Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Out of the Rut Hodgepodge


1.  In a rut, in a jam, in the groove, out of sync, off balance, out of touch...which saying best fits some area of your life currently (or recently)? Explain.
I have been trying to get out of the rut I have fallen in since my mother died two years ago.  With work, life and general inertia, the rut has become quite deep.  Both Nick and I have been trying to find ourselves and each other again. We are having conversations about something other than work and the kids.  We are trying to do things out of the house, even if it's as simple as going for a walk.  Climbing out of a rut is not as easy as you would think.

2. What is it about somebody else's style of work (coworker/employee/shared volunteer project/household chore) that makes you crazy? Why?
I have a certain order that I do things and watching others do the same task, like dishes or laundry and mess up the order drives me nuts.  I know that the results will be the same--clean clothes or dishes--but I can't watch someone else to it differently from me.

3. What's a tradition that always makes you feel at home?
Talking around a kitchen table.  Growing up, some of the best times were when the adults would gather around the table and talk and tell stories of when they were growing up. Now, I feel quite content to do the same thing, only now I'm telling the stories and it's my 14 year old who is enthralled.

4. A favorite song with a girl's name in the title or lyrics? Any reason why this is a particular favorite?
I have always liked Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys.  Here is a cover by Home Free, an a cappella group that they sang with the Oak Ridge Boys:

5. Share a favorite quote, verse, or saying relating to gratitude or thanksgiving.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Last February I participated in my very first Pop-up Paint Party.  I had so much fun and have attended several since then.  However my first painting is now up in the new house:
I think it looks quite nice there.

Have a great Wednesday!


  1. There are a couple of times in our lives when we've gotten into quite deep ruts and I agree, getting out of the house together can help climb that steep slope. One of our things was going for a coffee - a simple thing but time just for us. Love your quote - going to put that in my diary.

  2. Vandy,

    I enjoyed reading your Hodgepodge responses. I'm participating in this meme, too. Oh, I didn't know you were an artist. How cool! It is hard to pull oneself out of a rut. That's how I feel a lot of times because my days are so much the same but I decided that an order of change was needed in the spring and began finding new ways to stir my inner joy. That's when I rediscovered art sketching. We shared many stories with our kids when they were small and having lively conversations over dinner was a favorite time for us all. I do miss that a lot now. Thankfully, DH & I have a very good relationship and find plenty to talk about. :)


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