Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reflecting Upon the Hodgepodge and Pumpkin Cheesecake

One of my favorite photos from last September

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1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way?

I think I'll be praying that God will move the Administration to secure our border and to be honest about their dealings in the Middle East, to make a phone call to the Mexican government to get our Marine back rather than ignoring him, and that Christians in this land would be faithful. Also, that Americans would get their heads out of the sand and realize how quickly liberty can be taken away.

2. Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?

I almost never look up a phone number in a phone book. Who can find the phone book??  So much easier on the computer. I never set an alarm clock because if I did have to get up for anything, my body clock/cat/dog usually awakens me. And, I always use a paper map when traveling. My smartphone is way too small and aggravating to use it for a map except when I don't have a paper map available. When I'm home, however, then I go to Google Maps or Mapquest or Google Earth.

 As you can see, I like to mark up my map.
Can't really do that on the phone.

I have the radio on in the background much of the day: Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin occasionally, and Wisconsin Public Radio: Talk of the Nation, On Point, As It Happens, etc.  I like to get both sides. And I'll listen to podcasts (Rick Steves, BBC History Magazine) while I'm making dinner in the evening or riding my recumbent exercise bike to get the kinks worked out of this hip.

I have a few VHS tapes that I keep: The Chronicles of Narnia by the BBC; Shadowlands (a favorite movie!) with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger; The Blue Yonder, great a kids' video about a time machine.

I love this movie!

3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?

Interesting question. It depends. I don't think you shove it down people's throats, but if the subject comes up, definitely. I remember once attending a women's meeting where they had a rule that you couldn't discuss religion or politics. Really? Really?? What else is there?? Both real faith and politics affect one's life so profoundly. But then, there is another important topic also:  children. And that's fine. But I don't like to hear about potty training unless its my own grandchildren. And I definitely hate to hear women complain about their husbands. I also don't like opinionated women. ;-) lol

4. What's a dish you haven't eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month?

Pumpkin Cheesecake. And no, I've not yet made it this year. See #8 RANDOM, below.

 Hey, what are these fence photos doing here??!

Well, I'm not going to have time to write a blog post for tomorrow's Good Fences, so I'm inserting them in here.

5. What's something you know nothing about?

Are you kidding? I do not have enough room here to list all the things I know nothing about. But I do have Google, so there's no excuse to say, 'I wish I knew about...'

6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what's your favorite piece?

I do love classical music, and there are too many pieces I like to choose just one. I love Bach, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Handel, and Mozart's Requiem among others. I also love good choral music like John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers. I don't like mediocre choral music, of which there seems to be an abundance.

7. What's the oldest thing you own?

Mr. Cranberry
Bottom right
With brothers and cousins
They must have had a flood in Vernon County that year.

I was going to say 'my husband,' but actually my great grandmother's platter would be even older. ;-) I think it's called Flow Blue. Right?

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Now that I'm thinking pumpkin cheesecake, I'm also thinking caramel apple cheesecake. A couple years ago I posted recipes for both. I think I'll do that again - and maybe even make the pumpkin one. They were delicious! But then, I love cheesecake - except for the time I had it in a restaurant and the server heated it up in the microwave! No kidding. It was horrid and I have no idea why she would do that.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake


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podso said...

Good morning. That's a beautiful Flow Blue platter you have from your great grandmother. I prefer a real map too but use the phone in a pinch when I'm lost.

Joyce said...

Just getting in to the apple season here, but I have a delicious apple cake with a caramel syrup poured over that is sooo good. I prefer pumpkin cheesecake to pumpkin pie. Last year though I did make PW's pumpkin cream pie, which was less rich and really tasty. I do not drink pumpkin coffee. Love that fence photo!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Cracking UP !! ( Oldest thing you own...Mr Cranberry ) LOL !

Arlene G said...

I love that pretty blue platter!! And that old husband of yours is quite cute too. I always enjoy learning more about my blog friends!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Oh Judy, your flood comment had me absolutely rolling on the floor laughing! Thank you for starting my day off right.

Dicky Bird said...

I like all of your comments I have many of the same feelings. I own lots of old things...but, my milk paint, square nail pie safe would be one of the oldest. Found in a barn, in a farm, down the road. I think from 1890's.

