Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Surviving the Hodgepodge and The Alphabet Too

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge and the Letter S in the April A-Z blog challenge. Scroll to the end of my post for that last one.

If you've answered today's Hodgepodge questions, add your link at the end of my post then go say howdy to your neighbor. In this season of healthy social distancing it's okay to be social here.

1. What's something you resolved to do this year? Have you done it?

I didn't make any resolutions this year. At least nothing official, nothing in writing. Last year kicked our tails, and I guess if I resolved anything it was to give myself some breathing room, to make space and time for rest and recharge, and to welcome a new year without the pressure of a long list of to-do's. 

We just never know what's waiting around life's corners do we? 

On the bright side, I said to my hubs recently that I feel sincerely rested for the first time in a long while. I have taken time to breathe, nap, daydream, read, write, and create. 

Is anyone talking about what happens when life is back at full throttle and some of us want to stay in low gear?

2. Where do you go to find quietude?

I live on a lake and my porch view is pretty much the definition of the word. As long as nobody sits beside me and reels off their house project to-do list or some such nonsense. Hi hubs! Also, a walk in the woods is good for mind-body-spirit and when I need a time of true quietude I aim my feet there. 

3. A friend asked this question on her Facebook page and said I could borrow it for the're only allowed to buy 5 things at the grocery store, and all must start with the first letter of your first name. Whatcha' buying?

My initial is one of the tougher ones I think-the letter J. 

jellybeans-of course because I've admitted here previously I have a weakness for them

juice-I drink cranberry with a splash of orange most mornings

Jonathan apples-I like all apples and you know what they say about keeping the doctor away.

Jamón-a most delicious dry cured ham from Spain that we all love, plus I need some protein in my grocery cart

Jif peanut butter- because when I don't know what I want I reach for the peanut butter

4. The television show Survivor, the Gloria Gaynor song 'I Will Survive', survival mode, survival of the fittest...pick one and discuss.

I'm going with the Gloria Gaynor song, and will save the discussion for my random thought. Keep reading. 

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about strength.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm going to use this space today for my A-Z Blog Challenge word of the day, brought to you by...yup, you guessed it...another sister-in-law.

Day 19-S is for Survive

I know my sister-in-law had something a bit more serious in mind when she chose this word, but I went a little deep in yesterday's post and wanted to lighten things up some here today.  

Does anyone not know all the words to I Will Survive? Can you sing it at anything less than full volume? Do you feel like you could rule the world when you're through singing? 

When I hear this song I flash back to the college years and the angst of young love, broken hearts, and the power of friendship. I was a freshman in college when this song came out and if you watch the music video there is no mistaking the decade. There's someone on roller skates because why not? Hello 1970s! 

Raise your hand if you think the 70's were the absolute best.

Music is a door to time travel and this one opens up to when the world sat waiting at my doorstep. 
To the friends who made me brave when I was young and full of dreams. Friends who were fun and smart and funny, so so funny. Who could be irate on my behalf when irate was what was called for. 

We're back there living in tiny, un-pottery barned dorm rooms sharing electric rollers and too many late night pizzas, playing honest to goodness albums and laughing til we pee as we hold hairbrush microphones to our lips and sing at the top of our lungs.  

One part kid two parts adult, or maybe it was the other way around. 

We lived and loved and grew and changed and we did so much more than just survive. 

We grabbed each other by the hand and ran head long into now. 


  1. Good question this week Joyce. Yes, we will survive!

  2. I love the picture you created of life in the dorms. It was like that, wasn't it? :)

  3. I love that quote! Thanks for writing the great questions every week! Stay healthy!

  4. I never went to college, but it sounds lik you had a great time. I know my oldest loved it.

  5. Yeah, that lake view & set up you have- you'd never get me to come in. Its just beautiful.

  6. I'm happy you've been able to use your "sheltering time" to rest and recuperate. Your life has always been so busy, I've often wondered how you do it!
    About always have the best memories, and you're great at sharing them!
    Kathy (Reflections)

  7. I bet you feel rested as you are generally going and going and I know this has been a nice respite for you. So enjoying the HP, thanks for bringing it back. Happy mid-week!

  8. I love the quote. Yes, we will survive! Great memories of dorm life.

  9. I sure hope people take this time to reconsider the slower, more thoughtful life. It seems like we fill our days with distractions rather than meaningful things, like even sitting still and contemplation. Your mornings beside the lake sound wonderful. Thanks for today's Hodgepodge.

  10. I would love having that lake view from my porch and would spend probably too much time there!

    So happy for you that this has been a restful, creative, recharging time. I can't say it's been that for me as my hubby and I have continued with the task of clearing out the old homestead. Plus walking every day. It all takes time out of the house and I find myself more stretched than ever. But it's an "essential" task and must get done.

  11. Joyce,
    You did great picking out your J groceries.
    I enjoyed your random. Sweet memories.

  12. Love your strength quote. I think I prefer low gear rather than full throttle too. You are blessed to have such great friends from different stages of your life!

  13. The letter of your name challenge was so fun! I have enjoyed the lake pictures you share! Happy Hodgepodge!

  14. It sounds as though you have had good rest through this crisis, and have found creative ways to stay busy! Having a positive attitude works so well. Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting.

  15. I know I came up with a word for this year but I never put it up and now I don't remember it. No wonder I'm not getting anything done....LOL!! Your lake is the perfect place for quitude. I enjoyed your answers for the letter "J." Love your quote.

  16. I didn't even read your answers before I wrote my post. I see that we selected the same verse! By the way, the pictures you post of your lake view are just gorgeous. I don't know how you ever leave your house!!

  17. Great questions this week. Yes we will survive but I think things will be different. We may not want to go back to all our old ways.

  18. It was very enjoyable to read your thoughts on Survive. Well written! Good job coming up with that grocery list. Hope the rest of your week is fabulous!

  19. Great questions this week, Joyce. As far as surviving goes, I agree with Wendy's comment...I would like to think that my new normal will be different as well. Loved the scripture you shared! Blessings!