The Welcoming July Hodgepodge…

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…


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A Few More Friday Fragments…

I’m writing this while I wait for my ‘canned’ tomatoes to finish processing.  When the tomatoes are finished, there is a bucket of peas on the floor waiting to be shelled, but who cares?  Let’s blog a bit!

I’m happy to say I’m feeling better than I was the last time I blogged.  Ed and I have had a prosperous week, have canned many vegetables,  but we’ve also taken some time to rest and relax.  (No beach trip, yet, but we’ve enjoyed our front porch a day or two, late in the afternoons.)  Yesterday, we even had a picnic under the carport, while we waited for tomatoes to can in the pressure cooker.

To say the weather has been hot, here, would be an understatement!  It’s almost unbearable, and we still have July and August to go.  What a summer we’re having!  We missed the extremely cold winter that was predicted for 2016, but our summer is more than making up for it.

It’s been so hot, we’ve been running two fans for our outside animals.  One fan is located in the chicken coop, the other is located on the front porch.  Most of our animals are smart enough to take advantage of the extra breeze, even if the breeze does get a little warm by the end of the day!  We always run fans in the summer, but not until July or August, usually.

Gardening is coming to a steady close.  I estimate we’ll be finished within the next two weeks, at the most.  This summer heat is quickly rushing things along.  Ed runs the sprinkler, daily, just to keep the remaining plants from drying up in the extreme heat.  He gets his daily exercise from running back and forth moving the sprinkler every 45 minutes!

I’m not sure what Ed and I will do for ‘excitement’, once the garden is finished, but I’m hoping we’ll make up for some lost time on St. Simon’s Island!  The other day, we took a quick ‘road trip’, on some roads we’d never traveled (going from one Tractor Supply Store to another), and we both really enjoyed the new scenery.  I wouldn’t mind just taking a couple of day trips, somewhere, just to see something different!

Our youngest son, Brad, and his family have finally moved and settled into their new home.  A couple of weeks ago, Ed helped them paint and move a few things, while I played with Evan, so Jennifer could get a few things done.  We haven’t been back since they ‘officially’ got everything moved and settled, but we’ll be visiting, this weekend for a family get together.

Speaking of Brad and Jennifer, they will celebrate their wedding anniversary tomorrow. Originally, they’d talked about getting married on mine and Ed’s anniversary, but couldn’t because the reception hall wasn’t available that day.  So, they settled for exactly one week later, which is always easy for us to remember. Happy anniversary, a little early, you guys!  May you have, at least, as many happy years as Ed and I’ve had (so far)!


I heard this old song, today, and it immediately made me think of each one of our grown children, and the times they are now living through with their families!  All have, or soon will, celebrate anniversaries of 5, 10, and 15 years.  These are busy times, sometimes tough times,  trying to raise family times, often with little time for romance...”but, it’s just another day in paradise” and the years they pass so quickly!

I had to laugh, at the part of this video concerning the washing machine!  Until recently, our oldest son, Brett, and his wife, have been living their own nightmare story concerning a washing machine 🙂

When Brad and Jennifer recently bought their new home, a really nice washer/dryer set came with the house, so they ended up with two sets. The couple, knowing “the washing machine story” of Brett and Christina, mercifully, and generously, donated their extra set to them!  No more “dancing machine” at Brett’s house!  And this washer actually fits in the laundry room space, correctly!  God is so good!


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