Hodge Podge Wednesday – 3/13/13


It is time to join Joyce and friends again for Hodge Podge:

1. Do you play games of luck/chance for money? Have you ever played bingo for money? Visited a casino?  Placed a bet on a horse? Bought a lottery ticket?

No, not me … My German Oma played “Lotto” every week … and she often let me choose the numbers for her.  We sometimes won a few Marks (back in the days before the Euro).

Otherwise, on our so-called “honeymoon” when we drove almost 3000 miles across the country from where we got married (Tennessee) to where Daniel was stationed (California), we did stop in Las Vegas for a night.  Neither of us had ever gambled, so we took a few quarters into a casino and put them into a one-armed bandit-type thing.  And lo-and-behold, a flashing light went off by our machine!!!   And sure enough, a lady in casino uniform came towards us … and then asked if we had requested change?   And when we said no, she turned off our flashing light and moved on to the next customer, requesting change by turning on the light by their machine…. *sigh*  Gamblers we are not.
2.  Will you be preparing and/or dining on the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal this St. Patrick’s Day? Mashed-baked-hash browned-french fried…your favorite way to have potatoes?

The only time we really celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in 2000 when I found out that I was pregnant with Annie-Belle on March 17!  The joke was, of course, if she was a boy, we’d have to name her Patrick … but actually, we would have named her Matthew …

I love all forms of potatoes to include fried (as in real potatoes sliced and fried), mashed, baked, and boiled …
3. What’s the last thing you felt ‘green with envy’ over?

I have turned absolutely green several times over the last few years as I’ve really, really, really wanted a mini-van again since we had our 3rd child.  About 4 or 5 years ago, my father-in-law “suggested” that we sell my very favorite mini-van (a 1996 Ford Windstar) and buy Daniel’s grandmother’s Buick (also a 1996) when Grandma could no longer drive – saying that the transmission would probably be going out soon on my van … and so we did just that … and the transmission went out on the Buick the summer of 2011.  @@

Anyway, I’ve prayed and prayed for a mini-van – and while my husband worked at his previous job, a Christian school, I think every staff family in the school got a new-to-them mini-van EXCEPT US!!  In the meantime, it seems there have been about 5 friends on facebook who have also recently gotten a mini-van.  And me, well, I’m still driving a Buick … (well, my husband is … that just sounds more dramatic!  I drive an old Saturn Vue).  While I’m thankful we have 2 vehicle that run, traveling with 3 kids would be so much more comfortable and convenient with a larger vehicle.  Hopefully some day soon we can afford something bigger … at least before our 14-year-old son leaves home so he can benefit from the leg room!! LOL
4.  What’s at the end of your rainbow?

5. March 12th marks the anniversary of the death of Anne Frank (June 12, 1929-March, 1945).  Anne’s diary detailing her time spent hiding from the Nazi’s during the war ranks as one of the best selling books of all time.  Besides your blog, do you keep any sort of diary or journal?  Was this a habit you developed as a child or is journaling something new for you?

I’ve always been a “writer” … as a child/teen I kept a diary that my mom read and found out too much about me (although it also saved me from a terrible situation I was in!) … and after that, I didn’t journal much until Dan deployed to IRaq from 2003-04 and then later when I went into kind of a funk/depression/crisis of faith from about 2005 til 2007/2008.  Those journals were more of a prayer journal, a pouring out of my heart to God, working through my issues and trying to learn to trust Him.  I can see a huge change in me since that time – especially how calm I’ve been the last 2 years while we’ve undergone some major changes for our family (an unexpected job situation, unemployment, my husband’s injury that disabled him for almost 4 months, and a career change).  Maybe God was preparing me then for what I faced now?!

6. What’s an item in your home or closet that contains every color of the rainbow?

Actually, I think MiMi has a tshirt or two with a rainbow on it … not so unusual for a 3 year old.  Otherwise, I can’t think of anything rainbow-y.
7.  Write a limerick with you as the subject.  You can do it!!  Just remember this is a family friendly blog…don’t make me get out my wooden spoon.

There was a middle-age lady in Missouri –                                                                                   Her life was always in a hurry.                                                                                                        She tried to do it all …                                                                                                                        She felt always on-call …                                                                                                                      So she took a nap and let go of the worry.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

It is 2 a.m. … and I’m supposed to get up by 7:00 a.m. to pack up the car and the kids to drive all over the country side.  All total I will need to drive about 4 hours tomorrow (today?).  I hate that I can never sleep before a trip!!  After dropping my son off with his grandparents and a visiting nephew, the girls and I will drive on to spend the rest of the week with my husband, Daniel, at his “little house” (ie. apartment) in NW Arkansas, which is where our entire family will – God willing – be living by hopefully this summer (not the apartment – it is tiny w/ only 1 bedroom!! – but the area).  🙂

On another travel note, a year ago today, I was in Germany … *sigh*  Good memories.


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7 Responses to Hodge Podge Wednesday – 3/13/13

  1. melanie says:

    I enjoyed your limerick too 😀 You must have a healthy son if you’re off and traveling today – yay!

    Just don’t try my method of moving up in vehicles… I totaled my beloved mini-van, but God provided a nice Suburban for the price of the insurance check {a bargain thanks to gas prices}.

  2. Tanya says:

    Your limerick is cracking me up. Did you know that 20 yrs. ago today was the start of the big blizzard of ’93? Wow, time flies. Anyway, going to Germany is more a memory to you since you were already in California during the blizzard. I had just come back from visiting you guys when the blizzard hit, I think (or went to see you right after — during my spring break of student teaching).
    Hang in there. I prayed for a new mini-van for 2 yrs. I think it was. God changed me in that time and provided what He knew I NEEDED not necessarily what I wanted. (I know you know that story.)

  3. jodaley says:

    I love your limerick! Hope you get a new minivan to go with your new house : ) Safe travels!

  4. Judy says:

    Love your limerick! Mini-vans are definitely the family go to vehicle. Hope you get one soon.

  5. Teri says:

    So glad you persevered through your “dark night of the soul”. God surely does reward steadfastness. Your limerick was very good.

  6. April says:

    Very cute limerick…it took me forever to come up with one! You’re planning a move to NW AR? That’s where my brother and his family live! I was born and raised in AR! Oh, you will love it there…and maybe you’ll even become a Razorbacks fan…WOO PIG SOOIE!!!

  7. Marla Fabian says:

    I like your limerick. Good luck getting the van of your dreams- and in your move this summer.

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