Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday once again

Yes, it's Wednesday once again.  How do they do that -- come around so quickly?  It's an unanswered question, so let's instead consider the Wednesday Hodgepodge, in which Joyce asks the questions and bloggers provide the answers.  It's a lot of fun, so if you'd like 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:

1. Last thing you said yes to? Did you regret it?

Making a gluten free chocolate cake layer to be served at a wedding, as the groom-to-be is gluten free.   The couple knows that I often bake gluten free and they think my gf creations come out well.  (The secret is really Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten free baking flour.)  I haven't yet regretted saying yes, since the wedding isn't until August, but I did say I would try a few different recipes and let them sample before I settle on one.  Life has been so busy I haven't had time to bake -- and the weather has often been so hot that I haven't wanted to!
The secret ingredient to my successful gluten free baking
2. No big deal, no contest, no dice, no hard feelings, no ifs ands or buts, no kidding, no offense, no pain no gain, no way...choose one and tell us how it applies to your life currently.

Some of these are difficult phrases to apply right now, in this time of corona.   I guess I will go with "no pain, no gain" because we are working hard at a couple of projects currently: clearing out my childhood home, and trying to rehab the summer cottage of my childhood which is becoming a repository for some of the furnishings from the homestead.  It's all hard work and requires a lot of thought and planning.  But hopefully in the end it will all be worth it!

3. Thursday June 11th is National Making Life Beautiful this strange season how are you adding beauty to your days/life?

I am trying hard to notice the beauty around me every day.  Being aware every moment of God's power and might and wisdom and glory in all that He has created really helps me to keep my eyes on Him and keeps me mindful of all that He is able to do. Truly, nothing is impossible with Him!   Below are some beautiful things I'm seeing right now.
The soft greens of spring and early summer
Lily of the valley, both here and at the home place
Irises in the back yard
4. According to an article found here, these six foods taste better in June than at any other time of the year -- strawberries, asparagus, peas, peaches, beets, and garlic. How many of these have you tasted so far this month? Anything on the list you'd say 'no thank you' to trying? Rearrange the list starting with your favorite (1) to your least favorite (6).  

I have tasted strawberries and peaches so far this month.  Garlic too, but it wasn't fresh garlic so I suppose it wouldn't count.  There isn't anything on this list that I don't like.  My rearranged list would read: 1) Strawberries; 2) Asparagus; 3) Garlic; 4) Peaches; 5) Beets; 6) Peas.

5. Describe your current mood in three words.

Hmm ...  how about these three?  Simply trusting God.  If I was not doing that, my mood would involve fear and anger and many other emotions.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I find it incredibly sad that because of draconian regulations on the part of our state, our local grandkids and hundreds of other New England kids will miss out on summer camp this year.  Our state is filled with iconic camps on the various lakes, some of which have been in operation for over a century.  It's hard to imagine any of them operating under these regulations -- and in fact, the ones I checked are not going to.  Although we know God knows the end from the beginning and is in complete control -- and even that He has a good purpose in this trial, our hearts can't help but hurt for our friends at The Wilds of New England.  It will be a blessing to see what good God brings out of this.

Happy Wednesday, all!


  1. Strawberries in June - perfection! And I agree totally that if I keep my eyes on nature and God's creations it gives me so much internal peace! HUGS

  2. Love your answer for #5, so well said! New England is so beautiful, one of my favorite places. What a shame the camps can operate this summer.

  3. Oh I thought NH was doing ever so much better than the other New England states. Sorry that so many children the country over must deal with disappointment upon disappointment. We need to trust God. Nothing else and no one else can help.

  4. Lovely photos. Most things are able to reopen here but many are choosing not to as it is just too difficult to operate under social distancing. It will take quite a while for everything to come back. What a disappointment about camps - another thing to miss out on.


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