Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Hodgepodge-Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Welcome to October and another week in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Everyone is welcome to play along-just answer the questions on your own blog, then come back here to add your link to the party. Here are my answers to this week's questions-

1. What's one thing you learned in September?

People want to know they matter.  

It's not that I haven't always known this, but I've been reminded of it in a real way this month.  

2. Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash, or blech! hold the squash!...what's your favorite squash?  Your favorite way to prepare your favorite squash?

I love them all, but I think my favorite is the yellow summer squash. If it's just the hubs and I eating, I'll sprinkle the squash with lemon pepper and saute it along with some onion. My favorite recipe though, is Paula Deen's squash casserole. We make it for most holiday gatherings and it's delish.

3. The older I get the ______________________________.

...easier it is to focus on what will matter for eternity.

4. What's your favorite television theme song ever?

Probably The Mary Tyler Moore Show, because that song and the opening credits made me want to be a television news producer living in a cute apartment in Minneapolis. Instead I'm a middle aged mom of two living in the NJ suburbs.  

I need a theme song.

Another song that popped into my head was from a program called Here Come the Brides. Does anybody else remember that show? It was set in Seattle in the late 1800's, and was the story of three brothers who brought brides from Massachusetts to Seattle in an effort to save their mill. My younger sister and I loved that show and its theme song, and especially Bobby Sherman. I found a clip of the song on YouTube and I guess it doesn't really stand the test of time. Definitely dated, but still it reminds me of Friday night television viewing with my little sis which makes me happy.

5. What do you wish you'd spent more time doing five years ago?

Blogging. Really. I started my blog four years ago, about the time we found out we would be leaving the UK. I've written in hindsight about many of our experiences there, but oh how I wish I'd been blogging the years as they were lived.  

6. What item do you most need (or want) to add to your wardrobe this fall?

I need new blue jeans and a super cute pair of ankle boots (brown) to wear under them. Do fashionistas still call them ankle boots? I think they call them booties now, but since I'm not exactly a fashionista I'm going with ankle boots.  

What do I want?  Something in the must have color for fall-cobalt blue. I love it, and it's a good color on me, so a cute coat or a pretty scarf like this one would be fun.

7. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts cartoon was introduced to the world.  What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

Looney Tunes, especially those featuring Bugs, Wile E. Coyote, or Foghorn Leghorn were my absolute favorite, but I also loved The Jetsons, and Johnny Quest. Back when TV viewing wasn't available 24/7, and most people didn't have multiple televisions, let alone the capability to record programming, Saturday morning cartoons were much anticipated and such a treat.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm trying a boot camp for the first time today. It starts at 6 AM, but I figure if you're going to be miserable might as well get it out of the way first thing, right? I'm not really a boot camp kind of girl, but this waist isn't going to shrink itself, so I'm diving in and just hoping I don't embarrass myself.

I'll let you know. 


  1. I think a boot camp would be fun...well, maybe 'fun' isn't the exact word I'm going for here. How about 'challenging'? That can be fun, though, right? Can't wait to hear all about it! Loved Looney Tunes cartoons, especially Foghorn Leghorn! Still makes me laugh to this day! I really loved your answer to #3!

  2. I am back to swimming so that I can keep my knees working. Good luck with Boot Camp.

  3. Looking forward to your boot camp stories. It's not my kinda thing either, but I've seen good results from them.

  4. I remember "Here Comes the Bride" ! Yes, it had come cute guys. Do you remember "Alias Smith & Jones"? I liked that show for that same reason! I hope bootcamp didn't kill you this morning!

  5. Good for you for doing the boot camp!! I love your answer for #3, and squash Paula Deen style just may make me like squash ;) ha!

  6. So many good theme songs. I remember 'the bluest skies you'll ever see, in Seattle.' And really, who didn't want to be Mary Tyler Moore? Your title is another great one. Happy Wednesday. Cheers! (And good luck with boot camp. Very ambitious.)

  7. Ouch! boot camp, do let us know. Sounds tough to me! Well, now that you mentioned it, I wish I had been blogging 5 years ago too. Great answers to great questions!

  8. I love that ruffled scarf!!!

    And Mary Tyler Moore Theme is GOOD!

