Wednesday, October 12, 2022

A Brainy Hodgepodge

Welcome back to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. I'm still in a sling, but have better use of my hand this week so am back to blogging. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Kindness always counts. 

Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Thursday (Oct 13) is National Train Your Brain Day. What do you do to keep your brain in tip top shape? Is it helping?

I try to 'exercise' my brain on a regular basis. I read a lot, work puzzles, and play games that fall under the category of 'brain training'. Is it helping? I hope so! 

2. You can sit with anyone in the world and 'pick their brain'...whom do you choose? Tell us why? 

Elon Musk. He's intelligent, interesting, and unpredictable

3. What's something happening in the world (or your corner of it) right now that you have trouble 'wrapping your brain around'? 

Black holes, the space-time continuum, the depth of God's love, the vastness of the universe...

4. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall in the pumpkin fanclub? (1=blech, 10=make it all pumpkin all the time) Tell us something delicious you've tasted recently that had some pumpkin in it somewhere. 

Pumpkin flavored anything is generally just eh for me. I don't go out of my way to order something pumpkin and I am not a fan of flavored coffee of any kind, so no pumpkin spice lattes for me. I did make a pumpkin french toast casserole recently for our overnight guests and it was delicious. The pumpkin flavor in this particular dish is subtle. 

5. Share a favorite song, book, or movie with an autumn title, setting, or vibe. 

song-The Boys of Fall by Kenny Chesney (love the video too!)

book-I always enjoyed reading Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf ,Yellow Leaf to my kindergarten students every fall.

movie-When Harry Met Sally...not sure exactly what qualifies as a fall movie, but there is a scene in this particular film set in the NYC autumn and it gives me all the fall feels.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

My niece and her husband celebrated their one-year anniversary this past weekend and we decided to make it a family affair. 

All my sibs and their spouses came to town, along with my nephew and my mom. It's always special when she has all her kids in the same place at the same time. 

The weather was lovely and we enjoyed sharing meals, boating, a birthday, the anniversary, lake time, skiing, and lots of laughs. 

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

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  1. Happy hodgepodge day! Thank you for the questions once again. May I sit in on your discussion with Elon Musk? Good choice!! Please give us an update on your arm.

  2. Elon Musk—yes, he'd be an intriguing one to chat with, though I don't believe he's the chatting type. These were such thought-provoking questions, Joyce. I don't know how you do it. Your mother looks so very happy to have everyone all together. It certainly is a particular thrill.

  3. Such interesting questions this week. I can only imagine the thrill of having all her younguns' together must have been for your mother. I also found your list of confounding things quite interesting and agree that we are unlikely to ever understand their depths. Happy Wednesday!

  4. I should try to work on some puzzles. That is James big thing now. That's an excellent person to sit and talk with. Your brain is working on some heavy thoughts. Great choice on the movie. Sounds like a perfect get together to celebrate their first anniversary. Love the photos.

  5. How sweet to come together to celebrate a 1 year anniversary. I'm so with you on your pumpkin flavor answer. You went way deeper than me on your answer to #3. I couldn't get past the yuck. Hope you have a lovely day!

  6. Hi Joyce,My son Sam would sit down with you and Elon.
    I do not enjoy flavored coffee, I always chuckle how so many people get excited about Pumpkin Spice. Hee Hee!

  7. Thanks for the questions and I enjoyed your answers. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Love the family photos...everyone looks so happy.

  8. Pictures show a great family time! Hope you are on the mend.

  9. Elon Musk ... yessssss! I'm only a pumpkin enthusiast for 3-4 weeks a year, but that casserole you mention sounds intriguing; something out of the ordinary for next month's Bible study brunch. Thanks for the mention!

  10. Glad you're better able to use your hand. I'm also so happy you had a lovely family get-together in honor of your niece's one-year anniversary with her husband.

  11. What a nice family gathering! I feel the same away about pumpkin. I can take it or leave it.

    And I liked your answer to what you can't wrap your brain around. Perfect.

  12. Family is just the best!! Thanks for the Hodgepodge, Joyce. Always great. Loved your photos. xo

  13. What a beautiful family you have and so much fun to be together by the water! You are blessed!