Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Springing Into the Hodgepodge

Welcome to the first day of Spring and the wonderful Wednesday Hodgepodge.  We had about four inches of snow on Monday that continued into Tuesday, so schools were delayed, and my Tuesday morning Bible Study had to be cancelled.  Hello Spring?

No worries though...there's lots of spring in this week's questions so add your link after you've read my answers.  Here we go~

1. March 20th is the first day of she a lion or a lamb in your part of the world?

Oh she's a lion.  We've had more snowfalls in March than January and February combined.  Actually, I just made that up, but it sure feels like it so it must be close to true.  Don't tell anyone I said this, but I think spring snow is so pretty.  The air feels different, and it seems to be more of the big fluffy flake of all it doesn't stick around too long.  

2. What's the most dreaded task on your spring clean to-do list.  Do you have a 'plan of attack'?

I need to clean all my window treatments, including the Plantation Shutters which is a slat by slat sort of job.  

My plan of attack? 

It's rather old fashioned...a bucket, a sponge, and Scrubbing Bubbles.  The people who installed our shutters told me bathroom cleaner works well on them, and they were right.

3. 'em or hate 'em?  What's a favorite dish you make using peas?

I do like peas. In the UK they serve something known as mushy peas which look and taste a little bit like baby food, but I like them too.  

My mom used to make a dish called peas and pasta and we all love that. I haven't made it in quite a while, because pasta is on the list of banned substances in our house, but my girls make it every now and then.  It's shell pasta, peas, onion, garlic...yum!  

I make a lovely green salad (recipe courtesy of Nigella) that contains peas. I'll probably make this salad for Easter because it's simple to do, so pretty and spring like, and very tasty. 

Look-three paragraphs on the pea. Welcome to This Side of the Pond.  

4. Do you feel under appreciated?

The answer to that depends on the answer to whom? 

I guess there have been times I've felt under appreciated, but thankfully they've been few.

5. Have you been using Google Reader? If so, what are you switching to now that GR has announced retirement?  If not, how do you read your favorite blogs?

I liked Google Reader and followed quite a few blogs there. I don't always add blogs to my blogroll after just one visit.  I like to read several posts to know if the blog is one I want to follow, so I'd put them in my reader and visit at my leisure before deciding. In Google Reader, when a blogger updates their blog (aka adds a new post) a number appears beside their name and you know to check it out. I don't follow blogs through my email because I already get a lot of email, and prefer to keep the two separate.  

I joined Bloglovin yesterday and it was easy peasy.  They ask if you want to import your blog list from Google Reader and with one click of the button it was there. Plus, they have a mobile app that makes reading blogs on my phone or Ipad far so good.  

If you were following me in Google reader you'll find the Bloglovin link on my sidebar. Click there to add me to your list.    

6. Anne Bradstreet is credited with the following quote-

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

Agree or disagree?  Why?

I hear a deep question and a not so deep question...first the not so deep-

I live in a part of the country that experiences all four seasons. I look forward to each one and the changing color, landscape, temperature, and even precipitation. Spring could definitely make its entrance a little earlier, but I think I appreciate it more because by the time it actually gets here I've grown tired of winter.  

Now the deep-I'm not sure we need adversity to appreciate prosperity. Oh sure, sometimes we take things for granted, but I do think it's possible to appreciate the good without experiencing the bad.  

That being said, I think when prosperity comes on the heels of adversity it's more deliberately noted and definitely appreciated.  

7.  When did you last 'spring' for something?  What was it?

Pottery Barn had all their pillows 40% off last week so I sprung for four. I do love a pretty pillow, but they're outrageous aren't they? I'm really happy with my purchase, and they add just the splash of color I was hoping for.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday I trekked down to the curb to collect the rubbish bin and noticed our sad little fox trekking up the hill to her den on the opposite side of the yard.  Forgive the photo quality-it was taken with my phone and the skies were gray.  

A couple of weeks ago she stalked a groundhog (unsuccessfully) in our rock wall. When I showed hubs the pictures that night he said she looked too thin and I could see the wheels were starting to turn. I'm an animal lover too, but I draw the line at feeding the neighborhood wildlife.  We had to take our bird feeder down because Gentle Ben needed to make a closer inspection of the seed from time to time.  

Today I texted hubs this picture and I know the wheels are spinning again. I have to admit she's rather pathetic looking at the moment, but still...NO.  How do I know Gentle Ben won't decide to come a-knockin' when he hears we've got grub?  Plus, we're already feeding the deer-

Not technically...they just help themselves to whatever they can find.  Normally they snack on the back hillside which is wild and not landscaped, but last weekend they had Sunday lunch right outside our sunroom window.  In the words of George Harrison...'it's been a long cold lonely winter'.  


  1. You just reminded me that all of our blinds need cleaning badly, but that's one job I sure hate to tackle. I'm not familiar with Bloglovin, but I think I might have to check it out. I've not discovered a way, as of yet, that I can read blogs on my iPad, so this may just solve the problem. Thanks a bunch! I woke up to 44 degree temps. this morning...sure doesn't feel like springtime to me! Happy Wednesday, Joyce!