MadSnapper said...

my first thought on oldest was hubby and you beat me to it, love your dish and my grandmothers depression glass is my oldest..we have hubby's grandmothers oil lamp..
i have not touched a phone book since internet came to live here.. me to on paper maps... i use google earth to find new places local ..the only radio we have is in the cars, i listen to talk shows on NPR when in the car ..never owned a videotape but we did rent them back in the 80;s.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your beautiful blue platter is gorgeous! And I love the fence photo with the buggy in it. Of course pretty flowers that look like Fall are always nice, too! Enjoy your day my friend! Hugs!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mr. Magpie might not be the oldest thing I own, but he's for sure the best! LOL

I quit watching the news. I knew nothing about our marine. Sigh. I hope and pray they get him back.


She...who still uses the phone book, reads paper maps, and listens to the radio.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

I have never seen Shadowlands - I should do. These are worrying times in the world - the middle east, Ukraine, Islamic State - and over here some of us are very concerned that our country might be about to break up, and wondering how on earth the dorks in government allowed it to get this far.

retired not tired said...

You have made my mouth water for pumpkin cheesecake. I almost said my husband as well.

Linda Kay said...

Very interesting post, and love the looks of the cheesecake...but warm? Ugh! I have six flow blue plates in my china cabinet, inherited from my mother. I love the deep blue, and your platter is gorgeous.

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for slipping in those lovely fence photos! and YUM on the cheesecakes! gosh! loved the old photo of your hubby, too.

Anita Johnson said...

I enjoyed reading your answers...I feel the same way you do about most things. I wonder if you would like often listen to the sermons and discussions I find there. my husband might be my oldest possession too! Funny to think about it that way!

April said...

Wow, Judy...that platter is beautiful! What a treasure! I have never had much luck with cheesecakes turning out for me, but I sure love to eat them!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm glad you found time today to post your fence! Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of blogging?

The blue platter is stunning!

Debby Ray said...

I love your hodgepodge answers...are you sure you and Vee aren't sisters? I could see her answering those questions that way, lol! The cheesecakes both look and sound amazing. And I LOVE that photo of the Amish buggy on that open stretch of road!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, I agree on the beautiful blue platter, love it.... Great fence picture and like the hodge pudge. Blessings Francine.

Debbie said...

Oh my I LOVE the platter. Soo pretty! And now I am definitely hungry for pumpkin cheesecake. I will be watching for your recipe. Enjoy your day!

Michelle said...

Oh my...I Love cheesecake.
I wonder why she heated it up.
At least she could have used an oven, instead of a microwave.
My mouth just fell open when I read that...LOL

visiting from Hodgepodge Wednesday

Carla from The River said...

Fun post as always, I love reading your answers to the questions.
I love REAL maps and highlight on mine as well.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream? Maybe that will be my next ice cream. ;-)

Donna said...

Amen to your answers to number 1!

Lorrie said...

This was an entertaining post. Love the flow blue platter. Both cheesecakes sound scrumptious and I can't imagine eating them heated up.

Trace4J said...

I do love google..hehe
And most definitely pumpkin cheesecake :)
Woolie Hugs

Lynne said...

Mr Cranberry is the oldest thing you OWN . . .
silly girl . . . Flow Blue yes! Loved the old photo though!

I am sending you my favorite Pumpkin recipe.
Mom's Favorite Pumpkin Bars . . .

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I've been thinking about pumpkin a lot and cheesecake is my favorite dessert ever! That is a lovely photo of the Amish transportation and the rolling green meadows. I want to be there! Love your random.....

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy!
Funny, I was gonna comment on something, but got a little too vigorous in my scrolling and went way down to the bottoms -where I found that sweet picture of your dog! I don't see many people with German Shepherds any more. There are lots of pits and pugs, but I haven't seen a German Shepherd in years. They were very poplar when I was a kid. Maybe because of Rin Tin Tin?
:) m & jb

Margaret said...

Hi, So nice to meet you! I am going to enjoy getting to know you and your blog through your archives! Maggie/Maggie's Lil' Fixins

Nikki said...

Those cheesecakes look good! May I come over. ;) I agree about the phone book thing, it seems silly to deliver a book to us once a year when everything is online now a days. One day i assume they'll eventually be extinct.

Terri D said...

Your platter is beautiful! Joe loves cheesecake, but I can take it or leave it. It was a good Hodgepodge (again) this week. Joyce is pretty amazing!

