Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Peaceful Easy Hodgepodge Feeling

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Please only link here today if you've answered the questions. And be sure to skate over and say hi to the blogger linking before you...we're all about being neighborly here in the middle of a week. Here we go-

1. Speaking of skating...when did you last 'skate on thin ice', 'skate over the details', 'encounter a cheapskate', or just plain skate?

Our financial planner sent us some information last week relating to all the recent turmoil in the stock market, and I might have 'skated over the details'. I like hubs to worry about that stuff-ha! I did read it, got the gist of it, but didn't get bogged down in specifics. I will if I need to, but for now I'm gonna skate. 

2.  What would you say is the biggest problem of people your age?

Staying on top of your health and finances. As you reach/enter retirement there are so many decisions to be made relating to your future which by the way, is no longer on the far off distant horizon. It's now. Also, I think I mentioned here last week that once you pass the 50-mile mark you no longer take your good health for granted. 

Or it could be that we talk too much about retirement planning and the fact that our health isn't what it used to be? You decide. 

3. What's your favorite accessory? Is it something you wear every day, often, or only on special occasions?

My wedding band because I love the sparkle and the sentiment behind it. My watch because I feel naked without it. A bracelet Daughter1 gave me for Mother's Day is also very dear to my heart and I wear all three of these every day. 

4.  January 20th is National Cheese Lover's Day Are you a lover of cheese? What's your favorite dish made with cheese? Last thing you ate that contained some kind of cheese?

Never met a cheese I didn't like. We've had some fabulous cheese trays in our recent travels, this one just last weekend-

It was every bit as yummy as it looks. We sampled a cheese I hadn't tried before-bellavitano, which was delish. My favorite dish made with cheese would probably be my mama's homemade enchiladas.  

5. What's something guaranteed to make you roll your eyes?

Walking behind someone wearing their 'pants on the ground'. Seriously, isn't it past time we retired that trend? The other day I had the misfortune of riding up an escalator behind a young man struggling mightily to keep hold of his trousers and step off the moving staircase. I do not understand the appeal or the message of this 'fashion statement'.  Not even a little bit. 

6. Your favorite book series?

The Anne books...Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island...

7. Why did you choose your profession?

I always knew I'd work with children in some form or fashion, and started college as a nursing major. I suffered through many torturous hours of organic chem, only to change my major to speech pathology at the end of my freshman year. I don't remember exactly how I got there, but I think an advisor pointed me in that direction. It was a great fit for me and I enjoyed working in the field for several years. 

Motherhood has always been my passion though. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Hubs and I were away for the weekend, then extended our travels for another couple of days, so getting the HP questions written and posted was a little challenging for me this week. There's a lot going on here in real life at the moment, and I'm giving myself permission to keep the questions light or to take a break now and then. I have a lot of blogging to catch up on, but am spending very little time on the computer so a conundrum.

I don't blog from my phone or ancient iPad which means I need to be at home if I want to write anything of substance. Life will happen and I am trying to roll with it.

In other news, I was so sad to hear Glenn Frey passed away. The Eagles are the soundtrack of my youth and I love their music still. A reminder yet again that life is short. Too short to spend hours on the Internet. Love your people and catch us up when you can.  


  1. Health and finances are a major concern of people my age and much discussion related to these two topics.-I still wanna have fun-LOL
    I would tell my students I really didn't like looking at their underwater-not a turn on for young girls and I know that because I had two young girls-so pull your pants up.

  2. Organic Chemistry- Killer class. I roll my eyes at "pants on the ground".....seriously, who wants to see underwear?!?! Thanks for working through the challenges to get the questions posted. BTW- Did you know Don Henley put out a recent album called "Cass County"? He is from the East Texas town of my husband's grandmother. It's a good album!

  3. The cheese tray looks positively delish! Your HP questions are always great and much appreciated. Hope you have a relaxing week.

  4. I was sad to hear about Glen Frey too. The Eagles were one of the soundtracks of our generation.
    Agree with the pants at half mast comment.
    I have GOT to read those Anne of Green Gables books! I never even heard of them until I was an adult!
    I am not seeing the Linky thing, is it just my computer?

  5. I guess it is, I see it on the iPad.

  6. Ugh, pants on the ground needs to GO. It was old when I was a substitute teacher, and that was thirteen years ago.

    #4 looks delicious.

