Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Juggling The Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. We've had a few new bloggers participating in recent weeks so if you're an 'old-timer' here hop over and say hello to someone new to you. 

So glad you're all here today and thanks for playing along! If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post. And definitely leave the blogger before you a comment since that's what keeps the Hodgepodge rolling right along. Here we go...

From this Side of the Pond
1. What are you currently juggling in your life? 

The calendar, highways and byways, family logistics...all of the above always and forever it seems. Also needing to figure some things out for an aging parent. Providing proper care while allowing some measure of independence/control where possible is for sure a juggling act. 

2. How often do you buy new clothes? What was the last piece of clothing you purchased? 

Is periodically an answer? I don't have a regular buying schedule. I just notice I need some new tops, or a dress for an event, or something looks worn and needs replacing and I replace it. I do subscribe to four Stitch Fix boxes a year, basically one for each season. I get them in March, June, September and December. I've had various stylists with them through the years, but the one I've had the past few 'fixes' seems to get me and I'm sticking with her.  If I remember I'll try to post what's in the next box. 

3. What food festival would you most like to attend? If you need help here are links to some of the bigger and more popular food events around the world-

Ten Food Festivals Worth Traveling To Find

2024 Best Food And Drink Festivals And Events In The US

20 Popular Food Festivals Around The World In 2024 For Your Unconditional Love Of Food

So many of the food festivals around the world sound like a fun thing to be a part of. There are actually two popular food festivals every year in towns not far from where I'm living now but our calendar doesn't usually line up date wise. See question #1. 

Hong Kong has a Dumpling Festival and I love both the city and the food so that might be one I'd enjoy. Also there are several Salon du Chocolat festivals in various cities around the world, but the one in Paris is intriguing. There's a fashion show where outfits are embellished with or even made from spun chocolate. 

As the saying goes...'Paris is always a good idea'. 

No argument here. 

4. May is the 5th month of the year. Tell us something you remember about your 5th grade year. 

I loved fifth grade, my teacher, my friends, and school in general. I remember my teacher reading aloud to us every day right after lunch and I enjoyed that so much. I grew up in a great neighborhood with loads of kids, lots of freedom and outdoor play, and I had good friends, most of whom I'd known since kindergarten. It was still an age of innocence for my crew.

5. What are your favorite five words right now? 

Nana, spontaneity, anticipation, home, and orange,  but only when orange is pronounced by my almost 2-year old grandson. Y'all it is the absolute best. It comes out sounding like oi-loy-lioy. No idea why but it's the same pronunciation for both the food and the color. My daughter and I both say we'll be sad when one of these days he comes out with just plain old orange.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

One month before we 'officially' dive into summer...

Some of us like a head start. 

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  1. That is cute about your grandson and his pronunciation. I loved my kids´ misspoken words and found myself wanting to say the word the cute, incorrect way but knew that if I did, my child would say it incorrectly for who knows how long. I like your 5th grade memories. I could not think of any :(.

  2. Oh, it is so sweet when the little ones have their own pronunciation of words! Thanks for hosting!

  3. It is so funny how kids pronounce things. Not that it is surprising but my middle always said "lellow" for yellow, and "slip slop" for flip flops. We have videos of him saying it then correcting himself, which was a little bittersweet because it wasn't the same anymore. I cannot imagine the difficulty in caring for an aging parent. For now, mine are doing just fine in their mid-70s but don't think I haven't imagined the pain of those later years. Oy. Hopefully it'll work out ok and as always, thanks for hosting.

  4. I love when kids say words in a funny way like that!

  5. Being a nana and having ageing parents adds to a lot of juggling for sure. Those young age pronunciations are the best. Our daughter called her brother Foffie instead of Joshie. Enjoy your days on the lake!!

  6. Yes, you definitely have a lot of juggling to do. In the last several months Mark's mom sold her house and moved into retirement housing. It is lovely and is working out well for her. Adam and Gabby use Stitch Fix. I'd love to go back to Paris. Love your answer for 5th grade. That's adorable about how he says orange. Enjoy your summer and the picture is awesome. Enjoy your day.

  7. A Dumpling Festival sounds amazing! I remember the toddler pronunciations - hynena and hippotomotamus were two of my favorites. Thanks for hosting the Hodgepodge!

  8. It is sad when kids stop saying words in their cute of mine said "may tay toe" for tomato and it was so cute.

  9. Thanks for these questions Joyce. I enjoyed reading your answers and I love that last photo of your dog jumping in the lake. I hope you have a great day!

  10. I may need to try Stitch Fix. I have such a hard time buying clothes!

  11. I didn't quite get around to writing a post to participate, but I was going to write about my 5th grade teacher reading aloud to us after lunch too. What sweet memories!

  12. Aw, that is so cute! I used to try and correct my boys' speech "mistakes" and I had one of their teachers tell me I'd miss them someday... and they were definitely right! I use Stitch fix a few times a year too and have gotten some of my all time favorite outfits from them.

  13. Me juggle anything would be a sight to see and amess to clean up.

    I rarely buy new clothes, although yesterday I did, needed more long pants for winter.

    Food festivals are not that common down here around where I live.

    I remember My Thompson my teacher, kind of.

    Life's too short to be miserable and yes I know that's 6words.

  14. On the subject of food, I'd like a big slice of pizza from Sbarro. The place in my mall closed. It was just such a handy lunch when shopping.

  15. Kids' and their pronunciations are so adorable and precious. My younger sister used to pronounce vinegar like bingally. We still call it that now and then! Thank you for another very fun Hodgepodge!! Hugs.

  16. I love the way kids pronounce things!! I hope you are having a great week!!


  17. The last couple of years I’ve had to eliminate certain foods that no longer agree with me.
    I purchase new clothes and trickle them into my wardrobe- I’m still wearing shorts I’ve had for 15 years! Well not in public but they are sooooo comfortable and make comfortable gardening clothes.

  18. We all juggle so many things - your juggling act sounds like a tough one! I have the same approach to clothes shopping, but I don't do Stitch Fix. I've thought about it so maybe one day I'll treat myself! Have a great week!

  19. My 5th grade teacher read aloud to us every day too! Usually first thing in the morning, after the pledge. She read the entire Little House on the Prarie series and The Secret Garden...not sure what chapter at a time.