Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hodge Podge (Late + Humorous)

Joining in on the fun with Joyce who hosts
for a super easy and fun linky party.

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? 

ANSWER: I have plenty of unbrellas - usually in the car, garage or closet and never with me. I would fail terribly in London, I'm afraid; I am a dash-fast-and-hope-I-don't-crash kind of soggy mess. 

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Part 2: Besides rain, what else has filled your April?

April: filled with Easter and my sick brother and my healing toe and not ever enough seeing of the grand baby girl!

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

ANSWER: I could easily chat away about darned near anything to do with tea: about hosting tea parties: planning the menus, using proper etiquette; history of tea time, and especially about antique teacups and teapots...of those  I know a bit or two.  

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

LOL, believe or not my little sister just tried on Monday to get all 5 of us siblings up to her lake house for this coming weekend for her to host a "Food Memories from Childhood" surprise potluck party. I have so many to choose from that we could do, too! However, as it turned out, the house is going to be used this weekend by my sister's husband's side of the family, so we couldn't do it - hopefully we can soon. It sounds like such fun.

It's weird because we almost never ate this, but I know for almost every birthday we last three kids (whom I am one) wanted mom to make macaroni and cheese with cut up hotdogs that were smothered in tomato soup for our special birthday "you can name what you want" dinner. LOL. What were we thinking?????Whadya mean we coulda had lobstah??

Another great childhood food memory my little brother and I were just discussing a few weeks ago: we kids built a "fort" deep in the woods behind our house. We grew up on limestone cliffs - so there were big awesome rocks we could build up and make into a really safe and wonderful fireplace. My younger brother would gathering all kinds of wood and make me a roaring fire. Then I would make "Fort Stew," which simply was cooked potatoes, celery and carrots with wild chive and salt and pepper, and usually some bits of carbon from the fire - but we worked and played so hard that when it was ready (to us)  it was heavenly tasting! My brother went on and on about that happy memory. 

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4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

 Oh, my goodness, my other brother- my older brother and I were just talking about this last night! Mine was a rock song from the 70s by Blue Oyster Cult. 

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They did a song called "Don't Fear the Reaper." 

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Well, I didn't even know what a reaper was back then, and I know I shouldn't have known what I THOUGHT it was.... but I honestly thought they were singing
     "Don't Fear the Reefer."
Yes, folks, a marijuana/pot reference. LOL. I remember thinking then:
  "Oh, yes, I do fear the reefer!" LOL. So silly. I can't believe I am sharing this, haha. 

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5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

I have been to NYC many times but never to Times Square there. I have been to the Hollywood Walk of Fame but just in passing to get to a destination - didn't do much but step on stars, haha. Loved FH and Quincy Market area - been to Boston quite a few times, but for never long enough. Loved the Freedom Trail and all the rich history found there. There are some good museums there, too. I never mind looking or feeling like a tourist, long as the local understand we mean business, and we're not naive or to be reckoned with if they had ideas about purse or wallet snatching knowing we're tourists!

My favorite little tourist trap is from where I grew up on Lake Erie - called African Lion Safari. Heh. Oh, and ranking second right behind it : Enchanted Forest. Only tourists would ever go there.  (And all my friends who worked there all those summers!)

6. Your signature clothing item?

V-neck anything -  long sleeved tees, short-sleeved tees, v-necked sweaters. Love em. 

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? 

Taking a week long cruise. It's so much better than you can know if you've never done it. It is the EASIEST vacation you will ever have! 

8. Insert your own random thought here:

Mine is more just a fun pic I took recently of my grandbaby:
(I couldn't resist sharing this!)

                 All pics except for the one of the baby were taken off of google random images and are not my own. 

As always, thanks for popping in to say hello! 



  1. Thanks for playing along in the HP this week. I've never done a week long cruise. I love the water, but am leery of the motion on a cruise ship. I love to travel but prefer to get where I'm going as opposed to 'enjoying the ride' there. Have a great weekend!

  2. Great post Michele. I've been to all the attractions and have taken a week long cruise and it was wonderful and hope I can go again.

    Loved all your answers and have done some of the same things LOL.

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Love the picture of your beautiful grandbaby.

