Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hodgepodging The Comfort Zone

Some of the plants brought in for the winter

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1. October 21, 2015 is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?

No, didn't see any of the movies, but that theme reminds me of a book I loved, 'A Swiftly Tilting Planet' by Madeline L'Engle. What was I doing in the fall of 1985? Beginning our fifth year of homeschooling. And celebrating the first birthday of our second daughter. And celebrating an early Thanksgiving in the middle of October, because it makes so much more sense to do it then. Who feels all that thankful when the skies are cloudy all day and the temperature has dropped precipitously. Yes, I do feel thankful for many things all the time, but it's easier to be cheerful in mid-October than the end of November.

Can't we all just get along?

2.  If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past?

Definitely want to go to the PAST.  I know more of what's there and what to expect. And there are a lot of times in the past that would be interesting to see, if I could choose. The building of the great cathedrals of Europe, the founding of our country, the Lewis & Clark expedition, etc. etc. Of course, I'd pack penicillin. And I'd want guarantee of a quick escape if necessary.

3. We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015-flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3-D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass).  Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good?

The internet is an object that can be used for good or ill. The internet doesn't determine how it is used. Humankind has a profound ability to selfishly abuse any good thing, so it's up to us to use it wisely, for good. All bad ideas start in the heart/mind of the human, not the internet. I don't worry about technology advancing. If I were to worry about anything, it would be that it would no longer be there for us to use.

4. Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food?

Rosemary Chicken - not to be confused with Lavender Chicken (which I've accidentally made).
My favorite fast food, because I dislike most of it, would have to be Chipotle. I don't get it often, but it is good!

 Even Tuppence Can Get Them Confused

5. No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...which timely saying most relates to your life right now?

No time like the present - spending time with our grandson, who is here for the week.

 Proof that he's actually doing his schoolwork

6. Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else. How does that make you feel?

The Ye Olde Country Schoolhouse that I attended in grades 1 and 2.  It is no longer there, having been sold and moved off the school property to a nearby farm. I think it's even been torn down from there in the past couple years. It always makes me a bit sad that old schoolhouses or barns or other buildings I liked have disappeared from the landscape. 

Part of the problem is the American compulsion to always build newer and 'better.' Part, in Wisconsin, is also our climate, where unheated buildings will eventually fall on their own because the foundations are destroyed by our deep frost and spring heaving of the ground. 

 Woodside School
Good times were had here.
None of them was connected to schoolwork.

7. Describe your comfort zone.

My daughter sent me this cartoon. I got a chuckle out of it.  I hope you can zoom in to read it.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm doing school with our grandson this week (he's homeschooled) and I like the choice of materials his mom has compiled for him. When school is out, we do stuff outdoors, like clean some of the algae from the garden pond (a problem that didn't exist before the DNR's new regulations, but that's another story), fill the pond with water for the winter (needs to be filled with water so it can freeze and not allow the soil under the liner to cave in, which would otherwise happen in the spring when the ground thaws), and remove the pump to store for the winter.  He's a fun and clever kid. 

A messy time of year at the little garden pond



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Denise said...

totally agree with your answer to number 3

Cathy said...

That schoolhouse is so cool looking. It's a shame that it's gone now.

A Joyful Chaos said...

How great that you are getting to spend time with your grandson. Love how homeschooling makes that possible, and how he gets to learn some life skills along with books!

The Cranky said...

I love all things Madeleine L'Engle and have passed that love along to my daughter. Even as an adult, when I discovered her book 'Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art', I read it so many times it fell apart.

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Sounds like you're having a great week with your grandson. What a darling boy.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I think it is wonderful you are involved with your grandson's homeschooling. That is awesome. I love Chipotle too, but do not go too often. I think thinking of creating my own Chipotle bowl at home. There are a few things I would like to go back to the past to change if I could. Have a happy day !

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Love the photo of the old school house, Judy! I know you are enjoying your time with the cute grandson. Have a great day. ♥

Bricks & Laurel said...

I *loved* A Swiftly Tilting Planet! It was my favorite of the trilogy, even better than Wrinkle I thought. Her memoirs are wonderful also.

