She’s Baaack~ Wednesday Hodgepodge

Thank you Joyce for bringing Hodgepodge back!

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It’s kind of fun to be back, isn’t it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that’s happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don’t know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

Has it really been that long!? Well I will start with September of 2018. The major thing that happened on September 11, 2018 was becoming owners of our country bungalow and moving from the big city to the wide open country. We used a container company to move most of our stuff (3 containers full) and we hauled other things across the mountains in our vehicles and a trailer. 

So thankful for our helpers! We couldn’t have done it without them!

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on…COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn’t create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won’t only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out
This has changed just in the last week. Two weeks ago we were at #3. Today we are at #4. 
Granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party was cancelled this past weekend and our Coast kids were supposed to be on this side of the mountains for the party, etc. but they stayed home so the guest rooms are still clean and ready for them for whenever we are all free to be around each other again. Dear and I are in the “at risk” age group so our kids are feeling the responsibility of keeping us as safe as possible. Missing my hugs with our three year old granddaughter and almost one year old grandson! That’s the hardest thing.

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it’s all said and done? What’s something delcious you’ve cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?

We are really missing our regular visits to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Mexican food is my comfort food.

The most delicious thing was the corned beef and cabbage we had a week ago on St. Patrick’s day. Dear made the whole meal on the Traeger. The next night we used the leftover corned beef to make a grilled Reuben. Corned beef with sauerkraut, thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese on rye bread grilled on the stove top…perfection! I should have taken a photo. 

4. What’s a television show or movie you’ve seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

We so enjoy British Murder Mysteries. We have access to Brit Box, Amazon Prime, and Acorn besides Netflix. The only problem is that we live in the country and all of our services come via satellite so streaming is sketchy a lot of the time. There are some days that we cannot stream any of these shows because of broadband issues. But here’s what we like.

Vera, Endeavour, Father Brown, Midsomer Murders, Shetland, Morse, Detective Lewis, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness, The Crown, Great British Baking Show, to name a few. We are waiting for our Broadband to get better so we can watch The English Game on Netflix.

5. Share something funny you’ve seen or heard this week.

There are so many creative memes/Gifs showing up on Facebook that have been hilarious and have made me laugh.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This is one of my prayers for this time we are in:

 Lord, make us strong and courageous like Joshua and obedient and faithful like Daniel. Help us not to fear and keep us from being paralyzed by anxiety. Help us to always look to the rock of our faith, Jesus, who suffered the cross on our behalf and lives to intercede for us. Continue to draw and save people for your kingdom. May they know they are lost and need you today. Help them not to wait but to respond to your call to be saved. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Thank you again Joyce for reviving the Hodgepodge. Click on Hodgepodge to see more posts! I’ll add the direct link on Wednesday.

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.

18 thoughts on “She’s Baaack~ Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. Its so nice to see you here. I’m glad you’re enjoying your new home. I feel your grandparenting at a distance pain, and am so thankful for technology. I love the British programs too. My daughter and I are currently watching old seasons of The Great British Bakeoff which we really enjoy. We like it much more than the US version of the same program. Stay well!

  2. Hi Ellen! Thanks for visiting my blog this morning. I have to tell you that I REALLY miss Mexican food as well. Most of our restaurants are doing take out or curbside, so I may just have to put in an order! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Those Reubens sound amazing! You mentioned (in your comment on my blog) looking for the chicken divan recipe. I will be glad to share it … I didn’t get it from Taste of Home but the photo looked enough like what I made (from a cookbook) that I used it.

    The prayer at the end is beautiful. I pray that the people of our country will truly awaken to their great spiritual need at this time. And I am praying for our leaders every day. They need wisdom that only God can give.

  4. OH WOW – LOVELY new home! Congrats – and I spy a few very cute little helpers. Sorry you are missing birthdays – but we’ll make all that up one day! 🙂 God willing.
    ALSO, love your list of British shows – I want to start on Vera next … I am contemplating a trial of Britbox?!?!?!!

    Also, thank you for your prayer at the end of the post.
    AND thanks for visiting my blog as well.

  5. Well congrats on that move. We were trying to move but now we’re at #4 as in locked down, everything is on hold. Yes missing the Grandkids is really hard. Love your list of our UK shows. I watch most of those but I also enjoy quite a few US shows too. Thanks for the humour – we need it right now. Stay well.

  6. I have enjoyed you taking me along on your journey of your new home and seeing those beautiful grandchildren grow and flourish, also seeing how much you enjoy being a grandparent, as i do, dear Ellen.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer, so touching.

  7. Your new place in the country is beautiful and it looks like your moving crew made a tough job lots of fun!
    I’m sure with you on missing those hugs from the grandkids. Our two youngest live next door, but we’re trying to keep contact to a minimum for their sake and ours.
    Stay safe and healthy!

  8. Ellen – hurray for Hodgepodge! I think we are going to need all the distractions we can get! We are not in the at-risk group, but I strongly believe that it takes all of us to ensure that we flatten the curve. We are at Level 4 for that reason. Hubby will need to go to the store/pick up at curbside on Monday, and he is not looking forward to it! Your prayer at the end is spot on. Keep the faith and stay healthy!

  9. Oh my goodness, all that good-sounding food’s got my stomach growling. Living in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona, Mexican food used to be my favorite. Unfortunately, the folks here in Alabama never got the memo. (LOL) Loved that ‘home-schooling’ meme. I hadn’t seen that one before.

  10. It’s been a year and a 1/2 since you moved? I thought I read about it on your blog but It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago. I was born and raised in San Diego (Chuck was born near LA and grew up in San Diego) so we both LOVE Mexican food! In fact we had it for dinner last night, we make nachos: ground beef or turkey, refried beans, grated cheese, sour cream, diced tomatoes, black olives… it really is a full meal! We just make small piles of it on our plates and then use chips to dip it. We also buy flour tortillas and make burritos with the leftovers. Very simple but oh so good!

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