Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Catchin' A Hodgepodge Wave

Welcome to another week in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. 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. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Do you like the beach? How far do you have to drive to get to the nearest beach? Your least favorite thing about the beach? Last beach trip you took? 

I do like the beach. How far do I have to drive to get to the nearest beach? I guess it depends on how you define beach. We live on a lake and there are lots of little islands in the lake, many of which have beaches. These beaches are small but they're sandy and we often anchor our boat off one of these islands and set up chairs and hang out. 

I'm in South Carolina where 'real' beaches abound so only about three hours to one of those. My least favorite thing about the beach is leaving lol. As far as our last beach trip...when our grandsons were here a couple of weeks ago we spent a morning on one of the island beaches. But if we're talking big beaches then it was the week before Covid shut everything down-March 2019. We'd gone to Florida to visit friends. 

On the bright side, we have a little beach getaway planned with Daughter1 and her family coming up soon. 

2. Are you known for making waves or are you more of a 'go along to get along' kind of person? Explain.

I am a go along to get along kind of person for the most part. I'm not going to get into an argument with a stranger on the internet over political points but I will make (gentle) waves in real life if those waves will turn the tide for the better in some way. 

I don't think social media is where tides are turned. The water there only gets choppier. 

3. A favorite song that in some way references the beach? A favorite book and/or movie with a beach-y setting? 

I love what is (or was?) called 'beach music' and a lot of that music references summertime, the ocean, etc. Summertime's Callin' Me by The Catalinas is one of my favorites. 

Don Henley's The Boys of Summer is not beach music per se, but it's a beach setting and it's another favorite. 


Favorite book-The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. 

4.Tuesday is National Simplicity Day...what's a simple pleasure you've enjoyed this week? What's something you could eliminate from your life to make things simpler? 

Just returned from getting my hair cut, one of life's best simple pleasures. 

I'm in the process of cleaning out my closet and have taken several bags of clothes and shoes to a donation point in the past week. It was overdue. Cleaning out my closet makes my whole life feel less messy. 

5. What's something you love to do? Do you do it often? Why or why not? 

Write. I do it as often as I can. Sometimes life gets in the way but I try to leave room, if not daily then at least weekly, to write something. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Greetings from the Carolina Coast and my almost three year old self, taken just a few decades ago...

If I didn't know this was me I'd swear it was my second born baby girl. 

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  1. We live about an hours drive from the ocean/beach but live right on a lake and have our own sandy beach just steps from our back door. Our last big beach vacation trip was last summer when we went to Carolina Beach to visit my sister.

  2. My oldest daughter, Amanda, use to cry everytime we had to leave the beach; oh how I remember those precious days. Enjoy your beach trip with daughter.

  3. Such a cute picture of you. I thought it was one of your girls. Yes, getting a haircut is one of life's simple pleasures and one I need to do real soon. Thanks for another Hodgepodge and I hope you have a wonderful day.

  4. I love writing too; it centers me. I think Boys of Summer is a great song! Thanks, as always, for hosting. I enjoyed these questions.

  5. Daughter, the second, really does resemble you. Sweet photo of you at the beach. For all the time our family spent at Newport Beach when I was little getting sunburned there are no photos and they would be in black and white. Was nodding my head as I read your answer to #2. It will be fun being at the coast with those little guys! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  6. I love what you said about your least favorite thing is leaving the beach. Those little islands with sand sound nice. Enjoy your little getaway. Nice song choices and Jaws is a perfect beach movie. Haircuts always feel good and way to go on the closet. We all know you are a good writer so keep writing. Love the photo of you. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  7. Fun questions and answers this week. Love your little-girl beach photo. Sweet swimsuit!

  8. What a cute picture! You can tell by that smile that you've loved the beach your whole life! I have too. Born and raised in San Diego we would go to the beach often. As a teenager that's where me and my friends would hang out. When Chuck and I moved our family to Seattle, that's when I realized there were different definitions to 'the beach'. We're on Puget Sound so no waves, but we have sand. We have to drive 3 hours to get to the ocean and have made that day trip many times since we moved here! Question #3 makes me think of the obvious one: anything by The Beach Boys. And I'm a 'go along to get along' kind of person too.

  9. Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce! Joe and I loved the beach and I have many, many happy (sandy) memories. Now it just seems like too much trouble to carry everything (towels, chairs, umbrellas, etc.) so seems more of a chore than a nice time. Staying at a resort right on the water... yes!! xo

  10. I loved your answers...always fun to join in.