Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Just a Second

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then hop back to From This Side of the Pond to share answers with the universe. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. The Hodgepodge lands on the second day of a brand new month. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in September. 

The calendar's kind of empty, but that could always change. 

Small things, weather changes, fall sweaters, apples. 

2. Do you enjoy browsing second-hand shops? Last thing you bought or 'inherited' second hand? 

Welcome to my life (and my blog). Both the browsing and the buying can be fun. Visiting one particular antiques market last weekend was almost as good as an art gallery. I often note the names of artists from paintings I like, and try to find out more about them later on. 

Here's one we noticed: Andre Bertounesque, No Blank Walls. (I'm not going to paste the image as I'm pretty sure it's copyrighted to the auction site.) 

The last thing I thrifted? This pair of printed cotton pants, which I bought the second time that I'd seen them. 
 I've been wanting to do a blog post about making outfits with them, but today (rainy weather, terrible lighting) isn't going to be that day. 

3. Something you had second thoughts about after committing to, purchasing, or posting/commenting  online? 

An interesting question, and I could probably say "yes" to that about a lot of things, some little and some very big. But it's often the third thoughts that matter most. 

4. What's a product or service you use that you'd rate as second to none? 

Idaho brand instant mashed potatoes, unflavoured. Tastes like potatoes. 

5. Something you do so often or that comes so naturally to you it's second nature? 

Good habits or bad ones? 

Reading...using a keyboard (although I had to retrain myself not to leave two spaces after periods)...thinking "cooking rice, water's twice" (but I have better luck with "water's one-and-a-half")...praying when stuff happens. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

For years, it was second nature for us to read the morning paper (local) and to watch the six o'clock news (local)...I think those were habits handed down from our own parents. In recent months, we've stopped watching the newscast, and we also let the paper lapse. They say old habits die hard, but we haven't seemed to miss those particular ones much. (We do listen to the radio and read news online.) 


Willow said...

I love reading the local morning paper. But now that we have moved--no paper. I miss it.
I had forgotten about typing--yes, it is second nature. I've been typing since I was 14 and earned my way through college by typing and filing. Loved your pray answer.

Mama Squirrel said...

Willow, I learned how to type from a magazine article when I was in middle school. (Also how to play guitar, same magazine, but that didn't work as well.) I used to type/word-process papers for other students too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Joyce said...

I think you're right about 'third thoughts'. We need to think, re-think, then re-think again before acting. Have a great week!

ellen b. said...

It's hard to watch news that isn't news anymore. It's good to give yourself time before committing to something new. Happy September to you.

songbird's crazy world said...

I still read the papers, but now I read them on my iPad.

angie said...

love second hand shopping as well I both buy and sell at the markets so much fun to be had and when you make a bit of $$ does not hurt either
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Lisa said...

I always loved reading the paper and watching the evening news, too. Our local paper began to get thinner and thinner and then they switched to a weird feeling "paper" and I gave it up several years ago. I have stopped watching the news because I end up getting angry about something or other :-). I do read some online news sources and I get a brief summary of the New York Times in my email each day.