Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Backyard Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. That's what good neighbors do.

Here we go-

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

See a baseball game in the small big city.

Sliding Rock is a natural water slide about an hour and a half from here, a gentle slope about 60 feet long that ends in a deep 'pool' of icy cold water. I'd like to try it on a hot summer day.

Dinner al fresco somewhere romantic. That might be under the Edison bulbs on my own back patio, once they're installed.

2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

Once I was old enough my sister and I used to love riding our bicycles to the swim club, a six mile ride that included careening (sometimes no-handed) down a ginormous hill and crossing a picturesque covered bridge. The feeling of freedom and independence was intoxicating. 

3. Rooftop or backyard? Why?

This is a toughie because I love both. We have a lake in our backyard so it's hard to beat the view. We love sitting on one of our porches or on the dock or down at the fire pit and letting the peace and quiet wash over us. 

I'm part city girl too though, and I love me a great rooftop with a view of the skyline. Daughter2's wedding reception is a rooftop venue and I cannot wait! 

I need both.

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?

I do read labels, maybe not religiously but I definitely do with products I'm thinking about buying for the first time. I especially check out the sugar and sodium content. I think we all need to pay attention to where our food comes from. Just recently there have been issues with romaine lettuce and cut watermelon from particular areas of the country so I don't just throw something in the cart without thinking about it. 

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

It's a little early to say because I know there will be some great summer songs released soon, but this one by The Lovin' Spoonful is always on my summer playlist. An oldie but a goodie. Also I'm currently loving this one (The Long Way) by Brett Eldridge. I think it came out last summer, but it's getting a lot of air play now. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I was supposed to be writing this HP from the comfort of my mama's house in NJ. My Tuesday flight was cancelled because American Airlines is experiencing some pretty major hiccups that are wreaking havoc with travel itineraries. On the bright side, the agent who rebooked me was very pleasant after what I know was a long day on her end, and I'm rebooked for another day. Here's hoping they've sorted out the computer snafu before I need to fly. 


  1. The slide sounds like my sort of hell lol I hope we get photos if you get around to trying it! Sorry about the flight problems. Hope you get to your Mum's soon. Your backyard certainly counts as a romantic venue situated where it is. Enjoy.

  2. Jo,

    I'll take your backyard view from your deck, backyard, or at the fire pit. It all sounds absolutely heavenly! Thanks for hosting the mid-week fun!

  3. Sorry to hear your flight was cancelled but so glad the agent was nice. How neat...a rooftop wedding reception! Have a great day!

  4. I've seen pictures of Sliding Rock and know people who've visited there. What fun that would be. Your summertime fun sounds great and freedom for sure. We were never allowed such freedom with our bicycles. I knew about the romaine lettuce, but haven't heard about the watermelon. I have one in the fridge, so I need to check that out. I hope you make it to your Mama soon!

  5. When we lived in N.C. we also enjoyed going down Sliding Rock.
    It was pretty close to us and I'm assuming we are speaking of the same one.

    Thanks for hosting this great summertime HodgePodge :)

  6. Don't you find most people are pleasant to deal with? A little understanding on our part goes a long way when someone who deals with the public daily has had a long day. :) I've been to Sliding Rock and it's worth the trip. I was reading labels on crackers a couple weeks ago in the grocery store and finding some without high fructose corn syrup is difficult. Seriously? In crackers? Yep. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  7. You shared some really fun memories.. I look forward to reading the posts the week!!!

  8. A rooftop wedding reception sounds beautiful. I hope there will be a photo or two to share.

  9. Many years ago, when my kids were little and before we moved out West, we took a family vacation to the Smoky Mountains, and on one of our drives, we came upon Sliding Rock. What a beautiful place!

    Your daughter's wedding reception sounds lovely. I bet it will be loads of fun.

    I loved the freedom of riding my bike to places as well.

    Thanks for hosting!!

  10. Sliding Rock sounds like fun. I hope you go! That wedding setting is going to be fabulous. A cancelled trip is so frustrating. Hope it all goes well for you.

  11. Oh man, I remember that feeling of freedom when I rode my bike places.

  12. That slide sounds interesting. Sorry about your travel snafu but glad you got it sorted out. Hope all is well when you travel. A lake is a pretty special backyard view! Happy Summer to you!

  13. "If I only had a brain". Now I can't remember if I commented already. Need more coffee. A rooftop wedding...that sounds fabulous. Looking forward to seeing a photo from that day. Okay maybe I did comment cuz now I'm remembering that sliding rock. Oye.

  14. Sliding Rock sounds like fun. Hope you'll shoot video and pictures for us to see.

  15. A romantic dinner on your deck or patio or even on your dock sounds delightful and in deed something to plan for the summer. Hoping your flight is on schedule and you have a great visit with your mother.

  16. Ah, the joys of flying. Do hope it all works next time and you have an enjoyable visit with your Mom. A rooftop reception, what fun! Happy rest of the week!

  17. With that deck and the view you have, why go anywhere else? Beautiful!! Sorry your flight was cancelled and hope the next one gets you to your momma!

  18. Great questions this week, Joyce! I enjoyed them. Just watched te sun set over our lake! Beautiful!

  19. A wonderful dinner on your deck overlooking the lake sounds wonderful to me! Hope your flight was ok.

  20. A rooftop wedding reception!!! That sounds WONDERFUL!!