Here it is! The Last Wednesday in September. Go over to From This Side of the Pond and share your Hodgepodge answers with all of the ladies who participate. Thank you Joyce for doing the hosting!!
Here are this weeks prompts:
1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?
This boy makes me smile. This was my youngest son last year on his birthday. He will turn 40 (gulp) on October 22. Happy Birthday month in October!!
2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.
Don't get me wrong, food makes me happy. Food can and does feed my soul. But I am in the Music for the soul camp!! Music is a good way to relieve myself from a bad mood. Hearing my favorite song on the radio (or from my phone) and singing along, loudly, can turn a bad day into a good day. I can re-live memories through music. Remember the past with music. Some of my favorite songs of all time are:
Kenny Rogers...Through The Years
Celine Dion...My Heart Will Go On
Debby Boone...You Light Up My Life
Bette Midler...Wind Beneath My Wings
Elvis...Are You Lonesome Tonight
Alan Jackson...The Old Rugged Cross
Engelbert Humperdink...After the Lovin'
These are just a few of the songs that have a special meaning to me. Each are tied to a special memory! Share some of your favorite songs. I would love to know them.
1) I learned that I need to get my furnace filter replaced as soon as possible. Mine had collapsed inside the furnace (I have no idea why) and I took it out but didn't get a new one immediately. I learned from Google that it is NOT a good idea to wait. I now have a new one in place.
2) Harley joined FCCLA at her high school. I knew nothing about this organization. So with the help of Google I learned this:
FCCLA stands for Family , Career and Community Leaders of America. It is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for student that are in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. So far she has participated in a mock Chopped contest, sells programs for the high school football games, and attended a couple of meetings. Let's hear it for FCCLA!!!
We are not really football fans at this house. When Justin is here on the weekends he will watch. But the kids and I don't if we are here alone. So I don't really have any favorite game-day recipes. Chili is always a fall and winter favorite here. I make it just like my mom always did:
1/2 pkg. Williams Original Chili Seasoning MIx (the one for 4 pounds of beef)
2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion
3-4 cans chili beans (I use Bush's Mild Chili Beans)
1 can chopped tomatoes (my mom used tomato juice because she had to feed 5 kids so that helped stretch it) We like ours thick!!
I brown the burger with the onion then add the seasoning and let it cook a bit. Stir in the beans and the tomato and let it simmer to mingle all the flavors. Easy Peasy!!
We eats bowls of this with crackers and butter and accompanied with a large glass of ice-cold milk!!! Thanks Mom!
Oh my gosh! I am NOT a morning person at all.
I worked the ll p.m. to 7 a.m. shift in the hospital for 25 years and I still live that life in retirement. I don't get up with the kids in the morning. They are teens and have been taking care of themselves in the mornings for some time now. I sleep with one open eye to make sure they are up and out the door on time. Then I am back to sleep until I am ready to wake up. Then it is coffee, coffee, coffee! I check the emails and my blog. Look for texts on the phone. Put a load of clothes in the washer. Check the menu plan and get things ready for that. Then let whatever comes come!! I don't have a routine. And I don't want a routine. Just not me!! But I can't wait to see what others will have as their essential steps. (And for those of you who are wondering....I don't go to sleep until at least 2 a.m.)
6. What small thing have you taken note of today?
The small thing I have taken note of today concerns an email I received from the school telling me that Harley had been placed on the delinquent list (which means she is failing in a subject). We have PowerSchool which is
"PowerSchool is a web-based student information system that provides full range of features needed by administrators at the district and school level to manage student information, a portal for teachers to enter classroom-specific data, and portals to foster communication between the school and parents and students."
All of their grades are posted here. The teachers keep them up to date for the most part. I went to PowerSchool and saw that Harley was not failing in ANY class. She is a very good student. I fired an email off to the school and received an immediate response that the school secretary had mis-read the name on the list! Gee thanks for the heart-attack!! Probably not like the one Harley would have had if she had had her name called over the intercom as being on the delinquent list!! Get it together school secretary! (I know, anyone can make a mistake!!)
7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.
September went by very fast. Nothing Lasts!!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
How many of you are on some form of Social Media? Instagram? Facebook? Twitter? And many others that I haven't even heard about. I get much of my news anymore from Facebook. And people comment on the Facebook news posts. And people are so dang rude. And mean. And nasty. Have you noticed that? Yesterday, for example, there was a post about a little boy who found $8,000 inside a checkbook at a park. His uncle, who was with him, thought this would be a good teaching experience. So, he took him to the police station, turned in the money, and received a $100. reward from the owner. People didn't bother to read the article before they started saying things like : "drug money" (it wasn't), "what a dummy, you should have kept it", (no they shouldn't have) and on and on and on. Why are people, who are hiding behind a keyboard, so darn nasty?? I belong to a couple of groups for the reality shows I watch and every single day I am amazed at the nastiness. Is this what the internet has brought us? Was society this way before Facebook? What are your thoughts???