Thankful For The Hodgepodge…



Let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  I count my blog friends as special blessings, and treasure each and everyone of you.  I’m thankful for The Hodgepodge and all of the people I’ve ‘met’ through it.  I’m especially thankful for our hostess, Joyce, and the great job she does keeping The Hodgepodge up and running.  She is amazing.

All of that being said, here are this week’s questions:

1. What’s something you might say runs in your family?

I think I’ll say “a stubborn streak”.  Some of us are more stubborn than others, but we all have our moments, from time to time.

2. I read here a list of ten things you should do before 2017 arrives (in less than six weeks!)…which tasks on the list might you do? What would you add to your own ‘before the year ends’ list?

visit your Dr. or dentist, deep clean your home, donate unwanted items to charity, look someone in the eye and tell them you love them, write an honest letter to yourself, clean up your inbox-desktop-photos, travel to a place you haven’t been, compliment a stranger, watch the sunrise, think ahead to your goals/plans for the new year

I’ve already been to the doctor, donated some unwanted items to charity, complimented a stranger, and looked loved ones in the eye and told them I love them.  However, I really need to clean up my inbox (there are almost 5000 emails in there), and do more deep cleaning in my home!  I can’t think of anything I’d like to add to the list.

3. What’s something other generations (not your own) misunderstand about your generation?

Since our parents grew up and lived through the ‘depression era’, and us ‘baby boomers’ grew up and lived during times of plenty, I don’t think they ever quite understood our “lack of thriftiness”.  Sometimes, I find myself thinking the same thing about this current generation.

4. Sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing-which would you miss the most if it weren’t on the holiday dinner menu?

Cornbread dressing.  A turkey dinner wouldn’t seem right turkey without cornbread dressing!

5. What are you overthinking right now?

I’m overthinking the Thanksgiving Day menu, and how I’m going to get everything ready.  I’ve been preparing, off and on, for about five days.  It’s not that I’m cooking that much food, it’s that I’m moving slower, these days.

6. Your favorite slang word lately?

I don’t use any of the recent terms I found on the internet, so I’ll just go with LOL.

7. Write an acrostic for the word grateful.

Grateful to God, from whom all blessings flow

Really should do more to show Him my appreciation

Always seem to receive more than what’s given

Trying to do better, but I can’t out give God

Every day I will go to Him in prayer

Forever in His debt for all He’s done for me

Ultimate sacrifice was made so my sins could be forgiven

Living my life in a closer walk with Him


For two and one half years, our oldest son has been going to a local assisted living home, every Sunday afternoon, to preach to the residents who live there. All of the residents living in this particular home are suffering with varying stages of Alzheimer’s.

A while back, Ed and I began to join our son for these services. Sometimes, Ed makes an attempt to play the piano, but the three of us always make an attempt to sing a couple of hymns before the message, with or without music.  We usually average about six (not counting the three of us) in attendance.

Even though all residents are afflicted with this terrible disease, they are some of the sweetest folks I know.  Some can still carry on conversations, but others cannot.  Some wander around aimlessly, as if looking for something.  The thing about Alzheimer’s is you never know how it’s going to affect a person from day to day.  There are good days, there are bad days, and there are interesting days.  Last Sunday turned out to be one of those interesting days.

During the middle of the sermon, one of the male residents, whom I’ll call Mr. B, was restless and began wandering around the room during the message. (Mr. B happens to be someone we’ve known most of our lives)  In the middle of the sermon, Mr. B wandered over to where I was sitting in a chair, with my legs crossed. Suddenly, he bent over in front of me, and began trying to untie my shoe!  He tried so hard to get my shoe off, meanwhile our son never missed a beat of his message!  After Mr. B failed to get my shoe off, he became interested in my knee hose.  I sat there, with great interest, as Mr. Billy rubbed the hose, covering my lower leg. using both of his hands.  He must have really liked the texture of my hose!  Meanwhile, our son just kept on preaching.  Afterward, I laughed and told our son this was the first time I’d ever had someone try to steal my shoe or rub my leg during a sermon–all done with the sweet innocence of a curious child…


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  1. Awww…what tender-hearted folks you are and what a sweet story about the nursing home man. I had to chuckle at your answer for #1. I didn’t even think of this, but that trait is generational in my family as well! Ha! Enjoyed my visit here from the Hodgepodge. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. We used to be part of a nursing home ministry too and what a blessing to minister to the people there. I love how you described Mr. B with the sweet innocence of a child. Beautiful acrostic poem. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  3. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. My granddaddy had it and my dad’s best friend since they were 5 years old is suffering from it now. It’s so wonderful that y’all go and spend time with those folks. I’m not sure I could do it. I’ve been overthinking everything but the meal. Which is silly since I’m the one cooking everything. Ha! Better get myself busy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. I really liked the acrostic you wrote. It has such deep meaning.
    Your visit at the Alzheimer’s home must lead to interesting stories more often than not. I am glad the 3 of you make this special effort.

  5. Great acrostic!! Bless you for being so calm while having your leg rubbed and your shoe played with!! Not sure I could have been so still, even knowing the person and the disease. I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge answers today! Wishing you and yours a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

  6. My parents owned and ran a nursing home and loved people that no one else loved for almost 30 years, so i grew up around what many would call ‘cast offs’. It gave me a totally different perspective on ‘old people’ i think. I think it really helps to look people who are old and remember that they were once young, with similar hopes, dreams and aspirations as you have. Most had/have families, children who they raised, careers that they held, and experienced great love and great tragedy. they are lives that would tell great stories if we only knew more. thank you for your great love for these older people and the way you treat them with respect.

  7. I think stubborness can also be thought of as persistence or not giving up. Great acrostic and it’s wonderful that you visit the home. My mother succumbed to Alzheimer’s in 2012 and it was hard visiting her in the home. I could also relate some “interesting” stories from my visits. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Hope you and Ed had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Kudos to your son for serving the oft forgotten people with that awful disease. Thank you for your kind words and continued prayers for my beloved SWMBO.

  9. I made my list, set timers on my phone for when each item had to go into the oven and it worked out great for me this year. I wasn’t stressed at all. I love your Acrostic. I use LOL often. OMG that is some random you had going on!!!

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