Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Hadn't planned on the Hodgepodge ...


 ... but I can't resist this week's main topic and simply have to join Joyce and the gang for the Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.   Planning is the key to me accomplishing anything in life these days.  So here we go ...

1. When did you last have cancelled plans? Were you happy about that or disappointed? 

Last Thursday we had planned to attend a potluck supper and a movie being sponsored by a local group.  Then on Friday we had planned to go out to breakfast with our friend Terry.  Both plans got cancelled because my hubby was entertaining a stomach bug.  We were disappointed on both counts but there was absolutely no way around cancelling.

2. On a scale of 1-10 how much of a planner are you? 

Since you didn't ask how well I do with carrying out my plans, I can say I'm probably an 8 or 9.  I have a number of plans going right now.  A menu plan of course, goes without saying.  I'm also planning menus and groceries for an upcoming event -- cooking for  a small group of volunteers at The Wilds of New England.  I'm planning a devotional for our church ladies' meeting in May.  Essentially very little happens in our house without a plan -- getaways, vacations, work trips, special events, projects at our cottage ... you get the idea.  A lot of my planning happens simply with pen and paper, though I have some other planning tools as well, that I have made.

 3. Do you have a menu plan for the week? If so tell us one or two things that are on it. If not, what's your plan for not having a plan lol? 

I've been planning menus my entire married life.  If you would like to know how and why I menu plan you can check this link.  I have an entire category of menu planning in the label cloud at right, so you may wish to check that out as well.  (ETA: I just remembered I was supposed to tell about a couple menu items on this list.  Well, tonight we're having spaghetti squash stuffed with feta and cherry tomatoes -- a super easy meal I've made a half dozen or so times since seeing it on Instagram.  So good.  Another item on my list is a Greek Pasta Salad which I'll be taking to a birthday party for two of my teen grands on Saturday evening.  It's a huge favorite of theirs.

4. The Hodgepodge lands on National Bucket List Day. Do you have a bucket list? Is it written down or just in your head? What is one thing on your bucket list? If you don't have a list, what is one thing you'd add to a list if you did? Yes I'm going to make you think about it. 

I don't have a written bucket list. The Grand Canyon and Zion were on my mental list, and we did get there.  Another thing is an Amtrak vacation to some national park or other out west.  It's just deciding where and when.

5. Rain buckets, a drop in the bucket, couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, sweat buckets, cry buckets...which 'bucket' idiom applies to your life in some way currently? 

I'll take the easiest way out and say rain buckets.  We've had a lot of rain this spring and it is raining as I write this. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

We are working on cleaning out my craft closet and the project is 3/4 completed.  We've generated three large bags full of trash, passed a few things on to grandchildren who enjoy crafting, and are working on our fourth thrift store donation box. I really have no idea how many things have left the house, but it's probably in the hundreds.

And there is the Hodgepodge for this week!  Even unplanned, it was still fun.


  1. Well, I enjoyed your answers. I'm not a planner, but it's funny because years ago, when I was a Nanny and the kids got older and in school, the mom hired me to be the family planner. I did everything for them. It was fun, when you're getting paid the big bucks!
    Now I am burned out from planning. I do as little as possible.

  2. I've always wanted to take the train to Banff. Pictures I've seen of people traveling there are gorgeous. I'm a menu planner too. We live in the country so I try to shop a week at a time. If I need to go more I can, but I'd prefer not to. Planning helps! Have a great week!

  3. It may have been "unplanned", but you gave us lots of good plans in the process! I enjoyed your post and your "plans". Thank you for taking the time to share them with us. I always learn something when I come here! Never heard of that spaghetti squash dish. Sounds interesting, although I am not a huge feta cheese fan, but I bet if you made it for me I would like it. LOL.

  4. Yikes Sorry about that stomach bug! Hope by now things are good. Your menu planning sounds very good. Hope your upcoming event goes well. Good for you for tackling that craft closet!! Hope the rest of this week goes well for you!

  5. I am not a planner at all ! If I make plans or a list I probably will change everything and start a new one, so I don't do lists !

  6. I'm better at making plans than I am at following through with them, so I really liked your answer to that! LOL That's great that you've made so much progress in cleaning out the craft closet and have been able to bless others with the giveaways.

  7. so sorry about your canceled plans and hope your hubby is feeling better. I enjoyed your answers. Those two places are on my bucket list as well.

  8. I love reading the Hodgepodge posts. I keep thinking one of these weeks I'm going to jump in. I'm a planner too. The joke is that I have "lists of lists". If it's not on a list or my calendar it most likely won't happen.

  9. I love a good closet clean out! Sounds like you are making great progress!!

  10. I'm impressed with your cleaning out of your craft closet, Mrs. T. You make me realize I have forgotten to count garbage bags leaving with stuff here. I'm also recycling some paper this week - of crochet and knit patterns I once-upon-a-time thought I might like to make.


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