Not So Trifle Hodgepodge

1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

This past week one of my neighbors rang the doorbell and asked if I would be willing to be used for a practice safety lesson for her autistic son. Her older son had a choking incident and she had to use the Heimlich maneuver on him and she wanted the younger autistic son to learn how to run and get help if she or anyone in the family needed help. I said of course and a while later the young neighbor rang my doorbell. He stood there when I opened the door, not looking me in the eye, with a shy sideways glance but said “my brother needs help”. I told him, “yes, I’d be happy to help and thank you for coming over and ringing my doorbell”.  He was happy to walk away, mission accomplished.

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall…which one are you most like and why?

My activity is like an ocean, it comes in waves.

My loyalty is like a river, it runs constantly.

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called ‘the first state’ because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What’s your state’s nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

I don’t think I’ve ever been to Delaware. There’s a possibility I was a passenger in a Volkswagon that drove through Delaware to get to Washington D.C. but since I wasn’t driving at the time I don’t recall the route taken.

My home state is Washington. Washington State’s nickname is The Evergreen State~ I don’t need to change it.

Washington is the second most populous state on the West Coast and in the Western United States, after California. … Washington is a leading lumber producer. Its rugged surface is rich in stands of Douglas fir, hemlock, ponderosa pine, white pine, spruce, larch, and cedar.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

Trifle was my last contribution to a potluck meal. It was at a belated Father’s Day get together at our son’s home in Eastern Washington. I don’t have a go-to.

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

This, too, shall pass. Or a great Russian saying that gets a little lost in translation is “By the time they get married they will have forgotten this happened, or this will heal by the time they get married.”

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This week’s favorite expression from Addy May…

She’s a bit concerned that Baba is way across the mountains from her. Thankfully she’s going to brave a road trip and come visit us this coming weekend so she can meet a great auntie and cousins and the an uncle she has not met yet!

Thank you Jo for coming up with the questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge! Click over to join in the fun.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Not So Trifle Hodgepodge

  1. Hello, great hodgepodge and answers. I love the ocean and the rivers. Your photos are beautiful. Washington is so lush and green, one of the prettiest states I have ever visited. Your trifle looks delicious. Addy is just adorable! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  2. Your answers are great! For want of getting my head in gear and being stumped on the ocean, river, waterfall question when I feel like the muddy crik flowing slowly through the ravine, I passed this week.

    Now I am terribly curious about the Russian expression…what can it mean? LOL I really think that is what Addy is pondering…

  3. Hi there… what great answers to this weeks HP…I love your neighborly mission you were given this week… good job, neighbor!!! We live in an area where there are no sidewalks and the houses aren’t close so I don’t feel very neighborly… not many opportunities unless I purposely set out to plan something which I do less and less. How sweet.. my Hubs is a Ba Ba , too, while I am Ga Ga!

  4. Oh, fun hodge-podge and wonderful answers! That is so nice that you will be a safe-haven for the dear autistic boy. We rarely see our neighbors, unless one is stopped on the road for some reason – everyone is tucked so far into the woods. We do watch out for each other, though, and have each other’s phone #’s in case of emergency or other problem. Lovely answers about the ocean and river and so exciting that you get a visit from your sweet Addy May soon. Love the nick-names 🙂 My Mr. is Papa and I am Gama. Grandchildren are such a blessing. xo Karen

  5. Hi Ellen, Such a precious expression on Addy May’s face. 😀 I sure hope we’ll have a grandbaby in our family someday. I like your analogies of you being like the ocean and a river. Very well said. Your trifle looks absolutely delicious!! I’ve never made one, and I have got to do that!

    I enjoyed your responses to the Hodge Podge questions and hope you’re having a lovely week.



  6. So kind of you to help with the neighbor boy learning to get help. The trifle looks so delicious and refreshing. Addy’s many expressions are so sweet.

  7. Addy is precious! Glad you get to see her soon. Super parenting advice as well. It’s been a while since I did a pot luck. It seems like the only time I go to them are for church events.

  8. Good answers to the hodge podge questions – especially the water one. That one would have stumped me. So glad that worried expression will soon be gone from Addy’s face when she’s with you again soon.

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