Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Starry Starry Hodgepodge

Welcome to your weekly mid-week happy, also known as The Wednesday Hodgepodge. Newcomers are always welcome to play along. Answer the questions on your own blog (or Facebook page), then add your link at the end of my post (Hodgepodge answers only please!!).

1. American Idol is back for it's 14th season. Are you watching? Have you ever watched? If you were to audition for the show (or were made to audition), what song would you sing?

I stopped watching AI on a weekly basis a few years ago. I might pop in every once in a while, but for the most part I no longer watch. As to the second part of this question, aiyiyi! I would never voluntarily audition, because singing is not my gift. Not even close. 

And I know this, unlike many who go ahead and audition anyway. If I were made to audition I'd sing something simple and familiar like Amazing Grace. 

2. Mark Twain is quoted as saying, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." 

So when did you last have to 'eat a frog?' Or two? How'd that work out?

I know myself, so anytime I have an unpleasant task glaring at me from the top of my to-do list I know to tick that off straightaway. Otherwise it will probably be procrastinated into tomorrow. Or infinity and beyond. 

Most recently would be some tax 'stuff' that required my attention. Anything tax related feels like eating ten frogs. Ten big frogs, however I took care of submitting all the necessary paperwork, and everything worked out in our favor. It paid to eat the big frog early. 

3. If you were going on safari, what's the number one animal you'd want to see?

That's a tough one. I love the idea of seeing something powerful and majestic like a lion or cheetah, but I think my number one would be a giraffe. Especially a baby giraffe, because there are few things cuter than a baby giraffe. 

Lion cubs are awfully adorable too. 

Here's hubs up close and personal with one about four years ago, on a trip to South Africa. 

I was only a teensy bit jealous.

4. January 21st is National Granola Bar Day. I know. Do you like granola bars? Chewy or crunchy? Your favorite flavor? How about regular granola? Let's exhaust this topic in honor of the 'holiday', okay?

I like them okay. Granola bars can be deceptively high in calories and fat, so I normally save them for snacks while hiking. I like chewy and crunchy both, but my favorite is probably the Nature Maid Oats and Honey-crunchy.  I prefer regular granola to a granola bar, and sprinkle some on my yogurt many mornings. I make my own, and it's delish. 

5. If only__________________________________.

The housekeeping fairy would turn up here...

6. You can add one item to your bedroom. What will it be? Keep it family friendly please.

A closet makeover. My closet is not bad, plenty of room and shelving, but still I'd love to have a custom re-do. 

7. What is one thing you've enjoyed about winter thus far? If it's not winter in your corner of the globe, what season is it, and what is something you've enjoyed about whatever season it happens to be?

Without a doubt, it's the sky. We seem to have more watercolored skies this time of year, sunrise and sunset both. Also, it feels like the moon has been pretty incredible here lately, and maybe that's true every winter, but for some reason I've noticed it more this year.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Speaking of incredible...have you seen this? The largest picture ever taken was released by NASA earlier this month. Captured by the Hubble Telescope, all 1.5 billion pixels. If you haven't seen this it's worth 3 minutes of your time. Be sure and watch all the way to the end. 

"When I consider your  heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor." 
Psalm 8:3-5


  1. Gosh.. I'm kinda jealous of your husbands safari too! That cub is ADORABLE!!! Thanks for hosting another great Wednesday Hodgepodge. I totally love this linkup!

  2. "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor." Psalm 8:3-5

    I love this verse that you shared. It is amazing that he did all of this, yet still cares about us. Wow!!

  3. I could use a house cleaning fairy! Also, put granola in my yogurt-trying to lose some pounds and this helps curve appetite. Love the verse you shared--all I can say is Wow what an amazing God we serve.

  4. I so often forget about clear winter skies, mostly because I usually don't get to the country until warmer weather. But whenever we do, and get out of the car it shocks me. Have a good week Joyce!

  5. Tax season is coming isn't it. Sigh.
    I also make my own granola so I can control what is in it. I have been amused on Pinterest by what some people call "healthy"
    I would like a closet makeover too, where can I get in line??!!
    I saw that video last night, amazing. Even more amazing, He SPOKE it into being! That God, He's a wonderful Maker.
    I am not joining in today, blog related frustration is HIGH. I need to light a fire under Honey to get that new computer hooked UP.
    Have a good weekend!