Have a great week with your grandson!

Wendy said...

Enjoyed reading your answers. Hope you have a great time with your Grandson.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Cool that your grandson is homeschooled. We are a long time homeschool family. This is my 20th year give or take a few between Quinn and my third daughter.

Arlene G said...

I am like you Judy, there is no time like the present. I hate having tasks hanging over my head. Right now I need to do a thorough cleaning of my house before decorating for Christmas and I just cannot get motivated. I try to do one room a day and really get every nook and crany. I am always reminded of the Ingalls girls cleaning the house top to bottom when Ma and Pa were gone on a trip so that Ma would be surprised and pleased when she got home. Maybe the mood will hit me next week!!lol

Barbara said...

How wonderful that you can maintain the homeschool schedule for your grandson while your adult kids do [whatever]! I'm sure it's a break all appreciate.

Lavender chicken -- I can see how that mistake could be made!

Debby Ray said...

There are times when I wish time travel was would always be the ability to go back, not forward, like you said. To be able to make better choices if I could or to do things differently seems a little silly I know. But mostly I think I would like to gao back to be able to see how our ancestors lived. I have no doubt that after a day or two of that, I would be ready to come back to the present but I would love to see it first hand if that were possible. Interesting and fun hodge podge this week! :)

Changes in the wind said...

This was a great post...loved all the plants!! and I agree, I would rather go back in time than forward as I don't have a lot of hope for the future.

21 Wits said...

Really fun reading this morning. I like the can't we all get along and especially the photo with it. Lovely. That schoolhouse is cool even in that shape, as your fond memories live on! I'm a huge fan of facetime now, with my daughter's move to Alabama, and my little grand-daughter loves keeping me up to date on everything, even long practices as she plays on her piano! I love it all!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
Could you e mail me the introvert quote from your daughter. I can not enlarge it on the blog to read it.
Fun photos of your grandson. He has a great smile.

Vee said...

Oh I did recognize myself in the cartoon. =D What fun to be back in the classroom and to have another good helper for the week. Your plants made me living room has three rather large plants hanging out. I don't mind one or two, but that third one sends me. I'll have to figure something out.

Joyce said...

I love the Madeleine L'Engle book too. Have a wonderful week with your grandson!

Sandi said...

"What was I doing in the fall of 1985? Beginning our fifth year of homeschooling."

WOW! You were among the first. What was it like?

Terri D said...

I enjoyed your answers today! Joyce always has the best questions for us! I had a hard time with the introvert quote but made out parts of it. Cute. Your grandson is so cute! What fun to have the home-schooling time with him this week!

Chatty Crone said...

I always love learning more about you.

I went to Target today and bought the trilogy of Back TO Te Future - I have seen all three but my grandson hasn't seen any - tonight we will watch the first one!

I would like to go back and see my brother, mom, and dad one more time!

Rose said...

I laughed out loud at the comment about Rosemary Chicken as opposed to Lavender chicken part....

Also wondering about the DNR and algae thing.

I too would want to go to the past, but I would want my penicillin and ibuprofen.

Tammy Enjoy Life said...

Shame that the school house is no longer there :( Have a great week with your grandson.

Anonymous said...

I loved the picture of the old school house. Enjoy the week with your grandson. Home-school rocks :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll save that image and zoom in. I'm curious now! heehee! Hugs!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I read it....very interesting AND very true! Hugs!

NanaDiana said...

I love your answers, Judy. How fun that you have the little guy there and he can do his schoolwork with you and then just have "kid fun". I am sure he loves being there as much as you love having him. xo Diana

Nonnie said...

A whole week with your grandson, making very special memories with a sweet boy. Enjoy. Your pictures are so beautiful. The schoolhouse memory sad.

Jean | said...

Always love your answers, Judy! And I enjoyed the chart about introverts (INFJ here). Wonderful for you, too, but *especially* for your grandson that he can have this time with you and Mr. C.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We haven't been to a Chipotle in a long time but I love their food. Glad you have your grandson visiting, how awesome is that!!!


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