Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Luck of the Scottish: The Weekly Hodgepodge

Want to join the party?  Go on over to From This Side of the Pond  for the Hodgepodge questions.

Do you have an interest in learning about your family's heritage? Why or why not? If you know a little bit about your roots, share an interesting piece of trivia or a fun fact about someone who goes way back on your family tree.
Honey, I'm some of everything!  I know a good bit about my mom's side of the family, but not my dad's side.  He never knew his father, and his mother died when he was young.  I have a friend who loves to research ancestries and found record of my grandfather, Lawson Maddox, but nothing more.  I don't know where he was from or what his ethnicity was.  I know I have, of course, African American, roots, but also Native American ones.  However, there's no accounting for where my yellow/bronze skin tones or dark blue eyes come from.  I'm of the firm belief that there's some Scottish in me somewhere.  Alba Gu Brath, y'all!
Branch Rickey, the baseball exec credited with signing Jackie Robinson, is quoted as saying- "Luck is the residue of design." Agree or disagree? Why?
I don't believe in luck.  I think it takes hard work to be truly successful in life.  Rush Limbaugh said "There's no such thing as luck. Luck is preparation that meets up with opportunity."  I believe that to be true.
In the town where you currently reside, what's your favorite green space?
The, not yet.  :)  The Chief Ladiga Trail.  There are so many different tableaux of beauty along the trail (pictures below).  The Jacksonville Garden Club is doing a wonderful job of planting trees and flowers along the trail.  It get better looking the closer we get to spring.  Now, if people would stop letting their Great Danes drop a deuce on the trail, it would be great. 
Who is your favorite comedian?
Aw man, that's a toughie.  Y'all know how much I love to laugh.  So, in pure Auntie fashion, I'll have to list them in categories.
  • Favorite classic comedian:  Bill Cosby.
  • Favorite clean comedian:  Sinbad
  • Favorite in-between clean and dirty comedian:  Any of the guys from the Blue Collar Comedy videos.
  • Favorite really not clean at all comedian:  Craig Ferguson and the late Richard Pryor
  • Favorite Christian comedian: Mike Warnke
  • Favorite comedian who happens to be a Christian:  Henry Cho
  • Favorite improve comedian:  Greg Proops and Jeff Davis
  • Favorite late night show host comedian:  Craig Ferguson
  • Favorite musical comedian:  Weird Al Yankovic and Wayne Brady

March is National Nutrition Month, and almost everyone needs to improve their diet in some way.  What about you? How can you improve your nutrition on a daily basis? Will you try?
I've been working on it for a while.  My goal is just to continue to make even better food choices every day.  I also want to keep trying new foods so that my meals don't get boring.
Which of these green expressions have you 'experienced' in recent weeks -green with envy, green thumb, green around the gills, or give the green light? Explain.
Hopefully, I'll put my green thumb to work this weekend.  It should be warm enough to clean out the flower beds and get the containers ready for annuals.  Ever since my vegan experience, I've been green around the gills.  Sorry to keep harping on this, but it was so traumatic to my body that I was ill.  Unfortunately, I've been fighting the temptation to be green with envy.  Several of my classmates are posting pictures from high school with all their friends and good times.  Makes me think of a story by Louisa May Alcott about a little girl watching her adoptive family have "good times and she not in them."  If it weren't for marching band, I wouldn't have any really good high school memories.  It's just frustrating, that's all.  Green light?  Well, I've been working hard at finding a job, so hopefully someone will give me the green light to start working for them soon.
Where is one place you don't mind waiting?
I don't mind waiting a reasonable amount of time in most places.  My frustration comes when I have to wait a ridiculous amount of time.  The worst is the doctor's office.  Sorry, but several hours is too long.  I also don't like to wait with a group of impatient people or drive near people who honk if you take a breath before going under the green light.  Geez!
Insert your own random thought here.
Some of my pictures from the Chief Ladiga Trail.



  1. If I had some green, my fave place would be the bank too. Love your answer :)

    Visting from A to Z!

  2. Have you thought about sending the doctor an invoice for the time you wasted waiting for him? My dad came up with that idea when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure he never did it, but it always intrigued me. Nice to meet you on the Hodgepodge!

    1. Oh yes, I've been sorely tempted to sent a bill for waiting time. I don't think it's right to have to wait two or three hours to see a doctor, then they only want to spend five minutes on you. I'm the one who should be charging $65!

  3. We're still under a blanket of snow, slowly starting to melt, but I can't see my grass so no gardening here for a while. Enjoy yours!

    1. Thanks. It supposed to be in the mid 60's here with a chance of rain. So maybe I'll get out there before the rains come.