Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hot Hot Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge! So glad you've joined the fun here today...add your link at the end of my post, then run say hi to your friends and neighbors.  Here we go-


1. June is National Great Outdoors Month. Have you spent any time appreciating the great outdoors this month? If so where, and if not do you have any plans to enjoy the great outdoors before the calendar turns?

The great outdoors is my favorite place to be pretty much anytime of the year and June is no exception. Even in the middle of a very chaotic month we've found time for walks, coffee on the patio, and evenings outdoors. 

Also, I'm going to a little reunion with summer camp friends where we'll walk beside the river, catch up around a campfire, and sip coffee under a blanket of stars. The great outdoors is good for the soul. 

2. What's a current hot button issue for you?

Political correctness run amok. Y'all I am just too worn out to delve into all the ways this makes me crazy, but suffice it to say it does. 

3. What's a food or treat that 'disappears like hotcakes' in your house?

Hubs favorite-Ben and Jerry's Cherries Garcia frozen yogurt. 

4. How hot is too hot?

Making a two hour car ride in 90 degree temps, high humidity and no air conditioning qualifies. That was me last week, and by the time I got to my mom's house my back was literally stuck to the seat. I do like sunshine and warm weather though, and as long as the a.c. is working or I have a pool, lake, or ocean to dip in, I'm okay with hot. 

5. Do you have an artistic outlook on life? What does that mean to you?

I think so. I try to find the beauty in appreciate the small things, and notice what's around me. I like a lot of space and quiet, time to think and write, reflect on experiences I've had and also the natural beauty this world presents. That's all part of having an artistic outlook.   

6. What's one question you'd like to ask your father, or one you wish you could ask your father?

My dad passed away many years ago, but I wish I could ask him more about a typical day on the farm growing up. We've heard a lot of stories about his youthful shenanigans but I'm curious now about the ordinary days. I'd probably ask more questions about his military service too, if given the chance.

7. Something you learned from your father?

Lots of things, although sometimes it's hard to separate what I learned from my father from what I learned from my parents as a team. Probably the biggest things would be to work hard and do the right thing. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We bought a car on Monday, which is what people do when they're in the middle of a move. Also, yesterday we celebrated 31 years of married life. We didn't even exchange cards this year because ain't nobody got time for that when they're moving from point A to point C via point B. 

Last year we were in Portugal celebrating our 30th. This year we're at my mother's house with our disorganized stuff and lots of little aggravations to be dealt with as we sign leases for apartments, furniture, car storage and also there's that house we're building down south.

Hey it can't be all roses and charming medieval villages now can it? We're still married though, so it's all good. 


  1. I've really come to enjoy these every week. In the midst of your move you can tell a bit that you haven't lost your sense of humor. That too is good for the soul. Hang in there!

  2. Your Portugal photo looks charming and peaceful - no doubt the memories give you a little respite from the craziness in your life right now.

  3. Good morning Joyce! So funny - it never fails that during a move we buy a car. I don't know why it always happens that way. Stay strong. Moving is tough.

  4. Why make the move easy? :) There will come a day when y'all laugh about all of this!!!
    Happy Anniversary!

  5. Oh my goodness, Joyce, I can't even let myself near Cherries Garcia!! Hilarious about the car. Anything else y'all can pile on to the stress of a move? Lol. This transition time is going to get old fast, but hang in there. Many blessings.

  6. What a difference a year makes! As long as you keep that sense of humor intact (and if your beloved keeps dancing), everything is going to be just fine. Stay cool now!

  7. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubs, Joyce! There will be plenty of time for celebrating once this move is behind you and things are on an upward slope. It's all about the journey, remember? :)

  8. Happy 31st Anniversary! What a milestone that is! It seem less and less couples are making it even 10 years! I've been newly married 5 weeks...And plan to spent a lifetime with this man! Ben and Jerry's...doesn't matter the flavor! LOL We've been to the Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont. Yummy!

  9. I'm with your hubby - I rarely buy ice cream, but if I do it's always Cherry Garcia - yummy!

  10. Oh YES, political correctness, that's a great answer! I could not think of anything.
    Happy Anniversary!!! All the upheaval in your life is making some memories I'm sure!
    Enjoy the time with your mama!

