Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Sense-able Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. I wrote most of this entry last week and saved it in draft, thankfully! I've been sick for a couple of days and am not up for blogging just yet. If you've answered the questions today, add your link at the end of my post, then do your best to visit the blogger linking before you. Happy Wednesday all!

1. Describe love using all five senses-

I'm looking forward to reading answers to this one....

sight-a daughter's face lighting up my phone screen...or better yet, my front door

sound-hubs calling me by my nickname  

smell-the scent of fresh flowers in the house, delivered just because

taste-that first bite of an expertly grilled steak, cooked by the hubs to that perfectly perfect shade of medium rare because he needs it to be exactly right for his girl 

touch-a spontaneous hand hold

2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

Del Monte blue lake whole green beans. I can eat them right out of the can and prefer them to fresh most of the time. They must be the whole bean though, not the cut variety. 

3.A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas). You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

I know I'm probably in the minority here, and I do love to be comfortable, but I think we've gone more than a little bit overboard in this department. I think getting dressed (not dressed up, but yes to putting on actual clothes) tells children school is a place deserving of respect. 

I don't think I've ever run out anywhere in my pjs. That same rule your mama taught you about clean knickers applies to wearing clothes. What if you have car trouble? 

I know there are days, and obviously exceptions (illness for one), but let's be honest...many people turning up at the grocery store or the school yard in pjs, are dressed that way because they didn't feel like putting on real clothes. They see nothing wrong with running errands in pajamas. Hubs and I were out to breakfast last weekend and a middle aged man walked by our booth in his flannel cartoon pjs. Why? 

I don't think it's worth making a federal case over, but I find it a little disappointing we have to tell adults not to wear their pjs out in public. 

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

The crew neck is okay, but my preferred neckline is the v-neck. I don't always stand up as straight as I should, and a scoop neck emphasizes rounded shoulders. Also I have a 50+ year old chin, so I only like a turtleneck if it's soft and a bit slouchy. If you're my age, you know what I'm talking about-ha! 

5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

Late night snacking isn't a problem for me (late afternoon is my danger zone), and I don't set an alarm, so no issues with the snooze button. I guess I'll say checking social media before bed, although I'm more inclined to play a game of Words With Friends than check Facebook. 

Probably the same principle applies because I'm pretty sure the idea is to quiet your mind and turn off electronics completely. I do make it a point not to look at social media in the morning until I've had my quiet time, but could do better at limiting screen time before bed. 

6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

My mother still lives in that house, so it's hard to separate what I remember from all that's come after. Here are a few thoughts that stick out in childhood memory...

The scary basement. I cannot explain why it was scary...maybe that it was unfinished and was a basement? Also the big oak tree at the corner of the back yard, which was technically the neighbor's tree, but under whose enormous canopy my sister and I spent hours playing Barbies and make-believe. My mother's fabulous cooking. Holiday dinners on the good china. Company in the 'fancy' living room. Christmas there too. Feeling safe and loved. Home. 

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?

It would be hard to choose just one. Some of my true favorites are Apollo 13, The Blindside, The Rookie, and Argo. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

How about something to make you smile? This clip that's had over 6,000,000 views. The song was a favorite in our house once upon a time (and maybe still is, ahem), and she is absolutely too adorable for words.  


  1. That video is adorable! I am excited to teach Lydia some songs someday!
    I a sorry to hear you've been sick. That's no fun.
    I will admit to wearing my pjs out of the house. But I do not recall getting out of the car. Sometimes it was just easier to throw on a sweatshirt or my coat over my pjs and take the kids to school. Probably easier for this non-morning person. ha.

  2. I had forgotten about Argo...thanks Joyce for the Hodgepodge.

  3. Your answer to #3 was spot on, Joyce. I've seen people out in their pjs at the most public of places and it leaves me scratching my head and asking, "Why?" Does it really take that much to throw on some clothes? We had an unfinished basement growing up, too, and it was a scary place for me, as well. I didn't go down there unless I HAD to...thank you very much. That little girl...PRECIOUS!

  4. Awww, love your 5 senses!
    I am guilty of Words With Friends before bed as well.
    That song was huge over here as well!
    Have a good February, hope you feel better!

  5. Oh, that's what you meant for #1. I honestly had no idea. Now I'd like to do it all over again. GSD still applies, but I'd have included sunrises viewed from my porch.

    I do agree about folks out and about in their pjs. And I wonder how many kids think they have a scary basement. Thanks for the Hodgepodge, Joyce.

  6. We're both on the same page when it comes to turtlenecks. My old homestead had a scary basement, too. This little girl is so sweet. Hope you have a great week.

