Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23 Hodgepodge

Wednesday again, and I'm late for the Hodgepodge with Joyce and friends at From This Side of the Pond.  It's not too late though, to get in on the fun -- so hurry on over, copy the questions, then  paste and answer them on your own blog.  Then zip back over to Joyce's to link up.   Here are this week's questions:

1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?

Probably the York Harbor Inn during our two-day getaway in mid-April.  There is just something about enjoying a bountiful buffet breakfast in a classy dining room with a view of the ocean, with cloth napkins, and a genial server replenishing your coffee.

2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?  

I'm still working on completing some state-required forms, so I can't say it's actually a completed task yet  -- but just selling various items as stipulated by the terms of a trust is time-consuming and wearisome.
These are the flowers of the maple tree!
3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?

Oh, one of those dreaded thought questions! One of my strengths (which God has grown in me over the passing of time) is the ability to persevere, plugging away at something until it's finished.  That has helped me to finish handmade gifts, write kids' devotional books, blog, survive seasons of eldercare and other very difficult times.  One of my worst faults is procrastination, and that has seriously hindered me from accomplishing all that I would like to. 

4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?

Throw it away.

5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Does your town do anything special to mark the day?

We're invited to a cookout on Friday night, a graduation party on Saturday afternoon -- and, if my hubby ends up with Monday off, will probably grill with our daughter and family.

We will likely take some flowers to my dad's grave -- he was a World War II veteran who sacrificed much in the service of his country.  If we get together with the grandkids on Monday, maybe we'll re-read the photo book I made about him.

Yes, I have been to Arlington National Cemetery.  A very moving experience.

Our town does still have a Memorial Day parade -- I just checked.  Maybe if Mr. T is off from work, we will try and attend.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

Trying to pull my thoughts together for a Christmas Club meeting today.  It's been awhile since we met, and I haven't even found time to post in my own Christmas blog, though I have ideas for posts.    It'll be fun to get together, anyway.
Pretty much the view from my window right now.
Another Hodgepodge in the books.  Happy Wednesday, all!


  1. What a fabulous answer to #4! Golly, Mrs. T, you are a walking contradiction and so am I. I can plug along and get things done...eventually, but if I had not procrastinated, I could have done it so much sooner. Hope that Mr. AMT gets Memorial Day off. Oh, your dad looks so young. What a legacy to have a dad who was a member of the greatest generation.

    1. I'm not sure how old my dad was in that photo, Vee -- somewhere between 20 and 22, I think. And yes, what a legacy. I remember that the funeral director commented to me that the description "the greatest generation" is actually quite an understatement when we look at all they sacrificed.

      Walking contradictions ... I like it! It fits me, for sure.

  2. What's a Christmas club? Sounds like fun! Lots of procrastinators in the Hodgepodge : ) You're not alone there!

    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one!

      The Christmas Club is a group of ladies who meet at a local library and try to stay on top of Christmas planning. We started out meeting monthly, but this year we have met twice so far -- February and May.

  3. The view from your window is beautiful.
    I wish so much I wasn't a procrastinator, but I am. I have to really work hard at not delaying things.

    1. Thanks, Sandy. I do enjoy having dormer windows that look out on trees. Makes it feel a bit cooler in summer!

      Procrastination seems to be an issue for many people. I pray about it regularly and try to remind myself that God always works in a timely way and also that He is a God of order. Thus, He would like to see those things play out in my life as well. I think I'm getting better at remembering FlyLady's "Do it now" principle!

  4. A lot of folks answered that they procrastinate! You are not alone there! I enjoyed reading your HP answers! Sounds like you will have a busy and fun weekend!

    1. Thanks, Terri! See above for my answer to Sandy concerning procrastination...

      Yes, it was a busy and fun weekend. A nice time.

  5. So enjoyed reading a little about you.♡
    Procrastinate...that is an issue with me only if it's something that I really do not want to do.
    The view from your window is such a beautiful one.

    Enjoy your weekend in what ever comes your way.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! It was lovely to have you visit!

      I find that I tend to procrastinate even on things I want to do. My hubby and I have a lot on our plates. Sometimes it has to be an issue of what *must* be done vs. what we would *like* to do.

      We had a nice weekend (*three* get-togethers!) and trust that you had an enjoyable weekend as well.

  6. And I can procrastinate with the best of them too! In fact, it's one of my best qualities! :)

    1. I can say that, too, Debby. I'm working on it, though.

      Thanks for stopping by! Always a joy to see you here at my kitchen table!

  7. The view from your window is beautiful! It's similar to what I now have that we live in NE Florida. So many trees, compared to the semi-arid climate of Colorado's Front Range (which has its own kind of beauty with the Rocky Mountains). Love the trees!!

    Thank you for your recent comments on my blog. You encourage me so! While you say you tend to be a procrastinator, I tend to just drop everything and run away in the opposite direction. So the admonitions to have courage and endure tell me to stick with it (whatever that might be).

    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Barbara! Yes, I love the trees also and am always glad when they leaf out again each spring. I do miss them when we visit out West.

      I'm glad I can be an encouragement in some way! Your recent posts were so good I just had to comment. When I encourage others to endure and keep on, I'm really speaking to myself first. In my own strength, I quickly lose heart.

      Have a wonderful week!


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