Smile and say, Hodgepodge!

 From this Side of the Pond



1. It's National Cheese Day (June 4)...does anyone not like cheese? What's your favorite? Last thing you ate or made with cheese? 

I enjoy most types of cheese. Strangely, American cheese on a hamburger doesn't seem to agree with me. I used to love pepper Jack, but for some reason, it's not agreeing with me lately either.

I just now had a few slices of jack cheese and San Francisco dry salami (Columbus Salami) 



2. Last time you were instructed to 'say cheese!'? 


Most likely at Christmas...someone usually calls out, "Say cheese."

 

 

How do you feel about having your picture taken? 

I never enjoyed having my picture taken, and the frilly, itchy dress didn't help either!

 3. What's your travel packing strategy? Are you typically a light packer, or do you throw in everything but the kitchen sink? When flying do you check a bag or aim for carry on only? 

When I was younger and obsessed with fashionable clothes, I used to pack way too much whenever I traveled. However, having young kids changed that for me. Now I pack lighter and always try to only bring a carry-on. Sometimes it's not possible, especially if I need to pack formal clothes for a special event, but that hasn't happened in a few years. When I do travel light, it gives me a good excuse to go shopping and pick up a few inexpensive things. Then we usually mail back the clothes and any other items to our house. But since we are not planning to fly anywhere this year I don't have to think about it. 

 4. What is it about people's cell phone habits that you find most annoying? 


One troubling trend is that when a crime is taking place or someone needs help, people stand by and record videos instead of offering assistance.

 5. What will be your summer mantra/slogan? 

 Stay cool - Keep hydrated - Repeat

 6. Insert your own random thought here.

Since April's A-Z challenge, I'd been thinking of dipping my toes into the world of writing. After some thought, I decided to delve into platforms such as Substack and Medium to kickstart this journey. It's safe to say that I encountered a bit of a learning curve when it came to launching my content on Substack. I persisted and finally managed to get it up and published. Meanwhile, still getting the hang of the setup on Medium. It's similar, yet different from Substack. The verdict is out on that platform.

 

 I'm a private person and I wish to keep it that way. So I'm giving it a shot under a pen name. This pen name is actually a name I've used for years when I used to craft, serving as a sort of business name.  It's a combination of my real name. I don't want my real name plastered all over the internet. And since these platforms are "not private” it allows me to maintain the anonymity that I find comfortable so I freely write.  Hey, it worked for Mark Twain  and Silence Dogood! 

Participating in that April A-Z challenge totally reignited my passion for writing, resulting in cognitive and memory excercise for my brain.  Sharing my work on widely public platforms brings me  fulfillment. It's a little scary, too, but in a way that fuels me to write intentionally - always remembering to dot those i's and cross those t's! 

I know there are some of you out there who would love to pursue writing and are much better at it than I am. I wholeheartedly urge you, regardless of your age or abilities, to bravely pursue your creative aspirations. 

 

 Substack: The home for great culture

Medium: is a home for human stories and ideas.

 

 




37 comments:

  1. That pic of you is adorable!
    I'm not a fan of having my picture taken either.
    Good for you for doing some writing!

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  2. Maybe you're becoming lactose intolerant? Ouch! That's what I have. Gouda is my favorite cheese. I keep lactose pills with me everywhere I go or I get sick as a dog after having anything dairy. I so love dairy too. *sigh*
    That's an adorable picture of you. I have one like that from the 60s and I had the same sour face. *lol* Even at that age I was a Tomboy and didn't like dresses.
    Being a two wheeler I tend to travel light. Have to with so little room.
    #4 - Yes! That's awful! My personality is to rescue anyone in need (I was a volunteer firefighter here in the in County). I prefer non-violent, of course, for a "kind word turns away wrath", but I do run TO problems, not away. Guess I shoulda been a cop.
    Have a great day! 💙

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    1. Yes I believe it is. I keep lactaid pills on hand for milk shakes and heavily laden dairy dishes.
      That’s funny that you say you should have been a cop! I too wished I had pursued law enforcement - or the military. I married a military man instead!
      Always a joy to hear from you.

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  3. I admire you for delving into the world of writing (beyond our blogs). I wish you every success! I always wanted to write a book, but got discouraged at my first writer's conference because it just seemed to overwhelming. That's when I started writing my blog instead, and that has brought me enough satisfaction and kept me as busy as I have time to be. LOL. but I pray for you to pursue those dreams and I look forward to hearing more about it.

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    1. They say there is at least one book in everyone! I’m not interested in writing a book. Substack suits me fine. I have many unique life experiences that have molded me into who I am today and God wants me to share.

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  4. I love all cheese, other than goat cheese sold in stores. We used to have dairy goats, and I made cheese, and I can tell you that it is delicous compared to that goaty off tasting stuff they sell in stores. I love to write, and I used to participate in a novel writing program that was done in the month of November if I remember correctly. I just have not had the motivation for the last several years.

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    1. The A-Z this year started all those juices - I’ve done it on and off for years but this year I put a lot of research into it and while it was time consuming, it felt fulfilling.
      Crazy - I turned 70 this year and now I start writing! 🤓

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  5. You are so right about people filming something first then helping second. I hate that too!

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    1. The lack of action is absolutely appalling. I came across a video on the news showing a woman being attacked at a subway in NYC, and instead of calling 911, bystanders just stood by, recording videos and taking photos. I find it unfathomable that anyone could prioritize capturing a moment over helping someone in need. The victim survived, but her skull and face sustained severe damage. This kind of bystander behavior is unacceptable.

