The ‘Dry As A Desert’ Hodgepodge…

We don’t live near a desert, but the soil around here is almost as dry as one.  We desperately need some rain in our neck of the woods!  Perhaps we’ll get some rain today, but while we’re waiting, let’s participate in The Hodgepodge. Thanks to our gracious hostess, Joyce, for another great set of questions.  Here they are:

1. Have you ever been to and/or lived near the desert? What did you think? Travel and Leisure lists the ‘coolest’ American desert towns as-

Palm Springs CA, Virgina City NE, Bend OR, Winslow AZ, Marfa TX, Grand Junction CO, Silver City NM, Moab UT, Taos NM, Yakima WA, Borrego Springs CA, Terlingua TX, and St. George UT, and Tubac AZ

Have you been to any of these? Would you like to visit a desert town? Which on the list would you most like to see?

I’ve never lived near or been to a desert, and I really don’t have any desire to do so.  I like trees!  If I had to visit one of the desert towns listed, I’d choose to visit the corner of Winslow AZ so I could see the new, life-sized bronze statue of Glen Frey, formerly of The Eagles.

2. What’s a plan or project you’ve deserted in the past year?

I’ve deserted my photo collection.  My collection sits abandoned on my computer, and in many  bright orange ‘Shutterfly’ envelopes.  I used to make scrapbooks, then I began making video montages, using family photographs.  It’s been well over a year since I did either one of those projects with my photos.

3. Desert-dessert? Share two or three words you find yourself having to think twice about when it comes to spelling.

Two words I have trouble spelling are license and diarrhea.  In fact, I misspelled both words as I typed them in this sentence.

4. High and dry, like watching paint dry, dry run, dry as dust, not a dry eye in the house…which phrase can you relate to currently? Explain.

I can most relate to “not a dry eye in the house”.  One of my cousins passed away, unexpectedly, last Thursday.  My brother, who lives in Florida, was asked to preach her funeral, so he and his wife spent the weekend with us.  As you can imagine, it was an emotion filled weekend, but Ed and I had a great visit with my brother and his wife, in spite of the circumstances.

5. How often do you frequent the dry cleaners? Starch or no starch?

It’s been years since I’ve needed to have anything dry cleaned.  I try to stick with wash-n-wear.  Starch, please!  It makes the clothes look better.

6. What’s a food or beverage you enjoy that’s named for a place?

I enjoy eating “Low Country Boil”, a meal consisting of shrimp, smoked sausage, corn, potatoes, and onions boiled together in a large pot, along with seafood seasoning.  ” Low Country” refers to a certain geographical and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast.

7. Do you need solitude?

Yes, I do need (and enjoy) a certain amount of solitude each day, especially if I’m blogging or reading.  I find it difficult to concentrate if there’s noise or other people around.


Yesterday’s office surgery is now “behind” me.  No pun intended 🙂  The surgery wasn’t bad, other than the indignation of where it had to be performed.  The surgeon was very nice, and talked to me during the procedure. The cyst was rather large, so the incision has been a bit painful, especially when I sit. Last night, it hurt, no matter what I did.  Thankfully, I know this is a temporary thing!  Thanks to those who prayed and encouraged me, last week.

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  1. So glad your surgery is behind you now and that it was successful. I hope you recover very quickly and that sitting will soon be comfortable again.

    I love trees too, and for that reason, moving from humid, tree-filled Florida to the high desert of Boise, Idaho, was a difficult move for me. I was so used to lush green all around me, and that just isn’t the case in Boise. For several years, I whined about the lack of green all the time. Thankfully, I have learned to be content.

    So sorry to hear about your cousin’s unexpected passing. It’s nice, though, that her funeral enabled you to share some special time with your brother and sister-in-law.

    Low Country Boil sounds delicious!

    Patti @ Joy in the Middle

  2. Actually many of the neighborhoods in the desert have lovely trees and plants. So sorry to hear about your cousin. Glad to hear that your surgery went well. Hope your heal quickly.

  3. Hoping you are soon on the mend. I have trouble with both of those words as well. Thank goodness for spell check!

  4. Hope you are feeling better soon!
    Best Wishes,
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  5. So glad your surgery is behind (no pun intended) you and that you are continuing to recuperate nicely. Here in Cajun land your meal would be a crawfish boil. But, your Low Country is such a beautiful area. Enjoyed my visit with you today.

  6. Glad your bottom has been fixed and is beginning to heal. I’m sure it has been painful!! Ouch! Low country boil is probably my favorite meal. Oh my gosh, how I love all those delicious foods steaming in front of me! I enjoyed reading your HP today!! Hope you heal quickly.

  7. So glad your surgery is over and went well! I usually make a Low-Country boil for people who don’t eat oysters when we have our oyster roasts. I’m one of those who finds oysters disgusting. LOL I’m right there with you on the photo collections. There just doesn’t seem to be any time. Or else I’ve lost interest.

  8. I’m sorry to hear about your cousin’s passing. Family reunions predicated on a funeral are bittersweet. I’m glad that your surgery went well and all the best for a quick recovery. Thanks for visiting my blog site. Have a great weekend.

  9. We love a low country boil here too. And so glad to hear your procedure went well and is ‘behind’ you now. I’m sorry for your loss. We have a difficult family health-related situation at the moment and it certainly puts life into perspective. Take care.

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