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Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Tuesday night and I'm preparing my Wednesday Hodgepodge answers. I really should be going to bed because I am, seriously, so tired I could cry. But, I just feel like I need some quiet time, some reflecting time, some time to do something I want to do instead of something I have to do.

So let's dig into this week's questions ...

What's something you'd rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

Why this immediately came to my mind I will never know, but instantly I thought of the Monster Cookie from Cheddar's. You order it with your meal because it is made fresh and takes time. A large chocolate chip cookie is baked in a small cast iron skillet and then topped with ice cream, hot fudge, whipped topping ... you get the point. Heaven. Pure Heaven.

What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

Any job where I had to be calling people on the phone. I was just thinking about this tonight. Kyndal just got a job as an administrative assistant and her first task was to call around to try to find some businesses to partner with the medical clinic where she works to provide shoes for needy kids. I would hate having to do that! But she loves it, which is awesome.

When did you last take a fall? What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

In May I fell down the two steps from our kitchen to the back door. The next day I felt like someone had taken me into a back alley and kicked the you-know-what out of me. I could hardly breathe or move. What am I falling for these days? The upcoming Fall television lineup. I love it when all my shows, and new ones I don't even know I love yet, get started back up. I can't wait to sit and watch my favorites.

According to the Travel Channel, here are some of America's best fall festivals ...  National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville, Pennsylvania, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland, Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus, Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe, New Mexico). Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

I have never gone to any of these fall festivals, but I think the National Apple Harvest Festival appeals to me most. Our town has a festival called Septemberfest which is Labor Day weekend. I attended more of the festivities this year than I have in year's past. I ran in the memorial 5k, went to the "beer garden" (which is really just a blocked off part of town by the liquor store where they put up a grandstand and have bands come play), and went to the Stroll in the Park which is a wine stroll. That was so much fun! I wish I would have been a tad cooler, but the yummy wines cooled me off!

What is your goodbye message to summer?

"You know how much I detest you and your steamy ways, so good riddance!"

Insert your own random thought here.

It's now 4:30 a.m. and I am finishing up this week's questions with coffee in hand. What do you do for white space in your day? Or are you someone who even needs it? I need it. I need to be able to sit and just stare into space, doing nothing, with a cup of coffee in hand (or a glass of wine when it's late in the day). I have found myself scheduled to the minute the past four weeks, and it takes its toll on me mentally and physically. I crave peace and quiet, no light and no noise. And those are things I do not get much of these days. I am praying that this is only a season and that things will calm down just a bit. I have said 'no' to as much as I can, and the things I have said 'yes' to are necessary things. What do you do to protect your inner sanctuary of sanity and peace? Getting up early is the only thing I can really think of to do right now to carve out a little extra quiet time. Any other suggestions?


  1. Good for you for getting up early to find that quiet time. I think we all need it but never SEEK for it so it never happens. Hope it soothes your soul this morning.
    PS - a girl that choses a monster cookie for a 10... yep, you're my kinda gal!!! ;)

    1. Getting up is HARD, but putting up with myself when I don't do it is harder!

  2. I don't know what I would do without the white space in my day. Have a great week, Nicole.

  3. I find the early hours are the most peaceful, and that is when I get renewed! Enjoyed your Hodgepodge thoughts,

  4. If you haven't already, start a Prayer Journal. And make it pretty with color markers, stickers, etc. I go to mine a lot during white space times; either reading past entries (to remind myself of answered prayers) or to add more prayers to it. It's great therapy.

  5. I agree with your message to summer. Unfortunately, ours isn't going anywhere. It will be here for a long time yet.

    My 'white space' is playing Mahjong and sometimes Sudoku. When I get overwhelmed, which is most of the time lately, I mentally shut down and can't do anything productive. When I reach my "that's enough!" point, I play Mahjong or I go sit outside and watch the birds (not so much since the flood due to the mosquitoes). Sometimes I color or read an actual, hold-in-your-hand print book. I can't function or think in the midst of a lot of noise or activity. It didn't use to be this way. I don't know if this is part of menopause or just getting older or what is going on, but I am more introverted with each passing day, it seems. I am usually up before the others, too, and I use that time to read my Bible and pray and start on some of the de-cluttering. Those are more difficult to do once the household is awake. I'm sorry that I don't have any suggestions for you.

    Have a blessed week. :)


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