Mid September Hodgepodge…

1. What’s changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?
A lot…
One of the biggest thing is that Dear is either unemployed or retired. We don’t know which one quite yet. This of course makes a huge impact on life at this old house.
Another one is that with my last birthday I am now at Medicare age.
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Not quite at this stage yet but I hope we can still walk about and we’re still holding hands when we are this old.
2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what’s a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer?
We do enjoy classical music at this old house. We enjoy Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and others. We enjoy string quintets. Another favorite is Mozart’s clarinet concerto.
IMGP04583. Besides The Bible, what’s a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so?
Hedges: Loving your Marriage Enough to Protect It: Jerry B. Jenkins
This book has great safeguards that will help to protect a marriage from the pitfalls that can lead to adultery.
4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you smarter…play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively
 Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?
Cooking and traveling to new places are current hobbies both of which do not help me in my goal to lose some fluffiness!
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I’m inclined to try meditating more but the kind of meditating I’m talking about is clarified in this quote:
“Biblical meditation, unlike the popular varieties, is not a relaxation technique for emptying the mind but rather one that fills it with truth, using thought and memory to set your heart on fire.” ~Timothy Keller
homemaker monday 0025. What sports traditions does your family have?
The sports tradition that I share with my children (not my Dear who isn’t a team sports fan) is soccer. We have season tickets to the Seattle Sounders soccer games and enjoy these games together. If our football team makes it to the playoffs we’ll host a Seattle Seahawk Party to watch the game. Our family also enjoys hunting and shooting.
P10305676. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.
My feelings are that the football field is not the place to show your angst since you are not the primary person on the field but part of a team and part of a tradition that honors the flag and country. It’s a sport’s field not a soap box. You should find another place that is more personal to share your feelings. You are being paid to play and paid well to play. Do your job and leave your platforms for another venue. I feel the same way about actors and actresses sharing their platforms on the Academy Awards Stage. I choose to honor the flag and those who have died protecting our freedom with these young men and others…
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Marine Birthday Ball
Our very own Marine and our daughter.
10556234_10204401701630899_6178563336099564642_n7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?
Loads of patience with my children. A horrible lack of patience with other drivers on the road!
Bow-Edison 0268. Insert your own random thought here.
 I’m enjoying the little and big hints that Fall is just around the corner. There will be lots of leaves falling to deal with but I like the changing seasons and what each season holds. Growing up in Southern California we didn’t have the same distinct passing of seasons. I’m still not sure if Fall or Spring is my favorite. Here are images from each season in our state of Washington.


Linking up with From This Side of the Pond for Hodgepodge Wednesday. Thank you Joyce for coming up with the questions and inviting us to join in.

9 thoughts on “Mid September Hodgepodge…

  1. We’re all impatient drivers it seems : ) You live in a beautiful part of the country! I’d like to visit my daughter in WA in the fall. I’ve only been in springtime which is lovely, but I’m sure fall will be gorgeous too. I am the daughter of a Marine and my son-in-law is Army and we lived in Annapolis for 9 years so I love the Navy too. I think we’ve lost some perspective here in America in recent years. Enjoy your day!

  2. Love the “fluffy” bear, I bought a little christmas ornament just like the one in your photo. We live in Black bear country and have a local bear that is getting “fluffy” from our garbage cans. No matter what we do he figures out how to get the cans open. We bought a “Bear Proof” can that he dragged off into the woods, (he didn’t get it open) it took 2 days to find the can! LOL I enjoyed reading your answers, have a good week.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  3. I love your definition of Biblical meditation. I think we’d all benefit from more of this kind!

    There are certainly changes going on at your house. I pray that the Lord guides you and your husband in the path that He has already prepared for you. I feel sure that you’ll be one of those hand-holding couples! 🙂

    Just scrolled back through your past several posts (gotta move fast while I have a computer!) and I loved your pewter collection and also that lovely table you set for your guests!

  4. I will be old enough for Medicare on October 3rd. I put that book on my Amazon wish list. Like your answer for #6 and I also agree with the Academy Awards!! Thanks for stopping over. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  5. I too love our Military.I am between Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg.I
    have a niece who lives in Selah Wa.Love your blog and the Mennonite Girls.

    • Hi Janice. Our Andrew was stationed at Camp Lejeune during his stay in active service. Thanks for commenting. I know I’ve driven through Selah. These days we see the signs on our way to the far eastern part of Washington. Blessings!

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