  2. I think we are sharing the same March lion.
    I would be in a quandry over the mama fox too.
    Sadly, carbs are a somewhat banned substance over here.
    Three paragraphs on the pea and no picture of Pottery Barn pillows? HA!

  3. I'm still trying to get over the words "mushy peas" ... egads!

    poor little fox... he looks so cold & lost :(

  4. First of all, I love the tip about the cleaner for the blinds. Despite what I said about Spring cleaning, I might have to tackle the blinds in my house too. I also appreciate the link to the new blog reader. Transferring everything over was so easy, and I really like its format! Thanks a bunch!

  5. I like spring snow too (shhhh, don't tell anyone!) I love PB pillows, but agree they are pricey. I usually find one I like, go to the fabric store, find the closest matching fabric I can, and re-cover an old pillow to make it look like a Pottery Barn pillow :)

  6. Oh, my, no, I wouldn't DARE feed a fox. They have skills; don't let her skin and bones fool ya! A couple sleepy rabbits and she'll plump right up! As for Gentle Ben, do we know he's gentle??????? Ack!!

  7. I'm so jealous, I'd love to have a fox in MY neighborhood. As for the pea "spring" salad, I'm on my way to check out the recipe. I love any kind of peas. Oh, at 40% off, I'd be springing for those pillows too.

  8. Mushy peas do not sound good to me, but I'll take your word for it. I do need to expand my epicurean horizons. :) We 'feed' the deer at the lake house too. Poor Mr. Fox (or is it Mrs?), though, it's been a long hard winter.
    Guess maybe I should check out Bloglovin. My inbox is waaaay too full. Enjoy the snow!

  9. I can't believe the winter NJ has had. Mushy peas no thanks! We let the deers feed without choice too.....I feel for that sickly fox but better to let nature be. Maybe the fox should set its sights on a rabbit or squirrel instead of a big groundhog! Have a great rest of your week.

  10. good morning! It sure does make a difference when you ask whom? on the unappreciated one...I LOVE your deer pic! My grandkids would LOVE that. Enjoy your day!

  11. Your yard is like a wildlife sanctuary, isn't it?! I love your photos.

    Thanks for reminding me that my mini blinds need cleaning :) I'll add that to my list!

  12. There is a huge controversy brewing in our neck of the city because we have coyotes that eating small dogs. One was shot and killed by a policeman so now everyone is up in arms. The animals were here first and we took their habitat away from them. We must learn to live in peace with them.

  13. And to think that I'd thought we had quite a bit in common. You like mushy peas???!!! LOL Anyway, hope you get springlike weather and flowers. Wouldn't that be wonderful! I'm following you with Feedly reader. :-)

  14. The fox is beautiful... from a distance. I think I'd be more afraid of a skinny fox than a fat one, somehow ;)

  15. I'd have to make myself stop at feeding the wildlife too, though it would be hard. Your snow, as usual, sounds delightful. We're still in the 60s and 70s. Sigh. Pillows? Yes! There are outrageous! But I sure need some new ones.

  16. I know what you mean about the spring snows. The light and the smell are totally different than in the winter. Pretty, but I have to say I am over it for this year :-)

  17. I have given my daughter & son in law the job of cleaning our wooden blinds. It is slat by slat and a lot of work. I must admit I like peas better firm then in the mushy form. I miss that sale....I was just telling Mark we need new pillows in our family room. I love Pottery Barn. The deer are so beautiful. Have a great day Joyce!

  18. We had similar answers to #2 - mine started with cleaning windows but moved to our blinds.

    I love Pottery Barn, and at 40% off, I think I would have splurged, too.

  19. I don't like pea soup. Touch questions....or either I was just feeling the gray.

  20. Oh how I miss living in the country! I used to have deer in my yard all the time and a fox that lived right down from my back deck.

  21. I'm looking for something to use in place of Google Reader, look forward to reading what everyone has found for this.

  22. Enjoyed today's questions so much! And, we were both right on track with #6. The picture of the deer are beautiful. I can't imagine having so many right in my yard. Hubby would love it! Happy first day of Spring!

  23. WOW that is lot of wildlife out your way and I too think the fox is mighty thin. Hope she finds a meal soon.

  24. Whoa, I had not heard of using bathroom cleaner on the shutters. Hmm.
    Show us your pillows!
    My pup would be a snack for that hungry fox. And our deer munch our lilies before they have a chance to bloom even! Ugh.

  25. I wish we had deer wondering around here though we get turkeys, one day we had a mom and her turkey chicks walk across the front lawn. Unfortunately the dogs got out and chased the mother around luckily none of the turkeys were harmed! I couldn't take a photo.. only the mom roosting on the fence.
    I use scrubbing bubbles too and the swiffer duster. Way better than a germy mop.

  26. I saw the link for Bloglovin but didn't see any screen shots so I didn't bother to sign up. I'd also want to feed the scrawny fox but they'd never leave either I'm afraid because they would think you'll feed them more maybe.

  27. We used to have a fox! But I have no idea where he went....

  28. Oh heavens! Do not feed the fox. No need to encourage carnivorous wildlife around your house. The dog could end up as a meal!

  29. ...and now you've got me looking at pillows on Pottery Barn! Get thee behind me, oh Hodgpodge vixen! ;-)