Springing Into Another Hodgepodge…

Even though our current temperatures (32 degrees!) don’t show it, this morning, we’re ‘officially’ a week into spring! With that thought in mind, let’s all think warm thoughts as we spring into this week’s questions.  Thanks so much to our hostess, Joyce, for providing the questions and a place for us to link up with others!  Don’t forget to visit others, and leave a few comments along the way 🙂

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far…’throw caution to the wind’, ‘three sheets to the wind’, ‘run like the wind’, or ‘see which way the wind blows’?

‘See which way the wind blows’ would aptly describe my March.  It’s been a month of several  twists and turns–including the deaths of several people we know (six, so far!), a salary cut for Ed, and a hospital visit for our grand baby, Evan.  Whew, I hope April will be calmer!

2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?

I don’t know why, but ‘Watergate Salad’ (also known as pistachio salad) was the first thing that came to my mind when I read this question.  You know, it’s the salad that’s made with pistachio pudding, cool whip, pineapple, pecans, and mini marshmallows…  so I’ll choose ‘Watergate Salad’ for my answer.  Now I’m hungry!

3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!

Once I locked myself out of my car, but even worse, I locked the twin babies I was caring for inside of the car!  (It was one of my all-time scariest moments, ever!)  My car was parked in the shade, in front of the twins house, so the babies were never in any real danger, but by the time I finally got a locksmith to come and help me get into my car, an hour later, I was a total basket case!  The twins were fine.

4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)…of the green characters listed, which one’s your favorite and why?

My favorite green character is Shrek, simply because I enjoyed the Shrek movies.  I loved that crazy donkey and those hilarious fairy-tale characters!

5. “The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.”~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not?

Yes, I agree because it would be very difficult to lead anyone anywhere, or to do anything, without a glimmer of hope.

6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in its title.

Since I just finished reading the autobiography of  the late Jim Croce,  his music is still in the forefront of my mind.  I love almost all of Jim’s songs, but one of my favorites is “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”.  Now that I know the story behind the song, it’s even more special!

The story goes something like this:  Early in Jim and wife, Ingrid’s marriage, Ingrid went to Mexico, to study art, I think.  Soon after she arrived, she was raped, by a casual acquaintance.  A short time later, when Jim joined his wife in Mexico, Ingrid confided in Jim that she’d been raped.  Jim became angry at Ingrid, feeling that she’d somehow brought the rape on herself’.  For a long time, he couldn’t get over Ingrid’s rape, and this caused  problems in their marriage.  One night, after a huge fight with Ingrid, Jim stayed up, and wrote “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” for his wife– over forty years ago!

The video, below, contains some old images of Jim and Ingrid, together, along with images of Jim’s hand-written lyrics and the sheet music to the song.  Jim is singing “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song”  in the background.

7. What’s a road trip you’d like to take?

Now that the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming, I’m feeling the need to take a road trip to the beach!  I can hear the sand and surf calling my name!



One day, last week, our oldest grandson, Caden rode his bicycle down to play with our granddaughter, Madison, who lives next door to us.  About that same time, Ed and I decided to plant our lettuce and cabbage plants in the garden.  When Caden saw Ed raking the dirt off the top of the garden row, he quickly abandoned playing with Madison, and started “helping” Ed work in the garden!  As it turned out, I dug the holes, Ed set the plants, then Caden watered them for us.

 A picture is worth a thousand words, right?


“Gardening Buddies”

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  1. Love, love the gardening picture!

  2. I LOVE Jim Croce! I have his greatest hits in my truck. That is a cute picture you captured of them gardening. I’ve read at least 5 other blogs on todays link that also mentioned the pistachio salad. Its a popular one for sure.

  3. Love the picture of the two guys working together. Little Caden will treasure that when he is older!

  4. I still love and listen to Jim Croce. Such a talented songwriter, and so sad he died so young. Cute little helpers you’ve got tending the garden : )

  5. Love to see the grandchildren helping in the garden. They appreciate the results because they helped.I hope April is calmer too.

  6. Love those gardening buddies!! What a wonderful photo! I always look forward to Hodgepodge Wednesday!

  7. Hold the mini marshmallows for me, but that salad made me hungry too!

    That is a beautiful song and now I might read to book too!

    I love, love, love your “gardening buddies” pic; priceless!

  8. Oh my, seeing that picture of your road trip destination certainly has me pining for a trip to the beach. We have one planned for May, but that seems so very far away … I need to go NOW. ha!

  9. Great song choice!! And your grandson…he’s gonna be a gardener and I can see it now…his yard as he becomes an adult, will bloom and reap prize veggies!!!

    You say: ‘See which way the wind blows’ would aptly describe my March. It’s been a month of several twists and turns–including the deaths of several people we know (six, so far!), a salary cut for Ed, and a hospital visit for our grand baby, Evan. Whew, I hope April will be calmer! I certainly hope so, for your family’s sake, too!!!

  10. I am a huge Jim Croce fan. I visited his wife’s restaurant in San Diego, CA, several years ago. Great song choice. We still have 12 inches of snow on our garden. I’m envious!

  11. You are the third person to say Watergate Salad. I’ve never had it but will try it for Easter this year. That is a wonderful Jim Croce song. Love the garden buddies…..

  12. Sweet picture of grandpa and grandson. Thanks for sharing the story of that song. Hope things will calm down for you all.

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