Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Sandsational Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So glad you've joined us this week. For those of you who are new, answer the questions on your own blog, then add your link at the end of my post. Before you run off, leave a comment for the blogger before you because comments make the world go round.
1."The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently?

Agreed. I cry easily and there have been many times a good cry has made me feel better. It's a release of pent up emotion and I have a tendency towards penting up, so crying can be a good thing. 

If I'm feeling angry about some little something then a good long walk or swim definitely helps take the edge off. I'm not sure if it's the sweating or the thinking I do while sweating, but either way exercise helps.  

And the sea. Well of course. Is anyone going to tell me they don't feel better about life while sitting beside the sea? Of the three, most recently the sea has cured what ailed me. 

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all?

I guess there's nothing I can't eat without salt, but there are definitely two or three foods I think need salt. Mashed potatoes for sure, and a plate of home grown sliced tomatoes are both much improved with a little salt.  

I don't add salt to my food, and we don't keep a salt shaker on the table. I salt less and less as I'm cooking these days, but if a recipe calls for salt I make an assessment as to whether its critical to the dish or not. I dislike overly salted foods and assume people can add salt if they want. I use a lot of seasonings other than salt, because I also don't like my food to be bland. 

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 

I've been home exactly six days this month so sands of time is probably most applicable. What day is it again? 

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?

Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book and takes place on Prince Edward Island so I'll go with that. Another island favorite would be Bill Bryson's Notes From a Small Island. His book is set in Great Britain, which we sometimes forget is an island. 

Castaway is probably my favorite island movie, but I like Couples Retreat a lot too. 

As far as songs go? Barbados by Poco. 

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

I'm answering these questions on Tuesday evening, which means yesterday was Monday. I was at the mercy of the airlines on Monday flying from Antigua to Miami and finally to Charlotte NC landing there at midnight. We spent the night in Charlotte before driving home today so I'd say my day ran me.

6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

Parked in a beach chair with a stack of books. Mostly. I was on the back of a jet ski last week and I love to swim so spend a lot of time in the water too. 

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?

Time, mainly that we'll always have later, tomorrow, next week...

Several things have happened in recent months that remind me life is unpredictable and we need to love our people well right now. 

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Best random ever right here...I'm going to be a grandmother! Daughter1 and her hubby are having a baby this summer! We are over the moon and I'm sure to be talking about it way too much here on the blog, but I'm going to be a grandmother! 

I really want to write that in all caps. 



In my head it's all caps. 



36 comments:

  1. I'll bet! It would be all caps in my head and on my blog, too. It is something wonderful to shout about! Congratulations to your daughter and her love, and to you and your love. What wonderful news. :)

    Have a blessed week, Joyce. I'm smiling from ear-to-ear now. :)

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  2. Congratulations for becoming a grandma ! I am an old grandma because my grandson is only 6 while my friends have grandchildren from 15 to 30, one same age as me is even great grandma twice, lol !

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  3. Congratulations! Love your random. So much joy you feel and it will be absolute ecstasy when the little one arrives. You will be such a wonderful grandmother!

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  4. Congratulations on your grandbaby! So exciting! I can only imagine how you're counting down the days in eager anticipation.

    Blessings~

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  5. Congratulations on becoming a grandparent! It's the best thing ever!

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  6. Your baby news is SO exciting!!! (And you know I am a little jealous. My daughter has told me they are working on it tho.) I agree that whenever you are traveling by air, you do not control the day!! It can be very frustrating. Enjoy being back home!!

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  7. I am so excited for you, Joyce! Being a grandmother is the very best! Prepare to rack up lots of frequent flier miles!

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  8. I loved Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island. There were times when I just burst out laughing - such a talented writer. Congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law and to you, grandma-to-be! Blessings to you all.

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  9. Love Notes From a Small Island! And anything else I was going to write just flew out the window when I saw your random. Congratulations!! Life. How precious it is!

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  10. Congratulations on being a GRANDMOTHER! Life is unpredictable so totally true.

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  11. True, tears do help. Wow only six days home this month, that is a lot of traveling. I picked Cast Away but Couples Retreat is a good movie too. What a blessing to be having a grandchild.

