Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Your Regularly Scheduled Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So glad you're here! If you've answered the questions, add your link at the end of my blog and tell the world what you know. Be sure you say hi to the blogger who linked before you too, because there's no love like comment love. 

Here we go-

1. What have you 'fallen for' recently?

HGTV. I'd like Joanna Gaines to come decorate my house and then take me shopping for her wardrobe. I love her style! 

2. What's something you're 'squirreling away' for later?

I've got a few fun little things squirreled away for the lake house. I cannot wait to un-squirrel them. 

3. How do you like your apples? Sweet? Tart? Crisp? Cooked? Apples are one of the superfoods for often do you eat an apple either plain or as part of a favorite recipe? What's your favorite variety?

I love apples, this time of year especially, and have them in some form or another several times a week.  I'm fine with eating them in their natural state, but also love them in pies, sauce, or baked  alongside a pork roast or chop. My favorite is a crisp (must be crisp!) tart variety like a Mac, but I'll eat any kind of apple. 

4. According to Fodor's the ten best fall foliage trips in the US of A are-Aspen ColoradoThe Catskills New York, The Berkshires Massachusetts, Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Green Mountain Byway Vermont, Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway New Mexico, Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, and Glacier National Park Montana. Which would you most like to visit this fall and why?

Glacier National Park is on my list of must-see places so I'm going with that. 

5. The topic of legalizing marijuana was raised in the most recent televised political debate so let's wade in too. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Your thoughts?

I thought far too much time was wasted on this particular topic in the debates. I know that's not the question here, but I wish we'd spent as much time hearing the candidates views on ISIS, immigration, and free speech as we heard on this topic. 

I'm not in favor of legalizing marijuana, but not opposed to it in the treatment of disease. A couple of years ago I heard a speaker talk about the 'new marijuana', and she made it clear today's drug is quite different than it was a decade ago, much more potent and not always 'clean'. 

We've tightened up the drinking laws, and practically outlawed cigarettes, but we're going to legalize pot? Seems a little crazy to me. 

6. Are you okay to watch a movie already in progress, or to jump into the middle of a TV series, or must you see it from the beginning?

I'm okay to watch a movie already in progress, so long as you don't mind me bugging the daylights out of you with my ten trillion questions about what's happening. Since nobody wants that my real answer is no. I need to see a movie from the beginning, unless of course I've already seen it and this is a repeat viewing. 

We don't watch a lot of series TV, too stressful to keep up with or to quit after just one hour. It seems like programming today needs to be viewed start to finish, either by purchasing whole seasons in a boxed set or settling in for a weekend of Netflix binging. 

Remember when we waited a whole entire week for a new episode? 

7. Thursday (September 24) is National Punctuation Day. What rule of punctuation trips you up most often? What rule of punctuation, when broken by someone else, bugs you the most?

What rule trips me up the most? 
I love the ellipsis and overuse it to the nth degree. I'm working on it, but....

What annoys me most?
Apostrophes run amok. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Who has a Mac (the computer, not the fruit)? How do you feel about the new-ish photo format? I think it rolled out a few months ago, and loathe is not too strong a word for how I feel about the way photos are imported from my camera and stored on my computer.  

When I open the new Photos app my pictures take forever and a day to load, and once they're all loaded I can't find anything. They went all wonky in the switch. Pictures I had in albums are not in the new album format because some of my albums were apparently labeled events in iPhoto, only they're not in events now either.  

They seem to be wherever they landed when the migration happened, and I've resorted to watching online tutoring for help. I need to dedicate a day to sorting it all out, but ugh! Why did they need to 'improve' their photo process when iphoto was a breeze? Does anyone love it? Can you tell me why? 


  1. Good questions, Joyce. Mine will be up shortly. Blessings

  2. Interesting about the Mac. I was thinking of getting one. Doesn't sound like I have the patience for the picture process though. Have a great week.

  3. Ditto on Joanna Gaines, marijuana, asking 10 trillion questions and waiting an ENTIRE week for an episode of tv!!!!!
    Nothing makes me feel as incompetent as computer issues.
    Thanks for hosting us every week, I so appreciate it!

  4. Oh Joyce - you must get an Iphone - because then you can take pictures with it, and automatically import the pics to the icloud, and to your mac. That's what I do. It's easy-peasy!!

    1. I have an iPhone, and getting them to the computer isn't a problem. It's the way they're organized once they're in the Photos app on the Mac. Posting from my phone to Facebook or Instagram, etc is easy, but I like picture files on my desktop and when it was iPhoto the setup seemed logical. Now, not so much. I'm sure I just need to spend some time with it. User error is likely a factor too. : )

  5. Joyce, my husband and I both have Mac computers. My sister, too. She upgraded hers and like you, had a horrible time with the photo program. I have been putting off that upgrade for that very reason. Like you, I can't understand why those in charge of these things have to make these changes to something that was working very well, thank you.

  6. It will be fun, unsquirreling those items for your new home. I don't have a Mac but I sure do understand the frustration with changing a good thing. Grrr.

  7. It's fun "squirreling away" items for a new house, isn't it? You'll be unpacking them before you know it!

    I hope you get your picture issues sorted out on the computer. I can never find the picture I'm looking for when I need it. It's frustrating.
    By the way, it's great to be back with the "Hodgepodge Gang" again :) I'm so glad I didn't miss one!

    Kathy (Reflections by Kathy)

  8. I am gently moving into the art of streaming. I'm also moving away from buying DVD's since they will all be available to stream at some point and time. Your right about the stress. I never use to feel this way but I do now.

  9. Hi,
    I like how you answered #6. Bugging the daylights out of you...LOL :-)

  10. Loved the questions this week....especially the movie one.

  11. Looks like things are getting officially started at the new homesite. So exciting! You'll be entertaining on your dock in no time. :)

  12. I love Joanna Gaines! I'll ask sister Debbie, she has a MAC and is a photo expert.
    Uh, that whole ellipsis thing . . . I'm so guilty too. I however, did not know it was an actual punctuation with a name for it. Ha.

  13. I agree with you on the marijuana thing. And it definitely not the same as it used to be. I've never smoked it, but working where I do, I've smelled it when it's been brought in. It's always smelled bad, but it's totally terrible now. It can permeate the whole building. Yuck!

    I'd love to see Glacier National Park too, but just not this fall.

  14. I've been to Glacier in the Winter Time but never in the Fall. I agree totally with you about marijuana. Hope you have a great week!

  15. Sorry that I can't be of help on the computer issue -- I'm hopeless! Thanks for the good questions, Joyce!

  16. A great assortment of questions this week. And interesting that a few could take you off into another direction with answers.

  17. It must be fun planning your new home. I know there are lots of things that won't be fun but planning how it will take shape and what you want it, must be exciting. Hope you get your photos sorted.

  18. I absolutely LOVE Joanna Gaines. It's my favorite HGTV show right now. Yes! I also agree with your answer to #5. Another great Hodgepodge, Joyce. Thanks for the fun!

  19. I totally agree with the new photo system for Mac. I HATE IT! Every time my photos load onto my computer from my phone I have to restart my computer before blogger or anything else will recognize them. I have had nothing but loathsome problems since the switch. Why did they change it??? I don't get it!

  20. Mine does the same thing! We were starting to think it was our computer. I'm glad to know its the system and not me!

  21. I like MacIntosh apples too. I agree with you on the marijuana question. It's not an innocent drug, there are some real downsides to using it. On the SWMBO front, we had an appointment with the transplant doctor this morning and we're still in remission and he doesn't want to see us again until late January 2016. Thanks for stopping by my blog page.

  22. I've posted my answers to this, a year late.