Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday again ... and time for another Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Won't you join us in the fun?  Just click on the button above.

1. Do you think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, 2001 or did we just become more aware of the danger? How has your own life changed as a result of that day?
I don’t know that the world has become more dangerous … I suspect that most of us had no clue that danger was right here among us.  I think we were “forced” to become more aware of the danger.  I’ve never been a fan of flying, but I hate it even more after 9/11 … with packing restrictions, with long lines at airports, with full body scans and pat downs. 
2. Did you think your parents were too strict when you were growing up? How about in hindsight?
My parents were strict, and when growing up, I thought they were a little too strict, but what teenager doesn’t?  I will say that their strictness probably wouldn’t haven’t been as chafing had it been tempered with some communication (besides “as long as you live in my house, you’ll live by my rules”) and with some love.  However, in hindsight, when I’ve see what happens to kids whose parents weren’t as strict, I cannot say that they were too strict. 
3. Share one random but candid fact about yourself.
I am such a creature of habit.  I have the same thing for breakfast every. single. day … except for Wednesdays when DH has breakfast at the Bread Co. (and is sweet enough to bring me a bagel for my breakfast ).
4. Would your nearest and dearest describe you as simple or far too complicated?
Too complicated.  I prefer to think of myself as complex.  ;-)
5. What is your favorite stadium or carnival food?
When we go to the ballgame, I’ve “got” to have a brat.  I haven’t done a fair or carnival in years, although if I would ever go, I’m sure I’d have some kettle corn.
6. Tornado, hurricane, many of these natural disasters have you experienced? Which event do you think would be the scariest?
I’ve never experienced a hurricane.  I think it would be the least scary, if only because there’s enough warning to get out of danger.  We are near enough the New Madrid Fault to experience some affects of seismic activity.  The most vivid and most “severe” was on a Saturday morning in November, 1968.  I was home alone, up on the 2nd floor of our house ironing something to wear on my date that evening.  I felt the tremors and ran outside … where everyone else was, too!  I live in Illinois, land of the tornados, and tornado warnings are as much a part of spring as daffodils.  Just this past spring, we had tornados that touched down way too close for my comfort.  At the end of February, an EF1 touched down 12 miles to the west and an EF2 touched down 3 miles to the east.  But the scariest one was the F4 tornado on Good Friday that touched down and destroyed a good bit of Lambert Airport in St. Louis; it crossed the river and touched down as an F2 just 12 miles to the west and again about 14 miles to the east.  And I’ll never forget the F4 that touched down a half mile or so from where I was living in April, 1981.     
7. Labor Day weekend is approaching so a work related question seems appropriate. Growing up, did your parents assign you regular chores? Were you paid for doing those chores? If you're a parent do you assign chores to your own children? Why or why not?
That last question was inspired by a post Mindee wrote on Monday. Everyone go say hi to Mindee. She blogs at Our Front Door and she's funny
I had chores when growing up, but I wasn’t paid.  I did receive an allowance, but it wasn’t payment for the chores that I did. 
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I had a wonderful day yesterday.  I spent a good part of the morning/early afternoon cleaning out the closet (and bundling up stuff for Goodwill) and dresser drawers and under the bathroom vanity.  After I finished that, I spent several hours working on T#4’s big girl quilt.  It’s coming along … hand quilting is such slow work, but I’m not complaining … I love to hand quilt!


  1. Oh, I wish I could think of a cleaning day as "wonderful." The quilting sounds relaxing though, even to a non-quilter. And I'm sure the end result will be beautiful. With love in every stitch!

  2. I agree that with hurricanes you can at least get out of the way. Although, some people around here stay anyway. We know two people who stayed during Hugo. Idiots. LOL

  3. what is it you have for breakfast?

  4. Way to go on cleaning things out. You can come and do mine!

  5. OK so I HAVE TO KNOW. What do you eat every day for breakfast! I love cleaning things out, I feel like little house is so much bigger.

  6. Wow, so many tornadoes to deal with! I had no idea.

    As for the cleaning out of closets, I need to do that, too. I just hate to get rid of anything!

  7. Kettle Corn is a must for me at a fair-just had some a couple of months ago. So like everyone else-what do you eat for breakfast?
    Tornadoes-scary -and the aftermath is a constant reminder to me.

  8. #2 -- nodding my head in complete agreement.

    #6 -- I am impressed that you know all the ratings of the tornadoes like that!!

  9. Our home in the states is frequented by tornado watches and warning. Thank goodness we've only experienced one bad one in recent history. Spring can be full of anxiety.


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