It's time to Hodgepodge again and so glad to be a part of it. Joyce, I thank you for continuing Hodgepodge because it stirs up nostalgic moments for me and it's always an opportunity to get to know other bloggers better.
1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?
The old roll top desk in the office. It's not of much use and takes up space that could be used in a better way. I would like to put a daybed or loveseat there in its place. DH says no, it isn't bothering anybody. (And this is the reason we have three garages, three attics and three sheds full of stuff that isn't bothering anybody!)
Mom and Dad never owned a home that had more than 1100 square feet … probably less. I know they were very proud of this gray brick home they bought when I was in 7th grade. There was no room for any clutter or extra stuff … only the essentials with a few of Mother's knick-knacks, doilies and the like.
2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia?
The Hodgepodge question from a couple of weeks ago asking about the fun we had as kids in the summer brought back so many memories of the carefree days of our childhood.
As I thought about it, not much concerned us but the simple things like our days of freedom, playing with friends, reading, ice cream, etc. Not for the first time, as I thought about that, I think of what it must have been like for our parents and how they protected us from the evils of the world and the grown-up things they faced, such as paying the mortgage, working hard to provide for us, current events of the fifties, such as the Korean War, the threats from Russia, nuclear bombs, etc. They had come through the depression and WWII and while we think of the fifties being a time of easy living, it really wasn't always for them.
How well I remember the night my brother was born. I was 9 years old and Daddy had just been laid off from work. The pressure had to be great with three children now and Mother in the hospital, a mortgage and no job. Although I was supposed to be asleep in bed, I heard him on the telephone with his sister telling about the new baby and the loss of his job and it was the first time ever to hear my Daddy cry. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it and now that I am thinking of it, I wonder … were his tears caused by the stress … or maybe the joy of finally having a son? That is what I now will choose to think about it because Daddy loved his boy.
This photo just makes me smile!
3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?
DuckDuckGo, Kindle, maps on my phone. This was a very difficult question to answer. On my iPad, it would be the Bible, the news and Kindle.
4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? Yes.
If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice?
If I baked it. I love the "to die for" muffins. If anybody has a recipe they like better, I would like to have it!
What's the last thing you baked?
Peanut butter cookies.
5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child?
I've become more outgoing.
In what way are you still the same?
I'm still shy about speaking in front of a group. I prefer to be in the background. Don't make me talk in front of everybody … but, if I have to, I will do it and so that might be one way I've changed.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
I'm ready for Fall, but I don't want to rush time. It's been so hot here, but just now we had a little shower for which I am very thankful. I can't figure out why my potted plants are not blooming. Same type flowers as I usually plant in the same locations, but they just shrivel up every day. I really miss seeing things blooming and the colors of summer.