Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More Than A Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Please only link here today if you've answered the questions. And why not answer the questions? The Hodgepodge is a fun little mid-week random that eases you over the hump and into the weekend.

Thursday's the weekend, right? Hubs says every day is the weekend when you're retired so happy WednesdaySaturday everyone!

Okay, here are my answers, and remember leaving a comment for your neighbor in the linky list is a small act of kindness everyone appreciates. Here we go-

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?

We're going to see Jersey Boys at the end of the month. We've seen it twice, once in London and once in NYC, and both performances were absolutely fabulous. We left the show singing and I fully intend to do the same here. Plus, we're going with three of my college girlfriends and their hubbies, so an extra fun evening. 

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.

For my own soul music. For my loved ones, food. 

I can't imagine the world without music. Nothing transports me to deep waters, a better or different mood, or the memory of a place in time like music. My soul needs music. 

When it comes to my family though, I think food and the connections eating together create are one way I 'feed their soul'. A lovingly prepared favorite dish on your birthday, a pot of hot chicken soup when the world feels pear shaped, a holiday meal eaten on the good china, these are all ways I express my love and affection for them and whatever they're experiencing or needing in life at the moment. I like to think these small gestures feed not just their body, but also their soul. 

3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?

When hubs and I take car trips it seems like we always end up Googling something random. We'll hear a song on the radio, pass an unusual town name or a historical marker of some sort, and we wonder aloud for a bit before hitting Google. On our most recent two hour road trip we searched the following-

Bat Cave North Carolina, the lead singer from the 70's band Boston, and Carl Sandburg's home. 

We pass the town of Bat Cave coming and going and were curious. I mean, how could you not be? The Bat Cave is now closed to the public (thankfully!), but it would be a cool address don't you think? It's the largest known granite fissure cave in North America and home to several species of bats. Since bats give me the creeps, I'm glad it's closed. Otherwise hubs would insist on seeing it up close and personal.

We heard an old favorite Boston tune on the radio and I said I wonder what happened to the lead singer who had such an amazing voice. Hubs can always be counted on to know the name of every single musician to ever belt out a tune or pluck an instrument and he said he thought Brad Delp had passed away, so we read a little bit about him. 

We also noticed an historical marker pointing the way to Carl Sandburg's home, and hubs and I both thought he was from the Midwest so we Googled it (yes, it is so a verb). Sandburg was from the Midwest, but lived the last 20+ years of his life in North Carolina. Hubs and I plan to pop over for a day trip sometime this fall. 

What in the world did we do before Google???

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.

Not sure I have a favorite, and to be honest I am not doing a lot of game day cooking here (snacks, dips, etc), but if I were I'd probably go for a big pot of chilli or meatballs in the crockpot. 

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?

Steaming hot coffee in a mug with the exact right handle, prayer and quiet time in a quiet space with the aforementioned coffee and my Bible, a power walk with my headphones on and my playlist rolling, a long hot shower, and a reasonable healthy breakfast. Bring on the day!

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

It's been raining here since Friday all day and when the sun peeked out I definitely noticed.

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

My favorite month went way too fast.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I hopped over to YouTube to find a Boston song, because I feel sure some of you reading here today have no idea, and you know how YouTube song leads to another, and another, and before you know it 'I lost myself in a familiar song'...

How can you not love the 70's? 


  1. Ah...70's music! Even my boys agree it's the best! :)
    We've gone by Bat Cave many times! I knew Carl Sandburg had a home in NC, but I haven't been there. I've seen some of my SC friends post pictures on Facebook while visiting.

  2. Great questions...have a beautiful day.

  3. We've been having a lot of rain here too. Between rain we got really heavy fog though instead of having the sun peek through.

    I hate bats, but now I'm wondering is the Bat Cave closed to the public so the bats don't get disturbed? Was it on private land and the owner simply didn't want to deal with the public any longer? Or is the cave not really safe to explore? Something else to consult google.

  4. Enjoy the Jersey Boys! Also wrote a pot of chili for football games-of course I usually order take out! 70's music the best ever.

  5. Have fun at the Jersey Boys!
    Oh great, now I have to go google that guy from Boston to see what happened to him. I always wonder why they did not have more albums? They were HUGE when I was in 9th grade.

