Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
1. What happens to the mail at your house?

Mail time is one of our favorite parts of the day. As the time approaches for the mailman to arrive the children tend to keep one eye on the window and then there's a race to be the first one out the door to get it.

Letters will be read, passed around for the rest of the family to read, and then tucked away to be read and reread as the years pass.

Bills are placed in their designated spot in our roll-top desk.

Catalogs are paged through, and then words and pictures harvested from them for future scrapbooking.

Junk mail has a variety of things happen to it. Pictures can be drawn on the blank backs of pieces of paper. Little notes are often scrawled on the backs of the envelopes. Paper airplanes are made and flown around the house, but ultimately it will end in the trash.

2. Something you always splurge on? Any guilt associated with the splurge?

Something I splurge on.  I'm not really a splurge-y kind of person. The only thing that comes to mind is butter. For years I cooked and baked with margarine instead of butter, but a little over a year ago I made the switch to all butter. It still feels a little splurge-y when I buy several pounds of butter every time we go grocery shopping, but there is no guilt involved.

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?

The biggest one to me would be that they are "equally yoked", making sure that both of them have a good relationship with God.

The second would have to do with their views on money ... how they spend and save it.

4. What's the best advice your father ever gave you?

"Never slam doors." 

There was a lot of things he told my siblings and me, but that's the first thing that popped in my mind, and probably the one thing that makes me think of him most often.

Not slamming doors was bigger than just the not slamming part. It involved respect, check of emotions, and more. I could probably make an entire blog post out of it.

5. Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline?

Apparently I don't watch enough movies, because I can't think of a single one. If the question included TV shows I would mention Little House on the Prairie.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Last week we attended the wedding of my youngest brother. It was the first time in over ten years that all my siblings were together.

The wedding was lovely, and I liked the fact that the same Amish bishop who had married us also married them.

So many emotions!


  1. Great uses for the junk have given me some ideas to put to use because in my spare time I will be tutoring a person with his reading skills.
    I love Little House on the Prairie.

  2. When our son was about four, he slammed his bedroom door. His dad took the door off its hinges and put it in the basement for a while. Dad said you have to be ready to use a door correctly. Suddenly a door never really thought of one way or another before, became something to earn back with self control. Lesson learned.
    This same son also had to buy a chair with his own $ when he was about ten, b/c though reminded, he kept leaning back on a dining room table chair that broke with him in it. Lesson learned again.
    Some of us have to learn the hard way. Thank goodness for all teacher dads.

  3. Charles is the BEST Father!!!! BEST!
    I love your mailtime tradition! <3

  4. That is wonderful that you were able to get all of your siblings together for such a joyful event! Also, that is really special that it was the same Bishop that married you! I am now following you - you can follow back at Annster's Domain if you want! Have a great day!

  5. wonderful it was for you to be together with all of your siblings after all those years! Yes, I'd have to say that Charles Ingalls is the best example of a fictional dad...and I still watch those reruns weekly, sometimes daily...I DVR them :)

  6. What a fun post. I feel the same way about butter! I also made the switch about a year ago and I cannot believe the difference it has made in my cooking and baking.
    The uses for junk mail are great. And I also enjoy watching the reruns of Little House on the Prairie. I’m glad you got to spend time with your family, that is so important. We haven’t seen any of our family in almost 8 months iand two of our children and grandchildren are coming to visit next week. I’m very excited.
    Blessings, Betsy

  7. What a creative and practical way to use all the paper we receive and call junk. Your butter answer reminded me that we are now splurging on GHEE, a clarified butter since Hubby's heart by-pass and rehab. I would have never thought to spend that much on a jar of butter, but do use it sparingly. So glad you had that time with your family and I'm sure was an emotional time for you. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. Fun read! I like the wedding question and answers. This is so important.

  9. How wonderful for you all to get together and for a happy occasion. We use quite a lot of butter and I never feel guilty about that.

  10. Hi, I'm visiting from the hodgepodge. This is my first visit to your blog. It's really lovely, and your Lily series of books looks quite intriguing.

    Ah, Little House on the all-time favorite TV show. Truly, Pa Ingalls was the best dad ever.

    My husband and I just spent a week with his siblings and their spouses, the first time that has happened since 2003. Sadly, it was because my mother-in-law had passed away, and everyone was in town at the same time for her funeral. Not even weddings of our children have had us all together.

    If you have time, I'd love to have you stop by my place, Celebrating Our Days.


  11. How great that you could be with your siblings after ten long years. Nice too that you could attend your brother's wedding.

  12. Money is uncomfort for people to talk about.
    Hope you day is full of blessing.
    I played
    Coffee is on

  13. How nice that your family all got together for the wedding. My favorite splurge would probably be chocolate candy.


Thank you so much for taking time to comment. I love hearing your thoughts.