Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hodge Podge with Gravy

1. What's surprised you most about your life, or about life in general?
How fast the years have passed.

2. Among others, these ten words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year...awesomesauce, beer o'clock, brain fart, buttdial, cat cafe (apparently this is a real thing), fatberg (gross-read the definition here), fat shame, hangry, Mx (gender neutral), and skippable. 

Your thoughts? In looking over the list, which word do you find most ridiculous? Which word would you never in a million years say out loud? Which word would you be most likely to use in conversation?
They are all ridiculous and I couldn't find the definitions when I used the link. I might have used buttdial one, not sure, I would never say any of the rest.

3. Do you like gravy? Is there a food you'd rather not eat unless it comes with gravy? Do you make your own or buy the canned or store-made variety? Turkey and gravy, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, country ham and red eye gravy, biscuits and chocolate gravy, pot roast and gravy...which one on the list is your favorite?
I'm not a big fan of gravy....I do eat it when I order eggs in a restaurant because  I like eggs soft scrambled and they never seem to be able to cook them that way. A little gravy helps soften them up.
I rarely make gravy anymore as it isn't really good for you....I do like the little envelopes that one only needs to add water to, and simmer a few minutes before its ready, good on mashed potatoes or rice. Again just helps the food go down. I guess if I have to pick a favorite it would be mashed potatoes and gravy.

4. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you ever had a plan fall into a trillion pieces? Explain. Not sure about this question.....I usually have a plan for getting things done on time.....

5. November 19 is National Play Monopoly Day. Do you own the original or some version of the game? Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? How likely is it you'll play a game of Monopoly on November 19th? Ever been to Atlantic City? Ever taken a ride on a railroad? Is parking in your town free? Last thing you took a chance on?
No, no longer own the game. I probably won't play a game again.........Yes I've been to Atlantic City......Yes I've ridden on a train.........Parking is free at shopping centers and stores near me.........downtown(which I never go to)has paid parking.............

6. A song you like that has the word (or some form of the word) thanks in the title, lyrics, or meaning?
 Thanks for the Memories.......from 1938

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude....what is something you're taking for granted that when you stop and think about it, you're grateful for?
Living in America

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Sorry, I've been busy with some cleaning, Christmas Shopping and meetings and haven't had a chance to post.
As always, credit goes to Joyce for hosting Hodge Podge and coming up with such good questions week after week. Hop over to her place to join in.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Funny Friday

Happy Friday Everybeary...its Wil here
Guess what?
I begged and pleaded and 
Mama took me on her road trip...
before we left, I hunted up my Fall
sweater...wanted to fit in with
all the beautiful trees in the
 This was was a long way down..
and I  was afraid I'd fall...but Mama
said there was a little flat piece
of lawn down there before the edge...
and I should be sure to fall on that if I went
over the side

 On Thursday morning we went hiking...
Papa Bear said it was mostly flat, boy,
was he wrong...It was so steep...
and you can see: I'm all tuckered out...

A beautiful view...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday Thoughts and Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for Honey Bear and
the time we can spend together....
I didn't know what his "retirement" would be
like for me but my life hasn't actually changed
all that much...I still take part in
all the activities I did before, spending time
with friends and family and attending
the various meetings of organizations
I belong to....
He has a part time job and also enjoys his various hobbies..
he doesn't want or expect me to be at his beck and
call or spend all my time with him...
However, it is nice to be able to spend time together
doing the things we both enjoy...
such as traveling and experiencing nature...
In September, we traveled to Keokuk, Iowa
to attend a wedding...we both love traveling back roads
instead of the interstate so it was a very enjoyable trip...with many 
stops along the way..
In October we rented a cabin in the Blue Ridge
mountains of North Georgia and spent a few days 
enjoying nature......
 A street musician in downtown Athens, Alabama
 A view of the Ellijay River
A shopper on a street in Athens, Alabama
these are just some photos from my pictures folder....
What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

Remember Remember the Hodge Podge November
1. Besides Thanksgiving, something you're looking forward to on your November calendar?
Lunch with my friend, Rene
Travel with Honey Bear

2.  If I gave you a thank you card right now who would you send it to and why?
Maybe, to the owner of the cabin we rented last week.

3. Of the breads listed, which one's your favorite...bagel, cinnamon, sourdough, garlic, banana, biscuit, pita, Naan, or plain old fashioned white bread?
Not white bread...cinnamon raisin bread which isn't listed
or biscuit.

