Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A new month is starting - with summertime activities!

Hello Hodgepodgers and other readers...

I missed a few weeks but today I have a bit of time.  So, I'm back to the Hodgepodge questions.  Here they are with my answers.

1. What makes you feel accomplished? Explain.

I have been doing a lot of yard work lately.  We still have a house for sale so I'm trying to keep up with that place and also doing yard work at the home where we live.  This time of year there is endless work!  Pulling weeds,  pruning,  cutting, etc.   I have to say I feel 'accomplished' when I look at what I have done and see the difference the work I put in makes.

I like yard work because 1. I'm outdoors, 2. I'm getting exercise, and 3. I feel accomplished! 

2. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Tell us why.

People living today?   I assume.  I will go with that.    Well, I'd have a country music day and invite three of my favorite artists.  ha!!  That would be Tim, Keith, and Dierks!     I admire Jimmy Carter.   He would make my list.  If it was a political theme...  Jimmy, and Barak, and...  Stephen Colbert!  Now, that would be a fun show!

3. Do you have a great burger recipe? What's in it? What do you like on a hamburger and where is your favorite spot to order one out?

As we all know, I don't cook much.  I don't have a secret, or favorite, hamburger recipe.  I like a dried onion package mixed in with the ground beef.  I also like a good burger with cheese melted on top.   I like to put a slice of tomato on top... a touch of mayo and a pickle or two.    My favorite spot to order one?   I rarely order one unless I'm going through a fast food place.  I suppose Sonic would be my favorite place to get a good fast food burger.    

4. What's the biggest anxiety producing thing you do on a regular basis?

I try to live without anxiety - but I still get some when I play my flute in church.   I tell myself it's a gift to God, and that I am adding to worship, and I have the best and most forgiving audience there is...   but I still get nervous.  Every time. 

5. This is the last Hodgepodge of May. Tell us about your summer plans.

I have a pretty busy summer planned.  June 6th I head to Nashville for the CMA Festival and this year we have a 'newbie'.  My daughter #2's boyfriend is coming and he has never experienced the festival or Nashville before. I love sharing the whole thing with someone new!   It's tiring but wonderful - and the best music morning to night!   As soon as I get back I help the following week with our Vacation Bible School at church.  

This 4th of July we are breaking with tradition and having a celebration and "moving party" at my daughter #1 and son-inlaw's new home in Raleigh.   I will miss the big gathering at our riva place, but we want to help the couple get settled in their new place.   
In July I also head to northern Ohio for the annual family get-together at Lakeside.  Another tradition of each summer! 
This summer I am going to two weddings - which is always exciting!  They are friends of our daughters, but OUR friends/kids too... they have become a part of our lives and it's a thrill to be invited to the big days! 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

My daughter #1 turns 31 this Saturday!   June is the birth month of both girls.    I have a feeling more announcements are on the way with them.

PS:  Hubby and I just had an anniversary.  33 years - on May 26th.    When I got married all those many years ago it was a glorious day, and I had only good thoughts about our future together.  I have to say my hopes for our life together could not be any better than it is!  I went with the ride... the moves, the changes, the babies, etc - and it was amazing.  Absolutely no regrets.  Nothing I would want to change.  I don't know how I got so lucky!  (I like to think God has always been there.)  I am very excited about the future. I pray...for good health, and little stress, and that each day is new and interesting!  I have faith it will be. 

Have a good and safe week ahead friends!


  1. Your burger sounds yummy. I need to try a Sonic burger, haven't had one yet. Enjoy the CMA Festival. Your right, weddings are always fun. Happy Anniversary!

  2. Sounds like you have the makings for a fabulous episode on your talk show. I'll be tuning in. Have a great week.

  3. Let's combine our talk shows! I like all your guests and they would mesh nicely with mine. :) Your daughter's BF is going to LOVE Nashville or something is wrong with him. LOL I am not a country music fan but I love Nashville! I've never been in a city that size where every single person I came into contact with was just as nice and welcoming as they could be. And the food?! Every place we went the food was amazing! I hope to get there this summer or maybe the fall. Now that Nashville daughter and DrummerBoy own a house, it won't be so expensive. :) Your summer is going to be wonderful! Happy birthday to your girl and happy anniversary to you and your hubby!