Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Serving Up The Hodgepodge

Let's not even mention I'm moving in less than three weeks, and instead we'll jump right in to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Excellent! If you've answered the questions, add your link at the end of my post then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

1. What would you say is your strongest sense?

It used to be hearing, but these days I need the visual too. I'm going with sight + hearing. I notice what people say and how they say it, but remembering something without a visual is a lot trickier than it used to be. Sight + hearing. 

2. Do you believe in the idea of a 'sixth sense'? Why or why not?

If it means intuition then I suppose yes, to a degree. Mostly when I feel prompted to tune in to a person or situation, or I develop an inexplicable awareness about something it's not random. I attribute that 'sense' to the Holy Spirit telling me to pay attention.

3. When do you most feel like a slave to time? Explain.

I'm not much of a slave to time at this point in my life. Maybe when I'm given one of those 'four hour windows' for a delivery or service call? 

4. Have you ever worked in a restaurant? How would you rate the experience? If you could own a restaurant what kind would it be?

I worked in a restaurant my last year of college. It was a nice place, nice people, and the best chicken and dumplings with a side of apple fritter you've ever tasted. For the most part I enjoyed the experience. 

Things I did not enjoy? Wearing a hairnet, a uniform that no matter how thoroughly you washed it smelled perpetually of all the cooking smells, a particularly demanding party of 11 who received stellar service and not only neglected to leave a tip but also shortchanged the bill before scooting out, rude patrons, and working on a Saturday night instead of doing something I wanted to do like hang out with my boyfriend. All of those negatives taught me something though...a lot actually, so I'm giving it an 8. 

I have never ever wanted to own a restaurant, but if you forced me I'd have a tearoom. 

5. Ever traced your family tree? Share something interesting you learned there.

I haven't personally traced our family tree but my dad did quite a bit of that before he died, and my sister put all his findings into a wonderful album for each of us siblings. There's much in there to treasure, but my favorite item is a tiny blurb in a newspaper clipping describing one of my great great greats. It was something written about him around the time of his death and said simply, " He was known as the most reasonable of men. He never lost his temper, but could stand for the right against any odds..."  

I'd be proud to leave a legacy like that. 

6. What did your childhood bedroom look like?

I had more than one childhood bedroom, but the one I lived in the longest was the one I shared with my younger sister for most of our growing up years. I know it had something on the walls when we moved in, and I remember my parents letting us weigh in on the wallpaper change we made. 

We chose something covered in small, soft pink, red, and white flowers, and my dad hung the paper himself. He even papered the ceiling because that was a thing back in 196O-something. The woodwork was painted red and my dad built a couple of tall shelves and then a couple of longer shelves were set on blocks to hold our books and trinkets. 

We shared a small poorly designed closet (again, thank you 1965), a dresser where we each had a couple of drawers and we slept in twin beds on either side of a window dressed in white ruffled tie-backs. Our bedspreads were white too, the same exact bedspreads and I think we liked that. Although I'm sure we hated it sometimes too because that's the nature of sisters sharing a bedroom. 

There was a second window in the room, with a view to the front yard. The room was light and airy, and before air conditioning we loved sleeping with the windows open. I remember a bulletin board on the wall above my bed, the sound of crickets outside the screen, and feeling safe. The floors were hard wood, but we had an area 'shag' rug between the beds, also red I think. 

Red is back this year in the world of home design, just FYI. 

Anyway, the thing I most remember about my childhood bedroom is my sister on the other side of the room. We argued, whispered, shared secrets, laughed, cried, and grew up side by each in that corner bedroom. It occupies a sweet special place in my memory. 

7. Anyone who knows me knows I love_______________________?

Words of course. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We're excited to be moving into our new home in a couple of weeks, and I look forward to walking neighborhood trails and exploring nearby mountain hikes once we're settled. We've logged a few miles in our current neighborhood too though, and I'm going to miss having easy access to this beautiful campus where hubs and I trek weekly to solve the problems of home construction the world. 


  1. I understand how you would miss it...that is a beautiful campus. :) But, you'll have your new home with your own beautiful views and lovely area to walk and discover and it will be great. Just think of the memories you and your family will make there!

    You are so blessed. Have a wonderful week. :)

  2. Your childhood bedroom sounds delightful and I'm with you on the tea shop idea. I'm sure the next few weeks will pass in a blur for you but hope the ride will be smooth.

