Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge #263

It's time for this week's Hodgepodge over at Joyce's! After reading my blog, hop on over to Joyce's to read about the other hodgepodgers.
1.  What was the last thing you did that could be described as 'taxing'?  Trimming our front hedges!  I'm not a particularly good trimmer but it was really getting out of hand.  So, last week I got to work on them and got it done.  And boy did I use muscles that I hadn't used in quite a while!  I was so sore the next day!
2.  If you could plant a garden of anything, what would it be?  Well, I'm not really a gardner just like I'm not a hedge trimmer!  I enjoy fresh fruits and veggies from a garden and by that I mean that I wait for all the gardeners at church to bring produce from THEIR gardens to share with everyone!  
3.  April 10-16th is National Library Week...will you celebrate with a visit to your nearest library? When did you last make a trip to the library?  What are you reading right now? What's a title on your want-to-read list?  We have a fantastic library here!  For a small town, we are fortunate to have a nicer library than a lot of bigger cities! They have great programs for children, classes of interest for adults and a great genealogy program.  I go about every two weeks or so to check out magazines and books.  Right now I'm reading Karen Kingsbury's "Brush of Wings" and I've got Beverly Lewis' "The Atonement" waiting on the nightstand to be read next! 
4.  Share a saying or an old wives tale you heard while growing up, you believed to be true or that you paid attention to 'just in case'.  I can remember as a young child the saying "step on a crack and break your mother's back".  I was SO careful to not step on a sidewalk crack just in case this could happen to my momma.  I did NOT want to be the cause of breaking her back.  
5.  Are you a fan of onions?  Garlic?  Ginger?  What's a dish you love that contains one, two or all three items listed?  I love to cook with onions and garlic but I have never used ginger in anything I don't believe.  I for sure have never used fresh ginger.  I recently found a new recipe on Pinterest that we like a lot-one pot chicken and potatoes  (you have to search for it once you go to that site).  It's a great easy dish and really tasty! 
6.  Where does nurturing end and indulging begin?  What are some skills or qualities you think a person needs to possess in order to be viewed as mature?  Oh my!  I could probably preach a sermon on this!  I believe that parents have got it all wrong and are taking the indulging to a whole other level than we've seen in past generations.  It seems like they're replacing true nurturing with more indulging, as if that will replace the nurturing that all kids need.  You just cannot replace quality time, teaching, training and discipline with indulging children with 'things' that make them happy in the moment. They will not be happy, successful adults because they'll always be looking for that new 'thing' that will fulfill some need...and the fulfillment is always short lived.  I think a quality that a person needs to have to be seen as mature is self-control.  Self-control is so valuable in so many ways...relationships, finances, behavior, etc.  
7.  What leading figure in any field would you like to hear speak and why?  This one is hard for me!  Oprah is who comes to mind first.  I've always admired her even though I've not agreed with her on a lot of subjects.  She is a very strong woman and has done so well for herself.   She literally came from nothing and now has this huge empire and has been so successful.  I think she has a huge heart for helping people and is a very generous person.  
8.  Insert your own random thought here.   Recently our church was challenged by another church to take the 30 Day Bible Challenge.  The purpose was to read through the New Testament in 30 days. We accepted the challenge and began it on March 1st.  And, we finished it!  I'm not sure how many in our congregation did it, but I know that quite a few did.  It was relatively easy after getting into it.  Now, we are doing the 90 Day Bible Commitment where we read the New Testament again but at a much slower pace so that more study can be done.  I have tried numerous daily Bible readings over the years and I always end up not finishing it but I'm LOVING this one!  I have to admit that I've learned so much already that somehow I've missed over the years.  If you're interested in knowing more about this challenge, just comment and let me know!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge #262

Welcome to this week's Hodgepodge!  I've missed the last couple of weeks, but I'm back at this this week!
1.  What does retirement mean to you?  Are you planning for it, not thinking about it, looking forward to it, or dreading it?  
I'm really not thinking about retirement at all!  I work part-time as our church secretary so I plan on keeping that going until I physically can't do it anymore, which I hope is a long time.  When my hubby retires, I imagine I'll be helping him with projects on our land which I suspect will be never-ending.  
2.  It's International Guitar you play?  Does anyone in your family play?  What's a song you especially like to hear played on the guitar or a favorite song featuring the guitar?  
No, I don't play the guitar but I enjoy listening to others that do.  No one in our immediate family plays either.  Right now, I can't think of a single favorite song featuring the guitar.  
3.  What's your comfort food?
Oh my, that's a loaded question for sure!  I comfort myself with different things it seems.  Chocolate is may main one for sure, but other times I NEED something salty like chips or something cold like ice cream!  Another comfort food that just reminds me of my childhood is good ol' macaroni and cheese.  Mmm...mmm...
4.  What's one activity or area of your life where you absolutely never procrastinate? 
Well, I'm a huge procrastinator and SOMEDAY I'm going to change that! I do manage to get things done at the very last minute but I hate that I wait to do it.  I guess I just haven't learned my lesson yet about putting things off till the last minute.  What's kind of weird since I am such a procrastinator is that I'm NEVER late for any kind of appointment or any place I'm supposed to fact I'm a 30 minute early person! Go figure!
5.  Who does the grocery shopping in your house?  Does your local store bag the groceries for you or is it a do-it-yourself kind of place?  Do you like someone packing your groceries?
I do almost all of the grocery shopping.  I do send hubby to pick up specific items that I might have forgotten but he doesn't do the regular shopping.  Our local Wal-Mart is where I do my grocery shopping and they do sack the groceries for us.  I like things packed a certain way so I load them on the conveyor belt in the the way that I want them sacked up.  The service I WISH they had is that someone would come home with me to to carry them in the house and put them away!  I hate that part of shopping!
6.  What's the coolest thing you've seen in nature?
I've never been a real outdoorsy girl but seeing the ocean was an incredible experience.  It's just so big!! haha  Closer to home though, since we've had our 40 acres that we're building a house on, I've learned to 'see' things that I would normally not pay attention to.  Allan is a hunter so he can just see all the signs of animal presence that I would never notice at all.  He's shown me enough tracks of various critters that I thought I was getting pretty good at identifying the animals that are coming across our property.  Three or four weeks ago, he happened to see a bobcat run across the front lawn. About a week or so after that, I was there dragging dead limbs to my burn pile when I came across some tracks.  I had cold chills break out all over be because I just knew it was a cat...a BIG cat!  I called for him to come look!!!  He came and checked it out and said they were dog tracks.  Oh well, I guess I need more lessons on identifying animal tracks. 
7.  Share a favorite quote about home. 
There are so many great quotes about home but to me, this just says it all.  There really is NO place like home.  No matter where I go or what I do, I'm always happy to go back home...always!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Last Saturday, Allan tested for his 4th degree black belt in Taekwon-Do and he earned it!  It was such a great day and I'm so proud of him in accomplishing this goal.  He's amazing!!