No Secrets Hodgepodge

What secrets lie behind that door?

1. The Hodgepodge lands this year on National Secret Keeping Day…on a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being I’m a blabbermouth and 10 being I’m a vault) how good are you at keeping secrets?

I’m going to say 8.

I can keep secrets but I will not listen to secrets people want me to keep from my husband except for surprises for him. 

There are secrets that are more detrimental than helpful. The truth is easier to deal with than secrets has been my mantra for years. I can deal with the truth but the imagination is hard to deal with. 

I read here nine jobs for people who can keep a secret-cybersecurity worker, executive assistant, housekeeper, lawyer, nuclear plant technician, physician, private investigator, psychologist, security guard  Of the jobs listed, which one most interests you and why?

I could be an executive assistant and I have been a housekeeper. The houses I cleaned never needed secret keeping. I did get called on occasion wondering if I saw the remotes or other things the homeowners found missing. I also found things in the cushions that they were missing. Sometimes I think I could have been a good detective…

2. What’s the secret of life (or one of them anyway)?

The Bible has the best prescriptions for life and they aren’t a secret. 

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 

Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. 

Today counts for eternity and life continues into eternity. Where will you spend it? There are only two choices heaven with God or Hell without Him. And the great news is you can start spending life with God right now. I pray He is calling you to live life with Him through the life and sacrifice that Jesus made for us. 

3. Off the record, best-kept secret, a fly on the wall, top secret, my lips are sealed, secret shopper, as quiet as a mouse, poker face, spill the beans, open secret, bite your tongue…which secret idiom can you best relate to right now? Explain.

Bite your tongue is the one I’ll choose. Don’t answer a fool according to his folly…

4. Spill here the secret ingredient in one of your favorite recipes?

This is a story about my dear mother. She had lots of great recipes that she had in her head not on paper. Our sister Vera worked hard getting those recipes recorded for all of us. Once when our mom visited us at our home in Kenmore she decided to make a large pot of her Borsch. When I was watching her she added something that was not in the recipe, a cube of butter. Maybe that was her secret. I don’t think I have any secret ingredients although sometimes I’ll add a little sugar to some sauces that I don’t publicize.

5. My mama celebrates a big birthday tomorrow. Share a favorite quote, song lyric, saying, or verse of scripture that will add some sunshine to her day (ours too!)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

A very happy birthday to your dear mom!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Today July 8th is Dear’s only brother’s birthday and Terry is his only sibling. Dear is younger by 4 years. I made this collage to show the resemblance of each of the boys to their parents. I think Terry resembles my mother in law and that Dear resembles my father in law. Rex died in 1985 before our Katie was born and Verna died in 1997. Verna was very close to our daughter Katie. Dear’s brother’s family is living in North Carolina these days. The photo of Terry and my Dear was taken at my mother’s funeral in 2013.

Thank you to Joyce for asking the questions! Click here to see more 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.

13 thoughts on “No Secrets Hodgepodge

  1. Hello,

    I have never heard of National Secret keeping day.. I do not know any secrets and I probably would not be good at keeping secrets. Happy Birthday to your BIL! Have a great day!

  2. Obviously, I am not good at figuring out who looks like whom because I called it the exact opposite way. You, knowing them, are the expert!

    The secrets of butter and sugar are two of my mother’s secrets as well. If something does not taste quite as hers used to, my sis and I have decided it’s one or the other or both.

    That is a wonderful scripture you shared.


  3. Loved your post, Ellen! I so agree with the Scripture you shared and that the Bible prescriptions for life are not a secret. So thankful for that.

    Loved the story about your mother’s secret ingredient.

  4. Yes, I can certainly see the resemblance! Love that rock fireplace! Would you consider sharing that Borscht recipe? I’ve no idea why,, but lately I was remembering my former hubby’s delight when he’d spot it on a restaurant menu. I always refused to taste it, but now I’ve toyed with the idea of making some.

  5. I’m going to print out all the birthday wishes for my mom and share them with her. She will love the verse you posted. I think cooks from previous generations cooked more from ‘feel’ than we do now. Hope you have a great week!

  6. I think secret recipes are a funny thing. I’m always a bit surprised when someone says that, but I am actually not sure anyone has ever withheld a recipe from me. Ha ha ha! Aren’t you so glad that Vera recorded your mama’s recipes! How wonderful!

  7. Ellen – I also don’t like secrets – it is too hard to remember what I am supposed to be keeping secret! Thanks for the reference to 2 Corinthians 4: 16 – 18. I think it could be helpful to my Mom! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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