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  6. Cute picture of you in your uncomfortable, frilly dress!! Congrats on taking the writing plunge! How exciting to follow your dreams of writing. I am ignorant- I guess I could google it, but what is a substack? Is that where people pay to read your content? Just out of curiosity, why don´t you want to write a book? A part of me would love for God to want me to write a book (or to even write more than I currently do...) but I don´t feel that calling (right now, anyway). Even though I don´t know you personally, I am excited for you- excited for the possibilities and for you taking this step.

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    1. Substack accommodates both free and paid subscribers. Personally, I find it hard to imagine anyone being willing to pay for my content. However, it provides a great platform for sharing pieces that I wouldn't typically post on this blog. I'm not aiming to generate income from this, but rather to share my thoughts with a reading audience. As for writing a book - too much time. At least one year to write the first draft and another year for the edits - and even then, for all that work you generate very little compensation. I'll write my book, one article at a time.

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  7. I totally agree with Allstarme79, people living by the recorder and not stepping into reall life.
    Love most cheese and have to have lots of it on pizza and well, practically everything!
    Good for you on your "hobby" you will do well.
    I have found doing a blog feeds my creative juices enough for me.
    Sue

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    1. Blogging used to do it for me but for the last couple of years I’ve been feeling stifled. I want to write on subject matters - when I have snuck in a topical post, readership goes down. I find now, I am enjoying this blog more since I am channeling my writings on another platform.

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  8. I never heard of these writing sites. Will you be telling us how to find you? You look so miserable in your cute little dress! Your problem with some cheeses could be the whey content!

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    1. You're absolutely right. It's not every time - it seems to be linked to a specific amount of food, although I have yet to determine the exact threshold. It's unpredictable. I always have lactase pills on hand in case I sense any issues.

      I never liked itchy clothes - I'm still that way!

      I'll let you all know where to find me when I feel more confident in my writing.

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  9. #4 is so spot-on! Without going into detail, last year my son became involved in a physical altercation on the 'wrong' side of town. Of course, a crowd gathered; and despite his pleas for someone to call 9-1-1 they were filming.
    Loved this black and white photo of your little girl self!

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    1. Oh wow, that's terrible. It demonstrates the ongoing decline of our culture. I hope he was able to receive some help despite it.

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  10. I like most cheeses. I had a cheese sandwich for lunch today. :)

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    1. I don't care for cheese sandwiches or grilled cheese, but I do enjoy cheese and crackers as well as melted cheese on foods. It's strange how my preferences are.

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  11. I love most cheeses except for bleu and feta. I also hate when folks would rather pull out their phone rather than assist. This is what society has come too. Janice

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    1. The smelly cheeses I don't care for. I can't get over the loud smell. I'm like the other one at a Greek restaurant who tells them no feta cheese on anything!

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  12. I am glad I wasn't the only one who had to wear uncomfortable dresses growing up. In fact my father would not allow us girls to wear anything but dresses, skirts, and jumpers for the longest time.

    God bless.

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    1. I was their first girl, so they liked to doll me up when they could. I never liked the stiffness of the fabric - back then they used starch! I had many boy cousins, and I would get many of their hand-me-downs. Those corduroy overalls. I wore them a lot for play as a toddler. They were nice and soft and comfy!

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  13. Great answers to some damn good questions with a nice photo.
    Weird people don't like cheese, me well my favourite is Colby but I also like Swiss, Tasty and Cheddar.

    I can't remember the last time I was asked to say cheese but I have no problem having my photo taken even if I am unphotogenic.

    Compared to Tim I pack light, he is an over packer, packing far more then is needed.

    I find it rude to answer the phone while engaged with someone else like at a checkout, Tim will be having a conversation with me or one of our girls his phone will ring and he will answer it and wonder off mid conversation.

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    1. Compared to me, my husband tends to pack more than I do as well - but very neatly, and he rolls his clothes like they did in the military.

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  14. I missed the A-Z this year, but it has always helped to kickstart some writing for me too. I enjoyed that. I am working to get my groove back in terms of writing and blogging is good for that. Good luck with your projects!

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    1. Thank you. I highly recommend Substack. So many good writers to read and learn from.

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  15. Hi, how exciting to start writing for Substack.
    Peachy Keenan is a favorite of mine.

    YUCK... regarding #4!!! Our society has really lost the meaning of life. So sad.

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  16. Oh yes, it's disturbing how many people just take photos or videos rather than try to help when there's someone hurt or in danger. I'm sure that sometimes a photo or video is helpful later in order to catch a criminal, but surely it's more important to actually HELP if possible. Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. True. I'm sure photos and videos can be helpful but letting someone get beat up is just wrong.
      Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  17. I was such a tomboy and hated those frilly dresses. I thought your picture was cute! I love cheese, but try not to eat too much because of the fat content. I wanted to be a writer when I was in high school, but just for fun. I find it hard to pack light. I have mailed things back home too. I mailed gifts from NY and Hawaii back home because I could only handle one piece of luggage. We are going on a cruise next January and I will have to take my large luggage for sure!

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    1. Oh yeah, you'll definitely have to take a lot of luggage!

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  18. The dry salami sounds good. I recently ordered some for my husband for Father's Day. Such a sweet photo. Good for you packing lighter. That is an excellent point about the cell phones and people taping it but not helping. I like your montra!

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  19. Boy, I'm really late commenting on this one. I'm on vacation so didn't post to this weeks, so I figured I'd go back and comment on this HP. I agree with your Number 4....good for you delving into writing more.

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