Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday Hodgpepodge Vol 3-Don't be a turkey...come play!

Were you around when that expression, 'Don't be a turkey' was popular? I think it was the late 70's. The 70's were their own special kind of wonderful and if you missed them I feel sorry for you.

On to this week's Hodgepodge...a few people said they thought the questions this time round were hard. I like to say they make you think. It makes for more interesting reading to have a few questions with substance as opposed to the yes/no variety, yes?

Okay, here we go...don't forget to link your post where it say's "You're Next" at the bottom of mine today...

1. If you had known what they knew then, would you have boarded the Mayflower?

My friend Deb came up with this question and the more I've thought about it the harder it is to answer. I think the most likely scenario in my case would be my hubs would nudge and cajole and encourage and finally talk me into getting on board. I think we can all agree he would have been first in line when they asked who wanted in. I don't think I'd have gotten on the ship without some friendly family pressure. And I'd have been green around the gills the whole way to America. They didn't have Dramamine back in the day, did they?

2. How far have you traveled on a boat and how do you feel about boats in general?

Ships, eh. I've never been on a cruise partly because traveling with thousands in a confined space is not my idea of a holiday, but mostly because I have serious motion sickness. I know, I know, people say you don't feel the motion on a great big cruise ship but these are the same people who tell me I'll love roller coasters.

Now boats are a different story. I love to be out on the water in a boat and I'm okay on a lake or river. We owned a power boat before we moved overseas and I absolutely loved it. I would wear the accupressure bands if we were going to be in the Bay but if we were just out on the river I was okay. I like the beauty of a sailboat but what I really love is speed so power boats are my preferred method of travel on water. Oh, and I also like canoes. They're boats, right?

3. What traditions have you kept, acquired thru marriage, and/or tossed? If you're single what are some of your family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

Thankfully hubs family and my family have always celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas in similar fashion. The very first year we were married we spent Thanksgiving with hubs family and it felt pretty much like home. Except for the dressing but over time I've successfully converted his family to my recipe so that's all good now. Hubs family makes a dessert called Angel Pie which I've mentioned a time or ten on my blog and that is one tradition acquired thru marriage that's a keeper. I also remember my mother in law asking me that first year if I wanted any particular dish that was traditional to my family Thanksgivings and I made my mom's fruit salad. I appreciated her asking and will file that away for my own future in-law children.

4. What time is your dinner and how many will be round your table? And what is the one side dish you cannot do without on Thanksgiving day?

It will just be our little family of four on the actual day but I'm still making my normal hundred and ten sides because leaving any of them out would surely make somebody unhappy. I'm planning to eat a little earlier than we normally do this year, somewhere between 2 and 3 PM, because I'm hoping we can all take a walk before dessert and also before it gets dark.

Friday my brother and his wife will drive up and spend the weekend with us which will be fun. I love the left over meal on Friday almost as much as I love the original meal. We will not be with my family for Christmas this year so I'm happy to have visitors over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The ONE dish I cannot be without at Thanksgiving is cornbread dressing. It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it and its my favorite part of the meal.

Go ahead and say didn't think I could do just one did you?

5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do tell...

I guess all this talk about cooking brought the question to mind. I have never used a fire extinguisher although my sister and I did start a small fire in our kitchen when we were about 10 and 11 and a fire extinguisher would have been handy. My brother was supposed to be keeping an eye on us while my parents were out and he was on the phone when the 'incident' occurred. Since no real damage was done we put our collective heads together and decided it was best not to tell mom and dad. Hey kids! Parents know stuff! They just know. Especially when soot drops from the living room drapes and a certain pan mysteriously disappears. Tell the truth.

When we lived in the UK I was involved with Girl Scouts in our school and I had to be fire extinguisher trained. Sometimes we used candles and unless one of us went to the training we could not use candles. So I went to a half day workshop run by a company who dealt in fire extinguishers and I learned about all the different types and had to demo each kind.

In this house we have a fire extinguisher attached to the side of a kitchen cabinet. In our corner of NJ there must be smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and a fire extinguisher in the kitchen along with a certificate proving such before settlement on a house can move forward.

6. Tell about a situation that caused you dreadful trepidation and much feet dragging only to realize later it was a true blessing.

Did I ever tell you about the time I was going along happily thru life and my hubs came home and asked me how I'd feel about moving to England and a couple months later there we were? Living in England. I thought so.

7. Baked, sweet, mashed, hash browned, or french fried...which one's your favorite?

Mashed. But I rarely ever have mashed potatoes or potatoes of any type because they are not on my approved list of foods to eat when trying to look svelte. I actually love all of the above but mashed are my favorite.

8. Insert your own random thought here...

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!


  1. Sadly, I haven't answered these this week. I was gone most of Tuesday, got home at 4 and we were packed and out the door in an hour. We are trying to get ahead of some storms.

    But, I had to comment on the first question. I am always moved by the Pilgrims' boldness and obedience with getting on the Mayflower. I have stood a few miles up the beach in Holland where they sailed from and I have been to Plymouth Rock. I am also humbled and oh so thankful for them, for you see, William Bradford (the first governor) is my husband's 9-times great-grandfather! If it wasn't for their boldness, I wouldn't have my amazing husband. Isn't God AWESOME???

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Love the singing turkey! Made me laugh out loud! I love potatoes as well and like you don't eat them much. Oh well what we will suffer to look great!!! Thanks for hosting this again

  3. Loved you questions and answers this week Joyce. That little video is so cute. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I found out that you and I have two things in common, after reading your post. We both get sea sick, and our hubbies both make a Thanksgiving dessert. LOL Have a Happy Thanksgiving :)

  5. Thank you SO much for hosting this ... it's such fun! That video is so funny! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  6. Our family has cornbread dressing too, and it has brought several sets of in-laws to our side!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Love that video! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  8. Your MIL is definitely a keeper! I'll have to look at the video when I get home...can't do it from "work"! ;)

  9. I'm like you. It would take the prompting of my hubby to have gotten on that boat. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. I've been on three cruises. Mild sea sickness was a part of two of them. I have to say that there is something amazing about watching the sun go down over the open sea (I took a gazillion pictures and blogged about my Thanksgiving cruise last year).

    BTW, you'll laugh, but in my desire to have this week over with, I posted my hodgepodge yesterday! LOL

  11. I'm thankful for Wednesday Hodgepodge!

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  12. Sounds like your day will be perfect and a fun weekend too! I think I like the dinner the second day better then the first. I'm a lot more relaxed! We are going to our sons condo on Friday for a full dinner with his girlfriends family. You can't be overprotected when it comes to fire. Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. Happy Thanksgiving Joyce! Enjoy every moment with your girls!

  14. I made it! Loved the questions, Joyce! May you have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with your sweet girlies and hubs!! ((HUGS))

  15. Happy Thanksgiving. I know you will enjoy having the girls home. Have fun!!! Love & blessings from NC!

  16. So sorry I am late. I did my prep work yesterday, all alone. No guests this year. Anyway, looks like dinner will be about 2:30. We had some snacks a little bit ago and now we wait for "Big Bird" to get done!
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Joyce!