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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It is a ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ Hodgepodge

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

 1. What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?
 Homes for sale ... two of our neighbors have moved in the last four months. 

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer? 
Yes, I love classical music. Yes, I listen daily to classical music.
My favorite piece .... The Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
My favorite composer .... John Williams.

3. Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so? 

Beyond Boundaries
Dr. John Townsend
How do you know you’re ready to trust again … and what does it take to be ready? Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk. In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you’re trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, Townsend gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for. Beyond Boundaries will help you reinstate closeness with someone who broke your trust; discern when true change has occurred; reestablish appropriate connections in strained relationships; create a safe environment that helps you trust; and restore former relationships to a healthy dynamic. You can move past relational pain to trust again. Beyond Boundaries will show you how.


4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you smarter...play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively

Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try? 
My current hobbies .... work puzzles, exercise often, blogging, cooking different meals.
I have been trying to learn a new language, I had to jump off the learning German bus during the garden season. Hope to hop back on in November.

5. What sports traditions does your family have? 
Cross Country Skiing ... Winter is coming .... this ones for Judy of Cranberry Morning.
Trap Shooting
 6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.
 7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?
I have patience with my gardens.
I am lacking patience when my computer is slooooowwwww.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 
We made our first Apple Crisp of the Autumn season Sunday. Yummy!
Do you have a twist to the traditional Apple Crisp recipe?


  1. I'm hoping the weather is good this weekend and we can go apple picking. I love an apple crisp with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on top-yum! My hubs enjoys trap shooting. I have never tried it. Have a great day!

  2. Fun Hodgepodge, Carla. Even your snowstorm, snowballs, falling on ice, sliding in the ditch, dark days, darker nights, getting stuck in a snowbank, freezing, scraping icy windshields, tracking snow indoors, wearing too much clothing, kind of answer. :-))) (Love ya anyway)

  3. Apple crisp..yum!! I liked reading about the hobbies that make you smarter!

  4. Oh gosh, I need to read that book. Thanks for posting it. :) YES! Slow computers...I should have thought of that one. And now, I am going to need some apple crisp. We might need a Hodgepodge rule- no posting about food unless you're bringing me some. LOL Have a great day!

  5. Agreed...slow computer response tries my patience every day. Since moving out of the city to a small mountain town we have about zero bandwidth. It is so frustrating, but the mountain scenery and cool air help calm me down. have a good week.
    Lori in Blu Ridge, GA

  6. I have never made Apple Crisp, but just the name sounds yummy. Love your picture of mums, your yard must be beautiful now. We are a tennis family. Plus Plus does kind of follow one football team.

  7. We did Cross Country Skiing years ago. I enjoyed it! We actually took lessons in Wisconsin. We lived in Illinois at the time. I like your answer for #6. Yum on the apple crisp!

  8. I always love reading your answers, Carla, and I find Joyce's questions to be so intriguing. How does she come up with them week after week? I answer along in my head, nod at some of your answers (as I agree or I share the same thoughts). I have often thought of linking up...maybe someday!

  9. Yum! The first apple crisp of the season? I can't wait - and they say the apple season will be super short for us because of the dry conditions! Oh and I'd love to teach the girls cross country skiing!

    1. I too loved xcountry till my knee went bad. Getting up after falling was the problem...:)

  10. Enjoyed reading your answers. I too hate slow computers and that definitely tries my patience but I do usually try and work through solutions.

  11. I love apple crisp. Since I can't have butter I have a vegan recipe that is delish. I think I am going to ask my daughter to make me one :) German sounds fun to learn. Have a great rest of the week my friend.

  12. Love the hodgepodge posts......I've never thought of learning a foreign language. I do love taking classes tho.

  13. What beautiful flowers! I didn't even need to read the rest, but thank you for posting the photo. And alles gut with your Deutsch.

  14. I read alot, enjoy scrabble/crosswords, try and exercise regularly and have lots of crafty hobbies.

  15. I miss working on puzzles! Do you cats try to hide pieces from you?
    I've not been watching the news closely lately to know much about the National Anthem brouha, but I have heard enough to know that I agree with your answer.

  16. Lovely post - and such a wonderful shot.

  17. Just love your first photo ...

    All the best Jan


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