Wednesday 11 November 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 11/11/20

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is hosted by Joyce over at "From this side of the Pond".  Pop over there to see who is playing and how to join in.  If you do join in, remember to visit your neighbour on the Linky List.  Have fun.

1. It's the 11th day of the 11th month and bloggers often make lists on days like today. Let's go with a list of eleven things you're feeling grateful for today.

  1. I'm well
  2. I have a roof over my head
  3. I'm financially secure
  4. I have a wonderful hubby
  5. I have great kids who have lovely partners
  6. I have 5 gorgeous grandsons  
  7. It's not raining
  8. The prospects for a Covid vaccine are looking more promising
  9. The blogging community
  10. Time to do the things I want
  11. Online shopping

2. What's something you decided to do or act on at the '11th hour'? 

Sit in silence and reflect. I actually had the TV on which was showing the service at Westminster Abbey.  A very curtailed event in the current Covid situation.

3.  Apparently the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe contains 11 herbs and spices. What's a dish you make that calls for exactly eleven ingredients? Feel free to share the list and/or recipe. 

We do a pasta dish that includes macaroni, sausagemeat and carrots plus 8 other ingredients.  Quite similar to a bolognese in its method but it's really tasty.

4. Something you remember about your 11-year old self? 

Starting secondary school and feeling like a little fish in a very big sea compared to primary school.

5. The 11th of November is Veterans Day in the US of A. This is a day to honor those who have served their country in war or peace-dead or alive-although according to the government's website it's largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. 

Memorial Day is when we honor military personnel who died in service to their country. 

Share a thought relating to Veterans Day or tell us something about a Veteran you know-love-admire.

My Dad was a veteran of WW2.  He was already in the army when war broke out - he'd enlisted as he saw it as a better alternative to working in a coal mine.  But then he found himself caught up in the war and being one of the many soldiers rescued from Dunkirk.  He saw some horrific things which he never really spoke about but he also saw a lot of places he would never have otherwise travelled to.  Plus it gave him engineering skills which served him well when he left the army.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Really glad to hear this week such positive news about a vaccine for Covid.  We need a way out of this nightmare.


  1. I can't even imagine the horrific memories your dad experienced in WWII.

    1. He never spoke about it but yet it was horrific.

  2. Amen about good news on the COVID vaccine front. I love your list of 11 blessings. This has been a very anxiety producing week here in the states, so it is really nice to read so many positive things. Thanks for sharing about your father's service during WWII. Both my father and father-in-law served in the war. My father-in-law was stationed in England for most of the war. Have a good Wednesday.

  3. Wendy,

    We're all eager for Covid to be a part of history. My late FIL and grandpa were in WW2. That's the greatest generation our country will ever know. We owe these people a great deal as well as all of our Vets. They gave so much to protect our freedoms and squashing people who wanted to enslave nations under their rule. I appreciated reading your list of blessings. We need to reflect daily on our many thanksgivings and give God praise for His goodness. We certainly don't deserve but yet He gives it freely. Have a joyful day!

  4. Oh, your dad is a hero--he was at Dunkirk!
    Our son sent us an email last weekend about the vaccine. He is hopeful.
    Your list of blessings is like an echo of mine...the basics, right?
    Moments of quiet reflection and 'tuning in' with a church service are so good.

  5. Oh wow! Thank you to your dad for his service. So grateful to those, many of whom were so very young, who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. I always enjoyed the Remembrance Day ceremonies in the UK and participated in one each year with the girl scouts in our area. It's a more solemn day there and I appreciate that.

    1. It was still respected here this year but in very different ways.

  6. Hi Wendy,
    Thank you to your dad. I know you shared with me about his service before. I shared it with my Sam.
    Thank you, Thank you.
    I enjoyed your 11 grateful things.

    1. Thanks Carla. Yes I'm thankful for his service but also thankful that young men, like Sam are still prepared to serve, although of course a little sad that there is (and probably always will be) the need for them.

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    1. Yes, let's hope it passes all the final tests etc and becomes a reality.

  8. I so agree with your #6! I will be in line for one of those shots as soon as they are ready! This has to end!

  9. Nodding my head on your eleven! We are all ready to be rid of COVID. Sounds like your father went through the worst of WWII. Hope the end of your week goes well.


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