Waffling Through The Hodgepodge…

It’s Hodgepodge Time again!  Many thanks to Joyce for continuing to host this fun meme.  I appreciate her more than she’ll ever know…

1. It’s National Waffle Day (August 24th)…what decision are you currently ‘waffling over’? (or share one you’ve recently ‘waffled over’)

I’ve been waffling over whether or not to make a doctor’s appointment concerning my back issues.  My back seems to be s-l-o-w-l-y improving, so I’m going to give it another week, or so, before I make any decisions.

2. It’s the middle of August, but I’m already seeing lots of autumn-related posts. Do you think we rush the seasons? If so, does that bother you?

Yes, I do think the seasons are rushed.  When Hobby Lobby puts out Christmas decorations in the middle of summer,  I say that’s rushing things a bit!  And, yes, it does bother me when people rush the seasons.  Why can’t we fully enjoy one season before rushing into the next?

I saw (here) an end of summer bucket list that included-

make s’mores, read a new (or favorite) book in the park, eat something delicious and bad for you at a state fair, be a tourist for the day, have a pot luck picnic, book a last-minute summer getaway, relax by or in the pool, take a hike to watch the sunset, have a day on the lake, try a new summer recipe

Which activities on the list might you squeeze in before summer officially comes to a close?

I’m going to say “have a day on the lake”, except I’ll switch the lake water for the salt water of St. Simon’s Island.  Next Tuesday is my birthday and if there’s any possible way, I plan to spend it sitting beside the water, under the shade of my favorite oak tree, looking at this view:


3. Your favorite summertime ‘art’ found in nature?

I love finding ‘pictures’ in the clouds on a bright, sunny, summer day–like this one:


photo via google

4. Stephen R. Covey is quoted as saying ‘We judge ourselves by our intentions, and others by their actions.’ Agree or no? Do you define yourself based on your intentions, your actions, or something else?

That’s a difficult question, and I don’t have an answer, today.  I’m not sure how I define myself, but what’s the old saying?  “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”, so I don’t put a lot of stock in those.

5. Are you useful in a crisis? Elaborate.

I’m a bit slow to react in a kind of crisis of any kind, in fact I usually ‘freeze’ for a moment or two, which can be disastrous during a crisis.  My husband, Ed, on the other hand, is quick to react, and always great in a crisis.  This probably comes from years of working as an x-ray tech and an EMT, as well. Ed’s helped save lives, by doing CPR on several people, including my father.  In addition, he once prevented our youngest son from drowning, and acted quickly enough to keep our house from burning down after some pool chemicals ignited under our carport.

6. What’s been your go-to dish this summer? Is it something you’ll continue making as the seasons change?

The first thing that comes to my mind are the delicious grilled chicken finger salads we’ve enjoyed throughout the summer.  Yes, I’ll continue making them, at least for a while, but they won’t be nearly as good without our garden-fresh carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

7. Adult coloring books are a thing now. Have you jumped on the bandwagon? If not is this something you think you might enjoy?

No, I haven’t jumped on the coloring bandwagon, but I’ve been thinking about it.  I’m not sure if I’d enjoy it or not, but I might give it a try.  I enjoy coloring, I’m just not very good at it.


After being ‘shut in’ for over a week, I was finally able to do a little shopping, yesterday.  My back only ‘acted up’ when I’d first get out of the car, after I’d been sitting for a while.  Within a few minutes I could stand up straight and walk normally.  Walking wasn’t painful, like before, and Ed did all of the bending for me.

Folks, don’t ever take your back for granted.  Just to be able to sit, stand, walk, or bend painlessly is such a blessing!

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  1. I hope you get your ‘lake’ day : ) I guess craft stores put their items out early for people making holiday items to sell at the fall fairs. But the rest of it seems crazy to me. I’m planning to soak up all the summer I can before moving on to the next thing. Hope your back continues to feel better.

  2. Your lake day sounds very relaxing. I think I have heard more people in the past week refer to St. Simon Island more than I ever have before. I know what you mean about our backs. Critical. I’ve had a couple of times when I couldn’t even walk. Thank the good Lord for good health.I like clouds too.

  3. Oh my, I actually hadn’t realized it was Wednesday already. I guess it’s because of the hectic week I’m having. Think I’ll blog about it. Thanks for jogging me back to reality. And looking forward to hearing about y o ur b-day and St Simon’s Island.

  4. Yes, I agree about not taking our backs for granted. It’s one of the things we don’t think about until we have a problem with it. Hope your pain resolves quickly. Your birthday plans sound lovely. My mil’s 90th birthday is the same day 🙂 Happy Early Birthday!

  5. I am so sorry that your back is giving you trouble. I agree with you, it is a blessing to be able to move pain-free. I fell a year or so ago, twice in one week, landing on my tail bone. I am sure that it was broken and it still hurts me to move, especially if I have been sitting for awhile. I pray that your back will continue to get better and soon!

    Here’s an early Happy Birthday for you! I hope that it is a great one. 🙂

    Have a blessed day.

  6. I feel your pain, I was on bedrest for 5 days this past week due to chronic sciatica. I injured my back when I was 20 and I’ve suffered ever since. I counsel my granddaughters all the time about proper lifting. A back injury could mean a lifetime of pain. Oh, how a long for a shady tree to read a good book…Have fun and happy birthday!
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  7. I guess you have a quick thinking husband.

  8. My hat is off to Ed, a real hero!

    I agree…don’t take your back (or any of your parts, for that matter) for granted. The older I get, the more I wish I had been kinder to my joints when I was younger.

  9. My whole body is acting up after working on this nursery the last few weeks. I’ve been moving the furniture by myself which wasn’t the smartest thing to do. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, though! I hope you get to sit under your favorite oak tree for your birthday!

  10. That’s one of the best cloud animals I’ve seen in a long, long time! Cat or lamb….. I enjoyed your HP and am glad your back is improving!

  11. I have given your best wishes to my beloved SWMBO and added a hug, just because I can! I like your trip to St. Simon Island idea. SWMBO and I sometimes look at clouds and pick out shapes and objects too. Thank you for your kind comments. Have a great week!

  12. Yes that is too early for Christmas but unfortunately they have to make the big money for those holiday’s, it keeps them going all year. I can’t tell you how long I spend finding animals in the clouds….I love it! I enjoy coloring from time to time but for not long periods of time. Hope your back feels better soon.

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