Wednesday, October 25, 2023

The Art Of The Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge, our last in October of 2023. Next week November is upon us and the holidays are coming up quick.  If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for your neighbor there. Trick or treating, hodgepodge style. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. October 25th is International Artists you have a favorite artist? If so tell us who and why. 

I'm not sure I have a favorite. I love the ballet paintings of Degas, the gardens of Monet, and the birds of John James Audubon.  Why? I love ballet and the great outdoors. 

2. Would you describe yourself as artistic? Elaborate. 

No not in the sense of having skill in drawing or as a painter or sculptor. I'm creative with words but I'm not artistic. 

3. What's a skill, task, hobby, or job you've done so often you now have it 'down to a fine art'? 

Loading the dishwasher lol. 

4. How often do you dine out? Fast food, fine dining, or somewhere in between? Tell us about a less than stellar restaurant experience you've had recently (or not so recently if that's easier).  

We don't dine out a lot because choices here in tiny town are pretty limited. We mostly cook at home or dine with friends in their homes. We don't eat fast food (maybe the occasional Chick fil-A when traveling). We love fine dining (our favorite) but again, it's a drive to get to so not something we do often anymore. We belong to a couple of wine clubs that pair wines with food and we enjoy that a lot. Hubs and I get lunch out maybe once a week? Dinner maybe once a week, probably less...depends on the week. 

A less than stellar experience? We met friends for pizza before a concert a couple of weeks ago. The show started at 7:30 and we met at the restaurant (one block from the concert venue) at 5:45. At 7 PM we went to check on the food (or lack thereof) and were told they hadn't even put the order in yet. Bother. 

The bar for restaurant service post-'you know what' is pretty low, but communication is key. If the server had given us an update on the situation (understaffed and overwhelmed) we would have had options. 

5. Do you celebrate Halloween? To what extent? Are there trick or treaters where you live? 

Some years we have something going on, and other years it's quiet. This year we're going to a party and will be dressing up. I do love a costume. I don't decorate my house for Halloween, but do put a few fall pieces out, mums and pumpkins on the porch, that sort of thing. Our neighborhood is hosting a trunk or treat if they get enough of a response. There aren't a lot of young children in our neighborhood. The kayak group is doing a 'dock or treat' and we're hosting a stop at our dock. You give the kayakers a sip of something and a small bite of something before they paddle away. Should be fun. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

This has nothing to do with anything which I suppose is the definition of random but...

I follow a site on insta called SBMowing. He has a landscape business and I think it's once a week he drives around, finds a yard that is overgrown, out-of-control, a community eyesore, and he takes care of it for free. There is something so satisfying about these videos and what he's doing. A little pick me up in a world that needs picking up. 

Here's the link-SBMowing

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  1. Good questions! I will come back tomorrow to add my link. I am on the Westcoast, and I don't get up early.

  2. Dock or Treat is so clever! That sounds like a lot of fun.

  3. I've seen that mower guy! It's a satisfying thing to watch, for sure.

  4. I will definitely check out the mower guy...see there is still good in the world. Dock or treat sounds like fun.

  5. Your stop at the dock trick or treat sounds like so much fun! My mind just went off on how much fun it would be to have a Lake Supper Eight stopping at each dock for appies, next dock salad, next dock main course, last dock dessert. :) I've got to check out the mower guy! Haha...loading a dishwasher. It is a good skill to have. :)
    Happy end of October to you enjoy the costume party!

  6. Dock or Treat sounds like a fun thing to do - creative! That's so cool about the SBMowing business. I love Random Acts of Kindness like that, things that remind us that there are still good and generous people in this messed-up world.

  7. You are definitely created with words. Good for you on loading the dishwasher. Your wine clubs sound like fun. Sorry about that pizza before the concert. Have fun at your Halloween party. That dock or treat sounds like fun. That man sounds awesome in your random. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. I love the idea of the Dock or Treat. ;-)
    Happy Halloween, Carla

  9. I have seen something on the social media that shows a guy cleaning up a yard for free. What a big difference it makes! We live in the city and there are always a lot of great food options!

  10. Okay, I just grinned out-loud at your title: That's the same one I thought of (post coming soon!) after a certain book I once enjoyed.
    I do hope that restaurant gets its act together sooner rather than later! I've never been in the food service business, but communication -- no matter in what arena -- is one of my 'triggers.'

  11. Those are some of my favorite artists too though I would add O'keeffe (but only her flower series). I am very artistic and I attribute that to my grandmother who always took me along to her art lessons from the time I was 5 or 6. Our dining out sounds a lot like yours we don't eat fast food and our options for eating nearby are quite limited to we eat out maybe once a month or so when we have time to actually drive 40+ minutes away to find something more than just a pizza place.

  12. Hello there, hope all is going well over in your part of the world, here are my answers to these hodgepodge questions.

    No favourite artist can't even think of one at the moment

    I am far from artistic, really anything but artistic in fact

    Breathing it comes so naturally

    I haven't dined out in a long, oh hang it would have been Father's Day lunch with the our daughters

    I have never celebrated Halloween, and doubt I ever will as it wasn't a thing here in Australia when I was a child.

    In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful;
    all the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike

    By: Harriet Beecher Stowe

  13. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce. I always enjoy your answers to your questions! I think your talent with words is definitely creative and artistic.

  14. Always enjoy your answers and one of these Wednesdays you will look up and I'll be a participant. :o)) Happy fall!

  15. Dock or treat sounds like a wonderful idea and so much fun!

    Great questions and answers this week -- glad I finally got in on the Hodgepodge after many weeks of missing it!