Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Simply The Hodgepodge

I have much to catch up on here, but for now let's get back to Hodgepodging. If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for your neighbor there. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. Is your life simple? Elaborate. 

Hmmm...yes and no. I strive for simplicity but sometimes life mucks it up. In terms of responsibility my life really is pretty simple. We live a mostly quiet life except when it's loud and chaotic-ha! We tend to have two speeds here-180 mph or parked. 

2. What simple pleasure are you are currently enjoying? 

Having a few quiet minutes to answer these questions. We have been busy busy busy since July rolled in and it's nice to be able to sit with my computer and think about what to say here.  

3. Travel by plane or go on a cruise? walk or ride a bike? swim or ski? ocean or mountains? 

I've never had a desire to cruise so travel by plane for sure. I love to walk and swim and I'll say mountains, although I love the ocean too. 

4. What's the last thing you bought online that you really loved? 

I've done a lot of Amazon-ing this month, mostly items we needed/wanted to have in the house for our grands. I've bought birthday presents, a new life jacket, two children's books, a baby float, a board game, pulleys to hang our ferns and more. I guess my favorite recent purchase would be some summer pajamas that are super soft and comfy. 

5. What’s your 'back in my day we__________' story? 

I use this expression every now and then, mostly when I'm writing here, reflecting on life now versus life 'back in the day'. 

'Back in the day' we learned to wait

For pretty much everything. The newest toy (Christmas is coming), new clothes (your birthday is almost here), Saturday morning only cartoons, holiday television specials, a turn to use the telephone, to get in  the bathroom shared with all your siblings, etc etc etc. 

Waiting is something of a lost art in 2023. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

We've had a jam packed couple of weeks, and I’m sure I’ll catch up on all of that here eventually. We're traveling home all day today (Wednesday) so for now let's just take a deep breath and exhale nice and easy...

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

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  1. I think our life is fairly simple compared to most of the other families I know. I've made it a real point to teach my boys to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and slow down enough to enjoy them. I like planes and cruises, walking and swimming and I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite between ocean or mountains. I think that's why I loved Acadia so much-- it had both!

  2. You hit the nail on the head about waiting. We live in an age of instant gratification. I love that photo -- sooooo peaceful!

  3. Waiting is a lost art!! I never thought of that, but now that you mentioned it I can recall so many instances when I have seen this in public.
    Such a gorgeous photo! Safe travels!

  4. Yes, it's true - we are forgetting the skill of waiting and the virtue of patience these days.

  5. Love that last pic! It's so calming.

  6. II like your busy and your calm times. It's to hard to choose between the ocean and the mountains. Amazon is amazing! Enjoyed reading about your back in the day. The photo is stunning. Safe travels.

  7. Safe travels to you. I can imagine how busy you have been. You reminded me about my family growing up with just one bathroom and it wasn't a large bathroom. We did not know the immediate 'gratification' of today for sure. Hope you can ease into your next busy time at your beautiful lake home!

  8. First of all, that is an absolutely beautiful photograph. Wow! Yes, today everything has to be done in an instant. No one wants to wait for anything. I've been looking for some new pj's for the summer and have seen some on Amazon I like. Will probably do that yet today. Thanks Joyce for the Hodgepodge questions again this week. I'm looking forward to hearing all about your holiday and family time.

  9. You are so right about waiting! And the last photo is beautiful!

  10. Oh yeah I have a simple life, I go no where and see no one out side of close family.
    A simple pleasure is sitting here in the quite with a heater going reading blogs and listening to an audiobook,
    I love cruises and would love to go on another one, I used to love walking but sadly that's no longer easy to do, I can't swim or ski and choosing between the ocean and the mountains is bloody hard.
    Damn I haven't bought anything online in while so can think of nothing.
    Really don't have a back in my day story because I have always been a boring, goody two shoes.
    Last thought is now days of usually don't wear shoes if I can avoid it.

  11. Oh boy, oh boy...waiting!! You are so right about that. I've confessed my problem with patience many times and waiting plays right into that. Boy, oh boy.... That is a beautiful sky, Joyce! Deep breath, indeed!! Thanks for this week's Hodgepodge!! Always fun! xo

  12. My answers are similar to yours, but I don't remember that I waited, except for public transport which made me angry. But otherwise nothing comes in my mind not even waiting for Christmas gifts !

  13. What a stunning last photo. I would agree, that waiting is a lost art, especially with things like Amazon Prime, etc.