Blogging With The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Happy Hump Day!  I’m a bit late getting this written and posted, but I spent the day in the city, yesterday.  Our daughter had a doctor’s appointment, so Ed and I accompanied her.  Let me tell you–country life is where it’s at!  There’s no way I would go back to city life!  On that note, let’s jump into The Hodgepodge…

1. What keeps you blogging?

Joyce and The Hodgepodge!  Seriously! Originally, I began blogging, about nine years ago, as a way to reflect on, and document, some of the events of my life.  These days, I spend more time living life, rather than writing about it.  If not for The Hodgepodge, I probably wouldn’t blog at all, which reminds me, “Thanks, Joyce!”

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter?

No, I don’t care much for the beach in winter. It’s usually too windy and cold.  We frequently visit the beach from April thru September, but never go in the winter.

According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)?

Finally, I get to answer “yes” to a travel question!!!  I’ve been to Hilton Head Island and, as you know, we visit St. Simon’s Island often!  We came close to visiting Folly Beach, once, but ended up visiting Isle of Palms, SC, instead.

Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?

I’d choose Duck Key, in Florida, because it’s probably warmer there than it is here.

3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

I’ll say “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett.  I probably should be embarrassed, because of the messages some of his songs convey, but I like Jimmy Buffet’s songs.

4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?

How about “being an adult”?  Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to be an adult and I enjoy it, but it’s also produced a lot of tough situations I never dreamed of (as a child)–such as dealing with colicky babies, raising wayward teenagers, uncomfortable job situations, and taking care of aging parents.

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

“By regularly spending time in God’s Word, you develop a biblical filter through which all new information passes.  That filter in your mind enables you to distinguish between what’s false and what’s true.  If that is firmly established in your mind and heart, you’ll be able to identify God’s truth.”  Charles Stanley

Note from me:  With so many “untruths” being taught, today, this advice is important!  I’ll be making my third journey through the Bible in 2018.


Ed and I have done the “unthinkable” (for us) and booked ourselves on a trip with the church we’re now attending.  We’ll be traveling with them, by bus, to visit the “Ark Encounter” and the “Creation Museum” [in Kentucky], this spring.  I’m excited and apprehensive all at the same time!  It’s been almost eight years since we’ve taken a vacation–and we’ve never been to Kentucky!

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  1. Oh, I enjoyed reading your answers today! Your answers to #s 4 and 5 were wonderful. #4’s answer — just being an adult in general — was running through the back of my mind as I answered, but I think I had sort of seen a lot of how tough being an adult is, so I never really felt that way. The quote from Charles Stanley is simply wonderful and so very, very true!

  2. I have a feeling that you will have a wonderful time on that church trip. Enjoy your week.

  3. Hello Kathy, I enjoyed reading your answers this week. We are moving to the country after being city mice all our lives. Sounds like you are thriving in the country. 🙂 I hope all with the trip you signed up for goes well. I bet it will be fun. Love the quote and yes, too many false voices out there!

  4. I love having a trip on the calendar to look forward to. We live in the country, but there are times I miss the city. I need a little of both I think. Have a great day!

  5. Well, our #1 answers were pretty much identical! I feel the same way. 🙂 I hope you enjoy your trip to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter.

  6. I love your quote and thoughts. So very true. The Creation Museum is awesome. We’ve been a couple times and love it. So far, I’ve not done the Ark Encounter, but I am hoping to some day soon. Hope you have a great time.

  7. I’m on my 3rd journey through the Bible, too. Last year was my second time through. The first time was at least 15 years ago so I was past due. LOL Last year, I feel I just read quickly just to get through the daily reads but this year, I’ve slowed down. I’m excited for your trip! I can’t wait to hear/see all about it!

  8. I agree, adulthood isn’t just being able to do what you want lol. Will look forward to hearing all about your trip. Exciting!

  9. Hello from the frozen tundra. I love your quote and kudos for your third time through God’s Word. I look forward to your Random Thought on your trip to Kentucky. I too would love to visit Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum with SWMBO.
    I still maintain that adulthood is a trap from which there is no escape.
    Have a wonderful week!

  10. I am so excited for you to be going on a vacation!! Please take lots of pictures and tell us all about it! I read Charles Stanley’s Daily Devotional every day. He does have a way with words that allows one to understand the meaning of the gospel he is highlighting that day. I enjoyed your Hodgepodge and am so happy to see you back here more often! We are in Brunswick this weekend and though I would love to finally get the chance to meet you in person, the beach is not where any of us want to be in this cold weather!

  11. I know that without Joyce I would have many blog posts. Exactly, being an adult comes with a lot of responsibilities. Way to go, enjoy your trip. I’m sure you are going to have a wonderful time.

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