Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My first hodgepodge

I keep seeing friends doing the hodgepodge, so I thought I'd give it a whirl :)

Also, I though it would be easy.


From this Side of the Pond

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? 

Uh... no. We've had temperatures in the 80s and then in the 50s, with no rain at all. Our last rain was in March.

Last rainy day we had.
Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it?

Pffft.... I just saunter through it, unless it's pouring down like a monsoon or I'm dressed up, Usually, I'm looking at everyone else like they're nuts. 

It's water people and unless you're the wicked witch of the west, there's no chance of melting, so calm down. 

I do have a vintage umbrella, but I've yet to use it.

Besides rain, what else has filled your April?

Mostly visiting new places with John and spending Easter with my family.

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

The movie Gone with the Wind or the Victorian era in general and no, I'm not kidding. It's a sickness.

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

Making poundcake with my grandma Bonnie. I was the sifter:)

4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

Hotel California, but I know every single word now ;)

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are- 
Niagara Falls (NY) Hollywood Walk of Fame (California) 
Times Square (NYC) 
Epcot (FL) 
Seattle Space Needle (WA) 
 Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston) 
How many of these have you seen in person?

Only the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Times Square.

I grew up in LA, so we went to Hollywood all the time and I lived in Virginia at one point, so NY wasn't too far to visit.

Neither one is all that and a bag of chips, honestly. Both of them are dirty and filled with weirdos and hookers. But totally go visit them. Don't let me stop you ;)

Did you feel like a tourist? 


Did you care?

I would have if I did. I used to try my best to fit in, so I didn't look like a dork. My mother ingrained that in me. Now... I could care less. I embrace my dorkiness ;)

Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.


Knott's Berry Farm,

 and The Fun Zone on Balboa Island.

Love them. 

It's in my California blood.


Carmel and Monterey. I lived in Pebble Beach later in life, so they were right down the street. 

6. Your signature clothing item?

1950s house dresses or rolled jeans and a black t-shirt. And almost always... Keds.

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

Raising something from a baby, or taking care of someone other than yourself, whether it's an animal, a child or something else that can't take care of itself  It teaches you responsibility like nothing else can.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This was way harder than I thought! And my apologies for being late on my first try.



  1. You must have visited Times Square a looooong time ago! It is almost like Disneyland now with PG rated stores and attractions and nary a wino or I do remember when it was seedy, however, but the Disney Corp did buy much of the area and cleaned it up. I can't believe Niagara Falls was on that list---it is such a spectacular sight, and having visited the Seattle Space needle last year I have to say that I enjoyed the experience. We thankfully have had some rain the past two weeks and may even have some spring snow this weekend. Colorado needs all the moisture it can get to keep fire danger low.

  2. ...filled with weirdos and hookers... Hahhahahhahahahhaaa...Rue, you do make me laugh. And, don't kid yourself, you're a natural with the Hodge Podge. Hope that you'll join in again any time. I find them particularly helpful when I seem to have lost my words.

    1. Oh and I very well remember when Times Square was very seedy indeed...a regular Amsterdam with go-go girls gyrating in every window. I'm sure that I would like it better these days.

  3. You did great at your first Hodgepodge!
    I love the Victorian Era, but I don't know much about it. I like the look. I would definitely listen to your presentation.

  4. Women who don't use an umbrella are women who have terrific, rainproof hair! Mine falls flat at the mere mention of humidity. I visited Times Square 10 years ago and it was already very "clean" and safe. I totally am on board with your California spots...I have never been anywhere in coastal California I didn't love. Great "hodgepodge" (and my first time hearing of it in the blog-sense).

    1. I use a lot of hairspray ;) And thank you! :)


  5. Welcome to the Hodgepodge! So glad you joined in this week. I loved your answer to #7 especially. Have a great weekend!

  6. We haven't had much rain either with our warmer temperatures. I like the warm temperatures, but it'd been nice not to water the garden :-) I just had to say I'm the biggest fan of Gone With The Wind. I used to read it once a month all through middle school and high school. Once I got to college I didn't really have time, but I still used to read it once a year. I should get it out and read it again, it's been years now! Funnily enough, I've only seen the movie 4 or 5 times. I'm more partial to the book :-)

    Hope you are having a great week Rue!

