Time to Party Hodgepodge

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It’s Wednesday so it’s time to answer the Hodgepodge questions from our gracious hostess Jo From This Side of the Pond

1. What advice would you give yourself as we begin this new year?

I’ll borrow this paragraph from our Christmas letter and say continue doing this!

“We are digging deep in our Bibles and some trusted commentaries, soaking up the Truth of the Gospel and asking God to increase our faith and our love for God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son who is our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter. We don’t want the ‘oil in our lamps’ to be nonexistent when the “Bridegroom” returns.

2. If you could throw a themed party for yourself what would the theme be?

Oh how I love a themed party! I’ll choose a British Pub Party with all the trimmings and don’t forget the bunting!

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Way back in November of 2013 we put on a British Pub dinner party as a thank you to our friends who let us use their parents home in Cornwall for a few nights on our trip to England in September of 2013. We traveled with our son Josh and DIL Laura.  It was so much fun to try to turn our home into a British Pub. We called it The Three Birds Pub and I added the link to my post if you’d like to see our old house converted to a pub.

3. Tell us where you were and something about what life was like when you were 20- 21.

I was living in my parents’ home in La Mirada, California. I was commuting to college at Cal-State L.A. completing my degree in Home Economics with a fifth year program of student teaching to earn my Elementary (K-8) Teaching credential. I was working part-time for Montgomery Ward at their appliance servicing center. In late Spring of 1972 when I was 21, I met Dear who was part of a Christian Band that my best friend auditioned for. The band toured England that summer. When they returned they needed to replace an alto and I auditioned for the group and became part of the band. Something sparked between Dear and me and we went on our first of many dates in October of 1972.

4. What’s on the menu at your house this week?

What menu? We fly by the seat of our pants.  It might be high time I planned for a week. I know that part of our meal on Tuesday will be artichokes and a Caesar salad with leftover chicken. On Wednesday I think I’ll pick up a couple curry dishes from ‘Thai to Go’ since I’ll be in town for a portion of the day. Red Curry for Dear and Yellow Curry for me. We do have a birthday dinner party planned for Sunday evening in honor of Dan and Jamie who both have birthdays soon. I’ll let them choose the entre they would like.

5. What should you do more of this year?


Less of?

Wasting time…

6. Insert your own random thought here.

21 and in love…

Thank you Lord for creating us as man and woman and loving us and sustaining our love all these years!

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.

30 thoughts on “Time to Party Hodgepodge

  1. Hello Ellen,

    The pub style party sounds like fun. I remember taking a pub tour during my 1985 trip to England.
    Walking is more what I say every year. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy week ahead.

    • First choice; any of the John MacArthur Commentaries, easier to read than some and thorough. For an example of thoroughness the Gospel of John is two volumes, Luke is 4 volumes, Matthew is 4, Revelation 2 volumes. He’ll also quote other commentaries that he uses. Hendriksen’s commentary on Romans. We have Matthew Henry’s 4 volume Old Testament Commentary but haven’t really gotten into those yet. We have Ironside’s commentary on Isaiah. Hope you find that helpful.

  2. Your answers are always so interesting Ellen! I too love themed parties. Often they are sparked by recent travel (i.e. Mexico, Spain, Italy). I sometimes chose something while travelling that would work for a theme party (such as a tablecloth or music). Your British pub party looks amazing – can’t wait till we can travel to the UK.

    • Lisa, Yorkshire pudding is like a fry bread that’s not fried. Hard to describe but it goes well with meat and a’jus. It’s not what Americans think of pudding but more like a Dutch baby but breadier.

  3. Hi Ellen, I LOVE the idea of a British pub party! The pubs were one of my favorite parts of my visit to England. 🙂 I like your answers to the Hodge Podge questions; I agree that we will need to cling to our faith now more than ever in the coming days. Thanks so much for all your visits over the past year — I really appreciate you!! Have a good week, my friend!



  4. Wasting time is the phrase I was looking for. Grab a green curry for me please! Thai food is some of my favorite. Your pub party looks like fun. I am a big fan of sticky toffee pudding. Happy new year!

    • Jo, Thai is one spot we have in our little country town that is very authentic with a dear little Thai lady cook and her very tall all American husband who expedites the orders. Come on over and I’ll make you a Sticky Toffee Pudding!

  5. I think I like the British pub idea even better than an English tea.
    I love your story about how you and Dear met.
    This year, The Professor and I are reading through the chronological Bible. I can guarantee that he will be pulling out a few commentaries along the way.
    Have a good week ahead!

    • Setting up our British Pub was so much fun. I’ve enjoyed reading through the chronological Bible. Commentaries are more appreciated these days, too.

  6. Ellen – if you throw another pub party, please invite us! My hubby is missing the bar scene, and even more the pub scene back “home”! I chuckled when you mentioned Montgomery Ward, but it was a wry chuckle – do they exist any more? What a gorgeous photo of young love!!!

  7. What a great picture of the two of you! Loved your hodgepodge, the English Pub theme sounds like so much fun. Have you had a Ploughman’s Lunch? Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Pamela, yes, the Ploughman’s lunch was a favorite of mine when I was on a very tight budget in England the summer of 1973. And a pint of cider went very well with it. 🙂

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