What About You Hodgpodge

1.  What’s something blogging has taught you about yourself?

I’m social and I like to meet new people and see and experience new things. Blogging has opened up a whole new world to me with a walking buddy while I was living in Southern California (Willow’s Cottage), tour guides on trips to Canada (Pondside), outings with blogging friends to museums in California (Willows Cottage and Sara), a meet up and shopping trips with a blogging friend from Orange County who is no longer blogging, a meal with another blogging friend in the Sacramento area (Scrabblequeen) Lunch in Kansas with another blogging friend who is no longer blogging. The most amazing impact on my life that came to me through blogging is my association with the Mennonite Girls Can Cook. These nine women have enriched my life in more ways then I can count. I’m so thankful to God for them and the lives they lead in service to others and all the dear friends I’ve met in person or enjoyed by visiting their blogs. I’m ready and willing to meet any more of you who travel to my part of the world.

2.  Leftovers…are you in the ‘reheat and eat’ camp or the ‘put them in the fridge until they spoil and then toss them’ camp? What’s your favorite thing to have leftover? What can you not abide as a leftover?

Both. I like small amounts of leftovers but I get tired of some things that linger in the fridge. I really enjoy Stroganoff and tuna noodle as leftovers. Soggy salads aren’t my cup of tea.

3. ‘Me time’…your thoughts?

At this stage of life I have plenty of “Me Time”. When my children were living under our roof “me time” was a rare commodity. I don’t think it’s too healthy to think too much about ME. There are seasons of life where we have more time for self and seasons with less time for self.

4. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?

Emotional support.

5. If your childhood had a smell what would it be? Tell us why.

 Cabbage as in Borsch. Marinated lamb cooking on the barbecue. Lots of rice.  Sour cream as a side dish. Blintzes swimming in butter and half and half. Good fresh bread. In other words heritage food was the smell of my childhood. My mother’s and father’s love language was providing good eats for their family and others. We would probably be considered poor growing up but one thing we never lacked was tasty food.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Yippee, Yahoo, our countertops are being installed this morning, one week late! Better late then never! In the meantime I’ve accomplished some organizing and thinning out of stuff at this old house with the anticipation of moving next June! No Christmas decorating at this old house yet till we clean up the mess from the new countertops going in. Next week sounds like a good week to get a tree and start decorating.

Thank you to Joyce From This Side of the Pond for asking the questions!

14 thoughts on “What About You Hodgpodge

  1. How marvelous to get to meet and enjoy being with blogging friends.. I did that once.. a blog friend was enrolling her daughter at Liberty University and was passing through so we met for lunch! it was so delightful!!!

  2. Wonderful, about the countertops! What a treat! and guess what – I’d never eaten borsch until about a year ago. And never have eaten blintzes or lamb. Wow, I guess I grew up in a different neighborhood! We ate mostly beef, corn, potatoes, and green beans. But I’d sure love to try the foods you mentioned. Have a wonderful day, Ellen. xo

  3. I will be decorating next week as well. First I have to clean up my parents house that was sold and there is still lots of stuff to clear out there. I agree with your answer to nr. 1. So many blogging friends, it’s such a blessing. I hope to meet a few at least once in my lifetime.

  4. I’ve not met many bloggers in person, but it is a treat when it happens. Since you have been a part of my blogging experience for some time I like learning a bit more about you.

  5. Oh I’m so glad your countertops are going in!!!! Ellen, I am so grateful that you became one of those amazing 10 MGCC gals and that I got to meet you personally because of that! You are such a faithful blogger and your comments are always so uplifting and valued on my wee blog! Enjoy your new kitchen. We are on the same page as far as thinning things out – many boxes marked “M.C.C. Thrift Store”, are being packed over here too. It’s time and actually quite liberating so far.

  6. Always fun to learn a bit more about you, Ellen! Comfort foods are always special, especially those childhood favorites. My Mom made the most wonderful stuffed peppers. I’ve never been able to replicate them. Glad your counters are going in – trying to negotiate home improvements and still function is a difficult maneuver. Yes, emotional support is the best gift you can give someone, I think! xx Karen

  7. Hello, it is great you were about to meet so many of your blogging friends. I am glad your countertops are finally going to be done. It will be nice to start decorating too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  8. What a treat to have met so many blog friends, including the MGCC ladies! So many adventures you’ve had!

    Haha! I love leftovers too . . . but I’ve also had a few “science experiments” in my fridge. 😉

    The kitchen project. The end is in sight! It’s going to be great!

  9. I love your answer for #1. Blogging has really enriched your life. I like your me time! You definitely made me hungry with your smells from childhood. That is great news on your countertops.

  10. Your childhood food memories sound fabulous and so delicious – smells and tastes are such a great memory prompt. I’m really pleased your counters are in and now you can start thinking about Christmas.

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