Memories Hodgepodge



It’s Wednesday and that means Jo From This Side of the Pond is asking questions for us to answer. Thank you Joyce!

1. What’s something that makes you feel stressed? How do you cope? 

Confrontation makes me stressed. If I can I walk away, I do. One of my coping mechanisms is to avoid it altogether. That’s okay unless I’m the cause for the need of the confrontation. Asking for forgiveness is a good solution. There are other situations where being a peacemaker is the solution.

2. What’s a food you eat that evokes a memory? Explain. 

Borsch (Borscht) evokes lots of memories of growing up. I hated it when I was little. The cabbage was not a pleasant texture to my palate. Having to sit at the table until I finished my bowl is not a good memory. I sat there for what seems hours after everyone else left the table. My solution was rebellious and I suffered for it by the reprimanding from my mom. While I was alone in the kitchen I decided the solution to my problem was to pour my bowl back in the pot. This would have worked except for the fact that I had soaked lots of bread in the bowl of soup. It was clear to my mom that I dumped my bowl of soup back in the pot. Oye, was I in trouble!

I love borsch now! Here’s our mom’s recipe.

3. This week’s Hodgepodge lands on National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate by visiting a relative? If so is travel involved? Geographically, who is your nearest relative (not counting those living in your own house)?

No, I will not be visiting a relative. Our nearest relatives live 8 miles away from us. They are enjoying sunshine elsewhere right now. I will travel to their property to water the garden and maybe check the chicken coop for eggs. Our other relatives (children, siblings, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins) live in Western Washington, California, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, New York, Illinois, Florida and Israel. Dear and my parents, grandparents, uncles and all but one aunt are deceased.

I will see some of our California relatives and friends when I travel to Southern California for a Memorial Service in June.

4. What’s your most frequently used emoji?

Probably a heart or smiley face.

Do you make more phone calls, send more emails, or mainly text to communicate with friends and family? 

It used to be phone calls and emails but now it’s mainly text. Phone calls are few and far between because our country connections are dismal.

5. Tell us the story behind a favorite piece of furniture. 

We have an eclectic collection of furniture with lots of stories behind them but one of our newer purchases of an old piece is my current favorite. I wrote about it here.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

It’s Ice Cream weather for these two! Love seeing their faces via texts!

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 “Memories Hodgepodge

  1. I can’t say that I’ve had borsch but I do love cabbage. Thanks for the recipe. I will check it out. Your hutch is beautiful. Love the ice cream faces!!!

  2. Oh, I don’t like confrontation either. Ugghh. I don’t think I’ve ever had Borscht.I love your piece of furniture. So pretty. Love the ice cream faces too.

  3. I, too, try to avoid any confrontation and just walk away. Those cute ice cream faces…how adorable!

  4. Your borsch story made me laugh. Oh those days when I was made to sit at the table to finish a meal lol! What cheeky faces your grandchildren have. Hope they are enjoying their holiday 🙂

  5. I love your borsch story … too funny! Thanks for including the recipe; my Tom’s not so fond of soup and our recent 90* days don’t lend themselves, but that’s okay. I can wait.

  6. Ellen – the first time my husband met my parents, it was at my childhood home. My Mom made sauerkraut soup, a family favorite. My husband did not even know about sauerkraut, and when he asked my brother about it, my brother “helpfully” described it as “rancid cabbage”! My husband loves it now! And now, having seen those chocolate faces, I am craving some ice cream!

  7. Ugh, confrontation is hard! I avoid it too, and always try to make peace. I love that hutch, the carved areas, that’s so beautiful!

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