Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Love Is In The Hodgepodge

Welcome to another edition of 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 because bloggers LOVE comments.  Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. Something you've done recently that might be considered a labor of love? 

Christmas. The shopping, wrapping, cooking, decorating...all a labor of love. 

2. What's one thing you love about being the age you are now? 

I know myself very well. I know what I like, what I dislike, and where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I know what's important to me and I worry so much less about what others think than I did in my younger years. 

3. What do you value more: careful planning or the freedom to be spontaneous? Elaborate.

Hmmm...hubs likes to say I sometimes have to be dragged into fun of the spontaneous kind and I suppose there's some truth to that. However, there are times I truly value spontaneity and a road trip (or travel of any kind) is definitely one of those times. I like a loose itinerary, but also want to leave room for any unexpected discoveries, feel free to veer off the 'planned' route to see something beautiful, and have time to linger over a meal we're enjoying without feeing pressured to get on to the next thing. 

I don't think careful planning is a bad thing in and of itself. It's the inability to let go of a plan, to be inflexible when flexibility is required, that gets us into trouble. I love a plan but I can always get on board with a plan B when a plan B is needed. 

4. A home cooked meal or a fancy restaurant? pink or red? watch the sunrise or watch the sunset? wine and cheese or champagne and chocolate? 

All of the above? 

Okay if you make me choose...home cooked, pink, sunrise, champagne and cheese. I know I cheated a little on that last part, but since I wrote the question I'll allow it.

5. What's your definition of romance? Are you a romantic? 

The Oxford dictionary defines romance as 'a feeling of mystery and excitement associated with love'. 

While we most often think of roses and candlelight I'm here to tell you a man who vacuums, who sometimes brings home your favorite candy bar for no reason whatsoever, and who fluffs your pillow and folds the covers back exactly the way you like them every single night also qualifies. 

Am I a romantic? I believe in happily ever after so yes I guess I am.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Had a spontaneous road trip to my daughter2's earlier this week and have had so much fun with this little guy and his momma-

I was able to watch his swimming lesson on Tuesday...

He loves his bath but hasn't quite made up his mind about the pool lol. 

The weather was perfect for walks around the neighborhood and chats on the porch. Sweet Baby J is working on some teeth, trying lots of new foods...

...and just generally making the world a brighter happier place. 

Happy Valentine's Day Hodgepodgers! 

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  1. Planned spontaneity is also how we travel. We would have missed some memorable places otherwise. Your little Baby J is so adorable, and swimming lessons in mid winter? What a great idea. He will be ready for your pier come summer. Happy Valentine Week!

  2. Fun questions this week Joyce and I enjoyed reading your answers. Your little guy is absolutely adorable!!

  3. I struggle with spontaneity too; I do love a good plan BUT in the past few years we have taken off on more than one road trip without a plan other than a final destination in mind and it was rather freeing.

  4. I'm so glad you had a little visit with your people this week! Love!!

  5. Baby J is at the sweetest chubby hands stage. So cute. He does look a wee bit concerned in that big pool. Great answers and I liked your insight into romance or romantic. Happy Valentine's day to you and yours!

  6. This little grandson is so adorable and he reminds me of my eldest grandson at his age right down to the blue eyes, round face, and hair color change since birth.

    Thank you for coming up with the questions for the Hodge Podge. I often wonder how you do it! Must take planning...

  7. Great answer, Christmas is definitely a labor of love. Like your answer on spontaneous. "All of the above"....great answer! I agree with your answer on romance. What a great visit you had. Way to go on swimming lessons. Thank you Joyce for the questions this week.

  8. Hi Joyce,
    Oh goodness, those eyes and smile. They get me every time. He is SO cute!

    It is hard for me to pick sunrise or sunset, I love both. I did answer sunset, because they are the ones I usually get to share with others.
    Happy Valentine's Day,

  9. I completely agree with your thoughts on spontaneity vs. planning, and love your definition of romantic. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Loved your definition of romance. I had trouble putting mine into words, but it would be very similar to yours. Add in "a man who washes the dishes nearly every night". Oh, and who bakes Christmas cookies!

  11. Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce, and for sharing such cute photos of D2 and her little man!! Blessings!! xo

  12. Loved your answers and pictures. Yay for a "spontaneous" trip to your daughters.