Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Marching To The Beat Of The Hodgepodge

Welcome to the brand new month of March and another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for your blog neighbor there. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Is March coming in like a lion where you live? Aslan, Simba, Elsa, The Cowardly Lion...your favorite 'famous' lion? 

Not a lion about a porpoise? A fish? Cats and dogs? We get a lot of rain this time of year so one of those animals feels more appropriate. That being said, temps are not frigid, snowy, or excessively windy and I'm pretty happy about that. 

I relate often and a little to well to the Cowardly Lion, but Aslan is my favorite. 

2. In what way do you 'march to the beat of your own drum'? 

Don't most adults march to the beat of their own drum? I am not someone who worries a lot about what others think, I don't play the 'comparison' game, and am pretty content in my own skin. I enjoy the quieter and more introspective hobbies of reading, writing, and daydreaming which might be a bit out of step with a lot of people, but it takes all kinds to make the world go round. 

3. What item that you don't have already, would you most like to own? Any chance of that happening soon?

A golf cart? I don't think it will happen soon (not this summer anyway) as we have a long list of things we'd like to do here, and that purchase is pretty far down on the list. 

4. March is National Flour Month...are you a baker? Cookies-cakes-or pies...your favorite sweet treat to bake? What's the last non-sweet thing you made that called for flour?

I bake. Does that make me a baker? Yes. I'm a baker. I enjoy baking and cookies are my favorite. I have better luck with cookie baking than cake baking, and find cookies a bit more forgiving. The last non-sweet thing I made that called for flour was a skillet pork chop recipe that required dredging the chops in a flour mixture. I don't do that sort of cooking often anymore, but they were delish.  

5. There are 31 days in the month of March...where were you and what were you doing when you were 31? If you haven't hit that milestone yet, then tell us where you were and what you were doing 31 months ago? (if math is not your thing, that would be August 3, 2018)

Ahh 31...what a lovely age and season of my life. There was no need to color my hair, I could read a size 8 font unaided, and I didn't worry too awfully much about how many carbs were contained in a slice of pizza.  

We were living in the wilds of northern NJ with our almost three year old little sweetheart and her baby sister, a six month old little darlin' who was not a fan of sleeping and who loved me with her entire being. So much so that she did not like me out of sight for too long, including 1, 2, 3, and 4 o'clock in the morning. Every morning. It was a completely exhausting and truly precious time. 

Just for fun I thought I'd look back at my blog and see where I was 31 months ago too. 

Well that was a mistake, as it naturally sent me spiraling down a rabbit hole. August 3, 2018 hubs and I were in Washington State with the cutest little just turned one year old on the planet. 

Daughter1 and her hubs had flown to Colorado for a conference and a few days of R & R, and we were left in charge of the smiliest, busiest, chattiest, most adorable little mancub around. (you can read the post I wrote about that in this link)

Now here we are 31 months later and baby boy is a big brother, nearing his 4th birthday (what???!) and somehow living even further away from his Nana and Pawpaw. And we thought Washington was far! 

On the bright side, we are hoping and praying and it is looking like we will be celebrating his birthday number 4 in person on this side of the globe. Life is hard, but also oh so sweet, don't you think?

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

What's a blog good for if not a little nepotism now and then? Daughter2 has once again dusted off her blog, and is back writing there this month. If you have the time, pop over and say hi.  And if you're a teacher you'll especially enjoy Tuesday's post. The link is here-It's Elementary


  1. I always enjoy your questions and answers.
    I love the pictures. Such adorable children!
    Have a good day.

  2. We bought a used/refurbished golf cart during the pandemic and we are enjoying it so much!! I hope you will be able to celebrate on this side of the globe!!

  3. Golf cart...are you taking up golf? or just going to enjoy the ride of the cart.Hubs and I had a golf cart years ago...just to ride around town. Hoping and praying the 4th celebration will be on this side of the globe.

  4. Joyce,

    Your daughters are similar ages to ours. It was wonderful having them close together. They grow up to be such good friends. Our third child came four years after #2 and we got a boy. :) There was more problems with #1 and our son when they were small but now that's water under the bridge. It's funny how life changes our perspective of younger siblings as we age. You pointed on some other wonderful benefits of being 31 no worries with small text, gray hair, or eating habits. lol I enjoyed reading all of your responses like usual and I so appreciate you keeping this Hodgepodge going each week. Have a blessed day, my friend!

  5. Size 8 font! Oh, those were the days!

  6. Lots of similarities to ages of kids and grands. I'm praying now that your kids will be posted stateside soon and before that 4th birthday. Love the roots t-shirt. A golf cart on your property would be fun or were you thinking of hauling it to the golf course. Your grands would love it, too. Addy has decided she wants a Hunting themed party this year. She turns 4 on March 20th. We are supposed to wear camo or bright orange to the party. Hunting themed games are being planned. My sister's second born daughter never wanted to leave her side, either. Amazing what we can live through without good sleep. Congratulations on surviving and loving the memory. Happy March to you!

  7. Sigh...31 months ago I was on a ferry boat headed to Fire Island for dinner, with plans to go to the NY Renaissance Faire in a few days...

  8. I am hoping my parents can see the kids more this year too, though they did visit three times during covid and we went there twice. Even though I don't think my mom is "that" worried, she and my dad are getting their shots this week. I am ready for that normality for sure!

  9. You're right, the other choices you mentioned work for me. I just looked up Aslan. I've seen the movie, didn't know his name. I was going to say that I don't worry about what other's think for #2 but I didn't. Yes, where you live a golf cart would be great! That does sound yummy with the pork chop. Well you brought tears to my eyes. It would be so awesome to celebrate his birthday in person. Praying that will happen. I love Nana and Pawpaw. My sister is a Nana and they call my BIL Pop. I'm grandma and Mark wanted to be Gramps. Well James calls him papa or he goes Santa, ho, ho, ho! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  10. I can't believe how big your oldest grandson is getting...almost 4!!!

    4 year old grandsons are a me on this! lol

  11. Oh those littles grow so fast! Thanks for the Hodgepodge!

  12. I agree cookies are more forgiving. I remember your blog post when you were in WA watching your grandson. Can't believe it has been that long! Sure hope you can celebrate his 4th birthday in the States together.
    Both of your girls are back to blogging :) Off to read now. Thanks for another week at the Hodgepodge :)

  13. Almost Four! He is adorable! (and is he really an Oregon native? That's an Oregon map Roots t-shirt he was wearing) Four is such a fun age.
    I don't do cakes, either. Pies and cookies for me.

  14. Thank you for the great topics, and your lovely photos.

  15. Maggie added your link so I thought I would take a peek at what Hodegepodge is all about. I enjoyed your post and can relate to your grandchildren story since I have decided to move closer to mine. Next week we pack up our belongings and have the movers move us to Virginia from Long Island into our new build dream home.

  16. Thank you for visiting my page. So good to hear about churches that still use their organs and appreciate their organists! Sadly, we are a dying breed.

  17. That is the sweetest little dimple in the cheek of the smilest, chattiest, cutest little mancub. I am absolutely thrilled that your boys will be closer to you before the year is over. I see the accruing of miles in your future.