Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Good Old-Fashioned Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thanks for playing along! Add your link at the end of my post, and then go see what others had to say. Here are my answers-

1. The expression, 'mad as a March hare' originated with a fictional character who is distracted and frantic. When were you last 'mad as a March hare', and what was it that made you that way?

Probably last week as I worked to complete our tax organizer for the accountants. They have a strict deadline, require umpteen forms uploaded to the computer, and my scanner was on the fritz. Plus when I'm in the middle of the process the numbers take up 110% of my brain. If someone phones needing something, or wanting to chat while I'm logged in to the organizer, I really am no good to them. 

Getting this extremely unpleasant job done every year always makes me a little bit frantic...hubs knows I'll be needing dinner out once it's done-ha! 

2. Mardi Gras this year falls on Tuesday, March 4th. Have you ever been to Mardi Gras, and if so what did you think?  If not, do you have any interest in going?  Purple, gold, and green are the colors of Mardi Gras. Which one is most prevalent in your wardrobe? How about in your home?

I've never been to Mardi Gras or New Orleans for that matter. Do I have any interest in going? It's not high on my list of must-sees, but I'm pretty much up for going anywhere if the opportunity presents itself, so I wouldn't say no. 

Of the colors listed gold is the one you'd see most, both in my wardrobe and in my home. My foyer, family room, sunroom, upstairs hall, and one guest bedroom are all painted a muted shade of gold. I'm in love with the color, Benjamin Moore ladyfinger, for anyone who wants to's very livable.  

3. Are you old fashioned?

In some ways I am, but in other ways I think I'm quite modern. Hey, I have a blog, and that's very 21st century, don't you think? I read a definition online that defined the term old-fashioned in both negative (methods, attitudes, or machines no longer useful in the modern world) and positive terms (referring to nice things from the past that still exist).  

I'm probably a little old fashioned when it comes to good manners. Common courtesy seems to be one of those things that lately falls under the 'no longer useful in the modern world' category. At the risk of sounding like grumpy Mr. Wilson, I think I'll just leave it at that.  

Some of you don't know who Mr. Wilson is, do you? 

He was the grouchy, get-off-my-lawn-neighbor in that old-fashioned television show, Dennis the Menace.  

4. Do you like to carefully plan your vacations, or do you prefer the days to be more spontaneous?

We're somewhere in the middle. We always do our homework before we travel so we don't miss something fabulous where we're going, but we also leave plenty of room for whatever the day and location may bring.

5. March is National Sauce Month...what's your favorite sauce, and what do you most often top with this sauce?

Currently my fave is a super spicy BBQ sauce from Kansas City called Cowtown's Night of the Living Bar B-Q. It's hot, so I usually temper it a little by mixing with something milder, but it's loaded with flavor and so delicious. A co-worker who lives in the KC area, and knows my hubs loves hot sauces, sent us a couple of bottles a while back, and we liked it so much we've continued to order it online.  

I also love a good homemade marinara or bolognese on a plate of pasta, but that's a very rare treat these days. 

6. What's something that easily brings a tear to your eye?

Lots of things, but one of the first to pop into my head would be the soldier dad and child reunion videos that make the news or circulate online. They get me every time.  

7. If you could own any sports team, which one would it be and why?

Chelsea Football Club. Why? 
Because it's London silly. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Here's a little happy for you today. If you haven't seen this video brace yourselves for the most adorable choir conductor ever...enjoy! 


  1. That sauce sounds deliciously spicy!! And yep, I knew who Mr. Wilson was. LOL The fact you want to own a London sports team doesn't surprise me. [wink]

  2. We had the same #6, but I promise I didn't peek first! :)
    We'll be heading to your beloved London for a few days next month :)

  3. I saw that video the other morning on Hoda and Kathie Lee...cutest thing ever! Ooh...I love a good hot BBQ sauce! I'll have to be on the lookout for the one you mentioned. I'm with you...soldier/child reunions get me every single time. Have a great day, Joyce!

