A ‘Fishy’ Kind Of Hodgepodge…

Welcome to my little corner of blog land and to The Wednesday Hodgepodge.  As always, I’d like to thank our hostess, Joyce, for everything she does to keep The Hodgepodge going.  If you’d like to be a part of the fun, just click on the button above, answer the questions, and join us.  Today’s  Hodgepodge theme appears to be “fishing”.

1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven’t been fishing is that something you’d like to try?

Yes, I’ve been fishing quite a few times, and have caught a few fish in my day.  I kept some, and threw others back.  (For the record, I will bait my own hook, but won’t take my fish off the hook.)

I never liked to fish [in fresh water] using a cane pole, but, once Ed and I got married and moved to a nearby coastal town, I quickly discovered a love of salt-water fishing!  Give me a reel and rod with some dead shrimp for bait, any day, versus a cane pole, a cork, worms or crickets!!!

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, or cut bait…which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

I’m going to say “packed in like sardines” since we, recently, celebrated a family member’s birthday at our house.  When all twelve of us get together, it can feel a bit crowded in our kitchen.

2. What’s something you’re always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?

I’m always “fishing” for a bottle of artificial tears.  I have a terrible case of dry eyes, so I keep bottles stashed in various places.

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

One of my favorite fishing adventures took place the first summer Ed and I were married.   Often, we’d sit upon a huge pile of rocks, located near the foot of a bridge, and we’d fish in the salt water river running underneath the bridge.  Getting our fish out of the water could be a challenge because of those rocks, though.  On this particular day, my parents were visiting, and had gone fishing with us.  All of the sudden, I caught a nice-sized fish, pulled him up onto the rocks, then somehow, managed to let it get back into the water.  I was devastated. Out of the blue, my fish suddenly came floating back up to the top of the water!  Ed, speedier than a locomotive, jumped off those rocks, into the water, and caught my fish with his bare hands!  What a save!  (I don’t call him “Fast Eddie” for nothing.)  You should’ve seen the look on my face, and others nearby… Priceless.

As for movies, I still like Free Willy.

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.

I’m going to say I’m “twilight”.  Maybe because I’m tired a lot, these days, and remind myself of how one might feel at the end of the day–only I feel this way all day long.

5. What’s the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

It’s probably the gray t-shirt that I got from the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville, back in 2002.   I’ll be sad when it finally wears out.

6. We’ve got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What’s been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

Yes!  These warm, sunny days do make me long for a day on St. Simon’s Island.  I also would like to go on a road trip to Florida to visit my brother and sister-in-law, because it’s been a while since we’ve seen them.

The worst/best part of our winter, so far, have been the medical procedures Ed and I had to deal with.  On the negative side, the procedures [for both of us] were stressful and inconvenient, but, on the positive side, both of our outcomes turned out good, so we can’t complain.

7. The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day…will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what’s your favorite JB tune?

No, this girl won’t be celebrating Margarita Day because I don’t drink alcohol.  Yes, I am a Jimmy Buffet fan, believe it or not.  He’s been a favorite artist of mine for a long time, and has quite an interesting biography!

Margartaville is one of my favorite tunes by Jimmy Buffet, but I also love this lesser-known song (and video) by him, entitled It’s Been A Lovely Cruise.




Ed, preparing the garden soil

Our gardening season of 2017 has officially begun!  Ed and I planted seeds for tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and lettuce, in cups, beginning on the day after Valentine’s Day.  Many have already sprouted!  Ed has already planted eighty onion ‘sets’ out in the garden, with another forty waiting to be set out.  The plan for today is for Ed to plant our new potatoes and garden peas, along with the rest of the onions.  Unfortunately, my back has been “acting up”, again, so I haven’t been able to help much.  I guess I’ll have to be satisfied to play the role of supervisor.

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  1. You’re well on your way to having a prolific garden this year! Looks like you have a big garden. It’s still too cold here (in Minnesota) to plant anything. “Free Willy” is a great movie!

  2. I would love to have a big garden one day…full of tomatoes, peppers, okra…all that good stuff! Glad you and Ed have gotten good results from your medical procedures. Have an awesome day!

  3. I’m so glad to hear your procedure went well. I’ve heard the pollen is already bad a little further south of us, so I guess it will be here before too long too. Not excited about that, but I am happy to see color in the landscape again.

  4. My, that is quite a garden you have there, or rather will have. The only garden I’ve had was a small corner of our back yard many years ago. I would rather buy my food than grow it and have to either freeze or can it. I’m just not that energetic or domestic, I guess. That being said, my dad always had a big garden and I do admire those of you who work so hard to grow and preserve your own food.

  5. That’s a huge garden! I can’t keep a cactus alive so I’m always full of admiration for those who can reap a harvest from the land.

  6. Love your fish tale. Always love your garden, can’t wait to see it this year!

  7. Supervisor is my favorite role to play. I just love it. 🙂 I read about people using egg shells to start their seeds and thought about trying it but then I remembered that I have ZERO success with a garden so… I will drink a margarita every so often as long as it has no salt and vodka instead of tequila. Tequila is not my best friend. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  8. Well, guess it is time to start with those gardens. Glad ya’lls medical procedures had good results and sorry about your back. Such an aggravation! Cute fish story!

  9. Love your fish story. Too bad it happened to quickly to capture on film. My husband gardened for a few years, and the first couple of years we had success, but I don’t know what happened after. I can’t imagine keeping up with a garden that size. Homegrown tomatoes are the best. A good report always makes the inconvenience of the medical procedures worth it.

  10. I’m like you…I was willing to put the worm on the hook but I refused to take the fish off. I enjoyed your fish tale. So glad both of your medical procedures turned out well. Hope you can get to St Simons soon.

  11. Love your fish tale

  12. I hope your back feels better soon, but if I were you, I’d wait until the planting was done. (:-)) It’s hard to believe that anybody is already tilling the soil and planting onions. Just amazing. I’ve never been to St. Simon Island. Sounds interesting.

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