June 29, 2016

Sweet Summertime Hodgepodge

1.  It's officially summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway).  Which summer month is best and why?  August, of course, because that's when my birthday is! Also because there is just such a richness or fullness to the month. County fairs are in full swing, farmers' markets and produce stands are overloaded with yummy things to eat, the nights are maybe just a little bit cooler with a hint of fall in the air.  Oh, I could go on and on about August!

2.  Can you swim?  How did you learn?  June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. How many pair do you own?  I can swim.  I took lessons for several summers as a kid. As for the sunglasses, I own 2 pair.  Both are prescription so I don't have to keep changing back and forth between them and my regular glasses.  They are even equipped with bifocals so I can read at the beach or pool.  And they are polarized...I need some serious protection since I spend so much time driving.

3.  What characteristic do you judge most harshly in yourself?  How about in others?  In myself, it would be my tendency to procrastinate.  I get pretty mad at myself over it.  In others, I'd say it would be respectfulness.  I loathe how disrespectful everyone is these days, not only to the people they come in contact with, but to themselves, as well.

4.  Robert Frost wrote the now well known poem entitled The Road Not Taken. What's a road (literal or figurative) you've always wanted to travel and where do you hope it takes you?  I live within 2 miles of U.S. Route 30, otherwise known as the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first transcontinental highway.  Ever since I saw an episode of I Love Lucy as a kid, that featured Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel driving across the whole country on Rt. 30 to reach California, I have dreamed of doing the same.  It has taken a lifetime together, but my husband is finally convinced it would be a good trip.  I want to throw in a side trip on Rt. 66, too!  As for where I hope the road takes me....all over this great country.

5.  Popsicles...yay or nay?  If you answered yay, what's your favorite flavor?  I guess yay, though not for the actual brand Popsicles.  I like the ones made of real fruit these days and I discovered one at Walmart that makes my taste buds stand at attention.  Strawberry-rhubarb!  They are amazing.

6.  Brexit - on a scale of 1-10 how knowledgeable are you on what's involved here?  (1=very knowledgeable, 10=what's Brexit?)  Is this news you will follow or is it something you think won't impact your life in any shape or form?  I'd guess I'm maybe a 6 or so on the subject.  I will be at least loosely following it and keeping an eye on it because I know it will have some impact on life here. It already resulted in a huge drop in the stock market and I'm sure there are going to be political and diplomatic ramifications.

7.  Share a favorite song on your summer play list.  Only one?  There are so many!  This is a great one:


8.  Insert your own random thought here.  It's not been a good week for the family when it comes to health concerns.  

Our daughter has to have further testing, but may have gestational diabetes in her pregnancy (it seems to run in my husband's family).  The simple test they did put her at 148 and the cut-off number is 140.  

We also heard over the weekend that our daughter-in-law has to go for further testing because a 2cm mass was found in her breast.  She is 29 and there have been others in her family who have had breast cancer.  They are not saying that's what it is yet, so we are praying.

Whatever all the tests show I trust that the Lord is in control and will get us through.

That's it for this week's Hodgepodge.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a blessed week!

16 comments:

  1. I am a procrastinator also. I really try to do better and for the most part I have succeeded in at least not craning like crazy at the last second. I also agree with the disrespect I see everywhere from the grocery store to church! Where have simple manners and politeness gone? It's sad to imagine how the world will be one day!

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    1. I try, when it's something important, to not procrastinate so I can be calmer and enjoy whatever it is more.

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  2. I can identify when it comes to procrastination! I will keep your family in my prayers. Hope you get only good news this week!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers, Katie.

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  3. August sounds perfect! That is so cool about the Lincoln Highway, I hope you get to do it someday. I've done route 66 from Lake Michigan, IL to Santa Monica, CA. I am going to have to stop in at Walmart and find those popsicles. I will be keeping your family in my prayers. ((HUGS)) If my comment already went through you can delete this one. It didn't want to work :(

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    1. I have been on Rt. 66, but just for a bit in Arizona. I think it could play nicely into a road trip. Out to CA on Rt. 30 and on the way back catch at least part of 66.

      Thank you for the prayers and the hugs.

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  4. I finally made it over to your blog! Thanks for visiting mine and commenting! I will add your daughter and daughter-in-law to my prayer list, Stacy. Please keep us posted. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge and think your road trip sounds like great fun!!

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    1. Hi, Terri! Thanks for visiting me and thank you for your prayers. I believe in the power of prayer so all these added prayers are great!

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  5. Sounds like you've got some legitimate concerns over family health issues. I hope they resolve well. I love the Lincoln Highway. I've been on the Lancaster Chambersburg Gettysburg stretch ( that's 30, right?) and think your road trip sounds fabulous!!

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    1. Yes, the Lincoln Highway is Rt. 30...well, some parts of it part ways but they are still pretty close together. I love the stretch you are talking about. It's one of my favorite short trips. Gettysburg is a great place to visit and not just for the battlefield, Lancaster is, well, amazing, and Chambersburg....have to hit that during peach season!

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  6. not had the strawberry rhubarb popsicles as of yet but I will be looking for them they sound so yummy
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    1. They are divine! I have been by to visit you a few times. I have your blog bookmarked.

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  7. I agree - disrespectfulness is most definitely a bad trait, and one that seems to be on the rise. I think we are seeing a lot of it amongst our politicians the past few months :)

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  8. I hope your daughter in law gets a good report, and your daughter is able to manage her issues as well. I will add them to my prayers. That road trip sounds like fun! I love a road trip, especially if I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere. Love to venture off the planned route. Happy 4th!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers. Yes, venturing off, doing what catches our eye...that's the trip I'm dreaming of.

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