Hot Hot Hodgepodge…

July is almost gone, but the hot summertime temperatures are not!  Lately, I’ve been living indoors like a hermit, due to the heat, humidity, and the gnats!  One of my favorite ways to pass the time, on a hot summer day, is by participating in the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  It’s hot and I’m stuck inside, so let’s do the Hodgepodge!

1. “Summer is like childhood. It’s full of warm memories and gone too soon.”~Kellie Elmore Agree or disagree? Share something you loved about the summers of your childhood.

I agree.  Summers and childhoods tend to pass too quickly!  Just ask any teacher or mother.

I loved the freedom that summer brought when I was a child.  Freedom from schoolwork, freedom from wearing dresses (we were required to wear dresses to school), freedom from wearing shoes of any kind, freedom from the alarm clock…  I’m sure you get the idea.  Unless you’re a teacher, you don’t get to experience that kind of freedom as an adult.

One other thing I loved and looked forward to, during the summer, was spending time with my older brother and his wife.  They lived in Florida, about two and one-half hours away from where my parents and I lived, in Georgia.  Staying with them for a week, every summer, was a special time for me during my t’ween years.  They always made sure I had a good time.

2. Are you a fan of auto racing-NASCAR, Indy, Stock, Grand Prix, etc? Ever been to a race in person? Any desire to do this? Do you know a lot about cars? Do you notice particular makes and models when you’re out and about?

No, I’ve never really been a fan of auto racing, although I have two sons who were once CRAZY about NASCAR.  Both sons have been to several NASCAR races, but I never have.

I still know a little bit about cars, but not as much as I once did.  Back in the day, I knew all of the makes and models, but, these days, many of the cars look the same to me.  I’ll always be a fan of the muscle cars of the sixties and seventies.  The new hybrids don’t impress me.

3. What’s something you think is too serious to be joked about? Or do you think anything and everything is fair game?

Lots of things are too serious to be joked about, in my opinion.  Religion or person’s disabilities are on the top of my list.

4. July 29th is National Lasagna Day. Are you a fan? Do you have a great recipe, and if so where did it come from? If given a choice would you choose a plate of lasagna or a plate of spaghetti?

Yes, I love Lasagna, but I don’t make it much anymore because, (a) these days, the cheese tends to upset my stomach, (b) pasta isn’t really supposed to be on my diet, and (c)  my recipe makes too much for just two people.

I discovered a great recipe for lasagna in our church’s cookbook, about twenty years ago.  The recipe belonged to a former pastor’s wife, so it’s very special to me.  (If anyone’s interested in the recipe, let me know.)

If given a choice, I’d probably choose lasagna over spaghetti, because I like lasagna better than spaghetti.

5. What’s a simple pleasure you’d miss if it were not a regular part of your life?

I’d miss frequent, regular visits with my grandchildren.  I’m blessed that most of my ‘grands’ live within shouting distance, and even the one who doesn’t, only lives an hour away.  Many grandparents aren’t as blessed.

6. If you could be the CEO of any company, which would you choose?

Wal-mart!  Because I’d like to make lots of changes to Wal-mart!  What ever happened to ‘Made in the USA’, or having friendly, helpful customer service?  Why does Wal-mart have twenty check-out lines, but only five cashiers working the lines?  I could go on and on…

7. August is just around the bend…bid farewell to July in exactly seven words.

Good riddance! Too hot, humid, and gnatty!



Mr. Withers


Permit me to introduce you to my peace lily, Mr. Withers.  Mr. Withers is not in perfect health, but I have managed to keep him alive for almost eleven months.  That’s quite an accomplishment for me, since I’ve killed more than a few peace lilies in my lifetime.

You can’t really tell from the picture, but Mr. Withers is huge!  I’ve had him since Ed’s mom passed away, last September.  When the hospital, where Ed works, sent the plant to us, it was about half  its current size!

Mr. Withers requires huge amounts of water each week.  I can always tell when he is thirsty because he withers and droops–hence, his name!  Sometimes, I think Mr. Withers drinks more water than I do each week, and that’s saying a lot!

I was thrilled, recently, when Mr. Withers finally began to bloom!  I’ve never been able to keep a peace lily alive long enough for it to bloom–until now.  I’m enjoying Mr. Withers’ lovely white blooms (although they don’t really show up in this picture).  I think Ed’s mama would be proud!

***Thanks to our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions!


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  1. I’ve been keeping a peace lily alive for about a year now, and my hubs considers that miraculous : ) I’ve lost a few houseplants through the years! It was 50 degrees when I went to the gym this morning, 7:15 now and still only 53. I like hot weather, but this is a sweet little reprieve. Enjoy your day!

  2. Mr. Withers is very pretty…and yes, it DOES show it’s size. Guess in plants, size does matter, then, huh? [couldn’t resist]

    I like your answer to the CEO…change Wal-Mart for us….complete turnaround please!!!! And you having your grands so close by makes me green with envy….mine is a two day drive away —-1000 miles or more. Lucky you.

  3. I can grow all sorts of flowering plants outside. The minute I bring them inside…it’s only a matter of time. I do like your choice to be CEO of Wal-Mart. They sure do need some changing.

  4. I am rooting a cutting from a plant my daughter-in-law gave me. Hopefully hubby can make it grow because I do not have a green thumb.

  5. Oh, if it were up to me you’d be hired at Walmart in heartbeat! lol

  6. I’m not very good with plants either, but I like your Mr. Withers…nice.

    I agree with you on Walmart and also on the joking question. Good answers.

  7. I’m in total agreement with what you wrote about Wal-Mart. In definite need of some serious change. I’m not going to miss the humidity that July brought our way, either!

  8. You are fortunate, indeed, to have the grandchildren so close! Ours were 1,600 miles away during all the fun years. We got them for two weeks in the summer, and sometimes at Christmas. Mr. Withers looks healthy to me! I have no luck with plants of any kind, inside or out!

  9. Looks like you’ve figured out what makes Mr. Withers happy. Good for you! I once kept a plant from the funeral, but it died pretty quickly. I learned that the greenhouse doesn’t always put the whole plant in, but sometimes just part of a plant because it’s only needed for the funeral anyway. I had never ever heard of that before, but apparently it was true in this case. Good luck with Mr. Withers. So glad he’s blooming for you.

    I enjoyed your childhood recollections. 🙂

  10. I love lasagna but haven’t had any in awhile. Sometimes I will make my recipe but put it into smaller portions and freeze it! Looks like your doing a good job with Mr. Withers.

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