Welcoming February With A Hodgepodge…

1. Describe love using all five senses.

hearing – Listening to uninterrupted “oldies” playing on the radio.

sight– The first glimpse of each of our new grandbabies, after they’d just been born.

 

smell – Food cooking on the grill, especially in springtime.

touch – Feeling the warmth of Ed’s arms wrapped around me.

taste – A slice of chocolate cake, served up with a glass of cold milk.

2. February is Canned Food Month. What’s your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

Um, sliced peaches–in heavy syrup, of course!

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don’t wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It’s gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

I think a lot of people have lost the “sense” of what’s appropriate to wear and, or else they just don’t care anymore.  I grew up in a time when people wanted to look nice when they were out in public, and I, personally, still feel that way.

I have never worn my pajamas out in public, but I’ve seen others doing it.  I think people should at least make an effort to look “presentable”, particularly when they leave their house.

On a recent trip, we passed two different churches that boasted “Come as you are” on their church signs.  I turned to Ed and said, “So it’s too much trouble, now, to dress to attend church?”

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck…which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

These days, crew necks are most prevalent in my wardrobe, but I have some of everything mentioned.  The older I get, the higher my necklines get…  Nobody wants to see sagging skin and wrinkles!  I’m really going to miss those scoop necks!

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails.

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

I have been guilty of all of the above, at one time or another, but, currently, the only bad behavior I’ve been guilty of is eating a snack after supper.  If we eat an early supper, sometimes, I’ll eat a piece of fruit or a few pretzels, a little later in the evening.

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

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my favorite childhood house

My family lived in several houses, while I was growing up, but the house I liked best was the one my parents owned in Florida.  They bought the home new, and we lived there until I was eight, when, unfortunately, they lost their home to foreclosure in 1963.

The walls of the living room were covered in “knotty pine”, which was stylish back in those days, but those “knots” sometimes scared me, when I was younger, because, at night, they looked somewhat like giant flying cockroaches to me!

The living room of our Florida house also had a beautiful “picture window” in the living room, which was also stylish back in those days.  I liked that “picture window” very much.  You could enjoy an unobstructed view of the front yard.

Every since those days, as a child, I’ve always loved a big window, so it only makes sense that every house Ed and I have owned, during our marriage, has had [at least one] “picture window”.  Our current home has two!

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?

I love movies based on true stories, so, I’m sorry, but I can’t pick just one!  Three favorite movies that spring to my mind are “Unbroken”, “Captain Phillips”, and “Secretariat”.  I’m sure, if I had time, I could think of at least a dozen more.

Random:

Ed and I were finally able to take our “road trip” to Florida, to visit with my brother and his wife.  It was the first time we’ve taken an actual “road trip” in our new van, and we enjoyed ourselves very much.  Satellite radio made traveling fun!  Ed and I listened to 60’s on 6 the entire trip.

Just for fun, we also tried to use the navigation system in the van, but it didn’t want to guide us on the same route we wanted to take home!  It was a relief when we finally figured out how to turn that thing off!!!

Our visit with family [and friends] was brief, barely over twenty-four hours, but we had a great time, and crammed a lot of fun into a short amount of time. We got up early, stayed up late, and had lots of good food to eat!

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visiting with family and friends “down by the river side”

Our nine hens and twelve cats were very happy to see us when we returned, yesterday afternoon!  You’d have thought we had been gone for a week 🙂  It’s nice to be loved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I do love canned peaches! I’ve not yet seen Unbroken. Thanks for reminding me. I really enjoyed your Random. Sounds wonderful. Glad the hens missed you. I love chickens!!

  2. So many movies mentioned in today’s posts that I love. I forgot Secretariat. That’s one I can watch over and over. What a great picture of your house…love the car!!

  3. I wish I had a picture of our 2nd house that we lived in while I was growing up. The last time I drove by it (years ago) it was in terrible disrepair. I’m so happy you got to take your trip to Florida. I love the house by the river! It looks peaceful! Another fun Hodgepodge!!

  4. Welcome home. Your comment upon flying cockroaches made me smile as I remembered my first strip to Florida. I was in my early 20s and in Miami. My girfriend and I were in a restaurant and seated by a window. All of a sudden, a huge insect was crawling up the outside (thankfully) of the window. I don’t think we screamed but our expressions of “ooh, look at that giant cockroach – how disgusting” were loud enough to be overheard by an elderly lady who took it upon herself to come over and lecture us that they were not cockroaches but Palmetto Bugs!

  5. Yes, seeing, touching and smelling those grandbabies is pure love, isn’t it. Enjoyed your answers today. I so agree with the answer about dressing/not dressing for church. Our son and his family in the mid-west attend a very contemporary church and they all dress down to attend. He wears suits and ties every day to work and shorts or jeans to church. I will never understand that.

  6. Florida does have some of the biggest cockroaches I have ever seen. My brothers room was knotty pine. Those are great movie choices. Glad you had a great visit and that porch looks so relaxing.

  7. I liked your answers to this week’s hodgepodge, but your comment about the church sign has raised something for me. We have a “come as you are” ethos in my church, but we mean that you are welcome in our church with all your flaws and brokenness, or in other words, you don’t have to have life “sorted” for you to be one of us. “Come as you are with all your pain, your faults, your hurts, your joys, your sunshine, your flaws” etc. Interesting to see how it can be read both ways.

  8. nice answers

  9. Canned peaches=heaven! Glad you had a fun trip. I loved the movie “Unbroken”. I grew up in Florida and hated the bugs. Have a super, awesome week!


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