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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It is Back to the Happy Hodgepodge

It is Wednesday and we are back to the Hodgepodge!

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

They are no longer this small...both taller than me, but just as silly!

These two make me smile.  

1. Let's all think happy thoughts...share one of yours here. 
My family! Those two in the above photo!! 

2. There's a Chinese proverb that says, "If you want happiness for an hour take a nap, if you want happiness for a day-go fishing...." What say you? If you want happiness for a day _____________.
 If you want happiness for a day let us go outside!

 3. Where do you go to decompress from the world around you? 
I head for a walk. The best way for me to get away from it all is to go for a walk or take a hike in the woods. I love nature and getting outside.

 4. What song never fails to make you happy? 

Norah Jones ~ Sunrise 

5. Wednesday is National Fast Food Day. Should that be a thing? Apparently it is, so tell us what's the last 'fast food' you consumed? If you were putting together your own version of a 'happy meal' what would you include? 
Culver's is our family's favorite fast food.

My parents are dairy farmers. We are proud to support Culver's, because Culver's supports farmers. The below statement is from Culver's website.

From Gratitude to Full-Fledged Support

Culver’s wouldn't be what it is today without the family farms that grow and produce the wholesome, delicious food we so proudly serve. From the cattle ranches of the Great Plains to the dairy farms of Wisconsin and south to Georgia’s chicken country, it’s important to us to make sure farm families across the nation clearly see how thankful we are for their hard work and dedication.
So now, through our support for the National FFA Organization, we are giving back to today’s farm families, while helping ensure the future of the next generation.

6. In a few sentences tell us why you blog. 
 Blogging is a way for me to share what I find fun in life with others. It is a way for me to practice writing. And it has become a special place to find encouragement and meet so many wonderful people. The friendships built within the blogging community are amazing.
7. List seven things you're feeling especially grateful for today. 
1. Family
2. Friends
3. Heat ... Wisconsin is starting to get chilly ... snow flurries are forecast for the weekend
4. Garden goodness that we harvested this summer 
5. My husband's employer ... a great company who cares about the employees 
6. Our small town of Cameron, who is still mourning the loss of a police officer ... how this community wrapped its arms around the family
7. My dog Molly, who is my walking buddy 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Happy Thanksgiving 
Wishing all my Hodgepodge friends a great Thanksgiving.
I will be taking next week Wednesday off from the blog.
Enjoy your holiday!


  1. I love these posts! You are such a positive person, Carla. The turkey is cute!!!
    Still thinking about your little town. It's going to be a hard holiday season for that poor policeman's family.
    Snow flurries already? We've been wearing shorts and t-shirts here in Central Alabama, which isn't unusual for us this time of year.


  2. I enjoyed reading your answers. Your boys are adorable. We ate at Culver's for the first time while we were in Missouri last month visiting family. That seems to be a favorite place for them. We enjoyed it too.

  3. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge, Carla, even the party about flurries (because it's not 6" of snow.) So glad we've had such a beautiful, warm, and long autumn. Your boys are so cute and fun. Have a great Wednesday! :-)

  4. Enjoying the thoughts you shared this morning. We are due to get a taste of your chilly weather this weekend. It will drop from the 70's to the 20's Saturday morning. Brrr!

  5. Great post, Carla. I love ALL of Norah's music. Have a great week.

  6. I love Norah Jones! She's always been one of my favorites! Have a great day!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving my friend. I've never heard of Culver's, we don't have any here. The first snow flurries of the season are so exciting, enjoy :)

  8. What a cute turkey and that adorable photo of your boys!! We don't have Culvers. I checked it out and it looks so good!!

  9. Such a wonderful post♥ Happy Wednesday to you my sweet friend ♥

  10. Enjoyed your post today and thanks for sharing the song. I have never heard it but love her voice. Have a Happy rest of your week.

  11. I've never eaten at a Culvers, I don't think there are any on the East Coast. My heart goes out to the law enforcement community these days. So many losses and an underappreciated profession.

  12. I like Norah Jones, her voice is like velvet. This one is pretty, I have not heard it before. Another good one she sings is "Come Away With Me." That is funny about fast food day. Because I think for the American people, we eat fast more days than we cook. What great pictures of your sons! Fun and happy. And isn't that our goal as moms? To raise happy kids.

  13. I love reading the Hodgepodge. The boys are so cute! Norah has such a nice voice...I always wished I could sing half that good. Enjoy your day!

  14. Love the pics of your boys 💕I also love that NoraJones song, it reminds me of the year we got married - I played that cd into the ground!

  15. Great song choice, I love her voice. I've never heard of Culver's, I'll keep my eye out as I travel. We live in a small town too, loss is so much greater when everyone pulls together in a small community. My heart goes out to you and your neighbors. Have a great week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  16. What fun Hodgepodge answers, Carla! It sounds as though your Culver's Restaurant is not your typical fast food. I bet it is delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  17. My son is almost 13 and every morning he gets up and says - I think I've grown (he usually has) then what's for dinner? I reckon come New Year ha may have caught up to my height - 5'8".

  18. Hi Carla, Love these old, silly photos of your sons. Don't they grow up too fast? Wish you and Molly were close enough to walk with Theo and me. We love to take a stroll about mid afternoon. Wishing each of you a blessed Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for your friendship! Love from Georgia!

  19. Those are great responses, Carla. I love how much you love your family. Your pride for your family just shines through each post. Hope you have a great night- xo Diana

  20. You are always so creative with sharing your life in the Hodgepodge! Love the pictures of your kids when they were younger. I too love my furry walking pal, and getting outside, absolutely the best thing you can do! Agreed :) Too bad we live so far apart! Hugs to you today Carla :)

  21. Enjoyed your answers Carla. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  22. Good Morning Carla. Love these posts. You are just a big smile to me when I read your posts. Love having Norah sing while I read this today too. Happy rest of the week.

  23. My babies are not small anymore either...my it goes by quickly, doesn't it?? I go for a drive when I need to decompress. I just turn on the music, open the sunroof and cruise by the beach...ahhh.

  24. Thank for for your visit, as always. My granddaughters are the sweetest and kindest beings on the planet. They are truly a couple of my greatest blessings and joys in life. I love your list of things that you are grateful for. SWMBO and I love our fur babies as well. My daughter has a black lab that loves to go hiking with her. You are fortunate to have such a loyal walking companion. Happy Thanksgiving, (just in case I miss next week's Hodgepodge.)

  25. Just love the mosaic/collage pictures of your boys.

    All the best Jan

  26. I love listening to Nora Jones. Her voice can calm the most crazy of days.
    You are right about it getting chilly. Mother Nature has finally flipped the switch for us, and it's time for fall to leave us!

  27. Going outside is a great answer. I was going to say go to a park and read a book. Since I never ever do that I thought it wasn't a true answer so I went with social media. Love the photo of the boys! I had my first Culver's in June in Florida. I love their custard. Love your list of things you are grateful for. Enjoy your weekend.....


High Fives from Wisconsin!