Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Hodgepodge Is Abloom

Welcome to this week's edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you 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. What's something you 'may' do this month? 

Swim in the lake, wash the windows, hike to a waterfall...those are all on my hope to do/get done list. 

2. "All things seem possible in May"~Edwin Way Teale. Do you agree? Elaborate. If not May, then in which month if any would you say all things seem possible? 

I do love the month of May, but if I were writing this quote I'd say September. September has always felt like the start of something new, I think because I spent so many years working in a school setting. 

3. April showers bring May this true where you live? What's your favorite color of the rainbow? Your favorite May bloom? Do you enjoy visiting gardens? What's a 'famous' garden you'd like to visit? 

The April showers part of the equation is definitely true. Our azaleas are blooming and my iris and lily of the valley are also beginning to pop. My favorite color of the rainbow in an actual rainbow is pink, but my favorite color of the rainbow in general is yellow. Favorite May bloom? Peonies, iris, lilac, poppy and camellia. 

Picking one favorite flower is like picking one favorite child. It can't be done. 

Visiting public gardens and walking through gardens in general is one of my favorite pastimes. We've visited gardens of all shapes and sizes in our travels here there and everywhere, but I've never been to what is often referred to as the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof (Netherlands). It's definitely at the top of my must-see list. 

4. Are you a fan of the Star Wars series of films? If so how many have you seen? (I think there are 12) Are you a fan of the sci-fi genre in general, in either books or movies? What's your favorite sci-fi book or movie? 

I'm not a big fan of the sci-fi genre in either books or movies. It's okay but wouldn't be my first choice in reading or viewing. I've seen a handful of the Star Wars films, the three original as we like to call them, plus one or two of the newer ones, but eh. 

I really liked the book The Martian by Andy Weir, and also the film adaptation starring Matt Damon. 

If you haven't ever read 1984 you should read it now. An alternate title could be 2023. Yowza! 

5. Cinco de Mayo lands on Friday of this you enjoy Mexican food? How often? Do you eat out or make your own? Your favorite thing to order in a Mexican restaurant? Have you ever been to Mexico? 

I like Mexican food and make some version of it at home, but we also eat Mexican out. We have something with Mexican inspired flavors at least every couple of weeks, and judge all Mexican restaurants by the quality of their margaritas and their chips and salsa. The entrees are secondary lol. What I order varies, but generally some sort of enchilada. 

I've been to Mexico a few times, but it's not high on my list of places to go right now. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I may not have been to Keukenhof, but I have been to Washington State's Skagit Valley during tulip season and she's a beauty-

This was six years, two weddings, and four grandchildren ago-

Hey girls! I have an idea...let's recreate this photo in Keukenhof, yes? 

Did you know my girls blog? Well if not, then here ya go- Sincerely Shannon and It's Elementary

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  1. Yes! You are correct about the way to judge a Mexican restaurant - margaritas and salsa and chips! I remember reading 1984 back in the mid 70's. I've thought about reading it again but I'm afraid it would freak me out now.

  2. LOL I also said 1984 but with the caveat that it's not truly fiction. Too funny. As always, thanks for hosting.

  3. The lake and waterfall sound like fun! You make a good point on September. Get some pictures of your Lily of the Valley. We have had some beautiful poppies this year with all of the rain. I forgot about The Martian. Excellent movie. I'm going to watch it again. The is interesting about the book 1984. I need to check that out. That is a sweet photo with the girls. I think Mark and I need to go see the Ranunculus flowers in Carlsbad. They are always in bloom for Mother's day. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  4. Yay, another fan of yellow! I almost wrote tulips; as a matter of fact, I need to go find a pot to bring home ... in yellow.

  5. A fun plan to go with your girls to visit Keukenhof. We definitely judge a Mexican restaurant by it's Margaritas and Salsa. Your May maybe list sounds real good. We enjoyed the Martian, too. When hubby was reading it he would burst out laughing here and there. Made me smile. Happy May to you!

  6. Loved your answers and photos. I have 1984 on my to-be-read pile, but from what others have said you are absolutely right that it could be titled 2023.

    And I picked September as the all-things-are-possible month too!

  7. Oh those tulips. :-) And smiles.
    Yep.... agree with 1984!
    Animal Farm is also 2023!!!

  8. I completely agree about not being able to pick a favorite flower - I never stop at just one, and I also love the ones you mentioned. And I'd also love to visit Keukenhof. Visiting Netherlands and seeing the tulip fields is high on my bucket list!

  9. Those tulips are amazing but yes you should visit Keukenhof with your daughters. (I love reading their blogs - they are both such good writers - like their Mum.)

  10. I may be sad and exhausted but that's life
    I like to visit gardens as I can't grow things I have black thumbs my favourite flower are pink carnations
    Not interested in Star Wars never have been
    I don't like mexican food

  11. Fields of blooming tulips would definitely be something to see!! Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce, and I enjoy both of your girls' blogs!! Blessings!

  12. I have never been to a Mexican restaurant. I do cook a few dishes at home like tacos and fajitas but everything very mildly seasoned. We have a tulip farm near us and I love seeing all the fields of flowers and the different varieties and colors.