Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As The Hodgepodge Turns

Welcome to the HP! Thanks for playing along today. Be sure to add your link at the end of my post IF you've answered this week's questions.  Don't forget to pop over and leave a comment for the blogger who linked before you, because we're nice like that here. Happy Wednesday everyone!

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, "Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

It's impossible not to when you live in my part of the Garden State.  The color right now is glorious and I'm a little amazed I get anything done other than watching the leaves turn.  I could stand in front of my kitchen door or sit on my patio for hours this time of year. Friday night hubs and I sat out back around the firepit and took it all in. We definitely savor this season.  

What's left undone? I'm not sure, but if I had to guess I'd say housework. 

2. Since we're talking turning...what is one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?

Emptying the dishwasher. There are only two of us living here at the moment and we eat some meals out. How is it we are always filling up the dishwasher? 

3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek'?

I try to always turn the other cheek, but it's harder in some instances than others. I am not a person who retaliates when I've been wronged, but I do carry the hurt around for sometimes longer than I should. Sometimes I know a person has lashed out because they themselves are carrying a heavy load, and I'm just a handy target. I can forgive pretty easily when I know there is a back story. It's harder when I feel like the offender had no real excuse for their bad behavior. 

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down in order to find something? Did you find it?

I recently misplaced my car keys and turned all my purses inside out, emptied the desk drawer where keys are kept, searched all my coat pockets, re-searched all those places again, and nothing. We have an extra set, but my house key was on the original so that was a bit worrisome. The thing is, I knew I used the key to get into the house so it had to be here somewhere.  

A few days later I opened another desk drawer and there they were. Why? I have no idea. Honestly, I don't remember putting them there. We've lived in this house for five years, and my keys have always been kept in one spot. To make things worse, a few days after that I realized I'd done the very same thing again. At least this time I knew where to look-ha! For the record, I blame wedding brain. I'm sure it has nothing to do with age or hormones. 

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

I can't think of anything specific, but I know when driving in traffic I appreciate this sentiment. It gives me such a warm feeling when someone lets me pull out in front of them into heavy traffic. It also inspires me to do the same when the opportunity comes my way. That's a small example, but I think small kindnesses are what make a day brighter. 

Heaven knows this cranky world could stand more kindness.

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. And also fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

I love fruit in every color so this is a toughie. I think I'm going with red though, because as much as I'd miss a banana or a ripe juicy peach, I cannot imagine a summer without watermelon. Or cherries. And what would cranberry bread be without the cranberry? I also love grapes, apples, and red plums so red it is. 

I need to say though, I'd miss bananas, peaches and clementines a lot. 

Also, I'm not good at these pick one questions. 

7. The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween...which October film is your favorite?

Halloween came out when I was a freshman in college. Wow. It's old. I did not like scary movies then (no matter how ridiculous or far-fetched) and I don't like them now, so definitely not Halloween. I like The Hunt for Red October, but that's one of those films hubs always stops to watch if he spots it while scrolling through the TV guide. Let's just say I've seen it enough to last me for a while.  I love October Sky. It's based on the life of Homer Hickam, (Jake Gyllenhaal plays the lead), and if you've never seen it I highly recommend. Great story! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Question #3 made me think of that Matthew West song called Forgiveness. The lyrics are so good and so true...'it always goes to those who don't deserve....' that's what makes the whole turning the other cheek thing so hard, right?


  1. I'm so glad you found your keys!!! I have lost a wedding band and hoping hoping hoping it just pops up. I hope you have a great Wednesday. Thanks for hosting once again! I love this linkup! ♥

  2. You have a good excuse-wedding brain. Thanks for sharing a great song.

  3. I agree with your #3 100%!
    Well I have no wedding brain and I am in the same boat. I fear for us.
    Traffic was a good one.

  4. I enjoyed all your answers, Joyce. To think that I forgot cranberries, another red fruit! One set of keys to the Saturn is still missing. Won't say who misplaced them, but I hope he finds them soon. It's the set with the keyless remote. I might watch Hunt for Red October this weekend. Thanks for the Hodgepodge.

  5. I wish we had some of your 'fall-colored' trees in and around our yard!
    I'm glad you found your keys, it's not a good thing to lose one's keys :(
    For me, the 'fruit question' took the most thought, this week. Ha!

  6. Nice song and definitely fits the theme today! I enjoyed reading your answers, Joyce. We both picked "red" fruits for the same reason. Thanks for another great Hodgepodge!

  7. Believe it or not, but I'm a big fan of "Halloween", though it does creep me out on so many levels. That Matthew West song gets to me every time I hear it, especially lately. Just beautiful. Our house backs up to woods and we have lots of big oak trees in our backyard, It's nice to sit on our back deck and admire all the pretty colors of the season.

  8. I guess I should see "October Sky" because it does sound like a movie I would like, and I like Jake G. And…"wedding brain". I like that! It sounds much better than blaming forgetfulness on old age! What are we going to use after the big days? lol

  9. Good morning! Well I am a day behind over here so didn't get to the Hodgepodge this week...looks like a good one as always. Hubby and I are ALWAYS saying where on earth do all these dishes come from? lol oh and can two people have soo much trash?! lol LOVE LOVE that of my favorites. As I was sitting at the wedding last week-end waiting for it to start I thought to myself how much I LOVE a wedding. And after having been on the planning side of one, now I notice the little details and extras that used to past me by. Hope all is going smoothly with all of your plans. Enjoy your day!

  10. Indeed ... forgiveness is so hard sometimes. I need regular reminders that if I choose not to forgive, I'm hurting no one but myself.

  11. Your lost key story reminds me of friends we were with this last week. Joan was looking far and wide for her car keys, which she knew she had taken off of her house key chain, but had no idea where they were. They turned the rental house upside down as well as their car, but to no avail. So frustrating.

  12. Like you answer for 'one good turn deserves another.' I feel the same way about driving. You named some great red fruit. I picked red also but didn't think of the ones you mentioned. Love the song you shared.

  13. I really like Matthew West! Thanks for sharing that this morning. Always working on that forgiveness thing:).

  14. Great answers! Hard to believe I forgot so many red fruits I love. I've done the same thing with lost items--no idea how they got there! I think "wedding brain" is probably the answer! Hard not to be distracted...LOL.

    (I don't know why my comment keeps saying "anonymous"--I'm trying to comment as:

  15. I'm not sure it takes 'wedding brain' to do weird things but I'd be willing to test it. ha.

  16. Yes, there really is such a thing as "wedding brain" and right now my DIL says she is suffering from "pregnancy brain." Just a whole lot on your minds in both instances. And, yes, the world could definitely use a whole lot more of kindness, so we need to show it every chance we get. Happy rest of the week!

  17. Great music video by Matthew West. Had not heard that one. Excellent message.

  18. Oh gee your post has reminded me I am still on the lookout for a key ring that has our kids' house keys on them and one of ours that I keep in my purse for when we take the shuttle to the airport (and don't have garage door opener with us.) I have looked in every purse.

    Yes, I too enjoy letting another driver in and always thinking how much I appreciate it when someone lets me in.

    If I lived where you do, I think I would be sitting out on the patio just savoring all that color and enjoying the cool air and that fire pit. You are surrounded by such beauty.

  19. I like your answer about driving courtesies received and given. I agree that the world can use more kindness, even to those who do not deserve such kindness. Jesus calls us to a higher standard. That "love your enemies" thing is really tough! Thanks for the Hodgepodge!

  20. You lost your keys too? What's up with keys? LOL I'm thankful I found mine quickly though! I totally agree - our world needs more loving, more kindness, more thoughtfulness, more giving!