The Relative Hodgepodge

Joyce asks the questions, and we provide the answers. See how others answered at From This Side of the Pond.

1. What's something that makes you feel stressed? How do you cope? 
It usually involves something with one of the boys. I pray, I stay busy, and I walk. 

2. What's a food you eat that evokes a memory? Explain. 
Chicken pot pie. My SIL gave me the recipe; after my mom passed and right before my daddy passed I made it for my daddy a few times. He really enjoyed it, so every time I make it I think of the time I spent with him before he passed away. Those are times I'll always cherish.

3. This week's Hodgepodge lands on National Visit Your Relatives Day. Will you celebrate by visiting a relative? If so is travel involved? Geographically, who is your nearest relative (not counting those living in your own house)?
I won't celebrate that day because I didn't even know it existed! I have a sister who lives on the same road I live on. The road is a long one separated by a bridge...she lives on the other side of the bridge.

4. What's your most frequently used emoji? Do you make more phone calls, send more emails, or mainly text to communicate with friends and family? 
😂 On my phone it's the smiley face with tears running down. I mainly text; it's just so darned convenient!

5. Tell us the story behind a favorite piece of furniture. 
I have quite a few pieces of furniture that I treasure because my daddy made them. I joke that we would have little furniture if it wasn't for him. I don't think I have a favorite; I love them all. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 
I was approached a few weeks ago by a representative of the company where we rented the campervan for our trip. He asked if I would write a blog post outlining our holiday. Anytime I get the chance to talk/write about it, you bet I will! The post just went "live" yesterday:
Bunk Campers. I'm nearing the end of my Ireland posts on this blog and am at the end on the camping blog (except for the final post). 



  1. Mary, I'll have to click on your blog post about your holiday. How fun to live on the same street as your sister. At the beginning of our marriage, many years ago, we lived across the street from my sister and then we both moved and lived around the corner from each other. Now we live 1500 miles away from each other! Sweet memory of the chicken pot pie and your dear daddy. Happy Hodgepodge to you!

  2. My mom and I text all the time because it IS so convenient but if she's going to write a tome, she'll just call.

  3. I'm the same on the furniture. Most of the nice pieces we have were made by my dad and the most of the rest are hand-me-downs from family.

  4. Your trip sounds wonderful. I have never been to Ireland but have heard from friends who have that it is one of the most beautiful of all countries. Your pictures testify to that. Traveling in the camper van also sounds like fun.

  5. That sounds like a good coping method. That is a sweet memory on the pot pie. How nice to have your sister live so close to you. I do love using emojis in my text messages. That is really nice having pieces of furniture that your dad made. How nice that you were asked to write about trip. I will go and check it out.

  6. I love pot pie...I have a recipe a friend gave me and it's always a huge hit. I made it for my dad once and he said I could jar the filling and sell it...haha. I enjoyed your answers. I always thought it would be fun to live closer to family. My son in laws family mostly all live on the same road as the family farm...though he and my daughter live in another town now, they will hopefully buy a piece of land on the farm and build their own home someday.

  7. I've been on a little road trip with my mom (to your state!) so need to catch up on your posts. How nice to have a sister for a neighbor!


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