Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hodgepodge for November 11

 Wednesday again!  That means it's time for the Hodgepodge, where Joyce poses the questions and bloggers fill in the answers.  It's great fun and also a good way to come up with an interesting blog post.  If you'd like to join in,  just head over to From This Side of the Pond and get the questions from Joyce, then answer them on your own blog. Here are the questions for this week:

1. It's the 11th day of the 11th month and bloggers often make lists on days like today. Let's go with a list of eleven things you're feeling grateful for today.

1. The fact that God is sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful and in complete control of this election process and outcome.  I'm praying that the truth will be revealed.

2.  The fact that God is sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful and is also in complete control of this "pandemic".  He is able to end it instantly if He so chooses.  There is nothing too hard for Him.  I'm praying that He will resolve it, and the election situation, in a way that brings glory to Himself and points the world to Him.

3.  The fact that as we stay our minds on God and the truths of His Word, we will be kept in perfect peace.

From Abby at Little Birdie Blessings

4.  God's Word and the wisdom and comfort it brings to our hearts as we spend time in it each day.  Want to be encouraged?  Start reading through Psalms.

Another from Abby
5.  How great I feel on the 40-day sugar fast!  Can't believe how much more energy I have.

6.  Being able to get out and walk on these glorious fall days!  My walking partner broke her arm a couple of weeks ago, but we've been getting out on the warm days and enjoying every moment.

7.  A fun phone chat with our granddaughter Emily this morning as we discussed the cross-stitch project we're both working on -- me here, and Emily in Nevada.  Local granddaughter Julia is doing the same project, and she and Emily have FaceTime stitch-alongs!

8.    Our little cottage!  We're so thankful for this little getaway place  in the woods and how peaceful it is there.  We still have lots of work to do on it, but we are so, so blessed to have this place.  Photo is from late summer.

9.  Finally getting the cottage to the point where we can stay overnight there.  We've stayed over three nights recently, thanks to the warm weather.  If not for that, this not-yet-winterized building would be far too chilly.

10.  Time with our friend Charlotte last week at her cabin up north.  It was quiet, peaceful, and media-free.  We literally sat and watched snow fall.  Great fellowship and food -- and I got a lot of crafting done, too, as we chatted.

11.  The gorgeous, warm sunny Indian Summer weather we've been enjoying for days now.  Most unlike our usual November weather.  Photo is from a previous year, but this is how it looks and feels right now.

2. What's something you decided to do or act on at the '11th hour'?  

I'm sure there have been many situations like that, but at the moment I'm having difficulty coming up with one that I can remember.

3.  Apparently the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe contains 11 herbs and spices. What's a dish you make that calls for exactly eleven ingredients? Feel free to share the list and/or recipe. 

Hmmm ...  I'm sure I probably have a recipe like this, but do I have time to hunt it up?  Probably not.

One of the handmade cookbooks I often give as wedding gifts

4. Something you remember about your 11-year old self? 

I loved sixth grade and my wonderful teacher, Miss Baston.  She really sparked my interest in social studies and writing --  and the projects she assigned nurtured her students' creativity in a big way.

I'm in the middle here, holding the toddler and the book.  I was 10 in this photo but would have turned 11 the next month.

5. The 11th of November is Veterans Day in the US of A. This is a day to honor those who have served their country in war or peace-dead or alive-although according to the government's website it's largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. 

Memorial Day is when we honor military personnel who died in service to their country. 

Share a thought relating to Veterans Day or tell us something about a Veteran you know-love-admire. 

Couldn't think of a better thought than this one from Gooseberry Patch

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

Not really random, but during my Bible time this morning, this verse came to mind:

 "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."  (Psalm 37:7)

Seems pretty relevant!

And there's my simple Hodgepodge for this week.  Happy Wednesday, all, and keep looking up!


  1. I loved your list. I think I might make a more detailed one myself later this month. Enjoy your day!

    1. I guess maybe I got a little too detailed, but it was a blessing just to think of 11 things I'm grateful for! Thanks for including that question.

  2. Yes, I like it! 🙂 The wonderful, warm weather has been great. I got so much accomplished. Your cottage away from home is a delight. I know that you and your family are so blessed to have such a dear place in the woods to have retreats and times away. I feel as if I have "time away" whenever I shut off the television. Will you spend Thanksgiving there?

    1. It IS a nice feeling to know that we have the camp. It is a true blessing from the hand of God. I'm appreciating it so much more than I ever did as a child. It still needs a LOT of work, particularly in the big room which is living/dining/working space at the moment. Extension cords and electrical wire coiled everywhere, tools here and there ... it's very cold in there too, due to no insulation. The wood stove is in the middle room and does a good job of heating that area and the kitchen, but it has a hard time extending heat to the large open room. We will be insulating, but it may not get completed until next summer.

      All that to say, unless we have another November heat wave around Thanksgiving, it's probably not likely we'll celebrate there this time around. Plus there is no water there, so no way to wash dishes. We'll be figuring out a seasonal water supply and some sort of outdoor shower, but not until spring.

      Who knows, though -- if the weather on Thanksgiving happens to be warm enough, maybe we could serve pie and coffee over there!

  3. Your list of 11 things was wonderful. I am praying with you on those same items. I love that grandkids are cross stitching and keeping up with each other. That is the good part of all the technology.

  4. How fun that you and your granddaughters are stitching the same design and keeping up with each other this way. :) That truly does make me smile.

  5. Great post and much needed by me today! Thank you!

  6. I enjoyed your 11 grateful list, what a comfort to rest knowing our God's hand is at work in all things. How wonderful that you and your granddaughters on working on cross stitching together! I just love your little camp getaway home, what a delightful way to enjoy the beauty of nature! It just looks so charming and fun! Many blessings to you dear friend, always an inspiration and delight to visit you :)

  7. What a fun project to make a cross stitch with your granddaughters. I love that the cousins can face time.
    Your little cabin looks perfect!
    Now I want to jump in our little motorhome and go camping!

  8. Great hodgepodge answers Mrs. T! Enjoyed seeing your 11 year old self!

  9. Well, somehow I hit enter and lost my comment, so if it shows up, let me know. Anyway, I was saying how much I enjoyed hearing about your cottage and the wonderful times you have been able to have there this year, and the plans you have to winterize it, etc. next year. Love that you had that time at your friend's cottage watching the snow and just relaxing. Perfect retreat. I enjoyed this post very much. Now I hope my comment doesn't disappear again! Have a blessed day.


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