Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday Hodgepodge – 15th August

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge!! Joyce has given us another fantastic list of questions to answer in this week’s hodgepodge. You’ll find my answers below but why not give it a go yourself? Click the button and it will take you to Joyce’s site where you will find instructions on how to join in. Happy Wednesday everyone!!


1. I (Joyce) included this quote (attributed to William H. Danforth) in my blog post on Monday…”The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine.” When was the last time you ‘disturbed your routine’ and how’d you do it?

I don’t really have a routine because each day depends on what pain I’m in and how fit I feel, but I am going to answer this question as if it had been posed slightly differently. I believe it’s vital to challenge yourself now and again and to step outside your comfort zone. By doing something that you are not entirely comfortable with you are giving yourself the chance to learn something new and to experience something unexpected. The last time I did this was to lead the Sunday School at church last week. I have done it before and in my pre-illness life I was a very active and busy leader with children’s groups but in the last couple of years my involvement with kids has diminished a lot. I love being involved with the kids at church and I had a chance to lead the session myself last week. It was a challenge for me because my self-confidence is not very strong at the moment and I have been doubting myself in terms of what my future is going to be. I am still not clear, but to have that chance to work with the children was a huge step into the uncomfortable for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again!


2. What’s your favourite fried food indulgence?

Fried bread. I don’t tend to fry things at home any more other than the odd bit of bacon now and again, but this is the one thing that truly is an indulgence. It’s the “mopping up” piece of bread that I clean the frying pan with after frying bacon. Terribly naughty but terribly nice!!


3. Did you have an allowance as a kid? What did you do with it? Do you give your own kids an allowance?

No I didn’t. I did get to keep the money I was given for birthdays and Christmas etc, and it usually went on books. I don’t give my own kids an allowance but I wanted them to learn the value of managing money so as a compromise, we come to an arrangement with them if there’s something they want and need to save up for. My son is currently gardening and earning pocket money for a new mp3 player.


4. What’s something you wish you knew more about?

I would like to know more about how to lead public prayer sessions and how to develop my own and other people’s spirituality. I am hoping to do a course with the Manchester Diocese beginning in January next year which will help me develop my own sense of spirituality and to train me to be a lay minister for my church. The specialism I want to follow is exactly that, and I’m looking forward to stretching myself and adding to my understanding.


5. Is there anything you feel too old to do anymore? If so, what?

Hmmmm….I don’t feel too old to do anything in particular, but there are certain things off my “can do” list because of my pain situation. I keep thinking ahead to the time when pain isn’t stopping me doing things any more, and I suppose that’s when I’ll know whether I’m too old for things at all!


6. What’s a song you think has a great first line?

I love the first line from the hymn “How Great Thou Art”, which is “Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the things thy hand has done”. I love singing this hymn in church (in the car, in the shower, in my living room, randomly whilst walking the dog…..) and I love listening to Elvis singing it too.


7. Who are you writing to/for when you create a blog post. In other words…as you write, who is the audience in your head?

I do have an audience in my head, yes. I think about the people who regularly comment on my blog and I try to tailor what I say and the topics that I cover to what they have said they like to read. For instance, I have received lots of comments about the way that I speak and the terms that I use. I try to write so that my readers understand me so I tend to use more formal words and sentences but every now and again, my Northern background shines through! I sometimes post pictures or inspirational quotes etc and I always consider the people who I know will read them and so I make the effort not to offend anyone, or to be judgemental or post things that are a bit risqué.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

I took my “little” boy shopping for trainers today for our upcoming holiday and I nearly fainted when the size 9’s were too small for him.

Oh boy.

My 13 yr old son has size 10 feet. And that’s a whole size bigger than his Dad….




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