Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Hodgepodge of a Hodgepodge

Hello, to all my peeps out there!

Well, we had more snow over the weekend leaving slushy roads and just overall yuckiness.
But there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel!
Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will have 70+ temperatures!
And if you can believe the forecast, Easter weekend is looking quite promising too.

Come on Spring, show your beautiful face!

This week, someone at our house celebrated a birthday.
I'll give you a hint...
...he's brown and furry all over and he walks on all fours.
Here's a photo of him the day we got him, at only 9 weeks old...

...yes, this would be our Oscar.
And below, here is today at 9 years old...and getting a little gray around the edges!

But he still acts like a puppy. 😉
And speaking of 9 year olds, I must brag a bit on our Olivia.
She competed in a climbing tournament on Saturday and did quite well.
There were only 12 competitors but they were all over 11 years of age and much bigger than her.
She came in 5th...nothing to sneeze at when you're climbing a rock wall!

That's her daddy (Adam) watching intently and Uncle Josh with the video camera.
See that inverted wall?
Well, I can't even imagine how they can do that...

...sheer determination, I guess...just look at that face!
 So now to the Hodgepodge...

 ...where Joyce asks the questions and we answer them on our blogs.
A couple of the questions this week really gave a me run for my money!
Thanks, Joyce, for keeping us on our toes!

1. What's a word that describes your life? I think this just might be one of the hardest questions I've ever had to answer on a Hodgepodge. After much thought and going back and forth, I have finally come up with one word...optimistic. The first words that came to mind mostly had negative connotations to them but after thinking about it, none of those words really described what I'm all about. A word you wish described your life? This one is nearly as hard because there are so many things that I am NOT and we would be here all day listing my wishes. I wish I could just snap my fingers and be more Christlike...that pretty much covers it all.

2. Back in my day we_____?

...lived a simpler lifestyle, no doubt about it. I can only answer based on what I experienced growing up and I'm sure we could all answer it a bit differently, yet with many similarities. Back in my day, we were taught to respect our parents and those in authority, love our family members and above all others, love God who created us. Yes, back in my day, we were actually taught that God was the Creator and that we didn't evolve from apes. There was just an overall sense of common decency that seems to be sadly lacking today. School shootings were virtually unheard of. These days, we never know what we might hear coming out of people's mouths...the hatred and venom spewed today surely must break the heart of God because it breaks mine. Back in my day, men were men and women were women...and there was no confusion. Back in my day, the best things in life were free...yet priceless. I could go on and on, but I won' makes me too sad.

3. When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food? Does a typical week at your house include takeout?

Out of these three options, I'd say it would be Italian, pizza to be precise. Normally when we eat either of these, they are in a restaurant. Occasionally we will get Mexican takeout but it is never as good as eating it in the restaurant. We will possibly get takeout once a week, depending on Jim's work schedule...I rarely get it just for me unless I get a real hankering for something specific or I am in a rush. Every now and then a little sumpin'-sumpin' from Wendy's or sometimes Arby's hits the spot even though they weren't on the list. 😋

4. Think about the people you most respect. What is it about them that earned your respect?

That they are genuine...the "real deal", if you will. Sometimes that is hard to determine when we first meet someone, especially if they seem to be a different person in different situations. People who I respect most are those who demonstrate that they are steadfast, faithful and constant. It's also important they are not afraid to admit it when they may be wrong about something and are never reluctant to apologize when they need to. In fact, that may just be when I respect them the most.

5. What's something your friends might see and say is 'so you'?

This kitchen from 'My Farmhouse Love'.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

May you all have a most blessed Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday!


  1. I like the qualities you chose for respecting someone, and yes, in our day it was a simpler time.
    Our daughter loved those rock walls too!
    Happy Resurrection Day!

  2. Love the quote you shared. "He died so that we may live" May I never get over the wonder of that.


  3. Great answer on #4. I'm drawn to genuine people as well. Enjoy your Easter Debby.

  4. Your grandgirlie is amazing! Look at those muscles!

    We sure did come from a gentler time in spite of Hippies and drugs and protests and wars and scandals...wait, maybe we didn’t have such gentle times after all. At least, we were still taught respect...maybe... Gosh, I am confused by that question!

    You have a wonderful and blessed Easter. That’s one thing we can agree on...Jesus: crucified, risen, and coming again!

  5. Well Happy Birthday to Oscar and what a cutie he is. DANG that gal can climb! My oldest daughter and her family loves rock climbing. Actually...They've been praying for years about opening up a rock gym in our county.......GOD IS MOVING IN THIS AREA! Well onto your questions dear friend.

    1. What's a word that describes your life? Busy, full, never boring. LOL!

    2. Back in my day we_____? worked, even as kids. We had chores to do. We did not sit in front of a television all day and snack. We played outside after chores was done. I learned to cook and clean. I was taught that hard work always paid off. And everything you said too. Boy are things so different.

    3. When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food? Does a typical week at your house include takeout? Italian-pizza. I do like once every blue moon some Chinese. Thursdays is my "anything" goes that days. If we have leftovers that's what we eat. If not, after work I will pick up a pizza, or a salad from Zaxby's. We spend very little money on take out.

    4. Think about the people you most respect. What is it about them that earned your respect? I agree 100% with your answer. I could not have said it any better.

    5. What's something your friends might see and say is 'so you'? HA!Ha! Anytime a friend sees these cute little posts about lipstick they think of me! They know that I LOVE me some lipstick and never go anywhere I don't have a tube of it.