  7. Hope you are feeling better soon. I have to look for those green beans, I've seen Del Monte but the Blue Lake part has me curious. The Blind Side is one of my favorites too. Thanks for another great Hodgepodge :)

  8. That is an adorable child! I could add to #3 that we have seen entire families come to the free breakfast at a hotel we were staying in, in their PJs. Just a little too much info. We usually stay in a Fairfield Inn, so I'm not talking a no-tell motel. It's all a little too much! Thanks for another interesting Hodgepodge, Joyce. Hope you are feeling better soon. I"m also looking forward to reading everyone's #1.

  9. I'm so disappointed in myself for not joining in the Hodgepodge this week. You are so right pajamas in public. I remember as a kid we had a neighbor who wore her nightgown and robe when she took her son to school and how my mom spoke of that (privately in our home, of course.) It made an impression on me.
    I read books on my Kindle to my husband each night in bed. I guess that isn't good, but it is something we enjoy. And no social media in the morning until after quiet time.

  10. When you read mine for the PJ's I think you will be surprised. How lovely that your Mom is still in your family home. My parents bought and sold several after Clipper Lane, where I spent birth to ten years old.

  11. Thanks for another great week of hodgepodge. :)

  12. Hi Joyce! We had some very similar answers again! (Why am I not surprised? lol) I love your movie choices too. I love that Michael Oher is a Panther and playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday too! GO PANTHERS!!

  13. Good morning! Well first off I think you will be pleased to know that I think I linked up right, lol. And then now that I see how you did number 1 I want to do mine again...any do overs? lol LOVE those particular canned green beans too. And that little girl is precious. Melody had that tape of music too and we sang that song at the top of our lungs while we drove around....LOVED it. Have a good day!

  14. My goodness! That little girl in the video was cute!

    I also enjoyed the visual pictures that a came to mind as you described playing under the huge tree with your sister. Beautiful memories.

  15. Thanks for another great Hodgepodge! I hope you're feeling better, by now.
    You had some great answers to #1, and I really enjoyed reading your childhood home memories. You're so blessed that your mom still lives in your childhood house!
    Kathy (Reflections)

  16. LOVE the video.

    I enjoyed #1
    Hubs grilling your steak made me smile. :-))

    My sister and I played barbies all around in our house too. Our old farm house had many rooms. We could set up in so many of them. We would take our barbies on trips. ;-)

  17. I thought our basement was fun but I do remember those times when you had to go down alone and it could be very scary! Those are good movie choices Joyce. The video is adorable, thanks for sharing it. Enjoy your day.....

  18. NO WAY!? I had the same answer for canned foods. LOVE greenbeans from a can and I agree, only the whole bean. I honestly thought I was the only one who did that. Ha.

  19. Great post, Joyce, and I can relate to so many of your answers. I do miss dressing up, as Texas is very casual. But I do take opportunities to dress more appropriately on occasion, regardless.

  20. Is that little angel not adorable? I saw this video earlier in the week and my heart just melted. I could watch that sweet mouth facial expressions all day. I wish I had thought of a couple of your movies; Blind Side and The Rookie, but also my all time favorite, "Hoosiers".

  21. Joyce,

    After my dad got pancreatic cancer, the only thing he could wear was fleece pants - even in public. I no longer judge what, or why someone chooses to wear what they do.

    At first, you couldn't tell he was sick, but I took him out to eat in fleece pants anyways. Yes, we got looks - but I was just happy he was spending time with me.

    He passed away after a 2.5 year battle, but I'll always remember him dressed in his fleece pants.


    1. I'm sorry for the loss of your dad, and totally agree with what you're saying in regards to those who are ill etc. There are reasons to be in particular clothing and we never know what's going on behind the scenes in someone's life. I think the letter was not meant for that audience. She was likely addressing a different group, those parents who regularly walk their kids into the building in their pajamas. Maybe she was hoping to promote a more serious approach to the school day?

  22. LOVE that video. Thanks for sharing! I love Blind Side, too. I never had a basement, but remember my grandparents did. It was scary. Hope you feel better very soon.

  23. I chose the Blind Side as well.

  24. Sorry you've been sick! "50 yr old chin" is the quote of the year. LOL

  25. Well, the answers to #1 are so interesting! We agree on v-necks for sure. And, that video, I have seen that and that's just too much cuteness for sure!!!

  26. My grandpa had a scary basement too. I never liked going down ther and the stare case was a spirrly nightmare.

  27. Mothers must wear reasonable clothes to school. Students don't need to see any body parts except arms, legs, feet, face, and hands. All the other junk should not see the light of day at a school.

  28. Love that video so very much. Makes me want to go watch the Little Mermaid right now!

  29. Regarding #6, being a basement is all it takes. They are automatically, completely, and totally scary, just like attics! Basements are the scarier of the two, but both give me the creeps. I can thank horror movies for this. :)

    I enjoyed the questions. Have a great weekend!

  30. I like the movies you listed in #7. It is difficult to flesh out what love is, but 1 Corinthians 13 comes the closest, to my mind. Thanks for another wonderful Hodgepodge!