Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hodgepodge Wednesday-November 18th Edition

It must be Wednesday! How do I know that? Because I am here with Joyce, From This Side of the Pond, to do the Wednesday Hodgepodge. What I am not really sure of is if this is November. Can't tell by paying attention to the weather.We had tornados all over the place on Monday evening. We didn't have a tornado here but we were under a watch until 3a.m. (Tuesday) morning. And we had strong lightening, thunder, winds, and rain! Some had hail. I didn't see any at my house. But what is really funny is that the same area of the state that had tornados on the ground Monday night are today (Tuesday) having blizzards. I-70 from Garden City, Kansas to Denver, Colorado is closed today due to blizzards. Sheesh!! Now on with Joyce's prompts.

 1. What's surprised you most about your life, or about life in general?

I don't know if there have been many surprises in my life. I learned very young not to expect much out of life. It was what it was. If I had to chose one thing that HAS surprised me it is about grief. I thought, after taking care of Richard, for the three years leading up to his death that I wouldn't grieve that much. WRONG!! I am still grieving and it has been almost 16 months!!

 2. Among others, these
ten words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year...awesomesauce, beer o'clock, brain fart, buttdial, cat cafe (apparently this is a real thing), fatberg (gross-read the definition here), fat shame, hangry, Mx (gender neutral), and skippable. 
Your thoughts? In looking over the list, which word do you find most ridiculous? Which word would you never in a million years say out loud? Which word would you be most likely to use in conversation?

Oh gosh, it is hard to chose which I think is most ridiculous! But the top two I am absolutely positive I will never use are: awesomesauce and beer o'clock! And I won't ever visit a cat café. Can't imagine anyone I know will either. As for fatberg...I have never heard it called that but when I worked at the nursing home, ever so often, the maintenance man would have to clean out the traps to the sewer system. Not a job I wanted to have, for sure. And then we would get a memo that flushing tampons and tampax was NOT to be done, as the maintenance men were finding them in the traps. They DO NOT break down in a reasonable amount of time and if you work in a building where most of the staff is young females you are going to eventually have a problem!! Who knew?? And, just for the record, I am a Mrs. I was a married woman. I am not a Miss. You can use the term Ms. if you are offended by me, a widow, using Mrs., but the term MX. is ridiculous. If you don't want to be identified as anything, then just don't use a title. It is NOT mandatory.

 3. Do you like gravy? Is there a food you'd rather not eat unless it comes with gravy? Do you make your own or buy the canned or store-made variety? Turkey and gravy, sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, country ham and red eye gravy, biscuits and chocolate gravy, pot roast and gravy...which one on the list is your favorite?

I love gravy. I love it on my mashed potatoes. Or maybe on the meat. But that's it!! My step-father used to love brown gravy on a piece of chocolate cake. Ew!! But whatever floats your boat.

 4. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you ever had a plan fall into a trillion pieces? Explain.

I have a plan! I have to have a plan. And I write it all in my Happy Planner. (see here) You can ask my family about my plans. I need to know ahead of time about things. I don't like things sprung on me at the last minute. I need a plan!! But, I don't fall apart if my plan doesn't go according to the plan. I just plan better for the next time. I menu plan for this very reason. If I don't have a menu plan then we will be eating at a fast food place 7 days a week!!

 5. November 19 is
National Play Monopoly Day. Do you own the original or some version of the game? Do you enjoy playing Monopoly? How likely is it you'll play a game of Monopoly on November 19th? Ever been to Atlantic City? Ever taken a ride on a railroad? Is parking in your town free? Last thing you took a chance on?

I have an old Monopoly game in the game cabinet! Not an original. But it is old. And we don't play!! I hate the game of Monopoly!! We played it as kids and it was long and boring, I thought. And I had brothers who cheated. Yep, you know you did!! I did own a collector's edition, from Franklin Mint, but when times were tough a few years ago, I sold it. That's what you do with collectors stuff. No, I have never been to Atlantic City, I have never ridden on a railroad, parking in my town IS free and the last thing(people)I took a chance on are these two kiddos who are living in my house!!

 6. A song you like that has the word (or some form of the word) thanks in the title, lyrics, or meaning?

I think I slow-danced to this song in the 1970's.

The lyrics:

I want to thank you for being so nice now
I want to thank you for giving me my pride
Sweet kisses too
And everything you do
I know I'll never find another one like you
If I prove my love it won't be true
Oh my my darling
How can I forget you

I remember the first day that we met
I taught you how to smoke your first cigarette
You were so sweet
In everything you did
And oh darling
You made me seem so big
Just to have you right there in my arms
Just to hold
To squeeze all of your sweet loving charm

I wanna thank you
Darling I wanna love you

I wanna thank you again and say bye bye
I wanna thank you again
Oh how I will cry
Sweet kisses to you and everything you do
Darling I wish I had another one like you
Just to hold you
Have them in my arms
It will bring back memories
And all of your sweet loving charm

I wanna thank you
Darling I want to love you
Baby I wanna hold you
Please let me kiss you

 7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude....what is something you're taking for granted that when you stop and think about it, you're grateful for?

I know I take my freedom for granted. I think many of us do. There are so many people out there who do not have the power to act, speak, or think as they want without restraint or hindrance. I am thankful I can make choices for me and my family. That I can worship the God that I chose to worship. That I can speak out against my government if I don't agree with them. That I do not have to have a 'man' speak for me. We take our rights for granted.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

All over the internet we are reading about Paris. And religious freedom. And Syria. And refuges that are wanting to come to our country. I will start by saying that I don't have the answers. I don't know what is the right thing to do. But, I am afraid. There are extreme religions out there who want to kill us. For what we have. For what we believe in. And some of them want to live in our country. I don't think tolerance and acceptance is always a good thing. I think we need to be super-vigilant. Ever so watchful. And be sure of who we are letting into this country that might be under the guise of "refuge". It is sad that it has come down to this. But we must stay vigilant!! And pray! We need to pray!!


