Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

What do we love about Wednesday?? We love Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond. I love how she gives us the prompts and then hosts the link-up. Don't you want to join?


1.July 15th is National Give Something Away Day.  What can you give away? Will you?

I am going to go through Harley's clothes and see what she can't wear anymore. Then I will give away those very nice, but too small things, to Goodwill. Some we might keep for Paige. She is smaller than Harley but she has much different taste. So we might not!!


 2. Do you have a mantra? Please share with the class if you feel comfortable doing so.

I have a few according to my gandkids!

1. Apples and Oranges
2. It is what it is
3. Oh, Good Lord!

To explain: Harley often wants to know why she can't do something that Darian is doing. Why she can't have something that Darian has and I explain to her that it is like 'apples and oranges'. They are different ages, different genders, different people and I will treat them differently. Thus, 'apples and oranges' has become a mantra.

It is what it is doesn't need much explaining, does it? It just is what it is!

Oh, Good Lord is just something I say a lot! When Paige was a baby it was one of her first phases. We all thought it was very cute. Then! Maybe not so much now!


 3. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? How many times a week do you shop? Do you make a list or pray for inspiration in the produce aisle?


Since I am somewhat like a single mother (my husband passed last July. He was the grocery shopper before he got sick in 2011. I miss him doing the grocery shopping. And I miss him in so many other ways!!) I plan my meals by the week and make a list. I use Out of Milk on my phone so my list is always with me. However, I usually go aisle by aisle (unless I am pinching pennies at the end of the month) and add other things to the cart. Groceries are, by far, our biggest budget item. I really need to learn to curtail here. But we love to eat!


 4. Is there a TV show you're embarrassed to say you watch? You're going to tell us what it is, right?


I don't know that I would say that I am embarrassed to watch this but I do watch Big Brother every summer. It is a really stupid reality TV show but it's like driving by an accident....I can't help but gawk! Anyone else watch Big Brother?


 5.
A recent article listed fifteen words we should eliminate from our (written) vocabulary in order to sound smarter-

that, went, honestly, absolutely, very, really, amazing, always, never, literally, just, maybe, stuff, things, and irregardless

Of the fifteen, which word is your most overused?


I recently read an article like this. Then I re-read some of my writing and discovered I used "that" way too much. So, I have been trying to edit it from my writing.

"1. ThatIt’s superfluous most of the time. Open any document you’ve got drafted on your desktop, and find a sentence with that in it. Read it out loud. Now read it again without that. If the sentence works without it, delete it. Also? Don’t use that when you refer to people. “I have several friends that live in the neighborhood.” No. No, you don’t. You have friends who. Not friends that."

I'm also guilty of using went wrong. And over-use of the word amazing!!


 6. So apparently
dying your hair gray (in your youth!) is a thing right now. It's called 'The Granny Hair' trend. Your thoughts? 

LOL! If they are doing it in their youth to make a statement I guarantee, when they have gray hair in the future, they will cover it! I think gray can be a nice color, but when it looks lavender, then it just looks stupid. My opinion. My blog! (P.S. my hair is salt and pepper with a heavy hand of salt now showing. But heck, I'm 64 and I've earned it).




 7. A while back
Buzz Feed asked members to share the most beautiful sentence they've read in a piece of literature. A hard thing to narrow down, at least for me, but let's try. What's one of the most beautiful sentences you've ever read in a piece of literature?

I loved the book and I loved the movie. And I loved a man who loved me just like this:


“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
 


 8. Insert your own random thought here.


Up until yesterday I have never seen a tornado cloud in person. I live in Kansas, home of the most famous tornado of all time, and have never personally seen a tornado. Do you know why? Because if the tornado siren is blowing, I am hiding. But yesterday the tornado cloud was in the sky, right in front of our eyes, before the sirens went off. Lucky for us it touched down 10 miles away. It destroyed one home and moved around a few cars and toppled some trees. But luckily no one was injured. I was surprised at how calm I was. I used to not be so calm in the face of a storm. I guess age does that to you! Anyhow, we are thankful this tornado missed up and caused so little damage.


   


32 comments:

  1. OH WOW!!!!! ... I always said I could be a storm chaser. I am so intrigued by tornados.

    I hate that groceries are such a budget buster. Especially HEALTHY foods! :(

    Oh girl - I am a Big Brother fanatic. Been watching since Season 1... who do you like this year? I love Austin... & am so interested in this twin twist!

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    1. I have declared a favorite yet. I am hoping the producers are not setting Audrey up for the win. But right now that is what I am thinking. My granddaughter loves Austin. I wish he would clip that beard. A beard "pony' looks ridiculous!

