Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It's The Dog Days of Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post, then go say hello to your neighbor. I've got a full calendar this week so let's get to it-

1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

I'd like to think so, but I'm sure that's not always the case.  I certainly want them to line up, and I do try to always do what I say I'll do. For me the problem is more personal. Where I drop the ball tends to be in the words I tell myself. It's the promises I make to myself about things I want to change/improve/quit doing/start doing where my actions don't always line up with my words. 

I'm a work in progress. 

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

It's a toss up between dog days of summer (Washington State last week!) or dog tired because we've been traveling, have about forty things on this week's calendar, another quick trip coming up, then company coming. Whew! 

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls  If you've never read it I highly recommend. I read it many times as a child, then read it to my own children, and have re-read it myself another time or two.  I cry every single time. The timeless tale of a boy and his coonhounds may not sound like your cup of tea, but this sweet sweet story captures your heart and never lets go. I get teary eyed just thinking about it. 

4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

Dock the boat. 

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

I'm terrible at telling jokes. I usually remember the gist of a joke, but am not great at the delivery. Here's one we always laugh at in our house...not sure what that says about us, but we think it's funny. 

'A horse walks into a bar. Bartender says, 'Hey why the long face?' 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We spent two weeks in Washington and due to the Canadian wildfires our only view of Mt. Rainier was from the plane heading home. Still, not too shabby-

Also, what's a post without a picture of baby boy? 

You're welcome. 


  1. I found answering #1 a challenge today but reading your answer I'm definitely a work in progress too! I managed to resist the urge to post a baby pic today, but only just! Docking the boat sounds like a skill you need and I'm sure you'll acquire it. Hope you find time to enjoy your hectic sounding week.

  2. Baby boy is absolutely beautiful. Don't you just love that head full of hair? Our youngest son had a lot of dark hair when he was born, too. It grew lighter and full of curls. His muddy blue eyes were a very dark brown by the time we left the hospital and have been that way ever since. :) I am enjoying seeing all the pictures of your precious grandson! How's his new auntie liking her new title? :)

    That is a beautiful shot of the mountain.

    Where the Red Fern Grows and Old Yeller are both so very sad. I can't bring myself to read either these days.

    Have a blessed week!

  3. You've had a wonderful summer enjoying your beautiful lake, your family and welcoming that beautiful baby boy. I guess you are referring to the heat wave they were having in Washington state? Another friend has been there this summer and said it was 98 and no AC. I just finished an excellent book and am looking for something else. Maybe I'll see about Where the Red Fern Grows. I saw the movie, but the books are always better.

  4. That baby boy trumps everything else. What a darling! Summer is such a busy time. Reminds me of the Calvin and Hobbes, The Days Are Just Packed.

  5. I tell myself I'm going to do a lot of things...and then I don't, but I didn't count that in my answer for #1 :(
    I forgot about Where the Red Fern Grows, although I haven't actually read that book either. You are right, that one always brings tears...the movie sure did!
    I'm sure you are missing your snuggle time with that precious baby boy! He's such a cutie and they grow up so fast.
    Kathy (Reflections)

  6. He is beautiful and should be in every post. Just like my grandson is most every post.

    Very good answer to number 1 and very true for me also. Thanks for putting it into words that I never could.

  7. I have to say I am quite enjoying the pictures of that sweet boy. I hope to be posting some of ours. When he finally gets here. Today is his due date but he seems to be just fine where he is and is showing no signs of ever coming out. Of course, his mommy is beyond ready. I shy away from all books/movies dog related. I did read, Where The Red Fern Grows but was not a fan. It's just because when dogs are in the book I know something is going to happen to make me sad and when sad gets to me it doesn't let go. I just want all books, movies, and real life people to be nice and kind to all living things. Since that's just not going to happen, I run from sad to avoid it as much as I can. Are the other grandparents going out to see the baby? Are you counting the days when you will be going back? :) Have a great day!

  8. I enjoyed your answers and your joke. I don't think I ever read Where the Red Fern Grows. I don't like it when pets die and that might be why I'm not fond of having pets. We can see clearly now again in Western Washington but there are still fires on the other side of the Cascades. Thanks for coming up with the questions. I've been going through old posts because of photobucket being so rude and there used to be a Friday Meme called Friday's Feast with questions. If you ever run out, I could send along some of those for you to look at. Looking forward to more and more of little boy grand in future posts!

  9. Where the Red Fern Grows, oh Joyce, tears here too. Old Yeller is my son Atticus' favorite. We read it aloud, I cried and cried.

    Yep, thank you for that sweet photo. I just love that hair.
    xx oo

  10. It is so wonderful how busy you are and all the travel involved. That is how life should be! No doubt you will learn how to dock the boat. Exactly, I expect to see your precious grandson on every post!

  11. There are few things as idyllic as a grandmother holding her first grandchild. Let the spoiling begin! He's darling. Thanks for another fine Wednesday Hodgepodge. Your joke is a classic that always makes me chuckle as well. Have a great week.

  12. Love that last photo!!! Thanks for this week's HP Joyce!

  13. I've never read "Where the Redfern Grows" but I bought the movie (the OLD one) when my kids were small and we all bawled so much we never watched it again. I don't know if I'd survive the book!

  14. It sounds like you really should be dog tired after all that you have been doing. We sometimes call that "Blowin' and a goin'". Hope you get some rest soon, and enjoy that baby boy!

  15. I have not read that book!
    Sweet picture of you and the beebee ❤️
    We are home now too, miss seeing a sweet little face and hearing funny little noises 😢