From This Side of the Pond, is again hosting the Hodgepodge for our blogging and reading pleasure. Want to join in? Just head on over to From This Side of the Pond and get the questions, then answer them on your own blog. You'll find it a wonderful diversion in these crazy times we are all living in. Here are Joyce's questions for this week:
1. Question day this week lands on Cinco de Mayo. Are/were tacos on your Tuesday night menu? Hard shell, soft shell or just gimme all the tacos? Are you even a fan of Mexican food? Do you like your salsa mild, spicy, or somewhere in between? Margaritas-Frozen, on the rocks, or no thank you? Have you ever been to Mexico?
|Photo of Interactive Taco Dinner from Skip to My Lou. A fun idea!|
2. What's something you may do this month?
I may get around to setting goals for the month. Maybe.
3. Tell us what's happening in your state or town as far as restaurants/salons/parks/beaches/businesses opening up. How do you feel about it? Are you out and about or hunkered down? Do you wear a mask?
Again, lots of questions. And I have lots of questions about it all. As far as what's happening with the places Joyce mentioned, the restaurants, salons, and nonessential businesses will be slowly opening up this month, with lots of restrictions. Ocean beaches remain closed but inland beaches at state parks will open -- again, with restrictions; though the restrictions are not as onerous as it first appeared they might be. Most state parks are technically open in that one can go in and walk or hike, but they wouldn't open for the season until the end of May anyhow. Some of the busier hiking trails are closed. As to how I feel about it -- well, I know a lot of people don't agree with me, but I do feel it's time to begin opening things up again. People are being seriously affected by this shutdown and yes, some are dying because of it, along with those actually dying of the virus. Drug overdoses, child abuse, suicide, domestic violence, alcoholism -- not to mention those elderly folks dying of heartache or simply giving up because no one can visit. We need to pay attention to the bigger picture. Reopening is happening in a very slow, measured way here, easing into it, and I think that's as it should be. I pray daily for God to give our leaders wisdom, and am thankful for our governor's approach. I'm out walking every day, but I haven't been to the grocery store in 6 weeks or more. For myself, I think it's important to be out in the fresh air daily if possible, without a mask. We live in the country and our walks are on rural roads. We do occasionally see other walkers, runners, or bike riders but none of them are masked either.
4. Mother nature, everybody and their mother, mom jeans, like mother like daughter, soccer mom, mother hen, mother lode, necessity is the mother of invention, stay-at-home mom...pick one and tell us how it applies to your life right now.
Pick one, eh? It's a tough choice, as several of those could apply to me. I'll pick "mother lode" because I recently found another stash of 1940s Christmas cards and 1930s Valentines. Now if I could only find time to list them in my Etsy shop.
|Many of the Christmas cards are designs by the highly collectible artist Marjorie Cooper!|
|Isn't this the cutest? That's a real piece of cloth she is holding.|
A few mini daffodils, a small forsythia bush, a couple of stunted-looking primroses (one purple and one yellow), and some bloodroot in the wildflower garden.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Let's see. Most of my thoughts fall in the "random" category these days. How about this other recent find from the old homestead? Anyone ever seen a Popsicle Space Card before? I found three of these, all different, just tucked into books here and there. I wonder if my friend Sandy in Florida remembers these. I surely didn't.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!