Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Wednesday HOPS!

If you're stopping by for the weight loss portion of today's post, just scroll down.  If you're here for Wednesday Hodge Podge, it's the first HOP today.  If you're here for BOTH, just start reading and keep on to the end!

FIRST is WEDNESDAY HODGE PODGE from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  This one is a great way to get to know some wonderful new bloggy friends and learn more about some old ones...not that I'm calling anyone OLD, mind you.   

1. July 20th marks the anniversary of the first time man stood on the moon. Flash forward 42 years to July 8, 2011 which marked the start of the final Space Shuttle mission. Should we continue to explore space? Should nations devote more or fewer of their resources to exploring space? Would you want to go into space if the opportunity arose? I do appreciate space exploration and I believe we should continue to with the programs---nothing ventured, nothing gained.  However, would I go?  Hell to the N.O.  I'm way too chicken for that!

2. What are three things in your freezer?  Ice, ground turkey, and baby broccoli florets.

3. If you could see any band/artist perform live tonite who would it be? It has to be someone Beatles, Elvis, etc. There are several...a lot of my favorites have actually passed on...and it would totally depend on my mood at the time....David Garrett for sure- not only is he quite talented but he is a fine specimen of the male species.  Fine indeed.  And then there's Sting who has been a feast for my eyes (and ears) for many, many years.  And then there's Jason Mraz whom I heard gives one of the best live concerts.  Probs wouldn't mind seeing a Stones concert again.  Maybe Jack Johnson.  A little James Taylor.  Oh geez, the list just goes on and on...but would not include country or Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or the Jonas Brothers or anything like that.

4. Ice-cubed or crushed? Or are you one of those people who don't like ice? Either way but crushed is my fave!  Wait----there are people who don't like ice?  What?!  When hurricane Hugo blew his nasty self through here in '89 we were lucky because our house was still standing, we suffered VERY LITTLE damage, and we went without power for ONLY 11 days.  But, during those 11 days, the thing I missed MOST was cold beverages.  I never want to go without cold drinks again EVER.

5. The owner of a small restaurant outside of Pittsburgh recently announced he was banning children under six, saying they regularly disrupted other customer's meals. You can read the story in more detail here but isn't this a perfect topic to discuss in our Wednesday Hodgepodge? Have at it friends...what are your thoughts? There was a restaurant here in the Charleston area whose owners discouraged families bringing their children.  We never dined there because of that and, during a storm one year, that restaurant was demolished.  I call it Karma.  However, I will say that the Lovelies were very well behaved in restaurants.  They never talked in loud voices or ran around the place.  They were well-mannered from a young age for some reason unbeknownst to me.  But it was great!  Probably because we never took them anywhere when they were feeling bad or tired or having a bad day or whatever.  Had they misbehaved, we would have removed them from the restaurant immediately.  I have been in places where parents seem to not care how their children behave and it does get annoying.  So, while I understand about the annoying part, I don't think I would patronize a place that banned children.  It's seriously NOT the fault of the children---it's the parents'.

6. What was your first car? How did it come to be yours? I got my first car in 1974 from my granddaddy.  It was a 1965, navy blue, Ford Galaxy 500. 

7. If I had a nickle for every time I said "I told you so" (sometimes it comes out as "What did I say?!" or "What did I tell you?!") I'd be rich. With four daughters and a husband, I get to say this quite often.  And yes, I might get some sick twisted pleasure from saying it.  What can I tell you?  I quite enjoy being right.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  The youngest of the Lovelies will be leaving the teens behind her on Sunday.  This is so depressing.  How did this happen that she should reach 20 in such a short period of time?!  The next to the youngest of the Lovelies leaves us tomorrow for Texas.  I'm having an exciting week of depression.   

The SECOND HOP is from Patrice, at Everyday Ruralty, who hosts Wednesday Words of Weight Loss every Wednesday!  It's a fun HOP that offers encouragement and company on the issue of weight.  It's never too late to join!  Come on, this is your week to join in the FUN!  

Patrice will be back next week with our questions for this fun meme.  Being a farmer's wife and friend and amazing mother of homeschooled lovelies and getting caught in bad traffic--the busyness of life---got in her way this week.
Anyway, Patrice is looking to revamp the meme, or maybe not.  She's looking for suggestions.  Click on the button up there and give her a visit and some input!  


  1. Definitely no Lady Gaga for me either-ick. I do like country though and saw Keith Urban last year and he was fantastic! A real musician, very entertaining and also easy on the eyes : )

  2. Couldn't agree with you more on question #5-
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. It’s sad that NASA is discontinuing space exploration, but hopefully the private sector will do that work. Ice, low fat/calorie meals, ice cream. Heart. Cubed. Other restaurants limit young guests with high prices and no kids’ meals, not “allowing” kids is a recipe for trouble. Ford Courier pickup – I’m a farm girl too.

  4. Joyce- Agreed that Keith Urban is easy on the eyes! There are quite a few male country singers like that - I just don't care for the music. Really enjoy this meme every week!

    Tammy- Thanks!

    Karen- It would be great if they would pick up the tab---wonder what they will do as far as changing the rules?

  5. Instead of banning the kids, the parents should be you stated it really isn't the kids fault.
    I feel for you this week....bask in the memories, that is, IF you can remember lol ;)

  6. Sending ((hugs)) your way this week as one of your lovelies grows older, and another prepares to leave the area...

  7. Ooooh, my first car was a Pontiac Tempest with dual exhaust. It could cruise at 90 mph without breaking a sweat.

    I loved that car.

  8. I am an ice nut myself and have even written about my love of ice. Do you have a Sonic nearby? They have the best ice in the world.

  9. I always enjoy reading how everyone answered the questions Joyce gave to us. Loved reading yours. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  10. I'll come to that Stones concert with you! Do we get to be young again, too?

    My first car was an Austin Westminster that had an eccentric (typically British) transmission. Very handy for a person just learning to drive a stick. Prepared me for anything LOL

  11. Cindy- I'm almost hoping to forget the memories for just a minute- I get sadder when I think about all the grand times when they were young!

    Kathy- Thank you!

    Michele-I can see you in it now! Hauling ass down the road! LOL

    Betty- Drinks without ice are useless. LOL

    Debby-I do too! Even those ones that make us think!

    Stephanie- But of course we do! When shall we go? LOL

  12. I hate that the kids just grew up so fast, once a kid hits five then boom they are 20, Really your house was the only one standing. Wow, that is something. I don't use ice very often but I like it when it I want it,
    11 days is a long time to be without.
    We went out to dinner with all of the kids and grandkids, you could see the people who were working there just cringing.
    But our grand kids behaved perfectly all six are 4 and 2 when we were finished the people came over and told my kids what nice well behaved children they had,
    I think it is all in the training.
    We always really liked our kids and I know you really like your lovelies.

  13. Kim- We weren't the only house still standing but we had very little damage at all. There were houses on the island though, that ended up sitting in the road or gone completely. Sad. I agree that it is all in the training. We always got complimented on the lovelies' behavior. It's nice to have kids that you like AND love, isn't it?

  14. I had a hard time when my daughter became a teenager. I can't imagine when she isn't one anymore :( I don't handle the girls growing up well either!

  15. Missed this post! So, now I'm guessing Birdie has left already? As in today? I am sending you LOTS of consoling hugs.


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