Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gone Fishin' In the Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! So glad you played along with us today! If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post, and be sure and leave a comment for the blogger linking before you. Everybody loves comments on a Wednesday! Here we go-
1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, fish or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

Hubs and I fished off the dock just this week. Didn't catch anything, but I like flicking the line out and remaining hopeful.  I'd love to catch something we could cook, but it's possible I talk too much to ever be a truly successful fisherman. 

As far as the expressions go I guess I'll say cut bait. According to my idiom dictionary the expression 'fish or cut bait' means do something useful or get out of the way. In my efforts to be helpful I sometimes end up getting in the way of productivity-ha! Recent examples would be moving deck furniture and getting the fishing rods ready for use. 

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?

Hubs likes to call my purse 'the black hole' and he's partially correct. I seem to always be fishing for my car key or my phone even though I try to drop them in the same pocket every time. For some reason they're not there when I go to retrieve them and I end up fishing. Not the nice relaxing kind of fishing we do on the dock either. Fishing for something in my purse is usually borderline frantic. 

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

On Golden Pond. Who didn't want a cabin on a New England lake and an old wood boat after watching this film? 

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.

Sunrise. Because it's full of hope and optimism.  

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

I pare down my wardrobe pretty frequently, so this is a toughie. I do still have a t-shirt from our favorite crab restaurant in Maryland I sometimes wear for working out. I think it's almost fifteen years old now. 

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

Winter has been so mild here I'm not really craving a getaway right now. We're really enjoying downtime on our deck. The worst part of the season by far has been this nasty case of bronchitis. I'm feeling much better, but I still don't have my normal level of energy back yet.  

Is it bad to say the best part of my winter so far was a trip to a tropical island? 

Okay, then that's my answer. 


7.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffett fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune?

I think we're meeting friends for Mexican food tonite (Tuesday) so maybe we'll celebrate a day early. I used to prefer frozen with salt, but I can't drink the super cold frozen drinks without getting a headache anymore, so on the rocks it is. With salt. 

I do like Jimmy Buffett and enjoy his really upbeat songs, but my favorite is one of his early more reflective tunes called He Went to Paris. I like songwriters who are poets, and this one is a little bit of poetry. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

We love watching the birds here, wherever we live actually, but we especially love watching the herons. There's something prehistoric about a great blue heron and we have at least two that regularly hang out on our shoreline.  

I read something called 'advice from the great blue heron' and it went like this-

wade into life
be patient
look below the surface
enjoy a good reed
go fish

I like it. Happy Wednesday everyone! 



  1. Thanks for hosting, Joyce! Interesting questions this week as always. I see myself as "sunrise" also. Oh, and I loved the advice from the blue heron!

  2. I like the heron's advice. Yes, I'd say a tropical island must be the best thing about winter. Great Hodgepodge.

  3. Blue Herons are amazing to watch, aren't they? I happened to see 1 in the park at the fountain a couple of years ago, so I took the dogs home, grabbed my camera, and took about 100 pictures of the thing!!!

  4. I'm glad you're feeling better and that you're having some down time while you get back to your usual self.

  5. Great advice from that heron! I can only imagine the beautiful sights you see from your deck overlooking that awesome lake! Thanks for the fun questions...Happy Wednesday, Joyce!

  6. Hope you are feeling better. The flu bug has hit here and some schools are being closed due to this illness. Daughter and her hub went to Antigua and loved it. Have a great day.

  7. I love your random and several of my answers are similar to yours, especially sunrise. Such a coincidence. I resisted posting a pic of myself in a bikini in the lake. Your pic gives me courage and maybe I will go back and edit my post! You DO live on Golden Pond, I think. The lake pics are so beautiful.

  8. Antigua looks like a splendid getaway. I could have used it all of January. Lol. How delightful to sit on your deck and quietly watch the wildlife along the shore. Lovely.

  9. We both said "On Golden Pond." Great minds think alike. Love the blue heron's advice. Have a great week, Joyce.

  10. Bronchitis, oh NO! Feel better soon!
    So glad you are enjoying your new home, dock and have made friends to have dinner with!

  11. We have some blue herons that visit the little lake behind our house, too. They remind me of old English men, for some reason. I always get a kick out of watching them. Seeing your beautiful beach pictures makes me want to go to Antigua...NOW!

  12. I forgot about "On Golden Pond." That's such a great movie! The photo of the blue heron is beautiful. Thank you for hosting.

  13. We have had hundreds of sandhill cranes around our little town this year. Also snow geese. I think they may be confused due to the mild winter. Lol. Bird watching is interesting!

  14. I like the blue heron's advice. I think fishing must be extremely relaxing which is why so many love it. I enjoyed attempting to answer today's questions. Thanks for hosting and creating a clever theme.

  15. Well if I got to go somewhere tropical, that would probably be the best part of my winter as well! I love the photo of the blue heron and his advice!

  16. Beautiful shot of the blue heron through the trees. You'll catch me watching birds before you ever see me fishing. Enjoyed reading your answers. I do hope your bronchitis goes completely away soon.

  17. I like the song He Went To Paris, too. Jimmy has a large variety of songs, doesn't he? I love his 'free spirit' :)

    Oh, how I love those pictures of Antigua... my kind of place!

    About those blue herons...they wreak havoc on my goldfish pond, every now and then, so I'm not a fan of them :(

    Enjoy the rest of your week,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  18. These were some thought provoking questions. Loved your answers. Loved the photos.

  19. Antiqua looks gorgeous. I don't think I'd ever want to get out of that crystal blue water. Glad you are starting to feel better. Have a great week :)

  20. I can't believe I forgot On Golden Pond, great movie! Enjoyed reading your answers and you have a happy Wednesday too....

  21. Ha, I have the same black hole. ;-)

    I loved how you said you talk too much to be a good fishermen. Sweet, my kind of girl.

    xx oo

  22. I wished I could stand in blue water right now instead of walking through the rain !

  23. Glad you've been enjoying fishing and that you had a great getaway. Hope you have a great day.

  24. I'm a lover of watching the birds, too. I can spend hours just sitting and waiting for them to come by. It's as soothing to me as fishing is to others. :) Fish or cut bait is what I'm usually saying to other people because I'm impatient. And maybe a bit of a control freak. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  25. I love watching the Herons come in to land on the creek near here. My BFF lives by a lake and I haven't seen them there, but we do see Eagles soaring above the water now and then. They are making a great comeback here in PA.

  26. We used to have a blue heron visit regularly. Of course that was when the neighbor's pond had koi in it. ha.
    I thought I was doing well and posting early...but 42?! Bloggers are up early this week! LOL

  27. Well, we'd make a team for sure because I talk too much to fish or hunt my Hubby says. He took me hunting right after we married and since I could not be quiet, it was the first and last time. And, that was just fine with me. Glad you are feeling better!

  28. The oldest piece of clothing was given to me in 1996 from my late brother. It was from the annual "Pig Days" in Pike County. Hard to explain.

  29. Your beach pictures are so beautiful! I am so ready for summer!

  30. I like the blue heron's advice.

    Antigua. That sounds so nice. The pictures are great -- a vacation just looking at them.

    AND, (should I admit this?!) I didn't know there was any such thing as an idiom dictionary. I should get one.

    Thanks for the Hodgepodge, yet again!