Hodgepodge - National Pie Day

 From this Side of the Pond


1. Do you have a word for the year (WOTY)? If so, and you'd like to share, please share. How do you decide on a word? If you don't have a word are you still on the hunt for one for 2024? 

No. 


2. January 23rd is National Pie Day...will you celebrate? Do you like pie? What's your favorite? 

Maybe if I can remember to get out and buy a pie. (writing this on Tuesday.) 

I love pie. It’s hard to pick just one favorite. Lemon meringue, boysenberry, apple, peach, pumpkin, key lime, cream cheese…that’s all I can think of right off the cuff. My husband loves strawberry rhubarb pie.  At the Marie Callenders Restaurant, they have really good pies that you can order. 



3. Tipping. What are your thoughts, expectations, as to who, when where? Do you appreciate a store/restaurant giving a 'suggested amount'? Have you ever left an extravagant tip? 

I know how hard they work. A good waitress/waiter makes all the difference in your dining experience. And when one is exceptional, they stand out. 

Extravagant tip? Once a year we “gift” a restaurant worker; usually at Christmas. This past year, it was on Christmas Day and we tipped the grill cook. I overheard him tell another cook that he was a Dad and that this job was his bread and butter and I just had that confirmation that he was the one. We were prepared and it was such a joy. I’d like to do this more. Maybe set up a tip account so we can save. 


4. Share with us one household 'tip' that works for you. 

See #5


5. Influencers on social media are people who've built a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a particular subject. Do you follow any influencers online? Have you made a purchase or tried something new because of that 'influence'? If there's one you particularly enjoy tell us who they are and why you enjoy them. 

From time to time I will tune in to a YouTube influencer - who are crafters and DIYers. A couple of years ago, I purchased a small handheld steamer that cleans soap scum off shower doors with ease, as well as under the toilet rim. I didn’t buy her brand but I checked around -  I’ve been pleased with the results and no more scrubbing! I use it to also clean my windows, stovetop, and oven. 

But don’t let me influence you. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

The other day I got a phone call from the Netherlands. I didn't answer it. 

The biopsies from my husband's procedure were cancer-free. I pretty much figured it was, because of the report that I read but still, it does linger in the back of the mind, and is good to have reassurance.

I had an IBS episode on Sunday before Church. I had those stomach pains, squeezing me from my lower back to my lower stomach and I threw up. It was a bad day for me - and I'm much better now but my tummy still feels like it is bruised from the inside out. Yeah yeah, I said I would go get it checked out - I will. I especially do not want any antibiotics. They really mess my gut up. 







37 comments:

  1. Never thought of using a hand held steamer for those tasks. Hmmm.

    God bless.

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    1. It has attachments - I got it back in 2020.

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  2. Do you mind sharing which steamer you use for your bathroom chores?

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    1. I am using a Comforday steamer. I got it through Amazon. There are some made by Bissell but those are double the price.

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  3. Oh darn! I missed National Pie day! I like pretty much any type of pie, with pecan pie being my least favorite (it's too sweet!) Hope your gut feels better!

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  4. It would be nice to have a hand steamer. I may get one now. See, you do influence. *giggle*
    Baked Apple is my favorite smell and used to be my favorite pie. Sure wouldn't mind a slice of Key Lime right now, though. It's low in sugar. Right?! (I will it so ...) *grin*
    Oh, no, you get IBS too!? Bless your heart. I bought a big container of MiraLax (there's a generic available for 1/2 the price at Walgreens). It's the safest laxative a person can take per my Doctor. I try to use a cap full thoroughly melted in a cup of water once a week. Seems to help "keep things moving" and avoids most IBS episodes. Ask your Doctor if he agrees. I've also been pinpointing the foods that can trigger these episodes. It is NOT fun to be that sick. And I'm sick of it. Good luck!
    Sending prayers you will feel better. xx

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    1. That's the thing - trying to pinpoint the foods. Some foods on that FODMAP list of foods I can tolerate. I also know that I'm obviously in a cycle of flare ups - I'll have to look into that MiraLax. I missed my bible study this morning with another episode. IT sure takes its toll.

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  5. I like the idea of the handheld steamer...never thought about it cleaning windows. Hope you are feeling better today.

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    1. Especially good when there is dried nose art from the dog!

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  6. Yes I have a word of the year it is Acceptance and it is down to my grandchild Sam that I chose this word even though I don' t understand why Sam wants this or that but I accept him for who he is.

    I like pies, apple pie with ice cream or custard and the good old Aussie meat pie with some tomato sauce.

    Tipping isn't done here so I know nothing about it

    My mum once told me when the house is a mess and you look around and wonder where to start you should stop thinking and just star doing.

