Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge




Another Wednesday is here … and so is another Hodgepodge.  I love the Hodgepodge, don’t you?  Why not join in?  Just click on the button above.  Easy-peasy!


1. William Shakespeare's birthday is celebrated on April 23rd...when did you last read Shakespeare? What's your favorite Shakespeare play?

As far as I can remember, the last time I read any Shakespeare was in high school.  And to be honest, I only remember reading two of his plays – Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, so my favorite of those two would have to be Romeo and Juliet … although I remember more lines from Hamlet than I do from Romeo and Juliet.   


2. What food(s) would you recommend a foreign visitor try when they visit your home country?

Is there one particular style of food that truly represents the US?  I can’t think of one … but there are certain foods that are closely identified with St. Louis – toasted ravioli, pork steak, gooey butter cake.  I would recommend these to a visitor.


3. What's a lie you often tell yourself?

I’m not sure if it’s a lie that I tell myself or a lie that the enemy has convinced me to believe, but I struggle with thinking that I don’t read my Bible enough, that I don’t pray enough, that I’m just not good enough.  While I do desire to grow in my walk with the Lord, I know that my future isn’t dependent on how often I pray, read my Bible or how good I try to be … that there’s nothing I can do to make Jesus love me more nor is there anything I can do to make Him love me less.  But in this performance-driven world, it’s too easy for me to begin to believe the lies that the enemy keeps telling me.


4. What's something you're good at that might surprise us? Remember this is a family friendly blog!

I’m at a loss on this one …   


5. Who is your favorite animal character from a book?

I’ve always been an avid reader … I remember walking to the library as a child and returning with so many books that it’s a wonder that I didn’t drop a few along the way.  But I cannot remember reading any books with animal characters … surely I did, but I certainly cannot remember any.  But then are you surprised?  After all

Brain equal Sieve 


6. April showers bring May you have a green thumb?

I don’t know that I have a “green thumb”, but I don’t have a “black thumb”.  I’ve got an aloe plant and a philodendron that I’ve been able to keep alive for several years.  I also doubled the size of our landscaping here, chose the plants and planted them myself.  This will be the 3rd summer since I planted them, and they all are doing well (of course, we had a mild winter and everything is thriving).


7. Speaking of rainy days...which one of the following activities would you most want to spend time doing on a rainy day-

  • sort photos and create albums
  • bake cookies
  • read a good book
  • hold an all-day movie marathon
  • organize closets, cupboards, or bookshelves
  • try a new recipe
  • fix something that needs fixing

If I have to choose one of the 7 that Joyce has listed, I would choose an all-day movie marathon, but if I could choose whatever I wanted to do on a rainy day, I suspect that I’d choose quilting, but then again I’d probably put on some of my favorite movies to “watch” while quilting … so maybe I am going with one of Joyce’s choices after all.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

There’s nothing much on my schedule for the next several days.  Since the last several days have been fairly busy ones, I haven’t had any time to get some quilting done … so I’m hoping to spend some time with needle and thread these next couple of days.     


  1. I couldn't think of a animal character either, that one was hard! I hope you get to do some quilting this week.

  2. I love gooey butter cake. Haven't had it for quite some time though!

  3. Never had Gooey Butter Cake before, but cake and butter sure sound like the perfect combination to me! I absolutely love your answer to #3. Have fun with your quilting! Sure would enjoy seeing more of your finished projects! Hope you have a wonderful day, Kathy!

  4. I don't think I"ve ever had toasted ravioli but I'm sure I'd love it. The gooey butter cake too of course : )

  5. Your picture of the brain = colander (or sieve or drain or whatever you want to call it) absolutely made me laugh! Fun answers!

  6. Fried Ravioli? Oh my...

    Enjoy your quilting time

  7. Toasted Ravoli sounds good!! Enjoy your next few days quilting. :)

  8. That toasted ravioli sounds nice, and looks pretty good, too! Enjoy your quilting time :)

  9. Great answers!!! The toasted ravioli sounds really yummy to me too. I'll have to look for that.

  10. Interesting questions this week. Do you have a recipe for butter cake? I have never heard of any of those foods.
    I think quilting and rainy days and all day movie watching would be a fun thing to do. But of course, I don't know if I ever have days with nothing going on. Nice to think about though. I am glad to find out you are a reader. I always think it is so neat to find that out.
    Books have always been my dearest friends. :)
    Have a lovely day.

  11. Gosh but I've missed the Hodge Podge! But I should be back next week- the challenge is nearly over! Loved reading your responses!

  12. Amen to #3 and yep me too on #4. Hope you have lots of time to enjoying your quilting and maybe watch some movies too.

  13. The Ravioli sounds wonderful. Hope you find time to quilt! Life is just to busy sometimes even when you are retired. I often ask my hubby I don't know how I had time to work before we married. lol
    until next time... nel

  14. Me too with Shakespeare in H.S. Those foods sound yummy! I had a hard time with an animal too. I even went and asked my almost 31 year old daughter and SIL. They had a hard time too. So the next time it rains we need to get together for that marathon!

  15. Toasted ravioli sounds great! But then again, so does the pork steak and butter cake....I think I am just plain hungry right now, haha. As for your #3 answer I totally get it. Then enemy has used that lie over here too. It is soo hard I think to imagine that we could ever please the Lord of all by just being us, huh? Surely I need to DO something? Or at least KEEP from doing the things I know I shouldn't MUCH more than I do. And yet, He loves us unconditionally NO MATTER WHAT....very hard to wrap my head around. Makes it easy then to be lied to by the enemey. I enjoyed your post...Hope you had a good day!

  16. #4; you are great at being a grandmother!!! Your love for your grands (and daughter) comes out so clearly in the posts you write about them :)

    I know about Shakespeare. I think a lot of us read him in high school and that is about it!

    glad you have a few days to consider doing some quilting!


  17. I haven't had breakfast yet...and that toasted ravioli looks outstanding!!! Can anyone have ravioli for breakfast? [Actually, I've not heard of this, but would love to try it]

    WINGS TO FLY is my Thursday Post Link. Stop by if you can. I'd love your company!!

  18. favorite animal character might be balto the sled dog or maybe the two dogs, old dan and little ann, in where the red fern grows. love that book! a must read for everyone, no matter what your age.


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