Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Hodgepodge?

Welcome to the Wednesday glad you've stopped by this side of the pond! I will ask that you please link only if you've answered today's questions. Much as I want to help you promote your blog, that's not what The Wednesday Hodgepodge is about. Thank you for understanding! Also if you do participate, please add a link back here somewhere in your post, because that's what good neighbors do. 

It's possible winter is making me a little cranky. 

Let's get started-

1. 'In like a lion, out like a lamb'...does the first part of this saying about March weather ring true where you live?

We had approximately five inches of snow fall on March 1st, snow and freezing rain most of the day Tuesday, and still more snow in the forecast for Thursday, so yeah she's a roarin'!

2. March 4th is National Grammar Day. What common grammatical error bothers you the most?

Just one? The whole your and you're thing really gets under my skin, I think more so than the whole there-they're-their confusion. 

3. William Arthur Ward says, 'The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts his sails.' Which one are you?

I'm the one telling everyone in the boat with me to be patient, give it time... the wind will change. When adjusting the sails becomes unavoidable, I'll happily adjust the sails, it's just not my first inclination.

4. What's something you need to 'march forth and conquer' this month?

Our house is officially on the market. If you've ever sold a house you know keeping it market-ready is a full time job. 

5. An ongoing debate around you dust first, then vacuum or vacuum first, then dust? Of the two routine household chores, which do you dislike the least? How's that for wording?

I say dust then vacuum but hubs prefers to vacuum then dust. He feels like vacuuming stirs up the dust, but I say dusting after you vacuum just creates more dust to be vacuumed. You might have to read that twice.

If we're tag teaming the chores, I dust and hubs vacuums. Vacuuming is more satisfying overall, because it lasts longer. Dust seems to reappear as soon as I put the cloth away.

6. According to, the ten most photographed sites in the U.S.A. are- Cinderella's Castle in Orlando, Southernmost House in Key West Florida, The Space Needle in Seattle, The Site of the Boston Massacre in Boston, The Bellagio Lake/fountains in Las Vegas, The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, Coit Tower in San Fransisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, Niagara Falls, and snagging the number one spot-The Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 

How many on this list have you photographed? Which on the list would you most like to visit and photograph?

I've been to six of the ten, and since my daughter is conveniently living in the PNW now, I'm excited to see The Space Needle later this year. I've never been to Las Vegas or Niagara Falls, and I'd never heard of the Coit Tower until I saw this list. 

The one I most want to see is Niagara Falls. I know it's a tourist trap, but I'd still like to see it in person. I wouldn't say no to a trip to Cinderella's Castle either. 

7. Fifty years ago Monday (March 2, 1965) The Sound of Music premiered at the Rivoli Theatre in NYC. Have you seen the film? Do you own a copy? On a scale of 1-10 how much do you love it (or not)? Ten=best movie ever. If you're a fan, what's your favorite scene or song from the movie?

I'm a definite 11, and yes we own a copy. The Sound of Music is my all time favorite movie, one that never gets old for me. It's awfully hard to pick a favorite song or scene. My girls used to love to recreate the 'clock' song, and we have that on video. Too cute for words. 

I think in the movie though, my favorite scene is the one where Christopher Plummer sings Edelweiss knowing in a few hours he's leaving his beloved homeland for good. So heart wrenching. Plus hubs used to sing that song as a lullaby to the girls when they were small, so its extra special in my mind.  

If you're ever in Salzburg take the Sound of Music tour. So much fun!! You see a lot of the sites used in filming the movie, and the city is so perfectly charming.  

'There's a family in Salzburg...' We might have uttered that line no less than 100x during our visit there. And if you don't know where that line originated I feel sorry for you. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My son-in-law celebrates a birthday today so whoohoo! When I say celebrate I mean he'll work an exceedingly long day, because that's how life rolls just now. At the end of it all though, he gets to come home to his adorable wife and I know she'll spoil him good.

Happy birthday Dr. Captain...may all your dreams come true!


  1. I love your answer to #3! I could have (should have?) written that ... except your way with words is so much better than mine. ;-)

  2. Congrats on being on the market! And good luck!

  3. My first time joining in and we have the same answer for #2. This was fun!

  4. Joyce, first good luck with the the house! Is Dawnice your realtor? Hard to show in all that snow!!! And, you and I are SO alike! I have the same exact love for The sound of Music as you will see when you read my post! Stay warm. Come on Spring!

