Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog then hop back here and add your link at the end of my post. Don't forget to copy the button code or add a link back here somewhere in your post so your readers can join in too.

I don’t have it in me today to get creative with a title. Currently sitting in the car blogging on my phone as we are still without power after Sunday’s tornado. Hoping everything posts and links as it should. Let’s give it a whirl-

1. In Monday’s post I mentioned I would incorporate the word I was given for letter K into this week’s questions. That word was karaoke. On a scale of 1-10 how excited would you be to find out there was karaoke happening at your next gathering/outing with friends? 10=gimme that microphone!, and 1=I suddenly remembered there’s somewhere else I need to be.

I enjoy watching, but am not a singer so am going with a 4. Unless we’re talking carpool karaoke and then I’m all in. I do love belting out a song when I’m alone or not alone in the car. 

Have you ever actually done karaoke?

Does sharing a mic with my sister in our living room count? We once sang some Shania Twain a little too enthusiastically, and in fact my daughter brought it up had a flashback as soon as I said the word karaoke. For the record, my sister and I thought we were GREAT! Ha! 

If you had to perform karaoke what would be your ‘go-to’song?

Dancing Queen by ABBA? Or anything by ABBA because everyone knows all the words and their music is made for a sing-a-long. If I'm on the mic I want other people singing with me. 

2. How do you listen to music these days? Favorite app or do you listen the old fashioned way? Do you have music playing often in your home? Is there still a CD player in your car?

We have Sonos in our house so normally listen that way. Speakers are inside and out and we can control where music plays, and can have different music playing in different parts of the house. We like Pandora and we also have Alexa which I tend to use when I’m in the kitchen cooking. I normally listen to Sirius radio in the car, but we do have CD players we still sometimes use. This is where I see a generation gap because my kids do not listen to CD's in their cars. 

We have music playing in our home most nights. Hubs would have made an excellent D.J.

3. The HP lands on US tax day this year. Or what used to be tax day before everything including filing your taxes was cancelled, delayed, postponed or extended. FYI- filing your taxes has not been cancelled, only delayed for a bit.

Besides staying away from anyone and everyone, what have you found taxing lately?

I have always enjoyed grocery shopping but it’s a lot of work these days. Trying not to take too long in the store, wearing a mask, not handling what I’m not buying, getting it all decontaminated once I’m home, wiping down door handles, all without hubs help since we’re keeping it to one person handling the items. I hope someday soon we can leisurely meander through the market, then come home and put everything away without a fuss.

4. You’re without power so no oven, and you can’t open your frig or freezer in order to keep what’s in there from spoiling. And you don’t have access to take out. What will you make us for dinner?

My life currently. We ate peanut butter sandwiches on Monday night with half a box of cookies as our side. It was pretty delicious. I'm answering these questions on Tuesday and conveniently had a Home Chef delivery already scheduled so we'll eat one of the two meals I ordered, salmon because hubs can use the grill.  

5.  I’ve seen this exercise going around Facebook and thought it would be a good one to include in the HP...what are five things everybody seems to love and go crazy for that you personally don’t care for?

I’ve enjoyed reading responses to this one on Facebook. Here’s mine-

High waisted swimsuits
The Marvel series of movies
Late night TV host monologues

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I wrote my answers to the HP earlier today (Tuesday), but it's almost 5 pm now and I wanted to edit my random thought. Whoohoo!! Power is on and we're back in business! Almost back in business. I didn't get my A-Z post written for Tuesday's letter (L), but I'm not going to skip it because the word my sister picked is one of my favorites. A virtual room temperature pint to anyone who correctly guesses-ha! 

Anyway, it ties in nicely with the word a friend sent for the letter O (Friday's post) so I'm going to incorporate it there. Stay tuned. 

But what about Wednesday's letter? That one came from my brother-in-law and I feel qualified to write about it here...

Day 13-M is for Monotony

Did my brother-in-law know when he chose this word we'd still be social distancing, only now without power to keep things humming along at home? 

So what about you? Are you bored? Is life feeling a bit monotonous? Let's all weigh in...

I guess life is a bit monotonous in the sense the days tend to run together and one day is not all that different from the next. We're not spending time with friends, not traveling, and not dining out the way we normally do, but I have to say I'm not at all bored. 

For all the coming and going we do on a regular basis here, I am something of a homebody. I'm enjoying less activity every single day, and am indulging without guilt in my quieter hobbies of reading and writing. I don't feel any pressure to be somewhere else and it's kind of nice. 

I like it. 

A lot. 

Today I read a whole book, start to finish, while sitting in the sunshine on my back patio. It was glorious. 

I know we'll all be glad to get back to the days where there is freedom of movement and freedom to interact with one another up close, and I look forward to that too. I also know I'm going to want some days like today built into my calendar always. A little calm to cut the crazy. 


  1. Glad you got your power back. These are definitely quieter times at home.

  2. Grocery shopping has lost it's usual enjoyment for me as well.

    I love how you had your friends and family give you words for the A-Z challenge. I may have to do that next year. If I remember by then.


