Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nothing to Fear in the Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. I'm assuming everyone read the blurb at the top of yesterday's post, but for those who missed it the HP will be taking a little holiday next week. That means no Hodgepodge on August 20th. I need a week to catch up round here, and hopefully you all need that too. We'll return to our regularly scheduled programming the following week-August 27th, which if you can believe it, will be the last HP in August. 

Now back to today. Here are my answers...add your link at the end of my post, then hop over to the blogger who linked before you and leave a comment. It's the neighborly thing to do. 

1. The best part of waking up is _______________________________.

Coffee in my cup. Seriously. 

Also, "...His mercies are new every morning..." Lamentations 3:22-23

2. Given a choice, which animal interaction would you most like to experience (or for you non-adventure lovers...which would you dislike the least?)-swim with the dolphins in one of several locations in the Florida Keys, a lion encounter ten miles from Victoria Falls (Africa), or a day at a remote base camp high in the Big Sur wilderness via the Ventana Wildlife Society helping track California Condors?

Hubs and I had so much fun on our dolphin swim last week, I'd do that again in a heartbeat, but...given the choices above I think I'd choose the lion encounter because a) lion cubs and b)Victoria Falls. I wouldn't turn down the Condor tracking either though, because I love bird watching and am all about great views too. I read there are amazing views in that one. 

3. What is something you fear about old age? Something you look forward to?

I don't know if I'd call it fear, but the idea of losing my memory is probably my biggest anxiety when it comes to growing old. Something I look forward to? That's easy-grandchildren!

4. Hot sauce...are you a fan? If you answered yes, what's something you make/eat that must have hot sauce? On a scale of 1-10, how hot is too hot?

Definitely a fan, and I must have hot sauce in my guacamole. As far as how hot is too hot, I don't like hot for the sake of hot. I like to taste my food. I think a solid 6-8 is perfect. 9 or 10 is sometimes too much. Hubs would disagree, and say there is no such thing as too hot. 

5. It's been said that children learn what they live. What do you think children learn at your house?

I hope children in my house learn that life is an adventure meant to be lived. That it requires bending and stretching and changing and trying.  That laughter is good for the soul. That when things don't go according to plan you can make a new plan. I hope they learn to dream big.  Most of all I hope they learn the Maker of heaven and earth knows their name and holds them in the palm of His hand. That He has a plan for their lives and nothing can separate them from His great love. 

6. What's your favorite movie with a number in its title?

Apollo 13. One of my favorites, period. 

7. Saturday (August 16th) is National Tell A Joke Day...share one here.

Did you hear about the red ship that collided with the blue ship? 
Both crews were marooned. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today is my father-in-law's 80th birthday, which I think deserves a mention. Happy Birthday to the king of corny jokes, our resident antiques aficionado, coffee consumer, and Grandpa extraordinaire!  

Also, last week I mentioned my Daughter2 was the happy new owner of a rescue greyhound. Several of you said you wanted a picture so meet Gemma...she is an absolute love!

Her owner is pretty sweet too!  


  1. I am glad you had a fun vacation in Florida! I haven't been there, hopefully one day i will. Anyway what a cute dog, i love his colors. :) It's always a fun time when a new pet is brought home. See you in two weeks! :)

  2. Enjoy your week off! We have the same thoughts for our old age.

  3. The thought of losing my memory worries me, too. I saw it happen with my dad, my father-in-law, and several other people and it's just so sad. That is such a sweet photo of you, your daughter, and your "grand dog"! I hope to own a rescue dog one day.

  4. Happy birthday to your father-in-law! 80 is definitely worthy of mention. :)

  5. Hi Joyce! I hope my HP works today. Please check it and let me know. Thanks for the corny joke!!! I liked it!

  6. Happy Birthday to your father-in-law. Love the verse from Lamentations.
    Cute greyhound-:)

  7. 80 certainly is worth mentioning! Happy birthday! Gemma is a beauty, as are the girls!

  8. ...that condor question, me being a birding enthusiast was so easy to answer. I didn't have to think on that one. lol

    Gemma...I LOVE!! She's beautiful. I'm surprised to see her laying down tho. "Marooned" LOL I also thought of Apollo 13 for the movie, but didn't mention it. There are so many movies I like!!!

  9. Sending birthday wishes to your father-in-law! I hope he has a great day.

    I share your fear of memory loss in 'old age', along with many other things! Ed and I laugh and say it takes both of us to make a 'whole person' these days. (Usually what one doesn't remember, the other does)

    I love the picture of your girls with the 'granddog' :)

  10. could I have NOT thought of that! Of course, with your girl getting married soon, you're a little closer to them than I am! :)

    I love the picture of your daughter's new fur baby. Hey, you're a grandma now! Such a cute face that one!

  11. Re: #3, I forgot about losing my memory. I have some pretty great memories. I love your answer to #5. Hope Gemma has a wonderful life with Daughter2. Sorry I missed last weeks Hodgepodge. It was that kind of week! See you in two weeks!

  12. Gemma is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing the photo. We answered the same on the hot sauce question! You are right - if it is too hot, you can't taste the food! Happy b-day to your FiL!!

  13. Happy birthday to your wonderful FIL! And wishes for many more! He sounds like Birdie's best friend's dad whom we call the king of corny jokes. LOVE the pup! She looks spoiled already! :)

  14. Honey and The Boy would also say there is no such thing as too hot!
    The granddog looks sweet!
    Love your last point on #5, that's IT!
    Enjoy your week off!

  15. Ah, yes, that first cup of coffee, we agree on that for sure! And, you answer to #5, so beautifully stated. Enjoy your break next week, and yes, I can use the break too. Things are a bit overwhelming right now. :o))

  16. Apollo 13!!!! I totally forgot about that one and its one of the best.
    How awesome to celebrate your FIL! Best birthday wishes.
    Gemma is beautiful! I love her coloring.

  17. Oh the sweet face on that puppy! How nice that your daughter "rescued" her :-)

  18. Happy birthday to your FIL! And Gemma is just gorgeous! Forgot about Apollo 13....great movie!

  19. Oh, how sweet is that dog (and owner). I have often thought I'd like a greyhound. Such gentle creatures. Apollo 13, of course! Totally forgot about that one. Enjoy the upcoming girl time and your ever-so-brief HP break.

  20. I love hot sauce... but I have never thought about putting it in my guac! I am definitely trying that!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  21. I never got into the habit of being a morning coffee drinker. I do like a cup of coffee after a nice dinner out and just maybe a little dessert! I don't know why I thought the movie had to have "one" in it. Good movie, loved that one. Funny joke. Gemma looks so sweet....congratulations and Happy Birthday to your father in law.

  22. Brindle? That is one beautiful dog. I've known two Greyhounds, both were sweet couch potatoes. So the daughter on the left looks like you and the daughter on the right looks like your husband? Beautiful girls!

  23. I forgot about looking forward to grandkids--too caught up in raising the kids right now. Grandkids are definitely something to look forward to.

  24. love hot sauce in my guac....the doggie is beautiful also your girls are beautiful *I look forward to all of my great nieces and great nephews as I do not have any children only fur babies *4 legged ones*

  25. Awwww, Gemma is a sweetie! Happy belated birthday to your FIL.

  26. "Marooned" -- good one, Joyce! Enjoy your time off next week! Thanks for all the good questions, week after week!

  27. What a sweet face on that puppy, and the daughter as well.