|thistle-rich weeds with pretty flowers at Eleven Mile Canyon|
Joyce, our Hodgepodge Wednesday hostess, has given us questions this week having to do with summer's end. I've submitted my responses and am linking up with other bloggers at From This Side of the Pond.
1. It's National Waffle Day (August 24th)...what decision are you currently 'waffling over'? (or share one you've recently 'waffled over')
This is interesting because I always give Beloved a waffle for his breakfast on Wednesdays! But to answer the question, I am waffling over what to do with some fabric scraps I have -- how to design them into a quilt.
2. It's the middle of August, but I'm already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you?
Yes, I think American society rushes the seasons. Look at all the Halloween and Christmas items already in the stores now. I don't know that it bothers me, but it does seem like we are always in a mad rush to get to the next big celebration instead of more thoughtfully contemplating where we are now.
I saw an end of summer bucket list that included:
read a new (or favorite) book
eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair
be a tourist for the day
have a pot luck picnic
book a last minute summer getaway
relax by or in the pool
take a hike to watch the sunset
have a day on the lake
try a new summer recipe
Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?
To be honest, I've done most of these things already this year (to one extent or another), and that is good. Probably of all the things on this list, I'd be most likely to try a new summer recipe -- I'm trying new recipes nearly every week at any time of the year.
3. Your favorite summertime 'art' found in nature?
Colorful flowers, especially at some of the outdoor shopping centers where great care (and money) has been spent to create dazzling displays.
4. Steven R. Covey is quoted as saying "We judge ourselves by our intentions, and other by their actions." Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?
Guilty. I probably due just as Mr. Covey has said -- after all, I can't read the minds of others. Yes, I define myself by my intentions that, again, others don't necessarily see.
5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.
If this question is asking if I have practical skills that are helpful in a crisis, no, I do not. I try my best to get out of the way of those who do have those skills, and I pray a lot.
6. What's been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you'll continue making as the seasons change?
I've lost count now how many times I've made a berry crisp recipe this summer. It can be adapted to any fruit, so it will be useful to me all through the year.
7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not, is this something you think you might enjoy?
I have an adult coloring book, and coloring cards, too, that are fun. But I prefer to make my own designs. As a matter of fact, I was doodling just last night...
8. Insert your own random thought here:
To paraphrase a thought from Susie Larson's Daily Blessing, she urges us to be more loving and discerning with our opinions in this season when people are especially cruel and careless.
As bloggers we have influence. It's a mantle of responsibility we should all take seriously -- and the blogs I read tend to do exactly that! Keep it up, people!