  1. Amen about the praying! I asked my husband, because he's more knowledgeable than me on some of these subjects, how it was for Jewish people to migrate to other countries during the time of Hitler. He said it was hard for them to get welcomed into other countries, so I guess the situation here is about the same as the situation then. Unfortunately, there are "a few rotten apples that spoil the bunch." I am sure the majority of refugees truly are genuine refugees but the events in Paris have shown us that at least one of the terrorists got in as a "refugee." Only thing and best thing we can do is pray I do believe.

    Wow with the wild weather you are having! I fear we sent it your way; we had gusty winds a lot here Monday night.

    When the kids were younger, we would have marathon Monopoly games. We would keep the board set up downstairs in the basement and play it to the "bitter end." Sometimes took us several weeks to do so.

    I hadn't heard of some of the words getting into the dictionary; probably a good thing because some of them are just downright weird.


    1. It is unfortunate and I don't know what the answer is. But I remain afraid. And vigilant. And I pray!! I agree with you about the weirdness of all of these words!

  2. Those words I have heard. Not sure what some mean. Cat Cafe... never heard of and not even sure what it is? Mx either.

    1. Thanks for visiting Kathy! There are a lot of crazy words out there!

  3. I'd never heard the term fatberg, but I'm appalled at folks' total disregard for others (maintenance men). Almost every day when walking up to my office from the employee lot I see fast-food bags and drink cups and junk all over the place. People are pigs!!!!!

    Like you, I've always felt more comfortable having a Plan in place ... and sometimes a back-up Plan B! Forr as long as I can remember my mind's always gone to the worst case scenario -- my rationale being, if worse comes to worse, decide what I'm going to do, and then relax! It's never all about us, anyway, but I take a certain comfort in having a measure of control.

    ... and THAT said, I wholeheartedly agree with what you said about remaining vigilant. All the time we're preaching to our associates, "If you see something, SAY something."

    1. I think, just because we are Americans, and all of our ancestors were refuges, we are living in a different time. Why do we think we need to offer help to everyone? I don't understand. We have to remain vigilant. And maybe even then it won't be enough!

  4. I think for the Monopoly they meant "original" as opposed to the branded kinds. Did you know there's a Star Wars Monopoly? And several others, but as I own the Star Wars one (bought it years ago--don't ask) that's the one that immediately comes to mind.

    I've used skippable and awesomesauce (although the latter more ironically). And I'm definitely anti fat shaming. As for Mx, there are people who are deliberately gender neutral. They don't want to be identified as one or the other. The rest of us I assume will continue to use the normal.

    We shouldn't be afraid of the refugees. They're fleeing the idiots that are doing the terror stuff. I bet they'll be our best allies in the conflict against them, so long as we allow ourselves to believe that most people are actually good. The crazy killer people are the anomalies.

    1. Yes, Liz, after reading others Hodgepodges, I figured out that she meant by original. But I was too lazy to go back and change my answer. Mine is an original. But we do own a Mickey Mouse Clue. LOL! I am going to respectfully disagree with you about not needing to fear the refuges. Those who are so zealous about killing American will sneak in as an innocent refuge if we aren't highly vigilant. We have already seen this anomaly happen more than once. 9-11 and Boston both come to mind! I want our country to be HIGHLY vigilant before accepting anymore refuges.

  5. Re: #8 - It makes you want to hug your grands and keep them close, doesn't it!

    1. Yes, it does. And it scares me to think I am sending my one and only grandson into the Marine Corps to fight against these crazy people!!

  6. I so very agree w/ you that we need to be vigilant and PRAY PRAY PRAY!!!

    So, you think you'll start using the word "awesomesauce" now??!! ha ha! I heard it in some commercial and have been using it off and on since. ;)

    1. LOL! I don't think I'll be using the word awesomesauce anytime soon!!

  7. There is no time limit for grieving. And, perhaps the longer you grieve is in relationship to the love you had. Don't be hard on yourself about it. But, also don't allow it to miss out on the life you still are living! (I know some that do - and the departed would be sad to know.) Have a great day!

  8. I've been praying and I hope they figure out a way to screen the refugees so that those who really do need help can find refuge from the tyranny and violence they are suffering.

    1. I do too Wendy! But I wonder how hard it will be to screen against those whose hate is so much stronger than honesty!!

  9. I hear what you are saying Lisa. I still think we need to remain highly vigilant. And maybe not be so tolerant and accepting of EVERYONE who wants our help. We just need to make sure that we are not allowing anymore terrorists into our country. Yes, it was only 200 people in Paris. But there was over 3,000 at the World Trade Centers. No, there isn't any one death more important than another. I said I don't have the answers. None of us do. But I am afraid!

  10. Gravy on chocolate cake??!! No way! I have a lot of thoughts about all that is happening in the world right now. I can't decide if I want to blog about that or not : ) It's a minefield out there in the online world, and mostly I'm tired of people deciding I'm a bad person/not a Christian/not compassionate if I disagree with their opinion. Or just want a few days to think it through. I wish we could all talk reasonably about solutions, but it seems America has lost her ability to do that. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you Joyce for your comment. Yes, I find it very difficult to have an opinion anymore because of the way people are so quick to attack. But, if it is something I believe in strongly, they can go ahead and attack me. I will quietly keep voicing my own opinion! I hope your weekend is a good one.

  11. Some good answers there especially 7 & 8. Gravy on chocolate cake? What a waste! lol

    1. LOL! That's what we used to say too about the chocolate cake!


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