Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hodge Podge

1. It's a brand new month...share one thing you're looking forward to in October.
I just don't like to think about winter, so October is the last month I get to enjoy a little of the garden... just picked another basket of paste tomatoes and a few green bean stragglers and some kale which is very yummy now after the 2 frosts we've had.  This will be the end though.  I don't expect we'll be able to go too much further without a deep frost and then it will be time to turn the garden over to the chickens who will lay waste to any remaining green parts.  Right now the leaves are all the beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and maroon.  Even on the many rainy days of fall the sky seems sunny because of their warm colors.  I like that part of October.  This fall seems to be milder than most, so we haven't had to turn on the heat at all.  I do like fall, I just don't want to think about winter right now.

2. Is chivalry dead? Explain.   Many people today are quite "self absorbed" thinking only of what will make their life better with little regard to others.  I blame the way they were educated, and I don't expect their thoughts will change.  There are still many who have been taught to respect others by their parents and grandparents.  There are young people in the community where I live who will still open the door for a lady and who will offer to help without being prompted to do so.  I don't think chivalry is dead... it may be dying, but with good training I pray it will not.

3. On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip made its debut. Which character is your favorite? Which character is most like you? (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, or Pig Pen)  I guess if I was going to identify with any of them it would be "Peppermint Patty" .  She was the "tomboy" of the bunch and was a little bossy, which I can be.  She also wore sandals which I do most of the year.... at least till it gets too cold.  Gotta love the Teva's
4. What's something you're competitive about?  I am not outwardly competitive, but inwardly it really irks me to lose.  On cold winter nights, Mr. D and I will play card games, especially the Monopoly card game, and I hate to lose, but I don't let on that I'm unhappy.  I wonder why I do that?  Hmmm not sure.
5. October is National Popcorn Popping Month...are you a fan? How do you like your popcorn?
I eat popcorn nearly every weekend and take the leftovers to work with me... evidenced by the popcorn under my desk.  I recently started making "kale chips" which are rivaling the popcorn right now.  They are addicting.  I make popcorn on the stove in my 2 qt sauce pan.  A little canola oil in the bottom of the pot and then some kernels.  Heat them on high shaking the pot till popping stops or pops are 5 seconds apart approx.  Put the popped corn into a large bowl and salt immediately.  That's it... no butter.  It's pretty good!

Kale chips are easy peasy too.  Rinse and take main rib out of the leaves.  Cut into 1" pieces or rip the leave... not too small.  Let them drip off extra water or put them in a salad spinner.  Lay onto a baking sheet sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until crisp.  These can be a little messy to eat, but on the weekend who cares if I have a little kale chip stuck in my teeth.

6. When did you first realize the world is small?  I guess with the coming of the internet the world became a lot smaller to me.  I haven't traveled much, but I do get to write to my family members who live all over the world instantly with the internet.  I still know that the world is big though because I haven't visited face to face with my family in a long time.  We write and exchange pictures, but have not had the money or the time to travel to see them.  My daughter comes here a couple times/year to visit and grandson Brandon comes to spend the summer with us.  I'd like to get to see my brother and family in SC sometime.  When I was younger, I traveled all the time, but now not so much.
7. In terms of architecture, what's the most beautiful building you've seen up close and in person?  I think the most impressive building I've ever been to is the US Capitol in DC.  I love all the white marble and the sculpture, the paintings, the history.  I like all that stuff.  Now you need to have special clearance to even go up the steps of the capitol, but when I was younger you could go in and tour with a group anytime you visited our nation's capital.
8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Joanna and I at the ladies retreat at
The Wilds of New England. 
 I've been so happy to be able to spend
time with my daughter this past year. 
 And to see her little boy Norman
daily as he grows and does new
things all the time.  I miss Heather
and Brandon and wish
they were living close by too.



  1. Your garden sounds so nice. I heard that kale chips are very good but so far haven't been brave enough to try to make them.

  2. I think I will leave the kale chips to you and stick with my popcorn.
    I love the colors and temperatures of Fall but hate seeing the garden go. Fresh fruits and veggies are so much better than what you find in the grocery.
    I too think the internet has made this old world a bit smaller as it allows us to communicate with others more easily whether they are far or near.

  3. I have been wanting to try kale chips too. I love kale. Nice pic of you and Joanna at the retreat!

  4. We have popcorn several times a week. I have also heard that it cen help you sleep at night because it fills your stomach with fewer calories. Mu husband will have it for luch as well.

  5. I tried kale chips this year but thought they tasted a little too 'green' for me. I never turn down popcorn : ) The capitol is a beautiful building. My daughter works very nearby there and I think DC, for all its chaos, does have some very lovely architecture.

  6. You are the only other Hodgepodger I've found who eats unbuttered popcorn. ;-)

    We drove right past DC on our way home on our most recent trip. I hated being so close but not stopping to see the DC sights, but we had already been gone from home longer than normal, so I was ready to get home. DH and I hope to get to DC some day ... and can't wait to see the sights. Some day.