Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Hodgepodge is Back!

After an 18-month sabbatical, our hostess Joyce is back with the weekly Hodgepodge meme that so many of us have enjoyed for years. 

For those who don't know what this is, Joyce provides a number of questions having to do with all manner of topics, often current events but not restricted to that. It's a way for bloggers to connect and for readers to 'take the pulse' of what people are thinking. 

After supplying answers, the blogger links up at Joyce's blog so we can easily read the responses of others. This happens on Wednesdays, making it a highlight for many of us.

With that said, here are the questions with my replies.

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it? Last time we met was September 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

My husband and I moved to Central Florida to an active 55+ community.

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on ...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi - I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi - we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1 - Not at all, living normally
2 - Cautious but still going out
3 - Going out as needed, mostly home, still seeing friends/family
4 - Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5 - Full lockdown, no one in or out

My answer is somewhere between #4. I go to the grocery store as needed and stay home the rest of the time. We walk with neighbors several evenings a week, spacing ourselves at least 3 feet apart. We watch our church services on our computers and TV.

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done. What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

Last Friday night I baked a Tilapia fillet with a heavy shake of Lemon Pepper seasoning on both sides and a squirt of fresh lemon at the table. With that I served what remained of a leftover Waldorf salad, a green salad, and oven-roasted broccoli. It was all soooo good!  Will I get tired of cooking during this time of self-isolation? Sure.

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked? 

There is a lot of stuff out there that we could be watching now to entertain and take our mind off the current worries. But what helps me the most, by far is to listen to and watch messages of faith in God. 

Here is one that has blessed me this week from one of the churches in my area called Meadowbrook. Last Sunday's sermon was titled, "Through" in a series called "Forgotten God." To get to it click here. It's a wonderful message of hope and faith during these perplexing times.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week. 

I washed my hands so many times, I found the answers
to my 8th grade social studies test.
(from Face Book)
6. Insert  your own random thought here.

Social distancing is a good opportunity for us to press into God for comfort, healing, and refreshment of spirit.

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I'm linking up with Joyce at this site:


  1. Good Answers. I am missing being able to go out to eat on Sunday after church with our church friends...not to mention that we are missing being in church as well. But I believe this too shall pass and we will soon be able to return to our churches with rejoicing and much thanksgiving!

  2. The hand meme is hysterical, Barbara, and we could all use more laughter right about now! Staying hunkered down at #5 for all intents and purposes.

  3. The meme on the hand is so funny! Ha!

    I too am missing our restaurants. And to think they are just now closing fitness gyms...Doesn't make sense.

    Hope you have a resourceful and creative day! Blessings! : )

  4. I saw that meme on the hand, as well. I am so happy the Hodgepodge is back. As always, enjoyed your post, waving to Tom. smiles

  5. I had to go to the dr yesterday to get my prescriptions refilled and I was the only one in the waiting room when I arrived at 8. When I left I think there were three people there. I guess people are staying away from the drs offices as well. My doctor says he has not seen any potential Corona patients so I take that as good news.

    1. Many of our local doctors are doing phone appointments when possible.

  6. I enjoyed reading the Hodgepodge questions and your responses, Barbara. I laughed out loud at that hand picture.

  7. The hand picture was so funny.😁

    So true, we must draw closer to God even as we distance socially from others. I'm praying for revival for each of us and our country.

  8. So glad you're enjoying your new home. Your fish recipe sounds delicious and I might give it a try. We are grilling salmon tonite since the sun is shining. Stay well!

  9. Haha, cracking up at the hand! Too funny. Looks like you are doing well in semi isolation!

  10. I am so happy the Hodgepodge is back. I haven't blogged in longer than that. Your meal looks so healthy, definitely getting your vitamins from greens in!

  11. Enjoyed your post, so many words of wisdom and encouragement.

  12. It was so fun joining in for the Wednesday Hodgepodge again! I enjoyed your answer, Barb. and agree that relying on Jesus makes all of this a bit easier to endure. Praise God!

  13. Now that is one of the funniest ones I’ve seen yet. lol

  14. Oh, that washing hands meme made me laugh out loud, Barbara! So nice to be able to get outside in that Florida sunshine while this virus is controlling our life by making us stay away from others. Hope spring comes soon here in the north east!