Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
join us as we answer the questions and feel free to connect over at From This Side of the Pond.

1. Find a penny. Look at the date and tell us something about your life or what you were doing that year? First of all, who made the dates SO TINY on those pennies. I had to put on double reading glasses and turn on my phone flashlight and hold the pennies just so to even read the date! Of course, I then had to look at every penny in my wallet and I had 10 pennies ranging from 1960 (I was 2 years old) to 2018. These pictures were already "together" so here we go - June of 58 and Winter of 1960. This is what I was doing then. 

I had lots of pictures from 2018 - I went to Israel, our daughter got married, plus these:

we were busy being Gran & Pops

we climbed to the top of a fire tower with friends

I fell on the metal pier at the beach
and it is a miracle nothing was
broken. I've never had so many
bruises in my life.

2. Were you given an allowance as a child? Did you have to earn it in some way? Did you learn to save money when you were a child or is that something you figured out as an adult? I think I was given an allowance sporadically and it seems like it was $.50 or $1.00. We all had to do various chores from dusting to washing and drying dishes. I did not learn to save money as a child and I give thanks every single day for my husband who taught me to save . . .though I went kicking and screaming.

3. April 23rd is National Take A Chance Day...what's a chance you need or want to take? I guess we are all taking a "chance" as we begin to venture out again into the world.

4. What's some outdated slang you seem to use a little too often? I don't know how outdated this is but my daughter, daughter-in-law, and son all told me not to say "cray cray" ANYMORE! Alrighty then.

5. It's National Poetry month and I always like to make us work our brains a little...

Roses are red
Violets are blue fill in the rest with something original...

I'm going to cheat -- I have a greeting card that says:
Violets are blue.
Roses are red.
You're another year older
and closer to dead.

I'm saving this card for someone special . . .not sure who . . .

6. Insert your own random thought here. I'm still working on my April A to Z Challenge and blogging each day about different foods and recipes. On one hand I'm loving it . . .and the other hand is counting down the days. Speaking of counting days, I made an old fashioned sticker chart/calendar last night to count down the days until we go to the beach. I am so ready for a vacation.

I'll close on this . . .one of my pennies was a 1982 and I think that was the year I was in the Iron Man Ski Queen competition. We didn't have to ski - we just had to ride in a boat in a bathing suit. I was first runner up and the Queen and I rode together. This photo was from my "portfolio" - what a weird time in my life. (but the next year, I received free tickets and invited Mark to go with me and we've been together ever since).


  1. Wow those bruises are something! I had similar thoughts on the font size : ) I'm behind on reading the A-Z posts, but hope to do a little catching up today.

  2. Cool story in your final thought there.

  3. Beautiful ... both then and now! (Well, maybe not the bruises - scary!) Where are you headed on vacation? I want to visit the coast, but unsure which destination is best for a couple old first-timers.

  4. The only way I sanely got through the A/Z challenge when I did them a few years back was to have my posts all ready to go 2 weeks before the challenge. I started working on them in February a couple letters at a time. Trying to do it daily plus visiting blogs, etc just wore me out the first year I did the challenge. Its fun but I was always ready for it to be over with.

    Oh wow with your bruises! That was a fall! It was fun with the penny question. I don't participate in the Hodgepodge but I did find a penny (after looking forever here for one) and it was 2015 which was a nice year for us :)

    Good for having a vacation planned and upcoming. We need to get out there and start living again, right? And we are smarter now than a year ago when things shut down . You'll be perfectly fine! And to go to the beach is an added bonus!


  5. WOW, those bruises look bad.
    Love your #6, a lovely lady then and now.
    Have a great day!

  6. Oh my gosh... those bruises!! Bless your heart! Fun answers to today's Hodgepodge! xo

  7. I'm amazed you didn't break anything, considering those bruises.
    I hope you can venture out to the beach soon! I think we all feel this way.

    1. I'm still amazed I didn't break anything. While out at the store and in another location, I had two different people come to me and ask me if I needed help - I guess they both thought I had been abused.

  8. I know what you mean about those teeny numbers on the date!, good- ness! Yikes, falling on a metal pier. Remind to stay away from those! But I am loving your black and white photos! So nostalgic! Blessings! SCHOTZY

    1. I love all of those old black and white photos!

  9. Aren't you glad you have those great memories from 2018? Except for that nasty fall of course. All we did in 2019 hold extra special memories simply because of the contrast with the following year. Yes, good memories become more precious in retrospect. By the way, in 1960 I was a sophomore in high school. Now, that puts things into perspective for sure.