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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary ~ How does your garden grow? It is the Hodgepodge!

It is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

1. What's the last thing you did that could be described as 'taxing'?

Last week I had to go in for my Tetanus shot. I know some would say "You silly, how can this be taxing?" But for me, I do not like people poking me!

 2. If you could plant a garden of anything, what would be in it?

I would love to grow all the things you can not grow in Wisconsin, just to see how they grow. 
Peanuts, cotton, sugar cane, oranges, lemons, limes, peaches......

 3. April 10-16 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 one title on your want-to-read list?

 Our family loves our local library. We visit weekly.
What I am reading now...
Let's All Be Brave. Living Life with Everything You Have  - Author - Annie F. Downs 
What is a title on my want-to-read list?
Martha's Vineyard Isle of Dreams - Author - Susan Branch

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'? 

Do not go outside with wet hair, you will catch cold.

 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 all three!
Onion...yes, on a sandwich, on a pizza, saute'e in butter and add some veggies.
 And do not forget onion rings.
Garlic, yes, saute'e with butter add fresh green beans, saute'e a little longer. Yummy!
Ginger, yes, Ginger Lemon tea. 
 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?

This is a good question.
I think it is important to nurture and at the same time teach responsibility.
If we are no longer teaching responsibility, I think indulging begins.

When is a person mature?
I think when we can make the difference between 
I Need
I Would Like to Have

 7. What leading figure in any field would you like to hear speak, and why?

Dave Ramsey
 My husband and I enjoy listening to his radio show. My oldest son just completed Foundations for High School.
 Financial principles for students into adulthood.
I appreciate Dave's story and I enjoy how he teaches.

 8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I will be on Spring Break next week. I will miss the Hodgepodge.
Wishing you all a great rest of the week and a fabulous next week!


  1. I hope next week you have an absolutely wonderful spring break! You most certainly deserve it after your boy's 16th birthday, a driving test and a tetanus shot !!!! Those three things combined make for one taxing week indeed so I hope you take the time to rest and relax ! Love what you said about teaching responsibility, I couldn't agree more!!! Ps this morning you've got me craving onions, garlic, lemon and ginger !

  2. I love your answers but especially # 6. I think you hit the nail right on the head.
    Have a great Spring break and have a fun week.

  3. I hope your spring break is lovely (ours was last week, and it was sunshine every day). I love ginger tea with lemon too. You hit the nail on the head about the difference between nurturing and indulging, responsibility is key. A great hodgepodge this week, enjoyed your responses very much! Have a wonderful week my friend :)

  4. I didn't know he had a course for high schoolers. I wish plum trees and cherry trees could grow here. My dd is like you in regards to a booster; it takes so much preparation. xoxo Su

  5. I remember seeing your onion rings here on your blog and how delicious they looked! I'll have to remember that Dave Ramsey has a high school course. Enjoy your Spring Break :)

  6. I hate shots too!! I talk my doctor out of them every chance I get...just give me a pill instead! I agree with your answer on #6 and I think a lot of us hodgepodges think alike on it! Enjoy your spring break!

  7. Oh yes, I remember that one with the wet hair and I'm sure I said it to my kids! I am sure Dave Ramsey would be very interesting to listen to in person. Enjoy your Spring Break!

  8. Not a fan of shots, was raised on the principles that Dave Ramsey discusses and listen to his common sense when I can and I LOVE your thoughts on maturity and wants vs needs. I think that is an excellent observation. You have put it into words so eloquently. I am going to share it with my "needy" teenagers! ;) Thanks so much for sharing, Carla!

  9. Yes, that one about wet hair was one we heard often growing up. Also, don't go to sleep with wet hair. I think Dave Ramsey would be a great choice to listen. He makes a lot of sense. Happy Spring break!

  10. I would love to be able to grow Peony roses in my garden. I also visit the library weekly and have just finished reading a very good book : These is my Words, by Nancy Turner. I almost cried at the end.

  11. Love getting to know you trough these questions, Carla. I felt number #6 was tough, I don't think I could ever do this.


  12. We heard Annie Downs speak at the Abundance conference recently. She is absoultley adorable in person, so funny and genuine and wise. My daughter really connected with her message and has been gobbling up her books. She joined the HP this week and mentioned Annie's books : ) It's Elementary is her link. Enjoy your spring break!! The HP will also be on Spring Break so you won't have to miss it.

    1. Wishing you guys a wonderful spring break! Thanks for sharing what you are reading. Your wish list of things to grow made me hungry!

  13. Have a fantastic Spring Break ...

    All the best Jan

  14. Shots are definitely a taxing situation!
    I would love to help you with the new style Wisconsin garden. How fun that would be :)

  15. I'm sorry to hear about your Brewers. The Red Sox did the same thing for many years, so there is hope. I never thought that I'd live to see the Red Sox win a World Series. Now we have three! I think that free agency has hurt the game we both love. I don't like the designated hitter rule either. Thank you for your visit and your comments.

  16. Oh, these hodge podges are fun! I understand your answer to #2: I feel exactly the same way! Did you ever consider growing a potted citrus tree? We have a potted Meyer Lemon, and while we've had some challenges with it, we've harvested several lemons and it's survived 2 1/2 years now. Of course, I have to move it in and out of the house with the seasons. Have a great spring break!

  17. Hahaha, I remember the wives tale about going outside with wet hair. :) The book you're reading sounds like a good one. Have a pleasant spring break, Carla.



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