  7. Glad to see and hear you are very happy. I lived in NY most of my life - miss the theater world.

  8. What a great post, love the questions and your answers. I understand the 'sickness' of being a closet Victorian, LOL!!

  9. Fun post! Glad you jumped in a gave it a try :)
    I had to smile at your advice for visiting Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Times Square. I've been to places too that were supposed to be 'awesome', and found that they lacked the wow factor.
    Thinking my simple tastes just don't parallel some other folks fancy tastes??!!

    Have a great day, and just so's ya know.. we're getting dumped on here in Utah. I'll enjoy the rain for you :)


  10. Rue, I was later than you! : - )

    It's all good as long as the party's still going, right?

    Cute answers and love the pic of your darling feet. ♥

  11. 'Hodgepodge'... Another version of '12 Things About Me', and etc.

    I applaud those who do them, but I am not one of them. I spout off enough, as is. Don't choose to tell any more, about myself. ,-)

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

  12. So I think this is the first Hodgepodge that I have ever read that mentions hookers! And I love it!!! ;) Still laughing...and I totally get the Gone With The Wind thing. It's permanently on my DVR, I quote it so often that my kids are sick of my "Scarlett O'Hara" life lessons and my girlfriend just gave me a belated Scarlett birthday card that doubles as a paper doll. Best card ever... ;) I am still laughing, btw... xoxo Please tell me you are doing this again.

  13. Rue, I loved your answers! So many things I could comment on here, but I don't want to go on and on, so I'm sticking to Gone with the Wind. Several years ago I was in Atlanta for several days on business and went to a private "thing" at the Margaret Mitchell House. After dinner was a fabulous performance, "Gone with the Wind in 20 Minutes" by the brilliant performer Doug Lothes. If you ever get a chance to see that, don't miss it! You can probably find a clip of it on YouTube.

  14. You're seriously the cutest!!! And I just bought three new pairs of Keds this year - I'm obsessed!!!!

  15. I always look forward reading Hodgepodge from another blogger, love her answers. You did good and for sure, the California coast, miss it so.
    Love Gone With The Wind, Clark Gable!
    Kathleen in Az

  16. Great job on your first Hodgepodge! It definitely is a lot harder than it looks. But still fun. Always a good way to find something to say. I've enjoyed it since jumping in a few months ago.

  17. What a fun post! This is the first hodgepodge post I've seen. I wish I could send you some's been drizzly today and there's a chance of rain every singe day in the 10 day forecast. I don't like carrying an umbrella simply because it's inconvenient, but I do wear a rain jacket with a hood when it's raining. I can't stand to get wet and it also ruins my hair!

  18. Hi Rue, I really enjoyed reading your answers. I do carry an umbrella as I wear glasses and it is rather hard to see with rain all over your glasses!
    Love your style Rue! It has taken me to age 53 to realize I don't give a heck what anybody thinks of me. I am who I am!
    Have a good weekend.

  19. I love reading Hodgepodge posts! Very good, Rue. I think Carla of The River does excellent ones too. I'm sure it's much harder than it sounds.

    I would love to hear your presentation on GWTW for you are our personal Scarlett. I not only went to it at the theater when I was a teenager when it was brought back to the screen, I saw it back in the early 90s when it was brought back again. I was one of the few people in America who was bored to death with The Titanic when it came out, thought it was the longest movie ever, but GWTW plays all too quickly for me.

    Looking forward to the next Hodgepodge reveals about you!

  20. You did GREAT!!!
    Looking forward to hearing more from you! :)

  21. So fun to learn more about you this way. I giggled all the way through. I enjoy your corky personality :)

  22. I live in Oregon and rarely us an umbrella. One time for fun as it started to rain I shrieked, " Eeek! Help me, I'm melting!!" just as if I were the wicked witch! LOL
    I am a bit dorky.

