A Star Spangled Hodgepodge…

I’m rolling into the second half of 2013 by joining The Hodgepodge, as usual.  Joyce has prepared another great set of questions, this week, some with a patriotic flair.  As always, you can join in, or simply read and compare answers by clicking the button at the top of my post.  By the way, I hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July tomorrow!

1. What’s one simple small pleasure on your summer ‘to-do’ list?

Spending lots of quality time sittin’ under the oak trees, at St. Simon’s Island–with Ed, of course.  We’re up to 3 times, so far.

2. Do you have strong feelings or opinions regarding the immigration debate in your home country? Feel free to share your thoughts, but please play nice.

Yes, I have strong feelings and opinions regarding the immigration debate, but most are negative so I’ll spare y’all.  I will say that I don’t agree with doing the things that are being proposed!

3. What’s something in your home or wardrobe that could be described as ‘star spangled’?


My ‘year round’ tree.

4. Is your house set up for a party?

Probably not, but we’ve been known to host a few family parties.  The main rooms in our home are larger than most average homes, so we adequate space for our growing family. We also have a nice, shady yard, and we’re not above bringing out the folding tables and lawn chairs!  See what I mean?


Memorial Day cookout 

5. What one never-before-visited city in America, would you most like to see?

I don’t care a thing about gambling, but I’ve always thought it would be neat to see all the lights of Las Vegas.

6. Your favorite red food? White food? Blue food?

Red-strawberries, white-cake frosting, blue-blueberries–and I’d love to have one of these cakes, right about now!!!


7. What freedom do you value the most, and why?

I know some will say ‘freedom of speech’, (which I think we’ve partially lost already), while others will say ‘freedom of worship’, but I most value the right to keep and bear arms, because history tells me, if we ever lose this right, we’ve all had a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!”

Random:  An Update on “Trouble and the Man With the Can:

Back Story: My husband, Ed, has been feeding his mom’s abandoned cats for the past seven months, because his mom currently resides in an assisted living facility, and our son & his wife, who previously lived in her house & fed the cats, have since moved away.

When I last wrote about my husband, Ed’s, feeding adventures with his mom’s abandoned cats, “Trouble”, a very old cat, had left my MIL’s house, and moved in with our oldest son and his family(again).  The mama cat and her three kittens remained at MIL’s house. For the past three weeks, Ed’s been feeding cats at two different houses!

Normally, “Trouble” is usually waiting for Ed, on the porch steps of our son’s house, each day.  She comes out to greet him whenever he stops.  For several days, “Trouble” disappeared, and we feared the worst.  Then one day, she was back, like nothing had ever happened!

Recently, the mama cat relocated her three kittens to our son’s house, too, however she went back to my MIL’s house–presumably to hang out with a large orange tomcat!  ( Uh oh! ) The kittens quickly made themselves at home, at our son’s house, but one of the three has since disappeared.

Last week, “Trouble” decided to move back to my MIL’s house--presumably to get away from those pesky kittens (again)! “Trouble” doesn’t like other cats, and doesn’t seem to mind relocating, in an effort to avoid them.  This makes  her fifth relocation!

Yesterday, Ed came home reporting that the two remaining kittens are back at his mom’s house, too, along with their mama, that orange tomcat, and “Trouble”!  We can’t help but wonder what”Trouble” will do next.  To be continued…

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  1. chuckling about the whole cat situation! Funny that they just move from house to house when they get tired of one! Right to Bear Arms: good one!

  2. Nothing wrong wIth card tables in the backyard-some of my favorite parties are that kind : ) your cake looks good!

  3. The right to bear arms is a great answer! I love those flag cakes too.

  4. WOW that cake is just too gorgeous to eat!! 🙂 Happy 4th to you! I love the Memorial day photo 🙂

  5. Best answer I’ve seen to #7! And so totally true!

  6. Oh, now I am craving strawberries. Happy 4th!

  7. Your simple pleasure sounds perfect! Love the tree. Yes the Vegas lights are something to see for sure. That is a very interesting cat story. Have a nice 4th of July.

  8. Gotta love that “trouble.” My sister-in-law had a cat with the same attitude butit’s too long a story to tell here. Maybe in a blog!

  9. I love the year round tree–I’ve heard of a couple other people that do that too. Fun way to decorate. It looks like you have a great yard for entertaining. Enjoy your 4th!

  10. I just played “catch up” with your last three posts. I’m glad you were able to save your girls! You didn’t find information on a sickness or something they could have caught?

    Your garden looks great from that picture a few weeks back. Too bad it’s slowing down, but maybe you needed a break from it anyways….

  11. Cats have “staff” 🙂

  12. I like your year round tree. I would try one but I think I would tire of decorating/undecorating every time a holiday or season came along. Not to mention the fact that, once I got started buying decorations for it, I might never stop. That’s what happened with my Christmas stuff—we have to have two trees. LOL

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