About The River

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hello February it is the Hodgepodge

Ice and Rocks
Hello, it is Wednesday. It is time for the Hodgepodge!
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

 1. Describe love using all five senses.

When the sun begins to crawl over the horizon and when the sun crawls back under the horizon.
I love the sunrise and the sunset.

When rain drops gently fall on my window at night while I fall asleep.
I love a rainy night.

A good coffee with a swirl of cream and chocolate.
I have been known to have coffee and chocolate for breakfast.

The comfort of my own bed.
After a getaway, the feeling of crawling into my own bed....LOVE!

The smell of fresh cut hay in a farm field.
That wonderful smell brings back loving memories of summers growing up on a farm.
 2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?
Jellied Cranberries

 3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?
I agree with the principal. I think we can make an effort to dress.
I have always put on town clothing to run errands.  
Growing up on a farm, we had "barn clothes". My mom always had us change into town clothes when heading in to do errands.

4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?
Crew neck

 5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

 Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?
I am guilty of peeking at Instagram before bed.

 6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?
I lived in three homes growing up. One I do not remember, it was a trailer home on the family farm. After a terrible storm our family moved into the main farm house and my grandma moved into town.
The main farm house was my home most of my life.
My parents built a new home on the farm and we moved in when I was 15 years old.

I have many memories of the old farm house. I will share the one my boys like best for me to recall.
Bats! The house was full of bats. My sister and I would have to watch for bats as we climbed into bed. We would scream for my dad if we had a bat flying in our room. My dad would come to the rescue.
One night my sister and I were in the kitchen doing dishes, my parents were in the barn. A bat was in the kitchen. We had huge bottom cupboards in the kitchen. I put my sister inside the cupboard and ran to the barn to get dad.

7.Your favorite movie based on a true story? 
This is a hard one, because I have so many.
I will go with 42 tonight as I write up this post.
In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.

 I love Harrison Ford in this movie. And I love the story.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

One thing I believe for sure. A big reason we're on this earth is do something for others.
Jerry Apps 


  1. I love the bat story! I would totally freak out if there were bats flying around my house! Great stories!! All of your descriptions of love were spot on! I've never seen 42 but I love Harrison Ford. Must put it on my Netflix queue!

  2. I love hearing about the old days in your family's farmhouse. I bet you had a ton of adventures there! I also agree - let's make an effort to get dressed people! Can we pull on pants and set a good example for our kids?!

  3. Eek, bats! But I bet you didn't have mosquitos. If I had coffee and chocolate for breakfast I would have lots of energy and be buzzing around like a nut! I love cranberry sauce in the can (I think that is the same as jellied cranberries) and will have some tonight with our roast chicken dinner :) Have a great rest of the week.

  4. We had 'church clothes' too, but that's kind of gone out the window in 2015. Not a fan of bats. At.all. I don't think I follow you on Instagram. What's your name there? I'll look for you. I like the sunrise in your love answer. When I see a beautiful sunrise I always think immediately of God's great love for us. Enjoy your day!

  5. Oh my goodness I got goosebumps just reading about the bats. I would have freaked out!

  6. This is a wonderful Hodgepodge, Carla, beginning with that amazing photo for your intro! I HATE bats. We didn't have bats in the house when I was growing up, but Mr. C. and I had a batty house when our first two kids were little. Hate bats! I've got to get on Instagram! And when I do, I'll be following you!!

  7. I loved reading this one. Your senses answers should be a poem. I love the story of your sister in the cupboard...hysterical...and smart thinking! AND I am an olives straight from the can kind of girl. Unless cheesecake came in a can. Then it would be cheesecake. ;)

  8. I never thought of jellied cranberries, that's a great answer. Oh my, bats.....that had to be scary. Love your movie choice :) Like your random quote.

  9. I love your last quote. I'm going to take that to heart this year. And I love any movie that H. Ford is in! He just gets better and better! Hugs, Diane (we hiked for 2 hrs and 20 minutes this morning..whew! It was 86 degrees when we finished at noon. That's HOT even for us!)

  10. Oh my gosh! Your bat story is so scary. All I can think of is rabies! That's so more horrifying than cockroaches the size of mice, at least they can't hurt you. I think it interesting that you chose a baseball story. You see such different movies than me, perhaps because you have boys. Love the quote. xoxo Su

  11. Lovely shot of the ice. I do love some strong coffee and dark chocolate!

  12. Nothing wrong with chocolate for breakfast, or any leftover dessert actually. Pj's should never be worn past the letterbox!

  13. I am glad that you enjoy my Hodgepodge answers. My answer to #1 is more true than it is intended to be romantic. I am blessed to be married to my best friend and the love that I bestow on her is as close to the love that God bestows on me as I am able to give and much less than she deserves. I enjoyed you Hodgepodge this week, also.

  14. Oh gosh... I need to make some changes to help me wake happier. I have a bad habit of ALL of those. Yikes!

  15. Lovely post


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