Goodbye Hello Hodgepodge

Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Autumn!

1. What’s something you’d rate a 10/10? Tell us why.

First and foremost being redeemed by Jesus is always something that is a 10/10 because I’m at peace with God and enjoy all His benefits. But here’s another little something that rates 10/10 these days.

Being a grandparent rates a 10/10 for me. We’ve only been grandparents for 6 months now but it has been delightful in so many ways. It’s fun to see our children step up in new roles surrounding this little one. So many new things to experience while watching her grow in the first year of life.

2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?

I do not think I’d be a good manager. I’m just tempted to do things myself instead of telling people what to do.

3. When did you last take a fall?

Thankfully it’s been a while since I’ve fallen. My last significant fall landed me in the ER for several hours. I met a few rainy, slimey cement stairs with my face and had to have x-rays and be put on an antibiotic because of the significant cut on my nose. It was not a pretty sight, for a very long time.

What’s something you’re falling for (in a good way) these days?

Having Dear (my husband) around all the time. Now if he could be around and get a paycheck, too, that would be grand!

4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America’s best fall festivals-
National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed?
  No

Which one appeals to you most?

I think I would really enjoy visiting Maine so I’ll pick Harvest on the Water in Portland, Maine.

Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?

Seattle and some neighboring cities have some (Sausage Festival, Octoberfest, Autumn Leaves) but my hometown does not have any. These days I’m not a fan of navigating through crowds of people so I won’t be making a point to attend. I might take an Autumn drive to see some changing of the leaves.

5. What is your goodbye message to summer?

Adios smoky dry summer! Come back next year with less dryness and no forest fires, please. The air quality was so bad in Addy’s hometown that she had to stay indoors for a significant amount of time lately. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Our grandparenting skills will be put to the test this Saturday as our kids have their first evening out planned since Addy was born. They are flying in Thursday evening (Addy’s first airplane ride) and will join good friends for a concert in Seattle on Saturday evening. Addy will have a couple days to get used to seeing us again before she gets left alone with us. We get to put her down for the night. Here’s hoping she won’t refuse a bottle. She’s not a fan of bottles. Mommy is best. But…we have a saying in Russian that loosely translated says “by the time she gets married this will have healed”. She and we will survive whatever may come.

A big thank you to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for the Wednesday Hodgepodge questions.

14 thoughts on “Goodbye Hello Hodgepodge

  1. Oh, just look at those little arms wrapped around your neck! Is there anything better? Yes, I am in agreement over saying goodbye to this dry, smoky summer! Have fun with that precious little bundle this weekend! xx K

  2. Dear Ellen, you should see me smiling at this post, Miss Addy’s expression certainly tells how she feels about being inside, and that photo of you and her is priceless! You are going to have so much fun this weekend, I am so jealous (in a good way). ~smile~Your first answer is mine as well!
    Blessings,
    Sue

  3. Another wonderful hodgepodge. That picture of you snuggling Addy is so precious! I love reading your answers and always learning new things about you. Enjoy your overnight with your sweet pea! You can always catch up with your sleep later :).

  4. I knew what you’d choose for a 10 out of 10. 🤗That fall sounded perfectly nasty… You will be naturals with Addy on Saturday night. I am sure that her parents will help by not making a big production out of their leaving as my son used to do with his boys. Good heavens! It was sabotage…

  5. i know you will have fun with Addy — I’m happy for you two, for her, and for her parents who get to take a worry-free outing~ (well, of course, I’m kidding — they will worry the first time — but certainly much less than they would if it were anyone else watching sweet Addy.) …. I’m with you on the good bye dry smoky summer. No complaining about the rain this year that’s for sure!

  6. I love both of your answers for #1. I hope to experience the grandparent thing one of these days! I know that since I feel last year and since my knee replacement I am extremely careful on taking a simple walk. Our daughter lives in Great Falls, MT and has been having a great deal of smoke. It is so sad. Hope your babysitting went well!!

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