Wednesday, May 17, 2023

No Surprise It's The 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, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

 1. What surprises you the most about people?

A tough question. I'm not sure it's the most surprising thing, but the inability to think for oneself would definitely make my list. Herd mentality rules in 2023. And in that same vein, I'm surprised there isn't more collective outrage over men invading women's spaces, most especially sports. More outrage over what young children are being exposed to in so very many ways. Truly. I'm surprised. I cannot believe some of whats up for discussion lately. 

Remember when we collectively tried to protect the innocence of children? When we fought for safe and private spaces for women? God help us. 

2. Would you rather have a chauffeur, nanny, gardener, maid, personal shopper or cook? Tell us why that one? 

A maid for sure. 

We enjoy driving and I like to cook, so no to the chauffeur and cook. We currently have someone who mows and handles the weed and feed, and since we live on a (mostly) wooded lot with lots of tall trees and not a lot of flower beds there's not a huge need for a gardener, although that might be my second choice. 

My wardrobe these days is pretty simple, and I don't do a lot of shopping. Nor do I have young children at home so no need for a nanny. 

What I do have is dust. And a lot of company coming and going. I could keep a maid busy. 

3. May 18th is National Notebook Day. No idea what that means but let's run with it anyway. What's something you currently keep in a notebook? Have you seen the movie The Notebook? On a scale of 1-5 how does it rate? (5=a favorite, can watch and re-watch and re-watch again) 

I love a pretty notebook and I also like to organize using notebooks. We have two big binders for the house, a binder for retirement financials, I keep a prayer journal in a notebook, record books I've read for book club in a notebook...there's probably more. 

I have seen The Notebook. It's not my favorite but I didn't dislike the movie. I'll give it a 3. I love  Charleston which is where most of the movie was filmed. 

4. Do you like mushrooms? Last dish you made or ate that had mushrooms on the ingredient list? Your favorite dish that calls for mushrooms? 

I love mushrooms and always request them on my pizza. I made a mushroom lo mein last week and it was yummy! My favorite dish with mushrooms is either beef stroganoff or chicken marsala. And pizza of course. 

5. What would you say is the most annoying thing people do in public?'s hard to choose just one lol. I find it really annoying to be walking behind someone who suddenly stops to talk on the phone, to the point you nearly (or actually do!) collide. People making and taking calls (loudly) in a crowded public space is another thing that bugs. Both of these pet peeves typically happen in airports/planes. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Hubs and I started our spring cleaning on Tuesday morning. I washed my kitchen cabinets, backsplash, baseboards, and canisters, while he did most of the windows on the main floor. There's nothing more satisfying in the housekeeping department than a freshly washed window. 

Except maybe having a husband who does the job. 

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  1. Ha, I also said talking on the phone in public. And I whole-heartedly agree with your #1. Working in the legislature now, I watched the days when the drag queens came for public testimony and their arguments were so full of holes, and I assume it's because they don't have kids or ties to children so they don't see why adults who care and parents don't want them doing anything remotely sexual or adult near children!

  2. The world is certainly changing when it comes to morals. I often sit and ponder how is it going to be for my grandchildren and I get scared.

  3. Oh, I so agree about the maid and I do have one and can't imagine my life without her. I still do an awful lot but it takes us both to keep it like I want it, clean and sparkling. Windows, goodness, we have SO many and they are so big and tall and we have two young guys that come about 3x a year to keep them clean. Goodness, lots and lots to do to keep up a house. Perhaps we need to start thinking about a small cottage. :o) This was a great HP!

  4. Yes, and amen to your thoughts on that first question. Weird and upside down world for sure. Clean windows are so great especially with those views you have. We paid $140 bucks to get ours cleaned inside and out including screens and that is an amazing bargain for me! Maid would be my second choice after gardener. If I lived somewhere with a small yard, maid would be my first. Hope the rest of your week is relaxing for you!

  5. I enjoyed reading your answers Joyce and actually agree with most of them too. Now after seeing yours, I'm going to have to stop procrastinating and get my window cleaned. lol

  6. I agree with our thoughts on #1. God help us. Mark keeps telling me to get a maid but I don't care to share my house with a stranger. I have trust issues with that. You definitely keep good records. Yum on the mushrooms. You're right about the phone. I'm not out enough to see that often but I know it's out there. Good for you on doing Spring Cleaning. Take care.

  7. Sadly, I'm not sure much of anything surprises me about people anymore... we have a student in high school one town over who identifies as a cat. She wears cat ears and a tail to school and I KID you not there is talk of installing a litterbox for her to use! When I heard that I just kind of shrugged and thought why aren't I more surprised? I often say I'd want a maid but when my husband actually suggested we hire one earlier this year I balked at the thought. I love the idea of not having to clean but know I'd be like Jamie on that one episode of Mad About You where she cleaned the whole apartment before the maid came, not wanting the maid to think they were slobs.

  8. Clean windows are sooo nice! Did you take the things out of your cabinets and clean the inside or did you clean the outside? I bought one of those baseboard cleaners on a stick a few years ago and it didn't work well on our baseboards. I usually just have to sit down and scoot along on my bottom.

  9. I am so, so with you on your answer to question 1. It's so hard to understand. And truly, only God can help us.

    And notebooks ... I was really surprised how many notebooks I have when I stopped and thought about that question!

  10. You are right with #1. It is frustrating to see so many people just follow the herd like a bunch of clapping seals.

    Years ago when I was a Nanny, the family had a housekeeper who came 3 times a week. She did everything - and every day she came, the Mom gave her one chore - like clean the refrigerator or clean out and reorganize the cabinets - I loved working in such a well kept and clean home.

  11. You hit the nail on the head with your #1. Your lake view is so beautiful, Joyce. Thanks for this week's Hodgepodge! It is always a highlight for my blogging week!! xo

  12. Ok first is how rude and judgmental some people are
    Next I would like a garner because I don't like yard work
    I don't use a notebook just a notepad for jotting stuff down
    Can't stand mushrooms
    Lastly drunk people

  13. I totally agree with your answers to #1 and #5. I think I'm not surprised so much as dismayed that people cannot think logically any more. I suspect that a large majority of people DON'T want men in women's spaces or sports, but don't know how to stand up for that principle, possibly because they don't know how to argue the case logically and winsomely. Great HP today!