Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leaping into the Hodgepodge

1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of February this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day?

Pretty much like any other day, doing what needs to be done!

2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part?

Giving big.

3. We're one week into the season of Lent...are you marking these 40 days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How's it going so far?

Nope. I don't do Lent. Wasn't raised that way and I shy away from anything that will make me tend toward legalism. I disagree with the traditional practice of Lent, although I'm fine with how many of my Christian bloggy friends have chosen to acknowledge it, using it as a season to draw closer to God. I loved Chatty Kelly's recent blog post about it.

4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire?

Probably at a friend's house. I really don't remember.

5. Surf and Turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak), or a menu so you can select another option?

I'll have a melt-in-your-mouth tender, medium-well filet mignon, please. I don't want to have to hack at my food or have its beady eyes staring at me (sightless or not), nor do I want to wear a bib.

6. If you could have any television program back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what program would you choose?

Oh this is a hard one. Depends on my mood. Loved The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. Also loved Chicago Hope, a medical show that started about the same time as ER, and which had Mandy Patinkin (who won an Emmy) and Hector Elizondo as doctors, among others. It was great. Loved the episodes where Mandy Patinkin's character sang. I guess I'd choose that one. Oh, but then there was also St. Elsewhere in the early to mid-1980's, another medical show - Howie Mandel, Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon (who was also in Chicago Hope). It was on Wednesday nights at 9:00 and I would watch it and then put on my nursing uniform and go to work the night shift!

7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat?

It depends on what it is. As someone I know says, "I remember the things I want to forget and forget the things I want to remember!" But overall, I have a really good memory. I got that trait from my dad. I've always been able to remember dates, places, locations, events, etc. Names - notsomuch!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Have you seen this darling couple? I found this on FB and just had to share!

Aren't they adorable?! This is Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina They have been married 85 years (86 in May) and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple and get this…. Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104. They share some timeless wisdom about marriage, including this great advice: Remember marriage is not a contest – never keep a score. God has put the two of you together on the same team to win. Read about them here.


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Joyce said...

What a sweet sweet story!

Godsgalnj said...

Married for 85 years!!! That's amazing!!

Hope you have a lovely day :)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I seem to be drawn to medical shows ... I answered ER also, but you've reminded me that I also enjoyed Chicago Hope and St. Elsewhere (and could have just as easily answered #6 with either one of those two shows). ;-)

What a sweet couple. I hadn't seen that before.


I like medical shows too...and that couple is precious.

EmptyNester said...

I remember Chicago Hope and ER, they were good shows! That couple does not look anything near the 100 mark! Wow, they appear in amazing health! Hubs' grandmother made it to 103 and she didn't look aged until around 101.

Thena said...

85 years, wow! What a testimony that with God we can weather the storms and make it work.

DD said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a sweet and inspirational random thought. I love that they both look so young, I think that living a life full of love can do that for you. I agree with the quote, it is so true.

Marti said...

Enjoyed all your insights. And think that is great to have a marriage last as long as the Fishers. Have a good day.

April said...

What a precious couple! Married for 85 years, huh? That is definitely something to celebrate!

Shannon said...

Ohh. What a sweet sweet story. And such awesome wisdom from that loving couple. Thanks for sharing!

Nani said...

My goodness, what a darling couple! And t seems that longtime lovin' is a great preservation too, there is no way they look that old!

Angie said...

Loved St. Elsewhere. I was a teenager when that aired. I wanted to marry Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison (David Morse.) Loved his curly hair! Within the last year or so, he guest starred as a mean detective on House. I watched the show just to see him and he was so good at being awful. Ha! He also played George Washington in the John Adams series. I enjoyed him in that. Ah, memory lane. Thanks for the reminder.