Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge


It's been awhile....if you'd like to join visit Joyce and answer these questions.

From this Side of the Pond

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? Hope for the most?

Most of my fears for the future center around my grandkids and what their lives will be like and what obstacles they face. I am pretty much not fearful for myself and my life. I hope for happiness, safety, and a better world for them!! That sounds cheesy, doesn't it?

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? What's a favorite dish made with chicken? What's something you're a 'chicken' about doing or trying?

I am a big chicken when it comes to flying. I don't like to fly at all! I haven't had the need to fly since Richard died. I don't know if I could do it without him to talk me down. We love chicken at our house. It is one the menu one or two times a week. I have many favorite recipes. See here for a recent favorite one. This is really good!! And makes a lot!

3. What are three things you don't own but wish you did?

I don't own hard wood floors but wished I did. I wish I could dump all the carpet in this house. But it is so expensive (even for the laminates) that I will probably never have hardwoods. I do have that on my must have list for my next house. I don't own a Keurig but wish I did. It's on my Christmas list if anyone is interested. LOL! I'm thinking of getting one of the compact ones to see if I would like it. I am the only coffee drinker here and making an entire pot isn't cost effective. And I don't like to make a partial pot. Just doesn't taste the same. Do any of you have a Keurig? What are your thoughts? I also wish I had a deep, claw foot bathtub. One I could sink down into and soak. And that I'd be able to get out of by myself. Now that would be luxury!!

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate.  If you answered one, which one?

I'd rather be a jack of all trades. I need to be able to do it all since I've become a single woman. I am learning so many new 'trades' It takes a bit to run a home. You have to be a plumber, electrician, appliance repairman, janitor, cleaner, yardman...or have a lot of money to pay all of those people to do things for you. No, I'm not doing any real plumbing or electrical work. But I am learning the simple things. Like fixing a lamp. Or stopping a drip. 

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what?

I don't use ketchup on much of anything. I'm not a fan. I do like mustard on my burgers and dogs. I might on a rare instant dip a French fry in ketchup. But not usually!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I cannot believe there is another hurricane headed towards the USA. I think God is speaking to us!


28 comments:

  1. Aargh ... I lost my whole comment! Trying again...

    That chicken dish sounds wonderful. I'll be giving that one a try.

    In my list of things I don't have but would like, I forgot to mention a Keurig. I do think I'd love to have one of those.

    Another great option if you are the only coffee drinker in the house is a Go! Brew! Serve! personal coffee maker from Mr. Coffee. It includes a nice travel mug and comes in several nifty colors. I got mine for around $35 at Walmart. com.

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    1. Thanks I'll look into that. Sounds right in my price range!

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  2. It doesn't sound cheesy at all, Paula. It sounds like a grandma that loves her grandkids. There's every reason to wonder how things will go for them in this day and age.

    A deep, claw footed bathtub would be wonderful! I hope that you'll have one some day. I hear you on the wanting to be able to get yourself out of it. If I get down these days, there's no guarantee of getting back up on my own. That is a bit embarrassing and frustrating.

    I wonder about Him trying to speak to us with these storms, too. I wonder what the message is, other than "Do not build your house on the sand. Get away from the coast!" I'm willing to do that just as soon as He shows me how to get the money to do so. :)

    Have a blessed week, Paula. :)

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    1. Hello Suzanne! It is good to see you! I would love nothing more than soaking in a deep tub. Unfortunately mine is small and I could never get out of it once I got into it Hope your week is good!

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  3. I bought a Keurig when I retired. Just a small one since it is only me. I love it. As a matter of fact, my old coffee machine and carafe are going out with the trash tomorrow. As for hardwood floors, I never want them. Everyone I know has them covered up with oriental carpets. They tell me if they don't they are always refinishing them. I'll stick with carpet. Especially on a cold Michigan winter morning.

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    1. I would love some version of hardwood. Maybe laminate. I am over carpet! Too hard to keep clean in my opinion!

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  4. Someone else who's not a fan of ketchup? Hoooo-ray!

    I LOVE our Keurig! It took Tom an awfully long time to agree, but (I think) he's its biggest fan. See, I like my coffee dark and STRONG and he's more 'whussy.' In retrospect, we were wasting so much by making a big pot each morning and pouring down the drain. Then there were days I went to have another cup and found the pot empty. Now, everyone wins! Just a suggestion. If you get one, register at Keurig.com. I do all our ordering through them once a month on-line ... no sales tax and free shipping (over $45).

    PS - No, you're not cheesy at all!

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    1. I'm looking into Keurigs and I will check out their website. The K-cups are cheaper at Walmart however. But I will have to figure out how that compares with no shipping.

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  5. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I can't comment, but it sounds like you've got some good reviews from the coffee lovers.

