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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What is a Weekend Hodgepodge

It is Wednesday and it is time to join the fun of the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks us the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?

I can happily report, I have done all I wanted to for the summer of 2015.
We enjoyed many great summer adventures. 

2. When were you last at 'your wit's end'?

Again, I can happily report I have not really been at my 'wit's end lately'. 
Of course, now that I said that I am sure something will happen today.

3. Describe a time you were figuratively thrown into 'the deep end'?

The first story that comes to my mind is from when I was in my early 20's. It is a funny story.
My grandma Martha was living at the nursing home when I came to pick her up for an outing. She was not dressed to go out. I was rather shy about seeing my grandma naked. She asked me to help her get dressed. I was slow at helping her. She yelled at me, "Carla, I do not not have anything different than you have got, now help me with my bra."  And so I helped my grandma Martha get dressed up and helped her do her make up too. I was tossed into "the deep end". In the end, our relationship just grew even more special.

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain. 


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.   Philippians 4:8-9

5. What makes your hair stand on end? 

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it's a feed your brain so you're less anxious, grouchy and lethargic. The foods are-mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

 Dark Chocolate...oh yes, this will put me in a wonderful mood.
I also love honey, cherry tomatoes, greek yogurt, asparagus, eggs and coconut.

If the mussels are not prepared in way that I would like, that would put me in a bad mood, especially if I am already hungry.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is 'no end in sight'?

Sweeping or Vacuuming my floors. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

 I will be enjoying my first garden fresh squash this week. 
Do you have a favorite variety?
What is your favorite way to prepare squash?


  1. Ah yes, spiders and dark chocolate would be my answers as well ~ not a fan...and a huge fan! ;-)

  2. I have seen some of those black and yellow spiders in my flower beds and they make the most interesting zippered webs. I have seen a fly being caught in the web and the spider lassoed the flay and spun it around in her web to completely immobilize ti. I haven't seen any of them this summer though.

    I had to assist my own mother to wipe her derriere after using the toilet but she was such a great sport about it and joked instead of feeling embarrassed or self pity.... She was dying of stomach cancer and was so very thin but she was a joy to have around right to the end.

    I have had baby squash in a stir fry and it was absolutely delish...

    I would say the means doesn't justify the end when one over eat. See all the over weight people around.

    I'm not yet ready for summer to end.


  3. Not a fan of spiders, either! I'm a southern gal, so I love yellow squash dipped in cornmeal and fried nice and crispy.

  4. Oh yummy on that garden squash!! I'm jealous! That's a cute story about your grandma!! I like most of those mood boosting foods, just don't eat mussels or beef.

  5. Enjoyed reading your answers today. Interesting you asked about squash as I prepared it our favorite way last night for dinner. We like it sliced and roasted, put into a casserole (haven't done that in years), but our favorite is just to cook down with onions and zucchini. I had cooked a large pot of rice for freezing (we love pulling out a bag and microwaving when the need arises) so served the squash over that. It was delicious. We are Louisianans so love our rice too. When the children were small, I steamed whole small squash until tender then sliced down the length and inserted a bit of butter and cheese. We called them our "little squash boats."

  6. Chuckled about your grandma story. :-). Hey, that squash is from your garden??! I have butternut and a few buttercup. I had no idea that any might be ready. I am so ready for squash!!! Baked and buttered. Yum!! I answered your mole question in a comment because others asked it too. :-)

  7. I had to hurry past one of your photos today....I hate spiders too! lol Like learning more about you my friend. Seems like you've become stronger with all of your experiences. Hugs!

  8. I love all squash. I have a recipe from an old cookbook for a yellow squash casserole called Mrs. Thompkins Boarding House Squash, so easy and delicious. The other night I steamed yellow, zucchini, and an onion then added a can of stewed tomatoes and heated through. Really yummy! I love roasted butternut drizzled with maple syrup. Now I'm wishing I had squash on tonites menu : )

  9. What a thought September next week!!

    Enjoy the last week of August everybody.

    All the best Jan

  10. What a thought September next week!!

    Enjoy the last week of August everybody.

    All the best Jan

  11. Loved hearing the story about your gramma. Bob use to work for a home medical company before working our store, and he use to say the elderly were like little children..they did not have any inhibitions and would say anything that was on their mind. Janice

  12. I think all those foods would put me in a good mood - though I may need to see a blue potato first.
    I too think that housework is never ending and over rated.
    Have a great rest of the week.

  13. I always love these! I absolutely adore the story of you and your grandma, I did make you two closer. I would have to agree dark chocolate could make me happy and mussels most certainly wouldn't no matter if they were prepared correctly or not! Like you guys, I think we've done almost everything we had set out to this summer and it's been wonderful. I'm also looking forward to enjoying our summer squash for as long as we can and this week where enjoying eggplant!

  14. Your squash looks lovely.

  15. I had a feeling that when I scrolled to see "What makes your hair stand on end", my hair would also stand on end!
    Very sweet memory about your grandma :)

  16. LOL @ the memory with your grandmother! That was just too adorable! Don't you just love the book of Philippians?? So much wisdom in that book!

  17. Nice memory of your grandma. Sometimes we do just have to get on with things. Spiders don't bother me too much although I think poisonous ones might. My daughter-in-law is terrified of them. We were all away last week for a family get together. She was downstairs in a bedroom on her own one evening and I got a text message "Huge spider down here. Send help!" I think I went up in her estimation as I went and sorted it myself.


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