Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. If you could sit beside and/or jump in any lake in the whole wide world today, which lake would you choose and why?

I would probably opt for Seneca Lake in New York, because it's the first lake I have memories attached to. My grandparents used to have a house that looked out over the lake, and during the summer we used to visit it when we could to fish and play.

2. What's your favorite 'fruity' drink?

Lemons qualify as a fruit, right? Other than water, lemonade is my favorite drink.
3. I read a list here of thirteen things to do right now to simplify your life. They were-

clean as you go, re-evaluate your relationships (cut toxic ties), unsubscribe (too many blogs and websites), de-clutter, write down your daily goals, reply to emails right away, forget multitasking, create a morning routine, re-evaluate your commitments (which hobbies and responsibilities are most important to you), say no, clean up your computer, and plan your day ahead

Which of the tasks listed do you currently find most helpful in keeping life simple? Which item on the list should you adopt in order to simplify your life this month?
  • Clean as you go is a good one. I don't care to spend an entire day cleaning, when a few extra minutes of doing it as I go is all it takes.
  • Relationships, I hate cutting ties, but I'm learning that sometimes when things happen and relationships end, it's best to allow it to happen rather than running after them.
  • Unsubscribing .... too much work. A lot of the blogs I used to follow and read regularly, sadly, have died over the years. I'm still subscribed to them though. I have a different email account that I use when asked to subscribe to websites. They can email all they like and it doesn't bother me, because I never check it.
  • I write down goals. I'm big on lists of basically every kind you can think of.
  • I need to start doing better in answering emails right away. I get a lot everyday, and it happens more often than I care to admit that some of them take longer than planned to get answered. Sorry.
  • I have a morning routine.
  • Commitments .... I have re-evaluated them and cut back on some to where it works nicely for our family.
  • I'm also learning to say no.
  • Cleaning up my computer .... files etc, I have well organized so I can easily find what I'm looking for. Outside cleaning ... a weekly wipe down is a must in our dusty farmhouse.
  • Planning my day ahead basically falls in the daily goals we addressed above.
Basically I already do everything on this list, except for the answering of emails.

4. What did you do the summer after you graduated from high school? 

Gardening, canning, taking over the main household duties of cooking and cleaning, and helping out in our woodworking shop when needed.
5. Are you a fan of podcasts? If so what's a favorite? 

What's a podcast? I don't listen to any.
6. Do you think today's fathers have it harder, easier, or just different than fathers in the past?

That depends a lot on the family.

7. Tell us one way you're like your father? Or not at all like your father if that's easier?
We are both a bit of a perfectionist.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today we will be enjoy our annual end of the school year ice cream sandwich celebration. We only have ice cream sandwiches once a year, so this is a tradition the children look forward to.


  1. Enjoy your ice cream sandwiches and the rest of your day!

  2. De-clutter seems to be related to all of the other tasks needed for success. I have to disagree with forgetting multitasking though...a mother potty trains, ties shoes and nurses a baby all at the same time. Delicious dishes for a meal would never be done at the same time. Part of my routine is multitasking. Maybe this suggestion is given for a task that needs utmost concentration and I totally agree then, for example, no texting while driving.

    Ice cream sandwiches with the soft chocolate "bread" rock! How fun to declare ice cream sandwich day. Enjoy!

  3. Have a fun cream sandwiches are the BEST!

  4. We don't eat many ice cream sandwiches here either. Not really sure why... I personally think they are messy to eat! Even with the paper still on the bottom.

  5. An ice cream sandwich party sounds like a great party to me. :)

    Have a blessed week!

  6. I had to look up podcast, too! You are one very organized lady and I love the idea of a separate email. I set up an email account separate from our joint one so DH wouldn't have to be annoyed by all the emails, but now I am getting very annoyed that my email box stays full of things I don't want. Ice cream sandwiches. Yum.

  7. I wish I had thought of a separate email account for all of the "junk". I have recently found podcasts and really like them. It makes me feel I'm sitting with friends while knitting. I have to make sure they don't take over my life though. :-)

  8. I tend to agree with you about father's. I personally think all father's have a hard job but if you have God, mentors, and a supportive family, it's not as hard as it could be.

  9. Wish I had your organizational skills! I, also have difficulty answering e-mails right away.
    Ice Cream sandwiches-yummy!

  10. Ice cream sandwiches sound like a fantastic celebration!

  11. I am working on the de-cluttering business. My dad was an Episcopal priest and mum was a school teacher, so they left piles and piles of books, and The Squire and I are not far behind them. I am sorting through things, and donating as many books as possible. I do NOT want to leave this sort of mess for my kids!

    Multi-tasking to a degree is OK. I put bread on to rise and then go off and do something else, but that's about it.

    My husband and my dad were enough alike to be father and son; they had the same personality, strongly resembled each other, and even had the same handwriting. I think I have a lot of my dads' personality, and if women had been allowed to be ordained when I was younger, I probably would have followed him into the ministry.

  12. Have a fun time celebrating the end of the school year, and have a fun summer!

  13. Flowers AND butterflies. What a gift from mother nature.


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