Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge


It’s Wednesday again … time for some Hodgepodge. 

1. What's something people might ask you for help with?

I frequently get asked – by DD and the grands – for help with sewing, especially repairing.  It’s not uncommon for one of the Ts’ stuffies to need to make a visit to Nana’s Stuffie Hospital.  Winking smile

A recent patient of mine.


2. What's something you might ask someone else for help with?

Just about any kind of repairs … DH and I are not handy at all.  Thankfully DSIL is, so we’ve had to ask him for some help.


3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you're a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?

We didn’t take summer vacations when I was a child.  My dad owned a motel so not only was summer his busiest time, but he and my mom provided the majority of the labor for the motel, so there wasn’t a lot of free time for traveling even during the “off-season”.  I was a single mom during DD’s childhood and  couldn’t afford to take her on a “real” vacation.  Instead I planned day trips and weekend visits to my sister.  Being unable to take her on “real” vacations is one of my parenting regrets.

4.   Pool-lake-ocean...which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?

The ocean of course!!  And not just on a hot summer day, either!  Winking smile

5.  Have you ever justified using the expression, 'you gotta be cruel to be kind'?  Was it really necessary or were you rationalizing?

I’ve never used that expression, and to be honest I was quite taken aback by the inclusion of the word “cruelty”.  After some thought, I wondered if perhaps this phrase was intended to be a hyperbole … if that’s the case, I did use the basic principle behind it.  As a parent, I had to make unpopular decisions.  Even as a grandparent, I sometimes have to say “no” when my heart would rather say “yes”. 

6.  The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatin.  Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you'd add to the list?

Eggs?  Enough people hate eggs to make it to a most-hated list?  I do not care for beets, but the rest of those foods are ok in my book … some I like better than others, but I’ll eat any of those others.  One food that I’d add to the list would be oysters (not because I hate them, but because so many others do).

7. What's your favorite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?

The first thing that came to mind was the books written by Dorothea Benton Frank. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It was a late night last night with the swim meet, so I thought I’d be able to sleep in a little this morning … however, the thunderstorm that moved through at 6:00 this morning put a kibosh on those plans.  Guess today will be a quilting day.  Winking smile 


Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Good morning! Enjoyed this as always! And I am with you...surprised eggs would make that list! A quiet day quilting sounds good...ENJOY!

  2. Your the 2nd person I've read who has said Dorothea Benton Frank! I've only read 1 of hers and really enjoyed it.

  3. I immediately thought of you when I read question # 4 :)

    I get asked to sew and repair things, too. Didn't think of that answer!

    I'm not a fan of beets either, but I do like eggs!

    I see that you are continuing to get regular rain, too... Have a good quilting day!

  4. I'm getting some book and movie ideas today : ) I was surprised by lots of things on that list. I think eggs might be one of those foods people either love or hate. No in between. Happy quilting!

  5. Have a lovely day, I find that intriguing that your Dad owned a motel. My Dad owned grocery stores so I could tell lots of stories. I bet you could too.
    I bet that was even harder work. Did you have to work there too?
    I hope you have a nice day, we are supposed to get thunder showers today.
    Maybe even some rain tomorrow but I really doubt it.
    Have a nice day sewing.

  6. I love that you have a Stuffie hospital. How cute.
    Hope you're having a productive day, despite the lack of sleep.

  7. Hi there, I always feel like I learn so much about you here. Hope you have a wonderful day doing all that makes you happiest!
    Hugs, Noreen

  8. Those storms are hitting here this afternoon... yikes..

    Look at your little patient :) I need to learn to sew up my dog's stuffed animals :)

  9. Yep, I love the ocean too, especially when it's not super hot.

  10. Love learning more about you! I can't believe eggs and mayo are on the hate list!

  11. I love that you have a 'stuffie hospital'. Wonderful!

  12. Hope you got some quilting done. We were able to walk today and it has been really nice! The humidity and temps are finally ok again! Hope to open the windows tonight. ~Jeanne

  13. I hope you got some great quilting time and that you could sleep in a bit more, it's always good to sleep in. We have had rain, rain and more rain. It's really getting to me. I don't mind a nice steady day of rain, or falling asleep to rain on the roof but 5 days of it!!! Good grief!

  14. Your latest patient is adorable. I hope when I have grands, they love what I make for them. I've got plans. Just recently I started a baby quilt for my niece who is to be born in August. I posted pics on my blog if you want to give me advice, particularly on applique'. I think it might put ME in the hospital!

  15. I love the doll. Did you make it or do you just make repairs?

    Your DD probably appreciates and has great memories of all that you did for her whether you took vacations or not.

  16. That is so sweet with the Nana's Hospital. That is so different growing up around a hotel. You have certainly been making up for those missed vacations. I do love the ocean and it is awesome on a cool day for a wonderful walk.


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