Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12 Hodgepodge

 Another Wednesday!  I'm a bit late getting this posted, but want to get in on the Hodgepodge fun at From This Side of the Pond with Joyce and friends.  If you've never joined in on the Hodgepodge, head  on over and snag the questions Joyce posted yesterday, then answer them on your own blog (or here in the comments, if you don't have a blog).  It's lots of fun, I promise!
1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

Hmmm ... it has been a long time since I chatted with a neighbor.  Could it have been Christmas time when our neighbor brought over a loaf of his fabulous sourdough rye bread?  Or maybe it was some time this spring when he happened to be outside and I went to the mailbox and we chatted about the weather.
2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

Which one am I most like?  Good question.  I love the ocean, but of all four I probably like lakes the best.  However, I realize that wasn't the question.  How about this?  A spring-fed lake, like some we have  here in New Hampshire.  Only this lake is fed by the springs of Living Water.
3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. 

I have been through Delaware but my only real time spent there was at a scenic overlook at the end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, where we got out to sight-see and inadvertently locked the keys -- both sets! -- in the car.  Should you be interested in reading "the rest of the story", you can find it in this post: Comfort and Joy, a rather lengthy Christmas devotional piece.
What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

Our state is nicknamed The Granite State and yes, that does make sense to me.  I wouldn't change it.  Lots of granite here and our folks have a reputation for being rock-ribbed.
4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

I brought a Greek Pasta Salad (a main dish salad using chicken, although you can leave the chicken out and serve as a side salad) and a pan of Butterfinger Blonde Brownies, a recipe I thought I had blogged about but apparently haven't.

We have a potluck lunch at church every Sunday, so I have a stack of go-to recipes and enjoy trying new ones as well.
5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

Get all the rest you can, however you can.  You need sleep more than anything else and you are going to be sleep-deprived for at least a year.   (Edited to add: don't neglect a quiet time with the Lord each day, even if it has to become much shorter or at a crazy time of day.  You need that to handle sleep deprivation and all of the rest with grace.)
6. Insert your own random thought here.

For those who may be interested, I'm featuring Christmas in July every day this month over at my Christmas blog,  Mrs. T's Christmas Kitchen.  I know, most people would rather not think about Christmas right now, but check it out if you are so inclined.  Lots of short, simple ideas and inspiration there!


And so ends another Hodgepodge!


24 comments:

  1. I had to laugh when I saw your "Come Again" sign because I misread it as "Gone Again." That would be pretty typical of many of my friends. Ha!

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    1. That is funny, Vee! I have many friends like that, too. It's hard to keep track of their comings and goings!

      That "Come Again" sign has been a summertime fixture at my extended family's pondside cottage for as long as I can remember.

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  2. Why did I hit publish? I have so much more to say...why, of course, I do. You answered that water question very well. It's why I didn't participate this week...that one stumped me. Good advice for new parents. ๐Ÿ™‚ And beautiful photos of The Granite State. I must go read about the Delaware adventure!

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    1. It almost stumped me too ... had to really think about it, and even so I'm not sure I "got" what was being asked.

      When I read others' wise advice to parents, I see that my answer sounds a bit selfish, but it's reality!

      I had fun choosing "watery" photos for this post. Many others I could've used, but wanted to stick with NH ones.

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  3. Good parenting advise and I love your pictures. So pretty.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! And thanks for visiting! Stop by again anytime!

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  4. Good answer about the water question! Nice photos. Don't you just love summertime! Winter seems so long. I laughed at Vee's first comment. I'll have to check your recipes. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. Thanks, Judy. As I said to Vee, I'm not sure I really "got" the question, but made a stab at it anyway!

      I DO love summertime. And yes, winter does indeed seem so long. I'm trying to savor summer this year.

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  5. I like your answer to the water question as well but it was a tough one to answer for me. Your pasta salad dish sounds wonderful and adding chicken only adds to the goodness! The photos you have shared throughout your post are so beautiful and refreshing too. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Debbie! I had a fun time finding refreshing water pictures but I was careful to be sure they were all from the Granite State!

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  6. We are the Heart of Dixie here in Alabama. Georgia of course is the Peach State. And I love the ocean and I cannot wait until September when we spend the week there.

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    1. I love the ocean too, very much, and love it when we can visit there. But there is just something about a lake for me.

      That's right, you live in two states, don't you?

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  7. Your photos are lovely, thanks for sharing!
    Cheers!
    Lori in Blue Ridge

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Lori! Come again any time!

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  8. Both pieces of advice are wise for young mothers. My state is the Sunshine State. I do love the sun. Not to get tanned -those days have passed me by, but just the blue skies. I am the pound cake lady for most events or Hubby makes grilled pork loin.
    Headed to check in at the Christmas blog.

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    1. Mmm-mmm, both your and your hubby's specialties sound delicious! Hope you enjoyed your visit at my Christmas kitchen.

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  9. What gorgeous summertime images. Both of your potluck dishes sound delicious!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoy the recipes if you try them!

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  10. Your neighbors must be living far away ! We can talk over the hedge, lol !

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    1. Well, they are across the street at the end of a long driveway. Lots of trees in between. We don't see one another too often.

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  11. Your parenting advice is very well said. Thank You!!
    I enjoyed your photos. :-) Lovely!

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    1. You are welcome, Carla! I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos! (I even had a couple of rivers in there, as I'm sure you noticed.)

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  12. Always enjoy your hodgepodge thoughts Mrs. T! I love lakes as well, they are my favorite, but the ocean would probably be next. I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures of your state that you shared. My favorite go-to recipe to take to a potluck are my Garlic Bacon Cheesy Potatoes, the bowl is usually scraped clean :) Blessings and hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Marilyn! I am glad you enjoyed the photos. Some were taken by my daughter and son-in-law who are much better photographers than I.

      I would love to try your potato recipe! Is it on your blog someplace?

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