Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I have not blogged all week for various reasons, mostly related to a hip issue which makes sitting at a computer uncomfortable.  It is getting better, but at my age it takes time for an injury to heal.  Heck, it took a long time even 20 years ago.

So, this week I have decided to participate in the Hodgepodge hosted by the blog From This Side of the Pond.  I really don't have to think too hard if someone else is asking the questions.

1. What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?  

Life is the same, home has an open view from the deck and the boy's old fort has new boards, and my local community leaders look to be worse in the future than the crazy bunch we already have.  Can I just pick up my home and lot and move?

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer? 

I love classical music and would be hard pressed to pick one favorite piece, it all depends on my mood.  Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Elgar,... I could go on and on.

3. Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so? 

The Bible?  Please.  I am not religious, so no influence there.  Reading 'Atlas Shrugged' when I started college made a huge difference for me and really got me thinking about my life and what I wanted to do with it.   I have the ability to reason and make decisions and no one is guiding me in my choices.  There is no spirit, good bad or otherwise, deciding my fate.  Whatever has happened, I can only blame myself - or thank friends and family for supporting me.

4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively

Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?

I never played a musical instrument, though I always wanted to learn piano.  I studied voice for many years.  I do read voraciously and do the NYT crossword and several sudoku puzzles everyday.  I walk, do yoga and garden for exercise.  I used to speak French, passably, but haven't used in in years and wouldn't even try it again.  I burned all my journals years ago but I do write this blog.  I still travel as much as I can and I am still a recipe tester for America's Test Kitchen (I'll be trying a new recipe this week).  I no longer participate in any sports unless you count chasing Charlie around my house which has an open floor plan.  I won my letter in high school for softball and a game called 'speedaway'.  I was a bit of a tomboy.  And all of my back issues over the years were a result of a gymnastics tumble a gazillion years ago.

5. What sports traditions does your family have? 

None.  Unless you count having the Detroit Lions game on TV while we eat Thanksgiving dinner.

6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please. 

If you want to make an a-- of yourself and be criticized, enter politics.

7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience? 

I have patience with Charlie (my 2 year old grandson) who is the slowest eater in the entire world.  I have no patience with people who are just plain stupid and cannot understand simple directions.  Their IQs are perfectly normal, they are just dense for whatever reason.  I actually asked for a transfer in my first career when they brought in a new supervisor who was a friend, but who was impossible to teach anything to.  I transferred out for a year and then came back and took her job, which she was unable to do.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

It's fall.  I see tons of stuff to be cleaned up in the yard.  Every year I say I have no projects, then I realize that the astilbe bed is getting crowded, the hydrangea is growing over the border, the bent grass from who knows where is invading my Kentucky blue and now I have a new project.  Well, at least it has cooled off and I can at least go outside and work.  As long as the muscle around my hip heals up.


  1. I hope you're feeling better soon! I think chasing a two year old around counts as exercise : ) Enjoy your day!

  2. Great job on your answers. Your personality really shines through. I hope you feel better soon!

  3. I love that Joyce asks the questions and all we have to do is answer at the Hodgepodge :) I have a few things I'd like to do when the weather cools off a bit as well. It's nice working outdoors in the fall. Have a great day :)

    1. I find that I really enjoy these blog posts where you are just answering questions. Specially when I don't mind sharing the answers.

  4. I didn't know September was Classical Music Month. And I haven't listened to classical music yet. I'll do it today. :)

  5. Atlas Shrugged. LOVED that book. I read it in college, too, and have re-read it in the last year. I've also re-read The Fountainhead recently. I can't even imagine my little grandlove being 2 but I know it will be here before I can blink twice.

  6. I enjoyed reading your answers to this weeks hodgepodge, your answer to #6 made me giggle. Have a great week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  7. I hope you feel better as well. I'm impressed by all your hobbies! You're one of the America's Test Kitchen recipe testers? Wow. There's a blog post right there.


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