Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sprinting Through The Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! Please only link here today if you've answered this week's questions. And don't forget to race over and leave a comment for your neighbor, after you read my answers of course! Here we go-

1. I read here four creative activities to try this month. They were-calligraphy, make your own cookbook, dance or learn a new type of dance, and letter writing. Which activity on the list appeals to you most? Will you add it to your August? 

I have a calligraphy program my girls gave me for Christmas, but honestly the house build has consumed (and continues to consume) so much of my time I haven't wanted to add anything new to the mix. I'm anxious to try calligraphy, but want to give it the attention I'm sure is required, which means I need a clear head and space to work. How 'bout you ask me again in November? 

2. Bertrand Russell is quoted as saying, 'To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.' Agree or disagree? Explain.

Who asked this question??? It's a toughie. I think I mostly agree. Is having everything we want whenever we want it true happiness? Don't we need that period of wanting to help measure happiness? I think wanting is an essential part of what makes us happy with the eventual getting.  

3. August 17th is National Thriftshop Day...are you a 'thrifter'? If so, tell us about one of your best or favorite finds.

In a word, no. I'm not a thrifter. I've tried to like it but nope, still don't. I admire people who can take something in less than stellar condition, clean-paint-redo in some way and make it fit their home and style, but that's just not me. Nor am I someone who can weed through stacks of clothes and find something I absolutely must have. I've got oodles of patience for lots of things, but this is not one of them. 

4. On a scale of 1-10 (1=almost none and 10=loads) how would you rate your sense of wanderlust? What kicks your wanderlust into high gear? 

I'm going with an 8. What kicks my wanderlust into high gear? Pretty pictures of far away places, friends living in far away places, travel websites, travel quotes, scrolling through my Passport, Pinterest, and most of all actual travel.

"I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world."
~Mary Ann Radmacher

5. Has life felt more like a marathon or sprint so far this month? How so? 

Going with a sprint this month, since we're on the last lap (so to speak) of our house build. Suddenly it feels like the finish line is within reach. Overall the process has been definitely more of a marathon, but we're sprinting through August. 

6.What do you need to get a jump on before fall officially arrives?

Y'all will be glad when we're through building because then I can quit using it as my answer for every single question asked, but...I still need a few things to make the house feel like home. Our build should be wrapping up about the time fall officially arrives. 

7. What's the last thing you did with friends or family where you lost track of time?

Swimming in the lake

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Daughter2 and I celebrated her first day of kindergarten last night with that quintessential summertime treat-the snowball. Our local stand has 100 flavors including dill pickle. Haven't tried that one yet, but I'm definitely tempted. This one is a cantaloupe/honeydew combination. 

Have you had a snowball this summer?


  1. It's so all-consuming and stressful living amidst a building or remodeling project, but hang in there. It will soon be done and worth it all.

  2. I'm happy to hear that you're on your final leg with your house. I know it must feel like it's taken forever, but it will so be worth it when you get settled and can take in that glorious view every day. You and your daughter are the cutest...hope she has a great school year!

  3. Hi Joyce... adorable photo of you and your daughter. Can't wait to see pics of your house when it's done! Enjoy your day.

  4. I'm excited to see the final pics of your new home. You and your daughter are so cute. I didn't have a snowball, but I have visited Bahama Buck's twice for the kids' sake and they had some beautiful snow cones there. I had snowball coffee.

  5. I have not had a snowball this summer, and actually I have no idea where to get one here in Lakeland. It's actually been years since I had a "snowcone", which is what we called them in Ohio. Now I want to find one!! LOL I enjoyed the HP today (always). Thanks so much for this Wednesday delight!

  6. I would love a snowball right now. It is SO hot in Florida the majority of the year. I am not sure if I would try the dill pickle flavor. If I do, it would be one of the last on my list. Or maybe I should make it first to get it over with.

  7. Well the build might be coming to an end and you will have a completed house but I'm looking forward to see how it becomes a home! Thanks for another great Hodgepodge Joyce.