  7. Great questions and loved your answers. Have a beautiful day.

  8. Oh, Joyce, I know for sure that you have so much going on and I marvel how you balance all of it. I do hope that the house building process is going smoothly for you. I so enjoyed today's questions and always enjoy your answers. Blessings this Wednesday to you!

  9. I think many of us were hit by Glenn Frey's passing. I know you have seen my posts on FB. It's been a challenging time with several deaths lately. Is this something we will just have to get used to as we age? I'm afraid it is.

  10. First of all, thank you for another great Hodgepodge! I greatly appreciate all you do, especially now that your hubs is retired :)
    I agree with your thoughts on "pants on the ground". I just don't get it. How awkward that must feel!
    You are so right about health and finances being the biggest problem during this phase of life! I can still remember Ed's mama wrestling with the same issues we are now wrestling with today. Life goes on.
    Enjoy the rest of your week! (Kathy/Reflections)

  11. Well, we answered #5 the same! I echo others here in thanking you for keeping up with the Hodgepodge as well as you do. We all miss it when you need a break, but we all understand, too. I know I am excited for your new home and I think we all look forward to following along with that project! Just keep us posted as you can!! Hugs.

  12. Staying on top of health and finances as we age -- yes, that's a challenge. And the older we get, the harder it is, which seems odd to me because that's the season of life when the mental faculties begin to decline.

  13. Your chartreuse platter, with all the cheeses looks great - even if I don't care for the smelliest of cheeses. Have a blessed week.

  14. Hello Joyce,
    I love how you put to spend time with your people, life is short. That is so true. One of my major pet peeves, people who are visiting with you, but on the phone too??

    I laughed and laughed about the fella and his trousers. Yes, you are right, this fashion statement, go away please.
    Have you heard about the new trend for men, the Man Braid. ;-)

    Have a great week! Enjoy your family, friends and sending a hug,

  15. Enjoyed reading your answers as usual. I think we all appreciate how hard it can be sometimes to keep up with our commitments and understand if you need a break or one is enforced on you due to circumstance. I think anyone who didn't would have me rolling my eyes :)

  16. Your questions and answers this week got me choked up for some reason. They have me thinking of awesome teachers and the good things in life. I love The Eagles and have been singing in my head since I read your title :) I'm going to have to play some good old Eagles today on my new laptop :) Thanks for another great Hodgepodge!

  17. Glenn Frey wrote several of the iconic songs of my youth as well. What is disconcerting to me is that Glenn was only five years older than me. Good questions again this week. All the best to you and Hubs.

  18. I feel naked without my watch when I leave the house. Young people really don't get that! It is time to retire that look of the low pants. That started back when our son was in school, early 90's. Of course they have gone eve lower since then. We are huge Eagles fans and it was sad to hear about his passing.

  19. That meat and cheese platter looks so good. My stomach is growling at me. YUM!

  20. I agree with no. 5! No one wants to see someone's underwear, i don't know why young men find that trendy. I hope you have a great week, it hasn't stopped raining here. ;o

  21. and I have the same eye-rolling answer.
    Right on, sister!

  22. "Ancient iPad": Ha, ha!
    You must have had an excellent advisor. I absolutely LOVED the head of the Foreign Language Dept. (one of my previous majors), but he sure didn't steer me in the right direction! :)

  23. That meat and cheese 'platter' looks fabulous! We were going to add a couple days to our desert trip (mostly cuz the Hubby worked most of the time) but decided to come on home and look into booking Hawaii sooner than we thought we might. Works for me. Ha.
    I think I get the 'last entry' award today! Haha

  24. Regarding the saggy pants trend, we asked one of our customers a few years ago the purpose of it. It is vulgar and not fit for a family-friendly blog. If you want the explanation that we were told, feel free to e-mail me.

    Every time I see one going around with his pants like that, I feel the incredible urge to break out a Swingline and staple them up for him! Some of the businesses around here refuse to allow them in their stores like that. I wish we could do that!

  25. Oh, my, yes! I don't understand the hanging pants thing. I saw a man run across a road in a crosswalk once...and his pants FELL DOWN because they were so low. He had to grab, hitch and try to get across before the light changed. My husband says that if our sons start doing that we should sew LACE on top of their jeans to cover what they aren't. ;)