Wednesday, April 26, 2023

A Bird-Brained Hodgepodge

Here are the questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog, then fly back here tomorrow to share answers with all your friends and neighbors. See you there!

From this Side of the Pond
1.  April 26th is National Audubon Day, honoring John James Audubon, the French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter known for his detailed study and illustration of birds in their natural habitats. Do you have a bird feeder? Any birds in your home decor? Have you ever owned a pet bird? What's your favorite bird?   

We have a hummingbird feeder, but not an ordinary bird feeder. We have bears in the area, and bears and bird feeders do not go together. We also have a bluebird house and we do feed them, but for some reason the bears aren't interested in that sort of food. 

I like birds in home decor and we have quite a few bird prints throughout our house. I've never owned a pet bird and never will.  My favorite kind of bird? Hmmm...that's a toughie. The blue heron, the red tailed hawk, and bluebirds rank right up there

2. What's something you took to 'like a duck to water'? 


3. Empty nest, nest egg, proud as a peacock, free as a bird, birds of a feather flock together, or the early bird catches the worm...choose one and tell us how it currently applies to your life. 

Empty nest is something of a misnomer I think. Our nest is technically empty but our home, guest rooms, and calendar rarely are. 

4. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds...your favorite seed and a favorite food or dish made with that seed or topped with that seed? Have you tried all the seeds on the list? Any you don't care for? 

I like all the seeds mentioned, sesame and poppy are my favorite. I love an everything bagel which has both. 

5. Something in the past week that made you 'happy as a lark'?

A little breathing room. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

The question about John James Audubon sent me on the hunt for a photograph of daughter2 taken when she was in grade 4. It also sent me down a rabbit trail through stacks of other pictures taken in the late 90's/early 2000's, but for now let's focus on this cutie-

If I'm remembering correctly students had to read a biography, then give an oral book report dressed as the subject. Her subject was John James Audubon. She's wearing hubs pith helmet, has his trusty binoculars around her neck, a beanie baby bluebird pinned to her shoulder, and sketchpad in hand. 

She's a mom now. 

''How did it get so late so soon. It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" Dr. Seuss

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  1. The picture of your daughter is awesome! I've always heard the expression, "the days are long but the years are short" regarding the raising of our children. It is so true. Thanks for the questions this week!!

  2. That's what I enjoy about the Hodgepodge, it calls up memories and events that are fun or even not so fun to remember and document on my blog. Sweet memory of your daughter as Audubon. I like that Seuss quote. Glad you got to relax some this past week!

  3. There's a lot of birds that are pretty to look at but I still think they're kind of gross. LOL. We get those Carolina wrens here and they are so loud!

  4. I love that you have bird prints around your house. I love watching birds outside. Yes, your calendar is never empty! Glad you had some breathing room this week. I love your random. So cute and the Dr. Seuss poem is so true. I hadn't seen that one before. Enjoy your day.

  5. Maggie is adorable! And the quote is so true!! Now that I have grandsons, the quote is even truer...oldest one starts kindergarten and it just seems like yesterday he was born!

  6. What a great photo of Daughter #2 in that pith helmet! I'm not familiar with this Seuss quote, but it sure resonates.

  7. Lovely picture of your daughter and I do like pretty birds
    My nest hasn't ever felt empty with my girls in and out
    April sucks it is a month of sadness

  8. I like those everything bagel as well - toasted with a lot of schmear. Yum

  9. Dr. Seuss got it right with that question! Thank you for today's Hodgepodge, Joyce. I had fun answering on my blog and enjoyed yours here!! xo

  10. Boy, nothing can eat an afternoon like old photos! Love the Dr Seuss quote...I'm on that same page...

  11. Great photo of your daughter, and I love that Dr Seuss poem! We had to clear out of our nest and establish a new one, which is sadly still quite empty of people and activities, but we'll adjust. Thanks for hosting!

  12. I agree very much with Dr. Seuss ! The costume of your daughter is very nice she looks so cute !

  13. We have a few birdfeeders around and love watching the birds. I never owned one myself but my father and step mother had quite a few birds when I was growing up-- giant macaws, African gray parrots... they were so pretty but very loud and definitely not the pet I would pick. My answer for the seed question would be exactly the same as yours (though I rarely "allow" myself to eat an everything bagel I happily could every single day!).

  14. Love the Dr. Seuss question! And the photo of your daughter as Audubon is wonderful.

    I think I took to blogging like a duck to water also, but that's not how I answered the question. I picked cooking.

  15. Oh, I really do not care for most birds. And here in El Paso, we don't seem to have the pretty birds like cardinals and blue jays. But I am feeding the pigeons anyway, and they thank me by leaving their calling cards on the pool deck. Boo!

    Love the daughter's cute costume for that clever book report assignment. I bet she has never forgotten who Audubon is.

    We are adding flax seed to our smoothies because it has been shown to reduce prostate cancer somehow. Praying it helps my PC.

  16. Loved your random. Wow, how time flies. Thanks for the questions once again.

  17. Thank you for hosting! I enjoyed your answers.