Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reporting on February Via the Hodgepodge

Thank you, Joyce, for once again supplying us with fun questions to contemplate and answer on Hodgepodge Wednesday.

1. Are  you currently operating at 100% capacity? If not, what % are you? What's keeping you there?

I've been stressed about some things, so I'm probably operating at 90%. What's keeping me there? Trying to figure out what's going on and what, if anything, my response should be.

2. Have you done your taxes? Planned/booked a summer holiday? Thought about or started your 'spring cleaning'? Besides what's listed here, tell us one task that needs doing before spring rolls around.

Beloved always does our taxes and we have already got back our returns from both Federal and Colorado. Next year the process should be easier since we don't plan a cross-country move! 

We haven't planned or booked a summer holiday because people are coming to see us this year. We have some travel planned but it's not a vacation. 

I don't generally do 'spring cleaning' as I just try to keep things in order and clean all the time. With just the two of us and no pets, it's not hard. although I could use help with the windows...

I do need to paint a couple of bathroom doors before much longer (maybe later this week).

3. What's a favorite food from your part of the country? Grits. Not our favorite, but people around here seem to be generally in favor of them.

4. This isn't a leap year, but let's run with it anyway ... look before you leap, a leap of faith, grow by leaps and bounds, leap to conclusions, leap at the opportunity ... which phrase might best be applied to your life currently (or recently)? Explain.

 'Grow by leaps and bounds' probably best applies as I am learning  the culture of living in the deep South. There are more differences than I expected as we transition from living for so long in the Rocky Mountain West.

5. As the month draws to a close list five fun and/or fabulous things (large or small) you noticed or experienced in February.

1) Lunch at Joe's Crab Shack at Jacksonville Beach with a table where we could easily see the ocean waves breaking on the beach.

2) Visiting St. Simons Island, Georgia AND getting to read the St. Simon's Trilogy by author Eugenia Price, historical fiction based on the island's citizens from the late 1700s well into the 1800s.

3) The addition of cabinets to replace wire shelving in our laundry room and a new door to the garage that opens into the garage -- giving me a 'smidge' more space in the laundry room.

4) I took a hand needle turn appliqué class at my local quilt store and am enjoying the process. 

5) Beloved and I met Terri and Joe at the half-way point between our homes for lunch! Terri and I met through blogging some 3 or 4 years ago and at the time, never did I dream one day I'd be living in Florida and we could meet like this! See Terri at her blog, Your Friend From Florida. We had a wonderful time! She's just as sweet and genuine in person as she is on her blog! And the guys got along very well, too!

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I have shared in the past that I make it a practice to always have some quiet time with the Lord (Bible reading and prayer) before I check social media in the morning. That prepares me for [whatever] and that's a good thing because sometimes [whatever] can slam a person pretty hard so I need the Lord's confirmation and strength to help me with it.

Another practice I have is to capture a Bible verse, usually just one verse, that speaks to 'where I am' on a given day. I write it down on a small piece of paper and then carry it in my pocket all day long, referring to it throughout the day, and especially when I need the encouragement. 

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From This Side of the Pond


  1. Oh gosh! Don't you just love Terri and Joe?! They were up here in Charleston a couple years ago and we met at a local restaurant. They are such lovely people and so funny! If you get grits that are creamy instead of coarse and gritty and add butter and some cheese you might like them better. Grits can't stand on their own. LOL

  2. Aren't blogging friends the best? I've met so many nice people thru it. Hope you have a wonderful week.

  3. That is so sweet that you were able to meet with your blogging friend! All of you have such sweet countenances. : ) Love your scripture sticky notes. We usually have some on the fridge and window sill above the kitchen sink. It's good to get that special Bible verse and meditate on it isn't it? : )

    Blessings to you Barbara!

  4. Great fun to enjoy a blogging meet! It is nice to have blogging buddies all over, but to have one nearby is a special blessing. How fun to have people coming to you this summer!

  5. Barb, we had SUCH a good time meeting you and your Beloved! Breakfast for lunch is always good and Cracker Barrel makes a great meeting place. I love your Bible verse notes and that you carry one with you throughout the day. Good idea.

    1. We loved Joe's good sense and humor when he said he wanted to be able to go to the ocean but not have the ocean come to him!! ;o)

  6. It is so fun to meet a blogging buddy. Arlene @Nanaland and I have met twice each year when she comes to Gulf Shores in September. We meet in Pensacola. She and I have become such dear friends.
    I hope the south is treating you well. I LOVE grits, but they must be cooked long and slow!!!

  7. Hello! I'm stopping by from The Hodgepodge. I don't believe I've visited you before, so it's "nice to meet you". I'm from the south (southeastern GA), too. (born and raised)
    I'm also a friend of Terri's and a huge fan of St. Simon's island. We visit St. Simon's Island several times each year.
    I've been considering writing down a bible verse for each day, and posting it where I can see it. You've just inspired me to do it :)
    Enjoy the rest of your week,
    Kathy (from Reflections by Kathy)

  8. hello!! swimming by from the hodgepodge. I have never met any of my blogger friends. My original blog got hacked and whoever did it
    decided I didn't need it any longer had over 500 followers Love your bible verse always inspiring

  9. Love the Bible verse in your pocket or pocketbook idea. Excellent way to learn the verse as well as apply it to your daily life! You certainly are growing/learning by leaps and bounds! i can imagine the differences in culture are pretty interesting. I've lived in FLorida most of my life, but we have also lived in the north, mid west, and south east, so we've had many cultural changes. I would claim the "Giant Leaps of Faith" for my life a matter of fact that is the title to a book that I hope to write someday, with a subtitle "and other crazy moves"... One day I hope to do this, but not sure when...on my list of things to accomplish... Loved Eugenia Price's books, so glad you got to visit there as well. I've been there, but before I read the books. I'd love to go back someday. This was a great post! Have a blessed day, what's left of it! :)

  10. I enjoyed reading your hodgepodge. Such a good practice to spend some quiet time before engaging on social media. Have a good week!

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  13. Love your Bible verses on small scraps of paper...what a wonderful idea!