  9. OK... I'm gonna have so much fun today with the tv theme song question... I've been singing theme songs all morning now. My co-workers thank you :)

  10. I can't remember anything much about "Here Come The Brides", but I do remember the theme song! I loved Mary Tyler Moore's theme song, too. The image of her tossing her hat into the air is burned permanently into my brain :)

    Good luck with that 'boot camp' thing! If nothing else, it'll make great blogging material :)

  11. YES, I remember the show Here Come The Brides!! And I remember Bobby Sherman's song.. and all his pictures in our Tiger Beat magazines!... Thanks for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge! It's always fun! ~tina

  12. I enjoyed the questions today, and your answers! Good luck at boot camp!

  13. Mary Tyler Moore is a great show. She was always so cool to me- LOL! Saturday morning comics were always a hit at my house growing up too :)

  14. Your answer to the first question brought tears to my eyes. Also like your answer for what will matter for eternity. Always enjoyed Mary's theme song. I don't remember that show Here Comes the Brides. I do kinda envy the young mothers today who can blog about their little ones and have a living baby book for them. The Jetson's were my next favorite after The Flintstones. Good for you with the boot camp, hope it goes well!

  15. I was a Bobby Sherman fan while my sister loved Donny Osmond. Here Come The Brides was definitely my favorite - thanks for the memory :-)

  16. Oh, you brave girl! I want to hear all about it.
    I looked up the Here Comes the Bride show and I must admit that I vaguely remember it but that was the year my son was born so I'm sure I was busy with other things. I did love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which came on much later.
    We are thinking about the same boots, I think except maybe the ones you want have a zipper. I have some brown boots that come up a little higher and have that wrinkled look. What did they call those? Scrunch Boots, I think.
    Thanks for the questions and for hosting.
    Mama Bear

  17. From the title, I thought for sure you were going to say the Cheers theme song! You faked me out!

    And boot camp! You are a brave woman!

  18. I agree with you - the older I get the more I think about what matters for eternity too. And boot camp - is that exercise? I haven't heard of it.

  19. The scarf is absolutely beautiful!! Gorgeous color. I now want to watch this 'Here Come the Brides' and I am impressed about boot camp! You can do it!

  20. What is boot camp? An early morning workout session with a bunch of equally kooky people wanting to shape up their bodies? Wouldn't it be a great name for a boot shop? Hey, you could buy your booties/ankle boots here. (BTW I love my saddle colored booties from Clarks. Just sayin.') I like the Family Ties theme song, too, and Cheers, but they were more from my high school/college days, so I went w/ an earlier one.

  21. Fun questions this week! I look forward to reading the theme songs everyone chose.

  22. Hi Joyce! Hope its a pleasant Wednesday for you! I actually didin't watch Mary Tyler Moore's show.. i have seen Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke show & The Andy Griffith Show, ( i love their theme song!) I love Lucy on TVLAND.

  23. Blue jeans and ankle boots are a cute combo. And I also love the color cobalt blue. So pretty.
    Good luck with the boot camp. It's quite a workout but you can do it.

  24. So proud of you for starting the boot camp torture routine. I do a Pilates class two mornings a week at 5:30 and a cardio/weight program the other three days, so you have my empathy. I agree, you must get that scarf; the color is definitely you.

  25. I don't know how you come up with all of these neat questions, but I am thoroughly enjoying participating every week!

  26. I can tell we are the same age! Loved Bobby Sherman and Here Come The Brides, Looney Toones, Jonny Quest AND The Jetsons!!!

    You are more of a fashionista that I, at least you knew cobalt blue was a must have color!

    I am highly anticipating your boot camp posts, you are BRAVE to do that!

  27. Love squash casserole and a variety of squashes prepared in different ways. I guess the closer we get to eternity, the more we think about what really matters and has eternal value.
    I also liked the MTM theme music. You're gonna make it on your own.
    Love your first answer, though. People really do like to know they matter.

  28. ooooh boot camp. Really?! I feel the need for exercise but not enough to get up at o dark thirty to do it. Ha. Have you ever heard of Bar 3? I'm thinking that might be up my alley. Or not. Ha.
    I forgot about Mary Tyler Moore! Good one!

  29. I especially like your answer on #3. True for me as well.

    A Faraway View

  30. I still call them ankle boots too, if we're talking about the same type of boots. I added a photo to my post. :) Looney Tunes was the greatest. I grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, and having 3 channels. Super Friends was another favorite. I loved the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I'll have to refresh my memory on what the theme song was though. Boot camp....ugh. I'm not the boot camp type of girl either, but I mentioned in my blog that I needed to add some exercise to my daily task, because I'm at a weight right now, where I'm okay with it, but it wouldn't take but a few more pounds to make me insecure. lol. This is a great post.

  31. Thanks for another set of great questions.

    What do you mean Boot Camp? I thought that was for naughty teenagers!