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  2. So glad you are OK!!! 10 miles away is pretty dang close for comfort lady.
    Hope you have a wonderful day my friend.

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    1. It was close enough to look like it was coming around that bend. That picture is the street right in front of our house!

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  3. Your #7 made me teary-eyed. How blessed you are to have experienced such love!
    I am on the east coast and have never seen a tornado but that picture is terrifying. Glad everyone was safe.

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    1. Thanks Theresa. I was very, very blessed!!

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  4. We had a tornado here in NJ this month-crazy!! I have never cared for Big Brother, so never got into that one. Love your #7!

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  5. You got great pictures of the tornado, Paula! Glad everyone was safe from it. I have not seen Big Brother but I think I would watch it, though hubby tends to avoid shows like that so that's probably why I haven't gotten hooked on it. I tend to use "honestly" a lot LOL :)

    betty

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    1. That's one of my words too Betty. Honestly!! Richard used to watch Big Brother with me. He thought it was a hoot! Harley took the tornado pictures!

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  6. LOL! I always say "It is what it is" but mostly when it is something I don't like but don't want to be rude about disagreeing (like with my boss).

    I am from Kansas! I used to be afraid of storms but then daddy taught me to see the signs. We would always go outside and look (I've always wanted to be a storm chaser). I have a respect and fascination for them. What part of Kansas are you?

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    1. I am in Hutchinson Kansas. Home of the Kansas State Fair! Where did you live?

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  7. I like your Apples and Oranges mantra! Where you and I live, we have a different name for storm chasers. We call them midwesterners, right? when I was little, I learned that people went outside when the sirens went off, just tp see what was happening. You picked a beautiful quote.

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    1. Richard always stood in the drive-way and watched the sky while the sirens were blowing. I never saw a tornado cloud until this week because I was hiding in our safe place :)

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  8. My daughter has a beautiful head of granny hair, starting at age 17 and a beautiful shade of steel grey by her twenties. I never really saw it, only imagined it, as she began dying it at 18. Then when she was nursing her second, who now is 13, she let it grow out. I have one picture of her, and she is frowning. Those of us who knew her from birth often could not restrain running our fingers through it. Too many grocery store comments on her lovely grandchildren, and it was back to the dye bottle.

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    1. LOL! I can imagine. I quit dying my when I was taking care of Richard. Now there is a lot of grey and little brown.

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  9. I'm a Big Brother fan, too! I have missed one-half of a season over the years. ;-)

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    1. Same here Kwiz! I don't think we have missed very many episodes.

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  10. Thanks for visiting my blog -- Big Brother fan-dom is shared by several of my co-workers, so we have some fun discussing it at lunch. I'm sorry Mama Da was voted out. I don't usually make pronouncements on winners until closer to the end. Any predictions yet? I don't have any!

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    1. I wasn't a Mama Da fan myself. I haven't picked a winner yet. I wouldn't be surprised though to see Audrey go far. I think production would like that!!

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  11. I know lots of folks that watch Big Brother but I have no idea what it is even about. Our daughter and family lived in Kansas for a while and now are back living in Ok. Both are very famous for the tornados. Ugh! Thanks for stopping by, it's always nice to meet a new blogging friend!

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    1. Yes, Oklahoma has it's share of tornadoes as well.

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  12. I came close to playing along this week … some weeks the questions resonate more so than others, don’t you think? But I when I got to #7 my mind ‘plumb shut down.’
    (See how nimbly I JUST got around saying “JUST shut down”?) *smile*

    Many of these parts of speech have become so ingrained; it’s going to be darn difficult – if not impossible - to change my spots.

    Cute story about Paige saying, "Oh, Good Lord!"

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    1. I agree there are just some weeks the questions are better than others! You are right on the parts of speech. And I think we sometimes get lazy about what we use. (I typed "just get lazy" and then deleted just, lol) Yes, it was funny to hear such a tiny voice slurring the words "Oh, Good Lord". We still laugh about it

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  13. Give something away day? Well, then my trip today to Goodwill was perfectly timed. Not planned that way, but perfectly timed nonetheless.

    I think I use "just" way too much. Probably "that" too, but I'll go with "just".

    Too close for comfort to that tornado. I'll take earthquakes any day.

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    1. I don't know if earthquakes would be any better. But there is usually more warning to get to safety with an earthquake!

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  14. Now you know I had to go back to my blog I have scheduled to post tomorrow and look for any of those words LOL

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    1. LOL! I did the same thing the first time I read the article.

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  15. My over used word if "just" but some of those others are common for me too. 😉

    Wow, that tornado looks closer than 10 miles. I have never seen one for real. Great picture.

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  16. Very cool tornado cloud! Glad the tornado missed you.

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