Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday Hodgepodge


It’s Wednesday – again.  And that means that it’s time for another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge, where Joyce puts together 7 random questions.  If you’d like to play along or check out everyone else’s answers, just click on the link above. 


1. Of all the tools and gadgets you own which do you most enjoy using?

Probably my laptop.  I’m so glad I chose to go with a laptop rather than a desktop when it came time to replace my computer last year.  I was able to sit in the recliner and watch the post-season Cardinals games “with” my sisters and my Dad (we were all watching from our homes but chatting back and forth via email).  I can take it with us when we travel and stay connected to family.  And it allowed me to convert the “office” space in the 3rd bedroom to a sewing area.


2. When (if ever) is impatience a virtue?

In a life-or-death situation … otherwise, I can’t think of a situation where it’s a good thing … says the very impatient woman.  ;-)


3. What temperature do you keep your thermostat set to in winter? Do you have another way to heat your house besides a furnace of some type?

We keep our thermostat set at 69.  Which means that I’m dressed in about 3 layers of sweats during the day and using an electric blanket at night.  I’m always so cold, and the older I get, the colder I get.  But I hate, hate, hate paying our utilities any more than I have to … so we keep the thermostat set low.  We do raise it a little when we have guests (since they probably aren’t dressed for the arctic – ha!).  We have a gas fireplace, which I’ve been known to turn on to take the chill off in the mornings (like this morning).  But we don’t use it as an alternative source for heat. 


4. Do/did you have a close relationship with any of your grandparents?

I was close to my maternal grandparents.  When I was little, we lived a block away from them.  This was way back in the day and in a small town, so my mom could feel safe in sending us to walk up to visit grandma.  I remember my grandma always having lemon drops in the candy dish … as a youngster, I remember wishing that she’d put the “good” candy out in her dish!  My grandpa always carried a buckeye in his pocket.


5. When did you last have a family portrait taken?

We had a photo taken of all of us at Disney World back in 2008.  DD is asking for us to have a portrait of the two of us taken, and I’d like a portrait of all of us together.  Maybe it’s time to get all that done!


6. What does the word patriotism mean to you?

Love and respect for our country.  Respect and honor for those who serve her. 


7. Do you like to play cards and if so, what's your favorite card game?

Yes, and a visit to my dad isn’t complete without a few hands of Rook.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

it’s a dreary, windy day here … with rain in the forecast.  We’ve finally been getting some much-needed rain … it’s too late for several spots in our lawn … guess I know what we’ll be doing next spring.  ;-)  It would be a good day to settle in and work on the new puzzle we started yesterday (instead I’m heading for work in an hour).  I bought this puzzle because I thought it’d be easier to identify pieces and be able to match them to the picture… and while it is easy to identify the dogs’ faces, it’s not so easy to find the rest of the pieces for each dog.   


  1. that looks like a hard puzzle? We are expecting rain tomorrow. What is a buckeye?? is that a picture of one?

    Kimberly's Korner

  2. My dad always carried a buckeye. I always thought of it as a sort of good luck charm but have never really bothered to research that custom - gotta go google it now.

  3. Back from google - carrying a buckeye in your pocket was believed to ward off Rheumatism

  4. Good morning! I love these hodgepodge posts...let's see....LOVE my laptop for all the same reasons....and WOW would you ever freeze at our house. I have not even turned the heat on yet. And when I do, I will turn it to 64 or 65 during the day, and off at night. I LOVE it cold...My husband and I share this in common, so it has always worked well for us. And as for the rest of the family they know to wear sweaters to Deb's, haha....Have a good day!

  5. My gosh that puzzle!! It is cute, but you are right, it can be a challenge!! We keep our thermostat 68 during the day and 66 at night and if it is going to be a sunny day we turn the heat off during the day, but of course we aren't in the temps you are in. I am always cold too, LOL.

    Laptops are great for the very reasons you mentioned! Hubby got a new one a few months back and I haven't gotten used to it yet, which I bet he is happy about; I still use a desktop.

    Stay safe in the rain!


  6. Laptops are really a cool invention for sure. We took ours on our last vacation, sadly it was in 2004,but it was valuable to us. We uploaded all of our digital photos to the hard drive to make sure they were safe and so we'd have plenty of room on our memory card. Technology is super neat-o!

  7. Maybe I should carry a buckeye in MY pocket! Ward off aches and pains. Lol. I had a friend whose mom always had lemon drops in her candy dish too. I thought they were fabulous since we didn't ever have candy out at our house. Have a great day!

  8. I keep the temp. on 69-sometimes I could be a little cooler. :) card game is also Rook.

  9. Hi there, Love reading new tidbits about you-I too love my laptop for the very same reasons. You keep your house warm compared to ours-we have it at 65 during the day and evening and use quilts to keep warm while we watch t.v. When we have company I keep it about 68-70 for them. Living in snow country it can get downright cold. Thanks for sharing all this info-love it.
    Hugs, Noreen

  10. two of your answers struck me as being very true for myself I was very close to my grandma and our family loved to play that card game come over and see my answers I am a new follower of yours

  11. I'm in the 'toasty' phase of life at the moment. Ugh. I love my ipad for the reason you said...we have a desktop which I use during the day but at night its nice to sit with the hubs while he watches tv and I read blogs or play words with friends or just read on the kindle app. I don't know what I did before I had my ipad.

  12. I agree with you on number 2. I have never heard of that game. Good luck with that puzzle!

  13. Yay for our computers! They are fun gadgets aren't they?

    Good answer about impatience!

  14. I love my laptop too! Right now in the apartment now it is stationary in the spare bedroom. When I get settled it will be mobile again though.


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