My Pumpkin Brain Hodgepodge

Since Joyce brought up pumpkin in her Wednesday Hodgepodge questions for today, I borrowed this photo from our daughter-in-law at the first pumpkin patch visit of this Autumn.

1. Thursday (Oct 13) is National Train Your Brain Day. What do you do to keep your brain in tip top shape? Is it helping?

Bible study keeps your brain sharp. When my Mother-in-law was living with us and signs of dementia started showing she was the sharpest when she was studying her Bible everyday and attending a Bible Study weekly. The Holy Spirit in followers of Jesus Christ illuminates the Word of God for us and helps us to discern and gives us understanding. The Word of God is living and enduring and it keeps my brain in tip top shape while teaching me how to live on this earth.

2. You can sit with anyone in the world and ‘pick their brain’…whom do you choose? Tell us why? 

If we are talking about a living person…

Patricia MacArthur, wife of John MacArthur one of my favorite living pastors who is 83 and still preaching at the same church he started at 53 years ago. She has lived through ministry and suffering and I know there is a lot of wisdom to glean from her.

If I could choose someone who has died…

I’d choose my maternal grandfather who I never got to meet because he was killed in Persia after my parents immigrated here and before the rest of my mother’s family immigrated.

3. What’s something happening in the world (or your corner of it) right now that you have trouble ‘wrapping your brain around’? 

Well you have opened up a can of worms here for sure. There is so much happening in this world that is unbelievable to me.

Calling good evil and evil good.

The whole gender identity stupidity.

The Border Crisis

The escalation of crime with no punishment for wrongdoing.

I can go on and on…

4. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall in the pumpkin fanclub? (1=blech, 10=make it all pumpkin all the time) Tell us something delicious you’ve tasted recently that had some pumpkin in it somewhere. 

I’m pretty much in the middle. I enjoy some things pumpkin but mostly baked items like cookies and bars or a good spicy soup. I’m not a fan of drinking pumpkin flavored coffee or any kind of flavored coffee, etc.

5. Share a favorite song, book, or movie with an autumn title, setting, or vibe. 

I drew a blank on this one. I know I’ve read books or book series that included fall but nothing with that theme in the title. I did find this song by Nat King Cole…

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Speaking of Autumn…

I took this photo in Woodstock, U.K. on the grounds of Blenheim Palace on September 22nd of this year, the first day of Autumn. Winston Churchill was born at the Palace in the Autumn, on November 30th, 1874. He didn’t live at Blenheim but his parents were visiting Blenheim and the Mrs. went into labor and he ended up being born there. There are many tributes to him at the Palace and on the grounds and in the village of Woodstock, too.

Thank you Joyce for the Hodgepodge.


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.

12 thoughts on “My Pumpkin Brain Hodgepodge

  1. My mother-in-law is 97 and can still recite the Lord’s prayer and the Apostle’s Creed yet can’t remember something someone said one minute before. She still loves having a devotion time each day even though someone usually reads it to/with her.

  2. Those grands are just so cute! Looks as if they had great fun at the Pumpkin Patch.

    It seems that we think similarly about a number of things. Now you have me curious about Mrs. MacArthur. I had never considered that Bible study keeps one sharp. I need to do a lot more of it. ☺️

    Thank you for your thought-provoking Hodge Podge responses. That Joyce! She knows how to ask the pertinent questions.


  3. Ellen, I could not agree with you more on just about everything you wrote today. The only exception is your like for pumpkin. LOL! Your grands are adorable and remind me of a picture I took years ago of three of my granddaughters in that exact pose in front of the Round Barn in Nappanee, IN. Loved all the pretty pictures.

  4. Hello, I am right with you regarding #3!!

    Thank you for sharing about your MIL with the dementia and Bible reading and study. We have a family member showing signs of dementia, I will put this into practice during my visits.

  5. Ahh, Blenheim! I love it. I’ve been to some wonderful events there, our Women’s Club had a Christmas luncheon there one year and it was amazing. Your list of ‘wrongs’ is spot on. The frightening thing is how blindly people go along with something they can see with their own eyes makes no sense. I can hardly talk about the gender thing because it is truly unbelievable to me we’ve gotten to the point we are now. Insanity!!
    I almost said John McArthur as I think he’d be an interesting interview too. I admire people who stand their ground even (and especially) when the world is against them.

  6. I believe we are of like mind in ways (#3). The only “good” thing about what’s going on is it reinforces my belief in God and His Word. Hopefully it does the same for other Christians. It’s so funny you mentioned John MacArthur – it just so happens I am listening to him right now:)
    Have a blessed rest of your week.

  7. One of the best things about retirement (and relocating to Alabama) is discovering Bible study! Oh, I’ve attended church services all my life, but never participated in a study. Some studies are better than others, but I always come away feeling enriched.
    Praying for our poor world!

  8. That is very interesting news about your mother in law and reading the Bible. I hear you on #3. It is a mess out there and it’s got to get better. What can we possibly do? It makes me sick to my stomach. That is a lovely song. I love your random photo.

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