Wednesday, September 14, 2022

A Perfectly Perfect Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger before you because that's what good neighbors do. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. What's something you've learned from a younger person?

When I think of 'younger people' I think of my girls and I've learned a lot from them. 

Computer shortcuts, good follows on Instagram, tv shows I might like, book titles I might not have found on my own, how to laugh at myself, and how to see shades of gray in a world I often see in black and white. 

2. Are you a perfectionist? Elaborate? 

About some things. I was a bit of a perfectionist back in my student days. I can be picky (is that the same thing???) about my handwriting, a table setting, the way a towel should be folded, how the dishwasher is loaded-ha! In other areas of my life good enough is good enough. I will say I don't expect perfection from others, and in general give other people more grace than I give myself. 

3. What makes you cringe? 

I learned a new word recently that fits here, the German word fremdschamen. It means second hand embarrassment which is what I think of when I hear the word cringe. Someone else is doing something embarrassing (although they may not realize it) and that causes me to feel embarrassment for them. 

A list of things that make me cringe would include small children going barefoot in restaurants or public restrooms, someone talking with a mouthful of food, a person's mistake being called out in front of others, poor grammar from someone who should know better, someone misusing a word (pacific for specific), any time our Vice-President makes a speech of any kind, and virtue signaling. 

4. September is National Honey you have bees and make your own? Know someone who has bees and they share? Your favorite thing made with honey? 

We do not keep bees but daughter2's father-in-law does, and he keeps us in honey. We also have a good friend here on the lake who has bees and he shares too. We love it. 

My favorite thing made with honey is probably a toasted English muffin with honey dripping in to all the nooks and crannies. I drink my tea with milk, but if I have a scratchy throat I love hot tea with honey. I like honey mustard dressing on a salad, and honey butter on a warm piece of bread. 

5. Where is your happy place? 

The English countryside.

My backyard is pretty great too. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I made an apple cake with a caramel drizzle for my book club this week. It was easy and delish and you'll  find the recipe in the link here (The Best Apple Cake)  Enjoy! 

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  1. Yes, to so many of your 'cringe' makers and to your backyard happy place. The Apple Cake looks delicious and I think the caramel topping on a warm cake would be perfect.

  2. I'm sitting her chuckling to myself - our answers to 3 are very similar - you are a better wordsmith than I so yours sounds so much better. I also mention apple cake in my answer to number 6. I always enjoy your questions and answers!!

  3. Those are wonderful things you have learned from your girls. Those are interesting in what makes you cringe and I agree with you on when the vice president speaks. Those definitely sound like happy places. I will go and check out your recipe. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  4. I feel the same way about your #3.

  5. Great cringe-worthy examples; I can SO identify with them all. I love to laugh at myself, but sure need to work on discovering the many shades of gray.

  6. Loved reading this. I cringe about a lot of the same things. And I too have learned so much from my daughters. Your apple cake sounds scrumptious!

  7. The fact they let Kamala speak in public IS pretty cringey!

  8. I just realized that for some reason I'm not getting my daily email/updates about your blog! My youngest son is often teaching me things about Australian animals and random snippets about life in other countries from the videos and things he watches. I love it!

  9. Thanks for the recipe, Joyce!! Yum! Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge, too! I cringe when Kamala speaks and also when Biden tries. Enough about that!! Love & hugs!!

  10. Totally agree with your answer to #3!!

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