Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Presidential Wednesday Hodgepodge-Vol 66

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Add your link at the end of my post and then go see what the neighbors are saying. Here are my answers to this week's questions-

1. George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-Thomas Jefferson...who would you most like to meet and why?

I think any of the three would be fascinating but I'm going with Jefferson. He authored our Declaration of Independence and I'd love to hear what he has to say about America in the 21st century.

2. What's your favorite chain restaurant?

In general we prefer to eat somewhere besides the chain restaurants. We only have a couple in our town anyway-Burger King and Paneras. I don't do Burger King but I do like Paneras. I guess if I have to pick a chain I'd say Chilis. I wish we had one of those here.

3. I spied this question on the Bears at Home last week and she gave me permission to steal borrow it.

When you look back on your life do you imagine you'll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say it was good?

I don't have a lot of regrets. I think there is always more to do but when I look at what I consider my most important job-raising children-I will say it was good.

4. Grapefruit-take 'em or leave 'em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice?

I love grapefruit. I also love oranges. Isn't this my usual response to any question involving food? I prefer the actual fruit as opposed to the juice but I like that too so either way is good.

5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?

I cleaned out my bedroom closet sometime after Christmas so that's quite recent. My closets are in pretty good shape but let's not talk about the boxes in the basement, k?

6. You get to have lunch with three famous people...who would you like to see round your table?

This one's hard because I feel like the three would need to mesh in some way...Nigella Lawson, Princess Kate, Bono.

7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?

I lived in England.
I give myself a 10.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm using the random space today to post my picture for Day 15 of the February Photo Challenge. The prompt today is -'phone'.

I just could not get my head round this one so I went with an older favorite photo....

My girls, then ages 13 and 15 and my precious niece at the age of 9 in the requisite picture of a London phone booth.

Feels like a lifetime ago.
Feels like yesterday.

I haven't mentioned my niece in recent posts but I know many of you have been keeping her in your prayers as she battles leukemia. She continues to need your prayers and please know they are very much appreciated.


  1. I had to laugh when I read your answer to #2. You'll understand if you see mine. I love your phone booth photo. Those are harder and harder to find in England these days. I'll pray for your niece.

  2. Joyce, we answered very similarly on several questions! Love that phone photo!! Too classic!

    I'm keeping your niece in my prayers. Hope the chemo isn't draining her too badly. Wishful thinking, I'm sure, but still praying that the effects of treatment aren't wearing her down too much.

  3. What a sweet photo. Continuing prayers for your niece. I imagine your parallel parking and your closets are equally tidy. :)

  4. Wait, you have a Panera IN YOUR TOWN?!? Jealous, so jealous.
    (We have a Burger King, too, but -- yuck-o-rama! I have yet to visit it and it is my goal to never do so.)

  5. I think that Mr. Jefferson would be rolling over in his grave over what is going on around this country these days. It is so far away, in so many ways, from what those founding fathers had in mind.

    I love your phone booth photo. :)

    Have a great week!

  6. Sounds like we cleaned our closets out at around the same time! I love Paneras, too, but haven't eaten there in awhile. Raising my girls...definitely at the top of my list! I will gladly be praying for your niece and for those who love her.

  7. Praying daily for your niece.
    We had the obligatory picture taken with the phone booth, too...we weren't in it, but had the phone in our hand just outside of it!
    Just realized we have the same title for our blogpost (minus the #!)!!! GMTA!

  8. Great photo of Phone! Well done, the rules didn't say it had to be a recent photo after all! We don't have much in our town for restaurants either, we always have to go at least one town over to eat out. We really are far from the world ( which I like) most of the time.

  9. Great questions this week. Love the mailbox picture. I think I have one just like it from my trip.

  10. I almost picked Princess Kate myself.. but went with Neil Patrick Harris instead :)

  11. "Boxes in the basement"....I have the same...only, not in the basement. You'd find stacks of them in the garage around here. I love the reasoning behind your famous person. Jefferson. Well, it was a most difficult question if you want my opinion...a good one tho. Brought on some deep thinking.

