Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Speak Now Hodgepodgers

Welcome to this mid-October version of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then hop over and leave a comment for your neighbor there. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. What's something small you tend to sweat even though you know you shouldn't? 

Getting places on time. I am very rarely (as in almost never) late anywhere, but if I'm delayed for some reason I sweat. Or if I even just think I'll be delayed, I sweat. 

2. October 17th is National Pasta you like pasta? What's your favorite? Cooked at home or eaten in your favorite Italian restaurant? How often do you make/eat pasta? 

Scratching my head on this one...does anyone really not like pasta? I'm sure there will be someone who answers no, but that someone is not me. I love pasta. That being said I don't eat it very often because carbs and all that jazz. 

I don't make my own pasta but do make my own sauces. I love a good Italian restaurant but am also happy with pasta at home. My favorite is spaghetti bolognese. Or marinara with a side of homemade meatball. 

3. Do you consider yourself a spontaneous person? Explain. 

I just asked hubs if he would say I'm a spontaneous person and he said, 'Once you're talked into it, then yes, you're spontaneous' lol. He admits I can be spontaneous, but mostly I like a plan and I like to know that plan ahead of time. Then I can sweat about whether we'll be late or not-ha. 

Also, we're never late. 

4. Who are some of your heroes? Tell us why. 

My dad. Corrie Ten Boom. Joni Eareckson Tada. The 911 first responders, police officers, and firefighters running into those falling buildings when everyone else was running out, our soldiers and their families who make so many sacrifices for us every single day. 

Why? Integrity, bravery, doing something hard when hard is necessary, swimming against the tide of popular culture, having the courage of their convictions, living out their faith...these are all qualities I greatly admire. 

5. Let's wrap it up with something light...Taylor Swift...are you a fan? On a scale of 1-10 how much so? (1=who's Taylor?, 10=a true Swiftie, seen her in concert more than once). If you're a fan what's your favorite T. Swift song? 

I'm not a Swiftie but I do like her music. I'll give myself a 7, although I might rate her higher if she stuck to music, and the business of music, etc. She occasionally gets on a political bent I'm not keen on, but if we're talking music then yes, I like her. Mostly I have tremendous admiration for her songwriting skills. Girl has an amazing way with words. 

Also, she is my own girls peer if you will, so we've all grown up alongside her and her music. I like a lot of her songs, but one of my most favorites is Love Story, which is an oldie but a goodie. I cannot hear this song without picturing my daughters in the backseat of my car singing it at the top of their lungs. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

That last question reminded me of once upon a time when my daughter1 wrote a special birthday post for me and in that post she recorded herself singing the T Swift song-The Best Day. I went on the hunt for that post and then I listened to it about ten times in a row. Be still my heart. 

Thirteen years, one husband, three children, and five moves have happened in her life since she sat on her bed as a recent college grad, in an apartment not far from where I live now. She sang and played the guitar for me for my birthday that year, and this recording is every bit as precious today as it was way back when. Maybe even more so because time y'all. It slays. 

You can hear it for yourself by visiting her blog via the link here-Sincerely-Shannon

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  1. That song!! brought back so many memories for me!!

  2. Another vote for Taylor Swift's Love Story. I missed the last part of the pasta question - I took "Do you make/eat pasta?" to mean pasta the dish not pasta the noodles. So, no, I don't make pasta as in the flour and egg noodles but I'd like to learn. Sounds like a good couples' cooking class date night. Great Hodgepodge, thanks for hosting!

  3. I've been living under a rock when it comes to popular music it seems! I'll have to click over and listen to the video from your dear daughter. Love your heroes answer. We were raised to be on time. My father would be out in the car honking on Sunday mornings to get us all to church on time! Clicking over now...

  4. It's me - I'm the pasta hater. It's not that I hate it but I rarely want it, if that makes sense. I don't tend to order pasta dishes.

  5. What a splendid selection of heroes! 'Wish I'd thought to include our first responders and military. They're all made of sterner stuff than me.
    Going to check out your daughter's video now!

  6. I totally understand, I never want to be late for an appointment. Good for you making your own pasta. Those are awesome hero's. Love your random thought. So sweet.

  7. I hate being late (and so very rarely am! but I definitely sweat it out when I think I might be late). I love pasta in nearly all it's forms and I do make it a few times a week though I don't always eat it because of carbs and all that...

  8. I am with you about being late, or delayed, or feeling delayed. As a matter of a fact, we arrived to a wedding with about 10 minutes or less to spare due to a delay on the highway. I felt like I was late... even though we were not, but I just did not feel right about the time we arrived. ;-)
    I enjoyed what you said about Taylor Swift... I feel the same.

  9. Excellent answers about your heroes. :-) And I also should probably give a disclaimer about how I answered the pasta question - I don't make my own noodles. Or hardly ever - I do make spaetzle and kjielkje (german noodles) once in a great while. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Such a sweet gift to you from Shannon back in 2010! Thanks for sharing it with us. I miss Shannon's posts but know she is a very busy mom right now. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce. Hugs!

  11. I just knew I would be a participant this week, but, life got in the way. My sweet Daddy had to have some oral surgery yesterday and that pretty much consumed my day. But, thankfully, he's doing well. I so enjoyed reading your answers, always fun to read everyone's answers. Blessings abundant!

  12. I actually wrote my post earlier in the week and forgot to post! It has been a crazy week!! Just FYI - Mark does not like pasta. He will eat it to be polite or if he is really hungry or if meat > pasta.