Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Falling for the Hodgepodge


Since several of Joyce's questions this week seem answerable, I fell for it and decided to jump into this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Here goes:

1. What obligation do you believe you have to your country? 

This first one is a doozy.  I'm not entirely sure how to answer it.  Let's start with this: with all of her faults and flaws, America is still the greatest country on earth.  As a believer, I have an obligation to pray for my country and its leaders.  As a citizen I have an obligation to vote, to have a voice in our government.  I believe I am also obliged to stand up and defend our country and its amazing constitution.  Of late, it's been very disheartening to see the constitution (and even the top court of the land!) just ignored and overlooked as if it didn't even exist.

2. October 12 is National Farmers Day? Do you know any farmers? What do they farm/grow/raise? Are there any farm stands where you live? Do you shop there? 

I don't know any farmers well.  There is a farm stand in our town and it is absolutely amazing.  Mostly we buy sweet corn and tomatoes there.  Today, my hubby and I went apple picking at a local orchard, and it was so much fun to not only purchase gorgeous fruit, but also support a local farm family.

3. What's a skill you think everyone should have? Tell us why? 

Cooking.  Everyone should be able to know simple techniques and how to prepare basic foods to feed themselves and others.  But it's more than just a matter of survival.  Knowing how to cook also gives us a wonderful tool for celebrating the events of daily life, and for ministering to others with hospitality and shared meals.

Celebrating the backyard grape harvest by making grape pies!


4. Favorite thing you've purchased this year?

Within the last couple months, we purchased a second set of travel mugs for coffee.  Not sure why it took us so long to realize they would be so helpful for morning quiet time at our little camp.  There's a Keurig but no microwave, thus no way to warm the coffee up.  Travel mugs to the rescue!  The coffee stays hot until we are finished.

What a quiet time without travel mugs could look like ...

5. What's your favorite place to visit in the fall? 

It's a toss-up as we have two favorite places: Pittsburg (farthest town north in New Hampshire) and also The Wilds of New England.  The latter is not only beautiful; it's the location for the couples' retreat we always attend.  We usually end up spending time in both places.

Hayride at The Wilds of New England

Taken from a kayak on Back Lake in Pittsburg


6. Insert your own random thought here. 

 After years of neglect, a back road we often travel or walk has been closed for repairs.  We're looking forward to easier walking and less wear and tear on our vehicles.

This old cemetery is located on the road in question.

Wouldn't you like to join in on the Hodgepodge, too?  To get the questions and link up, head over to From This Side of the Pond.


  1. I am a true YETI convert and have several travel cups to take with me. I just love a HOT cup of coffee and Yeti does the best job. I still want to make it to New England but for now I am happy with traveling to Grimmwood.

  2. Those favorite places look stunning!

  3. I hope to see New England in the fall some year!
    Good point to pray for our country and leaders.

  4. New England is on my bucket list. I was nodding my head to the answers of especially #1! Happy Hodgepodge to you.

  5. Gorgeous foliage at The Wilds and it always makes me grin to see the foliage on Mr. T's shirt gifted from the grands. Hmmm...this Hodge Podge is a bit tough for me. It doesmake me think.

  6. New England, and really the northeastern part of the US in general this time of year, is spectacular. I miss my northern NJ backyard that was an explosion of color every October. Have a great week!

  7. I am missing our beautiful New England/NH/Maine this fall. We really had hoped to make the trip this year, but it just wasn't to be. Maybe next year! I keep hoping. Apple picking is one of my favorites, although I usually pick up the apples already picked. We don't have apple orchards in Florida, and I really really miss them. And yes, I agree with your answer to #1. Pray for our country/leaders and vote! And yes, travel mugs are great. Enjoy your beautiful autumn days and travels to the places you love.

  8. I have always wanted to visit new England in the fall, your photos are so beautiful! I love seeing memories made, especially in the kitchen, thank you for sharing, I so enjoyed reading your responses!.

  9. I have never heard of a grape pie. It sounds good. I'd love to visit the Upper states in the fall. We did it one year and it was gorgeous.


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