Use It or Lose It Hodgepodge

I’m combining Wednesday Hodgepodge with the A to Z Challenge for the letter S today. Strength, Survivor and Sinner are enough S’s to qualify. Sigh and snicker…

1. What’s something you resolved to do this year? Have you done it?

My motto for the the next few years is “Use It” or “Use It Up”. Ribbons, paper, stationary, stickers, paper napkins, paper plates, etc. etc. Instead of stashing these things away and forgetting about them I want to use them. If I have no intentions on using aforesaid items then I want to give them away.

2. Where do you go to find quietude?

The place that I go for my quiet time activities is our office at our big oak desk that sits in front of our bookshelves. I like being surrounded by the books we love. Bible reading in the Old Testament, a chapter in Proverbs, and finishing up in the New Testament. Then I move on to books written by authors I trust like Spurgeon or MacArthur or Sproul or some of the Puritans to dive deeper into understanding Bible truths. One thing I want to improve on is being more faithful in prayer.

3. A friend asked this question on her Facebook page and said I could borrow it for the Hodgepodge…you’re only allowed to buy 5 things at the grocery store, and all must start with the first letter of your first name. Whatcha’ buying?

I was surprised to find a lot of things that start with the letter E.

  1. Eggs
  2. Enchiladas
  3. Elderflower Cordial
  4. English muffins
  5. Eclair

4. The television show Survivor, the Gloria Gaynor song ‘I Will Survive’, survival mode, survival of the fittest…pick one and discuss.

Survivor, the television show. It has been a show I’ve watched since the beginning. That’s a lot of seasons. I am fascinated by how the human race interacts in this setting. I’d love to reference this show to that professor of mine that wanted us to write a paper on how all humans are inherently good. Haha…no, Mr. So and So, all humans are not good but they are sinners in need of a Savior and I’m one of the chief sinners. So thankful that God provided a way out! I also know I’d never survive on that show. If I ever made it to the island I’d probably be voted off first thing if I didn’t collapse and have to be medivaced out of there!! To other Survivor fans…wasn’t last week’s show one that was so emotional and amazing to see all those children that they flew in!? I was in tears and a little concerned on the welfare of those kids having to leave their parents behind…

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about strength.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This little guy turned 1 last week and we had fun with a lumber jack photo shoot. I will be posting 1,000 photos as soon as I can upload them all. We had his social distancing party last Thursday and then when the weather warmed up on Sunday we managed a social distancing photo shoot. You have been forewarned.

Thank you to Joyce for coming up with the questions and to all who read my answers! Click here to read more Hodgepodge answers.

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.

16 thoughts on “Use It or Lose It Hodgepodge

  1. Oh I love your desk and book shelves! My husband says I have too many books but it’s impossible because you can never have too many! Cute little lumberjack you have there!

  2. Hello Ellen, your Lumberjack family photos are so cute. I have been a fan of the show Survivor too, I’ve watched since it started. I would do well just having the eggs and english muffins.. Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead.

  3. Love those Lumberjack familky photos … lIke something out of a magazine! I’ve never watched Survivor, but your narrative has piqued my curiosity.

  4. Your quiet place looks so cozy! I love bookcases! Now I have English Muffins on my grocery list…haha…thank you! Thank you for the Scripture!

  5. Birthday blessings to your little lumber jack, Ellen, what a beautiful family! I hope you get to give them lots of hugs and kisses real soon, being separated from our loved ones has been so difficult.
    Your quiet place is perfect, I also like your choice of authors
    ! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I love your motto too! I have way too much “stuff” stored away and never use or even remember I have it – ugh! I love your office space. Those pictures of JJ and his woodsy family are real keepsakes! Hugs …

  7. Ellen – isn’t it amazing what you find when you start looking through a drawer or a cupboard, especially at the bottom or the back? So many times my husband and I have said – so THAT’S where that was – that item that we now have two of because we couldn’t find the first one! The lumberjack photo shoot is adorable – 1,000 photos? Oh my. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. A fun hodgepodge! What sweetness in those lumberjack outfits. Great idea for a photo shoot. Using up craft and sewing supplies is in my mind, too.

  9. I enjoyed reading your answers and learning more about you. Love the photos of your cute little guy and his family and the lumberjack duds…adorable! Have a blessed weekend!

    On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 12:07 AM The Happy Wonderer ~ ellen b. wrote:

    > Ellen posted: ” 1. What’s something you resolved to do this year? Have you > done it? My motto for the the next few years is “Use It” or “Use It Up”. > Ribbons, paper, stationary, stickers, paper napkins, paper plates, etc. > etc. Instead of stashing these things away a” >

  10. Oh man, those little things are terrible and we have been plagued by them since we moved into the RV…we have killed hundreds (maybe thousands) of them. Was hoping they would leave when the weather became warmer…so far, not so much! Thank you so much for your prayers! Have a blessed weekend!

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