Older than Hodgepodge


It’s time for Wednesday Hodgepodge and Jo has come up with new questions for us to ponder and answer.

1. What’s one thing you learned at the ripe old age or whatever age you are now?

Not everyone who calls themselves Christian is a true believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2. I read here a list of foods that can help you look younger-

extra virgin olive oil, green tea, fatty fish, dark chocolate, vegetables, flaxseeds, pomegranates, avocados, tomatoes, spices, bone broth

How many of the foods listed have you tried?

I’ve tried all on the list and now I avoid all green tea because it does not have a good effect on my digestive system, weird. Flaxseed only in certain breads by accident. 🙂

How many do you eat regularly?

Most regularly would be avocados, tomatoes, spices, vegetables and dark chocolate.

Your favorite from the list?

Avocado on toast, in an omelette, in a burrito, in a salad, BLTA, guacamole and chips and avocado mango salsa.

3. Something you miss from the ‘good old days’?

Traveling without security lines and other restrictions. The good old days when we could walk right up to the gate and welcome someone home or have someone walk right up to the gate and say their goodbyes.  Freedom to move about freely without thinking about my safety or of being blown up.

When were the good old days anyway?

Right now I’m thinking the good old days were before COVID-19. I’m missing the abundance of choices for restaurants and the shopping with ease (no masks required). The days that we could plan a trip to Great Britain and enjoy moving about the country with no restrictions.

But…I think in every stage of life we experience good days and not such good days.

4. What are two or three of the most rewarding things to be found in growing older?

Being older afforded us the joy of grandchildren and that is a wonderful reward.

Being older and retired gives us more freedom in our days. Hectic schedules are few and far between.

5. What’s your favorite part of your life right now?

Good relationships with our adult children and our grandchildren and that our children all get along without us, too!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We along with much of the West Coast have experienced oppressive smokey skies that have brought activity to a standstill. We are looking forward to some winds from the North instead of the South and some rain later this week in hopes that the skies clear.

Our front yard looking north. The left is from August 31st and the right is on September 12th.

On Tuesday things were looking better…

Praying for our Firefighters and First Responders and for those who have lost their homes. Also praying for the two police detectives ambushed and shot in the face in the L.A. area on Saturday.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

23 thoughts on “Older than Hodgepodge

  1. I appreciate the verse you started with on your post.

    I did not like avocados when I was younger but now I love them. I like to have them with salads or tacos.

    Praying for the fires and the fire fighters.

  2. In agreement with everything you’ve said except for the food choices. Ha! I am so sorry about the way those fires, set by arsonists, are affecting everyone for miles and miles around. Praying for gentle rains and gentle winds from the north.

  3. Hi,
    I love how you answered # 5!
    I can not drink green tea. My sister loves it, but it does the same to me as you.
    My husband told me the story about the LA police officers. My heart continues to break for this nation of ours.
    Praying! Praying! Praying!

  4. Yes, avocados are pretty darn good. Great point on the traveling. Yes, definitely grandchildren!!! We still are not seeing blue skies but it’s getting better. Take care.

  5. Ellen – there are days (and it seems that they come more and more often), that I ask myself “how do people go on without belief in Jesus?” There is so much craziness in the world, I am grateful to have a solid foundation and to know that this is not my home ….

    I think my Mom has eaten all of those foods for years, with the possible exception of pomegranates. 91 and counting!

    We are also experiencing quite a bit of smoke and it is diminishing. The rain on Saturday should make a big difference, but then I hear the wind will change and just bring the smoke from another direction!

    I saw your comment about visiting Lake Five. If you do make that trip, my husband and I would love to meet you and Dear in person. Let’s stay in touch about that!

  6. I always enjoy reading these hodgepodge answers you give Ellen. So sad to see the smokey skies. Praying that this will soon clear and that the fires stop. We are even seeing the effects on the atmosphere as far away as Ontario! Stay well and safe …

  7. Smoky skies here in Washington as well. Air quality today is better but still unhealthy for sensitive groups. Your #3 really touched me – I remember the days when we could go right to the gate to meet someone flying in from far away. My Mum and I used to hang out at the airport while we waited for my Dad who worked close by. We would have a snack and watch the planes take off and land. You can’t get close enough like that anymore.

  8. You’re a true SoCal girl with your avocados. (I think that’s one reason I got kicked out of CA–I can’t eat the avocados anymore).
    Yes, praying for the firefighters and the two police officers.
    I hope your rain falls and your smoke dissipates.

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