Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Corn Pone: The Weekly Hodgepodge

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Way back when (the Hodgepodge bicentennial to be precise) several of you submitted questions as part of a giveaway I was hosting. I went back to that list for inspiration today and found a question  submitted by Marla, who blogs over at Marla's Musings. Thanks Marla! She asks-At what age did you feel like a 'grown-up'? What keeps you young now?   
When I answered a similar question back in 2013, my answer was that I didn't feel like a grown up.  Today, I still don't feel like a grown up.  I still feel like I did when I graduated from college--like I'm still trying to find my place in the world.  I'm still searching for acceptance and community.  I guess if I haven't found it by now, I may never find it.  Places where I felt accepted at first have turned into sources of pain and rejection.  I'm not saying that the rejection isn't warranted; I simply long for a way to stop it.
As far as what keeps me young:  my relationship with Christ, laughter, doing the best I can with tending to my health, finding ways to play (riding my bike, painting, etc).   Coincidentally, I just finished reading a book on this very subject.  The review is here if you're interested.
When did you last buy a vehicle? Was this by design or because you had no other option? Was the car/truck purchased for your own personal use or was it bought for someone else to drive? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being delightful and 1 being 'pass the Excedrin') how would you rate the experience?
God gave me a miracle vehicle in December, 2006.  The vehicle I owned previously was another miracle, so I've not had the experience of purchasing from a dealership.  Hopefully in the next little bit, I'll be able to do so, and hopefully it will be my dream car.  I'll most likely purchase from Lipscomb Auto Sales, the dealership that repairs and maintains my current automobile.
This is my dream car; the Buick Lacrosse.

Corn bread, corn chips, corn pudding, corn on the cob, cornflakes, corn chowder-your favorite of the corn-y foods listed? What needs to be served alongside your selection?
Popcorn is actually my favorite corn-y food.  However, creamed corn runs a close 2nd.  Put that with some mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and some form of chicken--I am from the South you know--and Sunday dinner is ON.  May do this very meal Labor Day weekend since it's not a weekly staple.
Speaking of corn, here's a corn-y joke.
This is just flat out funny
What's something in your life that regularly requires you to 'put your thinking cap on'?
Life itself.  No chance of me going around with my brain on autopilot around here.
Share a favorite movie set in a school or classroom, or whose theme relates to school days in some way.
Lean on Me.  This 1989 movie, though inspirational, is hard to watch.  Not just because of the language or subject matter (unfortunately, I'm used to that), but because the "before" state of that school is the state of many current schools and may very well be the state of the majority of the schools if we as a country don't get back to real education and discipline instead of focusing on test scores instead of teaching children to learn, letting bad behavior go undisciplined and good behavior go unrewarded, and producing students who make it to college and still can't read (I've seen it happen). 
This is one of my favorite scenes from the movie.  If you are sensitive to language, skip to the next question.

Reading, writing, and 'rithmatic' are commonly referred to as the three R's. What are the three R's in your life right now?
Reading, writing, and resting.
What's something you've learned or tried recently you can say was as 'easy as ABC'?
I can't think of anything at the moment.
Insert your own random thought here.
I usually share my art on my weekly daybooks, but I keep forgetting to share it here.  This is my latest project.

"Walking on Sunshine." 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas. 
 For purchasing information, click here.


  1. Ha! I liked the 'unicorn.' :-) And that pretty Buick. We always found Buicks to be reliable vehicles that could handle many, many miles and still run well. AND, I do agree that laughter helps keep one young. Seeing the funny side to things is helpful in many ways.

    1. My first car was a Buick. My second was a very reliable Honda. Another Buick would be really nice.

  2. Your artwork is lovely! I liked Lean on Me too, but haven't seen that one in a very long time. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Now that should have been an easy answer for all of us about the thinking cap. Life! Of course! The unicorn is funny. I will have to share that with my granddaughter.

  4. Your painting is beautiful! I keep saying I am going to give it a try one of these days. Would love to learn!

    1. The lady who taught me is retired and no longer teaches. I've learned a lot from watching YouTube, but mostly through trial and error...mostly error. :)