Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hodgepodge Volume 243

Participating in the weekly Hodgepodge questions ...

1. In two or three sentences, tell us what Veteran's Day means to you.

Veteran's Day is overshadowed, much like Thanksgiving and Christmas, with commercialism and all manner of other distractions that have absolutely nothing to do with the significance for which it was intended. Many of our military members, as well as their families, experience  deep hardships that oftentimes have life long, tragic effects. We must not take for granted their sacrifices for us. They deserve our greatest respect.

2. What's your favorite film with a patriotic theme woven into the storyline?

Unbroken, the story of WW II prisoner of war and hero Louis Zamperini.

3. Flu shot - yes or no? If you answered no, do you plan to get a flu shot? If not, why not? Have you ever had the flu?

No, I don't do flu shots. My medical doctor does not advocate them and the last time we spoke with him about flu shots, he was not even providing them in his office. He is not convinced that the flu shots spare people from getting sick. 

Over the last several years my husband and I have both lost weight and changed some personal habits, including a mostly vegan diet and A LOT of fresh produce (especially leafy greens) every single day. We seldom get sick,  and so that tells me we must be onto something that works (for us, anyway).

4. I've seen lots of people posting pictures of their Christmas trees up and decorated. Many stores have had Christmas on display since  well before Halloween. Red cups are back at Starbucks sans the holiday decor, and that has some people up in arms. What are your thoughts on all the holiday ruckus this second week of November?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. We need to spend significant time focusing on gratitude and thankfulness. Then how wonderful it would be to segue into the celebration of Christmas season without all the commercialism.

5. What 'critter' are you most afraid of encountering unexpectedly? Why that one?

Snakes, because they slither quickly and bite.

6. Do you like building things? What's the last thing you 'built'?

quilt for grandchild #10 born last February
quilt for grandchildren #11 born last April

No, I don't build things. But I make quilts and other needlework projects. My most recent projects have been felt Christmas tree ornaments, a bread cover, and a trinket box with felt poinsettias on the lid.

7. In keeping with this month's theme of gratitude...what are you most grateful for that brings beauty to your daily life?

God's Word, the Holy Bible. I begin and end my days with reading scripture, which affects my attitude for the waking hours and my peace as I sleep.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Beloved has moved the lawn mower to the back of the garage and rolled the snowblower to the front. He has replaced our 2 worn out snow shovels with new ones. Winter is bearing down on us as I write this post. Hooray!!! We are expecting two to five inches  of snow (maybe more).

quilted wall hanging in my laundry room
from Here Comes Winter by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

Today I'm linking up at From This Side of the Pond with other bloggers who have answered these same questions. Thank you, Joyce, our Hodgepodge hostess, for this fun blogging entertainment and the opportunity to connect with others.


  1. Loveeeee the quilts. As always, I enjoyed your answers. Have a beautiful day...(sigh, no snow here, but they are talking Saturday though)

  2. Beautiful Quilts...I loved the Louis Zamperini movie too! What a hero.

  3. Oh my goodness, such beautiful quilts! I have not yet seen the movie Unbroken, but glad you reminded me. I need to make a list of those that we want to rent from Amazon. Enjoyed your Hodgepodge today.

  4. Your quilts are beautiful! I especially love the snowman one. Snowmen are my favs! Enjoy your day!

  5. Lovely quilts! Your work is beautiful. I am so happy I don't have to deal with snow anymore and always find it hard to believe anyone is looking forward to snow! It seems that you and your husband are prepared, though! I enjoyed your answers today!

  6. Snow, I am jealous! We had flurries in October and it was very odd. Your quilts are beautiful. I agree that diet has a lot to do with our health. Glad you found what works for you.

  7. your needle work is lovely. I am thankful for my Bible too.