Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Traveling Into The Hodgepodge

Welcome to another week of Wednesday Hodgepodging. If you've answered the questions add your link at the end of my post, then fly over and leave a comment for the blogger linking before you. Thanks for writing along today... 

From this Side of the Pond 
1. Just your weekly mid-week reminder that it's fall y'all and it's my favorite. I love nearly all the flavors of fall but let's weigh in with an either or today...pumpkin or cranberry? hot apple cider or pumpkin spice latte? cinnamon or maple? apple or pear? ginger or sage? carrot or butternut squash? Yes you have to choose. What's a favorite dish made with one of the flavors listed here? 

I wouldn't say no to any of these flavors, they are some of my favorites no matter the season. Since I have to choose I'm going to say cranberry, hot apple cider, cinnamon, apple and pear (sorry, can't choose), ginger, carrot and butternut squash (again because I cannot choose).  

A favorite dish made with one of these? Homemade apple pie, butternut squash soup, cranberry bread, and I'll have my sushi with a side of pickled ginger please, because that's the best part. 

2. Do you miss traveling? In this season of almost no travel do you think you've grown anxious or fearful about traveling again? Or has all this staying home not going anywhere made you restless to get out and see the world? What book have you read or what movie have you watched that has inspired you to travel? 

I do miss traveling. Or maybe I miss having the ability to travel. I'm eager to plan a trip somewhere I've never been, and if we weren't sticking close to home I'm sure hubs and I would have made another trip to Asia this year. I'm not anxious about traveling, just a little anxious about when everything will open up so travel can be truly enjoyable again. We could get in the car and go somewhere right now, but if I'm going somewhere new I want the locals around and things to be open and not so strange. 

A book or movie that inspires me to travel? Anything set in the French countryside....A Year in Provence, The Nightingale, Suite Francaise...also anything set in the English countryside or London or England. Basically anything England. Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Notes From A Small Island...anything by Kate Atkinson or Kate Morton. 

As far as films go I'll say Under The Tuscan Sun. Didn't everyone want to buy a fixer upper in the Italian countryside after they watched this one? 

3. A time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'? Explain. 

Any time I blog. That phrase pretty much sums up the way I write. 

4. Do you struggle with road rage or are you more of a 'Sunday driver'? Do you like to be 'in the driver's seat (literally and/or figuratively speaking) ?

No I don't struggle with road rage. Like anyone I can become irritated while driving (I'm looking now at you people poking along in the passing lane!), but life is rarely an emergency. Also, I'm someone who allows plenty of time to get where I'm going since I hate feeling stressed by the journey so I typically don't need to rush anywhere. 

Literally speaking I'm okay in either seat, but if we're speaking figuratively I want to drive. 

5. Something you've recently 'put the brakes on'? 

I know I sound like a broken record, but time spent on social media. Talk about road rage! What's the online equivalent of that phrase? 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

We met up with Daughter2's soon-to-be in-laws Monday afternoon for a tasting of the rehearsal dinner menu. It was fabulous. It might not look like it in this picture, but there was a lot of food to go with all that wine tasting-teehee. 

I'm so grateful both of my girls have such genuinely nice in-laws. It certainly takes some of the stress out of married life. 


  1. I think I've avoided the social media road rage, from what I hear from others. Following only 3 Facebook accounts helps a lot. Thanks again for the Hodgepodge, Joyce. I'm sure you're so grateful that both of your daughters are marrying into happy homes. What a blessing that is.

  2. Cranberry bread now I could go for a slice of that! I have put the brakes on social media, unless it is with my close friends. There is too much hatred in this world as it is!

  3. Ah, the passing lane. I think most drivers in NY don't know about that rule. We used to have signs on the parkways but not anymore. When there are only two lanes and someone in the left lane is going under the speed limit traffic quickly builds!
    It is a blessing to have such great in-laws for your daughters. Looks like you had a great day and your hair looks AMAZING in that photo!

  4. I agree, I like all of the flavors too. make us pick! I feel the same about apples and pears. I watch Under The Tuscan Sun often, such a good movie. Great answer for putting your brakes on! The wedding is so exciting. Hope you found a great wine. Wonderful in laws makes it so nice. Our Amber hasn't been lucky with that.

  5. I enjoyed all of your questions and answers today.
    Have a good Wednesday my friend.

  6. Such a relief to have kind in-laws. Looks like a great place for a rehearsal dinner. You are right about social media rage...yikes. I get a little fired up with ALL the reminders on Facebook and Insta to make sure I vote. Sheesh. So happy my niece posted how to stop those notifications! I'm still in the midst of company and as soon as this batch is out the door our kids arrive for hunting weekend. Short window of laundry in between!! Enjoy the rest of the week.

  7. Oh yes getting on with the in-laws makes life a lot easier. I steer clear of social media road rage but there is a lot of it about.

  8. Hi Joyce,
    I love that photo. Sam has a girlfriend, I really like Cate. They will be together a year coming up in November.

    I agree with #5!
    Love, Carla
    P.S. we received 6.75 inches of snow! My autumn garden clean up has gotten very interesting. Ha! 2020! What a year!

  9. I agree with you on Social Media. Yes having good in laws is good!

  10. I am so enjoying the glimpses you are able to give us with the wedding preparations, looking forward to seeing all the clothing choices, the decorations, everything. You have done it so well in the past with Daughter1 and I know this one will be wonderful as well.

  11. Good in-laws makes life so much nicer! I agree with you on Under The Tuscan Sun. Yes, I did dream about that fixer upper! Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge!!

  12. The flavor question is so easy for me-- cranberry anything, apple cider (though I prefer mine COLD!),cinnamon, apple, neither ginger or sage, but give me all the butternut squash! I love apple pie and apple crisp and we just made a really delicious apple bread with cider glaze that was amazing.

  13. Thanks so much for your wonderful questions every week. I love the picture of y'all at the food tasting for the rehearsal dinner. Did y'all really taste that many wines?