Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 10/12/16

I’m joining the fun this week…. 
Sitting on the porch and answering random questions about everything under the sun….

Joyce asks the questions.
We answer the questions.

Moving to the Mountains
1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?

We recently moved so my memories of the disaster experience are fresh...  
Best thing about moving: A new beginning in a new place, the change of  surroundings has been very beneficial, I'm much happier and healthier! Also, we made a big effort to get rid of "stuff" that had been collecting dust for many years; it was freeing to lighten the load by at least 30%!     
Worst thing about moving: Watching the moving truck pull away with everything we own; my entire life was heading into the horizon without me; would I ever see my things again!?! It was scary! Also, the house we bought was fully furnished. The previous owner just walked away leaving food in the cabinets, junk in the drawers, and dog hair everywhere. We had to make a lot of decisions about what we would keep from both homes and where/how we would move the cast-offs.  We had multiple moving companies (at both locations), consignment shops, donation centers, cleaning crews, and facebook garage sale postings to manage in a very short put my project management skills to the test!  The new house has half the storage of previous homes; that is still a big challenge, we have many boxes still unpacked five months after the move...UGH!

2. What's moved you recently?

Brenda, Belinda, and Lori on the screen one at the new house!

My Bible study group...Lori, Jill, Donna, Susan, Kathy, and Beth.
I miss my BFF's! Moving to the mountains has been great, but I've put many miles between me and my besties.  This weekend one of my best friends and her husband came up for a visit; I was so incredibly sad when they pulled out of the driveway on Sunday afternoon. It made me realize just how much I miss my friends. I need to work on this, I am moved to seek out additional (NOT replacement) girl friends here in the mountains.

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?

 Moving forward...I've been working on my handmade jewelry business.  Having done two shows recently has helped me to sharpen my focus on what buyers want right now. My older designs are not selling, the customers in my booth didn't even look at the older stuff. It's time to take apart the old stuff and re-style it into items that will sell today. I've got a lot of enthusiasm right now. 

4. On the move, move mountainsget a move onit's your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.

Definitely "get a move on" I should be packing for an upcoming trip, cleaning the house (I can't stand coming home to a dirty house), I need to do laundry, and I need to finish the jewelry I'm making to go with my anniversary outfit....yes I need to get a MOVE ON!

5. What song makes you want to get up and move?


I have specific songs for different activities...
Song that I just can't sit still when it's playing: Earth Wind & Fire - "September"
Cleaning the House: Steely Dan - "Aja" 
Driving to the Mountains: Santana - "Ultimate Santana" 
Dance Party: Earth Wind and Fire - Anything!

6. Your favorite snack to grab when you're 'on the move'?

Sargento makes a new grab and go snack - "Balanced Breaks"; It's a small serving of cheese cubes, nuts, and dried berries, 8 grams of protein, and 150 - 180 calories...perfect! 

7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?

I can't pick just one...The double wedding ring quilt that my grandma Nonie made, the cookie jar from the house I grew-up in, the fuzzy throw made from old fleece and pieced together by my step-mother, and the cute stuffed polar bear my husband bought to keep me company when I was in the hospital. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I will miss Hodgepodge next week....this will be our 'ride' for the week....Yippee!

Norwegian Escape


Lori in Blue Ridge, GA
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  1. Okay, so glad I found you! I LOVE that September song - how random? It is a great one though and since I was born in 1973 it doesn't surprise me that I love that disco vibe. My kids love it too! Oh and those balanced breaks are SO good! I have one almost everyday!

    1. Hi Jessica, Thanks for stopping by my blog today, it's always nice to know that others enjoy a good blast from the disco past! I was a dancin' fool in the late 70's and early 80's. Hope you have a great week.

  2. Yikes on that last photo!! But i do hope you have a wonderful and uneventful time away. Buying a house that's already fully loaded would be really tough. It's bad enough going through my own stuff. I hope you make some good additional friends at your new location and that you are successful with your jewelry business. You sound very motivated, a good sign!

    1. Thanks for stopping by my Hodgepodge! Making friends is not easy for me, I'm very shy around new people, but I'm determined to work on this area of my life. Have great week!

  3. Jewelry maker, that sounds fun!!!
    Enjoyed your post, have a wonderful trip!

  4. September is a good choice! I love that song too. Wow-enjoy your holiday at sea!

  5. Good luck with your jewelry. I'm debating reopening my etsy shop. Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Thank you for stopping by my hodgepodge! What did you sell on Etsy? I'd love to take a peek at your shop.

  6. Hi Loris! I really enjoyed your answers! you moved to the mountains! How wonderful for your the mountains so much! Thank you for stopping by my blog and ENJOY THAT CRUISE!!

    1. THanks for stopping by my hodgepodge today!

  7. Got to love the picture of the dog being moved in its house. Moving is never fun or easy. We have been here 12 years and still have stuff to be unpacked. Have a great trip.

  8. It is very hard to watch your stuff drive away without you, to have to put so much trust in strangers that they'll get your belongings back to you, and in one piece. When we got our stuff back after our move here to Texas, the movers had broken the mirror in the dresser my parents bought for me when I was a baby. You won't believe all the insurance paid for that broken mirror - 70 cents! I hope that your stuff all made it back to you safely. We still have stuff that hasn't been unpacked and we've been here 12 years now.

    It is very hard leaving friends behind. I hope that you gals will always keep in touch with each other. I'm glad that you got to visit with one of them. Good-byes are so hard.

    Best wishes to you with your jewelry business. I think that jewelry making is a great way to express yourself.

    Those "accessories" sure sound like treasures to me!

    Have a great time on that cruise and happy anniversary! :)

  9. Your move into your new house sounded very interesting, and troubling that the previous owner would leave all that 'stuff' for you to deal with!!

    Your trip looks most promising! The ship is beautiful!

    Visiting you today from the Hodgepodge.