Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Endings and Beginnings

Quilt by Diana and Flowers by her sister Karen
This week's Hodgepodge is about endings of many kinds. I'm thinking now is the time to enjoy our summer flowers because September will soon be upon us, and for those of us along Colorado's Front Range, temperatures can suddenly dip, a dusting of snow can show up, and the gardens take on dramatic changes. 

(please excuse any variations you may see in font sizes within the paragraphs of  this blog post -- some Internet Gremlins seem to be afoot this morning and it appears I had best leave well enough alone!)

1. It's hard to believe, but next week's Hodgepodge will find us in the month of September. What's one thing you want, need, or hope to do still before summer officially ends?

I think I've done all I wanted to do in this season. It's been good overall, but I prefer the cooler months, especially the clothes and the holidays.  As stated above, I will miss the flowers!

2. When were you last at ‘your wit’s end’?

I won't share the last time I was at my wit's end, but I will say that getting around in my relatively small town with all the road construction is a trial to my sensibilities. It is almost as though the city planners are purposefully trying to make it a puzzle for just as many people as possible.

3. Describe a time when you were figuratively thrown into ‘the deep end’?

I'm not a big risk-taker, so I've become pretty good at avoiding circumstances that might get me in over my head. 

4. Does the end always, ever, or never justify the means? Explain.

I think all things need to be done within obedience to the Word of God, so that answers the question pretty well in my mind. I will go on to say that many times we have to experience hardships to get to where we need to be, but sinning to achieve an end is never God's will.

5. What makes your hair stand on end?

Hearing about the evil taking place in our world...

6. I read an article on the website Eat This! Health, that listed 11 foods we can eat to help end bad moods. Basically it’s a feed your brain so you’re less anxious, grouchy, and lethargic. The foods are mussels, swiss chard, blue potatoes, grass fed beef, dark chocolate, greek yogurt, asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs, and coconut. Which of those do you think would most help end your own bad mood? Which do you fear, if forced to eat, would put you into a bad mood?

I eat the following: mussels, swiss chard (often), blue potatoes (will try these as soon as I can buy some), grass fed beef, dark chocolate (often), greek yogurt (I'm lactose-intolerant, so I don't eat dairy of any kind), asparagus, honey, cherry tomatoes, eggs (seldom), and coconut.

Nearly two years ago when I began eating a gluten-free and dairy-free, mostly vegan diet, the dark feelings of depression lifted and I no longer have to deal with it as I did for many years. This may not be a real issue for some, but for me changing my diet has been the biggest boon to my physical and emotional health -- ever!

When I am tempted to order a big juicy burger or delve into a frosting-laden birthday cake, or cook up a big batch of bacon for myself, I remember the hopeless feelings of depression, the headaches, and amount of painful time spent in the bathroom. The temptation to eat those things vanishes. Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before  you can become truly convinced of the necessity for change.

7. What project around your home, office, or life in general feels like there is ‘no end in sight’?

Thankfully, nothing comes to mind right now. I tend to tackle problems shortly after they become an obstacle because I don't like to have unpleasant things hanging over my head.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Granddaughter Number 5 and me
I shared this photo earlier in the summer of me holding one of my granddaughters while she slept for nearly 2 hours. It was heavenly. This picture reminds me of what Elizabeth Elliot used to say on her daily radio programs, 

"You are loved with an everlasting love. 
And underneath are the everlasting arms." 

(taken from Jeremiah 31:3 and Deuteronomy 33:27)

If you would like to see how other bloggers have replied to these same questions, go to From This Side of the Pond on Wednesday, August 26th. 


  1. An early Hodgepodge is always fun to read. I love your very thoughtful answers, and that photo of you and your sweet grandchild is beyond beautiful.

  2. I always enjoy meeting new folks via Hodgepodge! Your new little grandbaby is as precious as can be...CONGRATS!

  3. What a beautiful picture of you and your little grandbaby!

  4. What an absolutely precious picture!

  5. What a sweet photo of you and your granddaughter!! I also really appreciated your answer to number six. I agree with it all.

  6. What a sweet photo of you and your granddaughter!! I also really appreciated your answer to number six. I agree with it all.

  7. What a sweet photo of you and your granddaughter!! I also really appreciated your answer to number six. I agree with it all.

  8. What a beautiful photo of your granddaughter and you....Blessings

  9. Two hours -- you must be cold natured! Every time I hold a baby, I'm reminded of how hot they are!