Chatty Crone said...

One of my favorite movies is Shadowlands. I LOVE IT. And I hope we never forget 9-11.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love your sense of humor :) (laughing) Sweet photo of your husband and cousins xo Love your great grandmother's platter- what a treasure! I just picked all my apples and thinking of recipes, too. I can't keep up with all the new techie stuff, so mostly I don't. I have family members who do it for me.....My cell phone is ancient! But it works and I hardly use it anyway, still have the land line because we don't have a signal way out here in the boonies. Use a paper map, too. Those newfangled GPS things always get us lost. I stay away from religion and politics. People can get really carried away wanting you to take their views. I make up my own mind, thank you. He he. Hope your week is sweet. xo Hugs, Karen

Anonymous said...

#1 May we never forget.
#6 Bach and Beethoven. I answered differently at Hootin' Annie's, how could I forget Bach and Beethoven and Mozart, too. I have no favorite. I do love to hear Pachebel in the background of a chick flick.
Love your fence photo with the Amish carriage and all that green. Lovely photo.

Vee said...

Ahhhh...I see that Debby has it all figured out! A hearty "amen" to # 1. (Can't imagine the anxiety in GB as they wait to learn what next week will bring.)

I'm too dense to figure out the flood comment.

Always interesting to read on Wednesday or a Thursday...

Roan said...

That platter is gorgeous! Have you posted the recipe for pumpkin cheesecake? Would love to try that. I'm actually going to try using some real pumpkins and make a few things from scratch this year. It will be a new experience for this old woman. :)

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Nice pictures! I also have a cat alarm clock, but the thing keeps ringing at the wrong time. Programming cat alarms it's the hardest thing ever!

Jean | said...

Judy, loved the "wink" after your remark about hating opinionated women! :D Re question 1, (without minimizing the enormity of the tragedy), I never observe the anniversaries of tragedies. There are simply too many of them; I would be bogged down in sadness. Instead, each day is fresh. September 11 of 2014 deserves to be its *own* day!

Stephanie said...

Great post, Judy! I was giggling about your husband being the oldest thing you own :)

I must admit that I still look numbers up in the phone book and my husband only uses paper maps :)

Enjoy your day! And your first photo of the flowers and reflection is very beautiful! Hugs

Barbara said...

I enjoyed all of your comments/replies to this Hodgepodge. Regarding question #1: AMEN and AMEN!!! I stopped and prayed aloud those very words after reading them.

Thank you for the movie and music recommendations. I have written them down and will check into them.

Have a blessed day, and keep on blogging! You're a hit with me!

kathy b said...

Great post, great thoughts.
Apples and pumpkins….you have my attention!

21 Wits said...

I do remember and our community comes together at Lake Harriet ever 9/11, together we share, never to forget. Oldest thing I own is a book! I think. Possibly a coin. Lovely photos all of them!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

That pumpkin cheesecake sure looks good. I love the beautiful Flow Blue platter. I like the Amish photo and fences, too.

Empty Nester said...

Your husband. Hahahahahahaha! That's great! I agree about not shoving views down peoples' throats but that's what a lot of people do around here. Which is why I refuse to discuss either of those topics with them. It seems everyone thinks I should be of their opinion not my own. Annoying. Pumpkin cheesecake ROCKS!

Ida said...

Very interesting post. I enjoyed it very much. The Amish Buggy photo was very neat and reminded me of a trip I made back to PA many years ago.
Oh I'll have some of that Cheesecake too.

Anonymous said...

Such pretty photos. Poor Mr. Cranberry!!! lol Love the platter; what a treasure.
Wishing you a very nice weekend.

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh when the question was the oldest thing you own and the next words were Mr. Cranberry! That is a lovely platter, what a treasure. Warmed cheesecake--that doesn't sound good at all.

Breathtaking said...

Lovely fence post and a great hodgepodge of things. Those cheesecakes look so yummy. The oldest thing I possess are some old black and white photos, and my hubby too!:)

Cathy said...

My mom has a bunch of flow blue pieces. I love that color blue.

Rose said...

I came for fences, and got so much more! Was a nice read.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Judy
Rose stole my thunder!
I also came from Theresa's Good Fences and I've seen and learnt so much more!
A great fence all the same.

Your blue and white platter is so precious, what dinner time stories it could tell us about times in the past!

Enjoy your weekend.


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