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Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I for one, look forward to the weekly Hodgepodge.  Last week Joyce took time off to get ready for her daughter's wedding.  I understand "time off". It feels like I've taken lots of time off.  I really don't mean to but once I get home and get through dinner or work on getting the outside  ready for winter, I just can't sit up and write a blog post.  I just need to sleep.  Joyce did in fact create a Hodgepodge for this week.  Thank you Joyce, I hope you got everything ready for the wedding.

1. We celebrate Veteran's Day in the US of A on November 11th. When did you last interact with a member of the armed forces (either currently serving or retired)? Have you ever written a letter to a soldier, bought a meal or coffee for a solider, said an unprompted thank you to a soldier you encountered out and about somewhere? If you're not in the US, comment on a similar holiday in your own country.
I was taking a picture of him while he was taking a picture of me.
I interact with a member of the armed forces every day.  Hubby was in the Air Force for 8 years.  I have written a letter to a soldier before, especially during Christmas time when they are still protecting our country while I enjoy my family.  I have also thanked a soldier while I was out and about and saw him/her in line at store, or standing on the corner.  I think it's important to thank as many as possible.

2. You can have fifty pounds of anything at all (except money)...what would you choose?
Fifty pounds of mulch would be nice to add to the yard next spring.

3. When did you last receive an invitation in the 'real' mail? What was it for and did you attend? When it comes to RSVP-ing, are you an 'early responder' or a 'last minute, barely-under-the-wire' kind of guest?
The last invitation, delivered by real mail that I got was for a baby shower.  I didn't go as the invitation showed up about 4 days AFTER the shower.  Talk about slow mail!!

4. What's something you really don't like to waste?
I'm Scottish, so there are lots of things I don't like to waste.  I use tea bags for at least 4 cups of tea. I  fold the trash to make more room in the trash can (saving more trash bags).  I guess if I have to pick one, it would be the craft paper I use to make cards.  I will use as much of the paper as possible before I toss what is left out.

5. Cheers, Friends, MASH, Seinfeld...of the ones listed, your favorite long-running sitcom?

Friends.  Watching those friends grow and become a real family was just so much fun.

6. What decision are you glad you made?

Hands up -marrying Hubby! He is the other half.  We truly have become One.
7. In this month of 'Thanksgiving' what is one thing that's different today than it was a year ago that you're grateful for?
Last year we were not able to watch the grand girls because I was too weak and couldn't be sure if I would catch anything from them.  This year, we get to see them often and spend time with them. I am so very thankful that we get to play with them.  If only our Grandsons were so close.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My heart goes out to those of you in the middle states.  The news is covered with photos of the snow and cold that you have.  By the time is gets to us, the temps will be cold but it looks like the snow will only be light and scattered, If at all.  I pray that you have not lost power and that you are all safe and especially warm.


  1. Oh it is just too early for that kind of snow. We haven't had our gutters cleaned out from the fall yet, and that has to happen before snow falls. We're scheduled so here's hoping we don't get early flakes this year. Snail mail is interesting. Some people several states away received their invitation the day after we mailed it. Others who live geographically closer took four days to arrive. Glad you're enjoying your grands this year!

  2. I love snow, but that is just plain too much. We didn't plan our trip to "paradise" to coincide with this cold front, but I'm glad it worked out that way ... although we will have some cooler than normal weather over the weekend. Still, to paraphrase my hubby: a chilly day at the beach is still better than a warm day at home.

  3. 1-I married an Air Force man too. I also thank everyone I see in uniform because I'm grateful for their service. Because my husband (like the other Viet Nam era veterans) were never given their due, I give him a card on Veterans Day and tell him I appreciate his service also. well. It's a small gesture, but one he finds meaningful.


    3-My nephew's wedding. And I always RSVP promptly.

    5-Seinfeld. Reminds how great it was to live in Manhattan, and reminds me how awful it was to live there too.

    7-I'm grateful that my anxious little dog is more confident and thus, much happier since last year. That said, I'm thankful every day for the life I have so Thanksgiving is no reminder of that - just a great holiday to spend with the family and excuse to eat too much.

    8-Glad you're back blogging, Lynn Marie!

  4. It's good to hear that you are able to enjoy your 'grands' again :) I know what you mean about wishing the others lived closer!

  5. Well that is the first mulch answer I have seen and it's a good one! I loved each one of those sitcoms. What a blessing to be feeling better and being able to spend more time with your grandchildren. I can't believe how early the snow is coming this year!


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