Wednesday, March 30, 2016

No Foolin', It's The Hodgepodge

Welcome to another springtime edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you've answered this week's questions, add your link at the end of my post before you run say hi to your neighbor. Here we go-

1. What are two or three expectations you have of yourself?

I expect to handle difficult people and situations with love and grace.   

I expect to be a supportive wife, and a good role model for my daughters.  

I expect to do the work that needs to be done to succeed at the personal goals I've set for myself.

2.  In what way does your outdoor space need sprucing up this spring?

Hmmm...our home is under construction so there is quite a lot of sprucing up that needs doing. Not sure it will happen this spring since there are work crews on the lot every day, and I think we'll hold off on the landscaping until the house is closer to completion. We did get the dock cleaned and sealed so that might count in the sprucing up department. 

Currently we're in an apartment, so the outdoor space is not our own. The management does a good job maintaining the grounds, but our tiny little balcony could certainly use a pot of happy pansies. I intend to add one this week. 

3.  According to this site (Roadtrippers), six of North America's most wondrous waterfalls are-Webster's Falls in Ontario, Upper Whitewater Falls in North Carolina, Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, Multnomah Falls in Oregon, The Lower Yellowstone Falls, and Niagara. Have you seen any on the list? Which one on the list would you most like to visit? Prettiest waterfall not on the list that you've seen in person?

I haven't seen any on the list in person, but we don't live far from Cashiers so the Upper Whitewater Falls have been added to my must-see list. If I can only choose one though, I think I'll go with Multnomah Falls. My daugher1 lives in Washington, and Oregon is her next door neighbor so Oregon it is. 

Hubs and I enjoy hiking and have seen some pretty smaller falls in the state parks we've visited. One of my favorites is Bushkill Falls which I blogged about here.  

They're called the Niagara of Pennsylvania, although I feel like that's overstating their grandeur just a tad. They are beautiful though, and worth a visit if you're in that part of the country.  

4.  Looking back, what's something you wish you'd done as a teenager?

Become fluent in a foreign language. 

5. Ham...yes please or no thank you? If you said yes please which of the following do you like best-baked ham with all the trimmings, a ham and cheese sandwich, prosciutto with melon, a ham biscuit, a bowl of split pea and ham soup, or a slice of pizza topped with ham and pineapple?

I love a holiday ham dinner with all the trimmings, and that's what we had for Easter this past Sunday. I have the leftover ham bone in the crock pot today, making split pea soup which is also a favorite. I like everything on the list, although the Hawaiian pizza is just eh for me. Probably the baked ham dinner would be my favorite. 

6. Are you typical of your generation? How so?

I think so, if there's such a thing as 'typical'.  I think my generation wishes they'd taken better care of themselves when they were younger, but we're doing the best we can to make up for it now. Like most women I know who are my age, I try to eat right and exercise both my body and my brain, take care of my skin, manage my health in the sense that I book routine appts with the dentist, dermatologist, etc.  I read new books, see films, follow current events, and do my best to keep up with technology. 

I think I struggle with that last bit in the way many people my age struggle, but we are trying and we want to keep up, which I think is typical of my generation. We remember a world without cell phones and computers, and we miss the simplicity and innocence of that sometimes, but we also recognize time marches on and we try to march on with it. Go us! 

7. April rolls in at the end of the week, and in keeping with that theme...'act the fool', nobody's fool', a fool's errand', 'could have fooled me'...which foolish idiom most recently applies to you? Explain.

None of these are an exact fit, but 'Act the fool' might come closest. I think it means to clown around, do something silly, foolish...

I (accidentally) threw my check book in the trash last week, along with a check I'd written, put in an envelope and even stamped. I honestly have no recollection of doing so, but guess I gathered up some magazines and paperwork to toss and they were in the pile? Thankfully I thought to check the bin before the rubbish went out. Middle age brain. The struggle is real y'all. And typical of my generation-ha! 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

So remember how I said in #5 I had that leftover ham bone in my crock pot and split pea soup simmering since early morning so we could have it for dinner last night? Yeah, well hubs and I went out to the lake late afternoon and for some reason he unplugged the crock pot before we left. I think he thought it was the coffee pot chord but whatever, dinner last night was not split pea soup. It was Chinese take out.  

On the bright side-we've got a roof, so whoohoo! 


  1. It sounds like you got "April Fooled" a bit early, with the crock pot incident :)
    Glad you found the checkbook and check! That sounds like something I'd do :)
    I'm not able to see the linky today (April Fool's to me), so, if you don't mind, could you please add my blog to the list? Thanks, in advance. I really appreciate it.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  2. I just did the crockpot unplugged equals Chinese takeout myself. A bit of a bummer....haha. As always thanks for hosting the hodgodge happiness!

  3. Enjoyed the questions, Joyce. Have a beautiful day, friend.

  4. I like your answer for #6, we ARE trying, that has to count for something!!!!!
    Becoming fluent in a foreign language was a good idea!
    I hope you get your pot of pansies, they are so sweet. Hope your April starts well!

