Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It's a Grammar Infused Valentine Hodgepodge

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1. Create an acrostic using the word LOVE. If you're unsure what an acrostic is click here. 

L- laying aside one's desires

O- often thinking of others and putting them first

V- volunteering to serve and help where needed

E- expecting nothing in return

2. Does love really conquer all? Why or why not?

Yes. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." John 15:13

3. Tell us about a time recently, where you really put your heart into something.

I recently helped a new friend who just moved to the area.  I don't want to go into details but I really am trying to help her and put my heart into it. 

4. What's your favorite fictional love story?

Cinderella, of course :) 

5. Do you generally wear your heart on your sleeve, or keep your cards close to the vest?

Generally I wear my heart on my sleeve.  Even if I try not to it is hard for me to hide how I feel.

6. What food says love to you? Why?

Ice cream because it makes me happy (even the "fake" coconut milk kind).  My husband says if you want to see me smile give me ice cream. 

 7. When were you last 'tickled pink' over something? Explain.

On Sunday afternoon, after church, when my husband started driving toward the ocean instead of home.  It was a blustery, cold day but the sun was shining.  A quick brisk walk on the boardwalk, being careful not to step on the snow or ice, is always refreshing.  We watched a surfer ride a few waves and saw a snowman someone built on the boardwalk.  We saw a few deer along the road and stopped to take a closer look.  I love the beach and there is something special about being there in the winter.  I can't help but think of how awesome God is and how small I am  as I stand in front of the ocean.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Thanks for another great Hodgepodge Joyce.  I was reminded of some grammar lessons with the acrostic poem and two idioms! 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lean on Me Hodgepode

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1. Describe love using all five senses.

Love tastes like chocolate, feels warm and fuzzy, sounds like my children's voices, looks like serving others,  smells like fresh flowers. 

2. February is Canned Food Month. What's your favorite food that comes straight from a can?

I don't eat many canned foods but in the summer I like to keep Bush's baked beans on hand.  I can't think of anything I eat from a can without heating or adding something too. 

3. A principal in a UK school recently sent home a letter to parents requesting they (the parents!) dress appropriately when escorting their children to/from school (basically saying please don't wear your pajamas) You can read the letter here. It's gotten a lot of publicity, both positive and negative. Your thoughts? And do/did you ever make the school run (or hit Starbucks, Walmart, etc) in your pjs?

While I don't appreciate looking at people wearing their pajamas at the store and such it really is not the principal's right to tell the parents how to dress.  I may get the mail in my "lounge clothes" but I think they can pass as regular casual clothes.  Since we homeschool I don't have to drive my kids to school but I do remember my mom driving me to high school super early in the morning with a coat over her nightgown.  She just dropped me off at the door and didn't have to get out of the car though. 

 4. Crew neck, V-neck, turtleneck, scoop neck...which is most prevalent in your wardrobe?

I think I have mostly crew necks, some v-necks and a few scoop necks.  I hate turtlenecks, they make me feel like I am choking. I think they look nice on other people though.

 5. I read here recently a list of four things to avoid so you wake up happier. They were late night snacks, hitting the snooze button, social media just before bed/upon waking, checking emails. 

Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Which on that list do you need to work harder at avoiding?

Yes, I am guilty of them all.  The one that I do the most is check my emails.  Not sure what I'm looking for ;) 

 6. Share something you remember about a house you lived in as a child? Of all the homes you lived in as a child, which did you love best?

I only lived in two houses as a child and only remember one since we moved when I was two.  I remember the chain link fence around it and the red bricks.  It is now my sister and her family's home so I still get to see it often. 

 7.Your favorite movie based on a true story?

"Lean On Me" with Morgan Freeman.  It is based on Joe Clark, the principal of an inner city school in New Jersey, and what he does to get the school's test scores up and bring order to the school. 

 8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Don't know if the groundhog got it right this year.  We are expecting rain, not snow today with temps. in the 50s.  It just doesn't feel right to have Spring weather in February! 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Potential for Flaws Hodgepodge

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1. Share a winter memory from your childhood.

I remember bundling up to go out to play in the snow.  When we came in my mother made us go straight downstairs to the boiler room to hang up our wet clothes (so we didn't drip all over the floor).  It seems like it snowed a lot when I was a kid.  Now when it snows people act surprised.  I don't understand that, I mean what do you expect if it is winter and you are in NY?! 

2. What was on your blog this time last year? (Besides the Hodgepodge of course!) If you weren't blogging, what in the world were you doing with all that free time?

All I have on my blog for a long while is the Hodgepodge.  I stopped blogging but enjoy the Hodgepodge so stuck with that. 

3. Ellen Goodman is quoted as saying, 'We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.' 

Do you see more flaws or more potential in your life at the start of a new year? Have you done anything specific this month to address either one? Does the new year truly begin for you on January 1, or is there some other month of the year that feels like a fresh start and new beginning?

I start off seeing more potential but it's not long before it changes to flaws.  I realize I don't do most of the things I intended to do in the new year.  No, I haven't done anything to address it.  Yes, for me the new year begins January 1. 

4. Who's an athlete you admire or respect and why?

No one in particular comes to mind.  I did see a video on the internet of a tennis player who encouraged  his opponent to challenge a call, even though it meant he lost the match.  I don't follow tennis so don't know who he is but that is an athlete deserving respect and admiration. 

5. Do you like cream in your coffee? Whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Cream cheese on a bagel? Sour cream on a baked potato? Cream of wheat for breakfast? Have you ever had a scone with clotted cream? Of all the creamy foods mentioned, which one sounds most appealing to you right this very minute?

Yes, I like cream in my coffee, but can't have it so instead like vanilla almond milk or coconut creamer.  Yes, I like whipped cream on my pumpkin pie, even if it's made from coconut cream.  Love cream cheese on a bagel, sour cream on a baked potato and cream of wheat.  I'm not supposed to have milk so haven't had cream cheese or sour cream in a while.  Plain Greek yogurt is a good substitute for sour cream.  I'm pretty sure I've had a scone with clotted cream while I was in London, having tea at Harrod's.  Right this very minute I could go for a cream cheese bagel. 

6. Where were you last kept waiting for 'hours on end'? Or for what felt like hours on end? How well did you cope?

Probably when I was on the phone waiting for "the next available representative".  I put it on speaker phone and get on with my business. 

7. Believe it or not, when next week's Hodgepodge rolls around it will be February. Huh?!? Bid adieu here to January in seven words or less.

Thank you January for lots of snow!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Over the weekend we had a blizzard.  We ended up with about 2 feet of snow.  On Sunday church was cancelled because everyone was digging out.  It was a beautiful sunny day and it sure felt good to be outside looking at all the beautiful, freshly fallen snow.  A couple of days later the kids were in the backyard building a snowman and I was watching from the kitchen window.   I saw about four deer right behind them in the woods.  It was so neat to see.  God's creation is amazing!