Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Laboring over a Hodgepodge post

Yes, somehow it's Wednesday again, and time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge, where Joyce asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers.  It's always a lot of fun (and sometimes challenging).   It's 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 this week's questions, based off Labor Day and work:
1. Something you've done in recent days or months that might be described as a labor of love?  

Cleaning out the old homestead.  Doing so, and working at selling the contents was something I was required to do by the terms of a trust, but it was still a labor of love since I have worked very hard to be a good steward of the things I've found and also to pass on to family members things I think they would like to have.

Like vintage hats to little girls, and a whimsical pitcher set to a cousin.  (My grandmother collected pitchers.)

2. Last time you 'worked your fingers to the bone'?

See above.  And below.  That's the dining area.

3. According to a recent survey people named the following ten jobs as the hardest-nurse, doctor, paramedic, police officer, firefighter, surgeon, healthcare worker, bomb squad, farmer, and prison warden. Of the jobs listed which would you say is the hardest? The one you'd most like to do? Least like to do? What's one job you would add to the list?

I'd say the hardest job right now is police officer.  On a national level, the police officers' jobs have become so much more dangerous than ever before.  On a local level, they're expected to to enforce unenforceable town ordinances which they don't even agree with.

The job on the list that I'd most like to do -- well, it's still not an easy one, but I think the one I'd most like personally would be farmer.

The job I'd least like to do -- oh, it's a tossup.  Almost any of them.  Police officer, probably.

A job I would add to the list -- right now, teacher. 

4. A recipe you make that is labor intensive, but worth it?

 Cheese Danishes.  I usually only make them now for very special occasions, like Easter, but I used to make them on a regular basis.  There are just a lot of steps to making them, and you have to start the day before, but they certainly are delicious.  The photo below is from Pixabay.  I have never tried topping off the cream cheese filling with fruity ones, but you know, I think I will try that!
Image by pixel1 from Pixabay
5. Last job you did or task you completed that required teamwork?

See #s 1 and 2.  I couldn't have done it without my wonderful hubby.  Yes, every last storage area (and there are many) is completely emptied.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Speaking of my wonderful hubby, Labor Day was his birthday!  Appropriately, he spent the day working with our son-in-law and grandson on a carpentry job, then we celebrated at night with family.   (I took along the Never-Fail Chocolate Cake, always a sure hit for his birthday or any occasion.)  This photo is from several years back, but he hasn't changed much (although Arielle sure has -- that's a recent photo of her, in the hat, above!).  So thankful for this wonderful, godly man and the blessing he is to everyone who knows him.
Oh, and much more random -- look at this gorgeous red leaf I found in the driveway today ...

And this labor-intensive Hodgepodge is a wrap!  Happy Wednesday, all!


  1. Happy Birthday to Mr T. What a great job y'all have done in cleaning out and restoring a treasure in your family.

  2. Sure sounds like you and your hubby have been working hard! The danishes look fantastic, I think I'll make some this week :)

  3. It was really enjoyable to see the family homestead. It is such a charming New England style home. Arielle looks darling in her "new" hat. Happy Belated birthday to Mr. T! 🎂


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