  5. Great answers Joyce. I try not to visit anyone before I've done my own post so that I'm not influenced but I think when the questions require some thought, like today, I should at least visit you first for inspiration. I know I won't be disappointed.

  6. I had to laugh about your hubby unplugging the Crock Pot. That sounds like something I would definitely do. Loved your answer to #6! What a beautiful waterfall! Chris and I enjoy hiking, too, and always love finding those kinds of hidden gems.

  7. So sad about supper last night. You could tell as soon as you walked into the house, couldn't you. That wonderful aroma which should have greeted you. I see now that I could have answered #1 very differently. Thanks for hosting, Joyce.

  8. So thankful for Chinese take out for nights like that or when I am really tired and don't want to cook :) I made a Spiral Ham for Easter along with Leg of Lamb. I don't like lamb but everyone else does so I make it and ham for myself. Glad to hear your roof is on. Thanks for another week of Hodgepodge questions.

  9. Good Morning, Joyce! I threw my car keys out a few years ago. Now when I lose something, the trash is the first place to look. I have an overly "helpful" hubby too. Have a great week.

  10. I am certainly trying to keep up with all the events, technology, etc! Unplugging the crock pot would have been something hub would do...being in insurance he NEVER left the house with anything (except the television) plugged in. Have a great day.

  11. I have thrown stuff away without realizing it- happens all the time at school since the trash can is next to my desk. It is fun to watch the expression on kids' faces when they have to dig something out- there is usually only paper to dig through. There are several of us at school who have had the same crock pot issue. Sadly, mine was plugged in, I just forgot to turn it on! Love your water fall photo- beautiful!!! Have a toad-ally awesome week!

  12. Haha. That's funny about acting the fool, so yes, I guess I have many times. And your husband unplugging the crockpot! That sounds typical of a husband being helpful. Your answers to number 1 and to 6 are very good and very true. Why didn't I think of those answers on 6 because they are true here. Too little, too late. Have a great day.

  13. Congrats on getting that roof on!! Yippee!! I enjoyed reading your answers and am happy to know unplugging crock pots happens to others (or forgetting to turn it on!). I haven't had split pea soup in ages and now I really want some!

  14. I have to wonder if keeping up with technology will become difficult for me when I stop teaching it in June? Luckily, I have a son-in-law who is on top of everything technology. Whew. :)

  15. I know the feeling of accidently unplugging the wrong cord. For me .... I accidently unplugged our chest freezer when I thought I was unplugging a scroll saw I didn't want the children to accidently turn on. Expensive mistake, especially considering there was several hundred pounds of meat in it.

  16. I agree with your assessment of those "Niagara of Pennsylvania." Ha.
    Hey, you're not the first person to pitch the checkbook into the trash can. Yours truly raises her hand in confession. More often than not, though, I do things like put the scotch tape in the refrigerator or forget to put the K cup into the Keurig before I hit "brew." Yay for the roof!

  17. Ha, Ha about the split pea soup. Have you shared your recipe? I would love to have a good split pea soup recipe!!
    I am excited to see the roof.
    Happy April,

  18. I did the same thing last night too and ended up having Chinese. But I turned off my oven not my crock pot. I guess we are all guilty of doing it!

  19. Good answers, Joyce. Love the ham when it is first baked, then as leftovers and sandwiches. I try to stay up with technology, so maybe don't act my age, as some of my friends are waaayyyy behind.

  20. I like your answer for what you wish you would have done as a teenager. I never learned one. Your right, I wish I had taken better care of myself. We lived with what we knew at the time. As a rule I'm pretty good with technology but will be getting a new phone soon and that is always a bit of a challenge! Hooray for your roof....

  21. I am typical for my generation in the memory loss department, too. As a friend said, I forgot my nouns. I can tell you all about something, but coming up with the actual name of something? I'll come up with it 2 hours later and just yell it out.
    I can't remember if I've been to Bushkill or only saw it and thought about going. We've vacationed in the area before. It is such a pretty area of the country.

  22. Your Hubby sounds as safety conscious as mine. :o)) Sounds as though things are coming along on the house. How well I remember this time last year. I was sure it was all just a pipe dream and not ever going to happen. But, it did!

  23. I am sorry but I had to laugh about the crockpot. Did you plug it back in when you got home?

  24. I have been trying to comment all day on google chrome to no avail. When I changed to firefox i was able to leave comments everywhere and your linky showed up for me for the first time in months. I love this particular meme and was having no luck making comments.

  25. I am so happy that you finally have a roof. That is great!

    I am forever forgetting to turn the stove off and, on some occasions, on in the first place. We went to sleep one night with the oven on all night long. I discovered it when we woke up the next morning. Heavenly Father was protecting us for sure that night!

    Have a great night. :)