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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hey Mate! It is the Hodgepodge!



Hello Friends, it is Wednesday and that means it is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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 From this Side of the Pond

1. Have you done more binge watching this past year than in 'normal' years? Any plans to break that habit in 2021? Tell us one or two shows you binged last year that you really liked. 

 No change in our normal watching of T.V.

We recently watched the following movie. I give it a thumbs up.

2. January 26th is Australia Day. Have you ever visited or lived in Australia? Have you ever tasted Vegemite, and if so what did you think?  Is a trip down under on your bucket list? We answered a question about travel three months ago (the October 21st Hodgepodge), but let's revisit now...where are you when it comes to planning or even imagining travel this year? 

My dear friend Judy has a daughter who lives in Australia. And my dear friend Lori, who is Judy's daughter has a sister who lives in Australia. Judy has visited and she took her grandboys on a trip to Australia. We were blessed with gifts from the trip, stories and seeing photos.

I have not tasted Vegemite.

I don't think I will be visiting Australia anytime soon.

As far as travels for 2021, no travel plans out of the state of Wisconsin are planned.

 3. Something that zaps your energy? Something that energizes you? 

Something that zaps my energy would be cold, cold weather. We have been fortunate this winter here in Wisconsin with a mild winter. Last week I was reminded how cold, cold weather feels as we had temperatures in the negatives. I delivered Meals on Wheels last week on a very cold, windy day, I was zapped of energy at the end of the day.

Something that energizes me. Coffee, chocolate and walks in the woods.

4. On a scale of 1-10 what are your eating habits like these days? (1=all junk food all the time and 10= juicing every green thing in the frig) Healthiest meal you've eaten in the last week or so? 

No change in our eating habits. We are on a quiche kick. I have been trying a few new quiche recipes. I will be sharing on the blog soon.

And a meatloaf recipe, using bourbon. I have to tweak this one a bit more before I share.

 5. What's your most often 'Back in my day....' thing to say? 

My husband and I were just saying "Back in my day..." to our son on Sunday during the football games. Back in our day, football was different. The rules have changed, players have changed, the NFL has changed.

My husbands favorite was QB Joe Montana. I enjoyed watching football with my dad. My dad and I both loved loooong passes and Joe Montana was a QB that could do that.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Another "Back in my day..."

Everybody likes to find a letter in the mail, but it doesn't happen as often as it used to. Remember a phone call is nice but a letter is forever. Makes someone's day.

During the lockdown my sister sent me Pandemic Postcards. I just received another in the mail from her the other day.





  1. What a nice idea to send the postcards!

  2. Your cold is so much colder than my cold. I'm shivering at 32F.
    Football--my hubby watches, so I sort of watch it. What I notice from when I watched with my dad is the amount of talking that happens in the commentary. It's distracting to me.
    Yes, letters in the mail make me so happy!

  3. Such cute postcards from your sister.

  4. Oh my gosh ..... "Back in My Day". There are so many things I could add. But, I agree. Football is so much different.

    I think it was more interesting to watch "back in MY day". ;-)

  5. :) I am a letter writer! I always like to see when someone mentions that. It is something I learned from my Mom as we would write my grandmother and great grandmother regularly and they'd write us back. I have pen pals and am part of a card ministry to seniors.

    Nice to visit you on the Hodgepodge!

  6. Your blue flowers are stunning! What are they?? I agree, nowadays we need to call and send real letters more than ever. CUTE postcards!

  7. I enjoyed watching the clip Ford Vs Ferrari. No trip scheduled for me either, and we've had a mild winter and very little snow in our area also.
    Does your sister designed these postcards? How sweet of her to send you these cute postcards.

    Staying cooped up in the house zaps my energy. I walk to the mailbox everyday but it not far enough. I'm always worried to fall on the ice.I'm looking forward to spring.
    I'm enjoying seeing the daylight time getting longer everyday. Yay!

    Hugs, Julia

  8. I enjoyed that movie too! I know I don't plan on traveling yet people are flying everyday. That's a good point about the cold weather sapping your energy. I remember that. I'm not sure Mark would do the quiche but sounds good to me. Of course he would do the meatloaf for sure. I like your answer about Back in the day sayings because I've used that one too. Cute postcard!

  9. Love that idea about pandemic postcards! It is always so good to get snail mail! I sent cards at the beginning of the pandemic but that tapered off. I'll need to reinstate that habit. How nice of you to deliver meals on wheels! I'm sure that's appreciated. Hope the rest of your week goes well!

  10. Pandemic postcards! What a great idea! I may have to "borrow" it. Yes, we are lucky, aren't we, that we're having a mild winter. Yay.

  11. Love your sister's postcards! :D I can't wait to see your quiche recipes when you share them. I will try them because we love quiche! (Although a favorite restaurant in town served quiche and crepes, but it would be fun to try making it at home.) We were watching Ford v. Ferrari the other day, and I love it! I love American muscle, and Carroll Shelby Ford Mustangs are the *best*

  12. Your sister's postcards are so cute. She's talented! We loved Ford vs Ferrari too!
    The cold weather zaps me too. Bring on the coffee!

  13. I am on a quiche kick too so I cannot wait to see your recipes. Love the postcards so cute. Have a great day today. We are seeing sunshine finally. Very cold here too.
    Hugs. Kris

  14. I'm also interested in the bourbon meatloaf, so hope you'll share. I agree with you about football today. First of all, just play. Most people tune in for a break from all the 'stuff' going on in the world.

  15. I watched the movie trailer and oh my goodness how my husband would love this movie! His back in the day would be a complaint that NASCAR was better in the old days, that there are too many safety regulations now. Men!

  16. Ford Vs. Ferrari was a thumbs up for us also.
    The temps have given us a reality check as well. We've been so lucky so far this winter. I hope it continues!

  17. Those blue iris look lovely.
    I do like the postcards.

    All the best Jan

  18. So true about the letters! It's definitely becoming a lost art, and the USPS could use a boost right now!

  19. Late to the party but ... I don't do football. However my husband is a die-hard Chicago sports fan (I do join him in love of the Cubs because if I have a sport, it's baseball) since we lived up there for so long. We did NOT watch the Super Bowl last night (I'd rather chew glass) but we were reminiscing on the way home from church about the Chicago Bears 1986 Super Bowl win being 35 years ago. We were both fans of Walter Payton (my cat is named Sweetness) and Jim McMahon, the Punky QB, was cute too. So I just watched the Super Bowl Shuffle on YouTube haaahaha xoxo ... RIP Sweetness


High Fives from Wisconsin!