In the Good Ole Summertime Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday so time to answer the Hodgepodge questions of the week. Thank you to Jo From This Side of the Pond for the questions and the link!

1. Something you learned from your father? 

That following Jesus is worth the cost. When my Father was called by God and he repented of his sins and started following Jesus and obeying what the Bible teaches he realized what was missing in his religious life. When he was saved he was immediately aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit within him. All his religious efforts never gave him this presence and peace within. When he made the decision to be baptized in obedience his parents would not speak to him, his friends didn’t want to associate with him. He was treated like pariah. We were ostracized from the church we grew up in. This was a blessing in disguise. We ended up in the same church as my maternal grandmother. Over time my parents re-established the relationships that were severed because of his decision without compromising their Faith in Jesus.

2. Do you like onions? Raw or cooked? How about onion rings? What’s something you love to eat that calls for onions? 
Yes, yes, and yes. I really enjoy onions and the flavor they add to many dishes. Give me a nice huge slice on my burger, please. I like caramelized onions on steak or a burger, also. Salsa and pica de gallo are a couple favorites that call for onions. I could go on and on. In my teen years I would order the Stinko-burger at Twoheys in South Pasadena.

3. It’s officially summer (in the Northern hemisphere)…your favorite and least favorite things about the season?

Favorite: A freed up schedule

Least Favorite: Heat above 82 degrees with any humidity added to it.

4. When you think about the summers of your childhood what are two or three things that come to mind? 

Getting sunburned at Newport Beach, California. Collecting soda bottles while there and turning them into the store to get the deposit on them so we could buy a candy or a popsicle. When the sunburns were really bad our mom would soak old rags with vinegar and lay the rags on our sunburned bodies to ease the pain/heat.

Camping in a tent at Big Bear, California with cousins.

5.  A hot mess, the heat of the moment, beat the heat, if you can’t stand the heat, catch heat, in a dead heat…choose a ‘hot ‘phrase and tell us how it applies to your life right now.

At this stage of life you’ll find me beating the heat in any way I can. I look for shade. Stay in the shade. I prefer to eat inside at restaurants not out in the sun. Walk early before it gets too hot. Work in the yard early in the day. You get the picture…

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Celebrating the fact that school’s out for the summer. They had a very successful first year of homeschooling!! Our daughter-in-law is an amazing mom and teacher to our grands. Happy summertime to you!

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.

10 thoughts on “In the Good Ole Summertime Hodgepodge

  1. That’s a great teaching from your dad. It has certainly stuck.

    The glad the homeschool-year-is-over picture is so cute and funny. Who
    is happier? The kids or the teacher? 😁

    Eighty-two sounds just about right for perfect and happy summer days.
    Hope that you have lots of them.


  2. I love hearing the inpsiring story about your dad! What an amazing thing it is to see an “ordinary” life that is changed by His grace!

    “Beating the heat” is how I live. I don’t want to say that it’s my life’s motto, because there are better and more important things to aspire to . . . but it’s most definitely a factor.

    Congratulations to the mom and kiddos on the completion of their first year of homeschooling! It is a beautiful life! (I miss it still.)

  3. I am a little bit different than most people in that summer is my least favorite month. I do like it though just not my favorite.
    Least favorite thing about summer is that the woods gets so OVERGROW.

  4. Congrats to your daughter-in-law on completing the year. I am with you on the humidity. You can’t beat it here in SC so we just spend a lot of time in the water. Have a nice weekend!

  5. Your answer to #1 is so beautiful. I love that you love onions. Oh my, I forgot about collecting soda bottles. What a nice memory about camping. Love your random!

  6. What a fun ‘celebrating’ picture! I remember returning bottles and soda cans for money, it was exciting to find them. I agree with you about beating the heat. I used to miss the sunshine of CA but now I can’t spend more than a few minutes in it without a hat. I seek the shade as well, I just don’t handle the heat like I used to.

  7. Ellen – I always learn so much about you through these Hodgepodge posts! I also avoid humidity – one of the many reasons we moved to Montana! When I was young, I hated onions, but now I know better! We used to collect aluminum cans to fund our candy purchases!!!

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