Wednesday Hodgepodge – 22nd October


Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

I do take time to sit or stand and watch. It’s not always easy to watch the leaves turn directly from my house, but I do like to watch the garden just doing it’s thang now and again. I especially love watching the birds and the squirrels playing, and in the storm the other day I loved watching the rain and the wind do their thang to my garden too! I guess the things I left undone that day was some coursework I should have been working on. I caught up in the evening though, so not all bad.

2. Since we’re talking turning…what is one thing you feel you’re doing ‘every time you turn around’?

I’m forever sweeping the floors here. We only have carpet on the landing and stairs, everywhere else is either lino or laminate flooring and I don’t know where the bits come from but the floors NEVER seem to be swept clean for some reason. Grrrr….

3. How hard is it for you to ‘turn the other cheek’?

It depends on the person, and the reason for them lashing out. If I feel it’s unwarranted then yes I do find it hard to “turn the other cheek”, but if I know what’s behind it or I can sense that the person is lashing out at somebody or something else and I just happen to be in the way then yes, absolutely.

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down in order to find something? Did you find it?

We moved a lot of furniture round on Saturday to see how it would fit in a different position in the living room, and as a consequence I also did a big deep clean – a bit late for Spring, but my skirting boards and all the nooks and crannies got emptied and thoroughly cleaned out. Trouble is I sorted out all the piles of paperwork too and I lost a letter for Emma from the hospital that she needs tomorrow. Once everything had got put back and I realised I couldn’t find the letter I turned everything out from the recycling bin outside to find it (I distinctly remember ripping a hospital letter in half and putting it into the “to go” pile, but I was sure it had April’s date on…). Even though I was doubtful, the whole lot got tipped up and sorted through in a panic, and I still couldn’t find it. I didn’t want to tell Emma I’d lost it – she already thinks I’m hopeless! – and I got really upset that I couldn’t find it. Anyway, I went to bed that night and what was on my unit in the bedroom near the TV? Only the pigging letter I’d just tipped up a big wheelie bin for….doh! I remembered that I had put it somewhere “safe” just before we started on the living room.

Yes, my “hopeless” tag is well deserved I’m afraid!

5. ‘One good turn deserves another’…were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

I don’t actually agree with this sentiment – one good turn is just that, a good turn. If we went around doling out kindnesses in order to receive one then we wouldn’t get any in return at all because nobody would want to make the first move. It is nice to repay a kindness, but in my book, kindnesses and good deeds should be done because they are the right thing to do, not to “earn” one back again.

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colours of fall. And also fruit. If you were permitted only one colour of fruit in your diet which would you choose? This question isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

Yellow. I can eat bananas at any time and all the other fruits disagree with me at certain times, so yellow it is for me.

7. The Hunt for Red October,October Sky, Halloween…which October film is your favourite?

I have to confess that I haven’t seen any of them but I’ll take Joyce’s recommendation and watch October Sky and let you know!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing recently, mostly for my OU course but for myself as well. I seem to have unleashed something inside of me through doing it and I have opened up areas of my memory banks and my creativity that once they have collided have left me with so much to write about I can’t keep up! I have also been having some very disturbed dreams too but as those of you who read my blog regularly will know, disturbed sleep is something that I comment on a lot so you might say that it’s nothing new now. But these dreams are not the normal kind of weird for me (my “normal” weird is akin to astral projection meets previous life stuff) and it’s as if some parts of my life that hold the worst of times for me are being rewritten in my dreams…and being made even worse, if that’s possible!

Not sure if it’s because of all the note-taking and observing I have been doing for my composition stuff, or if it’s just because there’s a lot going on and my brain is asking for a break or what, but I’ve not experienced disturbing dreams like these for a looooong time. Probably the times when I’ve been going through them the first time round.

Strange, but that’s me I guess!

I’ll share some of what I have been doing once my first assignment has been marked. I can’t publish anything just yet because it would fail the plagiarism filters if I post on here then submit to my tutor for marking. Crazy eh? I can be marked as a failure for copying my own work… Sounds like one of my weird-weird dreams doesn’t it?!

 

Thank you Joyce for turning my Wednesday evening into something delightfully thought-provoking and enjoyable!

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About Pam Smith

I am a Christian and currently exploring vocation. I am a writer, I conduct a brass band, I am an avid reader and when I'm not doing any of those things I crochet with a fierce passion. I am mum to two fantastic young adults, celebrating my Silver wedding anniversary in 2016 with my husband. I recently gained my Bachelor of Arts with honours.
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3 Responses to Wednesday Hodgepodge – 22nd October

  1. So sorry, but I found myself laughing at your Emma letter story! That very kind of thing has happened to me. One day I was tearing the house apart looking for one of the kids’ Lauri puzzle pieces. I looked forever. Finally I gave up and went back to the task at hand, shaking the scatter rugs. The puzzle piece was under the first rug I picked up.

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  2. teelee2013 says:

    Isn’t it crazy how we know something is important and we know we are putting it in a place where it will be safe, and then totally forget where it is. Oh my, I’ve been there!!! I’m sure it has nothing to do with age, though. Nothing. It was another fun Hodgepodge!!

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