August 17, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge Gets Wanderlust

Good morning!  It's Wednesday, which means it's time to join up with Joyce over at From This Side of the Pond for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.



1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August?  I received a calligraphy set as a gift in high school so I've done that.  I used to write letters all the time, so....done.  I've actually put together a family cookbook that I need to get printed.  I guess all that's left is to learn a new kind of dance and honestly....I don't see it happening.

2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain.  I agree.  If we have everything we want, what is there to strive for?  We would become complacent and lazy.  Plus, I think not having everything pushes us to be grateful for what we do have and gratitude is the key to defeating negative thinking.

3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds.  I love looking at thrift shops, though usually for things other than clothing.  I've found some very good books, toys for the kids, glassware, purses...  When I was in college I found a men's suit jacket that I loved.  I rolled the sleeves up 80's style and wore that thing all the time.

4.  On a scale of 1-10 (with 1= almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear?  Before I was married and even after until the kids came along I'd say my sense of wanderlust was at level 10.  I'd have packed up and gone anywhere at any time. These days I'd still like to travel, but just as a vacation and I want time to plan and pack.  I'd say I'm at maybe a 5 now.  As for what kicks it into "high" gear....stress, frustration at home, boredom.

5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so?  A sprint.  It's going so darn fast!

6. What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives? Diet and exercise and organization.  My work schedule is going to be more hectic this year and I won't have as much down time.  I really need to have a plan of some sort to cope with getting done what I need to get done when I have time to do it.

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time?  I had lunch at Olive Garden this past Monday with my mom, my daughter, my sister-in-law, and three family friends to celebrate my birthday.  We had a great time talking and laughing.  It turned into a 3-hour lunch and it sure never felt like we were there that long.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  Please continue to pray for the people of Louisiana affected by the flooding.  Our niece and her husband and baby live there.  They have three families staying with them who have lost everything.  So far they are safe and dry where they are, but the flooding is not over yet.  The pictures she has been sharing have shown just how all encompassing the flooding is.  There are entire towns under water!  So pray and if you can...give.  So many are going to need it.

20 comments:

  1. I'm with you...the flooding in LA. has been just heartbreaking to watch. So many have lost so much; I can't even begin to imagine. Praying for them all!

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  2. So terrible about the flooding in LA. It breaks my heart.

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    1. It has been awful. They are calling it a 500 year flood. Places that have never been flooded before are under water.

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  3. Thrifting is one of my favorite things to do. So much so that my family has taken it on as a hobby too.

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    1. Yes, my family likes to go on the hunt, too.

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  4. First of all, happy birthday to you. I hope this next year of your life is filled to overflowing with beauty!

    I love thrift stores...now. There was a time in the not-too-distant past when I wouldn't have been caught dead in a thrift store. Everything had to be new...and expensive. 25 months of unemployment cured me of that. Now, I'm crazy about thrifting. I've found some really pretty dresses in thrift shops. I've been less lucky with finding home decor I like.

    We are SO dry here in southwest Idaho. There are fires burning, and our skies are smoky and ugly. I hate being outdoors and having to breathe it in. Wish we could take some of Louisiana's waters from them.

    Have a great day,
    Patti

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

      I've always liked "used" stuff. I couldn't help it. My grandfather was definitely what we now refer to as a "picker." His philosophy was "Never turn down anything anyone gives you even if it's junk because the next time they need to get rid of something it might be good stuff and they'll think of you." My family was salvaging stuff, scouring yard sales and flea markets long before it was cool.

      I sure wish the weather would balance out instead of extremes everywhere.

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  5. So sorry for your niece and her family. :( I'll say a prayer for their town.

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    1. Thank you. I'm not sure how many people are living with them right now. Three families, at least one includes children. They've lost everything. My niece knows just how blessed she is to have a safe dry home for everyone to stay in.

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  6. Happy Birthday! I'll be praying for the flood victims.

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  7. Happy birthday : ) The people in LA are in my prayers, as are the workers there to help. I'm glad your niece is safe and is able to welcome others into her home. How devastating it must be to lose your home to flooding.

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    1. Thanks, Joyce. I can't imagine, either. I remember back when I was taking care of my mother-in-law standing in her front window watching the water rise and wondering when it would reach us (it didn't!...just came very close) and how I would get her out to the car (she was in a wheelchair) and in it to evacuate. That was a nerve wracking day!

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  8. We have friends in Baton Rouge and are also praying.

    Happy birthday (late) to you!! I enjoy sifting through thrift stores and consignment shops. Joyce gave us another fun Hodgepodge and I enjoyed your answers!

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    1. Thank you and I hope your friends are okay!

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  9. The flood victims are in my prayers. We've dealt with two floods in this town this year, but thankfully, our house was in the safe zone. The other side of town wasn't so lucky. I pray that your niece and her family and the others will all be safe and able to get on with their lives soon.

    Have a blessed day. :)

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    1. Thank you and I'm glad you have come through the floods at your place safely. Scary stuff!

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  10. Flooding can be scary. Glad to hear they are safe. We need to keep all these people in the flooded areas in our prayers. We also need to pray for the relief effort there.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, we definitely need to pray for the rescue and relief workers. Dangerous now and such a mess later.

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