A Bucket Full of Hodgepodge

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

1. When did you last have cancelled plans? Were you happy about that or disappointed? 

Last September I had to modify my plans for the annual Sister Weekend since CH was recuperating from his emergency colostomy. I definitely couldn't leave him overnight and tried not to leave him for more than a couple of hours. I was really disappointed but knew what I needed to do.

2. On a scale of 1-10 how much of a planner are you? 

1= I go where the wind takes me  
10=I've got a power point on it, no matter what it is

I'm usually a HUGE planner. I'm trying to be better about just going with the flow, but it's so hard!

3. Do you have a menu plan for the week? If so tell us one or two things that are on it. If not, what's your plan for not having a plan lol? 

I used to write out a bi-weekly menu plan and then build my grocery list from that. Over that past year that changed and we would decide at the last minute what we were going to have. Both of us had reduced appetites so it was hard to plan. Now, I'm finding that I have a hard time figuring out what I'm going to eat. It's really hard to cook for one. I'm trying out Hello, Fresh for the first time so I'll have to report back. 

4. The Hodgepodge lands on National Bucket List Day. Do you have a bucket list? Is it written down or just in your head? What is one thing on your bucket list? If you don't have a list, what is one thing you'd add to a list if you did? Yes I'm going to make you think about it. 

I have a list in my head but I really need to write it down! I definitely want to make it to Fatima, Portugal. My home parish is Our Lady of Fatima; it's the same parish where I grew up so it has major significance in my life.

5. Rain buckets, a drop in the bucket, couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, sweat buckets, cry buckets...which 'bucket' idiom applies to your life in some way currently? 

I don't know that any of those apply to my life right now. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

I did want to "cry buckets" last Saturday. I went through Border Control in Dublin and the agent said, "Welcome home, Mary". I wanted to cry and yell, "No! I don't want to go!" I had an amazing 2-weeks in Ireland; each time I go it seems it's better than the last. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to recap everything so stay tuned!


  1. My parents do Hello, Fresh and love it. It's really perfect for two people and even when they have my sister and her boyfriend over, they can make enough.

  2. I didn't know you were in Ireland-how fun! We have friends going to Fatima in December. He is 89 and really really wants this trip to happen. I hope his health will allow it. Looking forward to your recap!

  3. I must check out Hello Fresh. Sounds like a good option when cooking for one or two.

  4. I love Ireland so I can't wait to read about your trip!! I would like to go to Portugal, too. I've never done Hello, Fresh but I've done Blue Apron and enjoyed it for a short time.

  5. I think a trip to Portugal would be nice along with a visit you Spain. I have heard of Hello Fresh. We have our grands with us 4 days a week and their mom brings us food for them.

  6. Enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. Wow, sounds like you have been on an amazing trip.

  7. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in Ireland. Also, I've used Hello Fresh or one of those once, and liked it. I think it would work if it was just myself or myself and my husband, but with 5 adults living in my house right now, it's not very practical.


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