Wednesday, May 15, 2024

An Impressive Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today'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. What impresses you? 

a gentle quiet spirit

faithfulness, optimism, contentment, courage

people who keep their cool when provoked or under pressure or maybe they're just annoyed, but smile and exhibit patience anyway

2.  Where are you in your family birth order? Do you fit the stereotype of that particular slot? In what way?

I'm the third of four children, the middle girl. Here we are with our mama in 1960 something. I'm on the left in the navy blue coat. We used to get new coats every spring. 

Middle children are typically easy-going, independent, and creative, and I think in terms of those particular traits the stereotype holds true. Middle children are also often the peacemakers and I do try to bring peace where I can. 

3. What motivates you more-a reward or a consequence? Elaborate. 

I think it depends what we're talking about here. Am I going to get fired if I don't complete xyz? Is someone going to get hurt if xyz doesn't occur? If so then the consequence is motivating. Do I get a bonus? A raise? a chocolate cake? a clean house? if I complete xyz? In that case, the reward is more motivating. 

4. May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. Who thinks biscuits deserve their own day? Do you like biscuits? Make your own? Grab one for breakfast at a drive-through now and then? Which drive-through makes the one you like best? What do you like to put on a biscuit? What's your favorite food or dish that calls for buttermilk? 

Everything has a day so why not biscuits? Yes, I like them, but it's rare I have one. I couldn't tell you the last time I had a biscuit from a drive-through. We don't do fast food, other than the occasional Chick-fil-a when traveling. If I were ordering a breakfast biscuit I'd get sausage on mine. 

My favorite dish that calls for buttermilk would be a sour cream coffee cake I make every now and then. 

5. Are there any weddings on your summer calendar? What's your favorite part of a wedding/wedding reception? 

Just one on our summer calendar this year. Technically spring but we've all moved into summer now, haven't we? We're also going to a wedding this fall, so two in 2024. Most of our friends children are married and we're more into the season of welcoming babies. 

I love the solemnity of the spoken vows, but my favorite part of a wedding/reception is probably the father-daughter dance. 

It's all the feels. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

We've been in our house almost eight years now and every spring we attempt to find a plant that will thrive on our front porch. It gets the scorching afternoon sun and unless we water several times a day, every plant we've tried there eventually withers and dies. Purslane is pretty and works beside the garage doors, but that spot gets just enough of a break from the midday sun that it's fine. 

This year we opted for (shhh...don't tell...aritificial). I am normally not a fan of artificial plants, but I came across an article in Southern Living on which look the most real and ordered two. 

Ferns because we love them, and also because we have real ferns hanging on the back patio and it's hard to tell the difference. I got mine through Amazon from a shop called Nearly Natural. 

We are really happy with them. 

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  1. Depending on what "family" I'm talking about I am either the youngest of 2 or the 2nd out of 4 (I grew up with younger 1/2 siblings)... but I definitely have ALL the traits of the oldest. I am not a peacemaker and I am definitely both families perfectionistic type A!

  2. We have the same title for today's post! Great minds...

  3. I ordered a Fiddle Leaf Fig from Amazon from Nearly Natural!! I think it looks pretty good. Your ferns look great!!

  4. The plants look lovely! I like the father/daughter dance too. Mine was very special because I didn't always get along with my dad when I was little but by the time I got married, we'd made amends.

  5. I definitely have the majority traits of the oldest. Ferns look REAL!!

  6. Artificial plants are the only ones I can keep looking nice!

  7. Yes to your impress answer. Good things. Those ferns look good and what a great solution to your dilemma! Cute photo from the 60's! I see you in your girls!

  8. I think your ferns looks great! Love the father-daughter dances. Thanks for hosting the Hodgepodge.

  9. I like what impresses you. Love your family photo. Good answer for #3. We don't do a lot of fast food either. Your coffee cake sounds good. That was a lovely choice on your favorite part of the wedding. That is a lovely choice for your front door. Those are beautiful ones that you purchased. I love ferns too. Have a great rest of your day.

  10. For the last 2 years our hanging baskets on the front porch have been artificial. I can never seem to keep live plants living past mid July. I don't think anyone's ever noticed they weren't real.

  11. I said the father-daughter dance, too! I'm going over to "Nearly Natural" today and check out those ferns.

  12. The mother/son dance was pretty special. We didn't have a dance at our wedding so I didn't dance with my Dad. I didn't know what song Caleb had picked for us. We were going to practice and then it didn't work out. So I was surprised and it was a sweet moment with him.

  13. Fun questions! I hope to have a post up later today or tomorrow. I have actually been busy so I am not complaining! Love the throwback picture and those ferns are lovely!

  14. I have the same problem with intense afternoon sun. Add in our 105+ temperatures and 10% humidity, and most flowers die even when I use a drip system. I came out of a restaurant recently and saw these pretty flowers in a wine barrel outside. They were artificial, and I had to feel them since they looked so real. So, I am leaning toward this—leaning. I haven't brought myself to do it yet.
    Thanks for the website. I will have to check them out.

  15. The ferns looks great!! Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge!! I could pick little girl you out of most any crowd because your girls look just like you!! Hugs!!

  16. The wedding of our son was very nice and funny and took place in Amsterdam. The bride was not dressed in white but had a very nice dress in an egg plant color. My two year old grandson gave them the rings, and all children had balloons. The Lady officer who married them, had a 2 year old English girl on her lap, which had climbed on her. I have never seen such a funny marriage and afterwards what a party at the harbor ! Since a few years in our front garden I only had fake flowers, because of the heat and sun. They are so perfectly made that it's difficult to see if they are real or fake flowers. When I was traveling, my brave husband watered them !