Thanks to Joyce From This Side of the Pond, I am joining in yet another Hodgepodge. I think I may start to be a regular pretty soon. I'm enjoying them.
1. Why do you blog? Have your reasons changed over time?
I've always kept diaries when I was young. My therapist thought it would be a good way for me to get my thoughts out. Back in the late '90s, my first blog was on Yahoo 360 - then I went to Xanga and then over to Blogger. I especially like Xanga because you could set your audience to where some posts would be public and some would be for your readers and some would be just for me, like a personal diary.
I've always enjoyed writing since I was old enough - and you would think that because I do, I am a talker. I am not a talker at all. In fact, I am a quiet person - I just like more meaningful conservations. I am more of a listener than a talker. and I detest small talk. This is why my therapist suggested blogging to me - a way to creatively express myself. Lately, I do not feel I am creatively expressing myself. I feel as if I am in a rut. That is why, I have been thinking about retiring from blogging. So many have left. I find I have to be very careful as to what I post about. Readers nowadays, want fluff - and while I do enjoy that as well, I do have an inquiring mind and for the last few years I feel stifled. I'll be 70 next March so I may or may not continue after that. We'll see. I only have 50 followers - if that - so I don't know why I care about losing any if I should change things up a bit.
2. What's a typical Friday night look like at your house?
We observe my husband's tradition - we used to have a group of like-minded who joined with us every Friday night. Both here and when we lived in the San Francisco area. Sadly 3 in our group have passed on. Now we get together for biblical feasts and observances throughout the year. At times we attended the local synagogue but they are going down a different road.
It is not a set-in-stone rule, that we choose to do this - but it is important to my husband and I knew this when I married him.
3. Do you like donuts? Your favorite kind? How often do you treat yourself to a donut? Have you ever made homemade donuts?
I love donuts. I have a weakness for glazed donuts and chocolate-covered donuts. I do not care for cake donuts only the yeasty ones that raise and are absolutely scrumptious. I eat jelly donuts at least once a year on Hanukkah. They are called Sufganiyah.
I've never attempted to make them. I don't see myself in the future making them either. A good donut shop is all that is needed.
4. How do you feel about shopping? Are you an online shopper? Catalog shopper? Brick and mortar shopper? Do you order groceries online or prefer to select items with your own two hands?
I don't like to shop. Shopping for clothes is the worst. No, I take that back - shopping for bras is the worst! I tend to shop online as long as they have a good return policy and the returns are here in the USA. I've been burnt a few times, purchasing something that came from China and when I wanted to return it, the cost was more than the item. So now I check.
Granted, I can't totally escape in-the-flesh-shopping for some things so what I do is get there as soon as the doors open. I like to get in and out, asap! I do enjoy shopping for wood at lumber places. Love the smell of wood and of course gardening centers.
I ordered groceries online and had them deliver them one of two times during the pandemic - I didn't like it.
5. Next week's Hodgepodge finds us somehow in the month of April, which just so happens to be National Poetry Month. Sum up (or tell us something about) your month of March in the form of a limerick. You can do it!!
Oh man, do I have to?
it rained and rained and rained
while she ate and ate and gained
now she's our fat gal from Cali
6. Insert your own random thought here.
First off, the term "Cali" is not how I refer to California. I never heard it used when I was a kid - it seemed more like a SoCal term and I was a San Franciscan. (Don't call us Frisco) Then tourists started using it to refer to the whole State and I believe it became more prevalent in the 1980s when there was a song, by LL Cool named "Cali." The term took off after that plus a new generation started using it and the rest is now history.
I only used it for the limerick. As far as I am concerned I am a Northern Californian.
I am finding I do reveal more about myself in these Hodgepodges that otherwise I wouldn't. It's like it gets my juices revved up and I start spilling the beans.
I hope you have enjoyed -
I really like blogging and my blog has changed over time but that's ok.ReplyDelete
Yeah Iike donuts choc coated with custard inside
I used to enjoy blogging a lot better.Delete
Well, if you do decide to give up blogging we will miss you but understand! My first blog was with diaryland. I can't find it anymore but I wish I could because I would love to read it again! I do enjoy blogging and see it as a way of journaling my life and trips we've taken, I also love to shop in stores except grocery shopping which I hate! But I like to be able to try stuff on before I buy. I find returning stuff to be very annoying!ReplyDelete
Check this place out for old forgotten blogs and websites. https://web.archive.org/ I found my website that I made through Geo-Cities back in 2002 that is no longer up but is, there on this website.Delete
I've tried to give up blogging a couple of times but miss it and always come back. Yes, lots of people have left but there are others who come along.ReplyDelete
Nice to read your answers.
I do not like shopping!!
Yeah that's the thing - I would miss it and my friends.Delete
Oh no. Dont stop blogging. Too many bloggers I know have quit. It is p to you, but I am just getting to know you. JaniceReplyDelete
Thank You Janice. I always grumble that I am giving it up and then I don't. I'll know when the time will come, whenever that will be.Delete
I don't think we've "met" before but I'm stopping by from Hodgepodge. I considered dropping my blog earlier this year, but knew I'd miss the writing so I started a new blog! My audience is a lot smaller now than when I started but that's okay with me. Nice getting to know you!ReplyDelete
I had a blog I had since the early years that I closed down about 2-3 years ago. I had a lot of followers. Thanks for stopping by and it will be nice getting to know you too.Delete
I think it is good to have family traditions.ReplyDelete
I enjoy chocolate cream filled donuts.
I am an Amazon-ho-lic I am afraid.
I order groceries from Walmart and love it.
I think blogging is a choice - I took a break - then I came back.
Do what you want to do.
