Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Hodgpodging the hodgepodge


It's Wednesday again, and that means it's time for the Hodgepodge -- the linkup where Joyce, at  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.  


I've also made a 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!


  1. I love Amazon Wish Lists - they help with shopping!!!

  2. Your little camp is so cute. We have friends in Colorado who do that and it looks nice.

  3. Mrs. T, I had no idea that you are such an old-timer blogger! Fabulous. And I give you high marks on your limerick. Well done!

  4. Great job on that limerick! Friday night Bible Study with a meal sounds nice. Way to go on reaching your goal to stay in your cute cabin over the winter. Happy Hodgepodge to you!

  5. Your limerick was good! I also appreciate the Amazon wish lists and typically order from those for birthdays and Christmas. Have a great day!

  6. I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge and your limerick was good.

  7. Your limerick is well-done and you've made me hungry for a glazed donut! But like you, it is very rare for me to have a donut these days.

  8. I absolutely love your idea about the kitchen table. So much life does truly happen there. I am amazed that you could stay in the winter months in the cabin.
    I do love blogging because it helps to see so much of life outside my little region and world.

  9. I love your idea about the blog being a 'virtual kitchen table'. When I started my homeschool blog, I described it as my 'virtual teachers lounge'. Great job with the limerick too! Visiting from the hodgepodge today!

  10. I love your kitchen table thought. We haven't always been kitchen table people and sometimes I wish we were...I think I was more of one but my hubby not so much. I love the virtual kitchen table thought too. That is awesome. I agree...etsy shops are pretty neat. Enjoyed your answers and your limerick. Speaking of maple sap, when my hubby and I visited vermont in October 2022, we visited a maple farm and it was so fascinating to learn how the process works.


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