  3. Good Questions this week, but I admit to being weary, so my answers on some are strange. In fact, I thought you meant least favorite foods. So I delved into my brain and came up with some. That's tough when you are a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers! LOL

  4. So glad your power is back on :) Thank you for the Hodgepodge in the midst of your power outage. I agree with you on shopping.

  5. I so agree with you about the grocery. Glad your power is back on. Thanks so much for putting this all together especially with the power challenge this week.

  6. I've never heard of Sonos, but it sounds wonderful. I'm going to have to look it up. Glad you have power again! We haven't lost power, but the internet went out last night during my online Bible study. That pretty much stunk. We need both to keep connected these days. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  7. Hi Joyce... so glad Hodgepodge is back!! It's my favorite link up. I'm a little rusty - I screwed up entering the link. Happy your power is back. Stay well.

  8. Joyce these were great questions this week and I enjoyed your answers. No, I'm not bored at all, but then I'm still working full time too. But I'm enjoying my nights and weekends mostly home...that's something I don't get real often. I too have finished a couple books, but not in one day. lol Glad you have your electric back. Stay safe my friend!!

  9. I'm so glad to have the HP back, especially during this time. I look forward to it each week. Thank you! Hubby's on a Lifestyle diet to change his eating habits and little did he know when he started it that we were about to isolated. It's really worked to his favor and he's dropped 14 lbs since March 3rd. So, we're eating lots and lots of chicken and pork. Not sure why I shared that with you but anyhoo......... Stay well and keep on keeping on!

  10. Hi Joyce,
    Happy to hear your power is back on. I hope your little community is doing well too. Storms are no fun and with the addition of the virus, good grief.

    Tattoos, I should have wrote that down.

  11. Oh my gosh - I totally forgot how taxing grocery shopping is right now! I absolutely love ordering it for delivery and may continue doing this; however, the sanitizing of all of the items before bringing them into the house is exhausting!! My hubby conveniently ran an errand last week when the groceries arrived. Sheesh. Glad you got your power back on. We were out of electricity for twelve days after Hurricane Michael. That was quite the experience!

  12. On the list of dislikes, I particularly don't like tattoos. I think a lot of younger people will regret having got them when their skin gets wrinkly, later in life.

    I'm glad you've got your power back on. That is truly a 'taxing' situation with everything else going on right now!

  13. Oh boy I'm with you on #3. I love to just wander through stores, even grocery stores and I can't do that and have to stay to the task. Ugh. I sure hope you get power back soon. That would throw me over the edge in the current climate. Hang in there!

  14. Yes sharing the mic with your sister counts! It's like preforming surgery with all shopping, deliveries and the mail. There is one late night TV host that I watch but I never listen to the monologues.

  15. I'm okay with the 'monotony' too. Why do we think is it not okay to just sit and read all day in 'normal' times? Soooo glad you have power! That's the worst!!

  16. I'm so glad you got your power back on! Those PB&J sandwiches with the half a box of cookies sound familiar :) I agree with most of the things you dislike that others love, particularly the tattoos. I loved your post using the word monotony! Kathy (Reflections)

  17. I had tattoos on my list until Hubby reminded that I dislike shopping more. I am with you as well on the monotony topic. Bored is just not a word in my vocabulary. I am never bored and have found this time of isolation pretty much a continuation of my "old" normal day. Except that Dick is here with me around the clock, and that hasn't been bad for either of us at all. In fact, I have to agree with Paul when he said, "I am content in whatever state I find myself."

  18. ABBA is a great choice! Sometimes when I'm needing a 'kick' to get moving/cleaning, I'll ask Alexa to play their greatest hits -- loudly. (*smile*) Wish I'd thought to say tattoos and late-night TV hosts. Not sure which is worse, but man, I miss Johnny Carson!

  19. Not sure when it was that you and your sister sang as Shania, but I for one, am sometimes very thankful that cell phone videos were not a thing back in our day. Lol.
    Thanks for the questions. It's good to be back.

  20. I said "5" for the karaoke .... but once you mentioned ABBA, I thought, "hmmmmm, maybe ....!" LOL Glad your electricity is back on! It's the little things ...

  21. I am late getting around to posts today but sure did enjoy the Hodgepodge today! I agree that ABBA is a good choice - if you can sing, which I can't! LOL I am with you on not liking cruises and late night TV monologues. Thanks for bring back the Hodgepodge!!

  22. Like your song choice. Well, I have two tattoos! BUT they have meanings! My family was shocked with the first one...even Charlie..but he cried when he saw it.I am doing Wal-Mart pick up--good that I don't have to go in the store, but not a fan of someone choosing my things.

  23. I am late getting mine posted.....I got it mostly typed yesterday and then didn't post it. But wanted to stop by. For #5 I thought about adding cruise to my list. But I've never been on one, don't know if I 'd like it or not.