  3. You may have been later than me, but your answers were more detailed. I was trying to rush LOL

    I agree with taking a cruise. I've been on 4 and they were sooooo easy! I thought it was fear the reefer too lol

    That picture of your grand baby is adorable!


  4. I'm in the middle of planning a big trip with some other people and it is so complicated!! And I'm not sure the trip itself will be very relaxing either. A cruise sounds wonderful! Never been on one.
    Reefer -- haha! You crack me up! I realized I never knew any of the words to those rock songs, just liked the beat. I do know they ruined my hearing.
    I'll have to do a hodgepodge some time. They're fun to read. xo

  5. Building fort is the best.. :D

  6. "Food Memories from Childhood" sounds like so much fun!! Your grandbaby is precious!

  7. Grat post Michele! I loved reading your answers. I would love to take a cruise! :) Have a wonderful weekend! Maria

  8. This isn't labeled "humor"? My goodness, I have laughed right out loud multiple times! What a fun post...

  9. How fun this is to see how everyone answers these! Where in Ohio did you grow up? I remember African Lion Safari lol. We lived in Akron so Kiddie Land was the big thing. When we got older of course, it was Kings Island and Cedar Point.

  10. Oh my! I grew up in Port Clinton. So many hours spent at Enchanted Forest and African Lion Safari. Been reading your blog for a while but had no idea you were from my area. I moved to Oregon as an adult and have called it home for 32 years. Even so, where our childhood and growing up years were spent always has a special place in our hearts I believe.

    1. Play - I wanted to write you back with such earnest- but you are set up as a no-reply blogger - so I cannot give you a private note. If you see this - or if anyone knows who this is - I really would love to chat with her about our home town! :-(

  11. Michele, thanks for a fun and very entertaining post. I have been to all of the tourist places you mentioned . We have taken 4 European cruises that were exotic destinations and fabulous trips! Have a wonderful weekend'

  12. Your hodgepodge responses cracked me up! I hope you get to do the "Food from Childhood" party.

    A misheard lyric for me is from Taylor Swift's Blank Space. I thought she was singing, "got a long list of Starbucks lovers", and referring to people who go to Starbucks for their first date. HA! The correct lyric is "Got a long list of ex-lovers."

  13. Loved reading your fun answers, Michele, and you gave me some laughs this morning! Also....your pics are so pretty and your granddaughter is too cute for words! Happy Saturday!!

  14. What a fun hodgepodge, Michele...your answers had me cracking up at times! And isn't it amazing how you had even planned that Food Memories event! Like you, I would hate getting caught in the rain unless I could make it home without anyone seeing me before I could fix myself back up! This reminds me of just how nervous I was all those years ago when I got baptized and worrying about how horrid I looked afterwards...I'm SO vain, I probably think this song is about ME...LOL! Didn't forget those lyrics...HA!

  15. Oh, this was fun, Michele! Loved all the memories....I remember the mac and cheese with hot dogs! Haha! It must have been a popular commercial for hot dogs or something - maybe aired with the Brady Bunch! haha! Love your sister's party idea - such a great theme. Your little sweetie pie with the shades is too adorable! We live in the rain, here in Seattle. Always wear an all-weather coat with a hood. Hope your Sunday is full of blessings. xo Karen

  16. I love all what you wrote - I actually listened to "Don't Fear the Reaper" right away, I remember it so well. My tourist trap? The Eiffel Tower in Paris - and I love it every single time. We actually took the stairs up, the line is so much shorter and it's quite exciting (a good workout as well). At the second level you still have to get the elevator to get to the top, but that is quite easy then.

  17. There have been a few times on the radio when they read what people thought were the words to songs, and then what they actually were. Many mistaken words for me from the 60s and 70s. lol
    Mac and cheese with cut up hotdogs? I hope this was an American dream because our girls might have had both but neatly side by side and the wiener in a bun.
    Love that little diva in training, just wait until she gets older and knows what that means. :-)

  18. Oh I am splitting my sides....Don't fear the reefer. I still sing "There's a bathroom on the right" because it's more fun than "There's a bad moon on the rise." By CCR. LOL!

  19. So much fun! The family potluck sounds like a marvelous idea, too!


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