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Wednesday Hodgepodge Salutes Veteran's

These are the questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. 

 1. Are you too hard on yourself or not hard enough? Elaborate. 

Too hard on myself. 

My mom was very critical of me and my sister - we could hardly do anything right in her eyes. We could always do better. 

2. What's the role of gratitude in your life? 

I'm thankful for the days I feel good - 

I'm thankful that I am alive on those days when I don't feel so good. 

All are indebted much to thee,
But I far more than all,
From many a deadly snare set free,
And raised from many a fall.
Overwhelm me, from above,
Daily, with thy boundless love …

William Cowper; Gratitude and Love to God

3. Where do you get your news these days? How much attention are you giving it currently? 

We haven't had cable or satellite on our TV for 10 years so I don't watch any cable news or cable shows and don't miss it. I'll watch local news for weather -  and what is going on in town. 

Currently, I am following Israeli media daily and I follow Amir Tsarfati on Telegram. 

4. Do you like potatoes? Last time you prepared potatoes in some way? Which of the following is your favorite...baked potato, mashed potato, french fried potato, sweet potato, hash brown potatoes, roasted potatoes, or potato salad? 

I like potatoes in all the ways mentioned except for sweet potatoes. We had mashed potatoes the other night and I added diced potatoes to my beef vegetable soup. 

5. Are you a veteran? Are there any veterans in your family? Will you do anything special to honor them on Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day this year? 

I am not a veteran. 

Currently, there are only 2 veterans in the family who are still alive. My husband served 10 years in the Navy and 10 years in the Coast Guard. 

He retired out in 1994. 

During the Iran hostage crisis, my husband’s frigate was part of 2 strike groups that sat off the coast of Iran for 130+ days waiting to go in to help in the rescue. He said they just went in circles, waiting for the politics and of course, we all know what happened. Before they were sent to Iran his strike group was ordered off the coast of South Korea due to an assignation of someone important. While in the Coast Guard, he served on the USCG Polar Sea deployed to the North and South Poles - bringing in supplies to the McMurdo station in the Ross Sea.  The Polar Sea also served as a science research vessel with climate scientists. 

My youngest son, who I lovingly refer to as “Navy” served 6 years in the… you guessed it- the USS Navy. He worked on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt for 2 deployments to the Persian Gulf. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Gratitude And Love To God

by William Cowper

All are indebted much to thee,
But I far more than all,
From many a deadly snare set free,
And raised from many a fall.
Overwhelm me, from above,
Daily, with thy boundless love.

What bonds of gratitude I feel
No language can declare;
Beneath the oppressive weight I reel,
'Tis more than I can bear:
When shall I that blessing prove,
To return thee love for love?

Spirit of charity, dispense
Thy grace to every heart;
Expel all other spirits thence,
Drive self from every part;
Charity divine, draw nigh,
Break the chains in which we lie!

All selfish souls, whate'er they feign,
Have still a slavish lot;
They boast of liberty in vain,
Of love, and feel it not.
He whose bosom glows with thee,
He, and he alone, is free.

Oh blessedness, all bliss above,
When thy pure fires prevail!
Love only teaches what is love:
All other lessons fail:
We learn its name, but not its powers,
Experience only makes it ours.

Have a great day! 


  1. My brother was a navigator in the Navy Air chasing submarines. He retired as a Captain. Can not be grateful enough for our those who serve.

  2. Pretty leaf!
    We don't listen to regular news either. We listen to American Family Talk and also Amir Tsarfati.
    My son was in the army for 10 years, my Dad was also a veteran. Thanks to your husband and son for their service!
    We had mashed potatoes last night. Yum!

    1. Every generation except my grandfather was in the military. Grandpa had 9 children - was a farmer and was exempted from WW1.

  3. Wow, you must be so proud of your family!

  4. Thank you to your husband and son for their service. My mom was like that too. I stand for Israel too! I am reading a book by Cathy Lee Gifford that is about Israel and the places Jesus would have walked.

  5. 1. I was very strict with myself... all my life, but I'm not anymore... the wisdom of age. What are you saying?
    2. I am very grateful for what has been and is being given to me.
    3. I distance myself completely from the news world. I very consciously record messages that I have selected.
    4. I love potatoes. I eat them almost every day.
    5. Honoring veterans - I have to think about that.
    6. Life is beautiful - enjoy it.

  6. Thank you to your husband and son for their service to our country. I know you are proud of them, and well you should be, and thankful they are home safe and sound. I loved the poem (hymn?) by William Cowper. I don't know that I've heard it before, but it is powerful. Love the leaf! Yes, we stand with Israel!

  7. Thank you to your husband and son for their service.
    Ken was in the Navy for 20 years. Both our fathers were in the military as well as my step father, and 4 of my uncles.
    Love the red leaf and the poem is beautiful.

    1. In my family research of my family tree, I have found every generation served n the military going back to the Revolutionary War. The only one who never served was my grandpa who was a farmer and a bunch of mouths to feed. So he was exempt from WW1.

  8. Hello there, hope all is going well over in your part of the world, here are my answers to these hodgepodge questions.

    For the most part I am too hard on myself and too soft on others, I do try to let people know their words and actions are appreciated by me, unless they are being a dickhead then not so much.

    The news I hear usually first thing of a morning on the radio or I get it from my daughter who gets it off the telly first thing in the morning.

    I love spuds or potatoes of you prefer, I like them baked, mashed done in a potato bake or chipped.

    No veterans in my family

    Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work and to play, also to look at the stars.
    BY: Henry Van Dyke

  9. I get my news from the various media online and watch the news provincially on television.

    God bless.

  10. Well I think we watch too much news at times. When I am here alone...which is not that oftrn, I leave the tv off. Janice

  11. Thanks very much to your husband and son for their service. We also stand with Israel. I'm a bit dumbfounded by those justifying the barbaric actions of terrorists. How upside down is this world right now??? I hope you've had a nice weekend. It's been cool here and a little drizzly but we're in a drought and really need some rain.

  12. It's hard when a parent is critical of us, that was my dad.

  13. Thank you to your husband and son for their service. Our family also stand with Israel. My heartbreaks at what is happening within this USA.... keeping faith.
    Happy Thanksgiving,


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