Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. The Summer Olympics begin next week and London is playing host. If you had the chance to go in person which (non-Olympic) London site would you most like to visit?

I would have a hard time narrowing that down to just one site, but since I need to choose one, I’ll choose Buckingham Palace.

source:  Wikipedia


2. What is something in your life right now that feels like an Olympic event?

Getting through this summer feels like an Olympic event … with the drought and the hot, hot weather.  More triple digit temperatures today and again no realistic chance for rain.   


3. What's your favorite supper to prepare and serve when it's too hot to cook?

Our George Foreman has been getting a lot of use since it’s turned hot here.  We got a bigger one, so we can put on a couple of chicken breasts or chuck-eye steaks and have cooked meat without adding a lot of heat to the house (or all that much work).  We’ll add a salad, some slices of tomatoes from our neighbor’s garden, and some watermelon and have a nice meal. 


4. July 18th is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day...when was the last time you were 'in the doghouse'?

To be honest, I cannot remember the last time I would have been “in the doghouse”.  But I did get to thinking about how that phrase came into being.  There doesn’t seem to be a clear consensus as to the origin of that phrase.  Some seem to think that it is linked to Peter Pan, where Mr. Darling lives for a time in their dog’s house as penance for his mistreatment of their dog which caused the children to fly away with Peter Pan.  Others think that it’s from the idea of banishing a dog out to his house when he’s misbehaved.


5. What television advertisement do you find particularly irritating or inappropriate? You may not answer with 'all of them'. I know some of you were thinking about it.

Hardee’s uses rather scantily-dressed woman in provocative poses in their commercials, and I find that offensive on so many levels.


6. Share one piece of interesting news from the year you were born.

I was born in 1951, the year that President Truman signed a peace treaty with Japan that officially ended World War II.  I always thought that WWII ended in 1945 – VJ Day, as I suspect that most people do … so I found that interesting.


7. What's the best part of your average day?

My mornings.  I love getting up as the sign is coming up … it’s quiet and peaceful.  DH is usually still sleeping, so I have some time to myself.  While I do get up early, I’m not usually ready to hit the floor running … I like taking an hour or two to slowly get going on my day. 


8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’m so frustrated … a gal at church is going to have back surgery next week and asked if we could get some meals to her and her husband during her 6-week recovery (her husband has his own health issues, so he’s unable to provide meals for them).  I’ve been asked to coordinate meals for 3 of those 6 weeks.  I asked 20+ women, all of whom have provided meals to new moms or women who’ve been incapacitated with health issues.  So far, I’ve gotten 7 affirmative responses.  I know that the other woman have provided meals in the past, so I don’t know why they’re unwilling to help.  Sad smile  Coordinating meals is probably not a good ministry for me … I take it so personally when we cannot get enough volunteers to provide enough meals.  <sigh>


  1. I'm so looking forward to retiring so I can start my day out like you. Just slowly getting with it. I sometimes get to do that on Saturdays now.

    I think that would probably not be a good ministry for me either for the very same reason.

    I'm loving reading everyone's answers for #6, so I can find out when everyone was born. haha

    Have a great day.

  2. Maybe summer time is the problem with everyone committing to meals??? I'm so bad - whenever they ask me at church I always say no... I have a hard enough time figuring out what to make myself. if I do ever agree - I order pizza! True... I'm awful!!!

    I had no idea about WWII either - did the history books get it wrong? ;)

  3. That's not a good ministry for me either but because I have a big mouth that gets all ahead of my good sense. We had a list that people had signed up for doing different things and one of them was meals. When I had to coordinate for someone, hardly any of the women would agree to bring a meal- and a few of them got mad that I called them. I'm not even going to tell you what I said to them. You're right about those Hardee's commercials- forgot about those.

  4. Love that source photo of Buckingham. I want to go in the summer when the Queen is on vacation and you can tour it. The George Foreman is a great idea. Yes those commercials turn me off to eating there. (they are Carl's Jr. here) I'm in the 1951 club also :) Praying your get all your meals worked out. Personally I could never ask for help like that from my church.

  5. I would love to provide a meal if I lived closer. Meal ministry is such an important, but hard one sometimes. We don't have Hardee's here anymore, but I do love them when we travel down south. I am disappointed to hear about their commercials.

  6. I've been in Buckingham Palace but Windsor is my favorite. It feels more like a castle.

    Sorry you're not finding the helpers you need...maybe send another email and see if you get more takers. I imagine the heat isn't helping either...nobody wants to cook!

  7. It's too bad folks aren't responding to this need - could it be that they have summer plans that interfere?

    I'm a morning person too. I feel like I get so much more done in the mornings than the rest of the day.

    I wish I could send you some of our rain. We've been blessed with plenty of rain this summer, but I could do without the lightning and thunder! The heat has been pretty unbearable too.

    Have a blessed rest of your week!

  8. I love the sound of your summer dinners. What a great neighbor to supply you with tomatoes. I am a history fanatic and I didn't know about the WWII thing either.

    There is a WWII Museum in London I would like to see, but Kennsington Palace would be first I think. It's the Diana thing you know.

    6 weeks is a lot of meals. I hope you find some more kind souls to help you. That's such an important need these people have.

  9. Had the same answer-Hardee's commercials are too provocative.
    I am in charge of Wee Worship for three and four year olds at church and no one wants to volunteer to help. So frustrating sometimes.

  10. I hope you get more help for the meals and I would not be good at that either, setting up meals for others. I am one of those morning people who hit the ground not only running but smiling as well!

  11. I really should use our George Foreman more, too. I bought the big one, and have only used it twice, but Ed enjoys grilling outside.

    I hope you are able to get more meals coordinated. Times have definitely changed, and not so much for the better. Every man seems to be for himself these days.

  12. I agree with some of the others - it's probably the heat that's causing the women not to volunteer. Maybe a friendly prodding with an e-mail might help.

  13. I did not know that the peace treaty wasn't until 1951!!! I always assumed it was 1945 too.
    Oh, I would not want to be in your shoes. I wouldn't have been very good at that either. I have always been in the meals ministry, as I always have enjoyed taking food to people. Our church merged with another church, it was horrible. The people from the other church started dying and dying and we were a very young church. I bet I took food to funerals 3 or 4 times a week.
    Maybe the ladies are just burned out, that is a long stretch for meals. You said it was hot too, that might have something to do with it.
    That is a lot of food for a older couple could you do it for say 3 days at a time? I mean they will have lots of leftovers. I am sure it will work out.

  14. That would be frustrating with meals. I did tell you about that service where people can sign up to bring meals. I know the lady who coordinates meals for new moms, etc at our church uses it. I know I'm making an effort when asked to provide a meal, I figure its the least I can do and would want the same if the service was needed. Hope you get people to cooperate!


  15. I can see why you'd be frustrated....that isn't an easy task and should be being that it's just preparing meals for your church members. Then....2ndly, I too like the morning hours when Bud is still asleep and I can get a lot of things done on the computer in the quiet before our day begins together. 3rdly, I found that little ditty you wrote about the meaning of being in the doghouse quite interesting.

    Ps...glad you found how to view all of the NCIS programs through your library!!!!


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