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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

From Sunny Wisconsin - It is the Hodgepodge

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

1. February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It lands on the calendar one day after National Do Something for a Grouch Day (February 16) which somehow feels related. Perhaps the 16th inspired the 17th?

Tell about a time you performed a random act of kindness or were the recipient of one. Will you make an effort to perform a random act of kindness on the 17th? Share details if you're so inclined, and if you have something specific in mind.

Well, I do not want to sound like a Goody Two - Shoes, but I try to be kind every day! Recently I let a lady go in front of me in line at the grocery store. I cheered up our clerk at the check out at the Market. 
During the summer months when my flower gardens are in full bloom, I love to give bouquets of flowers.
Our mailman is one person I think who is always being so kind to us. He will do his very best to leave our packages in our mailbox. He always does such a nice job.
I have been given the opportunity to go first in line at the Market. The door held open for me and so many little things that make a difference.

 2.What's the most uplifting or encouraging thing you see happening in the world right now? You may have to dig deep for this one.

All in all, I think our world is still a good place. I see people helping people after storms. After a snow storm we got stuck, we were helped right away by a stranger. Many times I think our Media fails to see all the good that is going on in our world.

3. Black olives, black currants, black grapes, black beans, blackberries, Oreos...your favorite food the color of night? Your least favorite on the list?

Blackberries are my favorite!
My least favorite would be flavored Oreos, I only want a true Oreo! Who comes up with those silly flavors??

 4. A while back I read (here) a list of twelve things you should do before you turn 50. They were-

travel when you have the chance, take care of your skin, learn a foreign language, make exercise a habit, leave a toxic situation, stop caring what others think about you, stop worrying, volunteer, spend time with your grandparents, pledge to work less, learn to cook an amazing dish, and seize an opportunity as it arises

What do you think of the list? What would you add or remove and why? If you're over 50, have you done all 12? If you're not yet 50, have you done any at all? What's on the list that you haven't done, but would like to do?

 All of the things help you in one way or another, so I would leave the list as is.
I am not over 50.
I have done the following~
Take care of your skin. Yes, I learned this from my Aunt Sharon who has skin cancer.
I am trying to learn a foreign language. I am 18% fluent in German. LOL
I do make exercise a habit.
I volunteer.
I left a toxic situation. 

I can no longer spend time with my grandparents, but I do realize the importance of this one. I try very hard for my boys to spend as much time as they can. We do not live close, I make an effort that we get together as often as we can. 

What would I like to do ~
Stop worrying

 5. Besides the classic Christmas flicks, what's your favorite film where winter plays a part in the setting? 
 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
This is the movie that popped into my head first. That is because the boys have been asking me over and over what my favorite episode of Star Wars is. The answer is always the same, The Empire Strikes Back, I think they want to see if I change my mind. LOL

 6.When did you last feel helpless, and what did you do about it?

Oh my, well the Valentine Bug hit our family. What is the Valentine Bug you ask? It is a flu bug! It hit this house. On Valentine's night, about 11:30pm our son threw up, just a foot from the toilet. And then he did it again. He yelled "Help Mom"
What did I do?
I had to wrap a bandanna over my nose and mouth, I can not stand the smell of puke. My husband helped me too. We had a mess to clean up and a boy who was very sick. I cleaned up Sam, got him a bucket and began the long night of caring for him.

7. Share a favorite proverb. 

This is a hard one for me. The Book of Proverbs is my favorite Book of the Bible.

Proverbs 10:14 
Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites trouble. 

 8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I am happy to report...my son is feeling better. Monday he slept most of the day. Tuesday he had more energy. We played two games of Life and he beat me both times! I guess we can say he is officially on the mend!

Have a great week!
And beware of the Valentine Bug!  



  1. That flu bug has hit hard in many areas. Hope the rest of your family stays well! I love Proverbs in the Bible, too! Enjoy your day!

  2. My grandson James got hit with the flue bug on Valentine day too. He managed to puke in the basket. The other little one followed a few days later.

    I hope that you won't get sick too.

  3. I hope the rest of you don't get that bug! I'm glad Sam is on the mend! The Empire Strikes Back is my favorite too and we can't find our copy! We started re-watching them after seeing the new one and that one is missing. :( Blackberries! Yum! I don't like the flavored Oreos either. I always enjoy reading your Hodgepodge!

  4. Poor Sam! And Poor YOU! That is no fun at all, Carla, and a terrible way to spend Valentine's Day! Good luck with your German. Have you tried watching a movie you're familiar with - in German (YouTube). My daughter said that her best ESL students have used English movies to help them learn and improve their English speaking skills. Enjoyed your Hodgepodge today and loved your introductory photo! xoxo

    1. Oh my. The Valentines bug. I'm ashamed to admit no bug but overindulgence of food taking my Valentine to a local restaurant. Not good. But I managed my own cleanup...:)

  5. That Valentine Bug sounds awful! So glad to hear your son is better now. That was us Christmas Eve! No fun at all and while you're in the middle of it, it feels like it will never end! I also love blackberries and try to be kind daily - but I should do more random acts!

  6. I do enjoy letting people go in front of me at the store if they only have an item or two. Way to go! I buy blackberries every chance I get. They are awesome! Good movie choice. So sorry about the flu bug. Glad your on the mend.

  7. Oh sorry to hear about the Valentine bug. Glad your son is doing better. Hope no one else gets caught by it.

  8. Well your Valentines Day will be one you'll remember : ) Your movie answer made me smile. Spoken like a true mother of sons!

  9. Oh no! I hope he feels better and the rest of you never get it!!! I'd like to stop worrying, too. If you find a cure, send it on over!! ;)

  10. Random acts of kindness - I do like that. I believe in the power of little things.

  11. I also go to God in prayer for the U.S. I encourage our church to be in prayer as well. It will be very difficult replacing Justice Scalia. He had a remarkable sense of humor and I don't think that he took himself too seriously. A rare trait in people of such amazing talent and high position. Thank you for your comments.

  12. So glad Sam is feeling better, and hope everyone else is staying healthy!

  13. Carla, I like the original OREO too! You can't get better than that. I think that's great that you are trying to learn a foreign language. I've always thought it was amazing when people could speak more than one language. I love the Proverbs verse.

    Have a good rest of the week, Carla.


  14. Keep well! I like that first photo.


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