Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of February this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day?
Since this is an extra day, I think I will devote the whole day to art.  I will work on a Tim Holtz tag project, paint, maybe make an ATC card or two, and make some cards for springtime giving.

2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part?
A year and a half ago, my then 19 year old grandson asked to come live with me.  He was living on the street, by his choice,  in a town about 100 miles from me.  His health was poor, he had bad habits, and was an emotional wreck.  I knew that it would be a very difficult job to accept him into my home and try to help him heal.  After prayer and a feeling of peace, with a leap of faith I took him in.  There have been trying days, and the job of seeing him become a mature responsible adult isn't finished yet, but it has been a blessing for me.

3. We're one week into the season of Lent...are you marking these 40 days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How's it going so far?
I have given up sweets, so far so good.
4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire?
Camping in the northern Arizona wilderness area on a memorial day a couple of years ago

5. Surf and Turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak), or a menu so you can select another option?
I'm not crazy about lobster or steak (I seldom eat red meat), so I would ask for a seafood platter.
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk-compulsive obsessive  private  detective  with a  brilliant  mind
Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson-crime solver extraordinaire with a  penchant for sweets
6. If you could have any television program back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what 
program would you choose?
Monk or the Closer.  Both were excellent crime solving shows.

7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat?
I would have to go with the elephant.  I remember way too much stuff.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
We had a sprinkle of rain last night, the first in a long time. It wasn't measurable.  The last rain was on Dec. 14th,  We have only had 1.87" since September 1st, 2011--a very dry winter.


  1. I think your link on my page is to a November HP. I went there, clicked home, and arrived here. Might want to check it-if you need to change the link I can delete the first one. Let me know. Maybe it was just a computer glitch on my part?

    Your grandson is lucky to have you and I'm glad you're seeing maturing. Its no easy job growing a kid up!

  2. A day devoted to art sounds so nice. Bless you for opening your home to your grandson. I am glad he is growing with your love and care.

  3. Your link took me back to November too - but I still got here! Your grandson is lucky to have you.

  4. It is always fun to come here and read all these random facts. I am happy about your Grandson and I know that, ultimately, you will be blessed because of it. xo Diana

  5. HA! We chose the same elephant cartoon! I think your grandson is quite lucky that you opened your heart and home to heal...and I'm sure he'll never forget it.

  6. I read with admiration about taking your grandson into your home. I hope he continues the progress.

    And I hope you have a great *art* day!♥

  7. Your grandson is quite blessed to have such a wonderful, loving grandmother. And I'm sure that you're blessed to be able to help guide him on the road to maturity.

  8. Your fire picture made me homesick.... well maybe it wasn't the exacpt picture but the mention of fires in Northern Arizona that did it. I am missing that area a lot this winter.

  9. WOW! what a leap of faith but what a blessing to see the "fruits of your labor" in his life. Hopefully he realizes how blessed he is.

    Happy day to you!

  10. Your grandson is lucky to have you!

  11. My favorite "leap" is the one you made for your grandson. You are wonderful, Marti.

  12. It's wonderful that you took your grandson in and wonderful that he felt secure enough with you to ask.

    I agree with Monk. What a great show that was!

  13. 1. washing and trimming kale, lettuce, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, and made salad. cooking up part of the kale for making potato/kale/chicken soup. serving salad with left over beef stew and rice.
    2. learning to work at a difficult relationship.
    3. as i said, coming in late to Lent. giving up sugar.
    4. something like 7 years ago. a friend built a fire on a cool night, others came, we had warm drinks and told stories.
    5. i enjoy both, i only need one, so whichever i'm in the mood for.
    6. the Closer.
    7. i seem to remember what i want to forget, and forget what i need to remember.
    8. praying health issues will be taken care of so we can begin our RV journey.

    great post marti. fun.

  14. Oh Monk was one my hubby, Bud, would faithfully watch, even in reruns on USA Cable.

    Your campfire in Northern AZ sounds like a winner...beautiful country up there.

  15. Loved the comment: "I remember way to much." Me, too!

  16. I remember a lot and oh what a lot I've forgotten, too. It's just as well. I have only so much room up there in the attic.

    What a good grandmother you are...brought a tear to my eye.

    Tony Shaloub is a favorite of mine, too, though I didn't have cable and couldn't pull that show very often. I'd like to get it on Netflix or something.

    Have a great March...perhaps a bit more rain would be nice...gentle, of course, to do any good.

  17. I love that elephant cartoon and it is so true for me! Good luck with the sweets. sandie

  18. Reading this post with tidbits about you is one of my favorite because I get to know you a bit better. So special about your grandson. I know there will be many blessing that both you and he will experience from your time together.