  5. Argghhhhhh, I remember what having a house on the market feels like.
    I am with Hubs on #5!
    Feeling like maybe we should watch The Sound of Music again, feeling all nostalgic.
    Happy Birthday to your new son-in-law!

  6. Another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce. Thank you! I don't envy you the move. It is such a job, both keeping the house ready for potential buyers, and also your own house hunt, and then there is the sorting and packing. Oh my. If you decide on a Florida get-away....I'll meet you at Cinderella's Castle! :)

  7. Niagara does not have to be a tourist trap. We went a couple of years ago and we did all the free stuff....or nearly free. There is a lot to see and do in Niagara will love it.

  8. Coit Tower stand on a hill in San Francisco and gives a lovely view of the City. We have movies of DD1, just walking, stooping to pick up a cigarette butt off the ground and everyone rushing to her to make her drop it. It is quite funny.

  9. I'll say one thing for you, Joyce, your life is anything but dull! Good luck with selling your home. It's in such a lovely location, I know you'll miss it--but maybe not the snow and ice :)

    Happy birthday to your new son-in-law!

  10. Well, sounds like we both feel the same about The Sound of Music. I guess when our house finally goes on the market it will require very little of me since we will be moved out. We'll hire professional cleaners to come in and get it "sell ready" and hopefully someone is just waiting to buy it. :o)) All the best with the sell of yours.

  11. Sorry first link up I did was not working but the 2nd time I entered it worked. Hope you have a great day. Thank you for the questions this week.

    1. no worries...I deleted the one that wasn't working, so the correct one is there now.

  12. Interesting we chose the same grammatical error. Happy Birthday to SIL, Dr. Captain. When you go to Niagara Falls, just make sure it isn't Labor Day weekend. Woe was me!

  13. Oh yes, your and you're gets me too! I never thought about your husband's view of vacuuming kicking up dust, but it does make sense. I love the song Edelweiss and that is a great scene.
    Happy Birthday to your son-in-law. I'm sure your daughter will make his first birthday as a husband extra special :)

  14. It certainly is roaring for you. Hope Spring arrives soon. Best of luck with selling your home and it can be so stressful showing it. Vacuuming probably does stir up the dust but I prefer to dust first. That is so sweet the your husband sang that song to your girls. I would love to take that tour. Happy Birthday to your son in law and I adore the photo. Thanks for a great Wednesday Hodgepodge!

  15. Joyce, having a house on the market is a stressful time, keeping it cleaned for a short notice, waiting for just the right offer, then trying to decide to counter or accept. Ugh! My hubby vacuums after I dust.

  16. I visited both the Guggenheim and Niagara Falls when I was 12. I would love to go back and see both as an adult.

  17. Hi,
    We both answered the same regarding the grammar. :-))

    We did have our home on the market, so yes, I totally understand what you mean about it being a full time job.

    I also picked Niagara Falls. We love road trips and have South Dakota as the plan for 2015.

    Have a blessed week,

  18. I would love to go to Salzburg! Great picture.

  19. Beautiful Wednesday post. I never knew about the stuff in Salzburg before, but definitely goes on my bucket list! I love the Sound of Music and have been delighted to share it with my girls growing up!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  20. Happy Birthday to Dr. Captain! Beautiful picture of the wonderful couple. Go to Niagara Falls. I lived there when I was in the 1st and 2nd grade and then we took a trip up with my hubby and kids many years later. It still both terrified and thrilled me.

  21. Selling a house seems more difficult than buying a house. Are you relocating or just downsizing? Good luck with the sale! Up here in NH we got snow only, about an inch or two. With temps in the 40's it mostly melted. COME ON SPRING! Thanks for the visit!

  22. You're leaving that beautiful home!!
    I thought Niagara Falls was amazing.
    Loved the Sound of Music and we did a Sound of Music tour in Austria, too. It was fabulous. I can't guess how many times I've seen the movie. Such a happy one, and I read the book by Maria Von Trapp. What a family!!

  23. I can't believe you're selling that lovely home! Where are y'all going? Did I miss that whole thing? Happy birthday to your SIL! I love that picture!

  24. While I don't envy the daily upkeep required for showings, it's hard to argue that a market-ready home is a joy to see. I always loved how ours looked and smelled just before buyers came through. But no-shows really made me see red.

    i sure want to see Salzburg someday.

  25. Moving! Lots of blogging material there! Where to? Leaving the cold of the North East for warmer digs? Looking forward to all the adventures you two have in store.