So 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. Life has been very busy and I was actually a bit relieved that there was no Hodgepodge last week.
Even though I really don't have time to write one today, I could quickly
think of answers to these questions, so here goes:
1. It's National Read A Book Day...whatcha' reading? What's a book you want to read?
We like to read in the car -- that is, I read while my hubby drives. For what seems like months now we have been reading The Real Anthony Fauci, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. We are finding it takes a long time to digest all of the information -- we are still only on chapter 8 out of 12. It is truly sickening and so well documented you know it is absolutely true. I am so anxious to be finished with this book so we may move on to something more edifying ... I care not what.
When we're home in the evening I tend to read before bed. Both Holy Hygge and Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor are in my current reading pile. At the camp I am reading High Call, High Privilege by Gail MacDonald.
2. Which is better...having high expectations or low expectations? Explain why.
I think it's fine to have reasonably high expectations for ourselves -- we need to have standards and strive for excellence as believers -- but I think it's better to have low expectations for others and low expectations of life experiences. People will let us down every time (though God never will) so I don't say to expect the worst, but, as Andy Griffith once said in an episode involving a blind date, "Just don't overexpect." If you pin all your best hopes on a person or a situation, you are bound to be disappointed.
3. Serenity is________________________.
Resting in God's sovereign care no matter how challenging the situation. Remembering what I know to be true about my God helps immensely. And I highly recommend the book below. (Also, see #5 below for a related answer to a similar question.
4. What's the most interesting thing in your purse or pocket right now?
Probably a handmade tissue holder. Interested in making one? They're easy. Go here.
5. What helps you calm down?
Reading the Psalms.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday morning, I watched a lady steal a pumpkin from outside of Market Basket. She zipped into a parking place and exited her car, leaving the door open and striding briskly toward the store entrance. I watched, ready to open my car door and call out that she'd forgotten to close her door -- which, I now realize, was the back door. And continued to watch incredulously as she selected a pumpkin, returned to her car and popped it into the back seat. And then calmly got into the driver's seat and drove away. All for a $5.99 pumpkin!
I still haven't completely gotten over this experience. She made no effort to hide what she was doing or to appear inconspicuous in any way. Instead, she was dressed like Mother Goose, or possibly as a docent for some living history museum. She had a table strapped upside down to the top of her vehicle. And yes, I did get her license plate number, for anyone who might need it. I wish I had gotten her photo -- or better yet, a video -- but no doubt the security cameras did.
And there's the Wednesday Hodgepodge for this week!