Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Volume 120
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Joyce is waiting for you..............

1. Share one fun thing you did last week, while the Hodgepodge was on 'spring break'.
I went to see two movies last week.  Admission and Oz the Great and Powerful. Both very enjoyable.

2.  April 10th is National Sibling you have siblings, and if so are you close? Share a favorite story featuring one or all of your siblings. If you don't have siblings, did you ever wish you did?
I have an older brother who lives in Milwaukee and my sister, who is older than me, lives in Florida. We are as close as we can be living so far apart. My brother and I email almost daily. Wishing my sister would get an email account!

3. Is it important to you to 'buy American'? Why or why not? How much of an effort do you make to 'buy American'? If you're not American, insert your own country in the blank.
I try but I need to try harder. Shopping is not something I am passionate about so I want to get in and out quickly. I think it's sad where things have gone over the years in this country. I understand keeping the costs down but we are losing our America and precious jobs. 

4. Besides The Bible, what book has impacted your spirituality in some way?
Well since I have a hard time retaining what I read I will have to say that I've been inspired by some guests on Oprah's Lifeclass over the last few years.  Joel Osteen is one of them. 

5. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes.  Do you find rainy days calming or depressing?  When were you last caught in a rainstorm? What's blooming in your neck of the woods today?
I don't mind a rainy day, it can be very calming but more than a few can be depressing. Don't remember exactly the last time I was caught in a rainstorm but I can guarantee I was shopping!  We always have things blooming here in Southern California but several things are starting to flourish more than usual. 

6. What's your favorite yellow food?
Well yellow is known as my favorite color but not sure about a food that is my favorite.  I don't mind bananas or corn but maybe some yellow cake would be good. I like mustard!

7. April is National Poetry Month...what's a poem that holds special meaning for you, and why is it special?
This poem by W. H. Auden was used in " Four Weddings and a Funeral" and I love it.  Special....well it's about losing the love of your life. 
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I am sure you heard about the passing of Robert Ebert, a respected film critic, who was well known for the show At the Movies with Siskel and Ebert from 1982 - 1990. He will be missed. We watched their show all the time. My friend The Boston Lady wrote a post about his passing last Thursday that sparked a memory for me. 

His partner Gene Siskel went to college with a well know sportscaster from Chicago named Tim Weigel.  They were roommates at Yale University. In 1999 Gene Siskel passed away from a brain tumor and in 2000 Tim Weigel passed away from a brain tumor also. Don't you think that is unusually strange that two collage roommates would both die from brain tumors?

Anyway I wanted to share something that was pretty special to us living in the suburb of Western Springs, IL at the time. In 1980 our Yellow Labrador Abby had 12 puppies. What an adventure that was! Do you know how big Labrador puppies are at six weeks?

Well imagine our surprise when we got a phone call from Tim Weigel about our puppies. That's right, Tim Weigel and his family came out to our home to buy a puppy from us. Yes we did take a picture and it is definitely here in the house somewhere in a box! Here are a few pictures of our puppies. The single puppy in the photo on the bottom is Zack and he is the puppy that we kept. (That is Adam getting the puppy kisses and Amber hadn't been born yet) click to enlarge.....



Hilary said...

yellow food - why can I only think of peppers?

Life in a Small Town said...

What a sad poem! The puppy pictures sooo make up for it! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

12 puppies! My goodness. That must've been interesting :-)

Sandra said...

i love puppies, all puppies but my favorite puppies are yellow labs and i love how big they get.. these are adorable.. enjoyed the story. i love lemons and bananas. rain depresses me and that is why i love Florida, rarely get rain that last more than an hour, lots of sun. when it rains i don't leave the house, i read or watch tv, can't even dust while it is raining.... rain is like bees, i know we NEED them but i am glad when they are not around.

Theresa said...

Those puppies are so adorable! What a neat story!

Nichol said...

I absolutely love the story about your puppies, neat. Yellow foods are awesome. Spaghetti squash, yellow peppers, corn on the cob, lemons. All yum!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Yum! Yellow cake and love yellow peppers too! Cool story and hello lots of puppies...too cute! Happy Wednesday!

Deb said...

I love yellow awesome the puppy story....sad poem....hope you have a great day today...

Empty Nester said...

My favorite is the picture of you and your siblings! I love it! We've got everything blooming around here. Including my allergies.

Teri said...

Lovely poem, thank you for sharing. I was saddened by Roger Ebert's passing. His final years were tough, weren't they? And the fact that Siskel and Weigel, college roommates, both died of brain tumors? That is very odd.

Katherine said...

It's hard to buy purely American, especially considering that parts might be from elsewhere.

How was the Oz movie? Thinking of taking Ethan. Too scary for him, you think?

Nel said...

What cute puppies. I bet they were a handful. Strange about the brain tumors.
until next time...nel

xinex said...

Wow! That's a lot of dogs! I can't even handle one that's why I don't have any. How nice of your hubby to get you a S & p Polish pottery,. I just love them. I wish I could bring some here but they are so heavy but I will bring some sometime. I buy mine mostly from TJ Maxx and Ann line store....Christine

Chatty Crone said...

I love the picture of you and your siblings too. And I never thought about mustard - I like mustard too. And I remember Siskel and Ebert - both gone. sandie

Cathy said...

Sweet puppy pictures.

Wendy said...

I want to see both those movies! I dislike mustard very much! ick......

Love the photo of you and your brother and sister. :)

Happy Wednesday.

Miss Debbie said...

Nice picture of you and your brother and sister! It is wonderful that you are still close!

Nani said...

Mmm...cake! But mine has to have chocolate frosting.

The puppy pictures are so cute! Labs are just classic, gorgeous dogs!

bp said...

Funny to think of all the yellow foods. The ones I thought of first were bananas and corn.

Debbie said...

Oh the puppies are soo darling! My head went to yellow cake too, haha. Hope you enjoyed your day!

The Boston Lady said...

Twelve lab puppies!!! Oh my gosh. We had a yellow lab and he was such a handful, what a fun story, Debby. I love that picture of you and your brother and sister. Ann

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

The puppies are so cute Debby! Thanks for the cute picture.

Stacy said...

I want to see both of those movies...good to hear you enjoyed them. I believe you more than the critics. ;)

That is really odd about the brain tumors.

Puppies! That would have been so much fun.

nancygrayce said...

I love the picture of the puppies kissing Adam! We had a wonderful yellow lab named Sam. He was the best dog and loved kids.

What a wonderful picture of your and your siblings ! Your sister doesn't have email??????? That is almost unimaginable to me. :)


Debby, I love everything about you and your blog. You are so special to me. Thank You for always commenting, even if its a birthday wish. You are very special to me. Wow, 12 puppies. How neat reading your post. So glad you shared.

Joyce said...

I like that poem as's one of those you can't just hear, you feel it too.

Secret Agent Woman said...

When I saw Four Weddings and a Funeral, that poem made me cry.

I love the picture of you and your brother and sister. I have eight brothers and sisters (four of each) - we're a blended family and don't make a distinction between full and half siblings.

Unknown Mami said...

I love that last story you shared. The puppies were so cute. I need to try harder to buy American too. When I do, I'm glad I did, but I don't go out of my way to do it and it is worth the effort.

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