the way you care for the military and sending pecan pie to Vietnam is very impressive. My care packages have been packed treats or coffee. Bless you. I thought about the daily interaction with my husband too!! 🙂 great stuff. Glad you have your house fixed up with a porch.

  4. Good answer to #2!

  5. In Canada they are thinking of making our Remembrance day (your Veteran’s Day) a national holiday so everyone would have it off. Currently the post office, banks and libraries are closed.

  6. Another good Hodgepodge! It’s always fun to read everyone’s responses and compare them. Many of us answer most of the questions in a similar way. Have a good rest of the week!!

  7. 50 lbs of DVD’s is a lot of viewing, but hey, I’m retired. In my defense I did qualify my answer as being for the purposes of the Hodgepodge. Thanks for your good thoughts regarding SWMBO’s cancer remission. May God continue to bless you and Ed with many more years of marital bliss. SWMBO and I have been married 42 years as well. What a blessing!

  8. Wow, I never thought about that (your random) before. That’s s good question! It is so nice to read that so many of us have had happy and long marriages, especially in light of today’s divorce rate. So glad you got your porch roof. Ours still is not finished, but we do have the roof on, just no railing yet. Everything takes time and money coming simultaneously.

  9. Fifty pounds of gold would be awesome! I enjoyed all those sitcoms too! I also do not like wasting food.

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