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  12. Warm congrats on the good news! Life will never be the same again in the best possible way. I like your response to #4. Anne is such a delightful character and PEI figures large in her story.

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  13. Congratulations! We can compare notes lol. Thanks for another great Hodgepodge Joyce.

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  14. Congratulations!!! I've been sort of expecting this great news about your daughter :) You'll be entering into a wonderful new phase of life, this summer.
    Joyce, I can't see the linky again today (or much of anything else, thanks to eye problems), so, if you get a chance, could you link me in? Thanks.
    Kathy (Reflections)

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  15. How exciting! Congratulations to you and to the parents to be!

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  16. Congratulations! I am so happy for all of you and can't wait to hear all the exciting updates. I agree with mashed potatoes needing salt. That is a lot of traveling. Hope you get a few quiet, relaxing days at home before the month is over.

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  17. Go ahead and put it out there in all caps! That's news well worthy of it! Daughter 1 here is also expecting her first, my second grandchild, in...wait for it...YEP! August! Welcome to the club, friend! You're going to LOVE IT!

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  18. Oh trust me it's an all caps event for sure. Nothing this life has brought me has been a bigger blessing then that. I have loved every little minute of it. Sooo happy to welcome you to this world of grandmahood! Lol. You will love it!

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  19. Joyce...I could not be more thrilled that you're going to be a grandmother! How wonderful! CONGRATS!!! Life just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?

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  20. Congratulations, Joyce!!!!! What beautiful news!

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  21. Yippee for you and for me since we both will be grandmothers for the first time this year! Our little Addy is due late March. Congratulations. I think it's safe to say I know how you feel. I totally forgot about PEI or Great Britain being an island because those would truly be the islands I would enjoy being on again and again. My brain is a bit fuddled from being away from my own bed for 11 nights. Happy week to you and enjoy thinking about that little babe! ellen b-The Happy Wonderer

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  22. Congratulations, Joyce! There is nothing like being a grandparent!

    Thanks so much for hosting and coming up with these intriguing questions. Interesting how many people answered along the same lines for #7, what we as humans take for granted.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  23. so excited for you about the grandbaby! There is nothing like it!!

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  24. Hi Joyce,
    Congratulations. Exciting news and I am excited to share the journey with you as you blog about it. I enjoyed sharing the wedding. You do such a great job capturing your thoughts and feelings writing your posts. I do enjoy that.

    Agree with #7!!
    Have a great week!
    Carla

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  25. That is the best news! Being a grandmother is awesome, Blog away,

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  26. Congratulations Joyce! How exciting to be entering another wonderful chapter of your life!

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  27. Oh, my goodness, you will be the BEST grandmother. Now, you'd better start thinking of what you want to be called. I'm listening to my youngest granddaughter talking away while supposedly going to sleep for her nap. She's getting a bit resistant to naps and it's not making her Momma happy. She will only be 2 on Feb. 11th. :o)) She's spending the day with me today. Fun times!

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  28. So excited for your Grand on the way! My very least part of vacation is getting there and getting back. ugh.

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  29. Congratulations on the grand baby! It will be delightful for you!! You are so busy it makes my head swim!

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  30. Great questions and answers! And it is perfectly fine to write that news in all caps...so I say CONGRATULATIONS!! Your life will be changed forever! Thank you for the time you put into Hodgepodge! Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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  31. I'm counting on you writing about becoming a grandmother a lot, and you can put it in all caps whenever you want to!! Any grandmother will understand!!

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  32. Congratulations and welcome to the grandma club! You're going to love it. I have three and the latest one, born in December, was just as exciting as the first.

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  33. Oh how exciting for all of you! There is truly nothing like being a grandparent. It opens your heart to a depth of love you never knew possible. It will be so much fun to take this path with you.

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  34. Congrats on the upcoming grandchild. You are going to love being a grandparent. It is wonderful!!

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  35. Congratulations Grandma!!
    I love Castaway too.

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  36. You are correct that we take "time" for granted. It truly does pass by all too soon. Congratulations on your new grandchild. You are going to absolutely love being a grandparent. Welcome to the club. Thanks for another Hodgepodge.

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