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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


      Welcome back Wednesday Hodgepodgers. Thank you Joyce for another weekly essay test. Not that you asked but my beloved Red Sox are playing some pretty decent baseball. It's been quite the turn around fom last season. However, experience as a long time Red Sox fan tells me that it could unravel at any moment and for no particular or forseeable reason. Now onto the Hodgepodge.

1. Tell us about a time you found yourself 'in the middle of nowhere'. Was this deliberate?
     I was hunting one year. When the day started it was cold and overcast. I knew where I was in the woods. I could see the landmarks. I could clearly see the trails. It began snowing heavily. Everything got quickly covered in snow changing the landscape. I had no idea where I was or how to get back to my car. I couldn't see the landmarks. I couldn't see the trails. I was in the middle of a snow globe that was being shaken violently.  This was the first time I had to rely on my compass to safely get out of the woods. If it wasn't for my compass they'd still be trying to find me today.
2. What's something you're 'in the middle of' today or this week? 
    Today I was in the middle of my granddaughter. SWMBO had to take August to the vet for a follow up appointment. August was having ear problems but is doing much better now. Thank you for asking. Anyways I was home with Divine watching the girls. We watched My Little Pony together until SWMBO and August came home.

3. At what age do you think 'middle age' begins? What does it mean to be 'middle aged'? 
     In my humble opinion middle age begins at 40. It lasts until 55-ish. Middle age is where a man considers his legacy. He also contemplates his mortality. He often panics and goes a little crazy and does some ill advised stuff. 

4. Ravioli, stuffed peppers, samosas, deviled eggs, steamed dumplings, pierogis, or a jelly donut...your favorite food (from this list!) with something yummy in the middle. Your favorite not on the list? 
     The only ones I'm not partial to are samosas, steamed dumplings and pierogis.  

5. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ''In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' Would you agree? Have you found this to be true in your own life? Feel free to elaborate. 
     I say sometimes yes and sometimes no. It depends entirely upon the circumstances and the nature of the difficulty. There is little opportunity when you are battling a life threatening or chronic disease. In other circumstances there may be opportunities that present themselves to you. Einstein was a pretty smart fella, maybe he is right. I am certainly no Einstein!

6. What's a song you remember loving from your middle school years? Do you love it still? 
    One song that I loved was the Rolling Stones' Jumping Jack Flash! I used to blast it out of the front windows of my house as I played in the street.

7. May 18th is National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate? Which relative would you visit if time, distance, and expense were not considered. 
     I won't be celebrating Relatives Day. If I did, however, I'd take a trip to San Diego, CA, to visit my Son, Daughter in Law and Grandsons.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
     The Bible is true and we reject it at our peril. That is all!


  1. I agree with your random thought! And My Little Pony is awesome.


  2. Your hunting tale reminded me of the time I came off the highway on a jughandle, and there was a hunter standing with rifle in arm, in the middle of the road wearing his neon orange (thankfully!) and looking dazed and confused. He'd gotten all turned around in the woods. Hope you enjoyed My Little Pony. I didn't know that was still around. My girls used to love it when they were little.

  3. I always enjoy your answers.
    Your hunting story was an adventure!
    I still have My Little Ponies. ;-)

  4. Good random thought. I am so impressed that you found your way out of the woods with a compass. Wow...what an experience that was. I would have been terrified.