Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hodgepodge Happiness

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge, a tiny corner of happy in the midst of a noisy world. Grab your cuppa and stay a while. 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. Kind comments make the blog world go round.

1. What's something you could do today to feel more peaceful?

Stay off social media. 

I could elaborate but then people would weigh in and there would be disagreement and opinions spewed and conflict of one sort or another, basically the polar opposite of peace, so just going to keep calm and carry on. 

2. June 2nd is National Rotisserie Chicken day. Who knew? Are you a fan of rotisserie chicken? You've purchased one at your local market for tonite's dinner. Will you serve as is or make something else using the chicken?

I've been asking these questions for years now, and am not surprised that everything under the sun and then some has a 'national day' to celebrate its existence. I do like rotisserie chicken but rarely serve as is. I buy it most often when I want to make chicken salad or chicken pot pie. 

3. I read a list recently (go here to read more) of 20 of the most beautiful places in America. How many of these have you seen up close and in person?

Antelope Canyon Arizona, Kenai Fjords Alaska, White Mountains New Hampshire, Crater Lake Oregon, The Palouse Washington and Idaho, Grand Prismatic Spring Wyoming, Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Horsehoe Bend Arizona, Na Pali Coast Kauai Hawaii, Antelope Valley California, Lake Tahoe California, The Berkshires Massachussets, Maroon Bells Colorado, Angel Oak South Carolina, Acadia National Park Maine, Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, Turnip Rock Michigan, Central Park New York City, Niagara Falls New York, and Skagit Valley Tulip Fields Washington

Of the sites on this list that you haven't seen, which would you most like to see?

Wow I need to get busy. There are quite a few on this list I haven't seen or even heard of, case in point-what's a Palouse? I googled it and you should too, because it's really pretty. I've only seen 5 of the 20 sites listed so lots to choose from. The Grand Tetons have been near the top of my 'must see' list for a long long time, so I'm going with that as my number one. 

4. What's one pretty spot you'd add to the list in question #3? Are there travel plans of any kind on your calendar right now? Does that make you happy, anxious, excited, sad, or relieved?

Redwood National Park along the Northern California coast ranks pretty high on my list of most beautiful places in America. Pictures do not do this place justice. (I wrote about our visit there in two posts linked here and here

There are currently no travel plans on my calendar and I feel a mixture of sadness and relief.  I'm hoping to be able to visit my mom in July, but that is a big giant question mark right now. I don't necessarily feel the need to go anywhere, but would love for travelers to feel like they can safely move around because I need to see my grandbabies and the only way that can happen is via air travel. Their plans all along were not to come until sometime this fall but again, it's another giant question mark right now. 

5. Tell us one un-COVID related thing you're looking forward to in the month of June.

Hubs and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in June, and while this year it might be a champagne toast on the back porch, we will for sure say cheers to another year of life together. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

This cutie potootie is a whole entire seven months old. He is a happy chillaxed little fella who grins big now when he sees 'the man and lady in the phone'. Somehow he knows we love him in a way only your grandparents can. 

We haven't seen him in person in 196 days, not that I'm counting, but if I were it would add up to 196 days. We do what we must, and are grateful every day for his wonderful parents, his darling big brother, their good health, and the miracle of video calls.


  1. Grandbabies are the best and yours are adorable. And thank goodness for video calls.

  2. Oh goodness! He looks so much like his big brother! Handsome little dude!
    I saw my grandchildren for the first time since March 13th on Sunday. They'd grown and changed so much. I am going back on Saturday for another social distance visit.

  3. Happy Anniversary Month! Your grandsons are so cute. I hope safe travel is possible soon so people can see their families who live far apart.
    A friend sent me a photo yesterday of her visiting her mother in a rehab. facility. They had their hands up with a glass wall between them. It was just heartbreaking.

  4. Now a days staying off social media is a way to find peace in this world. For the likes of me, I can't figure out why people can be so rude and hurtful with their comments.
    Your grandbaby is so cute!! I have seen my grandchildren from a distance and I haven't been able to hold the twins at all! It takes a lot of will power for me to override my daughter and SIL and just grab all three up and give them the biggest hug ever and kiss them nonstop.

  5. Love your choice for #4. I want to see the Redwoods and if the one that you drive through is still there, going through it is on my bucket list.
    Enjoy your anniversary month!
    What a handsome little dude! Our little granddaughter is 10 months old and she doesn't have that much hair!

  6. Of course you're counting the days and when I read stories like yours I remind myself how lucky I am to have mine so close. He is so like his big brother! Happy anniversary month. (Mine too.)

  7. Our answers are very similar today--in particular, the use of rotisserie chicken and the mixed feelings about traveling. The redwoods are something I have always longed to see, but guess I will have to see them in Heaven? Happy Anniversary! Doesn't matter where you celebrate as long as you're happy together, healthy, and treasure the years.

  8. Oh gee, and how could I forget to say happy birthday to the cutie patootie. He is indeed. I pray you get to see your family before year's end.

  9. Oh, these little boys are so precious aren't they. We can't wait to see ours a week from Sunday. I so hope you all are able to schedule a trip sooner than later to see yours. AND, yes to your #1!

  10. That's a lot of days not to see your grands. So good to have those internets and to be able to see them online! Right now I'm about three seconds from deleting Facebook and Instagram. Oye and ugh. It's like inviting rioters right into my home. Happy June Anniversary to the two of you. Thank you for the questions! That Palouse is in my home state and the tulips! Happy June to you.

  11. Seven months old!! That face!! Thanks for another fun and interesting Hodgepodge, Joyce.

  12. True, stay off social media. It's been brutal. Wow, you're right, Palouse is beautiful. I've been to the Redwood National Park. Such a cute, happy little 7 month old.

  13. I loved your answers to the questions. I have seen our two youngest grandbabies in 158 days... not that I'm counting!!

  14. Yes, how very blessed we are to have all the kinds of social media available to us to keep in touch with those far away (and even in the next town!). Thank you for providing these questions for us. I especially enjoyed "visiting" all those beautiful locations!

  15. You certainly are surrounded by great beauty in person and in the world about you...