Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beauty and the Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for the  Hodgepodge with Joyce and the gang at From This Side of the Pond. Even though I'm a bit late linking up, I'm taking a stab at answering today's questions:
1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

The Atlantic Ocean -- as seen above.  Lighthouses are beautiful, too.  Above is the iconic Nubble Light.  We just got back from a mini-vacation to York, Maine.  That's where most of my pictures will be coming from today.

2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?
In my opinion, our culture has completely lost its way with regard to what is beautiful. 

3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?

I will have to go with beauty sleep.  We got quite a bit more sleep in the last couple of days than we had been getting for months.
4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-
alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider. 

Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most? What is the likelihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

I think bed bugs scare me the most because if you are unfortunate enough to bring them home with you, they are not easily eradicated.

I would say brown bears are more scary and more dangerous than black bears, which we have here in New Hampshire and which we have had on our back porch pulling down our bird feeders in years past.  I've had a couple other close-ish encounters with black bears while out walking, but none too close.

Rattlesnakes terrify me because of a television show I saw at someone's home when I was very young, before my own family had TV.  My younger daughter had a very close encounter with a coiled, ready-to-strike rattlesnake out west, but thankfully she was able to back away from it and then beat a hasty retreat.

5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?

It was in our car a few hours ago on our way home.  It was a signal that there was a problem with the battery or electrical system, so it was alarming.  We pulled over and checked it out, and when we started the car again the battery light didn't come back on.  So far, no more problems.

6. What's your favorite carb? How's that for random?
These are usually mandatory for a road trip for us.  We didn't get them this time, though.
Oh, that is random.  And a very difficult question indeed.  I'm not sure I could even say.  Probably any type of baked good.

7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.

Mini-dates and Mud
Atlantic Ocean
Romantic getaway  (and also Rain)
Carbs galore
High winds

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  

A getaway was very nice.  The weather wasn't great, but it was the time we had, so we went with it and enjoyed it.  I can't say we are really rested, but it was a complete change of pace and far different from our usual getaway where we rent a cabin for a few nights and I prepare most of our meals.  We had a great package where we had a nice room in an inn, most meals included, so I didn't even have to think about cooking.  And I feel as if I have never eaten so much on a getaway, either.  Thankfully we did a lot of walking!
View from our dinner table last evening


  1. I am meeting some friends Monday at our new Dunkin Donuts. I love their old fashioned doughnuts. So far no bears at Grimmwood but I will be on the lookout for snakes.

    1. Oh, we love our Dunkin Donuts ... a favorite place for a mini-date!

      Snakes are always a possibility in the South, aren't they? The only poisonous snake in our state is a timber rattler, I think. And they are only in one very small area from what I understand.

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    1. Okay...I see the other didn't fly. Perhaps this will hold me here.

      As I was saying, what?! You were in Maine? Well, one of these days...

      Always good to get away so I am glad that you grabbed your opportunity! Most of us don't.

    2. Your first comment came through as only a question mark. Then the "testing" one. Not sure what was happening but I am glad it finally worked for you.

      Yes, we were in Maine but only in York (mostly York Harbor) and Kittery. Didn't venture further afield than that.

      We did grab the opportunity. As I mentioned, the weather was not the greatest (it rained a LOT), but it was the time we had and the price and value were excellent. I'll post more in the next few days concerning our trip, I hope.

  3. Beautiful photos from your getaway! We went to the Montauk Lighthouse on our little getaway last week. I know who to ask for tips if we travel to Maine now :)

    1. Oh, I'm sure there are those who could give you better tips about Maine (Vee, for instance!) but we did find some very nice places that were new to us. A wonderful time! Hope to post more about it later, maybe tomorrow.

  4. I would love to visit Maine. Love your photos. Seems like beauty sleep is the popular answer. Donuts is a great answer. Glad you were able to getaway....

    1. It was so nice, Debby. Hope I can blog more about it later. It was just a few days but very refreshing.

  5. I have been to Maine one time and was able to visit Cape Cod. I remember the beautiful rocky shore an it being very beautiful! How nice you had this lovely little getaway. Your photos are just stunning!

    1. Thank you, Debby. Glad you enjoyed the photos. It was a wonderful time and I hope to blog more about it later.

  6. loved visiting you friend and enjoyed this interesting conversation so much

    1. Thank you, Baili, for visiting. The Hodgepodge is a wonderful way to get to know other bloggers!

  7. Beautiful pictures. Hopefully one day we can make it down your way and visit all those pretty places.

    1. Oh, wouldn't that be wonderful, Marie! We could get together. Hope that may work out someday. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

  8. I enjoyed the photos. Your trip sounds like a great get away to me.
    I have a friend who LOVES DD's. We do not have one in our community. Our friend is trying to get DD to come open a shop here in the larger town 6 miles from us. ;-)

  9. It was a great time, Carla. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Of course, they would have been nicer if we had had better weather.

    Dunkin' Donuts is a favorite spot for a mini-date for us. Hope your friend succeeds in getting them to open a shop near you!

  10. Now I'm hungry for a donut : ) Your pics are pretty. I'm glad you had a fun little getaway. March weather is always a bit dicey, we had a bit of winter roll in just when I was ready for spring. I think we're in the clear now and spring is here to stay.

  11. I'm getting hungry for a donut too, Joyce! Time for "a little smackerel of something", as Pooh would say.

    Yes, our getaway was nice. We had a great time even though the weather was less than ideal. Now, this past Saturday, we had nearly a foot of snow! It's melting today (sunny and in the 50s). Wish I could think spring is here to stay ... but more snow is predicted for tomorrow. 5 to 8", I just read. Doesn't sound like we are in the clear here in New Hampshire!


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