Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I Reckon it's the Hodgepodge

 Sometimes you need to rub the mental sticks together a long time to get the pile of brain cells to catch fire, but today's Hodgepodge questions are pretty easy. Kind of like turning on a gas fireplace with a little switch. 

Thanks, Joyce. It's been rainy and cold  on top of AND inside my head today.  I'm not feeling much like roughing it in the cranial cave.

1.  Are you a force to be reckoned with? In what way?

I asked my hubby: "Am I juggernaut?"  He answered, "Naut." 

I asked this question of my son (the 11 year old). He said, "No, not unless you're about to punish me for a week!"   Since that might happen once or twice a year, I don't think that qualifies me as a  "force to be reckoned with."  I've given people a "piece of my mind" on occasion, but usually my tendency is to stuff my deepest hurts. 

However, you mess with one of my kids?  Look out, honey! All bets are OFF !  

Oh, wait. I do know one thing that my family hears about regularly: not coming to the table for dinner right away when I call. When I'm hungry and the food's hot and I call you, and you ignore me?  GRRRRROOOOOWWWWLLLLL !!!  I don't even like it when my COMPANY dilly-dallies once I have announced, "Dinner is served."  Chop-chop, my friend!

 2. What are two things you love about the wintertime? Or, if love feels like too strong a word, what are two things you 'like' about winter? 

One: Bright red cardinals on a snowy branch

Two: snuggling under a pile of blankets with my man

3. Pomegranate, kumquat, persimmon, kiwi, and guava are all fruits said to have health benefits, particularly during the winter months. Do you have a favorite on the list? Are there any on the list you haven't tried? 

Favorite: kiwi .  I don't think I've had a kumquat.   I had a special feeling that a certain girl who brought two fresh pomegranates to a party here in 2011 might end up being my son's wife. She sure did!  As a toast to them, I arranged especially for pomegranate juice to be served at their wedding rehearsal dinner. She liked that. 

I was once tricked into eating a unripe persimmon. Just typing that sentence made me squint behind the ears, you know? Sour doesn't begin to describe unripe persimmons!

4. I passed a local church yesterday and noticed they had this on their outdoor sign- 'When all else fails, do the right thing.' Your thoughts?

That was a sign on a church?  Wow.  The advice is unbiblical.  I would call the pastor and get HIS thoughts!  Do the right thing first, last, and always.  Maybe all else has failed BECAUSE you didn't do the right thing?  That's biblical!

When a pastor misleads his congregants, or lets his signs do so, I can become a juggernaut for sure.  I can see how this sign might fester in me awhile now. 


5. Do you ski? According to one list I've seen, the top 5 ski destinations for 2014 are-St. Anton Austria, Whistler Canada, Cortina Italy, Tahoe USA, and Zermatt Switzerland.  Of the five listed, which would you most like to visit? We can make skiing optional if that helps the non-skiers with their answer. 

I don't ski. Tried it once at age 15 with the youth group and had only a little bit of fun. But the next day could not move a muscle, which was odd, because I was an in-shape cheerleader. I guess with skiing I had used muscles I never knew I had, and apparently tensed them all up for four hours straight.  Not only that, I had hit a mogul so hard that my ski ejected from the boot and went airborne over the edge of the mountain.  I used my butt as transportation to finish the course. 

I have never desired a second chance to learn.   Although, if I could literally ski my butt off, I might be tempted to try.   

Oh, why must I make a whole paragraph out of my answer? Some people manage to be brief. 

The answer to part B is Zermatt, Switzerland.     

6.  What's the last thing you looked for online? (Besides my blog!)

An SUV.   We are in the market for one. Recommendations, anyone? Love yours? Hate yours?

7. What saying, slogan, quote, or motto have you seen lately that inspires you for the new year?

Deut. 6:18 Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land theLord promised on oath to your ancestors, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said.

 I'll be expounding on this im a future post, soon, I  hope.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I've become a bit concerned   afraid in the past week dealing with a certain symptom I've never experienced.  I have been getting sudden, painful surges of coldness in my hands, and most specifically in my left pinky and down that side of my hand. Sometimes feel it in my right hand. It's different from cold hands I've had before where the skin is understandably affected by the air. 
This happens when the rest of me is warm, deep in my bones, and even when I was in the sun yesterday on a 55 degree day.  

Naturally I looked up my symptoms on WedMB and I think I have prostatitis. 

Seriously, though, I am concerned. Should I be, or am I just experiencing normal aches from being a woman of a certain age in the dead of winter? 


April said...

Zoanna...the tips of some of my fingers often go numb and turn completely white in the winter. I can feel it coming on. Like you wrote, the rest of my body might be warm, but not my hands/fingertips. I had some folks tell me it's Raynaud's sure and check it out. I don't believe it's anything to be too concerned about, if that's the case. Your take on #4 was different than mine...I wrote my answer early this morning. I do love your interpretation, however. I've had a GMC Envoy for 9 years now and I've been so pleased with it. I love how you just open the tail gate and toss in your's very roomy! I love the extra-seating, too. The only thing I'm not too crazy about is that it doesn't get the best gas mileage...about 14MPG. Good luck in your search!

Joyce said...

I feel the same about dinner! When my hubs grills outside he will not bring the food to the table until everyone is sitting down. When I cook inside I can call three times and get back, 'I heard you the first time.'...okay, then why are you not at the table??? : )

We've had a cardinal in our back yard this winter. Hubs got a good picture of him against the bare branches. I love cardinals anytime, but especially in winter.

I don't know about your symptoms...have you had a check up recently. It could be just one of those things that happens, but maybe a check up is in order. So many health issues to manage once you pass a certain number in the birthday department. Sigh.

Sally Henry said...

Hi my friend! Can I be all dork-like and admit that yours is one of the first links I look for whenever I check the hodgepodge on Wednesday mornings? I enjoy our weekly "visits" :-) Anyway - you, as always, managed to make me crack up with your responses! "Squint behind the ears" - bahahaha! And I promise, if we ever DO meet in person, when you call for dinner, I will be there quite promptly! Have a great day, friend!

Debbie said...

Enjoyed your post! I find it soo interesting how many of us answered snuggling in our blankets for winter loves, but I love that you added with your man, lol. Most important part. I agree, when I call for dinner, IT IS TIME! lol No idea on the problem with your hands..mine are always too warm. But I DO know to goggle is usually a mistake, goodness what we can come up with that way. I'd have that checked out. Enjoy your day!

Carrie Bullock said...

Well, good to know you can be a bear if one does not come quickly to the table. LOL I will be prompt when called, if we ever dine together. :)

I've never heard of your symptoms but I went to the doc just because I thought my itching was odd... and I was sure my thyroid had cancer. Ha ha. Naw. Just extremely dry skin. Lordy.

Lea said...

I swear, you are so hysterical! You should write comedy for a living. :o)

Loved all your answers but your random thought topped them all. And, I'm with you, get yourself to the table when I call, and don't hesitate.

Happy rest of the week and I think you are probably okay but if you are concerned, get to the Dr.

Susan Kane said...

There is little as beautiful as a red cardinal against the white snow.