Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Hodgepodge Collection

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! So glad you're here today! If you've answered the questions add your link at the end of my post, then run say hello to the neighbor who linked before you. Here we go-

1. Pokemon Go...your thoughts? Are you playing? Do you even know what it is?

I don't know all the ins and outs of the game, but I do know it involves people running in pairs and groups all while looking down at their phones as opposed to where they are and what's right in front of them. Do we really need more of this? Ugh! 

We were downtown Saturday night trying to figure out why in the world there were so many phone 'zombies' in the crowd. More phone zombies than usual I mean, and it finally dawned on us they were playing Pokemon Go. It was super creepy. 

2.  What was something you collected as a child? Do you still have that collection? If you're a parent what's something your own children collected? Have you ever camped out, stood in a crazy long queue, or paid a ridiculous sum for a 'collectible'?

I don't think I intentionally collected anything as a child, unless maybe Little Kiddles count. Sadly I don't have them anymore. When I had my own babies I collected Beatrix Potter figurines and used them in my nursery. I do have several saved for my grandbabies. 

My girls collected Beanie Babies (to play with, not to retire on), Pokemon Cards (a short lived fascination), and American Girl Dolls (I'd still be dressing them every day if I could get away with it). I have a bin full of Beanie Babies, a couple decks of Pokemon cards stashed somewhere, and an entire collection of American Girl Dolls, clothes, and furniture packed away for my future grandgirls. 

I never camped out or ran all over town for a particular 'fad' for my girls, and never paid more than the regular price for a collectible. 

3. 'Collect moments, not things'...tell us about a moment you've added to your collection this summer.

I've really enjoyed spending time with my Daughter2 this summer. She's a teacher, and this is the first summer she hasn't had a job or school of some sort during the break. Back in June I started a list called Mom and Daughter 2's Most Excellent Summer Adventure and everytime we thought of something we'd like to do together I'd add it to the list. 

Yesterday we did some outlet shopping, but my favorite is when she walks over late afternoon for a cup of tea on the balcony. We've had some really nice talks, and doing nothing with my girls is my favorite. Grown up girls are the best. 

4.  What's something collecting dust in your home right now? Any plans to do something about it?

My blog? It sure feels like it needs a thorough dusting off, but these days I'm doing good to get the Hodgepodge posted. I'm really hoping once we're moved I can get back to writing about more than why I'm not writing. 

My rental furniture doesn't get dusted all that often. Gonna be honest and say I'm not highly motivated to dust just now. My plan there is to return it, and rest assured I'll dust it all before it goes back. 

5. A favorite song relating to time?

There's quite a few on my list of favorites that relate in some way to time, but I'm going with Give Me Just A Little More Time by Chairman of the Board. Beach music at it's finest and this song in particular takes me back to college days the minute that first note plays-

6. What's been your most frightening or your most interesting encounter with wildlife? most frightening was probably the time a dog attacked my Daughter2. We were visiting my mom and were standing in front of her house when a neighbor walking her dog (off lead) stopped to chat. We all knew this dog, he'd never ever been aggessive, was always friendly, nothing to worry about. 

My girls were about 5 and 7 and my 8 year old niece was there too, and we were literally just standing there when the dog went into a sudden and unprovoked rage. I cannot tell you how fast it happened, but it was terrifying. I honestly thought the dog had taken off her nose, there was so much blood. She did end up with a small scar (to add to her collection-hi Daughter2!) and also a healthy sense of caution when approaching dogs from that day forward. Still makes me shiver when I remember the moment. 

7.  On July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong set his foot down on the moon. If you could travel to the moon would you go? Why or why not?

No. There's not enough Dramamine in the world to fly me to the moon. I'm truly thrilled there are explorers, astronauts, brave men and women who push the boundaries of space and time to show us what's out there. I'm just not one of them. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My west coast daughter1 will be here for a visit before summer is through, and we are so excited! I was out there in May, but she hasn't seen her sister or hubs since Christmas. 

Christmas! I know! 


  1. Beautiful pic of you and your daughter and sweet memories you are making. The dog attack is terrifying. I have had dogs attack my dog when out for a walk and it was awful. To think of your child being attacked is sickening and I can understand why it still gives you chills. Have a great week.

  2. That's a GREAT song! (I love beach music...I always have and I always will---I know you're singing along!)
    I almost mentioned my dog bite but decided to go with the weird instead of the frightening!

  3. How great that D2 is coming east for a visit! When I was 6 or 7, a neighbor's dog bit my lip, alwo unprovoked. I still have a scar. I still love dogs, though. That's a great photo of you and D2. Thanks for another fun HP, Joyce. We all look forward to it.

  4. I love that song although I never heard of the band that sings it. How traumatic that dog attack had to have been. Reading about it gave me nervous stomach. Tea time is one of my favorites too :)

  5. So far, so good. The linky is visible for me again today:)

    Reading the story of how the dog attacked your daughter gives me the shivers. We know someone whose face was nearly ruined, as a child, when the same sort of thing happened.

