Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Perfect Hodgepodge





Congratulations to Joyce for hosting her 300th Hodgepodge hullaboo! 
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What is one area of your life where you're a perfectionist?

Ha!  I'm somewhat rigid about our bed being made up every day.  DH used to venture: "It's just going to get messed up again."
(He doesn't say that anymore.... )

Is that a good thing?

I may not have control over most of the stuff in my life, but at least I can control my bedsheets.  LOL.



What's something you find perfectly ridiculous?

Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but the sight of lovely young women with purple/blue/green hair makes my teeth hurt.



What's a skill you've developed by way of that old fashioned saying, 'Practice makes perfect'?


No matter the effort, I can't think of a single area in my life I've 'perfected.'   
... but I'm getting darn good at Defensive Driving.  Phoenix drivers are the worst!!!



What's your idea of a perfect breakfast?


I've not indulged in a while, but Eggs Bubba -- featured at one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall establishments -- is pretty unforgettable:  Two eggs sunny side up, atop buttermilk biscuits and chicken fried steak, and covered with cream gravy.





What's a trip, holiday, vacation, or day outing you've taken that you'd rate a perfect 10?  Tell us why.



Now defunct, Sitmar Cruiselines offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences (1983/84/85).
Their smaller, more intimate ships offered tableside Caesar salad preps, an adorable Italian crew, and opportunities to don formal wear more evenings than not.
Did I mention the touchy-feelie, adorable Italians?




What quote or saying perfectly sums up your life right now?  (If you can't do perfect, how about one that comes close?)

Does a song count?  Lately I've been thinking a lot about Bob Seger's "Against the Wind."




How would you spend $300 today?

That's 'found' money; not to be spent on anything practical.  Right?

OK! I'd probably buy a nice bottle of Masi Amarone, indulge in a facial (a first!)  -- then donate the rest to a local rescue, no-kill shelter.



Insert your own random thought here.

As the mother of a Gulf War veteran who suffers from PTSD, I wanted to share a bit about (former Army Ranger) Jon Jackson's grass-roots organization, StagVets.  
Our nation's first acute veterans crisis agriculture center, they focus focused on rehabilitation, reintegration and most of all, rekindling our heroes' strength.  

   
Don't you love it when good things happen to good people!





Hugs everyone!

Myra

















25 comments:

  1. How cool with that cruise!! Of course during that time period, I was married so I wouldn't appreciate the benefits of a touchie feelie crew :)

    Yum on that breakfast! We ate there for dinner, but haven't tried breakfast yet (for probably good reason after adding up the calories on this breakfast special of yours :)

    betty

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    1. How was your dinner? I just wish spots like that had an adjacent spot with bunk-beds for those (like me) who just want to lapse into a carb-coma for an hour or so after eating. :)

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  2. My husband's right--I don't laugh enough--but then I read this post and I'm holding my sides when I think of the mature gal at the post office with bright streaked, pink hair. My you're lovely; thanks for sharing those cruise pics and reminding me how wonderful it is to dress up at sea (and be with Italians.) I think you are most generous to share your 300. I hope God sees this and gives you 900 surprisingly because you would bless others. Loving hugs, my friend. I'm so glad I know you.

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    1. Aw, thanks!
      I'd have to bite my tongue at your Postal Service gal. I want to ask, "Why???"

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  3. The only cruise I've ever been on was one in the late 70's. We got on the ship and the crew went on strike. We never even left port. I never attempted to go on one again.

    Thanks for the StagVet link. Very interesting. We have something similar here in Chicago called "Rags of Honor" I hope to visit sometime this summer and do a blog post on them.

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    1. OMG, that NON-cruise had to be so infuriating! What a let down!
      I'll look forward to reading about Rags of Honor.

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  4. I always love this. (I say that ever time!)
    I smile at Tom's it's just gonna get messed up again!
    Once at Camp Geiger when we marched to chow ever meal (not straggling) The Top Sgt. said, "Darnell, your rack ain't made up."
    "Hey Sarg, I'll just mess it up again tonight!"
    "Fall out Darnell, no sense in you going to eat, you'll just get hungry again."

    I stepped out of ranks as he ordered the rest, F'ward march, leaving me standing without breakfast!

    Thanks for a reminder of a wonderful time. LOL
    Great entry!

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    1. THAT has to be the BEST response in the history of ever. I got to thinking about that on the drive home and started chuckling all over again.

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  5. I think I can agree with you about Seger's song 'Against the Wind'. Suits my life too. You looked beautiful on your cruise, could be why you got the attention.

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    1. Thank you so much! (Buts lots of water's gone under that bridge.)

