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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Another Day....Another Hodgepodge.

1. What was your biggest worry five years ago?  Is it still a worry? 
My biggest worry was "When is Hubby going to Retire?"  He is a hard working man and I really wanted him to retire.  Is it still a worry - NO, thankfully he retired and is home working for me now.....

2. Yesterday (October 15th) was National Grouch Day...what makes you grouchy? What cheers you up when you're feeling grouchy?
Lack of sleep makes me grouchy.  Sometimes August will get me up at Zero Dark- Thirty to go out and then once I get to back to bed, Becke gets me up for the same reason so I finally get back to sleep but then it's time to get up. So lack of sleep makes me grouchy.  So getting in a nap or sleeping very well cheers me up.

3.  In one word, how does it feel to be photographed?

4. Besides your parents, who would you say had the greatest influence on you in choosing your life path?  Explain. 
Hubby.  He has always encouraged me to do what I like/love.  He is my greatest influence.
Hubby with August when August was a baby.  For some reason, the big guy walks the smallest dog while I walk Becke.  

5. The crisp days of autumn are here ...what's something you like to eat, but only if it's crisp?
Warm apple crisp with lots of brown sugar topping. And ice  cream of course.
Image from Google

6. What's the most useless object you own?
A pocket calendar.  My life is in my cell phone, not in a pocket calendar. In fact, I placed the pocket calendar near the computer and it will most likely not be opened even once just like the 2013 calendar has not been opened at all. 

7.  Share a favorite fall memory. 
I remember when I was younger, my family would pile in the car and "go for a Sunday drive" up north. The main attractions was the changing colors but we would always stop to see the "Old Man Of The Mountain" and "Indian Head". Both of these are natural rock formations that were reinforced with steel to hold their shapes. Alas, Old Man of the Mountain has collapsed and is no more, but Indian Head still lives on.  
Old Man of the Mountain
Indian Head Mountain
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
We are getting ready for the colder months so our days are full of stuff.  Unfortunately, it's stuff we were not planning on doing but had no choice,  like fixing the furnace (power vent died), and replacing kitchen window (it really needed to be replaced). Hopefully, we will get to the other stuff that we knew we had to do.  Fall is cold here in the morning. 


  1. Yes, I, too, feel uncomfortable when being photographed. I avoid it at all costs. It's getting chilly here in the mornings...mid-50's today. Almost time to bring out the electric blanket. I LOVE this time of year!

  2. Sweet fall memories about driving up north to enjoy the mountain view. And it's sad that the old man is no longer there. Have a good day!

  3. I remember my family driving along the Mohawk Trail to view the fall foliage. It was a special time, more appreciated now than then. Love you SWMBO!

  4. We usd to look for waterfalls on our family drives.

  5. We've had a few of those 'unexpected' chores to do, lately, too! It's always something.
    I loved your fall memory. My family took some 'Sunday drives', too, but we usually ended up at the cemetery, visiting the graves of loved ones.
    Lack of sleep makes me grouchy, too :)

  6. Love those mountain pictures! Hopefully someday I can see them in person.

  7. Warm apple crisp sounds wonderful! Yum!

    I hate having my picture taken too.

  8. Yum on the warm apple crisp! I remember making them when we had an apple tree when we lived in Oregon; they were so delicious :)

    I too don't like my picture taken...

    Too funny how you walk the bigger of the 2 dogs

    hope al is well


  9. I can so relate to the pocket calendar uselessness. We use our iPhones and iPad exclusively for date keeping. Oh, the warm apple crisp sounds wonderful. One more thing in common is the retired status. Living my Dream!

  10. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers today!

  11. I love a pocket calendar. I've never used my phone for that yet I do enjoy Facebook, Reading Blogs and my Gmail on my phone. I never payed attention to the Fall colors as a kid.

  12. 1-Whether or not I can make money with my writing. Five years later, it's still a struggle.

    2-Being seriously hungry (as in hours overdue for a meal) makes me grumpy. Eating asap fixes that.

    3-I don't mind my picture taken when I'm ready for it, but when I'm not, I don't appreciate a camera in my face.

    4-My teachers promoted my love of words and art, so after my father's encouragement, they were my greatest influences. I've been blessed with extraordinary teachers from grade school and all throughout my life.

    5-Bacon, no matter when. In fall, winter, spring or summer, bacon never gets old. But it's got to be crispy, not chewy.

    7-Vacationing in Vermont with my husband each Columbus Day weekend during the peak of fall foliage season - our annual getaway from New York. Then every autumn after we moved to Vermont, and after that to New Hampshire. There is no place prettier than autumn in New England.

    8-I miss living in Vermont and New Hampshire most at this time of year. That said, walking around in capris and tee shirt admiring our street maples turning colors is great. This time of year the weather is perfect in NC, no longer hot and humid. Daytime is comfortable and still in the 70s and sometimes, low 80s. At night, we haven't put the blanket on the bed yet. This is my favorite time of year.

  13. That picture of your husband and August is so cute! Aww. <3

    Have a nice weekend! :)


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