Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge September 30, 2015 Edition

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?

Justin 2014

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.


3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?

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!!!

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.

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!

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?

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???


  1. Oh dear, that was an unfortunate mistake on the part of the school. I'm glad it was an error : ) I'm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Instagram is my favorite because no drama. I love FB, but steer clear of political rantings there. I don't tweet much, but I follow some funny people on Twitter.

    1. I don't Tweet much either. I don't really understand how all of that works. Yes, you must stay away from much of Facebook to stay sane. I don't really go much on Instagram either!

  2. Hi Paula - 1) God-daughters birthdays … one honorary, one real! Twins too – i.e. born on the same day. 2) Both … love food but need help with music, but love it … 3) About elephants and bees – post coming up 4) game – me thinks of roast pheasant and all the trimmings … but chilli is good too! 5) cup of coffee and quiet time 6) noting my walk was diverted due to a locked gate – yugh! 7) September blogging started up again; Indian Summer. 8) FB useful for a project; but dangerous for so many; keeping up with god-daughter in China … well I tried! Cheers Hilary

    1. That was fun Hilary! Thanks for participating!!

  3. We use Power School, too, and it's been *really* glitchy lately. Bah!

    1. When it's working right it's great! I like being able to keep up with what is going on in the classroom. Wish they would have had this when my boys were in school.

  4. Whew! I knew all of the songs you listed in #2!!! We don't use PowerSchool, but something similar. I don't think it's effective because the teachers do not keep up with their responsibilities of grading and entering the electronic grades in a timely fashion. and the system used in GN's school gives not notice of upcoming assignments, only missed ones or graded ones adter the due date, so parents (legal guardians) have no way to help head off late work when reminders are needed. My thoughts on drama in social media is no thanks. I have a teen in the house and that can be enough drama for this grammy.

    1. Not keeping the grades updated is a problem at our school at times too. But I just email the teachers to find out what the kids' grades are and they get right on it! HeHe! Ours doesn't give notices about upcoming assignments either but they have an app on their phones which will send them reminders if the teachers use that app. So far each of them only has one teacher that uses it! I agree with there being enough drama in the house with teens!!

  5. My goodness...I would have had a heart attack, too...happy all is well! I think that Facebook enables people to take on attitudes that they wouldn't have normally, face-to-face, which leads some to post rude and nasty remarks. I definitely believe that social media has made things worse. I'm your newest follower BTW!

    1. Happy to have you following me April. I have been catching up on some reading over on your blog

  6. I enjoy social media -- my favorite right now is Instagram. There always have been and always will be idiots. Don't pay them any attention! Instagram is great because it is photos only with a bit of a caption. You really only see the comments if you click on and read them. Hope you have a great week! If you join Instagram, I am xxoopaige so check it out!

    1. I don't much let any of the idiots on social media bother me. Sometimes I put in my two cents worth!! Most of the time I just keep scrolling. I have an Instagram but I really don't get on it much

  7. That had to be a heart stopping thing about Harley until you got it figured out. She didn't seem like the girl who would be on the delinquent list at all! I think people can hide behind a computer screen and that is why they are sometimes nasty with the comments left on various social medial sites. Face to face, they probably wouldn't be saying those things.


  8. Great Hodgepodge. I can relate to NOT being a morning person. I've been even worse since not at work but I'm trying to do better. I'm usually up late too but not quite as late as you lol. That must have been a shock from the school. I hope you got a proper apology. I agree with you about the nasty comments that happen so much on social media. I just try and ignore it all. I use Facebook and I do have a twitter account, although not got in to the habit of tweeting! As for Instagram - not my thing. Have a good week and enjoy the birthday celebrations with your son.

    1. I think I, too, am worse since I no long work! I'm not a Tweeter either! And Facebook can be so ridiculous at times. I try not to get too involved

  9. I am so with you on question #5. I usually don't retire for the night until 12:00 - 1:00 a.m. Re: Social media - it gives a coward cover so they can snipe at people without being held accountable. If they said what they say to someone's face they just might get a punch in the face. Thanks for stopping by my blog page.

    1. I would like to punch some of them in the face :) Thanks for paying me a visit!

  10. Wow, with the time zone difference I think you must be going to bed about the time I'm getting up!

    Those are some powerful song choices! Glad to see Debby Boone up there ... I never did understand why that song was forever getting a bad rap and made fun of.
    Music is such a magical tool, isn't it? I'd have to think long and hard about my own favs - and I might do that yet in a future post. Off the top of my head I'd have to say, "The Way We Were" leads the pack. (And if I'm needing a lift, there's always Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Candy Man"!)

    PS - That FCCLA organization sounds like a winner!

    1. You Light Up My Life is the song that Richard dedicated to me when we first met! It is very special to me!! I love The Way We Were too!! I just looked on Google: when it is 2 am here at my house it is only 12 MN at your house!

    2. Whoops n' smack my forehead ...obviously I had that backwards!

  11. Yes, school secretaries make mistakes. Glad you caught that!

    I think some people have always been nasty, but the computer makes it easier for them to spew forth their bile.

  12. 5 things - Perfect Morning

    1. Waking around 7 am instead of 5 am and feeling like I had a full night sleep (become more rare as I age.)

    2. Putting 2 feet on the floor without pain in my back or cramps in my legs. (Taking Leg Pain PM before bed and drinking lots of water during the day has helped greatly with that.)

    3. Thanking God for another day - yep - I have finally joined the "in-crowd" of older folks that realizes getting another day is not always a given.

    4. Coffee, coffee, coffee (thank you whoever invented coffee - you are the unsung hero of millions)

    5. Catching up on line with my email, Facebook, Blogs, Texts, etc - like right now with you.

    I never was a late night person - but while I took care of my mom, I used to treasure my alone time after she went to bed. I would stay up until maybe mid-night or 1. Now I hit the sack around 10 or 10:30 and read in bed until my eyes are too heavy to continue - which takes about 10 minutes. :-) I suspect that bed time my shift earlier and earlier as this body needs more and more rest to function reasonably well.

    Fun post, Paula! Cheers.

    1. That is a full morning routine. We always need to remember, at our ages, to Thank God for another day! And for a good night's sleep!!


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