Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Wednesday Hodgepodge - Going Bananas!

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A hodgepodge is a jumble or assortment of things that might not appear to belong together. Joyce at From This Side of the Pond hosts a weekly link-up called Wednesday Hodgepodge that is a little collection of questions for bloggers to answer just for fun and to get to know each other. I always look forward to chatting with friends over coffee, so pour a cup of your favorite and let's visit for a few minutes!

Here are this week's questions - and my answers - for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1.  What's a skill you think everyone should have?
Everyone should certainly know the basics of 'adulting' - how to do simple cooking, and look after a home and a vehicle. I think everyone who drives should know how to check their oil, use jumper cables, and change a tire. (I'm very sketchy myself on how to use the jumper cables, and I know how to change a tire, but I haven't done it myself in many years. I probably need a refresher course!) I also think everyone should know how to balance a checkbook and some basic finances. I do know that, and tried to make sure my kids knew as well. That said, I'm still rather a procrastinator about keeping my own household books up to date. UGH. And I think everyone should have some basic writing and communication skills - write a letter or thank-you note, apply and interview for a job, and that sort of thing. 
2. Do you have a special place or organizational system for gift wrapping? Do you still buy 'real' cards to send for birthdays, anniversaries, get-well, etc.?
I don't have a good system at all. I try to keep my Christmas gift wrap tidy, but I don't bother keeping gift wrap or bags on hand for non-Christmas. If I need to wrap something, I just buy whatever gift bag I need for that item and I'm done with it. I do buy 'real' cards to send for family birthdays and anniversaries, though I don't always get 'real' cards if I'm going to be together with the birthday person and give them a gift. Most often the cards are for my siblings, nieces and nephews, and extended family because I seldom see them. And I actually have a couple of cards here that I really need to get in the mail or they will be late (which isn't at all unusual for the cards I send. *sigh*)!

3. It's National Banana Day . . . are you a fan? What's your favorite thing to make with bananas, or, if you're not a cook, your favorite thing to eat that contains banana?

 Bananas are my favorite fruit and I've been including them in my lunches two or three days a week lately. I love banana bread, but a black bottom banana cake is my favorite things to bake - and to eat! - that's made with bananas. Unless I'm offered Bananas Foster. I've never made it myself, but oh, I do love to eat it!

Tropical Fruit French Toast - yumm!


4. Do you believe in second chances? Elaborate.

 I do believe in second chances. And third chances, and fourth chances . . . That's what grace and forgiveness is all about. I'm so thankful that God doesn't give up on me when I mess up, and so I try to extend that grace to others as well. Of course, there are consequences to our choices, and we usually have to live with those, and we seldom get a true do-over. But mistakes and poor choices don't have to define us if we learn from them and want to do better, and hopefully we can give that opportunity to those around us. That said, I don't think forgiving someone who has hurt us necessarily means giving them the chance to do so again and again. 

5.  What is your idea of fun?
I don't have time for a long treatise on all the things I think are included in "fun" so how can I summarize? Hmm. Being with people whose company I enjoy, and laughing with them. Very broad and simple definition.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Jemima Puddle-Duck update: She seems mostly unfazed by our presence, as long as we don't linger at the door too long. She is spending more time sitting on the nest now, and has ten eggs! The possibility of ducklings within the next couple weeks is growing!

I wish I'd seen this quilt idea in 2020 and suggested it to my Mom! Haha!

What's your idea of fun? Can you sum it up in a sentence or two? Leave a comment and let me know!

I'm sharing in this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge at From This Side of the Pond.

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  1. Agree with about everything! LOL! Great answers!

    1. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

  2. I enjoyed your answers and that quilt is hilarious!

  3. I have to admit I haven't balanced my checkbook in more than a decade. Since I can see my bank balance at a moment's notice, I'm good!

    1. I think we don't need to balance the checkbook as much now that we do so much of our banking online, but it's still so important to know what's happening with our accounts and keep an eye on the charges and such. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. haha...that quilt is hilarious. Loved your update. I kind of do the same thing with gift wrap.

  5. I haven't heard of a black bottom banana cake. I do love banana in baked goods so might have to check that out and see what the recipe involves. I love being able to look at my bank account online on an almost daily basis. My kids know how to balance a check book, but their generation rarely writes checks and I think check balances and cleared items online. Sorry I'm so late getting's been a busy week!


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