Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Goofing Off In The Hodgepodge

Welcome to the weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge. 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. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in some way? If so tell us how. Are you a fan of corned beef? Cabbage? The color green? 

We did celebrate, with a neighborhood get together in our clubhouse. Neighbors take turn hosting these once a month gatherings, everyone brings a dish, and it's a fun way to get to know new neighbors and also catch up with old. We had volunteered to host in March and even though it was a week before St. Patty's we went with a St. Patrick's Day theme. Everyone wore something green and brought an Irish dish to share. The food was so good! 

I made corned beef and cabbage for the event and am a fan of both. I only make corned beef once a year and this is the day. I love the color green, one of my favorites. 

2. March 22nd is National Goof Off Day...will you celebrate? Your favorite way to goof off? Last time you had a whole day to spend 'goofing off'? 

I'm retired so technically I can goof off as much as I want. That being said, I prefer to have some sort of schedule in my week, and am happier with at least a little bit of structure. 

What qualifies as goofing off when your time is really your own? My favorite ways to 'goof off' would be reading a book,  floating on the lake, and sipping iced coffee on the porch with my girls or a friend.

3. Something on your to-do list that has been there more than a month? Will this be the month you finally cross it off? 

There is always a fairly long list of the un-crossed on my ongoing to-do list, and quite a few of those tasks have been there a while. We're nearing the end of the month so not sure if any of the big things will be crossed off before the 31st, but I'm trying to pencil some of the more easy to tackle items into my calendar to be done this spring. Not this month, but this season. 

4. In your opinion, what emotion is the most beneficial? Which one is the least useful? 

Most beneficial-joy. Because it's possible no matter the circumstance or situation. 

Least useful-envy. Contentment is the secret to a happy life. 

5. What was your favorite thing to do as a kid? Elaborate. 

So many things come to mind...riding my bike hands free would be one. Except we didn't say hands free back then, we said 'Hey look! No hands!'. Other favorites were the hours spent playing Barbies, paperdolls, and with our dress ups. My mom kept a big box of dress ups in the basement and we loved to make up plays and also play house wearing those clothes.

There were a lot of kids my age in the neighborhood, plus my sister is just a year younger than me, so always someone to play with. Swinging high on the swings, games of HORSE at our neighbor's basketball hoop, tag in the front yard, roller skating and jumping rope on the driveway. 

Aside from school my childhood was very unscheduled. So many hours to run, dream, and play. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I like to see my grands growing up with imagination in the great outdoors too-

"We could have never loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it."
~George Eliot

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  1. I didn't think about riding bikes but I loved to do that as a kid! My dad took me on long bike rides all the time.

  2. That is awesome about the party each month. Sounds like you did a great job. Those sound like fun ways to goof off. You are right about envy. Sounds like fun childhood. That is a sweet photo of the boys. Enjoy your day Joyce.

  3. Your neighborhood get-togethers sound like such fun! That's the kind of neighborhood I'd like to live in. :-)

  4. How nice to live in a community that gets together monthly. Contentment is so freeing. Your goof off day activities or inactivities all sound wonderful. Retirement is good with structure for sure. Happy Spring to you!

  5. Hello Joyce,
    I chose joy too. :-)
    I enjoyed reading about "Hey Look, No Hands." And the other childhood memories.
    I love those American Flag boots your little guy has on.
    Happy Spring,

  6. I'm a stay at home Mom so some days I feel I goof off more than I should!

  7. I like corned beef and cabbage too but only make it once a year for St. Patrick's Day also. I mean, I kinda goofed off... we went on a nice long hike and I spent good portion of my day reading but I also checked nearly everything off my to do list too; it's just easy to goof off when you're home all day! My childhood sounds a lot like yours- minus the dress up bin but we did have mini desks and played school in our basement a lot. I loved my unscheduled/ unstructured free time in childhood and made sure my boys got to have the same! (I mean I would have gone to after school activities for/with them if they wanted but they never did and I never tried to talk them into it either.)

  8. The party at your clubhouse sounds fun. I enjoyed the Hodgepodge - my 2nd attempt. God Bless.

  9. Such fun and interesting questions this week and so many fun and interesting answers. Thank you.

  10. I loved this Hodgepodge and also your answers. I offered worry and love for my answers to #4 but like your choices too. Blessings!! xo

  11. Such fun to participate today. Love the question on emotions and all the various answers. Yes, our Oklahoma boys are definitely developing great imaginations in the great outdoors. They have little time for tech gadgets. Have a great rest of the week!

  12. Watching children playing outside using their imagination is becoming less and less with parents giving their children Ipads as a baby-sitter. Love the pic of your grandsons in the dirt playing.

  13. I enjoyed your answers this week. I don't think I could ride "no hands" anymore. I'll have to try it sometime.