Wednesday, July 05, 2017

July 5 Hodgepodge

 Wednesday again, and Joyce is kindly hosting the Hodgepodge over at From This Side of the Pond.  Joyce asks the questions; bloggers copy, paste, and answer them on their own blogs.  On to this week's questions!

1. When and where were the best fireworks you've ever seen? 

I've seen fireworks in a lot of different places, because for years my hubby's vacation time was always the week of the Fourth and was our only time to travel.  We saw fabulous Fourth of July and Canada Day fireworks in various locations. 

I took the photo at top last night at a Fourth of July party we traditionally attend, at the home of my husband's boss.  They always have wonderful fireworks and I felt fortunate to capture this with my Kindle and no expertise whatever.  These backyard fireworks are the best to me because they are shared with friends and family in a beautiful place.

One year we watched the fireworks in Elko, NV from the back yard of friends and that was a very special time and great fireworks as well.  Our hosts brought out a beautiful cake decorated in red, white and blue and we all sang Happy Birthday to America!

Speaking of you know your hot buttons? The things people can say and/or do to set you off? When was the last time someone pushed one of your hot buttons?

 I know that being easily irritated is one of my character flaws, so it's something I pray about frequently.  I know that God doesn't want me to have a short fuse.

"He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly."  (Proverbs 14:17a)

"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath."  (James 1:19)

 That said, things that can really irritate me are: gossip; inattentiveness; lack of courtesy -- things like that.
 2. Have you hosted any outdoor summer parties this year? Attended any? What makes for a great outdoor party?

We have not hosted any outdoor summer parties yet this year, but we still might.

 Yes, we enjoyed a wonderful outdoor graduation party for a girl in our church in June; we had our church 4th of July picnic this past Sunday afternoon; and then last evening attended the Fourth of July picnic and fireworks at the home of friends.

 I think a great outdoor party includes as few flying insects as possible and has both sun and shade available, with seating in both areas.  There is plenty of good food (potlucks are the best!) and ice cold water and non-alcoholic beverages.  There's good fellowship and conversation, with old and new friends and maybe some family as well.  If the evening ends with a campfire or fireworks, even better.

3. What does freedom mean to you?

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."  (Romans 8:1-2)

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."  (John 8:36)

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)

I can't say it any better than that!

4. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy month...what annoys you most about people's cell phone habits?

Talking (or worse, texting) while driving even when it is against the law.  I also find it annoying (or maybe more sad) that people seem to be looking at their screens every waking moment and respond instantly to incessant beeps and chirps.

5. What's your current summer anthem?

A hymn has been going through my mind a lot this past week:

"When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries, May Jesus Christ be praised!"

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Summer in New Hampshire is simply glorious.  Fall is my favorite season, but New Hampshire on a perfect summer day -- blue sky, puffy clouds, sunshine, low humidity, and just enough breeze to keep things comfortable -- is beautiful and -- simply glorious.


  1. Beautiful photos you have shared here and I enjoyed your answers as well, especially #3. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Thanks, Debby! Most are from previous summers. Hope you have an enjoyable rest of the week as well!

  3. Lovely photos - and the first one with your Kindle? I don't think I've ever used my Kindle for photos. Great idea. And I had to laugh at your mention of flying insects. So true. They can really ruin an otherwise great outdoor time. :-) And I loved your answer to #3 about Freedom. So true! xo

  4. I'm not much of a photographer at all, Judy, under any circumstances, but I do occasionally take photos with the Kindle because I usually have it with me. I've been very surprised at the quality of photos it will take, so do try it for yourself!

    I also got a pretty decent video of the fireworks using the Kindle. It's a handy little gadget!

  5. Mrs T, I join you in being easily irritated. This week has tested my patience in many ways. I keep trying to do better.:)

    1. I know what you mean. It does help (it helps me, anyway) to keep in mind that trials are intended to help us grow in patience.

  6. Enjoyed reading your answers. I agree, texting/talking on the phone is just wrong. I wish the cops would actually give out tickets for it. Actually they need to design cars so your cell phone doesn't work! We managed without them growing up.

    1. Oh, they give out tickets for it here! There is a law against it. However, one still sees people texting or talking on the phone all the time while driving.

      So true. We managed without them growing up. I recently got a very basic cell phone, but I think I can count on one hand the times I have used it!

  7. And haven't we been blessed with beautiful weather days of late? Just as you describe...glorious. Your outdoor party ideas are wonderful and specific. Specificity is a very good thing. (I can't believe I missed this and am wondering if something has happened to my blogroll.)

    1. I did wonder a bit as to where you were, Vee, but figured you were just busy making hay (so to speak) while the sun shone.

      Yes, it has been ... glorious. Perfect summer weather. A happy thing for my hubby's work, and for the vacationers as well, of course.


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