Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Thankful Hodgepodge

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog and link up here or feel free to answer in the comment section!

From this Side of the Pond
1. Three things you're grateful for this first week of November? 
I am thankful for my family and our friends (who are like family) and our church and oh so many other things - good health, sunshine, a juicy orange! This week I'm feeling very thankful so my list could go on and on.

2. Is Daylight Savings Time a thing where you live? Do you think we should continue setting the clocks forward and back? Why or why not? If you could add an extra hour to your day would you want it added morning-noon-night? Do you think it likely you'd be more productive or more likely that you'd just waste more time? Yes, daylight savings time is a thing here in Alabama. I wish we could just get on one time and stay there. Of course, I would "say" that I would love an extra hour every day but I don't know if I would be productive or not.

3. Who is  your favorite author? Your favorite book by your favorite author? I love reading so I don't know that I have a true favorite. I love James Patterson. I enjoy Janet Evanovich. Let me tell you what I just read - go load it on your Kindle or go to your library and check it out. Historical fiction is not my normal genre but this book is worth reading. I didn't want to put it down and I didn't want it to end. After you read the book, read what both authors wrote and read where they took creative license vs. actual history. After you read it, I would love to hear your opinion.

4. It's National Sandwich Day...will you celebrate? How often do you eat a sandwich? What's your favorite? I actually had a tuna salad sandwich for lunch on Tuesday. Have y'all purchased the Lewis Keto bread? It is a game changer. I've never been a "normal" breakfast eater so probably 5 out of 7 days a week, I have a few slices of turkey, a slice of velveeta, a squirt of two of mustard, a tiny squirt of Hellman's' light mayo on Lewis Keto bread for breakfast. Yes, I know it is weird but it works for me.

5. Have you started your Christmas shopping? If so when did you start? If not when will you start? Do you give more or fewer gifts than you did five years ago? I have not started my shopping. I will probably do most of my shopping online and I will probably shop online over Thanksgiving weekend. Our "children" and our daughter-in-law all have November birthdays and I like to celebrate their birthdays and Thanksgiving first - before we decorate for Christmas and before I start shopping for Christmas.

6. Insert your own random thought here. We had an awesome Halloween night. By my best calculations, we had between 1000 and 1100 trick or treaters and they were polite and they had fun costumes. I love our street - everyone is sitting outside with a beverage handing out candy. I did feel slightly sorry for myself over the weekend. We were not invited to a single party and social media made me think that everyone I know was at a party. I guess that means that I need to have a party . . .that way, I have a party to attend!!

We bought 1520 pieces of candy and
we gave away close to 1500 pieces.
The first 5-600 got one piece each.
The last 45 minutes, we gave out
two pieces per kid.

The trick or treaters seem to arrive in groups
most of the night. I love when a whole
group dresses up with a theme.
This just shows how many
folks there are - we have all
ages and all nationalities.

I have no idea who this family is 
but I asked if I could take their picture.
This is a great family costume idea!!

We didn't get to see our granddaughters in person but I saw pictures and I'll share those, too!

our son, DIL, and granddaughter #1

Granddaughter #1 made the cutest
unicorn jockey - she LOVES

this little nugget had a bad cold
and cough so she dressed up
but they weren't able to go
to their church Trunk or Treat.
She loves that thumb.


  1. I can't imagine that many trick or treaters! I put the book on my to-read list. I haven't heard of it, but sounds intriguing. Have a nice week!

    1. My sister's bookclub is reading the book and she told me about it. I had not heard of it before last Friday either.

  2. In our new 55+ gated village, we don't have any trick-or-treaters at all. I really didn't miss them, but it sounds like that is a huge tradition in your neighborhood. That was a lot of candy. Your little grand girls were adorable and I'm sorry the #2 missed out on her fun night. Happy Time Change Weekend!

    1. It is a HUGE tradition in our neighborhood. The kids have a pizza party in one of our parks at 5:00 and then the little ones head out to trick or treat. Prizes are awarded in different categories of decorating the outside of the house - best seasonal; best Halloween; and one other. We've never one. I said we need a people's choice award because we always get so many comments on the creativity of my husband's skeleton skills! hahaha!

  3. Good morning Lisa! Great hodgepodge. I can't imagine that many trick or treaters but it must have been so fun to see all the costumes. Thanks for the book recommendation, historical fiction is my genre so I'm looking forward to checking it out. Have a great week!

    1. I would love to hear your opinion after you read the book!!

  4. Cute grands but so sorry or the one with the cold. Bummer. Another fun Hodgepodge!! I enjoyed your answers and pictures!

    1. I know - I hate that she couldn't trick or treat this year.

  5. Your grands are adorable ... why, the unicorn is such a novel idea! We were already in the check-out line at Publix today when I remembered that keto bread. Next time!

  6. Wow! That is a lot of trick or treaters. Sounds like a fun street. Sorry that little nugget was under the weather. That unicorn stuffed costume is fun. Ya gotta love a page turner! Happy November and Hodgepodge to you.

  7. Oh, our 6 year old granddaughter absolutely LOVES her thumb, I've never seen anything like it but it's so cute. Of course, her Dad and Mom will probably spend a fortune getting her mouth straightened back out in the future. I can't imagine that many trick or treaters. We had the neighbors daughter, and our Grans. There are only 10 houses in our area and it's a bit out of the way.

    1. They tried giving a pacifier to her over and over as a baby but she sucked that thumb from the beginning! It is cute but I agree - orthodontist here they come :-)

  8. There is something about a little one sucking her thumb that just melts my heart. My oldest sucked a paci for too long and my youngest sucked her thumb for too long but they needed it!!
    Glad for all the Halloween fun. It is entertaining to just sit and watch the parade of creative costumes go by. Love when a whole family has a themed look.

  9. I enjoyed your answers. Looks like a fun halloween