  6. Oh my gosh, he killed himself??? I had no idea! So SAD.

  7. I know what you mean about Googling while driving somewhere. Good grief, there's always something that needs to be looked up. That's the wonderful thing about curiosity - and we're so spoiled to have Google at our fingertips, aren't we.

  8. Hi Joyce... I not only get lost in youtube, but I also get lost in the maze of google. I have found one google leads to another. We're getting the rain today and it looks like it's going to stick around for awhile. Hope you see the sunshine soon. Have a great rest of the week and thanks for always coming up with great questions.

  9. There's been no sun here, since Friday, either!
    I feel the same as you about music feeding my soul.
    We're always saying "Every day is Saturday", too. It's taken some getting used to, but we love it :)
    Kathy (Reflections)

  10. I sure know what you mean about goggle. There's not a thing you can't look up. I actually was looking for a specific fabric yesterday that I just couldn't remember where I'd seen it so I just typed in a description of it and do you know it popped right up? Now it was gone, but it came up, lol. You described exactly how I would have about food or music for the soul. BOTH are soo important. I've missed participating....maybe next week!

  11. Music and Google -- 2 essentials you mentioned and I completely agree!

  12. Yes, how on earth did we ever survive without Google. And, it seems our morning routines are very similar. Always fun to participate in HP, but I still am not sure how you fit it all in. :o)))

  13. Oh I know you hate seeing your cleared lot turning into a mud hole right now! Crazy weather, but it looks like NJ may be getting hit with hurricane damage again. (Prayers for them... but glad it's not us.) Yes - Jersey Boys! We saw it a few times while living in NJ. It IS music for the soul!!

    1. They hadn't started the foundation yet so no big hole, thankfully! And they did get the silt fence up along the water, so no fines from the lake either : ) They're saying this storm could be really bad for NJ. I hope not, some places are still in recovery from Sandy.

  14. Joyce...I couldn't agree more...70's music ROCKS! Love me some Boston! I listen to them all the time! I've always wanted to see The Jersey Boys...lucky you! Have a blast!

  15. I would love to see Jersey Boys, I've only seen the movie but I loved it and the music! I love Google, can't go without it. After that it is probably Amazon Music when I hear a song that I have to have. Gee, I forgot about YouTube, another place I often visit. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  16. Ha, I love it. My husband and I do the same. We love Google too. We will go for a bit back and forth. And then it is Google time. :-)
    I loved your food for the soul for your family. That is so true for me as well. And with two boys, they like mom's treats.

  17. Love that song...what memories! And I often wonder what we did before the internet...and microwaves...and cell phones...and the list goes on and on! :)

  18. Thank you for hosting. I love this linky!! We do a lot of "googling" at our house. We are very nosey people. LOL

  19. Good questions this week Joyce, Thank you. Make sure to take some pictures for us of Carl Sandburg's home.

  20. Oddly enough, I had another dream about you last night. Your hubs and girls were in this one .You showed up at my door unannounced. I was so embarrassed--laundry everywhere--and I was in the bathroom for much too long, so my hubs (man of few words) had to entertain you all (and he doesn't get the whole "online friends are real friends" . Your hubs wanted to take us all on a sky ride (like a ski lift with no end in sight) and we were politely trying to decline and just talk about your house being built.....weird, huh ?You all were dressed to the nines, so you talked your man out of taking you up in a floor-length gown .

  21. It is amazing how easy it is to find out anything, at any time! I love my smartphone! And oh how I loved More Than a Feeling, back in the day. Thanks for the memories :)

  22. Boston, Kansas, Chicago -- all great bands! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  23. I have no idea what we did before Google.... Funk & Wagner I guess! Remember them?!

  24. I have family near Bat Cave NC. I have seen the sign numerous times. You reminded a trip a year ago. We passed some odd town names in OK and AR.

  25. Brad Delp, Boston's lead vocalist lived in NH. It was truly tragic when he passed. Thank you for your kind words Re: SWMBO's illness and recent medical report. Everyday has an anxiety all its own, it's just a matter of degree. Thanks for your prayers!

  26. I think that a bat cave sounds pretty cool, except for the fact that I am horribly claustrophobic and couldn't stand being in a cave. :) I like the idea of exploring one, just not the reality of doing it!

  27. Seriously. What DID we do before Google. LOL You're right about coffee in a mug with just the right handle. I have three and no one in the house is suppose to touch them. :)