About The River

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Checking off the To Do List and it is the Hodgepodge


A photo from long ago when we colored eggs with our boys. I love the bright green and yellow. I also see that they used the wax crayon on the eggs to write. I love seeing their writing when they were little. 

Enough reminiscing, it is Wednesday and it is time for the Hodgepodge.

Joyce asks the questions.

We answer the questions.

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 1. Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in some way? If so tell us how. Are you a fan of corned beef? Cabbage? The color green?

Our youngest son, Atticus, came over for the afternoon. I went with him to a tax appointment. When we returned home we played scrabble, dad won the game.  Atticus and my dad went ice fishing a few weeks earlier and we cooked up a delicious meal of the bluegill fish they caught. We also enjoyed fries, onion rings and green peas. 

Am I a fan of corned beef? Yes!

Cabbage? Yes, I grow it in my garden. I love the first coleslaw of the summer with fresh green cabbage and red cabbage. 

I do like the color green. 

 2. March 22nd is National Goof Off Day...will you celebrate? Your favorite way to goof off? Last time you had a whole day to spend 'goofing off'? 

I like to just do whatever. Maybe get lost on a rabbit trail on Pinterest looking at gardens, home improvements, fashion, and more. I have not had a whole day of "goofing off ".

 3. Something on your to-do list that has been there more than a month? Will this be the month you finally cross it off? 

I have three closets I want to clean. Will this be the month? I hope so!

 4. In your opinion, what emotion is the most beneficial? Which one is the least useful? 

I think Joy is the most beneficial. 

Anger is the one that I feel is the least useful.

 5. What was your favorite thing to do as a kid? Elaborate. 

I grew up in an old farmhouse. My sister and I had a room that was our Barbie room. You could say we had a big Barbie land. Here is one story, my Barbie set up a hair salon, when my sister's Barbie came to visit the salon, I really cut my sister's Barbies hair off!!! 

Yes, I got into trouble. 

 6. Insert your own random thought here. 

"I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines."

Oliver Goldsmith 




  1. I totally agree with your emotions answers. I need to clean out our closets as well!

  2. I love your answers. We never celebrated St Patrick at home but usually attended some social function in our community. I love corned beef and cabbage and grew a lot of assorted cabbages last year. I'm not a fan of having a special day to goof off, whatever that means, lol... I usually rest on Sunday. Cutting your sister's Barbie 's hair is pretty adventurous. lol...

    This morning the St John River was opened by the bridge up town but now, it's already opened in front of our house. A sign of spring.


  3. Is it okay if I'm chuckling about you cutting Barbie's hair off, it was a salon afterall. :) My brother cut my hair off so badly my parents had to shave all my hair off. I was too young to be affected for life over it! I'm with you on the emotions question. Happy Spring to you!!

  4. Love all your answers. Glad you are having a great week. Hugs. Kris

  5. I had to laugh at the haircut story. My sister had a doll called Chrissy. She had really long hair that you could make longer or shorter by pressing a button in her head. My sister cut her hair and my mom was not pleased. We used to set up our Barbies under a big tree in our backyard and play there for hours. I have my girls Barbies here somewhere and really need to make time to go through some of the boxes in our attic to figure out what's worth keeping. One of those things that keeps getting pushed further and further down the to-do list. Enjoy your day!

  6. Oh no on cutting your sister's Barbie. O am not a fan of corned beef, but I do love cabbage raw and cooked. Love those colored eggs. I remember using those wax crayons with my kids too. Goof Off Day. I wish I had one of those. Janice

  7. Love that quote! And the Barbie story is somewhat relatable. My sister and I used to "operate" on our dolls' eyes (because I had several eye surgeries as a child) by sticking toothpicks into their eyes. We never got into trouble though because they were our own dolls we were destroying. Although I'm pretty sure I did at one point destroy at least one of my sister's toys, but I can't remember details.

  8. I mean Barbie did come into the salon...and when you're little almost nothing is as satisfying than cutting a doll's hair. Hahaha!! #beenthere

  9. The "hodgepodge" is fun and your Easter eggs are festive. Have a great week!

  10. I did not celebrate st Patricks day but I had a good time staying home

  11. I love your Barbie story! I love all the St. Patrick's Day things, too. Please let me know if you tackle the closets because I have closet chaos here, and I need some inspiration!

  12. I'm pretty sure I left a comment the other day...musta gone into spam. Or I was dreaming!! lol
    Eggs are a seasonal treasure & roflmao on barbie's new "do"!!

  13. Such a fun one here! Your St. Patty's sounded nice. I go down the rabbit hole on Pinterest sometimes too. I love the idea of fresh cabbage from your garden. The Barbie salon story is too funny!

  14. Sounds like a good St. Patrick's Day and a delicious meal. I keep asking Mark to play scrabble with me but he hasn't wanted to. Good luck with your closets. Joy and Anger were good choices. Sounds like you had a fun time with your Barbie dolls. Love your random quote.

  15. I love corned beef and cabbage but for some reason this year we did not have any. Your barbie story is awesome! :)

  16. How nice to grow up in Barbieland, Carla, I enjoyed that glimpse into your childhood. I loved reading and sports as a girls; surprisingly, crafting not so much.

  17. I enjoyed your answers this week. My dad used to cook us bluegill. Yum.

  18. Cute picture of the eggs and the memories attached to it. We did not celebrate St. Paddy's Day, we really don't celebrate most holidays, just not our thing. Never has been; family and friends think we're weird. LOVE cornbeef, but it's really not Irish.

  19. I wholeheartedly agree with your answers to number four! I experience both every day, haaahaha. And although I am Irish, I don't do anything traditional on St. Patrick's Day. I do try to remember and wear green if I'm going somewhere. In fact I have a new green dress and if I'm still on the green side of grass next March 17th, I'll wear it, even if it's just around the house. I love to goof off and try to do some of it every day too. xoxo


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