An October Hodgepodge…

Hello again, from my neck of the woods.  It’s Wednesday, again, which means it’s time for me to join in The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  Thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for providing us with such fun and provocative questions!  Here we go…

1. It’s October so let’s get this out there first thing…have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?

I’ve set out my pumpkin scented candles, and decorated, inside and outside, with some ‘pumpkin-themed’ decorations.  Is that enough to be considered on the bandwagon?  Probably not…


MAC and Baby enjoying the outside fall decorations

2. “We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible.” Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld

What’s something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?

The first thing that comes to mind is hearing Ed say, many years ago, “I’ve always wanted to build my own house.”  I thought he was crazy and the feat would be impossible, since he knew next-to-nothing about building a house! Here we are 38 years later, and Ed’s built his own house, from the ground up, including plumbing and electrical.  We’ve been living in ‘the house that Ed built’ for almost 8 years.  I guess where there’s a will there really is a way.

3. The rose is America’s National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state’s flower? If you’re outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country’s national flower?

I’m not quite sure why, but Georgia’s state flower is the Cherokee Rose.  I were in charge I’d change the state flower to an Azalea because Azaleas are everywhere in Georgia!  Cherokee Roses?  Not so much.  In fact, I don’t remember seeing a Cherokee Rose around here, ever.

4. What have you lost interest in recently?

Reading, but I really need to get back to it because I’m behind in visiting blogs and reading magazines, as well as reading books.

5. In your opinion, who’s the best living musician?

I have no clue who the best living musician is, but I greatly admire anyone who can play multiple musical instruments very well.  Singing and song writing is an added bonus.

6. S’mores-love ’em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s’mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?

I like s’mores pretty good, but I don’t love them.  Yes, I’ve made them indoors, in the microwave, once or twice.  It’s been a while since I sat around an outdoor fire (several weeks), but the weather is getting perfect for doing that.  I’m sure we’ll be sitting around the fire making s’mores before much longer.  As for that autumn bucket list, I used to have an autumn bucket list of things to do each fall.  Now?  Not so much.

7. Your favorite small town? Why?

Unfortunately, it’s not the town we live in.  I love living in the town I grew up in, but it’s not my favorite town, by any means.  We have two red lights, a dozen convenience stores, and not much else.

I like the nearby town called Jesup, Ga.  They’ve revitalized their historic downtown area, and it’s so pretty with all of the little ‘mom and pop’ shops lining main street.  It reminds me of times past.  A  large portion of that downtown area burned, last summer, but they’re rebuilding, and it’s looking nice.  They’ve taken great care to made the new part look historical, so it still blends in with the old part. I love that.


Employees of the Jesup Drive In @ the Grand Re-opening in 2012 (Google photo)

Jesup is also is the home of Georgia’s oldest Drive-Inn, where they still show ‘double-features’.  Another of Jesup’s attractions is their annual Christmas Parade which is always held at night.


Thirteen days of drizzle and no sun has taken a toll on everyone and everything around here!  I snapped this picture last week.  Bobs, the tabby cat, seemed to be saying, “Let me in, please.”   Meanwhile, old Charlie, the Siamese mix, was just glad to be on the porch and out of the rain.  Note the two red hens behind the baby gate, wishing they could get on the front porch, too…


Thank goodness, the sun finally came out, late yesterday afternoon!  Today is a warm, beautiful, sunny day!


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  1. Stopping by from the HodgePodge… You decorated for fall with pumpkins, I would say that is a good start to the pumpkin bandwagon. I prefer small towns over large cities. Our closest little town doesn’t even have a stop light- just a 4 way stop sign. That’s living! Enjoy your fall campfires!

  2. Jessup sounds like a really neat little town. Love your outdoor decorations and the cats fit in so nicely too! 🙂

    Glad you finally got some sun. Enjoy!

  3. Love your decorations! Azalea would be a great choice. Jesup sounds like a nice town. Aww, the cats and chickens are so cute…..

  4. I think your decorations are great and I especially love seeing the cats enjoying them! Great shot! Joyce gave us yet another fun Hodgepodge! I seem to remember hearing about Jesup burning – perhaps it was through your blog last year. So glad they are coming back. Lakeland has a drive-in theater, too. There aren’t many left anymore, but I have some fun childhood memories of going to the drive-in with my folks and siblings.

  5. I was quite surprised to learn that the azalea isn’t Georgia’s state flower. And I love the picture you shared in your random thought.

  6. Alabama (where I’m from) has a strange state flower. They changed it from the goldenrod, which I’m seeing in bloom everywhere right now, to the camellia, which I don’t believe I’ve ever seen. Strange.

  7. It was a lot of fun teaching my college classes. One of the strengths of the class was besides the academics I also explained how what I was teaching them played out in real life on the streets. We had many great discussions.
    I hope the rain lets up for awhile. Thanks for stopping by my blog page.

  8. I love seeing the cats with the fall decorations. Good for ED!! You are so right…where there is a will, there is a way!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today

  9. We have a drive-in (it’s actually in the county), but they’re building yet another WalMart right next to it. That will make 3 WalMarts in our county. Plus, there are plans for a Sam’s Club in out small town. Yuck.

  10. Once again, you have brightened my day with your thoughts on activities, preferences and critters. Have a great, and I hope sunny, weekend!

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