Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge for June 18

Today I am linking up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.  She's got fun questions for her participants to answer.  Here are mine:

1. Since you weren't Hodgepodging last Wednesday, how did you pass the time? I was invited to lunch at the home of a girlfriend who lives in a gated, mountainous community.  Her home was tucked into a forested cul-de-sac where we felt safe as the thunder rolled and fat rain drops splashed on the rock pavement outside. It was wonderful!! She thoughtfully served us a gluten-free salad, Quinoa and Parsley Salad (click on the name for the link to the recipe).  *If you need to avoid gluten, be sure to buy gluten-free quinoa.

2. What's the first word that comes to mind when I say marriage? Yes, one word.  WONDERFUL! It's been 43 years and counting!

3. Summer officially arrives in the Northern hemisphere later this week. Does it feel like summer where you live? Describe your idea of the perfect summer day.  Yes, it feels like summer here today, although it's been slow in coming.  My idea of a perfect summer day would be when all of my trees have leafed out, all my flowers are at their peak of bloom and color, and I can wear sandals with a cute pedicure while eating lunch on my under the blue, blue skies of Colorado.

our porch Black-eyed Susans last summer

4. "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." (Sam Keen)  Is laziness ever respectable? Do you have a lazy summer planned, or something semi-ambitious?  Laziness, in my opinion, is respectable after hard work or when in need of mental, physical, or emotional restoration (and that's not really defined as "lazy" in my opinion). I have some quilts to sew this summer for babies in the family due to be born in September, so that's one of my ambitions.

some of my quilting tools

5. Past or present, who's your favorite television dad? Why is he a favorite? Is he anything like your own dad? Hmm. There was Leave it to Beaver's Dad, Ozzie Nelson, Father Knows Best, and Fred McMurray in My Three Sons.  I enjoyed them all and it's hard to narrow it down to just one.  I suppose Fred McMurray.  He was a nice guy with wisdom and worked in the aviation industry.  My father was a people-person, lived by Biblical principles, and was a professional pilot.

6. June 18th is International Picnic Day ... share a favorite picnic memory. Hands down, that's easy to answer.  My first date with my husband was a family picnic to the Colorado mountains outside of Denver. My parents told my sister and I that we could each invite a boy to come along with us. I married the boy I asked!

Us, nearly 46 years after that first date

7. The travel site Trip Advisor lists the top five islands in the world for 2014 as Ambergris Cave in Belize Cayes, Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Marco Island Florida, and Lewis and Harris in The Outer Hebrides (Scotland). Have you been to any of these? Of those listed (and if price were not a factor) which would you most like to book for a holiday?

Wow. What a decision.  Let me begin by saying I've not even heard of most of these islands. I went to all of them via Internet by clicking on Trip Advisor.  Beautiful, every one. 

I guess my first choice would be Bora Bora in French Polynesia since those grass cottages out in the middle of the water fascinate me, although they are also a bit scary if a storm would blow in (do they have storms there?!).  I'm not much of a beachy/swimsuit person anymore, but I would like to see this scene with my very own eyes.

Then my second choice would be Lewis and Harris in The Outer Hebrides (Scotland) because I enjoy listening to a Scottish accent and I like places where I'd need to wear a sweater and eat hot food.

8. Insert your own random thought here. Odd as it sounds, one of my favorite forms of vacation is to travel by air in a window seat  and read a fiction book almost completely undisturbed for about 4 hours (I do ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot tea to accompany the salad I've carried onto the plane with me). No dishwasher to empty, to laundry to fold, no phones to answer, no doorbells, and no email (putting my phone in "airplane mode").  I got to do that last month and it was great!

flying Southwest Airlines


  1. Congratulations to you and your hubs! We just celebrated #30 which feels like a big deal in today's world. I loved My Three Sons...forgot about that one. Such a sweet show. Enjoy your day!

  2. Thank you for your comments, Joyce. Thirty years of marriage IS a big deal in today's world. The Lord has blessed us both greatly!

  3. Love that picture of 46 years after that first date :-)

  4. There were just so many great TV Dad's and I did love them all but the first one to jump out at me was Mr. Martin.

    Love the warmth of your porch, wish we could sit down and enjoy a cup of tea together on it. I'm thinking we'd be "fast friends."

    Happy everything!

  5. Yes, Lea. We would! Glad to be blogging with you!