Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hodgepodge: Patience, Flying, and the Chairman of the Board

I can't imagine anyone is looking at this who isn't already part of the Hodgepodge. But just in case: head over to From This Side of the Pond to see this week's questions, and link up! It's so much fun! (Thank you, Joyce!)

1. What's something that has recently 'tried your patience'?

I have so much spam in my Verizon email, and yet I'm not doing anything about it. I know I should figure out how to forward my emails to my gmail account. Which I think would filter out the spam? For some reason I am paralyzed at the thought of accomplishing this.

So Verizon is trying my patience, and I am trying my own patience.

2. Do you think patience comes to us naturally or is it something you have to learn as you grow? On a scale of 1-10 generally how patient are you? (1=I blow up at the drop of a hat and 10=I've got all the time in the world).

Definitely something that you learn. Remember how impatient you were for Christmas as a kid? For summer to finally come? For dinnertime?

I don't get impatient much anymore—on the scale, I put myself at about a 7. When I was younger, I used to get annoyed with slow drivers...slow lines at the grocery store...slow meetings at get the picture. Now, I just wait. I'm generally not in a rush anymore.

This may mean that I am now the slow driver you are all stuck behind.

3. Share about a time when you felt like you could fly. Or a time you wished you could fly. Or a time you felt like you were flying.

A time I felt I was flying: This is easy. Skiing. The wind is in my face and I am gliding. Pine trees rush past. My heart is beating hard and I'm a little out of breath.

(I'm actually a really slow skier, but all the above is still true!)

4. Your favorite song with the word fly in the title or lyrics, or your favorite song that relates to flying in some way?

As a resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, I should be choosing either "Fly Eagles Fly" or "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)." But here are my real favorites:

"Come Fly With Me," Frank Sinatra

"Learning to Fly," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

5. What's in your fall picnic basket and where are we picnicking in your neck of the woods this time of year?

Yum! I love food questions! We'll head over to the local state park. I brought blankets to wrap up in if we get chilly. And to eat...let's see, we have some hot cocoa in one thermos, vegetable soup in another, bread and butter, cheese, fruit, and homemade oatmeal cookies. And apple cider.

When we get home, we'll put our feet up and have some mulled wine by the fire.

6. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, landscaping...which skill would you most like to possess and how would you put that skill to use today?

Plumbing. I have found that when most times I have needed a plumber, I've needed a plumber right this minute. Like when our kitchen faucet started spraying water under the sink on Thanksgiving morning, with 16 expected for dinner.

I don't have any plumbing projects right now, but with my new skills I'd be ready for anything!

(I can't think of any landscaping/carpentry emergencies—unless a tree fell on the house?)

7. What's something you think is too expensive to justify buying lately?

There is a big scratch down the side of my car (new driver + narrow garage). It's been there for months, and I really don't like driving a car that looks junky.

However, I just got the estimate for the repair and it looks like I'll be driving with the scratch for the foreseeable future.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

We had such a great fall weekend! Daughter was home from college for four days. My favorite times are when all four of us are together on the weekends, after breakfast and before heading out for the day, doing nothing but talking and drinking coffee and relaxing. It's just not the same with only three.

Plus, on Saturday we saw The Martian (oh Matt Damon, how I love you) and on Sunday we went to some open houses. Time to start our search for a smaller place!


  1. So true about panicking when there is a plumbing issue! And, I so agree with you about when the family gets back together and you sit and talk around the table. Precious moments!

  2. Your picnic sounds great! Sorry to hear about the scratch on your car. :-(( I've heard great reviews on The Martian and hope to see it soon. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Plumbing and panic go together - no question about it. So glad you had a great weekend! Love when both my girls are home.

  4. I can't believe someone else picked "Come Fly With Me"! I love the Tom Petty song too but didn't think of it. So nice to meet you through the Hodgepodge :)

  5. Hi,
    I love Frank! Great choice. :-))
    I ski as well. And I get the same rush.
    Fun Hodgepodge, I love how you enjoyed the time with all your family.

  6. Ol' Blue Eyes... goes nicely with my coffee this morning, thx.

  7. Nice answers. Shame about the car, Ours got scratched recently. Unfortunately our was a deliberate act of vandalism and it will be staying put as it would be too expensive to repair.