  12. Kudos to you for giving yourself a "10" for parallel parking! Would you like to give me lessons? LOL (Kathy)

  13. You will get no argument you did a great job raising your girls...
    I have those same boxes in my basement....waiting until Spring!
    Parallel parking is a must in foreign countries but in the US places I've lived there is always another spot to pick!
    Have a wonderful day....hope your niece is doing better continue to pray for her.

  14. I think that raising children is the most important job in the world, and judging by what you say about yours, I think that you did a good job.

  15. Ooo! I think I'd want to have lunch with Princess Kate, too. She seems awesome! And please teach me to parallel park as well lol.

  16. I like the reasoning behind your selection of Jefferson ... I think any one of the three would have been a good answer. ;-)

    We generally choose non-chain over chain restaurants (especially when traveling).

    Continuing to pray for your niece. {{hug}}

  17. Definitely like the phone booth photo! Will be praying for your niece with God all things are possible. I agree with Suzanne, if Jefferson knew how the constitution is regarded with little respect then he and our our forefathers would have a fit. Thanks for hosting!

  18. I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions today...Love the photo....I suppose phone booths are a thing of the past..
    Mama Bear

  19. I love that photo - thinking of your niece.

    Chilis is all over Cairo! It made me laugh when I saw it, because it seems so out of place.

  20. I picked Jefferson too. Parallel parking? I couldn't do it if my life depended on it! I am continuing to keep your niece in my prayers. Keep us posted!

  21. Like your responce to #1. Had to look up Nigella, I have never heard of her. Love the phone booth picture. One of my favorite things in London. Keeping your niece in my prayers along with your family.

  22. Prayers coming for your niece! (hug)

  23. Ooh, Princess Kate - good one! I agree, in coming up with my list of people I was trying to figure out who would mesh well! And if you would like to teach me how to parallel park without having a million heart attacks, that would be great! have a good day!

  24. Is it wrong that I love Panera? Even more than some local shops with a similar presentation?
    There's just so much that Panera does right. :)

  25. Our answers to #1 are similar. I'd love to know what any of those three think about America today.

    1. I'd choose Jefferson too, same reason.

      LOVE the phone box and kids photo, of course. :-)

  26. I think I have the same photo of the phone booth... different peeps of course. :)

  27. I don't have a basement, so my boxes are in the garage ... and a few other places!

  28. Panera is a favorite of my husbands. I can go either way. I've got pictures of my daughter in the red phone booth, only it's at Disney World. haha

  29. For some odd reason the linky won't let me post my link. It says I'm already posted but I don't see me...
    So I'll put my link here:
    Cindy @ For One Another

  30. Thanks for hosting! I love Wednesdays...even if I'm a bit late posting most weeks!

  31. What interesting lunch guests you chose. I would love to be a "fly on the wall" (not in your soup) and hear the conversation at your table!

    Great photo!

  32. hahah! i love your parallel parking answer :)

  33. Well, boxes in the basement don't count, so don't you feel better. :o) This was an especially fun Hodgepodge to me, thanks for always coming up with the questions. It helps to get my juices flowing. :o)

  34. What an interesting post! It was nice to learn about you. Your daughters and niece are so cute in that picture. Time flies, huh?

    New follower here, found your blog through a friend's. Nice to meet you! :)

  35. We usually try to choose local places when we travel, but if we get in late, the chains are the only restaurants open! But if we had an Eat'n Park closer than a 2-hour drive away, I'd be a regular!

    In my "I can walk" days I used to park 2 blocks away and walk to avoid parallel parking!

  36. Joyce
    love the photo!! super cute. Your niece is still in my prayers thank you for the update.


  37. Sorry to hear that about your niece.
    That is such a neat picture in the phone booth!
    I've heard a lot of good things about Panera but haven't been to one.

  38. When we were in London - oh, some 10 years ago or so - I noticed that all those charming old red phone booths had colorful ads for phone porn sex inside them! oh my.

  39. It never dawned on me to try to have my "dinner guests" mesh on some way, but reading others' posts it seems most people did. They probably actually do things like plan dinners much more than I do!
    Sorry I am late for the Hodgepodge, am in an area with bad internet and can only connect sporadically.