    I'm so happy you're able to have lots of mother/daughter time, this summer. I've been missing mine, this summer, due to family problems, and it's tough :(

    Thanks for hanging in there with the Hodgepodge! It's always a welcomed event :)

    Kathy (Reflections)

  6. Dramamine! We must surely be kinfolk at some level...I don't even fly on commercial aircraft unless it can't be avoided. My tummy/equilibrium/whatever it is just doesn't handle that well. Fasting and carefully timed dramamine are my work-around.

    And I love the term 'phone zombies'

  7. My heart is always missing my one lovely who lives 8 hours away. She'll be here in 8 days and I can't wait. Sometimes there are months between our visits and it never gets easy. I'm so glad you've had such a wonderful summer with your sweet girl. You're right, grown up daughters are the best. Just wait until one becomes a mom and then you get to watch the transformation right before your very eyes. It's nothing less than amazing. :)

  8. I remember Mr BC running to Toys are Us when we called and they had some Family Treehouse's that just came in...he ran in on lunch, from work, in his suit,to pick up the last one they had, a woman was looking at it, and he said, we can't sell that one, its damaged....she walked away and he picked it up. I thought that it was awful...what if it was me? He said DD1 won't be disappointed this Christmas. He won.

  9. Love that your daughter can walk over for a cup of tea - I bet she loves it too. I have tea party sets and American Girl dolls and clothes saved (I sold all the furniture). Hoping for some girly grands!

  10. Hello,
    I love how you made the list for you and your daughter to do this summer. I also think it great she can just come up for a cup of tea. :-)
    I have a dog story too! How we were rescued is the best part. A dog came across the street as I was taking my son for a walk. My son was two at the time and he was in a little red wagon. The dog went right after him. I stood in front of the dog and my son. Like you said it happens so fast. Well out of no where to me, a little car jumped the curb drove on the sidewalk straight at the dog. I took off running with Sam and the driver of the car chased the dog the other direction!
    Love the Phone Zombie phrase LOL - I am going to start using that one.

  11. As I scrolled through your post to get to Linky I noticed your song choice....great song! I haven't encountered anyone playing Pokemon yet, guess I need to leave the house to do that...LOL! Glad your enjoying time with your daughter2. Wow, that had to be very frightening with the dog. Hooray for daughter2 coming for a visit....enjoy!

  12. I LOVED Kiddles!
    So glad you have enjoyed your daughter this summer and will have your firstborn home soon!
    Glad to hear someone else squirrels things away for the grandkids!

  13. Scary experience with the dog!!! Oh my!

    When I was a teenager, a dog from next door came barreling toward my mom and me while we were standing in our garden...about halfway between our house and theirs. At first, we turned and ran. All of a sudden, my mom stopped, turned, pointed to the dog, and shouted, "You go home!" The dog stopped in its tracks, turned around, and ran home. It never bothered us again. Talk about taking charge! Ha!

  14. What a scary experience with your daughter. I was walking with my son when he was less than 2. He was in a wagon I was pulling. My little dog walking beside us. When out of the blue there came two Doberman's and they ripped my little dog to pieces. Thankfully it wasn't my baby boy. I totally forgot about this experience until I read yours

  15. Joyce, I love that you and your girls enjoy each other in the way you do. I have to admit that I am envious of your closeness and joy spent in each others company. I miss that! So glad Daughter2 still has her pretty little nose, but how scary that must have been.

  16. Great song choice. Have a great time with your girls. It must be hard being so far apart from Daughter1.

  17. I think we 'fly' the same way. As in, not well. Ha. Christmas?! Crazy how time is flying this year.

  18. I never thought of the Beatrix Potter figurines...I guess because I didn't exactly collect them, they were given to me by my aunt for every occasion until I was nearly 40! I have a lot of them. They fill two entire shelves in the massive corner cupboard I got a few years ago. I also have enough ornaments to decorate a small tree with nothing but Beatrix Potter. I might leave them to my granddaughter if she learns to take better care of things than her parents. :/

  19. I'm glad that you're getting to have time with your daughters and that #2 lives close enough to see her frequently.

    We've got some beanie babies around here with a funny story attached. We got them one year for the kids for Christmas and put them up into the closet for safekeeping. Well, by the time it was Christmas, we had forgotten all about them! Then, we came across them later, had our OOOPS moment, and gave them to them then. :)

    Thanks for the Hodgepodge. Have a great week!

  20. Sounds like a scary encounter with the dog.

  21. Your dog experience gives me chills. I was out walking our dog one day when a neighbor opened up the back of her SUV and her two dogs jumped out, saw us, and charged. Fortunately (or not), they were after my dog and not me and I managed to keep them apart with leg until the neighbor could get control of them. Scary!

  22. As a little girl SWMBO had a similar experience with a dog and was deathly afraid of dogs since. Then came Falcore, a male Labrador Retriever puppy who was able to get SWMBO over her fear of dogs and now she is a dog obedience instructor and has been for many years. I really love those special conversations with our adult children. Kudos Mom! Thanks for the Hodgepodge!