Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A Hopeful Hodgepodge

Welcome to the weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post. Be sure to leave a comment for the blogger linking before you because that's what good neighbors do. Here we go- 

From this Side of the Pond

1. "Hope springs eternal"...discuss. 

Hope is one of my favorite words. Hope is what allows us to maintain a sense of optimism when pessimism seems the more obvious choice, and we need that. For me personally, my hope is not in this tired troubled earth somehow turning itself around, but in the God who made it and loves us like no other. I don't have to go looking for it or dig too deep to find it. He always keeps His promises and the sureness of that allows me to remain ever hopeful. 

2. Last time you needed to 'spring into action' or 'spring to someone's defense'...explain. 

Coincidentally last night I reached for something on my nightstand and ended up knocking a glass of water to the floor. It was a tumbler with a lid but the lid was open so water went everywhere including the floor, nightstand, and the sheets. Bother. 

Then today I was changing out the ink cartridge in the printer and the bright blue exploded upon opening. Double bother. Thankfully I was holding it over the box, so my hand took the brunt of it but I had to spring into action to keep it from going everywhere. 

3. Tulips or daffodils? baby birds or baby bunnies? The cherry tree or the dogwood tree? Jelly beans or peeps? March madness or spring training? Peas or carrots? 

Tulips, baby birds, a cherry tree in full bloom please, give me ALL the jelly beans, March madness, and peas AND carrots, but if I can only have one I'll opt for the carrots. 

4. I read an article here on the South's best cities on the rise. They are-Baton Rouge Louisiana, Fayetteville Arkansas, Greenville South Carolina, Huntsville Alabama, Lexington Kentucky, Norfolk Virginia, Tulsa Oklahoma, Waco Texas, Wilmington North Carolina, and Winston-Salem North Carolina. Of the cities listed how many have you seen in person? Which one on the list would you most like to see? Have you spent much time in the southern states (USA)? Any spring road trips on your calendar? 

I've spent about 1/3 of my life living in various locales south of the Mason Dixon, and I currently reside in a lake town very near one of the cities on the list. I'm not going to mention it here because it's becoming a little too popular thanks to lists like this one. 

I've been to just four of the cities listed and tops on my list to visit would be Lexington.  I think we were in the vicinity when we did the Bourbon trail a couple of years ago, but there is more I'd like to see and it's close enough to drive. 

5. Tell us how your outdoor space needs sprucing up this spring? Which do you enjoy more (or hate the least-ha!) yard work or house work? 

Outdoor spaces are a perpetual work in progress, or at least ours seem to be. I've never lived in a house that didn't need something done in the yard/garden every year. Many somethings actually. 

We need to re-pine straw the hillside. We need to plant trees to replace trees we had to remove which sounds crazy, but the ones we had taken down were in danger of falling on the house and we weren't taking any chances. We also want to add more hydrangea, azalea, and about a dozen other things to various spots around the yard. We need to clean out and replant the herb garden. We need to put plants in all our many planters. And the list goes on. And on and on and on...

As far as preferring house or yard work? I find satisfaction in a little bit of both.  

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

If you follow me on Facebook or Insta then you know my daughter's wedding photos are here and we could not love them more. Our photographer (Chris Isham Photography) is so talented and also a genuinely nice person to work with. He is kind and creative and most importantly unobtrusive in the way he captures all the special moments of your special day. He's local, but does travel all over for weddings. I highly recommend. 

So. We have 1011 photos and I guess I can't share them all here can I. Can I? No I thought not. But I do plan to share more than a few over the next few days/blogs and this random Wednesday space is a good place to begin-

One of my favorites. 


  1. Hope in God's promises and his lately I have cried out to God so much...I believe but help my unbelief. Lexington, Kentucky is such a neat place to visit. Love, love, love the wedding photo.

  2. Love your answers this week! I cannot wait to see the wedding pictures and you can share ALL of them and we will all ooh and aah over them!! Your answer to #1 is spot on!!

  3. Joyce,

    I love your answer to number 1. Hope is a wonderful word and one I choose to hold onto, even when the odds are stacked against me. Having a positive attitude helps to easy those dark clouds of doubt. Your daughter made a beautiful bride. Thanks for hosting the mid-week fun, darlin'!

  4. Love the hope answer! That photo is gorgeous. Sweet capture. About the Bourbon Trail...Did you sign up for a tour or did you drive around yourselves. If the Covid restrictions lift we are thinking of doing a bit of the trail on our way to Hickory late September. Time will tell. Thank you for the Hodgepodge!

  5. I can certainly understand why that would be one of your favorites and the one you chose to share today. There are so many moments that would be missed if someone unobtrusive who knows how to capture them wasn't there. So glad you had the right guy behind the camera lens, and can't wait to see MOST of the pictures. YES! to #1. Thank you for expressing it as only you can.

  6. I know what you mean about keeping quiet when the city you live in is becoming too popular. Venice consistently makes the top of the best places to retire lists. I agree, but still shhh!

  7. Great questions and of course, your answers are always the BEST. And, speaking of BEST, that picture of Maggie and her husband. My goodness, so, so sweet! I can't wait to see more!

  8. I love your answer to #1. Such a beautiful photo you shared! Can't wait to see more :)

  9. Those are definitely two examples of springing into action! You're right about the outside always needing something. Mark seems to be changing things up or replacing something. Your list of things to do and plants you need to plant sounds wonderful. The wedding photos I have seen so far are gorgeous. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  10. Love your answers.
    Have a great day.

  11. I am really enjoying the wedding photos! They are just beautiful. Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge!! The water incident... easy to fix. The blue ink...yikes!!