Wednesday “Lucky” Hodgepodge


 Here are my answers to this week’s “lucky” hodgepodge (thank you Joyce for hosting!) and if you would like to join in simply click the graphic above and it will take you to the host site. Boing!!

1. Share a favourite song, book, or movie title containing the word green.

Favourite song would have to be “Evergreen” as sung by Barbra Striesand; favourite book is also a movie in that I would nominate “The Green Mile” by Stephen King.

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, ‘Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.’ Would you agree? Are you a believer in luck?

Not really, no. I believe that people are either pessimistic or optimistic and it’s that that affects their perception of “luck”. A pessimist will tend to overlook the good things in life because they might think they don’t deserve them, and an optimist will tend to dive on every positive thing and see it as “lucky”.

3. Spring water, Hot Springs, handspring, spring fling, spring break, spring fever, offspring…which ‘spring’ word best applies to something in your day, week, or life right now?

I’m thinking broken spring. Both my mother- and father-in-law are having mental difficulties at the minute and both are in care homes for their specific needs. My father-in-law was admitted as an emergency patient yesterday after a sudden and dramatic deterioration over a couple of days. He seems to have some sort of dementia and is undergoing a period of assessment to see to what extent he has lost his mental capacity, but things are not looking good. Those of you who have followed by blog for a while will know that my mother-in-law suffers with Parkinson’s Disease and has multiple health issues involved with that, and her mental capacity is also severely affected although in a different way from my father-in-law. They both have spells of relative lucidity but neither one of them remember much about the recent past and they don’t recognise members of the family now.

I can’t help thinking about clocks and how the multiple cogs and wheels and springs and other bits of mechanism all interweave to make the machine work, and how like the human mind a clock is. It might still have a face on the outside but the broken springs on the inside mean that it’s not telling the right time. The analogy breaks down there though because even unwound clocks tell the right time twice a day, don’t they?

4. What’s something you do to make yourself look or feel more confident?

I wear blue. You can tell when I’m feeling particularly mard or vulnerable by the amount of blue I’m wearing. It’s not something I consciously do, and I only know that I do it because someone else has told me that I do it. The last time I had a spell of depression and couldn’t leave the house for over a week, I caught myself dressed in my blue dressing gown, blue t-shirt, blue tracksuit bottoms, blue socks and I had a blue bobble holding my hair up. It was at that point I realised that I had to do something about it.

5. It’s National Celery Month…are you a fan? If so, what’s a snack or dish you enjoy that calls for celery?

I am a huge fan of celery! I love to gnaw on it in sticks, on its own with just the rinse-water and a little sprinkle of salt, but I also love to include it in soups and stews too. It satisfies the need for CRUNCH and instead of reaching for biscuits or crisps it usually fills the gap.

6. What’s one thing you wish you’d learned sooner?

Lots of things – like I wish I’d learned the piano as a child rather than struggle now as a 43 year old, or I wish I’d been able to accept who I am much sooner than now because who knows where my life might have been now had I been more confident sooner?

7. Would you like to own a second home? If so, where would you want that home to be?

My first thought was, no, I don’t want a second home. But then I thought about it and we do own a touring caravan, which we look at as a “home on wheels” which we have used up and down the country since the children were small. If we were ever in a position to change that (highly unlikely at the minute) then I think I would like to own a narrow boat and use that to travel around in.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Enjoy every day, people, because you don’t know what’s around the corner. Health can be taken away in an instant and you never know when you might see your nearest and dearest again. Live life and don’t let fear stop you reaching out. One day, it will be too late.

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