Hodge Podge: The Autumn Edition

This post is part of the weekly Hodge Podge feature with Joyce from From This Side of the Pond.

  1. Volume 478. Sounds like a lot. Where were you in 1978? If you weren’t born where were you in 2008?

I was a year old in 1978 and from what I was reminded of this week (on my birthday) I didn’t want to crawl. I just went to the center of floor, swung myself up backward and started to walk. It came up with my parents when I was talking about how my daughter (now almost 8) had also never crawled. She pulled herself up with the help of a baby chair and started walking so she could get to her older brother. She was 9 months old and never stopped afte that. 

2. Raise your hand if you remember records playing at a speed of 78 rpm? What’s a topic that when it comes up you ‘sound like a broken record’? 

We had a record player when I was a kid, but I don’t know what speed the records played at. I think the topic where I sound a broken record is when I tell my daughter to brush her hair and my teenage son to clean his room.

3. What’s the last thing you recorded in some way? 

My young cat climbing up a tree in our backyard. She does this quite a bit, but now she can get down the tree. Last autumn she got herself stuck up maybe 70 feet in the air and was there all night. In the morning, the neighbor, who is on our town (or borough as it is called in Pennsylvania) council, called the fire department for us and in the afternoon they sent a fire truck to come get her. In the end, the fireman chased her down and then my son was able to retrieve her from the bottom limb.

I wrote about all that HERE and here is a photo I took of her in the tree last week:

Here is a shortened version of the video I took:

4. Thursday is the first day of fall (in the northern hemisphere). How do you feel about the changing seasons? Something you’re looking forward to this fall? 

I love the changing seasons and how where I live you can really see the difference from season to season. I used to really love fall and I still do in some ways but I know fall leads to winter and I battle depression in winter so I sort of dread it. I am trying not to think this way, however, because my mom, who is originally from the South, said she used to dread fall for the same reason but one day God put it on her heart that she was spending so much time dreading winter that she wasn’t enjoying the good moments of her life.

This fall I am just looking forward to cooler days with hot tea with honey, or cocoa, and a good book, as well as jumping in the leaves with my youngest. I’m also looking forward to my daughter, son’s and husband’s birthdays.

5. In what way (or ways) are you like the apple that didn’t ‘fall far from the tree’? 

Well, I am a lot like my mom in a few ways. I worry a lot, but then remember to pray (or try to), I like to read like she does (though she is much more of an avid reader), and like my dad I have a tendency to be anxious and also, when very tired, extremely sarcastic and sometimes biting. I hope, though, that I also have my mom’s good qualities of caring for people and my dad’s same good quality of caring about others.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Monday was my birthday and when my daughter woke up she slapped my arm and the fat jiggled. She thought this was hilarious. I sent my husband a text that said, “Nothing says you’ve hit 45 like your seven-year-old giggling while your arm fat jiggles.” In addition, my dad dropped by with a blood pressure machine he’d picked up at a yard sale. It wasn’t my gift, but it was a sobering moment in my day. Sigh. Reality really does bite sometimes. *wink*

Really, though, it was a super nice day of relaxation where I read books, watched a Thin Man movie (William Powell and Myrna Loy), watched The Man Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain with my family, and wore a cozy nightgown all day (even to the bank where I’m sure the tellers thought I was drunk).

20 thoughts on “Hodge Podge: The Autumn Edition

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  2. I enjoyed your answers. #1 was funny…who has time for crawling…gotta just get to walking. My girls walked at 10 months and 11 months. Oh goodness…I couldn’t imagine trying to get a cat out of a tree…I don’t battle depression but I do not like the shorter days, gloomy skies…I have to really be intentional with my thinking, etc. Happy late birthday.


  3. Happy birthday! Mine was Sunday and I feel ya lol. I am older than you but was a little taken aback today when the cashier at Publix asked me if I qualify for the senior discount. (Not quite, but not far from it). I didn’t think I looked close to it though. I guess the mirror doesn’t lie. Enjoy this new season! Winter gives way to spring and that’s a good thing.

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  4. Your random thought made me smile, particularly your mentioning your Dad coming round with a blood pressure machine on your birthday. Seriously though, beyond forty it’s recommended to check your blood pressure regularly and I myself (age 36) do it every six months because I am at risk of metabolic syndrome from my meds. By the way, I’m so happy to see another HodgePodge’er who isn’t a grandma yet, haha.


  5. First of all, Happy Belated Birthday!! Glad you had a nice day! I laughed at your daughter’s delight in watching your arm jiggle because my granddaughter (who’s around the same age as your Little Miss) does the same to me. If you think you’re old at 45, imagine how I feel when I realize I’m old enough to be your mother! 😉 I so enjoyed your hodge podge today and here’s just a few of my observations from the prompts. In 1978, I had been married for a year and was an Army wife. I definitely remember 78 records and was just discussing them with my hubby the other day. You probably only listened to 33 1/3 record albums in your day because 78’s and I think even 45’s were long gone and replaced by cassette tapes.


  6. I love reading your hodge podge & random thoughts. I think I’ve probably told you this before, but your writing of these remind me so much of Gladys Tabor’s writing. I loved her “hodge podge” collections of writing about her life at her farm “Stillmeadow.” She also wrote columns for women’s magazines in the 40s thru the 70s called “Butternut Wisdom.” There is just not enough writing about the true gifts in our ordinary moments. Thank you for sharing yours with us. Also, Happy Birthday, Birthday Sister! My Birthday was Monday too! Blessings to you this year!


    • Bettie!! Did you ever tell me before we have the same birthday?? No way! So weird because I also knew a Betsy and her birthday was the same day as me too! Happy belated birthday to you too.

      I don’t remember you telling me about Gladys before but I am looking her up now! I bet I’ll love her stuff.


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