  3. Awww, loved your relative's legacy and your sweet sister memories.
    Yes, rude patrons and smelling like restaurant were the worst things about that experience :/

  4. I've always said intuition is God given. How else would it be so spot on? I'm so excited that y'all will finally be moving into your new home! Take time to breathe, it's going to be fantastic! Have a great day!

  5. I also have a love of words.

    I'm excited for you that you move in date for your new house is drawing closer.

  6. Hi Joyce,
    Thank you for the Hodgepodge. Taking time to do it for us with all going on with the build and move. Thank You!
    I loved how you summed up your bedroom.
    What a great find about a family member. I would love to be remembered like that too.
    Have a great week!

  7. At last! Your big is almost here. Hope the next 3 weeks whip by. Have a great week getting ready.

  8. You well know by now, that I am sharing your excitement about your moving into your new house and the process of making it your home. It was interesting how many similar answers we had today. It was a good Hodgepodge, thank you.

  9. I cannot wait to see your finished house!!! So excited for you!

  10. Thanks for another week of the Hodgepodge. I am excited for you that your move is coming up! Love your answer on a sixth sense and the description of your childhood bedroom. The house I am living in now still have many "lovely" features from the 60s ;)

  11. Before we retired and moved to MO, Mr BC walked the dogs daily on the Claremont college campuses. He misses that as well.

  12. Oh, wow! 2 weeks. I'm so excited for you and pray it will go smooth as silk for you. I am so glad I'm 14 months into mine but it's been a whole lot of fun making it home. All the best!!!!

  13. Thank you for this week's Hodgepodge! I'm so excited for you to be finally moving in just a couple of weeks! Looking forward to hearing about it and seeing photos (please!). I agree with you on your ancestor's legacy. Beautiful.

  14. Of all your answers, my favorite is the one about your bedroom and your sister. I have very fond/not so fond similar memories. Today is my sister's birthday. I remember we held hands as we slept together when very young because we were both afraid of the dark.

  15. I loved reading the description of your childhood bedroom. How blessed you were to have a sister to share it with.

    I'm excited for you, being so close to moving day! Soon the home building experience will b a fading memory :)

    Enjoy these last few days:)
    Kathy (Reflections)

  16. I love the description of your childhood bedroom - you took me there! And I think wearing a hairnet would be THE reason I wouldn't like that job but apple fritters? Yes please! Thank you, as always, for hosting! It's so fun!

  17. Oh I agree with that #1. I never could remember if it was my SIL who loved pumpkin pie better than apple, or which one my daughter loved. Finally, when they were here time before last, I pictured a big apple sitting on his head with me trying to shoot it off with a bow and arrow (and told him of course), and now I'll always remember. Gus likes apple; Angela likes pumpkin. Thanks for the fun Hodgepodge - again, Joyce.

  18. It is amazing that the majority of people do not tip, yet restaurants pay based upon the idea that people will. Now, when people pay by cash the restaurant assumes that they gave the average tip based on tips left by people paying with a credit card. People are more likely to add a tip to the credit card because there is no immediate pain.

  19. How exciting that you will soon be moving into your new home!!

  20. Really enjoyed your HP this week.. loved doing mine and reading yours, as well.. I really associated a lot with your answers... regarding the Holy Spirit/ intuition thing.. and I think your bedroom must have looked really cute.. I can fully imagine it. I loved white ruffled shear curtains.. And I totally agree.. if forced.. a tearoom would be absolutely the way to go!!!!

  21. Great answer #3 about waiting for a service call! Owning a Tearoom sounds lovely. Wishing you all the best with your big move and happiness in every corner of your new home.....

  22. Oh how exciting for you, Joyce! I know you are rally looking forward to that beautiful new place! I loved the description of the room you shared with your sister. I can almost picture it. Have a great rest of the week!

  23. I really liked the legacy of Question #5. Would that many more people were made of such stuff today. Congrats on the completion of your marathon project. May you be showered with blessing in your new home. Thanks for the Hodgepodge.

  24. OH goodness I have missed the hodgepodge. I am going to have to do better. 2 weeks till move in?? How excited you must be. It has been a LONG year for you I am sure. I love your memory of growing up with your sister. Very similar to mine. Matching bedspreads were a must. But like you the thing I remember most vividly is having her by my side. All the time we spent talking, laughing, dancing, sharing, and yes fighting, lol. It can never be replaced in my heart. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

  25. I wish you all the best with your move.