Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge



I wasn’t sure I’d make the Hodgepodge today … I overslept (for good reason – I haven’t had a good, full night’s sleep in almost a week) and woke up sluggish, but it’s still Wednesday … so there’s still time for a Hodgepodge!


1. My real life friends came through with another question this week so thank you real life friends. When you've eaten in a restaurant do you complete their comment card? Do you take online surveys highlighted at the bottom of store receipts?

I’ve done both a couple of times, but as a rule, I don’t usually.  I’m more apt to if the service was way above and beyond the call of duty or if it was abysmal.

2. The (US) ban on women in combat was lifted at the end of January. It will probably be next year before specifics are worked out, but its been reported over 200,000 front line positions will eventually open up to women.  Your thoughts?

If women truly desire to serve on the front line and if they’re truly qualified (i.e., no watering down the physical requirements), then I think it’s ok. 

3.  In looking back at all the blog posts you've written, what's your favorite post title?

Gee, my post titles are all pretty lame. 

4. What's worse-overly permissive parents or overly protective parents?  Did your own parents lean more to the permissive or the protective category?  If you're a parent where do you fall?

I’m not sure which is worse.  I think extremes of any kind are dangerous.  My parents were very strict and didn’t tolerate much independent thinking.  It took me a long time to “recover”.  And I saw firsthand the heartache parents experienced when their teen-aged/young adult children rebelled against overly protective parenting.  I vowed that I would do my best to choose the middle ground and learn to loosen my grip as my daughter got closer to adulthood.  It’s not an easy thing to do. 

5.  Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city...which one's your favorite?

I love sitting in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace … I love the convenience of our gas fireplace, but it doesn’t come close to providing the warmth and ambiance of a “real” fire.

6. Dr. Seuss's birthday was celebrated on Saturday. What's a favorite book you remember (Seuss or otherwise) from your own childhood?  Did books play an important role in your growing up years? Explain.

Oh my goodness yes!  I grew up in a small town and some of my earliest memories are walking to the library on Saturday to check out books.  It wasn’t uncommon for me to try to check out more than I could possibly carry back home.  When most of the neighborhood kids were out playing, I preferred to be inside with a book.  I’d have to say that my favorite book from childhood is probably Little Women (do young girls even read that any more?).  

7.  To quote Dr. Seuss...

"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere."  from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Share something funny you've recently read, seen or heard. 

My dad brought home from the Alabama Gulf Coast a small shoebox full of Mardi Gras beads (there were THREE Mardi Gras parades right past his condo building last month).  T#4 loved them … she put on a couple … next thing I knew she had them ALL on!  She told me that she loved her fancy necklaces and would wear them with her fancy dress.


8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We got snow yesterday, but nothing compared to what the northern part of the state got (sure wish they could have shared).  Click on the photo if you want to see it really coming down. photo Because it had been in the lower 50’s on Monday, the snow didn’t stick to streets, sidewalks and driveways did stick to untreated surfaces, trees, fences, etc.  Unfortunately the snow isn’t going to last much longer because daytime temperatures are above freezing (not by a lot but enough that about half of the snow was melted by sunset yesterday).


  1. Good morning! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge as always...I think I feel like you, haha, most of my post titles are not very original or interesting... : )

    I was wishing you were a neighbor yesterday so I could have ask for demonstration on how you cut how your strips and squares etc. I was soo frustrated. However, I did finally get it going pretty good...whew, really kind of a chore.

    Enjoy your day!

  2. I said I wouldn't be commenting today but I got up so darn early and couldn't sleep that I've pretty much read almost everyone I normally visit! Agree with you on the military question. I picked moonlight but they are all wonderful. What a cute story about the Mardi Gras beads. Enjoy your day!

  3. Aahh - little women - what a classic. I'm sure girls DONT read that anymore. They'd see the thickness & run. maybe if it was a Kindle book & they couldnt see how many pages it is? :)

    Pictures of snow makes me want to get right in front of the fireplace you were talking about :)

  4. I enjoyed your answers. I don't like the thought of women in combat zones. Very frightening.

  5. Our grandkids loved those Mardi Gras beads when they were small, too! (I bought a bunch of them at a yard sale, and keep them in a small treasure chest)

    I haven't had a good night's sleep in almost a week either :( I hope relief will come soon!

  6. Does T#4 read Fancy Nancy? Because, if she hasn't, you really must get them for her! I love them so much that Deanie bought me the entire set for Christmas! LOL

  7. I picked the fireplace as well. Cute story-Mardi Gras beads. I wanted more snow-but only a little here.

  8. Really, I too wonder how many kids read these days and certainly how many girls read Little Women. It should be a MUST for all girls. :o)

    Snow, ugh, we're enjoying a beautiful, rather coolish day.

    Very good answer to #4!

  9. We have a gas fireplace in this house, and while I know they're cleaner they are not as warm and don't have that woodsy smell a real fireplace has. Plus our gas bill! aiyiyi!

  10. I also chose fire. I love the warmth from our wood stove.

  11. Don't you think fireplaces are too messy. Outdoor fires are better as long as they stay under control. Come to think of it you can an outdoor fire and a moonlit evening. Throw in a beach and you could pretend you're in a movie.

  12. What a fun memory of walking to the library!

    I didn't think I had creative post titles either. I did enjoy reading some old posts.

  13. I always love to stop by and read your answers. I wondered where you got all of those Mardi Gras beads. Well I know some young girls that read Little Women,but sometimes they wait until they grow up like my DIL

  14. Next time you can't sleep, think of me because I'm probably up too :*) Since menopause I have a lot of trouble sleeping. This takes a lot of getting used to for me because I've never had that problem before, ever. I've always loved to sleep!

    Enjoyed your questions & answers! They made me think of what I would answer to some of them. Very though provoking!

  15. Funny how little girls love beads and they are so easy to keep the little girls busy for hours! I really like sitting by the pellet stove - love the heat blasting out of it.

  16. I'm with you on the fireplace. I love sitting in front of a crackling fire.

    I have no idea WHY a woman wants to head into a war zone.

    Love the snowy pics.

  17. Little Women...I love the book and the movie and the updated version of the movie! :)

  18. I haven't been blogging recently and how I have missed you! I'm finally catching up on posts.
    I love sitting by a fire. It is very soothing.
    I love the book Little Women. Read it when I was (much) younger. I've never seen the move though.

  19. Catching up this morning! I had a favorite book as a girl......Hitty, Her First Hundred's about a doll and her journeys and believe it or not I still read it on occasion !


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