Wednesday, May 18, 2011

If it's Wednesday it must be the Hodgepodge-Vol 27

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Hodgepodge. The only edition of the Hodgepodge actually. So glad you played along today...add your link at the bottom and be sure to read my answers before you run off and visit the neighbors.

1. What reveals more about a woman-her refrigerator or her purse?

Probably her's filled with what she considers the daily essentials and also tells you where she spends her money. I'm not the only one with a wallet crammed full of lists and receipts am I?

2. When was the last time you visited a zoo? Where? What's your favorite zoo animal?

Last Saturday. We went to the Bronx zoo and I wrote about it here. It's hard to pick a favorite animal but on this most recent trip it was definitely the snow leopard. Pretty sure the Bronx is not its native habitat.

3. What social issue fires you up?

Where do I begin?

fiscal responsibility on the part of our government
the mistreatment of children
healthcare reform

I could go on.

4. Are you a coupon clipper? Are you extreme?

Not anymore. I used to clip a lot of coupons when I was regularly feeding a family of four but once we moved to the UK coupons were not as prevalent and I lost the habit. Most stores now offer discount cards and I do take advantage of those types of savings. I was never an extreme couponer...time is money too ya know!

5. What is one of your favorite souvenirs brought back from your travels?

As you would imagine we have more than a few souvenirs from our travels but we tend not to go for the chachki favorites (no I cannot pick just one) would be my Italian pottery, some of which is pictured here, the beautiful hand painted backgammon board we bought in Dubai-

and my Colonial Soldier who hails from London.

All of these things are out in my house and all of them make me smile.

6. Lemon meringue or key lime?

I love them both but if you make me choose I'll go with key lime.

7. What is the most beautiful word you know in any language?


8. Insert your own random thought here.

Daughter2 and I went to see African Cats yesterday. Wowza! I cannot remember feeling that tense during a movie in a very long time. We both watched portions of it with our hands covering our eyes. It's rated G but I think it would be disturbing to young children. The African Savanna is harsh, even is you are King of the lions. And of course that whole circle of life thing is on display...keep in mind it's Disney and we all know how Disney deals with mothers. Just sayin'

The movie also confirmed for me why a trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya is still on my to-do staggeringly beautiful that I think I must see it in person.


  1. I like the discount cards that various businesses offer. My favorite right now is Panera's card. I eat there so often that I've gotten quite a few free items, including smoothies (which my daughter drinks), sweet tea (for the hubby), pastries (again, for the hubby), and most recently a free bowl of soup (for me)! I love being rewarded for something I'm going to do anyhow!

    Thanks for the fun questions this week! Well, every week they're fun. LOL

  2. You have traveled a lot and I bet your home is filled with lots of great items. How nice that they make you smile still.

  3. I really like your beautiful word. It's true...and it sounds so nice coming out of the mouth.
    Thanks for hosting!!

  4. Thanks for the movie heads-up...and thanks for saying so sweetly that time is money too. I have coupon friends who say the same thing but with a distinct nasty overtone of, "You must have more money than time" and it never fails to steam me good! For me, it's about budget and lower insanity levels.

  5. I love your London soldier. He would make me smile too. Or do you try to make him smile? Thanks for hosting!

  6. I use to coupon more when my children were at home. Your so right about time is money. I am kind of big on the $1.00 coupons I get online and if it's also on sale it gives me a rush but I do that in a very small way now. Those are beautiful treasures you bought for yourself. Love the soldier. I'm not sure I could handle that movie. I get the circle of life stuff but don't like seeing it in person.
    Thanks for hosting, great questions.

  7. Great questions as always. All your travels are so interesting.

  8. Loved the London soldier. Key lime is my choice too and I loved your beautiful word...grace....such a wonderfully sounding word.

  9. The backgammon board is beautiful!! I would make it a point to learn how to play backgammon if I had one of those ;-)

  10. I loved the questions this week, especially the first one! LOL You always do a great job providing questions.

    Your souveniers are beautiful, and would make me smile, too. I kept my souvenier paddle hanging on the wall until I loaned it to my daughter to use :)

    I'm with you on all of those social issues...they make my blood boil!!!

  11. That Backgammon board is very cool! I almost picked Grace for my word too!

  12. I knew you would have awesome, unique, and cool souvenirs:)

  13. I was going to read this earlier but Tucker wouldn't stop looking at me for his walk so, we had to go walk first. LOL

    I absolutely love that Backgammon board! It's gorgeous!

    I chose Lemon meringue pie but, to be honest, I've never turned down a piece of Key Lime! LOL

    Thanks so much for this HOP! I look forward to it each Wednesday!

  14. Somehow I left off #6 entirely. I use discount cards, also and buy a lot of store brands.
    Not many receipts or list in my purse, I usually clear those out before I leave the house.
    I didn't think about the pottery...I do collect some of that on our travels...I usually buy local crafts.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Mama Bear

  15. Grace is a beautiful word. I hear you on the extreme couponing.
    Good job on coming up with questions each week!

  16. I love the Backgammon board it is beautiful! I have to say there are so many social issues these days it is hard to pick isn't it?
    Love the Hodge Podge Wednesdays glad I got involved.

  17. The last zoo I visited was The Bronx Zoo too! It was a few years ago. We need to get back there though. I love it there in the winter.

  18. I totally loved the questions this week! What fun! Loved your souvenirs!

  19. Like your beautiful word!!!! and your choice of pie:) Have a great day!

  20. I so agree that time is money, too.

    Love your beautiful word -- almost went with that one.

  21. I agree on #7. I said grace too.

  22. For most people a trip to Kenya would remain on the "to-do" list but with you, I'm SURE it will happen. :)

  23. Joyce
    thank you for the nice warm welcome :)I will be back next week

    I love the snow leopards...I would make you a meringue if you were my mom!!


  24. Now why did I not think of grace for the word answer? It's a good one! That backgammon board is gorgeous! And I didn't think about it because they are not from MY travels but one of my favorite possessions is a collection of international coffee mugs from Starbucks around the world that my son brings to me from mission trips.

  25. Good morning, Joyce. I think you could pretty much learn the same thing from both my purse and my refrigerator. Neither one is a model of organization. My oldest son once posted a picture of some out of date half and half from my fridge on Facebook.

  26. Love your pretties from your travels. I think everyone I've read so far has said 'purse' and 'key lime pie'. Great minds....