Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Red White and Hodgepodge-Volume 28

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge...add your link to the bottom of my post and then be sure you hop around and visit some of the other bloggers. After all, that's what keeps the neighborhood friendly.

Here are my answers-

1. What is something about living in this country that you value? 'This country' is whatever country you call home.

America is still the land of opportunity. You can dream a dream and make that dream come true. America is an optimist at heart and I pray that never changes.

2. What is a favorite something you own that is red white and/or blue?

To quote the fab four...'Oh little darlin'...its been a long cold lonely winter....' and we are definitely ready for some convertible weather here in the northeast. We don't have it, but we're ready for it.

3. Do you fly a flag at your house on patriotic holidays?

Yes...I love to see flags flying. No matter where I am it makes me feel a little bit proud.

4. What ingredients do you think should be included in a great picnic basket?

Remember when picnics were fried chicken and potato salad? Not that I'm opposed to that sort of picnic but I don't eat fried chicken and potato salad these days.

My ideal basket would include yummy cheese, great bread, a tapenade or some other spread for crackers, maybe some cold meats like prosciutto or salami, olives, and fresh ripe strawberries. Champagne would be nice too but I'd settle for lemonade.

5. What is one interesting piece of trivia you know? Interesting is of course a relative term.

Hedgehogs can float and in fact are fairly good swimmers. Evidently they cannot swim for too long and will eventually drown should they happen to fall into a homeowner's pond with no means of escape.

Go ahead.
Ask me how I know.

6. Wednesday, May 24th is National Escargot Day...have you ever tried them? Eww or ooh?

I like. It's not a dish I have often but when I do I like them cooked in white wine and garlic. In reality no more 'disgusting' than eating a mussel, clam, or oyster, all of which I happen to love, but for some reason we hear the word escargot and have trouble getting the slug on the sidewalk out of our head.

fyi-picking up a dead floating hedgehog with your bare hand because you mistook it for a leaf is far more disgusting than dining on escargot in a Paris bistro. Just sayin'

7. What is something you know for sure?

He's got the whole world in His hands.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Thinking of all those whose lives have been turned upside down recently, in Missouri, but also the Southland, Japan, and Haiti too. I love this's a bit of an oldie (if you call the year 2000 'old' ) but its full of hope and who among us doesn't need a heaping helping of that these days?


  1. I'm sorry, but the hedgehog story is funny. Poor critter.

    BTW, the car is tres cute!!

  2. Joyce
    Please stop by my blog as I am presenting you with the versatile blogger award.


  3. Enjoy the sun today, hopefully it will come out like they said. I would love to go on a picnic it's been a long time.

  4. Love your convertible, ours is white with blue top....sadly I have no pictures need to clean it and take some.
    I love your random fact. My thoughts and prayers are with the devastation in this world it just keeps happening, really horrible for this people an incredible loss.

  5. Love the convertible. I think you should drive down here and take me for a ride sometime. :)

    Ewwwww on the dead hedgehog...Enough said!

    Amen on #7!

    Thanks for the great questions again Joyce.

  6. What is tapenade?

    Beatrix Potter made is all love hedgehogs, but I wouldn't want one swimming in my pond. Somehow Beatrix Potter didn't convince me that mice were cute, however.

  7. Super cute car. Very funny how you randomly stuck your hedgehog experience in with escargot. ahaha. Great questions. Thanks for continuing to host this. Have a fabulous day. Blessings, SusanD

  8. I like the sound of your picnic!

  9. Joyce? Is that YOUR car?

    Color me green with jealousy. It's soooooo cute!

  10. Oh Joyce--a dead hedgehog? Uck.

    I am so coveting your car right's gorgeous!

  11. Again, great questions. Especially on the Escargot!

  12. Loved reading your answers Joyce, had to laugh at the hedgehog fact ;)
    I love that Faith Hill song too. Love the words.

  13. Sorry about the hedgehog incident. I found a dead frog floating in my barrel fountain last week. He must have suffered the same fate as your hedgehog :(

    I love your favorite red thing! We had a red corvette T-top convertible once. We decided we'd better get rid of it before our boys got old enough to drive, because teenaged boys and corvettes are not a good combination...the things we sacrifice for our kids.

    Enjoy that sunshine :)

  14. Well, if escargot is like mushrooms, I would LOVE them! Just the thought of a snail is about more than I can stomach. :o)

    Don't know where my brain was on #2 because Hubby has a red VW. Duh! It's his fun care and our son ends up driving it most of the time.

    Thank goodness HE does have the whole world in His hands!

  15. Great questions this week! Somehow I thought hedgehogs were bigger than that. I guess if you have to find a drowned one ... smaller is better! :)

  16. I love your line about America being an optimist at heart! I agree!!! And oh dear - your hedgehog story made me shudder... and I always thought they were such cute little critters! But if I found one in my pool... not so much. And your pic of your cute little convertible definitely challenged my "Thou shalt not covet" goal...

  17. I am lovin' that red convertible of yours! An MG, right? My best friend had one just like it in high school and we'd go cruisin' in it all the time! :)

  18. Joyce,
    Love the blog today :) its great
    Thank you for sharing Faith Hill "there will come a day" I love that song.


  19. I know I've already commented but, since then, I've tagged you at my blog! Hop on over and see what's up!

  20. purdy car. poor hedgehog. love faith hill. ;)