Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Wednesday again!

Yes, it's Wednesday again!  Time for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  To join in, head over to From This Side of the Pond and get the questions from Joyce, then answer them on your own blog.  Here are this week's questions, which Joyce has thoughtfully kept on the lighter side:

1. What's something you could do today to feel more peaceful?

Stay my mind on God.  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusteth in Thee."  (Isaiah 26:3)  One thing I will often do when I need to feel more peaceful is to look through my notebook of truths about God.  The book What Do I Know About My God? by Mardi Collier is a wonderful guide to making a notebook like this.  Or, you could just turn to Psalms and begin reading through, making note of what each one teaches you about God.  Even simpler, just read through Psalms and underline or highlight the verses that bring you comfort.

2. June 2nd is National Rotisserie Chicken day. Who knew? Are you a fan of rotisserie chicken? You've purchased one at your local market for tonite's dinner. Will you serve as is or make something else using the chicken?

Oh, I am a fan of rotisserie chicken, but we haven't purchased one in awhile.  I would serve it as is, and would also pick up a container of potato salad and maybe one of 3-bean salad or coleslaw to have with it.  If there were leftovers, I would make chicken salad.
Sometimes I like to sprinkle this homemade  rotisserie seasoning on chicken breasts and cook them in the crockpot.  It isn't quite as succulent as the purchased rotisserie chicken, but this seasoning gives the chicken a wonderful flavor, and the crockpot makes it tender.

3. I read a list recently (go here to read more) of 20 of the most beautiful places in America. How many of these have you seen up close and in person? Of the sites on this list that you haven't seen, which would you most like to see?

Antelope Canyon Arizona, Kenai Fjords Alaska, White Mountains New Hampshire, Crater Lake Oregon, The Palouse Washington and Idaho, Grand Prismatic Spring Wyoming, Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Horsehoe Bend Arizona, Na Pali Coast Kauai Hawaii, Antelope Valley California, Lake Tahoe California, The Berkshires Massachussets, Maroon Bells Colorado, Angel Oak South Carolina, Acadia National Park Maine, Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, Turnip Rock Michigan, Central Park New York City, Niagara Falls New York, and Skagit Valley Tulip Fields Washington

I live near the White Mountains of New Hampshire, so I have been there many times.  I have also been to Acadia National Park in Maine.
In the White Mountains
 We hope to visit Grand Teton National Park at some point in the next year or two, as we were gifted money for a trip.  The Kenai Fjords sound amazing also.  In fact, I would be interested in visiting nearly every place on this list.

4. What's one pretty spot you'd add to the list in question #3? Are there travel plans of any kind on your calendar right now? Does that make you happy, anxious, excited, sad, or relieved?

I would add Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada.  I am sure it's not quite as beautiful as it was, because of a devastating wildfire there in 2018, but without a doubt it is still gorgeous.

 We do have some travel on our agenda this summer and it really remains to be seen how it will all play out.  I'm excited and happy because it involves time with family, yet a bit apprehensive as well due to all of the unknowns.

5. Tell us one un-COVID related thing you're looking forward to in the month of June.

Hopefully getting the electricity hooked up to the cottage we're fixing up.  It will be nice to have light to be able to see what we're doing.
An early spring photo.
6. Insert your own random thought here. 

It's a blessing to think that this Sunday we will be able to regather with our church family.  It is going to look very different in this first phase, but  I trust that the fellowship will be a blessing even if we can't hug or shake hands.
Happy Wednesday, all!


  1. Love your post. And I LOVE the White Mountains of NH, having lived in the valley there in Conway for several years. My favorite thing to do when we had visitors was to take them around to different scenic "overlooks" and say, "On a clear day you can see Mt. Washington from here". There were many not so clear days so that is why it became a fun saying. One time I literally took my niece to the foot of the mountain at the Cog Railway station and we could not see Mt. Washington because of the fog/clouds. She didn't believe me that it was really there!! (She's from FL.). I love that you are fixing up that cottage. Is it for you? Is it on or near water? I know that is something you wanted to have. Is it near where you live? I am excited for you and hope you can get it done. Maybe you should enlist "Maine Cabin Masters" to help you! LOL. I am so happy that you will be able to gather with your church family this Sunday. We are still not quite ready to do so here...probably not for a few more weeks. I pray all will go well for you and that it will be a great time of rejoicing, even if you can't hug! That will be the hardest part for me! God bless you all and take care.

  2. How good to have the cottage hooked up to electricity. It will make everything so much easier.

    Definitely a need to decompress these days and keep the mind focused on whatsoever is...

    I haven't been to Acadia in so long that I really don't remember it, but I do love that I can see your White Mountains from many places in my own hometown.

    It will be such a blessing to be back with your church family worshipping together.

  3. Your little cottage looks so sweet. What satisfaction to do up a house like that. How wonderful that you are able to go back to church in person.

  4. Oh good to hear you get to meet again with your church family this Sunday. We are also gathering. Hope you get that electricity hooked up to make your work easier. What a project! Hope the rest of your week goes well.


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