Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dreaming of summer & sand between your toes?

 Hello everyone!   If it's Tuesday...it must be Hodgepodge Day.    It's the day leader Joyce gives us a set of questions to answer.  You just never know what will come up.  

Shall we start and find out?

1. "The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently? 

Yes!  I agree!  Salt water - or, a good cry always make me feel better!  Sweat - and physical work gets the endorphins going and makes me feel better.  Plus, I like looking at what I accomplished afterwards.   And, the sea - I live near the ocean and I agree that a walk on the beach is therapeutic!

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all? 

I rarely add salt to anything, but I will say I have to butter and salt my corn on the cob before I eat it.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 
Dare I say ALL four of those sand phrases make me think of how I feel about our new leader and our government right now.  Let me explain...
Sands of time - I can only wait as time goes on to see what will happen.  But, in general I am not optimistic. So, I'm hoping the sand keeps flowing and we get through it without too many setbacks.
Bury your head in the sand - Sometimes I want to just turn the TV off, and pretend nothing is going on beyond my little world.  It's something I struggle with often.  But, the best of me (I think) says I must care and speak out sometimes.
Built on sand - Our top government officials seem shaky and a bit slippery if you ask me.   I'm not feeling like we as a country are standing on solid ground right now. 
Draw a line in the sand - I am trying to balance my life.  I try and remember that God is my leader and the other stuff will work out.  

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme? 

I'll go with the easy answer(s) for me...  favorite song(s) with an island setting!  And really, it's a few Kenny Chesney songs - like No Shoes No Shirt No Problem, Summertime,When The Sun Goes Down, and Old Blue Chair.   I have to also say the Zac Brown Band's song Toes.  

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so? 

I ran my day yesterday.  In general, I think I always do.  I am fortunate to pick what I want to do for the most part.  Sure, I always have to go to the grocery store, the cleaners, etc.  But, running errands is a part of life.  I get to choose my schedule when to run them,  and I get to choose what I eat, listen to on the radio, TV, etc. and what I read.   I am blessed to have lots of choices in my life! 

6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran? 
Hmmm.   I have never been a big shopper and I prefer to do other things when on vacation anywhere.  An island vacation?  I will be parked in a beach chair, sipping a tropical drink, reading, dipping my toes in the water occasionally.   

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?
Wow! This question hit me out of left field!  ha
Humans in general?  How fleeting life can be.  When we are young we think life just goes on and on and on.  But, about midway through life we start to notice changes - some good and some bad.  We hear of some dying and...oh my - then when they start being your own age more and more it really hits you!  Yes, life is fleeting!  Try and make each day count!! 
In other words, go enjoy that beach!  Put your toes in the sand!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I just want to send out a 'shout out' to so many of you having crazy & scary weather right now. The video on the news of all the destruction from the storms in many parts of the US is so sad to see.  I hope Mother Nature was kind to you. If not, I hope help is close by.  Take care. 


  1. So funny to see all the winter weather pics now that we're living in the south. It was almost 70 degrees yesterday! I thought I might miss the big snow but nope : ) I have errands to catch up on, but have company coming today for a couple of days, then more coming over the weekend, so next week will be catch up time for me. Have a great day!

  2. Great post! So many share your sentiments on what we take for granted. Absolutely make each day count.

  3. A good cry helps me and I love going to Zumba (even eating like a horse afterwards) but the sweat helps.

  4. I agree, we do take life for granted until we get to a certain age then we begin to appreciate it more.

  5. Gotta love "Toes" by the Zach Brown Band! A standout favorite of mine, for sure!

  6. Liked your answer to #7. So true. Our horrible weather has disappeared and now it is sunny. Trying to talk myself into a walk. Have a great week, Marla!

  7. I'm with you on #3. And a good cry didn't seem to help as that what I did all day on Inauguration day. This was the first time I didn't watch. I just keep repeating my mantra: God is in control. And this is one of those times when I am holding onto that in faith because I sure can't see it. Anyway, I try to run my days most of the time but it seems, lately, someone is always throwing a wrench in there. Have a wonderful day!

    1. I cried for days after Election Day. And, I did not watch the Inauguration either... perhaps because I knew just how petty Trump really is and in my own way I was annoying him with low numbers! Little did I know how obsessed he is about ratings and BIG numbers!?! ha!! I definitely have faith in God, but I also know God expects us as Christians to "do His work" and show injustice, so we can't just sit by and cry. I'm marching April 15th! And I'

    2. plan to keep working towards an America with compassion for ALL our neighbors, and for equality for all.

  8. I agree, when we're young we don't give a thought about tomorrow. But life is fleeting. I hope I can take your advice soon and get to the beach, preferably somewhere warm. Have a wonderful weekend!