    Nope influencers don't influence me

    What should one carry from one year to the next
    My most treasured things such as
    Smiles from love ones, kind words from all
    I will leave behind thoughts unjust and criticism unneeded

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  7. I am so happy for your husband's good news! I had I.B.S. from the time I was nine till I was over sixty. It ruined my social life, as I had to stay close to the bathroom so much of the time. Used to swallow Imodium like M&M's.

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    1. Oh my Ginny that mush have been rough. Sounds like you are over it now?

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  8. Great news about your husband.
    Sure hope you're feeling better.
    I didn't even know there was a national pie day. I sure do like pies but don't eat them very often.

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  9. Oh no! Glad you're feeling better :) And that steamer sounds like some fun cleaning....

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  10. I'm so glad to hear your hubs good report news. I didn't know there was a Marie Callendars restaurant. Is there more than one? I've never seen one but I do like some of her frozen pies. Have a great day!

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    1. https://www.mariecallenders.com/ Mostly in California. I think I've seen one in Reno.

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  11. Hu Debby, good news for your hubby! Sorry about the IBS. My son has UC and has some flare ups and he ends up in the ER. He has to stick to a strict diet. That steamer sounds pretty cool! I hope you feel better soon!

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  12. Wonderful news for your husband's biopsy. That is great news. Praise God! So sorry to hear about your IBS flareup. I hate it when that happens, and I do know all about it. I know I just can't eat much with cooked tomatoes or really red tomato sauce in it anymore, especially chili with beans...that's a double whammy! I walk a narrow line in this department, and yes, it is frustrating. Praying you will get yours under control and feel better. I used to LOVE pies, especially apple pie, (my mother's) But now I just can't seem to handle so much sugar so i really don't each much pie or other desserts. Has to be a very small portion. No fun. The steamer thing sounds interesting. Does it really work on soap scum in the shower? Or just on shower doors? I've never seen that being used before, so that is a new thought. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you have a pleasant and healthy rest of your week.

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    1. Yes, foods that we could eat while younger just don't want to be friends with our digestive systems anymore. My son is a dietician and is always telling me what I should be eating.

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  13. 1. No 2. No 3. Hate tipping, but try not to be cheap to people who work hard. Once and a while I give a nice tip to people who generally do not get tips like a gas attendant (NJ) they are always extra grateful, and the price is well worth it. 4. I wear special cleaning socks sprayed with windex when cleaning bathrooms great for corners and baseboards. 5. No

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    1. I've seen those socks before. That's funny. I just use a old towel to get into the corners and behind tight places. I can't get on my knees anymore due to the knee replacement.

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  14. 1. Never did the word thing.
    2. Don't really pay attention to Pie day but my favorites are Apple, Lemon Meringue and Black Berry
    3. I ususally tip extra when I am out with certain people because I know they are not good tippers so I try to make up for that. I do not like that now days everyone thinks they should be tipped. I also think tipping should changed. I think a wait person that works at a low end restaurant works just as hard or harder than a wait person in a high in place but since it is based on your total they get a much larger tip for doing the same or most times even less than the person that waited on you at a Dennys or Applebees.
    4. No real house hold tips that I can think of.
    5. I did buy a particular frying pan after I saw the "Crazy Russian Hacker" do a review on a pan that he had used for a year and it still had good non-stick surface on it. Most all work great at the begining but lose the non-stick. It became my favorite pan. Not just for the non-stick but it was also square instead of round. I finally bought a new one a couple months ago that is a little larger. Kept the other but is did eventually become less non-stick.



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    1. Since the National Pie day, my husband went out and brought home 2 pies. A peach pie for me and a Dutch apple for him.

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  15. Hi Deby, I love your tipping story and your tip about the hand held steamer. Hooray for the 'clean' report for your husband. Sorry about your episode. It sounds so painful. Ugh. Hope you are all better by now. I'm late in getting around this week for hodgepodge.

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  16. Those pies all sound delicious! That was nice of you to tip the cook. Glad the steamer works for you. I'm happy to hear that your husbands biopsies were good. Sorry to hear that you had an IBS issue. ((Hugs))

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    1. I figured they would come back clear but still, it had to be done so we could live in peace and without worry.

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  17. What a relief to know your husband is cancer free! I have recently seen electric tub cleaners from influencers, and was curious. I'm going to have to look into your suggestion as well. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I've never used mine in the tub but it would work.

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  18. Hi, I am so happy to hear about your husbands good report. It is hard for me to pick a favorite pie too, I almost have to go with the season. Rhubarb is my favorite in Spring. ;-)
    Carla

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  19. I dont do TWOY but I love pies...any kind except mincemeat. So glad hubby is ok and you re too. A great way to clean. Will need to check it out. Janice

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