Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Nothin' Scary About The Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge, our last in October.  If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my blog, then leave a comment for the blogger before you.  Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Is Halloween a big deal in your neighborhood? Was it something you celebrated as a child? With your own children? Do you like candy corn? 

It's not a huge deal in our neighborhood, but it's not no deal either. There are not a lot of young children in our neighborhood and the driveways are long and the roads a bit dark so not ideal for trick or treating. Last year someone organized a trunk or treat in the clubhouse parking lot which was fun and made trick or treating easier for everyone. We don't get trick or treaters at our door, which is just as well because I tend to buy way too much candy and consequently eat way too much candy. 

We did celebrate when I was growing up, nothing over the top but it was a fun day and much looked forward to. We always had a costume parade at school and then we trick or treated around the neighborhood that evening. This was back in the day when you wore those plastic masks that covered your face, had tiny little slits for eyes, and a rubber band that went around your head to hold it in place. If you know you know and if you don't, well you're young and lucky lol. 

My dad always carved a pumpkin but we didn't do any extreme decorating. Early on in my blog life I wrote a (very wordy) post about my Halloween memories. I've linked it here if you're curious-It Was A Dark and Stormy Night...

We kept it pretty low key for our own children too. Costumes and trick or treating around the neighborhood with the dads leading the way. We carved pumpkins but again, I wasn't in to a lot of Halloween decor. 

As far as candy corn goes...I can take it or leave it. 

2. Are you a scaredy cat? About what? 

Hmmm...we probably all have one thing or another that would qualify us as 'scaredy cat'. I have done and still do a lot of things many people would define as 'living unafraid' travel, swimming in a deep lake, public speaking, etc. 

How about traversing a gorge in a hanging cable car? I'm fraidy scared but I still do get on them and go so does that really count? 

I know...bats. I am a scaredy cat when it comes to bats. Shudder. 

3. Last time you were somewhere that should have been busy but felt like a 'ghost town'?

Maybe a restaurant on a Friday night that would normally be hopping but these days is not?

4. Do you like chili and if so how do you like it? Beans or no beans? Meat or no meat? Beef or chicken? Spice or no spice? Favorite toppings? 

I love chili and I love chili weather. I make mine with beans-meat-spice, but can happily eat chili all sorts of ways. I tend to use beef but also have a white chicken chili recipe that's tasty. We like spicy and then hubs also needs a side of jalapeños because there's no such thing as too hot for him. I like shredded cheese and sometimes a small dollop of sour cream on mine along with a side of cornbread.

5. Would you describe yourself as a night owl? What time of night qualifies? What are you doing while everyone else is asleep? Do you then 'sleep in'? Define 'sleeping in'. 

Ha! No. What's the opposite of a night owl, because that's what I am? I'm an early bird and love the wee hours of the morning as the sun is rising, not the wee hours of the night after the sun has gone to bed. My level of productivity goes way down late afternoon, and sleeping in for me would be 7:30. If I'm still in bed at 8 am I'm probably sick. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." L.M. Montgomery

So is the little brown dog...

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  1. As always, thank you so much for taking the time each week to write these questions and share them with us!! Our answers were similar on 1, 3, and 5. I love good cornbread with chili or soup! Yum!

  2. 2. Bats! I forgot about bats. I'm definitely a scaredy cat when it comes to bats. Thankfully have never come across them and hope I never will! Glad to be back in the Hodgepodge.

  3. Ahh I remember those masks and that it was so hard to see sometimes and hard to breath too, if I remember correctly. Love your fall pictures. Thanks Joyce for running the Hodgepodge and I hope you have a great day.

  4. Well, we'd be best buds on our nights and mornings. I do down as the sun goes down and I'm as energetic as can be in the early morning. But, I think those like us are rare. Yes, love, love October, may be my favorite month of the year. Always enjoy the HP and thanks for hanging in there with us.

  5. Love your photos. Yes...I don't like bats either...and I definitely hit a wall in the evenings.

  6. I'd forgotten about those strange little masks. I'm an early bird too and definitely scared of bats ... forgot about them. And we love chili in this house and often serve it to guests.

    Your October photos were glorious. Thanks for hosting!

  7. I do remember those Halloween masks. I don't have a lot of memories when I was young but had fun going out my friends when I was older. I guess there are a lot of things I haven't tried yet to be scared of. I've never had a white meat chili. Yes, sour cream for sure. I forgot to say that. Your October photos are lovely. Take care.

  8. Those masks! I remember those not only did the strings hurt under your chin, but I sweated like a hog!!
    Your pics are beautiful!

  9. Oh boy, busy week so I'm just getting around to visit the Hodgepodge posts. Looks like fall is showing nicely in your neck of the woods. Lately Dear and I are both early to bed and early to rise!

  10. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge! I enjoyed your answers!! Love seeing that little brown dog!! xo

  11. Hoping to play along this week. Working on that post now. Always a day late and a dollar short.

    Ha!! Those wonderfully hot, uncomfortable masks with the elastic around the ears and head. Everyone should wear one once!! Halloween was fun but a big deal when I was young. Became much more so with my children. But also very hectic when it fell on a weekday.

    I am not crazy about bats either. I fear them flying into my hair for some reason?

    Love those photos. The fuzzy moss covered tree looks straight out of the enchanted forest.