Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So glad you joined the party today...be sure to add your link to the bottom of my post before you run off to visit the neighbors. Here we go~
1. This week marks the beginning of Lent...will you be giving something up or adding anything to your life during this season of the year?
I didn't grow up in a denomination that practices giving up something for Lent. For most of my life this season of the year has been all about Easter, and I guess for me it still is. Mostly. As an adult I've grown more serious in my thinking about the days leading up to that most holy day.
While I have no plans to give anything up this year, I do plan to focus my quiet time on the real meaning of the season. I have a devotional book written specifically for Lent with forty readings in forty days. They're not light, and it's possible as the season progresses I'll feel prompted to let something go or to add something in...I'm open to that.
2. The day before Lent is Shrove Tuesday...tradition states you eat pancakes on this day. In some parts of the world Shrove Tuesday is actually known as 'pancake day'. How do you like your pancakes? Or don't you?
I love the idea of pancakes, but rarely eat them. The reality is they are just too heavy for me to enjoy. Blueberry pancakes with a little bit of real maple syrup and a side of crispy bacon is my favorite. One pancake is enough for me.
3. I'm sure there are many, but what is one love song you really love?
I like how I emphasized the 'one'. That might have been a note to self-ha! When it comes to music I can never pick just one. Sigh.
This one-Everything by Michael Buble
And this one-I Can't Help Myself by The Four Tops. No matter my mood, when I hear this song I smile and feel 20 years old.
I know that's two songs, but they're completely different, and they both mean something to us.
4. What are some things you do to let others know you love them?
I say it. I cook for them. I enjoy sending cards and little treats via real mail. Small kindnesses like running back up the stairs to get the glasses they forgot to bring down, even though I just sat down too. Don't mention that I just sat down too. Sign every text message with xo. Watch television programs like The History of the US Air Force when I'd rather watch a cooking program. Pray for them. Listen. Encourage. Forgive.
5. Roses...red, pink, or some other color? Can you recall the last time someone gave you flowers? Given your choice would you like to open the door and see a dozen red roses, a dozen purple tulips, or a dozen pink peonies?
I like roses in almost every color...I'm not a big fan of the blues, blacks, and purples, but anything pink, peach, pinky peach or red I love. Yellow roses are especially close to my heart as they have always been my favorite, and hubs will search high and low to find yellow roses on special occasions. Or no occasion. He has a gift for knowing exactly when I need flowers. I know some people think fresh flowers are a waste of money. I am not one of those people. Fresh flowers instantly make me feel better about life.
Roses, tulips, or peonies? Yes, please. Of the three listed I think I'd be happiest to see a big bouquet of pink peonies. They're my favorite flower.
6. President's Day will be celebrated next Monday. Does Presidential history and trivia interest you? Many Presidential homes are open to the public and offer guided tours...Monticello (Jefferson's home), Mount Vernon (Washington's home), Montpelier (James Madison's home), Hyde Park (FD Roosevelt's home) and The White House (home to the sitting President), to name just a few. Of those listed, which would you be most interested in touring? Why?
Presidential history and trivia does interest me. I've lived mostly on the East Coast, including the state of Virginia which I think is where so much Presidential history resides. I love touring big old houses, and have been to a chunk of the ones listed.
If you've never been to Monticello I recommend. It's absolutely beautiful, and Jefferson was an interesting man. I've also been to Mount Vernon and have toured the White House more than once, so I'm going with Hyde Park. A trip there is on my 101 in 1001 list because it's not too far from here and would make a nice day trip. I'm waiting until the weather improves because the grounds are supposed to be lovely.
7. Are you good at keeping secrets?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I spy...a little red fox in our backyard.
I guess technically it's her yard too, since she has a den over to one side. In the spring we love to watch her kits play. We never get close to the babies, instead we watch from our sun room windows so as not to frighten the mother into moving the nest. She is always very aware of our presence, even from a distance. Last year the kits found a ski glove someone had dropped in the woods and they batted that back and forth for a long while which was so cute to see.
When the weather warms up, we'll occasionally catch the fox watching us eat dinner on our patio. Seriously, she'll stare us down, which I don't find quite so cute. In fact it's kinda creepy. I much prefer to see her scampering across the snowy woods on a cold winter's day or standing guard over her babes in the den than have her watch us eat.
I hope your Thursday is full of love and chocolate.
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