  11. Well, happy anniversary amidst the little aggravations! I say find a Baskin Robbins and enjoy some of the "31derful" flavors. I'm so with you on political correctness gone amok. Just a few days ago I saw a friend on FB post a picture of her son playing "Tug of Peace." Apparently in public elementary school you can't call it "Tug of War" any more. Is that not the stupidest thing, "tug of peace"??? Why is competition a dirty word?

  12. Happy Anniversary. Love Cherries Garcia!!! Blessings

  13. Happy Anniversary!! You are so full of changes right now. While I know it's hard, it sounds like you are keeping the right perspective. It must be fun to imagine what you'll be doing on your 32nd anniversary with so many changes in the works.

    Have a great day Joyce and thank you for the Hodgepodge.

  14. Could you possibly have anything else going on??? Makes my life look like a piece of cake. :o)) All I'm doing is finishing up building a house a facing, what I think, is a BIG move. :o)) Great questions! Wishing you many blessings in the days ahead!

  15. I think my biggest issue is that I don't like extemes. And, right now, our heat is extreme. Extremes are scary things to me. And this heat is over our usual level of oppressive. If Molly and I don't make it to the beach before sunrise, we don't go. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more!

  16. Well, it's good to know you haven't lost your sense of humor, in the midst of the madness, Joyce :)
    Belated anniversary wishes! Hopefully, next year, the two of you will be sitting on the porch of your new lake home, laughing about how chaotic your 31st wedding anniversary was!
    Thanks for continuing to host the Hodgepodge--even during these crazy times. You're a real trooper! Hang in there...and enjoy that reunion with your summer camp friends :)
    Kathy (from Reflections by Kathy)

  17. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, 31 years that is wonderful!

    I loved the car story. I know that stick to the seat feeling. LOL

  18. Happy anniversary! I'm glad that you are able to maintain your sense of humor ... it might well be a lifesaver - ok, that's a bit over the top, but I'm sure it'll be a huge help over this next year. ;-)

  19. Well happy anniversary in the midst of the madness that is your life right now! I'm so glad you're still finding time for the Hodgepodge and blogging about your progress. Hope you get your rental place sorted out fairly quickly.

  20. Enjoy your reunion with your friends and yes the outdoors is good for your soul. Mark and I have been talking politics a lot lately. Right now neither side is getting my vote! I agree, I need a.c., pool or ocean when it is hot. Sorry about that drive but glad you got a new car. Nothing ever runs smoothly but I'm so very excited for you and your new adventure. Happy Anniversary!

  21. Happy Anniversary! I bet this year ranks up there as just as memorable as last years, just for different reasons.

  22. Ice cream is a pretty popular answer, i don't eat much of it but i love Popsicles! They also disappear fast during the summer. I hope all the moving went smoothly. I'm glad to hear you were supporting the Warriors. Have a great rest of the week!

  23. Happy Anniversary! Some of the most memorable celebrations are the spontaneous moments shared. Political correctness - UGH!

  24. Gosh was Portugal really a year ago already?! Congratulations on 31 years! You nailed #2!! Good answer!

  25. We're buying a new car this week, too. Can't compare with the changes you are living right now! Hope all your transitions are smooth and stress-free. :) Enjoy the process.

  26. It's already been a year since you took us to Portugal on your blog?! Time flies. You are most certainly in the midst of a big adventure this year, too! Happy anniversary!

  27. No air in the car....we were just talking about this the other day. As in, remember when nobody had air and everybody had vinyl seats? How on earth did we all survive?!

    1. Honestly, doesn't it seem as though it just is so much hotter nowdays? We didn't even have air conditioning growing up - granted I lived on the north coast in the woods with a lake in the backyard, but still - just don't remember ever being so hot that I wanted to stay inside as I do now days.

  28. Happy anniversary!

    Little late so sharing my hodge podge here is that is ok?
    1.) Nope too hot & humid 2.) Caitlyn Jenner 3.) Bacon
    4.) 78 5.) yes 6.) "Why Danny??" 7.) The higher up the corporate ladder the easier the guy/gal is to talk to.

    Random: Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!???!

  29. Congratulations on 31 years of marriage. Here's to many, many more! Prayers that the relocation goes as smoothly as possible.
    Re: My answer to Question #2, it seems that today right is wrong and wrong is right. A sad commentary on our times indeed.

  30. Happy anniversary! Hopefully by this time next year you will all be settled into your next chapter!