I love chocolate and shopping on Amazon. Yeah I may take a break - I don't know. I may start another one on California history. Who knows??? I don't. lolDelete
Debby, well done on your limerick. I find I share more than probably anyone wants to know on my hodgepodge posts. I was born and raised in Southern California.ReplyDelete
My fellow Californian! There doesn't seem very many of us, here on Blog land.Delete
I do hope you won't stop blogging - I appreciate your sharing of your life in an area so different from my own. I've only been blogging since 2011 or so, with the hopes of becoming a better writer. I don't think that has happened.ReplyDelete
My mom was a big fan of cake donuts. There was a small bakery in a town about a 1/2 hour from my home town that made these - they were such a hit they sold out very quickly. I would try to time my drives to visit so I'd be at the bakery early in the morning to pick up a half dozen for her. Her other choice was a long john, with chocolate. I think my favorite would be a honey cruller.
Have a great day!
Well Thank you for that, Maebeme. There is something to posting and writing and it does keep our minds sharp.Delete
Love your blog and love learning more about you and the area you live in.ReplyDelete
I have made donuts, but now haven't as the boys are older and no longer at home. I do make donut holes though.
Thanks Jackie. I like hearing abut your area as well.Delete
Speaking of shopping from China-ugh! I just today received a top I had ordered February1st to wear on St. Patrick's Day lol. I do try hard to verify where things are made and coming from, but somehow this one slipped through the cracks. Oh well. It's cute and I can still wear it and I won't send it back because I have no idea how long or even IF I'd get a credit. The Hodgepodge is interesting because it feels sort of inocuous but when you read back you do see you've actually expressed a lot of opinions and thoughts. I like that. Your limerick was great!ReplyDelete
I bought a beautiful dress from China (I didn't know it at the time) to wear at my son's wedding. It came, didn't fit and I tried to get a refund and they don't do refunds since it was custom. To send it back, cost nearly $100. I ended up giving it to a organization that gives prom dresses to poor girls.Delete
I enjoyed your answers, Debby. I love donuts too, and have to say that glazed are probably my favorite.....and the pink frosted ones. ; ) I love shopping! But for clothes, not so much. It's harder to shop for clothes as we age I think. I do hope you continue to blog. Yes, meaningful conversations for me too. Too much nonsense going on in the world. I have a few friends who do the hodgepodge posts, so I'm familiar with them.ReplyDelete
The worst shopping experience ever is shopping for bras. I usually don't try on clothes anymore - I got used t doing that during the pandemic.Delete
I do hope you will keep blogging. I enjoy your posts and I feel like you are a close friend even though we've never met. We have some things in common, some sad, some good. I enjoyed this particular post because it does tell more about you that I didn't know and your little poem was excellent! Poetry is definitely not my strong suit. I think you did a great job! Donuts: Well, I do like glazed donuts or a good cream filled one, but I actually prefer a good apple cider/cinnamon spice cake donut in the fall, with a cup of hot mulled cider to wash it down. However, that is a treat that is difficult to find here in Florida. It's a fall thing more easily found in the north where there are apple orchards. I miss being near them. Oh, I do not like to shop either. I am not even a very good online shopper...too many options and I prefer to see things in person and feel them to be sure they are the quality I am looking for. And I hate to return things. Yes, I have a dress still in the bag it came in all the way from China! It took forever to get here and when it did, it was not at all what I thought it would be and it didn't fit. But I was stuck with it. I believe it needs to be donated to the thrift store at our church...along with a lot of other items that don't fit anymore. Anyway, I enjoyed your post and I do hope you will keep blogging. It is good therapy and also a way to meet new people. I really don't care how many followers I have. There are a few who are faithful readers/commenters and I try to keep up with them as well, you being one of them. Take care my friend from "Cali", uh, sorry, Northern California!! LOL. God bless you!ReplyDelete
How sweet. Thank you Pamela. I will continue to blog until I can't anymore. I am going to try to change things up a bit.Delete
I wish I had kept diaries and journals, but I never got into it. I feel like my blog is my kind of journaling. I don't enjoy shopping for clothes much either. Your limerick made me chuckle.ReplyDelete
A couple of years ago, I threw away old diaries that I had in my younger days because, they were too personal and I didn't want my husband or my sons to read such intimate thoughts of a younger girl/woman. They actually made me blush!Delete
Please don’t stop blogging. I enjoy your writing even though I never comment. I’m your age, lived in So.California my entire life ( no native ever says “Cali”! ) and feel we’re kindred spirits in many of our views. Thanks for sharing life with us.ReplyDelete
Thank you for that. Not too many California bloggers anymore, our age.Delete
Please don’t stop blogging. I enjoy reading your blog even though I never comment. I’m your age, have lived in So. California my entire life ( no native ever says “Cali”! ) and feel we’re kindred spirits in many of our views. Thanks for sharing life with us.ReplyDelete
I found your blog by checking at Judy Miller's (although she has been gone for awhile now, she lives on in her blog list). I get many clicks to my blog from her readers so decided I should take a look and wander around and get to know some of her old friends. I so enjoyed reading about Judy's life so figured there were other like-minded souls on her blog roll.ReplyDelete
I too live in California. I am first generation Californian, my family migrated here during the dustbowl era. San Francisco is like a second home, and when I first retired from teaching I lived for 15 months at Howard and Embarcadero on the 17th floor overlooking the Bay Bridge. I would still be there had the cost of the studio apartment had not gone through the roof. Oh, and if I had found a job. No one wanted to hire an old retired school teacher, so I came back to Fresno to our house we've lived in for 42 years. This is truly home.
Welcome - glad you found me. I used to work on Howard St in the City back in the 70's. It was called California Dental Service. I could see the bay bridge from our windows as well. Small world. I loved working in San Francisco - some of the best times in my young life. Nice to meet you and I hope you'll keep coming back.Delete