    6. Insert your own random thought here.
    My cow lick is really being ugly today! Got me a fresh new hair cut yesterday and dang that cow that licked my head done a good job! Sticking straight up! GRR....

    Happy Easter my precious friend. Love you! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Your Oscar looks just like my granddaughter's Red, but he's only 2 or 3 months old. They could be brothers they look so much alike.

  7. Loved reading your answers Debby! I think I was a bit over tired when I answered the questions this week. Good for your granddaughter for scaling that wall! A very joyful Easter to your and yours!

  8. Your answer to #2 made me feel a bit of nostalgia for days gone by. I know it wasn't all roses and rainbows but there was a basic respect for authority, our 'elders', life,...that does seem to be missing today. But Easter is coming and with it hope for tomorrow and a brighter world! Enjoy yours and I hope you get some better weather. It has been so gray here which is unusual this many days in a row. Saturday looks good and Sunday is warmer but right now they're saying the gray returns.

  9. Oh my...that kitchen is amazing! And I would have to agree, it's so you :)

    Thanks for the fun post, my friend. And congratulations to Olivia! What an amazing young lady.

    Hugs to you, dear one!

  10. Good answers! We do a lot of pizza having kids still at home! I love Mexican food but like you I prefer it in a restaurant!

  11. Oh I love that kitchen too, Debby! And happy birthday to the sweet pup. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers. This country needs to be bathed in prayer. Have a blessed Easter, Debby.

  12. Happy Birthday to your sweet Oscar! He looks so precious at 9 weeks old. Oh, that farmhouse kitchen with all the red is so charming. I used to have red in my kitchen, until I changed it to touches of blue.

    Happy Easter to you, Debby, and enjoy the nicer weather coming up. I just love those Peeps. I put some in my grandbaby's Easter basket this year.


    ps...this is a great picture of Olivia climbing the rock wall. : )

  13. Happy Birthday to you sweet Oscar, Debby, and a BIG WOW on your Olivia!! Whew, What a climbing girl...I'm amazed! Your dream kitchen has be swooning, and sighing.
    May you have a blessed Holy Week, too, and a most Happy Easter!

  14. Love that kitchen! Your 'back in the day' answer could have come out of my mouth. I miss the good old days.

  15. That kitchen looks a lot like my kitchen in the new house will look like!! I'm getting that same kind of cabinets. 😊

  16. Loved the peeps... I am learning all about you my friend! Oscar is so cute and a Birthday doggie! Still Praying!
    Happy Easter He Is Risen...

  17. Enjoyed the read, Debby. Funny how some questions just seem so hard and unanswerable, but you made a very good stab at those ... enjoyed reading your responses to all the questions.

    Wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places,

  18. Your granddaughter is very brave! Good for her. Oh, that Oscar is a doll. Give him a hug from me. I wish you all a very blessed Easter. xoxo

  19. Love the Birthday Doggie... Love the answers to your questions... It really got me thinking... Love the determination on your grand-daughters face...Life is such an journey ... and I’m so happy that you have some fire red in you from your beautiful kitchen ..You are a real unique SPARK of LIFE..GIRL !!!!... Have a HAPPY EASTER !!! xoxoxo

  20. Hi Debby- wow, your little climber is amazing - that is a VERY difficult test of stamina, effort and endurance, as every single muscle is used. Good for her, that is super impressive! My little sister climbs mountains - I climb into a car and back out of a car. The end. : - )

    Deb, have a blessed and Holy Easter. Hugs and prayers. ♥

  21. Happy birthday to Oscar!!

    What a climber, that Olivia! Congratulations on her placement!

    Praise God for your "random thought"! Amazing love!!

  22. Happy Birthday to Oscar, and a blessed Easter to you.

  23. My grands have an Uncle Josh too. :-) Can Oscar be nine? Do I feel like I remember you getting two dogs--with pink and blue collars? Oh my brain! I've had that kitchen on my screen saver for a long time -- very similar to "our" kitchens, I seem to remember they look quite similar at least from the angle this photo is taken. I like how you describe yourself--and though we'd never met, I'd use that word with you too! Have a blessed Easter!

  24. Happy Birthday to sweet, little Oscar! And, Happy Easter to you, sweet friend. :)

  25. These were thought provoking questions this week and I appreciate the thought you put into your answers. Yes, times were better "back in the day" and it makes me sad that our grandchildren may never know the security that we knew. That little granddaughter of yours is quite a trooper. How do they do that? May your Easter be a time of great blessing as you worship our Risen Lord.

  26. Go, Olivia! Well done! And happy birthday to Oscar. Oh, those questions are tough. I'd take forever to think through my answers. Happy Easter, sweet friend!

  27. Wow! Well done Olivia ... fabulous photographs.
    Happy Birthday to Oscar.

    My good wishes to you for Easter - have a blessed weekend.

    All the best Jan

  28. Congratulations to your granddaughter....I think I need to take an Aleve after seeing how she is moving! Happy B-day to your sweet. Here's hoping the snow has shown it's white, fluffy, coldness for the last time this year!

    Hope you and your family have a lovely Easter!
    Warm hugs,

  29. Happy "late" birthday wishes to Oscar! Great climbing, Olivia! (I've tried that, and it's hard!)
    Trusting you had a blessed Easter season with your loved ones.


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