4. What's something you have in abundance? Is that a good thing?
blessings, a very good thing
and love, also a very good thing

5. November 5th is National Love Your Red Hair Day. Are there any redheads in your family? Who's your favorite redhead?
the only red heads in our family are my niece by
 marriage and her two daughters...
I have a little red tint on my hair...
favorite? Judy
 6.  The travel website Busbud recently calculated the most Insta-grammed spot in every state. Go here to see what made the list where you live. Are you happy with your state's #1? If not what do you think should be the most photographed spot in your state? Have you snapped a photo there? If you live outside the USA answer as it relates to your state, city or province.
I'm surprised by the choice...
7. I'm going to try to have something related to gratitude in this spot each week during the month of November. Here's this week's question-
What's something you've learned about yourself this year that you're grateful for?
I can step outside my comfort zone and lead 
a group of women if the Lord leads...
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Catching up on last weeks questions....

Hello Hodge Podge My Old Friend

 1. Are you comfortable with silence? oh, yes. If you're home alone, do you like silence or do you need regular background noise? silence Do you seek out times and places to be silent? sometimes What's your favorite place to find silence/be silent? a walk in nature

2. October 28th is National Chocolate Day. Can't let that go by without a mention now, can we? Will you celebrate? How? Let's say you can have one of the following right this very minute... a cup of hot chocolate, a strawberry dipped in chocolate, a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream, or a slice of chocolate pie...what's your pleasure? Chocolate Pie

3. How do you feel about blue jeans? not the most comfortable choice of pant  Favorite thing in the world to wear or nope, don't own a single pair? I wear them in the cooler months of the year....and I probably own 4 pair in my two sizes...How often do you wear blue jeans in a typical week? Maybe 1 or 2 times Do you own a blue jean jacket? I do have one with embroidery on it...I'd like to have another.
4. Are you superstitious? If so, in what way? I don't think so

5. If you had to come up with a costume using only things you have on hand right now, what could you come up with? a witch or a cat...

6. What scares you a little? What do you do when you feel scared? Driving in unfamiliar cities...ask someone else to drive, usually....

7. Perhaps today will be the day I __start my weight loss program again______.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. Thanks Joyce for another great hodge podge!

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Miserable Monday

 Today it was very rainy, hurricane Patricia sent some much
needed precipitation our way....It was steady but
not very heavy...More of our Autumn leaves
are now on the ground.
Below is a photo of our little pond from earlier
in the Summer....
 For three days last week, we were at beautiful
Lake Guntersville State Park
for a conference....the 
weather was beautiful....
this is a view from the balcony...
the conference was packed with activities
so there wasn't much time to enjoy the park
Daughter's Cross Stitch
won First in the County and State
then received best of show/viewer's 
I spent today reading, working jigsaw puzzles on
my kindle, and cross stitching....

Friday, October 23, 2015

Funny Friday with Wil

Here I am after all this time...
to share some photos of the finished shower...
finally it is ready to use...and
Papa Bear says it was worth all the

 A Butterfly Bench in Keokuk, Iowa
I wasn't there...

Flowers on the porch...
Thanks for stopping by on this beautiful Fall day...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 240

1. October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie?  multple times The sequels? multiple times In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985? Living in Alabama on our farm. Trying to survive my son's teenage rebellion. fostering my sister's second child. not a happy time for me to remember

2.  If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? No, probably wouldn't be alive then. The past?Yes. I've always loved time travel books where someone traveled back in time. I would love to travel to an earlier time.

3. We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass).  Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands?Some technology is desired some is not. I think it would be better for children to learn to use their imagination more. Do you think the Internet does more harm than good? If used in moderation it is a good thing. I can't imagine going back to using reference material in hard copy. I love being able to look something up any time, any place. I think it can be harmful if it keeps young people from learning social skills or having to wait patiently for something they want.

4. Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker?Soups Your favorite fast food?Frozen entrees

5. No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now? down time

6. Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else.They tore down my high school and it was brand new when I was in the 7th grade. How does that make you feel?Really, I don't mind. I'm glad the students don't have to go to an old school.

7. Describe your comfort zone.Home, with my Honey Bear, knowing my children and grandchildren are safe

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Decided to make some changes to my blog. Big mistake. Forgot to save what I had so lost my gadgets will have to start over on that. Still not sure I like this new one. Plus, it took up the entire morning.
I've been available to Honey Bear as he is trying to install our new shower doors. We've put up one side two times and taken it back down. I realize we have to get it up correctly but I don't like do overs.
Hop over to Joyce's place to read more answers are play along.