There She Goes Hodgepodge

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? My maternal grandfather died in Persia before my babushka immigrated to the U.S.A. I was closer to my little maternal babushka. We visited my paternal grandparents regularly and honored them but never were as close to them as to my little babushka.

Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

Me and my little babushka on my wedding day. She was a believer and prayed for me all her days and tried to teach me to embroider. She embroidered with one hand because she lost one hand up to her elbow when she was young.

My paternal grandparents loved us as they could. We enjoyed a Russian Banya (Steam bath/sauna) at their home regularly growing up.

2. What’s an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

I have not one item from my childhood that I’m attached to, in fact I have not one item from my childhood.

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

Out my current windows I see trees but no forest. I see houses no big views.

4. Do you like sour candies?
I enjoy Mike and Ikes.
Which of the ‘sour’ foods listed below would you say is your favorite?
grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats
limes
Have you ever eaten a kumquat?
Yes, I have. Growing up in Southern California our relatives had kumquat trees and we’d enjoy them fresh off the tree. It’s fun getting past the sour skin to the inner sweetness.

What’s your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?
I like the effect and taste that limes add to pica de gallo and I enjoy lime in my gin and tonics.

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it’s going so far.

Becoming grandparents and watching our granddaughter grow makes 2017 a stand out year.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Summer is great but it’s not my favorite season.

Linking up to Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond. Joyce asks the questions and we answer them.

15 thoughts on “There She Goes Hodgepodge

  1. Nothing wrong with this post! Your year has been a good one with little Addy’s arrival. She’s going to keep you young you know…

  2. This is a lovely post and love that beautiful word ‘Babushka’. You have a lovely family and I enjoy reading this today. Loved all the photos! Thank you Ellen 🙂

  3. Such a sweet wedding photo…what a treasure! And your little grandgirl is adorable! I know you’re enjoying her. Babies make the world a happier place.

  4. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers, Ellen. It helps me to know you better. And I would say that sweet Addy making her appearance would be the highlight of any year! 🙂

  5. you may not have physical ‘items’ from your childhood, but you’ve kept wonderful memories alive (and you have pictures)! Thanks for sharing them ….they are wonderful. And thanks for the happy current grandparent pictures …. and the charming one who gave them that title!

  6. My feelings about summer are similar to yours. However, we are in the midst of another heat wave right now (which is expected to get worse before it abates), so I might not be able to say “Summer is great” with as much gusto.

    Key lime pie would be on my list of sour favorites.

    It is no surprise that little Addy’s coming has brightened your 2017!

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