Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Heigh Ho Heigh Ho It's The Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the person linking before you. And anyone else you have a chance to visit today because comments make the blog world go round.

Here we go-

1. What would you say is your biggest day to day challenge?

Hmmm...what's for dinner? I mean seriously, every single day. Or maybe loading pictures onto my blog? In the past year this computer, or maybe it's blogger or perhaps the it's the operator has become persnickety. If I upload photos to my computer I have to shut the whole thing down and restart in order for them to be made available for upload to my blog, even though I can see them in my photos. So annoying! Of course I'm not doing that every day, so maybe that doesn't count as an answer to this question. 

I guess I'm going to say carving out chunks of time for writing or establishing a routine when it comes to writing. I'm all over the map and mostly it feels like snippets are all I can manage these days. I find it really frustrating. 

2. May 16th is National Biographers Day. What's a biography you really enjoyed reading? Is this a genre you read regularly?

One of my all-time favorite books is The Hiding Place. It's classified as a biography even though Corrie ten Boom is listed as one of the authors along with John and Elizabeth Sherril. And yes I do enjoy reading biographies, but wouldn't say that's my go-to genre. 

3. How important is keeping a clean house? Do you need to de-clutter your life?

I like a clean house but am not an obsessive cleaner. I want my home to feel comfortable, like you could plop down on the couch and we could relax with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. A too tidy house makes me twitch. 

My hubs likes to vacuum so he stays on top of that. He's also in charge of (and excels at) cleaning the stove top and the granite. We share the housekeeping chores, and since there's usually just the two of us here not a lot of mess. Dust is another story. Where does it all come from???

4. You're the 8th dwarf. What's your name?

Gabby of course. 

5. What's surprised you the most about your life or life in general?

How fast time moves. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

"It wouldn't be a holiday round here without a hedgehog in there somewhere." What my daughter2 said when she gave me the most adorable Mother's Day gift-

I love it! She gave me the cutest box filled with all kinds of goodies including these glasses, one for her and one for me. 

Hers says 'I got it from my Mama' and mine says 'She got it from me'.  

She's my favorite bride-to-be. 



  1. That's weird about your pictures in blogger. I download an average of once a week (between all of my blogs...except Small Town because I've been on hiatus for a loooong time!) and have never had that problem.
    Love what your girl gave you!!! What a great daughter!!!!
    Very impressive about hubs cleaning! Cleaning the stovetop is one thing that I'm beginning to not enjoy with this new range because it's a flattop and black, meaning it shows everything. I don't mind cleaning my granite though...loving it! :)

  2. You are so right, time moves fast.
    This year hubby & I will celebrate 30 years of marriage.

    I love your apron.
    Are those hedgehogs I see on it? So cute!!

    Congrats to the bride-to-be :)

  3. Fun gifts and cute photo of you and your daughter! Around here, the dust comes from burning wood in the winter to fields being worked in the spring to crops being harvested in the fall. Summer has no excuse. Have a wonderful Wednesday, Joyce, and thanks for the Hodgepodge.

  4. Blogging has become quite the challenge for me, too. I think having a retired husband around the house plays a large part in that :)
    Time IS moving quickly, isn't it? Just think of how many changes have occurred in our lives since you and I began blogging! Mind blowing!
    Enjoy your day,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  5. SO CUTE! I love that gift! And while I love the relatability of us having very similar daily issues, I kind of don't love it. It is such a frustration...

  6. The Hiding Place! I forgot all about that one. I read it many, many years ago. Corrie ten Boom is/was an awesome woman. :)

    Dust is something that we battle here, too. No matter what is done, there it is, more and more of it. I thought SC was dusty. Texas has it beat by a mile!

    You've got a sweet girl there. I hope the best for her life ahead of her. :)

    Have a blessed day, Joyce.

  7. I know what you mean about dinner. Every...Night...Ugh! LOL And I did not know that you also love aprons! It's a thing for me. I sort of collect them and I use them. In fact, I need to retire to the waste basket three of them and get some cute new ones!
    Have a great day, Joyce!

