Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Reader Hodgepodge

Thanks again to everyone who provided questions for me to answer, so we can do our own little hodgepodge of sorts while the regular Wednesday Hodgepodge creator is on summer break.

What family traditions do you have?

We have a number of different family traditions. For Christmas we have a huge breakfast and then don't cook the rest of the day. Instead we enjoy the left overs from breakfast and the snacks we prepared in the days leading up to Christmas.

For birthdays, the birthday child gets the day off of doing any chores or anything he or she doesn't want to do. He/she gets to have their favorite food, and gets to choose any activities for the day. Games, hiking, etc. and the rest of the family obliges them. There's usually an elaborate treasure hunt created for them to find their gift.

For a celebration once end of the school year evaluations are done we will stop at a store on the way home from the evaluations to get ice cream sandwiches.

Where’s the best / worst place you’ve lived?

This is actually a hard question. There were things I've loved about every place we have lived. The house I loved the most was in Missouri. I loved basically everything about it, and the fact it came with twenty acres of land and plenty of woods for Kenneth to play in made it even better. I loved the church / community of believers and friends we had there. I was a weepy mess the day we packed up to move here, even though I knew I would love it here as well.

The worst place I lived was also in Missouri, less than ten miles from the house I loved the most. The difference was worlds apart. The house was unique and nice, but life was miserable enough that the house didn't make up for it. We were part of an Amish community, and to this day those two years living there are a dark blob in my register of memories.

Do you usually listen to music, talk radio, podcasts, or silence while driving?

I like listening to Air1 while driving, but I also drive in silence a lot of the time. I've found conversations while driving can be some of the best, so it's never really stark silence.

What was your most epic cooking failure?

I've had my share of epic cooking failures. One of them was the time I made a Thanksgiving meal for LV before we were married. It involved flying drumsticks, lumpy burned mashed potatoes, and more. I'll have to do an entire blog post on that experience before long.

Where do you usually shop for clothes / shoes / groceries? Do you prefer shopping online or in person?

I like shopping for clothes and shoes at Gabes. Actually I don't like shopping for either, but I'm glad we have a Gabes store when the need to shop arises. Groceries I purchase mostly at Aldi and Walmart.

I enjoy online shopping. It certainly makes mail time more interesting. The only drawback is ... I can't touch and see the products before buying.

Random bit.

The big maple tree in front of the house has been dropping a few leaves. To a girl who likes to have everything in order, it means raking the yard ... already. If it were up to me, the yard wouldn't look nearly as neat.


  1. A favorite house? We bought this house when we got married and have never lived anyplace else. We are simply going to have to move into something smaller, and it's breaking our hearts.

    I purchase everything I can at Aldi's, and go to a local supermarket for anything they don't have. I avoid Wal-Mart at all costs!

    And, oh yes, I've had my share of cooking disasters, too!

  2. I too am a fan of Aldi's!!! I get all the groceries I can at Aldi's and when they tell me my total I am shocked with joy everytime!

  3. We don’t have an Aldi’s grocery store out here in Washington state, but I remember shopping there when we lived in Nebraska and I loved it. Now I shop at a store called Winco and they have wonderful prices. I buy most things in the bulk bins. The spices are unbelievably in expensive there.
    I enjoyed seeing more glimpses into your life Mary Ann. I’m sorry about those two years in Missouri. It makes me sad to think that you had a time in your life that was so miserable.

    I smiled at the flying drumsticks! How sweet that your girl likes to keep things neat and in order. I would have loved to had one of those personality types when our children were growing up. Ha!
    Blessings, Betsy

  4. I shop a little at different places because I can always find deals in the flyers. Hyvee, Russ's, Walgreens and Walmart is where I get my food and other items. I laughed a good laugh at the flying drumsticks.

  5. Just one question how often do you see your or your husband families?

  6. As usual I enjoyed reading your responses to the questions.
    Your disastrous Thanksgiving meal reminds me of a Thanksgiving when I forgot to thaw the turkey so I put it in the oven rock hard frozen. It did not turn out well.


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