  23. I loved reading your hodgepodge answers. "Weirdos and hookers" sounds like something I would say! lol! I used to love Keds, too, until I got hooked on wearing the comfy Skechers. I still like the looks of the Keds, tho. Have a nice Friday! xx Cheryl

  24. This was a fun read. I've read a few others here and there and the questions and answers are always interesting :)

  25. Love GWTW. It was my mother's favorite movie. After the first time I saw the movie I wanted to make a gown out of my mom's velvet drapes. For some reason she wasn't keen on the idea. Nobody gets me. I do love all those places you mentioned in California. I lived in the LA area for about 18 years and have been to all of them. Lots of great memories of Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland with my (then) little boy and hubby. Nice job for your first time doing Hodge Podge, Rue. Hugs, Nancy

  26. Hi Rue, I have spent a long time reading your blog/history.... Love your homes/cottages... WOW---you are one talented decorator... I need you in my life!!!!! Decorating is NOT my talent. I'd much rather be outside digging in the dirt or walking or hiking....

    I don't do memes --but I've read comments from people who do this one (Hodge Podge) --and have always said that IF I ever do memes, I'd love to try this one. But you are correct.. It's NOT easy. ha

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Please come back although I don't blog as much as I used to... I usually blog on Mondays --unless we are traveling or unless we have company (like we are having this weekend)... I love my BUSY life --but sometimes I wonder how I did it all when I was young, working fulltime and raising my 3 sons. Guess the "OLD AGE" is the reason!!!!! ha

    In your post, the song I remember as a child which I had no idea what the words were was: "Mares eat Oats and Does eat Oats and Little Lambs eat Ivy"... Remember that one? I didn't even know there were words.... I used to sing it like this: "mares-e-dotes-and-does-e-dots,,, etc."..... HA HA HA

    I signed up to get you blog posts via email since email is still a fav of mine... By the way, my email address is I also am on Facebook if interested (Betsy Banks Adams).

    Have an awesome weekend.


  27. HAHA I have never seen a HodgePodge done. Different. Rain, we have had our share in Nashville. We were running behind a bit but have caught back up with the amount we have had.

  28. Love your answers and I have thought about doing this, too, but haven't done so yet.
    Hope you have a great weekend....xo Diana ps. I love your dorky self-makes me feel more accepted. lol

  29. You don't know how many times I've said to my hubby 'it's just water, what are you the wicked witch?' Guess I'm not the only snarky one around here ;).

    It has to be raining pretty hard for me to want an umbrella, otherwise they're not worth it. Just gets the car all wet!

  30. Hi Rue,
    I loved your answers. I am still chuckling about the hookers and weirdos. You are so fun!
    I love your style!

  31. Loved reading your answers. I really enjoy learning about people quite a bit.
    NY has changed since back in the day and Times Square is nothing like it once was. Rudy Giuliani did a bang up job with the city.
    So glad your back posting. You have a talent with words darlin'

  32. You did good with your answers!

  33. I hope I'm invited to the Gone with the Wind presentation. I'll come in a dress made out of a curtain.

  34. What fun! I've never seen a Hodgepodge post before and enjoyed reading your answers.
    Wish you were giving a presentation on the Victoria era - I'd be so interested in that.
    Love your authenticity.

  35. I really enjoyed reading this hodge podge - very entertaining. Growing up mostly in California I agree with all the things you like about it.

  36. You made me laugh outloud... "It's water, people." I actually saunteered passed about 10 ladies waiting at the entrance of HomeGoods to walk out into the rain. I heard one woman gasp, "She's going out in it." Wet hair, don't care. May your spring be filled with lovely flowers.
    Happy May Day!

  37. I'm finally getting caught up on reading blogs. I put you into my Feedly account. Wow, Gone With The Wind. I love movies but haven't seen that one in a very long time. Sweet memory with your grandmother. Pound cake is the best. That's right, I remember we felt the same way about Hollywood and Time Square. I like your signature item along with your answer for #7 about responsibility.


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