Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Life In The Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered this week's questions, add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger before you so the blog world keeps on turning. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Do you (or did you used to) watch talk shows? Which are or were your favorite? 

I don't watch any talk shows currently. I was never a die-hard fan but (going to date myself here) I did watch some Phil Donahue back in the day. I also liked Regis and Kathie Lee in their early years. 

Hubs and I used to love The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, but late night talk shows today are just another excuse to rant about politics so we don't tune in. 

2. Would you describe yourself as resilient? If so what do you think made you that way? If you answered no explain why? 

Yes I would describe myself as resilient. I've moved a lot and that's probably the biggest contributor, particularly living outside of America. Growing up with three siblings I'm sure plays a part too. 

3. What parts of life have surprised you the most. Explain. 

I'm going with retirement. It takes more figuring out than I imagined. I don't really even know what I imagined exactly...when I was a kid it seemed like everyone who retired played golf and lunched with friends. Life is so much more complicated than that. 

4. Why do you live where you live? 

Well it's beautiful for one thing. We're retired and can live wherever we want, we love the south, we wanted to be on the water, and you just can't beat the view-

5. A memory from this week that made you smile? 

Pumpkin patch pictures courtesy of these cuties' Momma-

I mean, seriously....

How can you not smile? 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Raise your hand if you've ever cooked pheasant? If your hand is up and you have a great recipe send it my way. Vegetarians look away-

Hubs has been in South Dakota with some friends and former colleagues and also his brother who was able to make the trip this year too, so extra fun. 

They'll bring home some birds and while I've cooked them before I'm always interested in trying something new. For the record I only cook them...hubs is in charge of plucking off any feathers that have to stay on through the airport checkpoint.  

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  1. My husband would LOVE to be on that hunt with your husband. I've never cooked pheasant and to be honest . . .Mark is usually in charge of cooking any wild game and most fish.

  2. Retirement is definitely more complicated to figure out. Thankful hub was still alive when I retired from teaching...too many glitches to figure out. Those cuties!! how precious!

  3. I have had pheasant but have never cooked one. My dad was a hunter so wild game found itself on our table often. Sorry to not have a recipe to share. Retirement...looking forward to that again someday. I will say that my life seems to have more order since I am working again. It makes me schedule things and do things that need doing when before I seemed to procrastinate more. BUT... bring on procrastination again!! LOL Love the visit here and today's Hodgepodge! xo

  4. My dad always said he was busier in retirement than he was working.

  5. Those boys and those men!!! Both having the time of their lives! Always fun to be a part of the HP!

  6. Yes, your little cuties did bring a smile to my face. What joy grandchildren bring. No pheasant, but Hubs brought in some ducks one time. I was instructed to "cook them with wine." Being tee-totalers and Hubs a minister in a small town, getting the wine was an ordeal in itself. I ended up using two entire bottles and they still weren't eatable. We were sorry all the alcohol had cooked out by that time. LOL! Have a great time with your fowl and let us know how it turns out.

  7. Love the pumpkin patch photos. Such a great time of year. That looks like a great hunting trip. I've never cooked pheasant so I'm no help. Enjoy...

  8. Those babies would make anyone smile. I love all the orange in the photos. And in regard to hunting, our son took our grandson Jack hunting a couple weeks ago. He is 10 years old and got his first deer!!! With a crossbow! Very proud!
    I love your sunset photos. Just so beautiful.

  9. That's true, they are a rant of politics. I fast forward through that on James Corden because I do sometimes what to see certain guests. Yes, moving like you have would have to make you very strong. You definitely picked a beautiful place to retire. Love the pumpkin patch photos. No, have never cooked pheasant. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  10. Now that you mention it retirement was surprisingly different than I imagined. Your babies are beautiful and, yes... they made me smile! I've never cooked (or eaten) pheasant. My only experience with wild game is deer venison. We have a friend who shares with us.

  11. I love the pics of the little boys and the big guys too. What fun! I agree about the late night shows. They're just not the same anymore.

  12. Great photos and answers. I love pheasant but haven't cooked with it. My dad has made duck philly cheese sandwiches, I wonder if that would work with pheasant

  13. Your observations on retirement are true for me, too. It is a complicated season of life (figuring out Medicare, for example) that seems unfair to me. But it is what it is.

    I may have cooked a pheasant that my husband brought home when we lived in South Dakota (1972-1976) but the recipe is long gone. One of his pheasants was taken to the taxidermist and that fellow (the bird) made many moves with us during my husband's corporate days. When we moved from Colorado to Florida, Beloved decided he was done with the bird and he went to Good Will.

    The pumpkin patch kids are adorable. They really are.

  14. What cuties in the pumpkin patch! So special to have them nearer by!

    I'm with you on retirement being surprising, though that wasn't how I answered the question. It has been very surprising in a very good way.

  15. So sorry I couldn't make it to WH this week, I enjoyed reading your post so much, Talk shows these days are way to political for us. Enjoyed the photos children never get to old to go to pumpkin patches, nor decorate for fall!
    Wish I had a recipe for pheasant cooking, but don't,so good luck!
    Have a great weekend.