Wednesday, January 27, 2021

G'Day Hodgepodgers

Welcome to another week in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post. Before you run off do the neighborly thing and leave a comment for the blogger linking before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Have you done more binge watching this past year than in 'normal' years? Any plans to break that habit in 2021? Tell us one or two shows you binged last year that you really liked. 

We have definitely watched more television in the past year than any other year of our married life. In a 'regular' year we're not big bingers, but one does what one must in the age of Corona. If life resumes some normalcy we can easily break the tv habit. We live on a lake and enjoy being out of doors and on the water, hopefully with friends and/or family nearby. 

Shows we've binged and enjoyed?  The Americans, Yellowstone, Bosch, The Queen's Gambit, Outlander...probably more, but these are the shows that popped into my head first. The Americans was my favorite. 

2. January 26th is Australia Day. Have you ever visited or lived in Australia? Have you ever tasted Vegemite, and if so what did you think?  Is a trip down under on your bucket list? We answered a question about travel three months ago (the October 21st Hodgepodge), but let's revisit now...where are you when it comes to planning or even imagining travel this year? 

I've never been to Australia but it's definitely on my list, New Zealand too. I have friends from that part of the world and I'd love to see them in person. I've tasted vegemite and it's just eh for me. 

As far as travel's still really hard to imagine anything international, and we don't have anything outside of the US currently on the books. We were planning to attend a wedding in Mexico, but the bride and groom have changed plans and we'll now be celebrating stateside. That will be fun too but means no toes in the sand so we need to figure out how to remedy that somewhere this year. 

3. Something that zaps your energy? Something that energizes you? 

As far as what zaps my energy I think everyone knows what my answer will be...anything and everything relating to 'politics' via social media lately. 

Something that energizes me?  That first cup of coffee with the sunrise makes me feel anything is possible, a hike in the great wide somewhere, meaningful conversations with my daughters or close friends...lots of things. 

4. On a scale of 1-10 what are your eating habits like these days? (1=all junk food all the time and 10= juicing every green thing in the frig) Healthiest meal you've eaten in the last week or so? 

Well we're coming off a wedding which was highly motivating in terms of watching my diet. Plus, I thought we were going to Mexico which would have meant bathing suits, and that thought is also motivating. 

Overall we eat pretty healthy. I am not into juicing, but fruits and veg are my favorite so there's always lots of both in our daily diet. I do watch my carbs and admit I had too much sugar over the Christmas holidays, but have made an effort to get back on track there so I'm going with an 8. Not bad, but still room for improvement. 

5. What's your most often 'Back in my day....' thing to say? 

I feel like I use this expression more in my writing than in my speaking, but maybe something along the lines of ..."we learned how to wait for things." Waiting is something of a lost art. Everything is so instant these days which means we don't get a lot of practice. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I do plan to write more about the wedding weekend, but I would love to have some photos to go with all my many words and as a nod to question #5, we're still waiting for the professional pics. Until then, here's a little snapshot of the I Dos captured by one of our guests-


  1. So many of my teacher colleagues have tried to get me to watch Yellowstone...even mentioned I remind them of one of the girl characters...(can't think of her name). Your daughter's gown is beautiful. Donna Gentry (Morton) and Susan Leonard's (Morton) sons moved to Mexico this week. I think Donna is planning on a trip there in May.

  2. The back of her wedding dress is gorgeous!!!

  3. I can't wait to see the wedding pics, Joyce. I bet it was a magnificent day! Enjoy your week and thanks for doing such a great job writing the questions.

  4. I think you're right about waiting - everything is very instant these days but at the moment here in the UK we're all playing a waiting game with Covid.

  5. Yes, travelling to another continent is impossible for the moment at least for people for leisure travels. I only hope the weather will be nice until the lockdown will be lifted. Looks like a big wedding !

    1. It was small. Our venue was quite large and could have held 400 guests. We had just under 50 people. It was perfect : )

  6. Yep.. social media & politics was on my list of ZAP too.
    I love all your wedding pictures that are being shared. Your daughter is just STUNNING

  7. I've heard good things about The Americans but we haven't watched it. We love Yellowstone. I can't say we binge it because we watch it when it on each week during it's run. That's a good answer on politics zapping your energy. I like to watch my carbs and basically I will have a small piece of dark chocolate from time to time. No often. Looking forward to more wedding photos.

  8. It's always a treat when someone else captures special moments at a wedding and shares the photos. I forgot to mention that we binged Bosch but it seems like so long ago. We haven't watched the other shows you mentioned. International travel is no where on our radar these days. :( I'm heading now to get that energizing first cup of coffee for my day. Blessings!

  9. Hi Joyce,
    I have enjoyed your posts about the wedding. It makes me smile during this time of crazy we are all living in.
    You are right on about waiting. I see it in my boys, because they have grown up with the smartphone. Patience is something I have to remind them of, and they will be honest in saying they are not good at waiting. Ha.

  10. I haven't watched any of those shows except maybe one or two episodes of Outlander. We like our murder mysteries.
    Congratulations to your daughter and her husband! That is a very sweet photo of them.
    If I travel outside of the US this year, it will most likely be England (again!).

  11. Joyce,

    Although, I didn't mention it but we're on point about what zaps us. I went with something else that zaps me. Oh, I had too much sugar over the holidays, too. I'm now kicking up my exercising routine. I only got two days in last week and only one day this week so far but I hope to climb on my elliptical again this afternoon. It all takes time to reform good habits. Now to cut back on the unwanted calories which I'm finding hard to resist. I wish food did its job without making us fat when we over do it, don't you? :D Thanks for hosting, my friend!

  12. Oh yes, waiting is not something most people can handle well anymore.

  13. A lovely photo from the wedding! Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce. I always enjoy your answers. We have binged all the shows you mentioned, except for The Americans. Joe is finding it right now, as I type this! Thanks or the tip!!

  14. Joyce... I left you a note and it hasn't shown up. Anyway, so happy for your daughter - I can't wait to see the pics. Enjoy your week.

  15. Indeed, the current political climate is very zapping of energy for sure. I'm so happy for Maggie, makes me smile every time I see one of the wedding photos.

  16. Beautiful wedding photo. Looking forward to hearing more.

  17. The bride in that dress is totally stunning! Can't wait to see the "real" pics.

  18. It is such a delight to see how the Lord has worked in your daughter's life to bring her to this place of great happiness and love. They make a sweet couple. Even in the hardest of times, God is good.

  19. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding! I remember how hard it was to wait for the photos when our middle daughter got married. Hope you get to see them soon! Our youngest daughter is hoping to get married in Italy this Fall... not sure that's going to happen but we're planning for it just in case.

  20. Bosch is one of my faves! I've heard people talking about Yellowstone...need to check it out. I'm not binging on this, but have started watching The Spanish Princess...very good. And of course I had to watch the last season of The Crown.
    AMEN to politics zapping the energy out of every living thing!