Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble?

This might be my roots showing through but, I don't care for the word proud. I would rather replace it with pleased, happy, and other similar words. At this point in my life our children make me feel pleased, blessed, and happy. On the flip side they have this way of keeping us humble as well.

2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house?

The table in our dining room. We never eat at that table unless we have visitors so it is often the recipient of all sorts of different things. I try to have it cleared off before we go to bed because nothing zaps my energy as much as seeing something cluttered when I get up in the morning.

3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite?

There is a local State Park that we like to visit. It has a lake with a lovely sandy beach that's  surrounded by majestic hemlock trees.

When we travel we enjoy seeking out Parks and a lot of the lesser known places to explore that aren't filled with the usual tourist overload. One of our favorites is Bandelier in New Mexico.

4. How would you define honor?

I could spend a lot of time on this answer but I'll condense it to say. For me to honor someone I don't want to say or do anything that will hurt their reputation.

5. Angel's food or Devil's food-which cake do you prefer?

I'm not really fond of Angel Food cake. Homemade is certainly better than any store bought I have ever tasted but even so it reminds me of eating a sweetened sponge.  I much prefer a yummy chocolate cake.

6. What's the most recent road trip you've taken? Where did you go and how many hours did you spend in the car? Do you like to zoom to your destination without stopping or leisurely wind your way there with stops along the way? What is your car snack of choice?

If we're going on vacation we enjoy a leisurely pace and stopping at anything that catches our interest along the way as well as having all our meals at restaurants. If it's not vacation we set our eyes on our goal and don't waver from it until we get there.

Our latest road trip was almost a year ago and it wasn't a vacation. It was a little over 900 mile, it took us 14 hours, and we only stopped three times to fuel up. We enjoyed a variety of snacks to munch on rather than stopping to eat. Pretzels, chips, baby carrots, bananas, and what ever else we happened to think would be great to snack on when we make our last minute grocery stop the evening before we left.

7. Recent headlines told how a preschool child in NC had their packed lunch from home taken away and a school lunch substituted by a school inspector who deemed the homemade lunch unhealthy. Reportedly the parent was then billed for the school lunch (chicken nugget meal) although an update to the story says the parent was not billed. The inspector was conducting a routine inspection of the classroom-he/she was not there solely to peek in the lunchboxes. The packed lunch contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple juice box, a bag of chips, and a banana.  Your thoughts?

Let's just say, I'm very glad that didn't happen to our children. I would not have been happy about it!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Recently Sailor was sitting on a chair in the kitchen, wearing his baseball cap which reminded me of a weird warning that we used to hear while growing up. That if a boy wears a hat inside a house he will become bald later. We still think it's respectful not to wear a hat indoors but don't believe that wearing one will cause baldness.


  1. Proud is a funny word with both a negative and positive connotation. My mom is from NM and I remember going to Bandelier when we'd visit my grandparents. NM had the bluest sky. Welll, much bluer than NJ : )

  2. I've never heard that warning about the baseball cap...I do think it's respectful to take them off inside or at least that's what I grew up with but I've seen a lot of people wearing them more often now days indoors.

  3. Interesting about the hats indoors thing. I find it funny that different Plain groups disagree on this. Friends, back when Plain was the norm for us, kept hats on indoors, at least if that indoor place was a public one (meetinghouse, courtroom, etc).

  4. Enjoyed your answers. I kind of had the same feeling you did about the proud thing. You know it seems like I remember hearing that about the cap and baldness a long time ago. I definitely agree about wearing it indoors. I have seen some men not even take it off during like a community prayer or when the national anthem is playing. To me it is one of those showing respect things. I need to get back over here and get caught up, life has been busy! Thanks for stopping over by my corner and leaving your sweet comment!
    until next time... nel

  5. Oh darlin' how I enjoyed your answers.

    I too have never heard that you'd go bald if the hat was worn in the house, although I've never allowed it here on the Ponderosa.

    It's just a rule 'round here.

    I'm so happy I bumped into ya today girl. How ya doin'??

    God bless and have an amazin' day sweetie!!! :o)

  6. Oh, I love your description of Angel Food cake! My sentiments exactly. When it comes to dessert, my attitude when is if it isn't chocolate, if doesn't count!

    Our dining room table also tends to be a dumping ground, simply because we have to go through that room to get to and from any other place in the house. I try to give it a good tidying up on Saturday. I swear there are things there I've never seen before. I blame it on pixies - that's the only possible explanation.

  7. My thoughts on the NC lunch incident, as it was on our news for days... the lunch inspector noticed there was not any milk (dairy) in the girls lunch, so she was ordered to eat the school lunch that met all the nutritional requirements set by the state. The news said it was JUST the dairy issue, so I happen to think that they could have handed the little girl some milk, and her own lunch would have been nutritious enough. Just my opinion.

  8. I thought the food inspector was WAY over the line! Kathleen suggested it may have been a dairy issue, but the child's sandwich apparently had cheese on it, but there is always the possibility the child couldn't tolerate milk. My husband can't drink it, and neither can our middle daughter. She'd have set them straight (she was that kind of kid!) if they had given her a carton of milk, and we'd have been right behind her.

  9. I'm visiting from HP and so enjoyed my visit. I'm with you 100%, clutter zaps my energy too. I am a neat freak from the word "go."

    Blessings to you and hope you can stop by when you get a minute.

  10. i also havent heard that warning bout the b-ball cap!!!!

    I'm affraid I am a walking zone of clutter!


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