Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered the questions, please share by adding your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger linking before you because comments beget comments. Also I'm posting this from a hotel computer and the spacing looks wonky to me. If it looks wonky to you that's why.
1. Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert? What did you think? Travel and Leisure lists the 'coolest' American desert towns as-
Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ
Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?
I love the beauty of the red rock formations around Sedona Arizona and I've also been to Dubai which was a desert of a different sort, and really interesting.
Of the cities listed I choose Bend OR because I've heard it's super cute and it's also within driving distance of my Daughter1. Moab is another one on my list because the pictures people post from out there are stunning. I'd like to see Arches National Park.
2. What's a plan or project you've deserted in the past year?
Blogging-ha! Not really, but it kind of feels like it. I am missing it in the worst way, but I know I need to muddle on through this season we're in and eventually I'll get back to writing about something more than house building and hodgepodging. Not that those things aren't fun, but I need more. I'd explain further, but I can't now. I need to muddle.
3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.
Necessity and cinnamon are two that popped into my head. I'm a pretty good speller, but those words sometimes trip me up.
4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house...which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain.
How about watching paint dry? Because we are literally watching paint dry.
5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?
We have always frequented the dry cleaners frequently. So much so that on a visit to Maryland two years after we'd moved to England we dropped something off at our old dry cleaners and he remembered our phone number.
Yes, we send stuff to the cleaners even when we're traveling. Doesn't everyone?
When hubs was briefly retired I enjoyed a break from the weekly run to the cleaners, but now that he's once again wearing dress shirts we're back at it. What can I say...hubs loves a good starched shirt and I love a man in a good starched shirt. I could never reproduce with my iron at home what the dry cleaners does so well.
6. What's a food or beverage you enjoy that's named for a place?
Far too many to name so let's go with a Cornish pasty, a Bakewell tart, and a Yorkshire pudding. My love affair with England definitely extends to the foods named for her beautiful countryside and coast.
7. Do you need solitude?
Yes! I'd put that in all caps, but shouting would ruin the word.
You should know I'm whisper shouting it though.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I've been traveling, helping my mom with a family member's difficult health situation so haven't blogged since last week's Hodgepodge. It's been a tough week and I have some thoughts about it all, but those thoughts will have to keep. For now here's a snapshot of the lovely scenery surrounding us in desert town-
"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."