To Be Or Not to Be Hodgepodge

Alton to Cotswolds 084This is Shakespeare’s birthplace right in the middle of town on Henley Street in Stratford Upon Avon. This photo was taken in September of 2013.

It’s time for another Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce From This Side of the Pond!

1. It’s March 15th and as the saying goes-“Beware the Ides of March”. Have you read or studied much Shakespeare? Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play? How do you feel about a Caesar salad? 

I’m aware of that term. Haven’t read much or studied much of Shakespeare and don’t really have a favorite play. We all know about Romeo and Juliet, don’t we? In the early 70’s before Dear and I were married we attended a Shakespeare play in Stratford Upon Avon with our singing group. King John was the name of the play. We really weren’t impressed with the performances.

The ominous warning, “Beware the Ides of March,” originated with the Roman ruler, Julius Caesar, who was assassinated on the Ides of March – March 15, 44 B.C. If you’ve heard the ominous warning, then it’s most likely due to William Shakespeare and his play, Julius Caesar.

The warning itself was made famous in Shakespeare’s play on Julius Caesar, when an unidentified soothsayer tells Caesar, who is on his way to the Senate (and his death), “Beware the ides of March.” Caesar replies, “He is a dreamer; let us leave him. Pass.”

2. Have you ever been to Rome? If so what do you love about the city? If not, any desire to go?

Haven’t been to Rome. I have been to Italy once with Dear on a Business Trip to Milan. I’m sure there are places in Rome I would be impressed with and love but I do not have a desire to travel to Italy again.

3. What’s your favorite place to ‘roam’? 

My, our favorite place to roam is anywhere in Great Britain. I’m a comfort traveler so I appreciate being able to communicate with the locals and for the most part understand what they are saying.

4. Do you like pizza? Thick or thin crust? Red sauce-white sauce-other? Your favorite toppings? How do you feel about pineapple on a pizza? 

We do like pizza, thick or thin but mostly thick and usually read sauce. We enjoy sausage, bell pepper, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms. We do not do pineapple on pizza…ever.

5.  ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’…tell us how this expression applies to something in your home-life-job currently (or recently)? 

The latest ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ project at our country bungalow is a redo of our master shower stall. It’s taken weeks just to come up with a plan. It will take more weeks to first decide on the pan and then the tile. Right now the glass doors came off and we are living with a curtain. We do not plan to put glass doors on the finished product because of our well water deposits that are impossible to clean.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

This beautiful bouquet of flowers was on the porch on Monday from our oldest and his lovely bride. We returned home from celebrating an overnight in Spokane and Idaho for my 71st birthday. We enjoyed Indian food, 2 lamb dishes, jasmine rice and naan at India House in Post Falls on Sunday. We spent the night in Spokane Valley and on Monday, my birthday, we shopped at all the places we don’t have in Colville. On the way back home on Monday we stopped for Mexican at our favorite spot and Hector treated us well as usual with a very small bill left at our table.

Four more days until our oldest and only granddaughter turns 5. Celebration plans are afoot!

Addy and JJ are holding a bag of Brussels Sprouts. Our DIL told Addy she could pick any vegetable she wanted in the produce section of the store and her choice was Brussels Sprouts! Well done Mommy and Addy!

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.

15 thoughts on “To Be Or Not to Be Hodgepodge

  1. Another great hodgepodge, and always enjoy those sweet family photos 🙂 The last time I was in Stratford-on-Avon was with my mother and sister, so many years ago.

  2. The discussion of Shakespeare brings memories of our Shakespeare Reading Days that we hosted for homeschoolers for a number of years. It really took the mystery out of Shakespeare to be able to read it aloud with a group of your friends. We had so much fun!

    Love Addy’s choice of veggies! Those are some of my favorites too!

    Happy (belated) birthday to you! Sounds like a fine celebration!

  3. Those smiles in the last photo, oh I just love it.

    Happy Birthday Fun!
    We have March, April and May birthday’s coming our way. 🙂

  4. Yes, happy belated birthday! Looks like you were celebrated well and those flowers are absolutely gorgeous!!

    Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables, too. Good choice, Addy!

  5. Happy birthday! I’d love some Indian food right about now. We have to go into a nearby city to get ‘authentic’ so it doesn’t happen too often. I make a few dishes at home, but it’s not quite the same. We used to get a ‘curry’ about once a week when we lived in the UK. So popular there! Enjoy your week!

  6. Happy belated birthday, Ellen, and happy 5th birthday to Addy!
    I commiserate with your bathroom project. We need to re-do our powder room and I don’t know where to begin…lol…so many decisions to make.

  7. I enjoyed seeing the Stratford-upon-Avon photo. It’s a reminder of travels around the UK too. Happy memories. I’m sure you’re looking forward to more family celebrations this month. Have a lovely time!

  8. Happy belated birthday. And birthday wishes for your granddaughter. I agree with feeling comfortable where you travel and speaking the language. Scandinavian countries all speak English so well and are beautiful to travel too. Can’t wait for more adventures. B x

  9. Yes, I said Romeo and Juliet. I was in a city in Italy, not sure of the name, where he was seeing a customer on a business trip. I would love to roam around Great Britain again. Your pizza sounds delicious and we don’t care for pineapple either. Such lovely flowers.

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