Welcome to the 272nd edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge! It’s July and it’s hot! I’m sitting under the comfort of the air conditioning, as I write. I’m so thankful to have a/c, and I’m also thankful for our gracious hostess, Joyce, who is probably sweltering in this southern heat, as well.
Let’s get on with today’s questions, shall we?
1. How did you welcome the month of July, and tell us one fun thing you did to celebrate the 4th. (or the weekend for any non-USA residents playing along today)
I didn’t do anything special to welcome the month of July. The first day of July came and went, just like any other. Ed and I got up, fed the animals, picked some vegetables, and I spent most of the rest of the day canning.
As for something fun on the 4th, we enjoyed watching our three little grandsons playing under the water sprinkler while jumping on their trampoline. What a fun time they all had! We also got to watch our youngest, Evan, experience his first fireworks show. He went from crying, at first, to telling us what colors the fireworks were!
2. Right now..what’s your favorite red thing? white thing? blue thing?
My favorite red thing is a soft red pillow that’s shaped like a foot. I’m not ashamed to say that I sleep with it every night. My favorite white things are the white banisters surrounding our porches, and the blue things I treasure most are the two flags (folded with blue/star side out) that were presented to family when Ed’s parents died.
3. Wave the white flag, raise a red flag, fly your freak flag…which ‘flag’ have you flown most recently? Explain.
Most recently, I believe I waved the white flag. Unfortunately, we’ve had a bit of a ‘family situation’ going on, all summer. At one point, I [figuratively] raised a white flag when I asked, “Can’t we just agree to disagree?” The jury is still out.
4. According to Cond Nast Traveler these are the seven best places to visit in July-
a boat safari in Botswanna’s Okavango Delta, Riviera Maya Mexico (it’s whale shark season and apparently you can swim with them), Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Pamploma Spain, St. Petersburg Russia, the Fuji Rock Festival at Mount Naeba Japan, the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg Austria
If time and money weren’t factors would you want to see any/all of these? Which would you most like to see and why?
I’m not much of a traveler, so I wouldn’t care about traveling to see most of those places. I’d consider going to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, though, because [in pictures] it looks like beautiful country, and it’s not too far away!
5. Grilled cheese, pimento cheese, or mac and cheese…your favorite from the cheesy treats listed?
Although I like all of the foods listed, good ole’ mac and cheese is my favorite. Our favorite mac and cheese recipe is made in a crock pot!
6. What makes you sweat?
These days, just sitting outside on the front porch makes me sweat–even though we keep a fan running on the porch, all day long! Our temps have been reaching into the upper 90’s or higher.
7. Your favorite movie with a ‘patriotic’ theme of some sort?
I’m going to have to go with “Born on the Fourth of July”, starring Tom Cruise. I’ve watched it several times. It’s not an easy movie to watch, but, after all, it’s based on a true story. It’s one of those movies that’s both riveting and heat breaking, all at the same time.
A little July 4th family fun…
and some cute (and delicious) July 4th treats…