Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Lots of thought provoking questions this week:

1.             It's a brand new month...share one thing you're looking forward to in October.

Pumpkin Fest at Jackson’s Orchard! They have wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, the goat ranch, pony rides, a corn maze, a big slide (The Cider Slider), the tire yard, the straw castle, moon walk, face painting sand art and wood crafts. As well as hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, ice cream, apple cider, apple cider slushies and the best fried apple pies you will ever taste. A big bag of Granny Smiths will be coming home with us as well as a pumpkin or two and a few fried pies.

2.            Is chivalry dead?  Explain.

I don’t think that chivalry is dead. Men want to save the damsel in distress and while women have become more independent, I believe that most women still want a man to be chivalrous.

After my divorce from my first husband I found that every man that I dated as well as a few that were just friends or co-workers wanted to fix things or help with manly chores around my house. Men painted, put together furniture, laid my kitchen floor, repaired my car, my dishwasher, my refrigerator, and a whole in my wall. (Gee, why did I get re-married now I get nothing but messes to clean up).

3.             On October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip made its debut.  Which character is your favorite?  Which character is most like you?  (Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Shroeder, Snoopy, Woodstock, or Pig Pen) 

           Of all the Peanuts characters I guess Snoopy would be my favorite. He is adventurous,    
           daring and always Cool.

           As for the character I am most like, I suppose I would have to say Charlie Brown, full 

           of hope but always second guessing myself. I am the one who will trust you to hold the 
           football so that I can kick it even though you have pulled it out from under me a 
           hundred times.

4.            What's something you're competitive about? 

Words With Friends and Song Pop. I don’t have a smart phone so I play them on Face Book. My daughter gets so annoyed with me because I take too long to make a word. I take my time and look for a word that will get me the most points, especially when I play against one of my Aunts. She is really good and I Really try my absolute best when playing her. We usually have at least two games going at all times and I have gotten to where I can hold my own with her and have actually beaten her a few times. I have learned several new words from playing Words With Friends. Song Pop is just fun and I enjoy music and I have a few friends that are awesome at the game and I strive to beat them. If you have never played either of these games, I highly recommend them!

5.            October is National Popcorn Popping Month...are you a fan?  How do you like your popcorn?

            I love popcorn, ANY kind of popcorn. The air popped kind like you can get at a
            ballgame is the best!

6.            When did you first realize the world is small? 

I guess as a young adult when I realized that no matter where you go people are generally the same. They have many of the same problems and feelings.

7.            In terms of architecture, what's the most beautiful building you've seen up close and in person?

While I am not a world traveler, for me there are three places that I have personally seen that I was in awe of, the details in each of these buildings is amazing. They would be;

1) The Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina. Built between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II. A Châteauesque-styled mansion and the largest privately owned home in the United States with 175,000 square feet and 250 rooms.

2) West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick, Indiana. Built
in 1902 and advertised as the eighth wonder of the world. Known for its vast domed atrium and its healing mineral springs. It had the largest free spanning dome in the world from 1902 t0 1913 and in the United States until 1955. It is now part of the French Lick Resort.


3) Flager College, in St. Augustine, Florida. Built in 1888 by Henry Morrison Flager as a luxury hotel (The Ponce De Leon Hotel)

8.            Insert your own random thought here.

Much discussion in our house lately has been about homework assignments and at what age a child should have the total responsibility for these assignments.

I feel that when a child is in middle school and high school that they are old enough to be
responsible for their assignments. Sure, if they need help with an assignment I am there for them and there are consequences if they just blow them off and let their grades fall behind. All this can be monitored with the schools website and parent night conferences. But, how are they going to learn responsibility if they are never responsible for anything?

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  1. What a great post, I enjoyed your answers and the photos. Have a great day!

  2. I am not a competitive person in general, but I'm with you when it comes to Words With Friends! Ha! I really take my time, try many possibilities, and LIKE to win! ( :

  3. I enjoyed your hodgepodge answers. I love harvest festivals and pumpkin patches. The pictures you posted are great! Have a beautiful day!

  4. I think that if homework is approached from the beginning as the child's resposibility then they will be resposible for it. Parents job is to provide a consistant point of reference. By middle school most kids need to have found their own rhythm.

  5. I've never been to St. Augustine but it's a city I'd like to see. I remember the days of pumpkin patches and hay rides. I may drag my hubs to one this year : )

  6. I'm right there with you on the Biltmore Estate...such a beautiful place!

  7. I think kids can learn responsibility from assignments EARLY... they learn early, so why not teach them early? :)

    Ohhhh yeah... Song Pop... I have an ongoing war with my husband & inlaws on that game :)

  8. I usually love October but this year my wife is turning 60 and she isn't a happy camper about it. I'll be happy when October is over. Then in November I turn 60.

  9. I totally agree with you on the homework thing...they need to learn to be self motivated because some day they will have a job and you will not be there looking over their shoulder to make sure they do their work :) Pumpkin Fest sound so fun - I love any fall festival! And I am totally putting the Baltimore Estate on my list of things to visit in the US - I love those huge mansions built at the turn of the century! Amazing!

  10. I forgot all about Flagler College ... that IS a beautiful building, isn't it!

    I'm not a fan of air-popped popcorn ... too dry, and nothing for the salt to stick to. Thankfully the ballparks around here add oil when they pop popcorn and it's yummy!

  11. That Biltmore's gorgeous. And as for your answer to the 2nd question about chivalry, I was rolling at the very last part about messes. LOL


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