  6. I'd like to see some giraffes on a safari, too, but lions and tigers would be my second choice!
    I guess you could say I got that "house cleaning fairy", this week. Ed's been helping out with the housework, and I like it :)

  7. Great Hodgepodge Joyce! I had just read that about the Hubble, how fun it was to come here and see it posted, smiles. Blessings.

  8. The universe, or at least the part of it we can see, is so mind-boggling. I'm amazed at it's vastness - and mostly amazed by it's creator!

  9. Well, I am more than a little jealous of your hubs getting to interact with that lion cub!! I want to do that. I want to do that. I really want to do that!!

    The video is mesmerizing! Wow. Loved your answers and thank you for another fun Hodgepodge!!

  10. Oh, yes, tax stuff, it's enough to make you crazy, especially when you own your own business. But, my job is to keep it all organized and even if I do say so, I do a good job with that and will have a special shelve in my new home office to store it.

    Baby cubs are so cute but I only want to view them from outside their quarters. :o))

    I am working with a closet designer for our Master closets and she is doing an amazing job. I would have never dreamed of all the things she is including and talk about good use of the space. Not 1/4" will be unused.

    Happy rest of the week!

  11. I would love your granola recipe, if you'd like to share :)
    Glad you are okay after Sunday's icy mess.

  12. Good morning! I intended to get back to Hodgepodging this week, but it didn't happen week! I was wondering if anybody would chose giraffe because that would have definitely been my choice, lol. Such magnificent creatures. The video was mesmerizing. And that verse is definitely one of my faves. How can anyone doubt the existence of an Almighty God when faced with such handiwork? Enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. How funny...we both chose a baby giraffe as the one animal we'd love to encounter on a safari. Aren't they such beauties? Wow, that video is incredible! Sure makes you realize just how amazing God's creation really is!

  14. AWESOME video! My husband and I both watched it and were thrilled. Thank you for this!

  15. Closet help and a housekeeping fairy are popular items, it seems.
    Love the photos of the sweet lion cubs. Very cool.

  16. My housekeeping fairy is my husband. He has also been a wonderful support at this trying time.

  17. Your Random Thought was spectacular. We don't realize how tiny and insignificant we are, and yet God makes us amazingly significant in the order of things. My bedroom closet can use some work too. Have a blessed day!

  18. I'm for the housekeeping fairy showing up. I noticed the windows really need some attention!

  19. Great answer with the house fairy showing up....I would love that too! The video was amazing, thank you for sharing it! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  20. That little lion is so cute! Love the video and I was excited I thought I would get to show it to my hubby. He is big on stuff like that, but of course he had already seen it. Imagine that? lolol

  21. Yep, I totally agree with #2. That's why I'm on this recumbent bike before sewing the PJs for my grandson. I'm sick of this frog!!

  22. Seems we are on the same page (again.) What I would give for a complete closet overhaul! And a house fairy would be fabulous!

  23. Hi Joyce,
    With the encouragement of Judy, I did my first Hodgepodge. It was so fun. I will be back. :-)

    The housekeeping fairy is a great If Only! :-)

  24. P.S.
    I shared the video with my boys. Amazing. Thank you!

  25. I am the same way on singing, i am way off tune! But its fun when you're on a cruise with a bunch of people you'll never see again.
    I love that baby lion! How did your husband manage to pet the lion? Thats brave!

  26. Hi,
    I have done several Hodgepodges on my own blog. However, since it is through a newspaper I don't have enough control over the layout to have the Hodgepodge logo link back here. So far, I have just put a link to this site at the bottom of each blog. Is that ok?

  27. I did see that NASA picture. The newest SIL has me subscribed to NASA emails and I am totally enjoying it. If that housekeeping fairy shows up, please send her my way when you've finished with her. :)

  28. A cleaning fairy would be most welcome here, too. The lion cub is oh, so cute, but makes me a tad timid to think he might decide to "chew."

  29. I can't sing or dance. One time I tried to improve my karaoke version of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".
    I enjoy frog legs.
    Thanks for sharing that wonderful NASA clip. I enjoy physics. The knowledge mankind has learned about the universe is amazing. I very certain the most of what you see in between the bright stars of that picture is dust and gas. So the universe is full of dust - a fact that doesn't seem to convince my wife of my standard of clean.

  30. Joyce, the video is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that. Truly the works of His fingers is incomprehensible.

    I trust you are getting back into a pre/aft wedding mode and have had time to reflect and relax and rejoice. Have a great weekend and I do hope to have all my ducks in a row in order to join you again next week.