  8. Sprinting to the end with your house build...can't wait to see the finish product, smiles.

  9. Oh gosh, I do love snowballs! I can't wait until Baby M is old enough to enjoy those. Wait, yes I can. She's already growing too fast! :)

  10. How sweet it will be to be on the other side of your home build. Snowballs/snowcones/razpadas have always been a great summertime treat. It's been awhile since I've had one. I was craving a slurpie last Sunday. Cute photo of your daughter and you!

  11. I haven't had a snowball in ages, but that picture sure has me wanting one now!
    I know you're getting excited, with the end of your home build so close... How fun to get to celebrate the rest of this year's holidays in your new home!!!
    By the way, Joyce, I guess my luck ran out, 'cause I can't see the linky today :( If you get a chance, could you add my link? Thanks so much, in advance.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  12. Dill pickle? I love them but not so sure about a dill pickle flavored snowball, but I'd still give it a try.

  13. Oh, well, guess I got thrifty confused with loving a good sale. I'm definitely NOT a thrifter either. (not sure that's even a word) So glad you are on the home stretch of your house build. I can't believe we've been in ours 1 year. Oh, yes, the Princess has enjoyed a couple of Snowballs while staying with me. Me, well, just don't care for them. Happy Wednesday!

  14. How exciting to be nearly done with building the house!

  15. I am anxious for you to complete your house project simply because I can't wait to see the finished product with your personality and interests reflected in every room. Sorry to have missed joining you all this week, but my Tuesday morning was spent in bed with a migraine and the afternoon and evening with several couples for a late lunch and a movie. I do hope to return next week, though.

  16. Hee Hee, we call them snow-cones UP here. ;-)
    I am so happy the build is coming to a close. You did it!!
    How was the first day of kindergarten for your beautiful Daughter2? I have a feeling she is an amazing teacher.

    1. Yes she is : ) She had a great day!

  17. Enjoy your Calligraphy kit when you have the time to start. Sounds like fun. I like your answer on happiness. I too admire those who find great finds thrifting but I can't do it! No I haven't had a snowball this summer. I never see a stand nearby where we live. Maybe in LA and I guess I could have found one in New York City. Looks delicious. Can't believe all the flavors!

  18. I am excited for you and happy that the building is almost done. I can't wait until you are able to move in and then start posting about how great it is to live in that beautiful house and area. :)

    I haven't had a snow cone in years, but I do have a bucket of Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate ice cream in the freezer waiting to celebrate my birthday tomorrow. I look forward to getting back home and to that after a trip into the city in the morning. :)

    Have a blessed day!

  19. I haven't had a snow cone in years! I should put THAT on my to do list for August.
    The girls are loving the whole calligraphy craze thing, I imagine the pending weddings are a factor though. Ha.

  20. Ooh, calligraphy kit... sounds like so much fun! And with how dang hot it has been lately, the snow cone looks amazing. Out here they have Kona Ice - shaved ice with ice cream at the bottom, which is delicious!

  21. I've never heard of a "snowball" but it looks like a shaved ice. I've only had frozen Italian Ices so far this summer. Your daughter is all smiles, looks like teaching K is off to a great start :)

  22. I don't know about for everyone but, it seems that any time there is a build or a remodel, there is always one more project. I remember when we remodeled the kitchen back in South Carolina. We had some left over material so the laundry room became the next project.

  23. Isn't Daughter2 a little old to be starting kindergarten? Just sayin'! Good call on not adding anything to your lives while the build is still in progress. You are in the, pardon the pun, home stretch. Hang in there!Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers vis a vis SWMBO.

  24. No, I haven't had a snowball this summer, but that's okay. There will be plenty to go around this winter... and Dill Pickle-flavored?!!! Hmm. I don't think so!

  25. Dill pickle snowball? Ewwww! Maybe if I liked dill pickles, I'd have a different answer. Ha!

    I'm glad to hear that the end is coming into sight on the house build. Woo hoo!