Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Don't Squash the Hodgepodge

Thanks for making your way to my Hodgepodge answers.  Our faithful hostess, Joyce, is to be commended for cranking out the questions, week after week, month after month, season after season.  Let's get into it again, shall we?

1. What's one thing you learned in September?

That my friend, Diane, had been put in hospice.  She lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, September 26th. Her funeral was this past Monday.  She was only 58. I still can't really grasp it.  I still picture her as she was when we were homeschooling, encouraging each other on the phone that these days and years are of utmost importance. Our mothering matters to God. 

She is the second friend I've lost in as many months. But I will see them both again in heaven. Carol and Diane just beat me to the Finish Line.

2. Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, yellow squash, zucchini squash, or blech! hold the squash... what's your favorite squash? What's your favorite way to prepare your favorite squash? 
I'm a pretty equal-opportunity squash consumer. My most frequently enjoyed one is yellow summer, simply sauteed with butter, sometimes onion, salt and pepper. But what I think is  a  real treat when fall comes is to have butternut squash. I slice it in half lengthwise, put it face down in a shallow pan of 1/2 inch of water, cover it with foil and bake it for about 40 minutes until it's soft. Then I doctor it with butter and brown sugar .  I know I should skip the brown sugar, but it's part of the definition of "treat." 

3. The older I get the_______________________________.

better I am at distinguishing the good from the better, and the better from the best in terms of priorities in life.

4. What's your favorite television theme song ever?

Ever?  Oh, my.  That's a hard one.  Although it had no words, I liked the theme music to The Waltons.  It ushered us as a family into an hour of family togetherness every Thursday night. It was rare that my parents watched anything but the evening news, so it felt special.   

5. What do you wish you'd spent more time doing five years ago?
Praying.  I did more trying to figure out, trying to learn, trying to control people and circumstances instead of praying in faith about the things that bothered me. 
One of the quotes  Diane had written in her  Bible, which her youngest daughter shared at the funeral, was this: "Instead of saying, "God, here is my problem," say, "Problem, here is my God!"  

6. What item do you most need (or want) to add to your wardrobe this fall?
A couple half zip-up sweatshirts. I've been wearing my charcoal grey (I think originally black) GAP sweatshirt like it's the only one I own.  Why? Because it is.  I have sweaters and cardigans  and long V-neck tees (my shirt of choice on a chilly day inside) but really need to get two more sweatshirts  in vibrant colors.  I'm thinking a cranberry and a coral.   

7. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts cartoon was introduced to the world. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?

In print?  Goofus and Gallant in the Highlights magazine.   On TV?  Speed Racer.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I have an interview tomorrow for a  part-time position as an art teacher at the local rec center.  I really 
feel most alive in the classroom and especially teaching art to kids.  One of my priorities now is to  be more active in the community,  not just in my own little world of home, church and school.  I would appreciate prayers. 


Beansieleigh said...

Oh, I was so sorry to hear about your friends, Carol and Diane. It reminded me of my mother, who recently lost one good friend to cancer; and she appears to be losing another to cancer, as that friend is refusing further treatment... We all just SO-ooo very much WISH a cure could be found! I had tears in my eyes when I read her quote in question #5, "Problem, here is my God"... My heart and prayers are with you! ~tina

April said...

So very sorry about your losses, Zoanna...that is never easy, but it sure is true what you shared for #5. Love that! Praying for your interview to go're gonna ROCK it! :)

edshunnybunny said...

I'm so sorry about your recent losses, I feel your pain.
What a great quote your friend, Diane, left in her Bible! Thanks for sharing.
I'll be praying for you!

Sally Henry said...

I'm so sorry for your loss - I know what comfort it is to know you will see them again, but I also know how your heart still aches. What a wonderful quote she left as her legacy... my prayers are with you, not only in your time of grief, but also for your interview! You go girl, you got this!!

Joyce said...

I love the quote your friend wrote in her Bible. Gonna share that with my hubby who is weighed down by work stresses. There aren't many shows on tv anymore that families can all watch together, at least not without someone cringing. I guess that is part of the appeal to me of a show like Chopped. It's pretty harmless : )

I will say a prayer your interview goes well!!

So sorry for the loss of your friend, and thankful you have the comfort of knowing you will see them again. Take care.

Carrie Bullock said...

I too am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I love the quote, look at that she is still showing the way after she is no longer with you. Love that.
Good luck on the interview! I'm positive you will rock it!!

Lea said...

Great answers to #3 and #5. And, I've lost two very dear friends this year too. Miss them terribly but as you said, they just beat me to the finish line.

All the best tomorrow as you go for your interview. Blessings!

Marla said...

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your dear friends. As you said, they beat you to the finish line - but, really, there is no finish line, Just a change of venue! Good luck on the art teacher interview!