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  6. We don't have a Keurig, but our son has a small one and loves it.
    My husband grew up with hard wood floors and has awful memories of having to wax and polish them. I wouldn't mind having laminate, but our daughter had that and got water damage twice. Sometimes you just can't win :)
    I can't believe another hurricane is headed this way either! It does appear like God is pouring out His wrath.
    Kathy (Reflections)

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    1. It seems like everything has its pros and cons. Yes, Ive heard laminate can be bad with any kind of water. Good to see you Kathy!

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  7. I don't know which is worst, tornadoes or hurricanes? Only good thing if there is a good thing, hurricanes you can track and plan for for days and make plans to run if you need to. And believe me I have my eye on Irma and hope she turns north at Miami. She gets in the warm waters of the gulf and she may become a 6+ before landfall.
    My coffee is made from a Hamilton Beech single cup, using grounds. I can adjust for bold taste. I drink most of my coffee when I vacation up north, down here I likely have had less than 10 cups since getting home. Ice tea first thing in the morning. If it happens to be cool outside at 10am, then maybe coffee while the kids play in the playpen
    Laminated floors? Big dust mop and need to run it daily. Worst with shedding type kids

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    1. Hurricanes seems to cause much more widespread damage. I'll stay here in Kansas and take my chances I guess. I am sure leaning towards a single cup. The Keurig can use grounds too. I still would love laminate wood floors!!

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  8. We have a Keurig and usually use it just on the weekends since the K-cups can be a bit expensive. Funny thing is, though, I was sick one day last week with tummy troubles manifested by the coffee I drank that morning. Decided to cut out coffee and haven't had coffee in over a week! Hubby will still use the Keurig and I like the option of getting hot water for oatmeal or tea, cider, etc. I type for Florida hospitals; it will be interesting to see what happens with the work flow depending where/when Irma hits.

    betty

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    1. I have noticed the cups seems expensive. But wasting coffee is too. I've even tried making a whole pot and saving it in the fridge. But it doesn't taste the same. Choices, choices! I hope Irma skips our country all together!!

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  9. I don't think your hopes for the future are cheesy at all. I hope for the same for my grandchildren. You know I'm frustrated with my Keurig, but I do love it. Love chicken too and have it often, but I'm a chicken when it comes to heights. Can hardly get on the step ladder to change a light bulb. I will have to check out your recipe. I used to have hard wood floors and for me they were a lot of work. Now I have wall to wall carpet in everything but the kitchen and the bath and I'm loving it. Yes, it does seem one disaster after another. Folks still need help in Texas to recover. Praying for all.

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    1. It seems I can't make up my mind about the wood floors. All good pros and all good cons!

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  10. Only natural to worry about our families. I think as parents we never stop worrying about some aspect of our kids' lives. I hope you get your coffee fix sorted. I'm a tea person myself so a kettle and a cup works fine for me lol. I think hard wood floors would look great in our home but they would be too drafty. These storms are definitely worrying and so awful for those caught in their paths. Sometimes our weather can be wet and miserable but then you hear about Irma etc and realise how fortunate we really are.

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    1. It is true that we never stop worrying about our kids. I remember taking care of a pastor when I was a nurse at the hospital. He was 93 years old. One night he told me he was so worried about his 72 year old son who was an alcoholic. I thought then..it goes on forever!!

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  11. Paula - you can get a reusable thingie to use in the Keurig. Just fill it with coffee.. my friend got one for hers - because the cups are too pricey. I drink Cafe Francais International Coffee all the time. Just heat up water in the microwave. I get my cans of it at Walmart - cheaper... I'm terrified of flying... so therefore, I don't travel. I worry about my parents all the time. My Dad is 91. My Mom is 89 and is now in a nursing home due to having hip surgery. And she has dementia...
    My Aunt got wood floors - she slipped and fell in spilled stuff - twice over the years - breaking both hips. She put down area carpets all over the place now!

    Linda in VA

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    1. I've heard that hard wood floors can be dangerous for the elderly. I also researched the reusuable thingie!!

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  12. Oh... I only eat ketchup with onion rings and Bob Evan's breakfast sausage links. My husband thinks eating it with sausage links is odd. But he is wrong... I don't eat mustard on anything! Never cared for it. I use mayo for my french fries...

    Linda in VA

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  13. We have a Keurig but I don't use it often anymore. I think it's great in a household where only one person is drinking coffee, more than that and it's not cost effective. We're in SC but the Upstate, not the coast so we're expecting wind and rain, but not hurricane force. It's certainly getting everyone's attention and people do seem to be treating one another with more kindness which has been sorely lacking in America lately. Hope you're having a good weekend!

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  14. You're wearing a lot of new jack-of-all-trades hats aren't you? I was going to suggest the reuseable insert for the Keurigs too. The downside I've read about it the mold, bacteria, etc that must be tended to inside the machine. I don't own one, but my neighbor does. I don't use much ketchup and I like German mustard. Now chicken...we use a lot of that!!!

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    1. Yes! A lot of new hats! Today I fixed the toilet seat. I thought I would have to buy a new one. But digging around on Richard's work bench I found a replacement screw for the hinge that was broken. So proud!!

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