Wednesday, April 28, 2021

An Xceptional Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. Also my entry for today's letter X in the A-Z Blog Challenge (see question #6). If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. 

From this Side of the Pond

1. What are some memories you associate with spring? 

My mom's big bed of blooming iris in the corner of our yard. Clothes on the line. Iced tea because we didn't drink iced tea year round when I was growing up. 

With my own girls it meant ballet recitals, end of year musical performances, kids in the neighborhood staying outside just a little bit longer, camping, bike rides...shaking off winter's chilly grayness, which was welcome in December but by spring has become a bit tiresome. 

2. April showers bring May flowers...was that saying proven true where you live? Snapdragons, anemones, carnations, lilacs, sweet peas, tulips, lily of the valley, orchids, roses, gardenias...which one on that list is your favorite May bloom? 

Absolutely true here. It has been a rainy winter and a rainy spring so far. 2021 people. Now, how do I pick a favorite bloom??? That's like asking me to pick a favorite child. My daughter2 had the most gorgeous anemones in her wedding bouquet so they are high on my list. 

And who doesn't love a big bunch of tulips or a whole farm-full? Lilacs have the sweetest aroma, I had orchids in my own wedding, and have roses and gardenias in my yard. If you make me choose I'll say tulips. 

3. What are your top three distractions and how do you deal with them? 

My phone, my phone, and my phone. Honestly nothing compares to the distraction of my phone. How do I deal with it? I spend too much time on it, that's how-ha!  I'm thinking cold turkey might be the way to go. 

4. Do you eat beef? In the course of a week, how often is beef on the menu? A hamburger, steak, prime rib, or a roast beef dinner...which beef entree would you choose and yes you have to choose. Unless you're a vegan, and then you may pass. 

I do eat beef and I like all of the foods listed. My choice would depend on my mood and what else had been on the menu that week. If I could only have one of those for the rest of my life it would be a hamburger. We have beef in some form about once a week. 

5. In what way were you creative during the month of April?

Well I blogged my way through the alphabet in the April A-Z Challenge. Does that count? I cooked and baked both and that feels somewhat creative. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Day 24 in the A to Z Blog Challenge...

X is for Xtra

As in these little guys are extra Xtra special.


  1. I would eat burgers for the rest of my life too! I have been cutting most breads so when I DO cheat, that's the way in which I do.

  2. Oh, those boys! Are they really this big? They are sooo cute and I know your heart is about to burst to get your arms around them. Love, love that picture of Maggie and her husband. It just makes me sooo happy for her.

  3. Your daughter's bouquet is beautiful and your grandsons are getting so big and they are adorable!

  4. Love your family pictures.
    I could eat hamburger forever.
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. I have thoroughly enjoyed the pics of your daughter's wedding. Perfect! And those little boys are so precious. It will be a grand time when they return and you hold them in your arms. Your letter to them about great-grandpa was so special.

  6. Those extra special boys sure are getting big!

    Fun spring questions today. The iris remind me of my Meemaw and my childhood home.

    Thanks for hosting.

  7. Enjoyed your memories of Spring. I remember clothes on the line. I was just thinking, back in Illinois it would be the smell of fresh cut grass. The anemones are beautiful. Good luck with staying away from your phone. I do enjoy a great hamburger! Yes the A-Z counts. They definitely are Xtra special. Cute picture.

  8. Such a beautiful bouquet, bride and your xtras are xtra special indeed! Love me a good burger! Two more days of the challenge...well done!

  9. I think we all could say that our phones are the biggest distraction.
    Sweet photo of your daughter and son-in-law.
    And grandsons really are extra special!

  10. I do love that bouquet.
    And those boys make me smile.

  11. Tulips are my favorite. Those heart..Love, love, love.

  12. Those two little guys!! Of course they are xtra special!! Another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce, and thank you always for the Wednesday fun! As you saw, lilacs are my favorite of those flowers and I miss them. xo

  13. Joyce,

    Taking part in the A2Z Challenge is definitely creative, as is anything you do in the kitchen. I'm active pursing both, as well. I'm sorry for being lousy about visiting and not finding a good opportunity to squeeze in your Hodgepodge questions. My juggling skills aren't too good this month. We love beef! I have plans to make hamburgers this weekend. It's been awhile so I figured we were overdue on some of this goodness. We're almost through the alphabet. Maybe blogging life can go back to normal in May. Probably not with me being so far behind but I'll get there. :)

    X-ray Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch

  14. I remember my mother hanging sheets on the clothes-line; how wonderful they smelled from the fresh mountain air. That's an amazing bridal bouquet!
    Thank you for these fun questions!

  15. That is a beautiful wedding picture and the little boys picture is cute!

  16. Blogging through the A to Z Challenge definitely counts! Good way to mix two blog hops in one post. 👏
    It's hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I'm taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

  17. I would have such a hard time picking a favorite flower too; I just love lilacs, sunflowers, peonies, blue hydrangeas, and tulips.

  18. They definitely are xtra special and getting through the A-Z challenge definitely means creativity.

  19. That truly is one of the most beautiful and elegant bridal bouquets I've ever seen. And those are two adorable little grandsons as well. I know you are counting the days before they are stateside again.