From This Side of the Pond, asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers on their own blogs. This week's Hodgepodge questions have a true hodgepodge feel -- they are all over the place but look like fun. Here goes:
1.Why do you blog? Have your reasons changed over time?
I started blogging in 2005. This is what I wrote in my very first post:
"Inspired by my daughter and some other friends, I've decided to try my own hand at blogging. It occurred to me that so much of life takes place around a kitchen table. We do so much more there than just eat meals and share family time. Board games may be played there, homework may be done there. Craft projects may be worked on, and the pieces of sewing projects may be cut out there. Food preparation, correspondence, bill-paying... the list could go on and on. Not to mention all the wonderful times of fun and fellowship that happen at the kitchen table. As a friend of ours once commented, 'We're kitchen-table people'. So much laughter takes place at a kitchen table! Tears may be shed there as well. Jokes are told and serious conversations are shared. I hope that this blog will be a "virtual kitchen table" where I can share recipes, memories, and kitchen-table thoughts with those who visit here."
I don't think my reasons for blogging have changed much over time. About the only difference is that now I do see blogging as more of a ministry than I did back then.
2. What's a typical Friday night look like at your house?
A few years ago we routinely had young friends over for supper and Bible study on Friday nights. Life circumstances have changed and that seldom happens now, though I think we all wish that it did. Our Friday evenings tend to be quiet and low-key.
3. Do you like donuts? Your favorite kind? How often do you treat yourself to a donut? Have you ever made homemade donuts?
I do like donuts. I would be hard-pressed to decide on a favorite kind. Dunkin' Donuts have often been a staple for us on road trips. They used to make a glazed whole wheat donut that I really liked, and blueberry cake donuts too.
I very, very seldom treat myself to a donut, though.
Yes, I have made homemade donuts a number of times. My grandmother taught me. Here's a post from my first year of blogging where I describe teaching a dozen girls to make homemade donuts: Doughnut doings. This is the No-Fry Doughnut recipe referenced in that post.
gluten free baked pumpkin doughnut that we really enjoyed.
4. How do you feel about shopping?Are you an online shopper? Catalog shopper? Brick and mortar shopper? Do you order groceries online or prefer to select items with your own two hands?
I am not a shop till you drop type person at all. I'm a catalog shopper at times but usually order on line. I also like to order from Etsy shops for really unique gifts. And I really appreciate that many of our grandchildren have Amazon wish lists. It simplifies birthday and Christmas shopping.
I don't order groceries online. I definitely prefer to select items with my own two hands, especially produce.
5. Next week's Hodgepodge finds us somehow in the month of April, which just so happens to be National Poetry Month. Sum up (or tell us something about) your month of March in the form of a limerick. You can do it!!
There once was a month just so busy,
My hubby and I felt quite dizzy:
From maple sap hauls
To the painting of walls,
This March has had us in a tizzy!
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Oh, let's see. Well, we met our goal of being able to stay at our little camp for at least one night each winter month. As I wrote about before, this is quite a challenge in an uninsulated building. But it worked with the various adaptations I mentioned, and we were able to stay three nights each in January, February, and March!
And there's the Hodgepodge for this week. So thankful I was able to take part!