  4. Oh my GOODNESS, that little choir conductor is a doll!
    I also love gold in our house but when I read the question I thought of shiny gold and dismissed it. Almost our entire house is painted a color the Capri's call "oops paint" because that was how we first found it, or Sundance Gold.
    The soldiers, ahhh, it can bring on the ugly cry right quick!

  5. Your vacation plans sound a lot like ours! I detest getting tax papers ready, thankfully my husband does most of it.

  6. That video is precious! LOL - our #6 is the same, and I wrote my Hodgepodge yesterday! I love seeing how many of us answer some of them the same. Amazing. I guess that why we stay connected here!

  7. I almost chose a soccer team as well but for different reasons (my children...especially my daughter playing all of her life being the main reason). Have a great day!

  8. Those reunion videos always get to me too. I love the video of the child director. Oh my goodness, he was so sweet and was so into the music. Adorable.

  9. Hmmm. I hadn't even thought about a sports team in London! What a great idea. :-) Thanks for the Hodgepodge, Joyce.

  10. I remember Mr. Wilson, and sometimes, I can relate very well to him! LOL
    Reunion videos make me cry, too, especially since I've been there, and done that!
    Loved the video at the end :)
    Thanks for all you do!

  11. Way to go on the tax stuff, I haven't got a clue on ours, wouldn't know where to start. I am definitely old fashioned when it comes to manners. I was thinking more about me and my clothes, hair, etc. Pretty much the same answer for #6. Love, love, love that video, I had to go over and put it on Facebook for my friends.....thank you, it makes me smile!!!

  12. These were extra good questions this week! Maybe because they had the Mardi Gras flair. :o)

    Saw that video yesterday and it tickled me too death. She was so, so serious about it.

    Happy Wednesday!

  13. Loved your answers. If only I can remember to put my link


  15. I have to agree with you on the soldier return videos. They are so touching. The choir conductor is too cute for words. SWMBO is doing better. There surgery went well. The difficulty is getting her to rest and properly recover. Thanks for your kind words. Enjoy your day.

  16. That conductor is so cute! The soldier reunion commercials tear me up too. Actually when the TV is on my kids are usually handing me the box of tissues ;)

  17. Joyce, I am 3/4th's of the way through the bloggers' replies and I just wanted to comment that I see a trend that many think having manners makes a person "old fashioned". I just thought it was a sad commentary on today's society - and I for one believe I can be a "forward thinker" and still have manners, and encourage respect for all. I hope it's not a thing of the past!

  18. I'm impressed that you are the organizer of all things tax related. Ugh.
    BBQ sauce is my least favorite of all sauces.... The Hubby thought I'd lost my mind when I ordered 'without sauce' when we were in Kansas City. Haha. I hope we can still be friends. ;)

  19. Hey we both picked BBQ sauce!! Interesting... I'm here...better late than never, right! So love joining the Hodgepodge! Love ya!

  20. Great answers....I just spent the last two hours looking for missing info for our tax guy on Utah house we sold...I use to pride myself on being organized! loved the video too cute! Happy Wednesday!

  21. I do know who Mr. Wilson is and I don't want to talk about or admit how often I am thinking like him on certain things as I get older. What a little cutie pie in the video. :)

  22. I'm thinking that since it's been 5 years since we moved in (our house was brand new), it'll be time to paint some time soon ... I will make a note about that color ... it sounds exactly like what I'd like to paint our walls.

    1. Oh, and I want to thank you so much for taking the time to visit us each Wednesday. I've been a part of a similar bloggy list, and the hostess rarely, if ever, stopped by. I stopped participating on that list.

  23. That child in the video is so charming. I'd seen your other people have posted the video, but I resisted watching it. I was afraid the baby was going to cry or something. But, since you posted I got braver, and I'm so glad I watched it. :)

  24. Thank you for all of your wonderful work on the questions every week. I was late posting yesterday however knew I had to participate.