Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Hodgepodge Seconds

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered on your own blog, add your link at the end of my post then go say howdy to your neighbor there. Here we go-

1. The Hodgepodge lands on the second day of a brand new month. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in September.

If you've been reading here a while then you'll know it's my birthday month. Also hubs birthday month and Daughter2's birthday month but let's talk about mine-ha! If you're a friend of ours on social media you'll be sick of us by the end of the month. It feels like we're everywhere. 

That being said, I think this year I'm more excited about Daughter2's birthday than my own, which I guess is motherhood in a nutshell. It's just so great to see her so happy and feeling excited about the new decade headed her way. 

2. Do you enjoy browsing second-hand shops? Last thing you bought or 'inherited' second hand?

I'm not really a second-hand shop kind of shopper. I like donating items there, but don't do a lot of browsing in flea markets, consignment stores, or charity shops. 

Last thing we inherited or got second-hand? Does a dog count? 

3. Something you had second thoughts about after committing to, purchasing, or posting/commenting  online?

A volunteer role I took on several years ago immediately springs to mind. It was not for me and I think I knew that when I said yes because I had second thoughts almost as soon as I agreed to it.  I should have paid better attention. 

4. What's a product or service you use that you'd rate as second to none?

Lots of things, but one would be a company we use that auto ships the air filters for our house. You select how often you want them and they customize your order to whatever size filters fit your home. It's a no brainer, completely reliable, one of those things you don't have to remember to do because when they show up at your door you know it's time to change the filters.  

This isn't a paid endorsement btw, but here's the website if you're interested. Ironically it's called Second Nature 

5. Something you do so often or that comes so naturally to you it's second nature ?

I feel like with the age I am now most tasks require some level of concentration or intention. I suppose in practical terms there are a number of meals I cook on a regular basis that I can prepare without thinking too hard or referring to the written recipe. 

If you want something deeper I'll say looking for the bright side of life.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday was hubs birthday and on his birthday he always asks for a chocolate cake. Chalk it up to 2020, but this year he said he wanted key lime pie. I haven't made one in ages, but the recipe found here is so goodEven better, the mancub facetimed so he could help sing and blow out the candle. 

This might be the thing I'm most looking forward to about my own birthday in a couple of weeks.


  1. Great questions to day and know you all are soooo thankful for Facetime. It's second best to actually being with our family for sure. Have a great rest of the week!

  2. We have two birthdays in September, my husband and my daughter. My daughter is turning 18 in a couple of days and starting college. She looks like such a grown up all of a sudden. My husband sometimes asks for a Lemon Meringue Pie which is easier to make than I originally thought. Your Key Lime Pie looks delicious! Enjoy all of your birthday celebrations, thankful for Facetime :)

  3. I know you are just beaming over #2daughter's happiness!

  4. Happy Birthday to your husband. Your September is like our August. Hubby, me and the dog all have August birthdays. lol

  5. Happy Birthday to your hubs!
    I think we all have meals we simply 'throw together' without having to think about making them. I asked my daughter for amounts when I was cooking something for her--she just looked at me and said, I don't know; I don't use a recipe.

  6. Celebrate all those days! My September also holds special memories for me! Happy Birthday to all. The pie looks very good!

  7. Thanks for sharing the link for the filter service, what a great idea. That's one thing we tend to forget to change!

    I'm going to look at the key lime pie recipe, my husband would like that.

    Happy birthday month!!

  8. I am not a Facebooker, only following 3 on Facebook and never posting anything, but FaceTime does look like a great tool!! Happy birthday to all your family!

  9. Happy birthday to hubby, daughter 2 and you! Today is my birthday, have a busy day planned and didn't play along this week but wanted to stop by and say hello. Enjoy your birthday celebrations! :)

  10. Happy birthday month to the three of you. Hubby's birthday is next Wednesday. Glad you found a good recipe for the 2020 birthday "cake" twist! And the best treat was your man cub singing happy birthday. So sweet. I'm glad your are a celebrate all month kind of birthday girl! Enjoy!

  11. I know exactly what you mean and it brought tears to my years because their is nothing better than our children's happiness before ours. On regrets, that use to be me with PTA. Then I felt like they always came to me. I finally learned to say no. It's nice when we have meals we can put together that you don't need a recipe for. They are some of our favorites! Definitely a lot of birthday's to celebrate. Happy Birthday to Tim and the pie, along with the phone call looks perfect!

  12. September Happy-nings...SEC football! GBO!

  13. September birthday's in my family too. I bet that pie was good! I am going to look at the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  14. My mom's birthday is on Friday, she'll be 88. And my sisters (they're twins) will celebrate on Monday.

  15. WOW, Hope you enjoy all of the birthdays!
    I enjoyed all of your questions and answers today.
    Have a great Wednesday my friend.

  16. That key lime pie looks ah-mazing! I realize it's available anywhere (*smile*) but haven't thought about it since leaving Florida in '02. We normally get 3M filters at WM, but I'm going to check out Second Nature. Thanks for the link!

  17. Joe would be all over that key lime pie. His second favorite, after lemon. Joe's birthday is the 5th. He wants a DQ ice cream cake for his celebration on Monday. We are traveling on the 5th to be with the grands. Thanks for this week's HP!

  18. Oh, I am so with you on volunteering for things and then wishing I hadn't. I think I've improved in that area over time, thankfully (and hopefully).

    The key lime pie looks wonderful. I will check out that recipe! My hubby has a birthday coming up on the 7th.

  19. I find myself second guessing a lot of things these days. Then again, I've been more apt to just go for it because if 2020 has taught us anything, it's that 'you just never know.' ha. That said, I learned a few years ago that NO is a complete sentence.
    I love key lime pie!

  20. Looking on the bright side of life is a great thing to do naturally. Happy birthday to you, your husband, and your daughter! I'm sure your pie and the facetime visit were both sweet.
    Laughter and Consistency

  21. Happy Birthday to ALL of you! September is my birthday month too (all us new year's babies)! I enjoyed all your answers.

  22. The dog definitely counts! I know how you gained yours but look at how many end up being rehomed from shelters for whatever reason.

  23. VBS. I have never liked working Vacation Bible School so I did not in recent years until about 2 years ago when I lost my senses. I did it, got through it and vowed to myself I am truly too old to handle that any more. I think I can do that now with no guilt. My age now works for me in this particular area.