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  6. wow on having a super great answer for each question. when I am asked a point blank question I draw a blank. reading your answeres stirred up answers of my own. God bless you and your son. what a great way to help vets. my hubby would die for that breakfast, mine would be bacon and pancakes. I am with ou on the hair color and I never leave my bedroom without making the bed first.

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    1. ... and MY hubby would be bacon/pancakes, too! I'm so glad you shared some of your own answers, Sandra; that's what I like about these memes.

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  7. Stag Vets sounds like such a worthwhile and meaningful organization. My parents used to go on the smaller cruises and really enjoyed them too. Have never been on a cruise before. Perhaps some day...

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    1. I don't know that we'll ever cruise again. Most passenger ships these days are focused on bigger and bigger ... and bigger. Not necessarily better.
      Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I feel the days of the 'formal' cruising is over. The newer generations don't seem to want to dress up. I loved those cruises the most! Now I am just as happy to stay home! Crazy! Stag Vets is something I will look into. I am sorry your son suffers from PTSD. My brother is a Viet Nam war vet who sufferes also, although he won't admit it. Drowns it in a bottle of whiskey!!

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    1. I have to agree with you on 'formal' cruising becoming obsolete. I daydream about robbing a bank (lol) to someday indulge on a Silver Seas or Oceanic cruise, but Tom wisely pointed out, we'd probably have nothing in common with other passengers.

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    2. Ya, Troy only shared his PTSD and TBI with us recently ... and shared Jon Jackson's mission. Sounds like an amazing man, doesn't he? I follow Jon on FB. Troy and my DIL actually visited Comfort Farms last fall for a soft grand opening BBQ.

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  9. I always enjoy your answers to these things - and the humor that accompanies them.
    I used to be a fanatic about fixing my bed, but lately I've come to the conclusion that nobody's gonna see it but me. Let the cats fix it....

    I spent the first half of my life trying to attain perfection - then I finally realized that imperfect is the best I'll ever be.

    I never eat breakfast...and I've never been on a cruise with cute Italians (you look elegant in the photo).
    I've always liked Bob Seger but I don't recall that particular song. I liked the video.
    I've never heard of StagVets, but it's a great (and much-needed) idea. I remember many VietNam vets who desperately needed help but had nowhere to go.

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    1. Thanks, Jon! I forget where I 'stole' the saying, but I'm enormous fond of the term, "Splendidly Imperfect."

      For some (unknown) reason, I replayed Against the Wind on my phone during my drive tonight and smiled, imagining you doing the same.

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  10. I'm/we're with you on making up the bed. I also fold my clean tshirts and boxers and arrange them in my drawer like I did when I was in the Army.
    Ridiculous- women who wear pajamas to Walmart.
    Practice- playing guitar. I practice almost daily but the more I learn the more I realize I don't know squat.
    You're breakfast looks pretty durn god to me.
    Also, anything we can do to help our veterans and returning soldiers is good by me. We owe them a debt that can never be fully paid.
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    1. Thanks for playing along, Rick! BINGO, what you said about wearing pj's to Walmart.

      Musicians like yourself (and my DH) leave me in awe. Wish I possessed your passion.

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  11. I love making the bed first thing in the morning. I've never been on a cruise, sounds lovely. I like how your are spending your $300.

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    1. Thank you, Debby! Now, if that $300 would magically appear ...

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  12. I like people to put their own dirty dishes in the sink with hot soapy water or rinse them for the dishwasher. Argh.........I like neds made too. My kids act like they spent time in prison. Two of them so not use top sheets, eeehewwwwwww.....One thinks changing bed once a month is acceptable ick ick ick !My sousin Kay has been on 22 cruises. I don't like beinf surrounded by water and having no way off the ship! My late brother-in-law grew up in Ludington, Michigan and his dad was a riverboat chef.$300 would be used to pay bills and donate some to charity. I had not seen my friend Bonnie in ages, and we use to be neighbors and raised our girls Hannah (July 3) and Gabby (July 7) together practically! She stopped by for a visit with Gabby on Sunday and we ate chocolate donut holes and drank tea! It was just perfect. I like to travel 120 miles South of my home and visit my sissy. We eat Mexican food and laugh a lot! It is always the perfect visit or trip for me. Visiting Nick at school in Kansas too. The small towns are so much kinder than the big cities. :-( My perfect breakfast has to have a strawberry crepe and ice tea or hot herbal tea. Sigh! This was lots of fun! xo

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  13. Good Lord, my errors are plentiful in my previous comment here. I am watching Finding Dory with my hubby. Have a great evening.

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Your words are like hugs from afar.... and who doesn't love a hug!