Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Schooled in The Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post then go leave a comment for the blogger linking before you. There's the bell....

1.  What's happening where you live in terms of schools opening? How do you feel about it?

Currently schools here are set to reopen in about three weeks with both in-person and virtual options. Families have to commit to one or the other for at least a semester.  God bless the teachers navigating all the unknowns, fearful parents, angry parents, normal first day of school jitters, and so much ??? 

How do I feel about it? Well I don't have children in school so in theory the plan shouldn't affect me at all. However this goes down though, I think we all will eventually feel the ripples, perhaps even a few big waves. Teachers, parents, kids of all ages, and the people in charge are in my prayers right now. 

2. What's something you still do 'old school'?

Use a paper calendar, send real greeting cards, bake from scratch...lots of things. 

3. August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Will you/did you celebrate by baking a batch? Eating a batch? Nuts or no nuts? Homemade or store bought? Soft and chewy or do you prefer your cookie to snap when you bite into it?

First things first, homemade all the way! Soft and chewy and skip the nuts. Course if you've already added nuts I won't say no. Actually oatmeal chocolate chip are my favorite. 

While I like the idea of baking a batch, I definitely wouldn't eat a batch. I'd eat just one. Or two. Maybe three. 

4. What are you starved for?

Peace in our cities. 

5. Anything new and interesting on your August calendar? What is one thing you're looking forward to this month?

Honestly no, but that's okay. It's summer and we're enjoying the lake,  a lot of porch sitting, dinners from the grill, moonlight, casual weirdly spaced get togethers with one or two friends and neighbors at a time, all outdoors where everyone brings their own everything to keep it cootie-friee. Perhaps one day we'll look back and say, 'well that was interesting'. 

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Has anyone read American Dirt? What did you think? 


  1. I love the part about what you are looking forward to this month, sounds perfect! Thanks so much for hosting. Have a great day :)

  2. Sorry, my link came up twice! I don't know why or how to delete it.

    I wouldn't turn down a chocolate chip cookie if it had nuts either. I love writing and receiving handwritten cards and baking from scratch too. "Cootie-free", LOL, a perfect fit to the school theme.

    Have a great week :)

  3. Prayers being lifted up for all school personnel and parents. I, too, am starved for peace. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think America would be so unkind!

  4. You're right, "God Bless the Teachers." I love that you too have a calendar and send cards. I forgot about bake from scratch. Mark made banana bread last night! Excellent answers for what you are starved for. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. Yes, I'm with you on praying for the school year and all who are in the midst of the turmoil. Amen to #4, too. I have not read that book. Sounds like you are making the most of the summer of social distancing. Sounds lovely!

  6. Your daughter must be taking the year off from teaching, since you didn't mention her going back to school. (and that's probably a good thing)

    I, too, use a paper calendar and send actual paper greeting cards... I didn't thin of those!

    Thanks for hosting!
    Kathy (Reflections)

  7. My prayers are also with teachers, students and parents during this time.
    I still use a paper planner/calendar as well. I have tried to use the ones on my phone and just can't get into it.
    Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting this link up.

  8. It sounds like you are giving a whole new meaning to the "lazy days of summer," although I have a hard time thinking of you and lazy in the same sentence.

  9. I enjoy sending and receiving cards, too. Back when I was growing up in the UK it was more or a 'thing' to receive cards in the mail. I've found it isn't as big of a 'thing' here in the US. My Granny also used to write postcards every time she travelled. Sadly, I haven't received any since she passed away.

  10. Cracked up over your description of days and evenings at the lake. Cootie free! Ha! "That was interesting." Maybe. I'm not feeling it yet. I haven't read American Dirt but want to. Sort of. I'm afraid it will upset me like Hillbilly Elegy did a few years ago. Have you read it?

  11. Yes to your #4 answer. Peace, please! We have been socializing a bit lately and it does feel good to talk and catch up with friends and do our best to remain "cootie" free! LOL Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce! xo

  12. I must have had my head in the sand as I had no idea about that book (certainly haven't read it) but it seems to be a "Marmite" book with lots of people loving it and many others slating it for various reasons. Most of them seem to be forgetting that it's a work of fiction and as such surely a writer can be given a certain amount of leeway, but, as I said, not having read it I'm not really in a position to judge.

  13. Yes, I'm still old school on greeting cards as well. I cannot stand internet cards! I want a card in my mailbox. Thanks for keeping up the HP, I always look forward to participating.

  14. Thanks, Joyce, for a great set of questions. They help solidify what's in my mind and open me up to the concerns of my fellow (sister) bloggers.

  15. I like to make my own greeting cards to send! I too still use a paper calendar and love to bake from scratch.

  16. Relaxed summer days at home are my favorite. Yesterday we had one of those "casual weirdly-spaced get togethers". My friend and her girls sat one one side of the deck. My kids and I sat on the other side. It was weird but lovely. Thanks for hosting!
    Laughter and Consistency