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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It is a How You Behave While Waiting Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Hodgepodge.
Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.


 1. What's something that has recently 'tried your patience'?

Patience - noun 
 the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
 Wednesday of last week our first born son, received his drivers permit. Having him driving me around, is definitely putting a test to my patience. 

 2. Do you think patience comes to us naturally or is it something you have to learn as you grow? On a scale of 1-10 generally how patient are you? (1=I blow up at the drop of a hat and 10=I've got all the time in the world).
I think it is something you learn as you grow. I am much more patient today. 
I asked my husband, he says I am a 7.
3. Share about a time when you felt like you could fly. Or a time you wished you could fly. Or a time you felt like you were flying.
I felt like I was flying on Sunday when my son was speeding down the hill on HWY 8.
 4. Your favorite song with the word fly in the title or lyrics, or your favorite song that relates to flying in some way?

I'll Fly Away
 5. What's in your fall picnic basket and where are we picnicking in your neck of the woods this time of year?

 Our Picnic Basket

Swiss Cheese
Wheat Bread

Carrots and Celery
Monster Cookies

And our destination for our picnic, a lovely Autumn hike in  Wisconsin.

6.  Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping...which skill would you most like to possess and how would you put that skill to use today?

I am spoiled and my husband takes care of most of this. We have a This Old House and we have plumbed, gutted and put new walls in, added outlets to rooms that only had one and this year we took a stab at landscaping.
7. What's something you think is too expensive to justify buying lately?
A brand new vehicle.
  8. Insert your own random thought here. 
Any advice for a mom who is the passenger of her sweet first born son, who is speeding down a hill.
This driver's ed thing and me, it is not a loving time.
GULP...hope I am here next week.


  1. My daughter just got her permit as well. I haven't been out driving with her. I know from the first child that I'm not good with that! She hasn't tried out the roads yet either, just parking lots. We hired a driving instructor with our first child and that helped a lot!! I don't have the patience or courage to do it myself. The hubs is much better at it! Your picnic sounded so nice!

  2. My daughter just got her license. Good luck! I held my breath through the entire process. I am not patient. I wish I were, but I'm not!

  3. This post made me smile this morning! You are a wonderful mother! I'd say that sort of patience definitely rates at least an eight! Oh, and your picnic this time of year sounds delightful! Save a monster cookie for me :-)

  4. LOL- Oh-I remember those days well. Here's a "lighten up" trick. When your son is speeding start praying RIGHT OUT LOUD so he can hear you...'Dear Jesus---PLEASE PLEASE let us get to our destination safely"...(said in the voice of an old time preacher doing a salvation altar call) lol Other than that, wear blindfolds....lol xo Diana

  5. Hi Carla. Your autumn hike sounds wonderful and it looks beautiful there. Our leaves are just starting to change here and I haven't put away the flip flips yet, even though it's been in the 60s. I don't have any advice for you as your son starts driving other than lots of prayer. Have a great week :)

  6. I'll surround you and your first born in white light!
    Love your pictures and glad I dropped my from HodgePodge Wednesday.

  7. I will just tell you the whole learning to drive thing has been my absolute least favorite thing about parenting. Not sure that makes you feel better, but you're not alone either : ) The problem is, they think they're fantastic. But we know the only way to become a good driver is by driving a lot. My stomach did a little floppy flop just typing this. The good news is they do eventually improve. Or at least not scare you to death every time you're in the car with them!

  8. Oh boy can I relate (to the new driver thing)! My advice is...Let your husband do it. Or an instructor. :) I had a *terrible* habit of gasping when I was trying to teach my kids to drive. Also pressing my foot on an imaginary brake pedal. It unnerved them. So my husband did most of the work.

    Good luck!!

  9. Ha-ha. Tell the good folks of Cameron to stay off the sidewalks!! (Just kidding, young man.) I don't think I ever ride with my boys when they were learning to drive... and very few times since. God isn't the one who told us it was a good idea to 'step out of our comfort zone.' Who was the brilliant person who came up with that?! Hope you- know- who gets his license soon and a job to pay for insurance. Lol. Raising teens is not for sissies!

  10. Oh my I remember when my kids started to drive...that does take lots of patience for sure! Janice

  11. Oh what fun you'll have! I had to teach my boys to drive a stick shift....manual transmission. Oh joy! haha! Then years later I taught a young lady to drive one. I think I had more patience when I was younger! haha! Hugs!

  12. My husband wants to know if you can go below a 1....then he said 5! hahahaha! Hugs!

  13. The say patience is a virtue. Unfortunately still doing therapy month after my shoulder repair surgery I'm a little short on both... patience and virtue. :)

  14. I don't have any advice on driver's ed. I think I forgot a lot of that because it was worrisome. You'll be fine. Just remind him how important the passengers are.
    Much love,

  15. I love any Alison Krauss!

    Teenagers first driving weeks? I learned to keep my eyes closed. Oh wait, that's what I do when my adult children are driving!

    I agree, more patience as we grow older. Not as much energy but lots more patience!

  16. Love, love, love Alison Krauss and especially that song. Her voice is so awesome! I do not envy you at all having a teenage driver!! Hugs!

  17. I hear you on the 16 year old drivers. My daughter actually picked up her cell and started to chat with a friend while driving with one hand the very FIRST time we went out. Still...she is an excellent driver now but I have a weaker heart.

    Love the picnic. Hope I can get one in within the next few weeks!

    Jane x

  18. Oh Carla, teaching our kids to drive is one of the hardest things we have to do. Good luck with that, my friend. Your Autumn hike sounds wonderful, and so does your picnic lunch. I love that apple picture.

    Have a terrific weekend, Carla.


  19. Lack of patience is my greatest failing, or one of them anyway :-)

  20. Yes definitely a drivers license is reason to try your patience! Your picnic basic sounds yummy. I said a new car too, very costly. I will say a prayer for you driving with your son. I don't have any advice. I'm still giving advice to my son who is 36 and now lives in a state with snow and tons of bridges everywhere!!!!

  21. Your picnic basket sounds good.
    You have some lovely photo's here ...

    All the best Jan

  22. Oh...my oldest keeps mentioning drivers ed and getting his license. Eek! He is a cautious young man though...

  23. Oh...my oldest keeps mentioning drivers ed and getting his license. Eek! He is a cautious young man though...

  24. Oh, no! Does this mean I won't see your boys driving their bikes around town any more? It always makes me smile to see them. :)
    My oldest gets to drive to the end of our driveway (even with the stick shift car, he's doing great), and he got to drive the truck in the back yard yesterday to load up our meat chickens. Anything with an engine makes him happy! I hope these little practices will help him be more comfortable when we actually let him get his permit.

  25. I had so little patience as a child, I remember an album with a song "Have Patience", that my parents would play on many occasions for me!
    Good luck being a passenger! But, I have no doubt that your son will be a great and responsible driver :)


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