Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hodgpodging When I Should Be Packing

Our daughter and her daughter
Happy Birthday to her!

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1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.

I should be packing for our trip (repacking, actually), but had to catch the Hodgepodge!
The two pets, whose memory I cherish the most were Shammar, my Arabian/Welsh horse and Sheri, our Border Collie. I probably spent as much time on the ground next to my horse, after he threw me, than actually riding him, but I loved that horse, and when I rode, we FLEW! He was a beautiful animal and I loved him and spoiled him to death. Sheri was an amazing cattle dog. She could be sent to round up the cows from the pasture and would do it. Sheri was sweet and amazing, and ranks right up there with Bridger.

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

I absolutely must go finish packing my carry-on bag, for we leave for England about noon. Mr. C. and I both travel with just a carry-on each, and believe me, it takes a lot more packing and unpacking when you're trying to limit your stuff to just one bag. It was on my first trip to England that I learned that one doesn't take as much as one can possibly stuff into the bag, but as little as possible that you can get by with (my daughter will hate this sentence, but I'm in a hurry). That bag has to be lugged through the airport, all the train and tube stations, up and down flights of steps, etc. I know. Poor me. I can feel the sympathy. LOL.  We'll be going to London, Canterbury, Dover, York, the Cotswolds, Oxford. Pack four pr. of socks or three? (I wash along the way). Decisions, decisions.

 Same girl, flower girl at her brother's wedding
(in 1992)

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?

I was probably celebrating our daughter's (pictured above) birthday. It was also the year of her wedding, her cousin's wedding, our trip to London/Yorkshire with our other daughter and son-in-law, visiting my dad in the nursing home and reading books to him, looking at maps with him (we both love maps), and taking him out to coffee or to our house for the afternoon; canning tomatoes and freezing peppers. Enjoying the company of Bridger and Misty. :-(( Those are the things I can think of that I would have been doing. 

 Rievaulx, just after a downpour

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi...which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?

There is nothing positive that I can say about any dumpling. They're doughy, squishy, gooey on the bottom. Definitely the opposite of the crunchy, crispy kind of thing I like.

5. 'There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don't.' William Trogdon

So which kind are you?

I LOVE an adventure, as long as I'm certain of the way back home.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

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Chatty Crone said...

Your daughter is so cute - I bet she is now too.
I am sure you finished packing - and do have a great time - I know you will.
You are so lucky!
Hey one carry on bag? You are kidding. No I bet your not.
Love, sandie

Chatty Crone said...

I missed the first picture - your daughter IS beautiful and Happy Birthday to her.

Vee said...

✈️ Happy contrails and trails to you! Looking forward to seeing some of your adventures, after the fact, of course. No need to be messing up a perfectly good vacation by documenting along the way, unless you really want to mess with that. I am not surprised that you appreciate a good adventure...I prefer tame adventures, which are not really adventures after all. 🇬🇧

Elizabethd said...

I hope you will have a lovely holiday in our country and enjoy the many places that you are planning to visit.

Sandra said...

wow on you Adventure to England and only one carry on case.. have fun and I know you will.. Happy birthday to your lovely daughter. I and not an adventure person, but a homebody, I prefer my adventures on the internet and movies. my favorite adventures are action thriller books. I love chicken and dumplings but have not eaten any since my kids were little, so about 40 years. now I want a few... I remember ever dog I ever owned. the first when I was 8, Sticky Baby...and on and on to a total of 17 dogs in my life time. I remember every name and the age I was when they owned me... 4 in the past 33 years with Bob.

living from glory to glory said...

You my dear have a blessed life, liked the sign at the bottom. I love the dumplings that I make and I have been hungry for them. I even like Matza balls, but have not tried making them GF...
Enjoy your week and time away!
Hugs, Roxy

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. I hope you have a most wonderful trip!!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Happy Travels! I know you will come back with plenty of lovely photos to share with us, which I am looking forward to.

Marcia said...

We are headed to Scotland today! Don't know how you can only pack a carry on. We plan to do wash too but must take lots of layers for Scotland weather. Since we are in one location solely the whole time - apartment- we can unpack totally and enjoy ourselves.

Have a great trip. By the way, I took a photo of that same elderly sign in Moreton-on-Marsh when we were last in the Cotswolds starting out on our walking trip.

Terri D said...

That's a great photo of your daughter and granddaughter! Off to England!! I will sure look forward to hearing all about your trip when you return! AND....20% off your amazing soaps when you return! Lots to look forward to. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge!

SImple and Serene Living said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip to England. Your daughter and granddaughter are beautiful. xo Laura

Michelle said...

Enjoy your trip! I cannot wait to hear about and see all of the photos, that I hope you will share!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter...and as for YOU!!! Have a FABULOUS trip! WOW! I know you will! Take some pics while you're there too. hahaha! Lots of travel hugs, Diane

Carla from The River said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter.
Have a safe trip, Judy. Can not wait to see the journal. :-)

Felicia said...

Love that barn and old wood silo. enjoy your London trip

eileeninmd said...

Hello, happy birthday to your daughter. Enjoy your trip to England, it sounds like an awesome time. I wish you safe and happy travels.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Think of me when your visit York...my Tankersley family roots are there. Have a wonderful adventure.

ellen b. said...

Oh dear Judy, take a very large suitcase and stuff me in it please! Your trip speaks to me and my enjoyment of all those places in England. Seriously, though, do have some extra fun for me. I enjoyed reading your hodgepodge!

Debby Ray said...

I have to say that I love your commitment to the Hodgepodge! If I was getting ready to go to England, I would be so excited that I wouldn't be able to think of anything else but getting there! Happy birthday to your daughter...she looks so much like her mother. I love the photo of the "Leaning Silo of Wisconsin"...so very unique! Well, listen...have an absolute blessed time across the pond, Judy and safe travels!

podso said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sweet photo of your daughter and granddaughter. I do not like to pack for trips. I'm packing this week for a road trip to Montana. I can't travel on a plane with a carry on. I would never fit everything I need. I am so happy you are going to England. Have a wonderful time.....

Lynne said...

You must be enjoying London as I write this!
I look forward to hearing about your "carry on" trip!

Goldie, Penny, Buffy . . .
My dogs when I was young . . .
Dad and friend crossed Irish Setter/Retriever . . .
Three litters, our three beautiful loved dogs.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Happy travels, Judy! Wish I could fit in your carryon! I always travel with just a carryon, too, sometimes an especially small one. Wish I could give you one of my fluffy perfect dumplings - I think it might change your mind about dumplings!

Patti said...

You must be an amazing packer! Have fun!

Cindy said...

Hope you're having a wonderful time!!


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