Saying Goodbye To July With A Hodgepodge…

1.  I recently read here about four secrets to happiness from around the world. They were-

Overcome your fears by facing them head on, allow yourself to relax and reset, work to live versus living to work, and find the good in life. Not sure if these are the actual secret to happiness, but which of the four do you struggle with most? Which one comes most easily to you?

I probably struggle most with overcoming my fears and facing them head on.  I’m somewhat of an introvert, and am not adventurous at all.  I also tend to be anxious.  In the end, I usually overcome my fears, but sometimes it’s not an easy journey. Remember, I’m the one who didn’t get her driver’s license until she was 26.

As far as what comes easiest to me, it’s allowing myself to relax and reset.  I was forced to learn how to do this twenty years ago, when I came down with RA.  Since then, I’ve had to learn how to enjoy the good days, but relax and reset on the bad ones–sometimes hard to do when you have things planned for those days.

2. How would you spend a found $20 bill today?

I think I’d save it for gas money…so I could go back to the beach again! (see #3)


3. Ego trip, power trip, guilt trip, round trip, trip the light fantastic, or trip over your own two feet…which ‘trip’ have you experienced or dealt with most recently? Explain.

My answer would have to be “round trip”, as in we made a round trip to St. Simon’s Island, this past Sunday.

4. If you could master any physical skill in the world what would it be, and how would you use that skill?

If I could master any physical skill, I’d learn how to do construction work.  Then I’d put my new skills to work by building a shed to keep Ed’s lawn mower in.  We desperately need one, and Ed keeps procrastinating on this project.

5. As July draws to a close, let’s take inventory of our summer fun. Since the official first day of (North American) summer (June 20th) have you…been swimming? enjoyed an ice cream cone? seen a summer blockbuster? camped? eaten corn on the cob? gardened? deliberately unplugged? watched a ballgame? picked fruit off the vine? taken a road trip? read a book?  Are any of these activities on your must-do-before-summer-ends list?

These are the summer activities I’ve participated in, so far:  Enjoyed an ice cream cone, eaten corn on the cob, deliberately unplugged, picked fruit off the vine, and taken a [short] road trip.  I need to get busy and read a book, soon.

6. The Republican Presidential candidates will debate on August 6th. What’s your question?

Can you ‘undo’ the damage the present administration has done to our country?

7. What’s your most listened to song so far this summer?

I’m not sure I have a “most listened to” song, but I always enjoy playing my collection of “summer tunes” on my MP3 player.  There’s some Jimmy Buffet (It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere, Margaritaville) on there, some Zac Brown Band (Toes, Knee Deep), and Kenny Chesney (Key Lime Pie, When the Sun Goes Down, Flip Flop Summer), among others.  Here’s one of my favorites, Key’s In the Conch Shell ( by Kenney Chesney)  from YouTube: (some of the pictures are blurry, but the video is still pretty)


Today, I thought I’d share a photo of the signs I bought to decorate our chickens’ coop.



I like for ‘my girls’ to have nice living quarters.  They have their own wind chimes, too 🙂  You know what they say, “Happy chickens lay better eggs.”  Our egg count since January?  1106 and counting–and they’re delicious.

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  1. Wow, that is a lot of eggs and a nice looking coop too! I should listen to some of your songs from your summer playlist since I don’t have one. The one ones I know are Jimmy Buffet. His songs definitely go with summer 🙂

  2. Holy cow on the egg count!! You are the ultimate mother hen!!!! Your girls must LOVE you!

  3. Good grief, that’s a lot of eggs! They must be happy chickens, and even happier now to have those cute signs to decorate their coop. Look for an increase in production. ‘-)) Hope you master carpentry. :-)) Have a wonderful day! xo

  4. I’m glad you were able to get to your favorite beach spot! I’ve missed the beach this summer. What are you doing with all the eggs?

  5. I believe everyone I’ve read so far today has the same answer about facing our fears! My husband Mark was in Wichita and he couldn’t believe the gas prices. Ours are at least $2.00 more per gallon because of CA taxes. Good question for the candidate…..of course they all blame everything on the administration before them!!! Love your coop signs and I am a big fan of metal signs.

  6. I love the signs you got for your girls!! Awesome! I totally agree with you on #6. Another fun Hodgepodge!

  7. You and my beloved SWMBO have something in common. She’s married to a procrastinator too. If I had the skill to heal I put you second in line to my beloved SWMBO! The heat will eventually subside…maybe around September. Stay cool and hydrate! I liked your chicken signs.

  8. Some Critter pulled our pen wire apart and ate all our chickens a few months back….so sad….I like your signs….Jim built a garden shed using supplies he pick up on the side of the street where the owner had put them out for the trash pick up…I thought he’d move more of his ‘stuff’ from the garage out there but I think he filled it up with other ‘stuff’. I thought if he ever painted it, I’d buy him so signs to go on it.
    Mama Bear

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