  8. Jo,

    I forgot about "The Hiding Place". I read that when I was a kid. The story enthralled me. Another biography I read when I was young "The Diary of Anne Frank". Those who lived and survived the Holocaust are amazing individuals. These stories remind me that God's purpose for each of us is bigger than we can imagine. Gabby is a good name for a dwarf and I could've used that one for me, too. :) Thanks for hosting the mid-week fun!

    Curious as a Cathy

  9. What cute gifts your daughter gave you. Looks like you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

  10. What's for dinner is usually a challenge for me too!

  11. I love The Hiding Place. Corrie ten Boom was an amazing woman.

    Cute apron. Reminds me of my mom, because she always wore and apron. I'm not sure why I never have. Maybe because I don't cook much? lol

  12. Love the gifts you got and yes time files so very fast. Dust, the only thing I know that comes from nothing.

  13. How could I forget The Hiding Place? I've read it several times. What's for dinner has been the question for years and it is so funny you used the word persnickety because that was my first choice as my dwarf name. Love the gifts you received. You have a beautiful, loving and fun family. You're right. Everything is shut up tight, so where does the dust come from?

  14. Where indeed does all the dust come from? I feel like I have the dustiest house on the planet and I do dust. It's the chore that never ends. And time? There's never enough of that. Perhaps if dust and time could switch places because then we'd have an overabundance of time and very little dust to wipe away. :)

  15. Normally I only plan dinner on the weekend. Often Mark doesn't want a big dinner because he usually has lunch out. So we always have salad fixings or sandwich items available. That will change when he retires. It is great how you both work at the housework. I love the gifts you received, so cute!

  16. Aww what lovely gifts. Yep dust. Dust and more dust. But the secret is never to move anything lol

  17. I forgot about that hub can no longer eat red meat and sugar but can't lose weight...fixing any meals is a challenge. The glasses are adorable!

  18. I also loved the hiding place. I will be linking up momentarily. As for your computer what OP system?what browser? have you cleaned the cache? defragged?
    in your search box (where you search your computer) enter this *temp* select all that is in that folder windows will not let you delete needed files, nor will any of your files be lost. Sometimes this is a very easy fix that most people do not know about!

  19. LMAO at "A too tidy house makes me twitch." I've gotta remember that one! Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, ya know! :)

    Loving your apron ... happy days!

  20. What a cute apron! What's for dinner is definitely in the top three daily challenges! Joe and I used to share the housework. He was great at doing the bathrooms. Now between his many health issues and my bad-getting-worse knees, it hurts to do cleaning the way it should be done. I'm willing to do without a whole lot of things in order to keep Nelly and her sister coming every two weeks.

  21. What great answers! I love the hedgehog apron. And the dwarf name! And you know, I never even thought about The Hiding Place as a biography, but of course it is. Someone else mentioned Susan Branch's A Fine Romance, which again I didn't even think of as such, though I have read it.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  22. Darling glasses and apron! Ahhh that dinner thing. It was also a challenge when the kiddos were in residence. I thought Queenie was a good choice too but I didn't think it kept in line with the other dwarfs names. ;)

  23. What nice gifts you got ! The apron is just beautiful ! (I never wear one, but this one I would wear !)

  24. I missed linking up this week...just couldn't quite get together another post since I was linking to the Teacup Exchange...I will be back next week. I am so with you on #3 and that is a darling apron and cute glasses from your girl! Adorable pics of you two. Enjoy the weekend...are you getting rain like we are?

  25. I am like you on the decluttering front. When I plan to work on decluttering, life seems to come calling with higher priority issues. As the saying goes "Life is what happens when you're making other plans." Your Mom Day gifts are sweet. Thanks for another fine Hodgepodge and please try to not drive yourself or Hubs nuts with the planning of the upcoming nuptials.