Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall? Will you have to rake when it's all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe?

The leaves have been changing color and a lot of them have fallen already. I shared the following picture of a local road yesterday, but I think it's pretty enough to share again.

We usually rake our leaves. I don't have to since the children are still at the stage where they think it's great fun. I do enjoy it, but with only one rake there are enough turns being taken with the children that I don't get to do a lot.

2. When did you last shake like a leaf?

I was ridiculously cold several days ago. I was sick, and shaking like a leaf from shivering so much.

3. After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon. Jeter has been described even by opponents as a 'class act', both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job description? What responsibility do the organizations these athletes work for have when it comes to dealing with off the field behavior? Discuss.

Athletes, celebrities, ................ I've long been scratching my head why people look to them as role models. I guess being in the public eye, you do put some expectations on them to conduct themselves in a certain way.

I want my children to have role models they actually know personally. One they see live their life in a God honoring way through good times and bad.

Being able to throw or hit a ball very well does not make someone a role model in my eyes.

4. What season of the year is toughest for you in terms of your health? Why?

Summer. I don't do well with heat at all. I had a heat stroke years ago which makes getting too warm a lot more scary than it used to be.
5. The top six healthy food trends of 2014 according to Eating Well are-

clean eating (more veg, less meat, less sodium, limit alcohol and processed foods)
trash fish (you know those fish that get caught in fishermen nets and are thrown back? It seems chefs are finding creative ways to make them more appetizing)
cauliflower (this year's IT vegetable)
kaniwa (essentially baby quinoa, so like quinoa only smaller)
fermentation (think pickling except with twists on flavor we're not accustomed to)
community supported food (farms operating with community support/membership).

Okay-so how many of the hot healthy food trends for 2014 have you experienced, encountered, enjoyed? Any you've tried and said ewwww? Any on the list you'd like to try before year's end?

Let's see.............. no alcohol, hardly any processed foods, sodium not a problem thanks to not eating a lot of processed foods, lots of vegetables, and only a little meat. Yep, I think we qualify as clean eating. And have since long before clean eating was cool.

We like cauliflower, I had no idea that it was the IT vegetable though.

Fermentation....... other than yogurt, I'm not a fan of most of the fermented things I've tried.

6. In seven words or less, bid September adieu.

Thanks for bringing the end of summer.

7. What's something on your October calendar that makes you happy just thinking about it?

We start our fruitcake in October. I will be buying the things I need to start it soon.

It's a long drawn out affair to make, but the end results are so worth it, and it always makes me feel happy and Christmas-y when I start it.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Have any of you had any experience with

I read a lot of bad reviews about them after our own sour experience from dealing with them. I chose not to leave a scathing review, but wish I would have done a little more research before trying them and I would have seen they have a lot of unhappy customers.

We will not be doing business with them again.


  1. I don't think I've heard of Is that where you can print postage stamps from your own PC? I had no idea that it takes a long time to make fruitcake. That's one thing I've never quite grown accustomed to liking.

  2. Amen to your #3!
    I am not sad to see the heat go either, I just don't tolerate it like I used to!

  3. I've never tried I start really thinking and planning for Christmas about this time of year too. I enjoy the planning and coming up with new recipes to try or special gifts. This year my daughter gets married right after, so I feel like I need to be ahead of the game in organization. Enjoy your day. That picture is absolutely gorgeous!

  4. I love your picture of the Autumn leaves.

    I also did not know cauliflower is all the rave this year.

    I have heard of clean eating and we need to do more of that.

    Several years before my mom went into a Nursing Home she had a heat stroke. She couldn't do much gardening after that. Which was sad because she enjoyed it so much.

  5. My sister's grandmother-in-law used to make the world's best fruit cake. Even when Edna was almost blind, my sister would go over and help her mix it up in the early fall. Sometimes I think I am the only person in the world who LOVES fruit cake; glad to see I'm not alone. (And yes, I like cauliflower, too.)

  6. Now you've gone and made me want my grandmother's fruitcake. I bet yours is fabulous!

  7. Great picture of thew autumn leaves. Have fun raking them.

  8. I like fruitcake...but have NEVER ever made it from scratch. I hope you share the entire process with us here in Blogland.


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