Hello Again Hodgepodge…

It’s time for that little mid-week distraction, known around here as The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  It’s brought to us by our gracious hostess, Joyce, From This Side Of The Pond.  (Thanks, Joyce!)

1.  Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional?

No, I can’t say that I made anyone laugh yesterday, but someone else made me laugh.  I overheard a phone conversation between our son, Brad, and my husband, Ed, concerning a cockroach.  It was funny!

2. What’s a simple question with a complicated answer?

Why is the humidity still so high underneath our house?  Sigh.

3. Rhododendrons or azaleas…you have to choose. Are either currently blooming in your yard?

Azaleas.  There aren’t any azaleas blooming in our yard because they all bloomed in March.  To tell the truth, I’m not sure we even have any rhododendrons in our neck of the woods.

4. May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job?

Yes, I once worked as a waitress (at my uncle’s store/restaurant).  My experience was horrible, and I only lasted about two days.  I’d rate the experience 1 because I hated almost everything about it.

5. What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one for men?

For [older, heavier] women, leggings should be outlawed.  For [all] men, those awful saggy pants, with straddles down to the knees, should be outlawed.

6. Name a writer who inspires you….now tell us why.

Our Hodgepodge hostess, Joyce, inspires me–and, yes, I do consider her a writer.  Joyce writes about life, and her words come straight from the heart. Oh, how I wish I had Joyce’s way with words!  She’s definitely an inspiration to me.

7. What well-known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?

I don’t know what my plans are for the rest of the week, but there’s a part of the song, ‘Knee Deep’ by Zac Brown Band, that keeps running through my head:

Wishing I was knee-deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair…

Guess where I’d really like to be today?!


Ed and I were on St. Simon’s Island, last Wednesday, and it was wonderful 🙂

Random:  “Broody Hen”

As if Ed and I haven’t had enough things to deal with, now we have one more–a broody hen!

One of the hens in our new flock of ‘girls’ has gone ‘broody’.  Broody is a term used to describe any hen who wants to sit on her eggs and hatch baby chicks.  We don’t have a rooster to fertilize our eggs, so poor ‘Broody Hen’ would be wasting her time by sitting on the eggs.  (We don’t want baby chicks, that’s why we don’t have a rooster.)  ‘Broody Hen’ has been dominating the nest, and causing all sorts of chaos in the hen-house.  Something has got to give!

This week, we’ve been trying different remedies to break our hen from her broodiness.  We gave her a cold water bath, on Monday.  The bath didn’t seem to help, but now I know where the phrase “As mad as a wet setting hen” came from 🙂

On Tuesday, we put ‘Broody Hen’ in solitary confinement, with a fan blowing a gentle breeze on her.  The desired result is to keep her away from the nest, ‘cool her off’, and break the broodiness cycle. So far, no luck, but sometimes this can take several days, so I’ve read.  Besides, our temperatures reached well into the 90’s yesterday, so it was difficult to cool off!

We’ll see how today goes…  At least the other hens can lay their eggs in peace while ‘Broody Hen’ is chillin’ under the breeze of her fan!  At night, ‘Broody Hen’ is allowed to join her sisters back in the hen-house.  Of course, milk jugs, filled with water, are sitting inside of the nests–just in case ‘Broody Hen’ feels the  urge to sleep on a nest!

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  1. Had same answer with men fashion–Pull your pants up!! Hope ‘Broody Hen’ is not being such a problem today-loved this story.

  2. Thanks Kathy! Chickens sound like a lot of work : ) Glad you got your beach day…I’d love one right about now, but we’ve got masses of things to do before we can manage that. Enjoy your day!

  3. I enjoyed learning about chickens. It seems like a lot of work but to have fresh eggs sounds worth it, I think. I need to get to the beach real soon. It’s only a few minutes away so I don’t know why I don’t just go! St. Simon’s Island looks beautiful.

  4. I had to laugh at how your threw out the phrase “mad as a wet sitting hen” as if it were an everyday term. Up here in the northern reaches, it was a brand new one for me.

  5. I really like the idea of being “knee deep in water somewhere”. A broody hen. I didn’t know they did that! Thanks for educating me

  6. Great quotes/lyrics. We’re going to the beach Saturday and I cannot wait!

  7. I love your answer for #7 with the lyrics to that song. That is really something about your hen. I know nothing about having them so it was interesting to me. Hope what your doing helps her.

  8. Enjoyed your post and I’m not more educated about hens. And you made me laugh 🙂

  9. Oops that should have said I’m NOW more educated about hens!

  10. Please, you’ve got to expand on the conversation about the cockroach. Too funny. One sure fire way to cure a brooding hen is a little thing I call “Chicken Dinner.” You probably were looking for something a little less drastic. What does “mad as a wet hen” look like? I enjoyed you Hodgepodge.

  11. Interesting to read about your “broody hen”. I am hoping you’ll get some more beach time – soon.

  12. We are heading to the lake this weekend, so hopefully the ‘knee deep’ lyric will apply. It is, however, still a bit chilly in these parts. Good luck with your broody!

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